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Model In-Progress / Gouf Custom - Urban Command (WIP)
« on: April 05, 2005, 01:42:24 PM »
for your constructive criticism.  ALL comments (good or bad) are welcome

(sorry for the long first site....i have wayyy to many pics for one page...i'll start a new one for the finished item).


Model Talk / Whats your secret?
« on: March 24, 2005, 10:23:56 AM »
had a little's some more

mini-sander:  unless i'm trying to sand a big area...i use these smaller sanders i've assembled.  take a couple mcdonald's coffe stirrers.  trim the paddle off of one of them, while keeping it's main stem intact.  super glue them together using the stem of one to go down the backside of the paddled stirrer.  next, get a small piece of sandpaper (i regullarly use grits 200, 300, 400, & 600) and use double stick tape to hold each to the assembled double stirrer.  use your exacto to trim the excess so the paper silhouettes the stirrer.  i then use a marker and mark each strirer "2", "3", "4", & "6" for each grit.  i find these very handy and use them 90% of the time.

catalogs:  learn all the great places to shop.  'course there's hobby town...but catalog/stores like micro-mark, model expo, walthers, and plastistrut off all kinds modeling items.

Model Talk / Whats your secret?
« on: March 21, 2005, 08:50:31 AM »
i have to admit, i haven't "tinted" it so far...
i've used tamiya clears and cut it with future...
so ....i've "thinned out" tam clears...

actually saw a recent article on cutting clears.
haven't read it all...but didn't look promising.

Model Talk / Whats your secret?
« on: March 20, 2005, 03:39:53 PM »
Just when I feel I've got a full dose of modeling...and know plenty, a show always humbles ya and reminds ya that you don't know everything.

So I ask..."whats your secret?"

what is a technique, a product, a style, a routine that you use that you think really helps you but that you don't think/know that anybody else knows or that maybe you'd like to tell more people about?

As for me?

- photoetch: is tedious work but really adds to believable scale detail.
- future: flattened, tinted.  this floor wax is the best bang for the buck.  super cheap but works in so many applications
-wrist band/card:  right before i spray i like to do a test spray...I get a sweat band for my left wrist (since I'm right-handed) and stuff half an index card in it and the other half over the back of my hand....and spray on it for testing before i spray the actual model
-aves apoxy putty:  not super cheap..but also great price for value.  is non-toxic, very moldable, water workable, and sands/finishes just like plastic.
-scavanging: keep your eyes open for kits from ALL genres.  I use other kit pieces to enhance my own kit.  look in 1/1700 scale ship kits, look in 1/35 tank kits, look for hoses in the auto section.  there are so many other great little details in other kits to add to your own
-out source:  look for inspiration everywhere.  keep photos.  look for graphic artists on the net.  take pictures of rust.  keep a library of pictures (hard or elec.) to find inspiration when you think your kit doesn't have punch
-plan:  try to your best to have a complete idea of what you want to do with your kit before you sit down and start doing the work.

just a starter....I will likely think of more later.

but i want to hear what ev'one else isn't sharing!!

Model Gallery / TigRe-GZ (double sweet! 2nd topic :P)
« on: March 14, 2005, 05:41:31 PM »
most interesting.
Max W did a tiger scheme on a kampfer long ago.  didn't care for it.
i've never been a big fan of the ReGZ...think it was the color (sea-foam green)

but as i look at it...i'm totally smiling
love the play on the name.
love how the scheme made me look harder.  really dig when a kit is "disguised".   took me a couple seconds to realize what the kit was (since i'm used to it looking a certain way).

great concept and execution.

Model Talk / Modeling Style Preference
« on: March 14, 2005, 05:24:27 PM »
Great question!
Something I think of often.  Some modelers can be highly talented (Max W) but I just don't get thrilled by their work.

My philosophy:  
Anime (in the japanese use) is produced by the cheapest means available.  Watch a lot of anime and you'll notice alot of it is a still painting with a dynamic camera movement across it to induce a sense of motion.  Most often very few "items" (eyes, mouth, arm) will move on an animated individual.  With this practice, you'll very unlikely to see a lot of detail on the mecha themselves unless there's a true close up of a character and see the mecha behind them.  Hence when a model is produced it represents the anime correctly, and lacks details.

I try to practice the concept of how the mecha would exist if were this world.  
The three biggest things:
-Panel lines.  All mechanics are made of pieces.  Yet if you look at the kits you'de have huge concave, oddly shaped pieces of metal the size of a bus, and often in mass-produced mecha.  This wouldn't likely happen.
-Details.  little things here and there.  Look at any plane, a fire engine, a large earth mover.  There are little handels, knobs, fins almost everywhere.  Most of the time (unless you're intimately familiar with the equipment) you don't know what ev'thing is, but it looks appropriate for the vehicle.  
-Weathering.  This DOES get practiced.  And some to good use.  But ...imo, nothing is ever new.  At least for mecha.  No war machine would be colored red, blue, yellow and shine.  lol.  that's just me.  

I personally like looking over the tanks and warplanes at model contests.  The only thing that bothers me about that they are tied to set rules.  They aim to make their model look exactly like something else (in real life).  Little imagination exists in that practice.  I try to take the pragmatic vision they incorporate and shine that one the open field of mecha.

I'll get off my soap box.  Even though I prefer a certain look, doesn't mean I can't clearly see talent and call it out.  If somebody has skills but a different style, I'll tell them how good their work is.


Model Talk / 2005 Three Rivers (Pittsburgh) IPMS Show
« on: March 14, 2005, 05:05:58 PM »
Bannock:  Both are trips but Wonderfest and ATL Nats are probably equal distance from you and will likely be your best promises of seeing our typa modeling being represented.  If you come to Wonderfest, I'll roll out the rug for you.  I'm quasi affiliated with the group (long story, explanation later).  But I'm very familiar with Louisville and can likely help you with any questions.

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