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  1. Macross F Labyrinth of Time Question
  2. Has anyone seen the 1/72 pop up recently? (Well... post WF2013) Doesn't seem Experten is doing much these days. Need some more M3 in my life.
  3. They had one, just not as much. I expected the next round of weathering to make a big contrasting impact that may need to be toned down again with another dusting, so I left them a bit clean as with the crosses. Anyways. Few mishaps. Some of the microsol didn't play well so some of the streaking was messed up with bleeding. Not end of the world but pretty annoying. Mess up 2 was as I expected. I had some paint/decals pulled off when masking, repairing that should be fun. Thankfully it is all pretty minor and in places that aren't too visible (top inside stripes on the legs.) Despite pre-tacking the tape and also 3-4 round of clear sealing in weathering effects it still happened. As far as weathering. Since the last round. I tried AK Weathering Pencils. They weren't very good and didn't seem to want to transfer onto the Alclad flat topcoat very well. I expect they might work better on white paint for a focused chipping effect. I ended up just switching back to some artist pastels (tan, brown and white) I had and then using a dry brushing esq technique to blend them in a bit. After that another topcoat and an old fashion dot filter was done with artist oils/cold wax (titanium white). I dotted the surface using a tooth pick and let it sit for a minute. I then used lighter fluid and a still brush to blend in the effect a bit. Didn't turn out quite how I wanted it but the pink-maroon color and yellow are far from my normal color pallet range. Following that was another maroon dusting and a semi-gloss sealing in preparation for painting the black parts and doing all the mind-numbing warning decals. Once they dry it is back to a flat coat for weathering the black parts, sealer and then I can paint the parts that will stay metallic. Also picked up a new stand. Pretty cool. Would recommend if it was around half the cost. It's just hard to swallow at $22usd for what it is. Contrast of the fresh black and the rest is quite something.
  4. Survived the decals. Hit it with some gloss clear followed by a dusting of the body color that was overthinned. First time trying this. The thought process is it would help tone down/fade the contrast of the fresh yellow decals against the weathered body. Sealed with matte clear and ready for some more weathering before the black and grey accents are added. Going to pick up some weathering pencils to try out for panel highlights instead of dry brushing this time.
  5. Gold Visor over gray hair IMO. FWIW His actor is credited for the film, sadly seems Milla's isn't.
  6. Walkure wa Akiramenai full version. https://www.bilibili.com/video/BV1yL411x7pu
  7. Is the Hot Topic Walkurie a digital idol group like Sharron Apple?
  8. Cannonball run last night into the morning. Gotta love the ability to work fast with lacquer paints! Gray 1500 Surfacer+Mr. Color Black Shaded with Alclad II Gloss Black Base Preshaded with an AK Paint mix of my color + white Dropcoated with my AK Interactive Paint mix color. (Red06+Blue11+RotRed66+White04) Topcoated with Alclad II Aqua Gloss Dirty Washed with Tamiya Panel Line Accents + Black Artist Oils. Topcoated with Alcadd Aqua Gloss Decals!
  9. Not unless the decals become a disaster, (it's an old kit that has been sitting.) I wouldn't mind trying to airbrush some candy orange over the top of them to give it some variation opposed to flat yellow. I haven't had much luck lately trying to mask over decals that have been sandwiched in between clear coat. Even pre-tacking the tape, I've manage to pull them off on the last few builds. So far she's primed. The hurricane blowout from the east has given me nothing but rain today to work in... 😕
  10. Yup from WF 2014-15 from Frameout Models. Haven't seen an original on YJA in years and the webshop has been closed for some time. FWIW I'm pretty sure the GKM recast doesn't require the Bandai kit if you go that route. I do know the conversion kit could (with a little bit or work.) Homes (http://inventive.web.fc2.com/index.html) did an amazing job modeling the kit and is one of the only few examples I know of outside of the resin kit.
  11. In an attempt to clear out some big boxes in the basement I brought these old kits back into the daylight after 10+ years to finish them. Just need that "I finished a kit" high to ride into my next clear valk project which will be a first time experience! Trying to match the paints to what I mixed long ago should prove interesting...
  12. Rock

    YetiStand Alpha.

    Anyone have a good site for grabbing these? Finally expanding the display cabinets and am wanting to get my valks off action bases. The original site has been dead and I'm getting redirection maleware warnings.
  13. Nah. It just has that element much like how Banager/Unicorn was able to use NT magic to send the MS engines back in time (he disassemble them in EP7.) The time travel bits were blown up way more than they exist. That being said plot armor and NT magic are globbed into the movie making it an eyeroll. NT's story is simple, just badly told. They cherry-picked the good elements from the Novel MSGUC: Phoenex Hunting which takes place during Unicorn, moved it to after 0096. They then added in a new Gundam, Zoltan and used to to wrap up why pychoframes aren't used in UC beyond making the story quite a bit more messy. -3 Children predict a colony drop and are hailed as Miracle Children/Newtypes. Only the girl Rita is actually. They as children enter the newtype labs. Michelle is rejected and cast out. -Rita is used as a trial pilot for 02 Phenex. It shows some newtype power shinanigans before breaking free going rouge. -The other Miracle Children Michelle a free-agent and Jona an EFSF pilot join up on a mission to hunt the missing Phenex. It was last rumored to be in Side 6. -Jona doesn't want to kill Rita/Phenex though NT-D on his Narrative Gundam does. -When the get to Side 6 they are attacked by Neo Zeon reminiants led by Orochimaru... er, Zoltan a rejected Full Frontal/Char clone who was also there for the 03. -They all do battle. -It's revealed that Rita died and her soul was absorbed into the Phenex Gundam. -Eventually Banager shows up, saves Jona and he can finally board the Phenex. His broken necklace is put back together through time travel magic while he is in the cockpit. -NT/Force ghost story happens. -He then destorys the Neo Zeong II/Sinanju Stein. -Jona is thrown from the cockpit as NT magical wings envelope everything bad and make it disappear. Joan has all-seeing/newtype/time-travel flashback. -He is rescued and the Phenex flies away into space.
  14. -Realize it is just where you stopped painting but, I really like the unpainted/white fades on the abdomen. I kind of reminds me of the underwater light refraction effects modelers used to do on the old Hygogg builds. Kinda fitting for the Neptune's name.
  15. Any chance of anything for the Shizuoka Hobby Show?
  16. I only have 2 saved builds of the kit from a decade ago or so. It just has that wonky 90's kit look that doesn't age well for me personally. Almost every pic of the kit is from the top down so it is hard to show just how odd it is. Next to someones newer HGAC modelkit scaled up for reference. Not terrible but enough where it will require attention. -- Got my Tomcat (and other) bits in from Russia this weekend. A nice slap to the face with a $62 USD customs fee on top of the already expensive shipping. The Quinta Studio 3D decals are pretty slick. There are essentially 3d printed colored plastic details printed onto decal paper. First time trying them. I now know that I need to first remove the existing details completely to get them to lay flat, trim them a bit to help contour and make sure to do this process well before gluing the cockpit and body halves together. Will let the glue cure and attempt to blend in the white bare raised edges a bit with some paint. Should be fine for a closed cockpit... open cockpit will need a lot more work... I'll be more prepared when I get around to my smaller Flankers. I won't post the resin pilots and ejection seats I bought... they are pretty awful castings. I can't even tell a difference on the seat itself from Tamiya's minus some seat belt details... live an learn
  17. Tomcat's cockpit parts and decals have been in customs for 2 months now... from Russia with love~ Been in quite the slump for the past few months anyways with hobby and life and haven't done anything but spring-time repairs. Yesterday got a bit of a splash of inspiration when cleaning the basement and decided to start pinning/fitting my Atelier Sai Double X that evening. I'm not sure I'll go much further as the old girl is a mess. The Legs seem to be 1/60, the waist 1/100, the torso 1/72 and the head smaller than 1/100. I'm not sure I have it in me to correct it. I think buying the old 1/100 HG would be a good start as that would bump the head size up... but man- I have got to quit making everything into 5 kit donation project.
  18. Most inkjets will do better by telling the printer your printing onto glossy photo paper and selecting the best print quality at a minimum 360dpi. ig your jusy doing stripes you can grab white decal paper instead of transparent too.
  19. Preshade and wash went smoothly. Decals and off to the dirt and grime!
  20. @Convectuoso There is a fixed resin fighter form conversion for the 1/72 Bandai vf-25f. Your still going to have to paint stripes though. Tamiya's 1:48 F-14D Tomcat. Had I known this kit was this amazing- I'd have grabbed some resin and metal bits to detail her up. I might have to grab the F-14A too for an open hatch build.
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