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  1. Godzilla isn't really my cuppa tea but my granddaughter is a huge fan so when I saw this in the hobby store I thought I'd give it a whirl and present it to her when I was done. It's actually not a bad little kit - the main problem area was blending in the seams where the parts were cemented together. To accomplish that goal I made good use of a wood burning set. Temperature control and a variety of tips helped in almost eliminating the seams. The next biggest challenge was painting the dorsal(?) fins to try to get that electric blue glow. Fortunately I was able to pull off a reasonably good approximation. My granddaughter is out of town for a few days and I'm looking forward to seeing her reaction when she gets it.
  2. Bertie - no need to delete anything... it is an interesting side note to the post. 'Sides, if I'm going to watch Plan 9 and then build a model of the saucer featured in it - well you correctly infer that I don't modelling too seriously. It was interesting to read that the Megatron was built so (relatively) recently. Very likely to have happened in the 50's but I'd have thought the idea would have been scrapped before the ink was even dry on the initial sketches in the 90's.
  3. The baggage pods are modifications of the kit included gun pod. I eyeballed removal of the plastic with an x-acto knife until I got the correct profile and then refined the shape with files and sandpaper. I don't claim any accuracy but it looks the part and it's close enough for me.
  4. Here are two examples of the Airfix 1/72 Hawk 100 (kit A03073A). The standard markings aircraft was done using an old Mike Grant decal sheet (sure wish Leading Edge would reissue their sheet!) and the 2016 anniversary scheme was built using the excellent kit supplied decal. Building the two of them together was so enjoyable I almost wish there were more examples in Canadian markings.
  5. This was a father's day gift and was a fun build because "Polar Lights has spent no expense to make this the most accurate studio-scale model created by mortal man." I added arms and hands to the pilot and a few buttons and levers to the cockpit. Unexpected bonus - turns out the rocket propulsion engines (or possibly electrode guns) which mount on top of the saucer are also anti-matter discharge cannons if mounted UNDERNEATH... the wonders of mid-50's alien technology.
  6. My previous sailing ship model was the large Revell yacht America so I thought I'd try something a little smaller this time. I think next time I'll go for something a closer to medium. This small scale really taxed my modelling skills and I don't see too many more (if any at all) of this size in my future. Other than the diminutive size, the kit itself is excellent and results in a very acceptable model.
  7. thank you all for your supportive comments. Norseman 3:16... the kit was built out of the box with the exception of additional heavier thread used to support the masts and the bowsprit
  8. Thank you for sharing these photos with us. What you've accomplished serves as an inspiration to continue my ship modeling but also clearly shows I've got such a long, long, long way to go to get anywhere near your level. Looking forward to your future posts...
  9. I was looking for a fun to assemble, no hassle kit and this one fit the bill perfectly. Clean up and assembly went smoothly with minimum requirement for paint and in no time, I had a completed model that I was more than satisfied with. If you're looking to take a break from all the fitting, filing, filling, sanding ( repeat as necessary) this one's highly recommended.
  10. Thank you all for your kind comments. dnl42 - the sails on the model are the vacuformed sails that come with the kit. I tried to create cloth sails but all my attempts were unsatisfactory. I carefully trimmed the sails and then put thin strips of Nexcare gentle paper first aid tape around the edges on both sides. The tape is very thin and helped to keep the plastic sails from splitting when I punched in holes to use in the rigging process. The white of the tape and the vacuformed sails were a close match and the resulting layers looks very much like the seams created when folding and sewing the real thing.
  11. It's been a long time since I tried my hand at building a model of a sailing vessel but I could resist no longer and succumbed to the siren call of the Revell yacht America. I enjoyed this experience so much I'm planning on an other ship at some time in the future. I'd like to think it would be either the Revell 1/96 Cutty Sark or the 1/72 pirate ship but I think more realistically it will be something smaller because of time and space considerations.
  12. Going through my selection of Bandai Star Wars kits, I decided Darth Vader would be next. This is another of Bandai's excellent figures but I did not like the way the joints looked on the finished product - they are well engineered to allow the figure to be placed in multiple poses but make for an unrealistic appearance in those areas. To eliminate the "action-figure" appearance and make the the joints look more life-like, I crazy-glued them permanently into position and filled the gaps with Milliput two-part epoxy. After the epoxy had partially hardened I carved the clothing texture into the epoxy filler. Another aspect of the kit which I wasn't overly impressed with was the the multi-part depiction of Vader's cape. The resulting concessions made to the cape detracted from the appearance of the final product. I tried replacing the kit's parts with a cloth cape but I could not find a suitable substitute - either the weave of the cloth was out of scale or it wouldn't drape properly or it bunched up too much at Vader's neck. After much fitting, filing and sanding I was able to join the kit pieces into one unit and create an acceptable cape. These modifications to the kit result in a one pose only figure but I am ok with loosing that flexibility in order to get a more realistic look. Other modifications include carving the left hand clenched fist to show the base of the thumb and curled index finger and removal of the engraved cape chain clasp and replaced with a short length of jewelry chain.
  13. I never noticed - did she drive? I wasn't paying attention to the cars... seriously though, an excellent job on her transportation!
  14. excellent work - you're making me consider building this kit too... (in addition to all the others I'm going to build)!
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