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Volks SAV Vatshu

Post by Sheizzel » Tue Nov 07, 2006 11:15 pm

This is a recast SAV Vatshu I got a few weeks ago. I wanted to take this chance to try something new by modifying the pose a little. Nothing drastic since I've never done it before. The original pose is ok, but the swords will have a hard time staying in the hands of the Vatshu without
falling out. It's not a big issue since pinning can easily fix the problem. And then there's the shield...I even built a support for it.

So in the end I chose to have the Vatshu hold the sword in one hand, and shield is the other hand. Thus, this is where the fun begins.

The mod started at the shoulders. The original kit had the shoulders pointing upwards. So I extended the shoulders and have them lined up in a straight line.

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Seems to be a good fit.
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Closer look at the extended shoulder.
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Next stage of the mod took place in the hand. The fingers were sawed apart so they can be extended later. I also hollowed out the palm of the hand so the sword can be attached like other Volks kits. The blade from the sword was also sawed apart from the handle so another one can replace it.

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Here's the sword. I didn't like how the original sword had the bigger tip, so I went ahead and build a new blade out of plastic boards. The blade was a X!tch to build and took the longest so far. I initially cut out a piece of 2mm plastic board which I later found out was too thin after sanding and shaping. So I later stacked two pieces of 2mm plastic boards and 1 mm on the top, bottom, and tip of the blade and start the process over again. The shaping of the sides took so damn long!
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Here's how the hand looks like right now.

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More updates to come later, as plenty of mods are needed. I'm still trying to figure out how I should go about modding the neck...Hopefully my package from Rainbowten will arrive soon. It contains replacement for the hoses used by this person.

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Post by Sheizzel » Wed Nov 08, 2006 10:11 pm

Here's how it looks like right now. The forearms are missing in the picture because I still have to sculpt new elbow joints and redo the wrists.

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Also, I'm contemplating whether or not I should add detailing to the elbow area. It appeared in the manga, and on WSC Vatshu. However, it's nonexistent on the Volks kit. Building it is the easy part, it's the fitting that concerns me.

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Post by Sheizzel » Wed Nov 15, 2006 11:44 pm

Extended the wrists and elbows. Next on the list of mods will be the left hand and the neck. A lot of work for a simple pose...

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This will be the final pose minus the shield. I think I will reshape the shoulder armors according to the drawings in Vol.11. That'll help to cover up the shoulders which were extended.
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elemental

Post by elemental » Thu Nov 16, 2006 8:11 am

That looks great. :D

When did you become a sculptor??

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Post by Sheizzel » Thu Nov 16, 2006 7:13 pm

elemental wrote:That looks great. :D

When did you become a sculptor??
Thanks. Hopefully the painting part of the kit won't be a letdown, whenever I get to it that is...

It was fun working on reshaping the joints, but I wouldn't say I'm qualified as a sculptor yet :P . I lack the right tools and imagination to do more intricate detailing on those modified areas. Hopefully that'll change later on.

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Post by happy hopping » Sat Nov 25, 2006 5:20 am

the finger re-attachment is very nicely done & very convincing. Did you just glue or use tiny pin to re-attach the fingers?
If you buy a pet from pet stores , you are encouraging those breeders to breed more. This is the condition that they lives in:

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=Iu_JqNdp2As

when you buy a pet:

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=WCNr-VrkXl8

Adopt a pet

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Post by Sheizzel » Sat Nov 25, 2006 8:39 am

happy hopping wrote:the finger re-attachment is very nicely done & very convincing. Did you just glue or use tiny pin to re-attach the fingers?
I pinned the thumb so I can attach and detach during the assembly. The rest of the fingers were pinned and puttied for reshaping.

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Post by Zoxesyr » Tue Nov 28, 2006 4:00 am

my favorite version of my favorite FSS mech!

Thanks for posting!!

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Post by Sheizzel » Wed Nov 29, 2006 2:06 am

Waited 5 weeks to get the mesh pipes, and now it's time to try them on. For some reason the pipings in the forearms on the original kit are shorter than they are supposed to be. So I chose to replace them instead of extending them. I think the new ones look better because they are slightly thicker.


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Post by happy hopping » Thu Nov 30, 2006 4:52 am

where do you get the mesh pipes?
If you buy a pet from pet stores , you are encouraging those breeders to breed more. This is the condition that they lives in:

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=Iu_JqNdp2As

when you buy a pet:

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=WCNr-VrkXl8

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Post by Sheizzel » Thu Nov 30, 2006 5:18 am

happy hopping wrote:where do you get the mesh pipes?
I got it from R10, but you can also get it from HLJ or Hobbysearch. Kotobukiya makes them. These are the same mesh pipes that came with some of the Master Grade Gundam kits, just different color.

http://www.hlj.com/hljlist2/?Maker1=KBY ... =Sci&Dis=2

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Post by happy hopping » Thu Nov 30, 2006 11:40 am

I've seen them before, but not from hobby shops, I vaguely remember it's from a car accessories online shop. And that accessory can be used for the above purpose, as they look the same.

I think I save the link, but there are thousands of link on my software, I suppose eventually it will re-surface.
If you buy a pet from pet stores , you are encouraging those breeders to breed more. This is the condition that they lives in:

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=Iu_JqNdp2As

when you buy a pet:

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=WCNr-VrkXl8

Adopt a pet

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Post by sarion » Thu Nov 30, 2006 12:48 pm

Sheizzel wrote:
happy hopping wrote:where do you get the mesh pipes?
I got it from R10, but you can also get it from HLJ or Hobbysearch. Kotobukiya makes them. These are the same mesh pipes that came with some of the Master Grade Gundam kits, just different color.

http://www.hlj.com/hljlist2/?Maker1=KBY ... =Sci&Dis=2
great info Sheizzel, i will get them when i'm in japan ^-^
anyway, it was really a lot of hardwork as far as i can see....

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Post by Sheizzel » Sat Dec 02, 2006 11:21 am

sarion wrote: great info Sheizzel, i will get them when i'm in japan ^-^
I don't think I need to say this, but have fun while you're in Japan :D . I'd go crazy with the tools and supplies since they are cheaper and easier to carry back than kits.

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Post by sarion » Sun Dec 03, 2006 3:07 pm

Sheizzel wrote:I don't think I need to say this, but have fun while you're in Japan :D . I'd go crazy with the tools and supplies since they are cheaper and easier to carry back than kits.
i already got a lot of those last time there but still have not used them.... :(

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