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Non-railway updates from my bench.   If anyone cares.20180728_160207.jpg.9a2d729b92fbf8e710c5b1a227bf8cc8.jpg

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Yu Jing 2

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

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Yu Jing 1

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

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Infinity Bonus

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

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8th Army 4

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.   

Kaempfer 3

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

Heavy Gundam 2

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

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Heavy Gundam 1

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

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Kaempfer 2

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.

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8th Army 3

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

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Kaempfer 1

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

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8th Army 2

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.

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8th Army 1

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

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Scooters 1

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..

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Vigna Ghina II 1

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

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Sd. Kfz. 250/8 Neu 2 & Other

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.   I started bui

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Sd. Kfz. 250/8 Neu 1

Well, I finished the suspension; And I managed to set it pretty square.   I also started on the tracks;   ...ehhhhh.    I'll get back you on that.   This could take a minute.

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Gray (?) Zeta 2 & Others

I finished the 'Gray' Zeta.   I just need to make space for it on my large Gundam shelf.   Becoming harder, that...   I currently have no pics of it finished in robot form.   Pain to switch the thing.   I had painted in the stripes, along with washing the panel lines.   Ended up using sepia, to offset some of the vibrancy of the orange.   Still not gray.   I picked up a clever little kit on a supply run to the local; The clever little kit is exclusively

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Gray (?) Zeta & 1/1

With the continuing concerns over COVID-19, and additionally the unrest in my neck of the woods, my Gundam club held another virtual build day.   I joined, pulling out the Gray Zeta to work on.   Now, you've seen the cover image, so this is spoiled, but the Gray Zeta isn't actually gray.   That's right, it's cheddar orange.   Supposedly the result of the mechanical designer having a form of color blindness.   They said Stroudley was colorblind, too...   She tr

Renault 8 Gordini 1

Sorry I didn't post last week.   Culmination of excuses led to no work done at all.   Shameful, but I suppose this is a hobby.   Modelling is neither my job nor my life.   Sometimes, I need to realize that.   Anyways, I've started streaming!  I figured, should I be able to drum up enough interest, I might turn a buck or two doing what I do anyways.   So I started a Twitch.   New laptop for it and everything.  I'll link it below.   With the energy I've found from having a reas

BiMINI 1

Started working on a model of BMW's MINI Cooper;   Pretty simple kit, actually.   No engine, sadly.   I can't do much more until I pick up airbrushing supplies.   At this rate, I'll have everything built, with nothing finished.   Save the Firefly.   That kit can rot for all I care.   Stupid individual-link tracks...   Also, Revell...   WHO THE ABSOLUTE F*** THOUGHT IT WAS A GOOD G****** F****** IDEA TO CHROME THE WHOLE F****** DASHBOARD?   Persistent s**

Opel 2 & Friends

Finished up about what I could with the Opel; Bunch of detail here you'll never see.   No provision for opening hood (bonnet to y'all,) deep, narrow cab hiding the pedals.     Built a box.   She's mostly straight.   Just a little warpage.   Should be fine.   Braced the box.   All these brackets lift the box maybe 1/4" clear of the frame.   The lift also gives space for the fenders.   Barring some small details I didn't photograph, t

Opel 1 & Friends

Slowly working more on the Opel.    I'm dying of boredom, and this isn't helping;   I also managed some airbrushing.   Started doing color on the scooters.   Then it has been waiting.    Can't do much with the rain;   They'll all need further coats.   Thankfully, I'm getting better with the airbrush.   I just need to keep working at it.

Infinity Finish

I finally finished the Infinity army I've been working on for an age; I felt these were too good of models for my normal wargaming 'color & wash.'  I still don't think I did them justice.   And I just had to be clever with the bases; These stopped play for a while.   Illinois weather didn't help.   I couldn't airbrush when I needed to.   I also decided I wanted to just build a model.   Build it straight, no modifications, no care for the interior.  

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Dust & Sand

Not a lot of progress this week.    I'm burning out with this shut-down.   Spent a not-insignificant part of the week staring at a plank of wood with some bits on it.   In other news, I 'finished' the mini I had been working on; I just really couldn't do what I wanted with the shield.   I have no talent for free-hand painting.   This'll be it.    I honestly don't expect the character to live all too long, anyways.   I also dusted my Gundams.    That was a two-day p

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New Booth

I'm too lazy for tags, or any major progress.   I did get in a new spray booth.   I've used it a whole once yet.    I primed a number of different projects.    A combination of laziness and poor weather curtailed any further progress. The bases for the Infinity, the Hexbeasts from Wild West Exodus, and some random space fighter I picked up a few years ago.   The design is from Star Blazers 2199, according to the box.   I can't read anything else on the box.  Oh well.   The M

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