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Archive for July, 2012

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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Hell on Earth Pt II (ELECTRIC boogaloo)

Well, as of 3pm yesterday, the power was restored. We spent the rest of the day moving the cats and toiletries/work clothes back home, and moving slowly as the house went from 97 degrees to about 85 by bedtime. This morning we were back to 73 degrees, and it rose to near-80 as it was over 100 degrees outside again today. Thank you baby jeebus, for magic wall juice. Spent the 4th of July doing laundry, clearing out the fridge (we lost everything in both fridges after all, sigh), cleaning the fridge, gagging at the rotting food smell emanating from the trash can, restocking the fridge via the grocery store, eating at an air conditioned restaurant that was somehow not freezing (it usually is), and here I sit at 10pm, finally back to normal. Wooof.

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Hell on Earth™ part I

Oh boy! Friday night we lost power in a wicked sudden and powerful storm, in the beginning of a heat wave that we are currently still enjoying. Temps around 100 degrees, with no reprieve in sight. BGE has said it could be up to a week until we have power restored, but I am hoping it will be sooner since we have downed wires in our back yard. Bought a generator Saturday morning, and have been limping along with the fridge and the basement portable AC going. Just the barest of essentials! Here’s some pics. AVENGE MEEEEEEE

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