Post by becdecorbin on Dec 31, 2013 20:58:27 GMT -5
My last kit of 2013 or my first kit of 2014? Either way, this is the base of the reissued Rodan kit. Aurora had it as one of their larger "Monsters of the Movies" line. Cinemodels, Playing Mantis or Polar Lights or somebody takes credit for rereleasing this kaiju model. Rodan himself is a MESS of seams that will have to be tackled. NOT a snap-together kit in the least. For all the putty you will have to use, they might as well have made it a kit that required glue.
Modeled in cream, I went right to work darkening things and then bringing them right back up into daylight tones. Lots of Tamiya Dark Sea Gray and Flat Earth with varying degrees of Flat White. A little pale yellow for the overturned sedan and it was pretty much done. German Gray for the rest of the featureless base color.
Nice start. love the base so far. You're right, Rodan itself is a piece of work. it needs a lot of seem work. that's why i haven't finished mine yet. The re-released(PL)ghidrah kit I have also has a bunch of major work to be done to it. Two of the heads are deformed d all of the necks are smooth, with out any texture or scales. I have the bandai Ghidrah that I might use in place of it instead.
Post by becdecorbin on Jan 2, 2014 14:00:09 GMT -5
www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Xq2aUCZnYo The link is to a short video I made of the kit as it is put together. I'm going to go to work on the seams and mold lines and make another chapter. I also want to build the Ghidorah when I can find the kit at a bargain price.
Post by hypnotator on Jan 24, 2014 12:41:31 GMT -5
Love these kits. A serious amount of putty and file work, most of all the ridges on the inner necks of all three of Ghidrah's necks. Worth it, though. Your base is coming along nicely. The car on its side is a great detail.
Last Edit: Jan 24, 2014 12:42:39 GMT -5 by hypnotator
One thing that has always been a problem with the three Rodans I've had over the years is the peg in Rodans leg/foot that inserts into the roof. It constantly breaks and I was never smart enough to figure out how to make it strong again so it may support Rodan once more. I tried to re-glue, use a wire and a screw. Neither seemed to work very well. What have any of you done to prevent or repair this problem?
Post by becdecorbin on Feb 9, 2014 23:49:15 GMT -5
If the plastic peg won't stay in place, discard it. Drill straight through the sole of the foot into the leg and glue a long dowel pin (a little longer than the original peg at least) into place. If you can't find dowel pins, use segments of brass or aluminum tubing.