Wednesday, April 3, 2019

The "new" Model Shop is open ...

       Well, now that Google+ has bit the dust, Boyd over at the SciFiModelAction forum has released a new community site as a replacement for "The Model Shop" G-plus group. The old forum will still be around until the end of April, but will then be locked and archived at some point so everything will hopefully be viewable on the newer site.

       It's just beginning, but head over there and check it out, and register while you're at it.

      And yes, I'm still waiting for it to be consistently warmer before I can spray again, but I made some improved line art for my Klingon emblem mask ...


Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Klingon BOP - Part 5b:

    I thought I could get the 1:1000 KBOP done quickly, but the weather decided ... NO. Way too cold to spray anything, even in the basement. So, I'm bouncing back and forth on the little and big BOPs.

    I did mange to get the major subassemblies done on the 1000, at least as much as I'm willing to do before paint.

    Even though this is a "snap" kit, you'll definitely need some thin cement in some places. I'll probably be using Tamiya primer, decanted for airbrush use because of all the small detail.

    The control board for the 350 is soldered up and tested. Everything still works, so now I can get back to cutting out the rest of the windows, holes and work on priming and light blocking when it warms up, whenever that is.

I'm starting to think I've been had by the groundhog ... 🤔

Monday, March 4, 2019

Klingon BOP - Part 5:

    In the words of the late, great Bob Hoskins as Mr. Smee:
                           "I've just had an apostrophe ..."

    A couple weeks ago I noticed my local Walmart actually had a smallish cardboard display of some Round2 model kits. Not only that, but they had some Star Trek and Space 1999 models, and I was all "oh happy day!" I scored a 1:1000 Defiant and the 1:1000 Klingon BOP + U.S.S. Grissom kit, plus a couple others:

     Well, it has finally occurred to me that the 1:1000 Bird of Prey, the "Chick-of-Prey" as I've heard it called, would be an excellent test of all my colors, weathering etc., given that its a "snap" to put together, 🙄, and small enough to paint quickly by hand. 

    So, I'll be practicing on that a bit while I work on the interior of the big BOP.

    Stay tuned ...


Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Klingon BOP - Part 4:

    Now that I am slowly getting back into modeling (I still can't sit with my leg down for too long because of swelling), I have looked over my previous KBOP color scheme with fresh eyes and decided some of the colors were a bit too bright, so I went and changed some of the colors. Good news is that now all of the Vallejo colors are Model Air, which should be a lot easier to spray than Model Color.

    I still need to get a kit to practice spraying with, since Vallejo is still rather new to me. It'll be an airplane kit, something with larger but not oh-so flat surfaces. I might post some pictures of that. We'll see.

Anyway, here's a new list of my intended colors, and a rough mockup in GIMP.

Hull Colors - All Vallejo Model Air
Main Hull - Pale Green 71.095

Underside Feather Pattern - Red 71.102

Accent Panels:
Light Ghost Gray 73.615 (Surface Primer)
Light Green Chromate 71.006 and/or Green Zinc Chromate 71.094
"Emerald Color" - Light Green RLM25 71.267
"Sac Bomber Green" - Green 71.329
White 71.001
Black 71.057

Rust 71.069 and 71.080
Gun Metal 71.072
Steel 71.065

Clear Parts
Tamiya Clear Yellow X-24
Tamiya Clear Orange X-26
Tamiya Clear Red X-27

Updates will start hopefully start trickling in as I can do more for longer periods.


Friday, February 1, 2019

An Update - Considerable Craziness:

    I know it's been a while since my last post and for those who may be tuning in for the first time, no, the blog is not defunct.

    Over the summer and fall last year, I couldn't count the number of funerals, weddings and baby showers I went to. And it was too darn nice to be inside.

    Around Halloween, I started to fell crappy. I was told lung infections, acid reflux, sleep apnea etc. Around the New Year, things got bad and it turned out to be MUCH more serious.

    Long story shorter, go ahead and Google "saddle pulmonary embolism" and you'll get the idea. At 34 years old and now three generations of PE clotting in the family, there's essentially a 100% chance of being genetically prone to hyper-clotting. Anyway, the main danger has passed but complete recovery is 3-6 months on blood thinners (plus an IVC filter). I'm protected now, but I've pretty much decided on blood thinners for the rest of my born days. The doctors won't tend to argue on that.

    So, since its been ~ 1 month since the ordeal, I'm mostly back to normal activity, and will be working on the Klingon BOP again by March. Just gotta remember where I left off ...

    And, a PSA. If you think you have any symptoms associated with a clot, even if mundane, even if it turns out not to be one, don't risk it. Go to the ER and just deal with being inconvenienced.


P.S. - as if that weren't enough:

There's been some recent shakeups in the social media world of Sci-Fi modeling. Google+ is shutting down soon and with it comes the risk of fragmenting that community.

Boyd (aka Trekworks) still has the SciFiModelAction forum going, but it is supposed to be soon replaced by an updated site (The Model Shop). The old forum is "supposed" to be merged into the new site as an archive. I'm still posting most of my stuff over there.

Kenny Conklin over at SciFiAntasy is reorganizing his site to incorporate all genres again, so there's some shuffling going on right now.

The Amazing Scale Modelers have moved from Google+ to MeWe, and right now is available by invitation only, but may be made an open group as MeWe matures a bit.

I would personally recommend the SciFiModelAtion forum and SciFiAntasy at the moment. I find their formats to be more straightforward. And most everyone is especially friendly. You can check the MyLinks pane here on the blog.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Klingon BOP - Part 3:

    To get you all fully up to date (as of 6-14-2018). A discussion about color and weathering ...

    For choosing paint colors. I have to admit that I don't have enough experience to just "intuit" things. I can't look at one color on a screenshot or reference picture and say "okay, I need to mix X amount of this color and Y amount of that ..." or  say to myself "okay, that's pretty close to color X from brand Y." So I usually spend a little time and research to get a general idea. I do own a color wheel and know how to use it, but playing around with different colors is part of the fun ...

    First, I took the pdf of the BOP instructions and grabbed just the paint guide section. Using GIMP, I can then "color in" the paint guide and get an idea of what I want.

    Unfortunately, some of the recommended colors, which are Model Master Enamels, have been discontinued or converted over to MM Acryl. I'm not of fan of Acryl, and I hate playing the game of trying to paint enamel over acrylic and vice versa. So I did some digging and decided to go with Vallejo colors. Vallejo is a water based vinyl acrylic and a lot a folks who use it seem to like it (especially the Model Air line of colors). I've been wanting to try Vallejo Acrylics and this seems like a good opportunity to do so. So, after some digging through color conversion tables and Vallejo's own literature/pamphlets. I've come up with a color list of sorts.

Main Hull:
Pale Green - Vallejo 71.095

Underside Feather Pattern:
Insignia Red - Vallejo 70.947

Light Ghost Gray - Vallejo 73.615
Green Zinc Chromate - Vallejo 71.094
Emerald - Vallejo 70.838
Sac Bomber Green - Vallejo 71.329
Rust - Vallejo 71.080
Gun Metal - Vallejo 71.072
Flat White - Vallejo 71.001
Flat Black - Vallejo 71.057
Steel - Vallejo 71.065
Flat White - Vallejo 71.095

Clear Parts:
Clear Yellow - Tamiya X-24
Clear Orange - Tamiya X-26
Clear Red - Tamiya X-27

And here is what those colors look like in GIMP:


    You might wonder how I got the colors into RGB values for GIMP. There's an interesting website called that list many colors across several brands of paint and estimates the RGB, CMYK and other values. Is it precise, or accurate? No. But it's close enough to get a general sense of what each color would look like on the model.

    Now for the weathering. Since I've never attempted this before, I did a fair bit of reading and watching YouTube videos on the subject. As of now, my plan is to:

1.)   Pre-shade over the primer coat with some Tamiya flat black, then the hull colors.
2.)   Some chipping and scuffing using silver and rust colored paint.
3.)   Dry-brushing highlights.
4.)   Satin/Semi-Gloss coat and then a wash/filter.
5.)   Satin coat and then pastels (both Tamiya and chalk and maybe ground carbon). 
6.)   A final flat coat, first fogging it on, then a couple misting coats.

    We'll see how well this goes ...

    And finally, not ignoring the base. I have access to a vinyl cutter and will probably cut out a mask so I can spray the Klingon emblem on the base. Initial tries with the cutter have proven pretty successful.

    And that's where a I am as of 6-14-2018. Things are pretty busy here at home, but hopefully in the coming days/weeks, I'll be able to work on this model again. For more frequent, smaller updates, be sure to check out my SciFiModelAction build thread on this and look for posts on "The Model Shop" Google+ page and the SciFiantasy community.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Klingon BOP - Part 2:

    I started out wanting to do some simple lighting for the KBOP but, as usual, I added more and more to it ... :)

    First, the running lights and windows will be static, as they were in the movies. They'll be a warm white color and the running lights will be bloomed fiber optics. The "spotlights" on the wings will be fiber optics running to some cool white light sources and the torpedo ring lights and box lights near the back of the neck will be tinted red.

    For dynamic effects, which will include firing of the torpedoes, disruptors and engine pulsation, I'm using an ATtiny85 micro-controller programmed with Arduino. The code and instructions to use it can be found on GitHub here. Here's a schematic of the circuit:

    Specifically, on a button press, the torpedo launcher fires. If the button is pressed and held, the disruptors fire in short bursts for a time. The main engines have a slow rolling fade (~6 seconds) with faster 1/2 second pulsations on top of that. Here is a video of the concept circuit:

    I decided to roll my own board instead of using a prebuilt ATtiny85 dev board, such as the Adafruit Trinket. I used OSHpark to fabricate the boards. Here is a link to the project page.

    I also whipped a linear 5V regulator board to power the model, but I might use a DC-DC converter instead, depending on how much the current the whole setup draws. I'll put up on post on that later.

    In Part 3, I'll briefly discuss my plans on a color scheme and how I intend to do the weathering ...