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Model In-Progress / Re: 1/24 Dorvack "Berlon"
« on: December 05, 2011, 06:59:37 AM »
I have a small update. I've been trying to figure out how to finish the shield. I wanted to put two "claws" on it and couldn't figure out the best way to do it. Finally, I ended up layering some thick styrene strips, sanding at an angle, puttying, and sanding again. The results are satisfactory:

Now I've just got two pieces of the hip skirt to finish, a little touch-up paint, and then it's off to decaling.

Model In-Progress / Re: 1/24 Dorvack "Berlon"
« on: November 23, 2011, 07:33:16 AM »
What are all the X's for? Imperfections to putty?
Nope! It's tallies for the number of times I opted to work on the model instead of trying to get through "Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood". Either that, or a tally of how many episodes of "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" I've watched on Netflix since I started working on this thing.

Interesting little mech you've got there though! Doesn't seem to have a big range of motion though. I'm not sure if I like the panzerfaust, it seems like kind of a waste of a weapon (especially since after he uses it, the arm doesn't really serve a purpose).

The range of motion is typical of what you'd see on a mech model produced in the mid-80's (read: horrible). I agree about the panzerfaust, but the B-Club hand I used was posed to hold something, and I didn't have any good ideas for scratch-building a gun. Maybe he just runs around clubbing people to death with it.

The organic camo I can see on the ping pong ball looks good :)

Thanks! If I'm using a scheme other than solid colors, I test them out on the ping pong ball first to make sure what I'm picturing in my head translates at least semi-decently to reality (and curved surfaces).

Model In-Progress / 1/24 Dorvack "Berlon"
« on: November 23, 2011, 06:29:28 AM »
Been a LONG time since I've posted any models on here, but this one is finally getting close enough to the finish line where I am making the leap of faith that I actually will finish it. As the title of the post suggests, this is a Dorvack "Berlon" kit I picked up from someone online.

I've taken certain liberties with the kit. First off, I hated the hands. Those had to go. I replaced them with some oversized B-Club hands that seem to match the fit and feel of the suit pretty well. I've also dumped the extra arm segments of the Berlon, as well as the cheesy weapons. I've given him (her?) a panzerfaust for the right hand, and on the right forearm I've equipped some sort of MaK-inspired dual-tube rocket launcher I built. Originally, I had a SAFS carrying it, but hated how that looked. On the left forearm, I've been slowly scratch-building a shield, basing it completely on a shield I saw on a Zaku in a very old issue of Hobby Japan). It's just built from layered styrene sheet, with some "dents" in it provided by a 1/16" drill bit turning to various depths.

The fit of the pieces on this kit reminded me of the very first MaK kit I tried--a Fliege--in that the fit is pretty terrible and required more than the usual amount of puttying and sanding. Overall, though, I'm happy with the way the kit is turning out. The camo(?) pattern is just something I came up with at random. Of course, I tested it on a ping pong ball first--as is my custom. You can see the ping pong ball in the background in at least one of the photos.

Thanks for taking the time to look. I appreciate any comments or constructive criticisms that you may have.

The whole thing is somehow bigger than I pictured. Now I need to find some appropriate 1/35 figures...

Also, the wax seal on the instructions was just an awesome touch. The wife wanted to make sure I passed along that she really likes steampunk asthetic. I think she was actually happier that she recognized "the steampunk asthetic".  :sarcasm:

Mine's "out for delivery", so it should be there when I get home. Woo-hoo!

Model Talk / Re: maschinen krieger pilot references
« on: October 19, 2010, 05:04:36 AM »
I'm pretty sure the picture you're referring to (if it's the one I think it is) can be found in the SF3D Original - reprint edition. At least, it has a couple pages very similar to what you're describing.

In fact, here's a picture of those pages from someone's blog review of the book. Is that what you're looking for?

Model Talk / Re: maschinen krieger pilot references
« on: October 18, 2010, 04:36:31 AM »
ive been looking for days for a variety of ma.k pilots and workers but i cant find anything aside from the leather head style pilots

Look at the Falke, the Lunadiver Stingray, the Raptor, and the Snake-Eye for starters. Once you're done there, you might want to check out Kow Yokoyama: Ma.K. Sketch Book #1 (if you can find it).

Model Gallery / Re: Twenty-Seven Years... alone.
« on: September 30, 2010, 12:57:06 PM »
I hate you.

Seconded!  :razz:

Vincent looks great, and the hotel signs are amazing. Very jealous.

Fish build off anyone?   

... Only if someone Photoshops all the finished builds into a giant aquarium wallpaper!  :pirate:

I've already got mine reserved!  :D

Model Gallery / 1/20 Mk41 Holy Crap! I Finished A Kit!
« on: April 07, 2010, 11:22:10 AM »
It's been a good, long while since I've posted a finished kit here on FFF, but here we go...

About a month ago, I acquired a 1/20 resin kit of a Blechmann ("Blech Mann"?) Mk41--or "Maschinen Krieger Type 41". While it's not in the same universe as those Maschinen Krieger kits that a lot of people know and love, it does share some commonality in its design/designer. At least, that's what I could gather based on the very limited amount of information I could find. Feel free to jump in and correct me.

I'm not sure of the legitimacy of the kit, but it's old and it's not bad. It came with no documentation. I'm the third owner that I know of. And I acquired it through a private sale. There were just a couple air bubbles and a fair amount of flash on some parts.

Construction was pretty straightforward. The torso had already been glued together, but it needed a lot of putty and sanding to sort out. The feet took some staring at to figure out how they actually went together, but they weren't too bad either.

Other construction notes:
  • Replaced the resin ammo belt with a much better mechaskunk ammo belt.
  • Used brass rod (of various diameters) for the antenna, the hatch handle, the two attach points on the back, and the barrel guard on the left arm.
  • Used Tamiya 1/12 motorcycle "hose" for the cables on the arms.
  • Repaired hinge detail on the rear with styrene rod.
  • Used 1/16"(?) aluminum pipe for barrel tips on the right side of the head and at the end of the left arm.
  • Used the gun tip from some generic action figure gun for the barrel on the left arm.
  • Pinned everything (down to the knee covers) with 1/16" rod.

For the painting, I wanted that "old school" World War II look, and I tried to duplicate the paint effect I made on the Snowball S.A.F.S., but with a different color. Also, with the exception of the "engine" on the back, everything was done with Tamiya acrylic paints. For the engine, I used Mr. Color "Dark Iron". I started out by painting the entire body in Dark Gray. Over that, I painted it all in Cockpit Green. From there, I just kinda played it by ear and blended it with dirty thinner. And then it was decal time.

The decals came mostly from the Ma.K. spares bin. The unit marking, however, came from a Macchi C.202 Folgore--which I felt was consistent with the retro/Ma.K. aesthetic I was trying to achieve. Also, on the decals, I cheated by not using a gloss coat prior to applying them. A skilled modeler from a local club once said that he, instead, just hand-brushes a little bit of "Future Floor Acrylic" (whatever it's called nowadays) directly where the decal is to be applied instead. I've tried this before, and I used it here. Works like a charm.

For the "panel line" washes, I used the following colors, from bottom to top: Black Green, Sea Blue, Hull Red, Olive Drab. I also used Nato Brown and Dark Gray a bit. And I dabbed some more NATO Brown around the body in various places--blotching it around with liberal amounts of alcohol (in the paint--I think the only alcohol I had was exactly one beer at some point during the build).

I think that's about it, really. I'm going to try to work up some sort of display base for the thing, and add a 1/20 figure to it, for scale reference, but that's about how things have worked out up to this point.

Questions, comments, and constructive criticisms are always welcome. Thanks for taking the time to look.

Oh hey! It looks like the UK Magazine "MAX Modeller" has reviewed the Martian Hovertank kit.

Here's a bleached out scan of the review

9 out of 10. Go figure.  :lol:

I actually found the magazine at my local HobbyTown. It's a bit pricey, but I like the way they handle kit reviews. The Martian Hovertank review appears in issue 5.

Build-Offs & Duels / Re: MGX4 Challenge
« on: February 22, 2010, 06:30:20 AM »
Geebus... I'd be hard pressed to finish four kits by April 30th. Period. And I'm not even sure I HAVE four "modern" MG's...

Model Gallery / Re: Another kind of mobile suit, Dorvack Doldian
« on: December 14, 2009, 01:20:17 PM »
This thing just looks weird, but in a good way. I really like it!

Model Gallery / Re: Martian Light Hovertank » COMPLETED
« on: November 24, 2009, 12:17:12 PM »
This has been in the Gallery for five days and NO REPLIES?!? Holy crap!

Amazing weathering on the completed kit. It really and truly looks like it belongs on a dirty/dusty Mars. And the underside is gorgeous! This thing needs to be displayed on a mirror base.

Model Gallery / Re: Maelstrom Exia
« on: October 09, 2009, 01:19:44 PM »
Frickin' great... I love those green parts and the hemorrhoid seat cushion backpack!  :pirate:

Seriously... The mods turned out great, and the paint & markings are stellar as always.

Model Gallery / Re: AFS - Kestrel Finished was Betty Page ;-)
« on: October 09, 2009, 01:14:53 PM »
Regardless of the design origin, it looks great, BK. I think the mods you made to it (like the absence of the side skirt) are really good inspriation for other Ma.K. builders looking to shake things up a bit. Great paint job, and nice KISS-principled base. Very cool...  :pirate:

snappers and robot boys can't paint skin tones!   :D
Oh really?

Capitalism Corner* / Re: Japanese Hobby Mag Subscriptions
« on: September 16, 2009, 08:10:06 AM »
They used to have pack-ins about every other month or so. It wasn't always something "cool" like a kit or kit add-on, though.

... Not sure how things go now, but you can try browsing past issues on HLJ to get some idea of what their recent pack-in history has been.

Model Gallery / Re: 1/20 Ma.K. S.A.F.S. "Snowball S.G."
« on: August 20, 2009, 07:23:03 AM »
I'm comparatively ham-fisted with my Photoshop brush skills.

... And I'm comparatively ham-fisted with my modeling skills. A good match!

Model Gallery / Re: MaK/SF3D HASE - Complete
« on: August 20, 2009, 05:03:14 AM »
BK - Great piece! I really like the color scheme on the HASE and the colors of the crewman, but the gantry is what sets this piece apart for me. Everything looks great together.

And congrats on the 2nd place win!

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