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Offline strobez

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Miyazaki (Studio Ghibli) Scratchbuild Project
« on: August 21, 2017, 11:41:37 AM »
Hi all, I'm new to the forums, but I was inspired to join after stumbling upon andonio64's great scratchbuild of the pirate plane from Hayao Miyazaki's amazing animated film, Porco Rosso.

After a bit of browsing around, I've seen a few familiar faces from other "WHIF/Fantasy" sites/forums and there seems to be a bit of cross-posting going on, so I felt empowered to do so as well.  There's always a bit of a different crowd, and I thought this one might enjoy seeing my collection of Miyazaki mini-projects in 1/72 scale.  I've adapted (and improved) some of the project elements based on feedback I've received elsewhere, so feel free to send any constructive criticism my way.

Apologies to those who have already seen this elsewhere...

I'll be happy to provide direct updates if anyone's interested, but in order to catch up with the rest of the class, I'll start my just listing and linking to my albums on Scalemates.com. So far I've crafted:

A Flaptter from Laputa: Castle in the Sky - primarily from a cut up 1/72 Spad XIII fuselage married to the underside of a 1/100 Me162 Komet.

The propeller bike (and a flying broom) from Kiki's Delivery Service - basically from scratch, but using some bits (and wheels) from that same Spad XIII kit.

The three-wheeled "mini truck" from My Neighbour Totoro - using parts of a 1/72 Willis Jeep, a Kübelwagen and a Kettenkrad.

The Mehve powered glider from Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind - using a pair of unknown wings I scavenged from a spares box in a store in Tokyo, although I discovered my scale reference was off and it was actually 1/48. So a true 1/72 one is back on the bench, this time using the wings from that 1/100 Komet.



Meanwhile, I'm still working on:

Fujimoto's submarine from Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea - mostly using the hull from a 1/350 Cutty Sark.

The Aero-Kayak from Howl's Moving Castle - basically formed from the drop tank of a 1/72 MiG-21.

Jiro's "Bird Plane" from The Wind Rises - from another Spad XIII fuselage, he nose cap from the same MiG-21 and wings from the left-over sails from the Cutty Sark.

The Dora Gang's Car from Laputa: Castle in the Sky - using nothing but styrene bits (probably a steering wheel left over from that 1/72 Willis Jeep).

I'm also planning to scratch build the Little yellow Fiat 500 from Lupin III - The Castle of Cagliostro using the chassis from the aforementioned Kübelwagen. I'm still trying to figure out the best way to approximate the curved frame. Any suggestions would be welcome.  ;)

As for the most current pics... here's what I'm still working on:

Just about finished crafting some "stuff" to go in the back of the Totoro mini-truck.  I wasn't planning on building a bunch of furniture, but after an online nudge, I agree... it's missing something without it.




In between making tiny desk drawers, I was able to make some progress on Jiro's bird-plane from The Wind Rises.




Finally, things are coming along for my Aero-Kayak (How's Moving Castle).  I used strips of thin styrene putty and sanded on one side to simulate the panel lines.  Then I used some brass to start building the spindly wings.
« Last Edit: August 21, 2017, 03:38:51 PM by strobez »
Thanks!

Greg

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Re: Miyazaki (Studio Ghibli) Scratchbuild Project
« Reply #1 on: August 21, 2017, 03:17:22 PM »
Welcome to the BTS forums! 

The links you shared are incomplete and open up a 404 page.  It would appear that the links you intended to share were truncated/cut off in some way after you posted your topic. 
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Offline strobez

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Re: Miyazaki (Studio Ghibli) Scratchbuild Project
« Reply #2 on: August 21, 2017, 03:40:37 PM »
Whoops!  Not sure what happened there, but I think I fixed all the broken links.

Thanks for pointing that out!
Thanks!

Greg

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Re: Miyazaki (Studio Ghibli) Scratchbuild Project
« Reply #3 on: August 21, 2017, 03:48:23 PM »
You got it all sorted out now.  :)
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Re: Miyazaki (Studio Ghibli) Scratchbuild Project
« Reply #4 on: August 21, 2017, 06:36:24 PM »
 :smiley:
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Offline strobez

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Re: Miyazaki (Studio Ghibli) Scratchbuild Project
« Reply #5 on: August 21, 2017, 06:57:02 PM »
Speaking of familiar faces... ;)
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Greg

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Re: Miyazaki (Studio Ghibli) Scratchbuild Project
« Reply #6 on: August 21, 2017, 11:39:41 PM »
So here's a bit of an update...

I was able to re-stack up all the various household items in the cargo bay for the mini-truck.  At first I wasn't planning to create all that stuff, but I'm glad I did.  It really makes the model pop and make it look like the truck from the film IMHO.  After the coat of Future dries, I'll probably give the wheels a bit of a wash to add depth, but that's basically it.








With that one now squarely in the "win" column, I was able to get back to working on my Ponyo submarine... first off, I checked to make sure the two halves still fit...


Luckily they do, so I was able to finish off the interior, painted and glued in place.


Once the clear coat dries, I'll give the interior a bit of a wash and then attached the two halves.
Thanks!

Greg

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Re: Miyazaki (Studio Ghibli) Scratchbuild Project
« Reply #7 on: August 22, 2017, 12:33:32 AM »
Welcome to the boards! Quite the entrance. I'm a big fan of three wheeled vehicles (and of "My Neighbor Totoro") it came out great!

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Re: Miyazaki (Studio Ghibli) Scratchbuild Project
« Reply #8 on: August 22, 2017, 04:57:50 AM »
That is one heck of an introduction!

Great work, look forward to seeing more!

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Offline strobez

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Re: Miyazaki (Studio Ghibli) Scratchbuild Project
« Reply #9 on: August 22, 2017, 10:42:07 AM »
Thanks all for the warm welcome.  I figured I'd just jump in with both feet since I'm getting a very good vibe from the discussion going on around here.  Obviously feedback and suggestions on my builds are always welcome.
Thanks!

Greg

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Re: Miyazaki (Studio Ghibli) Scratchbuild Project
« Reply #10 on: August 22, 2017, 07:31:45 PM »
Wow! Nice scratch building! I don't see rusty spoons anywhere.... just big canons that you should be proud of  ;)
Really nice work and its great to see you posting your work here now.
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Re: Miyazaki (Studio Ghibli) Scratchbuild Project
« Reply #11 on: August 22, 2017, 10:52:17 PM »
Greg,
I am so happy I gave you some sort of inspiration with my build!

I look forward to admiring your work on the Pirate Plane!

I have seen all your works so far about Miyazaki's movies and I must say you have a great fantasy and  design skills. The way you reuse old pieces id fantastic, really!

Antonio

Offline strobez

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Re: Miyazaki (Studio Ghibli) Scratchbuild Project
« Reply #12 on: August 23, 2017, 02:15:59 PM »
Thanks Antonio.  Sometimes I just see a kit that has some interesting pieces that can be used for other things.  It's amazing how my assessment of the usefulness of the kit is often directly related to how cheap it is. :)

At the moment, I'm on a bit of a Miyazaki kick.  Besides the projects I've already completed or are in the works, I have plans for a few more.  One thing I've been doing with these is calling them "mystery" projects and not starting out by telling people what I'm building.  That way the Miyazaki fans can guess as it takes shape - and I know honestly if I'm doing a good job or not.  Does that sound like fun? ;D

Besides following Antonio's footsteps for the Pirate Dabohaze planes, I'm also planning more or less straight OOB Porco Rosso builds for the Savoia S.21, Curtiss R3C-0 and a Macchi M.52r, all in 1/72.  I recently got my hands on the mythical Vintage Models M.52r kit, but I noticed it doesn't come with any decals.  Anyone have any suggestions where I can get the following two decals? The fuselage roundel seems to come with just about ever Macchi m.202, but I'm not sure about the cross/crown on the tail.  Cheaper is obviously better.



My other two "major modelling themes" are based on the manga/anime series Area 88 and Tintin.  For Area 88, besides basically planning to build all the various jets that appear, I've opened it up to include a "re-imagining" of the series set just after WWII using prop planes of that era.  That's extra fun because it lets me WHIF a whole bunch of prop planes.  It's also a really flexible project as I basically include any other plane I want to build under the category of "What if I was one of the mercenaries...".

One example of this project is available here it's my re-imagining of Shin's Vought F-8E Crusader as a Vought F4U-1 Corsair.

As for Tintin.  I've been mainly building some of the planes that appear in the comics (like the THC Chipmunk that appears in the Tintin adventure, The Black Island.  But I've also scratch built the shark submarine that appears in the Tintin adventure, Red Rackham's Treasure.  That one started with a 1/100 Me262 kit... the shape just screams "shark" to me.
Thanks!

Greg

Offline strobez

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Re: Miyazaki (Studio Ghibli) Scratchbuild Project
« Reply #13 on: August 24, 2017, 12:19:17 AM »
I spent most of my time tonight sanding down the submarine, so I'll spare you the PSR action pictures.

After I got it done, there was just enough time left to add a few more bits to the aero-Kayak and finally cut and glue the wings for the Nausicaa glider do-over.

The seats are going to be tricky to get right I think...


I hope I got the angle right this time...  :banghead:



Thanks!

Greg

Offline strobez

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Re: Miyazaki (Studio Ghibli) Scratchbuild Project
« Reply #14 on: August 26, 2017, 08:56:11 AM »
So... a few more random updates...

Scratched up a few chairs for the aero-Kayak using a bit of wire and some styrene seats. I decided to drill holes to attach them, so of course that resulted in misalignment and me tearing the seats apart while trying to force the issue and then having to rebuild them in situ.  :banghead:


The Nausicaa Mehve glider Mk.II is coming along.  I formed the engine cavity and starting trying to cover up my mistakes...


Ahhhh... putty.


As for the submarine... I nearly forgot about the bottom rudder. But a quick bit of a shaped F-14 tail and some wire...


And stuff is red!
Thanks!

Greg