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About mkjm

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  • Birthday 03/05/1990

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    Spaceflight, armor, The Great War, Mass Effect & Halo (and some other video game series), the odd anime here and there

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  1. Hi Vicnet! I'll try to answer your questions as best as I can. 1. When creating the tile pattern, I simply used light pressure and one or two passes on the styrene sheets to score the styrene with an x-acto blade one way, and then cut it the other way. As far as depth and width of the scoring, it was more or less just applying enough pressure to not cut through the styrene since I was using paper-thin .010 sheets. When I went to finally paint the tiles on the belly, I first primed the model with Tamiya fine surface primer (in white) with one or two light coats, then matte black for
  2. Thanks again Pete! I'll email Glenn and see if he can do a smaller sheet for me. Indeed groove-side down! I remember you mentioning that tip and I really like the effect! It's not very noticeable until paint is applied so I was a little unsure at first, but it's really did the trick 👍
  3. Thank you! I'm glad to say that the belly is more or less finished. I've taken a bit of a break during which I was looking for a good styrene for the radiator panels. I ended up with Evergreen #2100 V-groove sheets that were .020 thick with .100 spacing. I like the effect! I took two weeks off from work and decided to dedicate some of my time to Atlantis. I haven't installed the PLB doors yet, the photo is just a test to see how I could set the doors in place and if there would be any shifting over time. I'm going to use a thin application of E6000 adhesive which take
  4. Thank you for the kind comments Pete! The tiles are overscale, but I think its better than the usual raised tile detail that comes on the stock kit. I'm thinking I want to try a Vallejo weathering pigment in a light grey or white to give a better charred appearance. Good call on the radiator panels, I never would have considered flipping them over but that's a great idea! The ODS is a print from Bill of these very forums. I had dreaded the thought of scratch building that part so I am very grateful he made it available in 1/72! The use of white glue was a questionable choice but on
  5. Some slow progress, but progress nonetheless! I used a wash of white acrylic paint and picked out singles and sets of tile to represent newer tiles. The body flap needs to be darkened some to match the rest of the orbiter. I also painted and used a dry brushing technique on the SSMEs. I need to weather some of the tile around the OMS engine bells as they don't match the rest of the tile. Very slowly, payload bay details are being added. I need to figure out what to use for the wiring between conduits in t
  6. Both your Revell and Airfix kits are fantastic. Excellent work! What material did you use to give the Canadarm that texture?
  7. Ah good to know, I probably would have completely missed the 8 motors. I also found this video with some decent shots of the rocket during assembly as well, showing the S-IC before it lost its stripes. Also shows fiducial markers on the S-II which wouldn't be too hard to replicate. So I think I have a good starting point for some changes to make. S-IC black stripes painted 8 ullage motors S-II fiducial markers (were these on all Saturn Vs or just early ones?) Block I Service Module RealSpaceModels 1/72 Batted F-1 engines Add suppo
  8. I had a look at John's site, but also did not come across anything specific as well. I did not think to contact him, so I may just do that. Thanks Pete!
  9. Mostly the launch vehicle, but I wouldn't hate knowing more about the Command Service Module differences as well.
  10. Mostly the launch vehicle, but I wouldn't hate knowing more about the Command Service Module differences as well.
  11. I hope you guys may forgive me for what may be a few silly questions! I am more of a shuttle aficionado than Saturn V although I love them both dearly, my Saturn V knowledge is much more limited. Back in March, I picked up a Dragon 1/72 Saturn V for a fairly good price, although I told myself I would not begin in earnest until the Revell 1/72 shuttle was complete (it's getting there). So in the meanwhile, I started thinking about what S-V I wanted to represent. I've already done a Revell 1/144 as representative of Apollo 11, so my thoughts turned to either the first or last (that
  12. Ah I was wondering about that. I was thinking big binder clips and something to support them under the fuselage, like wooden dowels that would keep the doors at the right position as glue dried. Also your threads have been very helpful in figuring out what to put in between the radiator panels and the doors, so thank you for that! Thank you for the kind words Bill! Your parts are what I consider to be some of the best but I'm sure designing parts is incredibly time intensive. I am thankful for what you've got so far though, that docking collar probably saved
  13. Thank you for the kind words Pete! I have to say, I was going through your 1/72 orbiter and Hubble thread and it almost makes me want to tear it down for a third try, it is a beautiful build and the Hubble looks fantastic! I'm almost tempted to follow suit and build a hubble, but maybe in 1/100 to go with the more basic Tamiya orbiter I have awaiting assembly. And agreed about the engine bells. There's a lot to choose from there but the resin Fisher engines look amazing to me. I'm just glad that Bill at shapeways has the docking collar in 1/72 for us. I'm not great at scratch buil
  14. Some progress! Over the weekend, I used some German Grey from Tamiya for the RCC wing edges and nose cap. German grey might be a bit dark, but I plan on painting some of the wing edge panels a lighter grey for some variation as seen on the real thing. I also painted various portions of the orbiter using a thinned mixture of white craft paint with a drop of red for a very, very pale pinkish white. I evenly painted this onto the masked off areas with a brush, and somehow I avoided brush strokes. This first photo is of the masked off areas and some of the decals loosely placed to see
  15. Thanks Pete! I'm glad to be continuing it. The cockpit area is all stock kit. I was too far along by the time I saw Dutycat's beaniecaps and I wasn't sure I wanted to restart this for a third time... The cockpit windows are from Accurate Model Parts. I had to remove a lot of the window frames and surrounding material but I think it paid off. The cockpit around the windows was some of the most difficult areas to finish, next to the rear plate where the engines sit - a lot of odd shapes to cut tile strips into! I'll have a look at your method for masking the nose, I'm h
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