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  1. Hi everyone, I completed this one earlier this week. First model in a while (I've painted a few miniatures but not much), it's pretty small, maybe 1:144 scale, airbrushed the black basecoat, but otherwise mostly brush painted. Only posting the one photo of this one here to experiment with linking to photos, but more photos of this one on my blog: http://droidworkshop.co.uk/models/finished-poe-damerons-x-wing-box-scale/ Quite a cool fun little model, its amazing the level of detail that these little kits have. Any comments, criticism, suggestions or feedback welcome. Thanks
  2. Here's my first SF Space subject. It's the newish 1/72 Bandai snap kit. I thought I would just snap it together and rely on the pre-painted parts and I'd be done in a couple of hours BUT... Firstly I thought the orange moulded parts were a little too bright but they matched the decals so I thought I would proceed anyway. Once I got to the cockpit I just had to paint the tub and consoles grey to give some definition from the fuselage. I then tried one of the console decals and discovered that the decals were thick and did not want to settle over the raised details. That meant I was going to paint the consoles and panels. Then there's all that nice detail on the coaming in front of the pilot. So it began. The details on the parts is pretty good and it was pretty easy to pick out switches, panels and cables. The colour choices are totally discretionary since reference photos of the "real" ship are sparse. Since the decals were going to be difficult, I decided to paint the orange panels and squadron markings and so I mixed my own darker orange shade and also applied this to the orange moulded parts on the sprue. The model is actually weathered quite heavily although it doesn't show up in the photos very well. As far as fit goes, it was very good and gap free. The X-Wing foils are moveable as is the canopy and you can remove the closed gear bay doors and then insert landing gear and open gear doors. The stand and base is included and you may pose the stand in a variety of positions. The stand and base are moulded in white and I painted the arm in black and the base in a water effect. This is also my first attempt at painting "water". I had so much fun with this I've asked Santa for a Y-Wing. Please feel free to add any suggestions! Cheers!
  3. Star wars models

    Two Quick question’s Im new to Sci-Fi building. Im curious if anyone makes stormtroopers and Rebels infantry to accompany the AT-ST Walkers ? Im thinking of buying a walker but would like to have infantry escorts. The 2nd question - Does anyone make the Imperial tank used in “Rogue one” that was used in the ambush scene in Jedha city ?
  4. Lets start another project. I think think this suites design is one of the 5 best design in the Zeon Ms Suites. This is the original colours, i will change the colors...
  5. I enjoyed the 1/72 version of this kit so much I ordered the Bandai 1/144 scale Y-Wing which promptly arrived in the post via a South American river. A little box art to whet your whistle. Gratuitous sprue shot Sticker placement guide for those who plan to use them (not me) And neatly hidden instructions inside the box lid (magnifying glass not included). Not content with building out of the box I started with hollowing out the blaster cannon and carving away some of the supporting plastic from the base. Steering vanes required opening up so out with the drill and scalpel and next to an unaltered one After trimming some of the pipework to look more like pipes (where possible without actually cutting them off and replacing them) and refining the rear bumper bars (the L shaped things at the rear of the fuselage) it was time to construct some sub-assemblies and slap some paint on. Undercoat is Tamiya XF-85 Rubber Black and the engine glow was simulated with Orange mix fading inwards to yellow with a white highlight in the centre. Quite pleased with the effect Applied some gloss clear to the black painted windows and once dry masked them by cutting out the window stickers from the (now redundant) sheet and placed in the window apertures. Applied chipping medium (Vallejo) where required (where I plan to add paint chips) and misted on a top coat of Tamiya XF-2 white (most of a jar) mixed with about 10 drops of XF-55 Deck Tan. Applied XF-23 Light Blue to those areas that needed to be blue (obvious, I know but still) Using water and a small stiff bristle brush I gently scrubbed around the nose and engine pods to get some very fine chips. Also connected some of the sub-assemblies together and applied a light mist of Rubber black to simulate heat and soot deposits. Decided at this point that I would represent Gold 2 with the additional yellow panel on the nose and the White and Red astromech (R2 unit) Masked off around the yellow areas on the cockpit pod and also went over the previously painted yellow bands on the engine pod nose caps as Gold 2 didn't have 'em. Also realised Gold 2 had a white stripe down the centre of the canopy so I masked and added that. Painted the Yellow areas with thinned Tamiya XF-3 and removed the masks. Painted the relevant pipes an orangey-yellow mix, added the blue stripes on the side of the nose (freehand) and added some of the blue chips on the engine pod nosecaps. Gave the whole thing a very light pin wash of heavily watered Rubber Black and once dry I set to with some Tamiya weathering powders. Assembled the base and Bob's your uncle (you don't have an uncle Bob?) And on the stand And next to big brother Thanks for looking in Phil Now to edit out those strange added links where the spaces and text are.
  6. HI guys, some picts of a job make 1 year ago enjoy
  7. Final pictures wip topic
  8. This isn't so much a build (the things just fall together) as a painting progress. I actually constructed this kit and painted up the cockpit and pilot in February..... 2016. It has since languished on the shelf in all it's raw plastic glory waiting patiently for me to decide how I was going to tackle it..... until yesterday. So.. the box art we should all be familiar with by now. Cockpit and pilot painted up and weathered I wanted to keep the astromech droid body for a diorama I had in mind so I made a copy that would take one of the domes and look convincing in the slot. Thought I'd paint up the standing pilot figure at the same time And this is the condition in which it sat on the shelf for the next 20 months. Pretty, but too clean. On Sunday I grasped the nettle, took the bull by the horns and put my best foot forward. I also decide to paint it....properly. First things first, disassemble it into the discrete components that will each get an individual weathering treatment. The blue-grey and yellow parts were to get and undercoat of the top colour mixed from most of a bottle of Tamiya XF-2 White with about 10 drops of Deck Tan to warm it up. All the rest would get a rough base coat of thinned XF-63 German Grey. In the areas where I wanted chipping I thinned down some Vallejo Chipping Medium and sprayed it in an even coat. You can see the shine from it in the images below. I then applied the top coats over the relevant parts. Light Blue for the canopy and the front ribbed sections of the engine pods along with a masked stripe either side of the nose section, vallejo RLM 04 for the Yellow bits including a thin masked area at the back of the engine pods forward domes and everything else was the Tamiya off white mix. Unfortunately due to a rush of blood there are no images of this intermediate stage so here are some pictures of it after I had let it dry and then used a stiff bristle brush and water to get the paint to strategically flake off. At this point I had also added some light dusting with XF-85 Rubber Black around the engines and other appropriate areas. After some washes, decals... very small decals, and a painted up droid and stand, we arrive precisely here. Once I have a matt coat applied and the right lighting conditions I'll post up an RFI Thanks for looking in Phil
  9. Thinking about my next build and fancy having another go at a dio. So with that I have a small tank and a robot with a massive axe......robot smashing tank.....sounds good to me. This is the tank and I must say it's very nice little kit. This it snapped together with no effort. But should end up a bit like this.
  10. Ok, my Zaku Cannon is almost finished, i can start a new project Its not a Mg kit, therefore there is not a lot of parts... let see what will be happen
  11. Hi folks, I finished the first part of my small scale Star Wars models-in-progress, this is the TIE Striker from Rogue One. It's available not in the Vehicle Model series but in a larger box along with the rebel U-Wing and two of the Imperial tanks. Irrelevant factoid: It turns out these are supposed to be tracked tanks (like the full scale vehicle built for filming) and the fact that Bandai and Lego have them as hover tanks is a mistake. I built the TIE Striker first since I've never built a TIE anything - or I think any Star Wars models at all - and it seemed like a straightforward place to start. (click for more/bigger) It's easier to see the fuselage with the wings up, but they aren't seen that way in any shots I could find in the movie, so all the rest of the pics are wings down. The base is a little wooden coaster (four inches/10cm square) with a piece of clear PET sheet glued to the top. I painted the underwater stuff underneath the sheet, and then built up the water on top a little with gloss acrylic gel. It took a few goes to get this the way I wanted and it's still not quite right but it looks nice in the pictures and hopefully looks a bit like Scarif The TIE is painted with Tamiya acrylics and the solar panels were masked and painted Rubber Black and given an Alclad Steel overspray to give them a bit of sheen. I also tinted them with Alclad Hotmetal Violet and Blue on different panels, which is *just* visible in the photos, I think I'd do that again but make it a bit more obvious and maybe use a gloss black undercoat? If you're interested the WIP thread is here - thanks to everyone who commented with feedback! Cheers and thanks for looking! Will
  12. I've just finished Bandai's little box scale A-Wings (when I should really have been finishing the Gigant), and I decided to finish them in the colours of Phoenix squadron from Rebels, which in turn are based on the original McQuarrie concept art. The markings aren't a perfect match, as the A-Wings in Rebels have a number of differences to the original ROTJ ones, as represented in the kit, but they're close enough for me. They're built OOB as there's not a lot you could do to improve them. Now we've got the A-Wing, along with the X and Y, lets just hope we can finally complete the set with the B-Wing before too long, preferably in 1/72 as well as the box scale line Thanks for looking Andy
  13. So being a Star Wars fan and inspired by the many great builds here, I treated myself to this guy earlier this year. While it didn't take that long to build, the weathering put me off finishing it. But I decided to just try my best and see how it turned out. First, a coat of Satin to take the gloss shine off the armour (thanks AndyRM101 & Mike) Next up was a coat of Flory Models Grime wash.. Then tried some pastels which were a mix of sand, white and brown. And more pastel added to his gear. For the shoulder pauldron, I masked that and repainted it orange. Then a flat coat on that and some white pastel to try and fade it. And he's done. I still need to improve the base as it looks too plain. I had planned to use the big Lewis Gun blaster but couldn't get a pose I liked with it. So just the standard-issue E11 for this fella! Thanks for looking! Cheers, Dermot
  14. I picked up this kit a while ago after building Bandai's Showmans Engine and Steam Roller. I started it back in May for the Made in Britain II GB and completed it toward the end of July. I stripped the brass and silver plating from the plastic and replaced it with Alclad and Mr Colour metallic paints. I can't say its a good kit - its 1970s vintage and the moulding is poor, lots of mould lines, sink marks and ejector pin marks EVERYWHERE!!! The photos here show the model just after it was initially complete where I had used the quite ropey decals on one side. Since then I've replaced the decals with gold vinyl lettering which looks vastly better. Here you can just about make out the lettering decals on the side - they are seriously rubbish and I'm not at all happy with them. This side doesn't have lettering I had to remove one of the fire extinguishers at the back as it got in the way of the ladder's axle The ladder does extend but its a very delicate operation as the plastic gears don't work Here you can see the wood-grain effect I got on the ladders
  15. Bandai's tiny 1/350 Falcon from the Vehicle Model range, painted up as the Stellar Envoy, one of the past lives of the Millennium Falcon. Apart from a slight re-working of the scanner dish base, it's all OOB. It's a great little kit, and very slightly cheaper than the new 1/72 version wip (painting only) here Thanks for looking Andy
  16. Antoc Merrick's "Blue Leader" X-wing Bandai | 1/72 Bandai 1/72 scale T-65 X-wing in Antoc Merrick's Blue Leader livery. Completed with Mr. Paint and Alclad lacquers; Tamiya and Vallejo acrylics; Abteilung 502 oils, Mig Productions enamels and pigments. Comments and criticism is welcomed as always!
  17. Finally finished. hope you like it here is the wip topic
  18. Stellar Envoy (AKA Millennium Falcon) I've had Bandai's little box scale Falcon sitting about in a base coat for a while, and since I was waiting for some filler to dry on the Gigant, I decided to get some more work done on it. I wasn't originally planning to do a wip for it, so I don't have any construction pics, but there's not really much to these vehicle model kits, and this is built OOB anyway. I have taken some photos of the painting steps though, so I thought I might as well post them. As the title implies, this is being done as the Stellar Envoy which, if you don't know the Star Wars EU that well, was the Millennium Falcon in a previous life, before Lando acquired it and then lost it to Han. The main difference between the Stellar Envoy and the Falcon we all know and love, is the blue deco over the hull, and that's going to form the bulk of the paintwork I'll have to do. To begin with, the whole ship was base coated in a pale warm grey I then spent this morning painting in some random panels in various warm and cool grey shades, using thinned acrylics and some washes. These aren't matched to the Falcon's panels, or even to the few reference images of the Envoy. It's just going to be my take on the ship Tonight was spent masking up and painting the first of the blue markings. I've started with the curved sections, as they're the trickiest to do. The masking for the edges of the curves were cut with a compass cutter, then the rest of the area covered with silly putty. While the blue paint was still a bit soft, I made a few scratches in it to give it a more weathered look I'll be fitting the work on this around the Gigant, so I'll probably be switching back and forth between the two over the next few days. Andy
  19. I present my recently completed Bandai box scale(1/144) X-wing from some rather obscure movie franchise or other. I decided not to go with the more familiar rebel/red 5 out of the box scheme as the kit markings are supplied as stickers(not waterslide decals!! ) The colour scheme depicted is my take on the partisan x-wing which featured briefly Rogue One. The kit was finished in a selection of Tamiya/Mr.Color paints that I had to hand and some PITA masking due to the small size of the kit.
  20. Zaku Head Exceed.

    Posting this up as these are just so good if you like Gundam and love the Zaku you need to get some of these heads. Ifand you live in Japan this is the kind of thing that come out of a vending machines for about 500 yen. I picked the set of three from ebay. They are basically about 1/40ish scale Zaku heads of the standard Zaku, one of the tristar Zakus and Chars Zaku. Very simple but quite well detailed and look fantastic. So here are a few pictures of what you get......
  21. Last night I took some photos of my recently completed Bandai 1:144th scale U-Wing. Well, nearly completed - of course I realized I hadn't yet chipped the red markings on the wings yet, so I jumped the gun a tiny bit. Oh well . This was a fun build - the U-Wing kit is very nicely layered, goes together surprisingly easily, and has a lot of possibilities for painting in interesting ways. I'm seriously thinking of picking up another one. I decided to go with a hypothetical Red Squadron color scheme on this. I may yet add some squadron markings on the wings, but I haven't decided what I want there and I'm happy to let it sit for a while. One odd thing - the panel lines on the right wing are noticeably deeper than on the left wing. The fact that they look so much stronger on one in the photos isn't that I washed them unevenly; that seems to be a kit defect. I have no idea if it's on all U-wings, or a subset, or just mine. Anyway - a highly recommended kit, like every Bandai, really. Wings open: Rear engine detail: Top and bottom head-on: With Red Leader for size comparison: And in formation with a bunch of different Rebel fighters:
  22. As a massive Star Wars fan I was delighted when Bandai started doing these kits. Loved putting the kit together and posing it exactly as I wanted. Hope you like. IMG_2069 by Phillip Loughlin, on Flickr IMG_2070 by Phillip Loughlin, on Flickr IMG_2071 by Phillip Loughlin, on Flickr IMG_2072 by Phillip Loughlin, on Flickr IMG_2073 by Phillip Loughlin, on Flickr IMG_2073 by Phillip Loughlin, on Flickr
  23. Ahoy all, Taking a bit of inspiration from Gekko_1's thread on AT-ST and AT-AT camouflage... ...I decided to apply a camouflage to my own AT-ST. Since I love green camo, I wanted to try out a jungle-style pattern and my first real attempt at masking a hard edged camouflage. I ran into a few pitfalls whereby the intended curves ended up being more like angled splinters, and with the colour choices, made it look decidedly Swedish But I touched it up a bit and I'm happy with the outcome, even if some of my Maskol remains because it wouldn't come off at the time, and came off more in the final weathering stages >< Still have to finish up the base with a bit of turf and vegetation and maybe add some mud spatters to the feet. Enjoy Just wish my camera could pick out more of the detailing. Gaz
  24. I've already completed this, so it won't necessarily be a step-by-step build (I'm hopeless for doing them since I get ahead of myself before trying to take a pic :P), but I put up some WIP shots Thanks for looking Gaz
  25. Here's my completed custom color scheme Bandai Vehicle Model X-Wing. I dubbed this the NATO Squadron, because of all the NATO Black I used on it. Halfway through shooting these pictures I realized I'd forgotten to paint the R2 unit, and attempted to detail it....and I just shouldn't have. There's an extra splotch on the canopy now, where the paint pen leaked. And while I've gotten pretty good at free-hand panel painting, I apparently still have absolutely no skill whatsoever when it comes to detailing those bastardy R2 units. Oh well. A 1/144th scale mechanic was clumsy with a teeny tiny paint can on a wee gantry. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.... I might have over-done the paint chipping a little...the Vallejo metallic acrylics just brush paint so nicely.... A couple of in-progress shots are over here. And this last one is from before the final weathering pass, but I think it captured the pink pearl color in the engines better:
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