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  • Member since
    October 2004
  • From: Orlando, Florida
Posted by ikar01 on Thursday, October 28, 2021 2:44 PM

Thanks.  I heard at Modelpalooza that the old kits, or at least most of them are going to be produced again soon.  If they are, I'll have to watch my disability card account.

My kid showed me a model of the SDF Super Fortress that stood just over 8 feet hagh.  This thing had sections of the interior showing that included the city and some other areas.  On top of that it would change into its ship configuration.  The pictures were impressive.

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    October 2021
Posted by PhoenixG on Thursday, October 28, 2021 2:11 PM

Gamera
Now your model will have to be a success since you made the blood sacrifice to the modeling gods!!!

LOL!  Life experience supports your claim. Big Smile

On The Bench:

TBD

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    October 2021
Posted by PhoenixG on Thursday, October 28, 2021 2:07 PM

Ikar01,

The paint scheme of your Destroid Monster definitely has a Battletech vibe.  I painted a few Battletech miniatures back in the day.

I have had fun amassing a small collection of the Macross/Robotech models put out by various producers.  The next level of fun has been building them.

It's been really rewarding to finally see the kits come to life.

Thanks for sharing!

On The Bench:

TBD

  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Thursday, October 28, 2021 11:26 AM

Phoenix: Those sound good to me!

Now your model will have to be a success since you made the blood sacrifice to the modeling gods!!! Devil

 

Ikar: I think you posted this before but I'll say it again here- nice work!!!

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

 

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    October 2004
  • From: Orlando, Florida
Posted by ikar01 on Wednesday, October 27, 2021 9:22 PM

The Macross series had a lot of kits run from it by several companies back then, including Relvell who called them Robotech. When the Battletech games came out many of the original designs were taken from that series as well as a few others.

The Commander's pod was , and probably still is a very saught after kit as well as the Defender, but probably the most wanted kit is the Monster.  It came out in two scales, 1/200th and 1/160th.  Why they did this I don't know, I was too busy buying kits in Okinawa at the time.

This is what I did to my 1/100th scale Monster:

I used deacls from the Battletech board game for the Word of Bqlake and had a crew chief blocking it out for a mission.

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    October 2021
Posted by PhoenixG on Wednesday, October 27, 2021 8:24 PM

A few things learned about putty

  1. Apply closer to twice as much as you think you'll need.  Shrinkage is real.
  2. Press firmly and smoothly while applying.  Air pockets suck.
  3. Feather the edges as much as you can when applying.  It's harder to sand them into being.
  4. Take your time sanding.  The goal isn't to to get back to the plastic.
  5. When using the squared end of the hobby knife as a putty blade be sure to finish dulling the other end.  Bleeding on your model is not considered a weathering technique.  Unless you were trying to make it look like it had dried blood on it.  Then, it is.

Yes I got myself.  But, barely deep enough to get a drop of blood. ;)

flesh wound

 

 

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TBD

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    November 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Wednesday, October 27, 2021 7:36 PM

Real G

 

 
PhoenixG

This is a real nail biter for me but, my goal is to attempt at least one new thing per build.  Otherwise it's too easy to stick with what's familiar and that means no new skills.

Part of the fun is the challenge, right!? Smile 

 

 

That is a most excellent philosophy!

 

Yeah, a little improvement everyday! 

I like where you're going- nice work!!!  

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

 

  • Member since
    May 2011
  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Wednesday, October 27, 2021 12:52 AM

PhoenixG

This is a real nail biter for me but, my goal is to attempt at least one new thing per build.  Otherwise it's too easy to stick with what's familiar and that means no new skills.

Part of the fun is the challenge, right!? Smile 

That is a most excellent philosophy!

“Ya ya ya, unicorn papoi!”

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    October 2021
Posted by PhoenixG on Tuesday, October 26, 2021 11:39 PM

The main pieces are glued together but in the process of cleaning up the seams I managed to "enhance" the build with many gouges. :(

gouge close up

Managed to remove that thumb wart. 

glued together

Primed those pieces so I could more easily tell where the hidden seams and gouges were.primed and ready

And then for the first time ever decided to putty the seams and gaps from assembly.  This is only my second attempt at puttying since resuming.  My first attempts long ago went, poorly.

to putty or not to putty

Used the square end of a hobby knife as a putty blade to help with shaping since I don't have any specialty tools for it.

Once it finishes curing, will sand and shape.  This is a real nail biter for me but, my goal is to attempt at least one new thing per build.  Otherwise it's too easy to stick with what's familiar and that means no new skills.

Part of the fun is the challenge, right!? Smile

On The Bench:

TBD

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    October 2021
Posted by PhoenixG on Tuesday, October 26, 2021 3:02 PM

Thinking I may be able to turn these into fire foam tanks on the back and run those to a modified pod  for dispensing it.  Perhaps inverting the rocket Nozzles to form a more rounded ended to enhance the perception of a pressurized cylinder inside the outer housing.Super V backpack

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TBD

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    August 2005
  • From: Sydney, Australia
Posted by Phil_H on Tuesday, October 26, 2021 1:27 AM

PhoenixG
This ine makes me think search and rescue or fire department.  May see what decals I can come up with to make evoke that idea.

If I recall correctly, there was an episode where she was pressed into a rescue role, carrying survivors (one of which looks remarkably like a baby penguin) in the battroid's hands.  

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    October 2021
Posted by PhoenixG on Tuesday, October 26, 2021 12:56 AM

Gamera

Maybe it doesn't compare with new Bandai kits but it's cool to build a blast from the past like this! 

 

Aboslutely!

These have been my comfort kits for a while.  I shall miss them once they are all finished.

The Three Amigos

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TBD

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    October 2021
Posted by PhoenixG on Tuesday, October 26, 2021 12:52 AM

Real G

Better get a Destroid Tomahawk and convert it into a pumper unit - that little gun pod won't hold much fire foam!

 

Don't have a Tomahawk but I do have these.  ;)

Destroid Mashup

However, their destiny lies elsewhere.

I do have some left over Super Valkyrie add-ons that could be repurposed.

Hmmmm..... 

Mischief may ensue. Devil

On The Bench:

TBD

  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Monday, October 25, 2021 9:51 PM

Maybe it doesn't compare with new Bandai kits but it's cool to build a blast from the past like this! 

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

 

  • Member since
    May 2011
  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Monday, October 25, 2021 9:00 PM

Better get a Destroid Tomahawk and convert it into a pumper unit - that little gun pod won't hold much fire foam!

“Ya ya ya, unicorn papoi!”

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    October 2021
Posted by PhoenixG on Monday, October 25, 2021 4:43 PM

keavdog

That looks like fun.  Is Arii still around?  I built a few of their kits way back.

I don't know if Arii is still around.  I bought these kits decades ago when they were first released.

They are a fun easy build.  The detail isn't there like the newer Hasegawa and Bandai kits but they go together real fast and look decent enough.  There's a reason they were what I used when I started back into modeling.  :)

This ine makes me think search and rescue or fire department.  May see what decals I can come up with to make evoke that idea.

On The Bench:

TBD

  • Member since
    April 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Monday, October 25, 2021 3:41 PM

That looks like fun.  Is Arii still around?  I built a few of their kits way back.

Thanks,

John

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    October 2021
ARII VF-1J Millia
Posted by PhoenixG on Monday, October 25, 2021 1:35 PM

The Airfix Tiger experienced a paint malfunction and needed to be set aside for a bit.

Instead of doing nothing I broke out one of my last ARII manufactured Veritechs.

Millia Box art

These were pretty much the only available articulated Veritech available to me in my youth.  They were relatively cheap and the polycap construction was decent.   Translation: i bought a lot of them.

However, the mold quality and detail is mediocre at best, but construction is dirt simple.

Sprue

Basically two sprues like this one.  That's it.

The time spent on this will be on fixing fit & finish.  Still haven't decided how much I'll attempt to fix versus simply cleaning up.

back

torso

Example of mediocre molding.  Check out the antennae.  Shapes and thickness are vary.

Head

One heck of a wart on the thumb.

hand

On The Bench:

TBD

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