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Re: Ant`s Build

Anthony Hughes » Nov 23 '14

After a couple of weeks R&R after Telford, I`m up for starting something new so thought I`d jump in.


After a rummage through the cupboard I thought the perfect contender would be the MPC Maximillian from The Black Hole that I picked up from Chris at the UKGK.


A very simple kit, but really showing how much the whole process has improved over the last 30 odd years. Fit of the parts is pretty crude and there are apparently many inaccuracies with the actual robot, but I thought I`d go for a minimalist straight build with just some simple lighting in the head.



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Re: Ant`s Build

Eric Moore » Nov 23 '14
Good choice! Reemeber making mine whe he film first came out, and its a really nic kit whe built. I left mine in the raw plastic, figuring the colour and sheen was just right.
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Re: Ant`s Build

Ellenbethsdad » Nov 23 '14
Nice one, should be a good build but I bet you can`t resist fiddling about with it!!!
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Alun » Nov 24 '14
Bet it ends up with all sorts of flashing lights and dodads on it!


Funny how memory plays tricks on you.  Haven`t seen the film in forever and probably only seen it a couple of times ever, but I really had it in my mind that he was black, not a dark red.  


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Re: Ant`s Build

Anthony Hughes » Nov 24 '14

Been a long time since I`ve seen it too! I remember him being red, but can`t remember if his visor light throbs or just stays on...


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Ellenbethsdad » Nov 24 '14
Here`s an idea.....why not do it with Reinhardts eyes inside like in the final scene?....
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Re: Ant`s Build

Anthony Hughes » Dec 5 '14

Slow but steady progress - Stuck his legs together after much sanding & fiddling - Fine Molds this aint! Almost all of the mating surfaces don`t... :-/ Not very exciting to look at.


Moved onto the head - a quick bit of experimentation with lighting. I fine sanded a clear piece of 2mm acrylic on both sides and then curved it slightly by warming with a heat gun and bending it over a small bottle. This fits in the front half of the head behind the clear red visor to act as a diffuser. a couple of red LEDs behind gives a very smooth and even illumination.



I made up a small self contained LED drive for another project that has stalled, but realised it would fit perfectly in the head - there`s 2 LEDs on the front, and a coin cell on the back which should drive a nice throbbing effect for a couple of days at least.

The head is supposed to be glued together and then sandwiched in place when the two body halves are glued together, but given I still need access to change the battery I`ve cut the flange off the bottom of the head so that it just drops into place..


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Re: Ant`s Build

Anthony Hughes » Feb 4 '15

Slow but steady progress on Max, just not very much progress on the build log. Here`s all the major assemblies - just laid down a base coat on the main bodywork.



Still got to scratch build all the knife blade fingers - the ones in the kit are blunt as spuds...



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Anthony Hughes » Feb 8 '15

Finally a good bit of progress this week!



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Ellenbethsdad » Feb 8 '15
Nice....
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