In March, a local club member, Mike Jacobs, passed away after a short battle with lung cancer. He was a very active member that participated in many of the local events, club meetings and annual shows. His model building interests included sci-fi, armor, aircraft, ships, figures, you name it. Be he was a creative scratch builder with a good eye for details. Mike will be deeply missed.
Before his passing Mike let it known he wanted his kit collection be given to our club/club members to be sorted out and shared however we wished. About a month ago we helped his family by cleaning out the basement, packing everything up - kits, supplies, built collection, and storing it at our local hobby shop which has graciously loaned us the space. He had stacks of kit boxes and plastic tubs full of sprues. Mike was an avid scratch builder so most of the contents never matched the kit box and he had a multitude of projects all in various stages. It took us a long time to sort through it and categorize everything and a lot of it is still "It looks cool, but I have no idea what he was trying to do here." There are easily 120+ started models all in various stages, some in boxes, some in bags, some just a collection of parts.
We knew what our next club contest would be. Each member was to pick at least one kit (in any condition)and finish it for Mike. We have until the club IPMS contest in February.
The King Krote was an instant hit with MaK fans when it appeared in Model Graphix. It's big, looks like a big Krote, has big missile tubs on the side, has a big engine, is pretty good size and towers above the suits. So, the take-away is, the KK is large. And damn cool looking. There have been two garage manufactures of the King Kote in 1/20 . Project M and Rainbow Egg. Having built a Rainbow Egg GrosserHund before, I knew the quality of the KK would be high and a fairly straightforward build.
This is a fun little kit bash project. The concept is inspired by one of the Junk Tank Rock designs The Viper. I loved the concept and decided to build something similar but with the kits I have on hand. The main fuselage is of course a 1/48 Messerschmitt Bf109 the wheels and transmission are from a couple different 1/35 armored car kits.