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Model – Tamiya Ducati Panigale 1199

Classic modelling and 1/12 scale is not a project that I could consider as a standard. And indeed, the process of preparing a Ducati Panigale 1199 miniature by Tamiya was not easy. Dozens of parts, tubes, screws, hoses, springs – connoisseurs of two wheels will certainly be delighted with the care with which the manufacturer tried to reproduce the real motorcycle. I spent really long hours trying to get all this together. Compared to the complexity of the wargaming figurines, it’s like a collision with a wall If I had to make this model again, it would probably go faster – I already know how to plan the work, painting and how to avoid mistakes. To sum up – a satisfactory set that I can recommend to advanced modelers. Commission services – minisforwar@gmail.com OR message on Facebook

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HQ12-02 Race Queen [WIP - Mixing Pantone Color of the Year 2016 and Painting Basecoats for Racing Attire]

At this early stage of the Race Queen attire I sought only to apply the mid-tones of the clothing's color scheme, which in my way of doing things is synonymous with the basecoat layer. As to the colors themselves, I went for a previously used combination namely the Pantone Color of the Year 2016 comprising Rose Quartz and Serenity. The Vallejo Model Color rough equivalents are 70.944 Old Rose and

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HQ12-02 Race Queen [WIP - Hair & Early Work on Face]

What is past is prologue ... so goes the oft quoted Shakespearean line from The Tempest. While in modern times this phrase has frequently taken on a meaning different from that intended in the play, it is the original interpretation which applies in my case. For it seems whatever technique I had learned and applied in the past had almost no bearing on the painting of the Race Queen's skin tone. I

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Star Wars Scout Trooper & Speeder Bike - Bandai 1/12 Scale Model Kit [Unboxing and Pre-Assembly Review]

Each Star Wars movie in the original trilogy had its own wow moments, especially to first my highly impressionable five, next eight and then 11-year-old eyes. In 1983 Return of the Jedi (RotJ) actually had two of such moments. And no, the Ewoks wasn't one of them. First impressive bit from RotJ was the Imperial AT-ST (All Terrain Scout Transport) Walker which I completed last year. Another is

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Star Wars First Order Stormtrooper - Bandai 1/12 Scale Plastic Model Kit [Completed]

As underwhelming as this project may have been, the Bandai Star Wars 1/12 scale First Order Stormtrooper is nonetheless complete. Any misgivings aside, you have to hand it to Bandai for designing a scale model kit that looks as good as it does, incongruous to the amount of modelling work required on it. Is the design perfect? No it's not. Especially vexing was the tedium involved in painting the

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Star Wars First Order Stormtrooper [WIP - Blaster Rifle, Riot Shield & Hand Options]

This penultimate post on the Bandai Star Wars First Order Stormtrooper project sees work completed for the final pieces that require a paint job. What this entailed was lots of hand painting of white with a smattering of metallic, red and black hues. Vallejo Model Color was the go-to paint in this case.  Bandai First Order Stormtrooper work-in-progress: Blaster Rifle and Riot Shield While

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Star Wars First Order Stormtrooper [WIP - Appendages & Waist Equipment]

Feeling pleased with myself, I had no idea this seemingly stroll-in-the-park-project was about to become an excruciatingly frustrating one. But more on that later. First I'll take the easy wins which up until now include the assembly/painting of the First Order Stormtrooper's appendages and waist equipment. So far, putting things together have been a pleasure (i.e. easy and non- problematic)

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Star Wars First Order Stormtrooper [WIP - Assembly and Painting of the Head, Body & Waist]

Sometimes it's refreshing to work on a scale model kit that doesn't demand much from you. And the Bandai Star Wars 1/12 scale First Order Stormtrooper is just such a kit. So far it has been a real pleasure putting the head, body and waist together. The fit has been excellent and with minimal painting the figurine already looks pretty darn good. As such, this project is off to a great start. 

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Star Wars First Order Stormtrooper - Bandai 1/12 Scale Model Kit [Unboxing and Pre-Assembly Review]

With three projects on my plate including a recent unboxing of the VW Beetle, I wasn't looking to add to the worktable let alone do another unboxing so soon. But with all said projects being long term ones, I just felt the need for a quick pick-me-up project that didn't require too much thought in the execution of its assembly and painting process. Cue entry of the Bandai Star Wars 1/12 scale

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HQ12-02 Race Queen [WIP - Applying Tamiya Weathering Pastels as Skin Tone Shadows]

In what is my first sustained art session in three and a half months, I finally resumed work on the atelier iT Race Queen. And after doing nothing for so long, I was happy just to do something, anything, even if it's the bare minimum of applying pastel shadow colors to spaces between the fingers of a 1/12 scale figurine. It isn't much physically. But mentally it's a lot. It's a start.     

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HQ12-02 Race Queen [WIP - Skin Tone Test using Flesh Colored Tamiya Weathering Pastels]

Airbrushed skin tones are great, and I love the results I've gotten so far. But by itself, airbrushed skin tones are incomplete especially around facial features and hands. Such detailed areas require more finesse which is the purview of hand painting. In addition to applying acrylic, enamel or even lacquer colors by hand using the good old paint brush, I am also trying to learn new techniques

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HQ12-02 Race Queen [WIP - Skin Tones Phase One]

Investing in a mid-range airbrush is turning out to be the best decision I've made in this hobby so far. It has allowed me to achieve ultra smooth skin tone transitions quicker and better than I ever could with regular hand brushed strokes. And because it's only my first attempt at airbrushing flesh hues on a figurine, there is still room for improvement. This is in itself extremely encouraging

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