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Okay so this is the latest build I'm working on, had wanted to start my mech project but I snuck this one in at the last minute as a christmas present for my older brother. He mentioned wanting me to do a captain america for him ages ago but hasn't mentioned it since, so hopefully will be a nice surprise.

I'll be honest from the start, I dont really like this kit, I know its based on a comic cover, but I think the way the figure is on the base just looks weird ant the clear water splash looks awful imo.

So the kit base will go in the spares, im planning on just having the base as a captain america shield with a bit of the wall still on it as he is in a vaulting over pose.

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Got the main bits together with some tamiya extra thin

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Some really horrible seams on here, fits not that great, so its out with the putty!

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And then its sanding time!

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And thats still what I'm doing at the minute, sanding the hell out of the seams ready to prime, hoping this should be a quick project (the famous last words!!)

Thanks for looking, more soon :)

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I think most of the polar lights figures need a bucket full of filler!

Looks good so far.

Cheers,

Warren

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I think most of the polar lights figures need a bucket full of filler!

Looks good so far.

Cheers,

Warren

Thanks Warren! Yeah definitely but I think I'm going to need a bigger bucket with this one! :lol:

Always enjoy your figure builds - you seem to have a knack for getting good results from pretty terrible kits :)

Cheers Will, appreciate the compliment mate. Its funny I was thinking the same of you when looking at your guncannon build, just goes to show with a bit of effort you can make old kits sing! :)

Not much to report, still sanding away at the seams, this is by far my favourite part of modelling **sarcasm detector explodes** :D

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Cheers Will, appreciate the compliment mate. Its funny I was thinking the same of you when looking at your guncannon build, just goes to show with a bit of effort you can make old kits sing!

Heh, the Guncannon is only about 15 years old (and Japanese, so the fit is great) - this one is presumably from the '60s?

Will

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Is this a 're-pop of the original Aurora kit?

Yes it is dude

Heh, the Guncannon is only about 15 years old (and Japanese, so the fit is great) - this one is presumably from the '60s?

Will

Oh right, dont know why I thought it was older, guess its because to me it has a cool retro tin robot look which I really like, and man dont mention the excellent Japanese fit, its like night and day going from the Bandai Tiger II to this! :lol:

And yeah like I said to Carts the kit is a reissue of the aurora 60's one that polar lights released in 2011 so yeah its basically a 60's kit with a 60's fit!

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Just a small update to show some progress, I'm still sanding the crap out of it, got the legs hands and feet sorted, but before I start the body I made a base.

Like I said I really dont like the kit base so I made my own, from the face of a sublimation printed clock kit I "borrowed" from work, and a captain america shield image I printed and cut using my machine at work.

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Used a modern shield design, thought it would look cool with the classic suit, got a couple of little air bubbles when I laid it down with application tape, but I can tease them out by piercing the vinyl with the tip of a scalpel blade.

I'm hoping the sanding will be done soon, then I'll prime it, when it comes to the seams going over his chainmail think it will be easier to just sculpt some greenstuff over it.

Thanks for looking, more soon :)

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Phew getting there slowly with this build, still sanding the crap out of Cap. I've nearly used up my sandpaper and the squadron white is almost finished but I have some clear seams.

I've just been adding putty sanding down, then spraying primer to check and re do as needed.

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I'm hoping I'm on the last round of sanding, just got a few little bits to re sand on the side of his neck the glove and the sides of the body.

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So its getting there, I've not touched the seams that go over the chain mail, as I'll just file the crap out of them and sculpt greenstuff chain mail bits to cover it. I felt pretty stupid after I'd put the putty over there too, as I suddenly though if your doing that anyway why bother with the putty?? :mental:

Also been thinking about the blue, for the chain mail I may do that metalic as it is shown in the comics like that these days. Hmm we'll see.

Thanks for looking, more soon :)

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Okay, all seams are now sorted, except for the chainmail ones which I'm currently working on now, used a technique I frist tried on the scaley skin of the green goblins arms in a dio I did many many moons ago

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Basically I start with a sausage of greenstuff

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Smear it down from the edges with a flat sculpting tool

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Then carve in a chainmail pattern

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Then prime

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Once its painted over it will blend in a lot nicer than a big seam line, and there was a lot of flat detail around the seam edge anyway, its not a super pretty/complicated technique but it works for me.

Next up I can get the rest done then finally I can start slinging some paint!

Thanks for looking, more soon :)

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Well I've neglected this wip for long enough! Thanks to a big dose of flu and the family keeping me busy haven't had much of a chance to do a lot, butbthe Christmases deadline is looming so im back on it with a vengeance

Ive been brush painting it with enamels, which is nice to go back to after the airbrush became my main man. Here's the pics of how its been

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Not sure if I'll get this done in time to give it to my brother on Christmas but a couple of days late wont hurt.

Next up i just have to getmore whit on the shield and the red stripes on the torso as well as of course more blue; all of which needs two coats. Yikes!

Thanks for looking, more soon :)

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Thanks for the kind words guys, really appreciate it! Always feels good when i can still get my hand steady for details!

Was hoping to get another session in but received a mild concussion from a work accident yesterday (nothing serious) and after a few hours in a&e didn't feel up to concentrating on painting!

So im going to miss my Christmas deadline but not by much i think, I'll just showy brother what im doing and sure he'll be pleased anyway.

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Just a quick update to make myself feel better at how much I’ve dragged my feet on this one!! Christmas is out of the way and my head is much better so no more excuses.

Been a looooong time since I did a strictly brush project and forgot how time consuming building up shades of red and white can be, for the most part its all fine but the shield was giving me problems so in the end I’ve blasted over the whole thing with some white primer I bought (should have used it in the first place!!) so its evened out the white and means my red will be nice and bright.

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I also did the legs and glued them in place and neatened up the eyes and got the pupils dotted in, so in terms of straight up painting I just need to finish the shield and get the black belt and red stripes on his torso

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So its getting there, want to get this done asap, (1) because its my brothers now late christmas present! and (2) got some mech kits for christmas and have lots of ideas I want to get cracking with!

Thanks for looking, more soon :)

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Another little update, got the hairy sticks out and got the red stripes on, then more blue round the edge to neaten it and got the black belt done

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Next up I'll get the red and dark blue on his shield, finally feel like I've got my mojo back with this build!

Thanks for looking, more soon :)

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Yeah it really helps with the dynamic pose, very super soldier!

Got a the feet glued in place and the silver buckle is done

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And made a start on the shield, got the dark blue down around the star, set my hand to steady again!

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Only bit of basic painting left is the red on the shield, the leather shield straps on his glove and a dark steel colour for the back of the shield, when thats done I'll use pigments to add shading. Trying to get a move on with this, I have a super metroid themed build coming that I cant wait to get cracking with

Thanks for looking, more soon :)

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More shed time today!

So i gave the shield a couple of coats of red then brushed over some future, it looks a bit messy between colours as there are deep panel lines I'll put a black wash in later which will neaten it

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I got his right hand on and got the straps on the shield holding hang painted.

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And i did some shading on his face and body with graveyard dirt and old rust mig pigments, not sure if it comes out that well in the pics but im pleased with it.

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So next up I'll put a black wash in the recesses on the shield and give the back of it a dark steel (adamantium??) paint job, then it'll just be a matter of fixing him to the base.

Thanks for looking, more soon :)

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