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Mech Speedbuild 01
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Published: May 17, 2015
© 2015 - 2019 Spex84
Late last year I decided to take a break from model projects that involved a lot of careful planning and detail, and sat down for an afternoon with a pile of junk parts and a hot glue gun.

I've been collecting junk for ages now, and when I have too much, I get rid of some. This time, it actually turned into something :)

Using hot glue is quick, crude, and a lot of fun because design decisions can be made on the fly without careful cutting or waiting for adhesives to set.

This is my first build of this kind...it was a lot of fun. The final product has a lot of rough edges, but that was the whole point.

I made a couple of sketches first to get a rough idea of what I was going to build, and then I went nuts. I spent 4 hours or so building on the first day, painted it olive drab on the second...didn't like that, and the model sat for months. Then I came back to it, ripped off the original (fat) front legs and replaced them with legs more like the rears (another hour or so) and re-painted it in the scheme you see here (another few hours).

A partial parts list:
-dental floss container
-toothpaste caps
-tictac lid
-spool
-Stealth bomber landing gear
-p-51 fighter parts
-helicopter rotor blades
-plane ailerons and spars
-small chunks from a klingon battlecruiser
-small plastic cylinder collected on the beach
-wooden peg with rounded end
-LED in housing
-large diode (?)
-puzzle toy pieces made of connected spheres (I cut them apart and used individual spheres at joints)
-corvette frame pieces, intake hose
-sheet plastic
-wire
-pipe filters (metal mesh)
-craft eyelets

EDIT: and here's a little slideshow/video that shows some of the work in progress: www.youtube.com/watch?v=BBqGlx…
Image size
1200x1350px 1.02 MB
IMAGE DETAILS
Make
Canon
Model
Canon PowerShot SX500 IS
Shutter Speed
1/40 second
Aperture
F/4.5
Focal Length
8 mm
ISO Speed
100
Date Taken
Apr 26, 2015, 8:38:43 PM
Software
Adobe Photoshop CS5 Windows
Sensor Size
1mm
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ephebox's avatar
Fantastic job! I've been watching your video and its really interesting!! :squee: I think that "trashbashing" its a good way to recycle and create great models with no much money!! Great work, dude! :bye:
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Spex84's avatar
Cheers, thanks :) It sure was fun, I hope to do more.
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SketchyPanda23|Hobbyist General Artist
Excellent!!! 
Its hard to see that you what you used. So good job dude!! <3 
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SABI-HOBBY|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome work! The pieces you chose really work well together. It looks like it would really work. The paint job is really good too.
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Spex84's avatar
Thank you!
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AlterEvo's avatar
This is a really beauty piece of junk.
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enc86's avatar
really awesome work and bash! love the paint and weathering as well. top notch!
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Cheers, thanks!
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goofymoNkey|Professional Filmographer
Epic. The paint job looks fantastic. How did you get that spray painted look on such a (I'm assuming) small scale?
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Thanks. The whole thing fits in maybe a 5 inch cube.
The spray painted finish is...spray paint! Tamiya sand over some rustoleum iron oxide red primer, with the bottom left olive drab from its previous paint job.
  To do the color accents (again with red oxide), I just made ultra-crude paper masks by bending a piece of paper to mask most of the model, holding the paper in place with one hand and spraying with the other hand. This results in some soft edges and overspray.
It's way faster than carefully preparing tape masks, and it's kinda fun.
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goofymoNkey|Professional Filmographer
Nice! Thanks for the detailed run-down. And again, excellent job. :)
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You're welcome, and thanks!
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WilPetty|Professional Digital Artist
Amazing detail! Ever use sculpey clay? Awesome job!
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I have some sculpey but have not really used it much yet!
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WilPetty|Professional Digital Artist
I really like it, for something like this you could get a lot of small details, maybe a character to show scale. 
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Good idea. I never really thought too hard about the scale, but I envision it being about 5-6 feet tall.
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Allyatharii's avatar
nice, looks really cool ^^
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EnjoyYoursKill|Student General Artist
nice work ^^
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MetalSnail|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great work, and awesome paint job!!!
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