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About monsterpartyhat

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  1. Bandai Star Wars 1/144 Fleet

    Thanks, all! Now I just need to figure out how to paint it. I've got a few days without any free time for modelling to mull it over
  2. Bandai Star Wars 1/144 Fleet

    I did a little more panel line scribing, some sanding, and called it good - I popped off the canopy and shot the rest directly with AS-20, after drilling out the mounting point to fit Bandai stands.
  3. Bandai Star Wars 1/144 Fleet

    I'm stopping here - I like the balance point with the open engine vanes. I'm was never planning to go full Clone Wars on it, which is enclosed all the way to the end of the vanes plus more fairing between the rear fuselage and vanes. I like this halfway point. If I can find some good greeblies to make the intakes on the top I will, but I want a really detailed part, not just some chopped up styrene.
  4. Bandai Star Wars 1/144 Fleet

    Thanks! I can't wait to get it primed and repainted.
  5. Solo: A Star Wars Story - Teaser Trailer

    They've gone straight back to McQuarrie for the exterior of the Falcon (at least for some of it). Check out the docking rings from the original Docking Bay 94 painting: And and the docking rings on this shot of Qi'ra exiting the Falcon (in Targaryen colors ): I can't wait to see Bandai tackle that. I hope we get a 1:144 version at least.
  6. Bandai Star Wars 1/144 Fleet

    Started another project too. Someone on the RPF took a 1:72nd Bandai Y-Wing and added a Clone Wars-style housing around it, scratch-built from styrene. https://www.therpf.com/showthread.php?t=260698 Since I had an F-Toys Y-Wing lying around that I don't display at all, I decided to use that as the basis for a 1:144 version. Starts with adding some styrene struts to support the body panels. I didn't add as extensive a framework, since it won't really be needed in the tiny scale. The rear shaping was just done with the body panels direct: Then it's just a matter of filling in all the panels and adding detail, bit by bit.
  7. Bandai Star Wars 1/144 Fleet

    Haven't had time to break out the softbox for some proper shots, but I took some quick iPhone shots with my new LED lighting. The lighting washes out some of the streaking and lightens up the AS-20 base coat a bit, making the ship look a little cleaner than it is.
  8. Bandai Star Wars 1/144 Fleet

    First weathering pass - starts with chipping, which is a combination of painting with a fine brush and sponging, using Duraluminum, white, and Neutral Gray. Then I do a pass with my favorite all-around acrylic dirt wash, which is simply Model Masters acrylic black wash. it's not so much black wash as it is a nasty, grimy, brown-ish dark sludge. Perfect for Star Wars :). next up some selective use of Citadel shades, and some weathering master streaking and heat damage.
  9. Bandai Star Wars 1/144 Fleet

    Didn't take me long to get cracking on the first build of 2018. Yes, I know the wing stripes are positioned too far back on the wing. I'm not gonna fix it now. Needs a little bit of cleanup, and weathering will hide the rest of the sins of my sloppy paint lines. I needed a Rogue One-style Green leader to go along with my Rogue One-style Red and Blue leader x-wings, to complete the RGB Squadron trifecta! Base coat is AS-20 sprayed directly on the model, no primer. With the exception of the canopy color (Dark Gull Gray from a spraycan), everything else is hand painted. No airbrush, no decals. I also got a very nice new 20/0 long liner brush that I'm going to be using a LOT more -- I masked the yellow panels on the nose and fuselage, but the yellow wing panels were painted freehand, and turned out even cleaner. As long as there's a clean panel line, the tiny long liner can get very clean lines freehand. I'm sold.
  10. Bandai Star Wars 1/144 Fleet

    And here's the result, inspired by the model size comparison composites that Andy Moore made. What I lack in measuring up to the quality of those models, I make up in quantity, heh. :). This is most of the standalone models I built in 2017, along with a couple of unmodified F-Toys 1:144 ships that fit in nicely. Everything here is Bandai, F-Toys, or scratch built.
  11. Bandai Star Wars 1/144 Fleet

    I started a project to make a poster of all my completed models against a black background. The "cattle call" of models waiting to be photographed was amusing to me. And the pileup on the other side of the booth once I was done, as I moved them from one side to the other to keep track of which was done.
  12. Bandai 1:144 U-Wing (Red Squadron)

    I got a table top photo studio setup for Christmas, so I've been taking some more photos of all my completed models. Here's a few more of the U-Wing on its own and with some X-wings, shot on a proper black background with several light sources. This also got me finally decided on how to finish the markings on the U-wing, so I'll actually have a few minor changes to it yet.
  13. I've been away from updating for a while due to the holidays, and it's taken a bit to get back in the swing of things....but the holiday postman brought me one of these table top photo softboxes and some cheap-but-effective LED lights: So, now I can finally properly photograph my finished models.
  14. Bandai box scale FO TIE Fighters

    The wings of the First Order TIE fighters are also smaller than those of the Empire TIEs from the original trilogy.
  15. Nice! Blue Leader has become my favorite canon X-wing variant, and this is a superb rendition.