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Gemini 8

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  1. I love it. The window sizes are perfect. Many other models have too big window lights... I also like the colour. What is the main color you used? Is the colour mixed or bought? Many say the Star Destroyers are white. But it doesn´t look like it.
  2. Thanks a lot. I waited for some deliveries and made lots of tests of the different products. 1) Top left and right corners consists of a snow from the hobby shop with too rough texture. It contains of a rough powder. 2) Bottom right is similar but a little bit better quality. Still too rough. Maybe perfect for a Snowtrooper or anything of that size: Tamiya Snow Effect 3) Bottom left is "Tamiya Powder Snow Effect". Thats the right size. Applied with a spatula it looks like a rough windy environment. With rocks it will look pretty good. But from close it looks too much like plaster. 4) Top and Bottom middle: "AK Diorama Terrains Snow" with "AK Diorama Snow Microballoons" which is a very fine powder. I chose this one. 4) "AK Diorama Terrains Snow" with "AK Diorama Snow Microballoons" 3) Tamiya Powder Snow Effect The result: I wanted fluffy powder snow with a snow dune. It turned out a bit different/rougher than expected, but I think it is okay now. It is hard to see at the photos but I like parts of powder snow and the added sparcle effect from the hobby shop product.
  3. Thank you so much for your encouraging words. The figures are included with this model kit. I have not modified anything on this kit at all and I am not planning to modify any Bandai Starfighters, but some other kits in the future (Falcon, Star Destroyer).
  4. Fantastic work. The additional greeblies and the fiber optics look just right. I am looking forward to the painting. How thick are the flat white plates used for making the greeblies?
  5. I love this ship but I haven´t seen many good models of it. Most times I didn´t like the bland painting. But you did a great job.
  6. Gemini 8

    1/1000 USS Defiant

    Great job with the masking and painting of the panels, but I particularly love the shading.
  7. Thanks. For this model I handpainted most of them with a tiny brush (10/0). The metallic scratches are made: 1) Painting an irregular dark grey colour "Vallejo Model Air 71.048 Engine Grey" on an edge or panel line. 2) Adding "Vallejo Metal Color 77.707 Chrome" as close as possible to the edge of the first colour without mostly reaching it. The dark line should be as thin as possible and irregular. If it is too thick it looks comic-like. But it should be a bit alternated. After some varnishes the chrome looks a bit more dull but still metallic. I love "Dull Aluminium 77.717" but in the end it lost too much of the metallic touch. 3) Sometimes I added white higlights. This can also be done inside the panels but it has the best effect on edges. For some other chippings inside the panels I used the sponge technique with the dark base colour and then I added the handpainted filling (chrome or an almost white colour on the dark hull plates). Sometimes I use only the sponge without handpainting details. This is a very controllable but slow technique.
  8. Thanks a lot! When it looks larger than it is, then I have done most things right. I actively try to achive that goal. Bandai´s details are helping a lot, but I also try to paint it exactly like the much larger studio models. So theoratically it should look a bit like them when you have no background or obscure it with close ups. But I have so much to learn. I have problems with the base. I bought a pack of "snow effects" from a hobby shop. The snow is looking good on a test plate, but in combination with this model it doesn´t look right. Maybe it´s the wrong scale. I don´t know. I think it´s intended for train diorama. Has somebody experience with snow? I only want a smooth blanket of snow. No rocks or anything. I tend to try Tamiya or Vallejo snow next... Tamiya 100ml Diorama Texture Paint Snow White # 87119 Tamiya 100ml Diorama Texture Paint Powder Snow # 87120 Vallejo Weathering Effects 40ml - Snow # 73820 Any chances one of them will work out or any other recommendations? Thanks.
  9. This thing is incredible. Good work so far. I plan to build a comparibly tiny Aoshima Time Machine and was looking for good references but with rather moderate success. I think I will now take only this thread. Here´s all I need. It looks really accurate and well researched.
  10. Great work. I like the natural look that you have captured.
  11. Thanks. I thought everything was done and I was a little bit surprised when I removed the protective tape inside the cockpit to find more details to paint I almost forgot. The rest of the photos shows the assembled and finished model without the glass which I am going to use. I painted the base with a white color but I am starting tests with snow effects...
  12. Almost done. For a long time I was worried about the topside, but now I think it will look allright when put togehter.
  13. Nice work. Great colour on the Predator skin. This is definitely no ugly ...
  14. Thanks. In comparisons the Bandai version seemed a little bit more accurate (especially the cockpit -> inside and the overall form) and massive. But in the past I had some problems with a few huge gaps, because of its snap kit nature. This Fine Molds Model fitted perfectly.
  15. Hi, I finished this model some time before I registered at this forum, just before I started the actual project (Snowspeeder). The box was lying around for some years and when Bandai announced their fantastic model series I was unsure if this will hold up. But I don´t regret building this one and not buying the Bandai one instead. It´s still a fantastic kit and I am happy how it turned out. And one more with its current 1/72 Star Wars siblings in its 'natural environment'.