Sunday, June 23, 2019

Demogorgon


The original Demogorgon of D&D is described as having two baboon-like heads connected to a reptilian body by serpentine necks, and tentacled arms. I'm pretty sure that the name was drawn from Milton, who mentions it in the same breath as the name of Orcus.

In later editions of the game, his upper body became more simian and each arm was split into two tentacles.


Recently though, the top search results for Demogorgon turn up the monster from the show Stranger Things which looks like a humanoid creature with a corpse lily for a head.


I'm partial to the original Demogorgon, and the miniature that I felt looked the closest to that design is the Icons of the Realms Demogorgon (Classic Creatures #8).


Unfortunately, the figure is posed in a strange bent over posture with flailing tentacles that is not very imposing.

The next picture is a comparison of the DDM Aspect of Demogorgon (Archfiends #45), the Icons of the Realms Demogorgon Promo (Classic Creatures #10), and a Demogorgon figure from the Stranger Things D&D Starter Set.


I like the DDM figure the best, even though it is a bit on the skinny side. The Icons of the realms promotional figure is almost the same as the larger version, but it has an upright pose that should have been used with the larger figure. Sadly both of these figures are tiny, and probably better suited to go with 15mm or 10mm figures. The Stranger Things Demogorgon is also small, but it is pretty much the correct size to go with 1/72 scale figures.

Anyway, what I decided to do was to fix the pose of the large Demogorgon figure. I straightened out the legs by cutting and extending the joints with metal pins and Kneadatite. I also reposed the right tentacle to make the tip point forward instead of backward.


The figure was then glued onto a 2¼" washer to give it some weight, and there you have it.




Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Yutyrannus huali

Yutyrannus dossier from ΛRK

Yutyrannus huali is currently the largest known feathered dinosaur to be discovered. There have been a few toys and models made of this therapod, but only two small scale versions exist.

One of the small scale models is an exclusive by Takara Tomy, made for the 2012 Dino Kingdom Expo. It was available from gashapon machines at the Expo for ¥300, but nowadays goes for about US$30 on the aftermarket. From what I have heard, it is supposed to be 1/100 scale, so I can safely pass on the model.


The other model is the Kaiyodo Yutyrannus from their Capsule Q Museum (カプセルQミュージアム) series. The Dinosaur Excavation Chronicles Tyrannosaurus (Kyōryūhakkutsuki Tyrannosaurus; 恐竜発掘記ティラノサウルス) was the first set in the series.


Each of the models comes with a human figure for scale comparison, but I can never be certain how big they are from the marketing pictures because they look identical despite being in at least three different scales.


In this particular set, the Tyrannosaurs are paired with 1/100 scale figures, while the Yutyrannus comes with a 1/60 scale figure.


The model is about 4" long, so it scales out to roughly 24 feet in 1/72, which is at the lower range of estimated size for Yutyrannus. If it were 1/60 scale, it would probably have to be considered a juvenile or sub-adult specimen.



Saturday, May 25, 2019

Cougar 6x6 MRAP


MRAP
vehicles were designed as part of a strategy to reduce or eliminate casualties caused by IEDs. Coalition forces in Afghanistan used a number of vehicles that loosely fall into this classification, but I'm not sure how many countries outside of the US and UK use the actual MRAP designation for their vehicles.

US military vehicles fall into four categories, based on size and weight.
  • Category I (7–15 tons) — Mine-Resistant Utility Vehicle (MRUV)
  • Category II (15–25 tons) — Joint Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Rapid Response Vehicle (JERRV)
  • Category III (25 tons) — For mine/IED clearance and EOD
  • MRAP-All Terrain Vehicle (M-ATV)
Most plastic 1/72 models represent M-ATVs. I'm not aware of any Cat-I or Cat-III models, and the only Cat-II vehicle model is of the Cougar. Metal and resin models exist, but I haven't really looked into any of the kits since the former can be overly simplified, while the later are expensive and often troublesome to put together.

4D 拼装模型 美国 美洲狮 6X6 防地雷反伏击车

The 4D Puzzle Model Cougar 6x6 MRAP consists of 78 pieces made in tan polystyrene. Sources seem to indicate that the manufacturer of this kit is Hehexing (合和兴), and the 4D logo and "Puzzle Model" name seem to be consistent with this company.




Some people are classifying this particular type of vehicle with six passenger compartment windows as a HEV (hardened engineer vehicle), while calling the type with only two passenger compartment windows a JERRV, but I'm not sure how accurate this information is.


The wheels have the simplified back side that some people don't care for, but the tread pattern doesn't look too bad.


The rear steps are represented as plain slabs which is incorrect, but short of supplying photoetch mesh, there's not much that can be done about it.


The front doors are separate pieces, and can be positioned open, but only has a single hinge. The rear doors can also be positioned open, but strangely enough, the turret hatch is molded closed.


Windows in the OGPK turret are solid, so should probably be drilled out and replaced with acetate panes. The 0.50 caliber is decent, but the barrel is on the thick side. The various antennae are all too short and too thick, but I'll probably leave them as is.


The searchlight was molded on one of the tan sprues, so I'll probably cast a replacement up in clear resin.


It probably took about an hour (maybe less) to assemble most of the model to this point. It can probably be built without glue, but plastic cement really helps keep all the parts in place.

I was probably overeager, and should have left the clear parts on the sprue so I could have painted them first before installation. As it is, I'll just have to pop them back out and paint a bunch of loose pieces.

Anyway, I'm going to try and get my modifications in and paint the model up over the long weekend, and hopefully be able to show off the finished model in the next week or so.