Archive for January, 2013

ABOUT MY BLOG

ABOUT MY BLOG

A blog by Murray Elliot Breen, aka: surfthearts  “About my blog called “surf-the-arts” My former website http://www.surf-the-arts.com, before 2007, contained my art and paintings of Hawaii. I lived on Oahu from 1995 – 2007. It helped to spread my name, and sell paintings and prints etc..    ‘Lei Making’ Watercolor […]

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ALIENS Deluxe Play Set – Customized

ALIENS Deluxe Play Set – Customized

CUSTOMIZING ALIENS DELUXE PLAY SET ALIENS Playset © 2004 by Tree House Kids ALIENS Deluxe Playset Box Cover   ALIENS Deluxe Playset Box Back   This ALIENS Deluxe Playset features the confrontation between the Colonial Marines and the Creatures from 20th Century Fox’s sci-fi classic film ALIENS. This was the […]

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Ban Dai’s O TESTER SEABASE/COMMAND CENTER

Ban Dai’s O TESTER SEABASE/COMMAND CENTER

O TESTER Seabase Command Center by BAN DAI A Sea base, Land base, any model that equals a potential diorama – I love it! I’ve had this model for a while, and I don’t know too much about it, because the box cover and all instructions are all in Japanese. […]

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PART VIII (Conclusion): SCRATCHBUILDING & KITBASHING MODELS

PART VIII (Conclusion): SCRATCHBUILDING & KITBASHING MODELS

Tutorial by John Selvia: PART VIII (Conclusion): SCRATCHBUILDING & KITBASHING  My Model Creations: Hello, as promised, I’m posting some pics of my scratchbuilt/kitbashed (don’t know exactly what term to use) spacefighter. I started with the front section of an Italeri 1/72 Mig29, and the body of an Revell 1/48 F-14, […]

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PART VII: CREATING ALIEN/ANCIENT/FANTASY ALPHABETS & SYMBOLS

PART VII: CREATING ALIEN/ANCIENT/FANTASY ALPHABETS & SYMBOLS

Tutorial by John Selvia (June 22, 2006): Tutorial PART VII CREATING ALIEN/ANCIENT/FANTASY ALPHABETS & SYMBOLS For the sci-fi modeler, graphic designer or the interface designer, coming up with convincing runes, letters, or other alien alphabet-type concepts may be challenging. I’ve been creating alien/fantasy/ancient alphabets for years, influenced by Japanese Kanji, […]

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PART VI: SCRATCHBUILDING & KITBASHING

PART VI: SCRATCHBUILDING & KITBASHING

Tutorial by John Selvia: Tutorial PART VI – BALANCE Whenever I work on a spaceship model, I view the hull as sort of a blank canvas – it’s the foundation for all the detail I’m going to put on it. The way I develop details for that ship is to […]

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PART V: SCRATCHBUILDING & KITBASHING

PART V: SCRATCHBUILDING & KITBASHING

Tutorial by John Selvia: Tutorial PART V A Detailed Subsection and How It’s Constructed *The Chopper came in real handy in creating this section of my model. The first photo shows the piece we are going to deconstruct (break down into pieces). Here is an exploded view rendering with all […]

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PART IV: SCRATCHBUILDING & KITBASHING

PART IV: SCRATCHBUILDING & KITBASHING

Tutorial by John Selvia: Tutorial PART IV Surface Detail Build-Up Okay, we have our aspirin bottle with a styrene sheet applied, we have spare model parts, and we have our styrene sheet strip cut to size with a Chopper or X-Acto knife. We’re ready to lay stuff down. You now […]

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PART II & III: SCRATCHBUILDING & KITBASHING

PART II & III: SCRATCHBUILDING & KITBASHING

Tutorial by John Selvia: Tutorial PART II A Backbone Using the manufactured cylindrical shapes (Aspirin and Vitamin bottles) to create a form requires a backbone. The bottles are centered on and attached to a piece of plastic pipe. You carefully need to drill centered holes in the caps and bottle […]

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PART I: SCRATCHBUILDING & KITBASHING

PART I: SCRATCHBUILDING & KITBASHING

NOTES #1: Comments on the following Tutorial “Scratchbuilding & Kitbashing” PART I to VII, compiled by Murray Elliot Breen aka surf-the-arts -artist, designer, scale model and diorama builder. A few years ago, around 2007, I came across a online website with excellent information on Scratch and Kit Building.  The link was […]

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