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phantom_phanatic309
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Posted: Tuesday, September 15, 2020 - 08:26 AM UTC
The nacelles have been blended into the wing tips and then glued to the hull.




Hopefully will be able to get some paint on it over the weekend.
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Posted: Sunday, September 20, 2020 - 09:14 AM UTC
Added the landing foot pads to the lower hull. I cut these with a compass cutter from the thinnest plasticard sheet I had. Needed to use a little MisterSurfacer to fill in the little compass point hole left in the centres.



The plan over the next couple of days is to get some primer on and check for any little things that might need fixing.

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Posted: Wednesday, September 30, 2020 - 05:07 PM UTC
Hi Guys,
I'm enjoying watching your progress.
I finally got a start on the RDA Gunship from the movie Avatar.
Not a lot of parts:



First impressions: (1) I cannot believe they molded the canopy in clear AMBER! I nearly tossed the kit when I saw this. After a few days I came upon the idea of claiming the canopy glass is anti-glare polarized for the Pandora sun. I haven't seen this in the movie or on actual copters but I figured its sci-fi right? So what the heck, I'm going ahead with the build.
(2) When I started the initial assembly I discovered it is a snap together kit. There were generally good locator pins throughout. but some panels had part seams when assembled.
(3) The plastic is very brittle.
(4) Somewhat soft details but good recessed panel lines, including recessed panel lines on the CANOPY! I'm hoping this will help paint the canopy frame.
(5) All the missiles and pods are also molded in the amber plastic. Don't have a clue why.

This is where I'm at on the main portion of the build. It went together pretty well. Very little flash. Some mold plugs and seams are evident. Use caution when removing them due to the brittle plastic. I wound up just using a high grit polishing stick instead of knife blades, files or sanding sticks because the plastic damages so easily.













Build note, assemble the tail assembly before attaching it to the aircraft. There is only one mounting pin that breaks easily! Also the horizontal stabilizer is gull wing so the tail fins are not vertical, but toed-in at the bottom.

I have not attached the rotor assemblies yet. These are VERY brittle. I broke both while trying to remove the mold seams and plugs. The under sides are hollow so I'm going to fill them in, not sure how yet. Also I haven't determined how I want to position them in flight. I won't attach the blades until after the assemblies are painted and positioned on the bird.



The last thing I tackled during this build phase is the canopy.
Even with the amber plastic and the lack of any cockpit, I wanted to have a pilot figure visible, even if it's just a silhouette. However, the canopy mounting tab extends from the center of the canopy! No wonder they used the amber. With judicious use of a Dremel tool and polishing sticks I was able to removed the mounting tab. I'm planning to use either an N Scale or Z Scale railroad figure for the pilot. Sorry the before photo is blurry but maybe you can make out the mounting tab.





That's it for now. Comments appreciated.
John

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Posted: Thursday, October 01, 2020 - 07:10 AM UTC
Looks interesting John.
I wasn't aware of any kits from the movie being produced. Thought the gunship was a cool design, definitely a hint of the Aliens dropship in it.
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Posted: Friday, October 02, 2020 - 11:19 AM UTC
Looks nice, John. What scale is this? The tinted cockpit glazing sounds very plausible. After that’s how it will look in Avatar II.

Looking forward to see more
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Posted: Friday, October 02, 2020 - 03:28 PM UTC

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Looks interesting John.
I wasn't aware of any kits from the movie being produced. Thought the gunship was a cool design, definitely a hint of the Aliens dropship in it.



Hey Steve, In addition to this kit, there's a couple of toy kits out there as well as a drone type kit, I think. It's got a lot of things in common with the Ospry also. And I've seen an article on the net about a design to replace the Kiowa scout helicopter that has the twin articulated propellers. Avatar prophecy?
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Posted: Friday, October 02, 2020 - 03:33 PM UTC

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Looks nice, John. What scale is this? The tinted cockpit glazing sounds very plausible. After that’s how it will look in Avatar II.

Looking forward to see more



Hi Jesper, The scale is reportedly 1/165th. So I'll try the N Scale (~144-150th scale) figure first. Hopefully, I'll get to work on it some more soon. Lots of irons in the fire right now.
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Posted: Friday, October 02, 2020 - 11:39 PM UTC
That looks really cool John, I've actually never seen the movie. The amber glazing will look good. IIRC some F16 Falcons have a gold tint to them.
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Posted: Saturday, October 03, 2020 - 01:25 AM UTC

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Looks interesting John.
I wasn't aware of any kits from the movie being produced. Thought the gunship was a cool design, definitely a hint of the Aliens dropship in it.



Hey Steve, In addition to this kit, there's a couple of toy kits out there as well as a drone type kit, I think. It's got a lot of things in common with the Ospry also. And I've seen an article on the net about a design to replace the Kiowa scout helicopter that has the twin articulated propellers. Avatar prophecy?



It looks like it will be really cool. When finished. What's the name of the manufacturer? Might have a look and see if I can find one.

Was hoping to get some paint on my BoP this weekend, but the bad weather has put a block on that. I have to do all my airbrushing outside at the moment, at least until we get a shed built next year. Rain and acrylic paint do not work well together!
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Posted: Monday, October 05, 2020 - 09:15 AM UTC
Nice little Gunship you're doing there John, I hope they have some new kit in Avatar 2 when it comes out...

Your making the BoP into a very respectable ship with the improvements Stephen, those little extra scratch details always add the personal touch.

An update on my 1948 Panther 2.


I was going to do a black, dark green and grey block camo over the white, but I tried a few blocks and it was a nightmare to be honest... Lots of bleeding and the such, and it looked like it would takes years.... So binned that idea. Now going to try a different approach but with same colours.
Have 99% finished the indi link tracks ..... God I truly hate them lol... Couldn't get an exact match so have had to do some John bodges....hopefully all will be hidden once weathering and grime is applied. Still not sure whether to go for a used and abused final look or just a sympathetic used .... We will see ....
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Posted: Wednesday, October 07, 2020 - 03:19 AM UTC
Looks nice, John. I like the “firefly look” on the camouflage on the main gun. Looks cool.

My vote is for heavy weathering

Looking forward to see more.
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Posted: Wednesday, October 07, 2020 - 09:50 AM UTC
Thanks Jesper, I did borrow the barrel scheme from firefly's I've seen, but I only cut rough curves from tamiya masking tape as I didn't want them to crisp and flowing, just looking like something done impromptu by the crew.
I think it will be a more used and abused look on the overall finish, with some damage to the sides and mudguard areas.
I also have a few spare CVRT bins I am going to press gang into service.

Should hopefully have it finished over the weekend and pics in the gallery.
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Posted: Sunday, October 11, 2020 - 09:13 AM UTC
Sounds good, John.

I have also made some progress on my tie fighters. In the end I decided not to mask them, but touch up the panels by hand. Quite a task.

Pictures to follow soon
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Posted: Wednesday, October 14, 2020 - 08:15 AM UTC
Slooowly, but surely...work continues on the pod. I started adding the outside bits plus the windows. Clear orange sprayed to the clear part for the bottom of the pod.

Filling will be needed where the pipes enter the hull plus some other minor work.



Mike
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Posted: Friday, October 16, 2020 - 09:22 AM UTC
So, I've finished the 1948 Panther 2, but sods law, the server isn't letting me into the gallery's or to even get into mine to upload there. So may have to try in an hour or so.

If anyone wants a look before the server lets me upload here, I have posted some finished pics on the new forums, in the AFV/armour section under the topic "Testing only".
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Posted: Friday, October 16, 2020 - 09:39 AM UTC
Is there a campaign gallery set up for this yet ? It just let me for a few minutes until it went server busy again, but I couldn't see one for this campaign ?
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Posted: Friday, October 16, 2020 - 09:59 AM UTC
Typical timing, it just let me in again lol.
Here's the finished 1948/49 Panther 2.

I was going to do a base white and block 4 tone camo, but blocs got to be a pain, so opted for an abstract 4 tone cam instead. Over the white is NATO black, neutral grey, flat green and NATO brown.



I thought I would do a reverse white wash and instead do a thinned dark yellow to represent a spring/summer wash what they may of done to tone down the stark white in the summer months.


I gave it a heavy weathering with MIG pigments and an oil wash and pin wash. The bins are spare CVRT bins and I also did some impact damage to the front and turret side, then rusted it a little.



It is an old DML kit, but went together ok with no real issues apart from the one rear idler arm. It did lack detail but in the end I think it came out ok as a what if.....

Will upload more to campaign gallery when that's sorted out.

This was a very enjoyable campaign and it has some great builds going on, will be staying tuned and watching everyone's progress.

Stay safe. John
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Posted: Saturday, October 17, 2020 - 05:41 AM UTC
Nice build, John. Very cool camo! Congrats on finishing.

Don’t worry if the administrators never get the gallery up and running. I will go through the tread to check who finished and assign ribbons.
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Posted: Saturday, October 17, 2020 - 06:30 AM UTC
Thanks Jesper, and thanks for organising the campaign. It was a good build and there are still some great builds going on....
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Posted: Saturday, October 17, 2020 - 08:14 AM UTC
Completely agree John. Really nice build and finish on your Panther.

Really like the commanders cammo uniform too. Very nicely done.
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Posted: Saturday, October 17, 2020 - 09:41 AM UTC
Thanks Stephen, I enjoyed doing the Comd of this one, usually figures in general are my nemisis and I always struggle, but I took some time over this and the 4 others I did on the Snow White campaign. I wanted a heavily cammed winter smock for him, so base colour was white, then NATO black, yellow green, NATO brown and J.A green.
Hope you're getting on ok with the BoP !!
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Posted: Sunday, October 18, 2020 - 06:52 AM UTC
He's turned out well. I like the choice of colours.

Yeah it's going well. Had a few spots to fill and sand back after priming, but nothing too serious.
Managed to get the first coat of paint on the undersides today.
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Posted: Monday, October 19, 2020 - 03:41 AM UTC
Guys & Gals,

As you know we are all moving to the new site soon and so i have set up a new Official Thread for the Sci-Fi and What If Vii Campaign on the new site and i would appreciate it if you posted your build logs on there from now on.

The new site has a dedicated Group Build Sub-Section which i have linked below, hopefully it will take you there if you have not created an account on the new site but if it doesn't could you PM here and let me know.

Sci-Fi & What If VII on the New Site
phantom_phanatic309
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Posted: Monday, October 19, 2020 - 04:22 AM UTC
Been trying to get on the new site for a while. My Username and password aren't working.

How is the gallery working? Still have to upload there and post image links?
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Posted: Monday, October 19, 2020 - 05:24 AM UTC
Hope you get over there soon Stephen, by what I've seen, a few people have had issues, but they have been quickly resolved.
As to the gallery, I don't think the new site actually uses one. You just post straight into the thread. It is such a breeze compared to the rigamarole of posting images here. You can just load straight from a PC or straight from a phone, which what all mine are. I think all images need to be below 4Mb though, but that's a great amount of clarity and detail with that.