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Black Knight charges in to banish model blahs

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  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Black Knight charges in to banish model blahs
Posted by Real G on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 12:53 PM

I have not been in the mood to work on stuff lately.  But with tax season, a job change, and my sis having surgery all behind me I thought it was time to get back in the game.  Typical of my poor judgement, I picked Love Love Garden's (yes that's the company's name!) Black Knight, which is actually a resin conversion of one of Hasegawa's Mk.44 suits from Robot Battle V.  Gotta love the box it came in too!  The kit does not come with decals, and strangely all paint callouts on the modified Hasegawa instruction sheet have been mysteriously removed!  But thankfully there are some nice photos of the completed kit available on line.

https://flic.kr/p/Arm7tF] [/url]BK-01 by N.T. Izumi, on Flickr

The Hasegawa plastic parts go together very easily, and the kit can be built entirely in modules that all come together in the end.  The resin parts have heavy mold parting lines and such to clean up, but they fit well.

https://flic.kr/p/VBCPgU] [/url]BK-05 by N.T. Izumi, on Flickr

The resin parts have a rough cast texture, but the Hasegawa kit is perfectly smooth.  To remedy this, some automotive glazing putty was thinned with Gunze Mr. Thinner and stippled on the plastic parts.  Rather than mopping the mixture on, I avoided inside corners and add-on pieces to keep things sharp.

https://flic.kr/p/VBCP3h] [/url]BK-09 by N.T. Izumi, on Flickr

https://flic.kr/p/VZbTSh] [/url]BK-16 by N.T. Izumi, on Flickr

The glazing putty felt like loose rust after it dried, so to glue it down, some Tamiya Primer was stippled over the putty.  This also imparted additional texture.

https://flic.kr/p/VZbTim] [/url]BK-19 by N.T. Izumi, on Flickr

https://flic.kr/p/VZbTzd] [/url]BK-18 by N.T. Izumi, on Flickr

The resin "lobes" that go on to the rear of the body are really heavy, and I worried about the kit toppling over.  But a quick test fit proved that the kit could stand on its own:

https://flic.kr/p/W68dHV] [/url]BK-22 by N.T. Izumi, on Flickr

...but just barely.  Hasegawa's feeble polycap joints were not designed to take the additional weight of the resin pieces.  I'll need a stand.

Anyway, that is the state of play at the moment.  At first I thought it was folly to choose this kit to restart the modeling fire, but the base kit and resin conversion parts were very easy to work with.  Now to keep pushing to the finish line (and get back on the group builds)...

 

 

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 6:39 PM

Oh wow that's cool!!!

 

Somehow it makes me think of an armoured combat Vorlon encounter suit!

"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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  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 12:34 PM

Gamera

Oh wow that's cool!!!

 

Somehow it makes me think of an armoured combat Vorlon encounter suit!

 

 

...or Sgt. Keroro!  Stick out tongue

https://flic.kr/p/UPwMTQ] [/url]BK-26 by N.T. Izumi, on Flickr

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sgt._Frog

 

 

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Posted by Griffin25 on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 5:42 PM

What a cool and original kit. Looks like a blast and can't wait to see it complete. I love, love, love it! Big Smile

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  • From: California
Posted by SprueOne on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 8:49 PM

Oh man. Looks cool. Following this build fo sho.

Anyone with a good car don't need to be justified - Hazel Motes

 

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  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Monday, July 03, 2017 6:20 PM

Following Fermis' advice, hopefully the rubbish before and after the photos will be gone forever.

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4280/35603332156_db3ba4196c_k.jpg

Oh nuts, there is no "preview" button.  Oh well here goes.

Anyway, just replacing the soft plastic (TEPE, not polyethylene or vinyl) molded cables with coil spring and mesh pipe.  While the kit parts are well detailed and are nicely wiggly, the parting lines are impossible to clean up.  Some solder or wire will be run inside the replacements to emulate the wigglyness of the kit parts.

Okay, it still doesn't work for me.  I'm tech-challenged.  Sucks to be me.

https://flic.kr/p/Wf9ofq] [/url]BK-27 by N.T. Izumi, on Flickr

 

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    November, 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, July 04, 2017 8:17 AM

Those look cool G, looking forward to seeing how you fit them in there. 

"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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  • From: California
Posted by SprueOne on Tuesday, July 04, 2017 10:30 AM

Good idea upgrading those parts. It will look much better.

 

 

Anyone with a good car don't need to be justified - Hazel Motes

 

Iron Rails 2015 by Wayne Cassell

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  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Wednesday, July 05, 2017 12:28 PM

Thanks for the comments guys!  A bit of progress, but not much.  I was kind of busy yesterday with the BBQ grill.  Big Smile

The attachment point for the gun support arm (ala smartgun from "Aliens") was vague, so I just found the flattest spot on the body and glued it down.  I made a shallow depression on the body where the arm ball joint was, to provide some clearance.  Seems to have worked.

https://flic.kr/p/VQNaSS] [/url]BK-31 by N.T. Izumi, on Flickr

https://flic.kr/p/Vcsmo6] [/url]BK-32 by N.T. Izumi, on Flickr

The body kind of reminds me of that giant catepillar monster from "Monsters vs Aliens".  Stick out tongue  You know, with the snot thing...

The resin parts for the gun did not fit well, and neither did the plastic shield.  After some attempts to get everything to match up, I just gave up and glued everything down.  The gun muzzle had mold slip lines, so I cut it off and replaced it with a short piece of plastic rod.  The bore was drilled out after the muzzle was set, to make things easier for my failing eyesight and motor control.

https://flic.kr/p/VQNbey] [/url]BK-28 by N.T. Izumi, on Flickr

https://flic.kr/p/VQNb79] [/url]BK-29 by N.T. Izumi, on Flickr

https://flic.kr/p/Vcsm6x] [/url]BK-30 by N.T. Izumi, on Flickr

Things look super messy right now, but that is just the pre-painting.  Just need to clean up some resin parts, then off to the paint shop!

 

 

  • Member since
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  • From: Lowell City, Mars
Posted by Cadet Chuck on Wednesday, July 05, 2017 2:17 PM

What IS that???  Looks like a bad potato to me.  Please forgive this old geezer, who just doesn't get it!

Indifferent

Computer, did we bring batteries?.....Computer?

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  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Wednesday, July 05, 2017 3:52 PM

Cadet Chuck,

The Black Knight is a powered space suit designed for lunar surface attack.  If you think it looks wacky, the base Mk.44 kit looks even worse, kind of like a robot Homer Simpson!  The resin aft bulges and snout, while making the design even more bulky, gives it a cooler look in my eyes.  It IS one of the ugliest robot-type kits I have though.  Stick out tongue

  • Member since
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  • From: Lowell City, Mars
Posted by Cadet Chuck on Wednesday, July 05, 2017 8:24 PM

Thanks, Real G.  I'm just not at all familiar with that subject-  I'll have to learn a bit more.  Enjoy!

Chuck

Computer, did we bring batteries?.....Computer?

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