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Official tread : Sci-Fi and What If VII
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Posted: Wednesday, August 26, 2020 - 01:22 PM UTC

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I have now gotten into contact with an administrator. Due to some maintenance going on in the engine room we cannot get a gallery for the campaign.

Please make sure to post at least 3 pictures of your final build in this tread and I will ensure all get their ribbon at the end of the campaign.



Thanks for checking into the gallery Jesper.

Thank you Steven!
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Posted: Wednesday, August 26, 2020 - 01:53 PM UTC
Nice to do a little bit more on the LiS Pod. Detail painting of some of the control panels on the side walls. Did I mention the instructions are atrocious?

So, there is some liberal artistic license to this - not to mention the issues with my color vision. :/



Mike
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Posted: Thursday, August 27, 2020 - 12:09 AM UTC
Beautifully clean work Mike. I like the color combos a lot.
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Posted: Thursday, August 27, 2020 - 09:04 AM UTC

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Beautifully clean work Mike. I like the color combos a lot.



Exactly! I agree
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Posted: Monday, August 31, 2020 - 04:16 AM UTC
Mike, great work on the interior. Love the colour combination, really captures the retro sci-fi style of those old shows from the 60's.

Speaking of which, here's an update on my build.

I wasn't happy with the molded on portholes. Some plans I found online indicate that these are part of the ships sensor system rather than windows. Which makes sense as they would be directly over the heads of the crew if they were. It's definitely got a 50's B-movie flying saucer look to it.
I decided to give each one a twist of a drill bit to deepen them a little. The plan will be to add a drop of gloss white to each after painting. We'll see how that turns on out at the end!





I've also ftted the plasma torpedo launcher and dorsal fin. This has needed a bit of careful trimming along the bottom join to get it to fit the hull top and bridge dome. I've glued it at the front to the dome and left the rear loose. After it's fully cured and solid I'll use a little Tamiya ultrathin and a clamp to get a better fit on the rear of the fin. Even after that it will still need some putty to fill some rather large gaps between the parts.

There are also some ugly ejector pin and attachment posts at the rear of the nacelles which are going to need some cutting and filing to remove.



These old kits certainly are fun to build!
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Posted: Monday, August 31, 2020 - 10:28 AM UTC

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These old kits certainly are fun to build!



Yeah, I know what you mean. I'm currently working on an AMT big rig kit where the original molds are from 1971. Not one part mates correctly with the other. At least the plastic is a nice carve-able/sand-able blend.
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Posted: Tuesday, September 01, 2020 - 09:16 AM UTC

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These old kits certainly are fun to build!



Yeah, I know what you mean. I'm currently working on an AMT big rig kit where the original molds are from 1971. Not one part mates correctly with the other. At least the plastic is a nice carve-able/sand-able blend.



I think this kit dates from about the same time. Unfortunately this plastic is very hard, brittle and not easy to work with. This seems to be common with the recent AMT and Polar Lights kits, especially when I compare with older boxings. Whoever it is who are producing these repops for Round2 are using some nasty plastic!

I remember the model shop in my home town used to get a lot of those AMT truck kits back in the 90's. Always wondered how they went together. They always looked very impressive on the box.

The fin was tightly clamped and happy to report that I got a good solid join. Only a few spots need a little filler.



The underside is a different story. Some big gaps between the hull sides and bottom plate. I've filled the worst of them with thin strips of plasticard. Should also reinforce the join between the two parts, which was a bit flimsy in places.



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Posted: Tuesday, September 01, 2020 - 11:14 AM UTC
Looking good Stephen.

You'd think Round 2 would be using similar blends for all the kits.

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Posted: Friday, September 04, 2020 - 02:51 AM UTC
David: Stunning result on the Hovertruck. It looks absolutely fantastic!

Shawn: Camo looks spot on and the wood came out very nice.

Mike: Nice progress on the interior of the pod.

Stephen: Good work with this old kit.

I managed to get some colour onto the Horten. Now comes the fun part. Decals and weathering.




Oliver

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Posted: Friday, September 04, 2020 - 03:00 AM UTC
Thank you and looking good Oliver, did you use a pre-shade or post-shade?
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Posted: Friday, September 04, 2020 - 08:11 AM UTC
Since I was able to finish a kit for the last group build VI, thought I would try again with the second kit I didnít finish in that gb. This is the ScaleBros Hellman 28mm figure using the paints from the Vallejo Hellboy set.

Where I last left off with one color.


I am slowing trying to build the colors up.
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Posted: Friday, September 04, 2020 - 08:23 AM UTC

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Thank you and looking good Oliver, did you use a pre-shade or post-shade?



David: I used a pre-shading along the panel lines with a darkened base colour. Additionally, I highlighted the middle of the panels with a lighter colour. Subsequently, a filter of clear orange was applied.

Ryan: The figure seems to be well sculpted.

Oliver
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Posted: Friday, September 04, 2020 - 08:47 AM UTC

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Ryan: The figure seems to be well sculpted.



Oliver, I think they did a good job however I am new to gaming figures so I donít know how to judge within the industry. I just hope I donít dork it up to much with my beginner figure painting skills.
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Posted: Friday, September 04, 2020 - 11:32 AM UTC
Thanks Oliver, the differentiation looks great.

Ryan, coming along nicely. Your tonal variation is looking great too.
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Posted: Friday, September 04, 2020 - 12:08 PM UTC

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Ryan, coming along nicely. Your tonal variation is looking great too.



Thanks David.
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Posted: Sunday, September 06, 2020 - 11:18 AM UTC
I've started to put the inner hull parts together.









And I'm going to use Alclad's Aluminium for the exterior. The outer hull parts have been painted with their base black. Wish me luck...last time I did this it was not good.



Mike
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Posted: Sunday, September 06, 2020 - 11:28 AM UTC
Looking great Mike. Best of luck on the Alclad, apply it thinly for best results.
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Posted: Monday, September 07, 2020 - 12:53 PM UTC
I felt that Alclad's "Aluminum" was too dark - looked rather like AK's Xtreme Metal "Dark Aluminum." So, I went over it with AK's "White Aluminum." Looks much better to my eyes.



And I just started on the landing legs while the paint dries. Oh boy...clean up, clean up.

Mike
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Posted: Thursday, September 10, 2020 - 03:29 AM UTC
It figures. Yesterday I started cleaning up, priming, and painting several of the items that would be attached to the outside of the pod "Steel" per the instructions.

Well, the "Steel" and "White Aluminum" colors are so close in color that I guess I'm going back to either Alclad's "Aluminum" or AK's "Dark Aluminum." Heh, give me a chance to correct a couple of areas that look "gritty." Oy!

Mike
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Posted: Friday, September 11, 2020 - 08:14 PM UTC
Mike: Interior looks really nice. Good luck with the metal color.

Finished my Horten last night. It always looks like a vintage bat wing. Maybe, I have to do one with a different finish in black and yellow .





Oliver
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Posted: Friday, September 11, 2020 - 08:30 PM UTC
Oliver, great overall finish on the Horten wing, it looks like a nicely used, in service aircraft. Lovely subdued weathering. well done .... a matt black night fighter version would look awesome ....

Mike, loving the LiS pod, those colours give it the real deal retro Sci Fi look.

Stephen, your BoP is coming together really well regardless of the fit issues you have solved. What are its overall dimensions once everything is on ?
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Posted: Friday, September 11, 2020 - 11:25 PM UTC
Fantastic finish Oliver.
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Posted: Saturday, September 12, 2020 - 01:37 AM UTC
Beautiful finish with the subtle weathering, Oliver!

Congrats on finishing!!
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Posted: Saturday, September 12, 2020 - 07:39 AM UTC
Congrats on finishing Oliver. Really nicely done and a beautiful finish. Must have a look for one of these myself one day.
My LHS has the PM kit in stock and while it's not as good as Revells, it might be a good one to try a wild scheme with.

Thanks John. The model measures around 20cm long with a wingspan of about 30cm. Probably a bit more with the nacelles in place. It's supposed to be in scale with the original AMT Enterprise, which I think was around 1/600 scale. Must find the one I built many years ago to compare it against.
Polar Lights have released a 1/1000 BoP but I can't find much about it. I'd assume it's more accurate than this old kit if their others are anything to go by.

I've been working at it over the last couple of days and have more photos to come tomorrow. I'll be honest and say I'm really enjoying building it despite the faults. It's fun to crack on with something and not worry about accuracy or correct shades of paint for once!
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Posted: Sunday, September 13, 2020 - 12:17 AM UTC
The ends of the nacelles have quite an ugly join on the inside which would be quite difficult to smooth out.



I got around this by inserting a piece of tube into each after blanking off the internal end. Looks much better. I'm going to look in my spares to find something to add into each to make it a bit more visually interesting.



And finally glued the nacelles to the wings. Quite the gap!



Looking around for references I found this page which has some very nice high-res scans of plans published several years after AMT first produced the kit.
BoP

Lots of interesting features like shuttle bay doors, impulse engines and wing mounted missile tubes can be seen. All of which should be easy to replicate and add more detail to the bland surface of the model.



I first made up the shuttle doors from some thin plasticard. A simple 10x20mm rectangle which looked about right. I also scribed in some panel lines running from each corner of the hull to the corner of the bridge dome.

Today's plan is to get the impulse drive built and nacelles filed and blended to the wings.

Added another alien ship to the fleet, Monograms Kazon Raider. Still factory sealed! This is a really nice kit looking at the plastic, well detailed and quite a good size. Only downside is the lack of clear plastic parts for the engines, a mistake they also made with the Maquis fighter. A shame as their Voyager has lots of clear parts for windows and engines.