Author Topic: Miyazaki (Studio Ghibli) Scratchbuild Project  (Read 2382 times)

Offline elmayerle

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Re: Miyazaki (Studio Ghibli) Scratchbuild Project
« Reply #15 on: August 26, 2017, 10:56:16 AM »
Area 88 is quite enjoyable and has realistic depictions of the aircraft involved (yes, F-8 Crusaders can fly with wings folded, it has been demonstrated by accident).  I've got the new Hasegawa 1/72 boxing of Shin's F-20 and I may buy another to use the decals to do his F-5E in 1/72. I've also acquired, off eBay, decals for his J-35 in 1/72 as well as decals for his F-5E in 1/48 (second set will be used for doing his F-20 in 1/48 from the Monogram kit).

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Re: Miyazaki (Studio Ghibli) Scratchbuild Project
« Reply #16 on: August 27, 2017, 01:16:28 PM »
I've got both Shina F-20 and Saki's KFIR in the latest creator works boxing. The nice thing is that the F-20 decals include 3 Flaming unicorn head crests, which is all you need to craft either the F-5E as well as the J-35J Draken.  The "squashed" one goes on the Draken, and the rest of the paint jobs on both those planes are in the "reasonably possible" level to achieve with masking.

Saki's KFIR also comes with the decal you'd need for the B-1 bomber as well, and I'm guessing between the F-20 and the upcoming X-29 release, you'll be good for decals for Shin (although you still need the shark teeth for the F-8E).

I've also got a proto-plan to create custom decals for all the rest of the Area 88 planes.  If you're interested, I'd be happy to get a sheet made for you too. :)
Thanks!

Greg

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Re: Miyazaki (Studio Ghibli) Scratchbuild Project
« Reply #17 on: August 28, 2017, 12:50:55 AM »
Just a quick update.  I basically went through each mini project and decided to work on each until I had all the parts I needed.  Of course that didn't stop me from adding up a new project. :)

First up... scratched up the engine for Jiro's bird plane.  I used the leftover engine from the kit I bashed the mini-truck from and added a few bits from a Space Battleship Yamato kit and my favourite Spad XIII. I also sawed a MiG-21's wheel in half to get two and then I scratched up the steering wheel outta basically nothing.


For the Aero-Kayak, I mainly added details to the "flappy wing things" and created the steering column and wheel.


For the Nausicaa kit I'm still PSRing and trying to figure out how to replicate the engine I created for the first go-round...


For the Ponyo submarine... I've got the first coats of paint done and you can start to see how this is going to look. Still more painting to be done.


Finally, since I'm more or less trying to incorporate one 1/72 vehicle from every Studio Ghibli film, I decided to include a new project based on the film, Arriety.  The obvious choice was to 100% scratchbuild the boat the family uses to leave in at the end of the movie. It was a very quick build and all the parts just fell together.  Quickest build I've ever completed...
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Greg

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Re: Miyazaki (Studio Ghibli) Scratchbuild Project
« Reply #18 on: August 29, 2017, 02:41:43 AM »
Wow you've made some wonderful progress, strobez!

I really like the look of that sub and the plane reminds me a little of a German W.W. I Taube.

Already anticipating the next update,

Brian da Basher

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Re: Miyazaki (Studio Ghibli) Scratchbuild Project
« Reply #19 on: August 29, 2017, 07:26:31 AM »
I've got both Shina F-20 and Saki's KFIR in the latest creator works boxing. The nice thing is that the F-20 decals include 3 Flaming unicorn head crests, which is all you need to craft either the F-5E as well as the J-35J Draken.  The "squashed" one goes on the Draken, and the rest of the paint jobs on both those planes are in the "reasonably possible" level to achieve with masking.

Saki's KFIR also comes with the decal you'd need for the B-1 bomber as well, and I'm guessing between the F-20 and the upcoming X-29 release, you'll be good for decals for Shin (although you still need the shark teeth for the F-8E).

I've also got a proto-plan to create custom decals for all the rest of the Area 88 planes.  If you're interested, I'd be happy to get a sheet made for you too. :)
You can get, off ebay, 1/72 Draken decals for his aircraft.  I've pre-ordered the X-29 release (I do want to see if it includes pylons and missiles).  The only problem I have is that it has the flight test instrumentation boom and not something an operational aircraft would have; it just might be a candidate for the radar nose from a "platypus" F-5E or replace from the canted builkhead just aft of the cockpit forward with equivalent F-20 bits and pieces.  If you do the decals for Shin's F-8 in 1/72, I'd definitely be interested.

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Re: Miyazaki (Studio Ghibli) Scratchbuild Project
« Reply #20 on: September 01, 2017, 08:44:04 AM »
Alright... after a slightly desponent pause post-primer, I'm back at it.  I sanded the absolute hell out of Jiro's bird plane until there wasn't a single spot to be seen.  Of course I purposely didn't clean my glasses after all that sanding...  :angel:

Anyway, I primed it again to a gleaming shine... and then, while removing the tiny bit of tape I used to protect the finish from the clamp teeth that had gotten stuck together I promptly snapped off one of the wheel struts.  :banghead: :banghead: :banghead:

I glued it back on carefully and am having an internal debate on how much I care about the mark it left. I purposely, in my shame, took an update pick from the other side...  :-X


Switching gears while it was drying, i got to work on the Nausicaa Mehve do-over.  I cut new slats and glued them on at a bit of an angle. I wanted to attach them with a bit of wire, but even my tiniest drill bit was too big for the job.  I also scratched together a tiny little engine out of some odds and ends.



The back end should be visible enough...


I'll have to place the front in carefully so that it sits straight.


Meanwhile, I started up a new little project. This one that had me watching YouTube... and visiting a scented candle DIY shop in Seoul.  Who knows, knitting a Totoro might be next...

Y'know... they look much skinnier when they just get out of the shower...


Luckily he put on some pants... well, one leg at a time...  :wacko:
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Greg

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Re: Miyazaki (Studio Ghibli) Scratchbuild Project
« Reply #21 on: September 01, 2017, 12:21:32 PM »
I love the rain scene My neighbor Totoro


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Re: Miyazaki (Studio Ghibli) Scratchbuild Project
« Reply #22 on: September 03, 2017, 07:55:18 AM »
I love the rain scene My neighbor Totoro


Me too.  I thought about including the bus they're waiting for in my build... still might. ;)

Anyway, last night I put the finishing touches on the Aero-Kayak from Howl's Moving Castle.  I find that it's become a bit of a race between several of the mini-projects as they near fruition.  As it becomes clear which one is going to be the "winner", I slowly set aside the other WIP builds and focus on getting the chosen one over the finish line.  That helps with making sure I don't forget any of the final touch details.

Luckily, given that I'm redoing the Mehve from Nausicaa, I gave the stand I built for it the first time over to the Laputa Flapter. It seemed a better fit, so I was able to just repurpose the original Flapter stand for the Aero-Kayak with very little modification. I basically just snapped the end off and touched up the paint.

Despite the u-turn for a scale adjustment in the middle of this build, I'm quite happy with the result. The paint was a bit darker than I was aiming for, but not enough for me to want to redo it. I also might have toned down the rivets, but once you start putting them at 1mm intervals, you're pretty much committed.
















Thanks!

Greg

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Re: Miyazaki (Studio Ghibli) Scratchbuild Project
« Reply #23 on: September 05, 2017, 08:02:08 AM »
As I predicted, the Nausicaa Mehve was the next to cross the finish line (although I'm still working on the stand).

It was a bit of work, but in the end, I'm glad I did a do-over on this one.  It's iconic to Miyazaki fans, and a central showpiece in my growing collection of mini-builds.



Besides a bit of shading on the paint job, the only thing really new was the "seat" belt.  I used a bit of tape and some silver wire to get that job done.  I was feeling reckless (and the tape was a bit too long) so I added a buckle too.


The bottom vents are just solid and painted. I tried all sorts of things to create a vent-like shape, but it was just to small.  I was able to origami up some plastic paper, but it was so thin that even a tiny amount of glue would make it melt. Oh, well.  You can't really tell anyway... right!?


At least I got the engine to sit straight without reducing everything into a gluey mess while trying to wrestle it into place.


Meanwhile, My (very) little package from eBay arrived, so I couldn't resist getting started. So I grabbed this kit out of my stash...


...and then pulled out the motorcycle sprue and plunked it down next to the eBay arrival.  I originally bought the kit just for the motorcycle bits, intended for my Totoro mini-truck, but when I saw the sprue I didn't have the heart to chop it up.  Luckily I had an idea to use it for it's intended purpose - building a motorcycle!

What arrived from eBay was a 1/72 scale (and spot on I might add!) Fiat 500.  It's supposed to be a throw-away "pull back" toy from the 1970s/80s I think.  Regardless, the moulding is quite finely detailed, so for $3 I had o have it.  It solved my problem of how to scratchbuild a Fiat 500 in 1/72 nearly perfectly. The ONLY tiny problem is that the doors are backwards on this model, so I'm debating if I want to try and remove the handle/hinge and swap them or not.


I also happened to have stumbled across a small snap kit from Bandai that's helpful.  The kit is originally from the Ultraman series, but I thought I might be able to use the wheels from it.  I certainly can, and even though the upper body is basically solid (with stickers for windows), the bonus was the chassis.


Obviously too long and a bit too wide, but snip snip glue glue... and we have a top, a bottom and four wheels... I call that a car!


Now the only question, dear friends... is which car?  ;)
« Last Edit: September 05, 2017, 01:03:21 PM by strobez »
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Greg

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Re: Miyazaki (Studio Ghibli) Scratchbuild Project
« Reply #24 on: September 05, 2017, 09:22:34 AM »
Looking quite good there.  I think I'd leave the Fiat 500's doors alone.  In that scale, they'd be very fiddly to fix and have in there correctly

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Re: Miyazaki (Studio Ghibli) Scratchbuild Project
« Reply #25 on: September 23, 2017, 07:49:15 PM »
Hallo Greg, fantastic work as usual!

Re: Miyazaki (Studio Ghibli) Scratchbuild Project
« Reply #26 on: September 24, 2017, 01:29:44 AM »
Hello,

Your creations are highly realistic. Well done strobez !

Frederic (Studio Ghibli fan)

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Re: Miyazaki (Studio Ghibli) Scratchbuild Project
« Reply #27 on: October 03, 2017, 11:55:17 PM »
 Ok... so I skipped a few updates here, but (minus a few odds and ends) my Ghibli mini-project is more or less done.  So, to celebrate, I took a few group shots.  In the picture you'll find:

- The submarine from Ponyo (complete with a bubble and a light switch!)
- Jiro's birdplane from The Wind Rises
- the Mehve glider from Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind
- an Aero-Kayak from Howl's Moving Castle
- a loaded up 3-wheel truck from My Neighbour Totoro
- a Flapter from Laputa: Castle in the Sky
- the propeller bike/ witch's broomstick from Kiki's Delivery Service

And last, and probably least...

- No Face and the frogman from Spirited Away.  The frogman might be hard to spot because he's... inside No Face.  It was just a fun little resin casting project involving a bit of crystal resin, some black paint, a 1/150 figure and a bit of epoxy putty frog makeup. ;)









Of course, seconds after taking these pics, I knocked the Laputa Flapter off the edge.  Luckily a bit of CA glue was all that was needed to reattach one of the wings and half the seat belt.  Whew!
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Greg

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Re: Miyazaki (Studio Ghibli) Scratchbuild Project
« Reply #28 on: October 04, 2017, 12:00:48 AM »
I've heard of most of these animes but I've never seen most of them. However, despite that, this is a fun group of little models.

Well done, strobez! Beautifully executed! :smiley: :smiley:
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Re: Miyazaki (Studio Ghibli) Scratchbuild Project
« Reply #29 on: October 04, 2017, 05:41:17 AM »
That's fantastic strobez,great subjects and beautifully built!
 :smiley:
Alex