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  1. My best mate loves collectables- if you sell AFVs or ship models in the UK, you've probably done business with him. This makes Christmas and birthdays easy going, since I get to send a model of whatever the flavour of the month is. He hates building, never mind painting, so I even get to make the kit. Bargain! This year I sourced a BSG Viper, then wasted a week trying (failing) to paint on wee Hara Thrace's glowing helmet. No biggie, plenty of time left... Or not. Spoiler- warning, contains tale of woe and much whining! The finished item:
  2. Colonial Viper Mk.VII (FP06 for Moebius) 1:32 GreenStrawberry Battlestar Galactica was a firm favourite with kids in the 80s, and its reimagining in the early 2000s brought a whole new generation of fans into the mix, as well as some complex, exciting stories and a different organic Cylon than the shiny metal clankers we had become used to. The ships also received a make-over, although the Colonial Viper still showed its Aaron Spelling produced origins, retaining the same overall shape for the older Marks, and for the later Mk.VII a sleek, streamlined hull that still bore a family resemblance to the original. Its fatal flaw was its software that let the Cylons disable them when the time came for their invasion and attempted genocide of the colonies. Those that survived the initial onslaught were stripped of the virus that had disabled them, and were later increased in numbers after the Galactica encountered the Battlestar Pegasus, which had manufacturing capabilities that the older Galactica didn't possess. This FruitPACK allows the modeller to purchase the two Photo-Etch (PE) sets available for the 1:32 Moebius model of this sleek fighter, which includes both the Wheel Bay & Nozzles set (01215-1/32) and the Cockpit & Exterior set (01015-1/32) in one thick card envelope printed in the usual dark theme of all their boxes. Once the tape has been cut from the tongue, the resealable envelope divulges the two sets that are themselves wrapped in their individual foil packages in which they are sold separately. Cockpit & Exterior set (01015-1/32) This set consists of a single large fret of PE, a sheet of stickers for the instruments, a sheet of acetate with printed instrument for a lit model, and the instruction booklet. This is a complete replacement for almost the entire cockpit, and construction begins with the side consoles using your choice of stickers or acetate, with the completed sub-assemblies attached to the larger parts for later insertion into the new cockpit. The cockpit floor is next with foot plates and rudder pedals added before it too is put to one side. The seatbelts are a complex affair and have separate buckles that are fitted pretty much like the real thing and have the same four belts as a modern fighter pilot would have plus an extra central strap between the pilot's legs - probably to discourage hard deceleration! The cockpit tub is folded up from a large part with a few of the instrument screens added to the sides, and the consoles slipped in from the top. Here a number of small L-shaped parts can be used to assist in the strengthening of joins if you feel you need them, as attaching edges of PE is often tricky with small contact areas. The kit seat has its lower sides reduced in thickness to accommodate the new seatbelts and is then set aside while the instructions go off and detail the three fin-mounted guns, make up some very nice RBF tags printed double-sided in red, then add a launch hook to the front gear leg. The instrument panel is a complex affair with three main segments, all of which have large detailed screens that are represented by stickers or acetate again. There is also an angled keyboard at the front of the panel, which also has stickers or acetate, and folds around to give the impression of a three-dimensional part. The completed panel is inserted into the cockpit tub after the floor, completing the majority of the internal work. If you plan to pose the cockpit open with the canopy raised you will need to remove a small area behind the cockpit that is marked in red and apply a small PE insert to the hinge-point before making and installing the canopy. The kit's clear canopy is augmented by a panel that wraps around the rear and incorporates the new hinge as well as some internal details and rams that hold it open. These are left off the closed cockpit, which must have a tiny fillet removed around the sides to fit in the aperture after the alterations. The cockpit tub is inserted from below into the upper fuselage, and the final few parts are vents for the nose intake and the ancillary intake in front of the nose gear bay. Wheel Bay & Nozzles set (01215-1/32) The kit wheel bays have a little detail in the roof but are lacking around the walls, which is part of the main reason for this set. The simple kit bay doors are first relieved of their clunky hinges, then skinned inside with layered PE parts and more realistic hinges. The bays themselves have sidewall detail added and the nose gear bay also gets a roof insert that takes the detail up a level. The boxes in the rear bays are joined by additional wiring harnesses, then the bay doors are joined at the edges, having location points etched into the new sides. The three engine nozzles are hexagonal and have rough detail moulded inside them, which must first be removed to provide a good mating surface for the new parts that are folded up and fitted with a perforated backplate to facilitate lighting. The engines are each closed up around this new assembly, noting that the top engine has a smaller diameter than the bottom two and has a thin detail strip added at the front. Once glued together, small vanes are added to the very tip of each nozzle to give the impression of some kind of steering ability. Conclusion Yet another cracking set from GreenStrawberry, improving a kit that just lacks a little for those that like their detail sharp and adding a discount over buying them separately. Add this to your Viper and you'll stand out from the crowd. Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  3. Colonial Viper Mk.II (04818-1/72 for Moebius) 1:72 GreenStrawberry I reviewed the GreenStrawberry set for the 1:32 Moebius Viper II a wee while back here, and now here comes one for the smaller 1:72 kit, again from Moebius. It's a different tack for obvious reasons, but as usual with GreenStrawberry Photo-Etch (PE) and Mask sets, it arrives in a flat resealable package, with a black-themed backing card protecting the contents and the instructions that are sandwiched between, showing off the contents at the front. The set concentrates heavily on the cockpit, with many of the parts devoted to bring the level of detail there up to the highest standard, and opening up the possibility of back-lighting the instrument panels, which are completely overhauled with new laminated panels (of early & late types), coaming, side consoles and even a pedal box in the footwell. A sheet of acetate prints are supplied for the screens in the panels, and a set of crew belts finish off the revamp. Moving outside, the exhausts are detailed with cog-like inserts and additional parts between the nozzles, including wirings for the nacelles. A new intake grille is supplied for the nose, and small detail parts are applied to the fuselage sides and behind pilot's head, with additional canopy frame details added to the exterior of the clear part. On the nose gear leg an additional skin and launch hook is fitted, and new set of gear bay doors are supplied all round, which have much better scale fidelity. As a nice bonus, a number of PE rings are included that can be used in conjunction with the colour printed red "remove before flight" tags that are cut from the paper sheet and placed around the airframe for a more convincing and technical look to the space-frame. Running a red pen around the cut edges will hide the white of the paper and improve the look. Conclusion A really nice upgrade to a pretty small model that will bring it to the next level, and as you may have noticed from the pictures, it will suffice to detail two of these kits, so you only need one set per box, as there's two kits in each one (just in case you hadn't noticed!). Review sample courtesy of
  4. I think this is finished now. OOB with additional Eduard seatbelts from their 1/32 BAe Hawk (T Mk53 iirc). airbrushed with a mix of Humbrol, Revell and Tamiya acrylics thanks for looking, hope you like it
  5. Colonial Raptor Interior Set (04217-1/32 for Moebius) 1:32 GreenStrawberry The reboot of Battlestar Galactica in the noughgties gave us a collection of new Colonial and Cylon ships to lust after, and those kind folks over the ocean at Moebius soon acquired the rights to make models of the ships, with the Vipers and Raiders being accompanied by the Galactica and Pegasus, to name but a few. The smaller ships have been made in a consistent 1:32 scale, which has been a boon to us modellers. It has taken quite a few years for the Colonial Raptor to be kitted, and we have watched the saga unfold on Moebius' Facebook page and the forums until its recent release along with its separate weapons set, which has pleased many, including myself. The Raptor is the Colonial gunship and troop carrier, capable of fielding an arsenal of weapons as well as travelling long distance without an accompanying Battlestar. Moebius's kit was well received, but like most models it can be improved upon, and GreenStrawberry's designers must have been working from the moment the kit was released to come up with this comprehensive interior set. It arrives in standard GS packaging, with a central piece of hefty cardboard wrapped in a header card and a large Photo-Etch PE brass fret at the front, with two more separated by pieces of black paper to prevent chaffing. Inside are the instructions that gives you all the information you need to update your kit, plus a piece of acetate sheet printed with instruments, and a piece of thin paper that has the screen and instrument dials printed on it. The Raptor is well-appointed with sensors, with buttons, switches and large screens everywhere that are visible through both the fishbowl canopy and the large side door where the crew move in and out. Consequently, the sheets with the screens and such are quite large, and will make the displays come alive once installed. Construction begins with an upgrade to the pilot and co-pilot seats, which receive new side panels and a full set of crew belts that work just like the real things, with buckles that the belts feed through, so anneal the parts to save yourself some hassle when bending them. The flight crew consoles are next, with a trio of large displays and two addition screens mounted on arms over the main panel, all of which have card or acetate inserts to give them life. The side consoles are given the same treatment, and small areas of the cockpit must be stripped of detail to facilitate this. The centre console is shortened and a set of tread-plate skins are added to the floor of both the cockpit and the rear crew area, while a pair of rudder pedals are installed for the flight crew under their new consoles. The bulkheads between the cockpit and rear are skinned with new detail panels, with jump-seats added, and some minor changes to the shape of the bulkheads achieved in the process. Opposite the crew access there is a large console wall that an operator sits at for tactical, sensor and weapons work, which is strewn with screens. The kit parts must first be pared away before the new installation can be inserted after layering PE and acetate or paper screens, taking up a substantial part of the interior in the process. More screens are provided to the left, and the keyboard-centred instrument panel for the rear crew is built up and inserted later in the build once the rear bulkhead is first reduced and then rebuilt with more detail and a serious face-lift, which includes new instruments and another jump-seat, with an angled panel between the rear and side walls. The right bulkhead between the cockpit crew and the rear is then fabricated and installed between the two areas, which both sides having a loose "grapple net" hanging down. Finally, a set of roof parts are added to give more detail to that area. Conclusion When you look at the instructions it's not surprising that there are three large sheets of PE in the packet, as almost every area is treated to a highly detailed and comprehensive upgrade. Check your references for the colour scheme (any excuse to watch it again), and a superbly detailed interior can be constructed. Extremely highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  6. Colonial Viper Mk.II (00917-1/32 for Moebius Kit) 1:32 GreenStrawberry Those industrious folks at GreenStrawberry just keep on bringing out new sets for all our favourite Sci-Fi models, and long may that continue! This time it's the Moebius Viper Mk.II from the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica, which is sometimes reboxed under the Revell brand, so if you have that kit, these will fit. A small but tough card box protects the contents, and inside the resin exhausts are bagged separately from the accompanying Photo-Etch (PE) sheet, with the instructions folded to keep everything stable in transit. You have to do a little surgery to the kit parts before you begin, starting with removing the kit engine bells from the endcap of the fuselage, plus the cowling flanges that this part would otherwise fit to, none of which should tax your average modeller. Construction of the three exhausts are functionally identical, but the top exhaust is slightly smaller, so has different part numbers. The aft of the exhaust is sanded flat to remove the flash over its end, and three layers of PE are inserted from the rear, stopping at the correct point inside the nozzle. Optionally you can install the bullets in the centre of the rearmost piece of PE, with the smaller top engine having a different part number and size. Casting is good, with just a few bubbles around the exhaust that should be pretty easy to remedy with some lengths of styrene rod super-glued in place and sanded flush. Once painted and maybe even lit with LEDs, they should vastly improve the look of the rear of the kit. Review sample courtesy of
  7. Lets start an ancient monogram kit:) there is a real japanese glue
  8. You may have already seen this as it came out nearly two years ago but I've only just watched it and found it really enjoyable - Adam Savage (of Mythbusters) hanging out, building models, painting and talking comic con and 'Hollywood' stories with the bloke that played Chief in BSG. I only recently found out that Adam used to work for ILM back in the day and it is interesting to see his maybe 'less than precise' approach to model building/painting and weathering. For those that don't want to watch it all Adam starts weathering the Cylon Raider at about the 49 min mark.
  9. This is my second viper build, first one is here I hope this one will better than first one. I don't want do heavy weathered model, let see what will happen
  10. At long last I am calling this one done, my scratch built Colonial Fleet Shipyard from BSG. I'll not show all the pics here... im too lazy to copy and paste them all over...so i'll just show a few and give a link to the photobucket album!! Thanks! http://s181.photobucket.com/user/chris1984_99_99/library/Colonial%20Fleet%20Shipyard
  11. Here we go then Revell 04988 Battlestar Galactica Colonial Viper Mk.II Nothing flash just OOTB for this one as there will be plenty of remedial work to do.
  12. Is there any inbox reviews of these knocking about? I have a set inbound just wondering how they are vs the 1/32 kit.
  13. Recently completed Moebius Cylon Raider. It has been at various shows with me on my trade stand taped together so I decided it really should get a coat of paint to show the kit and lighting off to better effect. Painted using Alclad grey primer followed by Alclad Aluminium and Gun Metal, weathered slightly with Mig powders. I have a video showing the scanning optical sensor in its full glory, will post later as its on a different PC. Comments always welcome. Cheers, Warren
  14. Hi folks, Here's the Moebius Viper I've been building for our club's Build-the-Same-Kit competition. It was a bit of a rush at the last minute since I spent half the last month painting my treeman when I should really have been working on the Viper Not a bad kit to build - some fit issues and quite a few sink marks, but it cleans up quite well and there's some nice detail. I added the Paragrafix etched set for the cockpit and engines, plus my own lighting rig using an ATTiny85 microcontroller and some RGB and plain LEDs. The battery power is on-board - 4 AAA cells should give enough runtime for a whole show, but they were a fiddle to squeeze into the space. Paint is Alclad and Tamiya with some Citadel paints for details. I used hairspray and masking fluid chipping for the first time and definitely want to do that again! I also masked and painted the stripes, which meant that since I didn't have to apply any decals I was able to avoid the varnish step and preserve all the metallics. I used MIG and AK enamels to weather which didn't cause any problems over the hairspray. It was predictably a lot of fun writing the code for the lights - here's an edit of the complete sequence, which takes about a minute and a half. There are also more/bigger images on Flickr: https://flic.kr/s/aHsjYSotM5 Thanks for the suggestions and encouragement on the WIP thread - it always helps to get other opinions - and thanks for looking, I hope you like it! Cheers, Will
  15. The first lighting kit to be offered by Tirydium Models are as follows; 1/72 FM X-Wing 1/72 FM TIE Fighter/Interceptor 1/32 Revell BSG Viper MkVII The X-Wing has 4 red, one green and one white with fibres, with instructions for fitting - £10 The TIE has a blue led for cockpit backlight and one red with fibres for instruments and engines - £7 The Viper MkVII has 3 blue engine and 2 white cockpit, resistors for 9v operation - £7 Postage on kits is £2. Website is still in development so PM if any are of interest. Thanks for looking, Warren
  16. Asked my daughter to play around with Photoshop and one of the pictures I took of my recently finished Galactica. Original photo Photoshop version Cheers, Warren
  17. Got home tonight, at the end of a pretty crappy week at work, to find a parcel from the lovely peeps at SSM, which contained the new Moebius Battlestar Pegasus (plus the Paragrafix P.E. sets). Yay!. After diving into the box, I soon had the major components clicked together for a dry fit... and fit, they do. Very well indeed. This is all unsupported (no tape holding it together) and it's sitting quite happily, resting on the flight pods. Couldn't resist doing a size comparison with Galactica. She's definitely a big chunk o' plastic. I've been patiently awaiting this release, before starting on my Galactica. The plan is to have both Bucket and Beast, displayed together, in formation on the same base. Just thought I'd share some pics. It certainly brightened my day up.
  18. Hi all, A quick out of the box kit to work on - no extras. Fitting is not too bad but I did have to wait a few weeks for replacement parts to come from Revell (if you have this kit, check the engine bits are ok as I have seen a few folks have had the same issue). All in all, very enjoyable and a nice break from the big build I am working on. enjoy. Although the photos might not show it, it does have a slight highlight / lowlight in areas rather than just a flat colour. I would love to know how folks are getting transfers to "suck" into any cracks on the kit...I tried varnish (Vallejo), decal medium and even a tooth pick but nothing made them stick! I know many builds have taken to a much deeper blue, I decided on a lighter shade mixed with some steel...what do you think? All the best. Leigh.
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