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Brundledonk

Airfix Daleks in Manhattan

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I'm on a bit of a Doctor who build marathon at the moment as this kit is getting done alongside the Welcome Aboard TARDIS kit.

This one looks like it's going to be a bit more of an involved build compared to the the other one as the Daleks appear to have a fair few parts and there will be some hefty seam work I reckon.

All of this will of course be made more difficult due to the fact that I will be building this from behind the sofa ( memebers of a certain age will know what I mean )

Anyhoo, on with the show

Here's the box

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Plenty of placcy in there too

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And some of the parts are pretty hefty ( gonna need a roller to paint it )

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Edited by Brundledonk

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Not much done to this at the moment just got the main parts of the diorama together and the parts off the sprues and cleaned up ready for painting

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Part of the reason for lack of progress was the Daleks, they have electronics in the head ( lights and sound ) and the bases contain the batteries. First thing I did after I opened the box was to shove some batteries in and wire things up to test the electronics and of course nothing worked. The Dalek heads are pre assembled and just need you to screw the supplied wires to the heads and the bases but on my kit I had to take everything apart and re-fit the terminals inside the heads and bases to get a decent contact, not difficult but it was time consuming.

But they now chat away quite happily ( well as happy as a Dalek can get ) and the lights flash in time with the speech.

I'll be back at the bench in the morning so hopefully should have something mildly interesting progress wise to show over the weekend

So until then make sure to keep your sonic screwdriver's fully charged and keep the jelly babies close to hand

Pete

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Like the look of this - would like to get one but they seem to be quite rare nowadays and of course with the high cost associated with rarity.

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Like the look of this - would like to get one but they seem to be quite rare nowadays and of course with the high cost associated with rarity.

Its not a bad kit to be honest, but the plastic it's made of is horrible it reminds me of the kind of material that those plastic washing up bowls are made of as its a bit "waxy" and isn't nice to sand which is a bit of a pain as some of the sprue attachments are tree sized.

They do turn up on that well known auction site from time to time and I've seen some go for silly money but also seen some reasonable priced ones too

Pete

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I've got a bit of a gap in my schedule while I wait for some parts to arrive for the Indiana Jones mine carts so I've done a bit to this kit

I've made a start on Delek Sec and got some primer on ( all just dry fitted at the mo )

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He's molded in black plastic but the detail shows up nicely in grey and it's pretty good

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Gave Squidward a blast of primer too

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And a bit of shading mit der German grey

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Edited by Brundledonk

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Gently around his tentacles ( that's tentacles not testa....... Lol )

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Mixed a really pale green/grey for the base colour

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A bit of wash purple wash followed some post shading with a smoke/red brown mix and brush pointed his mincer

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I've been using a couple of screen grabs from the Daleks in Manhatten episode for reference and he's not a million miles away from how he looked on telly

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The eye should be green but I wanted it to stand out so went with red ( just like mine was this morning )

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The control panel ? Was too dark on screen to figure out the colour so I went with a coppery mix and tried to make it look Art Deco (ish)

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The honeycomb thingy got a base coat of gold

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Edited by Brundledonk

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A quick dry fit have a look type thing ( the base is only in primer and needs to be painted )

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The holders for the plasma balls ( I think that's what they are ) got a similar treatment to the control panel just in a slightly different shade

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They fit on the pillars either side of the base

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Painted the ladder Alcad stainless steel over a semi gloss black base

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Edited by Brundledonk

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It's hard to capture with the camera but I sprayed pale burnt metal here and there to try and get a tarnishing effect

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It sort of works

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Honeycomb shaded

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Let's have a look at what we've got so far

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Time for decals ( well that's what it says here )

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What they really mean is cut out the pictures !

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So after I got a grown up to cut them out for me I glued them in with PVA and fitted the domes.

They don't look to bad to be honest

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The gauge faces weren't such a success, really difficult to cut out and keep circular. A punch would have been handy here, so I punched myself in the face for muffing them up

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So on to plan B, mask and spray the faces and paint the bezels

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Not sure if the paper dials will work so will probably just print some in black onto clear decal film but I'll see how I feel tomorrow

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I'll have to figure something out one way or the other as it will look pretty odd without anything in those dials

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Edited by Brundledonk

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That's fantastic progress for 51 minutes of work!

I really like the 'art deco' panel and the finish on the stairs.

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That's fantastic progress for 51 minutes of work!

I really like the 'art deco' panel and the finish on the stairs.

Thanks mate,

I save time by loading the airbrush cup with all the paint colours in the order that I'm going to use them lol

Pete

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Painted the base with a few shades of grey

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I painted the pillars separately as they get in the way and would make it hard to get into the corners

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There are some bulkhead lights that need to go on the pillars and these have clear lenses to go on the fronts.

There isn't any bulb detail and it would be obvious that they are missing so I wanted to add something inside. I used small circles of foil for the reflector

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Edited by Brundledonk

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I found a clear sprue with some domes in my spares box

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And glued them on with PVA

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They are nothing like a bulb but should look ok when seen through the clear parts

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Edited by Brundledonk

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The PVA is still wet in the pic but once it dries clear the silver should show through and they will look a bit better

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The last things to go on are some disc thingies, I primed these and based them in black the other day

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I want to paint these with a couple of shades of Alclad and as you know this is nasty stuff to breath so a mask is a must.

I have to admit that when I first started using an airbrush a few years ago I didn't use one but these days I take no chances and always wear one.

Luckily no permanent damage was caused from my early efforts spraying without the correct PPE

And I am just as sharp as I always wahsbsbddhdhcjfnfnggjvjgngjgjbjghngjbjhhn

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WARNING ! Boring pics alert !

A bit of aluminium

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Then a little pale burnt metal

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Edited by Brundledonk

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Finished with a tiny bit of jet exhaust

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And of course with them fixed to the base you can't see the different tones at all lol

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The PVA is taking an age to go clear in those lights

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Pretty much finished now.

The control panel is only dry fitted as I still need to sort out something for markings on the gauges

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Edited by Brundledonk

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And Daelk Sec is edging ever closer toward paint ( parts just dry fitted ) the fit is a bit pants so I'm expecting plenty of clamp shenanigans come glue time.

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