The shop this morning before it was pouring it down again!
In this project, we have gone big with the Apollo Saturn V Rocket – the space vehicle that transported the first man to the Moon! The real thing was 110m high. We worked on a 1:144 model, which has an impressive height of 77.5cm.
What could have influenced us to build this model, we wonder.
The sprues come in two colours, grey and white.
This kit comes with a detachable stand, which we thought was very handy.
The build was straightforward, we got to this stage in a day.
The model can be twisted apart to reveal the stages of the Apollo Saturn V. This allows you to see how the rocket stages separate and is also convenient for storage! Considering the size of the model, we decided to use an airbrush for the exterior shell. The interior and smaller parts were hand-painted.
We first primed the rocket and then airbrushed it white. Next, we used a combination of masking type and masking fluid to create the monochrome pattern. Here is the finished rocket!
The rocket experts amongst you might have spotted an error in the monochrome pattern. There was only two ways we could have possibly painted it and, unfortunately, we chose the wrong way!
The Adapter Panels surrounding the Lunar Module are released.
The Lunar Module standing on its landing legs.
During the first lockdown, we had this insane idea of creating a clay model of Totoro (from
My Neighbour Totoro). A little into the build we ran out of clay. At the time all the shops were still shut so we had to wrap it up and left it in the cupboard. Last week, with renewed enthusiasm from our recent model builds, we dug it back out to finish it off. Oh, but did it dry out after all this time? Would we have to throw it away? What a shame…nope, it was perfectly fine! So we did our best to ignore our family who stared suspiciously as we tackled this brown blob (we used terracotta clay to start off with). We are happy to report that it is now finished and no longer looks like a brown blob. Meet, our neighbour, Totoro.
As with all great schemes to take over the world art projects, we began with some good old fashion planning. We worked out the overall dimension of Totoro and the posture that we want to model.
For reference, we draw out what Totoro would look like from the front, sides, and back to help with the modelling. As you can see from the smudges, we used this guide quite a lot.
We made the centre with polyestyrene and covered it to save some clay!
You can still see some of the original terracotta clay showing through near the nose. It doesn’t matter too much because we are painting it.
Here is the finished Totoro with his faithful umbrella.
We painted Totoro with acrylics and covered the base with Tamiya Texture Paint. The grass turned out quite well. We prefer it over static grass which would have been a little messy.
Er…Totoro, we don’t think your paper umbrella is going to last very long in Scotland!
So…Christmas was a little different from what we expected. With tons of spare time and nowhere to go, we ended up racing through this model in just one week!
We have been eyeing this kit for a while, but high expectations have been holding us back!
This is one of those kits that comes with coloured spures – an excellent choice for any modeller who just want to built something quickly without worrying about the painting.
Ah, those seats look comfy. We were hoping Santa would bring us a comfy chair this year. But no, it didn’t happen. Next year, maybe?
Engine parts and lots of it.
Here is the decal sheet with lots of number plates to choose from.
Learning from the mistakes of our last car, we dry fitted the parts before gluing and painting. Take special cares with cars, because some parts are not meant to be glued otherwise the wheels won’t turn!
And BAM! We made our first mistake. These are parts of the steering linkage. Each one was supposed to slot into the bottom panel. Except they didn’t. Instead, the first one we tried was stuck half way through and then broke off! We had to replace it with a match stick.
This is the diagram that tripped us. We were confused by the bottom logo. Apparently you’re supposed to heat the plastic after you slotted it in – we have already broken the piece before any heating could occur!
This is what we should have done: rotate a scalpel a few times to enlarge the slot.
This is what the car looks like before painting.
We took it outside for a quick spray. We kept the parts intact so we can see what needs to be painted and what can be left as it is.
This is the engine after it was sprayed. Only the centre part needs to be painted, the rest can be left as it is since it would be covered up anyway.
This is what the engine looks like once it has been painted.
The dashboard and steering wheel are shown here. It was a little surprising how well The Army Painter Matt Black turned out – not a stroke line in sight!
Here is the finished car once all the decals were applied.
We painted the windscreen border with just a paint brush – partly because we wanted to test our dexterity, but mostly because we were too lazy to find masking tape…
This is what the engine looks like under the bonnet.
We decided to go with a generic number plate, seeing the GB plate had not aged well.
We used Tamiya TS53 Deep Metallic Blue for the body, which turned out great if we may say so! The only problem with Tamiya sprays is that they don’t always have matching paints for touch ups. To mitigate this problem, we sprayed some paints into a jar and applied it with brush.
That’s all folks! It’s time to take it for a spin. Anyone has an enlarge-ray-gun? Kevin? Bob? Dave?
We started this project towards the end of 2018. And yes, it has taken us over a year to finish!
“Well, what took you so long?” we hear an intrigued reader asks. We’re not sure either, but you see Rome wasn’t built in a day.
“Of course not! But you’re not building Rome, are you?” You must be the smartest person we’ve spoken with today because, yes, we have been building
This saga began when we decided to build this Pax Romana kit. It consisted of a Roman villa, and Roman and Celtic figures.
The Roman villa is made from laser cut MDF and card.
The laser cut parts fitted together superbly and was assembled it in no time.
It is one thing to know that there are 109 figures in the kit, and another to see what 109 figures look like in flesh. We were very tempted to put the figures back in the box and pretend we never opened it.
After getting over the shock of seeing the number of figures there are to paint, we got to work. We glued the weapons and shields to the figures and arranged them onto cardboard ready for priming.
Once primed and painted, the figures were varnished with a layer of dark wash. Here is a before-and-after picture. The figure on the left is without the dark varnish, and the figure on the right shows what it looks like after varnishing. The same colours were used for the two figures except for their hair and swords.
Here is another before-and-after picture. The same colours were used for both figures except for their hair.
Another before-and-after picture. Same colours were used on both figures except for the shields.
On completing the figures, we went on to design the layout of our battle scene. Once we marked out the location for roads, garden, and a river, we built the individual elements.
Here is the river. We first painted some textures onto the base before adding simulated water.
Next, we made some sheep. We have seen a few “you must be crazy” faces when we told customers that these are supposed to be sheep.
Here are the finished version. We still get a few “you must be crazy” faces when we say these are sheep.
Finally, all 109 figures were added to the battle scene.