AMT/Ertl Emperor Palpatine vinyl kit

micahrogers

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I tried to start this one last year and lost my nerve.
It's the AMT /Ertl Emperor Palpatine vinyl kit.
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it's approximately 1:6th scale vinyl kit, so it will be glued with CA and 2 part epoxy. I hate using these now but it's the only thing to use on vinyl.
More pics to come.
 

micahrogers

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And this is what's in the box,
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I guess it's technically a Mixed Media kit, as the figure itself is vinyl, but the walking stick is styrene. The kit also comes with two left hands in different poses.

The next step is washing the pieces, which is done now, then to trim all the flash from the pieces.

more later...
 
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A quick update for this morning, I got the pieces washed and all the excess vinyl trimmed from them.
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The next step is to apply heat and "reform" some parts so the go together better. The head and cowl needs to be opened at the base a little to rest on the shoulders better, and the left arm piece needs to be spread at the top to reduce the gap.
For those that have never worked with a vinyl kit, the material responds well to heat, submerge the parts in nearly boiling water and the vinyl becomes soft and pliable. The heat makes the vinyl soft and easy to cut accurately, and you can reshape it then "set" the new shape by cooling.

I'll try to remember to get some before and after shots of the reshaping.
Thanks
 

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This figure will be primed with dupli-color sandable primer, then painted with my now standard AV Vallejo acrylics here are both pages of my updated color pallet.
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I figured the best way to show what the reshaping did was to outline the part before and after I reshaped it. I started with the cowl / head, before and after reshaping outlines side by side.
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you can see the subtle change I made to the shape of the mounting area of the cowl.
 

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For got to take step by step pics to this point :-(
getting the flesh tones of the face and hands done.

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Next is to get the eyes and mouth detailed out.
 

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and as the coats of paint dry on the face and hands I got the seems filled on the left arm joint.
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The filler material itself is an alternative material, Dental Wax...
 

micahrogers

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Thanks RB He is a nice addition to my collection.
I got a couple natural light pics
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and next on the bench is either the Academy Mirage IIIc in 1/48th or the Space Seed edition of the TOS Enterprise in 1/1000th
 
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