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  1. Hey guys, So i've been collecting Macross toys and models for a little over 15 years now. (Just looked up my old posts on the historical forums... I spelt 'cool' with a 'k' all the time... what was i thinking?) I've been building up my 1/60 collection slowly but surely and i thought one of my favourite valks is missing - the VF-5000. So i've decided to basically make my own. I was lucky enough to grab a SHE VF-5000 recently so am basically copying each part of that into Sketchup. I've 3D printed a flat wallet before - but that's it! So this transformable bot is a bit of a step up for me. Thought i'd post how i go on this journey! My plan is basically this: - Get all the parts made in Sketchup (at the moment I'm sort of getting one part done a day after work. Or a couple if they aren't that complicated. There are around 80 type of parts total, but i am learning as i go - the curve on the wing this morning was particularly tricky) - Upscale them (will need your guys' help on this to judge the best scale from a 1/100 model to become a 1/60) - Add panel lines - Add a few bumps and crevices to help things lock into place a bit more - Will see if i'm skilled enough by then to edit the model enough to create a better looking head and nose cone - the nose cone looks a little too long in bot mode. - Print out half the model as a prototype (only need to do half as all the arms and legs are the same) - Then try resin casting for the first time - Test out those parts and how they work with screws and glue - Edit things if need be - Then boom! i'll have my very own transformable 1/60 VF-5000 that then i'll need to paint etc. Have attached where i'm at so far. But right now I'm now off to my own birthday drinks at the pub - hopefully i complete this in a year so i can give myself a birthday present come next year haha!! Chat soon.
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