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SGTJKJ
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Posted: Friday, July 05, 2019 - 07:13 PM UTC
Looks really nice, Alex! I love what you have done with the kit.
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Posted: Friday, July 05, 2019 - 05:33 PM UTC
It's been a bit but here's some work on the VAL Ground Attack vehicle based on the Pegasus Hobbies Aerial Hunter Killer from the Terminator 2 Movie.

I had had a lot of problems in placing the external weapons. A lot of the problems are with the position of the turbine engine pods and the size of the front compared to the slim rear. To be honest, I tried a couple of winglet designs and wasn't happy with their look. I tossed the WIP pics of those attempts but I also deleted some other pics as well. I'll best note things as the WIP goes.

So assembly is basically done. I decided to go ahead and get some paint on the exterior. It was primered gray. I sprayed the top green. I then painted the underside a lighter gray.
I had planned on adding a mottled appearance with either a sand/tan or darker green. The more I looked at it, I decided to just go green and gray.
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The cockpit interior was painted. I mainly picked out some of the control boxes and such. The seat was painted. There's actually an instrument panel on the underside of the fuselage top but you cannot see it.
I drybrushed with dark gray and then steel. I'm just going to say the detail on this thing really popped with minimal effort.
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The engines were added and upper fuselage piece popped into place. It fits tight and securely without cement. The engines do rotate. The guns were added to the nose.
The canopy came from the spares. I think it was an alternative in a "century fighter kit". I flipped them around and used the front piece for the rear raised section. I cut down front section and added a hinge mechanism to the rear. Originally, the rear section was supposed to slide back but it looked funny and it really looked like an open canopy.
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And here is an underside shot. It shows some of the modifications that were added, but photos were deleted. The kit has two pairs of grappling arms. I had assumed they were positionable and planned to use them as the original landing gear. Unfortunately they were molded in a folded position. I used the rear pair as mounts for moveable thrusters for stabilization and slight adjustments. The exhausts came from a BanDai Zuka kit. I had removed the exhausts from the Zukas' legs as part of slimming them down. This made use of them.
The grapple arm mounts at the midsection...well I had tried to use them as weapon mounts but the forward fuselage got in the way. I was planning to use them as thruster points, like the rear, but I seem to have misplaced one of the ball mounts. I had these round things in the spares. They are covers for screws on an old piece of furntiture. They fit perfect and smooth out the mount.
The rear landing arm was made from the kit's underbelly gun. It hangs really low and the gun sort of spins around because the fit is really loose. I removed the gun and turned the arm around to trail towards the rear. I then used two return rollers from the spares as the wheels. A dab of super glue and she is sitting pretty.
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She's mostly done. I still need to work up some markings and maybe a bit of decor or something. The landing gear wheels need touching-up.

As an aside, if you watch the Terminator future fighting scene, you can see the movie HK had what appears to be a cockpit opening on the fuselage top. You can really see it and what looks like a Terminator pilot, as it crashes. I guess that explains the cockpit opening indention on the kit.
phantom_phanatic309
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Posted: Friday, July 05, 2019 - 08:00 AM UTC
[quote]Tough luck, Mike. Hope you find something else.

Nice choice. Stephen. I have never seen that kit before. Quite cool looking. [/quote

I'm really looking forward to starting it. You might still be able to pick one up. Always been a big fan of the vehicles from the Gerry Anderson shows. Really cool retro futuristic designs. I also managed to pick up Imai's Spectrum Transport Jet this week. They also did the SPV which I would love to get my hands on.

Anyway, A found online a shop selling a resin cockpit and figure for the Airfix's kit which will save me some time and work. I'm planning on building it hooked up to the catapult on Cloudbase, ready for QRA launch.
SGTJKJ
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Posted: Friday, July 05, 2019 - 07:31 AM UTC
Tough luck, Mike. Hope you find something else.

Nice choice. Stephen. I have never seen that kit before. Quite cool looking.
phantom_phanatic309
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Posted: Tuesday, July 02, 2019 - 09:37 AM UTC
Alex, your HK is looking really good and ingenious use of the tin hats as ball turret mounts.

Mike, sorry to hear about models accident. Hopefully you can repair it.

I'm still on the lookout for some figures to go in my Spinner so haven't even been able to start it yet. Also comparing to stills and photos of the full size prop, it needs some work to add missing details. Will have to put some thought into it.

Until then, I noticed Airfix's Angel Interceptor sitting in my stash so I'll get cracking on this one. Always wanted one of these since watching the repeats when I was a kid in the mud 90's. I grabbed a few when they were reissued just in case they never come back.



Looks pretty decent, but a test fit does show some problems. Typical of Airfix's from the 60's really. The decals though are fantastic.



First job will be to look at the panel lines. They're raised but nicely done, so will benefit from rescribing. Something I've not attempted before. And of course scratch building a cockpit. So a good rummage in the spares box to find a suitably blocky ejection seat and a pilot I can resculpt.
MLD
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Posted: Saturday, June 29, 2019 - 05:46 AM UTC
My wife accidentally knocked the Launcelot off my work bench. She ‘thinks’ she found all the parts.


I can’t even look at it right now. Putting it back on the shelf
Maybe I’ll build something else.

Mike
Bluestab
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Posted: Tuesday, June 11, 2019 - 05:45 AM UTC
VAL HK Update...sorry about being absentee on this one.

I'm still sorting out the external ordnance. In the meantime, I soldiered on with the cockpit interior. I added some bits and pieces from the spares to add some detail to the sidewalls. To be honest, I would imagine an advanced culture capable of interstellar flight would have highly computerized flight and weapons systems. It could be thought controlled.
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Because of the above thoughts on controls, I decided to add the actual flight controls. I wanted to avoid the use of typical stick and rudder controls. I found these two bits in the spares...I think they were parts of a steering assembly. I trimmedthem up and placed one on each side of the pilot's seat.
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I did manage to work up some cannons. I plan on mounting these on the nose...they'll be capable of independant targeting. The kit has what will serve as ball-mounts on the nse. These were officially spolights. I used some pieces from the spares, including two 1/32 Airfix British helmets, as the cannon assemblies.
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That's where I am right now. The external weaponry has been my big hold-up. I'll figure that out. I'll probably move ahead and start painting the cockpit. I actually masked and sprayed the canopy a few minutes ago.

David, I sort of gave up on Star Wars after the prequels so I don't know any of the new movie stuff. I am impressed by your build. I never would have guessed it was that small.

SGTJKJ
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Posted: Monday, June 10, 2019 - 05:11 PM UTC
Looks nice, David.

Looking forward to see more
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Posted: Monday, June 10, 2019 - 01:53 PM UTC
many thanks for all those kind words and comments it's always nice to hear that people like your work and I am more than happy to answer any questions if anyone has any.

it was a fun little build and I have rebel blockade runner that I might use in another campaign I've signed up for.

I'm looking forward to seeing all of your builds in this campaign as I always enjoy watching other people progressing with their models and sharing hints and tips as they go.
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Posted: Monday, June 10, 2019 - 01:10 PM UTC
Looks fun Jesper, can not wait to see more.

Been tied up with work but managed to take a picture tonight of in progress and had a start picture in the camera already.



Also in the picture are an MMI Seated Male Viper pilot and one from a Revell TOS Viper I scrapped while in process a few years ago. Not sure which of the three (if any) will be going in. Blanked off the stand hole with .020 card, it is about the same thickness as the little squares underneath so it doesn't look to out of place.
SGTJKJ
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Posted: Monday, June 10, 2019 - 09:26 AM UTC
I am changing my build into this beast. I am probably going to convert it a bit to look like a 1/48 light tank instead of s 1/72 heavy tank. Hope I can pull it off. Construction has started since this picture was taken, so it is progressing well.

More to follow soon.

Dixon66
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Posted: Saturday, June 08, 2019 - 01:07 PM UTC
To prove to myself that I can still build something that isn't Bandai (LOL), I started the Moebius Viper Mk1 the other day. Nothing much to report on so far though. Engine housings, vertical stabilizer, and landing gear glued up so far.
Lakota
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Posted: Friday, May 31, 2019 - 01:28 PM UTC
Yes, way to go Dave. Nice work.
petbat
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Posted: Friday, May 31, 2019 - 10:32 AM UTC
What more can I add? Really outstanding paint job David.
SGTJKJ
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Posted: Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 10:41 AM UTC
Great job - especially considering the scale of the model.

Thanks for participating 🙂
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Posted: Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 02:43 AM UTC
Very nice AT-M6! Your paint and shading details really make that kit stand out.
Dixon66
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Posted: Wednesday, May 29, 2019 - 11:47 PM UTC
Wow, you got a lot of color modulation on such a small build. Very nice work!
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Posted: Wednesday, May 29, 2019 - 09:04 PM UTC
ok well i'm calling this one done, so ladies and gentlemen i proudly present to you Bandai's AT-M6 from the film "The Last Jedi"





and this shot gives you an idea of just how big this kit is:

SGTJKJ
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Posted: Tuesday, May 28, 2019 - 08:24 PM UTC

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As for colors, I know nothing about the Warhammer 40k universe, so I'll probably paint the Vindicator in an imaginary Konflict 46 German scheme.



Zon, that sounds awesome. Looking orward to see more of that!
petbat
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Posted: Tuesday, May 28, 2019 - 08:01 PM UTC
Shawn really taking shape there. Looks great.

Roger, fiddly they may be, but they will be a real standout in the end.
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Posted: Tuesday, May 28, 2019 - 12:26 PM UTC
Aloha Jesper,

the build has been fun. As for colors, I know nothing about the Warhammer 40k universe, so I'll probably paint the Vindicator in an imaginary Konflict 46 German scheme.

Happy Modeling,
Zon
SGTJKJ
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Posted: Sunday, May 26, 2019 - 08:01 PM UTC
Looks really nice, Roger. Some cool stratchbuilding skills.

Looking forward to see more
Dixon66
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Posted: Saturday, May 25, 2019 - 11:50 PM UTC
Nice! Really fits the era perfectly. Can't wait to see this finished.
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Posted: Saturday, May 25, 2019 - 09:39 PM UTC
to all,
still just slowly doing bits'n'pieces on my little project.
Finally made an attempt at the nose cone riblet pieces. I only did one side to ensure that it would work and hopefully look OK, seem's to be a reasonable likeness so onto the other side now. I'll do the final filing, sanding, shaping once both sides are glued up. The riblets are 1.5mm sheet rough cut to the nose cone contour with .5mm spacing between them. So finally that's one of the more complex areas more or less done . The door scribing looks very rough in the photo but on the model it doesn't look too bad (we'll see once I throw some primer at it ).
This little project is proving to be slightly more complex than I had anticipated but is still a nice relatively easy and fun way for me to ease back into the modelling scene.

Hope everyone's projects are coming along nicely


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Posted: Monday, May 13, 2019 - 12:37 PM UTC
Ive made some progress on the JS-7. Finally getting all of the filling and sanding done.

This is a comparison shot next to an OOB JS-7 I built not too long ago.