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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. sorry Brett - no build link for that one - I got the pics from this fellow: http://dorobou.blog.so-net.ne.jp/
  2. maybe I should do this to another one: **Edit** I should mention that there is no way in hell I am going to do something like that. That's wayyy to much work even for me
  3. LOL, yeah, figured that's where you were headed Thanks Kevin - I also am hoping it'll look good too.
  4. Thanks Brett Those copper wires are actually enamel coated so they won't short each other out. You don't need to strip them either, just wrap them and use the soldering iron as normal and lightly rub the area where the wire is in contact with whatever your connecting. The heat gets rid of the enamel coat. You can also scrape the wire with a knife but that's way to much work Oh, and they do power the SMDs
  5. Hello once again everyone. It's been few months since this was last updated and sorry to say, I haven't done as much as you might hope I had, but I have finished off the top section - well, mostly. I still have the SMD's to add for the trench spot lighting but in regards to detailing, that's all done So here is the top section shown as finished. I added some of the bits that sort of frame some of the lines to balance it out. You'll catch my drift if you look at the last picture in the previous update and look to the left of the ship and you can see some chips that run down the mid-section in a line toward the front. They have been replicated on the other side to make it right. That was a lot of explaining for something so trivial, so I shall move on and let the pics do the talking: Its pretty much the same on the other side. I might yet bulk some of the rear section out some more but I need to see how the side walls go on first. I do need to sort out that section at the very back of the ship - looking at these reminded me about it The bottom hull has also been started. I made the very foolish mistake of gluing the nose to the body in a hurry to install the hangar bay. This in hindsight was very silly. I has also located glue marks and other blemishes on there and I am not happy about it. I do not know when or how they got there but I also realised I forgot to grind down the old hangar surrounds and it has created a gap where there shouldn't be and now I have to fix and live with my decision to install when I did. Still, none of this is unfix-able and I will fix it as much as I can accordingly. I just wish I hadn't created this unnecessary work for myself is all Well, that's all I have for now, but I will be back again soon enough. As always, thanks for stopping in and having a look Si
  6. For my 2cents worth of input, I personally really enjoyed it and have watched it another 2 times since. Regardless of the alleged historical inaccuracy it was the wolf's head that got my attention. I rather suspect that image is for the benefit of the younger audiences who may not know about Germany's Wolf Pack and it wasn't referenced in the movie. I was gutted I couldn't see it on the big screen but pooh happens and I'm still happy Ive seen it.
  7. I love the colour variations on the back - very creative!! That fish looks awesome to. Fantastic work!!
  8. yeah that's awesome! I agree with everyone else - that head-on shot is particularly brilliant! Very well done
  9. I'm having a really hard time deciding which one I like best. They're both so awesome! I am a bit more bias toward the Arctic Aggressor as I do love a good splinter scheme but the graphics on the Zeus are VERY fetching. Fantastic job on both!!
  10. LOL- naturally. I just watched an episode of KR and there was a bomb in a car they had to find that could take out hundreds of lives - but when they drop it off in some desert, the explosion was underwhelming to say the least. I know its just for giggles but its hilarious to see the effects they used then compared to now. But its all just good fun really and certainly nothing to take seriously
  11. I think it must have been a product of the times. Im currently watching the Knight Rider series from the start and I haven't had this much of a laugh in ages. Great fun, but absurd story lines at times. Although, its made me start looking for the Aoshima kit and a scanning unit to go with!
  12. Thanks very much guys. I'll admit, I'm pretty happy with how it came out - especially now that I fixed the paint scratches. I could've added more lighting and details but I just wanted to K.I.S.S on this build. I did contemplate adding pipe work etc on the main box sections but I'm glad I didn't because you can't really see it, so that was quite the time saver Anywho, it's back to the Star Destroyer now. The side shows are now done for a bit - although I do have a cracking scheme to add to a Mig-31 in mind
  13. LOL, like so many of the shows of that era, the only really cool thing was the equipment the characters all used. KITT, Street Hawk etc. All Rubbish content but who cared when you had a cool talking black Trans-Am and an all seeing, wavy red eye!? I've also realised that I've forgotten to add markings to it. Whoops.
  14. Thanks guys. My memory of the actual show wasn't nice or warming. The show was absolute rubbish. Terrible acting and cringe worthy plots, but like most shows of that era for me, it was all about the ship. I just can't bring myself to watch an old episode without the risk of severe disappointment. I recently watched a couple of old episodes of Terrahawks because I remembered some of the cool ships they had and had to turn off the sound due to the shockingly bad script. I think that could be said of watching many a childhood classic. Its probably best to keep them as just that: childhood memories
  15. Hi everyone I've been a bit quite on the forums lately and that's because I've been spending more time building and less time writing. I had to take a break from the relentless detailing of the Star Destroyer (which I will go back to because I want to see it done), and so for the past month or so, I have been away quietly building my 48th scale 199 Eagle. I've long loved the design of this ship and have dreamed of having a kit of this as a boy when I saw it in an old Airfix catalogue but just never bought one until a couple of years back when I saw one of these going relatively cheaply instead I clearly grabbed one. Naturally, me being me, I also was never going to paint it like the show. Then I saw The Admiral's build (http://resinilluminati.com/showthread.php?t=17378 ) and it's inspiration from him that got me going on mine. So I naturally borrowed/stole his cockpit idea and subsequently made my own poorer copy. However, it reinforced my previous desire for a non standard white Eagle, so I came up with the most obvious option: paint it in black! Everything looks good in black right?! Painted in Tamiya NATO Black, flat black and German grey and something else to. The engine stuff is all painted in bare metal just because I thought it would look cool. That general concept is prevalent throughout this whole build really I'm going to blow my own horn here and state that I am super happy with how this came out. Yes - after taking the photos I realised that there are some paint issues to fix that have alluded me prior to now but they are easily fixed and TBH, I'm not going to take another series of shots to show them fixed. It's been hard enough to get enough light to take even these pictures. Love Melbourne weather! At any rate, you'll get the idea from the following pics and this is my rudimentary cockpit which I shamelessly stole from Bill. Thanks again mate!! I can't paint faces to save myself, so I sprayed shaped pieces of masking tape silver followed by clear red and a mist of clear orange. It looks much better to me The screens behind them are decals which I cut up and stuck onto the back wall with a hole behind it where fiber optic stubs had been inserted into the side panels - all lit by a single SMD each side. The red cockpit glow is a standard but sanded 5mm LED. It looks good against the black. Well, that was a fun build in so far as that I didn't have to make details for anything. Like I said, I'm super happy with this. I think it looks seriously cool, but that's just me Anyways, thanks for stopping by and having a look. Si
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