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  1. Wow, that looks suprisingly awesome in black. I had never been interested in this show until I recently bought a ROKU and it had the series on one of the free channels that came with that. I am really enjoying the show and am about half way through the first season. The panels/markings that you picked out in grays and the metal on the engines really makes it pop. The red of the cockpit also goes well with the black. Great build.
  2. I live about an hour away and can't decide if I want to drive out to see it. I can usually see the rockets from my house but I really want to get closer for this one. It doesn't look good for the weather though. Right now outside my house it is windy, rainy and lots of thunder. Hopefully it clears...
  3. Hasegawa 1:48 Shinden. Easy kit to build but the decals were old and rough. Shinden by Hal Elsberry, on Flickr
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    An NX and a D7

    Thanks guys. Ikar, everything on the NX came in the box. It is a pretty good kit, it gives you the parts to build the NX-01 and the NX refit. It also gives you decals for the NX-01, refit, the mirror universe NX and another (NX-02 or 09???) If you use the discount code at Michaels it was only about $14 for the kit. I will probably pick up a couple more after this virus mess settles down so that I can build the refit and the Mirror Universe versions.
  5. I was wandering around my local Michael's about a month ago and decided to check and see if they still had the same 11 kits on the shelf that they have been selling for the past 5 five years when to my surprise I found that they had the 1:1000 Star Trek NX-01 kit. I have been wanting one of these for a while so a discount code later and it was on its way home with me. It is a nice little kit and has several options to build. I decided to go a little different with the paint. Instead of aztecing it I just mottled different metallic shades over it. I found a cool picture of a planet on the web and tried to recreate it on the dome base. I should have stopped with just the planet because when I tried to paint clouds it messed it up a bit. 02 by Hal Elsberry, on Flickr 04 by Hal Elsberry, on Flickr 06 by Hal Elsberry, on Flickr 07 by Hal Elsberry, on Flickr Since I had a lot of parts and decals left over and I was bored from staying at home I decided to use the stuff on an old 1:1000 Klingon D7 kit that I have been using to test paints on for about 10 years. So I used the additional secondary hull that was supposed to be for the NX refit and the Mirror Universe decals. This is how it turned out... 03 by Hal Elsberry, on Flickr 04 by Hal Elsberry, on Flickr 06 by Hal Elsberry, on Flickr 07 by Hal Elsberry, on Flickr 08 by Hal Elsberry, on Flickr 09 by Hal Elsberry, on Flickr
  6. Hello all, This is the Hasegawa 1:72 kit. I have never watched an episode of the show but I have always liked the way these look. I know that these are supposed to be painted white but I wanted to build mine in grey, more like modern Naval aircraft. I bought this kit as a bundle with a photo etch set. I didn't use much of the photo etch though because it was for a different version of this vehicle. Since I wanted it in flight I bought a cheap wood plaque. The skull and crossbones is one of those stick on car accessories from Wallyworld. It was a nice little kit and I barely had to use any putty. 09 by Hal Elsberry, on Flickr 01 by Hal Elsberry, on Flickr 03 by Hal Elsberry, on Flickr 04 by Hal Elsberry, on Flickr 05 by Hal Elsberry, on Flickr 06 by Hal Elsberry, on Flickr 08 by Hal Elsberry, on Flickr Thanks for looking, Els
  7. After reading Dana Bell's article I was very surprised to learn how much stuff is missing from the National Archives. Mr Bell was only looking at a very small section of items and how many of those were missing? Extend that average out to vast quantity of items in the archives and the total of missing items must be incredible. Very sad that those irreplaceable items may be just walking out the door and will probably be lost forever.
  8. This web site has a lot of cool pictures of aircraft that were tested out at Dryden, it goes all the way back to the 40's. Sorry if this has been posted before. Dryden Pics Els
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    Grey Hybrid

    Yesterday I had some leftover putty from another project so I decided to start fairing in the eyes and roughing out the head size. 04 by Hal Elsberry, on Flickr I gotta get working on this, September is right around the corner and I still have a few "Ain't real" projects I would like to work on. Els
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    Grey Hybrid

    I was pretty excited to get started on this project but now that I am working on it, it's not really keeping my attention the way I thought it would. I chopped the top of the head off and put a couple of coats of epoxy in it to stop it from flexing every time I touched it. Some wooden half ovals were bought to use for the eyes. I put several coats of filler primer spray paint on them to smooth them out and hit them with some silver spray paint. Then I super glued them together in the shape I will use for the eyes. 03 by Hal Elsberry, on Flickr Els
  11. Your additions are really making this project pop. Watch out, you are going to turn a plain Jane kit into something pretty darn cool.. Els
  12. That extended nose does look like it should be there. I really like the way that you used the dots to tie the two camo colors together. Els
  13. I am not sure if this really qualifies for this Group build. I guess it depends on your beliefs. Several years ago I picked up this doll kit when it was on sale at Hobby Lobby. I wasn't sure what I was going to do with it but back then I was really into figure kits so I thought I might use it at some point. Fast forward a few years and my daughter showed me this picture in a magazine and told me it was the creepiest thing she had ever seen. Well, I knew what the doll kit was going to be. I found this while I was looking for something else to build for this GB and haven't built a figure kit in a while so this should be fun. Here is the kit. It was missing some of its parts, that is why it was discounted. It has the head, two arms and two legs so it is fine for my purposes. 01 by Hal Elsberry, on Flickr Here is the head with the picture I cut out of the magazine. 02 by Hal Elsberry, on Flickr I am not a sculptor in any way, shape or form so I plan to leave the lower portion of the skull with the nose and mouth intact so that I do not have to do anything with that. I am hoping to cut it at the mid eye level and chop off the top portion of the head. One thing I am not sure about though is the material it is made off. I always thought it was vinyl but today when I took it out of the bag it has a sort of rubbery feel to it. I am going to try cutting the head and paint one of the feet to see how it reacts. If it is not good, this will be a very short project. Els
  14. This could be a little weird...I am going to attempt to make an alien human hybrid from one of those Authentic Reborn dolls.
  15. Sprue Brothers has it. I was surprised when I saw the scale. Kit link
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