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Photo shoot!

Taking pics this evening…

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Busy so busy

Wonderfest is in a week! Still busy updating the France trip pics, finishing up a Hero TIE Fighter (ANH flavor), thrilling to Gordon’s mellower personality, finding interesting things in bell peppers, and still AMAZED that we hung out with Boris Williams…

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Blasts from my past

This is a collection of photos showing things I made from the pre-digital era, from the late 1970s to about 1999.

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Maschinen Krieger Lunadiver Stingray 1/20th builds

In 2008, I created a master pattern for the Lunadiver Stingray, which you can see here. The instruction guide is in pdf form, and chronicles the first build which I gave to Lincoln Wright to paint for Wonderfestival 2009. His paint work was wonderful and defined the way many would paint the Lunadiver models going forward. Download the guide here. Here are photographs of the models I made from my castings.


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Studio Scale Probe Droid from The Empire Strikes Back

This is a build up from a resin kit of the Probe Droid, as seen in The Empire Strikes Back. I added a light, sound, and servo kit from Hyperdyne Labs so it can rotate it’s head, extend and retract antennas, fire the laser (via red led), and play sounds from the film. It’s a great model involves a nice amount of scratch building and tube cutting, and builds into a studio replica with all five legs articulated! This was a great opportunity to use the laser cutter to design and cut an internal armature as well. Here’s a video of the model in action!

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I have been making a concerted effort to right the wrongs in my studio. If you build models, you have them too, and the big one is probably all of those unfinished models that take up space on shelves and in boxes. Well, I made a promise to myself that before I would start yet another NEW project, I would finish the ones that sit neglected and sad. Here is one such model – the homage to the Maschinen Krieger Cerberus that I began in 2007, and that I have not touched for four years. This has the dubious distinction of being shown to Kow Yokoyama, who politely offered a few pointers on what he would do, if this were his model. It’s a rookie fanboy thing to do – throwing your “original” work at the feet of “the master” and asking for feedback. All this is is a riff on something he made in the mid 1980s, so I’m grateful he gave it attention. Maschinen Krieger as a hobby over all is always a little mysterious to the non Japanese, so we take what we can get, and I have been fortunate to have been given a lot over the years. So here is the model as of 2008 – I will update as I begin to work again.

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U.D.K.38 Schenkel

This is the final gallery for the U.D.K.38 Schenkel, built from an absolutely masterful kit from Eddy Murao, a famous Japanese Maschinen Krieger modeler. In order to safely support the weight of the upper body, I hand made each leg from brass tubing that I silver soldered together. It was a lot of extra work, but really worth it. The kit was further modified by scratch building the radar dishes, and adding the laser weapons (with a lasercut mount) to make the “Jungle” configuration. To further add texture, I draped tattered netting with foliage to set the mood.

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1/20 W.H.J. 131 1/20 Grosser Hund Altair from Hasegawa

The W.H.J. 131 Grosser Hund Altair by Hasegawa, available from HobbyLink Japan.

It is my pleasure to review the W.H.J. 131 Grosser Hund Altair in 1/20th scale, by Hasegawa. This is again quite an exciting release, being the Space-based variant of an original late-run SF3D design that was meticulously researched and recreated by Katooo for the Garage Kit scene at Wonderfestival, then adapted for “space” with additional/different parts. Being a resin limited run kit, it always commanded a high price and was extremely rare, so a general release in friendly styrene? It’s a dream come true. It’s also a pretty cool release on a personal level, as I was the first fan to make a “Lunar Großerhund” model, which I was told inspired Kato-san to make the canon design a short time later.

Comparing to the original SF3D Großerhund, it has been completely recreated in the digital world, and “beefed up”. This Großerhund is taller, meaner, and just bigger. Check out the pics below!

HobbyLink Japan has it in stock now, so click the link above and order one or three, now!

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BaltiMa.K. Meat Mk.I

Today we had a little impromptu Maschinen Krieger gathering! Futch and his daughter were in the neighborhood, so Arno came up too. We had a great amount of fun chatting about the hobby that brought us together and shared some tips and tricks, did a half-ass Laser Cutter demo, went into the city for lunch and for a little local flavor, and relaxed in the cool AC. Arno is on his way home now, and the remaining casualties from the epic day are currently putting as much distance between dinner and anything else… it was pretty epic. I made hamburgers with a tequila reduction glaze, and Futch made these insanely addictive Jalapeño Poppers. Not a bad way to spend a Saturday! Thanks, gang! Thanks for everything you do, Lisa!

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Hexamodel’s 1/20th scale Sdh. 232 Sand Stalker

Earlier this year, I started talking to Do Ho Suh, an extraordinary artist, about making masters and casts of Maschinen Krieger models, and what that entails. This conversation was very gratifying, as it reinvigorated me to master a couple of the more daunting Ma.K. designs that I wasn’t feeling the energy to tackle in the intense way I wanted to, and most importantly, eventually ended with what you see here, with Do Ho and his team raising the bar once again in the hobby kit arena. Do Ho had the good fortune of 3D scanning Yokoyama-san’s original model from the 1980s, and converted that exact contour data into a useable digital file. My part in all of this was documenting which kits and specific parts were used in this build (and many thanks to people like Futch, Dr TaK, and Koara-san who help ID these donors for recreating the scratch builds!). Do Ho then set about scaling the model up from the original 1/35th scale to 1/20th in the computer. Here’s where Do Ho’s skill and vision really come into play – he made the correct decision to “upscale” the detail for this model, understanding that when a form is enlarged, it can look simplified if there are larger forms with no fine detail. So, he went to the sources of the donor kits – real world armor and vehicles, to see which details were simplified on the model kits, so that the original more complicated forms could be portrayed in the masters. He also decided to add detail “inside” the model, as the larger voids which were hard to view in 1/35th scale suddenly became viewable in 1/20th. This is why you see ribbing details inside the rear skirt shells. The pattern was printed (rapid prototype), castings were made, and the results are pictured below!

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