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Model Gallery / Re: 1/1200 Real Type Falmel
« on: June 03, 2008, 08:33:26 AM »
I feel that the dry brushing might have been on the heavy side, but as long as you like it.  Now it got me thinking what a musai would look like in silver.


I don't know what the Real Type Catalogue images you referenced look like, so as far as I know, you nailed it. Maybe some scans would help. Personally, I don't like the pinks in the drybrushing, especially that prominent and in that small of a scale, but I never liked how mobile suits blow up in a pink explosion either. The construction looks solid, though, for an early 80's kit.

Model Talk / Re: SF3D/ MaK molds back from Nitto
« on: June 01, 2008, 01:53:48 PM »
This is excellent news for me. I was just recently (READ: earlier tonight) bitten by the Ma.K bug. Oh, HLJ thou doesest screweth me on shipping. Eth.

Model Gallery / Re: 1/144 EWAC Zack
« on: May 30, 2008, 09:37:18 AM »
Why don't you pose it like the line-art in mid flight? Get one of those clear acrylic rods and get that sucker airborne! Put that Radome to use!

Model In-Progress / Re: Jackin' the Foo (or 1/35 Gasaraki WIP)
« on: May 30, 2008, 09:08:00 AM »
Thanks everyone. Primer is going on in about... five minutes.

... then a lot of sanding.

Model Gallery / Re: 1/144 EWAC Zack
« on: May 30, 2008, 08:55:10 AM »
No way! It's done?  :twitch:

Everything came out great, man. The dark colors are intimidating and the copper accents came out looking gorgeous. All the probes/pointy bits and wires and whatnot really make the whole thing pop. I'm really digging your 'data tanks', too. Look great in white.

My only complaint is that your pose has the Zak leaning forward like he's drunk. He's such a visually interesting piece I kind of wish you'd done something more dynamic with him. Oh well.

Wonderful piece, especially considering its age and all the work you did. Love it.

Model In-Progress / Re: Jackin' the Foo (or 1/35 Gasaraki WIP)
« on: May 29, 2008, 01:39:31 PM »
Ahaha, I knew someone would bring that up. Smoke grenades aren't impact fused charges - they're timed. After so many seconds they burst in the air and the smoke cloud drifted around about one to four meters above the ground so the Bad Guys can't see. The double-edged sword of smoke grenades is that you can't see either. A robot is obviously taller than most everything around it that will be shooting at it, so if I were a robot pilot and there were Bad Guys on the ground shooting at me, I'd like to put some smoke at their (READ: ground) level.

That's my on-the-spot BS answer. In reality, I wanted the grenade launchers - would not take no for an answer and the only good surface to mount them on were downward sloped. Doesn't bother me in the least.  :P

Model In-Progress / Re: Jackin' the Foo (or 1/35 Gasaraki WIP)
« on: May 29, 2008, 01:22:11 PM »
Ooh, we're getting close guys. I finally finally managed to cram every available surface with every possible doo-dad I could find. I added tow hooks, a rear tow pintle, mesh on the shoulders, mesh on the gun, one of those fancy wire-cutters, smoke grenade launcher, five gallon water jug and mount, Mk. 19 ammo box, combat identification panels, and a heat shroud on the main gun.

This is a full frontal look, minus the claws.

Closer look.

The back.

Another look.


Leg detail.

Gun detail. The heat shroud is tissue paper soaked in white glue and then tacked into place with CA glue. It's setting now, and once it's dry I'll sand around the edges of the mantle and gun tube.

I also added some PE straps to various bits of kit to be hung externally. In addiction to these two pieces, I intend to mount a sleeping roll and cot.

I'm back and forth with the claws. I want something cool at the wrist joint, but I'm torn between hydraulic cables or more heat shrouding like the main gun. I'll sleep on it tonight and tomorrow will see the first coat of primer.


Model In-Progress / Re: Jackin' the Foo (or 1/35 Gasaraki WIP)
« on: May 29, 2008, 12:01:11 PM »
I'm thinking about going with it. Those colors are Olive Drab and Africa Yellow.

Model In-Progress / Re: Jackin' the Foo (or 1/35 Gasaraki WIP)
« on: May 29, 2008, 09:29:56 AM »

Another idea. There are some really fancy WWII/Korean war camo schemes that are eye-catching and gorgeous, but I'm afraid have no place in the modern military. Two tone low visibility CARC paint it is, then. Sigh.

Model In-Progress / Re: Jackin' the Foo (or 1/35 Gasaraki WIP)
« on: May 29, 2008, 08:18:28 AM »
Thanks for the kind words, everyone. Like I said, this project has excited me from day one. Tonight I'll add the final greeblies - such as hand holds and anything else I can think of - and the shoulders. Then it gets of coat of primer so see where I stand. I should have primered pics up tonight.

Snap, I almost forgot. Been playing around with color schemes. I don't want to do anything too dramatic, as this is a military vehicle, but I think this piece deserves a little something extra. This was what I came up with today during lunch. I'm gonna do up some more, like FF did until I can find something worthy.

Model In-Progress / Re: Jackin' the Foo (or 1/35 Gasaraki WIP)
« on: May 28, 2008, 07:54:50 PM »
Yeah, lots of puttying yet to do there.

Model In-Progress / Re: Jackin' the Foo (or 1/35 Gasaraki WIP)
« on: May 28, 2008, 02:25:17 PM »
Arg. I didn't get as much done as I wanted to today, but interruptions are abundant this week. Anyway.

I did a bit more to the gun as far as adding a muzzle and muzzle reference sensor (MRS).

I also added a coaxial machinegun port for all those times I imagine this unit would not be authorized the use of the main gun. You know how the military is with rules of engagement.

Moving on to the pilot, who underwent some out-patient surgery earlier this evening. His arm is all chopped up not because I am a crappy surgeon, but because this is all you will see of him. I added PE strips for his CVC (comat vehicle crewman) helmet and his goggle strap.

I compared him to the provided figure and BANDAI either doesn't know what 1/35th scale means, or all Japanese men are just freaking diminutive. I understand that the pilot in the show is a 17 year old kid, but if I remember correctly, grown men piloted the Raidens, too. There is no way. This guy barely fits in the whole freaking torso and he's just a half figure. No way a full person along with the actual cockpit and controls and electronics could have any hope. I realize the show is fiction, but man. With that in mind, I nixed adding cockpit details. There isn't any point because the pilot takes up all the room anyway.

To obscure the snap-pins and other bits that aren't canon, I've decided to pose the head hatch in what's called 'open protected', which is when the hatch is cracked just enough to see out of. It's a great way to get a good look at the battlefield without exposing yourself to incoming fire - especially from above. It also works wonders when it's raining outside.

I added some greeblies on the torso, but there is still a bunch of stuff I have yet to add, like a rucksack, sleeping mat, folded cot, and five gallon water jug. I'm still scratching the attachment feature for that. I figure this unit is on patrol in Afghanistan or somewhere similar and since he can't know how long he'll be gone he'll need some provisions. I'm also thinking of adding the ubiquitous maddox pick and shovel you see on every tank model ever made. Tow cables are also in the future, provided I either make the spare Tamiya set I have work or I snag some fine copper wire to make my own.

In the rear I added a crosswind sensor, antenna, taillights (though at the time of this post I have removed those and placed a single headlight on the front of the torso) some PE mesh and other doo-dads. It's starting to look like a piece of military equipment and not like a cartoon robot.

Finally, I couldn't resist and plugged what I've finished so far together for a little sneak preview. What do you think?

Model In-Progress / Re: HGUC GAT-X103AP Buster Panzer
« on: May 28, 2008, 07:04:19 AM »
I see. I though the shield on the chest was supposed to be there! It looks like complete butthole on the face. Good work there. As for paint: you know what I haven't seen... ever? NASA inspired colors. This guy has a shogun samurai feel to it, though, so it may not be the best kit to try it on.

This is lolworthy. I got through lighters like crazy. In fact, the one I bought last week is already out of fluid. Maybe I could go into business selling and shipping my used lighters worldwide. Great advice, though, considering photoetch and other metallic bits go for some crazy bucks on the economy.

Model Gallery / Re: MMS-01 Serpent Custom Ver. Puff
« on: May 28, 2008, 02:17:26 AM »
Besides the thruster bells, what other mods did you do? I'm not very familiar with Endless Waltz designs, so I might have missed them. The neck looks a little too tall to me, but that might be the kit's shortcoming and not you. It could have used some shortening or bulking up of the neck area.

Other than that the finished work looks great. Nice subtle weathering and I dig the paint job. If I remember right, the Serpents had a tan - brown legs/arms and torso and a greenish gray chest and shoulders, but I like the white on olive drab a whole lot better. More contrast, which I'm all about. Good work.

You call that a simple base?! I'd hate to see your complex dioramas. Looks absolutely freaking astounding, man. The entire piece is so visually busy your eyes don't know where to start and each time I look at it my eyeballs take a different path up and down the whole piece. Great work. Very classy.

Model In-Progress / Re: 1/144 Bandai RMS-119 EWAC-Zack
« on: May 28, 2008, 02:09:16 AM »
Given that this monster looks cobbled together from hair brained ideas and a "maybe this will work" attitude, I think getting a bunch of different width wires and bundling them together would look pretty boss. Likea, 'these cables are necessary, but we were a little more concerned with getting the AWAC head to work to cover them' feel.

Model In-Progress / Re: Don't loose your head Char !
« on: May 28, 2008, 02:05:15 AM »
1/35 scares me. :twitch:  I think that's why I've not started any of the UCHG stuff or any G-Sys 35th scale kits.

Man, next time you're at the hobby shop snag a cheapo 1/35th jeep or something. You'll be surprised how much you can do with it and how good it looks when you're done. It's a great way to get some introduction into 1/35th weathering and detail before tackling the UCHG kits.

Model In-Progress / Re: HGUC GAT-X103AP Buster Panzer
« on: May 28, 2008, 02:03:21 AM »
Looks interesting. What are the mods for, exactly? What paint scheme you thinking about? I'm not a big fan of the SEED designs, but maybe you can change my mind.

Model In-Progress / Re: Absolute Chaos In Progress
« on: May 27, 2008, 09:54:38 PM »
Warhammer confuses and scares me, but this thing is pretty awesome.

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