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James B

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  1. Not too much progress due to a long weekend vacation up to sunny Nelson. Unfortunately, lots of other things to catch up on upon my return, so I only got an hour or so this evening, and I'm out again tomorrow night, so I won't get another opportunity until the weekend. The joys of being an adult! :lol I've got the wall sub assemblies pretty much done I think. Nothing much to see other than what you've already seen there. They're waiting on the primer and will then get the same treatment as the TB1 launch bay walls. In the meantime, here's the 1st few mini-vehicles off the production line. A bit of filling required, and some more sanding. I have to say the moulds for these are pretty poor. There's detail filled in, detail missing, there's a fin missing from one of the vehicles below, which came off the sprue that way, rather than me wrecking it (makes a change), and in keeping with everything else so far, injection pin marks everywhere. (Can someone confirm if that's what they're called, or if I'm making words up please)? Anyway, here is FAB1 (All the vehicle wheels will be primed and base coated on the sprue, so I'm assembling with them). I'd love names for all of these if anyone happens to know them? Otherwise I will trawl the internet for answers and as I discover I will report back. 1. 2.
  2. AMT B1 Battledroid - Mister Bones

    I really like the flared barrel and the scope. They're excellent and very SW. Could be the angle of the photo, and probably the blutac isn't helping, but the scope looks a tad too high, but as I said, really, really excellent. I would like to compare this with the other gun, but the revolver one with the same barrel and scope as this second one. Might look crap, but I wonder if they're the touches the other one needs to be perfect. What is it all built from out of interest?
  3. I've applied a bit of a pin wash and have had a play with making it look like mid-launch. I'd be grateful for any feedback before I cal it complete. What have I missed, what can I do better (without starting again) etc. Let me know your thoughts please.
  4. AMT B1 Battledroid - Mister Bones

    I agree with @TheVoidDragon. It's a bloody impressive sci-fi blaster. (So much so that if I modeled anything in even nearly the same scale I'd be tempted to ask if you could make a mold of it, I think it's that good). I think if you replaced the G3 type handle on top with a scope similar in design to Han Solo's pistol you could be onto a real winner there. I think it would give it that SW look you're after.
  5. AMT B1 Battledroid - Mister Bones

    In the drawing he doesn't have a gun, and I notice no holster either. The original droids had shoulder based holsters (recalls cool scene where they all unfurl out of the tank racks and reach behind and grab their blasters... sooo cool). As for the pistol itself, as it stands it looks too futuristic and solid to be Star Warsy (new word invented). That said, you've well and truly blown me away with your conversions on this so far, so I'd like to see it with the flared barrel and other mods you've suggested before I make a call either way. Really enjoying watching this come together.
  6. AMT B1 Battledroid - Mister Bones

    Great save, and that tooth necklace looks spot on.
  7. Not much of an update as morale has been low since breaking the nozzle on my airbrush (it was one of those days where nothing went right) and finding out the ridiculous NZ price to buy a replacement locally (more than 3 times the cost compared with reputable sellers in the UK or US including shipping)! So I must wait for the postman. Chin up, as they say though. I got a little done today. Filled the central hole in the back wall with the piece provided, and then filled the massive gaps around it that were left with some filler. Sanded the whole thing flat as the piece stood proud of the back wall by half a millimetre or more! Then set about sanding all the injection pin marks (again not sure if that's what they're called) on all the girder sections Every girder corner had one, so about 18 on the tall ones and 10-12 on the smaller ones, per part, 3 parts per girder, 5 girders! The pictures shows the dust that will need cleaning off before any paint is allowed near this thing. All of the parts are just free standing in the pic, nothing has been glued together for ease of painting. Now I am sitting here trying to decide what sub assemblies to keep seperate, and what needs to go on the walls before painting.
  8. AMT B1 Battledroid - Mister Bones

    That's a shame It looked so cool lit up. No way to solder it back together, or bridge it some how?
  9. AMT B1 Battledroid - Mister Bones

    Because red is traditionally quite a thin paint/weak pigment and because it's quite a rich red in the artwork, I would advise priming in a white or light grey, follow this with a light coat of strong yellow. Then go over the whole droid with red, make sure it's completely dry, mask off your areas and hit it with the grey last of all. The grey will cover just about anything with only a few thin coats. The red won't look as bright or vivid off put down over the grey. Will you be brush painting or airbrushing? I think I'd be tempted to paint the inside of the head 1st in grey, then mask it with sponge, tape etc before beginning the above steps.
  10. Coming along really nicely. I didn't think there was anything wrong with it being flat, after all some of the best agricultural land is flat, but at the same time I'm excited to see what you do with the slope. It will certainly make it more interesting to look at as a piece. I had a thought, that you've probably already thought of, but just in case. With your tracked vehicle(s?) in the diorama, be careful with the tracks they leave with that tight corner. I'm no good at modelling dioramas myself, but I've seen a few that are utterly magnificent but have neglected to model the track impressions correctly and just press or roll a track piece in wet plaster or the likes. Tracked vehicles make a right mess of the inside corner of all but the shallowest of bends, and often the outside corner is dug/rutted deep with a wheel (or should that be track) spinning furiously to pull the rest of the vehicle round. Even in dry mud/dirt it's very evident.
  11. I love it, and thank you for taking the time to explain.
  12. This is absolutely incredible. You are a very skilled person and I am extremely jealous. I have one questions though, is there a reason all of the weapons and redish coloured parts have no weathering or chipping? I noticed the small prod things at the front (apologies for my ignorance not knowing what these are) jut out and the edges would be right in the firing line for sand/dust abrasion, as well as being the first things taht would get knocked, or scratched when squeezing between rocks, or trees etc. I guess they could have only just been bolted onto the frame as a later update, but I would imagin if they were doing that, and all the wiring that would go with it, they'd get the prior battle damage touched up at the same time? Just my 2 cents.
  13. You did, but I'm afraid to say it's unrelated and is for my Tamiya P-47 Bubbletop. Wouldn't that be the icing on the cake though if there was photo-etch for these TB kits!
  14. AMT B1 Battledroid - Mister Bones

    I'd be tempted by Vallejo German Grey. It's a good dark grey, but not too dark that it looks black in some light, if that makes any sense. To my eye, and on this monitor, I'd say it's a very close match to the drawings in your first post.
  15. While waiting for the varnish to fully dry before weathering, I decided to unbox the next set. I'm keen to crack on with TB2 as it's my favourite (just like the majority of people I'd guess), but know that saving that as motivation to finish the others will work wonders. So, next up is Thunderbird 2's Container Dock. I'll leave this quote here and proceed with the sprue photos. Yep, you get hardly any plastic in the Thunderbird 1 with Launch Bay set! I've removed them from their bags and tried to photograph each with limited space. Where there's more than one of a sprue I've tried to show both sides. I've also kept the photos here to a smaller size to save space and save this one post taking up pages and pages. I think you can click on the images and it'll take you to larger versions over on Flickr. First up, no plastic here, the foam core base and printed card base plate, as well as what appear to be stickers for the control room and decals for the pods. The three pods included in the set moulded in a fairly accurate green if we're going with Matchbox die cast toy colours! The pod bases and what appear to be tractor units of sorts? Most of these sprues aren't used and I suspect are from the TB2 set. It does include the rails and generator? for inside the pods as well as a Mole on each. Six or so vehicles. FAB1 and two of two other vehicles A couple of different help-jets and more vehicles, plus a slightly larger Mole, bringing the total to 4! Three lots of girders and control rooms. The side wall The back wall and pins for the pod door hinges And finally, the clear plastic for the control room windows What more can I say. A fair bit of work coming up I think. A bad time for me to have sheared the thread section off of my Iwata Eclipse nozzle!