Sunday, March 13, 2016

And now back to the MWO Atlas

Like I could stay away from this. Ive been wanting to build him for so long.
So straight to it. After the washing, flash cleaning and sanding here and there Im starting with the heads.
I have 2 copies but Im going to focus on the Founder's variant head. But first a little reminder that for the Standard head you need to add a couple layers of styrene to the channel to raise the height for it. If you are building the Founders variant it will sit just fine. There are 2 little angled bits that look like thumbs, they were removed from the head to ease the casting nightmare but they sit here.
Down to the feet.  Ankle shields fit here.
On the arms you can put either the PPCs or Large Lasers.

Ill be using the PPCs for this guy. Im saving the L lasers for the other one which Ill make into a Boar's Head.
K. Now the hips and all those little shield bits. Center these ones here.

Front bits here.
Ass bits here.
The back has layers. I start by sitting the torso flat and just center the bottom piece here.
Now turn the torso on its side to guide the placement of this piece. Flush to the top. And repeat on the other side.

Now the center mass is where I ran into a problem. Once I got it in it seemed to sit higher than its supposed to. I dont know why this happened. I guess I screwd up here.
 Anyway its a simple fix. Add a layer of styrene.
 And trim off the excess.

Final bits to the back, the big heat sinks. Again making sure they are flush to the top.

That means you can now add the shoulder tops. As you can see, you must place it right to the edge of the corner. Id add little  colored arrows to point it out better but I dont know how.
The rest of the arms go together thus

Now the side torso bits I admit I could have done a better job and added placement makers so just make note here. This side is easy. Flush to the edge and leave a 1/16 inch space to back edge.
 Replicate on the other side best you can. Again sorry for that lack placement marker.

.But once you have that the SRM6 fits right under.
And add the little bit under the SRM6
Now the torso again with the LRM 20. And opposite whatever-you-call-it-bit. They butt right up to the shoulder  round edge.

And of course the legs.
Knee joints, and add the flat shield to the outside of the legs. Round bit goes on the inside. And Hip pieces are self explanatory I think. And I think that about does it.
Except for the AC20 which Ill apply later. Damn this guys is big and heavy, all that resin. Im going to drill and pin a few places I think.
And a pic with the King Crab and Urbie. Id be shitting bricks in the game if I came face to face against all that firepower.

Friday, March 11, 2016

My attentions are seriously divided.

Im all over the place. I freely admit it. One day Im working on a mech(like the Atlas) then I look to my left and see the DL-44 blaster that needs more work
or the other one
but then that reminds me of the Dredd lawgivers that I still need to clean, crappy Stallone version
and awesome 2012 version built around a working airsoft Glock.
Then I look over and see the Halo pistol I recently acquired.
Awesome piece from Tactonyx Studios. With working trigger and slide and removable clip. Even the laser sight is removable.  And of course this reminds me to get back to pepakuring my HALO Reach armor.

Which I hope to have done by end of summer. And by done I mean resined, fiberglassed, bondoed, sanded primed painted. Shit, so much to do.
And I still have mechs to get back to.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Atlas on my desk.

Well Ive been sidetracked lately  with prop making for friends and family the last few months. Conventions and such. A few swords, a big ass hammer for a Harley Quinn costume, a few guns and of course hard at work on Halo Reach Noble 6 armor for myself. Pics of some of those will follow soon enough. But for now....

Like many of you out there an Atlas probably just arrived at your door recently thanx in no small part to the efforts of our good buddy Tim Fusco. He put up the capital for it. and he really pushed to get this kit off my desk and into your hands and I have to admit Im glad he did.   Of course a shout out goes to Jimi Glancy for the casting. As always a top notch job.

So this is the only pic Ive taken so far, after the initial unwrap the amount of parts is kinda overwhelming. Only 1 part didnt make it thru the whole casting process. Which is understandable when there are so may parts to keep track off. There was a part that was supposed to be slotted into the neck slot to allow for the Standard head to sit correctly. For a quick review have a look here

This was my first part education some months ago. As you can see I talk about the different heads and what to do for them.  Without the spacer part you'll need to just add a couple of styrene layers to bring it up to the right height. There are  no mods that need to be done to heads at all.
Everything else should be straightforward to any modeler with experience with resin kits.

Have to do the usual bath and flash cleanup but I should be able to get to building in a few days.