September 4th, 2011
This is my last year and 4 months worth of work. I have 1 week to finish the white model.
Originally this was going to be an "out of the box" build. Just a quick build of JSV's DIY Reaver Titan from BWC Archive...the only problem was my inability to leave well enough alone....it all started with building the feet and thinking "it would be cooler if I just added raised surface detail" then..."If I added hydraulics to the model...that would be really cool..." and so on. Well, needless to say, it became an exercise in creativity (and sometimes endurance - sanity went out the door long before the start of this project).
OK, so here's the deal: So often I see people posting about making this and other large kits out of pl*stic as opposed to trying to make it out of paper and cardboard (this is a paper model forum, after all). My thought was that if you wanted to take the time, it could all be done in paper. Also, not everyone on a group or forum may have access to the materials others have, but everyone can get their hands on paper and glue. Thirdly, I have seen this and other models done before where the model was (or looked) slammed together (now, in the builder's defense, if you are building it to the best of your abilities, then well done).
I am about 93% finished with the model and here's what I have wrought.
- Re-laid out the parts to fit on US letter
- Added raised surface edges
- Re designed upper leg assembly to more closely match the metal miniature's set up and leg orientation.
- Added hand punched grill (paper),false mechanics, "eye" optics, Hose attachments, rivets, and raised surface detail to the "Dragon" or "Eagle" head that comes with the kit
- scratch built a second "python" head with raised detail and hose attachments (this will be the one that goes on it in the end)
- Heavily modified both mini cannon and Plasma Blastgun (not finished, will be adding hoses and other details)
- Added rear radiator under carapace to match the metal miniature
- Magnetized all weapon mounts, head mount, and ankles
- Custom designed scrollwork, and raised surface logos
- lowered the head mount to match the metal miniature.
- added platform to set rocket launcher further back on carapace to more match the miniature
Because Zealot does not seem to want to take attachments at this time, here's a link to the pics....
65 comments on "Model of the Month: Reaver Titan WIP"
2 words my friend... fiberglass resin... when you are done with the titan, just take each part and paint fiberglass resin on each piece, let it dry, then do a second coat, put it together and now you have a titan with strong enough parts to stand freely.
That's an awesome build ARMORMAN. I have to 2nd the whole fiberglass thing, of course.
The Titan and I made the local paper....
Originally Posted by ARMORMANCongratulations! It is an outstanding model.
The Titan and I made the local paper....
I'm starting to detail the Titan and I have a suggestion for those who want to add scroll detailing to their models. If you have access to a scrap book store, look at their selection of punches. I have found that the cast off pieces are great for making such details (and saving my poor, tired fingers from large amounts of cutting). I have attached a link with some examples:
AMORMAN, you rule. Your knowledge, reference base, leaves me in awe. I wish I had 1/10th of the knowledge you have of this stuff. Incredible, really.
>On a technical note, PVC sheets glue easy with the Plumbers goop from Home Depot, is really strong, and could be incorporated into key panels, then covered with paper.
Ahhh....but that breaks the rules....I know nothing, the only things I know are the things the Lord gives me insight on.
Yeah, but listening to the Lord is just as important. How many people ask, but just don't listen?
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I'm starting to detail the Titan and I have a suggestion for those who
want to add scroll detailing to their models. If you have access to a
scrap book store, look at their selection of punches. I have found
that the cast off pieces are great for making such details (and saving
my poor, tired fingers from large amounts of cutting). I have attached
a link with some examples:
Here's what the toes are looking like:
that's really excellent! Some of the parts looks cast!