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The Madhatter

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    I'm into Sci-fi, Russian (and to a lesser extent US) military equipment, and the occasional train subjects.

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  1. The Madhatter

    Zvezda Star Destroyer - a new detailing project

    Thanks guys. I'm happy with the progress myself It'll be a few weeks now till another update as I am off to my Mother in Laws inevitable funeral on Tuesday before flying to NZ to spend what will likely be a not so festive Christmas break. Rest assured, once I have finished the neck off I will be posting some pics. I am in the midst of painting the neck walls and finishing off the detailing to the front panels now. The roof of the bridge is current;y drying and should be able to be released from it's clamps tomorrow Thanks for showing an interest guys. I hope you all have a safe and merry Christmas break Till next time Si
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    Zvezda Star Destroyer - a new detailing project

    Thanks very much guys. Hope you don't get too bored with it as I am not a terribly fast builder I did a lighting test tonight of the bridge and I am happy with how it turned out. I made a number of mistakes on the internals and had numerous electrical issues but I got there in the end. I've also been cutting away at the body to accommodate the fibers. I've actually finished the whole top but just haven't taken any pics yet because it's not daylight Anyway, I just wanted to share the results of the lighting. I'm really happy with how it came out. Till next time Si
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    Zvezda Star Destroyer - a new detailing project

    thanks for your interest guys. I hope it all comes out as I have it in my head
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    Zvezda Star Destroyer - a new detailing project

    It's looking much more uniform now that the bridge has some paint on it. Started on the neck section The garbage chute is installed and has some red fibers on the inside Adding some details to the big antenna thing using some scrap PE bits Close up shows there's some clean up to do, but that won't be hard Anyway, thanks for looking Si
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    ModelCollect B-1B - a no show?

    Does anyone know what's happened to Modelcollect's intended B1B? It's disappeared from their website so I can only guess that it's not going ahead which is very disappointing as I wanted one
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    ZM Horten 229 1/32

    yeah that's some seriously nice work! Love it
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    MH-47G 160th SOAR Nightstalkers . FINISHED

    One of the best CH-47's I think I have seen to date - great stuff! I love these Night Stalker helo's - they just look so sinister
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    Zvezda Star Destroyer - a new detailing project

    hi guys It's been a while since I last updated this thread, so time to do so. I have finished detailing the bridge and am about ready to start adding the fiber optic threads and then get it all sealed up. The main hangar bay has also been started. I have used a mix of Green Strawberry PE and Falcon resin parts as well as some strip styrene here and there, with more to go in due course. The front hangar bay is the GS PE set and looks good. It's all lit, painted and ready to install So, less talking and more pics I say Starting with the hangar bays: I will try to meld the TIE fighter bay to the Falcon hangar section but it may not work do well. If not, I will need to scratch build it. I had a heck of a time mounting the SMD's as the wires kept coming off. They are not the best quality SMD's I think Lastly, the bridge detailing is all but done. I won't be adding anything further to it. Once the paint goes on, it'll look much better and not so busy Well, that's all the pics I have for now. I am about to start on the neck area and garbage chute etc. I won't add too much detail here....well, maybe a little but not too much Feel free to comment, critique or suggest Thanks for stopping in and looking Till next time Si
  9. hi guys Here's another side project I have just finished - Tamiya's Opal Calibra DTM. Heavily inspired by the Zakspeed version (as well as Need For Speed cars), I went for a matte black colour. I'm not normally a "Matte Black car" kinda guy, but I do think it looks the part on this machine. I build this once before when I was in my very early twenties in red after seeing one like it in London but I had all the skills of a novice and it looked terrible I modified the rear diffuser and and paddle shifters - stolen from a Aventador PE Set - to the wheel (no manual box for me) I'm pretty happy with how this turned out. Anyway, enough talking, time for pics: I would LOVE to get the Revell BMW M3 DTM kit to do the same but it's rarer than rocking horse pooh. Maybe one day I'll find one or they'll re-release it (hopeful but unlikely) Well, that's all I have. Back to the Star Destroyer this weekend and I'll try to finish the bridge section Thanks for looking Si
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    DesTROYer's 1/35 AAAvn CH-47D Chinook

    nice effect with the blade fading there Troy. Its really starting to look the part Hope your feeling better! Si
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    1/72 Custom 2199 Cosmo Zero

    thanks guys I hadn't heard of the 2199 series until a few years ago and I have bought most of the 2199 sets as a result I do like these Bandai kits - they are engineered so well. I know everyone keeps saying that, but it's true. They're a dream to work with when getting lights in. You can cut away a lot of the supporting plugs and leave one or two and it still holds together well - better with glue of course. I might even do my Lando Falcon soon with the SD
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    1/72 Custom 2199 Cosmo Zero

    Hi everyone As an aside from my Star Destroyer, I pulled this one out of the stash for something quick to build. This kit only took 3 days to build and paint and I'm pretty happy with how it came out. It's the Bandai 1/72 2199 Cosmo Zero. I've opted for a scheme that, I think, makes it look racy but nasty. All the metallics are Alclad and the rest is Tamiya paints. Completely OOB and no lighting The stand comes with the kit - I just added some wires for interest I originally had turquoise for the leading edges but decided that it was to stark a contrast and looked to toy like. I ended up going for Gold Titanium which looks much better It was a fun build and the only glue it needed was to secure the missiles to the wing Well, that's all I have but thanks for looking. Feel free to critique MH
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    Zvezda Star Destroyer - a new detailing project

    Hey guys Thought I would show you where I am up to on this before I go on a well deserved holiday for a few weeks. I've only really just started but it's not a race. I probably won't take any more pics now until the bridge is finished Hopefully the cutting board will help some of you convey a sense of scale as well The first set of pics are the walls for the bays underneath which are present on the filming models. I thought that was a cool feature so I did the same, except I opened up another one that wasn't there. All for my own personal tastes Well, that's me done, but if you have any questions or comments or critique, I am always open to it As always, thanks for looking in Si
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    ICM Model T Ambulance

    that's pretty cool actually - it's certainly not a subject you see much of
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    1/48 KC-130J Harvest Hawk Done

    Another awesome build off your bench Danny. Very nicely done