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Model In-Progress / Orbital Frame: Ardjet
« on: November 15, 2006, 10:20:36 PM »
Wow, this looks great.

Magic sculpt is on my "high priority to buy" list.

I have some questions on this material:
is it sticky? can you shape it using thinner?

Thanks, for the reply and log.

Model In-Progress / Ishtar Mk II
« on: November 15, 2006, 10:17:48 PM »
Hi guys,
The Mech has apparently a feminine edge to it. I prefered to get a Raiden, but couldn't find any. I like ht efact that this Mech is very small, so will fit into a compact scene.

Unfortunately the big chair does block view of the interior, so I dropped the idea. I am going to do some changes though, but will add more details on that when I have a clear picture of what I'm going to do  :)

I have US modern figures from Dragon that I'm going to use for this scene. I'll take two figures, and try to convert them using future soldier pictures. should be interesting enough.

I also finished sanding most of the seams, I just keep admiring the engineering of this kit...

Model In-Progress / Ishtar Mk II
« on: November 15, 2006, 07:40:37 AM »
I started my first bandai kit, and I really like it. I started to build the sub assemblies, and will have to get used to painting them separately before putting the model together.

I'm still not sure if I'm going to leave the hatches open, if I'm going to it I'll need to add lots of interior details, as it is very simple.

I already added Mr.surfacer 500 filler to all the seam lines, and will start sanding them to a smooth surface.

I'm going to paint it in some sandish color, with azure recognition marks, and grey connectors.

Here are the very basic photos, and I'll be very happy to hear  you input as I've never built anything like this kit.

Thanks for watching :).

Model Help* (Check Stickies and Search First) / Re: Paint Questions
« on: November 13, 2006, 10:11:28 PM »
Hi prime-idiot,
I'm not sure about the pressure, as I have a compressor with no way to control thast. I use a double action brush and I guess the pressure should be low enough, especially when painting with very dilluted acrylics.

Personnaly I prefer to use the acrylics because they dry quickly, so I can paint more than enamels for instance in the same session :).

Model Help* (Check Stickies and Search First) / Re: Paint Questions
« on: November 13, 2006, 04:19:12 AM »
Hi Prime-idiot:
Tamiya acrylics are my favorite brand, and I used them many times.

I can offer the following tips which I do (don't mean they have to be done, just what I like to do :))
- make sure you stir the paint well before adding it to the airbrush.
- thin it with Tamiya X20 Acrylic thinner.
- percentage of thinner to paint is 40% paint.
- paint a number of thin layers, and build the paint. You can use a ventilator to speed up drying time.

I actually thin all my acrylic paint with the Tamiya thinner (Model masters, floquil, gunze) and had very good results.

I think the problem that you had was a paint which wasn't thinned enough.

Hope this helps..

Model Help* (Check Stickies and Search First) / Mig Jiminez Book
« on: November 12, 2006, 03:25:17 AM »
Hi FF - Please wait until I get my copy, THEN pass the word. I ordered it so long ago and it keeps getting delayed  :cry:

Other  books that are useful in my opinion are the Osprey modelling manuals.

Model Help* (Check Stickies and Search First) / Re: Paint Questions
« on: November 12, 2006, 12:02:07 AM »
Hi guys,
I bought some mr color paints from the Gundam color line (BTW I got my first Gundam kit - Gouf Ignited in 1/144 :roll:).

For some reason before I ordered it I was sure that the Gundam color is an acrylic paint, so it was a bit dissapointing to me, as I'm not sure I would like to paint with lacquer based pints.
I actually moved to acrylics as I didn't like the toxic enamels - laquer paints scare me.

Is there  a conversion table somewhere for  Gundam mr color to acrylics?
Did someone paint a Gouf ignited and has the color mixes?

Thank you  :).

Model Gallery / 1/72 Hasegawa SV-51r/a (Commision work again)
« on: November 08, 2006, 09:27:29 AM »
Fantastic work, One of those model you can just sit and enjoy looking at.

Model In-Progress / Taco-34 W.I.P.
« on: October 28, 2006, 12:34:29 PM »
I like the concept and work very much. They have great models, but its a shame they don't sell outside Japan.

Your work is great, I like the color, and the scene layout looks terrific.

Do you have a site with standing galleries so I can enjoy more of your works?

Thanks :).

Model Gallery / Completed S/B Starship
« on: October 15, 2006, 12:03:30 PM »
Wow! this is beautiful.

Looks fantastic. I would be very interested to know the specific colors you used.

Model In-Progress / Gunther 1:35 Mech
« on: October 12, 2006, 11:24:39 AM »
The bases are nearing completion. I pre shaded them with dark brown acrylic, and started painting thinned layers of lighter gray and buff colors.

After painting some of the cobbles and the pipe with humbrol enamels, I added a raw umber wash to the crevices and ground to simulate a drying wet ground. MIG russian earth was added to the exposed earth, and mixed in with white spirit. Some streaks were added to the obelisc using oil paints.

I can now see that some war debris should be added to break monotony, so off I go to the spares box (any ideas will be appreciated...)

Model In-Progress / Gunther 1:35 Mech
« on: October 10, 2006, 09:33:45 AM »
Thanks guys!

MK: I plan to dust the figures after attaching them to the base.

To me 1:35 are rather large, much bigger than 1:48 and 1:72 which I also painted :).

Model Talk / Model Wishlist (Something stupid for a change)
« on: October 10, 2006, 04:10:41 AM »
I will happily welcome any sci-fi product in 1:35 and in plastic.
More Dust mechs and figures.

I would be happy to get 1:35 modern plastic civilian cars and trucks.

1:35 plastic civilian set for WWII , US artillery crew, tank crews, polish horsemen, WWI soldiers ETC.

 Gundam models are still a mystery to me, as I only watched one series yet, but I'm learning, and plastic 1:35 heads can be very nice for diorama purposes, also plastic figures of the same scale.

As you can see I like standard military models scale :).

Model Talk / The Sci-Fi Modelers Prayer
« on: October 08, 2006, 11:15:06 PM »
Not exactly sci-fi, but my prayer is:
"Please let my wife see the wisdom of buying a 1:35 Dora railway gun. Please let my wife see the reason for buying a 1:35 BR-52 locomotive. Please let my wife grasp the necessity to build a great diorama involving the two above."

Probably she won't let me...  :cry:

Model Gallery / PG ZAKU DIORAMA
« on: October 07, 2006, 07:44:20 AM »
Wonderful work, the results is very good.

Can yuo please tell the scale of the model? and what figures and accessories were used?


Model Gallery / JGSDF Type 74 Finished!
« on: October 07, 2006, 04:16:07 AM »
I love everything about this model. Starting with composition, chosen subject, weathering and presentation.

Inspiring work, and I'm going to read the journal you wrote as there is a lot to learn from you.

Great job!

Model In-Progress / Gunther 1:35 Mech
« on: October 07, 2006, 02:18:05 AM »
I finished after some hard work the five figures for the Gunther vignettes.

The Gunther commander is TANK resin offering, and the other four are rocket troops from Dust. I added Hornet resin heads for the plastic figures, and painted them with Vallejo for the camo, and Tamiya, Humbrol and oil color for the equipment, field gray trousers and flesh color.

Model of the Month/Year / September Model of the Month!
« on: October 03, 2006, 02:45:37 AM »
Well earned, I love your model, there is so much to learn from it.

Great work (show us more  :wink: )

Model Talk / Favorite Build?
« on: October 01, 2006, 02:30:45 AM »
Great topic  :) . I enjoyed the most building a diorama depicting operation cobra. this was a major breakthrought operation by the allies in July 1944, intended at breaking through the German forces in normandy. The operation was a major success, and the German forces were crushed.

The dio shows an American platoon, advancing in normandy. It was the most enjoyable project up to date, and although I advanced in skills since then, I still like it.

The most enjoyable part was the street, which was 97% scratchbuilt using foamcore, cardboard and cork.

It took me 4 months to complete, and is too large to fit in my display board, well...

(I also added a link to the article, there are some in progress pictures there, and the first one shows how everything started):

In progress article:

Finished diorama:

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