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Dazzio

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  1. I have been trying to get my hands on one of these kits but they are pretty hard to track down. I will however be following this build with great interest. That looks likes the Chinook kit at Italeri/Revell are still releasing now? Gotta be honest though, that is quite literally a "battle bus". Would be good in a zombie apocalypse I'd imagine? Kind Regards, Dazz
  2. Maybe the free shipping is a bonus to ex members? The Kate is number "A73012". Maybe the "A73013" is the book freebie? I haven't received anything else in my box and I had the A73013 on my order form too. Kind Regards, Dazz
  3. Well my club box arrived this morning. The Kate model is the same as the normal boxing just with a different decal sheet printed by Kits-World. Which I'm happy about as it's supporting a local (British) company, I could even enter it into the "Journeys End" GB. I also appear to be one of the lucky ones and received the Airfix book - it is quite literally a list. The reason I asked about shipping was because I got shipping for free even though I was no where near the £50 limit. Just lucky I guess. Kind Regards, Dazz
  4. I managed to get the Pro membership around 1pm-ish on Friday. I don't think I was in time for the freebie however. One thing I wanted to know though, has everyone paid for delivery? Kind Regards, Dazz
  5. Lovely Pheonix you have done there Hoops. I have the VF-0D to do at some point. I was never keen on the ghost in this version - altho this is the version the Shinn later flies in the show. I am building a VF-1J with the Fast Packs right now, if it turns out half as good as that I will be happy. Have you done any more? Kind Regards, Dazz.
  6. Thank you for the kind words Blimpyboy. It was a struggle to get it where it is now and I am not 100% happy with her, but I did learn alot from it. I am planning on making the rocket truck it launches from (Zero Launch Length style). But that will be way down the line. Thank you Aye, she is a big 'ol beastie but I think she is an amazing piece of engineering. Looks fast as hell just sitting there. Much appreciated Keith. This is the Japanese boxing of the Stratos 4 TSR-2MS that features in the OVA "Stratos 4 : Advance Final". The one you have is probably the boxing from the first series and is plain looking in comparison (no sharkmouth for a start). I have the TV show on DVD's so I am a little bit of a fan. FYI "Stratos 4" is actually an aircraft - not a real one mind. Why thank you Houston, but she isn't pristine - far from it. But that was the look I was going for when I made her. The real thing is just amazing, glad I have seen both XR220 and XR222 in the metal. I live quite close to Shoeburyness where the other airframes where used as targets so it is sort of an local interest to me. I also remember seeing it appear in an air rec competition when I was in the ATC. I was the only one who knew what it was - even the MoD guys didn't know, which impressed the Officers immensely. Thank you for the kind words all. Kind Regards, Dazz
  7. Hello Everyone, Well it's been a few weeks since my last update (where is the time going?!). I have been working on the Valkyrie every night (what else is there to do right now?)... update time! So in my last post I said I was going to try black basing, I am still not sold on it but I am liking the results. I am going to play around with it on a few other models. For anyone who doesn't know you prime your model/part in black - in this case Vallejo Black Primer (see below). Then in ramdom light patterns you spray white to make tonal variations in the model. I am not sure if I pulled it off but this is what I got. I think the next time I do this, I might some other colours to make this more interesting. Anyways, from here you build over the coats in even passes until you get the blow - or what you are happy with. Hopefully you can see the differences in the shades? While not perfect, I am really happy with this. So this was done on both wings and then glossed and decaled. I think the gloss coat has buggered up the shading... oh well least it looks okay. Each wing is made up of 15 decals... fun! Going to gloss over these again and then try an light grey wash on them. I have also done some work on the top mounted FAST packs and the Gun - not sure if I have mentioned the gun before and I am too lazy to check. The U.N. SPACY decal of course broke up, which was fun trying to sort out. The decals on the FAST packs wheren't as bad but the skull decal on one of the boosters ripped and tore. Luckly there is some decals in the pack I wasn't going to use. These came to the resuce and you wouldn't tell which one it was (and I can't remember). I am not keen on the "steel" used for the boosters. It looks too shiny for my liking. I will have to see what other colours I have. This is the VF-1J head, I am supposed to use the VF-1A head for this model, but I prefer the look of this one (there is also an "S" head). This is still very much a work in progress picture. However I had added the decals you can see here and I likes them. The yellow ones are from a 1/144 Revell Eurofighter - I think they work. I have also drilled out the laser barrels too. I am going to dry brush around the sensor bit for highlights. I am unsure if I want a small black line to follow the red one as Ichijo's colours are red and black. For those that are wondering, the masking tape on the cutting mat is for an Airfix P-51D and I am building as well. These are the inside of the legs, you are not going to see the other side as they will have the leg FAST packs on them. The decals on these where buggers too. The red dot on the top leg didn't want to go on and tore. So I used some of red decals that I wasn't going to use - these where the decals to be used on the winglets on the bottom of the leg. You can just see these on the bottom. These where painted instead as they would look better that way and I was right. I am really happy with how I have painted them thus far. I also managed to pick this up on a well known auction site for a decent price. I have seen a version of the Valkyrie (the VR-1D) which carries a recon pod and a sorta IR sensor on it's windscreen (think Flanker/Fulcrum and you are there). I have also seen another modeller turn that version into a sorta SEAD like. I might do a version of that, once I get the okay from the other modeller to sorta steal their idea. My girlfriend and I have an idea for the base. I think that will be more complicated that the entire build! More to come. Ideas or comments welcome. Kind Regards, Dazz
  8. Oh nice, I've still got to finish my GR1's with the JP233's. Which iirc where seen to be better than the MW-1 because of the less drag penalty but the MW-1 has more munitions? I could be wrong there. I did find an MW-1 in a Dragon set I've got somewhere, never actually checked it so I don't know how good it is. I'm still looking for BL775 clusterbombs in 1/144. Looking forward to this one Bosse. Like you, I own more Tornados than I should admit too lol. Kind Regards, Dazz
  9. Oo a S.A Bulldog. An aircraft that is pretty close to me as I have about 4 hours flying time in one with the ATC as a kid (funny enough). I also built this kit but different decals (I think it was a blister pack one) for one of the many GB's I sign up for, but unlike most I actually finished this one! Below is my example from about 4 years ago. I will look forward to watching this one progress. I cheated with the noseweight by using a stand. lol Kind Regards, Dazz
  10. Thank you both, I am really enjoying this refurb. While I know it will not be perfect, I am happy with the results thus far. So I couldn't resist a little mock up to see if there was anywhere that needed my attention. The cockpit to fuselage join needs some sanding. I will probably lose some of the vents there, however I have PE vents from my Gundam kits that will fit the bill perfectly! Infact they are almost a direct replacement! But that will be another post tomorrow... probably. I am going to try a black basing method on this aircraft. Not nothing to loose right? I am happy with how the wings are turning out. The bottoms are shocking, but I will look at those later. Hope this gives you an idea of what it looks like? Kind Regards, Dazz
  11. Thank you Modelling Minion... it's taken a while to get to this stage but the hard work is over now... I think. So as I said in my last post I have done more work on the Valkyrie, but with out any pictures yet. While listening to the voices of Lynn Minmay, Fire Bomber (Particularly Mylene Jenius ), Sharon Apple, Ranka Lee and Sheryl Nome - anyone who knows anything about Macross knows that the two most promient features are the Valkyries and songs, but I digress. First up is the typical Hasegawa canopy with the mold seem down the middle of it (picture below). So with my newsest No. 11 blade I scraped away the excess and with the Micro Mesh Sanding Pads, I started at 1,500 grit sanding one way (vertically or horizontally) then going down to the next pad and changing direction. The picture is when I had reached the 4,000 grit pad. Getting there, after some time, I was down to the 12,000 grit pad and a nearly shiny canopy. Not bad I don't think. I used to hate doing this to canopies, but I think I am getting there. I did have a polishing liquid, but I will be buggered if I can find it! These are the FAST packs for the legs. They are not finished yet, but getting there. Believe it or not there is 12 decals on these each. The wonderful "U.N. SPACY" logo broke up didn't it? Well that was fun. Since taking these pictures, I have painted the gun pod, the booster and micro missile packs. The nose has been attached to the main body. I think I am getting there. I am in danger of completing this kid... bloody hell! Kind Regards, Dazz
  12. Hello Everyone, Has it really been 3-ish weeks since my last post?! Wow time flies when you can't keep track of it! I have been working on this kit pretty much everynight as well as playing EVE-Online (one of my favourite games). So where I left it last time, the cockpit was nothing more than a hole in some grey plastic (below). Oh god that is horrible isn't it? So I spent a few nights cleaning it up and sorting out the horrible example of gluing at the nose. While looking for ideas on this kit, I remembered that the VF-1A/J/S where based on the F-14 Tomcat. I had some left over PE from a previous build so why not add it in? Not my best work, but not the worst either. It would just so happen that if you folded the PE part down the middle it would fit excatly into the cockpit - result! Thats not bad eh? So I painted the seat and computer thing that sits behind the pilot. The decal for the instrument panel was a disaster as it folded up on itself. Not bad for a 20-ish year old kit. In the end I painted over the bottom left part and painted the "ears" silver. You wont know the difference once it is in. Not bad I would say. You can see the PE parts too. Excellent! I am not very good at seat harnesses yet. Does anyone have any suggestions? As you can see, a lot will be seen in the Valkyrie once the canopy has gone on. Hhmm... There is also a nast seam line down the middle of the canopy. Lease the nose looks 100% better! First job was sorting out the FAST boosters... I am going to be here a long time. These little darlings took me 2 nights to sort out. I think I have fluffed the bottom of one of them. But I am not worried as it is the bottom. Bottom one looks so much better than the top. I have also had to rescribe the detail I have lost. A skill I am not 100% comfortable with just yet. This is the main body of the Valkyrie. Where the black bits end, I have placed two plates as you can see right up inside the aircraft and see the lovely mechanism. THis will hopefully stop that. The two arms and the added FAST packs for them. I just needed to tidy these bits up and for the majority will not be seen. The bottom of the Valkyrie, this is actually the chest when it transforms - this kit will NOT be doing that! The arms in the previous shot go inbetween the two intakes/legs. They will cover up that horrible hole. I have also modified the legs to have the MLG doors closed. Hasegawa in their infinite wisdom only made the kit to have the wheels on disply. A few snips and excessive sanding will get you a closed MLG bay. I have also found the sister kit to this one that I have been searching for, for the last 19 years. I was going to get a £60 one from Japan, but I found one closer to home for a much better price. I will enjoy building this when I get around to it. This is the VE-1 Elintseeker. Think AWACs/Hawkeye and you are there. This kit is a two seater and I can steal some of the bits not used for the Super Valkyrie... maybe. I have since done some more work on the Valkyrie since I have taken these pictures. I have painted the leg FAST packs and decaled them (the bit with "U.N. SPACY" on the Elintseeker pic). I will post pictures of them tomorrow. Questions and comments welcome. Kind Regards, Dazz
  13. Hi VoidDragon, Depends on what you mean by "best place". I personally import all my own kits but I buy them in bulk. So it works out cheaper. But the best place that I'm aware of in the UK would be GundamMad, but they've probably run into stock issues with every other shop I'd imagine. Which Gundam was you looking into getting? You might be lucky and find one on eBay. I found a Macross kit I've been after for 19 years just recently. Kind Regards, Dazz
  14. Just out of curiosity. Does anyone know what kit was used/given out with the Take-Off magazine in the late 90's? I was in year 5 at Primary School, so barely remember it apart from the horrible colour of the plastic. I know it was a Tornado GR1 (or supposed to have been) with decals for "Debbie" in the Gulf War but that's as mush as I remember. I've still got a fuel tank floating around somewhere. Reason I'm asking is because I put a cheeky bid on the Kits-World decal set for Operation Granby and won (somehow). I'm guessing it was the old Airfix GR1? Thanking you in advance. Kind Regards, Dazz
  15. Thank you Steve for the kind words, the kit certainly put up a fight and there was times I wanted to throw it out of the window. Glad it is finished now and is of a reasonable quality. It's good enough to go on the shelf. Kind Regards, Dazz
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