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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. Deanflyer

    Kittyhawk

    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
  7. Deanflyer

    Kittyhawk

    Actually Paul, there's a lot of debate on that point. These planes were delivered to the RAF in the original USAAF green, and were repainted for desert use. If you look at the serial number it still has the green background as it was just masked over before spraying. If they did that short cut, I can't see them going to the extent of painting under the glazing. It was a conscious decision to do it that colour, and it's in the instructions, so that's not the howler I was referring to. My mistake was much more basic! You're in the right area of the airframe though... 😉 Dean
  8. Deanflyer

    Kittyhawk

    Hi all, When I was eight, my Dad came home from work with an Airfix Kittyhawk in a blister pack, which we built together that evening. It was bare plastic, decals stuck on any old how, but it was fun. It started me on the model making hobby, and ten years later I built the same kit, but this time painted to the best of my ability at the time just to see how much I'd improved. I still have both of those builds, and the second one is nowhere near as good as I thought it was at the time! 34 years later I decided to try again, in 1/48th scale this time, and here's the result. I did make one absolute howler during construction, which was only discovered when it was too late to do anything about it...I'll keep quiet about it unless anybody spots it. Azure Blue and Mid Stone paints were mixed from Tamiya acrylics, and weathering was achieved with a mixture of washes, pastels, post shading and actual chipping. The roundels and markings were toned down by masking around them and fading them with heavily thinned Deck Tan. It's quite heavily weathered in real life, but it doesn't show up too well in photos. So, here's Neville Duke's Kittyhawk sitting in the African sun after seeing quite a bit of action: Evolution...aged eight, eighteen and fifty two: Hope you like it, Dean
  9. There's a couple... Dean
  10. Correct bits in bold... good try! Dean
  11. Thanks for the nice comments folks...it's appreciated. Cheers, Dean
  12. OK folks, after 62 hours' work, here's my 22" Eagle. A couple of moody walk around shots first: Then a couple of overhead shots: Roll over, doggy: And a bit of fun with photoshop: Cheers, Dean
  13. I came up with the idea of disguising the two screw heads which secure the passenger pod in place by using a couple of domed pieces left over from the construction. I hollowed out the rears and they're just the right size to go over the screw heads. They're not strictly accurate, but amongst all the other greeblies they don't look out of place, especially since there are eight others just like them scattered around the model! It's the dome in the centre of the pic here - And with that, it's finished. I'll do some decent shots soon, but for the moment, here's a teaser: Cheers, Dean
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