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From the Back of the Shelf: Ma.K Raptor

Another old kit which I’ve never posted about, the 1:16 scale Ma.K. Raptor.  This is a different scale to the normal Ma.K. kits which are 1:20 (so slightly smaller than this).  This one is all resin and at the time of innocence that I got this (from eBay) it hadn’t crossed my mind that it would be anything odd.  Well turns out this is a recast of an original which seemed to only be available at Wonderfest in Japan.

Raptor
Raptor

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From the Back of the Shelf: Babylon 5 Starfury

Starting to do some random posts of old builds and starting with the long since discontinued Revell Starfury which featured in the Babylon 5 series.

These are really nice kits and Revell released an initial version and then a limited version which featured more, and different, wing art.

For my first one I decided to do something a bit different and based it on a post which was seen in the background of the Head of Security’s office (Garibaldi for anyone who remembers it).  This was of Daffy Duck.

Daffy Starfury
Daffy Starfury

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Predator Mask

Haven’t made any progress on any new build over the last few weeks so thought I would add something from the back of the shelf.  So picked this old favourite, which is the Face Mask from Predator 2.

This is a fibreglass, one piece kit, so the majority of the work is in painting for which I followed the instructions supplied by the maker.  There was a number of washes applied over the top of the gold to give it depth and texture.  The eye pieces are mesh glued over the top but unfortunately these are solid and it can’t be worn (at least as is). There are 3 red LEDs on the side to simulate the laser sight that the Predator uses.  As this was made years ago it might be feasible to replace these with proper laser pointers if you were so inclined.

Predator Mask
Predator Mask

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Neuspotter

Neuspotter
Neuspotter

Continuing my additions from the “back of the shelf” I thought I’d add this old kit which I first got a long, long time ago. It is a 1980’s era release of one of the odder kits from the SF3D range which was subsequently re-named as Maschinen Krieger when they were re-released more recently and this is the name that has stuck with all new releases.

Here is the background blurb for this kit:

In March 2883, the Shutoral National Defense Force ordered the Weapon Development Service to produce a high power driverless reconnaissance weapon. However, development and production were far behind time owing to a change for the worse of output of antigravity equipment. It was at the end of September, 2884 that the Shutoral forces actually began to produce the driverless reconnaissance weapon with fine computer, seeker, and senor for reconnaissance capacity and silence in moving by the front, and each forces demanded to arrange the new weapon. However, the number of production of P.K.A. was prior to that of Neuspotter. Therefore the actual arrangement of Neuspotters was limited to a few superior forces. 

So, through the bad translation from Japanese to English, this is basically a recon drone powered by an anti-grav drive.

The kit itself is 1:20 scale and used multi-media parts including brass etch.  It’s a lovely kit and if you’re a fan of the SF3D/Ma.K series it’s a must have. Unfortunately it has never been re-released and consequently is something of a rarity. Continue reading Neuspotter

Rick Dias

I recently discovered a whole load of old pictures on my hard drive, which I had previously thought had disappeared into the electronic ether, and thought I’d add a few to my blog.

First up (for no particular reason at all) is a Master Grade Rick Dias, 1:100 scale, that I built as my first and so far only commission work.  I had pretty much free rein over the colour and design and produced some custom decals using the companies logo, including their web address and bar code. Continue reading Rick Dias