So, the Valentine is at a pausing point;
As I mentioned before, the tracks that came with the kit are worthless. I will be picking up the aftermarket tracks for this at some point. Not right away, though. I just bought an old Celica. That's going to be a money sink for a minute. Shame it's still winter. Doubly shame I haven't a garage. Working on the Celica is going to be fun. We'll see.
Not much done in the past week. I think we've had snow every day the past three weeks. I tend to burn myself out shoveling.
I have fitted many of the small details. Common logic is to omit many such details until later. I, personally, hate trying to satisfactorily attach small parts after paint. I'm mostly dawdling until I pick up the Bronco tracks. I have two more stores I wish to visit. If neither has the kit, then I'll order it. We'll see.
As mentioned last week, I finished the ReZEL. As also mentioned last week, I didn't have a chance to fit the a-parts before I went to press. So, here's the ReZEL with a-parts;
I don't much like the a-parts. The giant sword is neat, but it can't hold the thing. The missile pods look way too awkward for my taste, too. I highly doubt I'll mount the parts again. Still needed a shot with the parts for posterity.
Here's a fun glamor shot with a surprisingly re
The ReZEL Type C is built.
Impressive beast, isn't it? What you can't see in this shot is the 'kickstand' the kit supplied. This thing is very back-heavy. Even with a forward-canted dynamic pose, It just doesn't want to stand straight.
It transforms, too;
This form, called 'waverider,' is awkward in many ways. Firstly, it doesn't want to hold this mode. There are not many locks, and what few there are are weak. Mounting it on this spare stand was also
Work has continued on the ReZEL;
All this becomes...
This! Tall s.o.b., too. Probably nine, ten inches as it is. I still need to finish the back...assemblies;
This kit comes with parts to build two versions of the backpack, so-called Type B & Type C. Type A is not available in these colors. I still really don't know what-all is going on with the packs, though. None of the art I've found really shows that these variants look lik
If you've not seen any news, 'lockdown' in the US has been a joke. Seeing the punchline, I've maintained spending time with a friend of mine. We watch anime, play video games, and build Gunpla. It's fun! Also, I'm 30. Make your judgements.
I like to have a kit for building at my friend's house. I finished that last such kit on Sunday;
I broadly need to improve my photography. This was a Bandai Master Grade 1/100 Gunner ZAKU Warrior Lunamaria Hawke. Ki
I had to put away the Tau. I just did not have the patience. The whole operation became very daunting very quickly.
Instead, I bought some new Gundam kits to settle with;
The larger box is a so-called Master Grade, or MG kit. Excellent levels of detail, well-thought colored molding, & intricate assembly that attempts to affect 'realistic' poses. I favor the kits. Larger scale, too, at 1/100. The other three are so-called High Grades, or HG kits. All t
Sorry for another gap. Christmas was busy.
Just before Christmas, I assembled what Kadees I had to hand. Kind of just felt like building them. I need to fit them, now. I have plenty of stock waiting;
All these clamps, I certainly had a hold on the situation.
Wanting to build something well-designed & straightforward, I started the Toyota AA kit.
Very clean molding, very well designed assembly. Only bit that took any time w
I actually did a little bit of work this week. Massive improvement over November.
Firstly, I made the correction I mentioned in the last blog;
With this correction, I have another whole soldier...whom I can find no current rules for. Oh, well. She's a proxy now, I guess.
I also started on another project I've been considering for a while - the Gundam XXX.
Making her look more like a Gundam.
This is the sum total of modeling work I have done in the past month;
These two are probably as far as they'll get for a while. I just burned out after the last entry. We've also lost the season here in Illinois. I can't commit to any more air or spray painting. At least, not unless we get some 'Indian Summer.' Shame, really. Maybe I'll actually work on the shoebox for once.
When it comes to the Yu Jing, though, I need to break one of the others. I fi
I made more work on the Yu Jing for Infinity.
Firstly, I finished building the Shaolin Warriors;
Kind of dynamic looking. The heads were all separate and finicky. I hated it.
I had another box, labelled Imperial Service Starter Pack. Only supposed to be six figures in the box. I found 12. Firstly, what wasn't supposed to be there;
Thankfully, the bottom three were one piece each, and therefore complete. The top three were eac
As a quick diversion, I built a Sister of Battle;
This was a stand-alone, special-order model. Kind of neat, though without special rules in the game. I have a deliciously wild paint scheme for this army.
I also started on another army for Infinity the Game, Yu Jing
These are Xiaolin warrior monks, according to the box. Kind of neat. I have found, though, most table-top games make it somewhat aggravating to close into close combat. My tub
Finally had a chance to play a game with the sci-fi Japanese I finished back in April. Over the course of the game, I was informed that model facing is important. Cue the following;
I painted roughly 180 deg. of the base red. Quick & simple. I used Model Master enamel, having found it coats well enough in one go to not waste time on such a simple job.
As painting the red took so little time, I started on another gaming model.
This is a special
Finally got around to painting the bases for my half-squad of Bolt Action 8th Army;
Just the one coat. Don't want bare plastic, but I also didn't want to spend two weeks layering color. I mounted the figures and based them, too. All done;
I have no idea why the photos are so yellow. Whatever. Maybe a little glib with the sand. If it bothers me, I can pick them clean. Gets them off of my bench, though. Airbrushing is on hold at this point, though.
Eventually I'll break my slump. Eventually. The clear on the Heavy Gundam did, in fact, orange peel. I guess I'll need to knock it down. I hate sanding.
I sprayed another coat of gloss white on the Kaempfer;
I think it's about there. Better be, too. I'm running out of season and gloss white. My airbrush was acting up, too. Drying in the tip. I've never had that before. This is Model Master enamel, too. Ended up wasting half a cup of paint when
I replaced the filter on my spray booth. Lucked out at a Menard's (sort of a big Halfords, I suppose.) Not only did they have respirator filters in stock, they also had furnace filter material in a roll! A few strokes of a box knife later, I had new filters.
With my booth operational again, I sprayed the balance of the Kaempfer body in gloss white;
I suppose this was technically 'Classic White.' I had no plain gloss white on hand. The old Boyd Hi Gloss white had
Whilst I did have good weather this week, I needed a new filter for my spray booth. I still haven't picked one up, so I built Gundam this week.
Firstly, I built and finished an accessory vehicle for a model I've had on before, the 1/144 30MM Portanova. I picked up a tank for the Portanova;
How is a tank for a giant robot, you may ask? Stupidly, is how;
Just, why, Bandai? Why the Doom-style chest gun? You can mount the handles under the gun, tha
Another largely idle week. Sunday, I managed to lay the first coat of gloss white on the Kaempfer. Well, most of the Kaempfer;
Fun fact; there is almost no paint in a Testors' square jar. I'll have to dig around to see if I have more before I bother my friend. I think I figured out the trick, though. I have the PSI cranked way back, and thinnish paint. I'll try polishing a couple of parts before I pursue multiple coats. We'll see.
Didn't do much this past week. Bunch of projects all need paint, and Chicago weather is being Chicago weather.
Last week, though, I nearly finished the 8th Army;
Well, table-ready at least. I find smaller scale figures don't benefit much from detail work on the faces. Can't see them half the time, anyways.
I didn't have the bases ready. I ended up cutting a new one for the anti-tank rifle.
These need paint. Obviously. Then
Sorry for the gap. Spent a week fussing with Magic cards. Hardly worth posting here.
In the past week, though, I took on a commission from a friend. He has a kit he wanted painted. This is a kit of a Kaempfer (should be spelled with an umlaut, but I don't feel like finding it.) A 'bad guy' robot from Gundam. This week was priming.
There's still a little more to prime. I ran out of primer before I finished tonight's lot. Annoying. I'll pick up more tomorr
More progress on the 8th Army fellows. Mostly blocking in major colors. Skin left, then washes.
If what he has is to be an Enfield revolver, I feel bad for him. Horrible things to shoot.
I'd love to shoot the Boys sometime, though.
Like I said, skin & wash. Then, bases. I'll get there. We'll see.
Again, slow week. Did dig the airbrush out.
Some models for a table-top wargame I play, Bolt Action. Cromwell, Firefly, and some North African theater 8th Army. I made further progress on the 8th Army, as well;
Blocked in some colors, such as webbing and weapons. I'll probably keep these simple. I can never bring myself to add full attention to wargaming models. Just going to tip over in a crowd.
Next week will probably be more with the the Bo
Apologies for the lack of update last week. I was with friends till late.
I admittedly haven't done much. I sprayed additional coats of color on the scooters;
Decided on green with the Honda. Probably ruined the paint on the Yamaha. Well, I'll (eventually) take a closer look. Other blog will be updated, as the only other modelling I've done is more pertinent there..
Sorry for the lack of an entry last week. I ended up at a buddy's house, had much of a strong beer. Then Independence Day.
In the meantime, I did finish the giant robot. At least, I finished building it;
This one I do plan on painting. I'm thinking flat or satin black with white accents. I'll also need to make some grayscaled versions of the markings. I don't like the colors they're in now.
If you don't pay attention to my other content, this
So, two weeks & 156 track links in, I realize I have the wrong hafltrack;
What I have here is a Sd. Kfz. 250/8 Neu. What I needed was a Sd. Kfz. 250/8 or the like. The hull is wrong, noticeably so. Should feature a peak about midway down the crew area. I'm really annoyed as I spent much time fiddling to get the tracks assembled. I'll have to keep an eye out for the correct 250 from Dragon, so I can use these tracks I've already finished.
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