Sunday, April 20, 2014

Terribly Sorry about all this...

Yes, well... Terrible sorry about this,  Serious lack of updates for the next fortnight.  My real work has intruded on my real, chosen vocation, the building of models and the reviews of products.

To think, I have to be here...

 Rather than here...


It boggles the mind...

Just kidding.  Always remember, I'm from the government, I'm here to help!

Seriously,  I will continue the Land Raider Achilles build as soon as I can! 

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Land Raider Achilles - WIP #1 - Lighting

  Well begun is half done, right?  I started the Land Raider Achilles from Forgeworld tonight.  Got quite a bit done, a lot of the build is complete.  Went together very well, haven't had to re-work any of the resin pieces at all.  I decided to light up the headlights with an Alpha set from PoweredPlay Gaming, and that went well also. 

  What follows is the pictorial history of the evening.



 Pretty standard land raider build to start off.  In the instructions, they say you need to glue in the engine piece to the interior, trouble is, that does not fit.  The slope of the rear glacis prevents the engine piece from sliding in.  Even in their images for the build, it shows it removed from most of the pictures.  I left it off.  No sense fiddling with something that will never be seen by anyone.
   5 Minute epoxy was used to join the plastic and resin pieces.  I like the epoxy better than super glue, it holds more solidly.
   Testing the PoweredPlay set to make sure it works.
 The initial install of the lights.  Fairly simple process to drill out the headlights to 1/8" to fit in the LEDs.  I used orange and white, orange for the fog lamps...
   Holding down the wires with hot glue so they don't muck about while I'm trying to glue the top down.  Had to drill out a small channel for the wires as well.  The tin foil was just used to prevent the LEDs from bleeding light everywhere since they are set back.  I don't like the look of the LEDs sticking way out of the headlight frames.
   Mounted the board with hot glue to the rear glacis and the screwed the switch in to the bottom after cutting a hole for the switch.  The battery is actually outside the hatch in this shot.
  And there it is, all lit up like a death dealing christmas tree.  The tracks are off getting primed in painted to metallic glory.  A little green stuff work done to make a couple of gaps go away.

  That's all for now.  More to come...

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Foldio - The smartphone foldable studio!

  The Foldio, how cool is this thing?  I saw this on Kickstarter quite a while back, and I just got mine yesterday.  Have to say, this thing is VERY cool.  It is billed as the first fold-able studio for a smartphone.  It is a very fold-able, very portable and very handy photo box for miniatures.  They say it's for smartphones, but really, you can use anything.  I tested it with my iPhone and my Canon Powershot, both turned out to be very respectable photos.  Far better than I have taken in the past.  This post will be pic heavy, so I will save the functional test for the next post.  For now, this is how it works...

  It is made of a very durable plastic material, I think it will stand up to pretty rigorous use.  The backdrops (I got 7 with my KS, plus an LED light bar) are made of foam, the heavy stuff.  Looks like they will last also.  Here are the pictures of how it goes together and a couple of test shots.

   This is how it comes to you, all folded up neatly and with the 7 foam backdrops.  You can see there is a color for just about every use case.
   It unfolds to look like that.  Follow the jump break to see more...