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Model Gallery / RGM-79S Spartan
« on: November 08, 2009, 03:22:46 PM »
Finally finished my Spartan.

More pics at my Blog.

Model In-Progress / [WIP] Zaku II 2.0 ver. Sid
« on: October 27, 2008, 10:31:26 AM »
Some progress on my Zaku 2.0 on my blog.

And a Mono-Eye LED Tutorial.

Capitalism Corner* / Re: BMC scribers
« on: July 17, 2008, 04:02:35 PM »
I did, and they are already sold out!  Ordering more now.

I just looked in your store, but didn't see them (I assumed they're be under tools, but didn't see them there, then I looked through almost all your other categories). What category are they in, so I can keep an eye out for them? Any idea when you'll have em?

I bought a Squadron scribing tool at my LHS, but it makes BIG panel lines, so it would only be good for 1/35 or 1/32... :(

He hid them here and sold out after posting the link on Hobby Fanatics lol

Model In-Progress / Re: 1/100 GM Spartan Conversion
« on: May 22, 2008, 03:58:22 PM »
Been real busy lately, but heres a little update, click the pic for more info.

And for anyone interested, this turned into a Group Build on Hobby Fanatics.

Model In-Progress / Re: 1/100 GM Spartan Conversion
« on: April 26, 2008, 08:28:05 PM »
Thanks DrDazzle, I agree, it is a very top-heavy MS. I'm working to get it done soon. :D

Overall progress so far: between 60-70% of the parts are ready for primer, I'll start priming within the week. Click image for more info on my blog.

Model In-Progress / Re: 1/100 GM Spartan Conversion
« on: April 24, 2008, 01:05:17 PM »
Started a new blog, latest update to be found there.

Model In-Progress / Re: Anakin's Podracer WIP
« on: April 15, 2008, 09:53:06 PM »
Wow, that dune hopper in impressive! :twitch:

I'm not planning anything impressive like that, just forcing the kit to look like the podracer in the movie. lol

Model In-Progress / Anakin's Podracer WIP
« on: April 15, 2008, 04:34:58 PM »
Started building Anakin's Podracer from Star Wars

It's a pretty simple kit, 1/32 scale.

The pod itself has some horrible seemlines, so I set it aside for now and did some modding to the engines.

Heres the left engine after modding. I added some LEDs to light up the exhaust replaced the solid plastic piece holding the nozzle cone with a piece of clear plastic, sanded to get an even color when lit. I placed the battery inside the bottom guard piece and made it removable via magnets. And I added a shaft to the entire engine that acts as the switch, push the intake to turn it on, push the exhaust nozzle to turn it off. The light looks yellow in the pic, but its more of an amber color irl.

And heres the right un-modded engine, and the parts I'll be adding to it, same as the left one.

Comments welcome.  :D

Model In-Progress / Re: 1/100 GM Spartan Conversion
« on: April 15, 2008, 04:29:56 PM »
Quick update.

Added magnets to the interior of the chest, and the cockpit hatch to work as a hinge. It's not perfect, but I'm satisfied with it.

Added magnets to the "butt" thrusters. I decided to use metal thrusters here, but I might pull out the ball/ring joint since the thrusters protrude a little more than I wanted. Or I might keep the mobility. I'm still thinking.

Last, I've been toying around with the idea of added an external propellant tank. So, I cut up an old pen and taped it to the backpack so I can get a visual before I make up my mind. I kinda like it so far.

Comments/Opinions welcome.

Model In-Progress / Re: 1/100 GM Spartan Conversion
« on: April 09, 2008, 05:54:55 PM »
It's a very nice kit  ^_^ uses the RGM-79C as a base. I bought the thrusters separately. I'm pretty sure I'm going to do a slightly modified version of the color scheme I used on my GM VTOL, it's a "pilot custom".

Model In-Progress / Re: 1/100 GM Spartan Conversion
« on: April 09, 2008, 11:21:06 AM »
Got some more work done on the Spartan in the last few days.

Added some braided fiberglass sleeving to the backpack internals, I think I want to add more details, but I'm not sure what else to add now.

Added a "thruster stop" to the backpack.

Placed magnets inside the Missile pods and inside the shoulder armor.

Scratch built the leg thruster guards out of pla-plate. Still kinda rough, need to smooth out the edges.

Model Gallery / Re: HG MS-06J Zaku
« on: April 08, 2008, 12:05:07 PM »
Thanks for the comment. Personally, I'm more bothered by the "sag" on the leg power cables. My experiences with power cables being the thicker it is, the stiffer it is.

I put a lot of work into this Zaku, and obsessed over the seamlines far too long. :P

Model In-Progress / Re: 1/100 GM Spartan Conversion
« on: April 05, 2008, 11:56:06 PM »
Ok, I see now Ako. I still like it better as one piece though.

Heres today's progress:
Cardboard mockup for the leg thruster guard. Using Ako small metal thrusters and ball/ring magnet joints.

Replaced the antenna with a bit of leftover Guitar string, seemed like a perfect fit. My cat found the sharp pointy metal string after it missed the trashcan, he's ok though I took it away fast.

Drilled out the upper backpack where the thrusters get glued, used the long inner piece of Ako flat metal thrusters with ball/ring magnet joints glued to the internal backpack for limited movement, better than no movement :P

Model In-Progress / 1/100 GM Spartan Conversion
« on: April 04, 2008, 11:26:08 PM »
Since I posted my first WIP when I was almost done with my GM VTOL, I decided to start this WIP while I'm still actually "working in progress" on the kit. I'm building this GM Spartan from Ako Creation, I have some ideas on what I'd like to do with this kit, going for more of a "Spartan Custom" so to speak. My goal is to finish this kit for the MMC Conversion Contest, as well as teach myself new techniques... also, to have fun with magnets...

What I have so far:

Cut down the tabs on the side skirts that hold the Minovsky chaff grenades, placed magnets in the grenades and filled the matching holes with putty. Glued magnets on the inside of the side skirts (not shown).

Replaced the stock backpack thrusters with Ako Medium Metal thrusters, using Ball-bearing/Ring-magnet joints. Glued magnets in both sides of the backpack to allow view access to backpack internals. Magnets on the internal backpack piece are in the gap between in and the back of the GM. The downside of the ball/ring magnet joint is now the thrusters can point almost vertically down towards the rear skirt armor, *sigh* additional mobility comes at a price.

The additional armor around the chest vents didn't fit together very well so I glued .5mm pla-plate between them. I'm thinking of adding putty so it looks more like one solid piece.

Some of the ideas floating in my head for this kit are:
- Additional thrusters on the back of the legs.
- Metal "pistons" on the ankle joints.
- Modding the cockpit hatch so I can open it, the kits design is locked with tabs.
- Replacing the non-moveable plastic thrusters on the "butt", upper back pack, and front torso with metal thusters like the Ako display pics.
- Scratch-building a knife or 2, like the 1/144 B-Club version has.
- Adding additional armor to the knees.
- Replacing the antenna with a metal rod, the plastic one was bent when I opened the box 
- Adding pla-plate to the bottom of the backpack to stop the thrusters from moving to far downward.

Thats all for now, comments appreciated, I'm still learning.

Model Gallery / RGM-79V GM VTOL
« on: March 29, 2008, 04:11:45 PM »
RGM-79V GM VTOL is a proof of concept test of additional equipment for the RX-78, RX-79 and RGM-79 series Mobile Suits. Equipment includes Fixed-wing backpack with dual Electric Motor powered variable-direction propellers, 2 shin mounted aerodynamic stabilizers. This Prototype was developed in response to reports of Top Secret Zeon Gouf Flight-type project.

Prototype was built on early production GM chassis, upgraded with RX-79 spec compact reactor and RX-79 replacement head module. Prototype demonstrated that the propellers eliminated the need for liquid fueled vernier, and the weight savings from removal of the fuel tanks did not necessitate the removal of armor demonstrated on other Vernier-based flight-type mobile suits.

I used the wings and tail fins from a 1:72 scale V-22 Osprey kit to modify this GM. The GM Head was used on my RX-79(G) kit entered last month, so I used the RX-79(G) head on this kit, since the VTOL Equipment was meant for both the GM and Gundam MS lines. I stretched the wings by about 2 inches around the backpack that I scratch-built from 1mm pla-plate. The extension was made by skinning .25mm pla-plate over 9 "ribs" making up the inner frame, the entire surface was then covered in putty and sanded to a uniform shape.  Tail fins were glued to the shins facing backwards at an approx. 45º angle, putty was used to fill in the gaps and obtain a uniform shape. Vents on the upper arms were removed and replaced with wire mesh. The head was also modded to look up more effectively and wire mesh was added under the chin. Colors used were Mr. Color White, Aluminum, and Chrome Silver; Tamiya Sky Blue, Clear Green; and Testers Enamel steel for dry brushing. Light weathering was done with Tamiya pigments on the feet and wing flaps. Completed kit was clearcoated in FFA over testers flat for a semi-gloss finish.

Read my WIP for more info.

Model In-Progress / Re: RGM-79 GM VTOL WIP
« on: March 27, 2008, 10:39:33 PM »
Lol I used Osprey wings, that's why. :razz:
I've been following your build, its fun to see a different approach to such a similar concept.  :D

P.S. thats why its getting an RX-79(G) head, cuz it lost its GM head to an RX-79(G) lol

Model In-Progress / RGM-79 GM VTOL WIP
« on: March 27, 2008, 08:56:13 PM »
I started building this GM back in October, I've taken a few pics along the way, but never posted a WIP before. I bought the GM just for the head, which I modded for my RX-79(G) Ground Gundam GM-Head ver. that I finished and posted last month. Originally I was going to do a destroyed GM dio with the left over parts, but was I inspired by this RGM-79N-W GM Air Custom. I've never done any serious modding before but figured "what the hell, you learn by doing." So I bought a V-22 Osprey model kit for the wings and rotors, and started modding. I quickly realized that a headless GM was creepy, and decided to use the leftover RX-79(G) head.

I'm almost done with it, just have to weather it. I'm going to enter it in the Fed vs Zeon competition at ]MMC this weekend when its finished.

On with the WIP:
This was my original Mock-up, October-ish, note the stubby wings, and RX-79(G) head.

I decided to lengthen the wings, since I had to scratch-build a new backpack for the GM. I added aprox. 2 inches. I made ribs out of 1mm pla-plate that was skinned with .25mm pla-plate before using Tamiya Quick-type putty for the final shape.

Priming the wing showed lotsa pits that I filled in with testers model putty, I found it easier than using the Tamiya for small defects. Forgot to get a pic after the testers  :meh:

I chose to add "tail" fins to the shins rather than single tail off the backpack like the "Air Custom". I filled the gaps around the tail fins from the Osprey and the shins after gluing at an angle, tired for 45º but I eye-balled it.

I added some large magnets in the wingtips to hold the Rotor assemblies, but I forgot to get pics.  I did that in case I need to put the GM in a box for moving or something, and cause it made it easier to paint. I also replaced the vents on the upper arms with wire mesh.

Heres how most of it looks now. Painted, Decaled, Panel-lined, Dry-brushed, mid-flat coat, waiting for weathering. and Armed with two Ore Gun SMGs :D

Seee? Headless GM is creepy. Missing parts are drying atm. I need a larger light booth  :meh:

Model Gallery / HG MS-06J Zaku
« on: March 24, 2008, 10:29:32 PM »
MS-06J Zaku from 08th Team HG RX-79(G) and Zaku set. OOB color Tamiya Acrylics, with snake chain and metal thruster upgrades. Decals from Samuel Decal. First time adding weathering and light battle damage.

Model Gallery / Re: RX-79(G) Gundam
« on: March 04, 2008, 10:57:44 PM »
Nice job modifying a GM head rather than just using the head from a Ground GM.

For a MS that is so damaged that it needs a replacement head, this looks surprisingly clean.  But did you try a little weathering on the feet?  Also not sure the bright silver internals work very well on this.

Good luck in the MMC.

I did want to weather it, but the head took up alot of time, and I got sick half-way through and didn't have time. I did do a little bit of drybrushing on the feet and tip of the shield though. I like the aluminum internals, looks better in person.

Thanks for the comments  :-)

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