Saturday, October 2, 2010

Baby Ma.K - Oskar WIP 4

Hope it made you laugh!
I was stuck quite a bit doing the rest of the Neuspotter body using plaplate (layers of it)
and also adding the bondite epoxy putty to the skirt. This is how it looks like today.

I apologise I did not manage to finish this before the PLAMO and the m workshop groupbuild deadline.
I can only work late nights for so many nights...

Comments and criticisms please, like how's the proportion, shape... thx!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Baby Ma.K - Oskar WIP 3a

Thanks guys for the support so far!
was trying to cut the tube, which is a part of a broken furniture, with the modeling saw. Cut until my fingers hurt.

So frustrated, I went to the local DIY shop and bought a large saw...
Cut the damn thing in under a minute..

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Baby Ma.K - Oskar WIP 3

Small update,yesterday I firmed up the shape with the second type of epoxy putty which I love to use as it cures much slower.
Today, after it cured fully, I went over with my files to define the shape, and then smoothed over the head with lots of Mr Hobby white putty (I can't seem to find my favourite Tamiya grey putty).
First time using Mr Hobby, its more yellowish than white...

Realized the cylinder in grey is too long, tried to cut it, but its kinda hard. I will try to cut it again tomorrow... Time for bed! yawn

Monday, September 20, 2010

Baby Ma.K - Oskar WIP 2

This time I am doing a bit more planning than before, I first cut one of the quail eggs in half,
then trace out its shape on a piece of paper. Using the Neuspotter head as a reference, I drew the shape of the SD head.

Next, using bits from my spares bin and the very fast drying epoxy, I started slapping the shape together.

As for the bodies, the shell is very flimsy, so I filled them with paper clay...

Its now 12:30am, and I think its gonna be a long long time (to Elton John's Rocket Man tune) before I sleep today.
lol. Seriously, I truly enjoy the building part of modeling, and all the stress from work and life just disappears...
Am I going to be able to finish it on time?
That's a good question... ;D

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Baby Ma.K - Oskar WIP 1

Hey guys, its actually the Oskar. It has a Neuspotter head with a hovercraft body.
Its not as well known because there is currently no styrene kit available.

Just doing a mock-up using blu-tack tonight and finding bits for my spares box...The original rocket launcher seems to be scratch-build from a pen cap. Here I used the cap of the hobby knife which has a similar shape.
The Oskar variant on the back is what I want to make...

Baby Ma.K

I started this way back in June, but stopped all work on it until today. Took my kid's Kinder Joy candy containers for the body, and sourced for 'quail eggs' from the local art supplies shop (Artfriend in Singapore)

I was pretty ambitious then, thinking of doing a master, then casting multiples.
Now left about 1 week before the deadline of the PLAMO's SD build and 2 weeks before the M-workshop's Eggtastic groupbuild.

Can anyone guess what is it?


Hi all, Haven't got time for the internet due to massive changes in my work and family life.
Miss you guys in the Ma.K forum and PLAMO!
Note: This is not a narcissistic post!

Just realized I haven't logged in here for ages, and also never update my blog for even longer...

I apologize for all the PMs I've yet to reply, I will get to them asap.

Family side: my in laws decided to move OUT of my house back to their home.
Well usually this would be GOOD news for some of you lol.
But for me, now everyday I have to bring my kid to my in laws before work, and then bring her back after work, via public transport.
This adds 2-hours daily and I simply have no energy left for models/internet.
Its my hope that they will move back with us soon, frankly I love to live with my in laws, not just because they help to take care of our kid, but its really more like a family where we have grandparents, parents and children living together. Oh, and I get to eat home-cooked food by my mother-in-law too! :)

Work side: huge changes which I can't really talk about, but just extremely stressful and busy.
Worst I can't access PLAMO from office...I can only access the Ma.K forum. Hopefully they wouldn't filter that off as well.

The dust has not settled yet, but I am determined to get back to Ma.K modeling!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010


Here's a picture of where I was at in January in my Ma.K modeling. Sanding the Gans rocket tubes. Apologies to everyone, especially those of you whose Ma.K kits are still with me. A sudden change in family arrangement have thrown my life into chaos and for a couple of weeks I could not do any modeling / shipping of kits...
Hopefully I can find a solution to this and get back to Ma.K soon!

Gans WIP 2

My second time with the Neuspotter head, this time I've learnt my lesson, and will putty and sand the major seam line made by the 2 halves before adding all the details!
Now I initially wanted to scratch build the Gans from a Krote and a Neuspotter as it was very hard to find (not to mention extremely expensive) at one point in time. Now I know its not a simple matter of just jamming the Neuspotter head to the Krote body. Take note of the piece in the middle. Its the Gans middle torso made up of partly the Neuspotter body, and a Fledermaus engine!

More sanding....

Krote WIP 1

Back to the Krote WIP, hey I have the poster found in the box to show the end product...
This is how far I gotten after a couple of hours, the legs are a bit complex and requier much further sanding....

Neuspotter state

Here's the state of my Neuspotter right now. I've not touched it since the last plamo meeting in december 2009. Spent that disastrous night fixing mistakes I made (would you believe I glued the arms mounts upside down? Had to pry them out and attach them again!)

During the night before the meet, I air brushed a dark grey as a base color, then followed by dark yellow on the top surfaces. I tried hard to find out the 'original' color of the Neu in the Ma.K encyclopedia, but not really sure what it is. Anyone have any ideas?
Close-up on the Neuspotter, I love the head!
I've just watched Color Modulation DVD on loan to me by my bro maxwinamp. This influenced my way I airbrushed the Neuspotter. However, I do think the shadows are a bit too harsh, this first try.
A back view of the Neu, showing the exaggerated shadow effect.
Side view, I've mounted it precariously using a wire until a block of wood.
The pose which I like. I will probably go over the paints with other colors before I start weathering it. Comments and criticisms encouraged!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Revenge of the Ma.K: Gans WIP1

Restarted my modeling engines right after Christmas... I thought to myself, if I don't start on my Gans, I never will. So I started on it, and since I've built the Krote (more about it later) and the Neuspotter, I'll have enough experience with this fella. Here's how far I went with the Gans...

Ma.K Shipment 18 is in!

Shipment 18 is in!
Small box of stuff...
Let loose my kid on it... She is incredibly efficient! But the pose is funny...
The haul...
Rare stuff: Dora, 1/35 Medusa, seapig split suit resin, and a Tamiya car. Sorry guys, all member requests so no unclaimed kits this round.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Neuspotter continued

Sorry for the lack of updates! Finally able to sit down and download the pictures from the camera... My SD card encountered some read issue and I lost quite a few photos (including my own Neuspotter during the meet)

Here are the ones I recovered, just before painting during the eve of the meet...
I mounted it on a wire on styrofoam and used a spool of wire as weight to hold it down.
Sorry for blurry pics.
I studied the Ma.K Encyclopedia carefully and added wire parts to replicate the original scratch build by Sensei Kow. I tried to be as faithful to the original shape as possible. I replaced the plastic parts with wire which looked better.
Here is another wire part I replicated from wire that just snaps onto the kit's arm. Its not part of the kit but in the original build.

I tried to rush painting the Neuspotter for the meet (as usual) but just managed to lay the base tone down with some shading done. Will post new pictures of its current state very soon. Stay tuned..

BTW 2010 is the Revenge of the Ma.K! I just started building the Krote, Gans & Gustav together since Christmas... There is a Ma.K meet (first time ever) organised by m workshop in March by Bernard aka StoneV, check it out here

and I wanna make some exotic kits for the meet...