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Everything posted by Jasonc

  1. M "The Ride" : VF-1X++ custom

    the book isn't too hard to find. The thing that would be great to get would be the images, but I honestly haven't looked into getting it. I have a friend who will be translating it at some point, but I think his issue was that it references things in the Frontier novels. The Delta novels reference a couple things from Macross the Ride, so you can see how he wants to do it in order.
  2. M "The Ride" : VF-1X++ custom

    Interesting. Is that an image from the novel? Well, with that knowledge, I can re'clean thosse parts, and get them ready. I'll try color matching tomorrow.
  3. M "The Ride" : VF-1X++ custom

    I'm going to trim it down on the inside so that it fits, or maybe make that part so that each piece is actually two pieces. I think they're meant to separate in transformation. I'm happy with how the color came out. Two drops of clear red, and about a dozen light grey in a 10ml bottle of white, with about 1/3-40% leveling thinner. All Mr Hobby. I just need to work on those, and colormatch the tail fins.
  4. M "The Ride" : VF-1X++ custom

    Here's the updated wings painted and some decals.
  5. M "The Ride" : VF-1X++ custom

    Picture of wings going up today, once I get home. they came out pretty good, so I'm happy with them, and while the color isn't perfect, it's really hard to tell the difference once the matt coat goes on it.
  6. M "The Ride" : VF-1X++ custom

    I'm making mine from the Yamato unassembled out. I bought a bunch back when they were initially released, and again when they re-released them. I believe they were maybe $100 or less at the time.
  7. M "The Ride" : VF-1X++ custom

    I used Mr. Hobby (Mr Color white, Mr Color light grey, and Mr Color clear red). Unfortunately, I don't have proportions, as I continuously kept adding in color until it seemed to blend to the inside of one of the leg pieces and the sprue. I tried to get the shade of white first, then tried to warm it with the right amount of clear red. I was hoping to put a layer of the color on today, but I had a bit of a family emergency, and I'm at work for some overtime, so it'll be tomorrow. I'll post pics tomorrow so you guys can judge it. I really need this to be right.
  8. M "The Ride" : VF-1X++ custom

    OK, not much of an update, but one nevertheless. I had a chance to buy more white paint, and work a lot more on color matching while waiting on another project to dry. This process is not for the light hearted. It's A LOT of work!!! I mean, I used clear read for a translucent pink hue to match Yamato's white, and more light grey than I needed before, but I think I got it. I did use the sprues the parts were on to test, and I'm at a point where just based on color, I can't tell where the paint is at first glance. It took roughly 2 1/2 hours to do this, while slowly mixing in the colors. there was one time where I put too much light grey in, but I had another bottle of white, so I just spent the last time lightening it. Ugh. In any case, that is finally done. I should sell this paint as Yamato white. In the last spray attempt, I also learned that 1/3 thinner in Mr. Color paint IS NOT enough. I need to almost half it to make is a smooth finish. I guess that's good because I'll get much more paint out of it, but this stuff dries so fast, it needs a lot of thinner, the consistency of milk. I'll be giving this a retry tonight (hopefully), and then waiting for it to dry to see how close I am on color matching. I really just need it for the wings, so it'd be strange if they're off. Once that's done, I'll be putting decals on the wings, and then of course, using a UV matt coat, which I've been putting on all the plastic of the unassembled Yamato kit. It does give it a nice feel and look, and should also help in the yellowing aspect even more than the science put into the hue and materials of the plastic itself. I did test fit the wings, and the flaps, while they extend out, don't collide being that I offset them just slightly. If anyone is interested in doing this for themselves, I measured the flaps out and made the replacement flaps that are in Shapeways. I can put them up for sale, but you may want to order them in Frosted Ultra detail or extreme. You can use WSF polished, but you might need to sand down too much and you'll lose some detail in it that it needs.
  9. M Zero: Octo

    Looking great.
  10. Glad you enjoyed yourself there. I know I had a lot of fun as well, even though there was a lot of running around for staff and I. I did see a lot of great things in the vendor hall, as well as the artists that were there. I bought several things from artists and vendors, and even sold some of my own stuff. The cosplayers were great, and a lot of various characters from all of Macross. Mari's concert was exceptionally good this year, and the mini Walkure/idol contest was a blast. By the time I got into the main hall to bid, the Tenjin sketch already was above my $1K limit, but I know who it went to, and it'll be in a very good home. I missed the first two panels due to having to attend to matters, but Reika's panel was really good. As one who's cosplayed only a number of times, I was fascinated at the attention to detail and the speed at which she makes her outfits. Truly a professional of the highest quality. Overall, it felt and is still a Macross convention, and I'm glad it still had that feel. For all of you that came, I'm glad you were able to make it, and I hope you all had a great time. We're looking to improve next year as well, and we hope to have good surprises next year. I'll try to put up some pics we were able to get.
  11. M "The Ride" : VF-1X++ custom

    Yes, it is. I have a second one as well. I have versions from all who made them. After comparing them, they're all vastly different, but all retain the specific look of it.
  12. M "The Ride" : VF-1X++ custom

    Yes. I'm going to try with a clear red. I think it'll add the warmth and hue that it needs. I remix today, among convention chores.
  13. M "The Ride" : VF-1X++ custom

    I'm color matching the white that Yamato has for the balk, which would eliminate a need to paint the entire thing. So far, it looks like just the wings will be painted. I already painted them, so I may add a little pink to give the perfect blend.
  14. M "The Ride" : VF-1X++ custom

    I know it's just early work, but here's what I've done so far. Sorry if the size is too big.
  15. Hi-Metal R

    I hate to say it, but the Messer VF-1 looks ugly. It's not much better than something the other copying franchise would put together. Just sayin'.
  16. VF1 pilot helmet

    that looks amazing. Great work!!! I guess it really depends on who you like, and since it fits you, if you ever decided to cosplay, who you'd want to cosplay as. Maybe Roy?
  17. It's always a work in progress. We have some things we're working on, but we are always trying to get in new guests.
  18. Mari Iijima is confirmed as a guest this year, and will be performing, as well as signing autographs.
  19. M Frontier: Heavy Soldier Vajra

    I'm sure it is. I'll probably go down the list as my paychecks come in. question though,,, what do you suggest I start on first? should I start on arms, legs, or a specific body piece that needs to be done first? Also, do you have a list of screws and extra parts that are needed? Sorry, I know that's a lot of questions.
  20. M Frontier: Heavy Soldier Vajra

    Along with all the other stuff you make, this is a definite want. I'll just have to buy part by part. At least it'll give me time to work on each piece as I get them. Also, thanks for the reply in paints. I have most of those paints already, so I'll start off with this very slowly.
  21. M Frontier: Heavy Soldier Vajra

    Wow, I'm thoroughly blown away by the detail and movement of this figure. It's truly a work of art. What colors did you use for your build? the colors look great on it.
  22. Arcadia Premium Finish Max and Miria 1/60 Super VF-1J

    Looks good. I'm taking sack lunches to work already to save money for these.
  23. I'd lift them off. Once you cut from the frame, the material still carries the spongy characteristics with it. If you don't cut them, you will end up with a tiny section that has a different feel to it. Just my suggestion, but do all you can while it's on it, then cut it off, and then while the main body is all ready to go, coat the parts you cut. You can always sand the part to where it's supposed to be, so don't worry too much about that.
  24. Arcadia 1/60 Super VF-1J Max & Millia Release

    With so much time before the Premium Max and Milia come out, I kept my old preorder for the standard edition Milia, and on top of those premium finish versions, also preordered a regular Max for my own Christmas present. Well, I can have my wife get that for me for Christmas, so I just need to figure out what she wants. This Macross toy collecting is serious business.
  25. M+ Drone Fighter 3D Printing Project Request

    Sometimes I think the same thing of my own skill in doing it. It's all just practice, really.