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  • From: Central Texas
Posted by NucMedTech on Thursday, May 11, 2017 12:07 PM

Thanks Gamera, my HobbyLobby used to have a good train section put not so much anymore. I am not even sure of a good train shop in my area, would probably end up shopping on line.

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Posted by Porkbits on Thursday, May 11, 2017 12:20 PM

Hey, guys:

About 98% done with the SD construction, but now waiting for some resing replacement shield generators to come in from Shapeways.

Also, question: have you guys used automotive primers on plastic kits? Seems like some think it's a bad idea (can harm styrene), others swear by auto primer paint and have had no problems. The SD is so big, I'm thinking of using Duplicolor primer, but don't want to damage the plastic. Hm. I'm not sure what to do and wondering if any of you guys have tried it.

So in the meantime, started the AT-AT:

Big Smile

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Posted by NucMedTech on Thursday, May 11, 2017 8:56 PM

Don't know about automotive primers, but I have had good results with krylon spray paints.

Most barriers to your successes are man made. And most often you are the man who made them. -Frank Tyger

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Posted by Porkbits on Thursday, May 11, 2017 11:28 PM

Thanks for info, that's good to know. Hm.

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Posted by Bish on Friday, May 12, 2017 1:59 AM

Looking forward to thise one as well PB.

I have never used Auto primers but theresa guy at the model club i am in swears by them. Could be worth buying a can and testing on somthing.

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Posted by Bish on Friday, May 12, 2017 2:04 AM

NucMedTech

PB, Bish and Gamera, Thanks for the complients and critique. More clutter seems to be the way to go and some figures. I do have some preissler 1/48 figures that are a german aircraft maintenance crew, maybe I can do something with those. For now other projects are calling,but, yeah Bish, you know I won't pass up a SW GB.

Thanks again and I will be checking in to see what is going on.

 

I had been thinking about converting German figures for the AMT AT-ST, so some reason i had thought that was 48th. But German figures seem to me to be the best choice largley because of the helmets.

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Posted by lewbud on Friday, May 12, 2017 2:42 AM

The Krylon and Dupli-Color primers are safe for modelling.  My only problem with them is that they go on thicker than Tamiya's. 

Buddy- Those who say there are no stupid questions have never worked in customer service.

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Posted by Gamera on Friday, May 12, 2017 7:55 AM

I've used them a little, not that much since the cans seem to go on really heavy and I tend to get a 'lead-foot' with my finger and flood it on. If you can just mist it on they seem to work fairly well or at least they have for me. I tend to just prime stuff with my airbrush these days though. 

"Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children that dragons can be killed." -G.K. Chesterton

 

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Posted by Porkbits on Friday, May 12, 2017 1:42 PM

Thanks, guys, all good food for thought. :-) 

I went ahead and ordered a couple of cans of Tamiya primer from a nearby HS, and might also test out Duplicolor....but I have the same problem/concern, too, Gamera--that spray cans are just not as precise as I tend to be ham-handed with them (flashbacks to trying to spray paint Monogram kits as a kid).

But the Zvezda SD is pretty big, so not sure my trusty Iwata HP-CS is the right tool for the job, either. Kinda like bringing a knife to a gun fight? 

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Posted by lewbud on Sunday, May 14, 2017 12:55 AM

Went to the local hobby shop for supplies and almost violated my no new kits until I finish some on my bench policy.  They had the new Bandai U-Wing/Tie Striker combo.  Wish they did it in 1/72 instead of 1/144.

Buddy- Those who say there are no stupid questions have never worked in customer service.

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Posted by Porkbits on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 10:41 PM

Hey, Everyone:

SW kit assembly line continues apace....

Got the SD primed today. The Shapeways replacement shield generators arrived, so I ground down the generator bases on the top of the bridge and will attach the replacements after the main structure painting is done:

Also making good progress on the AT-AT. Got the cockpit/head, main guns, and a couple of legs assembled, and also primed two of the feet. I'm going to paint these before assembly to make things easier:

Workbench is getting crowded, lol:

And this also arrived, a little surprise for my final build:

My plan is to make this into one of Saw Gerrera's "Cave Angel" X-Wings with the black and white splinter camo. I *love* splinter camo schemes, I love SW ships so...when I saw this X-Wing variant in Rogue One it was a no-brainer, must-do build.  :-) 

Finally, someone posted over at Starship Modeler that they talked to a Bandai Rep at the Shizuoka Hobby Show, and the guy claimed that Bandai will have a "VERY" big announcement at the Tokyo Toy Show in June. I hope it's true! Too bad now June will take forever to get here. Propeller

Hope everyone is well.

PB

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Posted by Bish on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 12:35 AM

Your keeping busy there PB, nice work on those. And i like the idea for the x-wing.

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Posted by Porkbits on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 9:06 PM

Thanks, Bish. Yes

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Posted by Gamera on Thursday, May 18, 2017 7:40 AM

Hey PB those are looking amazing. You're like a one man Imperial production line- good thing you bought the X-Wing to bring some balance to the Force. Wink

Going to have to look up Cave Angel, everything went by so fast in the space fight parts of 'R1' I don't clearly remember them. Sounds awesome!

I too am curious what that announcement might be......  

"Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children that dragons can be killed." -G.K. Chesterton

 

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Posted by Porkbits on Thursday, May 18, 2017 1:18 PM

Thanks, Gamera! 

You know, the Bad Guys' ships are always cooler. Big Smile

Unfortunately, there's not much out there on the Cave Angel X-Wing, but I think I've scrounged enough to piece together the camo scheme. There's a good side view in my Rogue One Visual Guide, also found this pic online:

 

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Posted by Bish on Thursday, May 18, 2017 2:00 PM

Porkbits

Thanks, Gamera! 

You know, the Bad Guys' ships are always cooler. Big Smile

Unfortunately, there's not much out there on the Cave Angel X-Wing, but I think I've scrounged enough to piece together the camo scheme. There's a good side view in my Rogue One Visual Guide, also found this pic online:

 

 

You just know Revell or Bandai will release one as soon as you finish this.

 ''I am a Norfolk man, and I glory in being so''

  

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Posted by Porkbits on Thursday, May 18, 2017 3:55 PM

Ha! That is so true. :-)

But luckily, doesn't much matter because beyond the paint scheme, I don't think the Cave Angel differs from the standard T-65? I hope?

And even if Revell or Bandai included the markings as decals, I'd still paint 'em on.

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Posted by Bish on Thursday, May 18, 2017 5:03 PM

Ye, i can't imagine theres much if any differance, apart from markings. I looked on Wookieepedia and that does not mention any changes.

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Posted by Eagle90 on Thursday, May 18, 2017 8:12 PM

Hey everyone!  What an awesome GB!  And great stuff being built!  I have been so inspired...I had to do more SW builds!  LOL!  Well, I promised Bish I would do more then one, and my daughter helped by doing one of her own!  Well, my son wanted in on it and he has been bugging me to put together the Bandai R2-D2 and R5-D4 kit I got (which now resides in his room...he loves SW and ALL droids!).  We had fun putting it together.  He pressed pieces together and has told everyone he built R2-D2!  Great time together!  Well, when I got home tonight...he wanted to do the Revell U-Wing fighter I got.  So we did that one too.  That took all of about 10 minutes to do and he is so proud that he has done 2 SW kits now.  LOL!  He's awesome.  So here are the Bandai R2-D2 and R5-D4 kit and the Revell U-Wing fighter.

 

The Bandai kit was amazing.  The fit was really good for a "snap fit" kit.  All the parts fit tight with the exception of one or two.  A drop of Tamiya thin and she was good to go.  Now the stickers were the big surprise to me!  I was expecting regular sticker thickness...no!  These are almost decal thin!  The went on very well and I was pleasantly surprised.  Made it easy for the little to put one or two on also.  Wink  The Revell kit was SUPER fast to put together.  It basically builds into a toy with light and sounds, but it could easily be glued, repainted and detailed up a lot to make a spectacular model.  So overall, I'm pretty happy with both kits.  I still have the Revell Star Destroyer to put together with my daughter and the Bandai Stormtrooper and TIE Stryker kits to do.  And I will be looking into getting ALL the Bandai kits.  Hope you enjoy!  Thanks for looking.

 

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Posted by Bish on Friday, May 19, 2017 4:15 AM

Nice builds there Boddy. I did not realise those droids were that big, i thought those were only 1/12th scale but they look a lot bigger than that.

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Posted by Eagle90 on Friday, May 19, 2017 5:17 AM

Bish

Nice builds there Boddy. I did not realise those droids were that big, i thought those were only 1/12th scale but they look a lot bigger than that.

 

Thank you Lord Bish,

They are 1/12 scale, but they are pretty good size.  They have a place of honor in Matthew's room now.  LOL!  He is very proud he got to help build R2-D2.  He did a lot more on the U-Wing fighter.  The Bandai kit was a bit too  much for him to sit and read, so I set up the parts and he finished them.  The Revell kit only had a few steps and went together very quickly.  And he was able to look at the pics on the instructions and figure it out, so he had his hand in on the fighter a lot more.  He is a SW fan and loves all droid things.  So him doing the R2 unit was a big deal for him.  I've not been a fan of "snap fit" kits, but both the Bandai and Revell kits surprised me.  The Bandai kit blow my mind with the detail, fit and sticker thickness.  The Revell kit was great too and you could really take that one, and do a complete model with it.  The detail is there for some very nice weathering too.

Next up....Star Destroyer and I think the Stormtrooper!

 

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Posted by Gamera on Friday, May 19, 2017 7:38 AM

PB: Looked up the Cavern Angel X-Wings last night and cool! That's an interesting scheme, I like the bold black and white markings. Though seems to me for these guys Z-95 Headhunters would have made more sense but hey what do I know!?!

Bobby: Ohhh, those are cool! Great to see the kids take an interest in building stuff, one of my nephews sorta likes models but the other two have no interest. And that's some nice work too, I wish I'd been that good at that age. 

"Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children that dragons can be killed." -G.K. Chesterton

 

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Posted by Eagle90 on Friday, May 19, 2017 8:05 AM

Gamera

PB: Looked up the Cavern Angel X-Wings last night and cool! That's an interesting scheme, I like the bold black and white markings. Though seems to me for these guys Z-95 Headhunters would have made more sense but hey what do I know!?!

Bobby: Ohhh, those are cool! Great to see the kids take an interest in building stuff, one of my nephews sorta likes models but the other two have no interest. And that's some nice work too, I wish I'd been that good at that age. 

 

Thank you!  It has been great doing them with both of them....not sure if it will stick, but I'm loving the moment.

 

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Posted by Gamera on Friday, May 19, 2017 8:38 AM

BTW: a little off subject but hopefully ya'll will excuse me.

I've been working on miniatures for our SW RPG game. Pardon me since I'm not the greatest painter and I don't think the photos are that great either. Anyway they're all 28-32mm figures from a couple of companies.

 

From left to right:

The Twi'lek Jedi, modified from an Infinity generic alien figure. I had to make the head-tails from putty. We don't know much about her yet other than she's purple and since this is set at the beginning of the Rebellion Jedi have a price on their heads so she mostly wears a big robe with a hood. I liked this figure better though and the player likes it too so who cares if it's totally accurate.

Marco the human soldier: Paranoid and a little twichy he wears full body armour and a mask. Apparently it's not a fully-sealed suit like Bobba Fett but we still haven't seen his face. Another Infinity figure, the player picked out the figure and told me he wanted urban camo, so that's what I went with. As the only human in the party with the Empires human first policy he ends up being the spokeman for the party. Which is a riot since the player is of the 'less talky, more shooty' sort. 

Crushotron 2000: A former labour/heavy lifter droid reprogramed for the arena. A sorta Rock-em Sock-em Robot Wars sorta guy. And for some reason he talks like American wrestler Randy 'the Macho-Man' Savage. Not the fastest CPU, last session we tried to sneak into an Imperial facility and he painted himself white like a Stormtrooper and stuck press-on letters spelling I-M-P-E-R-A-L (he only had one I) on his chest. Upside down since he was sticking them on while looking at them... Old Wizards of the Coast D&D figure for a dwarven golem.

HK-57: My character. Based off HK-47 from the Knights of the Old Republic games. He's an assassin droid built to look like a protocol droid because as he says 'no one notices protocol droids- they're like furniture. You don't notice them till the sofa is pointing a high-powered blaster rifle at your head.' His current plan is: 'Palapatine is the most powerful being in the galaxy. Therefore anyone who assassinates Palapatine will become the greatest assassin ever!' There is a figure of the character available but I didn't want to pay ten-twenty bucks for a cheap poorly-molded plastic figure when I had this nicely detailed one from Reaper already.   

 

Not shown since these guys bought their own figures and I didn't paint them: 

Zhak the Clanless: Gran sniper. I don't know much about him yet other than it seems having three eyes he gets big bonuses as a sharpshooter. 

Warlug the Gamorrian soldier: Don't know much about him either other than he speaks no Basic and is pretty keen to kill anything that gets in our way.

  

"Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children that dragons can be killed." -G.K. Chesterton

 

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Posted by Eagle90 on Friday, May 19, 2017 1:06 PM

Gamera!  Those are very cool!  

 

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Posted by Porkbits on Sunday, May 21, 2017 9:38 PM

@Bobby: Go, Matthew! Man, R2 and R5 look great right of out the box. Propeller Gotta love Bandai's kits. So awesome that you got your son involved in SW modeling. Now I'm thinking I should get that same kit for my twins (they could each pick one to build) for their bdays. Hm.

@Gamera: Very cool figures. I like that Crushotron...this made me lol: "last session we tried to sneak into an Imperial facility and he painted himself white like a Stormtrooper and stuck press-on letters spelling I-M-P-E-R-A-L (he only had one I) on his chest. Upside down since he was sticking them on while looking at them..." So is this a home-baked RPG you're playing? (I don't have much experience with table-top RPGs/DnD)

Had only a little time to work on the AT-AT over the weekend, unfortunately. Hope to get some more benchtime in tomorrow during my lunch break.

PB

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Posted by Bish on Monday, May 22, 2017 1:03 AM

Nice figures there G, some great imagination. Thanks for posting.

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Posted by Gamera on Monday, May 22, 2017 11:56 AM

Thanks guys, I need to get some Stormtroopers painted next. 

PB: It's Star Wars SAGA edition from WotC. I looked for a good introduction to the game but couldn't find one. Still if you want to know more you might read some of the reviews at the Amazon site: 

https://www.amazon.com/Revised-Core-Rulebook-Star-Roleplaying/dp/078692876X/ref=pd_cp_14_1?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=078692876X&pd_rd_r=T2G57GCE1THASBPCXV1T&pd_rd_w=9s1aZ&pd_rd_wg=M7o0m&psc=1&refRID=T2G57GCE1THASBPCXV1T

"Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children that dragons can be killed." -G.K. Chesterton

 

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Posted by Porkbits on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 12:02 PM

Cool, thanks for the info. 

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Posted by Porkbits on Thursday, May 25, 2017 11:08 PM

Hey, gang:

Just a quick update from the Porkbits Imperial Shipyards and Skunkworks.

After some more assembly and preshading, finally getting top coats on the AT-AT (MM light gray) and (mix of MM light gray and flat white) on the SD:

After painting a few more bits on the AT-AT, I'll seal it with Future and then start weathering (fun part).

Hope everyone is well.

PS--Did I mention I REALLY love these Bandai SW kits? :-)

PB

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