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  1. Sounds cool. I'll do my best to get a Flash Gordon kit and join in!
  2. Thanks for the kind words. Despite trying not to, every once in a while I have an oops that can't be changed. Why hise it? Whats done is done, and my me saying it it leaves others no where to go to point out my goof (yeah I've been hanging out at the other forum a long time). Honestly that the reason I like reading SAMI magazine. They have builders that build to the best of their ability not for perfection. On occasion you see not quite straight canopy railing painting, or maybe even a whole plane brush painted. Kind of a breath of fresh air to see not everyone is a pro.
  3. I was eager to build this model as it was the first one I ever built as a kid, prolly around 1967-68. This time it is put out by Round 2 but kept the retro Lindberg box - https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-JAsrpNo9wmA/Vvlg1kLG7aI/AAAAAAAABhM/U792fduUg-sNcPuLpaujW7JQTMQdiCtPA/s320/001.JPG I hope it urns out better than when I was 7. After cleaning it up, I primed and preshaded the crap out of it (hehe) - The next day I assembled the craft. Boy, this was bringing back memories of me at the kitchen table with the newspapers put down and Mom making dinner. For whatever reason, when I'm painting white, to me, it's always a gray until it's too late. There's so many coats on it that I obliterated the preshading. Sigh Ugh did you see what I did? I put the 2 frames with the extra components on the same side.They are supposed to be on opposite sides... maybe I can't build it better than a 7 year old... But too late to change it. The little astronauts looked ok so I primed with black and then drybrushed the white uniform color over it. It was then that I "saw" all the flash. So I took an Xacto to the men and clean them up and repainted - While I was waiting for everything to dry, I took some spackle to the base, and as the spackle was drying I made craters with some sculpting tools - The tools - It it with some paint and it ended up like this - The center of the field really isn't white it's more of a light gray. The decals were very thick and I had to put slits in the star decal to get it to conform to the curve. The checkerboard decal also needed some help. I ended up giving it about 5 or 6 coats of Micro Sol to get them to sit down well enuff. Finally I glued the Moon Ship onto the base and then placed the astronauts. Thanks for looking.
  4. The variant list is long so I didn't copy it here. But her's the link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bell_P-39_Airacobra#Variants
  5. The Frost Giant is one of a set of about a gazillion figures from the Blood Rage game's Kickstarter (a story for another time). Starting off with a primer, I once again fell into the trap of looking and not finding seams - From here, and the fact that he was from a Viking Game (singing the lyrics to Led Zep's Immigrant Song in my head right now) and decided since he's from the Land of Ice and Snow, he has to give an appearance of cold. So what I did was add a little blue to the colors I used. Here he is as of last night. Getting back to the seams - once I started painting the figure - yep, I started to see them. Sigh. I took off what I could, but I have to admit I left a few. Looking at the other Giants in the set, this one was the worst for seams. The rest should cause less headaches. Anyway, the hair and rock are finished, but the skin only has a base coat on it. I took the next two pic before giving it a shot of Dull Cote and calling it a night. As I'm painting a 3rd highlight I say to myself "If he's a Frost Giant, why is he so tanned?" So I broke out new colors and am calling the figure done with this rendition - - Next will be the base. I sawed of the round base, found another, but am waiting on some Z scale spruce trees that I got off eBay to finish up the vignette. I'll be back for the finale when the trees arrive. Thanks for looking.
  6. Wonderful job! Nice work on the skin painting. 9 tries at the eye? I hear ya on that. They look good!! One trick I learned is never make the figure look directly at the viewer. Have him look to either side, up or down, and the eye painting will be easier.
  7. Excellent build. Even more so since you had to scratch all the additional parts!
  8. Sad to see it go, but I must agree if there's no return, then it's not worth it. I must say that my son often took advantage of the MnT at a number of Nats and local shows and today he is 13 and is still building models. As a matter of fact since I build sci-fi and larger sized figures, at the past few Nats, he's actually come home with more kits than I do (be builds lots of armor and some aircraft). Also I must disagree with the silliness of "Snap Tites." When you're trying to get a 7 year old that wants to build, a lot of the regular kits have too many parts and showing him how to glue a sub-assemblies and **wait** for it to dry is the kiss of death. He was off to something else. I tried a simple glue kit when he was almost 9. No good. But with a "Snap Tite" showing him the proper way to cut the part off the sprue and sand the little nub that remains is enuff. And in a half hour he followed the instructions and the plane is built,and flying around the house. A two thumbs up success in my book. He wanted to graduate to glue kits when he was 10-11 after building all the Snap Tite planes they had to build. He's now doing a nice job of painting and weathering his tanks and even won an award at a local (NJ) show. Finally, being a Yankee from Noo Yawk, I too would have answered Merrimack. Oh well.
  9. Awesome job. I always have problems with the cheat lines on 1/72. ;)
  10. Roktman

    Heading home

    Nice job. I like him. FWIW, One hint with the face is to thin the paints, even if you need a second coat. The thin paints will lead to a smoother finish.
  11. You really brought out that soft detail. Awesome! All I hear about now is finecast, I didn't even know there was another version.
  12. Roktman

    Deadpool bust

    Very nice job! Looks great!
  13. This was a kit I got at one of the Nats while Muroc Models was still in business. An AD-1 was an experimental plane where NASA were looking into the feasibility of oblique wing flight during the late 70s - early 80s. Being a resin kit it came in a minimum of parts with no PE and 1 vac formed canopy. What was cool is that Muroc also gave you a resin plug for the canopy in case you fudged the first one. I've been tinkering with this one on and off for a few weeks now. It's a fairly simple kit, and it all goes together nicely -- until I came across my nemesis - the dreaded Vac form canopy!! This kit is no different. Measure 2x and cut 1X, and measure and cut again. Until I cut too much then it's filler time. Well it's filler time. The problem was at the back it looked like molded in hinges to raise the canopy from the rear like you see on the box. So my thinking was the canopy fit over the edges of the fuselage... No... I puttied a little then sanded a little - a few times. It just wouldn't look right so I too the nuclear approach in that I just putty the crap out of it and then when dry I went at it like a buzz saw made of sandpaper. Grrr Finally I got to a point were it didn't look terrible. It was time to hide some ugliness with some decals. For the first few flights, the jet didn't have the blue stripe that you saw on the later ones. Nope, Haha I needed that stripe. So I started decaling. I left the wing off b/c I thought it would be a real nightmare to fit the stripe on under the wing and over the engines. Even without the wing, it was pretty difficult to get them on. No matter how much water I used, the decal still wanted to settle down. Finally I got them all on and then hit it with a little Micro Sol. Once the Micro Sol dries the satin clear coat, and the wing will go on and I'll call this one done. Oh yeah, the blue dot on top is just sticky tack where I pushed the wing on so it wouldn't get lost. Thanks for looking.
  14. Whoa, God bless you eye sight. Looks great!
  15. I make it a point to attend the What The Judges Look For seminar every year just as a refresher. I remember my first Nats in Phoenix ('04?) where they had tables and Judges where modelers could bring their work to be critiqued. I didn't have anything as it was my first and I didn't know what to expect. A few "Critique" tables similar to whats set up for Make n Take, a would be good if room allowed.
  16. Thanks for the pics. A lot of excellent work there. Sorry I missed it...
  17. This time will be a short post, The only thing that had to be completed was the decal. I ruined two of them but the third time was the charm. This time I started with the same image, but instead of just changing the color of the text from gray to an orange color, I also made the blacker - blacker. After printing I let dry and gave it two coats of Krylon Crystal Clear Gloss allowing 24 hrs drying between each coat. I had no problems this time. Here it is - The decal looks a little wavy especially on top, but somehow that's an optical illusion. It's perfectly flat. Thanks for lookin'.
  18. Hi, Yes, thankfully I had a little lazy susan that came with my Paint booth. I also set the rocket on the lazy susan, very close to the edge of my work table and was able to shoot the whole thing, from all directions, in one go round. I really like Vallejo's new line of metallic paints as it is very easy to work with, and appears to dry on the spot. I'm still debating on whether or not to put a little wash around the few details on the exterior to make it stand out a little more. I agree tht a colorful, or overly detailed base is need to counter the single color of the ships. I haven't seen the Cosmostrator in person yet, but think I would have a good time trying to recreate Venus. I would be torn as to make it how it really looks or how it was supposed to look previous to our unmanned visits. LOL I agree that the old time space ships had a lot better looks. At a not so recent IPMS Nats, UK SFX artist Mat Irvine gave a talk entitle something like Space: How It Should Have Been. He went on to show and describe the the imaginative ships before thre was a space program. Thats why I'm looking to complete my collection of Golden Age of Imaginary Spaceships. :D
  19. I looked thru the kits that I haven't seen in a while and rediscovered Fantastic Plastic's Rocketship XM from the movie of the same name. This looks to be a super simple build being only 8 parts, the base, plus the decal. On to the kit. It's a super simple build. It took only a few minutes to rid the side fins of little pour stubs and a tiny amount of flash. Then it was already time to start gluing the parts together - - In the top image the top fin is overlapping by a little bit. I thought I filed that down *before* taking the pic. In any event that all nice and smooth now. You can also see that the Vallejo Plastic Putty made short work of the gaps between the fins and fuselage. I love that stuff now! ;) This isn't a chewed up burger. It's the Martian base. Looking at it in person I didn't notice it being that bright. I'll have a fresh look at it and maybe tone it down with a dusting coat of tan or beige - - The gap there is where the title card decal goes. Sadly it's not in the box. I have no idea where it went or when I lost it. I may try to make my own decal (a first) or write to Allen at FP to see about buying a new one. Lastly the call out for paint for the rocket says Titanium. That's one of the colors I didn't buy when I picked up a bunch of the new Vallejo Metallics. Hmmm, should I just order it or use what I have... I tried twice to do the decal. It prints out "ok" , but putting it down....sheesh! The first one I ruined for being dumb. The second one, I think I needed another clear coat on it. I'm gong to give the home made decal route one more shot before ordering a real one from Fantastic Plastic. But I moved on to painting the ship itself. I had previous given it a coat of V's black gloss primer. Then today, not having the Titanium color that is called for in the directions, and Vallejo not having that in their inventory, I decided to use the color DurAluminum. It's darker than Aluminum, but not as dark as the Steel appears to be. Here's the almost final image. I'll be back with just a finished image when I get the decal sorted out. Thanks for lookin' - -
  20. Sounds a lot like Vallejo's Plastic Putty. Once I got used to it (for the above reasons) I love it!! Plus the long needle like tip gets the putty in the seam-line and almost no where else. The stuff dries pretty fast so you need to keep the tip clear as you proceed.
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