Battlestar Galactica - Cylon Centurion (Revell) Quick Build

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jharvey

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Hi All,
Thought i'd make my first post something hopefully interesting. I’ve been away from prop replica and model building for a while.

On Friday evening, I was watching videos on the Tested channel, more specifically the ‘Adam Savage's One Day Builds: Cylon Models with Battlestar Galactica's Aaron Douglas!’ video.

You can see that here:
https://youtu.be/LHITcrnGn1U

After watching that video, I was left feeling thoroughly inspired. On Saturday I decided to go get myself a model and start building again!

Well, upon visiting my local modelling shop, what was sitting on the shelf, the very same Cylon Centurion model.

Before I get into the pictures, I just want to make it clear that this was just a quick and dirty build with minimal paints. All in build and paint time was around 5-6 hours.

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Looks quite clen on the picture. I don't think i'm going to create a clean looking Cylon.

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Second stage in the build is the lower half. The model is really well made and the parts fit together very cleanly. I will clean up the seems a little but as stated, this is a quick and dirty build. :)

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Right arm completed.

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Here is a close up of the head section (the first stage in the build) and the left arm. For the inside of the eye piece, I used some of my wife's red nail polish :lol. The head is not glued on to it's neck yet. The neck area is fiddly and I wanted to wait until I had painted in there before attaching it permenantly. To be honest, it's such a tight fit I might just leave it at that (without glue).

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So, the build is pretty much complete in his picture. I just needed to glue the head and shoulder section on top of the torso.

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Another hot of the model prior to primer. I masked the eye in the head off.

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First coats of primer going on. All I had was light grey, preferably I wanted dark grey or black.

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As I said earlier, I left the head off so I can get in there with the paint. The head will be the last thing to go on. There's something missing, can you spot it?

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Nice detailing on the left hand. I'm really impressed with this kit and it's a really nice one to start back into it again with.

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Right hand is open as opposed to the left.

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Head with the eye masked off.

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With the primer dried it's time to shoot the base layer (Small tin of Tamiya Gunmetal Grey).

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It's getting exciting now. Painting is one of my favorite bits!

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With the base layers on, time to spray a light coating of the highlight paint (TS-30 Silver).

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I do not want loads of the silver as that's not the look I am going for.

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The head looking almost ready. Next stage is to add the detail work.

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Here we are, model complete and painted. Actually can you spot the mistake yet? It was visible in earlier photos!

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For the was I used a dark brown enamel wash from AK Interactive. Just liberally brushing it on and then carefully wiping it off for the desired look.

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For me, I think the weathered and dirty look works well. The seems are fairly visible on the inner thighs but that's okay.

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The finished model, on it's base. I painted the base with the same paints and wash.

So there we have. It's not perfect. I did also correct the mistake after these photos were taken!
I am so thankful to Adam as his videos online are so inspiring!

Might go for a prop build next.
 

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jharvey

New Member
Thanks! Yes, lots of fun. It was nice and straight forward.
Not sure what to go for next. I have an 80's issue M1 Helmet that I was thinking of converting into a saving Private Ryan or a Full Metal Jacket prop replica.
 
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