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Roktman

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  1. Thanks! A lot of these what if "discoveries" I find somewhere in the pages of SAMI - whether a build or just an announcement for a new model. Nothing new and weird this month tho... ๐Ÿ˜‰
  2. I pulled this one out of the stash as it looked like a quick build. Yikes was I wrong. Tho the kit looked good while on the sprue - no flash, delicate panel lines etc... It had one big flaw. Being a jet you see a rounded intake and exhaust. But the top of the plane is nearly flat. So all the rounded supports on top need to be cut away. I didn't want to just cut it all away, so it became cut a bit, try a fit, cut some more, try a fit... Ugh. I got the front and rear all set but it still wouldn't close up. Then I discovered that with the engine running straight thru the plane and the cockpit off set, the kit puts the cockpit and wheel well one over the other. This means I need to break out the dremel again and carve down both components. Tho it didn't need it, I added some of those Liquid Gravity beads. Finally it was time to combine halves and get some paint on. Since no prototype existed, they offered two variations of '46 German colors, a US capture scheme as well as a soviet scheme. I chose one of the German ones. Adding a few other details, like the wheels, I was done. Thanks for looking.
  3. Thanks very much, Bill! ๐Ÿ™‚
  4. Thanks, guys! Gil: It was a new one on me too. I make these "finds" from the pages of SAMI magazine. sometimes someone will do a build - tho they do a lot of joking ๐Ÿ˜  about Luft '46 and other "never was" planes. But mostly I catch them in their reviews pages. A lot of the time it's a tiny pic of the box art and a few sentences. But enough to catch my attention and head me to eBay, where I usually find a number of offerings.
  5. Always on the lookout for the obscure, odd or prototype planes, I found this little gem on the pages of SAMI where the kit was being reviewed. Having gotten these models few times this way, a quick trip to eBay, and I had a choice of a number of these kits. The Sam-13 (Cam-13) was designed in pre-war Russia, and based around Renault 6 cylinder engines. One prototype was built. But this was destroyed as the Soviets fell back against the German invasion of the eastern front. The design was never revisited. It came with 2 sprues of gray plastic, one (mostly) clear canopy, a fret of PE, and a small sheet of decals. There was a few oops' along the way but all in all it was a fun kit. The instructions are the typical exploded views, where the exact location of some parts are hard to determine. The other issue with the kits was that the plastic was pretty fragile. I broke the back off the seat off twice, by apparently leaning on it too heavily. There were no locator pins so the parts wanted to wander until the glue set up. It wasn't mentioned but with that rear boom, I didn't want to take any chances, and added Liquid Gravity to keep it from being a tail sitter. The horizontal tail fin was a tight fit, and I should have done something about it. While it was drying, it popped out a little on one side and the glue dried that way. ๐Ÿ˜ž Lesson learned. Also after folding a piece of semi-large PE it jumped, hit the ground and was eaten. I actually laid on the floor looking for it to no avail. ๐Ÿ˜ž With no specific color call outs I used what I had. The gray was Vs Sky Gray and the blue was RLM 24. I did blacken the panel lines a bit with Vs NATO Black. The real plane was wooden so I left it with a matte clear coat. Sitting the canopy on the plane, I was amazed to see that the canopy was a perfect fit - until it came time to glue it on the the fuselage. What happened? ๐Ÿ˜ž After adding the landing gear I called it done. Thanks for looking.
  6. WOW, that was a really nice score. Terrific choice on the models too. Looking fwd to seeing what you can do with the truck! ๐Ÿ™‚
  7. Forever on the lookout for something different, this was a kit that caught my eye. Similar to, but not exactly like some animated movie. ๐Ÿ˜‰ This caterpillar is from Creepy Tables, and comes in two sizes - 22cm and 15cm. I chose the 22cm version. It is a limited edition and I have either 30 or 36 (hard to read the handwriting) out of 200. It's still being offered so I guess there are a few left at the time of this writing. It comes in 6 pieces of resin, that is very nicely done. FAINT seam lines were seen in one or two places and probably could easily go unnoticed. Here the parts were assembled - tho the caterpillar was just rested on the stump. Will glue them together at the end - and primed. The connection between the top and bottom parts of the hookah needed extra attention. Following the color image that came with the kit (in the background), I started airbrushing the blues on the body. More messing with the light and dark blues, and filled in the body of the hookah. On the image it's made to look transparent. I'm not able to copy that so I just made 2 levels of a purple red into a red, and then a pale red reflective highlight. I used the same red colors for his fez. Wanting to paint the decoration on the hookah gold, I added the gloss black. The wood stump also got my regular wood treatment of black then gray and dark brown. Going way out on a limb I added a stylized wood grain to the top as practice since it can't be seen, and then on the cut branch on the front of the stump. Check back for the gold trim, jewels, and the final details. After a week or two of laziness, I got myself into the studio and finished off the Caterpillar. First up was finishing off the highlights on the hookah. Then I re-adjusting the highlights on the caterpillar itself. I thought I finished up by using V's Metal Varnish on the hookah, and V's satin on the Caterpillar. Then I noticed that I didn't do those eye looking things on it's back. So I got out the Gloss Black and finished those. I was really tempted to make them look like eyes, but I thought that might be *too much.* I epoxied it to the base and I was done. Thanks for looking.
  8. It's almost embarrassing to admit that this is another one that's been in my stash for a long time. I'm guessing that 90% of my stash has been there a long time (blush). But anyway this is a nice quick project. Sculpted by Kent Kidwell, it's a one piece kit with lots of details for the size. Going from memory I remember a lot of brown dirt in the movie, so I started with a red earth primer. I have too many earth tone paints in my collection and wanted the worm to be a little different at least, from the ground. So the colors of both changed a number of times. But it all went along pretty fast - 2 or 3 hours and I was calling this one done. Thanks for looking.
  9. Very cool. As a big fan of the vintage Rte. 66 era, I loved this story. Thanks for sharing.
  10. Very nice job! Love the wood grain on the prop.
  11. Looks terrific!
  12. This is another nice little bust I saw on the New Announcements group on FB. It's approximately 200mm and sculpted by Joaquin Palacios for Epica Tales. The model comes in three resin pieces - the bust, the arm, and the column base. You need to supply your own rod connecting the bust to the base. She also comes with her own sticker. It's an excellent sculpt and cast with no bubbles or seams apparent. Thinking Middle eastern I used a flesh that was a little darker than normal. I also gave her dark hair. One other thing is I goofed while drilled the hole for the rod. The bottom cut is a lot more steep than other busts, and in a Aves and a second try. It was right at this point of the build when one morning I heard a bang coming from the attic. I went up to investigate to find somehow a Starling had gotten in. Of course it flew around and landed on the desk knocking the model over and of course breaking the little knife she's holding off. A bird in the house must be bad luck as I don't know whether the bird or the carpet monster ate it, but it's never been seen again. I'll have a cut another out of sheet styrene. I've seen some that give her an almost completely transparent top. I wanted to try something close (never done it before), but maybe not as far as some others take it. I started out by covering all the surrounding skin with Silly Putty. Where the cloth pulled tight I only misted the off white color, and gave a little more coverage by her neck and waist. I added pure white at the tops of the wrinkles, and then lightly brushed on some of the pearlizing paint on the top and bottom for a little extra shine. The part that was the skirt got full coverage. On a different project I noticed that Green Stuff World's metallic paint behaved badly if put on top of a gloss black. But gave a terrific two tone metallic if painted over white. So I painted all the jewelry with white and then used a blue and red. The effect turned out pretty well. The parts that I wanted to be gold got the usual gloss black coating. I painted her lips with V's Cavalry Brown which is a dark red, added a highlight then to match up some of the metallic green I used elsewhere on the model, I gave her green eyes. A little eye shadow and blush from pastels finished off her face. Then I painted up the column base with V's Dark Sand, and pulled out my Mummy bust to remind myself of what I did with that base, then more of less copied it. The column looked a little thin so I found a 40mm plastic base. I glued the column on, and then filled around it with V's ground texture. A wash of Sepia on the sand, and painted the rim a black brown and I was done. Thanks for looking.
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    US Soldier 1846

    WOW! Very Nice!!!
  14. Thanks guys. Oh yeah the old Lindberg kits. I had a few of them back in the day. They were accurate for the current (back then) thinking. Lot more accurate models out there today.
  15. This is another kit in my stash so long I no longer remember who it was produced by. I'm sure after a few people see this, they will know and tell me. Anyway, I'm guessing it's a 1/10 -15th scale kit that came in 2 parts - the animal and the base. The only thing was that three of it's feet are attached to the base. They didn't line up so you had to do the best you could and then start sculpting with the Aves. You can also see all the repairs made. I really dislike when the sculptor/producer try to "help us out" by getting rid of flash or seam-lines - especially when they are aggressive about it. Base can be seen in the background While beginning to prime in noticed an imperfection that turned into a big bubble on the edge of it's frill. Despite me not liking the scales just being small tube marks pushed into the clay - it did make the repair a little easier to hide. First round of priming revealing more ankle work needed. Was going to leave it at this point, but felt I needed to do a little more... Added a little more color, defined the eyes, and emphasized the muscles a little more. I also added some foliage to the nest material, and also created two bushes to finish it off. Thanks for looking.
  16. Took this kit out of the pile as it's something different. I don't have any Mad Max on my shelves...until now. This is a 1/4 scale Gyro Captain from Sean Kyle Studios. It came signed and with a numbered certificate of authenticity. Mine is #6. It comes in about 5 parts. There are a bubble or two. But all in all a nicely done kit. One thing tho - there looks like a little blob of flash in the bag of parts. DON'T throw it out! It's actually his cigar!! LOL. If I have to find one thing to critique it would be the auto-gyro's propeller. It looks to be cut out of thin sheet styrene. The cutting was a little uneven, but the main problem was I couldn't straighten it out. It had a little bend it it that was there to stay. It was no problem at all to cut a new one out of slightly thicker styrene, making both blades the same. The sculpt is a very good likeness of the actor Bruce Spence. I started out by priming, and then started laying in the base coat. There were a few images online that I thought made him have a pasty appearance. So the paint went on a little light. Later on I saw other images that showed him with more "color." I'll address that later. While that was drying, I turned my attention to the propeller. As was said it was shaped a little wonky, but the big problem was the curve in the styrene. I was no problem to draw and cut out another. Turning back to the bust I added a little more depth to the colors, tanned him up and gave the engine base a metallic shine. Then I decided that the craft would have minimal care, and after seeing a how to about busted up metal I tried that on the engine. The other thing I was going to do was paint a nice wood grain on the propeller. But I found one image that showed it well, and no wood grain. It was colored black and a dark red. So that's the way I went. A little gloss to the goggles, and eyes and I was done. Thanks for looking.
  17. Thanks, guys! ๐Ÿ™‚
  18. After recuperating from my surgery, I finally got to my hobby desk and the last figure I was working on was the Cary Cooper Beau Geste bust. the kit was produced by Norbert Ossner and sculpted by Alejandro Lopez Ramirez The kit is in 3 resin pieces - the bust, base, and frame for the movie poster. The movie poster printout is also added. Following the movie poster printout and a colorized photo, I added the base colors: During today's session, I put the finishing touches on Gary Cooper. For the base I put down some glue and then dusted it with Chinchilla Dust. This is stuff you can buy at a good pet store. Evidently Chinchillas don't use water so they take dust baths. This dust is incredible fine, and works well in many scales. I bought the 3lb jug, and it'll last more than a lifetime. When it's all dry I painted it with V's Dark Sand. To give a highlight I added a little Ivory to the Sand color. Then I thought it needed a little something, and made a few bullet holes with a drill bit. Filled in the divot with Vs Orange Brown, but that didn't stand out enough, so I added some black pastels to the holes. Don't know if that would ever happen, but... what the heck. From there I made the wooden frame for the movie poster looked bleached out and again added more glue and dust to make it look like sand blew onto the bottom of the frame. Then looking at the poster it seemed too new, so I mist coated it with matte clear coat to protect the ink, and then aged it with Citadel's Sepia. From there I added a few dust streaks with a pastel that matched the Dark Sand. I glued the poster to the frame, the frame to the wall and I was done. Thanks for looking.
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    Nocturna

    She is Nocturna, from appropriately Nocturna Models, a stunning 30mm model with excellent detail. Sadly, she's currently OOP. This resin model came in two parts - the figure/base and the top of the cross. Here's the model all primed up. Here I'm starting to work on some base coating. After numerous highlights in the skin, dress and hair. I'm just about done with this one. I bought a few plinths from GreenStuff World, so she'll be glued on to a simple one next session. I also used the smallest grass tufts I had to fill in the ground a bit. All finished with this little mini. It was highly detailed kit and really challenged my steady hands - even with my magnifiers. Thanks for looking. And... my obligatory soda can shot... :lol:
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    Cape Buffalo

    Very cool. I too like seeing "not the same ole stuff..." Bravo!
  21. Looks terrific!! As a side bar I didn't read the title correctly and was wondering what the heck "My chin ass" meant... Doh ๐Ÿ˜›
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    Fr. Merrin

    This is another beauty kit from Gillman Productions. Any horror fan will recognize Fr. Merrin as Max Von Sidow, one of the two exorcists who came to help the possessed Regan. This is a 3 part, 1:4 kit, in flawless resin. There is a minor seam-line you can detect through the hair, that is done away with in no time at all. As usual I started out with black primer, and a highlight of light gray. When dry I added Beige Red for the first skin tone. Since the Holy Water bottle isn't quite correct (the one on the movie was made of glass) I decided to make this one gold. So to get that done, I added gloss black to the vial. My usual MO is to go from dark to light. With that I painted Merrin's hair a medium brown knowing it would be going to gray. Remembering back to, I think, part 2, the younger Merrin first encountered the demon in the desert dig site. So I turned the gray rocks brown with a number of lighter dry brushes. Merrin's clothes started out with V's Black Gray, with highlight's going to German Gray, and the shadows with Nuln Oil. It's here when the eyes were painted black. This session began with Merrin's hair getting it's first highlight. It was now time to paint the demon. I had to look it up. I haven't seen this movie in years and in doing a little reading I was surprised that the face was only seen momentarily. I also found out the the demon was played by a woman, Eileen Dietz. Also read that she was a little annoyed the four other actresses that also "played" Regan weren't credited. The producers wanted to viewers to believe it was all Linda Blair. Anyway, back to painting... To finish the model off Merrin got two more highlights in the hair - a gray and then an ivory color. The priest's stole was painted purple. It's received one highlight and one shadow color. The Holy Water vial needed a little something so I painted the cap and the cross white His eyes were painted, and then everything that needed to be glossed was done. With that I was done. Thanks for looking.
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    Jacob Marley

    Hehe If they offered a resin Bob Marley ghost I'd have a crack at it. ๐Ÿ˜‰ LOL
  24. I was reading on another forum that they noticed that a bunch of Companies are no longer letting Squadron sell their stuff. The thought was they were having financial troubles again. I've only dealt with them in the Nats Vendor Room, so I have no dealings for mail order first hand. If you paid by Payapla etc... I would keep track of the clock to get your money back. Maybe a good idea to forgo the order and get the $$ back in case the business goes south. Just my 2ยข what do I know...
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