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Finishes, Decals, and Weathering / Question about discoloration
« on: June 23, 2011, 12:43:54 PM »
So I was watching Mike's videos about discoloration and was wondering about the colors of the oils.
Is there a rule about what kind of color you need for different paintjobs? I plan on using this technique on my mak mecha (3 greys camo), which oil paints should I get?

Model In-Progress / Fullscratched fighter
« on: January 12, 2010, 01:17:33 PM »
I know, I know, yet another wip...
This is a project I've had in mind for a long time, fueled by several sources of inspiration (Yukikaze, Ace Combat, latest fighters generations, etc). It's a semi-futuristic fighter jet I've been (very slowly) working on for about a month.
I did a crappy scribble of the basic shape I've been thinking of:

I'm not sure of the scale, I'm trying to keep the size reasonable so it should be somewhere in between 1/48 and 1/72.
I've given a lot of thoughts the way to apprehend the construction of a jet...but it didn't do much good :D
So I just drew the pattern of the fuselage on a plastic sheet and decided to start from there:
It's around 25cm long.

Then I built the thrusters, not too roundish, YF-23 style:
Though the shape will be rounder afterwards.

I glued the thrusters to the fuselage, now I just have to build the rest of the plane :lol:

That's it for now, I'm not sure how far I'll go but I more motivated by this than the other projects I have going on. :razz:

In-Progress Creations / 1/144 The O II — Space Type
« on: May 19, 2009, 02:36:01 AM »
New wip, this time I'm taking a swing at the Neo Geo, a sort of ground-type The O designed by Makoto Kobayashi:
This resin kit is my main inspiration, along with other works by Kobayashi and other Neo Geos (Schnabel Gun for instance ;):
This version is a bit cleaner than other stuff by K.
Not sure yet what the scale will be or how similar mine will be from the resin kit.

I started building a shoulder since it seemed the most challenging part to me (so in case I would fail, I could quickly forget about the project :P)
The base for the shoulder is a ping pong ball, it happens to be just the right size I was looking for.
I made a small styrene structure for the top of the shoulder:
then glued it with super-glue (haven't tried Tamiya cement but I doubt it'd work on the ball's plastic):

Once the glue dried, I applied a thin layer of Magic Sculp on the ball (only on the final shape of the shoulder of course, that stuff's expensive):

Then I hollow the ball up by drilling holes along the shape of the desired design.
I started the second shoulder before cleaning up the first one to ensure they would be as symmetrical as I can make them.

Model News Feed / MG Gouf Version 2.0
« on: March 20, 2009, 09:33:15 AM »
That's a face even a mother couldn't love :sick:

Model In-Progress / 1/35 AMX-84
« on: October 10, 2008, 02:33:45 PM »
Here's my latest project!
My basic concept was to make a 1/35 legged version of the French MBT Leclerc but gave up due to several things (cost, mainly. That Tamiya kit is beautiful but pricey). I kept my idea of doing a French army mecha and bought a 1/35 M3A1 for spare parts.
My main inspirations are this website: , the video games Steel Battalion and Front Mission. So only two legs for the sake of my sanity since I can't cast.

This was started some time ago so I'm going to dump the wip pics I have so far with a few comments:

After some sketching I built the basic body shape out of styrene sheets:
The crotch was from an old project that I gave up on.

I started the real crotch after that:
It's pretty big and needs a lot of refining at this point.

Then comes the legs:
and the shoulders:
I turned the turret-waist upside down since it looked better this way.

Some more overall progress:
The tan parts come from a 1/35 Academy M1 Abrams. So does the figure.
The ankles and hips articulations are made with Kotobukiya ball-joints (horrible horrible stuff).

Bulking up and detailing of the calves:
Bondo fest love! :D
Ammo box and water can only for testing purpose.

Started detailing the crotch area:

More detailing, been working on some armor plating for the upper legs. I was mostly inspired by tanks' side skirts.

Latest update, I've been continuing to work on the legs and the crotch. I finished the armor plating on the sides of the thighs, I really like those parts. I added the barrels on the back, and some other details not visible on the pics. I'll keep working on the legs, still a lot to do. I've been thinking of adding shields to the knees, in a similar fashion as this: but probably lower.

Comments and questions are welcomed !

Capitalism Corner* / Bad Sellers
« on: August 25, 2008, 10:18:57 AM »
I'm creating this sticky to share informations on bad sellers (ebay scammers, websites, etc).

I'll start with bboykorea382, a goddam weasel working on ebay and based in HK. Cheap prices but either never sends the goods, or cheats you on shipping by using Surface (taking months and ruining the crappy "package" in the process)
His email is (sic), feel free to spam the shit out of him if that's your thing.
Here's some proofs that it's not a one time thing:
He got kicked off but came back. My story is that he never send me anything, telling me to wait each time I asked him what was going on (even gave me a fake tracking number once). At some point he got kicked off so I couldn't give him negative feedback...and now I'm screwed, too late. Luckily it wasn't much.

Model In-Progress / Robo-Neko
« on: May 25, 2008, 07:00:44 AM »
Quick project for the girlfriend's birthday.
Inspired by Toro released in the Revoltech line...just not as poseable...Arms and head kinda move but it's not really what I was aiming for.
The balls were made with magic sculp.
Not sure of the color scheme yet.

Model In-Progress / Walker Type SAFS (temporary name)
« on: January 21, 2008, 02:24:13 PM »
So I decided to join MK's GB, and here's what I'm planning to do:
I was in part inspired by this Fireball SH:
Wanna do something shark-like. But flight type. Go figure.

Started to build up the front:
Now waiting on the Bondo to dry.

Model Talk / HK Dengeki Gunpla championship
« on: October 14, 2007, 01:42:07 PM »
Found this and tought I'd share. Seems to be the comp Eday ran his project Z.
The pics are way too small but there's some interesting stuff!

Kit Specifics / Need some measurements on HGUC Psycho Gundam
« on: September 23, 2007, 11:38:48 AM »
Pretty specific question: if anyone own the HGUC Psycho, could you please measure the length and width of its arms and shoulders and give them to me?
That'd be greatly appreciated!

Model Gallery / 1/144 Xeku Zwei Prototype
« on: September 10, 2007, 05:35:09 PM »

AoZ Unlimited Competition! / Gaplant TR-5 [Hrairoo] w/ Gigantic Arms Unit
« on: February 03, 2007, 03:42:36 PM »
The picture of the  Hazel with the Psycho arms has been growing on me. I know many people dislike that kind of stuff but I'm a dirty AoZ whore.
The main thing I liked in that were the huge hands but I don't have any tubes right now so I decided to build bigass hands in the Hazel fashion (kind of like this).
Here's what I did so far:
An in-prog pic:
A size-comparison one:

I'm not even sure this is actually gonna go on a kit, it's more a fun project that might or might not be used on a kit (but I'd like that).
I'm gonna finish the hand and do another one.

Model In-Progress / Xeku 1.5
« on: December 28, 2006, 05:20:37 AM »
Started this while working on my GM III.
Based on the HGUC Xeku Eins. I'll elaborate later on the concept but this will basicaly be the link between the Xeku Eins and Zwei plus some elements from the Xeku from Tribute to Sentinel.So far I've only been working on a scratchbuilt rifle:

Model In-Progress / Landing Eva-05 MP
« on: April 26, 2006, 08:23:47 AM »
Since I did finish a kit, I can start a new wip without being ashamed of myself for putting things off  :razz:
So here's what's next, a landing Eva-05 (the whaly one) strongly inspired by this amazing resin kit:
I'm working with a LMHG kit, it's decent articulation-wise but not enough to reproduce exactly the same pose so I'll try the best I can but it won't be as good looking. I could have tried to extend the thigh or the arms but I just don't want to bother, it's supposed to be a fun project.
I removed the part under the forearms since the 05 models actually don't have it. BTW the plastic they are made from is a pain in the butt to sand and is very easily scratchable...
I puttied and sanded most of it, made most of the stand:

It looks much better from under (1st pic).
I'll try to make it as fixed-posed as possible for the kit to be able to support the weight of the wings but since all the articulations are made of polycaps it might not be easy

Model Gallery / HGUC Dom Tropen
« on: April 15, 2006, 01:49:12 AM »
Here's my second kit done using an airbrush.
The cannon and shield are full-scratchbuilded.
Comments, questions, criticisms welcomed!

Model In-Progress / HGUC Dom Tropen
« on: February 12, 2006, 03:11:00 PM »
I know, I know, I'm starting a new wip and I haven't even finished my Marasai :oops:
Anyway it's a HGUC Dom Tropen. Cool kit, not planning any big mods on the mecha itself (only adding panel lines, some holes and options parts) but I'm making a huge shield like the one of that Rick Dom II that I really love: Click Here
I'm basically planning to do the same. I might build an artillery gun like the Xamel's too.
I may go  for a red/black color scheme like this kit but that might change.
Some pics of what I've done so far:

I drilled the holes.

Hopefully more progress to come soon.

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