Still tanking along

Yep, I'm still working on the Legion Combat Assault Tank. I've been really busy and tired from work. But, I managed to make a custom Pilot figure, and now I'm finally at the painting stage. I've also been in talks with some people from Mig Ammo and Finescale Modeler about published some stuff. So hopefully, I can move a little faster if I get the go ahead.

A little armor and a working hatch

For something different, I decided to build a little armored car, Tamiya's 1/48 Type 16. It's a modern Japanese 8-wheeled vehicle designed for the roadways of Japan. It was a fun little vehicle, and gave me something that I could actually complete while working on others things.

Also, I've been getting closer to finishing the build of the Combat Assault Tank. Latest update: working commanders hatch. Check it out.

Oh yeah, new larger format pictures. I'm going to try to start uploading much larger image sizes, but I don't know if I'll go back and resize the thousands of prior images.

A Nebulon-class Headache

So, my latest project is a rebuild of Nicholas Sagan's Nebulon-B Frigate. It's 1/500 scale and 3D printed from his design. Honestly, it's absolutely beautiful. He captured all of the detail beautifully, and the 3D print looks phenomenal.

However, it suffered a mishap in shipping or something. Anyway, another person wants to buy it and Nicholas commissioned me to fix it. And holy-hell does it need fixing. Apart from it being, well...apart, there's a lot of damage to the armor plates on either side of the main hull. Nicholas reprinted one side, but the port side is really bad. I'm having to kit-bash a kit-bash to rebuild it. What's worse, is that the 3D-print is very brittle. So, every time I try to add something on, something else breaks. It's quite the headache.

But, I'm trying to add as much structural support as I can. Wherever possible, I'm adding 1mm styrene strips behind pieces that I'm adding on. I'm also using 2-part epoxy glue more than CA superglue. Epoxy is generally stronger, but it also has a little flex in it. So, when I ship it, hopefully nothing will snap off again.

I’m on a Podcast

So a short while ago, I was asked to be on What the Force?, which is a Star Wars podcast discussing all kinds of things from lore to theories on the future films to me talking about painting plastic. At first I couldn't believe it. You mean, you want to talk about plastic things for half an hour. Cool!

But when I did the interview, I had a lot of fun. It was interesting to describe scale-modeling to someone who wasn't familiar with it, and I enjoyed just reminiscing about old projects. So, if you have a chance, give it listen. If you have more time, please listen to the other podcasts because I really like the variety of topics and the casual feeling you get when listening.

Thank you again to What the Force? for having me on, and cheers!

What the Force? link to my podcast

What the Force? Facebook page

Finished Diorama

Well, here's the unveiling. I was molding a hand...my hand, for use in a diorama. I wanted to make the fallen Jedi statue on Jedha, or at least the hand. I used a water hose attachment as the lightsaber, and molded everything in Play-Doh. Then I cast it in a type of plaster. I have more info on the official Jedha Statue page.

Anyway, I hope you guys enjoy. Any questions or feedback, don't hesitate to email or comment.