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Model In-Progress / Re: TR-1 Hazel Owsla/Primrose - From AOZ Unlimited...
« on: February 14, 2009, 01:43:03 PM »
 :mad :curse: :mad

I am so sorry man - that made me sick when I read your post . . .

Not sure that helps anything . . . infact I'm pretty sure it doesn't, but I have no doubt that you will not let this 'speed bump' stop you. . . Press on! It really, really is looking great.

(And I'm sorry if my impatience to see a test fit led to the above mentioned catastophe . . .  :embarrased: :mad)

Model In-Progress / Re: Eve scratch build from Wall-E
« on: February 08, 2009, 11:28:14 AM »
I love this!  :D Great job with the curves looks great. I like the "clay-to-hold-the-small-styrene-strips" trick - I will use that in the future for sure!!

Model Gallery / Re: Alice in Cyberland - CARD Soldier
« on: February 02, 2009, 07:59:49 AM »
Dude! I love this. Way great.  :-)

Can you offer any words on the construction of the arms/joints? I have been designing arms for my retrobot and I wanted the 'biceps' to be slim like you have shown here. (with larger size for the forearms)

Model In-Progress / Re: TR-1 Hazel Owsla/Primrose - From AOZ Unlimited...
« on: January 23, 2009, 08:56:50 PM »
Man, you're killing me, I wanna see a complete test fit sooo bad!!


I think that is EVERYBODY'S thoughts!!

Thanks for the shot of the hand though clee - it will satisfy us for a time (a short time . . . :D )

Model Gallery / Re: MG Kampfer - BAKUC Grand Champion 2008
« on: January 23, 2009, 08:38:11 PM »
Sorry for the late post . . . not sure how I missed THIS!!!  :twitch: :twitch:

There is a lot of cool in that piece!! Crazy cool. It's awesome to see a Kampfer that decked out!! I keep going through your pics, again, and . . . :twitch:

Really great job!

Model In-Progress / Re: Scratch Built Retrobot
« on: January 21, 2009, 06:25:00 PM »
Yes, yes we do. That's how cool we are.

<Sigh> if only you could rub off on those Canadians! :razz:

Model In-Progress / Re: Scratch Built Retrobot
« on: January 21, 2009, 03:18:22 PM »
Foo: Great tip! I'll use that in the future

Ezechiel: LOL  :lol: Yup, forgot the 'i' - I always think that I am going to misspell that word as 'Viola' and get all the musicians upset  :D BTW how do you get that little -'- above the 'a'? (like you had in your post) I always wondered . . .
Do the french have special keyboards??!  :lol:

Model In-Progress / Re: Scratch Built Retrobot
« on: January 21, 2009, 01:25:17 PM »
very clever use of your styrene powder, always wanted to know how that worked out, could you give us some incite into its guessed cure time/ workability/ strength.

Herbert: Interesting handle btw.  ??? Cure time is in seconds. You have to work quickly due to the evaporating concept of the weld liquid. I usually dump out a little pile of the styrene on some surface that is NOT affected by the chemical, then make a little puddle of the weld and mix them together to make a slurry of sorts, spread it on your seam and wait till it dries. It is dry to touch in less than a minute and maybe takes 30-60 min before it is ready to sand and not be too 'rubbery'. I guess a picture is worth a thousand words:

Small Update:

I added a little detail to the bot this afternoon - but the process worked out really well so I thought I would let you guys in on this little trick I uncovered. (Maybe this is already known by everybody and I am the last to figure it out!!  :lol:)

So I wanted to add an raised 'lip' on the top of the bot to define where his head would go, and to give him that little extra 'realistic detail. To make the lip I used a VERY thin piece of styrene (.020" x .040") and bent it INSIDE a circle template (see pictured) Then I cut the strip slightly larger than needed (trial and error at this stage) and glued it to itself with the ProWeld:


Then I took the whole assembly and plopped it on top of the robots torso and used the ProWeld again to weld the inside of the lip. The capillary action of the ProWeld sucks itself into the smallest seam:

Once dry (1-2 min later) I took the circle template off and VOLA!!! A thin perfect circle detail set in strip styrene less then the thickness of a dime!!!  :D :D Wooohooo!

Ok, so I get a little excited at small victories!!! Anyway, I was pleased with the ease of setting that detail and I will definitely be using the "styrene-in-the-circle-template" trick in the future:

So besides the fact that my little retrobot looks more like a fire hydrant right now . . . :meh: Onward I go!

Model Talk / Re: chubu 01 - 50's robot/vehicle/walker
« on: January 21, 2009, 08:28:10 AM »
Yuck LinK. I hate stuff like that - you are right it always overshadows the design, no matter how sweet it is.

It's funny that color scheme is the EXACT color and feel that I have designed for the bot I'm scratching now. Nothing quite says "retro" like the aqua color!!  :lol: Maybe I'll switch now though . . .  :meh:

Foo: I laughed out loud with your title: "Rusty Fish Sub Guy"  :lol: :lol: and I'm STILL waiting until you have that topic as a contest/buildoff!! I have a lot of his images saved as reference. Sweet indeed. 8)

Model In-Progress / Re: "How Do You Like Them Apples?"
« on: January 18, 2009, 05:41:13 PM »
Great, great, great. I love the detail of the gloves on the bag! The crates are stunning. You truly are a modeler of all mediums - its great to see the application of your modeling techniques on so many surfaces.

I've seen your WIP's (and a lot of info on this forum) for the sculpting mediums that you are using - but it wasn't until this thread that I am becoming interested in trying some out myself. After seeing all that you can do with it . . . very, very nice. :-)

Model In-Progress / Re: scratch build joker from batman
« on: January 16, 2009, 05:02:10 AM »
Nice! Looks great so far. I totally don't agree that you "don't have the skill or patients to sculpt something based on a real person" your sculpt is looking great!

Are you baking it as you go along or is the head still "wet"?

Model In-Progress / Re: Einöde Aufklärungs-Androïde
« on: January 16, 2009, 04:58:20 AM »
No photoshop here, matey! I don't even have photoshop. It's magic. And Antigravityballs. Or maybe even just a length of styrene, some bluetack and the right camera-angle.
Gotta give me some credit ;)

Now if only you could make that work from all angles . . . .  :ninja:

Model In-Progress / Re: "How Do You Like Them Apples?"
« on: January 14, 2009, 08:27:10 PM »
Dang Foo! I was out of town for 2 days. TWO DAYS!! and look what I have missed in the mean time!!
This has all sorts of cool about it. Lookin' real good.

I'd like to nominate you for some karma - for your inspirational dio's and SPEED techniques!!!  :lol: :lol:

Model Gallery / Re: 1/35 Tamiya Willy's Jeep
« on: January 14, 2009, 08:11:03 PM »
What a great little build. Not sure how I missed it the first time. Great job! Your attention to detail is very evident.

Model Gallery / Re: Up A Creek » 10-Day Speed Build
« on: January 10, 2009, 11:37:00 AM »
Beautiful Foo.  8) Really nice - and FAST! Scenery is top-notch. I picked up a lot of tips on this build! Thanks for the detailed WIP.

Model In-Progress / Re: Einöde Aufklärungs-Androïde
« on: January 08, 2009, 08:44:51 AM »
Oh, and another idea just springs to mind: As far as I know, a sniper never (or seldom) works alone, so maybe I'll scratch a small companion droid with some serious binoculairs.

I like that idea a lot! :-)
The pingpong ball looks great. The proportions really work somehow. Has a 'Steampunk' feel to me :steam3:

Model In-Progress / Scratch Built Retrobot
« on: December 28, 2008, 10:52:28 PM »
Hey boys!
I know it has been a while since I posted an in-progress thread . . . :meh: with this post I hope to change that!

So I recently have been reading all 5 volumes of FLIGHT (awesome visual storytelling - great books for anyone to own) and I came across this little bot in a story by Sonny Liew. I liked the simplicity of the bot and so I am using this design as a springboard and inspiration for this build:

I started with the head and decided to hand shape it:


I roughly cut out the circles of styrene (Pain in the neck  :meh:) Then welded them together with ProWeld by Ambroid which basically melts the plastic to itself without leaving a glue residue. Then I started drawing them along sanding blocks that I made up of various grits of sandpaper glued to blocks of Corian.

Next I heat formed a sheet of styrene around an empty film container over a flame. This at least started to train the styrene into the desired shape. I ended up welding this 'skin' around a styrene spine I made to the right size:


This is where I was after that stage:

As you can tell from the photos I don't like wet sanding styrene - but because of the dust that dry sanding produces I opt to wear a heavy duty dust mask with replaceable filters. Styrene dust can be nasty stuff to breath into your lungs especially as fine a dust particle that is produced from sanding with a 400 - 600 grit sandpaper. So what do I do with all the left over dust? I save it of course!

Mixed with the ProWeld the styrene dust makes an excellent putty/filler for seams (Mix it as you need it - don't premix it, or you will be left with a chunk of hardened plastic!)

Next I started working on a chest dial that I wanted to mount on a raised plate. So I again laminated 2 circles of styrene together for the base shape - but I wanted the plate to have a tight fit around the curved chest. So, I simply wrapped a piece of sandpaper around the chest, taped it in place and ran my piece back and forth over the sandpaper:


You can see from the second picture that this method produced a nice concave back to the piece which fit perfectly on the curve of the chest.

Next I tried out some 1.0 balls from mechaskunk as rivet heads around the dial. If you haven't visited Fulcy's store yet, DO IT!  :-) click on the Mechaskunk link to the right of this post - you won't be disappointed! As you can see from the picture below, the best way I have found to control these small parts is with a simple magnet. At least this way these suckers aren't rolling around and falling off the workbench!  :mad You can also see how nice a fit the chest piece made:

So that is where I am so far:

All in all this is shaping up to be a sweet build and I am excited to 'be back in the swing of things'!

Model In-Progress / Re: Desert-Use Scopedog (1/20)
« on: December 28, 2008, 11:44:51 AM »
The chalk notation is the icing on the cake.

That actually is one of my favorite details too! I am closely watching your rusting detail for a project that I have in the works now. The rust looks great. The addition of so many techniques makes this build particularly intriguing and instructional for me. Thanks!

Amazing Funaka.  :twitch:
Thanks for organizing this all into one post - I found a ton of useful info. I had always wondered about the accelerator for CA glue. It's neat to see it in action.

Nachtjager: Welcome aboard! 17hrs? Looks like you are doing your homework!!  :lol: There's a ton of info here. Before I start a build I usually end up spending a couple hours researching just from this site too. Hope to see some of your models soon!

Model In-Progress / Re: GN-X custom scratchbuild
« on: December 18, 2008, 08:05:49 PM »
Hey ildhane - sorry for the late weigh in but this build is absolutely fantastic. What an awesome school! And what an awesomely great job you are doing. What are your painting plans? Is that part of your grade?

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