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Author Topic: MLEV (Pegasus Hobbies)  (Read 2964 times)

Offline TK Iain

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Re: MLEV (Pegasus Hobbies)
« Reply #15 on: October 27, 2018, 03:12:56 am »
Thanks Scott.

I hope to get started on it properly later on today. I just used the Buck Rogers dvd cover to get a sense of scale for this kit but that still didn't do it justice.
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Re: MLEV (Pegasus Hobbies)
« Reply #16 on: October 27, 2018, 11:03:02 am »
Very interested in this build as i have just ordered the kit.

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Re: MLEV (Pegasus Hobbies)
« Reply #17 on: November 04, 2018, 09:28:17 pm »
Hey,

Not sure if you've checked out Randy Cooper's website, he offers some add on parts for this model. I know this was  a little pricey kit to start with, but if you wanted to up the level of detail, what he offers really adds that level to it.

Looking forward to watching this build.

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Re: MLEV (Pegasus Hobbies)
« Reply #18 on: November 11, 2018, 03:09:38 am »
Thanks guys!

L - I did have a wee look at Randy's site and I did consider getting some of the upgrade parts but TBH I would probably only have used the two space suits for the internal locker.

Finally got around to posting up an update on this build and a wee bit has been done but it's been headless chicken time at home recently so I just haven't had a chance.

The photoetch parts have arrived so I will be using them as much as possible even though I am not a huge fan of PE.



I will get to use the PE folding tool I got for use on my refit build when I start that.

For the painting I went a got some of the new Alclad enamels chiefly because they come in big 30ml bottles and are airbrush ready. I really wanted to use the white on my refit but although it says matt white on the bottle I think it looks ever so slightly creamy in colour but I will see later on when I actually start to use them. In the meantime I have been using the tried and tested Vallejo model air paints.



I have been experimenting with them and at this time I have to say I am not overly impressed as once sprayed the paint has a distinct "grainy" texture to it but maybe that was because I was using normal Stynylrez primer


The main deck has been primed and painted and initially I thought it was too dark and toyed with respraying it but I stuck with it.



It was then time to mask off the various panels on the main deck and I really must get around to ordering up some more masking tape as stocks are getting a bit low.



And here we are so far.



I decided to skip the part 1 of the build instructions as that dealt with building the main consoles as at that time the PE had'nt arrived so I tackled the main airlock section whilst I waited. I was going to paint it in the blue grey I had used on the main deck but after that was done I decided it really was too dark for the look I wanted so the parts where resprayed a lightened white grey and I am more than happy with the look.




Once the kit starts to come together a lot of the detail in the above parts will be hidden behind an airlock hatch but that does have a window in it so it was again time to start some detailing. I looked at a lot of ESA/NASA videos to get an angle on what colours are used and they are all pretty much the same with being chiefly white (no suprises there) and green which was a bit of a suprise as I expected a lot of chrome type colours so after experimenting with the various greens I had to hand I hit on duck egg green lightened up wth some matt white in about a 60-40 mixture.



A couple of other panels where sprayed in another lighter shade of the green I was using and once that was done it was time to start to detail some of the piping and so forth that was present in the airlock which I hand painted as it was just too fiddly to try and mask off the various bits.




Now if you look closely at the bottom right of the above pictures you can see a detail part with a red background surrounding a steel coloured part and as there is a hole in the middle and behind that is a 5mm blinking red led as I thought it would look like a warning light in the airlock to show a vacuum.


So! there we are so far and today I will start on the main console so hopefully I will have more to show you next time.
« Last Edit: November 12, 2018, 06:18:12 am by TK Iain »
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Re: MLEV (Pegasus Hobbies)
« Reply #19 on: November 11, 2018, 03:49:58 am »
agreed - I'm loving this too! It's really looking great Iain. The PE set looks quite complex - but then, most PE sets do when they are all on a fret
I love Alclad paints. They spray beautifully but they stink to high heaven. I'm pretty sure the worse they smell the more noxious they are for you though. Still, a good respirator will help there
I keep going to Randy's site and dreaming of what I would love to buy if I had the money and the time. As it is, I have more kits than shelf space, so the dreaming will be as far as it goes (unless I win Lotto and can buy a new house with a room solely for models)
Looking forward to your next update when it comes
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Re: MLEV (Pegasus Hobbies)
« Reply #20 on: November 13, 2018, 03:18:05 pm »
You do really great work Iain. Can't wait to see more.
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Re: MLEV (Pegasus Hobbies)
« Reply #21 on: November 14, 2018, 09:05:59 am »
Thanks Plaztek!

Will try to get as much done on this one as I can as a friend has asked me to build a 1/72 scale twin cockpit Spitfire which his dad had a flight in before he lost his dad in an accident. So this one will be put to one side for a bit when I start the Spitfire in a couple of weeks.

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Re: MLEV (Pegasus Hobbies)
« Reply #22 on: January 06, 2019, 03:12:38 am »
Been awhile but I'm back in the groove.

I got that little 1/72 scale Spitfire finished up for my mate and looking forward to getting back into this build. TBH I almost shelved this one once I dragged it back out of storage (ie:- got it down from the loft) as I wanted to start one of the Russian Mig/Sukhoi models I have and I toyed with starting my own 1/350 refit.

But! I decided to stick with this one and started on the internal sleeping quarters and got the parts off the sprues and tidied up. I tried a little primer on by hand as I couldn't be bothered setting up the spray booth but that was just a whim so I'll lay down some primer properly today.




Not much to show I admit but we're off and running again.
Iain

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Re: MLEV (Pegasus Hobbies)
« Reply #23 on: January 06, 2019, 06:16:31 am »
Hey Iain!  :)

I know exactly how you've been feeling. Like you, I completely lost my modelling mojo a little over a year ago. It was starting to seem like work and that totally defeats the purpose.
 However, I got the urge to build back again so I started a new kit a couple days ago.  I'm really glad you're back as well. ;)

This sure seems like an interesting kit. It sounds like there is no predetermined colour scheme with this kit, so you get to make it up as you go along...is that right? That would be fun...just let your imagination guide you....cool!

Keep it up ....looking forward to seeing it come together. It'll be great!
Kevin

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Re: MLEV (Pegasus Hobbies)
« Reply #24 on: January 06, 2019, 06:47:42 am »
Thanks Kevin.

Just making it up as I go along with regards to the colours and seeing what I have to hand in the paint store but primary colours will be white (duh!), light grey, yellow, red and black so far.
Iain

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Re: MLEV (Pegasus Hobbies)
« Reply #25 on: January 06, 2019, 01:16:15 pm »
Loving it!

Offline TK Iain

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Re: MLEV (Pegasus Hobbies)
« Reply #26 on: January 06, 2019, 01:35:28 pm »
Moving right along.

Been working on the sleeping berths today and have them pretty well done and dusted. Just waiting on the tulip paint to cure overnight and I will attach the clear panels to the front sometime tomorrow.

I had originally gone with green for the padding and red for the bedding but once I had a look at it they colours just didn't work for me so all the parts where re-primed and this time I went with yellow and a lighter shade of green and now much more happy with how it all looks.




I had some fit problems when it came to put all the parts together as the back panel goes in last according to the instructions but once those yellow padded areas were in place the back panel just refused to get into place and there were horrible gaps everywhere so I popped those four panels out and put the back panel in first and it was easy putting everything into place bar the beds themselves. And this is how it looks so far.



I have two 0805 smd's in place to light up the bedding areas and after mucking about with different colours I just went with white in the end. And as I said just waiting for the tulip to cure and I can get this area buttoned up.

Thanks for watching.
Iain

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Re: MLEV (Pegasus Hobbies)
« Reply #27 on: January 07, 2019, 05:11:24 am »
Got the sleeping area buttoned up and on the model.

One mistake I did have was the placement of the smd's to light up the interiors as the one on the top bunk was pointing down through a hole drilled in the roof whilst the lower bunk had the smd going through a hole in the back wall and ca'd to the roof above the bunk. The top bunk light was very dim so I just filled up the hole and placed it on the roof in the bunk. Thankfully I had used canopy glue to attach the clear "doors" so it was a breeze to pop it off to reposition the smd.




And much more happy with the illumination in both bunks although the camera washes it out a bit.



I hope you like what you see so far.
Iain

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Re: MLEV (Pegasus Hobbies)
« Reply #28 on: January 07, 2019, 05:50:04 am »
that looks awesome mate! I'm loving the paint work too ;D

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Re: MLEV (Pegasus Hobbies)
« Reply #29 on: January 08, 2019, 02:35:32 pm »
The kit is of course the titular MLEV as designed by Randy Cooper after playing about with a hamster ball apparently.

After many dealings with Mr. Cooper in the past, I finally came to the conclusion that the poor man must have sniffed too much resin, and stopped dealing with him.....

Still, a nice looking kit Iain....  should be fun.
« Last Edit: January 11, 2019, 06:01:10 am by ImWolf »
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