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  2. rockpopandchips

    The Amber Bliss.

    Winner of the 2018 The Eddie Findlay memorial shield, Keighley Plastic Model Club. I think its just to keep me going back to the club meetings to make the numbers up myself, I mean come on me winning a trophy what is the modeling world coming to.......... Amazed and shocked is an understatement!
  3. Silver Fox

    Cars of the Apocalypse

    Nice creative work, it is a good game as well. I've played it with unconverted cars scrounged from the kids so will have to follow your lead in doing some conversions.
  4. My weakness in the face of distractions is well known, so here are a couple of converted die-cast cars for the game "Gaslands": This started as a weird-looking Matchbox road roller (but with wheels?) that had extra wheels cast as part of the solid chassis. No idea if it's based on anything real. I added the dozer blade/ram and a mortar on the bonnet, plus some bits of styrene armour and mesh screen to the cab. There's also a set of extra tailpipes (which could be some kind of rear weapon discharger) made from smoke dischargers with the ends drilled out. Given the armament I'm going to call it "Mortar-Della". Sorry! I bought a handful of other cars but made the mistake of trying to strip the paint with bleach, which I discovered reacts with zinc and causes major pitting in the surface At least the cars are cheap and the one that I really left in a state of disrepair can be a wreck instead. I've switched to leaving them in a jar of lacquer thinner (hardware shop stuff, hotter than Tamiya) for 24 hours and then scrubbing with a scouring pad. While wearing nitrile gloves, obviously. This one ("Laser Raptor", thanks Kung Fury) started as a Hotwheels 50th Anniversary corvette of some description, with a matte-ish paint finish that stripped quite easily. I added a laser weapon from a mix of Games Workshop Skitarii and Tau spares and a tank part. Someone on the Gaslands FB group suggested moving the laser from the bonnet to the roll bar, and that did indeed look better: I also replaced the thick guitar string with one I wound from brass wire and beading wire, which looks worse unpainted but should be fine when touched up. Now to hope that my primer sticks - the roller/digger mudguards are made from very slippery plastic that superglue wouldn't stick to. To the point where I scraped the glue away and attached the hydraulic rams with metal pins. Note to Sgt. Squarehead: The rams and cabling mean this is part of Spicer Harvest research and development and is therefore officially sanctioned Cheers, Will
  5. GordonD

    Astronaut Birthdays for September

    September 24 John Young (1930) USA Selected 1962 (NASA Group 2) Gemini 3, 23 March 1965 (4h 42m) - First manned Gemini mission; first spacecraft to change its orbit Gemini X, 18 - 21 July 1966 (2d 22h 46m) Apollo 10, 18 - 26 May 1969 (8d 0h 3m) - Dress Rehearsal for lunar landing; LM flew within 15.6km of the surface, the point where Powered Descent would begin Apollo 16, 16 - 27 April 1972 (11d 1h 51m) - Fifth lunar landing; Ninth man on the Moon STS-1, 12 - 14 April 1981 (2d 6h 20m) - First Shuttle mission STS-9, 28 November - 8 December 1983 (10d 7h 47m) - First flight of Spacelab Assigned to STS-61J which would have deployed the Hubble Space Telescope but mission postponed following the Challenger accident (flown as STS-31 without Young) Total flight time 34d 19h 39m Retired December 2004 Died 5 January 2018 First man to make six space flights, though he experienced seven launches in all counting the lift-off of the Apollo 16 LM ascent stage from the lunar surface One of only three men to fly to the Moon twice Information from Spacefacts website
  6. GMK

    Kill Team/Space Wolves

    Beautiful work! Very subtle painting and weathering.
  7. Asmodai

    1/18 X-Wing part works

    It's available to the US as well - https://www.model-space.com/us/build-star-wars-x-wing-model.html At $64.99/month for 25 months, I think I'll be passing on this one. It's $74.99/month if you want the hangar accessories and figures....
  8. Yesterday
  9. Gekko_1

    Bandai 1/144 TIE Striker

    As for colour, I'd suggest FS. 36375 Light Ghost Grey as a good match. Gloss coat the model, then once dry apply the Flory wash with a very fine brush as opposed to an all over everything type of wash, then remove any excess with a fine brush dampened with water. Seal the wash in with semi-gloss varnish. Richard.
  10. Great build,Super ,Cheers.
  11. Pete in Lincs

    Krieger Lunadiver variant - MANTA

    Arrgh! My Eyes! Try this one instead of visiting the other side or wherever that came from.... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maschinen_Krieger_ZbV_3000
  12. Sundowner14

    1/18 X-Wing part works

    So, assuming that there is a part(s) in each edition, almost £1,000 for the kit?
  13. Tolga Uzuner

    1/48 Patlabor/Bandai

    Ok, i started with wash, i'm really big fan of flory model washes... they are very easy to use and verys easy to clean. I'm just waiting the drying of the wash...
  14. pierre Giustiniani

    "This is no moon" II (Bandai)

    Great Death Star Olivier !! she looks like the « real » one !! Congrats !! Pierre
  15. It wasn't so much krieger that I was comparing to dementia but my bewilderment in beholding kreiger. I often find life pretty bewildering and I'm not sure they do pills strong enough to make sense of reality. I tried to educatify myself by Googlising 'krieger', but I don't think this helps my understanding of the subject:
  16. Pete in Lincs

    Krieger Lunadiver variant - MANTA

    This is not dementia. This is kreiger. there is a subtle difference. Krieger has Japanese origins and is appealing (to me at least). Dementia causes confusion and is not appealing at all. Kreiger models are built up from parts of other kits to represent stuff used 800 years in the future and usually have a bit of an organic look to them. Here's another I built some years ago. This one is 64cm long, is called the Sternail and is one of only about four ever built. Strictly speaking Sternail is a spaceship but my mate's wife took the pics and photoshopped this one. And, sitting quietly in a garden just outside Riyadh. Thanks for looking, keep taking the tablets. (I buy them in bulk). Pete
  17. Yeoman1942

    Krieger Lunadiver variant - MANTA

    liking this build a lot. has got a real MaK look to it already
  18. GordonD

    Astronaut Birthdays for September

    September 23 Lloyd Hoover (1924) USA Selected 1962 (USAF Group 2) Retiral date unknown Died July 2016 Pyotr Kolodin (1930) Selected 1963 Assigned to five different missions (Voskhod 2, Soyuz 5, 7, 11 and 12) but grounded each time Retired April 1983; no flights Loren Shriver (1944) USA Selected 1978 (NASA Group 8 ) STS-51C, 24 - 27 January 1985 (3d 1h 33m) - First classified DoD mission; deployed a secret satellite STS-31, 24 - 29 April 1990 (5d 1h 16m) - Deployed the Hubble Space Telescope STS-46, 31 July - 8 August 1992 (7d 23h 15m) - Deployed and retrieved EURECA-1 pallet; also the Tethered Satellite System (20km tether; jammed after 262m) Total flight time 16d 2h 4m Retired May 1993 William McCool (1961) USA Selected 1996 (NASA Group 16) STS-107, 16 January - 1 February 2003 (15d 22h 20m) - US Microgravity Lab 1. Killed when Orbiter Columbia broke up over Texas during re-entry. Flight time shown is up until Loss of Signal Aleksandr Misurkin (1977) Russia Selected 2006 Soyuz TMA-08M/ISS Expeditions 35/36, 28 March - 11 September 2013 (166d 6h 15m) Soyuz MS-06/ISS Expeditions 53/54, 12 September 2017 - 28 February 2018 (168d 5h 14m) Still on active status; total flight time to date 334d 11h 29m Information from Spacefacts website
  19. I'm still too confused to know what's going on. Is this what dementia is like?
  20. Tommygunn1972

    1/4 scale C3-P0

    That looks so much better than I had imagined it would. I have seen these toys bit didn't think it would look this way after a paint. I'm inspired, what colour did you use?
  21. Eric Mc

    Hayabusa 2

    A bit of a space first, I think. The pictures look a bit blurry at the moment. Let's hope they get a few sharper images.
  22. Last week
  23. jake the snake

    "This is no moon" II (Bandai)

    Oh my...... so so good!
  24. jake the snake

    1/4 scale C3-P0

    Very nice change up on this. Great improvement and it looks so so much more realistic. Fantastic job!
  25. Looks great! My hats off to you my friend. I am half way done with the M.E. AT AT. And its an incredible chore. A exercise in tedium and eye strain! Good job!
  26. GordonD

    Hayabusa 2

    Japan has successfully landed two roving vehicles on an asteroid. Already they are sending back photos... https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-45598156
  27. Pete in Lincs

    Krieger Lunadiver variant - MANTA

    Time for more pictures then. This is the build just before paint is applied. Behind the cockpit you can see the silver bar (radar?) that is a feature of so many Ma.k kits. It's actually the piece of plastic supplied to stop the 1/32nd P-38 from tail sitting! Also obvious are the 'debris shields' on the sides. On the real Lunadiver these are Porsche 911 door skins. I built a Ma.k walker a while ago using sections of two Bo105 Helicopter fuselages. These shields are leftovers from that build. I've also stuck the guns into place. These were from a mate and are from a robot kit or warhammer? And a close up. The chrome pipes are car parts and would be steering thrusters, but I've since removed them. Yes, that's a valve cover from a 1/24th car on the Wessex. There are two others under the tail pylons. The back of the debris shield. A bit of motorbike, a bit of rotor blade, plastic card & Meng bolts. All just added detail. These shields mount on what were Panzer suspension units using the tube seen upper right. More detail. The black thing was a brake booster on a 1/24th car. The brown thing that looks like a cart spring was in fact a cart spring from a large scale Ford Mustang kit. Left of the jet nozzle is a Whirlwind blade root that is now an aerial or some such. And sticking out back we have what I made years ago to be a TSR2 IFR probe. Behind the debris shield, showing the mounting method. The business end. The guns would, I imagine, be particle accelerators firing solid slugs at tremendous velocity. The chrome thruster tubes have, as I said, been removed and I will figure out a replacement for them. Radar/Comms dish for under the nose. The sand coloured base is the spare wheel mount from a kubelwagen. The black bit is a McPherson strut from a 1/24th car. The dish is of unknown origin but was in a spares box for years. Ditto the grey bit that holds the receiver. And here we are under the nose. Radar/comms dish in place and the other cam covers. Today I did more fettling and finally got a coat of grey primer on the beast. This has, as always, shown up seams and a few holes that needed more filler, so that has been done and so I have yet more rubbing down to do. I hope you've seen something here that you like. Pete
  28. 1/1000 Romulan TOS bird of prey
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