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  1. I had the camera out today for other things and decided today is a good a day as any to take a couple of update shots. I'm not as far along as I would have liked but I had the spare time. I'm almost finished the top. I just have to finish the edging and then the top will be considered done. I test fitted the bridge to the body to make sure I could. There are definitely going to be fitting issues but nothing some super glue won't take care of. Looks like I'll also have to add some more details once the body has been glued together to help tie in the areas better. This adds to the ever compounding issue of painting first or not (first world problems....) Anyways, that's all the pics I took but thanks for looking in. Si
  2. that's a very cool picture David - I really like that. I can also see why the reference Thanks to you as well John for your kind post. I'll be posting an update in a few weeks once I have the top done. The onto the bottom half. Yay
  3. So, I have managed to get most of the starboard sidewalls and roof parts detailing done with only 3 left to go. Then it'll be time to blend in the walls to the surface and add some other stuff around - then the last part of the top side surface detailing will be over. I'm still deciding if I will paint first then add the fiber or vice versa. I'm leaning toward paint first because I just think it'd be too hard to be able to trim off fibers without damaging the paint work but shuddering at time it'll take to do it like that. No pain no gain right? Anyway, here's some pics of where I am at currently That's it for now, but as always, thanks for stopping in and having a look Si
  4. Thanks JC - I hope it doesn't take me 4 years. I'm only 1.5 years into this one already and it feels like a life time. Definitely shaping up to be my longest build for sure
  5. Thanks for the kind posts guys. I'm happy with how it looks - so much better than how it first did. Didn't think to take a before picture.
  6. Thanks very much guys - glad you've stuck around to see more. I realise this is a long build but the results should be worth it (I hope!!)
  7. thanks mate quick update. I've finished with the top side of the nose section for now and won't be adding any more surface detail to it until it's joined to the rear section. I'll be moving on the the main superstructure sidewalls and finish those off plus the roof sections and then add the last of the surface detail to the right side. Sorry for worktop pictures, but I couldn't be bothered getting out the photo tent tonight - too much effort It's current rest place: Well, that's it for now but as always, thanks for stopping in and having a look Till next time Si
  8. thank guys. The black is not showing up that well in the photos and it looks a lot messier than in the plastic The blue is Mr Metallic GZ-204
  9. Hi guys and girls So recently, my son has become obsessed with cars - in particular the LaFerrari and the Aventador. He got a 1/18 LaFerrari for Xmas, but I remembered that I had the Tamiya one built from a few years ago that was more than a little under whelming in regards to finish. So, after scouring countless pictures with my son, I came across a really nice FXX in blue which I thought would translate nicely to a standard LaFerrari. It looks way better than when I first did it now. The wheels are from the NSX kit which I had left iver and thought would look pretty cool on this - painted in gold titanium. I lost an exhaust nozzle, so I took one off and cast a replacement in resin. You can't tell the cast one apart except for the chrome is slightly different shade. Not worried about it. Well, that's the first one off the blocks for 2020. Now my son wants me to repaint the old Aventador kit I gave him in the same colours - which I shall dutifully do for him Anyway, that's it but thanks for looking Si
  10. whilst I'm not a huge Gundam fan, I can appreciate an awesome build and this is no exception. Those decals must have taken ages! On my phone, the red looked metallic for some reason but I still like the flat red. Overall, it's very nicely painted. I have the Sniper kit and have been wondering the best way in which to approach the painting. I'd like to do a camo on him. Maybe some kind of splinter scheme Anyway, you've done a great job on yours and it's inspired me to think about doing mine
  11. Hi everyone - happy new year! Hope we all managed to get some bench time in. I know I didn't So I have not long gotten back from holidays and decided it was high time I expended some time into this project. To be honest, I spent a lot of time thinking about this build and the things I could add and by the end of it, was busting to start back onto it. Also, finally, I have settled on the base layout and how it's going to be displayed. It'll look pretty wicked if I get it right. BTW, does anyone know of a way to bend brass tube to an angle of 90 degrees whilst still maintaining the structural integrity of the tube itself, as in, not collapse in on itself? So, I got home and promptly got bored of detailing the main body so I decided to move onto something else for a while. In this instance, I chose the top nose piece to play with. Better than my own one right? Zvezda have created these rather large, blank protrusions from the top surface which just look like blocks. They appear to have no function what so ever. They're just sit there like a zit. Can't have that, can we now. So, dress it up with some strip shelves, add some various piping and you have something much more interesting. I'll even try to stick in a fiber optic or 2. There's just some more plates to add then I'll look at the undersides of those edges and add some detail to those as there are woefully lacking. Then it'll be back to the main body and finish that off before moving onto the bottom half. Anyway, here's where I currently stand: And I just couldn't help myself, and took a pic which it joined up - just to remind myself of how big this ship is of course Well, that's all I have for now, but I will be back in a while once the nose is done. As always, thanks for sticking around and having a look Si
  12. OMG - I never knew such a concept existed. I loved the F-40 before when I was a teen but this reiteration is something else. Absolutely beautiful and your make over is equally as impressive. I am in total awe of your workmanship. Can't wait to see more of this when you get back to it. What colour are you going to paint it in?
  13. Your weathering is beautifully done and very realistic! Something I wish I could do. Can't wait to see the next installment
  14. Thanks guys, I am looking forward to painting it, but that's a long way off yet sadly. I'm putting this aside for a short time while I concentrate on a different project for someone else. I'll be back to this later. Maybe a month or so. Don't know yet, but thanks for looking in all the same
  15. Hi again Last update before a short tools down period. I've not really spent as much time on the bench as I thought I would but did still manage some decent progress The front end is as busy as I want it now. Just need to start filling out areas around the hull. I won't go to crazy as I want to try keep to the grand scale and immensity of the ship. At the same time, most of this detail will likely be obscured by the paint. Well, that's it for now but feel free to share any thoughts you may have Till next time Si
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