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  1. I realized I'd never posted any images of the finished model. Here you go. Thanks everyone for your nice words.
  2. I've entered the home stretch on this one. I got everything in primer and ready for paint. Unfortunately, the primer went down a bit heavier than I intended and softened some of the finer details...oh well. A small spray can of Tamiya or Mr. Surfacer is quite expensive around here (and usually out of stock), so I sometimes get by with grey primer from the hardware store. This is a case where I regret that decision a bit. Maybe switching to the Mr. Surfacer for airbrush would be a better way to go. The problem is, my wife is very sensitive to solvent vapors, so I'd have to move the compressor outside for that. The primer revealed that the upper arm armour needed a bit of work, so I sanded it back and attached these wrap-around plastic card bits to enclose the mechanics. After all the fretting over a color scheme, I just went with a simple grey green with some yellow markings. The green is a mix of hellblau and hellgrün acrylics from Mission Model Paint. For this model, I tried painting the chips with a brush for the first time (rather than my usual go-to hairspray method). I'm a bit crap at it, so it looks cartoonish to my eyes, but I think the further weathering steps will tone it down a bit. These calipers made a very convenient handle for this during painting. I'm getting close to finishing. A bit more weathering, then assembly. I imagine that final assembly will be difficult because the limb connections are just ball joints. I will have to rig a way to hold the parts in position while the glue sets up. Also the figure needs to be painted, so I expect I'll be watching some figure painting videos on Youtube in the near future. Thanks again for any interest. P.
  3. I’m not sure what’s it’s purpose is other than I’d like to keep it a bit ambiguous / mysterious.
  4. Yes, that’s the kind of finish I’ve had in mind. I’ve been looking at a lot of WWII aircraft colors, particularly the paints for the interiors and the underside of the plane. I think a lot of the original Ma.K colors that Kow Yokohama chose were from WWII aircraft, as well…duck egg, middle stone, Grauviolet, etc. Thanks for posting
  5. Thanks for the suggestions. I'm going to try and paint over these photos in Photoshop and I'll definitely try these out. As much as I like the idea of the JCB yellow (I think it suits this subject well), having just finished a model of a construction robot, I'm a bit reluctant to "do it again". I'll try mocking it up on the computer, in any case. It was my hope that the jerrycans wouldn't be too obvious. My thinking was they were a detail stamped into the sheet metal to give it some strength. I have a bit more work to do on the upper arm armour, anyway. I'll try blending the edge of the can in with some putty. Maybe that will slightly disguise its origins. Thanks for pointing that out.
  6. I've added more small details here and there and also got some primer down to both see where things are at and to use in photoshop to help work out a paint scheme. So here are some gratuitous primer pics to geek out on (if you like that sort of thing). I freely admit that I have NFI what colors to paint this. thanks again for any interest. Peter
  7. Wow, what a crazy-huge project. Are you looking to clear out your entire stores of detail parts? There are easier ways…for instance, you could send them to me. All kidding aside, this is the kind of project that I dream about…a wall of greebles. However, since a typical model kit is $$, I will have to continue to dream and live vicariously though your build. Will watch with great interest.
  8. Fantastic work. Looks ace, Pete. Really nice work blending all those shapes.
  9. Here it is mocked up. I'm digging the stance...
  10. Hey friends. I got some time in on this recently and made enough progress to be worth sharing. I formed the roll cage from some ⌀1.5mm acrylic rod. It bent reasonably easily with some gentle help from a heat gun. I bent the rod around a form cut from some thin MDF with the profile of the cage. The cross pieces were cut to length and the cage was gently squeezed by hand while the cement dried. I had been dreading this and I'm chuffed that it turned out as well as it did. if this hadn't worked out, I probably would have tried soldering some brass rod. I also have assembled the legs from an assortment of parts. The feet and lower leg are made from some Evergreen styrene and the armour is Gundam. The upper thighs were some unused bits from the Hasegawa Hitachi excavator. They were thin shells, so I filled them with epoxy putty and drilled the hole for the tube. The tube was capped with some 1:72 tank wheels and a polystyrene 1/2 pearl. The pearl will seat in a spherical depression in the flange on the main body. This should allow me some flexibility to pose the leg while the glue is drying. I'll need to improvise some sort of jig to support the body at the proper height while doing this. Hopefully, this will be able to stand up on its own . I'll probably pin it to a small base, in any case. I'll hopefully be adding some more mechanical details to legs, then onto finishing up the arms. At that point, I'll be on the home stretch. Thanks for looking in. Peter
  11. I finally finished this after leaving it about 98.6% of the way there. I added some caked mud and dust to the feet and built a simple base. If anyone is interested in the build process, here's a link:
  12. Just a brief note to say that I am still working on this despite the lack of posts. I have taken a brief hiatus to finish a couple of older models that were 98% of the way done before I got distracted with this (& others that have yet to be disclosed here ). I always seem to stop 3 feet short of the finish line...a bit pathological, maybe? Usually a model show or contest is needed (ie. a real deadline) for me to actually completely finish something. So, I’ve decided to participate in something with a mid-June deadline, largely to provide a bit of motivation so I can put these older pieces to rest (the Construction Mech & my Spaceship Crash Site DIO).
  13. Very nice, Andy. I really like the approach of using a combination of printed and scratch built parts, rather than just printing the whole thing as a monolithic figure. Fusion 360 and the Mars are a potent combination indeed. It’s kind of miraculous that’s it’s in reach of the hobbyist for so little money. I really should fire mine up more than I do. I had originally intended to use it as a desktop greeble factory, but have yet to really explore that possibility.
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