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Sometimes you get stuck, you come to a roadblock that you can’t blow through with ease, something that stymies you for a good long time. That was the canopy for the blasta bommer for me. I’ve had time since I primed this beast and each time I looked at the canopy and was just blind as to how I was going to pull it off. Now, almost a year later later, I’ve got some precious time to devote to my hobby and damned if I was going to let it get away again!
I threw a bunch of ideas at the wall the last four or five days and finally decided upon a path to finish the build. Here’s the overly explained steps in creating my canopy. Sure, there might have been easier ways to do it but I’m a fan of beating myself up until I figure something out on my own.
I used file card paper to construct a template (after many tries) and used it to make my canopy frames. Canopies are typically spindly, fragile pieces of metal held together by glass. Because of this fragility, I choose to lay each peice out flat and cut the window pieces out seperately, then score them where they should angle down. This gave the entire piece more rigidity while cutting out the windows.
Here is each frame all cut out ready for scoring and bending.
I cut little angled supports to add some structural support and to help keep the correct angle.
I added some channel to the edges for support and looks, which also adds detail – a place to put RIVITS!
I’ve already glued the front windshield into place as I can reach the interior of it to add the glass after painting. Here’s the other assembled pieces.
And the pieces in place on the fuselage.
I’ll be painting these parts by hand and when I’m finished, I’ll be adding glass panes using white glue (it dries transparent without crazing) to finish up.
At this point, I can actually call the build on this pig done! On to some other color than primer black. 🙂
Worked on the metallics today. I remembered a long time ago, Tamiya made a Gun Metal Blue that was really good looking for gun barrels. I figured I’d try to duplicate that on the many, many barrels these dakkajets have.
The base metal color is a 70/30 Boltgun Metal/ Abbadon Black (I miss Chaos Black). I find starting at Boltgun doesn’t give me the depth I want in my metallics so I darken it down to start.
I then washed just he gun barrels in Asuraman Blue Wash (form the semi-old line)
A “wet” brushing of Boltgun to start the highlighting process. Wet brushing is similar to dry brushing but he brush is wet and the paint is thinned. It tends to eliminate the chalkiness that can happen from too dry a paint. I followed this with a wet brushing of with Chainmail (I’ve got quite a few old pots sitting around).
A generous coating of Nuln Oil.
Followed by a wet brushing of Mithril Silver.
Leaving me with a rich, blu-ish (hard to tell from the photos though, it’s metallics) with a layer of dirty grim and bright highlights. The highlights will be knocked down with the Testors Dulcote sealer. Here’s a close up side by side for each of the above steps.
I think I’ll be starting the individualization of each plane next. Specific patterns and markings to more easily differentiate them and give each a little more character.
Need to slowly work back up to speed. I missed my workbench!
These are three dakkajets I purchased and built for the local Apoc back in January, haven’t touched anything since then. I wanted to start painting the blasta bomma but I’m using these three fellas as a test bed since most of the paint range for GW has changed since I painted anything. Based with Khornate Red, a layer of Tamiya X-7 and topped with Evil Sunz Red. I’m now blocking back out all the metallic areas. It’ll be slow, tedious work but a must to keep my style up. I’ve got the blocking out done on one of them.
Now that school is winding down and summer is here, I can devote some bench time and get back into this crazy hobby thing again – Gork I missed it!
Finished everything except the canopy tonight. Because of my schedule I know I won’t be able to finish it before Saturdays game. Oh well, not like they need a windscreen anyway, right? 🙂
I did magnetize the bombs so I can always swap them out later with Grot bombs or other fun ordnance. I’ve got the cockpit taped off as I’m in the process of priming now.
Playing this thing in the next Apoc game should be a lot of fun. Hopefully it’ll last more that one turn 🙂 🙂 🙂
Grrrrr. So close. I would be were I wanted to be if I hadn’t had to spend 4 hours in the ER waiting to be seen for my back. (injured it helping my brother move last weekend).
Finished all bomb mounts and panels for the underside of the wings. I’ve got them sticky tacked on since I’m impatient and want to see what it looks like with bombs on 🙂
I still need to rivet the underside of the wings, glue to bomb pylons on and then I can do the canopy. That should be it for build. The canopy may have to wait til after the apoc game, we’ll see how things go. On to the pics!
2,400+ rivets, and a couple hundred more left to do.
Wrapped up the tail section underside and all of the secondary plating and riveting. About 4 hours worth.
Here’s where the beastie stands.
THe only things left to do is the canopy:
and the underside of the main wings with the clusters of bombs.
Nearly finished with the build – it’s been a long trip! I’ll most likely be priming this the night before the apoc game on Sat. Goal met!
OK, another year, another reflection as to what I picked up sonically the last twelve months. Looking over the list there wasn’t anything from the old days like the Steelheart find last year. There was a surprise in the form of Van Halen as you’ll see (hear) below. Overall, this list is kinda close to last years, just with different names and a bit more commercial pop thrown in there.
I make no excuses or apologies for what’s here, it’s what caught my ears and what I listen to. So, here’s what I was listing to while coding websites and building the Ork Blasta Bommer this year!
Electric Shock – f(x)
A confession of sorts. I’ve been a fan of the K-pop and J-Pop scene for a while. Wired recently ran an article on the “pop factories” in Korea and Japan where the biggest musical acts are basically “farmed, bred and groomed” in music and production number factories according to proven formulas. Looks like they got it right by me.
I was going to list a few last year but they would have pretty much taken over the list. I decided to include one this year. Oh, there are so many (Girls Generation, BOA, Koda Kumi, CooL, 2NE1, Supreme Team, etc….) but the one I’m including for today is Electric Shock by f(x). This pretty much epitomizes what’s coming out of both Korea and Japan as far as pop stuff. In my book, you’ll be seeing a lot of this kinda stuff coming to the US shores in the near future, much like dub step crept it’s way in from the UK.
Street Fighter – Digital Freq
Here’s my dub step/electronica pick for the year. Tough call between this and Porter Robinson’s Spitfire (the whole album is excellent) and The M Machine’s Black. I picked this one up from a mixed comp disc called Bug Eyed Blast Into 2012. Again, no excuses or apologies.
Icona Pop / Charli XCX- I Love It
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I’m a sucker for a good, catchy pop tune. Especially one that reminds me of the 80’s. This one’s got it all – Total Cello, Bow Wow Wow, The Flirts, etc. Mixed with a newer-wave techno dance grind and it’s all fun.
Stay Frosty – Van Halen
Yeah, here’s the surprise I talked about earlier. I was very excited to hear DLR was returning to VH (never was a fan of Van Haggar) but had lots of doubt about what they were going to do. Were they going to sound like the good old days and give the people what they want to hear or are they going to “try something new” and do what ever Eddie wanted. Turns out to be both.
Half the album sounds a little lost and “experimental”, like boring “new VH” stuff. The other half sounds like good old fashioned Van fuckin’ Halen. This is the best one on the album. This particular song could have been on any one of three albums done early 80’s. Nice to hear they still got it.
Some Nights – Fun
I know this one ended up getting a ton of airplay but it’s still a great tune in my book. A whole lot of Paul Simon/Graceland vibes going on in this one. Something different that your average pop stuff but what’s nice is they’re not so one note (like Goyte…)
I Fink Your Freaky – Die Antwoord
Speaking of something different. What can I say. I must thank my brother Russ for dropping this one on me. Seems like Die Antwoord has been around a few years but this was my first exposure. God they’re great! Too many ways they’re sooo different and I love the whole rave-techno revival thing they’ve got going on. And their videos are all awesome.
It’s a battle between them and Volbeat (next choice) for my favorite new artist/group this year.
Sad Man’s Tongue/We/Wild Rover of Hell – Volbeat
Sad Man’s Tongue
Wild Rover of Hell
Most people were made aware of this band with their song “A Warriors Call”, the tribute to the Ultimate Fighter types. It’s good song but it’s pretty pedestrian compared to the style they exude on the majority of their other work.
This is my “I have to put two of them here…” selection. But since they’re so diverse and bad ass, I’m doing three. A cross between Glen Danzig, Metallica, Johnny Cash and The Stray Cats. I would suggest almost any song form the four albums they’ve released – all of it is good. Tied with greatest new find with Die Antwoord.
Make me wanna die – The Pretty Reckless
Following in the footsteps of Halestorm, albeit a blond version.
Once Upon Another Time – Sara Bareilles
Every once in a while I come across a voice/song that is just so truly beautiful and pure – and this is one. The last time I felt so enrapt by a song was Imogen Heap’s Hide and Seek (and NOT that rip-off, mix-mash up that made the radio a few years back – horrific). The sound just makes you fall in love with the voice. I can listen to this repeated without getting tired or bored. Beautiful, beautiful music. I liked her last album (well, parts of it) and thought she had a great set of vocal chops that weren’t quite being pushed where they could be. This song proves I was right (in my mind, at least).
Heading Toward the Unknown – Heavy Blanket
Dirty, Fuzzy Funk. No vocals, just heavy Hendrix-esque fuzz. This is my Funkadelic pic for the year. Again, another one where the whole album is great, picking one song was difficult. I love how they sound practically smothers you. All six songs on this album are purely instrumental, something you don’t see often today. This one is great for zoning out while programming or painting, just getting lost in the music while your mind goes elsewhere.
Got some time last night and forced my self to do what I’ve been putting off for while, the final paneling of the tail section. Because of the amount of compound curves I was at a loss as to how to do it so it looked “proppa” but not too ramshackle as I’ve already established a certain aesthetic with the front half of the fuselage. I pretty much just started cutting, heating and bending plastic until it fit and glued them in place calling it good.
Here’s the finishing on the tailgunner station. I was going in one direction with how to integrate this but through a lucky accident, came up with this solution.
Here’s the bottom side where the back hatch is. This is a bit messy, I agree. I’m torn with spending a lot more time making it smoother or sitting back and using the excuse that “no one will ever see it (much) so screw it.” I will do a snazzy hatch cover with glyphs but not sure about the rest.
Now I get to do real fun stuff with detailing the fuselage and rivets -woohoo! For reference, it took me three hours to rivet the tail alone. Thankfully there’s a fully stocked bar on the other side of my hobby space!
Put some time in on the bommer this week. Spent three hours doing rivets on the tail before doing the final attachment. With this in place, it’s time to finish the tail section, blend in the tail wing and start finishing off the detailing. This marks the finish of the base shaping. I’ll need to finish paneling sometime. Here’s where it sits now…
Here’s the assortment of bombs I’ve chosen for under the wings…
I’ve decided to do three sections of 6 bombs on three pylons for each wing. This will total 36 bombs. I’m going to magnetize them so I can just remove one bunch for each of the six sets of bombs I can drop per the stat sheet.
And a final “Barry”, or “Randy” shot. This is similar to pox’s original cale shot he did with his friend holding it. This shows how large this ended up being. (and yes, that’s me).
I’m really shooting for having the build finished by the 1st of the year so I can prime it and use it in our local gamestore Apoc match on the 5th. Should be close.