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  1. Madhatter Mk2

    Zvezda Star Destroyer - a new detailing project

    Thanks guys! It'll be a few weeks now till another update as I am off to my Mother in Laws inevitable funeral on Tuesday before flying to NZ to spend what will likely be a not so festive Christmas break Rest assured, once I have finished the neck off I will be posting some pics. I am in the midst of painting the neck walls and finishing off the detailing to the front panels now. The roof of the bridge is current;y drying and should be able to be released from it's clamps tomorrow Thanks for your interest guys Have a safe and happy Christmas fellas Regards Si
  2. Madhatter Mk2

    Zvezda Star Destroyer - a new detailing project

    I did a lighting test tonight of the bridge and I am happy with how it turned out. I made a number of mistakes on the internals and had numerous electrical issues but I got there in the end. I've also been cutting away at the body to accommodate the fibers. I've actually finished the whole top but just haven't taken any pics yet because it's not daylight Anyway, I just wanted to share the results of the lighting. I'm really happy with how it came out. Till next time Si
  3. Madhatter Mk2

    Zvezda Star Destroyer - a new detailing project

    It's looking much more uniform now that the bridge has some paint on it. Started on the neck section The garbage chute is installed and has some red fibers on the inside Adding some details to the big antenna thing using some scrap PE bits Close up shows there's some clean up to do, but that won't be hard Anyway, thanks for looking Si
  4. Madhatter Mk2

    Zvezda Star Destroyer

    And if your feeling adventurous, you could try something like this: Whilst I don't agree with the tape on the bottom, I do like the effect he created with the pillow stuffing. I've seen a few builds with this explosion thing going on and it can be super effective. This one is little bit better and again, gives you some cool ideas that you could incorporate into an SD build, like say the scene from Rogue 1 after the Hammerhead smashes into the side of the SD and pushes it into another one. If you wanted to create the explosion bit, these videos could help guide you
  5. Madhatter Mk2

    Zvezda Star Destroyer

    I'll add to this thread by linking these basic tutorials on lighting which may be of use to those who have never lit anything before: Hope these videos may be of use to some of you Si
  6. Madhatter Mk2

    Zvezda Star Destroyer - a new detailing project

    To be honest Rich, I have no idea how much I'll need until I start installing the thread. I am hoping I have enough but who knows - I may have plenty yet. Time will tell but you'll know through my updates in due course
  7. Madhatter Mk2

    Zvezda Star Destroyer - a new detailing project

    None so far, but I have a 30ft roll and another 20 ft reel ready to use and I think I'll use all of it
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    Zvezda Star Destroyer - a new detailing project

    LO - for me it's not so much the effort of drilling the holes - that's the easy part. It's threading each individual fiber through the holes and securing them there that takes up the most time and energy Coupled with my OCD detailing, it's a recipe for burn out. That's why I take needed breaks and build something that doesn't require much work (hence the Zero and Calibra builds)
  9. Madhatter Mk2

    Zvezda Star Destroyer - a new detailing project

    thanks guys Rich, no, I didn't even know there was an issue with the bridge angle TBH. I'm not so fastidious that I need to fix it. I think I'll leave it as it for now. However, I was wondering if I should raise the height of the side walls but from what I've read, that's a bit of an exercise and one I don't think I'm willing to do. I think I shall make do with what Zevzda give me in that area I hope to see you post yours here when you start it
  10. Madhatter Mk2

    Zvezda Star Destroyer - a new detailing project

    hi guys It's been a while since I last updated this thread, so time to do so. I have finished detailing the bridge and am about ready to start adding the fiber optic threads and then get it all sealed up. The main hangar bay has also been started. I have used a mix of Green Strawberry PE and Falcon resin parts as well as some strip styrene here and there, with more to go in due course. The front hangar bay is the GS PE set and looks good. It's all lit, painted and ready to install So, less talking and more pics I say Starting with the hangar bays: I will try to meld the TIE fighter bay to the Falcon hangar section but it may not work do well. If not, I will need to scratch build it. I had a heck of a time mounting the SMD's as the wires kept coming off. They are not the best quality SMD's I think Lastly, the bridge detailing is all but done. I won't be adding anything further to it. Once the paint goes on, it'll look much better and not so busy Well, that's all the pics I have for now. I am about to start on the neck area and garbage chute etc. I won't add too much detail here....well, maybe a little but not too much Feel free to comment, critique or suggest Thanks for stopping in and looking Till next time Si
  11. Madhatter Mk2

    1/24 Tamiya Calibra DTM

    yeah nice one! Is it a rally version or a street one?
  12. Madhatter Mk2

    1/24 Tamiya Calibra DTM

    yeah, I don;t do a lot of car modelling but every now and then, they are good for a change
  13. Madhatter Mk2

    1/24 Tamiya Calibra DTM

    hi guys Here's another side project I have just finished - Tamiya's Opal Calibra DTM. Heavily inspired by the Zakspeed version (as well as Need For Speed cars), I went for a matte black colour. I'm not normally a "Matte Black car" kinda guy, but I do think it looks the part on this machine. I build this once before when I was in my very early twenties in red after seeing one like it in London but I had all the skills of a novice and it looked terrible I modified the rear diffuser and and paddle shifters - stolen from a Aventador PE Set - to the wheel (no manual box for me) I'm pretty happy with how this turned out. Anyway, enough talking, time for pics: I would LOVE to get the Revell BMW M3 DTM kit to do the same but it's rarer than rocking horse pooh. Maybe one day I'll find one or they'll re-release it (hopeful but unlikely) Well, that's all I have. Back to the Star Destroyer this weekend and I'll try to finish the bridge section Thanks for looking Si
  14. Madhatter Mk2

    1/72 Custom 2199 Cosmo Zero

    Hi everyone As an aside from my Star Destroyer, I pulled this one out of the stash for something quick to build. This kit only took 3 days to build and paint and I'm pretty happy with how it came out. It's the Bandai 1/72 2199 Cosmo Zero. I've opted for a scheme that, I think, makes it look racy but nasty. All the metallics are Alclad and the rest is Tamiya paints. Completely OOB and no lighting The stand comes with the kit - I just added some wires for interest I originally had turquoise for the leading edges but decided that it was to stark a contrast and looked to toy like. I ended up going for Gold Titanium which looks much better It was a fun build and the only glue it needed was to secure the missiles to the wing Well, that's all I have but thanks for looking. Feel free to critique MH
  15. Madhatter Mk2

    Need helping looking for a kit

    thanks again for that link! I am currently in discussions with Peter about making a kit of the ship. Turns out Z scale is 1/220 and N is 1/198