Apr 222014
 

Things are progressing alomg.  A few changes to positioning and objects here and ther.  More changes will continue as the project evolves.  Current stage sees the addition of this kotobukia mechanical chain bases.  Some cutting, gluing, and filling is at hand.  These bases are great; but the one thing that really bugs me are the peg inserts all over the base.  Even painted, it takes the realism of it all out.  So those spots need to be filled.  Today’s progress pictures:

Holes need a filling.

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Filling the holes

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Sanding and gluing;  I still have a ways.  But it’s shaping up slowly.

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Apr 162014
 
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I picked up this little SD Kampfer at SCGMC 2012 from Tatsu Hobby, one of our vendors at the event. I sorta had the thing pinned and mostly sanded during the December 2012 build gathering. I did one mod to the kit, which was to add a styrene collar around the clear resin part that was the eye. This piece lights up and I wanted to have some focus to the light, as well as add a slight bit of detail to this rather plain section of the kit. Forward another year, again to the December model building gathering, this time, 2013; I take the kit out and continue to work on it. Filling in some of the bubbles I found, fully fixing the plastic collar piece so no light leaks. And getting some real sanding on the kit. The parts were then placed into a tub of purple power at the end of the build gathering; and subsequently forgotten about once again.

My excuse was that the Ver Ka Saz came out, the past several months saw to that progression. With the Saz done, I started back up where I had last left off, with the parts in the purple power. Even months soaking in purple power, the resin doesn’t get destroyed. I’d not recommend trying this with your own flesh; even the slightest touch of bare skin without quickly washing the stuff off will start a reaction. Wear gloves when dealing with the stuff.

First step was to finishing the cleaning started months ago. The parts are removed from the purple soup and place in some clean water. From the clean water, the parts are placed into the ultrasonic cleaner. Once run through the ultrasonic cleaner, they are removed and placed on a paper towel to completely dry.

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Apr 162014
 
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Probably late to the party, but since there are multiple methods for such fixes, I thought I would share mine, since the very thing happened on my current project. I broke a joint. Granted the kit was built over 10 years ago, and in an attempt to breath some life into this, some finessing with disassembly resulted in snapping the damn part. So here is a quick pictorial guide to my methodology.

Step one, break something. After a tirade of curse words and screaming, you calm down and get the necessary tools for the job.

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