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The Madhatter

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    Academy 1/48 Hughes 500D TOW Helicopter

    You don't see too many of these built and you've done a great job on it. There's nothing wrong with a clean build instead of looking beaten up. I have a 1/35th Nightstalker from Dragon to do one of these days and I hope mine comes out as nice as this Great work
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    Questions About The Bandai Star Wars Kits

    What everyone else has said is very true. Press to fit doesn't equal crap when it comes to Bandai. The only negative I've heard of is that the plastic on some kits can react badly to oils and subsequent thinners. But thats it really. They're fantastic kits and they pay a lot of attention to detail. Well worth it IMHO
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    Revell 1/144 AN-225

    As does Anigrand
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    Revell 1/144 AN-225

    I so want one but I just can't justify the $200au price tag at the moment. I just hope Revell keep making it for a few years to come 😄
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    Space Assault Ship Toranaga

    Are you scratching the main superstructure base shapes? If so - that's so bloody awesome I want to cry. I like those sensor ideas too, but I reckon a small viewing platform could look cool: sort of a sleek gun turret shaped window dropping midships between the 2 sensors? Like a mini third bridge but more in profile with the hull as opposed to sticking right out. I like how your keeping that WW2 theme going as well Great stuff all round Thom! Can't wait to see more
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    Corvette C-7R

    Hi guys As a side project to my Star Destroyer, I have been building Revell's C-7R for a bit of a change. However, I didn't go down the yellow road, I went down the black road. Thankfully, I didn't have any issues getting my body to fit on or have any interference in the engine and the hood areas. I am painfully aware of the paint bleed at the rear and the other finish issues it has - I will try to fix that up soon. The rear wing is also slightly off which is of course something I fixed AFTER I took the photos. Opps. I took a couple of shots to show the interior before it went in as you don't get to see it all now Well, that's it. It was a fun little side project and I'm glad I did it. It looks like a Corvette and to me, that's what matters Thanks for looking Si
  7. Hi everyone Well, time to bite the bullet and start on the "smaller" of the 2 Star Destroyers I have in my stash (well really, the Bandai mini SD's are the smallest I have but they are not ones I am going to detail). The bigger one is the Korbanth Super Star Destroyer which measures out to be about a meter or so long! The Bandai ones are to go with the SSD. I will build the monster one day but I want to tackle the one that requires the least amount of work first. I'll have to clear some room on my display shelf even for the standard SD but I think this will be worth it. This kit needs no introduction as there have been a multitude of these built online. I bought this ages ago but just haven't had the mojo to put in the effort it deserves. I will be adding details and of course lighting (which goes without saying really). To go with this kit, I have the Falcon 3D printed hangar bay, rubbish chute, shield generators and engine bells - all of which are beautifully made and smooth as a babies behind. I might even go to Shapeways and order a set of gun turrets too. No pictures as yet as I have only just started but I'll add some soon enough. As always, your feedback will be welcomed throughout the build - good or bad. If something looks wrong, say something. As nice as it is, I don't always need a "good job" and constructive critique is a good way to learn and be a better modeller. I will be starting with the engine block and have already removed the smaller molded on piping as they don't connect to the parts that they're meant to. It just looks weird See you all again soon Si
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    Zvezda Star Destroyer - a new detailing project

    Thanks guys, im currently working on 2 other projects at the moment and will resume the SD soon It is pretty out there isnt it I use a standard razor blade and my mark1 eyes to cut the styrene into shapes. Nothing fancy im afraid 🙂
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    Zvezda Star Destroyer - a new detailing project

    Thanks Steve
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    Space Assault Ship Toranaga

    Too cool Thom! I'm going to enjoy this one. I love the thought of a scratch built SBY themed ship. You might be better making your own fins as at least you'd get the size you want 😁 Hey speaking of SBY, do you have any images or links to of the new Andromeda which apparently has a smaller bridge and more guns? I can't find anything on it and I trust my source to be correct Anyway I am taking a front row perch for this build. Can't wait for the next update
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    Zvezda Star Destroyer - a new detailing project

    Thanks Blake 👍 I made a start on the top roof and side walls so will post some pics once I've done something worth while showing showing
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    Moved

    Thanks for sharing those pics - I'm really hanging out for it's release here in Aus - although the price I saw it for at Metro was a tad steep even for me @ $199.99au. No way I'm paying even close to that for a 1/144th kit - no matter how badly I want one. 🙂 As for posting it in the wrong forum, no big deal - just ask Steve or a mod to move it to the Jet modelling thread which is where I dare say you thought you were posting in 😉
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    Zvezda Star Destroyer - a new detailing project

    Yeah, i shrink wrap all connections to avoid shortages. Nothing worse than having to take apart a build to replace an LED, especially once its built
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    Zvezda Star Destroyer - a new detailing project

    2 days back and I have already pretty much finished the bridge and neck section. I'll run a light grey wash over it once everything has dried and sealed proper. There are still a couple of sections I need to hand brush to bring up to spec. I'll take some lit shots once I have connected the remaining fiber optics. That's it for now. I have to finish painting the big antenna in the middle as well as replace all the broken projections on the shield generators but I'll do that once the bridge is attached to the body As always, thanks for looking Si
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    ModelCollect B-1B - a no show?

    Does anyone know what's happened to Modelcollect's intended B1B? It's disappeared from their website so I can only guess that it's not going ahead which is very disappointing as I wanted one
  16. very nicely done Brad - it certainly looks the part with those SMD's lighting it up! Looks great on that base as well
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    ModelCollect B-1B - a no show?

    I've been waiting for that SU-33 for quite a while. Hopefully they actually come through with it
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    1/24 Tamiya Calibra DTM

    hi guys Here's another side project I have just finished - Tamiya's Opal Calibra DTM. Heavily inspired by the Zakspeed version (as well as Need For Speed cars), I went for a matte black colour. I'm not normally a "Matte Black car" kinda guy, but I do think it looks the part on this machine. I build this once before when I was in my very early twenties in red after seeing one like it in London but I had all the skills of a novice and it looked terrible I modified the rear diffuser and and paddle shifters - stolen from a Aventador PE Set - to the wheel (no manual box for me) I'm pretty happy with how this turned out. Anyway, enough talking, time for pics: I would LOVE to get the Revell BMW M3 DTM kit to do the same but it's rarer than rocking horse pooh. Maybe one day I'll find one or they'll re-release it (hopeful but unlikely) Well, that's all I have. Back to the Star Destroyer this weekend and I'll try to finish the bridge section Thanks for looking Si
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    1/24 Tamiya Calibra DTM

    Your quite right - that is an awesome start! I like his engine work - it looks amazing with those CF decals Great find. I hope he does finish it. Interesting to read of the fit issues though. I expected better from Revell on that score, but to be honest, I've only ever built 2 Revell Cars before so I don't have much to compare it to I think I'll sign up to that forum - thanks for pointing that one out
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    1/24 Tamiya Calibra DTM

    thank Ben! I'm petty stoked to have gotten a hold of the Beemer, so here's hoping I don't make a dog's breakfast of it once I start. I thought the C7R was a 2016 version already? Si
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    1/24 Tamiya Calibra DTM

    Well, the modelling deities must have heard me because I managed to pick up the Bruno Spengler BMW for a relatively good price! I also picked up the Revell Corvette C7R to go with. I am thinking of modifying the BMW to be more of a street machine, but I will sleep on that for now The C7R will not be in the yellow livery it should be in but probably gloss black Happy times ahead 🙂
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    1/25 scale Batpod

    oh goody - I do hope you'll post a WIP of the Bat Wing as I have been tempted to buy it but I just can't bring myself to shell out the money they're asking for it. It does look rather tasty though.
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    ModelCollect B-1B - a no show?

    LOL, hope not. I see MC post here, so I am hoping they can reply directly here?
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    ModelCollect B-1B - a no show?

    I've done exactly that and will let you know what they say (if they say anything). I'm not overly concerned when they release it - more if they will still release it.
  25. mate that's awesome! I've been following your WIP and enjoyed every page. Its a beautiful looking aircraft that you've done proud. Whilst I agree about the glaring panel lines, I also don't mind them either. I wish this was on my shelf. Thanks for sharing this Kike
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