Where Was I? Right…

My blog updates are sporadic and far between. If nothing else, you can always check my twitter feed. It certainly gets updated more often than my blog–but it’s a lot less model-centric.

ANYWAYS… What I’m currently working on: Another Maschinen Krieger scratch-build:

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Spare Time Project: Li’l Eddy Amsel

Here’s just something I’ve been working on while the paint/glue dries on other projects: 1/20 Eddy Amsel–the most hated kid in the Maschinen Krieger universe. The mold is very soft, which doesn’t exactly allow for details to be popping off the model. I wasn’t trying to make him look great. I was just trying to make him look done. Unless I come up with a better use, I’ll just keep him around as a 1/20 scale reference to include in pictures of other projects. Regardless, here he is:

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Speeder Bike: Finished

Friday night and Saturday morning, I pushed hard and finished the Speeder Bike project. It didn’t turn out exactly as I envisioned, but I’m pretty pleased with the results. 

I may come back to it and clean up a few things… but probably not. We’ll see how it goes. I’m pretty pleased, overall, with how it turned out. I was able to mount him to the base by only his left foot, using a 1/16″ brass rod in there to help support the weight. The front end is dipped down a little more than I’d planned–thus I may come back and work on the base. I think it works with the “at-rest” pose okay, though. The paint’s not perfect, but it’s good enough where I can walk away from it with a bad taste in my mouth.

For the base, I just dyed a $0.99 wooden base using colored ink. The material on the base is Celluclay. I drilled about a half-dozen quarter inch holes in the top of the base to give the Celluclay something to grip to keep it from shrinking up as it dried.

Here’s the pictures:

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It All Started So Simple: The Speeder Bike Project

The original “Star Wars” trilogy has fueled my imagination since I saw the first movie with my father clear back in 1977. It gave us so many iconic ships and vehicles. One of those was the Imperial Speeder Bike from “Return of the Jedi”. This little scratch-build project was inspired by that, but not intended to be an outright copy. Its beginnings were humble enough: the lower leg portion of a Bandai Master Grade RGM-79:

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No Model Update, But Here’s Some Art…

I’ve been working on a few things, but nothing really to talk about yet. In the interim, I’ve been screwing around with the cover photo for my Facebook account. I took an image that someone had Photoshopped of my “Snowball SAFS” and stretched it out. Then I used some custom brush tools to lay a HUD over it. Here’s the result:

To compliment that, I tweaked up a profile picture with the reversed images from the HUD. Here’s that result:

My Photoshop skills are meager, at best, and it took a lot of work to get the results I was looking for, but together on Facebook, they don’t look too bad:


(image mocked together in Photoshop, using a template I found on the web)

I’m happy with ’em. For now, at any rate.

Egg-Cracker 1.5: Started & Finished

During the last three days, I cranked out another “Egg-Cracker” during my breaks. This was more of a practice for the other one I’m working on than a complete effort unto itself. So I tried a few things, and noted that some ideas worked beyond expectations. Not really much more to say than that.

The metallic parts is exactly that: Metal HVAC tape. The “engine” and lone headligh were scraps from the inside of an old computer mouse. And the painting was, once again, done with five different shades of paint using a Testors 3/0 brush. It was a challenge. The results were okay, but I like the first one better. Here you go:

Egg-Cracker 2 Underway

I had too much fun on that first Egg-Cracker, so I’m going to try to repeat that (and, in all probability, make myself hate it) by building one at home on the workbench. This time, however, I’m using a 1/76 Maschinen Krieger “Nutrocker” as a constant reference. That’s right. I’m going to try to do this somewhat semi-accurately.

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