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  1. Well, as with most of my models, I could tinker with them forever. So to combat that I've decided to call the Snowman done. The newer steps from where I left off was to paint the names on the base in Vallejo's Old Gold. This way it matches the red and gold of the Monk's prayer beads that are lying nearby in the snow. I then took Woodland Scenic's Snow and after applying thinned white glue, sprinkled a heavy coat in the snowy areas leaving the rocks clear for the most part. Out of the jar this snow is quite powdery, so I left it out of the footprint, as that snow would have been compresses and looking different. Here's the finished model - - Thanks for lookin'
  2. While he was waiting he suffered a fall and the toes of one foot were taken off. Thank goodness the break was clean and I was able to reattach the toes with little or no hassle. I did notice what looked like a tiny stress crack in the leg and quickly fixed it with the Vallejo Plastic Putty. I'm really starting to like this stuff! I also added another highlight coat to his fur. Afterward I gave his fur another mat coat to protect what I've done. If I learned nothing else from hanging out at The Clubhouse it is to protect my work. While the body was drying, I turned my attention to the base. The rocks have already been done in shades of gray, but to give it a cold feel I gave some shadows with Army Painter's Blue Tone. This stuff is a very nice wash. I'm anxious to try the others in a little set I bought. More on those at another time. John Dennett, the sculptor for Moon Devil mentions he includes a little easter egg in some kits he does. This time around - - spoiler alert - - -he sculpted in a set of prayer beads used by the Nepalese monks. More soon... Thanks for lookin'
  3. Being a big fan of cryptozoology (yeah I'm that guy) goes perfectly with John Dennett's ongoing series of "Crypto Legends" kits. So far he's released The Jersey Devil, the Loch Ness Monster and the Abominable Snowman. At a recent Jersey Fest, I picked them all up, but dived right into the Snowman. I gave the Snowman a first coat of primer, and then realized that I got carried away and should have assembled him first. DOH! Too anxious! So then next I drilled some holes for the 2 part epoxy. I saw another modeler's post that instead of adding pins to tabs he would drill holes into the tab as well as the corresponding female part. His theory was if you put enough epoxy into the female part then the epoxy will be forced into the drilled holes creating a well attached figure. It worked for him so I thought I would try it too. I did include a pin in one of the feet (that had no tab) for extra stability. While I was priming I also primed the large base. The base is supposed to represent some rocks and snow. So I primed the rocks gray, and the snow - white. I will enhance the rocks with paint and then flock the snow part. But that's later. Then I had to fill the seams. For this I used my indispensable Aves Apoxy Sculpt. I really enjoy filling seams of organic creatures much more than say planes etc... ;) Came out like this - - I did the inside of the mouth and glossed it all. I also got carried away and did the rest of the face. I then glossed the eyes (not sure it I like em) and epoxied the face to the body. Here he is so far - - More later... Thanks for lookin'
  4. Roktman

    AHS:F Twisty

    Thanks guys. It was a fun build. Gillman Prod., does have a nice offering of kits in the horror vein. I also have his Pepper and the sculpting is amazing. She has an Irish Sweater on, and I cannot fathom how MVT sculpted that... Dennis, agreed. LOL. If there was any clown to be afraid of, it's this guy.
  5. Agreed Rusty. I build aviation and chose 1:72 to be my standard scale because a) I don't have too much shelf space, and b) if I built in 1:32, I'd feel obligated to add in more detail and hence more times for me to screw it up. BTW, the ship is one good looking model. It would be interesting if we ever found out what the judges saw didn't see in it. There was a time, at a PHX Nats IIRC, that they had a few judges set up at a table in a sort of seminar style, and ppl would bring their models to be critiqued. I don't mind constructive criticism and would love to see this feature be a permanent feature at the Nats. From what I read too many ppl go home miffed not knowing why their model was not chosen... Sorry don't want to hijack this thread.
  6. Congrats on the wins! Very nice job. Looks to be an awesome saturn V!
  7. Thats very cool, Mike. If I were to think of it I also would leave the fingerprint. Maybe even dry brush it a little to show it off. I have nothing from when I was a kid. My dad thought them a waste of time and as I got older (15 or 16) the "toys" either were thrown away or given to my younger cousins to play with. But I definitely do remember by first builds. The first one was the Hawk Vanguard satellite that was recently repopped. I'm sure the clear parts of that had all kinds of finger prints on it. I was the type of builder where when the tube of Testors glue was empty - I was done. Haha. The other was US Moon rocket - the one with the spheres and rails? That was also recently repopped. And I bought them both ...again. Those were built when I was 7 or 8 in 1967-8. I also remember, thanks to Mom, I had quite a collection of the Aurora Dinosaurs and Monsters as well as tanks, cars and planes. I used to build anything that my little neighborhood Mom and Pop Dept. store had.
  8. Neil Armstrong's F-5D -- A Monster from the Woods Dracula-- The Bride -- And finally 1:72 Muroc Models AD-1 Thanks for lookin'
  9. Recently I was commissioned (my first) to build New Horizons for a local NJ Science Center. All I was told was that they wanted it to be "about 24 inches tall." Looking at the pdf blue prints on the NASA site, I took them to Staples and had them enlarged -- Then I got foam and started cutting -- In the mean time, Ihad no way to vac form an antenna 15" in diameter, so I had to farm that out -- I had to give up 100% accuracy for durability as I didn't know how this was going to be displayed. But a few more parts, added foil and she was done -- Thanks for looking'
  10. Roktman

    AHS:F Twisty

    Everyone's favorite clown! I started off by blocking in the colors - A little work on the details -- BTW, Here's the base -- You'll notice the lil popcorn kernels are skulls... All done -- Thanks for lookin'
  11. At this point I wonder what happens to clubs that put in a bid (not any of the ones that have been mentioned and/or held Cons before) and loses out? I distinctly remember a club in mid to Northern Calif had a good bid IMHO. They lost out to who I forget, but they never bid again. Does losing out put that much of a bad taste in club's mouths that they won't try again?
  12. A big welcome from Noo Yawk city! ;)
  13. I remember at the Awards dinner that there was one model that Aris said had no name of the form...
  14. I agree with Dick and the others. For myself, my wife and my young son, we use the the Nationals each year as the starting point of our annual vacation. We take in the Con, the tours and then spend an additional 3 or 4 days to go exploring on our own. If the Nationals were held in the same 3 cities (East, Central, West) It honestly wouldn't take long for me to start skipping the Nats. Yes, I would miss the Contest, seminars and Vendor room. But I would give up that before sitting in the same cities year after year. I would like to see the Nats downsize to a smaller city - yep maybe there would be a little less to do, but it would be someplace different to explore. But then again you would need a club willing to work on a Con. Just my 2¢.
  15. In answer to your question, I bought 3 tickets for the banquet at 3PM THAT afternoon. There was an announcement over the PA that there was tickets left, and I walked over handed in my money and got my tickets. I believe the woman behind the desk said there was about 20 left over at that time. IMHO the banquet/awards room is up to what the venue has available. I did pay for three tickets and by nature of how the ppl filed in, we sat off to the right of the stage. While I could hear fine, the view of the screens was pretty bad. So the ppl in the hall directly in front of a screen may not have heard the show, actually got a better view. I'm not complaining, that's the chance you take. Each venue room is going to be different.
  16. Excellent! I'm thrilled to see another one of us here. Another friend of mine calls it the OTS: One True Scale. LOL! Thanks for the compliments as well; they are very appreciated. Up my way it's The Scale of Kings. LOL
  17. Would these be of help? Doesn't say EAD tho...
  18. Thats an excellent job! I really like it. :D
  19. You did a terrific job with that kit. I think I would have bounced it off the floor before tossing out. LOL :D
  20. Roktman

    Sam the Snowman

    Hi Ed, Thanks! I'm sure animating true plaid back then must have been a night mare. But I don't remember if this was true animation or stop motion. The snowman must have been one of the favorites. There was quite a few "screen grabs" of him on the Net. This is one of the few grabs that shows the color of the back of the vest. I guess what I could have done was paint the stitches a light green and only use the white for the intersections. Also I just noticed that there was more black lines. But the sculptor just "engraved" the ones I painted into the clay. -
  21. Funny thing is that at a show the Make & Take tables are chocked full of kids. Now is it that Mom is just "time wasting" doing something for free while Dad is in the contest or Vendor Room? I wonder how many of those kids go home with a kit or two to build? My lil guy (12) is into model building as much as he is his XBox or whatever. As a matter of fact at the Hampton Nats, he came home with more kits than I did (and paid for with mostly his own money). He started building with Snap Tites and then eventually graduated to glue kits. But to make it worth while for him he's building 1:72 planes and armor. This way he gets the thing built in a day or two and then prolly another day painting it. Kids are essential to the continuation of the hobby. A 1:72 plane or tank goes for around $15 and that's not bad as far as he's concerned b/c he wasn't around when kits were $5. He doesn't know any different. I think even below the Local level of clubs, the Moms and Dad's gotta be buying their kids a kit or two and get them interested. Because of building my son is becoming quite the WW2 buff. And interest in history is always a good thing. Just my 2 ¢
  22. Cyber Model is calling this the instructions/painting sheet. Hopefully this will help a little - - http://www.super-hobby.com/products/German-Knight-XV-c..html Then there's this - - Not quite a rave review but some of the assembly is shown. HTH
  23. Very nice! I don't remember seeing that kit before. I do agree about the chains looking too new. A little dark wash should fix that up. But Excellent job!
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