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Posted: Tuesday, June 11, 2019 - 05:45 AM UTC
VAL HK Update...sorry about being absentee on this one.

I'm still sorting out the external ordnance. In the meantime, I soldiered on with the cockpit interior. I added some bits and pieces from the spares to add some detail to the sidewalls. To be honest, I would imagine an advanced culture capable of interstellar flight would have highly computerized flight and weapons systems. It could be thought controlled.
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Because of the above thoughts on controls, I decided to add the actual flight controls. I wanted to avoid the use of typical stick and rudder controls. I found these two bits in the spares...I think they were parts of a steering assembly. I trimmedthem up and placed one on each side of the pilot's seat.
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I did manage to work up some cannons. I plan on mounting these on the nose...they'll be capable of independant targeting. The kit has what will serve as ball-mounts on the nse. These were officially spolights. I used some pieces from the spares, including two 1/32 Airfix British helmets, as the cannon assemblies.
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That's where I am right now. The external weaponry has been my big hold-up. I'll figure that out. I'll probably move ahead and start painting the cockpit. I actually masked and sprayed the canopy a few minutes ago.

David, I sort of gave up on Star Wars after the prequels so I don't know any of the new movie stuff. I am impressed by your build. I never would have guessed it was that small.

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Posted: Saturday, June 29, 2019 - 05:46 AM UTC
My wife accidentally knocked the Launcelot off my work bench. She ‘thinks’ she found all the parts.


I can’t even look at it right now. Putting it back on the shelf
Maybe I’ll build something else.

Mike
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Posted: Tuesday, July 02, 2019 - 09:37 AM UTC
Alex, your HK is looking really good and ingenious use of the tin hats as ball turret mounts.

Mike, sorry to hear about models accident. Hopefully you can repair it.

I'm still on the lookout for some figures to go in my Spinner so haven't even been able to start it yet. Also comparing to stills and photos of the full size prop, it needs some work to add missing details. Will have to put some thought into it.

Until then, I noticed Airfix's Angel Interceptor sitting in my stash so I'll get cracking on this one. Always wanted one of these since watching the repeats when I was a kid in the mud 90's. I grabbed a few when they were reissued just in case they never come back.



Looks pretty decent, but a test fit does show some problems. Typical of Airfix's from the 60's really. The decals though are fantastic.



First job will be to look at the panel lines. They're raised but nicely done, so will benefit from rescribing. Something I've not attempted before. And of course scratch building a cockpit. So a good rummage in the spares box to find a suitably blocky ejection seat and a pilot I can resculpt.
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Posted: Friday, July 05, 2019 - 07:31 AM UTC
Tough luck, Mike. Hope you find something else.

Nice choice. Stephen. I have never seen that kit before. Quite cool looking.
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Posted: Friday, July 05, 2019 - 08:00 AM UTC
[quote]Tough luck, Mike. Hope you find something else.

Nice choice. Stephen. I have never seen that kit before. Quite cool looking. [/quote

I'm really looking forward to starting it. You might still be able to pick one up. Always been a big fan of the vehicles from the Gerry Anderson shows. Really cool retro futuristic designs. I also managed to pick up Imai's Spectrum Transport Jet this week. They also did the SPV which I would love to get my hands on.

Anyway, A found online a shop selling a resin cockpit and figure for the Airfix's kit which will save me some time and work. I'm planning on building it hooked up to the catapult on Cloudbase, ready for QRA launch.
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Posted: Friday, July 05, 2019 - 05:33 PM UTC
It's been a bit but here's some work on the VAL Ground Attack vehicle based on the Pegasus Hobbies Aerial Hunter Killer from the Terminator 2 Movie.

I had had a lot of problems in placing the external weapons. A lot of the problems are with the position of the turbine engine pods and the size of the front compared to the slim rear. To be honest, I tried a couple of winglet designs and wasn't happy with their look. I tossed the WIP pics of those attempts but I also deleted some other pics as well. I'll best note things as the WIP goes.

So assembly is basically done. I decided to go ahead and get some paint on the exterior. It was primered gray. I sprayed the top green. I then painted the underside a lighter gray.
I had planned on adding a mottled appearance with either a sand/tan or darker green. The more I looked at it, I decided to just go green and gray.
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The cockpit interior was painted. I mainly picked out some of the control boxes and such. The seat was painted. There's actually an instrument panel on the underside of the fuselage top but you cannot see it.
I drybrushed with dark gray and then steel. I'm just going to say the detail on this thing really popped with minimal effort.
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The engines were added and upper fuselage piece popped into place. It fits tight and securely without cement. The engines do rotate. The guns were added to the nose.
The canopy came from the spares. I think it was an alternative in a "century fighter kit". I flipped them around and used the front piece for the rear raised section. I cut down front section and added a hinge mechanism to the rear. Originally, the rear section was supposed to slide back but it looked funny and it really looked like an open canopy.
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And here is an underside shot. It shows some of the modifications that were added, but photos were deleted. The kit has two pairs of grappling arms. I had assumed they were positionable and planned to use them as the original landing gear. Unfortunately they were molded in a folded position. I used the rear pair as mounts for moveable thrusters for stabilization and slight adjustments. The exhausts came from a BanDai Zuka kit. I had removed the exhausts from the Zukas' legs as part of slimming them down. This made use of them.
The grapple arm mounts at the midsection...well I had tried to use them as weapon mounts but the forward fuselage got in the way. I was planning to use them as thruster points, like the rear, but I seem to have misplaced one of the ball mounts. I had these round things in the spares. They are covers for screws on an old piece of furntiture. They fit perfect and smooth out the mount.
The rear landing arm was made from the kit's underbelly gun. It hangs really low and the gun sort of spins around because the fit is really loose. I removed the gun and turned the arm around to trail towards the rear. I then used two return rollers from the spares as the wheels. A dab of super glue and she is sitting pretty.
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She's mostly done. I still need to work up some markings and maybe a bit of decor or something. The landing gear wheels need touching-up.

As an aside, if you watch the Terminator future fighting scene, you can see the movie HK had what appears to be a cockpit opening on the fuselage top. You can really see it and what looks like a Terminator pilot, as it crashes. I guess that explains the cockpit opening indention on the kit.
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Posted: Friday, July 05, 2019 - 07:13 PM UTC
Looks really nice, Alex! I love what you have done with the kit.
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Posted: Saturday, July 06, 2019 - 05:04 PM UTC
Wow Alex!! That looks really cool. Nice modifications to the kit.

Happy Modeling,
zon
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Posted: Sunday, July 14, 2019 - 12:50 PM UTC
Howdy Y'all
I did a little work on my Phase Spider figure. Covered the entire model with Tamiya rattle can NATO Black. Next I painted acrylic metal on the ends of the legs and the abdomen.

When I get my airbrush station back up I will cover the metal parts with thinned metallic blue. Finally I'll airbrush a light gray over the other areas. Still haven't figured out how I will finish the base. It doesn't separate from the spider figure. Anyone have any ideas?
Take care,
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Posted: Sunday, July 14, 2019 - 06:10 PM UTC
Just started to build my entry, Noah 1/35 MSN-004 bust.



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Posted: Monday, July 15, 2019 - 10:21 AM UTC
Thanks all for the positive comments.

I decided to give the external weapons another go. As it was, it seemed like alot of vehicle for just two cannons. I started back with a winglet configuration. I played around with some cardstock to work out a shape I liked and fir with the vehicle. I layered some pieces of sheets styrene to get the desired thickness and used some half-round sprue sections for the leading and trailing edges. I left the bottom layer a little longer to give me a flat surface to glue to the vehicle's underside. The weapon mount pylon came from an old Hasegawa Aircraft Weapon Set. I think it was part of the towed target set-up.
The weaponry is all 1/48 scale. I tried some 1/35 and 1/32 scale stuff and it was a bit large. Plus, I figured an advanced culture would have smaller, more powerful weapons. I used a pair of Hellfires and a rocket pod for each side. Initially, I had the rocket pods mounted on the bottom but they really sat too low and had no ground clearance. I moved them up, on the wing-tip.
I really didn't care for the Hellfires. I had four 1/72 scale Soviet missiles hat I had planned on using. I have no idea what they are but I think they came with an old Mig29 kit. Their fins were too large to sit right so I went with the Hellfires.
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Painted the assemblies light grey and dark green. The rocket pods are light gray because they were initially below the pylons, but were moved. I decided to leave them gray.
The markings were kept simple. I got them from an old Tamiya Modern AFV Decal set. The yellow marks on the engines are actually snippets of South Korean markings.
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I think I can call this one done. I thought about giving it a base with crew getting its pilot in, but I think I'll let it sit...unless I bored and start tinkering with it again. So with that in mind, thanks for the campaign. These are fun and I do enjoy watching the work of everyone.
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Posted: Monday, July 15, 2019 - 11:55 PM UTC
Nice progress, guys.

Alex, Great build. Looks really cool and effective.
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Posted: Friday, July 19, 2019 - 06:05 AM UTC
Some progress:



Chest unit next...
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Posted: Saturday, July 20, 2019 - 04:30 AM UTC
Nice progress, Pasi.

Looking forward to see more
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Posted: Saturday, July 20, 2019 - 09:04 AM UTC
Alex,
Congratulations on your completed kit. You made it come out quite nicely. I want to watch the movie again soon thanks to your work.
Take care,
Don "Lakota"
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Posted: Sunday, July 21, 2019 - 02:48 PM UTC
Thanks all.

I've enjoyed the build and watching you guys work out your own builds. It's early but I'm already looking ahead to the next one.
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Posted: Monday, July 29, 2019 - 05:47 PM UTC
Alex: Nice project and congrats on finishing. It looks super sweet.

Pasi: Nice color scheme.

I've been plucking away sporadically, so much so that I never posted my start shot and totally forgot to take pictures during the build. Anyway, I've got the primer on, which will serve as the base color for an extended WWII German camo scheme.







I glued the commander's hatch open thinking to put in a Tamiya 1/48th scale tank commander, but he looked like a little kid in the hole, so now I'm not sure what to do about the hatch...

Happy Modeling,
Zon
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Posted: Monday, July 29, 2019 - 08:22 PM UTC
Looks great, Zon.

I would use a 1/35 commander for the hatch. That is much more in scale.

Looking forward to see more
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Posted: Tuesday, July 30, 2019 - 07:15 PM UTC
Thanks Jesper! I had not considered up-scaling the figure. I think I might have one of those guys laying around.

Happy Modeling,
Zon
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Posted: Monday, August 05, 2019 - 12:02 PM UTC
Howdy Y'all
Got a little work done on my Phase Spider today.
First added some Vallejo Gun Metal Blue.


Then added some Light Gray.


Take care,
Don "Lakota"
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Posted: Monday, August 05, 2019 - 12:09 PM UTC
I don't think the "Sci-Fi V" ribbon has been loaded.
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Don "Lakota"
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Posted: Tuesday, August 06, 2019 - 05:46 AM UTC
True, we are missing a ribbon. Anybody with ribbon making skills?

Then I can upload the ribbon to the site.
Removed by original poster on 08/07/19 - 01:34:06 (GMT).
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Posted: Thursday, August 08, 2019 - 12:35 AM UTC
After a couple of weeks I'm still no closer to finishing rescribing. Got a right fuselage and part of a wing done.

So bit of a rethink, put that one on hold and pulled another Angel from the stash.
The plan, build OOB in a flight display.




I bought 3 of these when they were reissued and good thing too as they're fetching silly prices on evilbay. I've also got an Imai one somewhere, but IRC it has some shape issues compared to the Airfix.


Anyway, off we go. First job - sort out the badly moulded vents on the rudder. I think these are part of a reverse thrust system that enabled the aircraft to land on Cloudbase. Not very aerodynamic and would cause a lot of drag, but the usual rules of aerodynamics don't apply in the Anderson universe. The Spectrum Transport Jet, apparently hypersonic, has all the properties of a brick and only two little engines.

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Posted: Friday, August 16, 2019 - 07:18 PM UTC
Aloha All,

Don: the back of the spider looks really great. Love the iridescent look to it.

Stephen: interesting bird. I look forward to seeing it built up.

After 2 and a half evenings, I finally got this thing masked up for the first camo color. Although most of it is Tamiya masking tape, there are also some masks for the Russian BMPT-3 Terminator desert splinter pattern, made by DN Models. Hopefully I get a chance to paint tomorrow.



Happy Modeling,
Zon