This is looking great!
This is looking great!
It's always amazing to see these mods to the Hasbro toys. I think many people underestimate the potential of these beauties.
So far I have seen:
large scale Red 5 X-Wing (Pharchivist)
Tie Fighter (Nazgul)
2010 Millennium Falcon (Crackerjazz, Rodmart and yours truly)
Tie Bomber (TCSloan)
Shuttle Tyderium (Mr. THX)
2010 AT-ST (Keith)
There's also been a Landspeeder (on another site) but I'm still waiting to see an A-Wing and B-Wing as well.
I have the large scale ( near studio scale) slave 1 I started to convert. Let me know if someone wants to take it on as I'll probably never get to it. Nice work Nazgul... Looking good.
Thanks pwrofbauer, jp and jedimaster!
Jp, I wouldnt call it a toymod, as the head is based on the original go-motion model and I will replace the chassies when I manage to build a new one. The hasbro chassies is in good scale so I think of it as practice and something to put the head on. I agree about what can be done with the Hasbro stuff though. Very fun and relaxing to work with. Im also a little curious how it will look.
Ive been busy with the ST the last week. When I started this I wanted the wonky eyes and the dishes to look right, as I think they are the two major things that sells the ROTJ look.
I vac-formed the dishes in a round shape, but I had to redo them alot untill I felt they were ok. A pretty weird shape to get right.
There was some fiddelilg with different thickness of the spacers between the head and the side armor. I tried to get them wonky like the one Im basing it on. The armor at the front/side is really weird on the original. It looks like it may be removable, maybe for making the go-motion filming easyer. I think Ive got the basic shape, but its by no means 100%.
Here are some comparison pics. (one is from here; Star Wars The Exhibition Madrid - AT-ST - a set on Flickr, the other is the one in the Chronicles. (I based the wonkyness on this one.)
The angles and camera distance arent perfect but you get the idea. I just love the assymetric look of the ST!
Wow nice scratch on the head Naz!
Thanks! Im almost done with deatiling the sides. Going for the top and back after that.
I love threads like these. Fantastic work on the head, you have really captured the feel of the filming model. Cant wait to see some primer on it and mounted to the legs.
Your attention to detail is really paying off. This is great work.
Great job !
Thanks welshwarrior, Randy and Tox!
I added the side details and first layer on the top. Also did the lip on the back. The basic shapes are pretty much done. After seing it with pimer, I will remove some of the details and make new ones. Its weird, but trying to imitate the wonky and sloppy style of the originals is hard. I will sand it some more also.
Im waiting for parts found on ebay, so I will wait for that before starting with the back.
That is simply outstanding, Nazgul. You're skills are top notch.
Nice!!! How tall is this? Scale? I wish I knew how to vac form.
That head pattern is nothing to be sniffed at, and a very hard piece to build well, good job .
Excellent job Matti! Would be nice to coordinate an armature run sometime in the future, mine's been in storage for years and might assemble itself if I don't.
I built a very basic vac-machine and heater. Its pretty easy stuff, especially compaired to the great AT-AT you are doing. Let me know if you want any help making one.
It would be nice to see your ST!
I think you should go the hole hog, really great work on the head but dont stop there, scratch the rest? I saw Juliens in the flesh at his place and it is still one of the most impressive models I've ever seen, its about time it had a sister in Sweden
Cheers Guy! Yeah, a complete replica is the plan, itll take some time though. I think its a brother btw.
I recieved the porsche parts for the back the other day. Shipping took like 5 days from Japan... One more reason to love Japan!
Redid the side details and made the hatches and some of the back details.
Just noticed this about the eyes on the original:
The inside lip of the eyes are really long and painted black, then roughly masked before painting gray (maybe the black went on after the gray). It explains the wonky inner lips, and why they look different on the models. It could be a cast, but my guess is its vac-formed, the plastic of the faceplate looks really thin (the lip above the front gun looks like its for strenghening the thin plastic). Damn, thats the first idea I had. On this one, I thinned down the inner lip unevenly to imitate the look. If Ill do a version 2 it would be cool to try it. Mabe its common knowledge, but I just noticed.
Last edited by NAZGŪL; Jul 6, 2012 at 8:43 PM.
First Elitism, and now sexism
Whats happened to this place
Epic build. Love seeing the process. Keep it up!
I think you're minsinterpreting the pic I think, the head was indeed a resin casting, the holes for the eyes had to be cut, here the edges are just unevenly trimmed.
LOL at sexism, Guy! And thanks 4StarCustoms!
Tox, thanks for the info! I didnt know. I remember reading they sent a styrene head when making the thin version that gets smashed with logs. It had me thinking they may all have been styrene. Molding it makes perfect sense. Its still interesting to see how far in the lip goes and the way its been painted.
Ive been busy buildin the back detail. Trimming the Porsche parts was a little scary, as its very precise were it should be cut, and doing it slightly off would mess it up. It went well though.
I think I will have a problem getting the "fan" parts from the maxi brute x-wing. Trying to scratch those parts, but its pretty hard to pull of without them looking homemade. The first version I did will not do, but hopefully I work it out.
Ill post pics later on.
I recall reading that the log smashing head was made out of nickel. I definitely bends like metal and not styrene.
Yes, and think Ive read somewere they sent one of styrene for reference when making that one.
Yeah actually the styrene head was a pyro atst head (the pyro atst is about twice the size of the gomo model), they sent it to get it plated with nickel then they disolved the styrene with a strong solvent to keep only the nickel layer.