My Spinosaurus model from Pegasus

Who's disturbing my lunch?!

Who’s disturbing my lunch?!

Pegasus Hobbies came out with this really cool model kit of the Spinosaurus dinosaur.

Keep it down over there, huh? Sheesh!

Keep it down over there, huh? Sheesh!

It was larger than the T-Rex, with bigger front arms that could actually reach out and grab things, and it had a fin on its back.

Anybody up for sushi?

Anybody up for sushi?

As I was working on this, I couldn’t help but notice its similarity with the crocodile. The Spinosaur looks like the croc’s distant cousin.

I'm outta here!

I’m outta here!

The model is very well done–Pegasus did a fantastic job with the pose, which is very dynamic. You can’t take a bad picture of this creature, no matter what angle you shoot it from.

I'd hate to be standing this close to him in real life.

I’d hate to be standing this close to him in real life.

The model is 1/24 scale, which makes it roughly 14 inches long (taking into account its curved tail) and almost a foot tall. The detail work in the sculpting makes this a dry-brush painter’s dream, but the Spinosaur is just a fantastic kit all around.

The USS Mystic — a kitbashed starship from Star Trek

The USS Mystic

The USS Mystic

So one day I was looking at my model kit of the NSEA Protector, the starship from the fun flick Galaxy Quest, and realizing that, as much as I loved the movie, I really had no desire to build this model of the ship.

She's been known to make the kessel run in faster than 12 parsecs!

She’s been known to make the kessel run in faster than 12 parsecs!

I was thinking about putting it up for sale online, and had even thought about just throwing it out. But then I saw that I also had an un-built model of the USS Enterprise-C, from Star Trek, it gave me an idea.

Available for diplomatic missions, special rescue assignments and for slapping the crap out of the Romulans.

Available for diplomatic missions, special rescue assignments and for slapping the crap out of the Romulans.

Why not combine the two ships into one? Build the Enterprise-C, but give her the engines from the Protector. The result is the USS Mystic, a test bed that the Federation build for a completely new engine system.

The pool and spa areas are available for use to everybody...except the rotten Romulans.

The pool and spa areas are available for use to everybody…except the rotten Romulans.

Because it’s an experimental ship, it has the designation NX-3000. The USS Excelsior had NX-2000, so I thought I’d raise it by a thousand.

"Let's see what's out there..."

“Let’s see what’s out there…”

I like the new look. The Protector’s engine section makes this starship look like it wants to soar.

"To boldly go..."

“To boldly go…”

The lighted areas of the ship you see the in last two photos were ‘lit’ in Corel Photo Paint. –SF

The Dragon’s Egg Complete

Is that a cracking sound I hear?

Is that a cracking sound I hear?

So here’s the finished Dragon’s Egg, based on the Game of Thrones Eggs.

Is it a dragon...or Rodan?

Is it a dragon…or Rodan?

After giving it a flat black base coat, I painted each of the “shells” a Kelly Green. I also gave it just a hint of metallic green here and there.

An egg in hand.

An egg in hand.

It’s about the same size as a regular chicken egg, based on a plastic Easter egg that I bought as part of a set in the supermarket. I always wanted to do something with one of these little plastic Easter eggs, and I always wanted one of the dragon’s eggs from GOT, and here you go. –SF

Painting the dragon’s egg

The base coat is the first coat on this here egg.

The base coat is the first coat on this here egg.

Well, the putty dried nicely. The entire plastic Easter egg is encased in a hard Dragon shell. So I started painting it. This is the base coat, which is flat black. I want the nooks and crannies to remain black, while the rest of the egg will be painted green.

More to come.

My Game Of Thrones Dragon Egg

The incredible, inedible dragon's egg

The incredible, inedible dragon’s egg

Whenever I use Apoxie Putty for a model project, I will always wind up using far more than I need–which makes sense, because then I don’t have to worry about stopping the project to mix more putty.

The problem with the putty is that it will harden no matter what, and so to avoid wasting it, I’ve been sticking the excess putty onto a plastic Easter egg in the hopes or recreating the dragon’s egg design from the TV series Game Of Thrones.

The picture above shows the now completely covered egg, alongside a regular plastic Easter egg for comparison. Once this is completely dry, I will start painting it. I’ll post further progress pictures on this blog as they happen. –SF

Watch that landing! A crashed Viper model

Whoopsie! This ain't the landing deck of the Galactica!

Whoopsie! This ain’t the landing deck of the Galactica!

Moebius recently released a smaller version of its Viper model kit from the rebooted Battlestar Galactica.

Does the collision on the insurance cover crashes in water?

Does the collision on the insurance cover crashes in water?

The original Viper model was 1/32 scale, where this one is just 1/72 scale, making it pretty small. You get two Vipers in the same box, though, which is nice.

The pilot was either picked up by a SAR bird, or swam to the nearest tropical island.

The pilot was either picked up by a SAR bird, or swam to the nearest tropical island.

I decided to pose one of my Vipers in the “crashed” position, having hit the waters of an ocean on some backwater world that’s full of water. The top fin of the Viper’s been shot off by a Cylon, which was what caused it to crash.

Too bad Vipers can't swim....

Too bad Vipers can’t swim….

I used the standard formula of Woodland Scenics Flex Paste as the base, and when that dried, I painted it blue. After the blue paint dried, I poured WS Water Effects on top to give it that shiny, watery look on the surface.

Like the Icarus in Planet of the Apes, the Viper begins its slow decent to the depths....

Like the Icarus in Planet of the Apes, the Viper begins its slow decent to the depths….

The boarder was made up of balsa wood planks. Wonder if Hot Dog (the pilot) will be allowed back in the cockpit of a Viper after this?

These mini-Vipers are available at Amazon. Just click on the picture below:

The Battlestar Galactica model kit

The original Galactica. No bloody 'a' 'b' 'c' or 'd'.

The original Galactica. No bloody ‘a’ ‘b’ ‘c’ or ‘d’.

I recently completed this model kit of the Battlestar Galactica from the original 1978 TV series.

If these engines were on, you'd be on fire right now.

If these engines were on, you’d be on fire right now.

It was released by Moebius Models, and is a much better detailed version of this ship.

If it looks like an alligator on skis, don't worry; no real alligators were harmed in the making of this kit.

If it looks like an alligator on skis, don’t worry; no real alligators were harmed in the making of this kit.

I wanted to show off the great detail work the kit had on the body, so I painted the model flat black as a base coat. Then I dry-brushed Slate Grey over the raised areas. This both brought out the details, along with giving the model a grimy, battle-scarred look.

All clear in front!

All clear in front!

I also built a pair of “rag tag fleet” ships for the Galactica to defend against the Cylon tyranny. Here are all three of my models in a photo-shopped image:

"Off on a lonely quest for a shining planet known as...Venus."

“Off on a lonely quest for a shining planet known as…Venus.”

Thanks, Moebius!

"Hey, you could cook eggs on those hot suckers!"

“Hey, you could cook eggs on those hot suckers!”

My Wolverine Model on a scratch-built water base

Round Two came out with this nice plastic model kit of Wolverine from the X-Men. Having recently seen X-Men: Days Of Future Past (and loving it), I was tempted to build this kit, which has Wolverine posing on the head of a fallen Sentinel.

Wanna feel my claws to see if they're real?

Wanna feel my claws to see if they’re real?

I decided to mount the fallen Sentinel’s head in water.

Hey, Bub, ya gotta life preserver?

Hey, Bub, ya gotta life preserver?

The “water” is a layer of Flex Paste from Woodland Scenic that’s been painted blue (once it dried). When the paint dried, I poured WS Water Effects all over the surface, to give it that shiny, watery look.

You mind getting off my face?

You mind getting off my face?

The Sentinels are giant robots that were created to hunt down all mutants (which is just about everybody in the X-Men). They were the main villains in X-Men: Days Of Future’s Past, but they were first introduced in the X-Men comics back in the 1980s.

Nobody knows the trouble I've seen....

Nobody knows the trouble I’ve seen….

After doing some research, I realized that this Sentinel head design was based on the comics, and so I decided to paint it in the colors that it had in the original comics.

I'm not having a nice day, here...

I’m not having a nice day, here…

The pipes that are sticking out from under the Sentinel’s neck were added by me. They were bits and pieces of extra, unused parts that I had lying around.

Are there anymore of these losers? Let me at 'em!

Are there anymore of these losers? Let me at ’em!

The USS Seer–a starship with a big dish

The USS Seer "sees" you.

The USS Seer “sees” you.

I reworked a 1/1000th scale model kit of the USS Enterprise into the USS Seer, a long range scanning vessel that can pick up stuff from really far away, thanks to the big dish on its back.

No tribbles allowed.

No tribbles allowed.

I cut off the neck between the saucer section and the lower body, and then lowered the pylons to the twin engines so that they stuck straight out. I figured the dish would be so powerful, that the ship that carried it would be reconfigured so its normal operations wouldn’t interfere with the dish.

We can hear the flapping of a butterfly's wings...from across the galaxy.

We can hear the flapping of a butterfly’s wings…from across the galaxy.

Since I dropped the saucer, there was no room for the regular deflector dish, so I placed it on the edge of the saucer itself.

To boldly eavesdrop where no man has eavesdropped before….

To boldly eavesdrop where no man has eavesdropped before….

I figure this was used during the Prime Kirk era.

The USS Dauntless

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I completed another model kit, this one a kitbash of the Enterprise-C.

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The Dauntless is my third model of this class vessel, and I always painted the hull white. This time I decided to paint it in Winter Blue, which shows up in all the pictures as…white. Go figure!

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She’s a heavy cruiser meant for boarder patrol, spacestation defense, and all around scout-class vessel.

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With twin torpedo launchers on both ends of the saucer, she can deal with any threat that comes along. Lean and mean. Just how it should be.