Build Logs

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Because it helps to see how I build and paint models, I try to include as many build logs as possible. Several of them have links to other forums, but I attempted to include all of the pertinent information here for ease of access. These build logs feature loads of pictures with descriptions of building steps, painting tips, weathering techniques, and diorama building. Lastly, if you have any questions or suggestions for my build logs or future builds, please let me know.

Revell U-wing - build log - kit review, modifications, painting, weathering

This is an overhaul of the Revell kit with some added detail and minor corrections. It's a pretty nice kit for the price.

Still under construction

1 - Scale comparisons

1 - Scale comparisons

4 - Pilots and cockpit detail

4 - Pilots and cockpit detail

Revell Kylo Ren's Command Shuttle - build log - kit review, modifications, painting, weathering, lighting

This is an overhaul of the Revell kit with tons of added detail, new canopy, and lights. I also modified wings to be in the open "flight" position. Lastly, I talk about airbrushing the black color scheme with tips for weathering and highlighting.

Still under construction

10 - Upper hull additions

10 - Upper hull additions

21 - Scratchbuilt details to the wing mounts

21 - Scratchbuilt details to the wing mounts

AT-ST Hoth Diorama - build log - making & weathering damaged vehicles, rebel turret customizing, snow diorama

This 1/48 diorama of the Hoth trenches features a downed Bandai AT-ST and a Golan Arms DF.9 turret from JPG castings with added interior.

Still under construction

4 - Interior turret detail

4 - Interior turret detail

8 - Rear cockpit

8 - Rear cockpit

The Shrike - build log - Slave I kit-bash, scratch-building, painting, weathering

I kit-bashed a 1/72 Fine Molds Slave I into my own version of a bounty hunter ship for this build. I added a custom cockpit, engine detail, lights, and 2 figures. After the build, I wrote my own backstory of the characters and ship.

Completed model

16 - Painted cockpit

16 - Painted cockpit

30 - Paneling / OPR

30 - Paneling / OPR

Bandai AT-ST review - build log - kit review, modifications, painting, weathering

This is a detailed walkthough of the Bandai kit. I tried to cover areas to look out for, as well as how to modify the legs for full-articulation. Additionally, I replaced a lot of parts with brass detail. Finally, I added a Snowtrooper figure and roof blaster to match some artwork I found.

Completed model

16 - viewport

16 - viewport

44 - re-weathered

44 - re-weathered

AT-AT Barge - build log - scratch-building, painting, color modulation, links to forum thread

This is my own design of an AT-AT transport using an sd.kfz 251 halftrack as the kit-bashing base. I scribed dozens of panels using several tools, added more details, and finished with a color modulated scheme.

Completed model

AT-AT Barge front

Front

AT-AT Barge modulation

Modulation

Seaspeeder & Dock - build log - painting, weathering, diorama, making water/waves

I modified a Fine Molds T-47 Snowspeeder into a sea variant of my own design complete with floats and steering vanes. I built a dock, added a figure and cargo, and filled it with resin water. Finally, I wrote a backstory about the vehicle and pilot.

Completed model

Red highlights added

Red highlights added

Beginning to pour the 2-part resin water. About 7 layers were poured, each one very thin and tinted with color.

Beginning to pour the 2-part resin water. About 7 layers were poured, each one very thin and tinted with color.

Rezna P.234 Hovertank - build log - full kit-bash, painting, diorama desert scene

This is my latest single-kit kit-bash using Dragon's latest sd.kfz 234/4. It features an interior, opening engine hatch, and a neat desert diorama with some rotting tires, rocks, and a shrub.

Completed model

Grab-handles and gun added. I also used part of the fenders to create a cool front plate/deflector

Grab-handles and gun added. I also used part of the fenders to create a cool front plate/deflector

Then I began spraying various desert tones. I wanted a “whiter” desert than my AT-TE diorama.

Then I began spraying various desert tones. I wanted a “whiter” desert than my AT-TE diorama.

AT-TE Cargo Diorama - build log - full kit-bash, painting, weathering, diorama creation

This is a highly modified Revell AT-TE kit converted to a cargo walker of my own design. I made Clonetroopers from Micro Machine Stormtroopers, tried my hand at rock casting, built some cargo modules and an E-Web. Additionally, I added some sneaky Commando droids.

Completed model

Before priming

Before priming

AT-TE Cargo Walker

Here is the finalized crane and weathered walker.

KV-1 - build log - weathering, including hairspray technique for winter camo

This was a quick build of Tamiya's 1/48 KV-1. I attempted a method of winter whitewash using hairspray and various shades of white.

Completed model

After priming, I have airbrushed everything with Vallejo Air paints, mixing colors to create slight modulation.

After priming, I have airbrushed everything with Vallejo Air paints, mixing colors to create slight modulation.

I applied water all over the model and waited a minute or two. Then I used a hard brush to begin chipping the paint.

I applied water all over the model and waited a minute or two. Then I used a hard brush to begin chipping the paint.

Jagdschwebenpanzer - build log - full kit-bash walkthrough and painting

This is another hovertank I kit-bashed from a single Dragon Jagdpanther kit. It features opening hatches and interior detail.

Completed model

Everything removed, masked, and primed

Everything removed, masked, and primed

I used AK-Interactive’s DAK wash for a filter and then a pin wash.

I used AK-Interactive’s DAK wash for a filter and then a pin wash.

Rebel Tanker - build log - photos of the final build before painting

Inspired by one of the background ships at the end of The Empire Strikes Back, this version depicts a fuel tanker for the rebels.

Completed model

Also note that the canopy is already masked, ready for painting.

Also note that the canopy is already masked, ready for painting.

The grey sections are primarily from a 1/72 Sd.Kfz 251 kit.

The grey sections are primarily from a 1/72 Sd.Kfz 251 kit.

Rezna P.II Hovertank - build log - kit-bash walkthrough and painting

This started as a challenge to build the old Tamiya Panzer II using only what was in the box. So, I built a hovertank, using only the one kit, even going so far as to use part of the box and staples in the build.

Completed model

Once the windows were masked off, I was ready to paint it.

Once the windows were masked off, I was ready to paint it.

You can see the neat camo pattern.

You can see the neat camo pattern.

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