Scale modelling! Big things come in small packages.

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Re: Scale modelling! Big things come in small packages.

Post by Smoke (?) » Fri Aug 17, 2018 5:39 pm

Alright, time to start off a new page with absolute shit. I finished the F-16 earlier, and it's terrible.


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So, the positive thing is that it does kinda look like an F-16 from a distance (of about 500 yards) and the colorscheme is reasonably accurate. That's about it.

Onto the bad: The decals are of a terrible quality and the larger ones actually cracked as soon as they got wet no matter what I tried, resulting in some very careful attempts at aligning the parts and hoping nothing else flaked off. I didn't even use decal softener because that'd probably just kill them completely. Some of them aren't even the correct size. Printing quality and coverage looks like a mid-90s HP Deskjet printer. The overall kit has fitting issues in virtually every part requiring trimming, sanding and filling, the panel lining seems to be more of a suggestion than anything else, there's parts included for a two-seater configuration but no instrument panels or control sticks whatsoever, there's ejector pin markings in the worst places, the canopy lacks any sort of detail and is thick as hell, the decal instructions and the decal sheet numbering are only similar in that they both use integers below 1000 and the instructions contain details not even present on the kit itself.

So yeah, terrible. Don't buy unless you enjoy pain. Don't buy even if you enjoy pain. And considering the quality of the decals in this version, I'm glad I wasn't curious enough to buy this version as I've built the Revell release and casual searching shows that the Spitfire decal on this one is one huge piece as well.

Time to move on to something better, but I'll figure out what that is tomorrow.

EDIT: I'm gonna build something different for a change, as it's been a while since I built a car. It'll be nice to work on something in a bigger scale.
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Re: Scale modelling! Big things come in small packages.

Post by Madeline (?) » Sat Aug 18, 2018 8:33 pm

Oh man, that sounds like it was a pain in the ass. :nnngh:

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I got a chance to start detailing and panel-lining the RX-78-2. It’s the 2001 release, rather than the 2015 release, because my brain don’t remember so good. :-I The main differences are that the 2001 is a little more anime accurate, and has less detail and somewhat worse articulation, iirc. I’ll make sure to look it up later when I have a chance.

I’ll finish off the leg and feet panel lining when I start assembly, but I find it easier to do fine detail when parts are on the runner. Hopefully there aren’t any loose parts in crucial areas on this build, because I forgot that I don’t have clear coat or model cement. But I can always apply a topcoat later on, and I want to get some more practice in on building these because it’s been a long time since I’ve done any model building on a regular basis.

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Re: Scale modelling! Big things come in small packages.

Post by Captain Rufus (?) » Sun Aug 19, 2018 5:46 am

I’ve built but haven’t finished the Momokapool mostly as I am working on Warhammer 40k stuffs in what little hobby time I have. Some scenery too. Both ready build kits new and old, and some Tamiya stuff. Sadly the latter can be a pain. The instructions for these tank traps suuuuuuck. It’s 3 beams and 2 triangle thingies but I can’t suss it out. :cry:

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Re: Scale modelling! Big things come in small packages.

Post by Madeline (?) » Sun Aug 19, 2018 5:25 pm

Edit: never mind my whining. I found a way to paint the piece. Man I hate painting tiny details.

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Re: Scale modelling! Big things come in small packages.

Post by Smoke (?) » Mon Aug 20, 2018 3:10 pm

For tiny details I tend to use either my thinnest brushes, or if those are too thick a toothpick can do the trick as well. Really depends on the layout of the part though, as it's mostly cockpits and dashboards where this is needed. Another method I sometimes use is paint the details first, then being careful when painting the surrounding area (again with a thin brush), or with raised details just using a brush lightly covered in paint and being careful not to get too close to the surface.
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Re: Scale modelling! Big things come in small packages.

Post by Madeline (?) » Mon Aug 20, 2018 3:52 pm

I used a toothpick and that seemed to work out. Also, it’s done. :party:

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It was the gold v on the waist that gave me so much trouble. :-I It could have come out better with regards to sprue marks, but it’s all right for a first effort after over a decade of not building anything.

Also, whoever at 2001 Bandai decides that the eye decal needed to be two separate pieces needs to be smacked on the head. I painted the red cameras on its head by hand because applying tiny stickers sucks, and painting looks better and is easier.

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Re: Scale modelling! Big things come in small packages.

Post by Smoke (?) » Mon Aug 20, 2018 4:13 pm

Ooh, that looks pretty dang nice.

I'm pretty sure the sticker bit is with the reasoning that it has to be easy to build for those who don't paint their kits, and that era of Bandai did have a thing with tiny stickers in my experience. That part of my collection still remains in storage until I finally have some place to put it all, and when I do I'll go over all of them and see if I can't replace the stickering with actual paint wherever possible. I've got almost every single item in that line. The toothpick method works there too by the way.
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Re: Scale modelling! Big things come in small packages.

Post by Kronos (?) » Sun Aug 26, 2018 5:52 pm

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Ooh, that looks pretty dang nice.

I'm pretty sure the sticker bit is with the reasoning that it has to be easy to build for those who don't paint their kits, and that era of Bandai did have a thing with tiny stickers in my experience. That part of my collection still remains in storage until I finally have some place to put it all, and when I do I'll go over all of them and see if I can't replace the stickering with actual paint wherever possible. I've got almost every single item in that line. The toothpick method works there too by the way.
Yeah, though it also does tend to rely on the era and complexity of the kit. I picked up the 1/144 HG Throne Gundam Zwei - about a ten year old kit - and to my dismay discovered half the sword is molded in the tan color instead of white like it should be, all for the sake of ensuring the little mounting socket (which it uses to attach to the shoulder) is the right color. And then there's the 1988 Zeta Plus C1 (a reprint of the kit) which has some mind-boggingly silly color choices like the entire feet being molded in blue just for the trim when they're supposed to be two-tone gray.
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Re: Scale modelling! Big things come in small packages.

Post by Kronos (?) » Sun Sep 02, 2018 9:08 pm

Haven't contributed in a while, so here's today's build - the 1/144 MS-11 Act Zaku, P-Bandai exclusive variant.
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Re: Scale modelling! Big things come in small packages.

Post by Madeline (?) » Wed Sep 12, 2018 8:54 pm

Smoke wrote:
Mon Aug 20, 2018 4:13 pm
Ooh, that looks pretty dang nice.

I'm pretty sure the sticker bit is with the reasoning that it has to be easy to build for those who don't paint their kits, and that era of Bandai did have a thing with tiny stickers in my experience. That part of my collection still remains in storage until I finally have some place to put it all, and when I do I'll go over all of them and see if I can't replace the stickering with actual paint wherever possible. I've got almost every single item in that line. The toothpick method works there too by the way.
Tiny stickers are the bane of my existence. I still remember how I’d drop one from my tweezers and end up with it stuck to the palm of my hand or something when I was building the old Gundam kits way back when. :-I
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Haven't contributed in a while, so here's today's build - the 1/144 MS-11 Act Zaku, P-Bandai exclusive variant.
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Oh, that came out nice. I really want to get a Zaku to pair off with my RX-78-2. Or go nuts and get a Sazabi and a Nu to go together as well.

I think I know what car kit I want to build, but I need to check some reviews online first.

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Re: Scale modelling! Big things come in small packages.

Post by Smoke (?) » Thu Sep 13, 2018 12:00 pm

Progress on the VW: The engine bay is done and glued to the bottom.


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Still need to put decals on the battery, and getting to this point has been a minor annoyance at some parts as the fit is pretty dang tight (Just like in a real VW thanks to superior German engineering). The result so far is pretty neat though. I also discovered that one of the paints that needs to be mixed up can be replaced with a color directly available in Revell's range without issues other than glossiness. As quite a bit of details rely on that mix, it'll make it a little easier and won't require as much mixing.
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Re: Scale modelling! Big things come in small packages.

Post by Smoke (?) » Fri Sep 14, 2018 2:38 pm

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EDIT: Because I am a glutton for punishment I've picked up a third MisterCraft kit, this time covering a civil airplane. As it turns out there's at least two different boxings as mine only includes half the decals(with some minor printing issues) but I've seen reviews that had them all. This one actually has a label of the original, now defunct, manufacturer on the bottom of the included stand. It looks to be a bit better than the previous two, but not by much.
I hate doubleposting, but today I have to. I sent in a service request to MisterCraft through their website when I got this kit, and today I got a nice big envelope with a new decal sheet: Not only is this one perfectly in register, but it's also the complete one with all four options. On a second look I also understated the "minor printing issues" now that I have the new one: The decals and carrier film were quite out of register and smaller details were blobby as hell. I'd have liked at least some acknowledgement of my request beforehand though, as this came as a bit of a (pleasant) surprise.
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Re: Scale modelling! Big things come in small packages.

Post by Smoke (?) » Sun Oct 07, 2018 11:06 am

Golf is proceeding as planned. The body, interior and bottom are now done, and it's time for the final stretch. The main thing with building scale model cars is that a lot of time goes into painting before assembly, followed by more painting after assembly. As a result, you spend quite a lot of time between building steps just preparing for the next step. Along with that, the paint instructions for this kit were outright wrong in a few bits so I had to check some reference materials to ensure that I was doing the right thing.

Right now I also have to finish deciding if I want an open or a closed top, I'm leaning more towards open top at the moment to show more of the interior.


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Re: Scale modelling! Big things come in small packages.

Post by Smoke (?) » Tue Oct 09, 2018 3:20 pm

And the Golf is done. The flash of my phone's camera makes it look quite a bit more orange than it is, in real life it's a nice shade of red.


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I ended up making the open-top version as that's how I've seen them in real life most often. The end result is pretty nice and looks very close to a real Golf I Cabriolet. It's a pretty fun build too, but there are some parts where you'll have to look twice and fit before gluing everything down, or where the order is a bit misleading. I also ended up using reference pictures of the real thing since the instructions had actual mistakes in color callouts and detailing in a few parts. Decalling went pretty well, even if it was a bit annoying laying down large strips of chrome detailing. I did make a screwup with the license plates, originally I planned on using the Dutch ones but I discovered that I put one on upsidedown, and the other one got damaged while putting everything in place so I had to remove those and put on the Belgian ones.

Overall, recommended if you're a fan of the car itself, and even if you're not but you like th elook. There's two GTI versions also available that use the same base but obviously a different body and some other different parts. Just be careful that you don't buy Revell's Golf 2 as apparently that's a fairly dreadful kit. On the other hand, it does warn you beforehand on the box that it's a reissue of an 80s kit.

Next up, a small Imperial fighter craft. Not the one you might be thinking of at first. Along with that, I'm also building another 1/144 WW2 plane, this time a P-39Q Airacobra. I can't really start safely on any big kits as we'll be moving to a new house soon, and it'll be easier to transport small kits in progress rather than a large one. I'm already worried how I'm gonna transport some of the bigger kits I finished, especially the Hercules...
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Re: Scale modelling! Big things come in small packages.

Post by Smoke (?) » Sun Oct 14, 2018 5:50 am

Well, it didn't take all that long but the TIE Interceptor's done. A pic of the interior first as only little of it remains visible after constructions and there's a very nice amount of detail in there. EDIT: Also added two pictures taken without flash to show the actual colors.


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Overall this is a nice little kit. Painting can be a bit of a hassle due to the fact that the solar panels are molded into the wings, so there's some fun masking to be done there. There's a lot of detail to be found and painted, but unfortunately the interior detail's no longer very visible after building. As this kit also originated as a Snap-Tite prepainted kit, there are some traces left of that during construction and a lot of parts already snap into place relatively easily, only needing the glue to hold them down properly. There's a single decal included for the front window, but it doesn't sit down very well due to the geometry of said window, so I ended up painting that instead.

Next up, a Soviet-era passenger plane. First time I'm building a Zvezda kit, so this should be interesting. The instructions look decent enough so far, if a little bit more compressed than Revell.

In other modelling news, Revell has some neat stuff coming up soon, including the Bandai Millennium Falcon. The article also implies that more Bandai kits are going to follow which is always good thing, as importing them from Japan can get costly.

Also, I'd like to invite people to post in here more rather than just read, it's kinda weird being one of the few posting.
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Re: Scale modelling! Big things come in small packages.

Post by Smoke (?) » Sun Oct 28, 2018 5:37 pm

Well, two weeks and I'm still the only one posting here... The Tupolev Tu-134A is now officially done, and it took less time than I thought. It's the first time I've ever built a Zvezda kit, and it makes me want to find a few more as it's very nicely done.


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First two pictures are post-painting but pre-decals, you can see that the detail goes right into the engine turbines. I had to pick up some extra paint for this kit as there's a decent amount of gunmetal color used and Revell doesn't offer it in their assortment. Ended up picking Tamiya lacquer paint for this and the results are pretty dang great, even if the cleaning method's different than what I'm used to.

So, time for a short review: The kit overall is very nicely packed and presented, it offers both the 134-A as well as the 134-B3 versions both in Aeroflot livery. I ended up building the A version as I like the way the glass nose looks. Unfortunately, there is no interior detail whatsoever, not even a cockpit or anything which is kind of a bummer. On the other hand, it's a fairly rare subject with an interesting history (part of the design is taken straight from the Tu-16 heavy bomber) and despite the model having its first flight over 50 years ago, there are still 6 of them actively being used. The instructions have you pick between gear down without the stand, or gear up with the stand, but I combined both. The gear is nice but pretty fragile as I noticed during the build, and the stand provides a bit more safety as well as placement options with the limited space I have available at the moment. Instructions are clear, in both Russian and English with Zvezda's own colors being called out along with Humbrol equivalents, making it easy to find the right colors. There's a lot less steps than your average Revell kit, but so far I've noticed Revell just likes having a heck of a lot of tiny steps in their instructions. Some bits are tiny and fragile, but the end result is worth it and it's a fairly easy kit to build with some patience. The decals are all pretty great and align well with the body and the windows, even if the numbers on the top wing surface gave me a bit of trouble and required some minor cutting to get them to sit properly. Everything fits together very tightly, and even a slight layer of paint can cause fitting issues if you're not careful. I ended up trimming some things like the cockpit glass just to get it as cleanly in there as possible. Speaking of that, the transparent parts are kind of an oddity, as they are a lot more flexible than what I'm used to, and aren't nearly as fragile as the stuff other brands offer. Kinda nice, but also kinda weird.

Next up, I'm starting on a British-French attack aircraft in a very interesting livery. I mght actually have to put that one on hold as we're nearing the deadline for our house purchase, and we could very well be moving very soon as a result.
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