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Model In-Progress / Re: Revell Republic Attack Shuttle
« on: February 01, 2016, 04:54:07 PM »
Necro posting my own thread! Sorry, all of the old pics are lost, but I do have this model just about finished, here are some new pictures. :)

There are more pictures and a build diary on my site at

Model Talk / Modesl4U back online!
« on: February 01, 2016, 04:43:49 PM »
Hello folks! Long time no see (do I still know anyone here??)

I just wanted to pop in and let folks know that Modesl4U 2.0 is now online, finally. A new marriage and a couple babies slowed me down but such is life. :) I still don't have a lot of time for hanging out in forums but I'll make an effort to be around a bit more.  My focus has changed a bit and it's not all Mecha, I'm on a big Star Wars kick right now, and have some prop and costuming stuff going as well.  But I have pretty much all of the old content (minus decal stuff) and a bunch of new models too.  Feel free to check it out and let me know what you think. Thanks for reading!

Model In-Progress / Re: 1/72 Destroid Tomahawk
« on: June 07, 2011, 10:45:51 AM »
Thanks for the info about the paint, I didn't know Gaia color could be mixed with Mr. Color, that's cool!  Good choice on airbrushing the strip, that's a nasty spot for a decal...

Crikey, that's a lot of LED's in such a small space! :D  Very cool detail on this teeny Falcon, looks awesome.

Model In-Progress / Re: Revell Republic Attack Shuttle
« on: June 06, 2011, 10:57:41 AM »
Here are some pics after the basecoats.  Sorry for the poor color in the photography, I need to get some better lighting!  The base color is Testors acrylic Camouflage Grey.  The red is a custom mix, red mixed with some dark blue, camo grey, black, and a little yellow I think.  The yellow is yellow with a little camo grey and a drop of black.  The main color is a bit lighter than I'd like, but weathering should darken it up.  These pictures aren't very accurate color wise, but you get the idea. ;)

Oh, and I was wrong about the scale, it's apparently about 1/120.

Model In-Progress / Re: 1/72 Destroid Tomahawk
« on: June 05, 2011, 10:34:17 PM »
This is killer, LOVE the classic Tomahawk!  Very clean work on this, and I to appreciate the detailed step by step.  Gotta get this kit, and can't wait to see it come together.  I don't see the shading really clearly, but that may be the photography, I hope to have a better view once the parts are together.

How do you like those Gaia paints?

Model In-Progress / Re: Revell Republic Attack Shuttle
« on: June 05, 2011, 07:08:38 PM »
Just regular Bondo, it works great and it's cheap. I think they make a finer grained "pro" putty, but I haven't tried it (I'm cheap, what can I say?)

Model In-Progress / Re: Revell Republic Attack Shuttle
« on: June 04, 2011, 11:59:22 AM »
Thanks for the comments folks!  I'm enjoying this one a lot.  Got the base colors on and started final assembly, I'll try to post up some pics today or tomorrow.

The model is 1/120ish, about 8" long.  But there's a lot of surface area, so it doesn't seem "small" once put together.  As always I wish it was bigger. ;)

Bondo squish is pretty easy...I really should finish up my new website so people can see how I've used it before.  Basically if you need to make a recessed area that's difficult to build, make a negative of it and squish it into Bondo polyester putty, then remove once it hardens.  In this case it's just lines scribed into plastic sheet.  Cut an opening larger than the piece, so you'll end up with enough Bondo after squish for some durability.  Coat the part with mold release (vaseline, spray release, chapstick, etc), fill the recess with Bondo, and squish it in, then remove when the Bondo hardens but is still a little soft.  I got some bubbles this time, but they can be wear and tear.  The vent before was just a simple recessed square with no detail and a big honkin' seam right down the middle. :P  I figured there should be some kind of grill in there, as it echos the Imperial Shuttle design.

More pics soon...

Model In-Progress / Re: Revell Republic Attack Shuttle
« on: June 03, 2011, 03:39:44 PM »
Some more pics :)

Hull top details

Hull bottom details

The fun part! Details in mechanical/engine areas

Lots of detail on the wings, the leading edges were glaringly naked before

Not having an mesh/screen suitable for this vent detail, I went with the classic Bondo Squish (tm) :)

Model In-Progress / Revell Republic Attack Shuttle
« on: June 03, 2011, 03:32:36 PM »
Hi folks.  It's been forever since I posted anything here! I thought I'd post up some in progress pictures of my current project, the Revell Republic Attack Shuttle from The Clone Wars.  I dig this design a lot, being a huge Star Wars fan and lover of the timeless Tydirium from Jedi. 

The kit is a great starting point, but sports a pretty severe lack of detail.  I bought it on a whim at the local hobby shop, intending to slap it together, but of course got sucked into detailing it.  So greebles galore and a lot of scribing!  Almost no kit-bash greebling here, the scale is too small and I didn't have any good stuff around.  Pretty much is fabricated from sheet or rod styrene, with some brass rods for good measure.  Had fun on the cockpit especially! (anyone know where to find 1/87 scale Stormtroopers?)

The kit is pre-painted with some really durable stuff, so I did a lot of sanding to remove paint. I eventually ended up stripping it completely as the Tamiya paints I primed with crazed the paint underneath.  Paint you see here is factory applied.

Nose section underside

Guns rebuilt from brass (or copper?) tubing

Capitalism Corner* / Re: News From AkoHobby
« on: June 28, 2009, 02:43:52 PM »
AKO - I sent in a pre-order request, but never heard anything back.  Did I miss something?

Hi Peter,

I have checked with my staff and i think you dropped your pre-order on 5/22 and we didn't receive your payment after sending the invoice to your email if you are still in just let me know.


I'm still in!  I guess my spam filter ate the email. :P  Can you resend?  I'll pm you another email you can try too...

Capitalism Corner* / Re: News From AkoHobby
« on: June 10, 2009, 01:01:06 PM »
AKO - I sent in a pre-order request, but never heard anything back.  Did I miss something?

Capitalism Corner* / Re: News From AkoHobby
« on: May 21, 2009, 05:25:06 PM »
Damn, that FA looks good...I need to get out my old convention only resin kit and build it one of these days.  Too many kits, not enough time...

Model In-Progress / Re: MG Sinanju
« on: May 11, 2009, 12:07:57 PM »
Wow, beautiful work on the gun there, really impressive...

Model Gallery / Re: HGUC Zeta Gundam Completed.
« on: May 11, 2009, 12:05:10 PM »
I'd absolutely take the head, maybe we could work out a trade or something. I have some decals laying around, I'll look and see what I have and send you a list, maybe you want something. :)

Tools / Re: Chisels?
« on: May 09, 2009, 03:29:47 PM »
I've been debating about getting some real chisels for a while.  I have been using sharpened mini screwdrivers, and they're not very good on hard plastics.  One I've been considering is from Mission Models, which is cheaper than Fulcy's (well, only because you can buy individual sizes). 

Tools / Re: Which compressor from Harbor Freight?
« on: May 09, 2009, 03:27:48 PM »
You like yours FF?  I tried one, I think it was the second one above, hoping to find something quieter than my Badger.  I hated it and took it right back, it didn't have enough output (CFM?) to keep up a constant pressure, pressure was always dropping after a few sprays and I had to wait for it to come back up.

Assembly/Scratchbuilding / Re: Putty
« on: May 09, 2009, 03:15:08 PM »
I use a lot of epoxy putty, and yes, it's totally safe for models since it's not solvent based. 

I'm not a big fan of the Tamiya epoxies, they're sort of rubbery and hard to sand when cured, though pretty nice for sculpting if you like to finish parts before it's cured, and they're very fine grained.  I mostly use Lock-Tite(?) epoxy putty from the hardware store.  It's dark blue with a white center, cures in 5-15 minutes (full cure in a few hours), sands easily, and it's cheap.  Pretty grainy though, so you have to use a heavy primer/surfacer to get it really smooth.

Model Gallery / Re: Gundam MSV Continue!! GM Light Armor
« on: May 09, 2009, 03:07:33 PM »
Gotta love some MSV!  Damn nice piece of work, and very clever with the Zaku shoulders, though there's something unnerving about Zeon shoulders on a GM. ;)

Model Gallery / Re: HGUC Zeta Gundam Completed.
« on: May 09, 2009, 03:04:34 PM »
Nice merger of Zeta and Z-Plus designs, it's cool.  I'm not totally sold on the color scheme just because I have a preference for more colorful stuff, but it definitely works and feels very "Sentinel-y".  I love the resin head!  Where'd you score that ancient kit??  If you feel like getting rid of the other one, I have an old 1/144 Z-Plus that I've been dreading fixing the head on...*wink wink*

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