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Model In-Progress / Re: retro delux
« on: December 03, 2011, 07:51:22 AM »
A Mattel "Dream Car," it'll be interesting to see what you do with it!

Model In-Progress / Re: Fang jetbike 1/20
« on: November 25, 2011, 12:50:31 PM »

Model In-Progress / Re: Fichtenfoo's Hornethopter - The Red Hornet
« on: November 22, 2011, 07:25:48 PM »
Great job on the groundwork...are you going to add any green plants? 

Model In-Progress / Re: Fils Scratch build, i have been busy honest!
« on: November 19, 2011, 08:29:15 AM »
Cool!  From what I can see it doesn't look symetrical, just wanted to see how the other half lives!  ^_^

Model In-Progress / Re: Fils Scratch build, i have been busy honest!
« on: November 18, 2011, 02:23:55 PM »
Love it!  How about a pic from the other side, you seem to favor it's left.

Thanks guys, it's been fun getting back into the project.

greebler elf - I'm not using a design and am building as I go.  I can see it in my head but I'm not good at putting it on paper.  Unfortunately, that means I do a lot of thinking and staring before I put a blade to plastic.

Sharkdog - I agree with your three-eye thought and will be going in that direction.

I'm continuing to work on welds and rivets and will post more pics when I complete something significant.  Thanks again.

Hi guys! I just wanted to post a quick update to my SteamDog project.  Admittedly, I’ve been lazy this summer but I’m spending more time building now that the weather is changing.  Figuring out what to do to the head was exhausting but you can see the direction I’m going. The plan for now is to build a mechanical “main eye” and have two portholes on either side. Of course I have tons of welds and rivets to do…

One eye or three.  What do you think?

I’ve been playing with Mr. Surfacer 500 to add texture to the metal panels.  What’s the best product to clean brushes of this stuff?

Thoughts and comments welcome!

Model In-Progress / Re: 1/35 Buchner....YES.....BUCHNER!!^^
« on: October 21, 2011, 05:55:35 AM »
Awesome…as usual!

Model In-Progress / Re: 1/100 GMG AGX-041 custom
« on: October 18, 2011, 10:55:56 AM »
Although I've been pretty lazy this summer, over the past week I've been working on my "SteamDog" project (Steampunk Scopedog).  I'm pretty pleases with your paint and was wondering what colors you're using, especially the dark gray?  The weathering is outstanding and very motivating!  Keep the tutorials coming!

Model In-Progress / Re: 1/100 GMG AGX-041 custom
« on: October 14, 2011, 03:35:29 PM »
I'm liking it!

Model In-Progress / Re: Fichtenfoo's Hornethopter - The Red Hornet
« on: October 09, 2011, 05:39:30 PM »
Love the build, keep up the great work.  The pose is spot on too!

Model In-Progress / Re: Dust Models "Gunther"
« on: July 05, 2011, 07:44:47 AM »
Can you post a pic of the punches, I'm always looking for better ways to make rivets, especially in styrene?

Model In-Progress / Re: Dust Models "Gunther"
« on: July 02, 2011, 05:43:37 PM »
Looks great!  Could you tell me how the rivets were accomplished with Evergreen plastic?

Thanks guys.  Not much progress lately, getting ready to go on vacation.  I'll be sure to get back at it and provide updates when I get back.

I'd like to make it as "real" as possible as far as the steam-driven mechanics go.  A common and more interesting part is the large flywheel, which I'd like to incorporate.  I'm also looking forward to building the centrifugal governor, another cool and important part of a steam engine.  Your right though, symmetry is not important but busy is what I'm going for.  Steampunk tech often looks busy, over-engineered, delicate, and in most cases open to attack.  ^_^ 

Thanks guys.  Below are a few update pics of some of the recent progress.

First off, I wanted to replace the “foot box” cause of all the Scopedog attributes, this is my least favorite.  I’m really not sure of it’s function other than giving you access to the bottom of the cockpit to see the driver’s feet.  When the kit’s piece is flipped upside-down it looks better but doesn’t fit very well.  The replacement piece was constructed from sheet styrene and fits better than the tape would hold it in place.  It’ll be detailed with rivets and other stuff at a later date.

I also worked on the steam engine’s flywheel but I’m not sure of the direction I want to go.  Researching  steam-driven tractors and other steam-powered equipment you’ll always see a large, oversized flywheel.  I made the small one by laminating the three left-hand gears of a set purchased at a craft store.  The larger one was made from a 1/12 scale motorcycle wheel.  I like the detail of the larger one but not a fan of my end design. Fortunately, I have an extra wheel in my parts bin if I decide to go that way.

What do you think, is the large wheel too big to fit on the back of the Steamdog?

Model In-Progress / Re: Revell Republic Attack Shuttle
« on: June 03, 2011, 07:16:45 PM »
Nice, your detailing makes the model pop!

Thanks for the kind words guys!

TMTP, I thought about an open cockpit with Victorian Era wood chair and delicate controls but wanted to show more metal.  One thing I like about steam-powered equipment is how heavy it looks; I thought an open cockpit would lighten it too much.  Also, painting a figure is a whole other ballgame for me, it could easily make or break a model.  I understand I have to do a lot of rivets and am not sure of the method I want to use.  I purchased some 1mm bearings but could easily see them popping out all the time, especially before paint.  If you know of a good method, feel free to educate me.  Any way I look at it it’ll be time consuming...but I don’t mind time consuming for good results.

It may sound funny but I’ve been experimenting with Mylar sequins to make my own rivets.  Not the sequins themselves but the tiny dots that are left over after the center is punched out.  If you buy a bag of sequins it always has a bunch of the dots too.

I lay the dots out on the sticky side of a Post-It, mix a small amount of slow-curing epoxy glue and using a sharp toothpick place a tiny drop on each sequin dot.  It has the tendency to form and dry like a tiny lens and when painted looks like a rivet.  Unpainted they make great indicators and lenses and can be made in many colors. They’re unbelievably small but actually a little large for this scale.  I do plan on using them here and there to break up the uniformity.

Sharkdog, when the gunstock was in the state shown in pic 4 (above) I used heavy nail clippers to cut off the excess plastic around the edges.  After that I mostly used the x-acto knife shown to scrape it to shape.  It sounds time consuming but with a sharp knife went pretty quick.  My Dremel had the tendency to melt the plastic and sandpaper didn’t give me the control I needed.  Basically, I took my time and whittled on it like a piece of wood to get it to shape.  Scraping it with the knife also leaves a grain-like finish which I may leave vice sanding it smooth prior to paint.

Atlas100, the teeth on top of the barrel were achieved using Evergreen corrugated sheet plastic.  I’m not sure of the size because I don’t have the bag it came in.  I cut a small strip perpendicular to the corrugation, a little larger than I needed and used Tamiya cement to glue it in place.  When the piece was fully dry I laid the barrel on its side and sanded it on a flat surface to the desired thickness.  If you look at the pic closely you can see the barrel it’s nothing more than tubing and sheet styrene glued together.  I like to use superglue as a filler but have to be careful when sanding because the plastic is softer and tends to go away faster.

Thanks again guys, I’ll post updates as I have them.

Ok, so I've been a member for some time but spend my time lurking and watching what others are doing.  Lots of talented people here for sure!!!  Today I thought I'd post a few pics to show what I've been working on with the hopes of the members keeping me motivated.  Like a lot of modelers, I have no problem starting a project but finishing is another story.

I love Steampunk technology and thought I'd take a stab at converting a Bandai 1/20 Scopedog into something from the Victorian Era.  For some reason I started the project by working on a rifle.  Also included are pics of the torso.  The steam-driven power plant will be mounted on the back and the arms and legs will have to be re-worked to dumb down and hide the Scopedog technology.

Being from the Victorian Era the gunstock HAD to be made of wood.  At first I was going to carve it out of balsa or other soft wood but decided to make it with sandwiched sheet styrene and tubing.  The tricky part will be painting it to look like wood.

Carving and scraping the gunstock to shape wasn’t hard but was a bit time consuming getting it to fit in the Scopedog’s hand correctly.

The gun barrel was also made from sheet styrene and tubing.  I wanted something “beefy” looking and will add some delicate detail found in most Steampunk tech.  I think the barrel has to sit further down in the stock so I’ll continue to tweak it.

Here's a few pics of the torso, lots of rivets and such will be added when I get further into the project.  The cockpit access panel will be made to look like it flips forward on hinges.  At first I wanted to do a Victorian-style cockpit but decided to focus on exterior detail.  Perhaps next time?

The head is something that’s been holding back the project but I think I found a direction I want to go in.  More pics to follow and all comments welcome.

I don't know where I've been but I finally found your Fish Sub, VERY COOL!!!  This whole project is looking great, thanks for the inspiration.

BTW, were the rivets on the sub accomplished with 1.0 mm steel balls?

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