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AMT Imperial Walker Wreck WIP - Part IV

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Last night I made up my mind as to what to do about opening up some panels on the AT-AT. I compromised a bit. My fear had been that if I open too many panels, the interior will be visible, or rather the lack of a suitable interior would be visible. So, instead of opening all of them, I only modified two small ones. Specifically, the forward and aft escape hatches on the port side - which is the side that will be least visible.

This was a messy and tricky process. The side wall armor is not only too strong for blasters, but was also sufficient enough to repel a fresh #11 blade. Thus, it was back to the Dremel to fling more plastic! The drill bit made quick work of the escape hatch, but with a sleeping baby in the room next door, the noise was bound to wake her. So, I opted to chip (silently) away at the remaining plastic with my blade until it was completely open...


Then I took a thick piece of aluminum and marked out (eyeballed really) the dimensions of the hatches, then cut them out…

AMT Imperial Walker Wreck WIP - Part III

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The Imperial Walker is progressing slowly, held up by my indecision to open up a few hatches but also in my attempt to finish up the USCG Dallas for my father-in-law. With the Coast Guard Cutter completed, I can get back to the Walker full time. Never the less, I still haven't decided my best course of action as far as opening hatches is concerned. But this did not deter me from adding some detail to the interior of the, now broken, flexible neck...



What you see are remnants of a walkway and some broken wires and cables. I covered the openings using plastic card and masking tape to create a Star Wars-esque blast door - one of which is fully closed in the head, while the other is half open in the body.
Its not perfect or amazing by any sense of the imagination but I just need to put something there because that is what people will expect. You can't just have a hole where detail should exist.
If I can make up my mind on how to approach the rest of the hatches, that will dictate…

JAG Collective 1/700 USCGC Dallas: Redux - Finished

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This didn't turn out to be quite the WIP it could have been which I blame mostly on my oversight and perhaps some lazy in taking step-by-step photographs of the progression. So, what you're left with is basically taking my word for it. Which is fine, really, because I have integrity and its easily explained. After all, a few words are worth a thousand pictures, am I right?

When we last left off, I had started the ocean base, which was accomplished easily with some artist oils. I then had to build up some wakes and waves around the boat. This is where my stock in Milliputty is very useful. A little hand crafted waves here and there helped recreate the motion of the ocean...


The waves were then painted to match the rest of the ocean surface and I heaped a bunch of acrylic gel medium on top of that to create texture and give it a nice glossy shine...


The gel medium dries completely clear though the effect of the white looks kind of nice. Once that was dry, I brushed some white o…

Sprue Cutters Union #6: Won't Touch It!

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When I was young, there were lots of thing I did not like to eat. I was a picky eater, and I am sure a lot of you were as well. Greens like spinach and zucchini were avoided at all costs, and I also had an aversion to cheese and bread crusts. I've gotten over most of the food-phobias I had as a youth, like tomatoes and blue cheese, and have expanded my dietary horizons to include such items. However, there are some things I still haven't integrated into my daily consumption (spinach and zucchini, namely). Old distastes die hard, as they say...or something like that.

What does this have to do with modeling? Well, this week's Sprue Cutters Union assignment asked us what models would likely never reach our workbench. Much like I can guarantee you that neither zucchini or spinach will ever reach my dinner plate, I can tell you there are certain subjects that will never enter my house in kit form for my own personal benefit (I'll clarify this statement in a bit)...

The phr…

AMT Imperial Walker Wreck WIP - Part II

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The stops.
I've pulled them out.
Last night's workbench session consisted of me basically flinging plastic all over the place. The Dremel and little hand saw were quite active, chopping and cutting this old model, piece by piece, to fit my vision. I had mentioned on Facebook that I was a bit wary of going overboard and potentially ruining this vignette but after some much needed encouragement, I decided to ruck up and let fly.

I removed the neck and head in an attempt to make it look like either an explosion had separated it from the body, or perhaps corrosion had managed to rent it apart. A laser blaster was removed from the head and the vision block was hollowed out. Some of the legs were also bisected to give them the appearance of peaking through whatever surface they will eventually be buried in - most likely snow...


You can also see a Rebel laser turret, which is the twin of the turret used in Some Like it Hoth. The turret's tower was hollowed out and the turret rem…

The Sprue Cutters Union #6: Can't Make Me!

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The Union pretty much established last week that this hobby is all about fun and expression and doing what you want to do. I like to think that I'm pretty open minded when it comes to modeling and selecting my projects and kits to work on. I've just about covered most of the bases, but even I draw the line some where. I don't care who you are, there are some subjects out there that you'd rather run through a room full of Legos in bare feet than actually devote your time and resources to building...


- What will never make its way on to your workbench? -
Though, I'm sure some one will say, nothing, I love modeling everything! There is always one in every crowd who disgusts everyone else with their obnoxious daily optimism and can produce as lovely a finish on a modern tank as they can on any Wingnut Wings Sopwith Camel. Well, it ain't me I can assure you of that. If the assignment last week detailed what I will do, then you can be certain this week I'll let yo…

AMT Imperial Walker Wreck WIP - Part I

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With Jersey Fest Model Kit and Statue Fair being only three weeks away, I felt compelled to have something finished to take with me to enter. I don't normally participate in contests, for a variety of reasons that I won't go into here, but oddly enough I thought it would be a good idea to have an entry this time. So, I'm going with my gut, as they say. Also, it gives me the perfect excuse to finish up this AT-AT that has been sitting on my shelf, half way between finished model and a decent idea for a diorama. I had received the AMT AT-AT Walker kit a long time ago as a present for one of those special occasions that usually comes once a year and has to do either with my age, or perhaps the birth of Christ...I can't remember which one at the moment.

Either way, I had the brilliant idea to model it, not as a Star Wars vehicle we are all familiar with, but as a World War II what-if! Original, right?? So, first I painted it in a tri-color German camo scheme but finally o…

State of the Union: Modeling Philosophies

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This past week, the Union members declared what they believe in, the philosophies that govern their participation in this hobby. In most weeks, answers tend to share similar ideas and I'm starting to see that modelers may be more alike than we think, despite what subject we most often build, or whether we use an airbrush or a paint brush. In reading all of this week's replies it seems, at least, that there is one truth that we hold to be most self-evident, and that is to have fun. But don't take my word for it! If you haven't read them, please take a moment to do so!

Kermit's Bench
Martin's Scale Models
Havoc Models
Yet Another Plastic Modeller
David Knight's Weblog
Mattblackgod's World
Eternal Wargamer
Scale Model Workbench
Doogs' Models
A Scale Canadian
The Combat Workshop

The Union is staying strong, holding a good core of faithful members! Lets keep it going and hopefully add some new blogs to the roll! Stay tuned for the next topic and get your pencils, …

JAG Collective 1/700 USCGC Dallas: Redux - Part I

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The PT Boat is finished and awaiting a proper base. I want to put it in water but I've never done a water feature that will cover that much area before (read: I'm apprehensive). So, I'm stalling a bit. My water skills aren't excellent but they're improving. Water can be hard to recreate convincingly, especially in larger scales, as the PT Boat is. I decided I needed to practice a bit to see what works best in small scale and apply it to 1/72.
So, I found the perfect project to work on in the mean time.

How about a little background information? Okay, sure. Many moons ago, not long after I started taking this hobby super seriously, I built a tiny model of the USCGC Dallas for my father-in-law as a gift. He was retiring from a long and successful career in the Coast Guard, and the Dallas was the first ship he'd sailed with.
After a lengthy search, I found a 1/700 resin kit boxed by JAG Collective of the USCGC Hamilton, which is the same class Cutter as the Dalla…

Sprue Cutters Union #5: My Philosophy

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This week's Sprue Cutters Union challenge is to examine my modeling philosophy and share it with the rest of the group. Discussion about personal beliefs, even in regards to a hobby as simple as ours, can get pretty lengthy and deep. So as not to bore you, or receive a bunch of TL;DR comments, I'll try to keep it short and sweet.

First of all, let me make it perfectly clear that, like other philosophies I hold true, these beliefs are purely my own and I don't intend on swaying you one way or another. Each person clings to a set of ideas and rules about modeling, and rightfully so. Where I think some people go wrong is when they try to force their standards on other modelers. Remember, all modelers are different and are ingrained with their own set of talents, interests, desire, and level of motivation. What I, or any one else has to tell you, may not work for you. Its up to you to figure it out.

Several approaches to modeling philosophy that I have read from others mentio…

Revell 1/72 PT Boat - Finished!

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The word finished may be some what deceiving, so hopefully I don't confuse anyone. Last night, I finished decaling the PT Boat which was the last remaining step before I could call the build complete. But it would be out of character for me to finish the boat and not create a suitable base to display it. So, the boat itself is complete but the project as a whole has a ways to go yet. Thus ends the Revell 1/72 PT Boat series, and begins the PT Boat Base saga which will come sometime in the future. Keep an eye out for it...

Any how, on to the decals. I had to cut each letter and numeral out individual, less suffer terrible silvering and ridicule. Its tedious but I've come to learn that despite my aversion to this process, its absolutely necessary. The decals were in good condition, considering their age and adhered nicely...

Not really much to show that is worth any of your time. The kit only contains six decals, five of which are just the boat number...


...and the last is the …

Sprue Cutters Union #5: Philosophy

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This week's assignment was inspired by Matt from Doogs' Models who replied to last week's topic with a pointed rant against the absolutists of this hobby. He touched on some good philosophy for us to think about, which if you haven't read, you can take a look at it here. I'm going to ride the coattails of his post to study the brains of you modelers. I think we can all agree that we have some idea that motivates us while we model, whether its an unyielding pursuit of accuracy, or a more laissez-faire approach, we all believe in something.


- What is your modeling philosophy? -
It's not uncommon for the phrase its your model, do what you want with it to be tossed around modeling forums and other media centers where hobbyists mingle. I think certainly Ms. Hepburn would agree with that statement, but do you? What is your philosophy that governs each modeling session? Are you a stickler for detail? Or are do you prefer the "looks good enough to me" approach…

State of the Union: FML Moments...

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Two weeks ago, the Union was asked to tell us what their favorite model they ever put together was. Well, if you got a warm fuzzy feeling reading about all those pleasurable experiences, then brace yourself for a terrible kick to the groin this week. This time, the Union was tasked with writing about the worst thing they'd experienced in the fickle and often unforgiving hobby. Of course, the Union responded in good fashion (and record form) and presented a rather depressing litany of hobby mishaps and misfortune. If you haven't had a chance to read them over, please do!

David Knight's Weblog
Lt. Smash's Models
A Scale Canadian
Yet Another Plastic Modeller
Mattblackgod's World
Martin's Scale Models
Doogs' Models
Kermit's Bench
The DogsChuffers Scale Model Workshop
Eternal Wargamer

The Union showed up in force for this one, adding two new members - David Knight's Weblog, and Lt. Smash's Models - to the fold. Be sure to check out their blogs!
Stay tuned for…

"Call the Ball" Weekend WIP - Part III

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Most normal people go to an optometrist to get their vision examined. Myself? I prefer to test my pair of twenty-nine year old Mk. I Eye Balls by painting extremely small items by hand. This also doubles as a test of patience. This weekend, I'm happy to say that I believe I passed both tests with flying (no pun intended...) colors.

Seeing as how I glued the little AIM-7 Sparrows to the fuselage of the F-14 before actually painting them, some steady hands and a small paint brush were needed to finish them while attached to the model. It isn't something I would do on a larger scale plane, but it made handling them so much simpler in this scale. Here they are...


A bit closer this time...


 You can see, all the other fine details were painted, ie the drop tanks, and landing gear. She is pretty much ready for decals now...


I gave the F-14 a nice coat of Future to provide a glossy base for the decals. I wanted to let the Future set, so I put the model aside for the night and started…