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Asimoto Roboto Repair
« on: July 07, 2014, 06:39:45 AM »
This started as an Arii 1957 Daihatsu Midget:



Since this was the 4th of July holiday weekend in the US, I took off an extra day to make it a 4 day weekend. I spent much of it working on this model.
The midget kit is pretty basic but not hard to detail. The stated scale is 1/32, but I'm declaring mine 1/35. I added some details, like extending the dashboard and adding a treadplate pattern to the floor (archer treadplate resin decal):



It didn't take long to finish the kit. Here it is in some pretty harsh sunlight:



I made the duct tape on the seat and canvas cover out of pin striping tape painted aluminum.



The robot was made out of spare parts - the body is from some random Japanese robot kit and the head, arm and some other bits are from one of the astronauts from the Monogram 1/48 Space Taxi kit. I made the boxes myself:



The headlight is an MV lens:



Here it is in less harsh lighting. The canvas cover straps are small PE bits from a set the Jeff sent me:





I'm working on a figure to go with this.


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Re: Asimoto Roboto Repair
« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2014, 08:53:02 AM »
 I was going to say it just needs the kindly figure of horny humble old Dr. Asimoto to set it off..
 Nifty build, Frank - the Robot's the bomb.

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Re: Asimoto Roboto Repair
« Reply #2 on: July 07, 2014, 09:14:07 AM »
Lovely build.  :)

I also declared it 1/35 scale and have one half built as a TOW truck.  ;)

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Re: Asimoto Roboto Repair
« Reply #3 on: July 07, 2014, 09:16:22 AM »
Sitting at my desk at work pretending to be industrious when in fact I am browsing BTS and I just verbalised "oh that's cool" as I viewed this thread and focussed on the wonderful job on the Daihatsu and the whole concept.  Thankfully no one was within earshot so I could refrain from having to make excuses about a spreadsheet formula working or sumthin'...    Anyhow...   "oh that's cool"..   :D

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Re: Asimoto Roboto Repair
« Reply #4 on: July 07, 2014, 09:32:43 AM »
Domo arigato!

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Awesome build! Fantastic concept!

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Re: Asimoto Roboto Repair
« Reply #5 on: July 07, 2014, 01:04:53 PM »
 :)
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Re: Asimoto Roboto Repair
« Reply #6 on: July 07, 2014, 02:41:16 PM »
Very neat idea and love the great little detail additions .....  8)

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Re: Asimoto Roboto Repair
« Reply #7 on: July 07, 2014, 09:43:22 PM »
Yup, very nicely done! :)
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Re: Asimoto Roboto Repair
« Reply #8 on: July 08, 2014, 03:04:06 AM »
Nicely done Frank.  I never realized that the Daihatsu kit had all of those extra pieces for a diorama.  Or is that a special edition? 

A friend of mine built the Daihatsu for some SEA diorama project that was never finished and the remains ended up in a parts box that eventually came in to my possession.  I could never find any use for the vehicle so I was quite happy to send it and the other diorama related items to some guy in Canada a couple of years ago. 
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Re: Asimoto Roboto Repair
« Reply #9 on: July 08, 2014, 05:33:46 AM »
That's very nicely done. I love the duct tape and the general weathering: makes it look old and hard-working without being over the top.  :)
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Re: Asimoto Roboto Repair
« Reply #10 on: July 08, 2014, 06:27:36 AM »
that just has everything.
Very neat build, terrific finish and the gotcha factor with the robot.

Fantastic work.
You could extend that into a Bladerunner or Serenity universe without any issues.

Wonderful !!

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Re: Asimoto Roboto Repair
« Reply #11 on: July 08, 2014, 07:43:29 AM »
Thanks for all the comments, guys! These are fun little kits; they fit pretty well, are adequately detailed and build up quickly.

This boxing (Arii "Owner's Club") comes with some diorama extras, in this case a dog house, a pole, some trash cans and a boxy container. Another version has a rickety fence, a dog (and doghouse), a Buddha statue and some trash cans.

The real world three wheelers (like this one and the Mazda Midget) seem to be well worn and abused vehicles. My model looks lovingly cared for in comparison.

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Re: Asimoto Roboto Repair
« Reply #12 on: July 08, 2014, 10:30:23 PM »
Frank, that is too cool! I love the retro style robot.

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Re: Asimoto Roboto Repair
« Reply #13 on: July 10, 2014, 06:04:52 AM »
That's just wicked cool and your weathering is absolutely top-notch!

Another marvel from the Frank3k factory!

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Re: Asimoto Roboto Repair
« Reply #14 on: July 13, 2014, 04:33:45 AM »
Wonderful! And I love the Duct Tape repair patchs  :)
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Re: Asimoto Roboto Repair
« Reply #15 on: July 15, 2014, 03:22:24 PM »
Frank, I really lov this, it's fun and well done!
Great!
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Re: Asimoto Roboto Repair
« Reply #16 on: July 21, 2014, 09:21:12 AM »
I'm calling this one done.

Dude making a delivery or pickup:



This was a Frankenstein figure - the head is from an ICM figure set of Russian tanker slackers in Afghanistan. The torso (with the hoodie) is from a random DML figure, probably German. The legs are from the DML M-1 tanker set. The arms are from the figures that came with the DML M274 Mule. The cap is from an awful Trumpeter PMC set and the Google glasses (or just sunglasses) are from the Live Resin set.
I extended the hoodie with Magicsculp A+B epoxy putty (although I just noticed I forgot the pullstrings)

I used the base and fence that came with the kit. The fence was painted wood, then sprayed with cheap hairspray, oversprayed with white and "distressed". The dog is a resin pooch from a bag of goodies Jeff Fontaine sent me. The plants are from a train groundwork set. The ground is spackle. The street is some 600 grit sandpaper. I really, really suck at groundwork, though:



Top view:



Dog's eye view:


Decals on this side silvered a bit. Only noticeable in bright sunlight:



So is the dog friendly? Is it responsible for the broken robot? Does the guy see it? What's on his iPad?

Thanks for all the comments.
« Last Edit: July 21, 2014, 09:39:52 AM by Frank3k »

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Re: Asimoto Roboto Repair
« Reply #17 on: July 21, 2014, 11:08:42 AM »
Is it "Spuds McKenzie" waiting for his party-girl posse to show up and take him to the beach? :)

I do not remember what kit that dog came from or where for that matter but it sure looks better on your diorama then sitting in the parts box!  Great work on the figure too. 
« Last Edit: July 21, 2014, 11:10:16 AM by Jeffry Fontaine »
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Re: Asimoto Roboto Repair
« Reply #18 on: July 21, 2014, 12:31:02 PM »
Different and fun and refreshing :)
Weathering on scooter and fence is just right.  Not to much nor to little.
Lotta right details, especially the tape !
« Last Edit: July 21, 2014, 12:34:32 PM by finsrin »

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Re: Asimoto Roboto Repair
« Reply #19 on: July 21, 2014, 01:15:29 PM »
I love it!!!
Bravo!!!

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Re: Asimoto Roboto Repair
« Reply #20 on: July 28, 2014, 08:05:51 AM »
Well, he needs some mutton chops, ;) but it came together great.