Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Unfinished Projects...There Is Hope

Sitting down to finish projects can really be a challenge for me. Fortunately, I have found the strength to attack it with full force and I made some good progress.

Here are some pics of my "Copperhead Valkyrie". The canopy will be added after everything is fully painted. Also the top of the body is removable so I will be able to paint inside.





One of the things I notice right away as I post these pictures is that the rivets on the lift jets look too big. There is one size smaller on my rivet press that I started using and if I make another of these, I will use the smaller rivets. Also, I have a tool that allows you to make "dimples" in your surfaces, very similar to the GW rivets on the original wing surface. Here's a pic and an example of what it does. I used .20mm plasticard for this example.


Next are two "Tiger Russ" tanks from my armored column. These were based on the Tamiya 1/48th Tiger I kit and turned out really sharp. Again, riveted and 40k'd up as much as I dare and primed and ready for the paint booth.




Finally, I will put up another pics of my hobby assistants. They are very quiet and have a great disposition. I never would have thought a pet could so perfectly mimic my own personality...but they have succeeded.


Well, that's it for now. Up next on my hobby "to do" list is completing 2 of my Ragnarok Tanks and after that, it's time to tackle my mechanized rough riders.

The war goes on,
Hessler

11 comments:

the other Kevin said...

That Copperhead is a very nice conversion. Now that it's primed, we can see how well it ties in, even with the large rivets. Speaking of which, your rivet tool sounds interesting. Do you have a picture/info somewhere I might have missed?

I'm still surprised at how well the LR turrets look on those Tigers.

Col. Hessler said...

@Kevin: Updated the post with a pic. I think I picked that up at Michaels, hoping it would produce rivets. Instead it makes divets.

Da Masta Cheef said...

I like your placement of the missile pods to alleviate any TLOS issues (though as high up on the stand that that sits, I don't see how there could be).

the other Kevin said...

Interesting looking tool. I'll have to check my Michael's. If you don't go all the way through the plasticard, will it make a divet on one side and a rivet on the other?

Col. Hessler said...

@Kevin: Yes it will but the rivet side will look more like a pimple. I think I'll throw together a better demo and do a new post on it...stay tuned.

RonSaikowski said...

I like the look of the engines, it gives it a look not seen elsewhere.
Nice job.

clt40k said...

Love the Tigers... also, I think it must be a pre-req, cause I have to have a chair next to my hobby desk for the dog too...

Max said...

OK, good... I was worried I was going to be the first one to comment on the dogs. Pug Painting Pals FTW!

Col. Hessler said...

@clt40k & Max: Cheers guys!

CORNISHREAPER said...

Greetings hessler, may i ask where you got your rivet press from for making your rivets, i tried ebaying it and came up a loss.

Col. Hessler said...

The item shown in the picture makes the dimples, that was purchased at Michaels Arts & Crafts. The rivet ounch was purchased from Micro Mark, it's called a micro hole punch.