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  • Birthday 05/18/1985

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  1. 1/60 VF-5000 3D Printing

    oh man... Getting the initial S.H.E. Kit... another 1/144 VF-5000 kit that actually had a fast pack i could reference more easily... about 3 and a half test prints as this being my first one of these sort of things... paint... bought a new air brush and extractor fan (probably doesn't count, but still sorta does) I'm probably looking at bordering £1000 if i'm tallying it up properly if i'm being honest. Some where around there I reckon. Of course would have been less if i wasn't such a newb learning on the go and didn't mess up certain things on my first few test prints. But it's all part of it.
  2. 1/60 VF-5000 3D Printing

    Thanks Guys! glad you like! And hah @arbit yeah I think i have lost most of my accent. Some end of sentences still go up at the end sometimes though haha. And also I think i'm generally unreasonably passionate about Macross in general hahaha. Right, on to the next project then. :-)
  3. 1/60 VF-5000 3D Printing

    Hey Team, Guess what? It's all done! Review/transformation video here: Please excuse my weird English/Kiwi accent, and a couple things falling off part way through haha (including his fast-pack). They fell off mainly due to the over-poking and prodding i've done to this kit. Also I had completely the wrong lens on for this sort of thing so the focus gets a bit tight sometimes. Looking back at it too, i'm quite sarcastic the whole time, so don't take me too seriously hah. Overall it's been super fun. Thanks for all the support and following along over the last 2 years or so, really really didn't expect it to take that long. But meh - life... Here's a few final pics of the kit. Quite like the size actually, as he is meant to be smaller than the beast that is the VF-19.
  4. 1/60 VF-5000 3D Printing

    Hey Guys, just a quick updated. He's all painted and together! Next i'll do that video i mentioned earlier and take photos in his bot mode. I'm really happy with how he's turned out. Showing the gunpod's sliding mechanism too :-)
  5. 1/60 VF-5000 3D Printing

    Hey Arbit, oh wow yeah that's pretty darn good. My prints are about that level of quality too. I've really just does a couple layers of primer and my layers of pain have smoothed things out a little bit... I probably have been a little lazy/impatient with my prep work before painting these things (it's been about 2 years in the making lol). But that method of smoothing would be super easy on this kit considering the amount of long flat/easy curved surfaces. I'd just watch out you don't cover any panel lines. Great tip though for sure. I'm sure a lot of you are better model painters out there than I am!
  6. 1/60 VF-5000 3D Printing

    Ah Pledge! Yeah that's a big brand over here. Thanks man, i'll have a hunt for it. Just had a hunt myself and a few UK model sights have also recommended that. :-)
  7. 1/60 VF-5000 3D Printing

    No, but keen to try... do you know what the UK equivalent would be?
  8. 1/60 VF-5000 3D Printing

    Hey Team, just a quick update. Started painting it all. Used a nice off-white for all the underparts, but the top parts came out a little more blue than i expected.... i've ordered some more paint that's a little more green and more like the actual plane, but it'll probably arrive Tuesday :-( I'll get painting as soon as it arrives though. In better news the clear parts i ordered scrub up really nice. The top canopy is one that's been sanded from 400, all the way to 3000 grit paper, and the bottom one is how clear it gets once you've used a clear coat on a similarly sanded canopy. Super clear huh? So yeah, super quick update! hopefully next time i'll be posting up shots of him all done, and maybe even a video! :-)
  9. 1/60 VF-5000 3D Printing

    Nope but you are now :-) i'll PM you soon(ish)
  10. 1/60 VF-5000 3D Printing

    Hey team. Sorry for lack of updates in this final stage. Work has been crazy busy recently. But I thought I'd update you with a few pics with the tail fins on and finally him in his robot mode! Went to IKEA for a couple house things and came across these 2 things that I thought would be great to display him in. The LED box actually comes with a clear top/roof/lid, sadly the top of his head (or as my girlfriend called it 'his pointy hat) is makes him juuuust too tall for it. I'm sure I'll find a smaller bot or 2 to fit in it tho. Under-lighting him in white looks great I thought though. But yeah, the other glass thing works great! Plan is to paint him in the next week or so, meanwhile look for a place to print the clear parts at a good price then I should be able to give you all an accurate cost of this guy for those that are still keen. Chat soon!
  11. Destroids

    Hah I will! The guys i'm printing it from had forgotten another couple small parts so i'm waiting on those again. Started work on my next project though while i wait for them, so keep an eye out for that ;-) But also Monster Hunter World is too good, i'm struggling to rip myself away haha.
  12. Destroids

    Xigfrid! Done it again! Amazing work mate. So so amazing.
  13. 1/60 VF-5000 3D Printing

    Hah, I don't know about 'art' but sure! Added you to my little list. Oh and yeah where I can i've tried either already having the holes in some parts, or certainly having small guide holes for where you'll need to screw stuff in easily. As yeah, lining up stuff on those SHE kits (at least the vf-5000 i'm copying from) suuuuuucks. With the way i'm now designing getting the screws in, you'll just have to create a tiny sink just to help the screw take to the material, then screw it in, but that's all - no extra hole drilling. The only real drilling you'll need to do is for the rods. I think there's only 1-2 long (3cm deep) parts that may be a bit tougher than the rest (they're like 1cm deep tops) but i'll do some extra guides so your drill (i'd recommend a Pin-vice) follows the right direction a bit easier. Believe me, when i was putting this test one together, I knew where I was getting frustrated on which parts, so i'll try and not pass that frustration down to you guys haha. As far as other versions - yeah sure maybe in the future. I think i'll need a break from him for a while though hah. But yeah, one thing if i'm already to crit my own work, is the arms, particularly the elbow – it's pretty spindly, i'd love to do it all with those Revoltech proportions. Oddly I'm actually starting to have a few specific valks in my collection where i have the 1/60 toy version in battroid mode, and then a 1/72 model valk mode next to it. It does look nice actually. Right, enough typing, more designing. Chat soon.