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  1. I haven't built a dinosaur in quite a while, and since this one has been on the Pile, I decided it was time to do Creative Beast's Saichania. The Saichania is a robust ankylosaurid dinosaur first found in the 1970s in and around Mongolia and China. It was about 15 ft. long and weighed 2 tonnes. It's know from a number of partial skeletons. The kit is in 6 parts of white resin. There are some flash here and there and one or two pinholes - none of them being in any place of importance. The base is very well detail (as is the rest of the kit). I wanted to keep this model simple so I chose only a few colors - a "burnt flesh" from V's Flesh set, a brown for the top part and a blue gray for the scutes and spikes. To finish it off I drybrushed a lighter gray on the scutes and spikes, some Agrax in the darker areas, and some Sepia on the lighter parts. Thanks for looking
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    Creative Beast's Saichania

    Thank you!
  3. Yet another kit that has been in the stash for a long time. Making it's first appearance in the book, Dark Forces Rising, the Scimitar Bomber is from Kessel Run, and sold through Multiverse Models. The 1:144 scale kit comes in 8 pieces of resin and a clear rod for attaching the model to the base. The kit comes with an illustrated instruction sheet, but it's pretty self explanatory except for which way around the cockpit area gets attached. All one needs to do is pay attention to the greeblie pattern and is super glued right in place. The model is very detail for it's size, so painting it up takes a bit of time. I chose to paint in the front window rather than using the supplied decal. While waiting for the paint to dry I came up with a cratered landscape, and planned for a little colony, the subject, of the bombing in the largest crater. It was made with Sculpt A Mold on top of a Michaels pine plaque. It was primed black and then I came back with white primer at a very low angle to highlight the surface textures. Little pieces of different sized square styrene is all thats used to indicates buildings. From there it was just a matter of drilling a hole in the bottom of the craft to accept the larger clear acrylic rod, and then another hole in the landscape. Some tufts of painted cotton indicates the bombing in progress. Thanks for looking.
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    Star Wars Scimitar Bomber

    Thanks guys! 🙂
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    Bah Humbug!

    Staying with the sculpts of John Dennett, I picked up his new release in the form of Ebeneezer Scrooge. This is the Alastair Sim portrayal from the 1951 film. The kit comes in just 2 parts ~ the bust and the base. The first decision was whether to do the figure in B&W or color. Despite the box art being in color the movie was in B&W. I spoke with the sculptor, who sent 2 colorized pics at the same time I found my own. This is the one I went with - Starting to add color - Then once again, I got into a groove painting the facial features and forgot to take WIP pics. I used a splatter technique on the base and then applied the woodland Scenics snow with a few layers of PVA. Thanks for looking.
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    Brengun's Zeppelin Rammer

    The second kit for the bench probably has to be the smallest 1:72 scale kit I ever built in the form of Brengun's Zeppelin Rammer. There is a little discrepancy between the info on the box and whats being said on the Luft '46 site. The site says: This project was first proposed in November 1944. The "Rammer" was to be towed aloft by another fighter (most likely a Bf 109). Once released, the pilot was to ignite the solid-fuel Schmidding rocket, accelerating to 970 km/h (602 mph) and then launching its 14 R4M rockets at the target. A second pass was then made, this time making a ramming attack with its reinforced wings. It was calculated that at the attack speed the aircraft could cut cleanly through the tail section of a B-17 without great loss of speed or stability. After attacking, a gliding landing was to be made on a retractable skid. Looking in the box, Brengun gives you enough parts to make two Rammers. The back of the box gives you 3 paint schemes, sort of indicating that it saw service. I chose to create the 3rd option - The Trudi - from late in the war. The second two apparently were named. The middle one is Anna. What Brengun lacks in attachment points, it makes up for in detail. The plane has quite an extensive amount of PE for such a small plane. while the Luft '46 page says that it had a rocket motor, the Brengun box says it was a glider, and no rocket motor is included. The plane is also supposed to land on a skid. While there is also no skid included, if you look closely at the panel lines you see this off panel on the bottom. It is the retracted skid. I guess if someone wanted to do micro surgery, that skid could be set up in landing mode. My eyes aren't good enough for that. The cockpit is the first thing that needs to be tackled. For such a small plane it includes a full seat, a stick and a small instrument panel, with 3 indentations for gauges. The insides was painted gray with a dark wash. The seats were highlighted with VMC Red Leather, and then washed with Citadel's Agrax Earthshade. the foot pedals are painted silver according to the directions. Too bad 99% of it won't be seen after the canopy goes on. Closing up the fuselage and getting rid of the seam line, the only other thing that has to be done is glue the vertical stabilizer to the tail. The wings are one piece each - Putting the remaining part together I should have attached all the PE. But I got carried away and started painting. The scheme I chose was RLM 82 (lightened a bit) and a black nose. The instructions say the underside of the wings are to be RLM 83, which looking it up is also green, but the painting guide on the box shows, that I think it's meant to say RLM 76 or 77. I have 76 and that's what will go on there. Check back for the PE installation and my idea for a little vignette. Thanks for looking. The canopy is only sitting in place in this pic.
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    Brengun's Zeppelin Rammer

    Thanks for the kind words! 🙂
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    Bah Humbug!

    Thanks guys! 🙂
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    Judging Question

    I was over at another forum and in the sci-fi folder where a question was asked. Someone submitted one of the new Bandai Star Wars models for the competition. Now as a sidebar some think these models engineering etc., are miles above other models. Anyway he lost to some mini figure with all the "shadows and highlights painted on." He did say that the armor of the stormtrooper looked so good that he didn't paint it. My lowly opinion (I've only judged on the local level) was that he prolly got "points off" b/c it wasn't painted. I was taught to always paint everything, even if you're covering, in this case, white paint over white plastic. Thoughts from judges?
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    Another Aircraft From the Duke

    Looks like a beauty to me. 😄
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    New Airfix Blehheim IV, 1/72

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    Very nice job!
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    Nice! Cool touch with the jewels on the hilt. 🙂
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    A day at the beach

    That is just too cool. Thankfully I try to avoid the beaches with gun fire. 😉 Excellent!
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    The Doctor and his Monster

    A 2fer this time. John Dennett's Victor Frankenstein and Monster from Hammer Films fame. Thanks for looking.
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    75 or 90 mm figure for scratch building

    I like using El Greco for my miniatures - . They have base figures too - https://www.elgrecominiatures.co.uk/collections/mannequins-putties/products/anatomy-male-75mm HTH
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    1/10th figure start

    Just amazing! WOW!
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    Red Iron's Luna 2

    Needing a break from my figures, I pulled out a relatively recent get from Red Iron Models - it's the Luna 2 . From the site: Luna 2 (E-1A series) or Lunik 2 was the second of the Soviet Unions Luna program spacecraft launched to the Moon. It was the first spacecraft to reach the surface of the moon and the first man-made object to land on another celestial body. On September 13, 1959, it hit the Moon's surface east of Mare Imbrium near the craters Aristides, Archimedes, and Autolycus. From the above, "land" is a relative term. It actually "landed" going full speed. 😉 Inside it contained a capsule of Sodium, so that when it crashed a plume of sodium rose out of the crater, hit the sunlight, and was able to be see from Earth. The 1:35 scale kit comes in 10 parts including some wire and a lunar landscape base. It was a very easy kit to build. I had it finished in 2 hours. The parts break down including one page of instructions After removing the pour plug, an interesting attachment point(s) The bus built and just before the wire antenna added Antenna added After getting the kit built according to directions, I noticed the two "L" shaped bottom parts were too long compared to illustrations. I will have to removed them and shorten the wires. You can see how small the bottom parts were.
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    Red Iron's Luna 2

    Picking up from the last session, I removed those 2 bottom parts and shorten the wires. Once glued on I gave it a shot of gloss black primer and let that dry. when dry I gave it a shot of V's Metallics Chrome. The base was given black primer spray - matte this time, and then masked off the lunar soil, and gave the label area a shot of V's Duraluminum just for some contrast. The soil was then dry brushed in 3 levels of gray paint. even tho the crate was small, I tried to show some rays coming from it. And it was done. Thanks for looking.
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    Brengun's Zeppelin Rammer

    Thanks for the very kind words, Mark. 🙂
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    Brengun's Zeppelin Rammer

    Thanks for the kind words guys. Mike: hehe yeah yep a bit different. 😉 But my other weakness are the odd ball planes whether it be the Luft '46 or other paper only, or too futuristic designs. 😉
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    TROLL !!

    This build is part of a Challenge in the FB group Figure Model KIts. The idea is to pick a kit that has been on The Pile "forever" and to finally build it. I chose Gillman's Jotnar. It's not my oldest, but it has been hanging around for a long time. The figure comes from the finale scene in The Troll Hunter. I really like this film even though everything is Norwegian, and you have to read the English subtitles. It's a movie based on the newly popular genre of "found film footage." These students were making a documentary, when they fall upon a real troll hunter, follow him and thin is accepted to join him as he goes around the country doing his job. The character in the movie poster is our Jotnar - The kit comes in 7 parts (the base isn't shown) - the body/head, 2 arms 2 legs and the tail. The parts were very clean, and the seam lines almost invisible. A little Aves was used to mate the parts - The problem I encountered with kits like this, is the color. If you search for the Jotnar, all the images look like the movie poster, in that it was filmed in this predawn, cloudy looking blue light. So do I paint it blue or do I paint it as if it were in normal light? I found this image and decided to go the way it would look in normal light - From there I needed to add some snow to him and the base. Since he's enormous, trees and shrubs have started growing on his back and head. I added some Woodland Scenics turf foam, and some tiny roots from real plants to mimic trees. The base title card was painted with the colors seen in the movie posters. Thanks for looking.
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    TROLL !!

    Hehe yes it does. I really like the film, and recommend it if you like those "found footage" type movies
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    Brengun's Zeppelin Rammer

    We start this last chapter of this build by adding the decals to the tail and along the side of the fuselage. While that was drying, I took and oval base and painted it sky blue, and then some white to mimic clouds. Once the decals were dry I then went about to destroy them. I scratched the tail decal up, especially around where I had already drilled the bullet holes. From there it was just a matter of weathering it so I added a little V Smoke and then some black dots to replicate shrapnel burns. Then it's time to install the Rammer. I had already measured a clear rod to fit thru the wound and then down thru the open landing gear door. All that was left was to measure the the length that I wanted to make the Rammer from the bomber, cut it and then drill the end of the rod to an angle to settle the Rammer into space. Once that was done I called it finished. Thanks for looking.
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    Brengun's Zeppelin Rammer

    Most of my attention for this build has been directed at the "victim" B-17 - Because of the windows, the interior was painted. When closed up you can't see in...🙄 More damage Zinc chromate color has been added as an undercoat in prep of the hair spray and salt techniques. A tube was added to act as a brace for the rod connecting it to the base/ Olive drab color added