Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights

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Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights

Post by trekriffic » Wed Jan 10, 2018 10:14 pm

Greeting fellow LOTG enthusiasts! Time for a post-holiday :( update I think...

Glued the aft cockpit wall in place. Ended up having to shave off the top and file a slot to allow the roof to sit level though:

ImageAft Cockpit Bulkhead Installed by trekriffic, on Flickr

Pretty much finished the Dan Erickson (copilot) figure. Added epaulets to his jacket later on:

ImageDan Erickson Front by trekriffic, on Flickr

ImageDan Erickson Rear by trekriffic, on Flickr

Mark Wilson, the impatient businessman character...

Like the others, this character needed a lot of modifications made to the Caesar Miniatures figure. I finally gave up and decided to make the arms from scratch using styrene rod. I'll attach hands from the Caesar Miniatures figures though. I'll also remove the beard:

ImageMark Wilson by trekriffic, on Flickr

I made a collar for his dress shirt and added his tie:

ImageMark Wilson Tie by trekriffic, on Flickr

Using AVES I molded a jacket with lapels:

ImageMark Wilson Suit Jacket by trekriffic, on Flickr

I like how Mark Wilson turned out in his business suit. He and Steve Burton have been Future coated; they will both get a shot of Dullcote soon prior to installation in their seats:

ImageFinished Mark Wilson and Steve Burton Figures by trekriffic, on Flickr

Dan and Betty. I added a wristwatch to Dan's left hand. They've been sealed with Future gloss acrylic floor wax. Need to give them a shot of Dullcote to get rid of the glossiness:

ImageDan Erickson and Betty Hamilton Figures by trekriffic, on Flickr

Valerie Scott, the headstrong, jet-set heiress...

Here's Deanna Lund wearing her outfit from the first episode:

ImageDeanna Lund as Valerie Scott by trekriffic, on Flickr

I started working on the Valerie Scott figure using the leftover head and torso from the Betty Hamilton figure included with the kit. Had to file and sand on the kit figure a bit to reduce the size to 1/72 scale. Used parts from the Caesar Miniatures figures for the arms, had to shave off the sleeves as Valerie had bare arms in the first episode. I'm scratch building the legs and boots:

ImageValerie Scott by trekriffic, on Flickr

So that's where I'm at so far. Had to take a break for a few days to let my stiff neck get better. Spent too many hours with my head bent down working on these little figures. My wife reminded me that, at 60 years old, I should remember to take a break now and then but, it's hard when you get into "the zone"; you modellers out there will understand what that's like.

More to come as my neck now feels much better!
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Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights

Post by kobayashimaru » Thu Jan 11, 2018 6:38 am

dang!
a 1:72nd maquette from 'just' sprue and greenstuff, talk about traditional mixed media old-school model making!
if only folks could encourage more 1:48~1:52 stuff hehe.

will you be using the 'lighter/electricians blowtorch' and move method for the legs
to bend them into that 'hood-ornament' position?
or, cut at the bend and shape each part straight,
then pin them together?
either way, that's awesome to see you take sprue and form it! :D

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Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights

Post by MSgtUSAFRet » Thu Jan 11, 2018 2:17 pm

Very nice indeed, trekriffic!

So, in addition to neck aches, do your eye twinge, too! That is small stuff!

Well done!

Okay, so plaid, purple dress for Valerie Scott? This I GOTTA see!

Steady on, Old boy!

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Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights

Post by slawton » Thu Jan 11, 2018 3:21 pm

Is there some "secret sauce" on how to paint something so small/get tiny details?
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Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights

Post by trekriffic » Thu Jan 11, 2018 4:21 pm

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Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights

Post by trekriffic » Thu Jan 11, 2018 4:24 pm

MSgtUSAFRet wrote:Very nice indeed, trekriffic!

So, in addition to neck aches, do your eye twinge, too! That is small stuff!

Well done!

Okay, so plaid, purple dress for Valerie Scott? This I GOTTA see!

Steady on, Old boy!

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Eyes don't twinge but they have been known to cross! :lol:

The plaid dress, yes, 'twill present a wee bit of a challenge but I already have an idea for how to do it.

Stay tuned...
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Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights

Post by trekriffic » Thu Jan 11, 2018 4:31 pm

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Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights

Post by trekriffic » Thu Jan 11, 2018 4:32 pm

slawton wrote:Is there some "secret sauce" on how to paint something so small/get tiny details?
A glass of wine doesn't hurt.

Seriously, the basic ingredients are a steady hand, a fine (like 20/0) tipped brush, and a sharp pointed tool like a toothpick or a dental tool. Also fine needle files and sanding sticks. For these figures, I'm bonding styrene to vinyl so you need to use CA rather than regular Testors model glue. One problem I've run into when attaching the heads and extremities to the torso is the CA getting on the tweezers so the part wants to stick to the tweezers rather than the torso! It can be tough to just get the glue on the part when the part is so tiny.
After I've got the figure glued together I'll putty any gaps and use putty to make any clothing or hair.
After the putty cures I brush prime them; then I paint their heads and hands. For the eyes on these little guys, it's best to paint the pupils and eyebrows first (either with a fine brush or using the end of a round toothpick) and then paint your skin tone (I'm using Testors cream) around them. Same for the lips.
Really, at this scale, you just need to create a suggestion of eyes and lips.
For their clothing I work from light to dark.
Before I start painting though I like to drill a hole up the figure's rear end for inserting a small gauge metal rod; that way, I can hold the rod instead of the figure while I paint.
Oh... and it helps to have a magnifier of some kind.
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Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights

Post by Tesral » Thu Jan 11, 2018 8:05 pm

I am totally blow away by this build, the attention to detail and the little things you build.
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Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights

Post by mophius » Thu Jan 11, 2018 8:37 pm

Tesral wrote:I am totally blow away by this build, the attention to detail and the little things you build.
agreed but it is not just this build it is every build. Look at the K't'inga and the Lunar module. Then there was the Dragonfly aircraft from Johnny Quest.

Every build goes that step, or three, further in the detailing.
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