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  1. 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!!)
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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?
  8. Your weathering is beautifully done and very realistic! Something I wish I could do. Can't wait to see the next installment
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. Thanks David Not sure what's happened to the page though - if any of the mods know how to fix it, I would be eternally grateful
  12. hi fellas Time for a quick update. The wife is heading away for a week with the boy, so I shall have lots of spare time to invest in getting some serious work done on this - provided World of Warships doesn't interfere too much. I promise nothing.... I've started work on the "nose" as you'll see. I steered clear of cutting it off and dropping it like others before me. Fair enough if I was replicating the studio build but it's not necessary here. I realised I had cut out the backing board where the front roof sits thinking there would be something sitting in front of it - there is, but it's not what I thought. A quick sheet of styrene fixed that and I shall add some detail to it in due course. My intention is to have some pipes running back over the edge up into the cavity above it. Time will tell if that will be something that could work as the roofs will be the last thing to be glued on after the fibers have gone in. Still lots of detail to add to the rest of the surface but I am getting there slowly but surely The rear side roofs are also completed and ready to go on. They were a nice quick and easy job - well, in consideration of everything else they were Well, that's all I have for now, but hopefully the next update will be better As always, thanks for stopping by and having a look Si
  13. Your more than welcome David. Thanks for looking! hey guys I've started the roof panels now and added some details onto the body to try and blend it al in a bit better. It's slow work but quite rewarding (well, to me it is) I'll start making my way forward now and finish off this side and then mentally prep myself to start all over again for the other side! Joy I only took 5 pictures before the light ran out, so that's it till next time. Which incidentally won't likely be until I have finished most of the other side, so another few weeks away. I'm also going to take the plunge and teach myself how to use Arduino boards, which ought to be interesting. There's heaps of forums about how to do it, so I reckon I'll pick it up easy enough. (famous last words) Thanks as always for looking. Feel free to comment - good or bad. You don't need too though Cheers Si
  14. Hi guys It's that time of the fortnight again - yup: update time! I've been plugging away at yet more side walls and naturally, there is still a heap more to do yet. I did say this will be a loooooong build (ticked over the one year mark already with so much more to do). I sometimes wonder why I do this to myself but for the rest of the time, I love it I have to remind myself that I still have the other side to do yet as well as the bottom and then the sidewalls. Maybe by 2021 it'll be done..... As you can see, I still need to add some details to the hull to tie in the sidewalls but that'll happen soon enough. Anyway, that's all I have for now but I will be back again once I have done something worth showing Thanks for looking and if you have any suggestions for details etc, I'm open to them Cheers Si
  15. Oh Wow - this build brings back some awesome memories of my old one from many years ago. It was so much fun to drive! No luggage space what so ever but who cared? It was a supercharged pocket rocket and I loved it!! Thanks for the memories and it is a fantastic build
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