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Baranovich Supporting Member of TMP21 Aug 2017 2:51 p.m. PST

Posting some progress pics. of my Scibor dwarf steamcopter model.

This turned out to be a very cool-looking model once it's finally mounted on its scenic base and actually in the air.

As I described in my earlier review of the model, Scibor doesn't include any holes or any type of wire or support pieces to attach the model to the scenic base. You have to drill your own holes and supply your own wire.

I chose a thick, sturdy piece of copper rod several inches long. I used a pin vice to drill the holes. The resin that Scibor uses is fairly soft and light and was pretty easy to drill into.

I also had a terrifying mishap while priming the copter itself, it tipped over and fell about a foot onto the cellar floor. One of the rear edges of the rear landing gear pads snapped off and it was lost to oblivion. I used some GW greenstuff to fabricate the chunk that was lost and did my best to make it match the original shape and to match the wood grain lines. I think it came out fairly well and blends in pretty well.

Some pics. of the drill holes and the landing gear repair job:

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Another issue that had to be dealt with was that the scenic base that came with the model was FAR too small. I think it was like a 40mm x 40mm base. The copter would tip over if it was attached to the base as is.

I took two 100mm x 50mm plastic rectangular bases and glued them together. I then glued the scenic base to the plastic bases. I then took some wall spackle/filler and blended the scenic base to the plastic base by creating a gentle slope around it.

Some pics of the base:

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And finally some pics of the model completely assembled, primed and ready to be painted:

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Xintao Supporting Member of TMP21 Aug 2017 9:02 p.m. PST

Very cool.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP22 Aug 2017 5:32 a.m. PST

Nice looking piece.

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