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PostPosted: Tue 22 Nov 2011 21:07 pm 
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This may end up being a place to come to watch tumbleweed rolling across the prairie...

...but I seem to have a few things on my modelling table at the moment that I'm actually working on, so I thought I'd start a thread off in the hope it will force me to finish some of them!

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First off, a pair of Airfix finches.  I've been working on these for a long time, but I had a little burst before Telford in an attempt to finish them.  Didn't quite manage it, but so close!

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The log is pretty much done, maybe a little work on the flowers needed.  Mr Finch needs matt-coting, maybe some high-lighting of feathers to pick out a bit of detail.  Mrs Finch I'm not so happy with - the colours aren't quite right, but not far off.  

The big problem I have with both is fixing them to the base.  I really need to bend their toes around the branches, but the plastic is very hard and brittle, so I'm not sure if I'll be able to.  I might need to drill some holes into their legs and insert some wire to reinforce the joint, as the surfaces in contact aren't going to be very large.

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Things of beauty, Farmroad!

It's a shame you'll have to post them in "Airfix figures" when done. They'd surely get more exposure in "Airfix civilian aircraft"  ;)

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Next, the Airfix 1/300 Boeing 777.  This has been sitting in the stash for a while - not really sure when I bought it (or why!)

Having done some work on the finches, I felt like giving something else a go for Telford.  Problem was, I decided this on the Monday evening before, so it had to be something simple!  This kit has very few parts, so it was the best bet!

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I needed a quick paint finish, so I had a stab at the much-acclaimed Halfords' Appliance White.  Have to say, I was very impressed.  Maybe one or two of the passes with the can were a bit too close, so I ended up with a couple of blobby bits, but otherwise it went well.

The decals were applied using Klear, so they've pulled nicely into the contours.  Still a few left to do (windows, wing markings), and the wings themselves still need their paint job completing.  

Biggest problem with this kit is the wheels - or lack of them.
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As has been mentioned by other builders of this kit, they're just solid blocks.  I've yet to decide whether I will make any attempt to improve them, or just go with how they are... I suspect the latter.  I did start off with the intention of building the kit in flight, so it might not be an issue - especially as it's turned out to be a tail-sitter, because I forgot to put any weight in the nose.

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Hi Again, Farmroad,

Lovely again! 3 saw cuts around the centerline of a wheel cluster (bottom, front, back) should give all the definition they need at that scale.

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Lars_Opland:388013 wrote:
It's a shame you'll have to post them in "Airfix figures" when done. They'd surely get more exposure in "Airfix civilian aircraft"  ;)

Some of us look in there Lars  :tumbleweed:

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Final kit actively in progress at the mo, is the Airfix Star Wars AT-AT.  The AT-AT itself has been doing the rounds of shows since Telford 2009, so no more work required on that.  However, it came with a pair of snowspeeders and cannon towers, and it was always my intention to do a diorama with all of the pieces.

Here are one of each:
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The cannon is okay, and the speeder is fairly detailed for its size.  However, the one thing that has always bothered me is that it is 'solid', i.e. there are no windows, so you can't see the interior.  They're maybe an inch long, so it doesn't really matter, but I fancied doing a bit of detailing.

First step:  remove the moulded canopy using a razor saw.
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Then, add a bit of basic interior detail - just some side panels, seat back and squabs.
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Finally, rebuild the canopy.  I've laid down a framework of plastic strip on some clear acetate, and made the roof out of plastic card.  Once all five sides are done, I'll put them together.

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This one is going to go on the ground, with the canopy open, and the pilot (Luke!) running away from it.  Here's a rough layout for the parts as they are - the base is a picture frame with filler in the bottom.  It'll have a top layer put on, shaped around the crashed speeder, cannon and the feet of the AT-AT.

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I've yet to work out the details, but once I've done similar detailing, I hope to have the other speeder attached to the legs of the AT-AT via it's grappling hook and tow cable...

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AT-AT will make a nice dio with the snowspeeders

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Nice work on the AT-AT dio :D .

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First speeder canopy is built, and the top is off the second one.

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A bit rough and ready, but it will do.  I watched the relevant section of TESB tonight, to get some info on internal cockpit detail, and I noticed that in the film the canopies have a glass section in the roof.  That'll teach me to base my research on the box art!  I'm not putting one in now, but the second one will have it.

Moving onto the base, I've put some overshoes onto the AT-AT, so that I can pour filler around his feet to get proper indentations in the snow.  

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In order to get the correct positioning, I've put some metal studs into the base, with corresponding holes in the bottom of the AT-AT.  That way, I can keep the walker separate, but still get it back in the right place when it's on the diorama.

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The cannon tower is now attached, and I've built a little mound of filler in front of it, to represent a build-up of snow on the windward side.  That will get covered when I put the top layer on.

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Looking good Adrian.


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PostPosted: Fri 25 Nov 2011 10:14 am 
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Lovely Stuff Mate... You can Do it !

You're really making the AT-AT your Signature Kit.


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Cheers chaps.  I do seem to have regained a little of my modelling mojo - done more in the last week than the previous year I reckon!  

Lots of other plans in the pipeline too, but I'm not going to make the mistake of starting too much and getting bogged down.

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Keep at it then Mate...

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Looking good Adrian. I hope it will be on the ATF tables at shows next year.

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Looks good Adrian, superb detail on the Snowspeeders cockpit and canopy  :thumb:

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Great project.  8-)

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Nice work on the Snowspeeder's canopy and interior. I'd imagine it's pretty fiddly, being so small.

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Back to the 777, and its dodgy wheels.

I thought the best bet was to chop off what was there and start again.  My first attempt was with some plastic tube, which looked the right size before I cut it up...

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As you can see though, they're much too small.  Also had real trouble making the 'slices' all the same width.

Second attempt was to cut out some discs from plastic card using a punch, two discs for each wheel, with one drilled out to represent the hub.

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Much better I think.  Just got to decide what I'll do for the bogeys - not too much I think.

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Love the AT-AT and the work for the diorama :thumb:
(It's one kit I want to try and get myself, already have a couple of Tie Fighters  :wink: )

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