Sign me up Mike.
Pictures please 🙂
Spanjaard, this project is still in the "idea" phase. I'm collecting the kits for it, but the MiniArt air conditioner and satellite kit hasn't been released yet.
Ok, it will require a bit of patience then 🙂
Ok, it will require a bit of patience then 🙂
August 3, 2021
Taking a seat in the first row!
nice start, count me in.
I certainly recognize that Podracer engine! Can't wait to see the outcome!
Popcorn ready. Keep it coming 🙂 I am already sure this will be awesome in the end. good luck!
Thanks for looking, guys! Progress is slow, but steady, and I've already redesigned a few things along the way. The structural building goes quickly, but then progress slows way down as I add details. When I get stuck on Ideas for one component, I move on to another, and eventually a solution presents itself.
I love McQue's art, can't wait to see this
I love his work too. Unfortunately, Industria Mechanika has discontinued production. Maybe in the future someone else will produce his grandiose ideas.
Yes, Industria Mechanika is moving to an all digital format, where he (Michael Fichtenmayer) sells 3D printer files of his model designs (there's a pretty decent collection already available, if you have a 3D printer, though nothing based on Ian McQue's artwork). I just visited the site yesterday, and discovered that he is selling surplus PE frets from some of his OOP kits, including the Waldo, Remora, and SkyMark at very reasonable prices. The PE parts can be used for detailing scratch builds.
wow, looks great.
it's amazing nice project we will follow ?
Good continuation Mike ?
Thanks for looking! Still got quite a bit of work ahead of me, but I am making progress.
July 14, 2021
nailed it Mike! 👍
Very cool result!
Nice finish! Looks like you rule the wastelands.
Thanks for the kind comments, guys!
Well done, nice build and idea 👍
June 17, 2021
Looking forward what's coming in the next time 🙂
This project is still in the planning stage, but I hope to build a diorama of a couple of wanderers meeting in the arctic wasteland
Aerosan? Fun build but a tad small for 1:35... Careful if you have figures, perhaps 1:48 might match better?
Bruce, thanks for the tip. The Aerosan does look a little small, and the figures I have are 1:35. I'll just have to see how all the components look together, and possibly bash together a slightly larger Aerosan body if need be.
I might be wrong, but I think the propeller would drag the vehicle backwards, if the reinforced edges of each blade are the leading edges when it spins. What do you reckon?
Nice catch, Bruce. The propeller mounted as shown on the box art and in the instructions would indeed pull the vehicle backwards. it can be flipped over and mounted so that it will propel the vehicle forward.
Do you reckon the steering rods should be inverted on one side too, Mike? If the main spindle rotates in the same direction, wouldn't that adjust the skiis to point together or apart, and not actually steer? I have no idea how the steering wheel / mechanism would actually actuate that spindle gizmo..... Just wondering if anyone knows?
No idea how the steering works, but I looked at vintage photos of this particular aerosan, and the steering rod connections to the bell crank on one side are the opposite of the other side.
Hmm, that what I figured, Mike, after I'd diligently followed the instructions. Ah well, I still enjoyed the challenges of this little kit. My first experience of photo-etched parts... Definitely recommended all the same.
You start one 😎 project after one, awesome, follow 👍
Curious... watching ?
I am equally curious (taking into account the project's inventory...). Taking a seat!
Thanks for looking, guys. I hope to take some photos soon of the work so far-- this is something of a "design as I build" project using the listed inventory kits for parts, along with styrene and found materials. Torsten, I actually started this project some time ago, and then put it aside (though I continued to collect materials for it). When I started work on the Wasps, I thought I might use one of them in a vignette with this project, so I restarted work, and will be working on these vehicles and the Wasps simultaneously.
June 3, 2021
That's 😎, I'll follow this project
May 28, 2021
Super, very realistic looking result, even more so, when taking into consideration which base you started from !
I agree with Hanno. 👍
Thanks for the comments, guys! I considered doing a little more detailing to the truck itself, but in the end, I couldn't muster the necessary enthusiasm to do the work. Anyway, I'm pleased enough with the work I did do. These were the first MiniArt accessory kits I've worked with. The detail is beautiful, but many of the parts in these kits are tiny! Tweezers, an Optivisor, arthritis meds, and patience are a must.
Can imagin that your pleased with this result. That's a very nice little Dodge 👍
May 23, 2021
May 11, 2021
May 4, 2021
Good work ,,, like it
That tractor sat for a long time on one spot. Good weathering.
Schöner Porsche! Will not win a race any more ........
Thanks guys. Christian W, that's the look I was shooting for-- a tractor that got parked outdoors, and was never used again. I live in rural Texas where one often sees abandoned farm equipment. A lot of youngsters are beginning to collect and restore the old tractors now, though.
this beauty is begging for a little vignette. it truly looks perfect.
Thanks Spanjaard. I've been thinking about putting it in a small vignette.
Great work, looks stunning. 👍
A small vignette would suit perfect.
Nice work of painting the wear of time suits him wonderfully ?
Realistic weathering, very nicely done.
Thanks for the comments, guys, and thanks for looking!
like that a lot! The weathering is just perfect.
May 2, 2021
April 11, 2021
Great looking workspace. I like the large windows, gives a lot of natural light, it seems.
Nice and cozy 🙂
it looks certainly good. nice lathe 🙂
be careful, Escher is checking what you are doing😉
Thanks for looking and commenting, guys. 🙂 The large window is nice, but I wish the room had 2 fewer doors! Spanjaard, the lathe is, unfortunately, over 50 years old, and was used quite hard during its first 15 years. It was given to me nearly 40 years ago, and I did my best to refurbish it, but the ways are worn near the chuck, so it's impossible to set the feed gibs for a good fit for the length of the ways, and it tends to chatter when turning metal. I've mostly used the lathe on wood and plastic, and it's difficult to turn anything much smaller than 1cm in diameter with it. Good eye, spotting Escher on my door!
I really love his art, i have to go and visit his museum again when this covid mess is over....
Really Nice place. Lots of working space and light. 👍
The lathe is old and worn but simply beautiful.😎
February 6, 2021
I haven't taken any photos because I just built the kit out of the box-- no paint weathering, or detailing, just snapped together. I got the kit because I'd heard good things about Bandai kits, and I mainly wanted to see how they were molded, and how well the parts fit together (molding and fit are both excellent). The kit builds into a decent little 6" tall poseable figure, with several weapons and backpack options, very fun to assemble, and looks good without paint. I may go back and paint and weather it at some point.
for what i have seen from Bandai, they know how to make kits. absolute beginner can have fun without even glue, and advance modellers can make magnific models out of them. pitty not so easy to come by out of Japan....
Bandai Star Wars kits are readily available here in the states. Gundam are available, too, but I don't know enough about them to know how easy they are to come by.
well, shipping them to europe, plus import duties etc, is certainly possible, the prices just grows like crazy....
Yeah, international shipping often costs as much as the kit. We don't have to pay import duties on most things shipped to the US, though.
January 15, 2021
This looking good, great project😎
Very interesting topic. I'll take a seat and grab my virtual popcorn.
it looks great
interesting supbjekt, looks really good!
November 30, 2020