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    Re: Modification/Scratch building/Model kit repair thread.

    no problem

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    Re: Modification/Scratch building/Model kit repair thread.

    Looking at some possible future customizing work, and came up with a few questions I'm hoping I can get some insight on.

    1 - Take a colored transparent piece, like the GM's visor, which is a nice green color. Now, if I wanted that a different color, but wanted to preserve the transparency and details but wanted it a different color, is that sort of thing possible using transparent paints or other methods?

    2 - Don't have any versions of the Dom kit yet (though I'm really wanting that brown Dom Tropen for all those weapons if nothing else, heh), but the idea came to mind of creating a custom job based on a Gundam RPG I ran quite a few years ago in which a Dom pilot had mounted a Gouf's heat rod to the arm of their Dom (effectively creating the Dom-inatrix Custom, as it were). Given the general arm designs I've seen in other kits thus far, I wouldn't think a modification like this would be too difficult to pull off, but I figured I'd see if there was anything I should look out for in particular if I try this.

    3 - Also looking at getting some polystyrene rods/sheets to try my hand at making some custom effects pieces and modifications, and was curious to know if there were any recommended sources for these. Given that my local hobby scene basically consists of a Hobby Lobby, Lowes, and Wal Mart, I'm guessing my best bet would be somewhere online.
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    Re: Modification/Scratch building/Model kit repair thread.

    #1 - sounds like a job for a clear re-cast - if it's already green, there's not a good way to recolor it without painting over it.

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    Re: Modification/Scratch building/Model kit repair thread.

    I know you can build it up with light layers of clear to another color, like red to purple, etc. I "think" Asterisk did a conversion that way with clear parts. Its very limited in what colors you can change it to though.


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    Re: Modification/Scratch building/Model kit repair thread.

    as for your Dom Tropen go here and look up the kits. this site takes scans of the manuals. you can go through and look at how the elbow joints go together and that will give you ideas as how to go about it.
    http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10073764

    and i dont know of any physical stores that sell polystyrene sheets and stuff besides hobby lobby and they jack prices. i just buy that stuff online. i did however discover that Ace hardware has brass and aluminum tubing in all kinds of small sizes. if you have an ace hardware there then you may be in business.

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    Re: Modification/Scratch building/Model kit repair thread.

    Quote Originally Posted by ScornMandark View Post
    #1 - sounds like a job for a clear re-cast - if it's already green, there's not a good way to recolor it without painting over it.
    Quote Originally Posted by Squee View Post
    I know you can build it up with light layers of clear to another color, like red to purple, etc. I "think" Asterisk did a conversion that way with clear parts. Its very limited in what colors you can change it to though.

    That's what I was afraid of. Ah well, green's good, heh. Thanks!

    Quote Originally Posted by Zaku View Post
    as for your Dom Tropen go here and look up the kits. this site takes scans of the manuals. you can go through and look at how the elbow joints go together and that will give you ideas as how to go about it.
    http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10073764

    and i dont know of any physical stores that sell polystyrene sheets and stuff besides hobby lobby and they jack prices. i just buy that stuff online. i did however discover that Ace hardware has brass and aluminum tubing in all kinds of small sizes. if you have an ace hardware there then you may be in business.
    Right, I keep forgetting about how useful that site is.

    I don't think HL does; if they do, I couldn't find them this evening. I'll keep that in mind about Ace Hardware, though; got at least three of them around here that I know about. Thanks for the tip!
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    Re: Modification/Scratch building/Model kit repair thread.

    Quote Originally Posted by UrbanSniper View Post
    That's what I was afraid of. Ah well, green's good, heh. Thanks!



    Right, I keep forgetting about how useful that site is.

    I don't think HL does; if they do, I couldn't find them this evening. I'll keep that in mind about Ace Hardware, though; got at least three of them around here that I know about. Thanks for the tip!
    Dalong.net is better because he also post pictures of the actual model, model assembly and manual scans.

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    Re: Modification/Scratch building/Model kit repair thread.

    i just found this site that specializes in small tools. figured id share.
    http://www.micromark.com/hand-tools.html

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    Re: Modification/Scratch building/Model kit repair thread.

    micromark is a great place! I got a bunch of stuff from them. I want to order their "worlds smallest detail brush set"



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    Re: Modification/Scratch building/Model kit repair thread.

    Anyone have a particular site they prefer for ordering scratch-building plastics, like sheets, rods, and tubes? I'm looking to give this a try, but can't find a source for this kind of stuff anywhere remotely local (apparently the nearest "hobby shops" consider RC stuff the only kind of hobby there is). I've been looking through Amazon and various places I've found through searches on Google, but figured I'd ask here as well. Specifically going to be dealing with 1/1/44 scale kits, and may eventually be attempting some funnel effects when I get around to the Qubeley and Kshatryia.
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    Re: Modification/Scratch building/Model kit repair thread.

    I end up getting a lot of stuff from industrial supply places - it's not too expensive if you're willing to get a decent sized chunk of plastic, but the thicknesses are pretty standardized. Also, I live pretty near to one of their warehouses, so I can just go pick it up myself instead of having them ship it.

    http://www.mcmaster.com/#polystyrene-plastic/

    http://www.mcmaster.com/#8531K11

    http://www.mcmaster.com/#plastic-hollow-rods/=136127q

    They've got metal (and just about everything else under the sun) like telescoping aluminum and copper tubing: http://www.mcmaster.com/#standard-al...ubing/=136130k http://www.mcmaster.com/#standard-re...ubing/=13613yv

    And also brass rods: http://www.mcmaster.com/#8859K162 (note that's a 10 pack of 3' rods)

    On the other hand, if you're looking for something more specialized, I've used HobbyLinc before with good results: http://www.hobbylinc.com/building-supplies

    Sort by material, then browse until cart dangerously full :P

    Sometimes one is cheaper than the other, sometimes one has more specific sizes that you want; I compare the two pretty often.

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    Re: Modification/Scratch building/Model kit repair thread.

    Oh wow, yeah, they've got all kinds of stuff, lol. Thanks for those links; probably be putting those to use real soon.
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    Kit customisation questions

    So when ever I see a picture of a customized gundam, they always have the modified parts in white. I can't tell if it's clay, styrene, or something completely different. I'm starting a kit I would like to customize and would love to know how to do this

    Some examples:




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    Re: Modification/Scratch building/Model kit repair thread.

    awesome links Scorn thanks for that. and F97 you and me both brother i can only dream of doing work that clean.

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    Re: Modification/Scratch building/Model kit repair thread.

    The white parts are probably either sheet styrene or white putty if it's contoured. Those are pretty typical materials in scratch building and modifications.

    EDIT: They might be resin replacement parts too - once you modify a part, you might cast it in resin so that it's a stronger, solid piece.


 

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