Well, well, well…look what has landed in our shop! For years (OK, perhaps only since around 2015, but it’s still a long time!) they have teased us with empty words and broken promises. But no more, the wait is over, because today GF9 has finally released ALIENS!
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 Rome!
In the search for a quick and simple project, we set our sights on EM-4 Miniatures’ Universal Spacecraft.
- This kit comes with 12 spaceships, each with its own unique design.
2) For our project, we split the spaceships into six groups. Each group was painted with its own colour scheme.
3) Once painted, the models were vanished with a layer of dark wash to enhance the details of the ships.
Taking a welcome break from painting millions of minute Roman figures, we are building a Spitfire!
Our latest completed model is the Greek Hoplite – a common citizen-soldiers that can quickly take up arms to go to war. They are typically armed with a spear, shield, and sword.
1) Included in the kit are the sprues for the 1:16 figure, armour, weapons, decals and a base.
2) Here is the partially assembled model ready for priming.
3) The skirt was shaded with three colours, here is the finished outcome that we are particularly proud of.
4) This model came with some decals for the shield, but some details on the artwork are missing. For example the edge of the shield had to be drawn on and painted by hand.
5) Once all the parts were painted, they were varnished with a wash. Various shades were applied, for example, a flesh tone was applied to the skin and a purple/blue tone to the armour.
6) Another detail that was not included were the ropes inside the shield, lining the spear, and attached to the sword. To make the rope, we plaited together three threads (to add thickness) and glued onto the various parts using superglue.
7) Finally, we stuck the figure on to the base and added vegetation.
8) Here is our finished model:
Our latest build is the King Tiger from Meng World War Toons series – welcome to the world of cartoon tanks!
1) Included in the kit are the sprues, rubber tracks, and a small sheet of decal – which is a nice change from the Airbus A350.
2) This is a snap kit, the parts fitted nicely together but glue might handy for smaller parts.
3) The sprues come in grey, but we decided to prime it with a matt grey coat for a more realistic look. The finer details are picked out by hand.
4) In the final stage, decals are added. All the areas were nice and flat – no dramas here.
This is simple and straight forward kit, which can be built in an hour. The tank feels very sturdy, despite almost no glue was used.
Ladies and gentlemen, brace yourselves for some chibi cuteness. For in this project we are building an eggplane!
“Eggplane? You mean something that is edible and can be flown in?”
“A vehicle that transports poultry away from the cruelty of mankind?”
“Please don’t tell me it’s just an egg-shaped plane?”
Without further ado, here is how we built our egg-shaped Mustang:
- Inside the box, we were confronted with some chubby airplane parts.
2) The parts were cut out from the sprues and pieced together. We masked the canopy ready for priming.
3) We sprayed on an even coat of primer before we started painting.
4) Carefully we separated and painted the individual parts. Once all our parts were painted, we glued it back together and applied the decals.
5) Finally, the paint was sealed with a layer of varnish and our eggplane is ready to roll!