• Natsu-Rokka posted a new activity comment 3 years, 1 month ago

    In reply to: Brotzmann posted an update in the group Hobby lounge What are places or things to see in Tokyo and Kyoto people would recommend? I'm open to any ideas or places. Anything Anime, Manga, Gundam, Plamo, Pokemon, or video game would be of major interest. If you were going where would you go? The Bandai tour would be cool but looks a little out of the way and requires advanced tickets. View

    For Tokyo, hands down it is Akihabara. One stop shopping for everything you mentioned.

    I have been to only two hobby shops in Kyoto, the one on the north side of the station is gone, and I don’t know if the one on the south side is still there. It is across from the enormous five story pagoda thingy. We dubbed it “the hobby shop in a closet” as it is quite small. If it is still there and you go in, watch your head! The door header is extremely low. There are other hobby shops in the area, but I haven’t had a chance to check them out.


  • Well, I’m not going to finish so I’m out. Had too many other things to do at work and home. I guess my New Year resolution is to finish the Kampfer before the end of January 2014.

    For those of you who have not yet finished, burn that midnight oil – you still have around 15 hours left! Good luck to all of you who make the deadline, and I look forward to seeing who the winners are.

    Now please excuse me, as I gotta go pay some bills and mow the lawn.

  • Natsu-Rokka posted a new activity comment 3 years, 1 month ago

    In reply to: StukaJr posted an update in the group Intermediate Modeler – Modeling Competition 2013 WingNut Wings - AMC DH.2 - 1/32 scale. Lower wing planes and tail section is assembled / painted. The aircraft is starting to sprout lines of rigging - I use "through wing" method, 0.015" jeweler's wire is used. Through Wing with wire actually strengthens fragile WWI biplanes in scale.

    That’s one of my favorite WW I aircraft! The rigging is a nightmare with these British pusher designs. Best of luck with your build!

  • Natsu-Rokka posted a new activity comment 3 years, 1 month ago

    In reply to: Sam posted an update in the group Advanced Modeler – Modeling Competition 2013 hey every one im almost done with the vehicle bay as you can see , and im working on doing the led's for it as well . but i need your guy's help , i don't know what to do about the tires. currently i could A: get 1/12'th scale rc car tires that don't look exactly like the one's in the picture , or B: i have a solid works drawing of the tires and i " could" have them rapid prototype, but that might cost me hundreds of dollars . so i was hoping that the vast HLJ comunity might be able to recomend me some sort of rc tires or model tires that i more than likely missed that look close to the ones in the picture . the tires need to be close to 4.5 inches in diameter , inside wheel needs to be close to 2 inches and and they need to be close to 2 inches wide . thanks every one

    That is looking awesome! I hope you can find appropriate tires. The R/C off road stuff may be your best bet. Good luck, and look forward to seeing the finished model!

  • Some updates on the Kampfer build. The routing of the wiring for the mono eye has been finalized. I cut up the contacts from a Bandai lighted head set to work within the cockpit. I thought the Hall Effect magnet on/off switch was stupid, so the batteries act as the switch. Hey, you don’t want to leave the batteries in all the time. Note the lower light intensity of the Kampfer’s eye versus the Bandai set.

    The spikes on the shoulder armor had flat tips, so I am building them up with gap filler super glue.

    The outer thigh armor is being refined with .080 square styrene rod filling in the gap on the edge of the separation line.

    Things are going as planned, but time is running out. Hurry Star Force, there are only ten days left!!!

  • Natsu-Rokka posted a new activity comment 3 years, 1 month ago

    In reply to: Natsu-Rokka posted an update in the group Advanced Modeler – Modeling Competition 2013 Slogging along on the Kampfer build. I did a test to see if I could get a movable lit mono eye to work. By drilling out one of the pivot posts for the mono eye holder and gluing a clear sprue stub into the head structure to act as a retainer plus a light conductor, I was able to get indirect light from a LED glued to the top of the clear sprue. The amount of light is reduced, but I wanted a dim diffuse light, not a JJ Abrams lens flare spotlight! The kit mono eye will be tinted with Gaianotes Fluorescent Pink. I plan on storing the batteries in the cockpit space, using them as the on/off switch. I am finishing up the little added details on the body. I decided to replace the molded-on round pads on the feet with Kotobukiya Minus Molds. The hollow toes were filled in with some ribbed styrene strip. A little more to go before the paint starts going on. Hurry Star Force, there are only three weeks left!!!


    As you noted, the Kampfer has really limited eye movement, so the brightness of the light does not change when it is swung to the side. I plan on lighting my Zakus, which may require a different approach as they have a greater range of eye movement. This was my first attempt to light a model so it was all trial and error. I took one of those Bandai MG lighted head sets and modified the contacts to hold a pair of small button battery cells in the cockpit. I am very pleased with the results, and like photo-etched metal, it is addictive! 🙂

  • Natsu-Rokka posted a new activity comment 3 years, 2 months ago

    In reply to: GAML posted an update in the group Q/A & Help Group I have a query for you guys. I've started modding very beginner, and I've a set of Hobby Base 1/144 hands I'd like to use. Problem is the ball joint is too small for the square hole, to pop in and out. I know I have a few options available between pla plate, putty to fill the gap, ball joint cap held in with plate or putty... but what would you guys recommend if you were tackling this? View

    You could also cut the ball and pin from the kit hand you are replacing, and transplant it to the aftermarket hand. Cut the kit pin out with a portion of the hand, which basically gives you a longer pin, trim and sand to match the round pin section, then drill and glue the pin into the aftermarket hand. Does that make sense? I always do this when using resin hands, as the resin ball always seems undersize, and the pin is more fragile than injected plastic. HTH.

    • vCJD also suggested this as an option of using the ball portion and inserting the new hand ball joint into the larger one. The issue with it is the kits hand is that rubber hand and not a solid. Here’s the comparison http://goo.gl/Gs52Ds
      I’m playing around with some poly joints can could possible end up wedging those in and securing them with putty or pla plate over the top.

  • Natsu-Rokka posted a new activity comment 3 years, 2 months ago

    In reply to: Natsu-Rokka posted an update in the group Advanced Modeler – Modeling Competition 2013 For the Kampfer build, I will be using Bandai's 0080 Part 2 decal set, and Satellite's caution data set. The Satellite sheets come in different colors, so I am showing the black one for photo purposes. I'll actually be using the white sheet. The Bandai HDM resin manipulators have more detail and hold weapons better than the kit's plastic hands. I am still deciding what mods to do for the build. Tops on the list are clear optics for the bazookas, additional ankle joints for better posing, and maybe a clear mono eye guard. I'll probably end up drilling out all those "Izubuchi Holes" as well.

    Okay, I got me a new avatar. Real “rocked” mac nuts from the back yard. With Nutrocker, of course. 🙂

  • Natsu-Rokka posted a new activity comment 3 years, 2 months ago

    In reply to: Orkork posted an update in the group Advanced Modeler – Modeling Competition 2013 Howzit everyone. Here's my submission. Pegasus Hobbies Hunter Killer Aerial from Terminator 2.

    Hey Orkork, you still there? I got some LEDs if you want. Post some progress piccies! D hasn’t even crossed the start line yet. Gotta make sure the Evil Mad Kao has company come December 30th (remember Japan is one day ahead of us).

  • A couple more photos from the Kampfer build. The body halves don’t seem to want to match up at the front, so some tabs help line things up. I am still considering filling the join lines between the upper and lower halves, as the original artwork does not have them.

    The knee joints are the same as the MG Gouf 2.0 and thus feel flimsy. I added some square plastic strip to reduce side to side flexing.

    The thighs have these little round details molded into them, but do not have a lot of relief detail, so it’s out with the round head pins again. Hey, the color almost matches!

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