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July 27, 2011, 02:43:53 AM
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Hunter Rose

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I've been working on this diorama (my first!) for some time, kept meaning to upload the WIP but kept forgetting :doh:

 Basically I really love the scopedog model kit, its a great mech and I loved fich's excellent build of his desert scopedog and I wanted to do something of my own. The idea for my diorama was I wanted to have a really beat up to hell scopedog that had been left rusting on a junkyard until one day the owner decides to get it working and modify it for cutting up cars and other scrap.
  I want to use a lot of the techniques seen on this site, such as rust effects and hairspray chipping as well as disoloration and using oils for rusty streaks, so as its my first diorama its also a learning experience.

The first thing I did was to sort out the head, I wanted it to seem as if the original camera visor had been removed for a simpler for the pilot to see where he's going as the electronics and cameras would been badly degraded, so heres what I came up with: -



I liked this as it reminded me of an American football helmet! Rust effects were done using a base coat of a medium rust colour and then hairsprayed, salted and sprayed randomly with various shades of rust, and then used rust mig pigments to enhance the rust. A happy accident ocuured too, I used fich's method of adding tamiya flat base to some future, but I goofed up the mix  :doh: and it ended up going cloudy, however when I went over it with more pigments to help cover it up I let it show through in places as it looked like sun bleached rust.


Once that was done it was time sort out the parts and prime, I use vallejo's grey primer.









Once primed its time for the usual rust, hairspray and salt



Once salted I decided to paint it tamiyas buff colour, i'm using fich's scopedog build as a 'how to' as I'm new to a lot of these techniques, and I really like the colour so I'm using it for mine too, although I'm going much heavier with chipping and weathering as I want this to be a rennovated wreck.





I'm leaving off one of the arms, as it will be replaced by a metal cutting buzzsaw arm.

I got through a lot of salt and hairspray on this build!



Then after a coat of future it was time to hold my breath and try out some filters and discoloration!



I was both pleased and amazed with the results, I've never done it before and was surprised at the depth it adds.
I also added some rusty streaks.





I did the skirt armour in the same way, and then the armour plates and the arm covers were both hairsprayed (I'm starting to feel like a hairdresser!) and salted, then sprayed with random rust tones like the head.





Now time for a build up!



And now to future, filter, discolour and streak aaaand pigment (phew!) the legs and waist, and the main body is done!


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July 27, 2011, 03:01:12 AM
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Hunter Rose

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Riiiight now all thats done time to redeem myself as more than just a copycat of a fich build! ^_^

The fun starts as its time to make the saw arm and powerpack that will be mounted on the 'dogs back.

First thing I did was to cut a circle of styrene for the blade, using an olfa circle cutter (an invaluable tool!) and cutting out a section of the arm to give the blade room.  I then padded the walls of the hollow arm with more styrene and covere over a section of the elbow joint to hide some of the joint.



Now to go around the blade with my scalpel to make the teeth, I wasn't bothered about being too neat as I wanted it to look used, and it does cut metal after all!



Now as I'm not using the gun. I used parts of it to beef up the chainsaw and to help make it look less like a modified arm and more like a specialised part.



Once it was all stuck on I must say, I'm really happy with the results, I also used aves to make some weld seams





I sprayed the whole thing with alclad black gloss primer and then alclad steel.



I then masked out parts of it in preperation for spraying the main yellow colour.  I want the backpack and the chainsaw to seem much newer than the rest as they are very recent modifications, plus it will really stand out aginst the heavy weathering of the mech.



I also used alclad aluminium on the blade and added it to the saw



I used pigments on it to make the details pop and to make it look dirty without going to the extreme of chipping. I also used it on the centre of the blade to make the shiny edge stand out and make it look in constant use.  You may notice as well I put some circular scratches in the blade as it cuts cars for a living.





Now after drilling holes in the top, I added the first set of power cables, I used 1mm heat shrink tube shrunk over solder wire for flex with strength.



Over all I'm really happy with the end result, its the first time I've done kit bashing and heavy modifications so I'm pleased that it looks even better than I hoped!
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July 27, 2011, 03:13:34 AM
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Backpack time!  As I said earlier (Ithink) the scopedog itself and modifications have already been completed, I'm just putting the WIP for these before I start with the base.



I used a piece of acrylic tube cut in half for the top and bottom, and the walls are just 0.5mm styrene sheet, I scribed in the vent cover, a lttle poorly, but okay for a first effort at scribing I guess.  There is a bit of brass grill behind it, it's filled with blue tack and aves which was only to hold it together whilst the glue dried and add a bit of stability.

I added a few little details, including some connection points for the two sets of power cables that were going to go from the backpack to the saw arm, and some more aves weld seams. and as I have many spare nuts from this kit I used some to add another layer of detail.



It was then primed and painted the same tamiya yellow as the arm, and I painted the nuts black, and the connections for the power cables a brass colour from a random humbrol enamel pot I had laying around.



Then like the arm I used some rusty pigments on it, and added another pipe to it, just for the hell of it!



Okay, its all up to date now, so now I need to go work on the base and other details! Any comments or questions welcome thanks for looking. Updates soon.


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July 27, 2011, 04:35:05 AM
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Looking simply awesome Hunter.  I love the rust effects and the scratch built parts are very cool.  Do use primarily Valejo?  I though about giving them a try but I am not sure about their toughness.
SNIFFING RESIN DUST IS FUN!!!!!!

July 27, 2011, 04:36:53 AM
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Freakin unbelievable!! Great job!
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July 27, 2011, 04:54:03 AM
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Thanks Stratos, I appreciate the praise. :-)

I've seen a lot of your ecellent builds mvm3897, so thats high praise indeed! I use a mix of vallejo and tamiya equally depending on the circumstances, vallejo air brush paints are pretty tough, I've never had a problem. One of the main plus points is that it comes pre thinned, so you just squirt it in the airbrush. However it can be a bad point if your spraying over a darker colour as the base colour can show through so you need to put at least 2 coats down, thats when I switch to tamiya to run my paint a little thicker. I can also highly recommend their grey primer, I use it exclusively with all my acrylic airbrushing, its also prethinned so its quick and easy to use, and very tough.

Also I forgot to put up the pics of the back pack and arm fitted with the other cables in place.  I figured in real life you wouldn't want the cables dangling around the legs of the mech, so using another piece of the unused gun I made a hoop to hold them out of the way, rusted it and added aves weld seams around the joins.

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July 27, 2011, 05:50:36 AM
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Awesome, that's some pretty heavy rusting, and it looks great!
Great work on the saw, you'd never guess it doesn't come with the kit!

July 27, 2011, 06:03:58 AM
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This is looking pretty good. At first I was wondering if the 'newer' parts would look good with the heavily rusted frame, but it seems to work pretty well!

It actually kind of reminds me of the Goblin Shredder, from World of Warcraft :)

http://www.airhawkalliance.com/igallery/upload/world%20of%20warcraft/Goblin-Shredder.jpg

July 27, 2011, 06:07:07 AM
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Very cool design. Helmet looks like a football player but still looking good.

July 27, 2011, 10:46:31 AM
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Thanks for the comments and compliments guys.

Glad you like the saw ezechiel, thanks for the kind words.

sharkdog I see what you mean, the inspiration did kind of come from a computer game I guess, one of my favourite games as a kid was a Genesis game called cyborg justice, always loved the buzzsaw weapon arm, and I guess I've always had a soft spot for it!


Thanks fich, yeah it does look like that, to be honest thats why I like it! Seems a bit rough and tumble! :-)
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July 27, 2011, 04:34:58 PM
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I love what you've done so far but was thinking of something that I don't see.  Patches and other "add-ons".  I would think that something like that would have a couple of plates welded here and there patching spots.  Things like a light here or there would seem like something that a worker would add to their equipment.  Another thing is that if the owner added the mask and the loop to hold the cable then they wouldn't be as rusted as the rest of the suit.  Just my 2 cents.  I still really like it and look forward to the completion.

July 27, 2011, 09:26:03 PM
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Looks great, i agree you have done  great job with the saw arm. personally i would like to see a few chips and scratches on the saw arm close to the blade ( not all over like the rest ). although its a recent addition i dont think i would survive unscathed after cutting up cars nd wot not. just me.

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July 28, 2011, 01:45:44 AM
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Thanks for the input guys, yeah I think your right fil, I shall add a bit of chipping to the yellow parts near the blade. I have actually added some minimal chips to the backpack since these photos, mainly around the hooks on the back as if they have had chains tied round them for dragging stuff around the yard.

And Asmodeous if I was a lazy modeller that was full of excuses I'd say the hoop was rusty because the owner used a rusty piece of metal! ;) But as I'm not I'm now thinking why the hell I rusted it and not have it as yellow?? I think I was in rust mode on that day, I will sort that out though because its now really bugging me!

I also made a MAJOR school-boy error with the figure I was going to use, was mucking about with oil paints on the figure but was unhappy with the results so to strip the paint and without thinking I (and yes I know I'm a total idiot, before I say what I did) soaked it in white spirit for a few hours! :sick: and of course it softened the styrene to the point where it collapsed in on itself and fell to pieces! So there is one less Krote pilot in the world! :(

However this was a good thing because I now have a radical plan for the figure and another mod for the scopedog! More updates soon!
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July 28, 2011, 12:53:37 PM
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I love it  :love:

Maybe some chicken wire-type mesh to go behind the visor? Seems like smaller bits of flying debris would get right through those bars  :P

July 29, 2011, 01:33:21 AM
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Thanks man appreciate it. :-)

Thats a good shout with the mesh, unfortunately thats all sealed down now so Its not possible to get inside
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July 29, 2011, 10:39:01 AM
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Okay, so one of the things thats been bugging me is how the driver gets into the scopedog. The way the traditional scopedog pilot gets in is that the legs fold forward and fit behind its back dropping the torso to the ground like this : -


My junkyard worker has a generator on his back and so he cant do that. Soooo an idea I had was to have a ladder welded on the front, and have the figure posed as if he's just about to climb up.

A little scratch building and bashing of the old tamiya 1/20 pit crew and I have this



I cut two sets of legs in half, one a kneeling figure one standing, so when glued together it looks like he's stepping up.  One of the figures in the set is reaching up to use a large jack, perfect for reaching up to the ladder rung. I wanted him to have overalls on and I didn't want him in short sleeves so after carefully posing him and gluing him together checking to make sure he fitted the ladder, I grabbed the aves and made his clothes one piece overalls with the sleeves rolled up.





Then I primed him, incidentaly he's superglued to a tamiya lid so i dont have to hold the figure and get grease marks on it plus it makes it easier to paint.



And then I brush painted him using vallejo's model colour range of paints, which as far as I'm concerned are the best acrylics to brush paint with. I used olive green for his hat and overalls, brown for the shoes and mixed a flesh tone for the flesh! and I then just shaded and highlighted with darker and lighter mixes.



I then enhanced the shading on the overalls and added dirt and grime marks using mig pigments graveyard dirt.





Forgot to take more photo's of the ladder as I did it  :doh: basically It was done like the generator backpack, primed then painted yellow and pigmented. However with the ladder I did go a little heavier with the chipping, mainly because it looked better and made sense as it has work boots slamming up and down it all day!



You can just about make out in the photo halfway down it is some spare photoetch parts I put on to look like hinges, as (although it doesn't actually) it would fold up in half so as not to restrict the leg movement too much, and because its being folded together a lot is also why I went heavier with the chipping.



In the background you can see a couple of the diorama items, a little tire stack and the bonnet of a spare 1/20 car model I grabbed for parts.  Oh and the aves weld seams haven't been painted yet they aren't supposed to look like that.

Heres a quick shot of the figure and scopedog together, I'm calling them done so now I can continue working on the base.  I'm very pleased with how they turned out, I felt like it still looked a little too like the scopedog for my liking and the ladder has just added that final touch to it and I'm glad my first fugure mucked up as this is much more dynamic than just a worker stood next to it like he's posing for a photo.



More updates soon guys, your positive comments have really spurred me on with this build thanks again! Any further comments or questions are appreciated  :-)

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July 29, 2011, 03:48:49 PM
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The ladder looks really good, and I like what you did with the figure stepping up on the ladder like that. Won't the ladder kind of restrict the scopedogs movement though?

July 30, 2011, 01:03:05 AM
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Thanks shark, yeah I did think about that, thats why I cut the ladder in half and added some spare photoetch to look like hinges, to give the impression that the ladder folds in half, I guess it would still be slightly restrictive but I'm going for looks over practicality.
Initially I had thought about making a rope ladder, but that felt like it would be kind of a cop out and just look like I couldn't be bothered to do something more substantial if you see what I mean.

More updates showing work on the base soon
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August 03, 2011, 11:53:05 PM
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Just a small update, got the groundwork on the base done



Ground was done with celluclay using fich's recipe, and I just mixed in some small stones and a little dirt for added texture and detail.

Started by laying down dark mud vallejo air and then just sprayed random mixed tones and highlighted some stones with a brush. Tied the whiole thing together by going over it with african earth mig pigment and used graveyard dirt in a few places to add shadow where required.

Made my junkyard fence next using corrigated styrene and some more of the spare plastic bolts left over from the kit.



That was primed and painted red and some rusting was added using a small piece of sponge and a few variying rust tones mixed with tamiya paints. Then I added grass to my base, never done it before and man is it time consuming!! Used the grass tutorial on here to create it, wanted the grass to get drier and slighlty shorter as it got closer to my fence.





I added an exhaust to the grass as a point of interest to break up the wide are of grass, wanted it to look like it had been discarded over the fence and forgotten about, just random rust toned it with tamiya paint and used old standard and bright rust mig pigments on it.

Oh and the barbed wire on top was made using a tutorial I found on armorama http://www.armorama.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=Sections&file=index&req=viewarticle&artid=107



More soon, thanks for looking :-)

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August 04, 2011, 05:23:24 PM
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What a piece of junk!

Seriously, great work. That circular saw is scary!