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  1. Straight Tamiya X-7. Only added thinner.
  2. Got a lot of the painting done. I need to retouch some with white, and of course all those panel lines are now nearly completely covered up... What happens when I have trouble spraying white...But they still look good, and at this scale I think you're less likely to see shades anyway on panel lines. A little touch up needed here and there, then I can start on the stripe and the other colors. Unfortunately, the flash is washing out some of the top color. I'll have to take some better pics. And Haruna at the top of the pick needs another coat of red. The color contrast can be seen better here,
  3. Bandai has some great kits out for the Space Battleship Yamato series. Many of them just fall together! As to the colors, I'm making those up. I wanted something different than the standard green or blue. Thanks for watching!
  4. Wicked Woman is wooing me! You're going to have to build one kit per decal sheet. It's the only logical thing to do...
  5. I'd go with Vagrant Virgin, though I can see how people like Beautiful Bitch!
  6. Epic! Love the added detail the work to the Trooper. It's a shame he has to die...
  7. Some great progress.Loving the look of it and the additions made. Those antenna are awesome! You make me want to get mine off the dusty shelf!
  8. Love it! Turning into one pretty Beau!
  9. So, started preshading. I stayed with a light gray seeing how the top color is going to be so light. Or at least I tired too... I was preshading the upper hull of the Haruna, which is going to be red, and then went right to the Aeber'carin, which is going to be white, without thinking. Doh! No prob though. After preshading all five ships, I decided to do the Haruna first, since she is the only red being laid down, but I barely started on the stern with a big SPLAT of water came out of the airbrush! All done for today! I'll do more in the morning, after the air traps and hose have all dried. Til then,
  10. Got the preshading down, dark grey on top and light grey on the bottom. I had also done the four other ships in the Iscandar Protectorate Fleet Thread, then started to do the red on the Haruna. But after just getting the first coat down on the stern, a big SPLAT of water came out of the airbrush... Done painting for today...I have to let the water traps dry and the hose too. I'd do more later today, but I'm heading out for dinner and won't be back until late, so tomorrow morning will be the next paint session. So far...
  11. Don't know how it happened, but suddenly I'm working on five ships at once! Can't wait to see your Kirishima! Sure to be a treat.
  12. I know what you mean. Those are the stuff of legend...
  13. Continuing with non-canon Space Battleship Yamato builds are four ships from the Iscandar Protectorate Fleet. Again, this is non-canon. The idea is, that after the Earth/Garmillas War, the new Garmillas leaders decided that Iscandar had been too vulnerable to the duplicitous actions of Supreme Leader Desler. And after nearly losing Garmillas itself, a bit of fanatical fervor overtook some of the military leaders and their subordinates in regards to Iscandar and Queen Starsha, with whom there is a such a wealth of respect and awe that is almost godly. Add to that, the threat of the Gatlantis Empire, and measures were taken to ensure that Iscandar would be protected from any threat - including any from Garmillas itself. To that end, a fleet of ships were detached from the greater Garmillas forces and were set in orbit of Iscandar, and volunteers were asked to crew them. It would turn out, that they did not have enough ships for all the men and women who volunteered for the honored duty... As to the ships, I didn't take too many pictures, as they are all pretty much straight from the box. The first is the flagship, the Aeber'carin, a Haizelard class dreadnought. The second is the Galla'heiren, a Destoria class heavy criuser, followed up by two Kripitera class destroyers. First primer coat added to the parts. I'm keeping them all in sub assemblies, to make it easier for the 'eye' inserts and to help get into the nooks and crannies. The panel lines really hide the seems. Here is the super structure of the Aeber'carin next to the Haruna's, which is in another build thread. The Aeber'carin up top and the Haruna at the bottom. In the box are the two Kripitera class destroyers. Ships that size I don't think have any names. Just numbers. A forest of turrets... Still more to paint of those... And the little destroyers before paint. As for paint, I wanted something that would be more suitable for Iscandar, and so there will be no dark greens or blues, or camo patterns. Instead, I'm going for colors similar to Starsha's dresses. All the ships will have Duck Egg Blue 4748 over Flat white 4769. Inlets and bow fins will be aluminum, and the flagship, Aeber'carin with have a gold band going vertically amidships. I wanted something flashier and fitting with the deep reverence the Garmillas hold for the Iscandarians. We'll see how it turns out...
  14. Okay, next sci-fi build and I'm sticking with Space Battleship Yamato. Although, not canon. This build was inspired by this image taken from Lighthouse. Though I will stress, inspired and not exact. The idea behind the construction, is that after the Earth-Garmillas War, Earth was in desperate need of ships to outfit its depleted defenses. And with the rise of the Gatlantis threat and the defense pact signed between Earth and Garmillas, the idea was floated to buy old hulls from the Garmillas and outfit them with Terran technology. Namely, command and control, guns and engines. All Earth needed was the hulls. As a test of the feasibility of the idea, one hull was bought, that of a decommissioned Gaiderol class dreadnought, and it was towed from Garmillas to Earth. And so, construction began on the Haruna, named after the Kongo-class battleship BBS-552 that was lost at the First Battle of Mars. The first bit was removing some of the Garmillas tech that was remaining on the hull and make way for systems far more familiar to the human technicians and the crews who would use them. Some pieces of a Gundam kit, sourced from my deep spares bin. Part of the original superstructure was removed and new construction put in its place. The command deck from a damaged Murasame class cruisers was sourced to replace the old bridge. And since Earth leaders saw no need for the 'eyes,' these were removed and sensor bulges put in their places. A new wave motion engine was built to fill the stern. And with plumbing being vastly different a lot of unused space in the hull was cleared up for hangar space. Not much, but enough for some utility craft. The new hangar opening. Test fit of the new superstructure. The lower bow fin was removed and replaced. (This from an old Andromeda kit, though it has been reshaped.) And atop the bow. These are from some old jet fighter kit. With both, I wanted to give a more human look to the shape, such as with the Andromeda and the Borodino class ships. The strakes on the upper stern were removed and replaced with simple styrene strip, and the new engine received a cone. I prefer a simpler base than the kit provides, so I glued shut the opening and drilled for a brass rod. And since she was now using Terran guns - I needed some! And as timing would have it, the kits from HLJ have not come in yet and the only guns I had were on my already built Kirishima... I also took some guns from a Mursame and a torpedo destroyer. Though I have decided to not use those from the destroyer. The resin was applied and some copies came out! It's white resin and so is washed out a bit, but it looks good in real life! Of course, then I had to seal the original mounting holes and make smaller ones for the brass rod. With that done, a primer coat was laid. Painting is next. She's going to be a mix of 2199 and 2202 colors. Overall, she'll be red over white like the Kirishima but they'll also be a gray vertical stripe amidships and with the UNCN logo that will be sourced from one of the three Yuunagi kits that I ordered from HLJ. And yes, she's not alone there. Theship at the top of the pic is a Haizelard class dreadnought with two little destroyers in the box. Those, and a Destoria class heavy cruiser, will have their own thread. Back to work tomorrow, so painting will have to fit into my days off. More updates soon!