login   |    register
Science Fiction: Campaigns
Information and discussion of group builds and campaigns.
Hosted by Rowan Baylis
Official tread: Sci-Fi III
Scipio2010
#401
Visit this Community
Georgia, United States
Member Since: December 08, 2013
entire network: 178 Posts
KitMaker Network: 31 Posts
Posted: Monday, August 14, 2017 - 10:56 AM UTC
I will be building the 1/12 Bandai Shoretrooper from Rogue One. I built a Phase II Clone Trooper from Bandai not too long ago and found its joints to be problematic. I will be gluing the joints this time around and using putty to mask the areas where the joints would be. Anyone that's built one of these knows it ends up looking more like an action figure than anything.

I plan on adding the kama and as many of the provided pouches as I can. I plan on painting the trooper in some mottled camouflage representing an elite recon unit within the Imperial Army.



Klaus-Adler
Staff MemberCampaigns Administrator
MODELGEEK
Visit this Community
Scotland, United Kingdom
Member Since: June 08, 2015
entire network: 446 Posts
KitMaker Network: 14 Posts
Posted: Sunday, August 13, 2017 - 11:48 PM UTC
I think that the gonk droids only appear in ANH on tatooine and in jabba's palace...it was getting turned up side down and having it's feet tortured
ClaytonFromEllijay
#454
Visit this Community
Georgia, United States
Member Since: July 10, 2016
entire network: 1,136 Posts
KitMaker Network: 25 Posts
Posted: Sunday, August 13, 2017 - 11:55 AM UTC

Quoted Text

Gonk!!

What a great Star Wars beverage consumption game.
Every time its on screen the one who spots it decides who consumes... good times...



I guess I'm showing my age!!
MLD
Visit this Community
Vermont, United States
Member Since: July 21, 2002
entire network: 3,163 Posts
KitMaker Network: 651 Posts
Posted: Sunday, August 13, 2017 - 06:01 AM UTC
Gonk!!

What a great Star Wars beverage consumption game.
Every time its on screen the one who spots it decides who consumes... good times...
Klaus-Adler
Staff MemberCampaigns Administrator
MODELGEEK
Visit this Community
Scotland, United Kingdom
Member Since: June 08, 2015
entire network: 446 Posts
KitMaker Network: 14 Posts
Posted: Sunday, August 13, 2017 - 03:48 AM UTC

Quoted Text

And David, I have to ask what a Gonk is....looks like a pet travel case...



It's a power droids. A sort of mobile generator if you will
ClaytonFromEllijay
#454
Visit this Community
Georgia, United States
Member Since: July 10, 2016
entire network: 1,136 Posts
KitMaker Network: 25 Posts
Posted: Sunday, August 13, 2017 - 02:18 AM UTC
And David, I have to ask what a Gonk is....looks like a pet travel case...
ClaytonFromEllijay
#454
Visit this Community
Georgia, United States
Member Since: July 10, 2016
entire network: 1,136 Posts
KitMaker Network: 25 Posts
Posted: Sunday, August 13, 2017 - 02:17 AM UTC
Iain- how big are those models? Can you give a photo to show relation?
ClaytonFromEllijay
#454
Visit this Community
Georgia, United States
Member Since: July 10, 2016
entire network: 1,136 Posts
KitMaker Network: 25 Posts
Posted: Sunday, August 13, 2017 - 02:14 AM UTC
It's "Perfect" putty,by Deluxe, and I swear by it too, super stuff. https://www.deluxematerials.co.uk/en/scale-plastics/87-perfect-plastic-putty-5060243901095.html
SGTJKJ
#041
Visit this Community
Kobenhavn, Denmark
Member Since: July 20, 2006
entire network: 9,272 Posts
KitMaker Network: 118 Posts
Posted: Sunday, August 13, 2017 - 12:00 AM UTC
Water based plastic putty - what brand is that?
Klaus-Adler
Staff MemberCampaigns Administrator
MODELGEEK
Visit this Community
Scotland, United Kingdom
Member Since: June 08, 2015
entire network: 446 Posts
KitMaker Network: 14 Posts
Posted: Saturday, August 12, 2017 - 11:11 PM UTC
just a quick update, the main part of the body has now been assembled and i have used perfect plastic putty to fill the gaps around the edges... this stuff is fantastic btw and i would recommend it to everyone as it's water based so it's easy to thin it or wipe away any excess with a wet cotton bud

SGTJKJ
#041
Visit this Community
Kobenhavn, Denmark
Member Since: July 20, 2006
entire network: 9,272 Posts
KitMaker Network: 118 Posts
Posted: Saturday, August 12, 2017 - 07:09 PM UTC
Welcome onboard, David!
Klaus-Adler
Staff MemberCampaigns Administrator
MODELGEEK
Visit this Community
Scotland, United Kingdom
Member Since: June 08, 2015
entire network: 446 Posts
KitMaker Network: 14 Posts
Posted: Saturday, August 12, 2017 - 08:43 AM UTC
I'm a little late to the start to this party but here is my opening shots of the kit i plan to build which is the JPG Productions 1/6 Gonk Droid:



Pave-Hawk
Visit this Community
Western Australia, Australia
Member Since: May 05, 2006
entire network: 564 Posts
KitMaker Network: 73 Posts
Posted: Friday, August 11, 2017 - 08:57 PM UTC
They kind of make me think of the old WW2 identification models, but a bit more detailed.
SGTJKJ
#041
Visit this Community
Kobenhavn, Denmark
Member Since: July 20, 2006
entire network: 9,272 Posts
KitMaker Network: 118 Posts
Posted: Friday, August 11, 2017 - 07:18 PM UTC
Nice looking X-wing. These kits look very unique when finished.

Thanks for participating:)
Pave-Hawk
Visit this Community
Western Australia, Australia
Member Since: May 05, 2006
entire network: 564 Posts
KitMaker Network: 73 Posts
Posted: Friday, August 11, 2017 - 02:07 PM UTC
X-Wing is now done too





Will try to get some decent photos of all three together to upload to the gallery.
SGTJKJ
#041
Visit this Community
Kobenhavn, Denmark
Member Since: July 20, 2006
entire network: 9,272 Posts
KitMaker Network: 118 Posts
Posted: Friday, August 04, 2017 - 09:12 AM UTC
Great Looking Tie fighter!
Pave-Hawk
Visit this Community
Western Australia, Australia
Member Since: May 05, 2006
entire network: 564 Posts
KitMaker Network: 73 Posts
Posted: Thursday, August 03, 2017 - 10:33 PM UTC
Tie Fighter done!



X-Wing Begins!





Little bit of an Astromech



Pave-Hawk
Visit this Community
Western Australia, Australia
Member Since: May 05, 2006
entire network: 564 Posts
KitMaker Network: 73 Posts
Posted: Thursday, August 03, 2017 - 12:21 AM UTC

Quoted Text

Iain, the Tie Fighter looks great, specially the surface detail. Not sure if I missed this, but what scale it is? And how complex the build was compared to assembling "normal" PE details on plastic models?



The metal earth kits are all "box scale". Each fret is the same size regardless of kit and they usually have 2 frets per kit.

The tie fighter and x-wing seem reasonably close to their relative sizes so should look good side by side.

Difficulty compared to normal PE varies. Fold lines are either normal looking etch lines for small bits, or perforations for long pieces. The hardness of the stainless steel means that you need to bend carefully, as having to rebend a part can break it, and rolling perfect tubes is an art. Trying to anneal it would probably discolour the steel, and would be obvious without paint.

The tab and slot construction is mostly robust, but long parts that are only secured at one end with two tabs, like the snow speeder gun tubes, really need a dab of glue on the tabs to help hold them securely. My AT-AT has one leg at risk of falling off because I didn't use glue and one of the two tabs has snapped.

I really like these kits as they are a bit different and actually build into really nice little models with a bit of care and patience.
The first one I ever built was the tiger tank, and the tracks did give me some problems, but it's currently the only German armour adorning my display area.
PasiAhopelto
Visit this Community
Uusimaa, Finland
Member Since: October 01, 2016
entire network: 56 Posts
KitMaker Network: 0 Posts
Posted: Wednesday, August 02, 2017 - 08:23 PM UTC
Iain, the Tie Fighter looks great, specially the surface detail. Not sure if I missed this, but what scale it is? And how complex the build was compared to assembling "normal" PE details on plastic models?
SGTJKJ
#041
Visit this Community
Kobenhavn, Denmark
Member Since: July 20, 2006
entire network: 9,272 Posts
KitMaker Network: 118 Posts
Posted: Wednesday, August 02, 2017 - 07:40 PM UTC
Ha, ha, good pictures, Alex.

Looking good!
Bluestab
Visit this Community
South Carolina, United States
Member Since: December 03, 2009
entire network: 2,023 Posts
KitMaker Network: 118 Posts
Posted: Wednesday, August 02, 2017 - 01:09 PM UTC
Iain, nice metal work.

Top hatch assembly added. I think it came out pretty good. I'm going to build a pilot. For the time-being, I'm using an old Dragon Vietnam era Chopper pilot as a stand-in. I'm probably going to use the chopper pilot's helmet and dress it up a bit....homage to Mechwarrior.
sci-fi-3_22

Buttoned up and standing. To be honest, I'm using this as a "before" picture before I start adding to the limbs and adding more weaponry.
sci-fi-3_23

To show its articulation, we'll start with a bit of "dabbing".
sci-fi-3_24

She was young and needed the money.
sci-fi-3_25

Working the pole....get those dollar bills ready guys.
sci-fi-3_26

No roller skating though. And I tried getting it to teabag one of Stalin's teapots. It looked like it was mooning the tank though.

That's it for now.
Pave-Hawk
Visit this Community
Western Australia, Australia
Member Since: May 05, 2006
entire network: 564 Posts
KitMaker Network: 73 Posts
Posted: Sunday, July 30, 2017 - 03:32 PM UTC
So the Tie Fighter is nearly complete








One panel and the stand left, then it's on the X-Wing.
Bluestab
Visit this Community
South Carolina, United States
Member Since: December 03, 2009
entire network: 2,023 Posts
KitMaker Network: 118 Posts
Posted: Sunday, July 30, 2017 - 12:36 PM UTC

Quoted Text


Alex, the brutish dog is coming along nicely. The cockpit is looking great with nice details. Will the cockpit be visible when finished?
Funny the model is fully poseable. What about a running rollerskating neblewerfer shooting dog 😉



How about teabagging one of Stalin's Tea Pots?

It really is a fun build. And yes I have had a few laughs posing her. The cockpit hatch opens so it's there.
SGTJKJ
#041
Visit this Community
Kobenhavn, Denmark
Member Since: July 20, 2006
entire network: 9,272 Posts
KitMaker Network: 118 Posts
Posted: Saturday, July 29, 2017 - 07:58 PM UTC
Delbert, the X-wing is great choice for this campaign. Looking forward to see it get build. With some painting and weathering I am sure it will look awesome.

Alex, the brutish dog is coming along nicely. The cockpit is looking great with nice details. Will the cockpit be visible when finished?
Funny the model is fully poseable. What about a running rollerskating neblewerfer shooting dog 😉
Bluestab
Visit this Community
South Carolina, United States
Member Since: December 03, 2009
entire network: 2,023 Posts
KitMaker Network: 118 Posts
Posted: Saturday, July 29, 2017 - 04:26 PM UTC
Since editing and delete are activated due to the Photobucket thing, I deleted my busted posts.

I've been putting off posting an update because I'm now using Flickr and am figuring it out. And on that note...let's get this build started with a big update.


Time to get started on the 1/20 BanDai Brutish Dog.

As mentioned, I'm building this as a 1/35 vehicle and adding a new cockpit. I used a pilot's seat from an old Revell 1/32 scale Apache as a stand-in while I mock things up. I added a sheet styrene floor, laying it over where the 1/20 scale seat would sit. It became quickly apparent that the body is too small for a 1/20 scale pilot. There's no room for any reasonable drive and powersource bits....or whatever the backpack thing is supposed to be.

sci-fi-3_01

Assembled cockpit wall inserts. I included both to show both sides. The one on the left shows the detail facing out. This will be covered by the body panels and not seen. The detail is quite nice and can be dressed up even more. Even the hidden details could come into play if you wanted to open this thing up.
sci-fi-3_02

I had planned on scratching a pilot's seat but decided to use the Apache seat instead. It would just take up space in the spares for another couple of decades. I removed the side armor panels. I made a new base out of styrene. I added shocks using a mirrored set I found in the spares...maybe from a Trumpy BMP-1. The control sticks were odd bits from a Tamiya 75mm anttank gun.
The kit's cockpit wall inserts were given new buttons and some knobs from the spares...I really don't know what the latter were from.

sci-fi-3_03

I decided to use a medium/light gray for the interior. Components would be painted gunship gray for contrast. The second part is the cockpit lid. I added a dashboard. I'd have to modify it a bit later to fit with the seat and controls. BUt we'll get to that later.
sci-fi-3_04

I decided to go ahead and paint the interior metal parts med/light gray. I then dry-brushed them with Testors Interior Metallic Blue. I figured an alien mech would use an alien alloy...so something a bit different. If it had the interior detail, it got painted. Alot of it won't be seen but it's there.
sci-fi-3_05

Cockpit coming together. The buttons will be redone and some other bits added to the rear wall and pilot's seat.
sci-fi-3_06

Hopefully I've finished seat and cockpit tub. I added control panels to the sides of the seat. I reworked the buttons some to make them smaller. I added some bits from the spares to the rear wall to fill up dead space and cover the mounts for the powerpack/backpack unit. I raised the seat up using styrene strips. I ground down the molded on seatbelts...they show alot more in these pictures than they do in real life. I painted them khaki because even alien seat covers are khaki. I might go back and try to cleanup the seat seat a bit...that glob is going to drive me nuts.
sci-fi-3_07
sci-fi-3_08
sci-fi-3_09

I put the cockpit to the side and started on the arms, legs, and the pelvis. This is the mech's right arm. This version comes with a weapon that looks alot like a nebelwerfer. As a example of the detail, the insides of the tubes are grooved. The forearm has an ammunition magazine but there's no way it is large enough to hold the rounds for these. I probably will modify the center tube to be a autocannon.
All the joints are moveable. BanDai has you use poly type inserts for joint sockets. Each is sandwiched between two parts. There are five on this arm. I went ahead and assembled them before the picture was taken to avoid mixups.
I debated on leaving the claw off...but decided to use it at the 11th hour.
The arms (as well as legs) have a good deal of molded on detail. Most will be covered with armored panels. I don't care for the boxiness of these light gray sections. I may modify them a bit later. All of this is snap-together so it's not difficult to go back and redo stuff. I'll disassemble most of this to paint later.
sci-fi-3_10

And now its left arm. This one has a hand. The thumb and index finger are seperately molded. The other fingers are molded as a unit. The hand is pose-able and can grip a figure. I'm probably going to add a MG or two to the wrist.
sci-fi-3_11

Both arms assembled. Both arms are highly articulated. Even snapped together, they feel solid
See what I mean about the light gray panels for the upper-arms. I'm thinking of adding something to break up the flatness of the surfaces or make them look more like the panels on the legs.
sci-fi-3_12

Arms attached to the upper-body. It's starting to take shape. As an aside, the compartment on the front of the cockpit is where the 1/20 scale figure's feet sit. That's just gives you an idea of the scale difference and just how cramped the kit's pilot would be in this thing.
sci-fi-3_13

Time for the legs....but first the feet. Lots of parts for the feet. Parts, parts, parts.
sci-fi-3_14

The foot is articulated. It has rollerskates. On the outside of each foot is a retractable spike. I'm sure this is some important detail from the anime series this kit comes from. I may keep them, I may not. The foot insides are kind of sparse looking. It looks like something is missing. The three sockets look like they are placed where some foot joints would be at. I may dress those up a bit.
sci-fi-3_15

Time for the legs. Again, lots of parts.
sci-fi-3_16

The legs assembled and feet attached. They are fully articulated and pose-able. The fit on the thigh plates are a bit off...probably the only real fit issue I've had with the kit so far. You can do this funky forward crouch for the mech to park and the driver to mount and dismount. To do that, the ankle joints are a bit odd and can be a bit fiddly.
sci-fi-3_17

Next, the pelvis. A couple pieces and some armor plating is basically it.
sci-fi-3_18

Assembled to show some of the detail. The crotch area has molded detail for drive joints and armored plating to cover it. There's armor plating like a skirt and they actually have add-on plating to most of these.
sci-fi-3_19

Legs attached to the pelvis. There's a couple things I want to get finished before I show the mech assembled.
sci-fi-3_20

At this point the basic assembly is done. I'm still working on the cockpit detail for the driver's hatch underside....basically the dash and vision blocks. I'm adding some more weaponry.
This is a snap-type kit so everything is snapped together at this point. I'll break it all down for painting and probably cement stuff later.
I still have the pilot to build, rework the Terminator figures for cyborg infantry, and work up the backstory.

I'm really enjoying this build. This is my first BanDai kit and I look forward to building more.