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  1. Here's three dozen of mine... Gloss paint.............paint which gives a wet-look shine by actually remaining wet forever and never drying enough to mask over. Flat paint................the finish you will never achieve as fingerprints, dust and hairs always find their way into it. Matt paint..............the drop of paint which falls out of your airbrush, right onto the new carpet. Diorama.................badly built tank. Panel line wash.....removing the gunk from the engraved lines when you realise it makes the model look like a cartoon drawing. Weathering............making an object look ready for the scrapheap, as they were never new, even once, right? Scratchbuilding.....making a model to while away the time while the crabs cream works. Aires........................an aftermarket manufacturer that no two people in the world pronounce the same. Modelling................something we say we do instead of model making, as it makes us sound more like we're due to be on the cover of 'Men's Health' any day now. Raised panel lines..something from the 1970's, once popular but deemed totally unacceptable and offensive today, much like 'Love Thy Neighbour'. Pro built..................that girl standing on the street corner could do a better job of it. Model show............somewhere you will NEVER see a woman who looks like she might be a model. Imagine my disappointment the first time. Plastic sheet..........what you do a day or so after swallowing half a pound of plastic sanding dust while building a Classic Airframes kit. Hobby knife............what you use while you're waiting for your real knife to turn up. Prop blur.................a completely unrealistic attempt at making a model look like a photograph. Stop it. Brassin....................an Eastern European dialect word, which roughly translates to 'double the price'. Museum quality.....old, worn out, and looks like it hasn't been dusted in a thousand years. Rivet counter.........stocktaker at B&Q. De-bonder.............a liquid intended to de-bond superglued items such as fingers. Usually comes in a bottle impossible to open when your fingers are glued together. Nostalgia build......a kit that you bought because you remember building it as a kid. After opening the box and seeing how bad it really was, it is stashed away forever. WhIf.......................the characteristic aroma at a crowded model show. Associated with rucksacks. MAC valve.............Micro Air Control valve on an expensive airbrush. Even the manufacturers don't know what it does or why it's there. Feathered edge....official excuse for not being able to get a sharp line with an airbrush. Scale effect..........I've chosen the wrong colour paint. Weighted tyres....a technique of simulating weight on tyres by filing flat spots on them and then never painting over the filed area with the tyre colour. Transparencies...clear plastic parts of a kit which turn opaque white when placed in the same post code as a bottle of glue of any description. Loft insulation....glassfibre used to reduce domestic heat loss. If you use this term to mean your stash of kits, you should be beaten mercilessly with sticks. Hairy stick..........another term the use of which deserves a flogging. See 'Loft Insulation' above. SWMBO...............wife, significant other, financial controller, allegedly the preventer of stash growth. See 'Hairy Stick' above. And grow a pair. Transfers............the correct term for decals; they do what they say, and there is no dispute about the correct way to pronounce them. Nerd....................derogatory term; someone who knows slightly more about your pet modelling subject than you do. OOLAM...............OOh, Look At Me! A term to describe a modeller who wants attention drawn exclusively to their work. So...all of us, really. I know it's there...an attempt to explain away the hours spent adding detail invisible on a finished model. Actually an admission of the inability to plan ahead. Model kit............the larval stage of the beautiful butterfly that is the next Best In Show at Telford. With about the same success rate as most caterpillars. Modeller............a tall, handsome, stallion of a man, the envy of his fellows, and from whom all future generations of humans will be descended. Liquid cement...a cocktail of organic narcotic substances capable of adversely affecting brain chemistry. See 'Modeller' above... Well, that filled an idle hour. 😉 Dean
  2. Sorry chaps, I've been away in Cyprus for two weeks, so I've completely missed this poll and the result and everything. Congrats to Gorby and Toolmaker, and thanks to whoever the misguided soul was who voted for my entry! 🙂 Cheers, Dean
  3. That's exactly what they are, mate...I don't usually have anything that tall to photograph, so the mucky bit is at the top out of sight. 😉
  4. This was done as a quick build between projects, and only took eight hours work to complete. It would have been quicker, but the escape rocket mast is VERY fiddly to put together, with more parts than the rest of the rocket put together, and the lack of proper instructions doesn't help. Also the main body of the rocket is presented as tubes, presumably to eliminate sanding of seams; it doesn't. There is a prominent mould seam down both sides of each of the four sections, and a lot of sanding and polishing smooth is still required. As it was a quick build, I didn't research the colour scheme too much and just followed the instructions on the box, so there are inaccuracies. No weathering was done, as this thing was only used once... Only one pic, as it doesn't look much different from the other side. Cheers, Dean
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    Combat Magnum

    Here's a nostalgic treat for you, then: I had to surrender my S&W Model 19 and 29 revolvers then too, so I know how you feel. Dean
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    Combat Magnum

    Could decide where to post this on here...I suppose you could consider it as artillery... 😉 It's an old L&S 1:1 scale kit that I've had for some time now, but badly finished in the past with car spray paint. I'm sort of between builds at the moment, so I thought I'd refurb this while I'm waiting for a kit to arrive in the post. I started by soaking the parts overnight in Mr Muscle oven cleaner, which did precisely zip to the paint. I got hold of some brake fluid, soaked the parts again, and within an hour they were bare plastic. Useful to remember... The parts were pretty poorly moulded, and the barrel and frame had a crinkly finish to the moulding, almost as if they'd designed it not to look too real. A lot of primer and sanding later, and it was just about acceptable. I used Alclad Gun Metal for the blued finish, as it seems to replicate it well...it's a sort of purply black colour, and when glossed over it looks about right. The sights and the top of the barrel were done in matt black as per the real thing, and the trigger and hammer were done in Alclad Steel with case hardening effects painted on using clear red, blue and smoke, although it's hardly visible in the photos. I simulated the wood grain of the grips by using oil paint, and glossed over it to look like polished walnut. All in all, I think it worked ok. And before anybody pipes up about the VCRA, yes I do have a valid defence for owning a RIF. Here it is: Cheers, Dean
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    Number 7 for the year so far is the insectoid Fieseler Storch. Nice kit, the only let down being the transparencies which are not the best moulded clear parts I've ever used, and a pain to fair in to the fuselage. Paints are from Gunze for a change, as they had the correct RLM colours, but I've painted it up as a modern restored warbird. The painting guide from HobbyBoss was woefully inadequate, so I had to use a lot of online reference for the camo scheme, and that's where I got my inspiration to do a modern representation. Walk around first: A couple of closeup shots: And the traditional 'magazine shots' to finish: Hope you like it, Dean
  8. I remember being pretty impressed with this when I was last over. I'm not sure the spine shape would have bothered me enough to do all that work to amend it, but I know how you like your Russkie hardware to be right! 😉 Good to see you back at the bench...might I suggest the following sequence to restore the mojo: Gundam, TIE, Lysander, this, Millennium Falcon..? 🙂 Dean
  9. Me too...must be something peculiar to Coventry kids. I only ever start one model at a time, and I've never failed to finish one yet. The downside is that I tend to choose my next build VERY carefully, as once it's started I have to see it through to the end no matter what. Dean
  10. Right, it's finished. I decided I didn't like the 'bristling with weapons' look, and went for something simpler with a backstory to it. Here goes: "After decades of fighting in the Middle East, NATO grew tired of the constant loss of life involved and turned to Boston Dynamics, the autonomous robot builders who had been a longstanding supplier to the military. The brief was to build a remotely operated, heavily armoured fighting machine which could be sent into trouble spots to wreak devastation with no friendly casualties. In 2032, after a mere five years work, the world's press were invited to a remote part of the African desert to witness the unveiling of the world's latest peacekeeping machine. The Classified Heavily Armoured Vehicular robot, or CHAVbot, was presented to the incredulous media... Standing almost 100 feet tall, and weighing an undisclosed amount, the press photographers were invited to record it's debut from a respectful distance, in case it fell over... Firing the beast's servos and jets into action, the CHAVbot was made to stomp around in the desert, demonstrating it's abilities. The designers had purposely drawn heavily from the Gundam designs popular in the late 20th/early 21st century, as it's primary purpose was to pacify through terror. The head was heavily horned to invoke diabolic overtones, there was a huge speaker centrally located in the chest to deafen and disorient the victims a la War of the Worlds, and the massive codpiece harked back to Medieval times. When questioned about weaponry, the designers stated simply that it didn't need any. The heavily armoured feet were capable of kicking their way through an enemy battle formation "as a kid would kick through dry leaves", and the powerful arms were able to simply lift any vehicle found on the battlefield, and drop if from about waist height, instantly dispatching any occupants. Individual enemy soldiers could be picked up and squeezed. Evident in this view are the jet exhausts on the shoulders and the large jet thruster on the back. There was a pair of similar outlets on the chest, and these were mainly used for mass balancing thrust, countering the forces exerted when moving the weighty arms and legs. There was also a use for the chest thrusters as auxiliary lifting power on heavy loads, and the back thrusters could assist in overcoming the massive inertia when moving off from a standstill. Obviously, with something this large, flight was impossible. This side view shows how the shoulder 'pads' could be used to shield the head section, which as tradition dictates, housed the main sensors relaying information back to the remote operator in 3d. The panniers on the hips contained hardpoints which meant all manner of supplies could be carried for replenishment of regular troops, humanitarian aid, rescue, sandwiches etc. The pixelated digital desert camouflage is shown to good effect here, too. It demonstrated an impressive turn of speed, assisted by the jet pack, and bystanders estimated it's top speed at over 50mph. Seeing this lumbering towards you at speed on a battlefield, speaker blaring, ground shaking, was intended to be terrifying as a psychological weapon before any physical destruction was wrought: And THIS was intended to be the last sight an enemy ever saw, reaching down from the desert sky: It was deemed to be an impressive machine, and at a cost of $3.6bn, quite an expensive one too. Sadly, with impeccable timing, the Middle Eastern oil supplies ran out before CHAVbot could be deployed, and consequently nobody gives a toss what happens over there any more..." Thanks again to my mate Rich for buying me this - hope you think I've done it justice! Cheers, Dean
  11. Cheers chaps...they are quite relaxing to build, not worrying about painting, seams, accuracy etc. Just slap it together and watch it grow. I finished the construction last night, by building the wing/rocket pack/missile carrier/cupholder assembly that goes on the back of the figure. When all of the weapons are splayed out, it looks like this: And when it's installed on his back, it resembles the quills upon a fretful porpentine: Folded away, it looks like a cape: So that's it for the construction...about six and a half hours all told. I reckon you could put one together in a single day if you put your mind to it. Which is what I'm going to have to do now to come up with an original colour scheme for it. More when I make my mind up, Dean
  12. Er, no thanks. I've been cracking on with this, and once you get into the swing of the way it goes together, it's not too time consuming at all. Here's the leg I did last night, next to the endoskeleton leg waiting to be finished. Looks very Terminatorish, doesn't it? The articulation on this really is amazing - the knee joint is not just a simple hinge; things extend, things slide over other things, things travel down recesses and all sorts: Once the left leg is similarly clothed, you get these: Then the waist section is built, another 17 parts, which seems to consist of an armoured loin cloth and a codpiece. Attaching the legs to it gives you this: The articulation is still a full range of movement, which makes you glad of the loin cloth! Adding another 19 parts builds the upper body: And a further 15 parts apiece gets you the arms: Shoulder pads are being worn wide this season, another ten bits each. That head DOES look ridiculously small though...oh wait, that's just the ball joint where the head fits on: Fitting the head should bring it more into proportion. But no. It's still ridiculously small: So after 4 1/2 hours work, 158 parts have been assembled and not a single drop of glue expended. I've never built something this complex as a snap fit before, and I'm mightily impressed. I'm still only at the centre spread of the instruction booklet yet though - got all the weapons (and there are many) still to go. Did someone say 'last orders'..? More when it happens, Dean
  13. I'm in...and pipped to the post by Muttley who is building something almost identical as far as I can see. Timing doesn't seem to be my strong point - this GB started a couple of days AFTER I finished my 22" Eagle Transporter from Space:1999 too. Oh well... Our story begins in Japan, where my good friend Rich was having a nice holiday and decided to buy me a present for being a hell of a guy. Not knowing what I already had in my extensive stash, the only way he could guarantee I wouldn't already have a copy of whatever he bought would be to get me a Gundam robot mobile fighting suit winged missile carrier thing. So he did, and he was right. Cheers mate! 🙂 With the GB coming up, building it seemed to be a natural choice, but Rich has specified that I can't finish it in it's existing colours - I have to think of an original colour scheme for it. Now there's a challenge... Here's the box: and the sprues are amazing. I won't bore you with the whole set, but for those who've never encountered Bandai stuff before, (me included) have a look at this: Yes, that IS four different colours moulded on the same sprue! Here's another: I've counted fifteen different colours of plastic used in this kit. What really blew me away though, was when I started construction and found that the parts for the endoskeleton are already articulated on the sprue: This is a closeup of the arm section, and the only way I can figure that this was done is by looking at the colours of the plastic; the bits attached to the sprue are a slightly different colour to the rest of the part. They must have moulded half of the part, and then given the sprues to some wizened little Japanese bloke in a workshop somewhere who fitted the articulated parts to join it all up without removing the original bits from the frame: My ghast has never been so flabbered. The instructions are mainly in Japanese, which isn't much of a problem apart from the intermittent warnings in red: They're presumably important things to know. Maybe this one is emphasising the importance of stretching before doing any heavy modelling? Or possibly not to do squats while wearing blue slingbacks? I may never know. The kit is insanely complicated in it's parts breakdown. I've experimentally constructed the right leg so far, and I've used 29 parts to do that. And spent an hour and a quarter doing it. This might be finished before the deadline...I'll keep you posted. Cheers, Dean
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    I know...it says so on the box, but I've called them all Kittyhawks as that was my first model and they all look similar. Thanks for the compliment... Actually, I've just looked at the instructions and the box lid, and I don't think I HAVE made the mistake I thought I had... 🙂 The rear glazing has a frame running vertically through it, and I thought that this should match the line of the centre frame on the canopy - the ones on mine match the rear frame, ie slanted rearwards and I THOUGHT that I'd transposed the left and right parts in error. I posed the canopy only slid far enough back to disguise this, but it turns out that's how the instructions show them. Photos online seem to show it both ways in different variants, so if it IS wrong, it's the kit's fault not mine! Phew, confidence restored... 🙂 Dean
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