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« Reply #350 on: February 26, 2013, 09:17:00 pm »

I can testify that sticking things into polystyrene foam to dry / paint etc works like a dream.  I use some bits left over from computer packaging.
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« Reply #351 on: February 27, 2013, 01:12:07 am »

Oh well, I thought it might happen: the incredibly fragile spiral staircase has collapsed. It might have been the thinness of the brass, or the can of primer that got dropped on it, but it's a bit knackered...

...luckily, I had a spare one from the A3 sheet I had etched, so I was able to make a much stronger and neater version:





Smiley


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« Reply #352 on: February 27, 2013, 10:34:46 am »


   Yes! the can of primer will do for it every time.....and always just as you put the the bit down and say ''finished'' I find

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« Reply #353 on: February 27, 2013, 05:44:46 pm »

I feel your pain - the amount of times I've just finished something really small, fiddly and delicate and then promptly dropped it or dropped something on it.

The horror of the moment when the Bad Thing™ is about to happen, you can see it's going to happen but you can't stop it...

Still, at least you've been able to craft a replacement, and a damn fine replacement it is too.
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« Reply #354 on: February 28, 2013, 12:48:26 am »

fantastico!!!!!!!
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« Reply #355 on: March 12, 2013, 11:34:36 pm »

Thank you, MAALEV- praise indeed, as I admire your work greatly! Cheesy

Today, for some reason, I seem to have got a couple of days work done: firstly, I decided to lay out all the parts, like a big Airfix kit (mainly to see what it would look like as a big Airfix kit):



Then a base coat of silver misted with a dark gunmetal grey:



Which was followed by a coat of  Mars Pink (the camouflage colour developed by the Empire's finest decorators when it was seen that olive drab clashed terribly with the mountains of Mars):



Now, you'll probably notice the chipped effect: this is produced by letting the base coat go rock hard (which was amazing as the wind chill today took the temperature down to around -5° Celsius) and then giving each part a coat of hair lacquer. Yes, hair lacquer- as this produces a fine, brittle, water soluble film, so any colour that goes over the top of it can be easily damaged or removed- usually a problem, but as I wanted to replicate what a painted surface might look like after a few months of Martian dust storms, exactly what I wanted:



Also if you sprinkle table salt on the hair lacquer before it dries, you can flick it off once the top colour is dry, and leave what looks like natural spots of exposed paint:



The Mars Pink is a custom mix of red, yellow, white and brown, thinned down with water and airbushed over the hair lacquer and salt.

I've also added some more surface detail, access hatches under the three engines on the 'thighs':



and access hatches on the three feet:



Both, alas, non-functional.

Hopefully I'll get more done soon!

Smiley

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« Reply #356 on: March 13, 2013, 12:07:55 am »

I was just thinking today about how you were getting on with this, and as if by magic...

Beautiful paint job already - I just know it's going to be eye-wateringly stunning when it's finished.
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« Reply #357 on: March 13, 2013, 12:46:52 am »

Surely Chocolate Brown is a better camouflage for Mars ?
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« Reply #358 on: March 13, 2013, 01:04:50 am »

Surely Chocolate Brown is a better camouflage for Mars ?

Only if you come via the milky way.
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« Reply #359 on: March 13, 2013, 01:37:16 am »

I may have said this before?

Write a book.

If you open the hatches in the feet, does loads of molten Bronze pour out, causing the thing to clutch at its throat with its three pronged arm, develop great cracks all over its body and finally collapse, crushing one of the supporting actors and sending Hercules off on some quest which is not a part of the film?
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« Reply #360 on: March 13, 2013, 03:25:36 am »

and access hatches on the three feet:



Both, alas, non-functional.

Hopefully I'll get more done soon!

Smiley


Just a thought, but the exposed hinge and latch handle on that hatch look like the sort of dangerously fragile design feature that wouldn't survive past the prototype stage. Especially having the handle that close to the terrain runs the risk of either knocking the hatch open or sealing it shut whenever you walk through rocky areas. If the hatch is only for maintenance access I would be inclined to replace the latch with a set of hex bolts, although I might keep the hinge if the hatch is heavy and needs to be opened frequently.

Of course, that's purely an opinion. (I'm picking niggles now because I can find absolutely no fault with the rest of the machine!)
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« Reply #361 on: March 13, 2013, 04:23:41 am »

I can=I don't have possession of it! Angry
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« Reply #362 on: March 13, 2013, 05:23:32 am »

'nother magical build from Herr Doctor - going to look smashing when finished!
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« Reply #363 on: March 13, 2013, 08:30:17 am »

Surely Chocolate Brown is a better camouflage for Mars ?

Only if you come via the milky way.

Or any other Galaxy.
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« Reply #364 on: March 13, 2013, 11:12:24 am »

and access hatches on the three feet:



Both, alas, non-functional.

Hopefully I'll get more done soon!

Smiley


Just a thought, but the exposed hinge and latch handle on that hatch look like the sort of dangerously fragile design feature that wouldn't survive past the prototype stage. Especially having the handle that close to the terrain runs the risk of either knocking the hatch open or sealing it shut whenever you walk through rocky areas. If the hatch is only for maintenance access I would be inclined to replace the latch with a set of hex bolts, although I might keep the hinge if the hatch is heavy and needs to be opened frequently.

Of course, that's purely an opinion. (I'm picking niggles now because I can find absolutely no fault with the rest of the machine!)


Given the entire apparatus is ludicrously insanely beautifully implausible, what - with a three legged locomotion method to begin with, the slight issues with latch handles only adds to the overall silliness (in my mad opinion).

And thanks for sharing the hair spray and salt method for weathering, mighty splendid.


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« Reply #365 on: March 13, 2013, 02:33:15 pm »

I don't know if I'm more impressed by the recent progress you've made or the fact that the whole thing dismantles into 'kit form'.
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« Reply #366 on: March 13, 2013, 07:51:24 pm »

I don't know if I'm more impressed by the recent progress you've made or the fact that the whole thing dismantles into 'kit form'.

Ideal to scan in as a template for a 3D printer to download and build your own Gladstone. The first in the new line of 'Herrfix' Models!
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« Reply #367 on: March 13, 2013, 08:01:22 pm »

I don't know if I'm more impressed by the recent progress you've made or the fact that the whole thing dismantles into 'kit form'.

Ideal to scan in as a template for a 3D printer to download and build your own Gladstone. The first in the new line of 'Herrfix' Models!

Well that's a nice suggestion but I don't see what a character from a 1980's BBC comic farce has to do with model building.....

*waits for the laughs/groans*
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« Reply #368 on: March 14, 2013, 01:28:30 am »

I don't know if I'm more impressed by the recent progress you've made or the fact that the whole thing dismantles into 'kit form'.

Ideal to scan in as a template for a 3D printer to download and build your own Gladstone. The first in the new line of 'Herrfix' Models!

Well that's a nice suggestion but I don't see what a character from a 1980's BBC comic farce has to do with model building.....

*waits for the laughs/groans*

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« Reply #369 on: March 14, 2013, 08:37:14 am »

I don't know if I'm more impressed by the recent progress you've made or the fact that the whole thing dismantles into 'kit form'.

Ideal to scan in as a template for a 3D printer to download and build your own Gladstone. The first in the new line of 'Herrfix' Models!

Well that's a nice suggestion but I don't see what a character from a 1980's BBC comic farce has to do with model building.....

*waits for the laughs/groans*

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« Reply #370 on: March 14, 2013, 12:32:53 pm »

Open the door, shall I?
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« Reply #371 on: March 14, 2013, 01:32:28 pm »

Moving on, here's where I am today:



In the garden, in THE SUN! All the base painting done, looking nicely worn, and to go with it, a set of decals:



Get them on this afternoon, and weather it a bit.

Smiley
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« Reply #372 on: March 14, 2013, 01:37:33 pm »

Fantastic! All's Wells that ends Wells that's what I say. I think I might have to use that painting technique at some point; I've heard it works with clear spray varhish as well?
-Matt
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« Reply #373 on: March 14, 2013, 01:37:54 pm »

Seriously mate, my jaw just dropped, and not only because the sun has come out in March.

Where on Earth (or Mars) did you get those decals?

Must. Have. Similar...
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« Reply #374 on: March 14, 2013, 01:40:12 pm »

I believe it does, Mr Gladstone, and Mr IGetPwnedOften, I made them myself, with Photoshop and some inkjet decal paper:

http://www.craftycomputerpaper.co.uk/.-Inkjet-Water-Slide-Decal-Paper_151.htm

Lovely stuff!
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