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Old 10-09-2010, 04:42 PM   #1
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Blimey, i only went into Modelzone for some glue and filler...
Been awaiting this kit since it was announced as the George Pal version of War Of The Worlds was my number one film until Blade Runner knocked it off the top spot, and the Martian has always had a lot of charm, even if its nothing like Wells' original.
What was putting me off was the 34 price tag for a 1/8th figure.
So i figured i'd wait a while and see if i could pick it up cheaper. But there i was in the shop yesterday and there sat the fella looking at me.
And it took about 2 seconds before i gave in and bought him.
And was i glad too.
Open the box and you're presented with these here parts:



First thing to note is the hideous orange vinyl, which makes it look like something from the toy section of Poundland. Look beyond that though and there's a ton of luvverly skin detail and veins all over the place.
Next thing that's apparent is the clear base. Why? Still trying to figure it out but for the life of me i can't see why its done that way. It can't be to allow for some sort of uplighting as the base represents the floor of the ruined house, and there's so much junk on it that there's no way you could do it, even if such a thing happened in the film. Which it doesn't.
Then we have four arms. Its a nice choice - you choose to have them as on the box art, or them held together to cover up the eye as in the film when Gene Barry shines his torch at it. I'm going with the first one but will be using the spares to try out different colour schemes.
Next are the detailing parts. You get the shattered spy device, its neck, and a couple of books - one of which is The War Of The Worlds.
Finally, you get the eyes for both Martian and Spy. These are clear IP and, as the Martians eye is lit in the film, i can't really not light this fella up.
Might be a tad difficult though...
The vinyl is very heavy and thick, meaning drilling through the eye orbit into the head cavity will take some doing. Ditto running the cable down through the body.
The vinyl was a suprise - no heating up and triming of parts here. The don't have anything else other than small pouring stubs to remove and all sections fot together without glue as the peg system is so good.
Well done Pegasus.
Final thing to say is the size of the thing. I'd always figured, as it was 1/8th, it'd be pretty small. But, as you can see here, alongside my Iria kit in the same scale, he's a big fella.

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Old 16-09-2010, 05:56 PM   #2
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Looks to be a great model.

Going to make the pulsing effect for the veins?
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Old 17-09-2010, 11:35 AM   #3
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Ha! No, having enough trouble with the eye :/
Figured i'd just have him with a lit up eye as in the film, so in this shot here i've broken open an el cheapo torch, drilled a hole for its super-bright LED, put it in, assembled the fella, painted him (all but the veins and eye membrane's), bunged the lens in - and that's where we are below.
Trouble is, just after this shot, i switched on the LED to see how its looking...
And something that had never occured to me became glaringly obvious.
Those type of LED's are bright to be sure - but most of the light goes staight ahead instead of in all directiosn as in conventional bulbs.
Meaning its lighting up the rear of the centre of the lenses membrane and hardly any of it is going out the clear parts.
*Fume*
So, have now dug out the lens (which i'd luckily not glued in) and prised apart the body (which i'd unluckily ha) to get the LED and its wiring out.
Decided best step is to get two more of them and try and place each right up behind each clear section.

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Old 17-09-2010, 06:17 PM   #4
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That's just what I was thinking to try.... (muliple LEDs)

It looks awesome and will be very creepy in a scale wrecked house.
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Old 17-09-2010, 06:21 PM   #5
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Vinyl?

I thought it was an injection moulded plastic kit???
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Old 18-09-2010, 07:39 AM   #6
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And something that had never occured to me became glaringly obvious.
Those type of LED's are bright to be sure - but most of the light goes staight ahead instead of in all directiosn as in conventional bulbs.
Meaning its lighting up the rear of the centre of the lenses membrane and hardly any of it is going out the clear parts.
*Fume*

Actually, all you need to do is diffuse the light; either put a divergent lens in front of the LED, frost the LED with some emery paper or spray the backk face of the socket silver, then white, then fit the LED in the centre of the eye, pointing back towards the back of the socket
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Old 18-09-2010, 11:03 PM   #7
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This is what I love about this forum . One guy shares his enthusiasm ( and expertise ) for his latest project , hits a slight snag and fellow board members come up with solutions . Brilliant !
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Old 05-10-2010, 11:48 AM   #8
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Wee bit of progress.
Got the lighting problem sorted out (a bulb for each lens) and the skin just about done:



And the base is nearly done too. Apart from the camera, i'm keeping everything muted so as to not detract from the figure:

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Old 05-10-2010, 01:52 PM   #9
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That's a very nice little kit Manga. You've done it justice.
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Old 05-10-2010, 04:58 PM   #10
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Nice job there.
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Old 06-10-2010, 02:01 PM   #11
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Here we go all done.
With no lighting:



And with. Cameras gone a bit mad - in real life the colours of the lenses are there very well

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Old 06-10-2010, 05:17 PM   #12
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That looks GREAT!

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Posible spoiler for anyone who hasn't watched it.
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WOTW was one of my favorites growing up.
And scared the hell out of me everytime it was on TV.
Just something about when the probe comes into the house and
they have to try to not get noticed and especially when you get
just a brief glimpse of something in the yard and then ....... a hand
touches the girls shoulder - put me behind the couch everytime
with a pulse of 300 bpm.

Halloween is just around the corner too.
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