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  1. Hi folks, My first completion for 2017 - rather a slow start to the year - is this space fighter from Yamato 2199. It's a Bandai kit and has the usual excellent fit and sharp detail, as well as the usual tricky plastic that doesn't like CA or enamels I didn't have too many problems that weren't of my own making though - just need to be very careful with it all. (click for bigger/more) I modified the snap-fit areas to allow me to build the nose and fuselage separately, deal with the horizontal seams, and paint them before bringing them together at the end. This was inspired by pictures of Japanese magazines and seems like a good way to approach these kits. It also cuts down on the number of snapped-together joints which are where plastic can crack under the influence of solvents. It's quite a mean-looking thing, I think: I think the best bit was weathering the engine cone, which is almost entirely done with acrylics to avoid any risk. I enjoyed painting the pilot too, but I think she might be 1/100 rather than 1/72, as she looks rather low in the seat! Thanks to everyone who looked in on the WIP thread! Cheers, Will
  2. Hi all, I finished dusting and photographing my Cosmo Fleet ships, they're still pretty dusty and even after removing some more digitally I think I'm going to have to draw a line under. I also managed to knock off one of the torpedoes from the destroyer and spent a while getting it attached again and fixing the chipped paint. I think I need to clean my office from top to bottom and remove the dust from the environment before doing any more painting! Anyway... These are half of a Bandai 1/1000 scale kit of the UN Cosmo Navy from Space Battleship Yamato. I have another of each to finish building and painting at some point in the future. Fairly easy to build but difficult to build cleanly owing to the dense snap fit construction. I found a new way to do the cutting out in Photoshop (Quick Select tool is awesome!) so they're all on white backgrounds again (click for bigger pictures & more angles) This is what the stands look like - modified kit stands using brass tube for the pin instead of the provided plastic fin: And this is for scale - the little one has 42 parts in a really tiny space: I have a baddie ship in pieces at the moment, I'm hoping to finish the Guntank I'm working on and do some preparation on that before too long. Oh yes, I almost forgot. I did a Photoshopped picture of the two ships in their natural environment: Which I am rather pleased with to be honest. Time consuming but fun, I will try and do more of these when I have spacey things to show. Cheers and thanks for looking, especially to those who helped with suggestions and such on the WIP thread. Will
  3. Hi all, I couldn't paint the Guntank the other evening as it was too hot in the office, so I thought I'd get on with some cutting and sticking instead: It is surprising how many sprues are in the box - with a lot of doubles in different colours. This is all to allow the ships to be built in various approximations to the colour schemes of the anime. What's really surprising is how the big pile of plastic boils down into four tiny ships. The cruiser above (which doesn't have all the details yet) is about 150mm long, and the destroyer is only 80mm: It all fits moderately well, but the snap-together construction makes for wide seams in places. I think these will mostly look OK under paint, but the edges of the strakes are naff and will need to be filled to unite all the little bits. I might fill the waist seams as well. You also get two of these minute little buggers: which are going to need a steady hand to clean up and paint. Cheers, Will
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