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  1. Captain’s log: Friday, September 18th. Construction of the new 1/350 Starfish project is well underway. Pic 01 shows the basics of what I start a project with, that is to say the original line-art, same-size diagrams, some blocks of modeling board, resin-cast blanks for turning the round parts, and some basic tools. The upper and lower forward hull will require some fairly big blocks to machine from, and of course those will need to be squared. Which brings us to pic 02. Thankfully, my cross-slide table is long enough to accomodate such large pieces; otherwise, I’d have to mill two or three smaller blocks and bond them together. I try to crate assemblies in one piece as much as possible, if only to save time. These blocks will need to be properly squared and prepared for the next stage. Pic 03: with the modeling board blocks milled perfectly square, I can now affix the paper-cut plots. Pic 04: with the templates now securely affixed, I can use the band saw to begin basic separation and initial shaping. Not being a scroll saw, I can’t get very detailed cuts for fear of damaging both the blade and the blocks, so there’s still quite a bit of extra material to be removed. At this point, I have a few options for more refined shaping: the mill, the belt sander, the (now deceased) drill press, and the Dremel. Since I’m still at a very critical stage where I need to preserve the cross-sections, the mill wil be the tool of choice, bringing us to pic 05. While this particular step is slow and tedious, it allows me to remove material while keeping the blocks perfectly parallel. Once this step is performed properly, only a few minor square steps will remain, and then I can get the block to match the template shape with some careful hand sanding. Pic 06: here are two basic cutters used for milling: a standard square cutter on the left, and a bull-nosed cutter on the right. The latter is better suited for concave curvatures, whereas the former is used for square cuts and some convex curvatures. Since the mill was now thoroughly filthy, I decided to foul-up my other machine by turning some blanks used to make the thrusters. Several years ago, I made a silicone mold of some cylindrical shapes of various sizes, which I then fill with resin to make machining blanks. While resin is certainly much faster to turn than metal, it doesn’t preserve its rigidity nearly as well under heat and stress, so requires careful attention to work. Pic 07 shows the one of the main thrusters under construction. Pic 08: it took an absurd amount of work just to get to this step! Short to describe, but long and tedious to perform. In the upper-left of the pic, you can see a piece of « discarded » filler material which was removed by the band saw earlier. Being a precious commodity for me, this scrap of modeling board will be conserved, reshaped and repurposed in due course. Pic 09: the very early stages of construction of the belly-mounted fighter bays which will mount on the ship’s belly. The piece of modeling board between the walls is actually a template which will be used to create the semi-hexahonal shape of the container, which will be largely made with styrene. That concludes this week’s build log. Don't forget that you have until October 12th to get your deposit in to get your kit at $300 CAD. Next week’s update will already show a significant leap forward, so stay tuned!
  2. As of today, I will be accepting pre-order payments for the 1/350 Starfish (Garfish) project. The full kit price is $300 Canadian + shipping for those who make their deposit payment before October 13. From October 13th and onward, the kit will still be available, but the price will be $330 + shipping. -The amount due between now and October 12th: $150 Canadian The balance will be due upon completion of the masters, circa late October/early November. Patrons located in Canada/the U.S. can send payment to me directly, while international patrons can direct their payments to @return2kitform I have already begun work on the masters, and you can expect the first scratchbuilding update next Friday, the 18th.
  3. Apologies for the long silence, I mostly just update my facebook page. Yes, project is a go. I will begin taking deposits on Sept 11th. For those who pay the ($150 CAD) deposit up until Oct 12th, the kit price is $300 + shipping. On Oct 13 and onward, the kit price jumps to $333 + shipping.
  4. Let's not forget the one-piece canopy with integrated HUD. It's not a substantial remolding, but an almost complete retooling.
  5. Unlikely. The Dark Legioss requires significant retooling and it makes more sense to milk the existing dies before investing in new ones.
  6. I took Sentinel's 1/48 Legioss and the original anime style sheets and compared them to re-plot the ship's size. There are stated numerical values, rendered size comparisons, both of which contradict each other, and then you have to have a ship that will actualy allow the fighters to fit inside the hangar bays while still doing justice to what the stylists created. That said, the stats posted on MAHQ are utterly off. You didn't think I was going to take the lazy way out, did you?
  7. Five two slots left to fill. Visual representation of the new Starfish compared to the old Garfish. Should make lighting the fighter bays a lot easier.
  8. "Reasonably-priced blue Sentinel Legioss" doesn't exist. The original retail price wasn't even reasonable, to say nothing of second-hand prices. Your best bet might be to score a used one, hopefully in good shape.
  9. Fighters (Legioss) only. The Tread portion would be part of another 1/350 project should this one go forward.
  10. Hey guys. I've had a lot of requests for me to revisit the MOSPEADA Garfish and thought I'd put a feeler out to see what actual interest would be. The original 1/350 Garfish kit I mastered for Neptune Models was on the small side (30.5cm long). If I were to offer a newly mastered version, resized to 35cm length (harmonized and proportional with the dimensions of the new Sentinel Legioss), who would want a kit? Project codename: STARFISH Projected retail price: $300 Canadian Would include: - waterslide markings -translucent parts (lenses, engine thrusters) -fighter bays with hatches that can be posed open or closed -a compliment of three in-scale fighter aircraft I'd need 30 orders to make this happen. Commitment would require a $150 CAD deposit, and the balnce upon completion. If I can get the minimum commitment of 30 orders by September 11th, the project will be green lit.
  11. A resin kit with vastly better proportions, detail and hover sled would be cheaper than that!
  12. Anything larger than 1/32 is not cost effective.
  13. Digging the AFC-01Z with Pinky The Crab Slayer heroine action figure. Not sure why an energy weapon would need a longer barrel, but it does clean up the look of the gun and gets rid of that awkward banana clip. My issue with the unpainted plastic is that it'll turn an unsighly yellow over time. Considering the price point of the figure, I would have liked to have all the major surfaces painted.
  14. Being a compact weapon system isn't the problem in and of itself, but as someone who's spent a bit of time back-engineering anime mecha, one big problem is unrealistic cockpit size. Gotta remember that the pilots are already wearing clunky body armor, and that cockpit is practically shrink-wrapped around the pilot. What's the point in developing a bazillion-dollar transforming weapon that will be taken-down because the pilot becomes distracted by fatigue and cramping, or because the armor shielding around the cockpit is ridiculously thin? Anyway, that's my 5 cents' worth on the matter.
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