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June 03, 2005, 09:01:55 AM
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Here's my anti-master-grade Sazabi project. A scratchbuilt hovertank based on the "vehitle contest". So far I'm really enjoying the build. SOmething like this is a culmination of everything I've learned so far and I finally feel confident enough to pull something like this off. Let me kow what you think and feel free to ask questions.

http://www.fichtenfoo.com/02GiantRobots/02b-hovertank.htm

Vehitle Contest:
http://www32.ocn.ne.jp/~water_site/mak/vehitle/index.html

June 03, 2005, 09:19:30 AM
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Fun!

So is it actually a hovertank or is it legged?
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June 03, 2005, 09:27:27 AM
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Quote from: "tetsujin"
So is it actually a hovertank or is it legged?


I believe it's mainly a hovertank. The legs (on mine at least) will be primarily for landing gear. They'll be the hardest to construct due to needing 6 of them. The legs will be identical except the front 2 will have larger armor protecting them.

June 03, 2005, 09:46:31 AM
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Interesting project.

I checked the other works. Really original concepts, the pieces have much of SF3D / MaK - style.

Nice :D

MVM

June 03, 2005, 10:15:30 AM
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Nice, a fully scratchbuilt Ma. K kit.  Much different than a MG Sazabi. :)  
Will this be in the vehitle contest?

June 03, 2005, 10:19:46 AM
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Will this be in the vehitle contest?


Nah, that's long over I think. Sometime in 2004 it ended.

June 03, 2005, 11:45:25 AM
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Quote from: "FichtenFoo"
Quote from: "tetsujin"
So is it actually a hovertank or is it legged?


I believe it's mainly a hovertank. The legs (on mine at least) will be primarily for landing gear. They'll be the hardest to construct due to needing 6 of them. The legs will be identical except the front 2 will have larger armor protecting them.


Identical, eh?  Sounds like a job for making a mold and casting up a few of them ;)

June 04, 2005, 12:18:30 PM
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looked thru....nice work...two really stood out.
one, i got a kick out of identifying all the pieces it was made of.
http://www32.ocn.ne.jp/~water_site/mak/vehitle/nspd01.html

lotsa gundam kits....funny

June 04, 2005, 04:16:32 PM
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This should be really cool...I have some 1/32 gauge bezels and faces if you want them...just promise to send back what you don't use...

I like the idea of this...it should be interesting...I think one thing you could do to set it apart is to place it on a base somehow so it doesn't look like it's resting on its legs.  Everyone one of these things I've seen just have that boring, "no action" look to them.

Best of luck!

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June 04, 2005, 05:34:21 PM
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qc: Yeah, that one is awesome. Interesting to see what he used and where.

taz: I'm always up for gauges and what-nots. How big are they size-wise in inches?

June 06, 2005, 02:58:35 PM
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I added a progress shot of one of the legs. THey're turning out good so far. A lot of work, but they'll be worth it. They look skimpy now, but there will be a pile of armor attached to them.

http://www.fichtenfoo.com/02GiantRobots/02b-hovertank.htm

June 08, 2005, 01:12:52 PM
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Great news! I finally used bondo today (for the first time). Anyway, the bondo did not eat/melt the scrap of foam I used as a test! Woo hoo! I decided to try it out to fill large gaps and do some shaping on the cockpit and hatch to get a feel for it before going whole hog with the foam egg.

No pics yet, but I'll get some in-progs up soon.

June 08, 2005, 02:21:46 PM
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Is the foam part the same shape as the final part, or are you using it as a starting point for sculpting the real shape?

If it's the former, it might be better to roll out a unifom-thickness of epoxy putty and apply that.

Bondo's good stuff, though.  I find Doro Doro more to my liking for most jobs but Bondo is local, cheap, and fast.
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June 08, 2005, 02:51:34 PM
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I was gonna use it as both. I have other things I'll be adding such as eggs and whatnot to add bulk. After sanding the bondo I added earlier though and seeing some aspects I didn't like I may use some apoxy sculpt for the bulk around the eggs and the bondo just over the foam. I expected the bondo to adhere to the styrene better than it did although I didn;'t sand the styrene first which probably would had helped. Plus the bondo is too messy for some parts.

June 08, 2005, 03:57:36 PM
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Quote from: "FichtenFoo"
I was gonna use it as both. I have other things I'll be adding such as eggs and whatnot to add bulk. After sanding the bondo I added earlier though and seeing some aspects I didn't like I may use some apoxy sculpt for the bulk around the eggs and the bondo just over the foam. I expected the bondo to adhere to the styrene better than it did although I didn;'t sand the styrene first which probably would had helped. Plus the bondo is too messy for some parts.


Yeah, other modelers have told me that Bondo bonds really well to styrene - but in my experience it doesn't.  Maybe the curing cycle is too fast for it to really bite into the styrene, or maybe it needs a larger application than I usually use in order to bite.  I don't really know.  I have my experiences, but it's hard to argue with Bawoo's results with the stuff.  :)  I usually wind up super-gluing the cured bondo back onto the styrene at some point.  Doro Doro, on the other hand, seems to do a lot better.

My main concern about using Bondo to build a uniform-thickness shell around the foam is that in uncured form it's not easy to get that kind of uniformity.  It'd have to be done mostly after curing, maybe by sanding and re-puttying...  Not insurmountable but I think the epoxy putty approach seems easier, since you get the uniform thickness from the rolling process, and then mostly retain that when you apply the putty, by manually fitting it to the surface...  But I'm sure you'll work it out.
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June 10, 2005, 09:33:39 AM
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Don't laugh:

http://www.fichtenfoo.com/02GiantRobots/02b-hovertank.htm

It's a start... I still have a lot of sanding and some more bondo to add but I thought I'd post a pic  or two of it in the cake icing stage.

June 10, 2005, 09:52:32 AM
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Well arn't you just a mean green scratch building machine :lol: I wish I had the patience for a job like this. Seeing all this has lit a fire, keep it up man!
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June 10, 2005, 05:30:19 PM
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wow! :shock:
i dont have that kind of patience to sand the whole monster man!!
the shape is looking good :)
keep the pics coming man!  :evil:

June 12, 2005, 09:10:15 AM
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Excellent work on this one... I have had trouble with bondo sticking to styrene as well. I drilled 1/8" holes to allow it to lock in and hold better...worked ok.

Regards, Dan

June 21, 2005, 07:06:50 PM
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I added more progress of the tank. I sanded the bondo and gutted the shell. Now I gotta do clean-up work to the bondo and make the front buldges look nice with some Magic Sculpt.

http://www.fichtenfoo.com/02GiantRobots/02b-hovertank.htm