Mark's Aoshima Satellite Selene

Our annual 'low budget' Christmas Competition.

Mark's Aoshima Satellite Selene

Sponsor

Sponsor
 

Mark's Aoshima Satellite Selene

Postby Mark » Sun Nov 13, 2016 9:55 am

My entry, the Satellite kit, Selene from Aoshima. This is a 1/72 scale kit, and is a relatively new tooling.

Image

We get three sprues, one black, one grey and one clear blue. There are also some metal rods.

Image

Image

The instructions are pretty much standard. There are only about half a dozen colours needed and these are marked on the instructions. No final painting guide, and no decals.

Image

It should be a relatively easy build, with a bit of a challenge to get the solar panels looking realistic. I think I'll probably use the same technique I used on the Chinese space craft as those came out quite
Cheers
Mark

If you nose runs and your feet smell, you're upside down !
User avatar
Mark
Site Admin
Site Admin
 
Posts: 16040
Joined: Wed Aug 26, 2009 10:44 pm
Karma: 413

Re: Mark's Aoshima Satellite Selene

Postby number1 » Sun Nov 13, 2016 10:45 am

Nice choice Mark, should be a little cracker when finished. I notice 1 of the paints is called 'character blue' unusual name for a blue :laughing-rolling:
number1
Colonel
Colonel
 
Posts: 3077
Joined: Mon Sep 26, 2011 9:03 pm
Karma: 158

Re: Mark's Aoshima Satellite Selene

Postby royjess » Sun Nov 13, 2016 1:21 pm

A really great choice, nice to see something different than your usual air planes, tanks and cars kits etc...

I look forward to seeing how you are going to finally display this

Roy :D
Completed Builds Hachette - The Black Pearl
Completed Builds DeAgostini - Build the Millennium Falcon

Always thinking outside the box....!
User avatar
royjess
Brigadier
Brigadier
 
Posts: 4974
Joined: Fri Mar 14, 2014 3:29 pm
Location: Watton, Norfolk
Karma: 256

Re: Mark's Aoshima Satellite Selene

Postby casper » Sun Nov 13, 2016 4:33 pm

great looking kit Mark and interesting subject
I was watching a Hubble documentary this morning and it was fascinating. Are there any good Hubble kits
casp
My Honda MP4/4 Build Diary
viewtopic.php?f=80&t=5208
User avatar
casper
General
General
 
Posts: 13255
Joined: Tue Jun 07, 2011 6:23 pm
Location: North Wales
Karma: 372

Re: Mark's Aoshima Satellite Selene

Postby Mark » Sun Nov 13, 2016 4:36 pm

Thanks guys, I'm looking forward to it.

I can only guess that the 'character blue' is a mis-translation of a blue from one of the Japanese cartoon series ?

Hadn't given much thought to display yet. It's a lunar satellite, but I'm not sure I can manage a lunar base using every day objects....

I've seen a paper Hubble kit I think, but haven't seen a plastic one. I'd buy it in a flash if I ever find one !!
Cheers
Mark

If you nose runs and your feet smell, you're upside down !
User avatar
Mark
Site Admin
Site Admin
 
Posts: 16040
Joined: Wed Aug 26, 2009 10:44 pm
Karma: 413

Re: Mark's Aoshima Satellite Selene

Postby casper » Sun Nov 13, 2016 5:03 pm

found a card model on Hubble site, looks pretty good
http://hubblesite.org/the_telescope/han ... expert.pdf
My Honda MP4/4 Build Diary
viewtopic.php?f=80&t=5208
User avatar
casper
General
General
 
Posts: 13255
Joined: Tue Jun 07, 2011 6:23 pm
Location: North Wales
Karma: 372

Re: Mark's Aoshima Satellite Selene

Postby Mark » Mon Nov 14, 2016 3:43 pm

I've made a start..... The main body is glued together. I was expecting an easy ride with this kit, but not to be.... the fit isn't great :angry-banghead:

Image

It's going to be a case of every corner needs filling..... I'm using Mr Surfacer 500, carefully applied with a cocktail stick.
Cheers
Mark

If you nose runs and your feet smell, you're upside down !
User avatar
Mark
Site Admin
Site Admin
 
Posts: 16040
Joined: Wed Aug 26, 2009 10:44 pm
Karma: 413

Re: Mark's Aoshima Satellite Selene

Postby corelki2005 » Mon Nov 14, 2016 6:37 pm

@ Casper

Hasegawa do a hubble telescope with a space shuttle but its in 1/200 so not very big

kit no. 10676

Anyone know where one could get hold of selene as I haven't been able to
Nick
corelki2005
Captain
Captain
 
Posts: 1106
Joined: Wed Jul 06, 2011 5:11 pm
Location: Nothamptonshire
Karma: 42

Re: Mark's Aoshima Satellite Selene

Postby Mark » Thu Nov 24, 2016 3:00 pm

I've finally filled and sanded the dodgy joints around the corners...... I used Mr Surfacer 500 applied with a cocktail stick, then wet sanded with sanding sticks.

Image

Next up is a quick squirt of primer to see how good a job i've done of the filling and sanding....
Cheers
Mark

If you nose runs and your feet smell, you're upside down !
User avatar
Mark
Site Admin
Site Admin
 
Posts: 16040
Joined: Wed Aug 26, 2009 10:44 pm
Karma: 413

Re: Mark's Aoshima Satellite Selene

Postby royjess » Thu Nov 24, 2016 4:15 pm

Coming along nicely, Jess said that I could do with a bit of that filler for my face :o :lol: ;)
Completed Builds Hachette - The Black Pearl
Completed Builds DeAgostini - Build the Millennium Falcon

Always thinking outside the box....!
User avatar
royjess
Brigadier
Brigadier
 
Posts: 4974
Joined: Fri Mar 14, 2014 3:29 pm
Location: Watton, Norfolk
Karma: 256

Re: Mark's Aoshima Satellite Selene

Postby morrigan » Sun Dec 25, 2016 8:46 pm

Intereseting subject, I like it!
Even though I keep envisioning the body painted in in blue, with the words Police Box at one end!
Needs more fusewire
User avatar
morrigan
Lietenant Colonel
Lietenant Colonel
 
Posts: 2681
Joined: Thu Feb 10, 2011 7:21 am
Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Karma: 295

Re: Mark's Aoshima Satellite Selene

Postby royjess » Fri Jan 06, 2017 5:23 pm

How is your build coming along Mark? This is one of the builds that I'm looking forward to seeing completed

Roy :D
Completed Builds Hachette - The Black Pearl
Completed Builds DeAgostini - Build the Millennium Falcon

Always thinking outside the box....!
User avatar
royjess
Brigadier
Brigadier
 
Posts: 4974
Joined: Fri Mar 14, 2014 3:29 pm
Location: Watton, Norfolk
Karma: 256

Re: Mark's Aoshima Satellite Selene

Postby Mark » Sat Jan 07, 2017 4:18 pm

I've made a little more progress. I've got some photos on Photobucket, but I'm in Shanghai at the moment and Photobucket is blocked :angry-banghead:
Still going to have my work cut out to finish it in time, but it's getting there.
Cheers
Mark

If you nose runs and your feet smell, you're upside down !
User avatar
Mark
Site Admin
Site Admin
 
Posts: 16040
Joined: Wed Aug 26, 2009 10:44 pm
Karma: 413

Re: Mark's Aoshima Satellite Selene

Postby morrigan » Mon Jan 09, 2017 6:58 am

So your photobuckets been Shanghai'd?
Needs more fusewire
User avatar
morrigan
Lietenant Colonel
Lietenant Colonel
 
Posts: 2681
Joined: Thu Feb 10, 2011 7:21 am
Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Karma: 295

Re: Mark's Aoshima Satellite Selene

Postby Mark » Mon Jan 09, 2017 9:56 am

Groan..... :lol:
Cheers
Mark

If you nose runs and your feet smell, you're upside down !
User avatar
Mark
Site Admin
Site Admin
 
Posts: 16040
Joined: Wed Aug 26, 2009 10:44 pm
Karma: 413

Re: Mark's Aoshima Satellite Selene

Postby Mark » Mon Jan 09, 2017 10:36 am

Here's the latest progress. The ring round the main propulsion motor. This was a right pain. It's supplied in 8 parts, each one fitted with a round pin in a round hole, so aligning the parts, which don't fit particularly well, is tricky.
Then all the joints needed filling as they don't fit particularly well....... I used Mr Surfacer 500, applied with a cocktail stick. My pot is getting a little old and going a bit viscous, which is a good thing !! It sticks to the cocktail stick better !!
Just noticed that this is the pre-filled photo. The post filler photo will follow later (Haven't taken it yet :oops: )

There are a few other details added as well, but there are quite a few more still to go.

Image

Photobucket has improved now. It's going at the speed of a snail on Valium !! Still, it's an improvement over being completely blocked !!
Cheers
Mark

If you nose runs and your feet smell, you're upside down !
User avatar
Mark
Site Admin
Site Admin
 
Posts: 16040
Joined: Wed Aug 26, 2009 10:44 pm
Karma: 413

Re: Mark's Aoshima Satellite Selene

Postby royjess » Mon Jan 09, 2017 10:11 pm

Coming along nicely :clap: :clap: :clap: , I can't wait to see the solar panels added...
Completed Builds Hachette - The Black Pearl
Completed Builds DeAgostini - Build the Millennium Falcon

Always thinking outside the box....!
User avatar
royjess
Brigadier
Brigadier
 
Posts: 4974
Joined: Fri Mar 14, 2014 3:29 pm
Location: Watton, Norfolk
Karma: 256

Re: Mark's Aoshima Satellite Selene

Postby morrigan » Thu Jan 19, 2017 12:27 am

Mark wrote:
Photobucket has improved now. It's going at the speed of a snail on Valium !! Still, it's an improvement over being completely blocked !!

Ahh, so ops normal for Photobucket then!
Needs more fusewire
User avatar
morrigan
Lietenant Colonel
Lietenant Colonel
 
Posts: 2681
Joined: Thu Feb 10, 2011 7:21 am
Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Karma: 295

Re: Mark's Aoshima Satellite Selene

Postby Mark » Fri Jan 20, 2017 10:50 am

Onwards and upwards !! Here is the promised shot of the post filled ring at the bottom. At least, it seems to have the engine int he middle (not yet fitted) so I'm calling it the bottom. The Mr Surfacer 500 is really good and filling small gaps, and sands easily with a wet sanding stick.

Image

A few more details are added.

Image

Image

The two daughter satellites are assembled. All easy stuff. These are made from clear blue plastic as the body is completely covered in solar panels as far as I can tell.

Image

Now it's time for a lick of paint. A squirt of black for the main body

Image

The solar panels were painted Tamiya Chrome. Not a paint I like as the 'chrome' flakes are quite coarse and unrealistic looking. However, I think the effect works quite well for a solar panel. Then they were given a coat of clear blue. Needs another couple of coats to darken the blue, or perhaps a coat of 'Smoke' might give a good effect ? or risk mixing a drop of black white clear blue ? What do you think ?

If I've got time, a coat of gloss varnish will finish the job.

Image

Pretty much an out of the box build. The real satellite has what looks like a black plastic covering, although I'm guessing it's a bit more high tech than a bin liner !! I haven't managed to come up with a good way of simulating that at a small scale. The main antenna looks wrong as well, although photos on the web (there aren't many) seem to suggest it is right. The only ones I could find showing the antenna are CGI, but they are from the manufacturer.
Cheers
Mark

If you nose runs and your feet smell, you're upside down !
User avatar
Mark
Site Admin
Site Admin
 
Posts: 16040
Joined: Wed Aug 26, 2009 10:44 pm
Karma: 413

Re: Mark's Aoshima Satellite Selene

Postby royjess » Fri Jan 20, 2017 11:09 am

That is really beginning to take shape now. Can't wait to see it completed.
Completed Builds Hachette - The Black Pearl
Completed Builds DeAgostini - Build the Millennium Falcon

Always thinking outside the box....!
User avatar
royjess
Brigadier
Brigadier
 
Posts: 4974
Joined: Fri Mar 14, 2014 3:29 pm
Location: Watton, Norfolk
Karma: 256

Next

Return to Xmas Competition 2016

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest