Does anyone care about model kit progress?

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Does anyone care about model kit progress?

Postby Alice » Sun Sep 11, 2011 4:20 am

Or would it be a waste of time to post it?
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Re: Does anyone care about model kit progress?

Postby Spliff » Sun Sep 11, 2011 4:26 am

It was a waste of time making that post instead of posting the progress. Do it NOW.
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Re: Does anyone care about model kit progress?

Postby Ghost » Sun Sep 11, 2011 10:08 am

Seriously. Let's see that progress, girlfriend.
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Re: Does anyone care about model kit progress?

Postby exolstice » Wed Sep 14, 2011 12:04 pm

We forgot!
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Re: Does anyone care about model kit progress?

Postby Alice » Fri Sep 23, 2011 11:33 pm

Very surprised and satisfied with how things have gone so far. I've gotten all of my pieces filed and smooth. Currently removing chrome from the chromed sprues. Not too keen on the perfectly clean, shiny showtruck look. I want it to look more like a well maintained truck that's seen plenty of work in the dusty north.

The engine is half painted and fitted together. Nothing glued on it yet, because I want to give it a nice coat of Cat yellow.

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Wasn't happy with the engine colour, so I stripped it and went Cat yellow.

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Haven't done anything else to this one yet. Started stripping and disassembling the pre-built Autocar I bought.
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Re: Does anyone care about model kit progress?

Postby Ghost » Sat Sep 24, 2011 10:16 am

I guess I've never built a model, I just figured the pieces were molded in whatever color. I can see now that I'd clums some part, fly into a rage and never finish the kit.
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Re: Does anyone care about model kit progress?

Postby exolstice » Mon Sep 26, 2011 9:26 am

Neat-o. I'd be like Ghost though. I'd probably end up throwing the goddamn thing up against a wall halfway through.
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Re: Does anyone care about model kit progress?

Postby Alice » Tue Sep 27, 2011 8:32 am

More progress. Different truck.

I bought this kit from eBay. It was already built by the seller who stated it was built fifteen years ago. It's missing a few pieces here and there, and wasn't built exceptionally well. Decided to strip and disassemble. Planning to rebuild it as a "well worked" old truck.

Here are a few pictures from the auction. I went silly and didn't think to take any "before" pictures of my own before I started.

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Here are the stripped parts. Can't say this enough: If anyone wants to strip a kit use Dettol Anticeptic Disinfectant (Pinesol in the US). After a 24 hour soak the paint can basically be wiped off as if it's still fresh, wet paint, and leftover paint in the cracks can easily be brushed away with a toothbrush.

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Unfortunately, one thing the Dettol doesn't do is loosen the glue (of which there was a lot on this kit). The glue also seems to have been dyed by the paint, so I was left with different coloured glue spots that needed to be dremeled and/or sanded.

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There's no way around it, and I would have expected nothing less, when you're disassembling a near 30 year old kit that was built over a decade ago, no matter how careful you are, there will be breaks. Honestly surprised there weren't more problems, but there were a few things like removing the lights and air-con that left some craters in the cab. Nothing that can't be fixed. One happening that crushed my heart was the left frame rail broke during the clean. I managed, with a bit of plastic and pins, to fix the break and make it look like a patch job of riveted on iron. The good thing about making a run down old truck is breaks, imperfections and other things that would make a regular build look less than attractive actually add some character to the build.

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Base coated some pieces in black.

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One thing I've always noticed about this kit was the absence of the cap on the radiator. To remedy that I just took a spare fuel tank cap and a standard cotton bud (q-tip). I put a hole in the top of the radiator, cut the stalk from the cotton bud and glue it into the hole and the fuel cap on the top.

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Re: Does anyone care about model kit progress?

Postby Ghost » Tue Sep 27, 2011 9:57 am

I really like these little fixes, especially making it look like the frame was patched. I'd think the cleaner would eat up the plastic and make it brittle.
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Re: Does anyone care about model kit progress?

Postby N_Dragon_Art » Wed Sep 28, 2011 9:34 am

Yeah, I am utterly impressed on the reconstruction methods for this truck.
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Re: Does anyone care about model kit progress?

Postby Alice » Fri Sep 30, 2011 6:33 am

Well... I was hoping to have some more progress to show, but it seems fate is against me. I started last night adding the base rust coat. Was planning to let it dry, highlight and shade and then start adding some detail today. About five minutes after I started I got the message that I had to be in to work early (on my birthday no less), so I rushed the paint. Looked at it this afternoon, and was unpleasantly surprised at how bad it looked. Decided that instead of stripping I would just go over with black again to save time. Got everything ready, and my airbrush broke. Dug out the airbrush I got with my compressor that I was keeping as a back up, and it works really well... if I wanted to paint a house.

So... since I have plenty of time on my hands I dipped the kit in the Dettol to restrip, and tomorrow afternoon I'll be off to the hobby shop to buy a new airbrush.

Major hiccup, but I'm very optimistic about this build. Having fun anyway, and that's the important thing.
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Re: Does anyone care about model kit progress?

Postby MT » Fri Sep 30, 2011 12:18 pm

happy day, brother.
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Re: Does anyone care about model kit progress?

Postby Ghost » Fri Sep 30, 2011 11:10 pm

My computer told me it was your birthday, but it's late enough that I didn't know if it was today or tomorrow.
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Re: Does anyone care about model kit progress?

Postby Spliff » Sat Oct 01, 2011 1:45 pm

Even though he's a turncoat and is living in the future his b-day is always celebrated on 'Merica's time.
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Re: Does anyone care about model kit progress?

Postby Alice » Sun Oct 02, 2011 2:49 pm

Thanks, gentlemen.

Well, new airbrush. Let's give this another go.

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Resprayed the stripped parts in base black again, and while I was waiting on them to dry I set forth to rust up a few parts. Mostly engine parts with a few random chassis bits thrown in.

Here they are with the base for the rust.

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And here are the completed pieces.

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Sorry for the bad lighting, but I'm to lazy at the moment to bother with proper lighting.
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Re: Does anyone care about model kit progress?

Postby MT » Mon Oct 03, 2011 2:59 am

that is some fantastic scaled rust. cheers!
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Re: Does anyone care about model kit progress?

Postby Alice » Wed Oct 05, 2011 10:09 am

Still chugging right along when I get the spare time.

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Re: Does anyone care about model kit progress?

Postby N_Dragon_Art » Sat Oct 15, 2011 11:51 am

Wow, that rust is very well done. How are you getting those colors?
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Re: Does anyone care about model kit progress?

Postby Alice » Sun Oct 23, 2011 6:13 am

Layers upon layers.

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Re: Does anyone care about model kit progress?

Postby Ghost » Sun Oct 23, 2011 1:39 pm

Holy shite, that looks great.
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Re: Does anyone care about model kit progress?

Postby Spliff » Sun Oct 23, 2011 4:39 pm

Maybe now he'll believe it when someone other than me tells him.
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Re: Does anyone care about model kit progress?

Postby MT » Sun Oct 23, 2011 9:46 pm

yeah, that shite blows my mind.
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Re: Does anyone care about model kit progress?

Postby exolstice » Mon Oct 24, 2011 8:15 am

Ghost wrote:Holy shite, that looks great.


I don't know what you're seeing. It looks all rusted to me.
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Re: Does anyone care about model kit progress?

Postby Ghost » Mon Oct 24, 2011 10:11 am

Tiiiiiiiiin roof...rusted.
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Re: Does anyone care about model kit progress?

Postby exolstice » Mon Oct 24, 2011 2:46 pm

Love shacked!
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Re: Does anyone care about model kit progress?

Postby MT » Tue Oct 25, 2011 2:29 am

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Re: Does anyone care about model kit progress?

Postby exolstice » Tue Oct 25, 2011 8:08 am

Let's derail further, shall we?

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Re: Does anyone care about model kit progress?

Postby Ghost » Tue Oct 25, 2011 8:26 am

You guys heard about those number stations??
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Re: Does anyone care about model kit progress?

Postby exolstice » Tue Oct 25, 2011 10:13 am

I've heard them but I haven't heard of them.
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Re: Does anyone care about model kit progress?

Postby MT » Wed Oct 26, 2011 12:06 am

yes, i have a heard of crustaceans. rock lobsters be be precise.

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