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Model In-Progress / Haruhi Suzumiya X 2
« on: October 31, 2006, 10:08:32 AM »
Quote from: "amessier"
The gutiar looks great!  One thing you overlooked  the makes logo on the headstock.  Minor bit of detail really.

Actually, it's not being overlooked.  I ordered decal paper and it should be coming soon, so yes, there will be a little "italia" logo for the headstock.  Everything here is still in progress :)

Model In-Progress / Haruhi Suzumiya X 2
« on: October 30, 2006, 11:12:33 PM »
Thanks guys.  Glad you like the guitar so far.  Tonight, I stung up the other guitar...

then um.. couldn't help myself...

Model In-Progress / Haruhi Suzumiya X 2
« on: October 30, 2006, 11:44:06 AM »
Quote from: "FichtenFoo"
The wood on the guitars look fantastic. Link us with the article you read!

Here ya go:

There are some pictures, but I felt the need to add more pictures to what I did and such.  Pretty cool stuff.

Model In-Progress / Haruhi Suzumiya X 2
« on: October 30, 2006, 11:06:46 AM »
Not sure if fishing line would get down to some of the sizes I have with the magnet wire.
The gauges I used are 36, 34, and 28.  I guess I just need to find a method to straighten them first, since they come off spools.  May try ironing them and see if a small amount of heat can help straighten them.

Model In-Progress / Haruhi Suzumiya X 2
« on: October 30, 2006, 10:39:03 AM »
Heh.. last night I was trying to figure out a way to have my little G3 hold on to the guitar for some pictures.... a little too big for him *sigh*.... I need to build another MG Dom and use it to model 1/6 scale resin fun....

The wood grain was amazingly easy to do.  I saw a few examples and read an article on it and simply explained its just dry brushing a wash.  I'm glad it came out well.... I can look forward to using this technique on a future gunpla project  :razz:   That would be an interesting paint job...pending issues with scale

I still need to straighten out the strings some.  I used magnetic wire wrap in various sizes.  I wanted to get the look of different string sizes as well as wrap the wires around the pegheads.  Pain in the rear working with the wires.  So, I gotta figure the damn thing out before I string the next guitar....  Then I can move on to finishing the bunnies :)

Model In-Progress / Haruhi Suzumiya X 2
« on: October 29, 2006, 09:33:53 PM »
and got one guitar strung....
One guitar stung....

Model In-Progress / Haruhi Suzumiya X 2
« on: October 29, 2006, 09:31:58 PM »
I remember seeing that gundam model video... but it was before I watched Haruhi, so I didn't get the reference until midway though watching Haruhi.. then it hit me... damn cool regardless.

Weekend update:
I read a little article written by David Fisher for the wood grain technique.  The basic principals of this is similar to drybryshing and washes. First I sprayed on a tan color for the guitar top. I sealed this layer with a lacquer clear gloss. Once that dried, I used some acrylics: burnt umber and light brown thinned with some isoproponal alcohol. Using a ratty brush, I effectively drybrushed some wood grains. A couple of runs was all that was necessary. I let the wash/drybrush dry, then sprayed on another coat of lacquer clear gloss. Then using only burnt umber thinned with alcohol and a flat soft brush, I applied the wash in a drybrushing technique again. Once this dried, I sealed it again using a lacquer clear gloss. Finally, I did a mix of clear yellow, clear red, and clear green and created a light brown and sprayed this over the top blending in the edges.

The neck:

Model Talk / Welcome Tokyo Hunter!
« on: October 27, 2006, 06:56:52 PM »
I thought I saw pictures of a shipping set up that was fairly new as far as WF is concerned.  People buying and then shipping out stuff on the spot.  Not sure if the shipping prices were increased significantly; but it could be something to look into.

Model In-Progress / BFBP Kampher
« on: October 26, 2006, 12:05:22 AM »
Quote from: "pu_rplecow"
I like the wing things! They look great with the many pieces of pla plate inside.

Anyway, I second the yahoo photos comment. But it seems different now with the ajax and all. Thing is if i want to see a single photo i can't just click on it. Need to drag it into the slot above and play a slideshow. I must say the slideshow plays quite smoothly and quickly which explains the long wating time before it starts.

Actually, just double clicking on the photos worked to enlarge them for me....

Assembly/Scratchbuilding / Cutting plastic
« on: October 25, 2006, 08:44:39 AM »
The best method with the most control is to use what pu_rplecow posted.  Exacto makes those hack saw type attachments for exacto handles as well.  I have two, one that is a thinner saw blade and one very similar to the one pictured above.  You have more control since you have a nice straight edge to run against when you are cutting.

Most bandai plastic pieces are hollow so you can cut easier by moving the position of the parts while cutting.  For example, slicing into a chest piece, you can rotate it and ensure that your cut is straight.

Straight edged exacto blades like that #11 are really not conducive to saw type cutting - the pressure applied to try getting that type of blade to do the job of a saw will only increase the risk of serious injury from improper use of the blade.

Dremels are far too powerful to use as a sawing tool on bandai plastic.  The amount of heat generated will leave you with a gooey mess.  Dremel saws are best left to metals and possibly resin.

Model In-Progress / Haruhi Suzumiya X 2
« on: October 24, 2006, 11:34:57 PM »
Ok, I've been working on these two kits for about a week or so...  Progress page here:
The girls pinned:

The guitars pinned:

And a bunch of other pictures on the progress page...

Model Gallery / In like Flint - 0080 Desert Dio WIP
« on: October 24, 2006, 04:32:57 PM »
Cool, thanks.  Yeah, I was thinking about weathering the gats to match the suit, then slightly weather the peripheral weapons.  Most of the weapons on the sucker are short to mid ranged.  I was actually going to build a BFG for it just for long range purposes, but forgot about it while modifying this and that.  I think I pretty much echoed the idea of the Gouf Custom's weapon systems mixed with the Kampfer's weapons.

There's always the bazookas.  I had thought about swapping out one of the gats for a back mounted bazooka, but I did that before with my last Kampfer.. and I kinda like the "GunCannon" feel to the dual back mounted gats.

The sword really was just an afterthought.  Since I wanted to "plug" up the left knee weapon pod hole with something... looking around my stack of parts, that seemed to fit and look the best.  Plus, it allowed me to shorten the forearm beam sabers considerably.  I think they look much better short than long.

K is for Krazy Kustom Kampfer Kompetition / Kool Kampfer References
« on: October 24, 2006, 03:38:04 PM »
This is very similarto the set I picked up a long long time ago:
MG 42 Set
I know of alot of military figure places out here in LA so I can take a look to find some more... since according to HLJ, they're out of production.

Of course you guys could try running this search string: "1/6 MG42 Machine Gun set" or variations of that and see if you can find stuff.  Dragon made these sets, but I know there were other knockoff companies that did these too.. heh.. chinese ripping off fellow chinese...

edit, a side note however, at 1/6 the scale is huge for typical 1/100 kits... I was only able to use it with the MG Dom because of the size of the Dom... but for any other 1/100 sized kit, considerable amount of modifications need to be done to the gun to make it "fit".

Model Talk / Upcoming Gunpla (Post it here, other threads will be locked)
« on: October 24, 2006, 01:23:01 PM »
Quote from: "amessier"
Near the bottom of the page below the argo there are 2 kemfer the one on the right is slightly different the then normal one and at its feet is a pretty nice machine gun. Any idea what this is?   Custom mod?

The machine gun is based off the WWII MG42
According the the picture over at HLJ; it's part of the Zeonography kit (Zeon FIX)
Kampfer Zeonography at HLJ

They do make toys of the MG42 for 1/6 scale figurines.  I picked up one several years ago and used it with my Dom: Shameless plug... yeah, horrible picture..  it's old

Model Talk / Upcoming Gunpla (Post it here, other threads will be locked)
« on: October 24, 2006, 09:03:34 AM »
I have the Armored VF-0S kit... just haven't had to time to break it out and glue/snap it together.  Here's a size comparison of just the VF-0S kit against an MG Gundam OYW
So yeah, it should be a fairly beefy sucker.

Model Gallery / In like Flint - 0080 Desert Dio WIP
« on: October 23, 2006, 09:45:51 AM »
Thanks guys.  I was taken a back by the paint colors.  I guess I was used to Tamiya's Desert Sand Yellow color.  Possibly painting the Mr Color Desert Sand Yellow over Brown caused the orangeness of it all.  But I was expecting a lighter color.  The fade and weathering seems to help it out a bit, and it's definetly an interesting color now :)  Just got to meld this in with the base.  

Still need to weather the weapons slightly.  I was figuring that weapon systems could easily be replaced and swapped out so the weathering on them would be less than that of the actual suit.  Thoughts on this?  

The shield still needs to be painted.  And sorta dreading the painting of the embedded Alex.  But it should make for some interesting progress pictures.  Now if I can only put down those damn bunnies  :evil:

Model Gallery / In like Flint - 0080 Desert Dio WIP
« on: October 22, 2006, 11:34:14 PM »
Weekend update, weathered....

Build-Offs & Duels / Duel of the DIAS!
« on: October 20, 2006, 11:55:26 AM »
I think the last time I saw soemthing from Phil was when I first got back into serious model building and joined various modeling forums...  About 4 or 5 years ago now?

more building always = more gooder!

Model Gallery / RX-78 GP01 Hangar Diorama - Scratch Built
« on: October 20, 2006, 08:42:09 AM »
Ok, I completely missed the little hidden Char figure.  And I was looking at it at the show!  It would have been really cool if you were there longer, I would have just loved standing around talking about the dio.  

I only have one complaint is that it's too clean.  :D  But that's just what I enjoy seeing, a little oil, dents, etc.  I know, the back story describes the reasons for that; but seeing it in person, that was the one thing that really stood out to me... how freaking clean it is.  Simply amazing.

Again, I'm annoyed that I missed the little hidden Char.  I need to up my game for the next comp.

Model Talk / OrangeCon 2006: Now with Pictures :)
« on: October 20, 2006, 08:35:03 AM »
Hey Dan, there's a IPMS OC meeting tonight.  I'm going to try making it.  Tonight's scifi night too... so bring that Gundam '78 you have.  I'm going to try finishing up my Kampfer or at least make it sorta presentable and bring it out tonight.

I entered into three categories for OrangeCon.  Sci Fi Mecha, Sci Fi Figures, and Humor in modeling.

The Gyan took a first in Sci Fi Mecha, Dark Elf and Saber took first and second respectively in sci fi figures, and "the  Vet" took third in Humor in modeling.  The judge came over and talked to me about why what won and such.  The Phantom just had some detail issues such as misaligned areas that took it out of the running.  The Phantom really was a horrible case.  Never again will I buy a recast FSS kit.  The extra 30-40 bucks needed to buy an original is really worth it.  According to the judge the competition came down to basic building techniques.  They were simply looking for flaws such as flash, glue marks, etc.

I had a really good time.  I always enjoy going to these events because I learn quite a bit.  And it's always cool to get some old school modeler come up and ask you questions on how you did something and be completely amazed.

edit:  And I was surprised that the Dio didn't beat out that Sinbad dio.  The '83 dio definately should have placed first.

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