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It's been awhile but I finally finished a model (too much golf). The AMT/Ertl Dr. McCoy. This is the first vinyl kit I've done. I chose this kit for a couple of reasons: I wanted my first non-styrene venture to be fairly simple and easy to replace if I screwed up, and at the time there was a lot of discussion over Trek vs figure kits on the board so I figured I'd split the difference.

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There's no such thing as too much golf :D Bones looks good, nice choice for your first vinyl.
 

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Excellent! The best rendition of that model kit that I've seen yet!
 

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Very nice work on your models.

Gee, your model collection looks a lot like mine (and probably a lot of other guys on here too)

I have yet to attempt any of my vinyl and resin models, but I may have to try one soon. Did you find it that difficult to do a vinyl model?

Larry
 

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Thanks for the comments, they are appreciated.

Ravenauthor said:
I have yet to attempt any of my vinyl and resin models, but I may have to try one soon. Did you find it that difficult to do a vinyl model?

Larry
Actually vinyl is easier that styrene. Fewer parts, therefore fewer seams. Like you I haven't started a resin kit yet, but I have a few in the pile.

Got Kirk and Spock in the works, too?
Yes, Kirk, Spock and Scotty are next up on the bench. I'll probably do all three at once since they are so similar.
 

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normlbd,

Ya tried, darn it, and that's what counts! Not that there's anything wrong with your building or painting skills. You did a fine job on a model of Dr. McCoy that doesn't look much like Dr. McCoy.

The effort that Ziz has put into his McCoy shows just how far from a likeness to DeForrest Kelley the kit is. In fact, if I were Ziz I'd add a little putty to round off the flat top of McCoy's flat noggin, too. Frankly I think the 6" Mego figures had better likenesses of Kirk, Spock, and McCoy.

But ya tried, darn it, and - oh wait, we did that already... :D
 

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The effort that Ziz has put into his McCoy shows just how far from a likeness to DeForrest Kelley the kit is. In fact, if I were Ziz I'd add a little putty to round off the flat top of McCoy's flat noggin, too.
It's still a work in progress. I've been thinking about doing that, I just don't want to overdo it.

I've also made subtle changes to Scotty and Spock, too. Kirk...well...
 

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Ziz, your McCoy is definately going to look like the real McCoy. I'd like to see all 4 when you're done. I don't get into accurizing kits myself. I build 'em straight from the box. True, the kit doesn't really look like Bones, but then I only spent $15 for it. I spend all day at work obsessing over details so I don't worry about it during hobby time. Although I'm not at all happy with the way the science insiginia on his tunic looks. I'll redo it when I do the other 3.

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Ziz, your McCoy is definately going to look like the real McCoy. I'd like to see all 4 when you're done. I don't get into accurizing kits myself. I build 'em straight from the box.
Heh. The irony of it is that I originally got into figure kits because I wanted a kit style I thought I could build "straight from the box" without obsessing over accurizing and details like on ships and vehicles.

True, the kit doesn't really look like Bones, but then I only spent $15 for it.
Unless you bought it during the initial release, you overpaid. I got the Kirk/Bones/Scotty 3 pack for $10, and found Spock at a liquidators for $3.99.

I spend all day at work obsessing over details so I don't worry about it during hobby time. Although I'm not at all happy with the way the science insiginia on his tunic looks. I'll redo it when I do the other 3.

JB
I just shaved off and repositioned the one from the kit. At first it looked a little too small. Once I modified the body, it didn't look as bad.
 

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I understood Mark. Some of the modified stuff I see is incredible and I love seeing it. I get plenty of satisfaction just building out of the box and that matches my skill level.

I started working on Kirk, Spock and Scotty last night. Kirk is puzzling me. The torso doesn't line up with the legs at all and the head seems to be a smaller scale than the body (and the other kits as well). The other three models all line up reasonably well. It's not a question of trimming the vinyl, it's just a really bad fit. The kit is molded in white vinyl while the other three I have are gray. Did I get a bum kit or is the Kirk model just different than the others?
 

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Kirk was their first attempt at vinyl kits, so they were still working the bugs out of the system.

A simple mod to make Kirk's head look better...trim down the shoulders. Look at the torso straight on. See that 1/8" or so horizontal area that comes off the shoulders? Cut that off from that point down at an angle to the armpit. Then put the arms and head on. Looks better, don't it?

http://www.zizolfo.com/images/slheight-3.JPG
 
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