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Model News Feed / Re: FichtenFoo's Hornethopter! Coming Soon!
« on: September 12, 2011, 04:25:57 PM »
Mine arrived in the mail today; can't wait for the weekend so I can get started! Below is a little mini review.

The kit is top notch it's going to be the most intricate resin kit I've done by far. Everything looks awesome, there's going to be some clean up mostly with the legs but nothing unexpected with resin. Theres minimal resin blobs that obscure detail and I can count the number of air bubbles in the entire kit with one hand.

There was also a couple of extras in the kit, I got a little plaque of the three fichtenfoo logo bots and the instructions were printed and folded like an old time letter complete with a wax seal; that was a nice touch. 

All and all, I love this kit. I'm not sure if i'm up to par on the skills side but I'll try my best to do it justice :P

I just wanted to get the word out on a new(ish) company I found out about today called AK interactive.

They seem to cater a lot to washes and weathering effects such fuel stains. They also have a few instructional dvd's and a few sets of acrylic paint centered on the modulation technique.

The website states that the "driving force behind their products is Mig Jimenez and they are releasing a Vol. 2 of his popular AMV FAQ book.

Here's a link to their site. They're based out of Spain but you can order from their store from all over the world. Along with their AK products they carry everything from model kits to MIG pigments.

Here's a link to their US site which carries just their AK products.

I ordered one of the AFV acrylic techniques from them today. I took a huge break from modeling this past year and hopefully this dvd will help me remember/teach me some techniques I can do with a few jars of paint and a brush.


Model In-Progress / Re: SAFS Split Suit
« on: May 18, 2010, 06:54:31 PM »
THis is insanely cool!

Model News Feed / Re: MG The O announced!!!
« on: May 12, 2010, 06:26:37 PM »
woo! I just found out about that suit last month and was contemplating a 1/100 garage kit of it. This is good news!

Model In-Progress / Re: Markov WIP!
« on: April 26, 2010, 06:16:11 PM »
Nice job, I think you got the hover height perfect.

Model Gallery / Re: WAVE S.A.F.S. Staff Sergeant David Woodwards
« on: April 15, 2010, 05:23:56 AM »
All I can say is, Amazing! I really like the paint job.

Model Gallery / Re: HGUC 1/144 Z'GOK
« on: March 29, 2010, 06:52:04 PM »
Really awesome job. I didn't notice it wasn't a MG until I read Ezechiel's post. I really like the weathering, especially the paint chips. I think that's what makes it look so good.

Model Gallery / Re: MGX4 Challenge Complete!!!!
« on: March 29, 2010, 06:40:12 PM »
Great job on all of them. My fav is the Exia, I really love the colors.

Model In-Progress / Re: Markov WIP!
« on: March 28, 2010, 06:06:31 AM »
In this thread, AkoHobby uses a similar base to float his zanzibar class model ship.

He says, that the magnet was to big to fit in the model so he went to a magnet supply store and asked for a magnet that is smaller but with the same magnetic force so that it'll fit in the model. So it seems only a certain type of magnet is compatible with the base. I don't really know about magnets, but maybe a bigger magnet, if it'll fit in the car, might help as long as it has the same characteristics of the current one. Or a smaller magnet just really close to the bottom of the car, like the others are suggesting, might be able to let you still have a cockpit.

The only thing I can think of is that they sent it by slow boat from Japan. It happens, the company that ships the package will ship it by the cheapest means available.

Actually the SAL estimate from HLJ is 7-45 days and even then it's an estimate so it could take even longer :twitch:

So if he did pick SAL, thats somewhat expectable. In fact they say not to contact them unless twice the maximum number of days on the estimate has passed (90 days for SAL) because of delay issues with terrorism concerns or something....  :sarcasm:

Also, HLJ recommends not using surface shipping because of the conditions the packages go through to get to you, they usually end up crushed. Because of that they won't ship it by boat unless you specifically request they do.

Was it SAL or EMS?

Looked like a huge HG model to me. 

Let us know what you think.

Exactly what I thought too.

I may pick one up for the wow factor if I ever get the chance but it'll have to be somewhere over here. I don't think it'll be worth the $50 shipping

Capitalism Corner* / Re: WTB/Borrow Gundam DVDs
« on: February 24, 2010, 07:51:50 AM »
08th Ms team OVA is between the 2nd and 3rd movie. (You could watch it after the third movie though, won't really make a difference I think.)

Then after the third movie and before Zeta:
0080 War in the Pocket OVA
0083 Stardust Memory OVA

Model Talk / Re: New Contest?
« on: February 17, 2010, 01:32:27 PM »
New and Shiny!

Stuff straight off the assembly line; for that one and only time everything is perfect.

Model Help* (Check Stickies and Search First) / Re: Paint Questions
« on: February 15, 2010, 02:33:11 PM »
You pretty much got it. For Novus, no. 1 is a cleaner/shiner, no. 2 is a fine scratch remover, and no. 3 is a heavy scratch remover. The one I bought at the hobby store came with no. 1 & no. 2 in 2-oz bottles, and some polishing cloths. It worked perfectly on my heli canopy; it's now clear with no scratches, although I have yet to start the kit so I don't know if it'll react to paint/clear coating. To give you an idea of how it worked for scratch removal, I bought the kit on ebay and all the sprues were loose in the box with no bags. The canopy broke free from it's sprue and was freely rubbing against all the other sprues. So, unless you have some really deep scratches you should do just fine with the Novus package I got. That is if it doesn't react to paint or clear coating. The package does say that it leaves a clean greaseless  shine so it should be fine. I think it cost either $10 or $15 from Hobby Town USA.

As to which one is better, I have no clue. Sorry. The hobby grade stuff may be better since they're geared to model kits while Novus is advertised for all things plastic (along with models). I even used some to polish out some old headlights; unfortunately the no. 2 wasn't course enough but it did help some.

Model In-Progress / Re: Abandon Chute HH-1N
« on: February 14, 2010, 11:41:30 AM »
Looking great. I love how the orange and blue parts pop from the green/grey colors but at the same time they're not overly bright.

I'm interested to see how you tackle the windows. I'm currently building a 1:48 BO-105 heli and I had huge problems with windows.

Model Help* (Check Stickies and Search First) / Re: Paint Questions
« on: February 12, 2010, 07:10:37 AM »

Looks similar to Novus Polish.

I got some from my hobby store to clean up the scratches on a helicopter canopy. It worked really well.

Model Help* (Check Stickies and Search First) / Re: Paint Questions
« on: February 10, 2010, 06:57:15 PM »
Hi guys,
I hope it's the right section of the forum to ask about one thing.
I'm working on my 1/100 Saviour Gundam it's my first painted model and I would like to ask which paint will be the best for the hands and inner frame? I was thinking about Tamiya XF-22 RLM Grey but dunno if it's the right paint color for those parts of the model. Could you tell me what color you use?

Hi. Welcome to the forums.

It's kinda frowned upon to ask for color choices for your kit. The rule generally is; Your kit, your shelf, your decision. That being said, any dark grey color should look good for the inner frame and hands.

If there's a color guide you can just use the colors Bandai recommends. They use Gunze Sangyo line of Mr. Color paints in the guides so you have to look at a few charts translate and get the colors in Tamiya form.

First look at this chart to get the english name of the color.

Then look at this chart to see what Tamiya color matches up with the Mr. Color
NOTE: The website seems to be down now; hopefully they'll fix it soon.

Model News Feed / FichtenFoo's Light Martian Hovertank NOW AVAILABLE!
« on: December 10, 2009, 07:23:09 AM »
I was looking around the MIG productions site and look what I found.

Painting/Priming / Re: Can I use Citadel paint? Also need airbrushing help
« on: November 30, 2009, 08:26:10 AM »
Primer is basically a coat of paint that you put on the model to make it a single solid color, and helps further coats of paint stick better.

I personally like to use the tamiya grey primer that comes in a spray can.

I don't know if you know about it but FichtenFoo has written an awesome guide to building gundams; this should help answer your questions.

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