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1/12 Star Trek Horta

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Posted by Gamera on Monday, March 8, 2021 11:39 AM

Looks very cool! Please keep us posted, great project! 

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Posted by mach71 on Friday, March 5, 2021 7:44 PM

This is close to where I want to end up.

 

The Spock is the DST action figure as a stand in for the AMT Spock.

 

Kirk is mostly done.

 

Spock is getting close.

 

 

Decals are on and his pants are semi gloss black

The boots are gloss black.

 

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Posted by mach71 on Tuesday, February 9, 2021 7:50 PM

Thanks!

 

I finished the small Phaser 2 and got the decals on Kirk.

 

 

 

 

Major construction on Spock is mostly done, I'm still not happy with his right hand.

 

 

 

 

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Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, February 9, 2021 10:08 AM

Yeah, that's an amazing job on Kirk Mach71!!! Please continue to keep us posted! 

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Posted by mach71 on Monday, February 8, 2021 4:21 PM

Rob, Thanks and if I can anyone can!

 

A bit more work done.

 

I dull coated Kirks shirt, I really like the look of it now, I spayed his pants semi gloss black. I also got major construction done on Spock. I think I'm down to sanding on him.

 

 

I started rough painting on Kirks head and hands:

 

 

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Posted by Rob Gronovius on Sunday, February 7, 2021 6:32 PM

This is a great job; I doubt I could do it!

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Posted by mach71 on Friday, February 5, 2021 6:36 PM

I masked and re-primed his shirt with white primer. After it dryed I sprayed it with the Mustard Yellow.

 

 

I think it's a good color, I'll dull coat him tomorrow.

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Posted by mach71 on Friday, February 5, 2021 2:04 PM

Small progress on Spock. I heated his left boot and bent the boot sole to a more natural position.

One arm and both boots are glued on. I continued to sand the laminated hand, Still not happy.

 

The paint came today and I did some quick spray outs over flat black.

 

 

Furthest right is mustard yellow then dark yellow in the corner, next down is titanium gold then last is gold.

 

To my eye the mustard yellow is the closest, not perfect. It actually looks better over the bare white plastic.

Maybe hit his shirt with another coat of white primer.

 

 

This is close to what I want to end up with:

 

 

It's just dry stacked.

 

I just did a spray out of pure yellow over black. It's drying now.

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Posted by mach71 on Thursday, February 4, 2021 2:19 PM

Back to Kirk.

 

I started working on the hand holding the communicator. I had the idea that Kirk should be holding the Pergium pump that Momma Horta stole. This allows me to use one of the Spock kit hands.

My motor tool and a sanding drum took out most of the comm. Sanding sticks/rods/files did the rest. I then used a Xacto saw blade to cut down the gaps in his fingers. It's coming along.

 

 

 

There was a hole that needed to be filled in the palm.

 

With the hand opened up I needed a main circulating pump for a PXK Pergium reactor.

Some 1/8 wire, a hole punch and some plastic dowels later.

 

 

Looking at the screencaps the prop pump has 5 or 6 inner tubes but I could only fit 4 and make the hand work.

Oh well, artistic license I guess.

 

UPS was supposed to deliver some paint for Kirk's shirt today, but that has slipped until at least tomorrow. :-(

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Posted by mach71 on Monday, February 1, 2021 5:58 PM

Thanks!

Some progress.

It's really too cold to paint, but I got a coat of flat black on Kirk today. He needs another coat at least.

 

I'm waiting on some paints to come for Kirks shirt, but the plan is to do his boots in gloss black, the pants in semi gloss black, the velcro tool belt in flat black. For the shirt I'll have to see what looks good. Gold is too gold, dark yellow is not gold enough. Maybe Champagne over the black? I might end up decanting and mixing.

 

 

While I wait for paint I started on Spock again. I bent his legs with hot water, everything came apart and huge gaps were the result of the reshaping.

 

I forced some together with thick CA glue and then got out the motor tool and ground away bits that were not going to fit.

 

 

 

Lots of filling to be done.

 

I got out the sculpting putty and went to work.

 

 

 

He is starting to take shape.

 

Next up is his hands. I'm trying a few things. First is to cut out, and laminate sheet styrene.

 

Using the resin hand as a guild.

 

 

 

 

I'm pretty sure this won't work out, but they are laminated and I started sanding them.

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Posted by Bakster on Thursday, January 28, 2021 10:05 AM

Hey Mach, this is cool and very creative. Nice work making the Horta! I like how you think...

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Posted by mach71 on Monday, January 25, 2021 5:39 PM

Gamera

Cool! He's lookin' Shatneriffic!!! 

 

 

Haha! Thanks!

 

Now I just have to figure out a color for his shirt. Its not gold, more of a yellow/brown/gold. I'll mix and airbrush if I need to, but I have some Tamiya Champagne gold and Titanium gold on the way.

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Posted by Gamera on Monday, January 25, 2021 11:23 AM

Cool! He's lookin' Shatneriffic!!! 

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Posted by mach71 on Sunday, January 24, 2021 8:33 PM

Thanks!

 

For mixing parts from 3 kits, I'm happy with it.

 

I wanted to get more primer on today. I tried 1 coat but its too cold.

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Posted by keavdog on Saturday, January 23, 2021 8:03 PM

Great job cobbling Kirk together!

Thanks,

John

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Posted by mach71 on Saturday, January 23, 2021 7:59 PM

A bit of progress. His arms are on, filled, and rough sanded.

 

 

 

and a quick coat of primer.

 

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Posted by mach71 on Friday, January 22, 2021 4:11 PM

Kirk's midsection is glued:

 

 

And filled with bakingsoda/thin CA, sanded, puttied:

 

 

He's drying now, tomorrow I'll get a coat of surface prep on and see where I stand.

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Posted by mach71 on Monday, January 18, 2021 10:14 PM

Me too! I'm making this up as I go along.

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Posted by Gamera on Monday, January 18, 2021 8:33 PM

Oh cool! I didn't even know there were aftermarket parts for those kits. Looking forward to seeing how it all comes out.

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Posted by mach71 on Monday, January 18, 2021 8:01 PM

Nino

Great work on the Horta.  This is a really cool project.

One thing... You may want to review Spocks hands.  His Thumb location seems wrong to my eye.

 

      Live Long... etc.,

 

       Nino.

 

 

I fixed Spock!

 

 

 

On to phase 2 of this subject, Kirk.

 

I would like a Kirk and Spock figure to go with momma Horta. The AMT Spock figure might be able to be modified, But there is no 1/2 Kirk figure.

 

Time to improvise. Night Owl makes a set of standing resin legs for the AMT Spock kit, It comes with a new arm and a hand. And JT Graphics makes a "Starfleet captain head" for the AMT kit, it comes with a PE communicator grill and rank decals and a command shirt badge.

 

The only problem is Nimoy was 6ft and Shatner is 5ft 10. He just looks too tall.

1/8 inch needs to be removed. The easiest, though not perfect, solution is to remove it from below the resin leg shirt line. It's a natural separation point.

 

Time to get out the Xacto razor saw!

 

The cut was not that bad, took about 30 min. The resin is very soft.

 

 

1/8 inch marked off.

 

 

and after sanding Kirk is "dry Stacked".

 

 

 

I'll glue the AMT kit styrene to the lower resin shirt, then glue that to the legs. 

I'll probably use some sculpting putty to blend everything together.

 

Meanwhile I would like a crouching Spock to show the mind meld. The stock kit parts 

are not crouching enough.

My 1st thought is to put the styrene legs in boiling water and re bend them. But that

might distort things too much.

My 2nd thought is to cut a small wedge out of the back of Spocks knees and cold bend them. Then re glue.

Does anyone have any thoughts? Better ideas?

 

I figure I need to bend them 20 degress or so.

 

 

The black legs are the DST crouching Spock legs from the Spock/Horta action figures, 

that is where I need to get the kit legs.

 

Thanks

 

Mark

 

 

 

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Posted by Gamera on Thursday, January 14, 2021 9:10 AM

Nino

 

 
Gamera

...

Did always strike me funny, the Horta was the only female alien Kirk didn't hit on... 

 

 

 
It was Spocks turn for touchy-feely.
 
        Nino
 

And the Horta being able to produce acid strong enough to melt rock. Don't think I'd kiss her ether. 

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Posted by Nino on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 9:00 PM

Gamera

...

Did always strike me funny, the Horta was the only female alien Kirk didn't hit on... 

 

 
It was Spocks turn for touchy-feely.
 
        Nino
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Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 11:15 AM

Oh the shock cord worked out well- mama Horta's got her hula skirt on now!!! 

Did always strike me funny, the Horta was the only female alien Kirk didn't hit on... 

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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Posted by mach71 on Monday, January 11, 2021 4:57 PM

Do!

 

He is alien, but not that alien!

 

I'll fix him when I get home. Don't know how I missed that!

 

Thanks!

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Posted by Nino on Monday, January 11, 2021 4:18 PM

Great work on the Horta.  This is a really cool project.

One thing... You may want to review Spocks hands.  His Thumb location seems wrong to my eye.

 

      Live Long... etc.,

 

       Nino.

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Posted by mach71 on Monday, January 11, 2021 1:02 PM

I opened the Spock box today. Spock is bigger than the AMT Spock/snakes kit Spock. So maybe 1/10 scale. No scale is listed but Spock is about 6 3/4 inches tall, and he is crouched a bit. The AMT Spock is 6 inches so 1/12.

 

 

I think the Horta is done. I got the shaggies on the bottom. I went with groups of 3 closely spaced.

 

 

 

I can easily add more if I decide, but I think this looks good.

 

Here is crouching Spock and Horta:

 

 

 

And standing:

 

 

I'm not that impressed with the Horta figure that came with Spock. She is molded into the stand and kind of soft on detail and only has 2 colors. The Spock figure is too large to go with my Horta I think.

 

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Posted by mach71 on Saturday, January 9, 2021 10:16 PM

Mmmm, Crunchy eggs!

 

A bit more work today. I started on the Shaggy Fringe buy cutting many pieces of kevlar rocket shock cord.

 

 

And painted them brown:

 

 

Next I have to figure out the best arrangment for them on the bottom of the Horta. Evenly spaced or in small groups.

 

Also I found this on ebay for $17 shipped, a bargain I could not pass up.

 

 

I'm not sure what, if anything I'll use, but it's cool.

 

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Posted by Gamera on Thursday, December 31, 2020 7:18 PM

More eggs!!! I wanna Horta omelette!

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Posted by mach71 on Thursday, December 31, 2020 3:47 PM

Sadly for her, she knows all too well. At last count i think i have 40? Most are TOS.

 

Not much work done, I did set up the vac former to make a few wall sections.

 

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