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Model In-Progress / Wing Zero in-progress
« on: December 21, 2004, 04:23:53 PM »
Quote from: "tetsujin"
(EDIT):  Is "ass" really such a bad word?


Depends on who you ask. My wife's been giving me all kinds of grief about my language lately since Riley's starting to talk. I figured it'd be a good way of reminding myself to watch my words. ;-)

Is there any detail on the piece of sprue you used to fill the hole in the gun sensors? Might be an easy way of adding camera details.

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Model In-Progress / Vorflugkontrolle In-Progs
« on: December 21, 2004, 04:20:15 PM »
I added some more progress shots today. The pilots just about ready for priming and I started detailing the inside of the hull.

Click Here »

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Model In-Progress / Deep-Space Exploration Z+ C1
« on: December 20, 2004, 06:30:29 PM »
ah-hem.... :?  :wink:

Like the colors TS. Gotta do something other than gray on the next kit though :lol:

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Model In-Progress / TigRe-GZ progress....... (Woo-hoo 2nd topic :P)
« on: December 20, 2004, 09:47:28 AM »
Looking good! I probably would had used tape, but the stickytack seems to ahve worked well. :)

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Fulcy's Post:

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Hey there - I'm new to this forum, and I wanted to say hi!  And what better way, then to contribute a little to the collective good.  If you've read Dengeki Hobby Magazine within the past year, you've seen what are called 'Suku Suku Scratch' articles - basically articles that help describe how to scratchbuild parts, etc.  The only problem - Dengeki Hobby is in Japanese, so I couldn't easily read the articles.  So I had a friend translate this article (and several others - just haven't had the time to get them formatted, etc. ), and I took the translated text, cleaned it up, and formatted the article to look all nice and purty.  Hope you guys find these useful (and maybe one day, I'll get to the other four articles I had translated! ).

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Model Talk / BBI Figure Display Stands Review (transferred)
« on: December 19, 2004, 03:19:44 PM »
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Fulcy's Review:
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Well, a question was posed a week or so ago in the Model Help forum, about display stands - you know the ones, the cool ones you always see the mecha posing on at Expos and such, that are basically a bunch of ball and socket joints strung together to make a poseable arm, to suspend the mecha from.  No one really knows where they get them from (actually, that's a lie - you can buy a display stand from HLJ that's similar - looks to be a flexible metal rod of some sort - made by Yellow Submarine, but it's out of stock -MS Stand ).  So I searched around and found this stand:



It's made by BBI, and is sold through All Things Collectible - Figure Display Stand.  It's designed to make sure your 12" GI Joes and such don't fall over, and can hold a pose, but I figured it was worth a shot, and bought a couple of them, to see how they are.

Appearance  Well, they look ok (and please excuse the crappy models - they're what I had lying around)...  The base itself isn't anything to phone home to momma about, but I figure I can make my own base.  The quality control on the ball joints seems to be a little hit or miss - I posed one with a MG Stamen, and another with a MG Quebeley, to get a feel for what they can hold.  I haven't tried yet, but I would bet the joints could be painted however you want...

PerformanceThe one holding the Stamen is pretty solid - the joints have a good deal of friction, and hold the position you put them in.  The one holding the Quebeley...  Well, let's just say that it wasn't holding the Quebeley at first.  Some of the joints were loose, so I stiffened them up with some CA - dabbed a little in while the joint was assembled, added some accelerator, and then moved the joint, and that broke the CA joint enough that it allowed it to move, but it was alot tighter than before.  I'm sure there are other ways to tighten the joints, but this was quick and dirty for this review.  The other problem, is that the hoop of wire designed to be used with the 12" figures really doesn't work with mecha.  Again, I tried to get this done as quick as possible, but it shouldn't be too hard to make a plate of some sort to join up to your mecha.  

Final Word So, should you get these stands? Well, as I said, there are several problems - the occassional loose joint, the crappy base, and the need to scratch build something to mount your mecha onto it, I still recommend these stands.  I only spent $24 on three of them, and that includes $6 for shipping - and with a little work, the stands work beautifully.  I'm planning on buying a few more, and using them to pose my models instead of just having them pose statically on a shelf...  and, here are some pics!

Forgot to update this thread - check out the review on my website (I also have the yellow sub flexible black arm display stand - need to add it to the review).

http://www.mechaskunk.com/stand.htm


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Model Talk / Yellow Submarine Ball Joints Review (transferred)
« on: December 19, 2004, 03:16:29 PM »
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Fulcy's Review:
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Ok, this is my first review - so go easy on me guys!  :D

So, I was sitting at my desk a few months ago, searching for random stuff over at Hobby Link Japan, when I noticed these guys from Yellow Submarine - Ball Joint


(Kansetsu-Waza)
- what appeared to be acrylic, or some sort of clear plastic, ball joints.  The short description claimed they held position better than many other joint systems, so I decided to order some, and give them a test drive.  I talked to my supplier, and he got me a small lot of them (ten to be exact.

Appearance They definitely appear to be acrylic, and come in three sizes - 3mm (x4), 5mm (x6), and 6mm (x4), each joint consisting of a ball and a socket.  They are clear, sharp casts, with little to no flash (the only flash I found has been consistently on only one of the smallest sockets - and on the same one in each set - maybe a flaw in the mold? ).

Performance Compared to regular ball joints you might buy from Wave or Kotobukiya, the YS BJ's (Yellow Submarine Ball Joints) are a little harder material wise, and a take a little more effort to cut from the sprues and clean up.  They are, however, paintable - I roughed up the surface lightly with some scotch bright, and then sprayed on some primer, and it stuck like a charm.  Glues also have no problem bonding to them - I used both super glue and epoxy to hold them in place during testing, and they haven't moved yet.  But, let's get to the meat of the review - do they really live up to the HLJ claims, and how do they perform next to regular poly ball joints?  Well, to be truthful, the YS BJ's blow normal ball joints out of the water - I tested two normal ball joints - 6mm size - against the same sized YS BJ.  I pulled against each one with a spring scale, and noted at what load the joint would start to move.  Consistently, the YS BJ's held to ten times the loading the normal ball joints would start moving at.  This also corresponds to any twisting motion you may give it - these joints are about the tightest, and toughest ball joints I've ever seen.  If you get the chance, I highly recommend getting some, and using them in your next resin kit, or scratch building project!




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Model Talk / MaK Prowler Review (transferred)
« on: December 19, 2004, 03:13:48 PM »
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So as payment for doing a template for a friends website, I got some $$ and a cool kit that I'm looking forward to building. It's the Prowler from Nitto's Machinen Kreiger series.

Perhaps it's my feeling of repetition and boredom with Gundams these days, but I've been really getting into the MaK designs lately. For the past several weeks, I've been researching website after website for information regarding the series and have learned a great deal about it and from doing my own research, have developed a respect for these suits.

With some of my HLJ prize and as payment I got several of these kits. The first I recieved is this Prowler. It's a 1/20 scale kit from Nitto. I took pictures for a friend who was interested and thought I'd share with everyone here as a semi-review.

The Prowler is a recon version of the SAFS. (super armored fighting suit) It has space-use boosters, sensors and extra fuel tanks. Here's what it says on the box in English with typos:

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The Fireball, the S.A.F.S. of the space type, developed from the S.A.F.S. for a ground battle, had made a pretty success. The Prowler developed as a scouting weapon in the Fireball operating had a powerful radar that scouting enemy fron angles of all degrees was possible in the rear of the body an optical seeker unit of which reflection was so clear, and the L.O.G. tank to extend a flying radius. Usually the Prowler was arranged at the rate of one to five Fireballs.


First-off is the box. I LOVE THE BOX DESIGN!!! B) You non-designers may not appriciate it, but it's made with flat coated beige paper. The design is printed on this paper and the paper color shows through which is just beautiful to look at. I like the simplistic Bauhaus feel of the design as well. "Form follows function" - A great design philosophy.

Click here for box art »

Next up is all the extras that came in the cool box. There's a 2-sided card with various color schemes and info. I don't read Japanese so I have no idea what it says. ;)  Again, these are printed on the cool beige stock.

Insert Front »  
    Insert Back »


There's a nice big waterslide decal sheet with more decals than you'll need for 5 of these kits.

Click here for decals »

The instruction sheet is as good as a Bandai sheet and it has a nice way of showing off all the parts on the back of the sheet. (note: these are not the full instructions)

Click here for parts list »

Now onto the parts. One nice thing is the bag of mixed media. This includes wire, copper rod, springs, poly caps, and rubber sleeves. From what I read, when these were first produced back in the mid 80's they were the first kits to include these sorts of extras.

Mixed media bag »

Finally, the sprues... I gotta tell you, I've been spoiled by Bandai. These parts have a nice amount of flash to them. Not much more than you'd expect from a Tamiya armor kit, but for someone who's mostly done MG's this is gonna take some getting used to. Maybe it'll slow me down. ;-)

There are 5 sprues full of parts. One cool feature with the Prowler is that since it's based of the SAFS suit, it has extra parts. Think Bandai recolor where you end up with extras, but these extras are worth using. You can actually modify the suit with some of the extras, such as making a gun arm instead of a normal hand-arm. There is a head and neck for a pilot if you choose to display it with the hatch open. The face looks nicely detailed. I believe the kit will be around 4-5 inches tall when complete, but there's a lot of detail in that small kit. ^_^ The boosters come in 2 halves which will be a pain to fix the seam for, but when done, they're pretty cool.

Here's the pics of the sprues.

Head, tanks »
Feet, armor, gun-arm »
Armor, hand, arms »
Body, hand »
Armor, boosters »


I'm waiting on the Krote and the Fleige from HLJ. I have many color schemes that I did for this. Now I just have to pick one! I'll post those when I get to doing the kit.

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Model In-Progress / Vorflugkontrolle In-Progs
« on: December 17, 2004, 02:07:18 PM »
Quote from: "p-trax"
What happened to taking a rest from modelling  :D


That didn't work out too well... actually I've been taking my good old time with this one. And since I wasn't doing the daily in-prog, that was a nice break as well. Yesterday was the first time in a week I worked on it. Been bust with fichtenfoo.com. :lol:

Taz: Yeah, that'll be a backdrop. The figs will be "double pinned" through their hands/forearm to the fliege.

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Model In-Progress / Vorflugkontrolle In-Progs
« on: December 17, 2004, 10:06:46 AM »
So while waiting to aquire all of the parts I need for my MaK Krote, I've been working on another project. Vorflugkontrolle (translated from German: Pre-Flight Check). Another small maintenence type dio.

It's a fun little kit, but it's needed a lot of work so far. Lots of nice seams right through detail areas and bad part fits. I am also detailing up the cockpit since I plan on having the hatch open. It's part of what I needed the flocking for!

Anyway, there's a months worth of progress right here »

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Kit Specifics / MG Hyaku Shiki questions
« on: December 17, 2004, 09:20:03 AM »
Hmmm... I haven't heard about that issue. :? I found the plastic to be odd anyway due to the tranlucence of it after the chrome was gone.

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Kit Specifics / MG Hyaku Shiki questions
« on: December 16, 2004, 03:17:09 PM »
When I stripped mine with the 409, it left a gunky mess. Never tried oven cleaner.

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Kit Specifics / MG Hyaku Shiki questions
« on: December 16, 2004, 01:48:26 PM »
I don't recall any of the MG Shiki joints being weak. Stripping the chrome however is probably just as big a pain. It's gotta be soaked overnight in a bath of 409 cleaner. Then when the chrome's gone, I had to remove some extra residue with an alcohol bath/scrub. After that, it was fine.

As for the question "is this a good model to get?"... that's up to whether you like the design. :wink:

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Model Help* (Check Stickies and Search First) / The 409 Didn't Work
« on: December 14, 2004, 02:26:49 PM »
Refresh our memories... it's been a while. What kind of paint was it?

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Model In-Progress / TigRe-GZ progress....... (Woo-hoo 2nd topic :P)
« on: December 14, 2004, 06:56:42 AM »
I keep expecting to see tiger stripes!  :lol: Get to that!!!

The greys and blues look great though. Nice shading! ^_^

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« on: December 12, 2004, 09:58:44 AM »
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