Aoshima Thunderbird 2 & 4 model kit: Part 2

I kept saying I’d leave the Thunderbird 2 and 4 kit until later as they are my favourite (they’re everyone’s favourite, right?) but decided “why not?” and got on with it.

The kit is very well made with lots of a detail, well designed parts and excellent manufacture. It’s been a dream to make and I used acrylics for ease of adding shading and highlighting.

I started with the basic structure of TB2 (without the pod) and primed it with white Vallejo primer.

Initially I used Warpstone Glow which was much too blue and eventually settled on Warboss Green (the old Goblin green) which I think is a perfect shade of “Thunderbird 2 Green”. It should be noted that the shade varied wildly in the show with a dark, British racing green sometimes and a light yellow green at others. I personally prefer the green I settled on as it’s nice a colourful and Thunderbirds was supposed to be a kid’s show, full of bright colours right?

Moving on to the pod, the design is great including a sliding and tilting track for TB4. None of the interior was particularly challenging so I used Dawnstone generally with dark tone ink and highlighting with Administratum Grey.

Thunderbird 4 was the next challenge and even after carefully assembling there were still a number of very slight gaps in the model. This is to be expected as at this scale (1:350 I believe) TB4 is only a couple of centimeters long. Whilst at my local model shop I noticed a pot of “Liquid Green Stuff” and so thought it’d be worth a try. I gently painted it on with an old/almost dead brush and worked it into all the gaps (avoiding any detail like the end pods for example). I then gently swiped any excess off with some tissue and let it dry. It gave a nice solid fill to the gaps and painting over meant they completely disappeared.

I base coated with a coat of Yriel Yellow which gives a nice bright, warm yellow on which to start. A shaded the yellow using the lovely Averland Sunset ink as there are lots of crevices in around the engine pods which needed some shade. For the engine intakes and the nose (where the various tools come out) I used Dark Tone ink.

The next consideration was fixing to the ramp and I decided that rather than stick in place I would use magnets (as I had for Dropzone Commander) to fix TB4 in place. I put 2x2mm magnets into the base of TB4 and a corresponding pair on the ramp. TB4 now snaps into place but can be removed so if I want to use the models for a diorama I have some flexibility in how I can set it up.

The other issue was that the ramp was not heavy enough to stay tilted down. I fixed this by carefully trimming/levelling the back corners of the ramp (those which end up touching the roof of the pod) and I used 4 x 3mm magnets here to ensure the ramp would click up and into place. After these modifications TB4 is able to stick to the ramp which itself can tilt and slide freely remaining in either the up or down positions.

Finishing off TB4 required some Flash Gitz Yellow plus Evil Sunz Scarlet for the red stripes. Transfers were done using MICROSOL/MICROSET.

As I’m keen to iluminate the pod from the inside (I reckon it would look really cool!) I’m going to keep the lid to the pod separate for now. But you can see how the whole launch sequence works in the strip below:

In the next part I’ll look at finishing the model itself and ideas I have for a diorama.

Lunch-time X-wing…

As it’s quite difficult to make time for gaming, a friend at work suggested we try to get some X-wing action in during a lunch-time at work. It only takes around half an hour so was an obvious choice (much quicker than Armada for example).

20170119_124422.jpgWe booked a meeting room over lunch and set a quick game of 35 points. I played the Resistance and used a sole T-70 (although flown by Poe Dameron) whilst I was up against a TIE-fighter/interceptor pairing. Unfortunately, although I managed to get the X-wing in tight, it received a lot of punishment and ended up in a ball of flame…

The whole game took around 30min and we’ve got much quicker at interpreting the rules. A turn only took 2-5 min each.

 

Warhammer 40k: Dawn of War

A friend of mine has a copy of the original Dawn of War and was wondering if we could play it multiplayer. I got a copy from Steam for £10 and have completed the tutorial plus played a couple of games. As it’s quite an old game (10+ years old, DoW3 is due out soon) it runs well even on my tablet/laptop.

I obviously chose Dark Angel Space Marines as my force of choice and am really loving the way you can build up quite a powerful infrastructure in order to build and support your attacking forces at the front line. It’s not really a case of just throwing loads of firepower at the enemy as your resources are limited.

I’m looking forward to having a go with my friend (who will probably field Eldar) and kicking his arse (virtually). We both have physical armies but as we live quite far apart we’re not able to play that way at the moment. (Kids get in the way somewhat)

“Where’s Wookie?”

Some good friends of mine got me this for Christmas and so me and the Boy have had a great time looking for Chewbacca in true “Where’s Wally?” style! (He loves the Wally books already)

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Although finding Chewie is the main aim for each page, there are a number of other characters to find. For example, Han Solo and the Falcon are on each page plus a selection of “classic” bounty hunters looking for Han and Chewie. Also, each particular scene has a checklist of additional things to find. For example, a Jawa with one eye, a PIT droid, R5-D4 etc.

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We did our first page this morning going through each of the characters. The Boy has a really good at spotting and remembering where different people were.

Rainbow hat

When the Boy wrote his Christmas list he mentioned he’d like a rainbow hat and, as we give each other hand-made gifts for Yule, I decided to swing into action. Using various shades of yarn we had in our stores I used the hat pattern I’d used previously for the charity hats. I extended the increasing so it would end up slightly bigger and added some extra rows to make it taller. In all I used 14 colours (two shades of each of the 7 rainbow colours) and each colour had 4 rows.

Unfortunately I made a balls-up at one point and drop loads of stitches so the Wife had a great idea of crocheting a sun to cover up the hole (after I’d repaired the hole that is).

 

Aoshima Thunderbird 2 & 4 model kit: Part 1

In order to keep the momentum up on the Thunderbird modelling I decided to get cracking on Thunderbirds 2 & 4 (1:350 scale). I opened up this kit and was immediately struck by the much better kit quality compared to the Imai TB5/3.

There is a lot more detail in this kit including all the interior of TB2 and the pod. The TB4 is rather small (around 1-2cm) but there is a very extensive set of transfers so this should be ok.

One thing I do like is that the top of the pod can be removed to show the inside detail of the pod.