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Will Vale

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  • Birthday 06/07/1975

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    Wellington, NZ
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    Models, Orienteering, Fencing, Cooking & Dad-hood.

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  1. Looks sweet, I think better than both the donor & inspiration kits tbh. I do like the inlaid Deathwatch writing but you're right that the "canopy" is a bit silly, and the Stormraven is just bad. The new cockpit gives it a hint of the hunched shape of the Starship Troopers dropship too Will
  2. @Sgt.Squarehead you're probably right, and I know where it is, and there's not *that* much to do. Watch this space eh?
  3. Plaguetastic There's a lovely bit of background about the Beasts of Nurgle - they're essentially lolloping icky puppy dogs who want to run up to everything and *play* with it/lick it to death. Apparently if they go unloved or have no playmates for too long, they can sort of give up. Eventually they shrivel up, pupate, and emerge as horrible bitter plague flies.
  4. Oh that's a classic mini and no mistake! Nice paintwork. the hair and gems are great.
  5. @Sgt.Squarehead I found someone who'd put the 1/72 Shinkai on the Aoshima 1/76 Type 73 trailer, and that looks similar-but-different - note the transporter trailer has the right shaped wheel arches, but is cut off at an angle to accomodate the ramp. It feels like it probably has bigger wheels too. There's a picture here of a 2 axle trailer which looks different again - https://www.nmeweb.jp/duties_probe_shinkai.html Aha: This is Shinkai 2000 though, and a different trailer again? https://www.sankairenzoku10cm.blue/entry/torakku-doboku Bingo! Top photo. https://www.jamstec.go.jp/shinkai6500/reports/yk14-03.html I found the text "しんかい 6500" helpful for finding more pictures. NB: I found my Bandai Chikyu while cleaning up the other day, I should really build it... Will
  6. Thanks Andy! I was a bit worried when I put it together that it's too much, and seriously considered overspraying the rocks with grey to tone them down a bit. For now I'm living with it (and I suspect I will continue to do so...) Will
  7. Wow, this is a blast from the past! Thanks for the kind comments. I don't recall seeing anything about land transport. I remember research was difficult owing to the language barrier, and also because there's a museum replica which isn't especially accurate. Or at least I think that's what I remember? There have been some modifications to the real thing (new thrusters) which Bandai and Hasegawa have reflected in updated kits. Cheers, Will
  8. Thanks for the nice comments folks! I like submarines for weathering, they have lots of room and nice lines. I have found the missing pictures and added them to the OP. I love that you always have a good reason for things Will
  9. Hi folks, I've been rather busy with work lately (and spent my one week off spring cleaning) but managed to finish off this review build. It's a definitely-not-Space Battleship Yamato submarine from Suyata. And to be fair it's actually pretty different in detail and overall shape from the Yamato Dimensional Submarine. I guess it's starting with the same idea (U-boats in space) and going in a different direction. (click for bigger) I particularly like that it's a nod to the IJN Seiran carriers, and even includes a scarily tiny "float" plane. I thought I'd uploaded a close-up of this, but apparently it's AWOL - will edit in later. The meteor armour and camouflaged torpedoes are specific to this version - they also do a minelayer which replaces the armour plates with dangly robot arms for placing mines. More here: https://www.themodellingnews.com/2021/11/soujou-combined-fleet-space-submarine-i.html And here it is in the majestic depths of Outer Space Edit: Found the pics of the plane - it's quite petite! Cheers! Will
  10. Now that's a labour of love! Instantly recognisable and amazingly airy and spindly for a scale model. Love the little flag
  11. That's very good, got a definitely Gerry Anderson Realspace feel to it.
  12. That first shot in particular is the bee's knees. I can't see any model tells in it at all. Second one is almost as good but maybe the foreground lighting is a bit off? I guess it could be illuminated by the ISS Will
  13. Cracking job and great attention to detail. The wear and tear on the earth spade is a lovely touch. And you're right, it is a really cool design. The walker pods can't really compare can they? Will
  14. Those are cool, the pink is really in right now and looks great, especially on the Deathmarks' eyes.
  15. That looks excellent, lots of motion and I like the restrained weathering and the contrast between the chrome bits and flat bits. W
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