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The Great Flash Gordon Invitational Community Build!
Posted by Mark McGovern on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 8:37 AM

Ladies and Gentlemen:

I have posted the suggestion that we organize another group build. This hadn't been done on the HobbyTalk forums since 2014. The suggestion garnered some support; then it occurred to me that it might be fun to invite modelers from other forums to participate as well. So consider this your invitation to join the group build!

The model selected is the Atlantis Models reissue (or an original kit, if you're so inclined) of Revell's Flash Gordon model kit. The group build will commence on June 1st, with a deadline of October 1st. Do whatever you wish with the model. Post your WIP photos and comments to this thread and I'll publish links among all the other forums involved so every participant can view everyone else's progress.

The idea here is to see how many variations can be accomplished with the same model kit, promote figure modeling in our hobby, and of course, to have fun. The Great Flash Gordon Invitational Community Build is on! Are you in?

Here are the other forums I've invited: The Clubhouse, the HobbyTalk Modeling Forum,
the IPMS/USA Group Builds forum, and the Universal Monster Army.

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Posted by Mark McGovern on Friday, June 3, 2016 5:40 PM

Over at the HobbyTalk forums, mach7 has taken the lead with the first photos of his build.

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Posted by Mark McGovern on Monday, June 6, 2016 10:14 PM

UPDATE:

mach7 has posted WIP photos of his build on the HobbyTalk Modeling Forum, along with some insights on the styrene in which the model was cast.  Also, halloweenfan 1978 has been posting his progress over at The Clubhouse.

I haven't started the figure, yet. I'm working on a scratchbuilt diorama item. As soon as I have the thing put together, I'll post photos; WIPs would be meaningless at this stage, trust me.

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Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, June 7, 2016 7:23 AM

Mark, I'd love to see your photos when you get started. Sounds like a cool build, I'd consider joining but frankly I'm trying to build stuff I already have instead of buying new stuff to add to my hoarder-like stash. 

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Posted by mach71 on Tuesday, June 7, 2016 9:36 AM

This is from my hobbytalk post:

 

I'm cleaning up the seams. The kit did us a favor by having the suit re-enforcing band run along the outside leg seam, but the inside one is proving to be a pain. I used Testors liquid cement in the black angled bottle. I use extra and squeezed it so melted plastic would be forced out. I hoped that this could be sanded away and show no seam but the fit on mine was off a bit and I ended up with a ridge. I sanded and sanded and it helped, but I was getting concerned that I was thinning the plastic too much. I then added a layer of putty and sanded that. I think I have it now. Hopefully I can get a coat of primer on him today so I can see where I stand.

I think I'm going to pre shade the parts and put on a top coat of paint and then assemble him. I dont think I want to paint the straps on the body with his limbs attached.

It looks like the arm fit will be good, but the leg/body fit will have some issues.

I don't build figures, so if anyone has any suggestions, I'm all ears.

 

 

 

 

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Posted by Fraley1701 on Tuesday, June 7, 2016 2:17 PM
Hi Mark! I did not know you were on the FSM forums! I like the idea of a group build featuring Flash Gordon. If I can pick up a kit before the deadline I will join in for sure! Marc (Fraley1701)
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Posted by Mark McGovern on Tuesday, June 7, 2016 9:55 PM

Hi, Fraley!  I didn't know you were over here, either, but what the hey.  By all means feel free to join in to the Great Flash Gordon Invitational Community Build.  FYI, I found the best online price for the kit at CultTVman's Hobby Shop, and his shipping is reasonable and fast.

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Posted by Fraley1701 on Tuesday, June 7, 2016 10:10 PM

Mark McGovern

Hi, Fraley!  I didn't know you were over here, either, but what the hey.  By all means feel free to join in to the Great Flash Gordon Invitational Community Build.  FYI, I found the best online price for the kit at CultTVman's Hobby Shop, and his shipping is reasonable and fast.

 

Actually I am new to this forum.  I ususally order from Steve when I can't find a kit at my local hobby shop.  I always get great service!  I was looking at some 1965 Flash Gordon comic book covers earlier this evening to get some ideas!  Thanks for the invitation!

Marc 

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Posted by mach71 on Wednesday, June 8, 2016 3:41 PM

Not much to report.

 

Just filling/sanding. I did get a coat of primer on him to see whats what.

 

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Posted by Fraley1701 on Wednesday, June 8, 2016 6:04 PM

mach71

Not much to report.

 

Just filling/sanding. I did get a coat of primer on him to see whats what.

 

 

Looks great in primer!  Thanks for sharing your update! 

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Posted by Gamera on Thursday, June 9, 2016 7:58 AM

Mach71: He looks good to me. 

I hope more people post photos over on the Hobbytalk site, can't join in but I'd really like to follow along. 

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Posted by Mark McGovern on Friday, June 10, 2016 1:13 PM

Gamera
I hope more people post photos over on the Hobbytalk site, can't join in but I'd really like to follow along.

That's fine, gamera - just pull your arms and legs into your shell, fire up your rocket jets, and fly along!  Welcome Sign

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Posted by Mark McGovern on Friday, June 10, 2016 1:16 PM

Fraley1701
Thanks for the invitation!

You're welcome!  I'm looking forward to see how everybody's projects turn out.

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Posted by mach71 on Friday, June 10, 2016 8:23 PM

I got a little done today. I noticed Flash's tool kit had no back and that this was obvious when dry fitted. So I made one with Aves sculpt. I think it looks much better now.

 

 

I've started painting a some of his parts as you can see.

 

I got a coat of white primer on Flash also, I'm still not sure what I'm going to dowith his main color.

 

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Posted by mach71 on Sunday, June 19, 2016 2:30 PM

Not much to report. I've slowed down a bit.

 

I managed to get 2 coats of red on Flash.

 

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Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 8:12 AM

Looks good Mach71, that Day-Glo red should be easy to spot in the darkness of space! 

Mark, thanks for letting me follow along. 

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Posted by Mark McGovern on Thursday, June 30, 2016 9:59 AM

UPDATE: As we end the first month - and the first quarter - of The Great Flash Gordon Invitational Community Build, I'm happy to report that we have ten participants so far. On the HobbyTalk Modeling Forum, there is: ark undertaker, cajjunwolfman, deadmanincfan, mach7, Mark McGovern, rkoenn (who has already finished his model!), Roy Kirchoff, and scooke123. Several of these builders are also members of The Clubhouse; billikenmonster is posting exclusively there. Finally, Roktman on the IPMS/USA Figures forum has stated his intention to join the community build. We also have a few guys who are following our progress even though they've said that they can't participate; we're happy to have them along for the ride.

There's been a lot of activity on the HobbyTalk Modeling forum, and interest shown at The Clubhouse and IPMS/USA Figures forums. The Universal Monster Army forum has been quiet, but I'll keep them in the loop, anyway.

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Posted by mach71 on Monday, July 4, 2016 8:28 PM

Progress is being made, although slowly. Life has been getting in the way.

 

 

 

I might go with an aftermarket base, The 2 kit ones are kind of cheesy.

 

I don't do figure models, so I'm ok with how his face turned out. In tried preshading

with limited sucsess.

I was trying to go for the comic book style with him.

 

I expect I'll get Flash finished this weekend.

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Posted by Gamera on Thursday, July 7, 2016 8:17 AM

That's some nice work Mach71!!! 

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Posted by mach71 on Saturday, July 9, 2016 7:11 PM

Thanks,

 

I'm basically done him. All I have left is his helmet.

 

 

My original plan was to hit him with dull coat, but now that I see him

in all his shiny glory I kind of like him.

 

Any thoughts?

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Posted by mach71 on Sunday, July 10, 2016 10:26 AM

I decided to leave him glossy, I really like how he looks. It kind of adds to the comicbook

look.

 

I'm calling him done!

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by Gamera on Monday, July 11, 2016 7:46 AM

I love how he turned out Mach71. The glossy look seems to fit with a rubberized sort of enviromental suit. Yes

And the alien dude ain't half bad either!  

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Posted by mach71 on Monday, July 11, 2016 6:07 PM

Thanks very much, I like how he turned out.

 

I was a bit out of my comfort zone on this build, And thats a good thing.

The little Martian was only 2 pieces but he was a pain to fix his joins!

I know there are a couple of aftermaerket bases, thats good because the kit base's

are kind of weak.

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Posted by Mark McGovern on Tuesday, September 6, 2016 9:41 AM

Hello, all!

I hope everybody has had an enjoyable Labor Day, and are enjoying their labors on their Flash Gordon kits! There are some updates I'd like to share with you as we enter the final month of The Great Flash Gordon Community Build.

Since I started the thing, I'll go first: finally got to the point where I gave up trying to post photos of my progress here, so I've posted WIP photos on my web site. If I post them here, the photos are simply too large. And, in my WIP gallery there are captions that explain what's going on.

Next Steve Marciante, "bilikenmonster" on The Clubhouse forums, has done what they said couldn't be done: he has had made one piece glass helmets to replace the kit item. Steve's helmet will fit over Flash's head, which the two-piece plastic helmet can't. That means you could twist off the helmet from a completed figure and slip the new one on painlessly. Supplies of the glass helmets are running low; to quote Steve "...I think I have 4 left but I can get more..." At $16 each, these are a great addition to the model. Contact Steve for yours at: billikenmonster@gmail.com.

Here's a bit of a surprise, but it only occurred to me after we started building: everybody please send me one or two good raw (meaning unedited) photos of their finished models. I
plan to work up an article about the Community Build and submit it with all the photos to the IPMS/USA Journal. No guarantees that the article will get into print, but they've published three of mine this year already.

This may put a strain on those of you who haven't got their models done yet and aren't sure they can get Flash Gordon finished by the October 1 deadline (I'm in that club). With all due respect to those who have finished their models, I'm willing to take a vote from everyone who has at least begun a kit. How many want to see the deadline extended and to what date? Mr. Marchiante suggested the end of October; anyone else?

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Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, September 6, 2016 10:59 AM

Hey Mark, really sharp work there. I really like Flash's new leather helmet you made him and nice work on the seams on his suit. And yes those new bubble helmets look a bajillion times better than the original. Yes

 

I finally ended up getting around to reading E.E. 'Doc' Smith's Lensman series so I may be inspired to build something retro like this. Guess I should have picked up the novels back before you started this... Embarrassed

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Posted by Mark McGovern on Wednesday, September 7, 2016 6:29 AM

Thanks Gamera; I never knew what Flash's headdress was made of, but if you say leather, that's okay by me. Cool  You may be able to sneak a Flash Gordon in yet.  There's more about an extension on the HobbyTalk thread.

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Posted by Gamera on Wednesday, September 7, 2016 7:27 AM

It's not made of the supple leather from the underside of the tail of a Venusian swamp lizard Mark??? Wink

No idea, just looks like it would be leather to me, maybe it's some sort of high-tech material though???

I'd like to sneak something in but at my building speed it'd take over a year extension. Keep up the good work guys, I'm in there in spirit if not an actual kit. 

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Posted by Mark McGovern on Thursday, September 15, 2016 8:40 AM

Everybody,

The deadline for the Great Flash Gordon Invitational Community Build has been extended to the end of October.  Keep Calm and Model On!

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