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  1. Thanks for the heads up Jockney, Guess I had better pull my finger out then huh? No pictures, but today I have painted the chassis, the road wheels, the rubber bits and the tracks. Should be able to build it together tomorrow. I need to work on the tanks on the back as they where shocking. Kind regards, Dazz
  2. It's funny you mention that, I had to do a double take of it as it looks just like the Scalextrix car (I know it will do because it's an Evo VIII), but I mean the way it is painted and the colours used for the plastic and some of the "simplistic" way it is painted. It's hard to describe, but it really looks likes the moulds too (I do own the Scalextrix version). I will be keeping an eye on this build also as I love Evo's too, although I still think the IV is the best looking with the VI being the one I want to own one day - haha yeah right! I am enjoying the build thus far. I think we are missing something from Mazda and Suzuki (that I am aware off), but I do not own anything of theirs unforunately. Kinda sad not to see a 787B tbt Kind regards, Dazz
  3. "Sun-swept beaches, hot sun, and nasty ramen noodles. We tried to have fun, but in the end, we found ourselves in the middle of another military idiocy. Is it any wonder this crew is getting all stressed out? I'm beginning to wonder if a lot of them aren't so much resilient as just incredibly dense." - Ruri Hoshino Hello Everyone, Wow has it really been a month since my last post? How time flies eh? Well I have spent most of the time painting the white which is all over the ship. I got to the point where I just thought "sod it" and have left the white. The ship is pretty much covered and as coloured white. I will just say that the ship is on its return journey from Mars. I was bored of the plain white, so I decided to paint random parts of it grey and some more proment red areas. This is where I am upto at the moment. While the colours are not official, I think it is more interesting than the normal white/red it is meant to be. I still need to paint some small details like the VLS' ports. I am thinking of putting a decal on top of the bridge that says "Nadesico" in a Enterprise kinda way. Just need to gloss it and pin wash it. I just love the cheat line below the bridge. Amazing how cameras always so the errors in your painting huh? Kind regards, Dazz
  4. That's looking really good. I am really liking the details on it, but it's way too big for and my man shed. I had a quick look at 1/48 Macross models out of curosity and there only seems to be about 5 versus the 100+ in 1/72. Still, looking forward to seeing how this turns out. I think the greatest thing about the Macross kits is that you can build them up in modeules. A feature I wish I had known 20 years ago when I started my Super Valkyrie - oh well. Kind regards, Dazz
  5. That's looking really good, I never knew there was a kit for this Mustang in 1/72, I do have some aftermarket decals floating around somewhere which I plan to do at some stage - just like the rest of our stashes huh? I did built this version in one of the Mustang GB's a few years ago but in 1/144 from a Sweet kit. The canopy painting is just terrible... actually it's very shocking. I love the star inside of the Hinomaru, I am not too sure how accurate that is though. Looking forward to seeing more of this build. Kind regards, Dazz
  6. Hello everyone, I know everyone has been wondering what I have been prattling on about - well here we are. It has been mentioned by my self a few times on this forum that I am a big fan of the "Flag of Titans" series in the Gundam UC universe. Even though the Titans are right gits (massive understatement!), the mobile suits for them are just amazing and I love the designs for them. This is a build I have been planning for a while now, ever since I saw the official P-Bandai kit. Anyhow, this is the base kit I will be using. This is an actual kit that appears in the show "Gundam Build Fighters Try". IT's a really good show and isn't a serious one at all, but is really aimed at model making and Gunpla in the main. I forget the name of the character, but he has a bit of a crush on one of the fighters in the Try Team who builds the Cardigan GM (below and a kit I still have to finish) - notice the similarities in colours/load out. When Fumina see's this kit of her, she is a little embarassed - who wouldn't be?! But that is where I will leave it story wise. So a few years ago I saw the P-Bandai Titan's Maid version which looks likes the one below. I have always liked the Titan's coloured mobile suits and I liked this design so I wanted to copy to a little degree - notice the bunny ears? I need to play with the colours a bit as I am not a fan of the black, but am thinking of a purple/royal blue version. Also I will be modifying the kit so the knee highs will be thigh highs, the cycling shorts will go (these are a Fumina trademark of sorts) and I hate the gun she holds. I will probably use the beam gun that the Hazel carries as I have a few of them. I was also thinking of giving her Hazel "heels" if I can figure out how to scratch build them. I am also toying with the idea of using bigger shields. or even curved ones. Pictures of the parts and the instructions. I have to use the stand as she will not stand on her own, her backpack is far oo heavy. Lots of runners and plastic. I think I will try painting the eyes as well just to make things a little more difficult for myself. I have been watching a lot of GK (garage kit) builders on YouTube of late and I really want to give figure painting a try. That is why this is way out of my comfort zone, I have never done anything like this before. Lets see how badly I can mess this up eh?! So as always, you start with the head, arms and chest. Kinda freaky really. In the background you can see the two Hornets, the T-80 the Titanic and the engine nacelles from the Nadesico. I can see a few gaps that will need to be filled in and some work that will need to be done here or there. I love the beam sabres, thats pretty cute/clever. The finger tips will all be red as well as a nod to the Titans Test Team mecha. SHE STANDS... but not for long. It doesn't take me that long to get to this point. About an hour. This is the first kit that threw me off by having specific left and right legs, took me a while to figure out why they didn't fit together correctly. With the stand built as she did fall over and landed on the two Hornets that have since been moved out of the way. Now it's time to plan the colours/paint and what I am going to glue/fill. Bonus points to anyone who can tell me who is on the monitor and what song they are singing I am working on the Nadesico still, but it is alot of white on white kinda work and not worth showing off. I also have builds #3 and #4 lined up as well. Kind regards, Dazz
  7. I've got the 3-tone JGSDF one in the loft so will be keeping an eye on this kit. Looks really good thus far Kind regards, Dazz
  8. Woohoo! Finally an update on this, I have been waiting for this I would of guessed more but I thought I was disqualified. I do love the shape of the Excalibur and Macross Plus is one of my favourite OVA's/films. It is based on the competition between the YF-22 and YF-23 back in the 90's didn't you know? If you can find it, there is an artwork book called "Valkyries : First Sortie" that has some amazing artwork in it from the show, or it could be the Second Sortie now I think of it. I only build in 1/72 for Macross things, but this one is beautifully moulded and you are going well with her. Looking forward to some more. Kind regards, Darren
  9. Well the build is inspired by Gundam and is from a series in the franchise but it's isn't a Gundam nor a Mobile Suit (Zaku, Dom Trooper, Kampfer and so forth). The pictures above are a link to what it will look like... oh sod it, I will make it easier. The Greek gods and rabbits link. It is a kit that will be painted in the Titan Test Team colours from Zeta Gundam/Flag of the Titans series. The rabbit link is because all of the Titans Test Team mecha are named after characters in Watership Down whom are rabbits - Hazel, Bigwig, Fiver and so forth. The real clue is "ごしゅじんさま!!!" (Goshujin-sama!!!) or over priced cafe's... that is what the kit will be. I think it was a P-bandai kit as well - well the original one is. I am planning on joining in with a Gundam at a later date though. Not sure which one yet though as I have a few options. Kind regards, Dazz
  10. So those of you who have been keeping track of my Nadesico build will know that I have been toying with at least another 3 builds, well here is the first one. I have 3 months left so I should get this one completed at least. I am going to be annoying like "Uncle Richie" was and see if anyone can guess what I am going to build. I was going to use a pictionary guide to help people guess but some of the pictures where way too close for this family orientated forum so decided to leave the main ones out. I will include a picture that might help some people if they know what it is. All I will say is that the kit is from Bandai and it is a HG line model. If you think of the phrase "ごしゅじんさま!!!" (Goshujin-sama!!!), over priced cafe's and TV's shows I have recommended in the past you might get an idea... I think it's one of those things that if you know, then you know - if no one guesses correctly by next Monday, I will just start posting pictures to keep the thread going. Here is a little visual hint. Yes that is a Gundam (the RX-121 Hazel Gundam TR-1 to be exact), but I am not building one, but it is linked however. Besides I have already built one of these for a GB way back in 2014... damn that was a while ago (see below for the finished article)! That picture links the clues of Greek Gods and Rabbits together. FYI those rabbits on the Gundam's finger are Hazel and Bigwig (I think it's Bigwig, could be Fiver). The kit I have isn't an original one neither, so I will be modifying it to be what I am aiming for, I will also be doing a custom job on the decals/paint/kit as well. But I will be working on this one while I am waiting for paint to dry on the Nadesico. I just want to add that this build is way out of my comfort zone and I haven't build anything like this before so am I am a bit nervous how it will turn out. I also need to collect some bits from my shed at my parents house before I am fully comitted to this. Let the guessing commence. Kind regards, Dazz
  11. Sign me up, I am sure I can find something in my stash for this. Even more so now I have seen that Macross kits have been given the go-ahead Kind regards, Dazz
  12. Thank you Hunter, I am happy with both of them to be fair. Everyone I've shown seems to love the colours on the Pumpkin Face one more though. Not bad for a failed attempt at mixing RLM04. Kind regards, Dazz
  13. That's really good, Zoids was one of those things I wished I had gotten into as a kid but my Old Girl was massively against me playing with anything that had a gun. Now look at me, I know more about guns/aircraft and anime weapons that any normal healthy person should! Anyhow, I'm not sure about anyone else, but I am getting a future sci-fi and steampunk vibe at the same time. Pretty cool! Kind regards, Dazz
  14. I had an order delivered about 3 weeks ago from HLJ that came out to about £120-ish and I didn't have to pay customs on it. I thought I just got away with it for once (it does happen, I once had a DVD boxset worth £250 come in without a fee). On the flip side however, I had to get it shipped by FedEx as EMS isn't shipping out to the UK right now. I've got 4 figures coming soon that cost me £130-ish each. I will let you know how much I get stung for when they come in. Kind regards, Dazz
  15. Thank you, well I have tested the magnet trick and it's working fine now! Woohoo! The 4x3's have some strength behind them, quite surprising for how small they are! They are extremely cheap which is always a bonus. I have another 2 maybe 3 builds planned. This GB is my forte and where I have a chance to shine. I will keep away from military subjects though as I think they are pretty much covered here. Kaiwaii? Hhmm.. possibly. Fluffy? Not this time. Hhmm... you might have an idea, although I would like to know what you have Figured out... I'll be impressed if anyone has Figured out the base model. Haha, I completed a search for that myself and I can confirm that the subject isn't in that list, but Mine was... I hated her death scene almost as much as Sheele's However I will say, if you use some of the keywords above, you will find the kit and might be able to Figure it out. So today I have spent most of the day sanding and painting the grey bits. Not really worth a picture tbh, but slowly getting there. I am trying to decide if I want to keep the Nadesico plain white, or do a more interesting build with Gundam style stencils on the ship. Kind regards, Dazz
  16. "Well of course, building models is the ultimate hobby for the mature male. It takes a skilled mind, a steady hand and a keen eye and it is not as expensive as collecting the real thing." - Uribatake So a little update on the high mobile space battleship Nadesico (that is bit of a mouthful eh?). I have been plugging away on the Nadesico while listening to some quality songs from various shows. Fire Bomber, Walkyrie, Ranka and Sherry, Lynn Minmay, Hikaru Utada, Ayumi Hamasaki... you get the idea. I still think that "Angel Voice" is one of the best songs out there... anyhow... First thing I did was to disassemble to parts now I have an idea of how they go together and what will/will not be seen. In the different pieces the Nadesico looks like this... Those front nacelles for the Y-unit are absolutely massive! The bit that is going to cause the most issues will be the main body and when/if I want to change the Nadeisco from the original ship to the Y-unit attached version. Time for some drastic action. Look at those lovely ejector marks, on the top of the flight deck... great! So a few passes with a sanding stick later and they where gone. Ta-da!.. All great fun! Next was to tackle the issue of splitting the main body apart so I could change between the original and Y-unit attached versions. With all 8 pins (you can see 6 here) the body was never going to move but was a right PITA to get apart and I didn't want to paint her only to destroy her each time I took her apart. So some braining storming later, I came up with a great idea from my Tau figures... magnets! I only have 2mm x 1mm magnets which is a bugger so I measured the holes of the 4 biggest pins which came out at 4mm. I ordered some 4mm x 3mm round magnets, They should be strong enough right? So here we have the top part (top) and the bottom part (bottom) of the main body. What you can't really tell is that I have cut the pins for the hanger bay (bottom left where the masking tape is) completely off and sanded them flush. I have also totally removed the 4 main pins as well and only left a little bit on the two small pins. When I have test fitted these parts, the two front pins gave the body enough strenght to stay together, but I wanted to made sure it never moved. So out came the magnets, after some trial and error fitting I was happy with the level of the magnets and they now sit on each other pretty flushly. These should give the needed strenght to stay together when the Y-unit is attached. The superglue I have used takes a while to go off, so I have left it set for a few days. Although I did get some glue on the bottom of the magnets. I will have to clean those off when the glue has set, fun fun fun. These are the two main transitional engine nacelles for the ship (the pointy bits at the front). The top one is for the Y-Unit and the bottom one is for the original ship. As you can see they have slots where the engine parts lock into. But to make the joins disappear and flush I am going to have to find a way to make the engine parts swappable. Here is where more magnets come into play. I am currently in the process of paining the bits that are not transferable and I will need to fit them before I can start to glue these pieces together and thing about filling those gaps in. But as the Artillery Man in Work of the Worlds says "I've got a plan!", a pretty rubbish plan, but still a plan. In other news, I need to get some paint for another build I am going to join in with. Something that is way Way *WAY* out of my comfort zone, don't worry it's not a Naked Angel but something extremely Japanese! More on that later, I don't think that anyone will be able to guess it and it is pretty left field. All I am going to say is that the kit is made by Bandai and is a HG model, but it isn't Gundam but it is linked to Greek gods, the phrase "ごしゅじんさま!!!" (Goshujin-sama!!!) and rabbits. If anyone has seen any of my completed builds they might have a rough idea on the theme and it is from a show I have recommended on here numerous times. You have to be a major Otaku to guess this one... yes I am a evil bugger. Kind regards, Dazz
  17. Now you are the bad influence @Thom216! Know what I will be spending my birthday pennies now. That Apollo Norm does look epic and mean as hell. Kind regards, Dazz
  18. Oo nice a Yamato. I have one of these but it's the tiny tiny mecha collection one. I like the fighter bay gimmick, might have to acquire one just for that option. I am a bigger fan of the Andromeda-class wonder if they do one of those in the same scale? hhmm... Good trick to know about the XF-18 and XF-7, I might get around to finishing mine now. Really looking forward to how this one turns out. Nice to know I have been a bad influence again. Kind regards, Darren
  19. Woohoo! Finally a Valkyrie! I was waiting/hoping for one of these to turn up. It's a nice kit, I've got one floating around somewhere and I finished a Super Valkyrie last year that I started in 2001-ish! Not sure if you have built one before or not. But, just a heads up that the kit only gives you option to have the wheels down unless you modify the gear bays which is easy to do. Also the photoetch set is more or less for the Super/Strike Valkyrie. A normal VF-1A will probably use about 20-30% of that set. The Dream etch is also pretty nice. I'm looking forward to seeing this one progress. Kind regards, Dazz
  20. Some people might read that as a failure of advertising. How could you possibly *not* be thinking of Pocari Sweat during an earthquake?! Although some people might be queuing up for the saki one at Niigata (?) station. Kind regards, Dazz
  21. That is looking really cool, although I am getting an 80's vibe from the colours. Very cool though. I learned an interesting fact about the vending machines in Japan a few months ago. Apparently, if there is an earthquake, the machines are set to release their contents for free. I am not sure if that means you have to select what you want, or it spits them all out at once or if it has to recieve a signal from the government/owners. Still pretty cool if it is true - I haven't had a chance to verify it yet. That vending machine would look good on a mountain pass/midnight service station diaorama for cars/bikes. Kind regards, Dazz
  22. I've actually got one of these kits, well more specifically I have the Eevee kit. Built up really quickly actually. Kind regard, Dazz
  23. "You're wrong, but it's what I expected. Why is it that adults think that forgetting something is a solution? You can't just throw knowledge away..." - Ruri Hoshino. So I done some more work on this beastie, this time assembling the Y-unit. I think I am going to have to decide which version I want to keep as each time I take the main body apart it is damaging the sides of it despite me trying to be careful. Not sure which version I prefer though, the original one up above or the Y-unit one below... I didn't get any pictures of the build as she goes together really quickly. Infact I spent more time trying to find the parts on the sprue trees. The Y-Unit certainly makes the Nadesico look more chunky. Still not sure where I am going to put it when I have finished! In other news, I am toying with the idea of entering another build to this GB just because... well reasons. Oh and I have also found a cheap-ish Naked Angel - Yuu Shinoda (I actually have). Kind regards, Dazz
  24. Hhmm... "01" is usually linked to Evangelion, or to be more precise "Eva Unit 01". If I have alot to answer for, then it must be something related to what I have said? I doubt it's the Nadesico again, possibly the Eva Crayfish? Oh I know! You have bought the first in the series from the Naked Angel series! You've got Moe Amatsuka! Maybe a RG Eva01? Kind regards, Dazz
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