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zak

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MODELLING STEAMPUNK
« on: March 13, 2017, 09:58:32 AM »
Steampunk

I have always had a liking for science fiction/ fantasy.
It seemed to me that Steampunk would fit right in with modelling WW1.
Victorian/ Edwardian era vehicles and machinery that was steam powered instead of petrol or diesel, but maybe not quite like that?
I find the definition of steam punk difficult to pin down.

“Steampunk is a subgenre of science fiction or science fantasy that incorporates technology and aesthetic designs inspired by 19th-century industrial steam-powered machinery. Although its literary origins are sometimes associated with the cyberpunk genre, steampunk works are often set in an alternative history of the 19th century's British Victorian era or American "Wild West", in a post-apocalyptic future during which steam power has maintained mainstream usage, or in a fantasy world that similarly employs steam power. Therefore, steampunk may be described as neo-Victorian.”

So in my Steampunk alternative world, the internal combustion engine has not been developed, all power is provided by external combustion. This is used to produce steam which is then used to power the machine or vehicle. The fuel could be anything that could heat water to turn it into steam, wood, coal, coke, petrol, diesel or gas, they may be other sources as well, nuclear for example.
I came across a company called Ironclad Miniatures (http://www.ironcladminiatures.co.uk/ ) that produces some vehicles for use in the war gaming world. These are 28mm miniatures, what I hear you say is 28mm? That will be the size of a normal figure (whatever that is?).
Assume a man to be 6ft than 28/6 = 4.66’, so around 1/72 and 1/76 for my purpose.
I have bought some vehicles from Ironclad miniatures and these will help me get into the steampunk frame of mind – hopefully!
The kits are mixed media, resin and white metal, they are well cast and have a minimum of flash and some cleaning up is required of course.

I intend to start with their Steam Rotocopter. This kit has 12 parts, two of resin and the rest of white metal, a plastic stand is supplied for display purposes.
There are no instructions.
« Last Edit: March 14, 2017, 07:30:46 AM by zak »

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Re: STEAMPUNK
« Reply #1 on: March 13, 2017, 10:48:33 AM »
This is a very easy built, the parts were cleaned up with a scalpel and file and the exhaust was drilled out.
Parts were assembled using superglue.
It is probable that this will be finished in grey and as it is part of Her Britannic Majesty's forces it will have a Union jack as well as an identification number.
I may add extra armament later, only time will tell.

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Re: STEAMPUNK
« Reply #2 on: March 13, 2017, 12:42:33 PM »
Nice looking kit and an interesting new direction.  I'm looking forward to seeing what colour it will end up being.

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Re: STEAMPUNK
« Reply #3 on: March 13, 2017, 01:20:12 PM »
            What a fascinating subject.
            I'm just a little concerned that MSea could latch onto this and we'll end up with stuff made from old tooth-brushes and disposable razors, the mind boggles.
Haddock.

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« Reply #4 on: March 13, 2017, 01:21:57 PM »
            What a fascinating subject.
            I'm just a little concerned that MSea could latch onto this and we'll end up with stuff made from old tooth-brushes and disposable razors, the mind boggles.
Haddock.
I hope I am not turning into another Martin!

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« Reply #5 on: March 13, 2017, 02:24:11 PM »
Undercoat applied, now I have to have some patience while I watch it dry.
Perhaps a bit of steampunk scratch building?

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Re: STEAMPUNK
« Reply #6 on: March 13, 2017, 04:11:46 PM »
            What a fascinating subject.
            I'm just a little concerned that MSea could latch onto this and we'll end up with stuff made from old tooth-brushes and disposable razors, the mind boggles.
Haddock.
I hope I am not turning into another Martin!

The only answer is "Don't know what you mean Haddock"   and "YES you are Zak"
I am glad I am having some effect on you Zak.

zak

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Re: MODELLING STEAMPUNK
« Reply #7 on: March 14, 2017, 07:32:12 AM »
Oh no, is the start of a move towards the dark side?

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« Reply #8 on: March 14, 2017, 02:08:42 PM »
I decided to paint it grey, in this case Tamiya XF-12, J.N. Grey.
Why, because I had some and I quite like the colour.
So spray booth fan on and mask in place, it was sprayed.
I have to be careful with Tamiya paint, it does seem to affect me somewhat.
The camera never lies, but the colour is different, it must be the light that lies.
I have added some bombs underneath and a skid at the rear,
« Last Edit: March 14, 2017, 02:10:13 PM by zak »

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« Reply #9 on: March 14, 2017, 03:26:25 PM »
I like it a lot Zak - I am glad you have come over to the dark side.
Just to make you worry a little more, I also have a steampunk model to make - its a "steampunk Minion" 
So are you turning into me or am I turning into you - thats something to think about - or is the word worry about.

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« Reply #10 on: March 14, 2017, 03:53:32 PM »
I like it a lot Zak - I am glad you have come over to the dark side.
Just to make you worry a little more, I also have a steampunk model to make - its a "steampunk Minion" 
So are you turning into me or am I turning into you - thats something to think about - or is the word worry about.
Life will be what it will.................its probably too short anyway.

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« Reply #11 on: March 14, 2017, 05:20:59 PM »
Life will be what it will.................its probably too short anyway.

Very philosophic of you -- or as my spelling goes "very filosofic of you "

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« Reply #12 on: March 14, 2017, 06:05:30 PM »
Life will be what it will.................its probably too short anyway.

Very philosophic of you -- or as my spelling goes "very filosofic of you "
Doesn't that fortify the over forties?

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Re: MODELLING STEAMPUNK
« Reply #13 on: March 14, 2017, 08:12:46 PM »
Gosh, that means Msea will be doubly fortified................
Like the Steampunk thingy, its certainly different from anything mainstream.
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Re: MODELLING STEAMPUNK
« Reply #14 on: March 15, 2017, 02:48:11 PM »
A little more painting done.
I need to make some decals sorry transfers for my rotocopter.
I will use the trust scanner and white decal paper.