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Hunter Rose

Patlabor 1/60 Brocken Labor - Custom Flight Version

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Right pulled this kit out of the stash last week with a burning desire to build it! Initially I'd bought this on a whim to modify as some sore of giant knight with some filis gris armor and a 15mm knight character charging at him.

 

46464935484_72369f5525_c.jpgIMG_20190221_134313 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

But I am a big patlabor fan so I just want to stick to the instructions, whcih after all the modifying and kitbashing I usually do is such a massive relief and makes such a nice change! Good being back on a good old styrene kit too, my tamiya thin has gathered some serious dust!

 

Its a pretty simple kit with not many parts, has some nice weapons but not sure if I'll use them

 

46464924194_b398182389_c.jpgIMG_20190221_134351 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

33313137218_afdec407a8_c.jpgIMG_20190221_134416 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

The mech designs in Patlabor have material join covers, which in all honesty on this kit are pretty bloody atrocious, there is a styrene frame for the joins which slip inside these soft vinyl parts

 

46274264625_45cb1f8fcb_c.jpgIMG_20190221_134356 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

So the mod I will doing for this is not using them and creating a fixed more action/extreme pose using greenstuff to sculpt joint covers.

 

The vinyl makes the Brocken look really bulky and makes for some pretty clunky poses, so doing the covers with greenstuff instead means I can slim the waist and raise the shoulders a bit and give more of a wide footed action pose brandishing some sort of weapon.

 

For now I haven't done much, just a tentative start on the torso, with the joint connector bits slipped inside and then glued together with tamiya thin.

 

40223759523_a2ab26c3f8_c.jpgIMG_20190222_134639 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

47188478541_5747e8cb6d_c.jpgIMG_20190222_134705 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

33313121208_1017dd4d44_c.jpgIMG_20190222_134824 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

46274202905_2e271f603f_c.jpgIMG_20190223_132740 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

Next up I'll just continue getting the bits together, I'll be adding the internal frame for all the joints but I may end up having to break some of them to get the pose I want but we'll see.

 

Thanks for looking, more soon :)

 

 

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13 hours ago, Hunter Rose said:

stick to the instructions,

 

13 hours ago, Hunter Rose said:

So the mod I will doing for this is not using them and creating a fixed more action/extreme pose using greenstuff to sculpt joint covers.

 

The vinyl makes the Brocken look really bulky and makes for some pretty clunky poses, so doing the covers with greenstuff instead means I can slim the waist and raise the shoulders a bit and give more of a wide footed action pose brandishing some sort of weapon.

 

Next up I'll just continue getting the bits together, I'll be adding the internal frame for all the joints but I may end up having to break some of them to get the pose I want but we'll see.

:doh:

Well, that lasted a long time....

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Update time! Just been stuck at the construction stage so far, nipping off the bits and getting the limbes together

 

46376665455_d0c589ff36_c.jpgIMG_20190227_132059 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

32349590717_9161d5efdc_c.jpgIMG_20190227_133401 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

40326712493_883f325750_c.jpgIMG_20190301_133738 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

I'm just getting the limbs all together and I'm going to scrape down the connectors where they attach to the body as I'm going to have to do a dry fit and figure out the pose, which is going to be quite extreme and actiony so I want to see what modifications I'll need to make (if any) to the joints to aid poseability.

 

46376656895_711edd22c7_c.jpgIMG_20190301_135102 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

32349552527_9522e66ea3_c.jpgIMG_20190305_133331 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

The lower body section is a bit weird, not in a bad way, it all connects to a central moveable piece that makes the crotch armor and thighs one bit. All of this would usually be covered in the horrible rubber sleeve but as I said earlier, I'm not using it and sculpting my own joint covers.

 

33415731978_78492328fb_c.jpgIMG_20190305_134544 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

33415731638_49d12272c4_c.jpgIMG_20190305_135048 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

So thats where he's at for now, once the glue is dry I can make a start on working out the pose and seeing if I need to trim/shave/cut any plastic to increase the poseable range of the joints.

 

Thanks for looking, more soon :)

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Okay, now all his limbs are dry, I've started fooling around with poses, and nothing says big robot like a POWER STANCE!

 

47311286221_c92236f88e_c.jpgIMG_20190306_133908 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

A wide legged pose was what I was thinking originaly, only thing I dont like about this kit though is the shoulder placement is a bit odd, this is how they fit on as standard

 

46587997574_33e828d122_c.jpgIMG_20190306_132558 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

So the tops of the shoulder armor is level with his actual shoulder rather then being above which I thnk looks much better, so when they were in the joint connectors they look like this

 

47258905002_bb306bc739_c.jpgIMG_20190306_134111 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

Rather than sitting slightly above it which gives a more aggressive look and more natural posture in my opinion. which is what I've done here

 

40346353923_6abdbbcc54_c.jpgIMG_20190306_134537 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

Its just held in with white tack, below is him standing more upright which helps give a better impression of what I mean about the shoulders. First pic is shoulders as per the kit and the second pic is how I'm going to do them which brings the arms up and in a bit.

 

47311258911_135954e8a1_c.jpgIMG_20190307_132400 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

40346346103_7e3778843d_c.jpgIMG_20190307_132048 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

I do actually like him standing like that, I'm thinking I may just go with that pose, hmm, we'll see. For now I'm at the really fun sanding stage, going over all the joins with rough sandpaper and then polishing out the rough marks with some fine grit wet dry.

 

47311259831_f09814d475_c.jpgIMG_20190307_133928 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

47311262191_b447642493_c.jpgIMG_20190307_134634 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

So thats what I'm up to, lots and lots of sanding! And next up, more sanding, then priming checking and probably more sanding! :lol:

 

Thanks for looking, more soon :)

 

 

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I quite like the high shoulders powerstance. Better hope the ground isn't slippery though.

Would you try a powerstance with one foot up on some rubble or something?

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Cheers Pete, think when I pose him I'll not put his feet quite so wide apart. 

I can't rest his feet on anything though as I'm doing him as a free standing figure with no base, trying to keep him as simple as I can

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21 hours ago, Hunter Rose said:

Okay, now all his limbs are dry, I've started fooling around with poses, and nothing says big robot like a POWER STANCE!

Are you going to make him into a giant blue Gundam Sumo wrestler ? 😉 Sorry but that first pose made me think that. 

Edited by Corsairfoxfouruncle

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Right not a whole lot of exciting stuff going on with this guy, I've still been sanding down all the joins, dealing with a house sale/purchase which has been sucking up my time and most of my patience lately!

 

Just have the arms and one shoulder to do and I'll get the primer on to check them over and see where I need a second pass, the joins haven't actually seemed that bad so fingers crossed its not looking like I'll need to do any filling (he says!!)

 

46713567044_cd1043ae2f_c.jpgIMG_20190321_134813 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

So next up will be priming after just a little more sanding

 

Thanks for looking, more soon :)

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Just a small update, we have primer!

 

I loosley put some of the boddy bits and upper limbs together just to make it easier to prime by cutting down the number of bits

 

32599618507_ed08dfd326_c.jpgIMG_20190326_133338 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

33665430388_bf9bf8acde_c.jpgIMG_20190403_133038 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

33665430598_35023df364_c.jpgIMG_20190403_133043 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

And its all looking good except for the horrendous gaps on the arm bits that will need filling, so much for thinking it was okay (should have kept my mouth shut!)

 

33665430238_d69de264e3_c.jpgIMG_20190403_132319 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

So next up will be filling and then more sanding, yay!

 

Thanks for looking, more soon :)

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On 2/23/2019 at 11:58 AM, Hunter Rose said:

The mech designs in Patlabor have material join covers, which in all honesty on this kit are pretty bloody atrocious, there is a styrene frame for the joins which slip inside these soft vinyl parts

 

So the mod I will doing for this is not using them and creating a fixed more action/extreme pose using greenstuff to sculpt joint covers

That was actually smart. That vinyl part isn't compatible with styrene and will eventually cause it to go soft and deform. It's hard to find a paint that will stick to it too.

 

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Thanks for the info I never knew it could react like that, and yeah it's a bloody awful part anyway. Unless your building it as a toy I'd say the first thing to do would always be to chuck it in the bin!

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Looking beefy, all those curves are interesting. Maybe adding some Ma.K/helicopter-style lumps and bumps would be good?

 

I look forward to seeing how you approach the joints. There's some interesting stuff in the recent Thunderbolt kits where Bandai provide thin plastic sleeves that you wrinkle up and slide over the relevant internals. They also don't look like cloth, but they do look a bit like those mylar insulating blankets so quite appropriate for space.

 

Cheers,

 

Will

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On 4/11/2019 at 1:33 AM, Will Vale said:

Looking beefy, all those curves are interesting. Maybe adding some Ma.K/helicopter-style lumps and bumps would be good?

 

I look forward to seeing how you approach the joints. There's some interesting stuff in the recent Thunderbolt kits where Bandai provide thin plastic sleeves that you wrinkle up and slide over the relevant internals. They also don't look like cloth, but they do look a bit like those mylar insulating blankets so quite appropriate for space.

 

Cheers,

 

Will

 

Yeah its funny you should mention Ma.k as I'm dealing with the joints in the same way as one of there power suits, pin the joints and then cover with greenstuff and use that to create my joint covers, though I'll have to be careful as these are quite large in comparison and it may be tricky to keep it smooth with no join lines where its smooshed together.

And as for mods and things I had said this will be OOB but screw it, just you talking about things I can add has got me thinking Will!

I have some paint for my wing zero kit called mr crystal amethyst which when sprayed over gloss white gives a very cool pearlescent effect, which is now how I'm going to paint this guy paired with black joint covers stormtrooper style!

Also the chunky back aerials are out, I will replace them with some Ma.k Fliege type wings/fins and add some engine bells so he will be a flying mech now.

 

At the minute with the build still need to smooth out those joints with some squadron white, but just wanted to spell out the new direction I'm taking him in, so he'll still be a Brocken Labour, but a Schaft Enterprises experimental flight version.

 

Thanks for looking, more soon :)

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