Does anyone care about model kit progress?

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Re: Does anyone care about model kit progress?

Postby Alice » Wed Sep 19, 2012 10:43 pm

Small town, huh?
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Re: Does anyone care about model kit progress?

Postby exolstice » Thu Sep 20, 2012 10:25 am

Nice hose.
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Postby Alice » Thu Sep 20, 2012 10:24 pm

Small town, huh?
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Re: Does anyone care about model kit progress?

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I lol'd
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Re: Does anyone care about model kit progress?

Postby Alice » Fri Sep 28, 2012 1:09 am

Pretty much done with the engine for now.

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Re: Does anyone care about model kit progress?

Postby Alice » Thu Oct 04, 2012 11:14 am

Batteries are done.

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Re: Does anyone care about model kit progress?

Postby Alice » Thu May 02, 2013 12:12 pm

Started this a few weeks ago. Wanted to build something without being restricted by reference photos.

Snapped a couple of iPad pics tonight. I'll get more when the chassis is painted.

You obviously can't see it all in the pictures, but I've done a bit.

Extended the frame by two scale feet.
Scratch built fifth wheel ramps.
Articulated and detailed the fifth wheel.
Fully articulated Hendrickson rear suspension.
Scratch built seventy-two inch walking beams.
Scratch built, articulated drive shafts, traction bars, etc.
Modified Revell wheels to fit AMT Uniroyals for the rears.
Added Revell Michelins and slightly modified Revell Kenworth wheels to steers.
Added articulated steering to the front axle and gave it a wider stance.
Moved front suspension/axle/wheels forward.
Added battery box step from AMT Road Boss kit.
Added and modified fuel tanks from Revell Kenworth kit.
Added sixty-four inch sleeper from Revell Peterbilt kit after cutting it down to thirty-two inches.
Added cab skirting from AMT Road Boss kit.
Made step toolbox by combining two AMT Autocar battery boxes. (Not pictured).
Added front and rear air brake chambers from Revell Peterbilt kit.
Added rear mudguard from AMT Peerless logging trailer.
Detailed the Cummins 350 (Not finished).
Added air and fuel lines.

I want to add a lightbar to the roof, but not sure if I'm going to go for a full bar or keep the aircon unit and have lights either side.

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Also working on this.

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Re: Does anyone care about model kit progress?

Postby exolstice » Sat May 04, 2013 8:09 pm

Will it have a trailer and will the eyes light up?
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Re: Does anyone care about model kit progress?

Postby Alice » Sun May 05, 2013 2:44 am

Yes to both.
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Re: Does anyone care about model kit progress?

Postby exolstice » Sun May 05, 2013 9:12 pm

Can't wait!
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Re: Does anyone care about model kit progress?

Postby dropshipbob » Thu Jun 06, 2013 4:33 pm

Who made who?
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Re: Does anyone care about model kit progress?

Postby Alice » Fri Oct 04, 2013 8:38 am

Couple of pictures of what I did on that one truck. Most of the front end is scratch built or heavily modified as well.

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Re: Does anyone care about model kit progress?

Postby exolstice » Fri Oct 04, 2013 9:28 am

Did you ever post a pic of a completed model or are they all still "in progress?"
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Re: Does anyone care about model kit progress?

Postby Alice » Fri Oct 04, 2013 10:15 am

The only one I've "finished" was the yellow one on the previous page. I'm currently working on, I think, three right now. I work on one a bit, and when I get tired of working on one I swap to another for a while. Even the one I finished still has a few things I want to redo or improve on it.
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Re: Does anyone care about model kit progress?

Postby exolstice » Fri Oct 04, 2013 11:02 am

Kind of like me on guitar, I can play the intro or main riff to about 30 songs, but I've still yet to learn one song all the way through so that I can play it from memory except for Breaking the Law by Judas Priest. I just learn part of a song, get bored, move on to another one.
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Re: Does anyone care about model kit progress?

Postby Alice » Wed Oct 30, 2013 8:18 pm

Nowhere near done. Still tons of layers of paint to go.

Working on resculpting the helmet of my P2. Quite a few tweaks like raising the cheeks, lowering the brow, adjusting the inclination of the nose bridge, resculpting the sides of the crown etc. Just whatever I can think of to give it that more squat, fat look it had in the movie as opposed to the tall and skinny look it has on the figure.

Sanded down the texture as well. Just too much texture for my taste. It'll still have some texture when I'm done. Just not nearly as deep and rough.

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Almost there.

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Here's one with some fishnet stocking I was testing for the net, but it doesn't look good. Couldn't get the baggy look like it has on film, so I decided to make my own later.

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Here's one in a bit of natural light. I can't seem to get a perfect pic, but the tint is a bit darker to the naked eye, and the coppery bits only really appear when you're looking at it head on. As the head rotates the copper shimmers and disappears as it does on the movie helmet i.e. the copper only shows through heavily when light hits it straight on. Any part that's not being hit by light looks like the dark, blackish brown. So it's a bit reactive to light instead of being a straight, static copper or brown.

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Re: Does anyone care about model kit progress?

Postby exolstice » Sat Nov 09, 2013 5:48 pm

That's an impressive amount of work to get something movie-accurate.
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Re: Does anyone care about model kit progress?

Postby Alice » Thu Nov 28, 2013 9:10 am

Not much has happened to this thing in over a year, but I dusted it off today to give it some attention.

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Re: Does anyone care about model kit progress?

Postby exolstice » Sun Dec 01, 2013 10:14 pm

Kelly's Logging? Is that a reference I'm not catching?
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Re: Does anyone care about model kit progress?

Postby MT » Wed Jan 15, 2014 11:53 pm

Impressive as always.
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Re: Does anyone care about model kit progress?

Postby exolstice » Thu Jan 23, 2014 9:01 am

Happy New Year! :fool:
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Re: Does anyone care about model kit progress?

Postby Alice » Fri Jan 31, 2014 2:07 am

exolstice wrote:Happy New Year! :fool:


Thanks. My resolution is to keep this place on life support as long as possible. I don't care what the living-will states.

exolstice wrote:Kelly's Logging? Is that a reference I'm not catching?


Just a reference to the wife. She's claimed this as her truck, so I put her name on it.

Stopped working on trucks again to do more on the predator. Found some nice mesh that, once painted properly, will be perfect.

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I also painted one of the hands. Still a tweak or two and a clear coat and it'll be done. 20+ hours just on the hand.

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Here's the before:

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Re: Does anyone care about model kit progress?

Postby Alice » Wed Feb 19, 2014 5:31 am

Here's one of the feet. It looks darker in the pic than it is. It's driving me insane though. The more I work on it the more dissatisfied I become with it.

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Re: Does anyone care about model kit progress?

Postby MT » Fri Mar 28, 2014 11:59 pm

Checking in.
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Re: Does anyone care about model kit progress?

Postby exolstice » Tue Apr 08, 2014 7:46 am

MT wrote:Checking in.


Still alive!
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Re: Does anyone care about model kit progress?

Postby Alice » Thu Aug 28, 2014 1:42 am

Couple of things I've done in my spare time.

Got rid of the ridiculous lava on the 1/4 Endo base. Removed the lava, and added some ash. Finished for now. May go back later and repaint the skulls.

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Some work on the predator. WIP of the back. I'm unsure If I'm going to bother finishing up much of the detail, since most of it will be covered by the armour anyway.

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Here's some of the front.

This was after I'd taken my base white, added the brownish orange-red, and was just starting to layer up the white areas with some yellow to pull the colours together.

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Here's the left side partially done with the right side still pretty much unblended.

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And here's the torso with the first bits of blending pretty much done.

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And here's my current progress. Still tons of spotting to do, but slowly getting there.

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Here's a netting test with the best netting I could find so far. It's slightly too big to be 1/4 scale, but it'll do until I can find something better.

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I also started sculpting an interior to that mask instead of just having a smooth, blank inside.

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While working on the interior I had a lightbulb moment. I recalled I had a bit of metal mesh I used for my model kits that was just sitting in one of my supply cabinets. I went and dug it out, and was pleasantly surprised at how close it was to being what I needed, and I'd had it all along. As you can see in the following picture, it's pretty dead on to what was used on screen (during the unmasking in the slaughterhouse). The only "problem" is it's shiny and reflective. I use problem in quotes, because it's totally fixable with some paint. I can easily dull the shine and add a bit of faux rust like the film.

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After sculpting the inside and heavily tweaking the exterior to be more accurate I made my first mold ever. Didn't go very well.

Here's a picture I took of the interior of the mouth portion of the mask. There was a little more cleaning and tweaking before I made the mold.

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I finished the mold, and set upon the task of trying my hand at actually pulling some casts. First attempt was a total bust. Nothing came of it but a gloppy pile of resin. Second pull was an improvement, but there were so many air bubbles it wasn't worth cleaning. Especially the inside detail which was largely rendered non existent. The third, and final for now, pull was a minor success. After tweaking the mold I managed to get 98% of the air bubbles out, but, for some reason I can't understand, a portion of the top of the bio just didn't take any of the resin at all.

Here are a few pics of the second and third pulls.I'm sure you can tell them apart. The cleaner third pull still doesn't have all of the inside details added, since they're going to be cast as separate pieces, and I haven't made the molds for them yet.

Also, notice that I greatly adjusted and improved the shape and corners of the eye slots to better resemble the actual movie prop. Kinda hard to see, but once there's a painted copy the differences will be more than apparent.

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