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Model In-Progress / Re: Scratch build : Iron Sky Valkyrie
« on: January 02, 2014, 04:21:41 AM »
Hi guys and happy new year !  :D

New year, new WIP photos.  ^_^
In the following photos you can see : main shapes of the turret (I used again the laminating technique), of the ball turret, the finishing ring of the lower dome.
As reference, the background grid have a 1cm step. The ball turret diameter is 19mm.

BTW, a couple days ago I've seen the director's cut version of the movie and I'm starting to think that I made a huge mistake in the evaluation of the size of this flying disc.  :embarrased:
More on this soon.

Model In-Progress / Re: 1:350 Iron Sky Valkyrie
« on: December 07, 2013, 04:12:38 AM »
 Hi Dave, thank you!
 Concept Ships is the same source where I saw the design sketch for the first time, a couple of years before the movie was produced.
 I loved the design at first sight and I saved the image in the "to do one day" folder.  :-)

 Now I'm working on the upper turret. I hope to finish the main circular shape within the next week. Then I'll add the front armor-plate and the left side bulge and all the other details.  Quite a lot of fun work !  ^_^

 Next photos within a couple weeks, I hope. :embarrased:

Model In-Progress / Re: 1:350 Iron Sky Valkyrie
« on: December 02, 2013, 01:37:19 PM »
Hi everybody!  Here I am with a little progress on the Valkyrie.
In the last 10 days I've been able to spend a little time (stolen here and there) to the shape of the lower dome.
As you can see in the photos, this time I made eveything by hands. I wanted to make a hollow piece. Maybe I didn't use the fastest technique, but it didn't took much time.
I glued all the 24 pieces together (I used a 0.5mm plasticard), then I roughed out the steps with a cutter. Finally I applyied Tamiya putty and sanded down to a smooth surface.
To finish the part I have to add some panel lines, a few details and a texture from fusion mold.
I'm quite satisfied so I think I'll make the upper turret with the same technique.
I hope to be back soon with new photos.

This is going to be awesome!

 Thank you.  :-)

Model In-Progress / Re: 1:350 Iron Sky Valkyrie
« on: November 12, 2013, 04:35:56 AM »
Yes Joe, a lot of people feels like you when I let them see my CNC router.  Obviously it's not an industrial grade CNC router, but it's done with some high precision components and it's perfect for making model parts. The only drawback is that it needs a lot of work to be used. But that's part of the fun.  ^_^
Aehm... if I try to throw some water on it, the only thing it can spawn is ... rust !  :D

Model In-Progress / Re: 1:350 Iron Sky Valkyrie
« on: November 05, 2013, 02:05:09 PM »
 Thank you guys!
 I used a self built 4 axis CNC router. You can see a photo here:  I designed the CNC router and I had all the parts made by a professional workshop. A couple years later I made the fourth rotary axis with the CNC router itself.

 As you can see in the T-Zero thread I usually follow a totally different workflow. With the Valkyrie I wanted to try a more traditional one. I don't know yet if I'll continue to follow this aproach or if I'll revert to the previous one. We will see.  :-)

 I finished other project with my CNC in the last few years:
 1:35 SPKW-09 DACHS
 1:35 T-Zero antigravity racer
 1:35 Markov antigravity racer
 Iguana starship
 As you can see the 3D models of some of the other models are more refined.

Model In-Progress / Re: 1:350 Iron Sky Valkyrie
« on: October 28, 2013, 12:36:46 PM »
Awesome, I love most of the Iron Sky designs and this looks like a good crisp rendition. Can you get a VW Beetle staff car in 1/350 though??

 Thanks Will !
 Uhm... a VW Beetle would be about 11mm. It seems not all that small !  :-)  Nice idea !

Nice work! Not familiar with the movie but I'll be following with interest

 Thank you too !  I'm not sure if the movie has been distributed in the USA. However it's a nice movie based on a parody of the nazism.

Model In-Progress / Scratch build : Iron Sky Valkyrie
« on: October 25, 2013, 11:59:42 AM »
Hi everybody !

During the summer holidays I started a new scratch built project: the Valkyrie flying disk from the Iron Sky movie.
This is the original design I saw a long time before the movie.

And here you cans see some other pictures I used for reference:

As you can see there are various differences in the designs in these images, so I have had to give my own interpretation.
It was difficult to work out the size of the real beast and I guessed it should have a diameter of about 60 meters.  With a 1:350 scale we have a diameter of about 185mm for the model.

For this model I decided to use polystyrene sheets for the main body. Since I have a CNC router I cut the sheets with it.
I made a fast 3D sketch:

From the 3D sketch I derived the outline that I cut on the sheets :

Then I started to build tha skeleton and the main body of the flying disk:

Some boring sanding after applying the putty on the seams.

Finally, some more interesting shape and the housing of the main thruster.

That's all for now. Obviously, as usual for me, it will take a long time to be finished.  :(

I hope you like the subject!

Oh, one last thing:  this model will not be a kit.  ;)

Model In-Progress / Re: 1:35 SPKW-09 DACHS
« on: October 20, 2013, 09:28:13 AM »
Ok, after replying with all that delay to Struschie, here I am with the finished model master!

Nearly an year passed from the last time I wrote in this thread !  :o
I've been very busy with my job (I'm a programmer) and my family and only in the last few weeks I found the time to finish this vehicle !  ;D ;D ;D
As I already told in the past, it's a simple design somewhat inspired to the F-boot. It can be built in two different configurations: with or without the big cannon.
The name:  SPKW-09 DACHS
"Dachs" is the German word for "badger".

Here you can see some photos of the model master.
Since there are some people interested in a copy, I made a kit composed of 12 parts, but it will be casted only if there's enough interest and only if enough people will pre-order it.
I choosed to not add many details the keep the kit simple and because I want the modellers add their own details and make their own modifications to the original kit.
It's in 1:35 scale and measure about 211 x 108 mm.

I hope you like it and please, let me know if anybody is interested in a copy.  If there's enough interest I'll open the pre-orders in the next few days and I'll add a web page on my web site.

Model In-Progress / Re: 1:35 SPKW-09 DACHS
« on: October 20, 2013, 09:23:02 AM »
Otherwhise using 'Ma.K' when it comes to kits is no good idea.

 Ooops, sorry Struschie, I didn't see this one.  You're right and in fact I don't want to use "Ma.k" anymore.
I started this model for myself but soon a couple of friends asked me for a copy and gave me some advices to make a more interesting kit. That's all.
I'm not interested in making a real business out of my model building hobby. I only love to scratch build models and I'm happy to see my creations in the hands of other modellers. Moreover if I can gain back some of the money I spent for my tools and materials (don't forget that I have a CNC router that cost a lot of money), I'm more than happy.

Model In-Progress / Re: 1:35 T-ZERO AntiGravity Racer
« on: December 14, 2012, 02:46:33 PM »
Hi everybody.
You'll probably already know that this model is finished and nearly ready to ship.
It took a long time to be completed because, you know, the family and the job always take precedence.
But we are finally here and I'm happy to tell you that the kit is produced and sold by Michael !

I posted an announcement here:
Se if you want more infos about picking up a copy for you go there or point directly to the Industria Mechanika web site.

Here I'd like to show you a few more WIP photos.

My self built 4 axis CNC router. In this photo it's working on the T-Zero.

The aluminium mold for the T-Zero canopy.

Some parts just out of the CNC.

Capitalism Corner* / Re: News from ALB-LAB
« on: December 14, 2012, 02:45:26 PM »
Hi everybody!!!

After a long time ALB-LAB is back with a new model kit:

 the T-Zero High Performance Antigravity Racer

Since it's in 1/35 scale it's a good companion for the Markov because you can make great futuristic race dioramas.

The kit comes with:
- 36 Resin Parts
- Waterslide Decals
- Pilot Figure
- Vacuform Canopy
- Detailed Instructions
- Alternate Colorway Decals/Examples

Five resin parts are for the female pilot. You have the option of mounting it or not and you can choose between two different heads.

The model is about 23.4 cm (about 9.21") long.

The price : $99.00 USD + shipping

This model kit will be only available from IndustriaMechanika.
Here is the direct link to the preorder page: Click here to preorder

And now some photos of the model master. If you want to see some in progress photos, take a look at this thread:

Model In-Progress / Re: 1:35 Ma.k Tank Destroyer
« on: November 30, 2012, 12:46:24 PM »
Thank you Hunter Rose and Struschie!
I see that you agree with me about not adding much details. This model screams for more details and there are plenty of options for the modeler who will want to get a copy. I have my ideas for my personal build up but I can't wait to see what modelers will be able to do with my design.
Within a a couple of weeks I'll show you the last photos of the model master and I'll send it to the caster.
Yes, if there will not be any problem, there will be a kit of this model.   :-)

Model In-Progress / Re: 1:35 Ma.k Tank Destroyer
« on: November 13, 2012, 12:42:07 PM »
Hi everybody,

slowly but steadily: another step forward.
In the following photos you can see the hover tank (still searching for a name) in another configuration: without the big cannon. A friend of mine told me that it would have been great to have two optional configurations in the kit. Since it is only one piece more, here it is.
Moreover you can see some new details here and there.
I'd like to stop here with details because I want the modelers to add their own. Do you agree ?

Model In-Progress / Re: Three Legs are better than Two
« on: October 13, 2012, 03:26:32 AM »
Wonderful job !!!  :-)

Model In-Progress / Re: 1:35 Ma.k Tank Destroyer
« on: October 13, 2012, 03:25:50 AM »
A sluggy Tank...  :D

Yes, being an hovertank it will be better to mount it so that it looks like it's hovering.
I suppose that if it will be a kit, everybody will give is own interpretation.

The more peolple interested, the more likely it will be a kit.  ;)

Model In-Progress / Re: 1:35 Ma.k Tank Destroyer
« on: October 11, 2012, 12:13:00 PM »
Thank you Hunter Rose !  :-)

Model In-Progress / Re: 1/24 Extreme Turbine Combat Racer - Kitbash
« on: October 08, 2012, 03:26:39 AM »
Great kitbash job !    :D

Model In-Progress / Re: Markov nico version
« on: October 06, 2012, 03:06:28 PM »
Very good job Nico!  :-)
You did some nice modifications (it seems to me some sort of combat vehicle) and the colorway is really interesting.  I suppose you're going to add some weathering, isn't it ?
I hope to see it finished soon.  ;)

Model In-Progress / 1:35 SPKW-09 DACHS
« on: October 06, 2012, 09:25:20 AM »
Hi everybody,

it's a long time I'm not write here. I hope that all of you are well.

I'd like to show you a little new project inspired to the Ma.k world.

It's a scratch built 1:35 tank destroyer that I designed starting from the F-Boot, a Kow Yokoyama sketch and various ideas of mine.
As already happened with the Markov, it started as a personal project but some friends asked for a resin copy, so there's some chance that it will be a resin kit. I've to see if there's enough interest.  Anyway, I'll make it because I like it !   ;)

Let's start with the 3D model. It lack details that I'll add by hand.

Then some in progress photos of the real thing (not all parts are done yet):

I added some details (covered with masking tape, sorry) and started making the cast texture. It need to be refined a little more. I left a little portion on the rear untextured because I want to add some details.
I masked the lower part of the model because I don't want to use a texture there or, maybe, use a different texture. What do you think about it ?  Texture ore no texture ?

I want to make it simple, with a few parts and not many details. If it will be a kit, anyone will be easily able to add whatever he wants.

Hope you like it.  :embarrased:

GB4: Sci-Fi GPX / Re: FichtenFoo Monoracer
« on: November 24, 2011, 04:12:52 AM »
Uhm... that's a cryptic statement !   :-)

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