Thursday, April 27, 2017

Macross "Robotech" SDF-1 Part 2

Continuing with the Macross saga...
I did a few things out of order and had to kick myself in the ass, but I got through it alright. I really just stumble through this stuff and hope for the best.

As I mentioned before, I decided on the lighter blue "As seen on TV" color. But I wanted to add some detail and realism so I used my leftover Excelsior painting masks from Lou Dalmasso at Aztek Dummy. The camera doesn't really pick up the depth of the effect; you can see the dark and light variations under the blue in person.

I decided that I wanted to get the ships finished before doing anything else. I did some pre-shading and laid down the red Hull color. Then forgot to take any pics for the following steps until I was done!

Don't judge me too harsh, those things are tiny!

I used the paint masks to add some panel details to the command section and the "Legs". After applying Mr. Super Clear Semi-gloss I used the Tamiya Panel Line Accent Wash to add some weathering detail. For some reason I cannot find a lacquer Clear Gloss to use in this step. I had been using Future floor polish in the past, but that takes a week to harden up (most of the time). I used the Tamiya TS-79 semi-gloss on the star destroyer build and it worked just fine. A guy at my local hobby store recommended the Mr. Hobby version as it plays nicer with decals. So I gave it a shot. It seems to work but I will need to try a real Gloss on the next project to compare.

I did the same process with the masks and some grays on the white parts of the body.

Then I masked off the white areas and I did the same with the blue areas using some darker blues and grays. As before, the camera doesn't pick up the effect very well.

After the masking all came off I was not displeased!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Macross "Robotech" SDF-1 Part 1

Alright, here we go again! This time up it's the Revell 1/5000 "Robotech" Space Fortress SDF-1 Aka Super Dimension Fortress Macross. This is a really old 1985 re-issue of the IMAI kit from 1982. At 1/5000 scale it is really small and lacking a lot of detail.

So, my biggest dilemma is what color to paint this sucker. Everybody paints it dark blue, it's dark blue on the box and the toys were dark blue.
But it was a lighter blue on the show, as you can see here! So I think I am going to try and go with the lighter blue and attempt to simulate some tiling with color variations using the extra masks from Aztec Dummy's Excelsior masking set. 

Being this small, it was difficult to see how I could get any lights up into the bridge. The piece is solid so there really isn't any way to light up the "face". But I did manage to run some fiber optics up there as some extra antennas that will light up red at  the tips. This kit had zero detail for the main antenna arrays so I used some spare parts and built a very un-canon one. I just needed it to look more busy, so sue me. :)

I then started to drill out the main thrusters on the "feet". I wasn't sure that I could pull this off, because I thought that the plastic was too thick. To my relief, it wasn't and I was able to drill through and clean up the holes no problem.

I found some old metal grilling from an electric heater and used that for some detail in the spaces that I made. I almost went with white lighting, but once I tried blue it looked too cool, so I went with it.

Next I started on the ships, Daedalus and Prometheus. These suckers are really small!
I drilled out the elevator doors on Prometheus (the carrier) and managed to run some fiber optics as antennas like up on the main bridge. Daedalus will have some lit antennas on it's bridge boom and some lights here and there. At this scale there really wouldn't be too many lights visible, but I want to add a few for some effect. I'll show you all of that in the next installment.