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So I’m back in the saddle for a time, we’ll see how long it goes 😉
I’ve actually been working on and off on this monster for about three weeks and the only thing I’ve accomplished has been the metallic weathering. I know, not much to weathering, right? Egggad, I wish. For anyone who saw the tutorial a few years ago about my weathering using the Skullhamma’s, you’ll know it’s a long and tedious process. Sponged base/primer layer, then all hand done (with various size brushes) metals so they all stay nicely within (or trying to) the boundaries of the worn primer.
I’m done with the weathered metallics and done the brassy pieces and the main guns in the Deff Arsenal. I put it together for show since I haven’t seen it in one piece in about a year. It is coming together now and I can finally see some sort of light at the end of the tunnel. Lots of smaller details like the exhausts, canopy, rear engine nacelles (black/white checks), bombs, and the Deff Arsenal. Then it’s back to washes for grime, an airbrush for smoke/exhaust smoke stains – a brief touch up on details to bring them back out from washing – then sealing. I’m really hoping to have this giant wrapped up by Halloween. We’ll see how that goes 😉
ps. I know there’s some shots without the main Deff Arsenal kannons – they were in the process of being painted when I took these. That also accounts for some barrel droop in some photos as well, they’re only blue-tac’d on at the moment.
And a couple of Barry shots – one shown against a dakka jet…..
And a different kinda Barry shot 😉
Just proving I’m not sittin’ on my haunches this break…
Blocking out the metals by going over them with Badab black first – always base your metals with black, there’s a very good and scientific/optical reason why they look better that way. If you’re curious, let me know and I’ll do a tutorial! 😉
This takes a long time to block everything out so be patient. I’m hoping to be doing stenciling and checks by weeks end.
Wrapped up the pilots for each of my three dakkajets last night, presented here 🙂
And he doesn’t look too bad nestled in the cockpit. Just need to finish the widscreen and base it.
In other news, the blasta bomma, “Moar Dakka!!!” is no longer black and appropriately fasta!
And a “Barry” shot for scale, it’s s little wider than two dakkajets:)
Not sure how quick this will proceed but I know the next step is blocking out all the black/metallics as I didn’t do a perfect masking job and there’s lots of smaller details taht need to be picked out.
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. 🙂
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!
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.
Small spurts of progress, doesn’t look like much but wrapping plastic around a fuselage with compound curves is tough!
I’ve got more of the transition between body and tail. It needs multiple layers of pcard to get it where I need it so I can put a proppa plating on it for skinning. It’s still a bit rough at this stage.
I finished up the grot gunner turrets on top.
Then I did the wheel guards.
Pretty soon I’ll be permanently attaching the tail as I need to plate over the seam, this will make painting a bit tricky (PiTA really). Sure, Icould have thought of many different ways to have attached the tail but I didn’t think far enough in advance. Thankfully this is a once in a looong while type of project!