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Kit bashing model building and painting

Updated on April 9, 2013

Kit Bashed Models WK

Hey my name is Staymor and I like to kitbash models as well as paint miniature soldiers and do artwork for t-shirts. I do this for fun and as a creative outlet. The model making I engage in is not so much a science but more like a painting in progress. While there are some really great precision model makers and kit bashers out there I go by whether it works for me and it is as realistic as I can make it. I certainly understand the level of talent out there and am really just satisfied to make a lense and show some of my work. Check some of the stuff out and comment if you like but most of all thanks for stopping by.

Star Wars Corellian Snub Carrier

Back Story-The Corellian Snub Carrier was created following Episode 6. Due to the lack of Rebel funds, smaller support and attack craft were created utilizing spare Empire parts in order to tackle the huge mop up campaign.

This scratch built craft measuring 17.5 inches long took a while to build. I of course kit bashed for a lot of the detail parts. I also lit the model with battery operated LEDs.

Snub Carrier Front Section

The front portion of the carrier with bridge lit orange. All the turrets move. The front lighted windows in white have some recessed detail inside.

Snub Carrier Front Section Underneath

Here you can see a lot of the detail underneath as well as the larger escape pods.

Snub Carrier Side Rear Section

Here you can see the side section and rear portion. Battle damage and extreme weathering present from a very active vessel.

Snub Carrier Flight Deck

Here we see the flight deck where we have 2 Y-Wing fighters docked. In space pilots are able to access the cockpit from the docking structure. There are also 2 x-wings one being re-fueld while the other is in launch position.

Snub Carrier Flight Deck Top View

Here is just a different angle of the carrier flight deck. Pictured on the deck is the logo for the battle group this ship belongs to.

Snub Carrier Rear Engines

A rear shot of the massive engines powering the Carrier. Also seen in the rear section is the antenna array.

Snub Carrier Rear Antenna Array

Close up of antenna array.

Snub Carrier Side Detail

Here is another shot of the side of the carrier. The lower turret has 2 barrels while the top has the three.

Snub Carrier Underneath Front Angle

Here is another front angle from below. More detail plus some lighting is visible.

Snub Carrier Rear Medium Shot

The final shot of the Corellian Snub Carrier from the rear.

Beau Geste castle

My Dad had made a castle based on the movie Beau Geste back in the 1970s. The scale is 1/32 fitting figures of the 3-3 1/2 inches range. I kept it and recently decided to fix it up and detail it. I added texture to the walls, replaced the gate with a more detailed piece, replaced and aged all of the wood planks. I created a brand new staircase from the floor to the upper deck. I added all of the small detail pieces, the barrels, gun and ammo boxes as well as new flagpole and ropes. I re-painted and aged the whole castle inside and out. I added the Fort Zinderneuf sign at the request of my father. Here are some pics:

Beau Geste Staircase detail

Beau Geste Front gate with sign

Beau Geste interior front with gate open.

Beau Geste interior view of tower with staircase.

Beau Geste tower with French Flag.

Beau Geste interior wall and wood detail.

Space Cruiser
Space Cruiser

Kit Bashed Sci-Fi Cruiser

This particular project was finished in the early 1990.s and was done for a video movie project by my brother. It was created from kit bashing many other models. I lighted the engine, the top navigation light and the torpedo weapon in the front. Detail and weathering done by acrylic paints and brushes. I like to use acrylic paint for almost everything as you can blend and mix so many combinations of color.

Cruiser Top View

Cruiser "top" lights off
Cruiser "top" lights off

This is the top view of the cruiser with battery pack (4 Double A's) seen in the rear. The lights are off. I tend to use acrylic paints for most of my projects. Acrylic dries faster and has endless mixing capabilities. It easily washes off with mistakes as well. Navigation light on below.

Aft view of detail.

Aft view detail.
Aft view detail.

Top front detail.

Top Front Detail
Top Front Detail

Aft view lights on.

Lights on aft view.
Lights on aft view.

Front and Rear detail.

54mm Plastic Teddy Roosevelt

Teddy Roosevelt
Teddy Roosevelt

I painted a BMC plastic Theodore Roosevelt 1/32 scale. Height is about 2 and1/2 inches tall. I used acrylic paints and this results in a matte finish.

Back view of Teddy

Painting small figures is tough and sometimes requires magnifying glass and a lot of light. Hilariously shown in "The Forty Year Old Virgin" where Steve Carell nerdily paints his soldiers.

Side view of Teddy

Teddy Roosevelt
Teddy Roosevelt

54mm Indian from Little Big Horn.

Little Big Horn Indian Warrior
Little Big Horn Indian Warrior

Here is another plastic BMC soldier. This 1/32 scale figure was painted in acrylic. I researched for the colors and design on the warrior.

Side view of warrior

Indian warrior
Indian warrior

Here you can see some of the detail work on the pants and headdress.

Top view of Warrior

indian warrior.
indian warrior.

More detail on the headdress. I painted the fur individually varying the colors black, white & grey.

Underneath view.

indian warrior
indian warrior

Here you see more of the detail on the chest plate and face.

USS Hannibal Model (Lights Off)

Here is the USS Hannibal model which was kit-bashed from the Star Trek movie Enterprise model kit. The Hannibal is a Heavy Destroyer with one engine and multiple Photon Torpedo bays. The model took a great deal of time to complete. The hull is detailed with the aztec pattern which gives the effect of paneling or grey areas. The model is fully lit with LED lights for the windows. A small heatless neon tube lights the engine and red LED lights for the Photon torpedoes in the front saucer section. There are multiple blinking navigation lights on the top and bottom of the saucer section. The model was painted in both gloss white spray paint as well as light grey flat spray paint. Decals and Federation markings were taken from other kits. The first set of pictures are different angles of the model with the lights off.

Top of Hannibal model (lights off)

Star Trek Hannibal
Star Trek Hannibal

Right rear of Hannibal (lights off)

Star Trek
Star Trek

Top rear saucer section Hannibal (lights off)

Star Trek
Star Trek

In this picture you see the rear saucer section with shuttle bay doors 1 and 2.

Front saucer section Hannibal (lights off)

In this picture you can see the front inset photon torpedo bays.

Isolated lighting on Hannibal Model

Star Trek
Star Trek

Isolated lighting on Hannibal Model: Main engine

Isolated lighting on Hannibal Model Front Photon Torpedoes.

Isolated lighting on Hannibal Model: Front photon torpedoes.

Isolated lighting on Hannibal Model

Star Trek
Star Trek

Isolated lighting on Hannibal Model: Rear impulse engines.

Isolated lighting on Hannibal Model

Star Trek
Star Trek

Isolated lighting on Hannibal Model:Side windows and bottom saucer lights.

Isolated lighting on Hannibal Model

Star Trek
Star Trek

Isolated lighting on Hannibal Model: top saucer section with rear upper decks and neck.

Isolated lighting on Hannibal Model

Star Trek
Star Trek

Isolated lighting on Hannibal Model: Top saucer section and neck.

Isolated lighting on Hannibal Model

Star Trek
Star Trek

Isolated lighting on Hannibal Model: Top bridge lighting with some photo distortion.

USS Hannibal Lights

Here are the navigation lights on the saucer section

In Progress DEATH STAR

Death Star
Death Star

Here is the Death Star Kit still in progress. The light holes were drilled with a 1/16" drill bit . By scale this leaves the windows a little larger then I would like however due to the thickness of the plastic, made them the best size for visibility. In some cases I used a metallic duct tape cut in tiny squared sections and place them over the larger holes. Then with a pin poked smaller holes. I painted these the same color scheme. This provided for some variation in the window sizes. Each indentation in the death Star is hand painted with a mixture of gray and white. The main Death Star surface was painted with a flat light aircraft grey.

In progress DEATH STAR interior

Death Star
Death Star

Here is the interior of 1/2 of the Death Star model. I have the metal pole going through and stopping at the top where both halves will rest on it. I have battery operated LED lights bundled and giving off light close and far in the model. The interior is painted both with reflective silver and then a flat gray in the seams to prevent light from seeping out.

Death Star Lighting

A little grainy I know, I just wanted an overall lighting feel.

More to come.........

More lighted pictures to come.........

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    • Diana Wenzel profile image

      Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

      Kit bashing is new to me. I can see that it would be a fascinating hobby. Awesome detail in your models. It's obvious that you have an eye for detail and a willingness to put in the time required to create some spectacular miniatures. I enjoyed seeing your artistic work.

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      goldenrulecomics 4 years ago

      Very nicely done, and great photos!

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      Returned to pin this.

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      pcgamehardware 5 years ago

      Really cool and unique... :)

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      KandH 5 years ago

      Wow, this is very cool!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      great Lens!

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      Anthony Godinho 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      These are cool...thanks for sharing this with us. Blessed! :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Too cool lens.. I love to be here :)

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      nice collectible items. i like the flying saucer but i have an airplane already on my desk.

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      Tony Payne 5 years ago from Southampton, UK

      These are excellent. Years ago I used to collect Airfix kits and did a lot of wargaming. I had hundreds of models and thousands of troops, many of which I painted. All now long since gone though. Nicely done, blessed.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      The Death Star is my favorite.

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      Sfthomas 5 years ago

      These are some very nice models, interested in the Death Star myself.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      enjoyed browsing on your lens tonight, thank you for it.

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      LouisaDembul 5 years ago

      Really nice kitbashing here!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Something new and super-cool. Very nicely reviewed.

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      Ellen Gregory 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      I never heard of kitbashing. When I was young we made models. I am guessing this is the same thing only you are customizing the models??? nice lens

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      BuildingBlockToys 5 years ago

      Never heard of kit bashing before, but it looks cool!

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      SquidooPower 5 years ago

      Very cool. Loved your Teddy Roosevelt! Check out my T.R lenses Through-the-Brazilian-Wilderness and The-River-of-Doubt

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      Teri Villars 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Interesting photos! I wondered what Trekkies did in their spare time! ha!

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      NevermoreShirts 5 years ago

      Very cool stuff!!!

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Wow - a lot of really cool kit bashing you've done here. Love it! Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      blessedmomto7 5 years ago

      I never heard of kit bashing either, but loved your lens.

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      iWriteaLot 5 years ago

      Great lens and what an interesting art form Never heard of kit bashing. Thanks!

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      Elsie Hagley 5 years ago from New Zealand

      Nice lens, different to most I view. You have done a great job with the painting. Thanks for sharing. *Blessed*