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This was my final model kit entry for my Star Trek display at the High River Public Library. I only had one day to paint him up. Luckily, I was able to get all the seam lines cleaned up and parts glued together five days earilier and the pants and shirt painted at the same time, but it still came down to getting the rest of the model finished in one night.

I started on Spock at 9:00 pm with the goal of having him finished by 9:00 am the next day for the library display. Anyway, here's the entire build as I was furiously moving along at a crazy pace to meet the deadline.



Here's the start of my build of the AMT Mr. Spock kit I recieved from X-mas from my lovely wife.

After glueing the pants together and cleaning up the seam lines, I discovered that a common Bic pen with some tape on it fit into the pant leg. This makes a good stand for spray painting.



The instructions say to leave off the left arm until you glue on Spock's head. This is so that you can put on the Tricorder strap on Spock by slipping it over his right arm and head.

However, I discovered that you can glue on both arms and leave Spock's head off until the final step, you can still get the strap on him. Here's how :



Slipping on the strap over the headless Spock.



And then glue on his head...well, after you paint him. And speaking of painting...



Because I needed to paint this kit in one evening, I was careful with this build to paint only the areas that needed paint and I tried not to go out of the "Lines" of the kit, basically painting it like you would colour a colouring book.



Spock with his blue shirt on. The head and comminicator hand are not glued in at this point.

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The base painted with Testor's Zinc Chromate.

 

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The other side.



Zinc Chromate applied to the snakes.



The base with everything painted in various enamel paints, but not glued on. I applied a black wash to all surfaces using Games Workshop Acrylic Bedab Black Wash then glued on the parts this morning before going to the library.



Spock's head just before painting the hair black. Makes him look old.



He also has a sepia wash.



Spock with black paint. The camera makes his skin looks like a Gi-Joe plastic toy.
 

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And now...for the finished model!



I stared painting Mr. Spock at 9:00 pm and finished at 7:30 am, working all through the night in order to make the deadline. I slept for 1.5 hours and then glued Spock together and had him at the library by 10:30 am.

Because of time restraints, I couldn't put on his Tricorder because the gloss black paint on the strap was still sticky and I didn't want black stripes getting on his shirt. Therefore, his head wasn't glued on. I'll do that when I get the model back in February.







The snakes' tounges were painted using 1971 Chrysler Hot Magenta. Teeth are bare plastic. They will yellow naturally over the upcoming years. Should be interesting to see that process.



A close-up of Spock's boot and surrounding plants. His boots were still a bit sticky when I sent him to the Library, so I had to be very careful not to touch them or else I would have left a permanet fingerprint in them and would have had to repaint them. Note the effect of the black wash on the rocks!
 

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Spock was making so much noise with the snakes that....

.....Sparky the dog decided to join in!

Hope you like the build-up!

Next up are Robby the Robot and Ed Roth's Scuz Fink. I think I'm going to paint their bases with the same colour pallet so that it looks like all Sci-Fi characters are on the same planet. I think they are all @ 1/12th scale as well.
 

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Congrats!
 

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Really nice work on Spock MadCap! I got this kit for Christmas from my wife as well!!! I will likely build it following my bridge project. You did all tis in one night? That's Amazing! :thumbsup:
 

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All in one night...and I only had "The Goal" of finishing this thing to keep me going...oh, and a big stack of 33 1/3rd records. :D
 

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One night! I am impressed!

Nice job on Spock and a first class display.

It's nice that Star Trek is "cool" again.
 
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