Monday, 29 June 2009

Unknown Ship - finished

Down and dirty and, i think, as Andrew Glazebrook suggested, a mining ship

The Foamboard Challenge - a mistake

Well, the basic shape of the conning tower is finished and i'm happy with that.
Not happy though with what i've done mid-ship. Figured i'd put something there to break up the shape a bit and came up with these, which i'd have as landing pads for smaller craft.
But... too darn big and too darn clunky.
So they're coming off.

Saturday, 27 June 2009

The Foamboard Challenge - bit more

Here we are with the front, rear and underside attached and gaps between them covered with high quality tape.
Also started on the conning tower, which i'm really trying to evoke the 2001 orbiting bombs and not a Star Wars Star Destroyer

Tuesday, 23 June 2009

The Foamboard Challenge

Been looking around for my next project and, for a bit of fun, thought i'd challenge myself to building something completely out of Foamboard.
I can clad it in Plasticard and kitbits for detailing afterwards, but all the main structures must be made from Foamboard - no bulky kit parts or household shapes are to be used at all.
Then i got to thinking:
Why not make it a challenge?
Throw down the gauntlet to see what other folk come up with?
Why not?
So, fancy having a go? If you do, you can send a link to it in the comments section here.
And here's the start of mine. I'm planning a conning tower at the rear, partly inspired by oil tankers, but mainly to the orbiting bombs in 2001 and a bit of the Dark Star:

Monday, 22 June 2009

U.S.S. Glazebrook - adding the decals

As well as the decals, you can see i'm well along with adding metallics, putting in rusty washes and picking panels out.
Getting near the end of this project so thoughts turned to building a make-shift landing platform is display it.

Unknown Ship - factory finish

Assembled, bascoated with Halfords Grey Plastic Primer, a coat of Satin Varnish to ease decal application, decals.
On to the fun of dirtying down.

Sunday, 21 June 2009

Gateway Shuttle - tail rethink

You may remember that, when i started working on the Shuutles rear section, i got dismayed at the prospect of shelling out a lot of dough for the 1/24th Huey helicopter i'd need for the main parts.
Instead, i went my own way and created a riff on the design, using a B-29 tail instead. With me so far?
Well, when Matt Noble sent me the Macross parts for detailing the front section, he also sent me the two halves of the Regult legs to use for the tail. Trouble was, i couldn't use them.
So, as he'd been so kind, i couldn't not use them and decided to hang on and track down the helicopter i need and start again.
Strangely, it didn't take too long and was a fraction of what i've seen them go for - in fact less than what i paid for the Panzer vehicle a while back.
So here we are with it - what a whopper!

Modelwork of Alien video

It just keeps getting better and better - Dennis Lowe has now put up an over an hour long documentary about the modelwork of Alien.
Brilliant stuff. Hope its going to be on the Blu Ray release.

Thursday, 18 June 2009

Black Beast Of Aaaaaarrrrgh

Was having a sort out of the cabinets, came across this fella and thought you might like to take a look.
I made him years back when the FTVMC was asking if folk would like to sculpt something that could be then sold by them as a garage kit and, being a huge Python fan, this beastie was a natch.
It was a real interesting challenge as i had to sculpt each part seperately, continually in contact with the caster to make sure there were no pronounced undercuts etc, bake it, then move on to the next part, making sure the fit was nice and tight.
This is, of course, one of the kits - the original having been destroyed in the casting process.
And i think its one of only 5 that were cast - it wasn't exactly popular. Still, there was a photo of it in Modellers Resource and we did sell one as far afield as Mexico, so i was chuffed.

Tuesday, 16 June 2009

Restoring the original Nostromo

Great as it is that the ol' girl is getting some TLC and will be preserved for the future, even better is that its going to be chronicled via pics and video:

Monday, 15 June 2009

Unknown Ship - bit more work

Had a play around, adding bits here and there - which is real easy with all the lovely parts there are on this kit - bunging them around the recess, but not covering it up as i want it to look really busy. Added some panel lines too.
Still to come is to give it a "face". Really feel spaceships - or any vehicle for that matter - need a face, some identifiable area to focus on. And in this case it'll be about a quarter of the way down from the top, in the middle.

Friday, 12 June 2009

U.S.S. Glazebrook - pastelling done

Finished, next up to pick out the metallics, wash them, then rusty bits and, at some point, decals.

Unknown Ship - the start

So, got that Panzer.... vehicle to turn into something SF. Trouble was, couldn't find anything as a substitute for the turret and REALLY want to crack on this with as i want to justify the hideous cost of the kit.
So, did a complete turnaround and now its to be a spacecraft rather than a land-based craft.
What's made my mind up is the intricate underside to this vehicle that would go unoticed - indeed, its such a nice bit of work its popped up in Star Wars and Galactica craft.
First pic shows the detail after i've pulled off the wings. still need to pull off the suspension that i'd glued on while thinking it'd be a tank.
Second pic is what i have in mind - the intricate part being the front to show it off and joined by a ribbed tube (which i've yet to source) to an engine section again an unfinished project kindly donated by Andrew Glazebrook.
Third pic is a bad shot of the engine section which you can see just needs a couple of panels finishing. But the Panzer... kit has so many great bits, its not gonna be a problem.

Thursday, 11 June 2009

U.S.S. Glazebrook - pastelling

Been thinking long and hard about how i'm going to weather this ship and in the end decided against washes - the ships so huge i thought it'd looky a bit silly.
Instead i'm pastelling and you can see here i'm nearly done on the engine area. I'm doing it in sections then sealing as to do it all in one go would mean smudging the pastels through handling.
There's not too much in the way of the pastels as, again, i don't want to do anything that'd throw out the scale.
On top of this there'll be some rusty washes to bring out the most intricate detail Andrew put on.
Also, you'll see its still mainly grey. I will be putting on a ton of metallics but don't like the finish of them if i put varnish over them, so will do them when the whole ship is sealed.

Wednesday, 10 June 2009

Empire Of the Sun

Bit off topic, but when modelling, the usual music of choice is Electro - usually from the early 80's.
But am becoming obsssesed by this song, which sounds like it would fit right in back then. Lovely video too:

Gateway Shuttle - the high cost of modelling

See that beige bit on top of the green bit? £27.00 that's cost me.
Its from the "Tamiya (deep breath)Schwerer Panzerspahwagen 8-Rad" and 27 quid is the cheapest i could find anywhere (guessing the high price is it comes with brass etch parts) and i'd never usually pay that for only one tiny piece, but its a nice design and will use the main body to turn into a Lunar Tank or Anderson-style vehicle or Chris Foss-type thing.

Shield Ship - rear section done.

Here it is in grey primer and a few panels picked out in other greys. Next up is a heavy black wash and lots of drybrushing.

Friday, 5 June 2009

Gateway Shuttle - hull

Thanks to the top bloke that is Matt Noble, here we are with even more Macross parts in place, albiet stuck there crudely with Blu Tac.
Getting this far really has prompted me to identify those guns coming out the pods.

Wednesday, 3 June 2009

Gateway Shuttle - rear hull

Thanks to those clever bods over on the RPF, i've manged to get the rear half of the main hull.
Its actually the lower hull of this Macross kit, a kit i built back in the mid 80's (along with seemingly hundreds of others).
Bit of a shame to buy one just for that part as i've always liked the bizarre look of the ship and wouldn't mind another go.

Monday, 1 June 2009

Shield Ship - getting there

Another 15 hour shift at work yesterday, so took the Shield Ship in to work on.
Top pic is the dome with its top coat of "Ford Polar Grey" (pretty much the same shade as primer but nice and glossy for the decals), panels roughly outlined with pencil and various decals. Didn't go to town there as, with the amount of beating up i'm planning on doing to it, they wouldn't really notice.
Next pic, it with pastels added and Matt Varnish applied.
Below that we have the engine section, which is almost done.
Then an underside shot showing the connecting tube ready for the crew compartment.
And here it is, Revells MIR Station - which is a bit too clunky with its detail, so i'm adding new parts.