Halcyon Models Nostromo 1:960 build

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HMR

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Thank you Hunk a Junk!
Yeah, my modellingspace is very limited so I really have to run a tight ship. I run out of benchspace in no time. Its a constant battle but it works.
Everything has its place and lives there, unless it is in use. If I find it is not being used regularly it loses its home and goes into my small storageroom.
 

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Hagoth

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Stumbled across this post and signing on to follow this build. Very impressive work here!

I think I need to get a more permanent work bench. Currently a mobile board with open space on a table or counter as opportunity permits. :p
 

HMR

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Things are moving forward. Finished the lighting setup and did a few tests. It works!
I cut the fibers a bit short so fixing them to the lightsources was a huge pain in the ass. I also broke a few, stuffing everything into the hull. Got a bit crowded in there, but not as bad as I thought.

After gluing everything together, the weight I intended to put in the front was lying on the bench. (n) I put it in a drawer and pretended it was ok. Its a wheelie-space-truck now, or whatever.

I left it and focused on the landing gear instead. Ended up stripping it after the first try because I got carried away and careless with the weathering.

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Did some filling, priming and general cleanup and primed the whole model. I then cut hundreds of tape-pieces of varying dimensions, put them on and layed down another layer with a slightly different shade. I did this two times to get "panels" with varying shades. Then toned it down to base the rest of the paintjob on.
No idea if this approach will work. I am a bit on the fence about the initial results to be honest.

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Thanks for taking a look!
More to paintbooth pics coming.
 

Hagoth

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Looking great from this perspective especially after the latest tone down coat. I like the nice weathering job on the landing gear as well.

Nice styrene cutter. Looks like an RP Toolz?
 

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HMR

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Thank you for the encouragement guys. :)
The paintjob still has a long way to go with oils, washes, filtering and highlights.
Looking great from this perspective especially after the latest tone down coat. I like the nice weathering job on the landing gear as well.

Nice styrene cutter. Looks like an RP Toolz?
Sharp eyes Hagoth, the styrene cutter is one I built based on the RP Toolz cutter. It`s a bit rough around the edges but gets the job done.

Wow, wow! This is one of my favorite ships of all time and you certainly have done it justice, nice work! The scratch building and paint are top notch.
Definately one of my favorites aswell! I really liked your Sulaco build by the way.
 

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HMR

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Been chipping away at the paintjob almost every night this week.

Sealed the laquercoats and appliead a several filters. I did go a bit too far, loosing some of my previous work, but I am ok with that.
Went to town on it with oils. Things get dark and uniform pretty fast, so I did a light white/grey wash on the entire model and airbrushed very dilluted offwhite around. Then went back to the oilpaint and pinwash.
This process gives a very nice layered effect. The oils take some time to dry though, even in very thin layers.

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While it was drying I cut out a bunch of decals and applied them after a few days. They are participating in the final rounds of weathering to blend in better.

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Got the displaybase pieces mostly done and mocked up.

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I couldn't agree with myself about the plaque design, so I imagined what a registration certificate would look like for one of these ships instead.
Have to admit I'm very pleased with this piece.

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I think the build is on the final stretch. Stay tuned, healthy and model hard!
Thanks for looking.
 

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