Hello model builders, an update, but first, thanks for checking it out, and:
Hi Jerry – thanks for dropping by and the positive words – I really appreciate your comments on the figures! Getting them to first be acceptable, and now looking pretty good – yes – I follow ALL of your WIP images – in fact, if you look carefully you’ll see the J Rutman influence throughout – lots of lead foil fashion – puttied up joints, cut and wired limbs and so on – – and of course, our friend Romain – looking back, his comments were so helpful and formative – particularly his take on eyes, and positioning…I still follow his “rules”, and wonder to myself if they would pass his spot on critique. I, and I’m sure many others, sure miss him…
As to the collection of figures, it took a long time to gather them all. Many manufacturers, some resin, some plastic – You’ll see Paracel, D-Day, MAIM, Industria Mechanika, MB and so on. Many of them I found via Kitmaker reviews, and others by looking at the discount/closeout sections on various web stores – particularly the weird ones, that I guess aren’t all that popular – they’re perfect for this project. Still more to come….stay tuned…
Hi Dave – Thanks for the offer on the signs - - I can’t read a single Chinese character – so, I went for what looked ok – to add some visual, clutter? interest? Who really knows, but I like the look – and, thanks for the translation – I’m glad the signs don’t say anything bad --haha
Hi Patrick (Mr Pacific Islands!), Thanks very much! as you’re well aware, the time to lay the things out just so…it’s almost as hard as picking what to build to begin with!….all part of the fun. Thanks for dropping by - --
Hi Phil – thanks for taking the time to drop on by and the nice words! I’ve got to say, this seems to take a pallet of patience (haha) – never ending stuff to do – especially to get the uh (choose and expletive of your choice) lights to work and then look right!….as for the gal in the Ziggy skirt – we all keep some stories to ourselves – haha! – also thanks for the tip on lighting – I stink at electronics of all kinds – the lights I’m using require a bit of simple soldering, and a battery pack: very good for me – I’ll check your source too -
Mike – thanks for stopping by – yes…as the characters of the movie Bladerunner lament…”time…” there just isn’t enough. Good to be back! I won’t give up on this build, but do want it to be done….
Hi Tim – yes, all the fun – haha! – for work, I need to be a serious guy – I lead a team – the good news, every now and then I can still design stuff, but most of the time, I work on the concept, keep the troops marching – and address all the admin concerns that go with it. Model building lets me march at my pace, and design what I want – if it looks wrong, just tear it out and try again – per Jerry’s comment above, until recently my figures…er, uh, (badly painted mannequins?) hid in the shadows – now, they get to play a prominent role –woo hoo - but, as all of this is on my dime (and not a clients), it’s fine – one mediocre figure is just one step closer to a good one –
Hey Matt – just like you, you know I’m always fooling around with this stuff – just not always with enough progress to post anything interesting –and, life can get complicated – but, the model is back – thanks for dropping by -
Hi Brandi – thanks for the comments – and all the nice words, I appreciate them! As you’ve no doubt guessed, this didn’t come together over night. My last dio was based on a real time event, where accuracy, storyline, and so on was pretty important – for this though, well, not that – more about settling on a concept, storyline and so on – but, nothing real. And, as you noted, lots and lots of scratch building, which was pretty fun too – and not as expensive as using all kits – there is quite a collection of odds and ends in this build.
Finally, you’re another planner – woohoo! Nice to meet you - my degree is in city and regional planning, but it turns out I’m a bit better at design than writing policy – it ain’t me! I’ve been lucky enough to be involved with projects all over the world, so as you can imagine, I keep mental notes of interesting things, people, and places I see along the way, and yes, much of that makes its way into these builds!
Hi Tom – yes, China, I found some images of the old Kowloon walled city - pretty intense place – and nothing like Kowloon today! Those images were helpful in figuring this dio concept out. Where are you staying in China? I’m there 5 or 6 times a year…in addition to being pretty tiring, we’re pretty lucky as we travel all over and get to see lots of interesting/inspiring places. Thanks for dropping in –
Hi Mike – “Chief scratch builder/truck builder extraordinaire”! Thanks for dropping by - As to the figures, I’m glad you enjoy that personality – it’s taken me quite a while to get past seeing them as a necessary evil, and finally actual contributors to the story – I know, this seems obvious, especially for a dio, but man, it’s easier to make a grimy street, than convincing figure….
Hi Kurt - - WHAT?! YOU can’t surrender my brother! Your work with ambient setting and great builds is never far from my mind! Just keep building and posting and we’ll all be fine – including you!
Ok - - on to a small update, highlighted by some mediocre pictures... Some time ago I built the section bridging between buildings. As always, it was fun to build the façade…and less fun to install the lighting….not my favorite thing. The big idea is that eventually, all of the building lighting will be on at the same time, ideally spilling onto the street and lighting the scene. I hope it works – and yes, before this is closed in, all the connections get soldered and insulated. Just too much of a PITA to do all at once!
Enough rambling, please take a look:
and below, the same in daylight
I've got to say - this part of the building -was a hassle - as it's oddly shaped, was difficult to get all the pieces cut to the right size, and of course, it really didn't want to be glued together.
Thanks for checking it out -
Now, back to the real job -