1/100 LED Mirage Flame Launcher

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1/100 LED Mirage Flame Launcher

Post by Kokopelli » Wed May 25, 2011 9:40 am

Always wanted to build on of these, and I finally got my chance. And let me say, this thing is a beast. The LED itself if a bit of a clunky kit, so adding the flame launcher to it makes assembling and posing even more of a challenge. But based on experience with the previous 1/100 WAVE kit I was able to work through it.

I liked how the kit came with decals for the red portions of the legs and veil, as it saved me some painting and came out probably better than my paintjob could have. I handbrushed the metallic parts because I've always like that brushed metal look on my LED's. I wanted the flame launcher extended and in firing position, so I ran an aluminum rod through it to keep it straight, you can see it where the barrel separates, although I painted it black. Finally I built the base out of paper-mâché cause this kit needed something to stand on, not only to be impressive, but also to adjust the terrain to the oddball poseability of the legs and feet.

It holds the flame launcher real awkwardly, doesn't look good from head-on, but from the side is fine. I went a little thick on the panel lines, but it still looks presentable. I chose to put the reflectors down because I think they look funny when up.

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Re: 1/100 LED Mirage Flame Launcher

Post by kayone73 » Wed May 25, 2011 6:24 pm

Nice kit! are the Wave 1/100 kits plastic runner style? I assume the molds are basically single color and the burden of coloring & detailing falls on the builder, the designs are too gorgeous and detailed for someone my level to tackle

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Re: 1/100 LED Mirage Flame Launcher

Post by G-Slayer » Wed May 25, 2011 8:22 pm

Other than the awkward positioning of the flame launcher, the kit itself is alright. I especially like how you completed the backpack.
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Re: 1/100 LED Mirage Flame Launcher

Post by Kokopelli » Thu May 26, 2011 2:08 am

kayone73 wrote:Nice kit! are the Wave 1/100 kits plastic runner style? I assume the molds are basically single color and the burden of coloring & detailing falls on the builder, the designs are too gorgeous and detailed for someone my level to tackle
The 1/100 WAVE line is molded in the classic puke green color. Needs a couple layers of white to make it look right.

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