Tuesday, August 25, 2015

1/48 Unicorn Head Display


This is the 4th 1/48 Unicorn head I've completed (counting the Banshee version). I really like these head kits. And I hope some day Bandai releases a line of heads or busts. This is the first part of a 2 part build. I purchased this kit in a combo with the HG Unicorn (Unicorn mode) model. You can still purchase official versions these 1/48 models at a fair price by purchasing these combo kits.

Kit Talk:

This model comes molded in two colors, solid white and clear psycho frame red. This also means there's a bit of masking that needs to be done to get all of the colors right.

Masking the collar area is the most taxing part of this build, as there are many small variations and elevations that need to be masked. The V-fin is also a bit of a hassle because of the three colors required and the geometry involved.

I painted the previous 1/48 Unicorn model with a green psycho frame for the "awakened" mode. But I wanted a more classic look for this build. I also varied the eye color on this version. I had previously used an emerald green color, but for this build I wanted the eyes to be a bright yellow; I keep the sensors in the front and back of the head green.

Unlike previous builds I used a panel line chisel to enhance the lines on the face of the Unicorn. On previous builds I noticed this area tended to be shallow, and it didn't hold the panel lining well.

Overall I've very happy with the way the kit turned out. It's much cleaner than the previous 1/48 heads I completed. And it will look great as a stand for the HG Unicorn that will be coming soon!

If you like my work and would like to help me out consider purchasing this and other kits from Amazon using this link or others featured on my site. Every purchase helps me out considerably and it doesn't cost you a dime!

 

Sunday, August 23, 2015

1/100 Overflag


It has been a long time since I built a no-grade kit; mostly due to the poor quality of pre-2000 kit designs. But considering all of the positive things I had heard from other builders I decided to give this kit a whirl. For the most part I'm happy that I did.

The NG Overflag is a straight forward build, it has no real inner frame, but it can transform into the mobile armor as seen on the show. There is some reliance on decals to make up for colors that were not molded; specifically the while fins on the rifle and around the collar.

Suit Lore:

The Overflag is a heavily modified ace unit base on the Union's flag. It's lighter, faster and more risky to pilot than it's more mainstream brother. The Overflags were utilized by Union ace Graham Aker's unit to counter the incursions of Celestial Being's Gundams.

The unit I built is supposed to represent Graham's personal unit. It features a blue cover to the linear rifle and a left handed configuration to match the pilot's preferences.

Kit Talk:

This was a tough kit to finish. It was nearly sold twice on r/gunpla's commerce thread before I started painting. I had a very tough time trying to decide if I wanted to paint a kit that was almost entirely black. Eventually however, I pushed through and completed the build.

I fused the seams on the fore arms, shoulders, wing connectors, and head. I took several short cuts on this kit, mostly out of laziness and several seams remain that I opted not to complete.

The Overflag was painted with mr.color GX black for the main body, but a mix of black and white was used in some areas. I  hand painted enamels for the small grey recess on the model and I painted to mono eye above the visor by hand as well.

The decals from this kit come from a variety of sources including the MG GNX and Sinanju deacal sheets among others.

If you like my work and would like to help me out consider purchasing this and other kits from Amazon using this link or others featured on my site. Every purchase helps me out considerably and it doesn't cost you a dime!



Saturday, August 15, 2015

Weekend Wip 8/16/15

Its been nearly a month since I finished the HG Grimorie and since I've started working on personal projects again. In the coming weeks I'm going to announce a new blog that I've started gathering content for. I have also been working on some new content and updates for r/gunpla along with some of the old and new moderators, be sure to stop in if you haven't already.

Finally I have some real WIP project updates. For a project to be a WIP according to my definition, it has to be something I've actually worked on during the last week.

I currently have two kits that are practically done, but, I ran out of topcoat.

1/100 Over Flag 95% complete


A while back I complained that this kit needed a MG version, however after building it, i have to say this 1/100 is a pretty good model. yes, it does have some seam line problems, the detail isn't spectacular either, and its doubtful an inner frame could be crammed into the narrow limbs.


I didn't correct all of the flaws on this build either. The seams on the backs of the legs are still present for example. I simply didn't want to be bothered with fixing the seams, and having to mask or modify the associated parts. It's lazy, but I'm not the type of modeler that thinks every kit needs to be a 10 out of 10.

1/48 Unicorn Head Display 95% complete


I can't help myself when it comes to these head displays This is the 3rd Unicorn head display I have built, (5th if you count the 2 Banshee heads). Despite what a lot of people believe you can still get official versions of this model easily and cheaply.


Like the Overflag, this kit needs a coat of topcoat.

Unlike the other Unicorn head here. I plan on keeping this one in Unicorn mode. The reason for that will be revealed in the next WIP.

1/144 Unicorn Gundam Unicorn Mode 40% complete


I have a vial of a special nuetral gray paint I mixed for the display head I plan to use throughout this build for color continuity. Unfortunatley I am not 100% sure if I actually have enough paint. I plan on doing the ver. Ka decal scheme on this build. I was able to acquire the official 1/144 decal pack for this build, part of which I have already used on the Silver Bullet.

1/100 Sinanju OVA ver. 35% complete


This kit has been in WIP hell since the OVA version of this model was released. Since the initial build I ended up acquiring a full second weapon set and shield. I have also started modifying parts on this kit for additional details and seam removal. 

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

HG Grimoire Basic Part 5: Detailing


In this the final part of the HG Grimoire start to finish series I will demonstrate some of the tricks that you can use to add that extra level of detail to your kits.

A lot of my favorite marks, stains and grime on this kit are the result of happy accidents and multiple reapplications. Weathering can be very rewarding if you don't expect to get results immediately with your first application.


HG Grimioire



Intro:

Before I get started I realize many of you may be wondering:

"Hey Dan, where's episode 5? I want to see how you did the weathering!"

The short answer is, I'm still working on the video, reviewing, editing and compressing it. However I did not want to keep everyone (doubly so for the commission winner Mike) waiting for the final product!

Obviously this has a custom scheme, and I've weathered the appearance to make it look weather beaten and used. I tried some new weathering techniques like washing parts with white washes and adding stains and textured mud. All together I'm pleased with the model!

If you like this kit and would also like to support me consider purchasing this model from the link below. Every purchase through my Amazon links help's me significantly and doesn't cost you a dime!


Tuesday, July 21, 2015

1/72 Tie starfighter


Intro:

Star Wars was hugely important to 10 year old me. It was the reason every time I picked up a stick it was a Light Saber, and every time I rode my bike really fast I was on speeder bike flying through Endor. I watched the movies every holiday, every sleepover and ever time I visited my grandparents.

The first models I ever built as a were Star Wars kits made by mpc, and I ruined scores of them. Unlike my love of the franchise, I've mostly outgrown ruining kits...

Background:

The Tie starfighter/LN was deigned by Seinar Flight Systems; the TIE in the name stands for Twin Ion Engines.

Unlike the Rebel Y and X wings, Tie starfighters had very basic equipment and lacked the shields, hyper drives and even life support systems of their Rebel foes. Tie starfighters were used en mass and were as much of a symbol of the Empire's power as the much large and more devastating Star Destroyer flag ships.  

Kit Info:

This is the new 1/72 Tie starfighter currently being produced by Bandai, and overall it's a great model. There's tons of detail molded into this kit and the build is just as simple as most high grade Gundam kits. I don't have the experience to be able to tell you how accurate the model is to the studio scale designs during filming, but I can say it perfectly fits the image in my brain that I have of this starfighter. 

This kit was built and painted over the course of about 4 days. The paint scheme features several layers of very light shading, masking for the hatch, cockpit and different panel colors on the hull and a black filter to show weathering. Decal work was limited to just the basic water slides included in the kit.

If you're interested in picking up this or other kits consider purchasing through the Amazon links on my site. Every purchase you make helps me out tremendously and doesn't cost you a dime!

 

Monday, July 13, 2015

TGG & Friends live stream 7/14/15


Just a reminder that tomorrow around 6 PM PST Those Gundam Guys and Friends will be hosting another live streaming event on youtube.

I will be on the stream along with a gaggle of very talented modelers. Come and hang out with us!

You can watch the stream here:

Saturday, July 11, 2015

GGD talks about his paint setup 11 minutes



Compressor:

Badger 80-2 Whirlwind

Airbrushes:

Badger Patriot 105
Badger Krome 

Supplies: 

Needle Juice
Pipettes
Masking Fine
Masking Basic
Alligator Clips
Mr. Thinner
Mr. Color

Safety:

Respirator 
Artograph 2025

HG Grimorie Start to Finish Part 4: Basic Priming, Shading, Painting and Masking.


In part 3 I demonstrated techniques to correct and improve the base kit. In this post I will demonstrate techniques to prepare the kit for painting, priming, shading and topcoat. Like the prior section modelers should use paint their kits based on their aesthetic preferences, tools and materials. This kit will be painted using my airbrushes, if you do not have an airbrush spray cans can create a comparable finish.

Apologies in advance some videos and photos were lost.

Tools:

Airbrush
Compressor
Paint
Bamboo Skewers and Alligator clips
Primer
Thinner
Topcoat

Prepping:

The key to a great paint job is begins with good preparation. I disassembled the kit into it's component parts and placed them into my part cleaner. You can make your own part cleaner cheaply and easily by following this tutorial. Removing all of the plastic dust, mold release and oils from your fingers should improve primer adhesion and provide a smoother finish. I typically wash parts using dish soap like palmolive; afterwards I will rinse them several times with water before allowing them to dry completely. To dry the pieces I spread them out evenly over and old t-shirt and left the parts to dry overnight.

Before picking up a brush to start painting take a few minutes to think about the order you are going to paint parts and colors. Optimizing the paint order before starting will save you time and paint.

When priming and painting, I keep all of my parts to be painted, paints, thinners, etc by my airbrush on the right side of the spray booth, and a drying space on the left. This keeps everything organized, close at hand and creates a flow from unpainted on the right to painted on the left.

Priming:



I use Mr Surfacer 1200 primer for my kits, it's a good compromise between smooth finish and filling power. I mix the surfacer up with Mr. Thinner until I get the mixture to the consistency of 2% milk. I mix both together in a spare primer bottle, the manufacturer does not recommend doing this, however I have not personally experienced any negative consequences.

Priming parts will help to reveal all of the tiny defects in your finish. I compiled a mental list while priming the parts that need to be touched up. I sanded down the rough areas, filled any recesses with Mr. Dissolved and re-primed them. Don't be afraid to redo this step multiple times to get a clean finish.

Painting:


I started with a shaded base coat, this is an easy way to create a more visually interesting final paint scheme. The goal of the shading on this model is to create some variances in the final color scheme to help the seasoned or weathered appearance of the model.


I am applying a black shade from the bottom of the kit. The goal of applying the shade in this way is to enhance the areas that would be in shadow assuming there is an overhead light source. To make the shadows appear more consistent I shaded areas in sub assemblies, legs, feet, chest, etc.


After the shading was completed I mixed the colors requested for the commission. I quickly found out while painting that the shading didn't show very well once painted. I will correct this in the next step.


Here I used the base color plus a pinch of white to create a highlight. I applied the highlight in a similar manner as the shadow shading, but working from the top down. Between the highlight and the shadows I think I will have a very good base to work off for the filter in the next post.


Masking: 



For basic tips on masking refer to to this tutorial here:

http://goodguydangunpla.blogspot.com/2015/04/micro-tutorial-masking.html


In the next post I am going to apply the last few details to the kit like lining, decals, top coat and a filthy wash to give the kit a grimy lived in feel.

Monday, June 22, 2015

HG Grimorie Start to Finish Part 3: Basic Improvements and Corrections


In part 2 I went section by section pointing out things on the kit I wanted to fix or improve. In this post I am going to demonstrate the solutions I came up with using photos and videos. Remember, modelers should use different solutions based on their experiences, aesthetic preferences, tools and materials to decided how they should modify and improve their kits.

Due to the way the videos and written content was created there will be some redundancy on certain subjects. After completing all of the work on the improvements I decided that I wasn't happy with the way certain videos turned out. I purchased a second kit and re-shot some of the videos.

Tools:

BMC 1 mm chisle
Pla-plate various
Brushes (various)
Builders Parts HG Vents

If you would like to follow along with the start to finish build of this kit consider picking up your own from Amazon using the link below. Amazon gives me a tiny percentage of the sale on anything you buy using one of my links. It doesn't cost you a cent and it helps me tremendously!




Hit the bump for the full tutorial 


Thursday, June 11, 2015

HG Grimorie Start to Finish Part 2: Basic Build


First things first, lets review the tools you're going to need. Nippers, X-acto knife and abrasives.



I am using the following tools for those interested:

Godhand Ultimate nippers
Basic garden variety X-acto knife
Alpha abrasives files (various grits)
Cutting mat

If you would like to follow along with the start to finish build of this kit consider picking up your own from Amazon using the link below. Amazon gives me a tiny percentage of the sale on anything you buy using one of my links. It doesn't cost you a cent and it helps me tremendously!




When you get a kit, a good first step is to open up the bags and familiarize yourself with the runners. During this step you should check to ensure that you have all of the parts that should be on the runners. If not, you can get replacements through Bluefin if you purchased a kit through one of their re-sellers and if you meet all of their terms.

Hit the bump for the full post


Tuesday, June 9, 2015

HG Grimorie Start to Finish Part 1: Introduction

HG Grimoire from Gundam G Reco

After a few emails back and forth with the grand prized winner of the million hits giveaway Michael; We have the subject for the next start to finish series.


I don't know anything about thi particular Gundam series or it's suits, but I really love the basic grunt look of this design. It reminds me of some of the mecha from Ma.K and of the personnel powered armor suits from the Animatrix.

Michael has designed his own paint scheme. It was originally inspired by the Black Tri Stars scheme, but ultimately he did his own custom look and I really like it. On top of the custom scheme I am also going to apply some light weathering and seasoning to the kit to give it that "lived in" look.


If you would like to follow along with the start to finish build of this kit consider picking up your own from Amazon using the link below. Amazon gives me a tiny percentage of the sale on anything you buy using one of my links. It doesn't cost you a cent and it helps me tremendously!



Topics to be covered:

  • Basic Build
  • Basic improvements and corrections to the base kit
  • Basic Painting
  • Shading
  • Masking tips and tricks
  • Weathering and seasoning

Sunday, June 7, 2015

MG 00 Gundam Raiser & Seven Sword/G


Suit Lore:



The GN-0000 or simply 00 Gundam is the only 4th generation Gundam developed by Celestial Being. The core design feature of the 00 is the twin drive system. This system allowed two GN drives to work together to exponentially increase the GN particle emission rate. This allowed the 00 to; create powerful GN fields, enhance maneuverability, and gave the suit impressive acceleration.



Ultimately the 00's twin drive system proved to be unstable; limiting its potential and preventing the Trans-Am system from functioning properly. The 0 Raiser was developed to remedy this situation by balancing and regulating the twin drive system. When docked the 00 Gundam and 0 Raiser form the 00 Raiser. In this configuration the 00 is able to realize its potential allowing the mobile suit to use quantum teleportation and unleash tremendously devastating blasts of energy.




Before the 0 Raiser was designed, the 00 was intended to use the prototype Seven Sword System. This system was  developed to realize the 00's role as a close combat mobile suit and featured Seven different physical and energy blades. Following the final battle of the TV series this prototype was further updated with the powerful Sword II Blaster, this new configuration was dubbed the Seven Sword/G. Although it was not featured in the animation the Seven Sword/G was available for use during the ELS incident.

Kit Talk:

Bandai doesn't currently sell the 00 in such a way that you can purchase the 0 Raiser and Seven Sword/G pack as one kit. Of course that means I acquired both kits to complete this build.

I fused seam lines along the edges of all of the physical blades. In most cases this didn't require and substantial modification of the underlying parts. The exception to this being the Buster Sword II which required reworking the parts allowing the blade to fit onto the slide mechanism. The other instance being the GN Sword 3s which have a small gray beam emitter part which needed to be painted.





One of my gripes about this kit is that it features a huge amount of inner frame complexity and detail for its size, but the exterior is fairly bland. I decided to do some minor panel line scribing on the white knee armor and on the blue areas around the chest and GN drive mounts.





I used super metallic silver in certain joints in a similar manner to the 00 Qan[t] I did almost two years ago. Ultimately I think this is a very good look for the kit as the silver creates a very nice contrast with the neutral grey.

If you're interested in picking up this or other kits consider purchasing through the Amazon links on my site. Every purchase you make helps me out tremendously and doesn't cost you a dime!



Hit the bump for more photos!

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Video Post: Tips on Dry Transfer Decals



Like them or, hate them dry transfer decals are a commonsight in Master Grade kits. Here's a video to show you some of the tips and tricks I have learned to apply and remove them.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Million Hits Redraw


Unfortunately two of the winners from their first drawing did not come forward to claim their prizes. Therefore, I have redrawn two additional names for prizes! 

For those of you intested in how the winners were chosen, I used the following process. Everyone that entered was assigned a number. The winners were selected using the randombetween function in excel. The first three numbers generated received gift cards, the fourth received the kit and the fifth received the commission.

To claim your prize you must email me here using the same google+ ID you commented with.

Winners have 7 days to claim their prizes.

$10 Amazon gift card winners:

Aiden Becker

Commission Winner:

Michael Reichelt

The grand prize winner is Raphael! He will have the opportunity to choose a kit from wide variety of HG 1/144 model kits, I will then build and paint the kit to his soecifications!

As and added bonus, regardless of which kit he chooses I will perform a start to finishing that everyone can follow along with!

To everyone that didn't win:

I hope you continue to follow me along as the blog continues to grow and evolve, And I want to see you all and many more at 2 milliion!

Cheers 

GGD

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Replacement Parts



I'm reaching out to my readers in this post, hopefully one of you can help me out.

I have lost a part from my MG Sinanju, if you happen to have one of these kits or the parts from them and you don't plan on keeping it. Drop me a line (using the contact me button above) and I'll buy it from you!


MG SInanju E 13 

Monday, May 25, 2015

GGD Grade 1/1 Workbench


For the last few months I have had a strong urge to build a workbench for myself. Although clearly this isn't gunpla, I am sure more than a few of you would be interested in building your own workbench for this and other hobbies.

I have access to a fairly substantial variety of tools and equipment that not everyone will have. But, this table can be completed using basic hand tools. The only powered tool required for the build is a drill.


Here is the basic design of the table:

Downloadable link


Overall the workbench costs about $70 and it should take about 3-4 hours to build.

To goal is to make a simple, sturdy work surface with an additional shelf for storage that I can upgrade and modify over time to better suit my needs.


Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Roll & Megaman


I played a lot of Megaman games on the NES as a kid. I only ever owned Megaman 3, but whenever my parents allowed me to rent a game at the supermarket (yes, that was a thing in 90s) I always rented either a Megaman game or Star Wars the Empire Strikes Back.

Kit Talk

I don't have a lot of experiencing building and painting figure kits (I like my mecha), these two models were a pretty good introduction. Some seam line correction was required on both kits. In my opinion the legs and upper arms would definitely stand out if left uncorrected. Fair warning to modelers that care about color accuracy. The english color guides for both of these models vary considerably from the Japanese versions: the english versions have fewer colors listed, don't reference Mr.Color numbers and list completely different color combinations. If you're the type of modeler that demands color accuracy then avoid the english color guide and work off of the Mr.Color numbers referenced in the Japanese manuals available on dalong.com.

These kits both come with some neat extras: they both have several interchangeable faces, eyes, hands for different expressions and poses, Roll has a second outfit and hair from Megaman 8, and Megaman has some beam effect parts. I assembled both kits with the face and outfit combinations the client requested. 

Kotobukiya has made a few additional character kits in the Megaman francise including Protoman, Zero and Megaman X, but due to being older prints some kits are harder to find and more expensive. 

If you're interested in picking up this or other kits consider purchasing through the Amazon links on my site. Every purchase you make helps me out tremendously and doesn't cost you a dime!



Hit the bump for the photo shoot!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Kotobukiya Metal Gear Ray


Lore

There seems to be some uncertainty regarding the origin of this particular Metal Gear Ray. Some believe that this was a newly designed model, while others believe that it's the same (albeit modified) Ray from the tanker incident in MGS2. What is known for sure is that Ocelot utilizes this mecha to battle Snake in the heavily damaged Metal Gear Rex towards the end of MGS4. 

Build comments

Typically when I start on a kit, I like to look on google image search for models other builders have completed. However, as far as I have seen, barely anyone has built and painted their kits. 

This Kotobukiya model shouldn't be confused with the much larger 3A toyLike many of the Kotobukiya models I have completed I would encourage beginners to be wary of taking this kit on. I say that for the following reasons:

There are seam lines along many of the prominent areas of the kit. Most of these areas will require putty in addition to glue to level out. 

This model comes molded in some pretty bland colors, it takes planning and a lot of paint to pull off any of the color schemes featured in the manual. Significant amounts of masking is also an absolute must.

The decals are likely going to be another stumbling block for many, the diagrams showing the camo decal layouts are not particularly informative and there are many similar looking decals.




Thursday, April 23, 2015

1 Million Hits Give Away!



Just over three years ago in April 2012 I started this blog with very modest intentions. I wanted a place to share my love of this wonderful hobby; and I wanted a way to teach others the techniques and lessons I have learned to further the hobby as a whole. 3 years later and the blog is rapidly closing in on a million views.

I wanted to take this opportunity to thank everyone that has followed along with my progress, been supportive, asked questions and left comments. Knowing that you guys and gals are out there, and that you're interested in what I am doing is what keeps me going. That being said I would like to show my gratitude to you all by offering a give away to commemorate the 1,000,000th view. 

Between now and when the blog hits 1,000,000 views I am going to run the following give away. The rules for this contest are very easy, so be sure to read them.

Rules


+1 the page using the +1 button at the top of the page.

Leave a comment in the comment section below.

I will randomly select the winners from the comments section on the day the blog hits 1 million views!

This contest is only open to individuals in the U.S. Or Canada. Apologies to my international readers. I am working wither international shops on including you guys and gals for the build off this year.

One per person.

Prizes

I am giving 5 prizes away for this event. Winners have 7 days to claim their prizes from the announcement date.

3 winners will receive $10 Amazon US gift certificates!

1 winner will receive a special P-Bandai Kit (hint: this kit was part of the 35th anniversary celebration and not available on it's own)!

1 winner will receive a totally free HG commission. Basically, I'll buy, build and paint any HG Kit for you! (with a few exceptions (no Neo Zeongs!))

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Micro Tutorial: Masking


Introduction


One of the top comments in a survey thread I made in 2014 was to create small 'bite sized' tutorials. This is the another in that series of tutorials; you can see the other tutorials here.


With the recent success of Gundam Build Fighters more and more people have become interested in custom mobile suits, paint jobs and kit bashing. In this micro tutorial I am going to show you how to mask your kits for that cool custom look.

This tutorial was suggested by one of my readers Diego.

Masking:

For those not in the know, masking in a process intended to protect a selected area from change during production. For us modelers that typically mean using masking tape or other products to to cover an area when we paint. Masking techniques can be used for handbrushing, spray cans and airburshing. 


Micro-Tutorial: Work Flow


Introduction

One of the top comments in a survey thread I made in 2014 was to create small 'bite sized' tutorials. This is the third in that series of tutorials; you can see the other tutorials here.

With the recent success of Gundam Build Fighters more and more people have become interested in custom mobile suits, paint jobs and kit bashing. In this micro tutorial I am going to offer some basic tips and tricks for maximizing your build time and keeping you motivated. 

Work Flow:

I'll start by discussing how my work flow works, and why I have decided to work this way. You can also check out some general tips towards the bottom of the post.

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