Saturday, November 28, 2015

New and built kits for sale!

We're coming up on the end of the year and I have some item's I'd like to sell. If you're interested drop me a line here!


Shipped prices are valid for continental US only!

PG Astray Red Frame new in box $170 shipped

MG Full armor Unicorn built, seam lines fused and modifications made to keep it in destroy mode and make it more stable. Base jabber is not included. I will throw in the 3rd party water slides too! $40 shipped

Mg Ex-S Partially built by a previous owner, about 98% complete. Missing screws, might be missing 1-2 parts. $40 shipped

RG RX 78-2 partially built no box. $15 shipped

RG Char's Zaku 2 new in box. $20 shipped

Bandai Waterslide Decals

Hard Graph 1/35 Ramba Ral squad $5 shipped

RG RX 78-2 $7 shipped

RG Zaku 2 Char version $7 shipped

MG Zaku 2.0 Realtype style $7 shipped

3rd Party Waterslide Decals

MG Full armor Unicorn $6 shipped

MG Shenlong Gundam $5 shipped

Sunday, November 15, 2015

1/12 Darth Vader

Kit Talk:

The 1/12 Darth Vader was a quick build to fill the gap between my last commission the MG Ex-S and the next commission the HG G-Self Perfect pack that arrived a few days ago. I had already snap built this kit about a month ago and the painting was completed in a few nights.

Build & Paint info:

This kit had a few seamlines on the feet and gloves that needed to be fused. Many of the other seamlines on the legs and arms fell in the crevasse of the ribbed body suit; I left these as is and some look better than others.

I used the following paints:

Helmet, leg armor and anything else glossy: Alcad II Base Black
Bodysuit: Black with a pinch of blue
Cape. tunic and mantel: Black with a pinch of mohogany
Chest protector: Alcad 2 Steel
Buttons and chest controls: Star Bright Silver & clear red, blue or green over silver

My focus on this paint scheme was to create contrast between the matte leather and the gloss armor. I won't say that this paint scheme is film accurate, but it definitely fits the mental image that I have for Darth Vader.

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Saturday, November 7, 2015

MG Ex-s Extraordinary Superior Gundam

Kit Talk:

After almost two months of work the MG Ex-S is now complete! Although the MG Perfect Zeong or The O may still hold the record for the largest MG; the Ex-S isn't a slouch. This models required many seamlines to be fused, lots of masking and a lot of planing.


Due to the size of the kit I decided early on to build it in sections. This turned out to be a great choice as it kept me motivated throughout the build. Partway through the process I noticed that two packs of screws were missing, however I did find a shop online that sold the 2.6 x 8 and 2 x 8 screws needed to secure many of the parts to the kit. Without the screws it's impossible to connect many parts of the kit, and many others would be too unstable.

This model has a reputation for being a brick, and it's well deserved. Even when the auxiliary fuel tanks and rifle are removed this kit still can't stand on it's own. Bandai offsets the instability with the inclusion of a stand. The fuel tanks prevent the arms and shoulders from moving too far in any direction and the legs are limited by the hip mounted beam cannons.    


I went with a RG inspired paint job similar to the paint job on my RG GP01fb. I decided early on that I did no want to push the white and off white colors too far; as it would be too easy to end up with a spotty scheme.

The Ex-S has a large number of sensor surfaces in the heads, knees, chest, hips and backpack. Theses areas were painted using a base coat of superfine silver and a variety of clear coat colors. Most of the sensors around the suit are clear green with a smaller number of clear blue and yellow areas.

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2015 Good Guy Competition Winners

After reviewing all of the entries this year the judges have rendered their selections. The judges this year are: Clem from Those Gundam Guys and inventor of Clemstripping, Joe The operator of my favorite hobby shop and me Dan owner of GunplabyGoodGuyDan.

Each of the 3 winners will receive a $30 dollar gift certificate to!

Best in Show:

Big Daddy Z'Gok by Joe K.

Clem's comments:

The amount of mods and the execution of the mods really put this kit above all the other entries.  The Batman/Robin was VERY close, but just loses out because of the mods and execution of seamlessly melding the mods to create a new and original piece. The motorized drill and LEDs really win me over and put this kit above the other kits in the competition.

Joe's comments:

This build is everything this contest was looking for: a great concept, well built, & masterfully painted. The motorized drill takes this piece above and beyond! Great work!

Dan's comments:

This build impressed the hell out of me. The paint, weathering, LEDs and even the fluorescent paint on the health container were all well planned and executed. This entry would be a serious contender or any GBWC event let alone my humble contest. Great job!

Most Creative:

Tactical Candy Despensir by EducationalDriver

Joe's comments:

All of the entries used some sort of humanoid mecha with the one exception: the Tactical Candy Dispenser. A Base Jabber that delivers candy is definitely thinking outside the box, and that's why it has my vote for Most Creative/Original.

Dan's comments:

When this contestant sent in his registration I was very interested to see what he would do with it. I'm glad to see that they came up with a very unique idea, certainly something I would never have been able to come up with on my own.

Funniest Build:

Bear-ren Marine by Gundariumsmith

Joe's comments: 

I thought putting a petit'gguy head on a Hi-Mock was pretty cute. I love the Terran Marine theme, and while Batman and Robin had me smiling, this guy had me smiling more. Go shoot up some Zerg little beargguy

Dan's comments:

The name Bear-ren Marine elicited the same eye rolling response from me normally reserved for "dad jokes". However the name and idea grew on me. It's a good compromise between the cuteness of the Bearguy and the cliche of using the bear guy for gunpla-cosplay, and it's a great homage to Tycus Findlay (although it could use a cigar).

Participation prize:

One contestant that submitted their completed kit was chosen at random to recieve a $10 gift certificate to The winner is Achturn GH-001AC Grimoire "Polyphemus"

Sunday, November 1, 2015

2015 Good Guy Competition Entries

The winners for the 2015 Good Guy Competition will be announce by the end of next week.

Below are the six entries submitted to this year's contest. They're all excellent builds, but who will win?

Click the images below to be taken to the submission's gallery!

"Bear-ren Marine" by Gundariumsmith 

Builders Explanation:

Using a High Grade Build Fighters Hi-Mock, my original idea was to build a "Bear-Mock," a Hi-Mock imitating a Beargguy. After some brainstorming, I refined the idea and decided I wanted a Petit'gguy in costume instead. With the extra long arms of the Hi-Mock, I could only think of the Terran Marine of Blizzard's Starcraft franchise. Thus the "Bear-ren Marine" was born.

The Headless Horseman by CaptainAmeijin

Builders Explanation:

The Headless Horseman! Most of the build is made of the Avalanche Exia, while the Fuunsaikiand the chest come from the HG Master Gundam / Fuunsaiki gunpla. 

Tactical Candy Dispenser by Educationaldriver

Builders Explanation:

I got the idea for the TCD (Tactical Candy Dispenser) by brainstorming what goes on during the night of Halloween. This particular holiday is known for its sweet side, so I incorporated real candy into the build. The color scheme is of the traditional Halloween colors: orange and black. Halloween also has an arachnid motif, so I included cobwebs made out of a single cotton ball (it also looks like mist in some shots, which is really cool). I took these traits and combined it with the idea that people receive candy on Halloween. Thus the TCD was born.

Big Daddy Z'Gok by Joe K. 

Builders Explanation:

Got my idea after watching some Bioshock speedruns. I was surprised no one had done a Big Daddy inspired gunpla before based on a Google Image search and I liked the idea of revamping an inexpensive kit like the 2001 HGUC Z'Gok. Also liked the potential for a motorized drill mod and a weathered look for my first painted kit.

Grimoire Polyphemus by Achturn

Builders Explanation:

The concept was to have a cyclops/slight victorian horror influence with the Grimoire as the base.
The core has been hollowed out and now features a fully rotating "eye cannon" housed inside of it. The Polyphemus also now wields a heat-tomahawk inspired Meat Cleaver (or "Heat Cleaver" if you're into puns) as a melee weapon, with the beam whip that originally came out of the Grimoire's gun now being mounted to its wrist for mid-range attacks.
The backpack has also been removed, limiting the suit to mostly ground combat

Batman the Bearknight and Robin the Bear Wonder Brian T

Builders Explanation:

My idea gained inspiration from a lot of the batman builds that I had seen on various websites, most prominently gundamguy, but I never saw a batman with his trusty sidekick. I felt as though the Beargguy F would be the perfect kit to modify to achieve this, with the inclusion of the Petitbearguy. I used a combination of canned spray paint, hand brushing, and airbrushing to achieve the recolors on both of the kits, some simple use of plaplating to create their weapons, capes, belt, etc, and cutting of seals to finish off some of their details. Finally, I used heat to melt some of the plaplating and shape them into form, such as batman's chest logo, and also to create the effect of the cape. 

Saturday, October 31, 2015

MG Ex-S WIP part 4


The marathon that is the MG Ex-S is quickly coming to an end now that all of the painting is complete! I'll start the detailing and decal process very soon. I don


Wednesday, October 28, 2015

MG Ex-S WIP part 3


Apologies in advance but I don't have any WIP photos for this segment of the kit. The previous post I made should make the answer fairly obvious.

As of writing this phase 4 is well underway and should be don within a week. Once phase 4 is complete the detailing and decaling working will continue. I'm hoping to have this kit completed within the next 2-3 weeks if the weather cooperates for painting.

Meta update: hard driver failures and lost data.

It's official, all: of the photos, videos and design files (2 min reviews) I created over the last few years are unrecoverable after a hard drive failure. I had a lot of help from a friend in IT but ultimately the files we were able to recover were corrupt.

The good news is all of the content on the blog is recoverable and I have already backed it up. From your perspective viewing the blog there shouldn't be any changes whatsoever.  

The bad news is it's going to take a while to recreate some of the design files for the 2 min reviews and I had some stuff I would have liked to share, but won't be able to now.

From now on I have decided to back things up on three separate drives just in case something happens again. This was a hard and bitter pill to swallow, and I sincerely hope it's something I never have to experience again.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

MG Ex-S WIP part 2



Phase two of the MG Ex-S is now complete. In this phase I built both legs, feet and completed the waist and torso. Unlike Phase 1 this phase had fewer parts that required seam lines to be fused or parts to be masked. 

As of this post I am still waiting on replacement screws for the kit. Once I have them I will be able to completely armor the legs. Until then they're left it this partially built state.

The Ex-S has sensors in both of the fins extending up from the knees. I painted these areas with super metallic silver followed by a layer of clear blue.

The torso of this mobile suit is very interesting because the core fighter is almost entirely exposed. This design also prevents the suit from making any meaningful bends at the waist.

Painted parts so far...

Waterslide decals

Sunday, October 4, 2015

2015 Good Guy Competition Update 1

The entry period for 2015 competition closed on 9/30. We have a little under 4 weeks until submissions are due on October 31st.

Brought to you in part by...

This year's contestants are:

Gundariumsmith HG Hi-Mock
Things_falling_apart MG Sazabi
Sarra Minovsky HG Gaia Gundam
Morgan H. MG Banshee
XillyRaix HG Char Zaku (Origin)
Joe K. HG Z'Gok Char ver
Brian T. HG Beargguy F
Majorkurn Megasize Zaku 2
Xandcastle Rudolf's Gouf Ignited
CaptainAmeijin HG Master Gundam & Fuunsaiki + HG Avalanche Exia
Achturn HG Grimoire
Razorconcepts HG Hi-Mock & RB-79 Ball (twin set)
Educationaldriver HG Base Jabber

Like many of you I'm very excited to see what this year's contestants have in store!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

MG Ex-S WIP part 1

Unlike most of builds I decided to break the massive MG Ex-S into more manageable sections. In this section I built a lot of the smaller additional assemblies for the mobile suit. This includes the aerodynamic features, fuel tanks, core fighters, support weapons, main weapon and support rigging. I plan on doing two more sections which will include: phase 2, legs and torso and phase 3, arms, head and backpack.

Due to this kit's age a lot of pieces required seamlines to be fused and modification, scribing or other tricks; that is the main reason why things are taking a while on this build!


You can following the video log I did for this first section to see how far this first phase had expanded from its initial origin.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Website Update

Hey there Gunpla Guys and Gals I've made a update to the to the blog, you can now easily look at all the kits I have completed on one page. Check the link out and let me know what you think.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

HG Unicorn Gundam [Unicorn Mode]

Kit Talk:

I cannot believe I have made it so far into my Gunpla "career" without building this model. The HG Unicorn (Unicorn Mode) is a model I can easily suggest as a first kit to a newcomer. The predominately white body will hid nub marks well, and the overall appearance can quickly be improved with a few swipes of a panel lining marker. Additionally, the kit hides its seam lines well and it has a good range of articulation for all sorts of poses.

For my take on the kit I knew from the beginning that I wanted to apply the Katoki decal scheme to make the previous MG Unicorns and Banshees I have completed in the past. I was able to locate an official HG decal pack for this kit from and they still have some packs in stock!

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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!

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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.

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