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Madhatter

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  1. thanks guys SMS paints are very good but I've found you need at a .5 nozzle to spray with otherwise it can be a tad intermittent.
  2. thanks very much guys! I don't like lots of decals either, but in this case, I had to add a few. I am pretty boring that way As for the green exhaust tips, yeah....they're meant to be burnt blue but for some reason, they came out more green than blue. I used Tamiya's weathering set for them too. I think it looks different to the norm, so I'm going to leave them as is. I did have a lot of issues getting the windscreen to sit inside properly and the A pillars do not hug the glass properly - despite the amount of time I spent trying to get them to align
  3. thanks very much guys! Its been my best car paint job in a long time
  4. Thanks guys Yeah, I really like that shade of blue. I also have another shade called Tropical Blue which is lighter shade and I wasn't sure which one to choose as I liked them both. I'm going to save it for another car down the track. SMS have some really cool paint colours. They spray nicely for the most part but you definitely need a .5 needle as I was finding .3 kept blocking up
  5. thank you for the kind feedback guys. Its quite a bit shinier in the plastic despite taking those pictures outside. It was my first go at polishing using a Dremel and it came out nicely IMHO. I struggle with cars and should probably stick to sci-fi
  6. hey everyone Thought I would post some pics of my just finished side project. I'm really happy with how it came out. As you'll see, I have elected not to cover it in decals - just a few to add interest Painted in SMS Paints Electric Blue as well as Tamiya and Alclad. I have a Version 2 on pre-order to go with at a later date Anyways, that's all the pics I took. I thought I had taken some of the interior but I was wrong. Too late to do anything about it but it's all good As always, thanks for stopping in and having a look Si
  7. thanks Pete! I picked it up by the sleeve last night and it held perfectly. No creaking or stress noises present, so that's a good sign
  8. Oh ok, I get you. I used 8 because I thought it was the simplest way I could run a negative and positive wire to each part on their own switch. It was the only way I could see to make what I had in mind happen with what stuff I had available to me. I could maybe have gotten away with making it 5 but its all done now. I am not overly savvy with electronics and so on - I am a caveman in this respect I also see your point about the connector fulcrum but I am short of space. About 1 cm away from where the edge is, is where the center cross-brace support sits. I'm hoping it's close enough to the center to hold it. Once everything is dried, I'm going to do a test run with the top off to make sure. I would put a brace over the top but I have no room for it. Despite it's massive size, it doesn't have a lot of room on the inside. Another thing I have found a challenge is trying to find a shop that stocks bracing plates with pre-drilled holes in them. I live in Australia, so if any Aussie's here know where I could find such plates, please let me know as I have tried a lot of places and I've had no luck at all. To say I'm not a bit nervous about how this is going to work is an understatement to say the least, but I am also pretty confident it'll hold. (famous last words!) If all else fails, I'll resort to the standard pole in the belly but I really want to stay away from that if I can.
  9. Thanks Peter. It should hold pretty well. I've run CA all over the joints and I don't anticipate it will need to hold more than a kilo or so I needed 4 sockets so I can turn on or off each individual component (ie, engines, flood lights, hangar bays and main superstructure lights). Each component is powered individually to allow me to choose whatever lighting configuration I want. If I had the where-with-all to be able to program a board of sorts to do that I would but I still needed to be able to take the ship off the mount to transport it regardless.
  10. Thanks David! Mate, I am super happy to have finally sorted that out as it was a large hurdle for me. The stand is even painted and clear coated !I've got the base back on the bench and I sanded down all the remaining tiles to go on the plate. I want to get this thing finished already. I know people are getting fatigued with this build - but I did say right at the start I am not a fast builder. Evolution works faster than me at times. So thanks to those of you who are still checking in and watching etc.
  11. Hi all Well, I have finally sorted out my last remaining hurdle and it's onto the final stretch - more or less. Yep, I have finally sorted out my mounting device and at long last, I will be able to slip the ship on and off it's mount (I'm not sure how many times I would want to but for transportation this will be invaluable) all I have to do is attach the sleeve onto the bottom of the ship and we're good to go. I've got it so I have 4 separate power lines which I will be able to distribute to hangar bay lights, engines, superstructure and floodlights. It's by no means pretty but it works which is more important. The wires will travel down the back side of the armature into the base. Once I have the last bit of wire covered, I'll paint it all black As I said, not the prettiest stuff ever but I had to make do with what I had Anyway, that's it for now. As always, thanks for looking Si
  12. Thanks David This is just the base paint stage. It'll look better once the wash etc have been applied (I hope)
  13. the effect is a lot more subtle in the plastic than in this photo
  14. oh very cool! I had no idea there was a kit of this subject. Who makes this one and where did you get it from?
  15. thanks guys I gave it filter coat and it looks way better now. Very happy with that decision
  16. Well, the experimental masking is done and the results are here. There are some panels which require a paint touch up because - as feared - the paint was too thin for the masks and ran under them in places. Lifted the paint off in others. Over all though, I am pleased with how its turned out. I'm still debating whether or not to run a very thin filter coat over the whole area to tone down the enhanced panels. I still have small detail painting, washed and dry brushing yet to go, so the look will change even more but what do you guys think? Should I leave them like they are or run a filter over the top? Those longer roof panels are on back to front, so ignore those and yes, I did see the tape I left behind which has since been removed As always, thanks for stopping in and having a look Till next time
  17. thanks David, although I'm pretty sure most SD's have this kind of paneling done to them - well, of sorts. It's nothing that hasn't been done before though. I appreciate the sentiment though
  18. Hey everyone Some people have been wondering what kind of approach I'll be taking to painting, so for those who wanted to know, I took a couple of pics which should help answer it. I'm going to spare everyone the boredom of taking shots at every stage and just show you the first one. You'll get the idea from that. Needless to say, the painting process might take longer than first thought. As this is as exciting as it gets, the next update should see these panels finished - or very close to it. It's going to be a lot of fine masking which I hope actually works. These photos also help me to remember where I placed all the masks..... As always, thanks for stopping in and having a look Si
  19. LOL, thanks Juergen. If it makes you feel any better, I also feel that painting is not my strong suit. I think that's pretty evident in my car models. However, on this occasion, I am actually looking forward to painting and for the first time ever, I have a plan for it (well, sort of). Even just laying down that black felt good (as you rightly surmised there David) I have the base on my desk right now and I'll be recommencing that as well this weekend. Lots to do!
  20. I had some free time this afternoon so I took a picture of the rook panels under the black base coat. Excuse the dust that seems to have settled on all of the pieces. I have no idea when or how it got there but the damp brush will be coming out after I've finished posting to clean them all up before the first splash of grey goes on Anyways, that's it for now but thanks for stopping in and having a look Til next time Si
  21. thanks guys. I started installing the upper rear floodlights last night and got one side almost done. Pics of this soon!
  22. Hi Everyone Well, its been a few months since I last updated this thread with some progress. I hope some interest is still there - understandable if its waned significantly though. It has been a while. Juergen, mate, I know you've been waiting super patiently for me for this, so thanks man and sorry for the wait. However, over the past couple of weeks, I've recommenced work on it and am happy to report that 99% of the detailing is now done. I still need to add a couple of bits here and there to the upper lip of the side trenches and install some flood lights but overall, it's ready to start drilling out the sidewalls for the fibers. I'm going to paint first then add the fibers as I want as close to the surface mating as possible and I won't be able to do that in these fine recessed spaces if I fiber then paint. I have sighted a couple of spaces that I missed in that rear left wall so I shall remedy that tonight that you probably wouldn't really notice - but I will I only took a few pics, so that's it for now. All being well, the next update should be the final floodlights and trench details and I daresay the last time you'll see it with no paint on As always, thanks for stopping by and having a look and sorry again for the delay in progress Si
  23. I went out and bought this kit right after seeing the video you made. Very inspirational but also I didn't realise there was a plastic kit of this iconic car still around that is of good quality. I love this Ferrari like everyone before me and you've done a brilliant job on yours thanks for sharing and I'm off to check out your other videos
  24. thanks so much David. Well, she has some colour on her now and hopefully, she'll be finished by the weekend - or there abouts The new turrets also arrived today so that'll be good to get them on It's clearly evident the quality of some of my work is less than Ideal with superglue stains, missing and rough paint (remind myself never to brush paint again and just mask off the areas and spray them) and the not straight PE railings which I will have to try fix and hope to God I don't break them in the process. I need to stick to sci-fi me thinks Anyways, this has been fun and it continues to be fun, but I also think its time to go back to my Star Destroyer and try do more work on that once this is finished As always, thanks for looking Si
  25. thanks guys! Bill, in the PC version, it's applied to the Grosser Kurfurst (the one I'm currently building) but in Legends, it was on the Bismark. Of all the TF skins that were released, I felt this one was the coolest. The Commander skills are nothing special though and Megatron has come across as a bit of a Nazi with his animated "salute".
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