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Works in Progress / Tristan-MK II Kitbash WIP
« on: November 16, 2017, 12:24:17 AM »
Kinda going through build ADD right now, lol. Got to finish painting that SD Phenex eventually, and now I suddenly had an idea for a kit bash, inspired by ZakuAurelius's video series on how to make the Tristan suck less.


Got some decent work done on this project over the weekend.

I began at the feet, deciding that instead of using the Tristan feet with MKII polycaps, I would use the Tristan ďshoesĒ with the MKII feet.  This modification wasnít too difficult, basically cutting off some pegs and the front part of the ďfeetĒ from the MKII.  They fit pretty well as you can see, and the gray part on the top aligns pretty well witht he flat part on the ďshoeĒ.  Now I just have to decdie if I want to use pla-plate or putty to fill in the gaps.


Next, I modified the shields.  The Tristan shield looks likea a reject from AGE, so most of it wound up in the trash.  I only kept the middle part, which aligned pretty well with the two halves of the MKII shield.  Stuck these together and added some putty to the front, and a couple bits of pla-plate on the middle section edges; just have to work with that now that itís hardened to create a smooth, angled surface ont he front face (probably gonna have to add some more putty to the edges where the lower MKII and Tirstan shields meet in the middle to help smooth it out), then modifty the mounting piece once I decide exactly how Iím going to work the forearms.

Finally this weekend I managed to mount a magnet in the MKII backpack, which involved just cutting out a few internal bits and stuffing some putty inside. Just have to mount that other magnet into the Tristanís rear chest piece.


Works in Progress / SD Phenex Custom Paint WIP
« on: September 26, 2017, 03:35:42 AM »
And the next build project has started!  However humble it looks...

Just a quick snap up tonight, my first SD build in a long time. Gonna do a little customization on this one, I think, but primarily it's going to be an exercise in painting.

Info + Q&A / Re: Winners Announcement!
« on: September 20, 2017, 04:26:37 PM »
Awesome; congrats to the winners! Well deserved, I'd say.

Showcase / Re: MG 1/100 GM Quel - "Blue Angel-esque"
« on: September 10, 2017, 03:09:45 PM »
Great job,the pla plate gives it much needed details as for the colours I would've toned down the yellow a bit and flat coated it otherwise awesome job.

Thank you!  Really gave the Chopper a work out during this build, lol.

Its SOOOO Shiny!!!! I feel your pain with all the hiccups and have made all those same mista...(Learning Experiences). lol. except for the airbrush, i still haven't taken that leap. i like the concept behind this kit and that rifle is B.A.!

Thank you very much! 

Showcase / Re: MG 1/100 GM Quel - "Blue Angel-esque"
« on: September 08, 2017, 11:30:38 AM »
This sounds like most of my builds bouncing from one idea to the next and definitely loosing parts.

Your build looks great the rifle is fantastic and the colours are great but i probably would have gone with a flatt top coat.

Good luck mate.

Thank you! 

I'd debated the matte coat, but decided I wanted something a little different. That, and I didn't want to risk screwing up with a coating I hadn't tested at the last minute, lol.

Showcase / MG 1/100 GM Quel - "Blue Angel-esque"
« on: September 07, 2017, 03:15:54 AM »
Mission...complete.  Here we have the MG GM Quel, "Blue Angel-esque".


Complete Album can be found here:

Now this build has been an experience; overall good, but with it's share of annoyances. The biggest learning experience with this kit was definitely the airbrushing; this is my first airbrushed kit, aside from the primer and top coat layers.  I can see why it's an many screw ups, but so much learned!  And so much more yet to learn. The biggest issue, I think, is that the blue came out a bit too dark, so you can't really see all the details I had added, but that's just how things worked out.

It ain't perfect, but there's no way I could get it there with my current level of experience. Overall, though, I'm happy with what finally came out.  I didn't have a set idea in mind when I started the project, so the color scheme was more or less randomly decided after hearing mention of the US Navy's Blue Angels somewhere one evening, hence the name.

The rifle was meant to be the centerpiece for the build, but it came out rather underwhelming as far as it's colors compared to the MS itself. I like the design, I just couldn't come up with a proper idea for the paint job on it. I had originally intended on something closer to the Aliens Pulse Rifle, but decided that'd be better suited for another kit somewhere down the road. Instead, this is more a variable beam rifle, with the barrel extending for longer ranged shots, shortening for closer, rapid fire.

As to the kit itself, this was my second master grade (the first being the Zeta 2.0), so this one is really showing it's age.  It's barely more than a high grade, though with the coming of the IBO line, this thing felt really, really old, much more so than it should have, I think. Still, I enjoyed it for the most part. My least favorite things about it were the hands, and an annoying tendency for the whole backpack to fall off, or just the outer armor of the backpack to come loose, as it was more or less just sitting there without any real grab to it.

Had some doubts as to whether I was even going to finish this build, honestly.  I'd go a few weeks without doing much to it because I wasn't sure where I was going, then when it came down to the last month, I just kept having set backs: had to strip paint and redo several parts after early airbrushing attempts, had one of the ankle armors break before priming, had the head antenna break before the first top coating, had at least two or three really bad messes with the panel line wash that left some areas looking bad, dropped parts going missing in the carpet for half-hour or more at a time, and had one part vanish completely (the collar piece that fits inside the yellow collar part, though I think it looks better without it, personally), and thought I'd lost the gray 'jaw" part of the head this evening after I'd did the final clear coat, but luckily I had just left it attached to one of my painting clips. These last two weeks had me uttering some very delightful curses, to say the least, lol.

In conclusion, the top three takeaways from this project:
1 - Have a plan!  - I went in without a solid idea of what I was going to do, and I never could decide exactly what it was I was going for, so I spent a few weeks cutting pla-plate into itty-bitty strips and sticking them all over the place, only for the colors to wind up hidding most of the details. I had no idea what the paint scheme was going to be, I had no idea what I wanted the custom details to be like, and I even stuck some parts on there just because I had them sitting in my parts bin.  Probably hurt the build pretty bad, but in the end, it came out rather not bad overall.

2 - Practice, practice, practice!  - Especially in regards to the airbrush. I had picked up a couple rattle cans about halfway through the build because I had thought to just spray the kit with those instead of using the airbrush because I was rather intimidated by it, but in the end I went through with it. I was getting better towards the end, and I've got more kits waiting for paint that I'm going to be practicing on in the coming weeks. I had tried a few practice sessions with paper and scrap pieces, but when it came right down to it, I learn better by practicing the real thing, so that's what I did, for better or worse.

3 - Lighting is Key - Another thing I've learned, rather early, in my airbrushing experience is that proper lighting is key. My workspace is limited; I have to use my build area for my spray booth, so I can't keep the thing out all the time, and with the lights I have available, I just don't have proper lighting in the booth. The two lights I use while building and the overhead just don't light evenly, so I kept running into problems seeing the part lit well from all angles, so this led to colors not quite meshing up properly on parts that were meant to be together, and overall the dark blue color being a lot darker than I had wanted, mainly so that I could be sure that all parts wereproperly coated.  Definitely going to be modifying the spray booth in the near future.

Entries & WIPs / Re: MG GM Quel
« on: September 05, 2017, 12:07:01 AM »
Nearing completion, ready for first top coat.  So many little things have gone wrong...ugh...but I will see it through to the end!

Entries & WIPs / Re: MG GM Quel
« on: September 02, 2017, 03:21:53 AM »
Been struggling with learning the art of the airbrush the last couple weeks. Starting to get the hang of it, though I've got issues all over. But, no sense being a perfectionist about it; that'll just drive me nuttier than I already am, lol.

Entries & WIPs / Re: MG GM Quel
« on: August 28, 2017, 11:11:41 AM »
Very nice, man I stand no chance against all these good builds :)

Don't sell yourself short yet; I've till got more than enough opportunity to royally screw this up. First time I'll be using an airbrush for painting a kit. Definitely been a learning experience on this one.

Entries & WIPs / Re: MG GM Quel
« on: August 20, 2017, 02:38:45 AM »
All primed up and ready for paint!

Entries & WIPs / Re: MG GM Quel
« on: August 19, 2017, 05:11:44 PM »
Some very nice work going into this one.

Thank you!

Entries & WIPs / Re: MG GM Quel
« on: August 18, 2017, 01:12:22 AM »
Been hard at work on this the last couple weeks, though not nearly as much as I'd hoped thanks to life. Got all the extra details finished up last night, so now I can move on to sanding and priming before painting (hopefully next week, assuming the weather cooperates).

Can't help but think I might've gone too far, lol.


Entries & WIPs / Re: MG GM Quel
« on: July 30, 2017, 02:20:45 AM »
Finally getting back to working on the Quel a bit.  Iíve struggled to get a solid idea on exactly what Iím going for here, so Iím just more or less running with whatever happens to seem right at the time. Probably not the best way to go about it, but considering the almost total lack of ideas Iíve been suffering with, Iím okay with that.

Also, I just canít get my camera to focus on the details very well; thinking itís time this almost 10 year old model gets traded inÖ

Entries & WIPs / Re: MG GM Quel
« on: July 13, 2017, 11:12:10 AM »
That looks fantastic, great skill.

Thank you!

Entries & WIPs / Re: MG GM Quel
« on: July 13, 2017, 01:29:59 AM »
Details on the rifle are pretty much complete at this stage. Moving on to final touch up and then to detailing the GM itself. Considering some limb and torso extension for the first time. Should be an interesting experience...


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