Reviews

Review : LEGO 6880 Surface Explorer

Set Info Theme: Classic Space Released: 1982 Scale: Minifig Minifigures: 1 Pieces: 82 Price: USD $7.50 in 1982 What is it? The Surface Explorer is a 12-wheeled futuristic take on a backhoe loader. It features a grab-arm on one end and a scoop on the other end. Both of these are attached to articulated arms. …...

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WIP : Hasegawa 1/72 VR-1D Valkyrie Pt.1 – Construction

Due to life basically going to shit the last few months, I’ve found myself a bit more time for modeling. So it’s not all bad? Anyway, next up is a slightly modified VF-1 Valkyrie based on the VF-1D. The base kit will be limited edition ‘Virgin Road’ VF-1D that Max piloted during his wedding to …...

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Completed Works

Completed : Takaratomy 1/72 Zoids RZ-002 Guysack

Kit Info Brand: Takaratomy Scale: 1/72 Media: Styrene Markings: Samueldecal The Subject The Guysack is a small-scale infantry Zoid used by the Helic Republic. It is one of the oldest Zoid designs, based on the older Gurantula but has better firepower, durability, and close combat capability. It operates best in sandy deserts, where it is...

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WIP : Bandai 1/144 RGC-80 GM Cannon Pt.2 – Construction

It has taken awhile but here we are with more work done on the GM Cannon. I replaced the left fist with a clenched one from a Builders Parts set. The cover for the back of the hand is the kit part modified to fit the new fist. I added a Kotobukiya nozzle to cover …...

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Real Life

RIP : Albert Uderzo (1927 – 2020)

Before I knew of the existence of American comics, there was Tintin and Asterix. Albert Underzo is the Frenchman who drew all the Asterix comics from my childhood. From Asterix the Gaul to Asterix and the Magic Carpet, these 28 volumes formed an indelible part of my childhood and made me unconsciously learn about European …...

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WIP : Hasegawa 1/72 F-14A+ Kai Tomcat Pt. 6 – Painting

The fun begins when I have finished fixing gaps and rescribing the lost details. The amount of gray paint really shows how many areas that needed to be worked on. Before installing the tailfins I addressed the exhaust shrouds. I painted these Vallejo Metal Color Jet Exhaust. I think the results are too light with …...

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WIP : Airfix 1/48 Defiant Mk.I Pt. 2 – Construction

Unfortunately, not much can be seen once the fuselage halves are brought together. It’s a real tight fit in there. Airfix connected the 2 parts of the rear deck with 2 spars, which span across the opening for the gunner’s turret. This is likely to ease fit and position of the rear deck inside the …...

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WIP : Airfix 1/48 Defiant Mk.I Pt. 1 – Cockpit

While plugging along with the F-14+ Kai, I decided to start on this one which hopefully will be a sanity build. Since this this a new Airfix kit, I think it won’t present too many problems. Details are good and everything is crisply molded. But there are no seatbelt details nor decals for them. These …...

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WIP : Hasegawa 1/72 F-14A+ Kai Tomcat Pt. 5 – Construction

The final stretch before I can start addressing all the gaps and bad fitting parts. First up is working on the canopy, which has a long mold line going down its middle. 5/6 of this needs to be scraped off with the remaining 1/3 at the back remaining as there’s a canopy detonation cord that …...

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WIP : Hasegawa 1/72 F-14A+ Kai Tomcat Pt. 4 – Construction

Work continues slowly. Before combining the 2 halves of the fuselage together I added the slot for the rod. To ease handling, I added a small length of brass pipe into the fuselage. The rod will then insert into this pipe when I’m ready to mount the kit to the base. A glob of epoxy …...

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