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Monday, December 12, 2011

COMPLETED British Challenger 2 MBT Op. Telic (Part Final)

Finally its done...
after a few months sitting on my workbench its finally done!!

with added some detailing this must have been my most elaborate base to date for my build and the only thing missing is some figure....:o)

now i included some canvas tarp on the tank to cover some of the ration boxes and with added stuff i hope this would somehow represent the challenger 2 on a checkpoint somewhere during Ops Telic...

if you look closely, you might saw a poster of the late Saddam Hussein on the base
  This would be my "virtual" entry for a locally organized Diorama Group Build, it is virtual because i couldnt make it to the event due to me visiting the LIMA 2011 over the weekend thus my entry will just be based on some of these photos.

 There's a lot of my "first" on this build which includes the base, the use of scratch build Jersery Barrier, the use of those ration boxes and the elaborate base.

and this will be my last completed build for year 2011 and looking forward to more build in 2012. Stay tuned for more stuff from my workbench.. and be on a look-out for my new website with my own domain name coming in a few weeks.... for preview visit


Friday, December 09, 2011

LIMA 2011 - here i come!!

(actually tomorrow, but since early tomorrow morning i'll depart to Langkawi so i posted this today... :o) )

Langkawi International Maritime & Aerospace (LIMA) Exhibition 2011 is happening now (for the public) until tomorrow in where else... Langkawi Island and i'll be there tomorrow morning...

 Now at its 11th edition and my 2nd LIMA visit to date ( i was there during LIMA 2007). My main interest is to see the the Dassault Rafale, Saab Gripen, FA-18E Super Hornet and the Eurofighter in person also not forgetting the TUDM MIG-29s and the SU-30MKM....

I'm also going to make sure i didnt miss the helicopter exhibition on the tarmac and visiting the souvenir shop since i somehow forget to do so on my last visit in 2007 (maybe during that time i was captivated by the Red Arrows acrobatics performance  a few meters above my head hahahaha)

I planned to go via Kuala Kedah and still haven't decided if its going to be a day trip or will stay there until Sunday morning since accommodation shouldn't be a problem since i have a cousin working on the island.

Anyway for more info on LIMA 2011 visit  and remember that today is the starting day for the public to visit the exhibition (9-10 December) since the last 3 days (6,7, 8 December) it only open for Trade Visitors

I'll post some photos during my visit there sometime next week and until then....


Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Wordless Wednesday #5

Panasonic TZ-15 - Macro
Water drops on green

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Detailing : WIP: British Challenger 2 MBT Op. Telic (Part 6)

Back with another round of updates for my British Challenger 2 MBT...

Yesterday, i ENLIST myself with the armor campaign in under the British Armour Past and Present campaign.  To be honest, i'm very scared to join in since my build skill is very amateurish compared to all the sifus over there.. but to really encourage me to build something, i just thought i join in the fun... This campaign will end in Dec 31, 2011; so i still have 1 month to finish my build..

This time i'm going to put some ratio storage & boxes on the base... this is just a test to see if the boxes sizes confirm to the 1:35 scale.

I found the boxes from the internet and then print it out  on a 100gm white paper and now i got a whole bunch of boxes to fold and glue together.

This is not the final layout as i'm still toying with the idea on how to place it on the base.
The checkpoint sign i found via google and then shrink it to size... and print them together with the boxes.

Still need some touch-up on the boxes and the sign since now they're just too clean.

The late Saddam Hussein poster also i found on the internet from some 1/35 propaganda set and i print it on a 70gm paper the same goes for the poster on the jersey barrier.

below is how it looks for now...

Will update a little bit more later with the final placement of all the stuff and then i can proceed with dusting the whole setup..

until later.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Wordless Wednesday #3

Panasonic TZ-15 Macro-shot

Red Vs Green Vs Clear

Sunday, November 20, 2011

new show...Travelog AirAsia, but...

I loved travel show... somehow i find such show is very informative and educational at the same time...
so today at 7pm, the new show i've been looking forward to watch finally being aired on TV3...Travelog AirAsia... and their first destination is the City of Love... PARIS!!!

Every aspect of the travelling to Paris is covered in this Travelog AirAsia pilot episode from visiting the Eifel Tower, Versailles Palace to shopping near the Arc de Triomphe all done in 5 days and 4 nights...

But... i somehow think that maybe Travelog AirAsia should cover a little bit of how to obtain a halal food there during the travel.. like a recommended restaurant to get a Halal food in Paris or something that we might need to prepare when travelling there... Not saying that it should be covered in detail but should be enough if they would make a tips "pop-up" during the show showing the place to eat...

During the 1 hour, all i can see that, they said that they completed their lunch etc but failed to mentioned what they eat and where... this might be very important for travelers.. ( at least i think its important)...

and IIRC, they mentioned in their promo during Melodi, they should whould make a review of Hotels from 3 stars to 5 stars hotel during the travel.... but again.. i might be mistaken...

anyway.. overall a nice show especially for people like me who never traveled to Paris before (never travel to anyplace outside Malaysia in the recent years).. hopefully it will improved later on...

they even have a contest at the end of the show... this week the questions is... When was the Eifel Tower built?... but in their website they have a different question.... hmmmm weird...

looking forward for next week show... :o)

Friday, November 11, 2011

Something for 11.11.11 - binary day

Just thought i up my blog with some update to commemorate this "binary" day..

I know a lot of people are planning to have their wedding today either its an "akad nikah" or "bersanding"  or even "bertunang" so what ever the occasions are, hope that it will last forever and ever...


Monday, November 07, 2011

The Base : WIP: British Challenger 2 MBT Op. Telic (Part 5)

Another round of updates...

In this updates i'll try to make a suitable base for the tank with all those 1/35 Jersey Barrier that i created earlier. This British Challenger 2 i'll try to show that its on a checkpoint randomly during the Ops Telic duration.

The main "ingredients" for my base are:

  • White Styrofoam
  • Wall filler
  • A4 Photo frame 

First we'll look at the base, i cut the white Styrofoam to fit the a ready made photo-frame that i purchased earlier.

Below is the base with the wall filler already applied on top of the white-styrofoam.

After that i would primer the base with some industrial surfacer and then with a layer of flat black as the base color. Also this would depict the road color.

 As you can see, i try to lay some of the stuff that one can expect to find on a check point for example the Jersey Barrier, some pipes and some random stuff. (please ignore the bombs in the above photo, just something i test to make the base more lively).

Below are photos of the idea of the base with the Challenger 2 tank on it.

 Other modeller suggested me to put some signs and some barbwire on the base.
I've already printed out some signs to test and also will try to make some barbwire and let see how it look on my base

until then...
p/s: i'm also currently paying the Single Player Campaign   of the game Battlefield 3.... will write-up a short review when i'm done playing it... :o)

Saturday, October 29, 2011

WIP: British Challenger 2 MBT Op. Telic (Part 4) - 1/35 Jersey Barrier

in this entry, i'll explain on how i create the 1/35 Jersey Barrier (K-Rail) usually found on road construction or on some checkpoints or as a barricade. There're resin equivalent out there but i thought i would try to scratch-build some first and see how it fair with the resin counterparts.

the measurement i got off internet (from and i scale it down to 1/35 scale, so below is the measurement as i calculated.

 Armed with a ruler and a plastics sheet, i draw the measurement on the plastic sheet and come up with this drawing in 1/35 scale (approximation applies).

 Make sure you use a new blade for cutting process and be careful not to cut you fingers, since they are irreplaceable. Anyway, after the cutting and with some glue (i found that using the cheap ABS Glue yield a very good bond between the plastic sheet, compared to other glue), here is the basic shape of the jersey barrier.

 and remember to cover the opening on both end of the barrier, since the cutout i present above will left you with an open-ended jersey barrier.

To give it some texture, i sparingly wipe on some industrial thinner on the surface and left it there for a few second before using an old toothbrush and at and angle of 45deg perpendicular to the surface i make a random "jabbing-motion" and here is the result.

 Alternatively, you can use Mr Surfacer 500 and spray it at a distance, this will help create a rough texture on the surface of the barrier (i really need to test this next).

Now i got a few more barrier to make and i "might" cast this as well for future project...

oh.. also need to clean the edges as well since not all jersey Barrie have sharp edges like mine. :)

Here are some completed barrier (minus the paint) and how it scale up to my Challenger 2.

Next, "washing" the tank with turpentine and oil paints also need to paint the barrier.. that will be next...

if more information needed, do left a comment.


Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Wordless Wednesday #2: Simpulan Kasih...

Panasonic TZ15 - non-edited

Saturday, October 15, 2011

WIP: British Challenger 2 MBT Op. Telic (Part 3)

 moving on with this build..

 next painting the desert color.

from various reference online i can see that the Challenger color varies from yellow to dark yellow.. but most of it will be in yellow color (yellow is not referring to that  of bright yellow, but rather a slight yellow tint.. cant imagine seeing a bright yellow tank in action :o) ).

here are the colors i'll  be using to simulate the yellow paint..

 Gunze Arcylic H318 (Radome), H27 (Tan) and H79 (Dark Yellow)

and the result after a few layers of the color above. The way i sprayed it is starting with the Dark Yellow - Tan - and finally the Radome color.

I think i'll need to add more Tan to the color above, will update the final color very soon.

next step is to create a few Jersey Barrier, to add to the base for this build.
 I'll be scratchbuilding the barrier based on the information i found online.

till later.

Friday, October 14, 2011

"The Avenger" teaser trailer is out!!!

I just found out about this...
and cant wait for May 4, 2012 for the screening of this movie...

i wonder how  the movie would be with all those stellar superheroes.. hopefully it would be awesome. Despite the review (when its release) i'm going to watch it in cinema near me for sure...
 enjoy the trailer..

 and Loki is around...


Thursday, October 13, 2011

Song of the moment: Taman Rashidah Utama - Wings

This brings back memories ahhahahah

I was making the Jersey Barrier for my Challenger 2, then at random my Winamp played this song. Its a Malay Rock song dated back in 1989.

Back 1989, i was in one of the secondary school in Alor Star, Kedah. Back then this was the song to sing to girls. But in my class, we have a very fierce Maths teacher (we always get in trouble when we couldnt answer her maths questions) coincidently her name is Cikgu RASHIDAH!!!... so we would sing this song to indicate that her class would be next... sometimes she caught us by surprise for singing this song.. and she would again make us regret we ever sang this to her....

Those were some memories.. and now after 22 years.. this song still THE SONG to get "angau" too...

I dont know where Cikgu Rashidah now, hopefully she is well and healthy.

And they sure dont make song like this anymore.. :lol:

back to my scale modelling..


Wednesday, October 05, 2011

WIP: British Challenger 2 MBT Op. Telic (Part 2)


After a treatment of Mr Surfacer 1000 (which i think is a must for me), i sprayed a few layer of green paint on the tank. This is due (from my reading) initially before going to Ops. Telic most of these tank usually will be painted with the usual Nato green camo and they got repainted to the desert color prior to the conflict. so this is what i'm trying to accomplish (read the word :TRY :lol:).

 Here are the greens i'll be using...

 below is the result after a few coat of H302 - Green

 Preshading with H330 - Dark Green

 and lastly the overall lighter coverage of H303 - Green something

 i let it sit for a couple of hours, before i sprayed the tank with a hairspray preparing the tank for a chipped technique later on (after i sprayed on the Desert color).

Noted that i installed all the road-wheel and track on the tank prior to my painting. I rarely do this but for this tank, note that the side skirt almost cover the whole track.. so i figure it would save me sometime from painting each and individual road-wheels and the track... cheating.. yes.. but the end result i *hope* would be satisfactory...

Next post i'll show the desert color...

stay tune

Saturday, October 01, 2011

WIP: British Challenger 2 MBT Op. Telic (Part 1)

A new build from me, this time a MBT (Main Battle Tank).

This a build that follows my other MBT build the Abrams (Click me) since i'm getting very inspired of a desert colored tank from the Gulf theater.

 The box shot.

 This Trumpeter kit is not a new kit in fact i got this kit way back in my early years as a modeler a few years back. The build juts going to be OOB and IIRC i didnt use any putty at all in this construction process.. just only i need to use a small plastic sheet to cover the gap between the turret and the top mantlet. Maybe they forgot to supply this little piece of plastic since i think for Tamiya version of the Challenger, they provide a separate piece of vinyl to cover the "gap".

and this kit being an old kit, i also noted that the surface didnt come with an anti-skid surface, so this i need to add and this will be my new experience as well. Here is how i do it, and i got this tips from another forum so let see if this works.

I'll be using Tamiya Diorama Texture paint...

 i just brush on the surface with the paint using a brush. Dont have to be too thick a thin layer would suffice. After that with a brush do a up and down motion perpendicular to the surface and this is the final result.

 i think it looks ok.. so i'm sticking with it... :o)

end Part 1

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Happy 13th Birthday.. GOOGLE!!!

If its not because of google as my default search engine, i wouldnt have noticed that today is Google's 13th Birthday.....  so a round of Birthday wish for google for a good 13 years serving the net and a good hunderd years to come....... :D

 Above is their logo in all their default page today and thats how i know today is their birthday :D

So far from Google i used
- Search Engine (of course)
- Picasa (pretty nice image management)
- Google Chrome (not bad)
- GoogleMaps (dont leave home without it)

still waiting to test
- Google Apps (online apps thinggy)

so enjoy  your birthday Mr Google (or Ms Google) and looking forward for more stuff from you hehehe


Sunday, September 25, 2011

kumanworks is back!!!! is back!!
After being out from the web for a couple of months... is back!!!!!

This is the problem of hosting your web on a free server... you never know when the site going to be "down" and only left to wonder on what happened to it... so now i think i need to do something about this downtime.. :o) more coming soon,...

but for now.. its back and i'm looking forward to updating it as well updating my blog with (especially) scale modelling related stuff....

all my traffic update before the downtime also gone.. and now the traffic to my site reseted to "0" hmmm what to do....

by the way.. my Challenger 2 MBT is "cooking" (or rather painting) in my spray booth at the moment.. will post more once i'm almost done with it....

so for now.. head over to for my scale modelling update (which hopefully i can do it in the next few days)



Friday, September 16, 2011

Model Skala Kemerdekaan "Sebelum & Selepas" di Muzium Negara

Ok guys...

as i hinted on my post in August 15, 2011. its now official.. the SFTPMS and Muzium Negara in a collaboration in bring in to the public a special exhibition regarding scale model from Sept 16, 2011 ~ October 14, 2011 in conjunction with Merdeka 54 years and Hari Malaysia 2011.

Details in the Muzium Negara website..  (HERE)

Here is another shot of the banner promoting the event near Muzium Negara, thanks to my friend (Argrillion) for forwarding this..

One of my model also on display there, see if you can spot it... :)
it look like this...

and this..

I'll be coming to KL to see this as well... see you guys around... :D


Monday, September 05, 2011

Its been ages since i last install Windows98!!

First post in the "new moon" (sound like that movie title already)...

Google is your friend...

As the topic suggested... today is a historic day for me since after how many decades of not installing Windows98, i got a chance to do so due to a PC malfunctioned in the production line.

This pesky machine required Windows98 to boot the software and it believe it can work with WindowsXP but some tinkering is required.. so i thought just install Windows98 and be done with it..

Lucky for me the Windows98 cd i used is of a Second Edition where the setup can be booted directly from the CD, else the problem of preparing the Boot disket etc.

As i was so used to installing modern OS's, installing this version makes me feel a bit weird... with all the extra large fonts and dark-bright-blue screen... aduhai the pain of waiting for it to install...

but at the end i survived after so-many restarts.. now installing the drivers.... i wonder if i still need to install the display driver in this ancient PC.. :lol:

till later... with some update on my Hobby.. :)

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Wordless Wednesday #1

- Scale Model stuff in Muzium Negara...
..... coming soon.... :o)

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Radio Topic: How/What do you feel if FB was destroyed...

This morning on the way to work, Fly-FM "Rock" Crew throw this question to all the listeners...

How/What do you feel if FB was destroyed...
(From Google)
 for me personally i dont mind, maybe because i dont own a FB account (suprise..suprise). I'm just too busy with my Hobby, work & family to have a FB account. But i do think that FB is a good social tools (if used properly and not get addicted too much to it). 

I can imagine some of my friend who owns FB might go berserk if FB was destroyed.. even if the internet connection in the office got interuption for 5 minutes resulted in they cannot update/open FB, they will be harassing the IT Department like mad.... let alone it got destroyed.... aduhai... sure pening satu office...

anyway just my take on the topic from the Radio again this morning...

till later..

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Radio Topic: Thing you should not do on a public transportation...

This actually a delayed blog from me, the topic above is actually being discussed IIRC Monday morning in my favorite radio show on the road to work FLY-FM Pagi "Rock" Crew...

first an introduction why i create this topic..

i drive to work every morning altough my office is just 15-minutes away, being in the car is the only time i can listen to radio (other time i'll be watching TV and doing computer stuff). Anyway.. during my time on the road, i listen to the radio and FLY-FM fills my morning needs for laughter just nicely. Before this i listen to Phat-Fabes & Ben + Nadia in the morning but now Phat-Fabes & Ben handling the evening show (which i also enjoyed listening while on the road returning home) and the morning session now handled by Nadia (always being bullied hahaha), Hafiz & Prem. And their frequency over here is 89.9FM (from Penang).

anyway.. last monday they discussed this topic on thing that you should not do on public transportation.
As usual their lines always busy to i think i need to share it on my blog instead...

For the thing that "you should not do in public transportation" are....

1. do not talk on the phone so loudly like there no one around you (1 caller actually said the same thing, and i have to agree with her).
 I dont want to know what your friend ate yesterday during sahur/berbuka/didnt eat.  it just plain annoying... but SMS is ok.. provided its on vibrate more....

(from Google)
 2. Dont fart: doesnt matter if its not smelly or with some silencer or sound like a violin or an atomic bomb... just NO FART allowed on public transportation.

(from Google)
 3. Dont sleep so soundly that your head will "lentok" on the people sitting right next to you... and it will be worst if you have those "air liur basi" drippling all over... aduhai.....

(from google)
 4. Dont pick your "gold mine".. in fact dont pick it even in your car... another people in the car infornt of you might saw this from their rear-view mirror and might lead to some other nasty consequences...( for example.. wondering what they'll do with the ""gold", might get honked due to not paying attention to the green traffic light etc.)

i'll post any other topic i heard on air and share my view here.. (since getting through to the radio station lines is a no go) 
thats it for now.... till later

Friday, August 05, 2011

M1A1 Abrams - Battle Of the Rumalyah Oilfields: Completed

MBT M1A1 Abrams - Battle Of the Rumalyah Oilfields

Main battle tank of the US Army during the Battle of the Rumalyah Oilfields in March 2nd, 1991.
This model was completed at around June 2011 and participated in the SMM2011 in KL.

 The base kit is from Dragon with the scale of 1/35 of the actual tank size (approx), and this was completed with the sand color as it was used in the said battle.

 Again this has been a straight-forward build as this kit has very minimal issue in construction. I kept the weathering to the very minimal since i'm still learning on how to properly weather a tank resulted in a not so accurate representation of the tank in that battle (which suppose to be a very USED and dirty tank).

More photo below..

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