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About Gekko_1

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  1. Interesting! I wonder if they will include parts for the J-15T with CATOBAR ("Catapult Assisted Take-Off But Arrested Recovery" or "Catapult Assisted Take-Off Barrier Arrested Recovery")?
  2. And we continue! Is this sort of thing useful? Am I presenting my theories/explanations and experiments in a way that is easy to understand? I would appreciate some feedback at this stage as I'm considering creating a book and wonder if people would like this sort of thing?? Cheers Richard.
  3. OK, so now I'm trying to replicate the run-off of dust, dirt fluids etc from the center section. Using AK Interactive pencils dry for this first step. Next the pencil was blended with Matisse Drying Retarder. I let that dry for a day then sprayed Tamiya rattle can TS-80 Flat Clear. After letting that dry for about half a day I began chipping the toes and edges of the foot with Faber-Castell Pitt artist pen Cold Grey VI 235. After doing this step I discovered by accident that one can blend the Faber-Castell Pitt artist pen with Matisse Drying Retarder too! Howe
  4. No......................I think it was at the beginning of a YouTube Star Wars show? However, I just watched the AT-AT attack on Hoth (as you suggested) on YouTube @ 4K ............................ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=esdnOSo2-sY .............................. and YES! One can quite clearly see the top of the foot depress down into the bottom of the foot! So that sorts out that little issue!
  5. Actually I remember seeing somewhere??? that that part of the foot depresses down into the base of the foot as weight is brought down on it. Wish I could recall where I saw that? So yeah, it would tend to be quite grungy around that area. Oh and Happy Birthday Pete!
  6. Managed to improve things a little. One lesson learned though, was not to use acrylic paint with the Glaze medium hoping to blend it like the Vallejo Model Washes! No no no no no! That didn't work the same at all! The Vallejo Model Wash must be an ink?? Not sure? Used that mix in the offending area of the white tide mark, only to realise immediately after that it wouldn't blend-out like the Vallejo Model Wash does! Much happier with the shadows emphasizing the paneling along the bottom edge around the foot. This was done with various darker AK Interactive pencils liquefied wi
  7. This isn't a model of one of those AT-AT's on that sun, sand and beaches for pansy easy going types on Scarif! This is a model of a hardened battle scarred AT-AT for hard core types, on the rocky jagered mountains and wadis of the Judland Wastes!
  8. Started adding shadows around some of the panels............. That white tide mark re-appeared after the Matisse drying retarder had dried! I was going to have another go at getting rid of it, but I developed an eye strain headache, so that was the end of my modelling for today. I have a pretty good idea how to get rid of it..............................more tomorrow.
  9. Sometimes the Vallejo Glaze Medium has a slight shine to it. Very slight though. However, I needed a very Matt surface for the pencils to get a grip to for some of the finer chips. (those pencils used are Faber - Castell Polychromos pencils that are a harder more durable pencil, not a water colour pencil. And are great for adding small chips. More on them later) So the Matt Varnish was to help with that. The wash 'formula' is still a work in progress, but I'm happy with it so far.
  10. My two great modelling loves are camouflage schemes and weathering. When I was a young boy I used to love to paint-up my Airfix 32nd scale soldiers and take them out into the yard and see how well they looked in amongst the grass and sticks. This then progressed on to my Matchbox cars, Dinky Toys and model tanks. Later on in life I took this learning to a whole new level as an Infantry soldier. Camouflage and concealment was something I excelled at. I remember well one day out in the bush a junior Officer asked my Section Corporal where I was, only to be told I was "there". There, being approx
  11. The best is yet to come! There'll be 'a foot' in the right direction next!
  12. So, as I mentioned above, I managed to get myself some AK Interactive pencils and a few bottles of the new 3rd generation acrylic paint. I'll be using the Leather Brown in the camouflage scheme. The Rubber Black and Off White to lighten or darken and the Florescent Magenta for identification panels on the top of the AT-AT. These two colours will be mixed 50/50 to replicate the Vallejo Radome Tan. Two more shots of the underside showing additional staining, rust streaks etc this time using the AK Interactive pencils and Matisse Drying Retarder.
  13. Next are some more images of the process just before I managed to get my hands on some of the new AK Interactive Pencils and 3rd generation acrylic paints to test out for myself. The effect I'm going for here is a heavy industrialised, worn, mechanical, greasy, dirty look. I'm trying to bring an element of real-world realism into this science fiction subject to give it a little more believe-ability. Cheers Richard.
  14. Hi guys, sorry about the lack of updates. I've been quite busy with weathering experiments though, just haven't been able to upload all of it yet. I work as a Nightfiller at a Supermarket here in South Australia and to say things have become scary would be an understatement! Its so strange that people like me have gone from being ignored, bullied and disrespected by the majority of people, to a now front-line well respected and thanked essential service worker! It just makes me laugh (on the inside) that now I'm "so important" whereas nothing has actually changed in my job at all. I guess its
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