Sunday, 25 July 2010

Nautilus Submarine

Had a sudden urge to dig out this Nautilus kit by Comet miniatures today. Don't know why as I've still to finish the Lunar Module and Liberator and that Predator.
Still, sat and cleaned it up this afternoon whilst watching Ferrari cheat their way to a win in the German Grand Prix.
The kit has been doing the rounds for years now and this current release comes in a plain brown box with a sheet of basic instructions.
The kit consists of 22 parts, resin and white metal.
Part fit seems generally OK. Clean up was really easy. I've washed in detergent.
I can see some part fit nightmares with the white metal though. Must go carefully.

Lunar module update 3

The kit has been totally assembled now and sprayed with red primer and a coat of Mars Red. I've drawn in the panel lines with pencil. Next up-decals.

Liberator update 3

So I've now attached the pylons and guns to the main body. Although I drilled deeply into the pylon and body the top gun kept pulling forward. Copious amounts of alraldite/superglue/filler was used until the join finally stopped cracking. A cradle will be essential for support.
I sprayed up with grey primer, then over-sprayed with white. Hopefully there is some fine shading going on between colours.
Next up will to apply paneling. Not sure how I'm going to do this, plenty of masks need to be cut plus variations of lighter greys. One option is to use the decal sheet from the Round 2 Surak shuttle kit. Definitely needs some thought.

Wednesday, 14 July 2010

Liberator update

Glued the guns to the main body today. Drilled out the support arms and inserted two metal rods in each. 2 part resin epoxy was used to attach.
I am very surprised that the arms support the weight of the guns perfectly with no hint of drooping.

Lunar Module update 2

Glued the front to the body today and added the cockpit.

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Lunar Module Update 1

Work progresses on the UFO Lunar Module.
Today I rubbed down the main body to get it to fit flush to the front end as well as a slight rub down to get the engine to fit flush to the rear of the main body.
All parts have been washed in detergent to remove any release agent.

Monday, 12 July 2010

Moonvisions Lunar Module

New from Moonvisions comes this resin kit of the Lunar Module from Gerry Anderson's UFO.
The kit is excellently cast in resin, together with some vac-form and metal tubing.
The kit comes in a sturdy box and is packed well.
Inside there is a resin base on the moon's surface,also in resin is the front, middle,ribbed section and engine.
There are two vac-form canopies depending if you wish to have clear glass or not.
Another bag contains 3 metal rods and 1 plastic. The plastic is for the engine bell and the metal are a support rod for the base and two for the edging of the ribbed section. There are 2 resin thrusters as well as 6 small resin bits, I've yet to determine what they are.
There is also a resin canopy if you prefer.
An extensive 7 page instruction sheet is supplied along with a picture of all parts supplied.
Then there is the decal sheet containing striping and wording.
The kit cost 74 Euros and is only available through the Eagle Transporter forum.

Monday, 28 June 2010

Liberator progress

Rubbed down what seam lines there were on all parts.
I had to fill some seams with milliput plus some of the detail blocks were half missing on the guns. These were rebuilt from miliput.
Some of the vanes on the nose of the front section were partly missing. These were reconstructed out of plastic card and milliput.
As I was rubbing down one of the guns the rear end completely shattered due to it being so thin. I have rebuilt using plastic card and milliput.
The support arms for the guns were drilled out so I could insert support braces. One of the arms I could not drill into, I discovered that there was a large piece of metal rod inside. This was the only arm with this,odd.
The main body was drilled for the gun supports to be attached.
The supports have been attached to the gun pods with wire inserts, super-glued and milliput used to fill, then rubbed down with wet and dry.
Next up will be to attach the arms and guns to the main body. I just hope it can take the weight.

Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Favourite Laser Tank

This is my fave Laser Tank. Would love to own a kit of it. This one is produced by Jim Small of Small Art Works in the USA.

New Space 1999 Type 3 Laser Tank

Comet Miniatures are stocking this 9" long resin kit from UNCL priced at £80!
Now if that was the Eagle beaked version I'd snap it up even at that price.

Death Warrior Predator

Check out my other modelling blog where I detail the build of Narin's Death Warrior Predator.

Star Trek Vulcan Shuttle

The re-release of AMT Star Trek Vulan Shuttle has been reduced on Play to just £17.99.
Question is should I buy it?

Sunday, 20 June 2010

Masterpiece Models Liberator

Masterpiece Models Liberator is a resin kit, together with brass rod for the antenna. It came in a nice sturdy box with plenty of packing chips for protection.
It comes in 8 resin parts which were cleanly cast, front section,main body,3x pylon arms and 3x gun pods. A sheets of decals is also included plus some basic instructions and a base with support rod.
Kit cast $60.95 plus $17.80 for shipping directly from Masterpiece though Comet did stock it at one point at twice the price I paid and there are/were at least 1 other retailer in the UK that has it listed on their site.

Blakes 7 Liberator

I love the Liberator from Blakes 7, a fantastic design. There are three kits out there that have been available over time, 1st was the Comet Miniatures one,bottom picture, then the Titan Find, top picture, and third the Masterpiece models kit.
At the time, that was probably 2 years ago I wanted a kit of the ship. The Comet one was going for big bucks on Evilbay and is quite small. The Titan one is 14" excluding antenae with clear plastic engine halves to enable lighting and was $130 plus shipping, a bit too big for display perhaps, but when I saw the Masterpiece kit I decided to buy.
This kit is 12" long and cost $69.95 plus shipping.
It is the only one possibly still available to buy now.

Sunday, 6 June 2010

About the blog

What this Blog will show are any build up's kit wise new and old that I do and have done.
I have not built anything for nigh on two years, the interest is still there but due to time,work commitments and space I have dropped off building and it's about time I did some cool kits and re-invigorate the modelling bug.