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  1. I don't know if it's Kate Mulgrew... ๐Ÿค” ...but it sure as hell ain't Jeri Ryan! ๐Ÿคจ
  2. As much as I appreciate your "can-do" attitude, bud (and I really do -- you're an inspiration), that segment is already properly-shaped and angled for cruiser mode: ...so it's not too tall, it just sits too high after transformation. I've got to figure out how to slide it further down into the fuselage so that it sits lower between the shoulders in "Attacker." ๐Ÿค”
  3. Damn, this is really starting to bug me. ๐Ÿ˜‘ The bridge is supposed to sit between the shoulders in "Attacker" mode, with the conning tower sitting almost parallel to the VTOL thruster assemblies on either side of the chest. This establishes the eyeline for the bridge crew, as I've outlined in red. The toy positions the conning tower much too high, meaning the bridge sits well above the shoulders. ๐Ÿคจ This is a big reason why the proportions look so far off-model in this mode. ...and now I can't unsee it. ๐Ÿ˜’ Gawd, how am I gonna fix this? ๐Ÿ˜ฌ
  4. In the final episode of the season, the Jedi in exile faces off against Darth Vader in a lightsaber duel. The fight somehow results in Vader's helmet being cut open across the faceplate, revealing scarred, white skin and a piercing, yellow eye, and suddenly we hear Anakin's voice, rather than Vader's. His Jedi opponent is deeply moved by the sight, and ceases the attack. Vader is able to leave without sustaining further injury. That's from "Twilight of the Apprentice," the second season finale of Rebels. Sorry for the spoiler from a seven-year old TV show. ๐Ÿ˜
  5. tekering


    This week's update is for you specifically, J. Final painting is underway! I think I've got a very good color match to your "Attacker Mode" SDF-1. Here is where I had to make one significant deviation from your existing custom. Painting those little "thruster" circles blue is totally unacceptable; it matches neither animation, nor promotional art, nor existing merchandise of any kind. It demonstrates a profound lack of research. ๐Ÿคจ I think you'll find this much more accurate. ๐Ÿ˜Š
  6. I don't actually think that's possible. ๐Ÿ˜‹
  7. "Rarest" is difficult to quantify, but I'd say these three fit the description: I bought the Yak Face from a Dutch collector through a classified newspaper ad in 1989. I found the vinyl-cape Jawa at an Edmonton antique store in 1991. The Blue Snaggletooth was purchased on eBay around 1999. Signed Star Wars photographs don't even qualify as "rare," much less "rarest." ๐Ÿ™„
  8. It's too bad they have to bring in another character to save the show, like they had to for The Book of Boba. ๐Ÿค• Still, as poorly as they've handled Obi-Wan, they haven't screwed up his legacy half as much as they desecrated Boba Fett... ๐Ÿ˜’
  9. Sweeney Todd is the only horror musical worthy of the name, but its Gothic sensibility wouldn't work as a Joker sequel. ๐Ÿคจ Come to think of it, if Joaquin Phoenix could capture the tone of this scene from Gamer, it would be perfect:
  10. That brought some much-needed levity to the series for me. It's been entirely too serious in tone for such a cartoonish aesthetic (and plot!), so when young Anakin was revealed I literally laughed out loud. I laughed even louder when they cut to Obi-Wan in that wig. ๐Ÿคฃ This material would've been a lot more fun if they'd presented it as a comedy.
  11. Get Out, man! You're not one of Us.
  12. I was hoping to have made improvements to the Prometheus this week, but I had trouble finding consistent reference to work from... 'cause it doesn't seem to exist. ๐Ÿ˜‘ At the top you see the cleanest and most detailed orthographic view, as provided by Hasegawa (from their 1:4000 SDF-1 decal placement guide). Their model (right) reproduces the shape of the deck precisely as their instructions depict... However, the drawing directly below it shows significant variations in deck width and conning tower placement, thus the proportions are a little different. This is how official animation model sheets depicted the Prometheus when attached to the SDF-1. The Takatoku/Bandai/Matchbox deck (right) seems based on this image... ...except official animation model sheets depicting the Prometheus by itself show considerable differences in shape and proportions again, as the third image illustrates. This design tapers towards the bow, and is thinner even than Hasegawa's modern interpretation. Given the extremely thin deck of the 2016 MegaHouse toy (right), I assume they were working from this image in particular. Line art of the ship in profile is a little more consistent, but the merchandise is far less accurate from this angle; the proportions are way off, and the hulls are substantially different from each other. Hasegawa's is clearly the best representation, but that's not saying much... At this stage, I'm about ready to toss the old Prometheus toy in the trash and start from scratch. ๐Ÿ˜’ It's way too small, to begin with. Hasegawa's line art confirms the proper size of the Prometheus deck, but their design is somewhat suspect; their TV model was reverse-engineered from the movie design, as you can see in this side-by-side comparison I made. Notice how the movie-style legs have a completely different shape to them, forcing the support craft further away from the central hull. The legs also end up too short, leaving the Prometheus prow jutting out past the SDF-1 itself! ๐Ÿคจ This image further illustrates the danger of relying on secondary reference sources, like Hasegawa's. See how their hybrid design ends up placing the bridge conning tower in a totally different location than the original animation model sheets depicted? Oh, and speaking of the conning tower location: The original toy tried to reproduce the way the conning tower changed position during transformation (ridiculous and nonsensical, but canon nonetheless), and -- while the attempt at anime-accuracy is appreciated -- the results were half-assed at best, requiring a huge L-shaped support that stuck out of the central fuselage. I have endeavoured to correct this problem, and reposition the conning tower more accurately as well: Mind you, I'm not much of an engineer, and failed to come up with a more practical solution than what the Japanese designed 40 years ago. My approach was simply to mount the two parts of the conning tower on metal rods: I've drilled two corresponding holes into the base of the conning tower, so that the pieces can be mounted differently depending on which mode the toy is displayed in. It's not a very toyetic solution, but I'm more concerned with aesthetics than playability.
  13. I had no idea what you were referencing, so I dug up some online images for context: I own this one: Would you consider a Korean knock-off a "custom?"
  14. Really inspiring work, dude. You never fail to impress.
  15. No, you've got it backwards. The natives aren't helping the Predator fight the colonizers; the Predator is protecting the natives from the colonizers. All sorts of message points there. ๐Ÿ˜…
  16. Wow, that was fast. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ I look forward to seeing pics! ๐Ÿ˜‰
  17. Are you planning to print the whole street in one go? ๐Ÿ˜ถ
  18. I was just happy to see an onscreen vehicle I already have a toy of, rather than an onscreen vehicle I know we'll never see a toy of... ๐Ÿ˜” Star Wars: Resistance was nothing but a 40-episode toy commercial for cool Star Wars vehicles that will never see the light of day. ๐Ÿ˜ข
  19. That's wonderfully clean paint work, and a real unique piece to be proud of. The squat line-art proportions don't really correspond to the VF-1 Valkyrie body, but you did the best with the available model parts. I love the primary color you chose for the body. What does Tamiya call that color?
  20. The fourth episode was a distinct improvement; still a whole lot of inane stupidity on display, but at least it's the bad guys being dumb and not the good guys this time. ๐Ÿ˜‘
  21. Thanks for all the kind words, gentlemen. I appreciate the encouragement. ๐Ÿ˜Š This week, I've focused on the conning tower sensor package and communication relay equipment -- you know, those two iconic circles inset on the starboard side of the bridge, and the antennae on top -- very little of which was represented on the vintage toy. Like, they didn't even try. ๐Ÿ™„ So, I drilled, cut, and filed out most of the area where the detail was missing, and mounted a styrene plate behind it. Wave has a set with multiple sizes of verniers intended for this kind of customizing, and I figured a couple of the tiny ones would suit my needs well enough: They're the right size, but too thick to suggest the massive scale I'm after. I used my dental files to drill out the center of each, giving a greater sense of depth and considerably thinning down the sidewalls. After painting, they started to look as I'd envisioned. I then used parts from Tamiya's "Waterline Series" of 1:700 battleships to kitbash the communications array on top of the conning tower: The large antennae behind the conning tower (which were properly represented on the original toy, until they inevitably broke off) were reproduced using two different gauges of paper clips. With tiny holes drilled into the plastic to securely mount the metal parts, I can be assured these antennae will never break off! That's the basic aesthetic I'm working towards, which is why I've decided to eschew photo-etched parts, hyper-detailing or realistic weathering for this project. I'm trying to maintain the look of a mass-produced toy, rather than a model kit. The most difficult part of this process, for me, is deciding where to draw the line.
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