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SGTJKJ
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Posted: Sunday, August 12, 2018 - 01:36 AM UTC
Pasi, Great build! Looks really nice and brutal.

Thanks for participating!
RedDuster
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Posted: Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 09:09 AM UTC
Very quick update.

The base colours airbrushed on the fur.



First layer of was & dry brushing on.



Cheers

Si
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Posted: Friday, August 17, 2018 - 04:07 PM UTC
Iain, it may be a bit too late but Lindberg makes a styrene 1:1 kit of the human skull.
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Posted: Friday, August 17, 2018 - 06:29 PM UTC

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Iain, it may be a bit too late but Lindberg makes a styrene 1:1 kit of the human skull.



Thanks for that, I will keep that in mind if I do another. Even tried just finding a skull mask since I only need the front half but there was nothing local, might have to see what turns up around Halloween.

At this stage I may have to ditch this build for this campaign, the cybernetic side is giving me trouble and it's a bit of an experiment trying to achieve the look I want.
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Posted: Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 07:43 AM UTC
@Delbert, just built the Zaku II from that two pack a few months ago, still pack even if the articulation is a bit weak, and the ground gundam still one of the best looking of the old school gundam's good choice.

Every ones projects seem to be going well, I took a break from mine for a bit as I hadjust built 2 Zaku's back to back and wanted to take some time with my other hobbies but still hoping to finish at least the other zaku i started.
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Posted: Sunday, August 19, 2018 - 06:27 AM UTC
Howdy Y'all
I haven't gotten very far. I'm trying to take the chrome off some of the Batboat's parts without any luck. I've soaked them a couple of times in bleach but it was only partly successful.


I guess I'll need to either try oven cleaner of just try Testors Metalizer over the chrome. I've sprayed metalizer over chrome parts before and was somewhat successful.
Thanks,
Don
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Posted: Sunday, August 19, 2018 - 10:20 AM UTC
well i have primed the under side of the saucer and have now added some pre-shading

SGTJKJ
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Posted: Sunday, August 19, 2018 - 04:35 PM UTC
Don, I think either a strong car primer or either GW’s or Teators base coats should be able to cover the chrome if you want to get rid of it.

Iain, hope you come up with a solution. It is a cool but also difficult project you have chosen. Hope you find a suitable skull model.

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Posted: Monday, August 20, 2018 - 06:03 AM UTC
Don, try an ammonia based cleaner like Windex or Fantastix cleaner. Let the parts sit overnight in a bath of the stuff. This tends to work better with newer kits...I'm guessing the older chrome is tougher. I've never tried straight ammonia.

I try to avoid oven cleaner. Windex is safer.
Hudson29
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Posted: Monday, August 20, 2018 - 07:08 AM UTC
Hello everyone, what a lot of magnificent creativity going on here! What fun it is to allow the mind to wander and imagine what might have been or what could be.

I was working through a model closet sorting out kits that I will never build and that can be listed on Ebay. One kit, the Glencoe Three Stage Ferry Rocket fell into my hands and wouldn't leave. I bought the kit 25 years ago and did a little trial fitting of the parts. It was horrible and my ardor to build it quickly abated. As Dorothy might have said, "sink holes warpage and flash, oh my!"

I love this model because it reminds me of the time when I was a kid and the future was not horrible, it was something to look forward to. This rocket was a concept from the late 1940s and early 1950s for a shuttle to ferry humans to a space station. Humanity finally made it happen and the final form looked a bit different but was not really that far off in conception.

This time this old kit called to me more persistently. I could see it as Heinlein might have viewed it. "The rocket sat on its pad massive, looming over its surroundings, towering and dark with a cold metallic glint."

There is nothing much wrong with this model that time, putty and elbow grease can't cure. Here are a few pics of the start:

The box art


Putty, putty & more putty


A trial fit


More putty
SGTJKJ
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Posted: Monday, August 20, 2018 - 08:35 AM UTC
Looks great, Paul. I have never seen this kit before.

How tall is it? It looks impressive!
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Posted: Monday, August 20, 2018 - 11:48 AM UTC
It is roughly a foot tall. I'll run a tape over it once its back together.

I had the firm belief that this Glencoe kit was a reissue of some ancient kit, possibly ITC or the like. I just looked it up on Scalemates and nothing is mentioned on the time line prior to 1993.

The kit looks old and the molds looked tired. I still gotta believe that this had 1950s origins like so many of the other Glencoe releases. I'll consult the Guru of Plastic SciFi kits and see what he has to say.
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Posted: Monday, August 20, 2018 - 04:30 PM UTC
Very nice, Paul. A striking color scheme will make it quite the eye catcher.

I agree the style of it makes it seem old. The design makes it look like way before 1993, maybe premoon landing. Anyway, cool looking kit.

Looking forward to see more
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Posted: Tuesday, August 21, 2018 - 01:40 AM UTC
Well, whoever I pulled the Phebus stuff out for got the juices flowing and this has had a little bench time.





Not quite sure of a scheme yet, definitely going with hexagon based 'digi-cam', but not sure the color pallet yet. Dr Green to light yellow green, or blues and greys..

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Posted: Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 06:49 AM UTC
Mike - A very neat looking bug. As far fetched as it looks, something like that could actually happen. I have seen pictures of mechanical mules that have been built to haul gear in rough territory.
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Posted: Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 06:54 AM UTC

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Very nice, Paul. A striking color scheme will make it quite the eye catcher.

I agree the style of it makes it seem old. The design makes it look like way before 1993, maybe premoon landing. Anyway, cool looking kit.

Looking forward to see more



I talked to a pal who knows more about old SciFi kits than anyone I know. He could not be sure, but thought that the molds might have come over to Glencoe from Strombecker along with the Disney Rocket To The Moon now sold as a Mars Liner to get around licensing problems.

Whatever its source, the kit looks old and the molds are tired. It has a record amount of flash and sink holes. It does look neat and will look great when finished.
SGTJKJ
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Posted: Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 08:54 AM UTC
Cool little model, Mike. Are you using decals or paint to create the hexagonal camo?
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Posted: Friday, August 24, 2018 - 01:30 PM UTC
Glencoes site says Strombecker 1957. It doesn't say explicitly. The site is under construction...no section for the Three Stage Ferry Rocket... but in the description for their Retriever Rpcket kit it says...

"First issued in 1957 by Strombecker, and originally known as RM-1, the Moonship would have been built in Earth orbit from elements of the Three-Stage Rocket (that has also been issued as a Glencoe Models' kit). The fuel tanks would have to be added, as would the antenna and the nuclear power source in the nose, the conical shield protecting the crew."

There's actually a good number of these retro-von Braun inspired spacecraft in Glencoe boxings. Personally, I am intrigued by the 1/32 McDonnell XV-1 Convertiplane.
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Posted: Saturday, August 25, 2018 - 02:15 AM UTC

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Mike - A very neat looking bug. As far fetched as it looks, something like that could actually happen. I have seen pictures of mechanical mules that have been built to haul gear in rough territory.



I’ve got some vinyl masks from a Facebook purchase I came across , looking for something else.. like always.., in theee sizes that I am dying to try.
I figure some ‘negative ‘ masks, pressing the hexagon onto the kit to preserve the color underneath as well as using the ‘frame’ of the hexes for an offset positive mask, saving the base color between the hexes.
Unfortunately school starts Tues, so my hobby time becomes teacher time...
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Posted: Saturday, August 25, 2018 - 08:03 AM UTC
Great stuff going on here, enjoying watching as well as joining in.

A bit of progress on the wolf cavalry.


The rider of the first wolf with a basecoat and a wash before the topcoat goes on.




The main colours going on.



Detail painting on wolf 2.



His rider being built.



built and & test fitted on his ride.



Finally, cyberwolf No,2



More soon.

Cheers

Si



SGTJKJ
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Posted: Sunday, August 26, 2018 - 01:16 AM UTC
I have finished some support for my AT-ST which will be done later for this campaign.







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Posted: Tuesday, August 28, 2018 - 08:10 AM UTC
Simon, those wolf riders are looking great.

Jesper,those Speeders look nice...and I like how you display them. I never understood why the Scouts weren't camoed or at least overall earth-tone color.

Okay...time to update.

We'll pick things up with the terra-former. The original idea was to have a large unit with an interior. It took up too much space so I downsized it.
The idea is the terra-form project would use thousands of these unit. They'd use water drawn from below the surface to run through a hydro cell engine, producing oxygen and water vapor as part of its exhaust.
For the engine I used the trans from an old Tamiya Marder 2 IFV. I placed it in a box case, which should be trailer-transportable. The interior is filled with baubles from the spares. I small air cylinder becomes a filter. A truck fuel tank becomes a water storage tank. An old radio becomes a control box. And so on.
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Closed up and shows how it all goes together. I'll give it a cover for the top and front. I'm still debating on a multi-panel or single panel design.
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This view shows the rear...or front. I'll add a battery box here and a solar panel array...to supplement the power to melt the ice below surface and power the engine.
You can also see the side valve for the water feed between the well-head and terra-form unit. The hose is thick twine soaks in PVA glue.
Oh yeah, the vent pipes shown might not be what I go with. Alot depends on the solar array.
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Back to the rover. I used a modified engine deck from a Heller French tank as the hood...or bonnet, depending on your regional preference. The kit comes with a spare so nothing wasted. I had to cut off the angled sides so it would fit between the front wheels.
I didn't care for the wheels. I took spare idlers from an Academy Hetzer. The kit comes with 3 or 4 pairs for different versions so...nothing wasted. I actually have an extra pair that might be used on a trailer.
I changed out the front fenders. The tank unit is a life support unit. The crew can plug in to breath using the vehicle's system and recharge their suits while traveling.
The cargo boxes are fuel tanks from vehicles. One pair came from the Quad. The other pair...I'm not sure.
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Time to start on the base. I used an older base, due to its size. I added layers of styrofoam. I then covered it with CelluClay.
Most pictures you see of the Mars surface show rough terrain and there's alot of erosion from sandstorms.
I also figured most wells (for water) would be at the lowest points the lessen drill depths. So the ground on the base is pretty rugged.
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Mocked up for placement. It gives you an idea what I am shooting for. I figure the kneeling figure will be down working on the terra-form unit while the standing one...his supervisor...stands up by the rover, watching. Still a good bit of work ahead.
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I'll go ahead an paint. I used a base coat of dark tan. I then made several light coats with brown, red-brown, and rust. I didn't want it to be too red. Most surface pictures of Mars tend to be reddish brown or reddish tan. I'll go back and add a bit more red and rust to try to give it a more Martian appearance...I don't want to overdo it.
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There's still a good bit of work left. I've got to make the terraformer into a parked trailer. I need to make the solar array and finalize the atmospheric exhaust thingy. The well-head. The astro-workers. And decide on the paint for the rover.
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Posted: Tuesday, August 28, 2018 - 05:50 PM UTC
Alex, yes very strange that the galactic empire does not like camouflage

Nice layout of the base. This project is coming along nicely and with some cool scratchbuild details.

Looking forward to see more
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Posted: Tuesday, August 28, 2018 - 08:15 PM UTC

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I have finished some support for my AT-ST which will be done later for this campaign.











Where did you get these magnificent looking star wars figures from?
SGTJKJ
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Posted: Tuesday, August 28, 2018 - 11:00 PM UTC
They are from the Star Wars Legion wargame by fantasy flight games. Unfortunately not really multipose, but quite nice quality none the less. I can recommend them.

I see you are from Scotland, so element-games or Wayland games could be a good source for you.