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Model Talk / Re: Anyone custom painted a Lego Bionicle model?
« on: August 13, 2009, 07:34:11 PM »
I've thought about adding armor and internals to a Bionicle or two. I've got quite a collection of them since I like to pick one up when I go to Target. For usually under $10 how can I resist? They have some pretty cool designs and are nicely articulated although most of them have non-articulated torsos.

They recently came out with wheeled vehicles. :drool:

Model Talk / Re: Looking for Robotech Defenders/Dougram Builds or info.
« on: August 11, 2009, 09:41:28 PM »
KayBee.. Damn we're old! :D My transforming ones also suffered burnt and explosive deaths mainly because the joints were so crappy that once they snap after the 3rd transformation I had nothing else to do with them. I have a few odds and ends from them in my parts pile. I also have a complete Orguss-looking one but it's a glue bomb with 3mm thick paint on it.

For the heli I was thinking of intakes in front with fans and/or swivel nozzles on the side, Harrier-style. Or I could just thin out and streamline the fuselage to more realistic proportions.

Model Talk / Re: Looking for Robotech Defenders/Dougram Builds or info.
« on: August 10, 2009, 06:29:13 PM »
I've got a complete Hasty/Gartan waiting for a restoration. Not sure what to do with it yet. There's also an unbuilt Exaxes\Ishkick awaiting its turn. Both are 1/48. The rest of my Revell Robotech kits are in pieces or missing altogether. Heck they were dime a dozen when I was a kid. Back then when a kit went out of production it actually went on clearance.

Edit - I also have the "Airborne Attackers" heli. Realistically I don't think it would fly since the rotor wash is blocked by the huge fuselages so I'm thinking of converting it to some sort of ducted fan propulsion.

GB4: Sci-Fi GPX / Re: GB#4 Sign-up
« on: March 23, 2009, 03:34:22 PM »
This GB kind of died quick with only 1 or 2 completions.
I believe the deadline wasn't set in stone so nobody really has any motivation to finish. I've been collecting parts for mine until a deadline was announced but I guess time just flew.

Model In-Progress / Re: 10 Year Old Distraction
« on: November 06, 2008, 06:54:02 PM »
I really like seeing these kits built since they aren't something you see often. I wish I still had mine, the one sold through Monogram and were claimed to be part of the Gobots series for some reason. Mine broke from too many transformations and ended up being firecracker fodder. I still have a half built "Cy-kill" that's actually the Mospeada cycle armor.

Model Gallery / Re: Scout Flier SF-3A- Maschinen Krieger Scratch-build
« on: August 04, 2008, 09:37:10 AM »
I don't think the spoons are obvious unless you're looking for them. They are cut down at least. Is that a motorcycle frame?

Do you have any view of the back?  I'm interested to see what you did there. 
Follow his link. I normally ignore links but this is too cool.

Build-Offs & Duels / Re: Build-Off Ideas and Sign-ups
« on: July 14, 2008, 12:26:03 PM »
For years I've been wanting build that dual-rotor heli that came with one of the Revell Robotech kits, I forgot the name, but the heli was for carrying the mech around. I found it in a parts box in my brother-in-law's garage and while the robot is long gone the heli is still in its sealed bags.

I'm still slowly working on my PONG project, which is a hovering vehicle as it is, but the chopper one sounds fun. At least I don't have much scratchbuilding, if any, to do on it.

GB4: Sci-Fi GPX / Re: GB4 References
« on: March 16, 2008, 08:47:12 PM »
I got the Daniel Simon book last week, pretty good read. I'm not sure I like his "shiny everything" approach to rendering. The "damage" and weathering seem like they were added as an afterthought, and even they are shiny! Paint chips under the clearcoat?

Anyway, this was supposed to be a Wipeout question post. What is the technology that the ships supposedly use to keep them floating? Is it the track that keeps them levitated, sort of a Maglev-type setup? I own Wipeout XL and Wipeout Fusion; I don't believe either one explained the technology. The "anti gravity racing" description isn't exactly obvious since you fall to your doom when you fly off the track.

I've got two entries - can we post more than one?

Build-Offs & Duels / PONG! Ping Pong Ball Challenge
« on: March 12, 2008, 07:19:46 AM »
Not "official" until there's a thread or something? So anatole, me, and cranky makes three. Any more?

Build-Offs & Duels / PONG! Ping Pong Ball Challenge
« on: March 06, 2008, 05:34:31 PM »
Nice drawings. You must be peeking into my windows because that buggy is what's mocked up on my desk. I better put some pants on.

ninja edit - OK I'm done.

Anyways, I'm in for this one. We've got 3 now?

Build-Offs & Duels / Re: Build-Off and Duel Guidelines
« on: March 06, 2008, 12:06:03 PM »
FF, the link in the original post does not work. Is it supposed to link to this one?

Build-Offs & Duels / Re: Ping Pong Ball Build Off
« on: March 06, 2008, 12:01:27 PM »
Just yesterday I found some ping pong eyeballs in my wife's stash. Naturally I had to collect them for myself. Shhh...

They have very prominent mold marks which probably excludes them from official tabletop tennis matches, but the grooves make nice panel lines.

edit- btw I think you're supposed to post suggestions here.

GB4: Sci-Fi GPX / Re: GB4 Deadline
« on: December 19, 2007, 10:24:13 PM »
What is the new deadline anyway? I read all the pinned threads and can't seem to find the official deadline announcement.


Assembly/Scratchbuilding / Re: Shapelock (review added)
« on: December 12, 2007, 09:51:00 PM »
Search for "Friendly Plastic", the stuff's been around almost a decade, if not more. It even comes in colors, sheets, and the usual pellets as shown on the Shapelock site.

Assembly/Scratchbuilding / Re: Micro mesh
« on: September 29, 2007, 06:15:38 PM »
I bought a set of these many years ago because the other guys swore by them. I did get great results but they are expensive. As they clog fast, I found myself trying to clean them because I didn't want to buy another set so soon. For high-gloss applications I got equal results with much cheaper 1500- to 2000-grit automotive wet/dry sandpaper and a bottle of 3M rubbing compound, easily purchased at your local auto parts store.

Micro-mesh is one of those "You need this because we tell you!" modeling products that you don't really need. There is pretty much no reason to require stepped grits to achieve a smooth finish on models. If your orange peel is that bad you have other issues.

You can try an auto paint store for pearl powders but you'll get a bottle that'll last you three lifetimes. A manicure shop might be able to help you with small quantities. eBay is also a good source of pearl powders if you're up for that.

There's a car modeling place that sells pearls but the name escapes me at the moment. I'd stay away from those as most of them buy cheap stuff, i.e. nail supplies, then re-sell them as marked-up "modeling supplies".

For your application I would paint regular purple, and over that a clear coat with the purple pearl powder mixed in. A contrasting base color gives you a color-changing effect. For example a black base with purple powder/clear coat will look black or purple depending on the viewing angle. You don't need much powder - usually a "scoop" using a flat toothpick end is enough for a typical airbrush jar.

Tools / Re: Harbor Freight Tools
« on: August 19, 2007, 05:17:34 PM »
I got their 7x10 lathe about two years ago. It's basically a Seig, the same lathe that you find from Grizzly and Micromark, with each vendor painting and labeling it with their own company's "style". Same goes for the mini-mill and some shear/brake tools. HF sells it cheaper than the rest because they're a huge reseller of tools and can make up for it. I'd think twice about the 4x5 if I were you. That's 5" from chuck to tailstock. Add in your part, plus a live/dead center or drill chuck and you'll end up with a lot less room. You'll also be wishing for an X-axis power feed to get smooth finishes.

If you haven't yet, you should subscribe to their mail catalog. The front and back covers have a 1/2 off "sale" that rotates items every so often, with prices that are not listed online. Wait long enough and the tool you want will be 1/2 price. Don't wait on the lathe or any other machinery to be half price, though! Good place to get discounts on razor blade 100-packs, brushes, tweezers, needle files, etc. and the security Torx bits in case you want to dismantle a bathroom stall (my Lincoln has those screws holding the steering cover on). Once in a while there are so many good deals that I order tons of sub-$5 things. Unpacking is fun, with a lot of "Let's see what else is buried in these peanuts" because of the amount of stuff, I forgot what I ordered.

There's a joke that pretty much any tool from HF eventually becomes a hammer, but you really can't go wrong with the small stuff. Shipping is slow, about 7 to 14 days in the US. They ship out of my state and it takes me 7 days to get it. The price guarantee applies even to their own stock. When my lathe came, it came with a catalog listing the lathe for $40 less! One quick phone call and I was credited the $40.

Build-Offs & Duels / Re: Propeller Pirates Sign-Up
« on: August 19, 2007, 11:04:07 AM »
I agree, short is good. Then I won't be motivated to detail it down to every hydraulic hose and wiring harness and not end up finishing it.

Build-Offs & Duels / Re: Build-Off Ideas and Sign-ups
« on: August 16, 2007, 02:28:52 PM »
Well I did play CS on the PC and I know the dirigibles' role, but that makes the fighters basically armed escort or destroyers, which could pretty much imply any genre that required combat aircraft. I can see it being a pirate theme if we were building just the dirigibles, i.e. "Pirate ships", but whatever, I'm in anyway and sounds like fun. The pirate theme would lend to some outrageous paint schemes, if anything.

LOL  :lol: The PP buildoff!!  :lol:
Look, you got PP on your workbench!

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