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1/72 Scale V-33 Stork Carrier

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1/72 Scale V-33 Stork Carrier
Posted by PFJN2 on Monday, June 20, 2022 12:05 AM

Hi,

I saw this kit at a local hobby shoptoday.

It seems to be for some sort of futuristic Robot Transport VTOL from some Japanese Anime that I am not familiar with.  In general giant robots anime isn't something I follow much, but the aircraft looked interesting and not overaly expensive, so I bought it.  Although the craft has a recess in its underside where the top of a giant robot could be carried, I think that I may try and fill it in and make the model into more of a generic all-round VTOL type transport/gunship.

The kit actually appears to be a Snap-Fit kit in a couple colors, plus a smokey clear for the canopy, but I ended up gluing it together to make sure nothing gets knocked off.  It went together really well, and there is a bit of clever engineering in how some of the parts are put together to give them extra rigidity (especially the vertical tails Smile).  Here is where I am so far.

Stork2

I went for an Earthy colored base coat in part because it was what I had readily available, but also because I think it might help give the finished build a bit more of an other worldly look than just going with the base drab green recommended in the instructions.  I'm still not very ggod at spray painting but I may try and do a little masking and spraying with a lighter color to give it a more camoflage final look.

Pat

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Posted by fotofrank on Monday, June 20, 2022 9:13 AM

Interesting kit and build, Pat. I think I'll be looking for this kit. Could be an interesting "what-if."

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Posted by gregbale on Monday, June 20, 2022 2:53 PM

That's a cool one I haven't seen before. Yes

But I could see it looking pretty natural in, say, USMC colors....Pirate

Greg

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Posted by PhoenixG on Monday, June 20, 2022 9:53 PM

The lines of the model give it a striking look.  Like where you're going with the color scheme! 

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Posted by PFJN2 on Monday, June 20, 2022 10:17 PM

Hi,

Thanks for the responses.  Here is an image of the bottom showing the recess for the robot.  I am thinking of maybe plating it over, but haven't fully decided how yet.

Pat

Bottom

PS.  Sorry for the shadows.  I didn't realize how darl they were til after I posted the image.

 

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Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, June 21, 2022 8:10 PM

Wow, it does remind me of the dropship from 'Aliens'. Maybe you could fit a small APC in the robot recess like the Alien dropship carried??? 

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

 

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Posted by PhoenixG on Thursday, June 23, 2022 12:27 AM

Gamera

Wow, it does remind me of the dropship from 'Aliens'. Maybe you could fit a small APC in the robot recess like the Alien dropship carried??? 

 

 
Or three massive bombs! Big Smile

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Posted by PFJN2 on Friday, June 24, 2022 8:44 PM

Gamera

Wow, it does remind me of the dropship from 'Aliens'. Maybe you could fit a small APC in the robot recess like the Alien dropship carried??? 

Hi,

That might not be a bad idea.  I may have to see what kind of 1/72 vehicles they have at my local hobby store Stick out tongue

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Posted by PFJN2 on Monday, June 27, 2022 9:19 PM

Hi,

Things are moving along (slowly). Stick out tongue

Top

Starting in on camouflage

Bottom

Also working on sealing up the bottom

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Posted by PhoenixG on Thursday, July 7, 2022 6:59 PM

Hey PFJN2, was curious to see how this coming along.  Any news?

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Posted by PFJN2 on Friday, July 8, 2022 1:29 PM

Hi,

I took a short break for the holidays and to visit family, but I am back at work on the model now.

During the break I gave some thought to kodify the model to carry a vehicle, but neither the 1/72 scale M1A2 or the LAV models that I have looked like they'd fit easily without some modifications.  So I decided to leave this kit as is, but I also bought another copy that I may modify later.  For that other kit I may try a 1/100 scale vehicle or maybe even try 3D printing a vehicle.

Anyway, I will try and post some more images later this weekend.

Pat

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Posted by ikar01 on Friday, July 8, 2022 7:20 PM

It's similar to the fighting machine transported used in the old Dougram TV series that they had in Japan in hte 80s.  That one used rotors.

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Posted by Bakster on Saturday, July 9, 2022 7:59 AM

Cool project and it's coming along, Pat. Looking forward to the next installment.

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Posted by PFJN2 on Saturday, July 9, 2022 11:02 PM

Hi,

I still need todo alot of touchups to the paint, but this is how the model looks right now.

Pat

Top

Bottom

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Posted by DUSTER on Sunday, July 10, 2022 12:10 AM
Very Interesting.  It looks like it "could be a next gen for today" or a futuristic war bird.  Like the colors they move the craft out of the same o same o  school of today’s camo.

Steve

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Posted by PhoenixG on Monday, July 11, 2022 1:33 PM

It's coming along nicely!

The cammo pattern evokes imagery of humanity's colonization of Mars and the establishment of it's own Military.  Can see it doing nap of the earth flying along the red Martian landscape. Smile

 

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Posted by PFJN2 on Monday, July 11, 2022 8:19 PM

Hi,

Thanks Phoenix and Duster.  Going with the Martian-kind of theme I went ahead and tried making the dark patches more of a reddish brown, and changed the black stripes toa dark brown.

Pat

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Posted by Gamera on Monday, July 11, 2022 8:32 PM

PFJN2: Whoa that looks fantastic!!! Love it! 

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Posted by keavdog on Monday, July 11, 2022 8:40 PM

Very cool looking.  Could be the Marines future VTOL/STOL Osprey II

Thanks,

John

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Posted by PhoenixG on Wednesday, July 13, 2022 9:50 PM

I like the enhanced Martian camo scheme.  It's coming along nicely! Smile

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Posted by PFJN2 on Sunday, July 17, 2022 9:50 PM

Hi,

I know this needs a little clean up where the paint bled under my masking tape, but I am almost done now.  I wanted to do somethingother than Roundels as nationality markers, so I just went with marker bands.  I didn't think about it at first but the colors that I ended up using kind of remind me of WWI Royal Armor Corp markings.

Pat

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Posted by Gamera on Monday, July 18, 2022 8:02 PM

The stripes look great and they work well with the camo! 

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Posted by PFJN2 on Monday, July 18, 2022 9:47 PM

Thanks everybody for the nice comments.  Other than a few small touch ups that I want to do tomorrow (once the current paint dries) I think I'm about done for now.

Here's how it turned out.

Aft

Front

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Posted by PhoenixG on Tuesday, July 19, 2022 3:29 AM

That's great!

I agree with Gamera, the stripes are a nice touch and add weight to the impression you'd find it on an airfield somewhere.

You going to build a fleet of vessels for your very own Martian air force? Wink Big Smile

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Posted by Straycat1911 on Wednesday, November 23, 2022 9:13 PM

PhoenixG

 

 
Gamera

Wow, it does remind me of the dropship from 'Aliens'. Maybe you could fit a small APC in the robot recess like the Alien dropship carried??? 

 

 

 
Or three massive bombs! Big Smile
 

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