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SirSandalot

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One of the only personal upsides to the Covid lockdown of 2020 was being able to log a lot of hours at my workbench...
Congratulations on those models they're all great, and that naboo starfighter is hands down the best I've seen. Both the metal and the yellow are great. What kit is it? Looks big!

I still have an AMT/ERTL (or whatever it was around 1999) kit to build. Mind sharing what paints you used? Cause I'd want exactly that result...
 

Carson Dyle

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Congratulations on those models they're all great, and that naboo starfighter is hands down the best I've seen. Both the metal and the yellow are great. What kit is it? Looks big!

I still have an AMT/ERTL (or whatever it was around 1999) kit to build. Mind sharing what paints you used? Cause I'd want exactly that result...
Thanks for the kind remarks. I'm not sure who produced the kit, but I purchased it back in 2003 from Monsters in Motion. I think the original digital file originated at ILM.

The yellow hull is Tamiya Chrome Yellow synthetic lacquer straight out of the rattle-can, accented with Tamiya Canary Yellow, Tamiya Camel Yellow, and Tamiya Bright Orange. The accent shades were applied via airbrush. I know it sounds like a lot of different yellows and oranges, but I took care to carefully blend the accent colors to create depth without overdoing the contrast between shades. The silver areas are just Alclad Chrome applied sparingly with an airbrush over a smooth, highly-polished gloss-black lacquer surface. I then accented some of the silver panels with Alclad Airframe Silver -- mostly along the panel lines -- to provide a little dull silver variation to the shiny chrome. Exhaust streaks, battle damage, and random weathering are mostly oils, although (if memory serves) I also airbrushed a few light streaks of brownish-grey grime in the recessed areas. Hope that helps.
 
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SirSandalot

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Thanks for the kind remarks. I'm not sure who produced the kit, but I purchased it back in 2003 from Monsters in Motion. I think the original digital file originated at ILM.

The yellow hull is Tamiya Chrome Yellow synthetic lacquer straight out of the rattle-can, accented with Tamiya Canary Yellow, Tamiya Camel Yellow, and Tamiya Bright Orange. The accent shades were applied via airbrush. I know it sounds like a lot of different yellows and oranges, but I took care to carefully blend the accent colors to create depth without overdoing the contrast between shades. The silver areas are just Alclad Chrome applied sparingly with an airbrush over a smooth gloss-black lacquer surface. I then accented some of the silver panels with Alclad Airframe Silver -- mostly along the panel lines -- to provide a little dull silver variation to the shiny chrome. Exhaust streaks, battle damage, and random weathering are mostly oils, although (if memory serves) I also airbrushed a few light streaks of brownish-grey grime in the recessed areas. Hope that helps.
It does sound like a lot of yellows and oranges (and thus expensive) but the depth is well worth the time and the money. I think the reason why I haven't painted mine yet is because it's too small to paint it in just one shade of yellow and I wasn't very fond of the results I saw online. Yellow is too bright for such a small model and it tends to look like a toy. But I'll try to replicate your recipe sometime in the future and hopefully I'll end up with a yellow as deep as yours.

Thank you very much!
 

Real Scooby

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I thought I'd share THIS "Blast from MY Past"
Digged up a old photo taken in my room at my parents place in 93. It shows my then proud collection of MPC ERTL Star Wars ( and a few other ) kits

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Star Destroyer, big X-Wing, TIE Interceptor, Cutaway Falcon
Vader, HALCYON Power Loader and Alien Warrior, AT-AT, Snowspeeder, Slave I, Speederbike
A-Wing, X-Wing, B-Wing, Y-Wing, Vaders TIE, HALCYON Facehugger
ERTL Romulan Warbird, KENNER Skiff and AT-ST, ERTL Klingon Warbird
and hidden below the Klingon are ERTL BTTF Delorean, Keaton Batmobile and Robocop 2 Ford Taunus Police Car.

Back in the old days I already looked into how to keep the dust away, and my dad came up with a few custom made acryl cases

Unfortunatly non of the shown items survived my "later youth" or the move from my parents place to my first own appartment

Thank god, I discovered BANDAI decades later
 

blewis17

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Akwalek

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Hi all! Thought I'd join in the fun here and post some of my past builds.
Hope you enjoy and always happy to hear your feedback or answer any questions.

First up is the first kit I built as an adult modeler when I got back into the hobby around 15 years ago.
This is the 1/72 Slave 1 from Fine Molds.

This was an OOB build so no lighting or scratch built details (I'd do so much more to it now!!!).
Painted in Tamiya Acrylics using a canned air powered £12 airbrush.
Chipped paint was done by layering up colours masked with liquid latex artist masking fluid.
Weathering is artist acrylics watered down and brushed into details.

Fine Molds 1/72 Slave 1 build - Front Left - Akwalek RPF
Fine Molds 1/72 Slave 1 build - Front Right - Akwalek RPF
Fine Molds 1/72 Slave 1 build - Undeside - Akwalek RPF

Fine Molds 1/72 Slave 1 build - Right Side - Akwalek RPF

Fine Molds 1/72 Slave 1 build - Right Wing Root - Akwalek RPF

Fine Molds 1/72 Slave 1 build - Left Wing Root - Akwalek RPF

Fine Molds 1/72 Slave 1 build - Rear Boarding Ramp - Akwalek RPF
 
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Akwalek

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Here is another of my completed builds.
I'd just finished a 1/32 Tamiya Spitfire which as you can tell, heavily influenced my chosen livery.

This is the 1/20 Pkf.85 Falke Antigravity Armoured Raider by Hasegawa.
I love the visual style of the Maschinen Krieger (Ma.K.) universe created by Kow Yokoyama. Well worth checking out if you've not come across it before.

This was built mostly out of the box with a few wires and greeblies added from the spare option parts of my Spitfire. I also added some nylon mesh to the vents at the rear. Markings were an after market Spitfire Decal set and the stencils from the kit.
Painted in Tamiya Acrylics and Alclad metallic laquers.
Weathering is artist acrylics watered down and brushed into details with brush painted chips and scratches.

Ma.k Maschinen Krieger Hasegawa 1/20 Falke Pkf.85 Antigravity Armoured Raider build RAF Scheme - Akwalek RPF

Ma.k Maschinen Krieger Hasegawa 1/20 Falke Pkf.85 Antigravity Armoured Raider build RAF Scheme - Akwalek RPF

Ma.k Maschinen Krieger Hasegawa 1/20 Falke Pkf.85 Antigravity Armoured Raider build RAF Scheme - Akwalek RPF

Ma.k Maschinen Krieger Hasegawa 1/20 Falke Pkf.85 Antigravity Armoured Raider build RAF Scheme - Akwalek RPF

Ma.k Maschinen Krieger Hasegawa 1/20 Falke Pkf.85 Antigravity Armoured Raider build RAF Scheme - Akwalek RPF

Ma.k Maschinen Krieger Hasegawa 1/20 Falke Pkf.85 Antigravity Armoured Raider build RAF Scheme - Akwalek RPF
 
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gt350pony66

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Hi all! Thought I'd join in the fun here and post some of my past builds.
Hope you enjoy and always happy to hear your feedback or answer any questions.

First up is the first kit I built as an adult modeler when I got back into the hobby around 15 years ago.
This is the 1/72 Slave 1 from Fine Molds.

This was an OOB build so no lighting or scratch built details (I'd do so much more to it now!!!).
Painted in Tamiya Acrylics using a canned air powered £12 airbrush.
Chipped paint was done by layering up colours masked with liquid latex artist masking fluid.
Weathering is artist acrylics watered down and brushed into details.

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Most excellent!
 

Akwalek

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Next up is one of my all time favourite subjects! I spent a lot of time running around the woods as a kid pretending to be on one of these. Narrowly missing trees and making those whooping noises!

This is the 1/12 Speeder Bike and Scout Trooper from Bandai.

The Speeder
This was painted in Tamiya Acrylics. Weathered with watered down acrylic and dry brushed Tamiya colours. Plus a completely accidental but worked out great technique of brushing the tiniest amount of isopropyl alcohol onto the surface. It kind of faded and blended the paint into the base layer which looked really good to my eye.

I replaced the cables on the control columns and the pipes on the underside with expansion springs. The sort you get as upgrade parts for Gundam and car modelling.

Small wire hinges were made to allow the rear engine flaps to move (they're fixed in the kit).

I replaced the pack behind the seat. I made this using a piece of thin textured vinyl material cut from an old toiletries travel bag.
It was folded, creased and rolled a bit at a time and glued down with CA as I went. Looks way better than the clunky kit part.

The Trooper
One of my favourite SW costume designs. I painted this guy in acrylics, a mix of Vallejo and Tamiya.
Extra details were added to the back of the belt. I used black nitrile glove fingers cut into 'sleeves'; then stuffed with foam to fill the big gaps in the shoulder area. This worked great after a few attempts and still allows for full articulation.
I also mushroomed the end of a bit of fibre optic cable with a flame to make a lens for the pistol sight.

The Base
Still a work in progress. I plan to add fern leaves and moss at some point.

Bandai 1/12 Speeder Bike and Scout Trooper build - Left Side - Akwalek RPF

Bandai 1/12 Speeder Bike and Scout Trooper build - Front Right - Akwalek RPF

Bandai 1/12 Speeder Bike and Scout Trooper build - Rear Right - Akwalek RPF

Bandai 1/12 Speeder Bike and Scout Trooper build - Front Mid Left Detail - Akwalek RPF

Bandai 1/12 Speeder Bike and Scout Trooper build - Rear Right Detail - Akwalek RPF

Bandai 1/12 Speeder Bike and Scout Trooper build - Rear Mid Right Detail - Akwalek RPF

Bandai 1/12 Scout Trooper build - Front - Akwalek RPF
Bandai 1/12 Scout Trooper build - Back - Akwalek RPF

Bandai 1/12 Scout Trooper build - Front Close - Akwalek RPF
 
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Akwalek

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Endor wouldn't be the same without my next model.
This is the 1/48 AT-ST by Bandai.

This is all Tamiya acrylics with watered down artist acrylics for weathering. I still have a bit more of that to do on the legs.

The following modifications were made to the stock kit:
  • Replaced all the pipes with tubes and wires from my stash.
  • The grab rail on the roof was replaced with thin wire and styrene brackets.
  • I reshaped the fins that hang down from the chin gun.
  • Thinned and made support rods for the viewport covers.
  • Replaced the strip braces on the backs of the leg with steel strip.
  • Remodelled the crew figures, changed their head angles, repositioned arms and gave them better hands reaching for controls.
  • Added lighting and an onboard power supply to the cockpit.

Bandai 1/48 Scout Walker build - Head Close up - Akwalek RPF

Bandai 1/48 Scout Walker build - Left Side - Akwalek RPF

Bandai 1/48 Scout Walker build - Lighting mess ;) - Akwalek RPF

Bandai 1/48 Scout Walker build - Right Side - Akwalek RPF

Bandai 1/48 Scout Walker build - Cockpit Lighting Close up left window - Akwalek RPF
Bandai 1/48 Scout Walker build - Cockpit Lighting Close up right window - Akwalek RPF

Bandai 1/48 Scout Walker build - Cockpit Lighting Close up - Akwalek RPF

Bandai 1/48 Scout Walker build - Chin Guns - Akwalek RPF

Bandai 1/48 Scout Walker build - Left Side Head Details - Akwalek RPF
 
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Akwalek

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Next up is the AT-ST's big bro!

This is the 1/144 AT-AT from Bandai.

Again, this is all Tamiya acrylics with watered down artist acrylics for weathering. There's a bit of artist's pastels dusted on for blast marks as well.
The weathering is still underway with this guy. I pick him up every now and again and add a bit. The legs haven't been touched yet.

The following modifications were made to the stock kit:
  • Remade or thinned down the shield plates on the rump and the cheek guns so they looked more in scale.
  • Added a few little wires hanging from the underside.
  • Replaced the red clear part in the view port with a piece of clear acrylic.
  • Added a red LED in the cockpit with a switch accessible from the underside.
  • Hollowed out the upper hull and shaved down its snap fit pins so it could be easily removed to access the battery.

Bandai 1/144 AT-AT Walker build - Low Front Left - Akwalek RPF

Bandai 1/144 AT-AT Walker build - Lighting Cockpit View - Akwalek RPF
Bandai 1/144 AT-AT Walker build - High Rear Left - Akwalek RPF

Bandai 1/144 AT-AT Walker build - Rear Left - Akwalek RPF

Bandai 1/144 AT-AT Walker build - Front Cockpit Lighting Close up - Akwalek RPF

Bandai 1/144 AT-AT Walker build - Lighting Battery - Akwalek RPF
 
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Akwalek

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One last one for today in the form of the one and only Golden Rod!

This is the 1/12 C-3P0 model kit from Bandai.

Not much painting was needed on this guy as the chrome plating is really good.
I wanted a grubby 3PO so he had a wash of acrylic browns and blacks. The only other painting is a bit of Tamiya gold on the black palm parts.

I didn't like the way the waist wires were done in the kit so I filed this all off. Scratched in a ribbed texture and painted it black. Then selected some suitable looking wires from my stash. On some I put little brass tube collars. Kept going till it looked right. It restricts his movement a bit but he's a pretty rigid old bugger anyway.

Bandai 1/12 C-3PO build - Front - Akwalek RPF
Bandai 1/12 C-3PO build - Rear - Akwalek RPF

Bandai 1/12 C-3PO build - Torso Wires Upgrade Front - Akwalek RPF

Bandai 1/12 C-3PO build - Torso Wires Upgrade Rear - Akwalek RPF
 
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