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 15, 2021
Mike! You're back! And with another amazing build! how I've missed your incredible talent around here!
Definitely following for sure.. Hell yeah! 🤩
Strayed from model building for a few months, but finally got back into my groove, and finished the tractor and Powerwagon I had started earlier, then got going on this one. This is a pretty crap kit, so perfect for a wasteland vehicle. I just started building it, designing as I work on it.
Interesting, take a seat 👍
Nice work on those weld lines. I am eager to see how this thing looks with paint on.
Thanks, Dennis. First time I tried the technique. It's a bit finicky, but it does add a nice bit of detail that can be enhanced in the weathering stage.
really curious to see what you do with this!
Looking really good, by the way
Thanks, Spanjaard. Part of the fun of this build is seeing how it will turn out myself. While most of my previous wasteland builds started with an idea of how the vehicle should look in the end, on this build, I just started assembling things, and designed as I worked, testing different ideas as they came to me, and using those ideas I liked.
Awesome already, looking forward to the paint! 👍
Interior looks brilliant. Choice of base Color is also very good.
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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 👍
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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.
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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!
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Cool. Thanks for sharing this.
Yes, very cool! Question: are they injection-molded styrene? Looking forward to seeing this MaK built up and painted. 🙂
Johnny B, the kit parts and the base are styrene, the spherical capsule is polypropylene. The kit is also snap-together, like Bandai or some Hasegawa kits. Both male and female heads are included, and the figure can be displayed standing or flying.
Have not seen these before, very unusual. where did you find it? looking forward to the build. Thoughts on painting schemes? Possible diorama? I'm sure anything you do will be awesome.
JD, I first became aware of these from a review I saw online, though I don't recall where-- maybe Cybermodeler Online. Anyway, I searched on eBay, which is where I got this one. There's only a couple sellers in the US selling single kits, but some Japanese sellers are selling boxes of 9 kits. I don't know if there are 9 random kits to a box, or if you get each of the three models in each of the three colors. I won't be doing anything special with this, just a practice build for my Hasegawa kits. I plan to display it flying, but not sure of a paint scheme yet. I'm trying to think of something useful to bash his weapon arm into-- maybe a welder.
Ma.K. meets surprise eggs 👍
Interesting for sure. I wish we had vending machines with little models here in the US.
I'm with you, Nathan! As far as I've been able to discover, though, the only actual model kits available in this form have been the 1/35 Ma. K. power suits. I've found all manner of miniatures, action figures, animals, insects, and even something akin to eggs planes and tanks available as capsule toys, but all of these are assembled and painted. Since this kit is from the 3rd and final series of kits in collaboration with Kow Yamayodo, I'll be interested to see if Kaiyodo does any more mini-model kits for the capsule toy market.
Turned out quite nice there Mike.
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Front row seat!
Started this back in July, then put it on hold for my workroom redo. Did a bit of backtracking with the PE tower, but I'm taking pics of the work as I go.
Wow, even that reference photo would make a cool wall mounted display idea with the clouds in the background and the support rod set horizontally..
(I know, I'm an armchair quarterback)
Interesting idea, JD 👍 I hadn't thought of a wall-mounted display.
Just thought I'd bump this one to the front. Stupendous! This is the first time I've seen pics of your build process, which is amazing unto itself. Completely off the wall!
Thanks, JD. I rarely think to take WIP photos, but I did on this build, and I took some of the completed plow & harpoon vehicle before I painted it.
I second JD's comments - the build pictures give a great insight not only to your build process but the creativeness Involved.
I just started building again (Sky Mark buoy) after completely re-doing my work room (rebuilt my work tables and my spray booth, rearranged the room layout, reorganized storage, and added display space for finished models), so I'll see if I can get into the habit of taking build pics as I go. 🙂
That sounds great Mike! You have amazing talent, and I for one am very excited and inspired to watch you work! You could easily charge admission for this information!
September 4, 2020
Thanks guys! I've been thinking about doing a junkyard diorama with this one and one or two other kits I haven't built yet.
i would love to see that! 🙂
You did a great job .... looks amazing !!!!!!!!!!!
Just noticed the miniature Leaf punch. That is a neat touch.
Oh yeah. Can't wait to see this build !
Not sure when I'll start it, my workbench is full right now, but I was looking at my stash, and trying to decide what to do with the Hudson and the Starliner. I thought of a DD scenario, but two cars is only a crash; a derby needs at least three, so I decided to use the Del Rio as well. The damage is going to be tough to pull off effectively, but that's the challenge!
September 3, 2020
thanks a lot Mike. I am actually "collecting" rust pictures with that purpose in mind😉
very interesting to see that you can get such a beautiful look, without chipping fluids and all that stuff.... 🙂 I like that.
My approach is a bit tedious, especially on a larger or more heavily weathered model, but by the time I get to that stage of the finishing, I'm quite excited to see how things will turn out, so the process is more enjoyable and interesting than tedious. I also have a habit of telling myself a story about how the model came to be in the state it will be in when finished. That can give me additional ideas for weathering and rusting details.
You have achieved an authentic looking patina Mike, I like it.
I live, I die, I LIVE AGAIN!
If you can't stand up, you can't do war!
I feel like you have carried me through the gates of Valhalla. Great idea & build.
Hedgehog on wheels! 👍
Nice job, very effective. Reminds me of the VW from the 1974 Australian movie The cars that ate Paris
I'd hate to have one chasing me down, looks very menacing. Nice car collection as well!
This somehow reminds me of a movie. Hm.. The Admiral: Roaring Currents
Thanks for looking, guys! Treehugger, The Admiral: Roaring Currents is about the conflict where this ship would have been used, If such a ship actually existed. There are no contemporary drawings of the geobukseon, only a couple of vague written descriptions of it. This model is of a scaled down speculative recreation of a turtle ship on display at the War Memorial of Korea in Seoul.
September 2, 2020
truly excellent job Mike. fantastic
Thanks! I spent a lot of time researching dory trawl line fishing, and just kept adding details as I learned about them in my reading. I built this a decade ago, and have since gotten into plastic models. First cars, and now sci-fi.
This is really exceptional. Well done!
Lovely, would look so nice on my shelf. 🙂 I don't want to buy it but something like this would be nice to have on my shelf.
How long is the model in cm's?
Thanks for the comments, guys, and thanks for looking! Treehugger, the dory is 32cm long x 9 1/2 cm wide, and the base is 34 cm x 15 1/2 cm.
Just wowowowowowowowowowowowowowowow .......
That's a really nice an unusual build! May I ask what was the motivation behind this project? What's your connection to this type of boat?
Thanks for the comments! Bernd, I was interesting in learning to build wooden models of sailing ships, and in looking at the types and rigs of the various old ships, I became particularly interested in the fisherman and whalers. This led me to read more about how these men did their work, and I became more interested in the boats and equipment they used than the ships they worked from. I decided to see if I could scratchbuild a dory while I was learning about how the Grand Banks fishers worked.
Again, museum-quality result! And quite the educational journey how you describe it.
Excellent modeling work 👍
Lovely bike, clean look ! Remembering me of my long time membership in a motorcycle club, riding across Europe to parties and events ...
Thanks guys! Andreas, I've never ridden on a motorcycle, but I like the aesthetic of some of them, especially those from the 40s, 50s, and 60s.
i fully agree with you Mike!
beautiful. very nice personal way.
I would have added a bit of wash in the wheels.
I thought the very same thing after I saw the photos. I did go back and add a wash to the wheels, the hood emblem, and the fuel tank, but I didn't take new photos. Thanks for the comments!
👍 you need to add some pictures 🙂
That's a remarkable bit of scratch-building - amazing work!
and amazing job indeed... that is real models as it can get .
and getting paid for it on top? what a lucky guy 🙂
Brilliant work , congratulations
Nice mud pits 🙂 You doing rest of the rig?
Looks like something Gerry Anderson would blow up
Thanks for the comments, guys, and thanks for looking! Augie, this is a model I built 40 years ago when I worked for the now defunct Dresser Industries. SWACO, the company I worked in, only made mud processing equipment, pressure control equipment, and some instrumentation, and this model includes all of the mud processing equipment on one mud tank and pump system. It sure would have been fun to build the drilling rig too. 🙂 Matthew, LOL, after the model was shown at OTC in 1980, someone in marketing got the bright idea to send it to some show overseas. It came back to me several weeks later looking like something Gerry Anderson DID blow up-- they wanted me to repair it. Once I surveyed the damage, I could see it wasn't nearly as bad as it looked. The railings were completely destroyed, and some of the equipment had come loose and sustained minor damage, but there was no major damage, and I got paid to work on the model for a couple more weeks. 😄
Wow, you are a bonafide thoroughbred model master with a pedigree! Now I start to understand how come you're so dammed good at what you do. 🤔
JD, even with my "professional" 🙂 background, for some reason, plastic model kits have always intimidated me. I hadn't built a non-figure plastic kit in 50 years when I built the Hanomag that came in the Band of Brothers kit. That's what inspired me to try some more ambitious kits. and when I realized I could build things the way I wanted by kitbashing, I was sold on plastics.
looks very nice
you know that if you leave the yellowed decals in the window for a while, they get sort of white again? i guess in Texas in summer, it should not take that long. but if you leave them too long, they will face too much
Thanks for the tip! I may have an old sheet of decals in my stash to try it on.
September 1, 2020
Damn, is there anything you can't do, Mike? Did you scratch build the terrain? Nice flocking, you flocker! 🙂
Well, I tend to follow my modeling muse wherever it takes me. I had been painting single gaming minis for a few months, and decided to try my hand at a whole game (actually a starter set-- one can keep adding to it ad infinitum). The kit included wall sections that one can fit together several different ways. I scratched the terrain bases and added all the rubble and static grass, and all the trees are scratch-built as well.
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Nice one 👍 . I also have a sprint car in my collection which is manly a "chrome wing with extras". These cars are so nicely different.
They certainly are different-- like an engine, transmission, fuel tank, and fat tires, with a few bits of metal tubing holding it all together, and wings to keep it down on the track. Oh, yeah, and a driver's seat stuck right in the middle of all that.
Oh Man ! That is a classic beauty there mate, AWESOME job !
Thanks for the kind words, guys, and thanks for looking.
Fabulous looking build. 👍
My Uncle had one of these (minus the towing winch) back in the early 80's.
It was blue-grey in colour and fairly weathered and beat up (just like your model)
The three of us kids used to sit in the back of the tray, with my Uncle (driving) and Mum and Grandmother sitting up front in the cab, and the 6 of us (plus dog) would make the trip to Piha every Xmas. Great times and fond memories. This build brought them flooding back! 🙂 👍
Awesome build and weathering! A real beauty!
You did a superb job with this kit, and the scratched winch gives it the extra kick. thumbs up
I agree with Christoph!
Thanks for looking and commenting, guys. James C, thanks for sharing the memory. I always get turned around with you guys from down under, forgetting that Christmas comes during your summer!
Beautiful. Great paint job and weathering 👍
weathering is fine 😄
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Great job Mike! I really like the mechs from Konflict 47, but are a bit pricey for me. I like how you went with a red paint scheme too, I've been wanting to paint and weather something red for awhile now. Very cool!
Thanks, JD. Bought the Grizzly kit a couple years ago, and don't remember what I paid, but thought it a bit pricey, too. It is a resin and white metal kit, but doesn't even include a decal sheet. The resin parts aren't bad, but also not the best, as it's clear that the master was 3D printed, but not cleaned up as well as other resin kits using 3D printed masters. Anyway, the build was good practice for my growing collection of Ma. K kits.
I'm totally to Ma.k! I have several kits including a rare one, waiting for my skills to improve before I even attempt them.
Wow, this is cool, love the color scheme.
Thanks, Cheyne. I was trying to imagine a civilian use for walkers, and somethin like heavy construction equipment came to mind, hence the orange. I didn't think Caterpillar yellow would look as good, but I may try that on something in the future.
JD, I feel the same reluctance to dive into a Ma. K kit, but I'm planning on doing one of the 1/35 scale suits after I finish redoing my workroom, and get a little further along on the Industria Mechanika Sky Mark I've started on.
Damn man, you make me feel like a kid just getting started!😄
I'll practice on a few more Gundam kits, leading up to the Ma.K stuff eventually.. that's the plan anyway. 🙂
Looked at your stash-- you have a nice collection of Ma. K! 👍 I'm not into Gundam, but I've been wanting to try a Bandai kit-- they appear to be well-designed and nicely molded-- so I ordered a 1/12 scale SandTrooper kit. I can have the experience of building a Bandai kit, and learn to do desert weathering to glossy white armor.
I've never been much into Gundam at all until recently, just don't care for most of their designs, but there are a few cool armored suits I like, and Bandai kits are a such a pleasure to assemble, and without glue, it's almost like a puzzle rather than a model, and with the Gundam stuff, the figures are articulate and poseable which is cool.
My Sand Trooper arrived today! He is poseable and also has more detail options than I realized. And one of the sprues has black, white, and grey parts all molded on the same sprue-- never seen that before
Nice selection, good choice! I'm sure you will have fun with that one. Bandai kits rock!
Looking forward to the painting and weathering, and dio too. 👍
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My name is Max
My world is reduced to a single instinct: Survive.
As the world fell it was hard to know who was more crazy. Me... Or everyone else.
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Excellent! 👍 👍 Please tell me you have more Post-apocalyptic vehicles in store for us! Love the genre! 😄
Thanks for the comments, and thanks for looking! Check out my projects and albums for more post-apocalyptic builds.
I just did and... Woah! .. Holy.. Wtf?... 😳 .. now following... sir... 😳 ... ... 😳
OOB???, no Sir never 😄.
Well done, diferent work for sure 👍
Thanks again, JD. Looked at your builds-- some pretty amazing work there!
Thanks for looking, Rui. I do some OOB builds, but they're not as much fun 😄
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