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  1. On 9/16/2022 at 8:46 PM, Thom said:

    Well, I'll keep an eye out for it when it comes again.

    In the mean time, I left a pair of pics on the first page, what are the chances of you taking on the first one?:hail:

    Seeing as how Wave covered the VF-4, I don't see the point in offering a resin kit of it. They dropped the ball on the clumsy surface details, but I don't think that warrants paying 50% more to solve. Frankly, I'd rather offer an F-203E ground attack, 2 seater variant with bomb payload.

  2. I think I've given-up on Anime accuracy with anything to do with the Bioroids. It's all just biomechanical gummy bears, jellybeans and jello as far as I'm concerned. The style-guide artists bear the guilt, and the animators commit yet greater atrocities, still! :lol: Nonetheless, I look forward to seeing the build progress. Judging from the Biopsycher knee pics, you're further along on that one than the Bug Face unit.

  3. Hey, Ted. I so enjoy seeing your building progress, especially that these Lloyds are some of my best work and very challenging models to build. I would have liked to offer visor pieces molded in traslucent resin, but the workload was already very high, and the lenses are just pure black in all the shots I remember, so I determined the extra complexity was unwarranted. That being said, I'm curious to see what greeblies you plan to stuff behind the vac-formed parts.

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  4. 15 hours ago, Thom said:

    And seconding the absolute awesomeness! Looks like she'll build into one mean bird.

    Extremely mean and dangerous! Sometimes the best projects are the throw-away designs the original art team didn't mangle. So this is me throwing my hat into the ring with an offer for a second run, this time with decals and commensurate price bump. Please forgive the rickety build, it's barely holding together with hot glue.

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  5. Hi guys. Just wanted to check-in and say that my silence of late has not been in vain. I'm currently at mid-point in the production run and things are going beautifully! I should be done with the bulk of the casting by the end of next week, and will dedicate myself to the decal artwork and then the kits will ship. If someone could suggest a way to host the decal files for people to download, I'd really appreciate it. They're really simple, 2 colors only (grey + black) for the low-viz scheme.

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  6. Captain's Log: Tuedsay, July 26th. 1/72 F-203B Dragunn resin kit scratchbuild update.

    Supply shortages are a frustrating matter! I just received my mold material yestarday, so I'll be able to complete the remaining molds... Now waiting on my resin shipment. Thankfully, I should be able to get through most of the production run with the resin I have on hand. All the tiny parts which were a concern for me have been casting very well. The clear canopies are underway as well, and looking extremely good right out of the mold. I'm also working on the markings for the fighter, which I may simply offer as free artwork that you can download & print yourself. It will also include a color & markings placement guide. ^_^

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  7. On 7/19/2022 at 2:56 AM, ChristopherB said:

    "Pic 42: the burner cans are also done, though these still feature a seam. I’m debating whether it’s best to leave these smooth and let the builder fill them, or try to mask the seam with ribbing of some sort. As much as I would have preferred a seamless unit, the complex shaping of the part made this impossible."

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    As beautiful as your Dragon II is, that gap/seam always bothered me a bit, and I know you mentioned not having a choice.  Plus I'm not too sure how visible it will be to begin with especially with the nozzles there.  Likewise it can be filled with putty and so forth.  But looking at the most recent pictures you posted of the final version, there's only one that really shows that area from the right angle although it's hard to see thanks to the dark gray primer and lighting.

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    The gap is still quite large in this picture, but that's mostly because the upper/lower sections haven't been glued/compressed together.  As such, I was wondering what's your feedback on how good/bad the seam will be in the production version.  Did you decide whether to leave the seam smooth or camouflage the seam with ribbing?

    I went with smooth, simply because if I add detail to the burner can, it will only make it harder to fill that seam afterward. The way I designed it, you can putty & sand the burner, and then drop the flame ring in at the end so that it doesn't get damaged. Because of the zozzle design, the cans are quite well shrouded from most viewing angles. The ejector pin mark on the nose wheels is my bad: I should've filled them, but I forgot. 

    More good news is that the landing gear struts all came out beautiful The main gears probably didn't need a metal insert, but I added one anyway just to be safe. At some point, we may need a 2-seat attack variant of this thing. B))

  8. Captain's Log: Monday, July 18th, 2022.

    Molding is going well! The bulk of the masters have now been molded, but because everything is either slow or delayed these days, I'm waiting on the materials I need to finish the remainder of the molds, so the frustration continues. As such, I'll use this time to try to mold as many of the very delicate parts as I can and get those out of the way.

     

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  9. On 7/8/2022 at 5:57 PM, sbantonelli said:

    You have a great knack for interpreting anime and turning it into reality.  Thank you for all of the incredible kits over the years.   

    Thank you, you're most welcome. Truly I have been humbled over the years by the faith people have had to fund my projects, sight unseen, believing that they would meet expectations. I can't express how much I appreciate everyone who has helped to make projects like these a reality, because the truth is, I couldn't have done it without your help.

    Here are some final pics before I commit the masters to mold-prep. Please excuse the floppy gear bay doors, which are held with Tamiya tape: once I add the hinges, the only way to build the doors closed will be to trim those hinges off, just like your average Hasegawa kit. Some very fine detail parts are going to be extremely challenging to mold, so please pray that everything goes smoothly! One pleasant surprise is that the Dragunn doesn't do a wheelie on its tailpipes, even with all the weight shifted aft. The main struts will have brass inserts for added strength, and a few small details were omitted from the pics to avoid losing or damaging them, like the teeny-tiny control stick and the door for the refuelling probe. The canopy will be clear, of course, and the casting for those is already underway.

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  10. It.

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    Finished!

    Or at least mostly finished. Behold: the F-203B DRAGUNN II Air Combat Fighter in all its glory! Perhaps it's just me who has low standards, but this thing turned out better than I could have hoped for! Please not that these pics depict flight configuration with gear up. Early next week I will have pix of the parked bird with gear, cockpit and refuelling probe. This thing is just glorious to behold, and reminds me of an F-15E. As you can see, the kit will include a centerline fuel tank and 8 medium-range and 4 short range missiles. The slight compromise here is that the missiles will need to be cast on their pylons because they're just too spindly to cast properly otherwise, and believe me, I tried! You will also have the option to build the exhaust nozzles drooping, or canted slightly upward. I've added a data link dome behind the cockpit, as well as an IRST ball on the nose. Several other small doohickies will be integrated when I disassemble and begin mold-prep. If the wings look gappy, it's just because the parts fit very tight, and I didn't want to risk damaging the masters, which I kinda already did because the tolerances are tight AF!

    However nice the old Tanmen kit may have seemed, I encourage you to compare it side-by-side with this modernized version and draw your own conclusions. Mold-prep begins next week, after I do final wheels-down photography. Stay tuned!

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