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...