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  1. Aah, I was teasin' ya. πŸ˜‰ A friendly competition is perfect. πŸ˜„ I will certainly follow your thread, and will be watching for your next build. I won't be at C'nooga. On top of everything else, arthritis is filling up my knees and hips, and that makes walking difficult. When I went to register, I found out the the Hotel closest to the Hall sold out in a day, and the only one still available was 4 blocks away. That put me out of the competition. Driving 4 blocks every time I want to get to the Hall is silly , and there's no way I can walk it anymore. Sorta got me annoyed too in that I'm sure in early July there will be an announcement of rooms available in the main Hoitel b/c of ppl cancelling, when it's too late to get a cheap flight. Oh well, that's how the game is played... So I'm just keeping my eyes and ears open for the TX show. πŸ™‚
  2. Thanks guys! Being retired on a disability, I get my "honey do" stuff done in the mornings, so I have most afternoons to get into my lair for a few hours each day. To keep my sessions from being only minutes while some subassembly etc... dries, I usually have 3 kits going at the same time. This helps me move along. Being sick for a while, I haven't gone to a model show, except for a Nats or two, in quite a while. But hey you never know. The family could always use a long weekend in Fla, just to coincide with Jaxcon one year. πŸ˜‰ The dinosaur in the 3rd row from the top between Dracula and Vincent Price actually got a 2nd at the latest Phx Nats. I was happy with that. My first Nats win. Re: looking at them close up. I think I posted all or the vast majority of them between the Aircraft, Space/Sci-fi, Figures and Misc folders right here in this forum. Otherwise my BLOG as all of them are in WIP to finale pics and descriptions. Just click 2018 on the right hand side and you can see them by month. Mark: hey we were close! Don't know if that was a challenge, but it's on brother!! πŸ˜‰ Kidding. I have a lot of kits piled up the wall in my TO Do pile before I check out for the next world. Haha So I keep moving.
  3. I personally like the moving convention because my family uses it as the base for the family vacation. Sometimes it's in spots where you'd never think to go on your own. So far, and I've been attending Nats since 2006, there hasn't been one spot (within driving distance) where there was absolutely nothing to do or see.
  4. This ship, as my previous posts say has been sitting around since the Fall. I was going to come up with a super cool base. Until I had no energy to do so. Then I remembered I had has a set of Death Star Tiles in resin. So I painted that up and used it - *finally* completing the kit . Thanks for looking.
  5. I don't have the kit to help out, but just wanted to say sorry that happened. sux big time.
  6. Just gathered up all the info and despite finishing only 1 kit last Jan., and nothing in Feb., I came back and had a good year. Made a little collage. Thanks for looking.
  7. Looks good. If I was anywhere near the museum, I'd take a ride. But NY is quite a ways from Louisiana. I hope you get the info you need.
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    Mini Hulk

    This one came from DcDevitt Studios exclusively for member of his Patreon page who opted for a certain level. Troy does some outstanding work. Anyway here he is. First is the raw resin. Thanks for looking.
  9. As far as the Shelf of Woe/Doom meaning kits I've started and not been able to finish, I'm over with Gil in that I only have one. It's a miniature garage kit that was created on the computer. The tolerances are so tight and it had to be assembled in a certain order. But they don't tell you the order - just give an exploded view. Being it's resin you glue it with CA. which is a bear to pull apart. All the parts were glued onto main part A, and all the other onto main part B. But doing that, A and B won't go together. Took all my strength to not whip it across the room. As far as stash I have about 5 piles of boxes that are nearly floor to ceiling... 🀩 Same as Richard I too am in desperate need of more shelves in my room.
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    The Kappa

    Thanks guys. πŸ™‚
  11. Hehe Thanks. πŸ˜„
  12. Holy moley, you're WAY beyond me know. That looks like alien scorcery. πŸ˜‰ LOL Looks awesome. Terrific job on the ship too!
  13. This kit represents the monster in the 1986 remake of Invaders from Mars. The monster is a short squatty man in suit costume that reminds me of the Pig Lizard from Galaxy Quest. This monster is another where the stage lighting was so dramatic, that you don't really know what color the monster was, that is, until I found this image - In the end I toned down all the red... The kit comes in 15 parts, plus a number of extra finger claws. The parts fit together pretty nicely. One thing of note was that the main body is hollow cast, and in some spots the wall of the model was so thin, that it was easy to put a took thru it. I actually poked a hole in one spot where the leg belongs. What I should have done was give it a shot of spray foam into that hole, but didn't think of it. In the end I used 5 minute epoxy to get the arms, legs, little claw "hand" and the death ray eye - or whatever it's called. To get the claws on, the tips of the fingers needed a little sanding. The first claw is on. Thankfully there's only 5 more... πŸ™‚ Sitting in the tub while the epoxy cures. While I was waiting for all that to dry I put a little paint onto the base. After the epoxy was set it only needed a little Aves where the parts didn't match up. The Aves is the dark gray parts. Once the Aves cured it got a two tone coat of primer. To finish up I had to look again at what the death ray appendage looked like when it wasn't firing. The stage lighting was a pain, and so it just looked like the rest of the body. But I felt the need to make it a little different. So I painted in a graduated brightening, maybe to simulate it about to fire. Anyway here it is all finished. Thanks for looking.
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    The Kappa

    With the creature finished I turned my attention to finishing the base. I added colors to the river bed. In hindsight, I should have used more muted colors. Added a little greenery to the river bed. I was planning on making the water clear or mostly clear. A closeup of the tree root. Not bad going from a real branch to roots bad from aves. Some plastic aquarium plants painted and added to the river bed. I also added some "leaves" to the shrub. The finished product. Thanks for looking.
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    The Kappa

    I saw this kit at one of the Vendors's tables at the IPMS Nats in AZ. The Kappa comes from Japanese mythology : Kappa considered to be a type of suijin (water deity) that inhabits the freshwater areas of Japan. According to legend, the Kappa is fond of causing mischief and even harm towards humans. A Kappa’s pranks can manifest in the form of harmless jokes like making noises similar to flatulence or looking up a woman’s kimono. However, some Kappa are more violent and have been known to try to drown livestock, kidnap and eat children, and force themselves upon women. Although Kappa are generally considered a force to be feared, there are some instances in which the Kappa are considered to be generous – though this most often happens when a Kappa is indebted to a human being. Some of the most common records of friendly Kappa are early Japanese legends that attribute the knowledge of bone setting and medical salves as being taught to man by friendly Kappa. The kit contains two frets of styrene parts. There are no instructions, but 3 images and corresponding part number to show where they go - The build begins. There are no locator pics and in some spots it's a balancing act to keep the parts where they belong until the glue sets. Felt the need to put some paint on the shell. Primed in tan and then sponge dabbed in Mahogany. A little Ivory added the the belly. Work started on the hair. There is no "cup" as the myth suggests, just a bald spot. I could have added one, but just didn't. While the idea of the tab on the hair fits into the slot on the bald spot looked good on computer, it didn't really work, besides the first one. In the end the tabs were cut off and the hair superglued into place. There was also gaps, and some Aves came to the rescue there. Painting 90% complete. The model comes with two round stones in his upturned palm that isn't added yet. I didn't look up the meaning of that. Nothing was mentioned in the summaries, and everything written on the box is in Japanese. The kit comes with a super simple base of just a log stump or is it just a large rock? Anyway too simple for me. So I took some foam out of my "foam box" and started carving a shoreline. He'll go on one of the stones in the water. Check back for completion.
  16. Terrific tutorial. I like the dimple punching for the tie downs. A few weeks ago they had the building of the ... IIRC George Bush carrier on tv. There they showed the presse in action dimpling the real carrier deck. Talk about power... 😯
  17. Cool. Nice work simulating the worn but not obliterated paint stripes.
  18. WOW! Two thumbs up! πŸ™‚
  19. Amazing! I love dioramas like that. I just scanned thru the images (will read the article later) but if close by I would definitely volunteer as an intern.
  20. A lot of the newer figure miniatures and sci-fi stuff are done by 3D printing. There's now more detail than ever in these small figures. You just have to watch out for the kits where the producers hasn't tackled the "grow lines."
  21. Very nice job! Cool work on the smooth fuselage paint. I can never seem to get a smooth coat.
  22. Well, I finally got the little guy into his specimen jar. It took a blob of hot glue, and then with the tail attached it needed to be cork screwed into the jar. So the glue got a little messier than I would have liked. Once it was in there and the glue cooled, I filled the jar with the Propylene glycol, and tightly screwed on the lid. Almost done. I felt it needed a specimen label, so in MS Word I created one. Had a little look at the CFTBL movie info and got the year made, and doctor's name. Then I looked up "Aquatic Lizard Creature" and for a place - the Black Lagoon in Spanish and added that to the label. I antiqued the label with a little Citadel sepia wash. Much later, after it was stuck on, I remembered that Portuguese is spoken in Brazil, not Spanish... Oh well. Thanks for looking.
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