Half Scale R2-D2

I have just received the first 2 packs of an exciting new Star Wars part work build. This is a half scale R2-D2 which with both remote control and autonomous modes. It has a number of cool features including, a camera, sensors, face recognition and image projection. This subscription is currently in a test limited to areas of the UK.

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Metal Earth T34 Tank

When building my first metal earth model I soon realised the hard part of these models is when you need to create circular shapes. This put me off of tackling the rest of my t34 model for a while.

I decided to get on a finish this model so it was time to tackle the road wheels on this kit.

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The road wheels consist of a metal sheet rolled into a tube with a circular cap attached to the front of them. A final metal piece goes on top to hold it all together. These were very fiddly and some took several attempts to put together.

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Although smaller the gears at each end of the tank were easier to attach as these were only made of two pieces.

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The tracks went on pretty easy as these were just wrapped around the wheels and held onto the back plate that the wheels are attached to.  The complete set of wheels with tracks were then attached to each side of the hull.

One thing I could of got better was the road wheels. They do not sit on the track properly because of the metal tabs sticking out of the bottom of them.

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Given that this kit only cost around £6 I am very impressed with the outcome and detail. These are a nice alternative to plastic models as they require a different skill set and can be built pretty quickly.

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Next up I am building the himeji castle for my girlfriend.

Flames of War Tiger Tank

I felt like doing a bit of hand painting this week and decided to give the Flames of War Tiger tank I built a go.

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I thought it would be nice to go for a simple camouflage pattern and decided on green and brown stripes over the yellow base coat. The green looked pretty horrific Continue reading Flames of War Tiger Tank

Some more Metal Earth building

I have finished my first Metal Earth kit and all things considered it turned out well.

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I learned a lot from this first kit which will improve my future builds.

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The main thing I learned was that using screw drivers of different diameters is a great way of creating the cylinder Continue reading Some more Metal Earth building

My Introduction To Metal Earth Model Kits

I recently stumbled across one of these kits and decided to give one a go.

They come as flat packed steel sheets with parts you bend and lock into place using metal tabs.

I thought it was a great idea so I decided to give the X wing kit a go from the Star Wars series.

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Being a bit eager to get started I did not get a shot of the packaging but here are the steel sheets.

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As this is my first metal earth build I knew it would not be perfect. There is a lot I have learned already which will help me on the next one. The hull of the ship was pretty easy to put together.

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It started to become challenging when I started working on the cylindrical engine parts. I tried to wrap the sheets around a few things to get a nice curve but could not find something the right size. I later annoyingly found out screwdrivers were ideal so have used these for the next part. (Adding the lasers)

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Although not perfect the engines still look OK. There is an impressive amount of detail on these laser cut kits I especially like the droid. All that there is left to do as add the lasers.

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I already have my second kit ready to build!

 

 

Italeri World of Tanks Ferdinand

ferdprimer1Work has started on the World of Tanks Ferdinand kit.

I started by working on the main chassis and getting the hull together. The suspension took a little while to make as it is each of the 6 parts are comprised of several small parts. After adding these I filed and built the gun.

I gave the gun a coat of dunkelgelb to ensure that the whole of the ball of the gun is painted in the base coat. This will prevent unpainted spots appearing when the gun is moved.

Before fitting the gun into the turret I primed the hull so that I didn’t need to mask the gun up.

ferdprimer2I intend to paint a camouflages scheme on the tank destroyer using dunkelgelb as the base coat with green and brown areas.

Red Bull RB7 Progress

This section of build brings the engine closer to completion.

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Here I have added the flywheel and clutch to the engine. The engine now has clutch bell with gear enabling it to mesh the the main gear on the chassis.

Below are some photos of what the engine will look like when its attached to the chassis.

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In the next collection of parts I will get the exhaust and manifold, enabling me to fit the engine onto the chassis.

Hummer H1 Body Complete

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I have finished working on the body of the Hummer H1 model. There are a few spots to touch up with paint but aside from that it is complete.

On the front of the vehicle I have added the logos, windscreen wipers and lights above the windscreen.

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One of the most noticeable additions is that I have added the tinted window panels.

These really enhance the look of the model. Some of these panels will need to be removed however when running the car in order to provide adequate cooling for the engine.

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On the rear of the vehicle I have added the indicators, small rear lights, number plate and plug socket.

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The aerial, side indicators and Hummer logo have also been attached at this stage.

Adding the lights really enhanced the look of the model and I am very pleased with how they come out using clear red/orange paint.

Now all that is left for this model is the engine, exhaust and radio equipment.

 

Hummer H1 Build Progress

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The body is almost complete on my Hummer H1.

As the body will be complete in with the next delivery of parts I will keep this short and take some decent photos with of the finished model.

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In this session I have added some of the small details to the body such as the fuel caps and tow hooks.

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I have also painted the light buckets / lenses and added these to the body. There are also side lights and small lights to add to the front and back of the vehicle that are painted but have not yet been added.

Flames of War German Armour

Last year at Tank Fest I purchased the Flames of War Open Fire Starter box.

For those who don’t know, flames of war is like a real war (mainly ww2) table top game like Warhammer.

Even if I never play the actual game I thought it would be nice to make the models in it.

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I have recently built the Stug G tanks from the set as well as a Wittmans Tiger Tank I found on eBay. The Tiger kit was new and good fun to build. It has a resin hull with any additional parts to add being metal.

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Here I have started the process of painting the models by giving them a coat of grey primer.

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I then airbrushed the base coat for the models using lifecolor RAL 7028 DunkelGelb.

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Yes DunkelGelb is that infamous colour of German armour that people will argue about till the end of time. Being basically dark yellow in German I guess its open to a lot of interpretation. I have used a variety of different shades of dark yellow on German Armour and find lifecolor’s one to be the best.