Tuesday, 26 February 2013
Started modelling Revell latest 1/144 kit just last week, released was a F-16C but the kit comes with all the parts to model the F-16A which is lucky as the only decals i could find which i like are from the first production vipers.
Not much to do to the cockpit, cut the headrest off the ejection seat then added a more detailed rest and around the cockpit added a few bits missing which should add a little detail once the canopy attached.
Had to completely remodel the front wheel bay, strange as the rear ones is perfect. Once the 2 pieces for the intake are joined, the bay looses alot of detail which was already lacking to begin with compared the what the other wheel bay looks like, at first i didn't really what to but turned out to be quite easy to scratch up a new one.
Start painting this now and then have a look into having the air brakes open.
Sunday, 24 February 2013
Wednesday, 20 February 2013
The almost completed Garma's Zaku, all recently decaled over the last week. You can just see the Zabi famliy logo on the shield which i got form the minelayer kit and ive numbered up the suit using the numbers that appear on Garma's Dopp 401 and you can just about see the gold heat hawk on the side.
Last to be seen of the HGUC kit i got the heat hawk from, really prefer my painted dark orange which is alot more like the art on the box front and the MSV art.
That HGUC look a little weighty.
Sunday, 17 February 2013
My first model completed in my 1/144 scale U.C. Hardgraph project, the DFA-03 Dopp.
This was the Garma Zabi Bandai-EX Model i bought in Japan, prefer the mass produced green Dopp up against Garma's orange one but he's getting his own model suit so he should be happy.
Crazy front profile, bat like. Added the yellow warning around the side canopy to add a little detail and try to make such an unusual aircraft look more realistic along with the Real Grade Zaku decals.
Those massive engines create great speed but hinder manoeuvrability. Missle pods look the same as the gunpod the Zaku Mariner uses.
Added more detail wheels from the spare box, to enter the cockpit the pilots seat lowers from under the canopy.
Massive canopy must give great views, looks like nearly all my weathering is practically invisible.
This unorthodox design developed in a Colony without a great knowledge about atmosphere meant it was inferior to Federation aircraft which helped the feddies fight back against zeon on Earth but deployed of the GM.
Thats the first U.C. Hardgraph 1/144 scale vehicle completed, got quite a few more coming soon throughout the year.
Friday, 15 February 2013
Taken after applying one decal (radioactive one on the chest) just to show the painted parts put together before decaling, which is now almost done.
The green applied to the shield is my own idea to break up the colour there and so that the Zabi logo shows up more cleary, its half red and would be swamped by the orange.
Really very happy with the way the orange has turned out, form the start getting a darker orange correct worried me but alas, vallejo air work out great for me.
Wednesday, 13 February 2013
Bought this way old gunpla purely for a single decal supplied with the kit, a Zabi family symbol which i will be using on Garma's RG MS-06FS Zaku II i'm in the middle of decaling.
Decal number 9 is he decal i require, looks like the Zabi's palace in Zum City. Bit concerned about the white looking yellow, must be over 20 year old decals.
Can find no information as to what decals 11 and 13 are meant to be but these sort of little logos seem to show up on all Zeon MSV kits?
When i come to model a RG MS-06F Zaku Minelayer i wont to copying the paint scheme for the mine laying backpack shown here, will most likely copy the MG kit.
Will also a model an RG MS-06F Zaku Minelayer in the not too distant future, looking at the mine laying backpack it looks like it would only need a little updating to bring in up to spec for a Real Grade Zaku and to look more like the MG version.
Sunday, 10 February 2013
Painted in what is a record time for me, mostly due to total rain here meaning i have nothing better to do during the weekend except watch the 6 nations Rugby.
Really happy with the orange, looks about perfect for Garmas zaku. No need to mix any up, this is straight Valleyo Air Orange from the bottle, which when received i was surprised to see was so dark and not your orange fruit bright.
Next is to decal, still waiting for the Zabi symbol to decal for the shield logo.
Tuesday, 5 February 2013
All the parts modelled for Garma's Zaku, Head with the 4 vulcan cannons, ceremonial heathawk with the holder fitted onto the skirt guard, Megallan-Attack cannon is the more detailed version from the Model Ex kit and the sharper spikes on the shoulder guard which is the old Char custom with the paint stripped off.
Now got to mix a dark orange which i hope i can get right.
Sunday, 3 February 2013
Real simple resin kit bought of ebay of the APC. Should have really been completed months ago being such a simple kit ago but left on the shelf. Quite accurate being quite small, all the details are present from what i could tell.
Look forward to the day a 1/144 scale injection molded Dropship is produced and a new perfect APC to go inside.
Really easy to build and finish, filled in all the bubble holes in the resin, primed and painted, then droped, clean and fixed damage, primed, painted and then weathered.