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Here it is!

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This kit is clean and well made. Also, beautifully packaged. All the parts are vacuum sealed with multiple layers of bubble wrap between them..

I was also thinking about the 20 entries prize , but didn’t consider multiple entries..

Thanks to @tekering being an animal, I’m gonna dig thru some more gems today and see about another entry. At the very least , I’ll post some in the show off your model collection thread..

Cheers!:hi:

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Awesome, Bolt.  Looking forward to this one.  ^_^

So, like, is anybody building anything that isn't 1:72...?  :lol:

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Everything washed and accounted for.

 

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Time to get to work..

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Using one of these as the base for the Armored kit..

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Cleaned and glued up some for test fitting..

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Posted (edited)

Working on some of the lower half now..

The upper thigh/hip guards are a bit tight, need some carving..

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You can see , in this blurry pic, the holes need to line up, and don’t. Almost there with one..

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Phew! Almost busted out the dremmel tool..still need to fill and sand out seems on the Hasegawa. In due time..

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More sprues to cut off and cut down, & preping for sanding, etc.

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Todays work!

 

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Wow, proportions and detailing is all wrong.  This is starting to look less like the GPB armor, and more like... an IDW Transformers design or something.  :huh:

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It’s quite a stylized version, indeed..B))

As much as it’s not line art accurate, I really like the liberties taken with the design. It’s much more realistic, IMO, the original design is so chunky, a VF wouldn’t be able to walk:p

 

 

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Dont get me wrong, I’ll always love the original. Just sayin;)

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I love the smell of old resin off gassing.

Smells like Victory:lol:

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I feel blessed to be working on such a nice and highly (2 of them!) detailed resin model!

Here I’m feeling like using the Hasegawa super and strike parts on the resin boosters. I like the chunky uppers and it furthers my customizing fetish:D

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9 hours ago, Bolt said:

As much as it’s not line art accurate, I really like the liberties taken with the design.

And It frees you up to indulge your customizing fetish.  :db:

I'm curious to see what liberties you take with the color scheme...

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1 hour ago, tekering said:

I'm curious to see what liberties you take with the color scheme...

Haha! Me too!

I’m constantly thinking about it :p

I’m such an old school junkie! You might not be surprised ;)

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Rainy day here in Cali. Had some time to kill, so..

Hinges! Gotta cut these little buggers off the sprews carefully. I DO NOT want to loose these , break them, over trim them or fubar them in any way!

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Test fitting them, they fit good but loose..I glue in the pegged piece and, once it’s dried, add a thin coat of glue to the pegs so the female end will fit tighter..

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I’ll clean these up while I’m waiting for glue to dry..

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All cleaned up and test fitting booby missiles.:wub:

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COMPLETELY off topic.. my son doing his first (all by himself) HG Gundam Kit. While I work on my resin ki. Is it weird my 6 year old prefers Macross to RT?:D

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Amd now glue dried and trimmed to fit tight. Then test fit everything for final inspection! Missile bay doors stay open all by themselves! And close too!

who wouldn’t want functional missile bay doors?

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See you next Deculture!:good:

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Had a little time today..

scribing nooks and crannies to reveal clean lines, booger free..EEF9640C-5BD9-4D6D-A24C-6EDEA2E1536E.thumb.jpeg.998e200d036123d5bead8ad638678b46.jpeg

All these parts are castings of the same sculpt for each set. Obviously, it makes sense to do so but..B03FAEF6-9830-444F-83D2-EB73E56115B1.thumb.jpeg.f4dc33fad3a467b2af896286f2b96409.jpeg

The Arm guards will just need some cutting and sanding for the sake of symmetry . But the left shoulder has a good size gap that will require extra attention..BA3685EF-9E6B-4B3D-9724-727E7A679BC5.thumb.jpeg.4e7096485c57ef7fac151ec54fe90e9f.jpeg

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These also need some work, cutting out flashing and booger’s..

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This one (below pic)  is a little bit fubar. Not sure how I’m gonna fix it yet..

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Next episode will be a lot of sanding and test fitting..

 

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Hadn’t had as much time last few days, I was able to get a start on some sanding and cleaning the other night..FC797A9B-5E4D-49EE-B9DC-99F617F3DB04.thumb.jpeg.dbe20d0a7057e5703d707db0cf4c68bb.jpeg7EB88109-BDEB-4A8B-8347-3C8E58FA3CF4.thumb.jpeg.d6bc880e5161cd5ed104143bc07b2702.jpeg

It can be slow going and I often find myself getting lost in crevices and valleys under high end magnification..6F897F87-4B5D-47C5-B4BC-34709283392A.thumb.jpeg.294b3ba6b05aa71de2e1deddb4d35a88.jpegI like to have the tray of water underneath for easy rinsing and keeping nasty dust way down..

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But in some areas , I see qc had stepped in and did their own final repairs and fill with a clear and , in some places, white resin, before vacuum sealing everything. Very impressive! And a major time saver!C00EE59E-E14D-4D13-8AA5-9324270C2472.thumb.jpeg.73d697e339a1c4608eae5dfe253417a8.jpeg

Phew! The lower half took hours, nonetheless. I’m hoping to finish sanding and rinsing the rest of the kit in my next session..

That’s the scoopuda for now.

Cheers!

 

 

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Good progress Bolt!  It is a good idea to use the tray of water for sanding. It makes things easier, cleaner and safer.

Yep, including this kit in the comp was a good move. There is tons of work to be done there.

 

Cheers,

Brett

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Thanks man. It’s a fun kit, with a good amount of work ahead, just keeping on the momentum!

Cheers!

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On 5/19/2019 at 11:46 PM, Bolt said:

This one (below pic)  is a little bit fubar. Not sure how I’m gonna fix it yet..

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I'd be tempted to shave of all the missile heads and replace them with Kotobukiya pieces or recasts of the good ones. This would also simplify the painting process.

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Not a bad idea! I’ll look into it.

Thanks for the suggestion!

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Still working on this, lots of sanding and filling..

Also..

Here’s some sketches I did this weekend as  possible custom squadron markings:hi:C40F5A1C-91E8-43D3-9E08-2D50B9444782.thumb.jpeg.81f991098c0899857b91ae8ffe5ddb52.jpeg

working out ideas..:ph34r:

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Ok, phew.. between work and Salmon season, been having long days. Believe it or not.B))

So, masking last few bits, like the head visor on the Hasegawa. Then had to rebuild the angled bits on the thighs after sanding..

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Havent touched the gunpod yet,  getting to it eventually. But I’m considering a custom jobbie...

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And a handful of pieces to work over before everything is primed..

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Might be a double strike..:ph34r:BA54316C-661B-4EDC-A91A-90B25E62AD15.thumb.jpeg.f7e7a7b0fc630ea21037c9e88883d8bb.jpeg

Been thinking about @electric indigo suggestion and shaving off the missile heads to replace with alternates. But I haven’t found any that work in my 1/72 kits. Not ready to outsource for those..And I’m considering missiles firing effect for a dynamic action finished look anyway. For now , I’m filling out the one that is FUBAR and will try to recut it into the right shape..

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Everything else is worked over and primed. Next step is secondary assembly and paint prep..

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I really like the grey look! I think I’ll give the Hasegawa bits and the oversized shoulders the low viz treatment. The armored parts will be something else, I believe, that needs to compliment.

(Starting to ponder the base or diorama jobbie..)

Well, that was days and hours of work! More to go. More to come.

See you  next Deculture :hi:

 

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Yes it does!

Getting it this far is only half the work! The other half is painting and detailing and weathering, oh my!:lol:

 

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7 hours ago, Return To Kit Form said:

Kit looks good in primer! 

QFT! 

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Been trying to decipher you all day..:pardon:

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QFT = Quoted For Truth!

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Did a late night hack job, as an experiment for a possible custom mod on the gun pod. Going for the underslung grenade launcher look here. So..I took one of the auxiliary bazookas from the Thunderbolt psycho Zaku (come on , that thing just has way too many bazookas!) and went at it..I would add a second trigger in the forward trigger guard space..

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So why didn’t anyone tell me I had the rear end upside down in the last post?! Haha, I almost broke it apart before I remembered it spins easily on the pc insert (duh!) 

Another thing that drives me insane for a minute ..no strap! Not in either of my kits! Is it me, or what? The strap is clearly shown and labeled in the instructions.:oSo I find some random rubber piece out by the garbage and (wash it..) cut it to length (looks a little long for now) and trim the thickness down on each end for a good fit onto the pegged pieces.

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The ammo pack might be too much, but it’s more realistic. And I would maybe add a second ammo pack to the body of the armor or batroid somewhere..

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Still mulling it over..

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This is looking COOL! Love the opening missile hatches. - MT

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Ya, this is a very cool kit!

Doing my best to do her justice..

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