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Posted: Sunday, April 28, 2019 - 10:55 AM UTC
Well i have finally managed to get off my big behind and start to work on my sci-fi project for this campaign. i thought i would do one of those small box scale bandai kits and i have chosen the AT-M6 from the star wars film "The Last Jedi".

below is the starting point and time stamp in the way of a well known british national newspaper, which displays saturday's date and a kit that is still sealed in it's plastic bag.

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Posted: Friday, April 26, 2019 - 10:05 AM UTC
Thanks all. As much as I will continue to gripe about this kit, it's not bad if you build it as a T2 Aerial HK. It's just fighting me on some of the changes I need to make.

So next update....

So the idea is to go with Apache styled landing gear. It's marked in yellow lines...not to scale of course. And I'll have a tail support to keep the tail off the ground.
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So the canopy...this one was a work-in-progress for a bit. Initially, I wanted to cut the top along the panel lines (yellow lines) and use that as the frame for the canopy hatch. I cut one side to discover the underside bracing got in the way. So that idea got canned.
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Unless an issue pops up, I'll probably go with this canopy design. I took a 1/48 canopy set from the spares and cut the main piece down. The typical smaller windshield piece will be moved to the rear and act as the opening section to allow access. I haven't decided if I'll go with a sliding section or if it will pivot up. The idea is to have it open to see inside ad to go along with the display idea...the aircraft being shown to German personnel and/or trainee pilots.
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I still have to come up with the weapons and do something with the ball-mounts for the positional legs tht cannot be positioned.
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Posted: Friday, April 26, 2019 - 06:15 AM UTC

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Pasi, that prts layout reminds me a lot of my son's old Bionicle Lego robots.



I haven't built Legos in ages, and this is very different experience in positive way compared to any other kit I've built before. Very complex kit, so far no glue needed and it probably makes sense to paint parts before assembly.
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Posted: Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 09:23 PM UTC
Alex

Pasi, that prts layout reminds me a lot of my son's old Bionicle Lego robots.

Alex, interesting choice of kit to chop.
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Posted: Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 09:19 PM UTC
I guess the shape could affectionately be called 'Muffin Top'

Good luck on the mk 2 version
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Posted: Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 08:10 PM UTC

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Wow, that 'Kit" is a bit basic on detail 'out of the box'



Peter - that's the problem when you work with cheap "kit's" .
@Pasi & Alex - keep at it. Always good to see others progress and how they approach the build.

Finally got a chance to sit down and hack some plastic, been away for the last week. Only got as far as the nose cone . I'll have to vac-form a new body - I hadn't completely thought through how to blend/fair in the nose cone and nose cone side bulge , so the original formed parts are now defunct. Hopefully get to turn new masters and melt some plastic tomorrow.
The plan rear view gives a better idea as the the slightly more complex shaping required - which I didn't factor in at the very start - live and learn




Hope everyone's builds are progressing well and the glue sticks where it should
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Posted: Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 06:56 PM UTC
Very cool idea, Alex. Nice of pegasus to outline the area for a cockpit

Looking forward to see more
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Posted: Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 05:47 PM UTC
A quick update. I kept putting this off. Anyway, as a reminder I am kitbashing Pegasus' 1/32 T2 Aerial Hunter Killer kit. It'll become a alien invader ground attack aircraft. I'm thinking of a play on the Cobra or Apache helicopters.

The kit is pretty thick. As you can see the interior has a good deal of support. Fortunately, it looks like there is enough room for a cockpit.
The opening for the cockpit is a no-brainer...the kit has a recessed area that I used as a guide to open up.
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A test seat. Pegasus sort of messed up my plan. The fuselage has these open sides. Instead of inserts to fill these, they use multiple pieces that fit on each other....it's like layers. So I'll be jumping ahead and adding the sides so I can set-up the cockpit interior.
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I decided to side-step things and go ahead and assemble the engines, the arm/landing legs, tail, and belly-gun. These were pretty straightforward.
That said, the belly gun is pretty crude and swivels around because it's pretty loose, I probably won't use it.
The engines do need some clean-up and the swivel mounts for them seem to be a bit loose.
The tail is nothing. I have seen other builds add LEDs to the lights on the tips. It's a neat touch but I am not doing
I had hoped the legs would be moveable but they aren't. They are molded, retracted as the craft is flying. So my plan to use them as landing gear is out.
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Back to the fuselage. I built the sides up so I could start the cockpit. The fit is a bit iffy....and the instructions are a bit vague. Let me add that a good bit of this kit can snap-fit together. This helps with test-fitting and checking add-ons.
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A crude cockpit...seat, sides, floor. I left off alot simply to avoid damaging them while I worked on the canopy.
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I played around with the kit's legs tryng to work out some landing gear. I'll have to work up some thing. I'll probably go with something along the lines of an Apache's landing gear.
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I'm working on the canopy now. The kit's design sort of forced me to change my plans again...but more on that next update.
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Posted: Sunday, April 21, 2019 - 04:30 AM UTC
Cleaning up and painting parts before assembly:



These are parts for leg units, feet units (assembled) are on bottom left.
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Nelson, New Zealand
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Posted: Friday, April 19, 2019 - 12:30 PM UTC
Paul,
if you are looking for those kind of kits have a look at Fantastic-Plastic.com
http://fantastic-plastic.com/index.html
I haven't personally purchased from them, only window shopped.
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Posted: Friday, April 19, 2019 - 09:16 AM UTC
I just love the Buck Rodgers rocket. There was a fellow who made limited run resin kits of these and other old scifi rockets. Sadly, his molds are worn out & he feels there is not enough interest to remake them.
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Posted: Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 07:31 AM UTC
Best I could find showing the wires Roger

Wow, that 'Kit" is a bit basic on detail 'out of the box'

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Posted: Wednesday, April 17, 2019 - 08:29 PM UTC


Peter - just noticed that the gif you posted above is actually one of Ming's bombers. A quick goggle search confirmed. Identifiable by the V6 exhaust manifold and longer nose cannon plus longer more phallic looking fuselage .
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Posted: Tuesday, April 16, 2019 - 12:27 AM UTC
Can't wait to see this one progress Roger.
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Posted: Monday, April 15, 2019 - 08:03 PM UTC
Roger, looks Great. You are already beyond my vacforming skills, so it might be KISS for for you, but highly advanced for me

Looking forward to see more
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Posted: Monday, April 15, 2019 - 04:43 PM UTC

congrats to those that have completed their entries.
Thought I'd better pull finger and make a start .
So here's the "kit" box and the "kit" contents





Just in the process of trimming up the body halves plus marking out and cutting the various winglets. Trying to keep things K.I.S.S. since I haven't done any serious modelling over a few years now.
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Posted: Sunday, April 14, 2019 - 07:49 AM UTC
Thanks Jesper. The Intermediate Blue worked better than I thought it would. Washes out nicely with the flash and looks like the color I remember (to the naked eye) when the exhibit came through Boston many many years ago.
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Posted: Sunday, April 14, 2019 - 06:52 AM UTC
David, congrats on finishing!

Really nice work on weathering and the different shapes of bluegrey. Looks great!
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Posted: Sunday, April 14, 2019 - 06:40 AM UTC
I'm going to be calling this one done.

Pictures posted to the Campaign Gallery as well.







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Posted: Friday, April 12, 2019 - 07:53 AM UTC

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Sorry to hear about your dog, David. Hope everything Works out - one Way or the other.



Thanks Jesper. He went to chase squirrels in heaven on Wednesday.
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Posted: Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 04:23 PM UTC
Sorry to hear about your dog, David. Hope everything Works out - one Way or the other.
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Posted: Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - 12:20 PM UTC

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Looks Great so far, Mike! Are you Planning any decals for it? Maybe some aircraft stencilling would look cool and add some contrast.



I do love the Hasegawa/Begemot stencil effect. From the little info I can find there wasn't much in the way of markings other than some red stripes.

I will probably go with a combination of the two.
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Posted: Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - 08:38 AM UTC
Been a while with no update from me. The dog came up lame on Friday morning and it turned out to be bone cancer. Been a heart wrenching last few days.

I applied the oil wash using gum spirits of turpentine over a lacquer gloss coat on the INT. No cracking that I can see on the Bandai plastic.