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The Madhatter

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  1. Hi again all For the past 2 weeks (well, more like 6 days when combined) I have been working away on the top plate. I decided to make something to go on top as I feel it needs more visual interest. Yeah, I know its the DS tiles I'm using but I don't really want this to BE the Death Star - more, my own interpretation. I wouldn't go calling my display a battle-station. Probably more a mechanical planet It's far from being finished - I still have heaps to do, but before I really get lost in this and put more energy into it, I thought l'd just get a general gauge if this is a good ide
  2. thanks mate, appreciate it Hi all Quick update The edging is all done and putty applied. Still a couple of spots to clean up but nothing dramatic. I've started to add some more detailing to the surface, with some gun batteries which i thought could be quite cool. I'm not trying to replicate the DS or its surface to its filming parents, so the relevancy of their existence is mute. Looking at them, I do need to change the shape slightly to mask their origins though. Just on the bottom front corners I think I'm looking at making some kind of central building struct
  3. Well, its good to now there is at least somewhere relatively local you can go to to get supplies! Yes please! Hobbyrama sounds like my kind of place alright. 🙂 I was hoping to display this one at Melbourne but very likely, it's just not going to happen, so it'll be Brisbane that gets to see it in the plastic. Lucky you guys 😄 As for the shady people, mate, sadly, they are everywhere - including Melbourne. In saying that, I am glad I haven't experienced the "eshays" (?)..... I have so much to look forward to 😄 What kills me about Queensland is the wet heat. I'm
  4. Been there a few times. Good uni there from all accounts. We actually looked at moving there at one point but it didnt eventuate. Is New England Hobbies still in existence?
  5. Where abouts in NSW do you live? My wife is from Inverell
  6. I genuinely laughed out loud at that Thommo - I drove in Brisbane just a few weeks ago and was astounded at how bad a lot of QLD drivers are, but I could also say the same for some Victorians too. The worst thing about Brisbane I found was the very confusing road layouts - especially in the city. Personally, I find that's where Melbourne did it right - a proper block system, like New York in a way - not the wild spaghetti junction that is Brisbane. I guess I'll need to adjust to it though
  7. thanks guys! Andy, when I get up there, you'll have to recommend a club or hobby shop in Brisbane that I can go to. I'll miss Melbourne a lot, but we're going up for family, so its for a good reason. Does Brisbane have an Expo/show event?
  8. wow - it has been a while hasn't it? Hi all, and thanks for stopping in. First of, sorry for the really long delay in doing anything to it until recently. RL has interfered a lot as have other projects blah blah. We all know the reasons why etc that things go on hold but, I do have an update that's worth showing So, I am unable to paint anything ATM due to weather and other such stuff like getting ready to move up north to Brisbane at the end of the year, plus a reno and as such, that limited my options. But I have been chomping at the bit to get restarted on just something to do with thi
  9. Hi Ben You could also sand the LED itself which helps with diffusion. Putting a thin piece of white or clear sanded plastic can also do the job
  10. LOL, sorry mate, I haven't touched it since the last update. I've had other things take priority. Hopefully I will be coming back to this one soon but it'll be a little while before it comes out from under cover.
  11. Thanks Alex! I just hope it comes out the way I envision it
  12. Hi all Well, I have finally sorted out my last remaining hurdle and it's onto the final stretch - more or less. Yep, I have finally sorted out my mounting device and at long last, I will be able to slip the ship on and off it's mount (I'm not sure how many times I would want to but for transportation this will be invaluable) all I have to do is attach the sleeve onto the bottom of the ship and we're good to go. I've got it so I have 4 separate power lines which I will be able to distribute to hangar bay lights, engines, superstructure and floodlights. It's by no means pretty but
  13. Thanks guys! Am quite looking forward to the weathering stage for once
  14. Yep, that's exactly what I mean. Its just a light very heavily thinned base colour coat. Does precisely what you said. It's just the base paint work. Next is washing , dry brush and pencil in some panel lines
  15. the effect is a lot more subtle in the plastic than in this photo
  16. thanks bud! LOL, it is a bit like that - but not quite as intense Well, the experimental masking is done and the results are here. There are some panels which require a paint touch up because - as feared - the paint was too thin for the masks and ran under them in places. Lifted the paint off in others. Over all though, I am pleased with how its turned out. I'm still debating whether or not to run a very thin filter coat over the whole area to tone down the enhanced panels. I still have small detail painting, washed and dry brushing yet to go, so the look will change even
  17. Hey everyone Some people have been wondering what kind of approach I'll be taking to painting, so for those who wanted to know, I took a couple of pics which should help answer it. I'm going to spare everyone the boredom of taking shots at every stage and just show you the first one. You'll get the idea from that. Needless to say, the painting process might take longer than first thought. As this is as exciting as it gets, the next update should see these panels finished - or very close to it. It's going to
  18. yeah I've seen those - I just wish someone would up scale them to 1/2700
  19. And everyone says I'm mad.... Actually you know what, I'd like to have a whole decal set for the panels like they do for the Enterprise (aztecking). That would be a massive time and money saver for sure
  20. Thanks guys! I've maintained for many years that painting is my weak point in regards to modelling and I've often dreaded it, but on this occasion I can't wait to get some paint on.
  21. I had some free time this afternoon so I took a picture of the rook panels under the black base coat. Excuse the dust that seems to have settled on all of the pieces. I have no idea when or how it got there but the damp brush will be coming out after I've finished posting to clean them all up before the first splash of grey goes on Anyways, that's it for now but thanks for stopping in and having a look Til next time Si
  22. thanks Janne - I appreciate the kind post 🙂 I haven't taken the pics of the roof panels yet but I will hopefully this afternoon
  23. Thanks Andrew! Im glad to see you have stuck around. I just hope the final results will be worth it all
  24. Thanks mate, appreciate you sticking around. I have some paint on the roof panels now finally. I'm done with the detailing for now and it feels good to do something different on it for a change. The black base coat has really tied it all together and it no longer looks as busy as before. Will shoot some pics hopefully tomorrow
  25. Hi Everyone Well, its been a few months since I last updated this thread with some progress. I hope some interest is still there - understandable if its waned significantly though. It has been a while However, over the past couple of weeks, I've recommenced work on it and am happy to report that 99% of the detailing is now done. I still need to add a couple of bits here and there to the upper lip of the side trenches and install some flood lights but overall, it's ready to start drilling out the sidewalls for the fibers. I'm going to paint first then add the fibers as I want as close
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