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  1. This one has been in my stash since its original release back in 2013, and I admit to spending nearly 2 weeks trying to find it. This is the 2013 Pegasus Hobbies 'Artists Collection by Greg deSantis' conceptional release of Jules Verne's 'The Nautilus' moulded in a beautiful grey polystyrene plastic (main submarine kit) and grey vinyl (Squid, name disk and base). Prior to assembly, I primed the sprues down in Halfords Red/brown primer as a rusty base coat to work up from. I have not bothered with Para Graphix's additional photo-etch set as it does not really have enough on it to warrant the additional cost vs what you will actually see of it from outside looking in. I have enough spare bulbs and wire to produce my own internal lighting set and have put together a rather complicated lighting rig, only to later find out that what I have produced is actually available as a 3rd party lighting kit - again not worth the additional cost when you already have the necessary parts. I'll feed the power from the battery up to the sub along one of the Squids tentacles. It's a kit so of course it has its issues and niggles, but don't be put off by any online review negativities. Modellers overcome issues and this kit has few; so far I give the kit a well earned 99% for fit and well thought out assembly process. I have made a point of not using other online build references to aid in my own, I want this to be my own unique attempt. I've ordered a glass reptile type eye to replace the kit's squid eye and hope to present this on a miniature ocean floor diorama using the kits squid base and a backdrop of seabed ledges. The library windows - the kit provides a comprehensive mask set The side observation window lights fitted The side observation ribs - masked with Maskol Painted black inside to keep them light tight The lounge lighting You wont be able to see enough even when lit, so conventional dressed 1/144 figures were used as opposed to worrying about dressing them down to Victorian standards I used a defusing matt plastic to defuse the side and overhead LED lighting The organ pipes were added using 0.5mm plastic pipe Upper deck now fitted and side observation ribs fitted - here she is upside down
  2. This model marks some firsts for me, it's my first Spitfire, my first properly British aircraft, and my first Pegasus Hobbies kit. Many of you may have read about this brand, which makes snap fit aircraft models. Now, some may consider them as unworthy of building because of their simplicity, but the decals that come with the kits are EXCELLENT: glossy, easy to work with and most importantly, need no setting solutions to conform into the panel lines (fifth photo). However, you should let them dry thoroughly before handling the aircraft, or you may end up distorting them (fourth photo). As always, the model was handpainted with Revell acrylics. Again, no decal softening solutions were needed.
  3. I felt it high time I got on and had a go at building these 2 lovely kits from Pegasus Hobbies; the Triceratops cow and Tyrannosaurus Rex posed stood pinning down a slain Triceratops calf. The kits are complimentary to one another and are ideally suited to be built together or just as single display pieces. Cast in 100% solid vinyl plastic, both kits are very weighty and substantial. A lot of hot water treatment and dremeling was undertaken to get the various pieces fitted. Even after a lot of joint head shaving and heat treatments, the fits were so tight that virtually no glue was needed but I used long arm clamps overnight to keep constant pressure to the joint surfaces. Minimal filler was required at the time of assembly but I admit now to having to add a fair bit of Mr Surfacer 500 on top of the joint seam lines. You get a lot of dinosaur for your money from Pegasus and old Rexy is about 2 foot long when it's tail is inserted. I hope these kits give me as much pleasure as the Pegasus Hobbies Great White Shark did which I have just completed and is up on the forum elsewhere. The slain Triceratops calf with chest foot print from old Rexy
  4. A complete repaint of my previous attempt to model this kit using both heads from inside the kit contents. The previous paint scheme left the sharks looking more like the colour of dolphins. thanks for looking in
  5. Rejoining with this Pegasus Hobbies kit. This is the Military Museum Collection. Layed around at Jet Age intriguing me. I've NEVER heard of it before - let alone seen in. This kit was a donation, partial start on the cockpit area, and every part removed from sprue. Anyway here are the parts, that cockpit is well within the 10% rule. This is thick brown plastic, Instructions This kit has strickers as well as decals. Intent is to builld this as SD*X, that we have at Jet Age. Airfix and Pegasus has two different camo patterns - so I'm checking at Jet Age this afternoon. Hope is to maintain pace with my Novo build, and airbrush them both at the same time.
  6. Picked up at Telford last year for £30, here is the vinyl and poly combination kit of the 1/18 Great white Shark and Diver / diving cage model. It is a fine model and a bit of a refresher to work on in-between the sci-fi stuff I have out on the bench. My intended final model will utilise both the optional heads, as the below pictures explain. I expect to have to go through at least 3 stages of filling and sanding/priming, however these photos only run through to the second stage of filling. The diver is rubber and was boiled for 5 mins and then wired into his new leg pose and had his arms cut, manipulated and filled into the new arm pose. The spare head will be used as shown, poking up from within the cage flesh chewing fun bye for now - John
  7. Hi this is my first build on Brit modeller, the 1:72 Jagdpanzer E-25 by Pegasus Hobbies. For those interested you can find a review and sprue shots here. I originally bought this set of models about 15 years ago and only got as far as a dry fit of the parts (which basically click together anyway), that's also when I stopped making models too. Now 15 years later I decided to get back into modelling and pick up where I left off. These two little tanks will probably be grateful of the long wait tho, because the teenage me would have been happy with just slopping a single colour of enamel paint over them and calling it a day. Over the past 15 years I've read about lots of different painting techniques and weathering effects and I'm eager to try them out for the first time. As such one E-25 is going to be dirtied with mud and the other is going to get a snow treatment with a white wash. I'm thinking of mounting them on a base and making my first diorama as well but I'll see how things progress. Apologies for the crappy phone camera, I'll dig out my proper camera tomorrow which should hopefully help a lot. After many years of sitting on a shelf the bare plastic had accumulated it's own natural weathering effects After a good scrub they where good as new tho. Vallejo Dark Yellow was airbrushed as the base coat/primary colour. I decided to try two different techniques, one with a blu-tack mask to make a tortoise style camo pattern and the other was done freehand in the typical late war three colour camo. I hand panted the base colour of the tracks, tools and exhausts, as well as adding matching camo to the wheels of each vehicles. I'm not that happy with how the three colour camo came out, I need more practice making finnier edges so that one is going to get the winter treatment. I hand painted some light and dark stripes to the flat and bare tracks in an effort to add some detail to them. The model also received it's first dark wash of thinned Tamiya flat back mixed with ground up shaving from a charcoal stick. I also made some "mud" by mixing several shades of brown along with fine ash from our fireplace mixed in to give it a lumpy muddy texture. Since the above pic I've done a lot more weathering and added a few extra scratch built parts. I'll post more tomorrow and hopefully with a proper camera
  8. T2 Judgement Day Aerial HK Machine 1:32 Pegasus Hobbies I suspect most of you are by now more than familiar with the apocalyptic Terminator series of movies, beginning with James Cameron’s comparatively low-budget The Terminator (1984) which rapidly became a cult obsession and which is considered by many to be the film that launched his career. From these small beginnings Cameron transformed his series into the very biggest of big-budget movies with the hugely successful first sequel Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991) and it is from this movie that Pegasus Models have chosen their subject, the Aerial HK Machine. Despite not exactly rolling off the tongue, the rather cumbersome name actually does a pretty good job of conveying the primary purpose of the machine that it describes.....It flies, it hunts & it kills! Developed by the Skynet AI as an aerial surveillance & fire support platform the Aerial HKs are a perpetual and menacing presence in the future skies of the Terminator movies, constantly depicted either patrolling independently or supporting endless swarms of T-800 Endoskeletons battling Jon Connor’s resistance forces. The Aerial HK design actually makes its first appearance in the very first movie and the same twin-tilt-fan flying-death-machine design has remained a constant theme throughout the whole series, so much so that we can envisage an approximate chronological evolution.....In Terminator 3: The Rise Of The Machines (2003) we see a very early iteration of the design in the form of the much smaller HK Drone, by the time of the Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles TV Series the design has evolved closer to its final form with the still smaller and rather sleeker HK-VTOL. The full sized Aerial HK then puts in an appearance in each and every one of the movies until the conclusion of the series in Terminator: Salvation (2009). The Kit So what are Pegasus offering us for our pennies? Well you get a fairly substantial box adorned with some suitably futuristic looking graphics and an Image of an HK doing it’s thing amongst the ruins of the future, silhouetted against one of those huge petroleum fuelled explosions so beloved of Hollywood. The scale is stated as 1:32 on the bottom right corner of the box, but the text is small and I must confess that I completely missed it until it was pointed out by Nige in his build review. Within the box we find a 12 page black & white concertina folded instruction booklet, which again states the scale as 1:32, just once in a very small insert, this time at the top right corner of the first page. The actual scale of this kit has been the subject of some contention, as discussions in this forum and elsewhere have made clear, it’s definitely significantly smaller than the stated scale. I initially thought that this might just be a simple misprint and we were actually looking at a 1:72 kit, but the consensus opinion now seems to be that the kit scales out somewhere around 1:57: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234963868-157th-we-think-pegasus-aerial-hunter-killer-machine-build-review/ Parts are comparatively few, just 69 in total distributed amongst four sprues of grey and one of transparent plastic, all neatly bagged, plus a few separate larger parts including the base for the stand, horizontally split fuselage halves and the tail assembly. Two of the grey sprues are identical, featuring parts for the fans and the arm assemblies. There were also a number of smaller separately bagged parts matching similar parts found on the sprues, whether these were included to replace miscast parts on the sprue, or are there simply because they fell off the sprue at some point and were gathered up before packing, I’m not sure, but I’d err toward the latter as the sprues have been shedding parts constantly since I opened the bags! Detail on the parts is generally slightly soft but perfectly serviceable, but with some surprisingly refined areas, such as the panel lines and fan faces, I found the totality to be somewhat reminiscent of one of the better GW 40K vehicle kits. There are one or two very minor sink-marks to be dealt with on a few of the parts, notably the parts for the arm assemblies. and a few small injection & ejection marks are to be found here and there, none of them leap out at me as being hugely problematical although there are one or two, again on the arm assemblies, that will need some care to fix neatly. There is also just a hint of flash on the largest of the sprues, but it should disappear with just a few passes of your preferred sanding tool The transparent sprue is actually rather cloudy and opaque, it nominally holds just six parts, the spotlights, what appear to be a pair of navigation/ID beacons and a par of running lights for the tail, however this sprue is just as prone to shedding parts as the others and mine was down to five before it came out of the bag, but in this case the part was still in there with the rest of the sprue, rather than separately bagged. Assembling the model appears to be a fairly simple process, the instructions break it down into the usual numbered steps, eleven in all, but most of these steps comprise building modular assembles, so you can build them in pretty much any order that appeals to you. As the sprues were already literally throwing parts at me, I decided to stick a few of them together, making a couple of discoveries in the process. Firstly the fit of the parts while generally pretty good, is somewhat imprecise when it comes to the alignment of some of the detail elements. Alignment pins of various sizes are moulded onto all of the parts and these may well be the cause of the problem in most instances, however I didn’t want to test this theory by hacking them off, so I attempted to correct the issue by main-force and in the process made my second discovery.....Pegasus recommend using Tamiya or Modelmaster liquid cement and do clearly state that MEK based glue won’t work properly on the ABS plastic of the kit, but I didn’t have any so I used Humbrol Liquid Poly instead (how different could it be?). I applied a reasonably generous amount to all the relevant places and attempted to squeeze the parts together in order to both correct the misaligned detail and force a bead of semi liquid plastic from the join, which can help to avoid awkward filling jobs. To cut a long story short, it didn’t work! The plastic resisted my best attempts to form a bead and after being allowed to dry the bond proved to be quite poor too.....I guess that Pegasus really weren’t joking! The plastic also seems to have one other slightly odd property, it’s somewhat prone to furring up when sanded, it’s almost as if it occasionally de-laminates very slightly, which makes cleaning up the sprue attachment points something of a voyage of discovery. No decals are provided with this kit, which isn’t a tremendous surprise as Skynet’s creations aren’t big on external identification marks, but does leave me feeling slightly short-changed somehow. The painting guide for this model is both incredibly simple, a black & white photo of a finished model with some arrows pointing to various bits of it and utterly generic. They’re also very big on the use of chrome, which might prove challenging given the way the plastic can behave when you sand it. Personally I will be going for the ‘heavily weathered battle veteran’ look for my build! Conclusion I have to admit that while I do generally rather like what I’ve found in this box, I’m not sure I’d feel quite the same had I just bought the kit under the impression that it was 1/32 scale and thus slightly bigger than the Horizon offering. While the difference in price between them should provide a significant clue, this is not exactly a cheap kit and issues of this nature can lead to major disappointment. Leaving the scale confusion aside then and dealing strictly with what you actually get in the Pegasus box, I’d say that drawing a parallel with a GW product is quite apt once again.....In both instances you know you are paying something of a premium for a model that is some way from the cutting edge in terms of quality, in GW’s case because it’s an ‘official GW product’ and for this kit, presumably because it has an official T2 movie license. If you can live with that and want a perfectly serviceable small scale injection plastic T2 Aerial HK kit, this is probably the one for you, if you want a super-detailed large scale model, you may want to look elsewhere. Review sample courtesy of UK distributors for
  9. This was done a couple of years ago, there should be a little transparent disk on the front, made to replicate the little propeller spinning around, lost to the carpet monster. Its a nice large kit suitable for any level however you will need a superglue to cement it all together if you can't stand snap fit.
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