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  • Member since
    February 2020
Posted by PhilliePhan79 on Tuesday, November 29, 2022 7:00 PM

Time to begin the Mandalorian. 

 

Way more parts than I expected!!!

 

Stickers are supplied instead of decals.  I won't be using those.

 

I am an aircraft builder.  This is my first figure.  With this kit it is obvious that I will need a different approach.  The kit comes molded in the various colors of the character, but in the end it would look like a GI Joe figure.  So I'll be painting.  I have assembled as many like colored subassemblies as possible.  I'll paint them and then work on final assembly.

 

Starting with the Beskar Armor.  I picked Alclad Chrome as the Mandalorian is quite shiny compared to say Boba Fett.

Laying down Alclad's gloss black base.  (First time using this base.  Love it!)  

 

And finally Chroming.  Happy with the finish.  

Thanks for watching!!!

  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, November 29, 2022 7:59 PM

I'm back and WOW those look awesome guys!!! 

Hoping to start Sadoko-chen sometime early next year. 

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

 

  • Member since
    June 2018
  • From: Ohio (USA)
Posted by DRUMS01 on Thursday, December 1, 2022 12:34 AM

An astronaut commando, Fury's Brad "War Daddy" Pitt, numerous neat 1/32 and 35 crews, fantasy, then a sci-fi bar scene, and now The Mandalorean... and lets not forget about the creepy spirit coming out of the TV, wow! Keep it coming everyone as this build string is out of this world and the subject matter is as diverse as anything I've seen in any GB. 

It's been some time since our last update. Since then we've been working on the Arado AR196 Seaplane but we can only go so far until the remaining detail items arrive from overseas. Along with the three Spartan figures that we started, Jarrod and I also began working on another figure and completed it while waiting on craft items and our idea to become clearer for the Spartan figure base.

Yes, that's right, another figure too. Just to toss everyone off guard for a moment, here is a sneak peak of the other new figure's base in-progress (this is only four pieces).

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As shown in earlier postings, the individual Spartan figures are molded separately and placed on like bases but they do not lock together or even mate up smoothly. Trying to make them link together brings the figures unrealistically too close to one another for the poses they are in. So Jarrod and I wanted to make something that would allow the fit to be more to scale (space for each figure) yet seamless. And since we recently had a couple pine trees chopped down in the yard, we decided to honor one of them by using a slice of the trunk for the figure base. 

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I know they would still look a little off just adding them to the wood as they are. Now comes our attempt at trying to make them appear near seamless. We started cutting a base topper from rigid 1/4 inch foam. Next we used it to cut a second layer that would lay flush to the wood base. Then, using the figure bases as patterns, we cut into the second level of foam board around where each base would be posed. Now came the fun part; Jarrod and I began cutting small pieces of foam at multiple angles to try and create a rocky terrain similar to that found on the resin figure bases. Here it is as a work in progress.


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Our goal will be to level the wood base, stain, and seal it. The foam stone / rocky base will be painted separately and built up with colors, small sifted rocks and stone from the property and then add some lichen for greenery (like on the resin bases). One the foam is done it will be fixed to the wood base. 

We are not sure if we're going to permenantly fix the figures to the base or allow them to be removable so they can be viewed individually (time will tell). Here is where we ended today, still much more to do with the base leveling, staining, sealing, continued foam build-up, painting, detailing the figures more, etc. 


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Till next time... And since I did not make a work-in-progress string for the new figure Jarrod and I created it as a separate posting under the "Figures" subject, check it out!

I should not have to say it, but your feedback is always encouraged.

Ben and Jarrod (DRUMS01)

"Everyones the normal until you get to know them" (Unknown)

PROJECTS:

1/350 Tamiya Yamato - DONE (GB)

1/20 Revival 1936-37 Auto Union Tipo C  - DONE (GB)

1/32 Revell Arado Ar 196-B Seaplane - WIP - (GB)

1/32 Hasegawa F-16C - Staged

 

 

 

  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Thursday, December 1, 2022 4:47 PM

That looks awesome Ben, love how you guys are building up the base. Yes

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

 

  • Member since
    June 2018
  • From: Ohio (USA)
Posted by DRUMS01 on Thursday, December 1, 2022 6:39 PM

Thanks GAMERA.....

Just a small update, still work to do on the base and figures, but it's moving forward...

WOOD: (Awaiting more stain and clear coat)
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FOAM BASE: (Still Work in Progress)
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FIGURE SITTING IN BASE: 
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I'm still not totally satisfied with it all, but at least my idea has progressed from my head to the model. I still have more detail work on the base to include watercolors and pastels (more earthy colors). Jarrod has shown real patience during the building up of the base because I know his real enjoyment is in the figures. 

Last week we applied clear gloss over the shields and armor then attempted a dark enamel wash. Evidently the clear did not completely coat the metallic because the dirty wash started to bleed into the gold behind the first shield. Today we applied a second coat of gloss and will begin working on the figures again, hopefully tomorrow.

We plan on adding another coat of stain to the wood and then a couple thick clear gloss coats to seal it all in. The final touch will be felt pads beneath the wood base. Hopefully we can wrap this up in our next update....

Ben and Jarrod

"Everyones the normal until you get to know them" (Unknown)

PROJECTS:

1/350 Tamiya Yamato - DONE (GB)

1/20 Revival 1936-37 Auto Union Tipo C  - DONE (GB)

1/32 Revell Arado Ar 196-B Seaplane - WIP - (GB)

1/32 Hasegawa F-16C - Staged

 

 

 

  • Member since
    February 2020
Posted by PhilliePhan79 on Thursday, December 1, 2022 6:50 PM

That's a great base Drums. 

I agree this group build is all over the place and it's awesome!

 

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    August 2020
  • From: Lakes Entrance, Victoria, Australia.
Posted by Dodgy on Sunday, December 4, 2022 1:50 AM

Wonderful work PhilliePhan! Love your approach with the black base and chrome. The result looks great! I must say I was amazed by the number of parts.

Dodgy

I long to live in a world where chickens can cross the road without having their motives questioned

  • Member since
    August 2020
  • From: Lakes Entrance, Victoria, Australia.
Posted by Dodgy on Sunday, December 4, 2022 1:58 AM

Ben and Jarrod that base looks like it's going to work a treat and I love the figure. As far as the GB goes I'm amazed at the response and the variation in subjects. When I first proposed this GB I thought I would be lucky if 3 or 4 responded, now 25 modellers have put their name forward, several who have never attempted a figure before. I'm really blown away.

Dodgy

I long to live in a world where chickens can cross the road without having their motives questioned

  • Member since
    January 2021
Posted by PFJN2 on Sunday, December 4, 2022 8:57 PM

Hi,

I'm tempted to call my Space Force soldier done for now.  I have temporarily misplaced two small decals, and there may be one or two small spots where I want to touch up the paint, but those can wait.  The only other main thing that I am not sure of right now is whether I should paint or cover the face sheild in Gold or leave it as is.  I am still going back and forth on that, but plan to leave it as is for now.

Pat

Space Man

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    February 2005
  • From: Nashotah, WI
Posted by Glamdring on Sunday, December 4, 2022 10:07 PM

PhilliePhan - That chrome really pops on the kit, great idea to go the route of painting it.

Drums - I think the base looks great.  The project is progressing nicely.

PFJN2 - Great job on the Space Force soldier!

As for mine, I am calling the torso done.

I am simplifying the unit patch and gun handle.  I fear ruining them by freehanding the little icon in the middle of the patch, and girlie picture on the handle.  He will just have to settle for an ivory handle.

Robert

"Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm." 

  • Member since
    May 2011
  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Sunday, December 4, 2022 11:18 PM

Hey guys,

Check this out:

https://www.shrunk3d.com/hawaii

I am thinking of getting my model buddies to try this.  But what scale?  1/12 would go great with motorcycle and Star Wars character kits.  The resolution looks pretty good.

“Ya ya ya, unicorn papoi!”

  • Member since
    August 2020
  • From: Lakes Entrance, Victoria, Australia.
Posted by Dodgy on Monday, December 5, 2022 3:54 AM

Hey Pat, your space trooper came out great! I'll post him first thing in the morning.

Glamdring, the torso has come up an absolute treat! Top work mate.

Real G that thing is soooo cool. Can't wait till it's available in OzYes

Dodgy

I long to live in a world where chickens can cross the road without having their motives questioned

  • Member since
    February 2020
Posted by PhilliePhan79 on Monday, December 5, 2022 6:20 PM

This is the way

 

Build is coming along nicely.  The Molotow Liquid Chrome pen is a valuable tool for this kit.  Working on the weapons, and then weather the boots a bit.  Drop some pin wash into the nooks and crannies.

  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Monday, December 5, 2022 10:09 PM

Pat: That looks superb!!! Not sure about the face shield, I'd be afraid I'd screw it up with painting over a clear part. 

Robert: Great job there too on the shirt and tanker's jacket! 

Phan: Love that, the metallic worked out great! I had a Molotow pen but it dried out, guess I need to pick up another. 

G: Whoa that's cool! 

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

 

  • Member since
    October 2004
  • From: Orlando, Florida
Posted by ikar01 on Wednesday, December 7, 2022 5:41 PM

With all that's happened aroiund here lately, I finally got to work on my figures.

The Fire Giant:


The C.A.V. pilot:

It's a begining.

 

  • Member since
    June 2018
  • From: Ohio (USA)
Posted by DRUMS01 on Thursday, December 8, 2022 12:51 AM

The Mandalorian is looking great, and those fantasy figures look like they are nicely molded. I'm looking forward in seeing how the come out when finished. Nice work all around!

Well, an update for the Spartan build string is over due, so.....

The foam base was enhanced with numerous model railroad terrain supplies along with sifted dirt and rock from my property. There was also a plethora of enamel and acrylic paints used to achieve the colors (more than whats shown).

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Here is how the foam base ended up. The open areas are where the figures will go. I decided that the figures would be posed together, but they can also be taken out to be seen individually.

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The pine wood base was stained in medium oak twice and then clear coated. And here is the completed base.

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I was also asked about the gold color used for the armor and shields, well here it is. Much like molotow silver, but in gold. Just a word of caution, it also reacts much like Molotow, so clear coating is a must.

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The other delays were figure related, specifically detail painting, finishing the multicolored textures on the capes, designing and painting up the shields, and weathering. Speaking of shields, after some research Jarrod and I chose the following Spartan Shield designs.

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And here are a couple of the templates we created and used to apply the design to the shields. A modeling friend explained to me the origins of the design. Regarding the shield, though, it's a lambda, Λ, the Greek "L". It stood for "Laconia", Sparta's country, and "Lakodaemon", an ancient name for the city itself. 

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And above all, here is my helper who assisted in many of the steps of the build process, my son Jarrod.

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Finally, after numerous applications to both shields and capes we are calling these figures D-O-N-E.

SCALE: 100mm

MATERIAL: Resin

PAINTS: Tamiya, MMaster, Vallejo, LifeLike, watercolors, and pastels.

OTHER: Base and spear shafts made from scratch

Please used the first photo for the GB final... THANKS! And thanks for providing the opportunity and allowing us to participate in this GB. The huge diversity of subjects made this a very fun GB to follow. We will still be following along as there are some wonderful builds in progress that we want to follow through.

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Jarrod and I are happy with the results, but as always we think we left something undone. Thanks for following along, your motivating comments through the build, and please remember that your feedback is encouraged.

Ben and Jarrod (DRUMS01)

"Everyones the normal until you get to know them" (Unknown)

PROJECTS:

1/350 Tamiya Yamato - DONE (GB)

1/20 Revival 1936-37 Auto Union Tipo C  - DONE (GB)

1/32 Revell Arado Ar 196-B Seaplane - WIP - (GB)

1/32 Hasegawa F-16C - Staged

 

 

 

  • Member since
    June 2018
  • From: Ohio (USA)
Posted by DRUMS01 on Thursday, December 8, 2022 12:58 AM

While waiting for supplies and figuring out the Spartan base Jarrod and I got another "figure done as well; "WW2 German Street Fighter"

I think the title line pretty much sums up the model. Sold through Andrea Miniatures, this figure has a wonderful sculpt. The pose and facial expressions are superb. To add to the overall image is a wonderful base. The city sidewalk, both walls, and window frame make up the majority of the base. Sorry, No work-in-progress thread for this one.

Jarrod and I added the German propaganda poster from an real WW2 on-line image printed to scale, torn, and weathered. We also added glass shards to the window frame along with broken pieces on the sill and ground. On the figure we used lead foil for the MP40 sling and the gas mask canister strap. Other items we added to the kit include a metal wire for the folded shoulder stock, shoulder, collar insignia, and Iron Cross award ribbon on button (Tamiya decal spares), and a metal / PE Iron Cross on the left *** pocket (spares). 

Paints used were from Tamiya, Vallejo, MMaster, and LifeLike. Additional colors added with pastels, washes, and water colors.

His final home will be in a clear display cube. We are overall very happy with the results. 

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Last is a photo of my little helper with the end result.... 

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Hope you all enjoy it and as always, feedback is encouraged!

Ben and Jarrod (DRUMS01)

"Everyones the normal until you get to know them" (Unknown)

PROJECTS:

1/350 Tamiya Yamato - DONE (GB)

1/20 Revival 1936-37 Auto Union Tipo C  - DONE (GB)

1/32 Revell Arado Ar 196-B Seaplane - WIP - (GB)

1/32 Hasegawa F-16C - Staged

 

 

 

  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Thursday, December 8, 2022 7:18 PM

Ben & Jarrod: Both of these look terrific!!! You guys should be proud of what you've done! And it sets a really high bar for the rest of us to aim for!!!

Ikar: Great start there on the fire giant, he's coming along really well. And the CAV pilot, I think her name as given by Reaper is Dana is looking good too! 

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

 

  • Member since
    June 2014
Posted by BrandonK on Friday, December 9, 2022 9:30 AM

DRUMS01

While waiting for supplies and figuring out the Spartan base Jarrod and I got another "figure done as well; "WW2 German Street Fighter"

I think the title line pretty much sums up the model. Sold through Andrea Miniatures, this figure has a wonderful sculpt. The pose and facial expressions are superb. To add to the overall image is a wonderful base. The city sidewalk, both walls, and window frame make up the majority of the base. Sorry, No work-in-progress thread for this one.

Jarrod and I added the German propaganda poster from an real WW2 on-line image printed to scale, torn, and weathered. We also added glass shards to the window frame along with broken pieces on the sill and ground. On the figure we used lead foil for the MP40 sling and the gas mask canister strap. Other items we added to the kit include a metal wire for the folded shoulder stock, shoulder, collar insignia, and Iron Cross award ribbon on button (Tamiya decal spares), and a metal / PE Iron Cross on the left *** pocket (spares). 

Paints used were from Tamiya, Vallejo, MMaster, and LifeLike. Additional colors added with pastels, washes, and water colors.

His final home will be in a clear display cube. We are overall very happy with the results. 

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Last is a photo of my little helper with the end result.... 

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Hope you all enjoy it and as always, feedback is encouraged!

Ben and Jarrod (DRUMS01)

 

Ben, I too have a special needs son. Watching you share your hobby with him and his joy in doing so really makes watching you bring these too us that much more special. Awesome work on the kit and with Jarod. YesYes

BK

On the bench:

A lot !! And I mean A LOT!!

2023 Kits on deck / in process / completed   

                         14 / 5 / 0   

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Posted by PhilliePhan79 on Wednesday, December 14, 2022 5:26 PM

I love the German soldier.  Nice work Ben and Jarrod!

 

 

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    February 2020
Posted by PhilliePhan79 on Wednesday, December 14, 2022 5:33 PM

Calling the Mandalorian.  Really fun build!  This was my first figure ever.  I will have to get the Boba Fett to pair with him on the shelf.  

The only thing that I didn't like about this kit were the fit of the weapons into the various hands.  So you'll notice his spear and gun are holstered.  

This is the way

 

 

  • Member since
    June 2014
Posted by BrandonK on Wednesday, December 14, 2022 8:18 PM

PhilliePhan79

Calling the Mandalorian.  Really fun build!  This was my first figure ever.  I will have to get the Boba Fett to pair with him on the shelf.  

The only thing that I didn't like about this kit were the fit of the weapons into the various hands.  So you'll notice his spear and gun are holstered.  

This is the way

 

 

 

Very nice work. He turned out very nice. Well done!

BK

On the bench:

A lot !! And I mean A LOT!!

2023 Kits on deck / in process / completed   

                         14 / 5 / 0   

                              Tongue Tied

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    November 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Thursday, December 15, 2022 7:08 PM

Oh that's superb PP79!!! Heart

You just need a little sand dio for him! 

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

 

  • Member since
    February 2005
  • From: Nashotah, WI
Posted by Glamdring on Friday, December 16, 2022 9:48 PM

Wow, all these builds have turned out great!

Robert

"Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm." 

  • Member since
    August 2020
  • From: Lakes Entrance, Victoria, Australia.
Posted by Dodgy on Tuesday, December 27, 2022 4:57 PM

Wow, but there is some awesome work there.

PhilliePhan the Mandalorian is stunning, you have done a superb job there. If I may ask, where do you get the liquid chrome from, model retailers or art stores? Also which pic do you want me to post?

ikar01 the fire giant is looking very impressive. Love what you're doing with the face!

Ben and Jarrod, what can I say? Truly stunning work! The base is fantastic and I love the idea that each figure can be lifted off individually. Beautiful figures superbly painted. Which pic do you want me to use? The German trooper is brilliant as well. 

I must apologise to everyone for my recent abscence. My wife was admitted to hospital before Christmas with some serious health issues and is still there. Then I have had some major issues acessing the site. Anyway, here is what I will be working on.

In closing I'd like to wish everyone a safe and happy new year and I hope you are all ok in this terrible winter weather that is being reported on our TV.

Dodgy

I long to live in a world where chickens can cross the road without having their motives questioned

  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Wednesday, December 28, 2022 5:12 PM

Ohhh that looks cool Dodgy! I hope your wife is well soon. 

Our weather has been pretty insane- it went from -10C to 10C over the last couple days... 

Happy New Years! 

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

 

  • Member since
    February 2020
Posted by PhilliePhan79 on Thursday, December 29, 2022 7:17 PM

Thanks for the kind words Dodgy!  Sending prayers for your wife.

I have seen the Molotow chrome pen at both my local hobby store and art supply stores.  To be clear the armor was achieved with Alclad chrome.  Only the buckles and design on the thigh armor were done with pen.  For such small metallic detail it excels.  

You can use this photo for the front page:

  • Member since
    February 2005
  • From: Nashotah, WI
Posted by Glamdring on Sunday, January 1, 2023 12:32 PM

That Mandalorian kit turned out great!

Looking forward to your build, Dodgy.

I finished off my project last night with a base.  Nothing special, just a scrap wood block with a hole drilled in it.  As I delve deeper into the world of resin busts, that is my one gripe: none of the kits I build had a base.

All in all, a fun kit and I will be starting something new in the near future that will fit into the GB....

Robert

"Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm." 

  • Member since
    June 2018
  • From: Ohio (USA)
Posted by DRUMS01 on Sunday, January 1, 2023 7:23 PM

How about the first Spartan photo with the white background and the center commander coming at you. As for the German street fighter, I kind of like the fourth one which shows a full view of the structure and his uniform. 

Thanks again everyone for allowing me to participate in the GB. Like most GB's I've learned something from my peers and was happy to share my little contribution. Hope to see more accomplishments posted here in the future.

Ben and Jarrod

"Everyones the normal until you get to know them" (Unknown)

PROJECTS:

1/350 Tamiya Yamato - DONE (GB)

1/20 Revival 1936-37 Auto Union Tipo C  - DONE (GB)

1/32 Revell Arado Ar 196-B Seaplane - WIP - (GB)

1/32 Hasegawa F-16C - Staged

 

 

 

  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Monday, January 2, 2023 8:15 PM

Great job there Robert, you did a great job capturing Pitt's likeness! Yes

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

 

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