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 of 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!



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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.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Kotobukiya Anubis Color Guide

This translated color guide is brought to you in part by the following helpful reader: Roderick

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Kotobukiya Tachikoma Colorguide

This translated color guide is brought to you in part by the following helpful reader: Roderick

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

RG GN-001RE Exia Repair


Lore:

The GN-001RE is the "repaired" version of the GN-001. Following the climatic battle at the end of Gundam 00 season one Exia is left critically damaged. During the four year time skip Exia's pilot manages to perform ramshackle repairs on the unit by recovering components lost during the battle as well as salvaging and integrating components from other units including a replacement right optic from a MSJ-06IIE Tieren.

Kit Talk:

The P-Bandai kit required to transform the standard Exia into the Repair version is extremely basic. It only consists of about 15 parts, and does not include waterslides or other replacement decals. At about $30 it's a very difficult purchase to recommend to most considering the actual RG Exia costs about $25. That being said, the base RG Exia is a great model, and I was very pleasantly surprised by the design of the kit during the build.

I typically spend time on Google images looking for examples of finished models from other builders. When looking up this kit it was not able to find many examples of completed and painted RG Exia Repairs.

My goal for this model was very similar to the MG version I completed in March 2012. I wanted to push the damage on this kit further than the stock for to emphasize that it endured significant wear in battle over the course of 4 years without being properly repaired. But, at the same time I wanted the wear and tear to be more stylized and less realistic than 'traditional' scale modeling. I achieved this by using a variety of tools to scrape and notch the hard edges of ths kit. I then added and removed paint to emphasis the pot marks and gouges. I shaded the folds on the cape with greens and greys, to emphasize the dimension of the material. Once the kit was topcoated I desaturated the base colors using a heavy filter. 

Overall I'm happy with the final product. I am disappointed that some cracking has started to occur on the backs of both lower legs, however considering the theme of build, they don't really look out of place either.

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Saturday, March 28, 2015

HG ARX-014 Silver Bullet


Mobile suit lore:

The ARX-014 Silver Bullet is a heavily modified AMX-014 Döven Wolf  mobile suit. These units were reconfigured by Anaheim Electronics and the Earth Federation following the end of First Neo Zeon war. The intent of the modifications was to create a test bed for quasi-psycommu systems. These modifications ultimately reduced the overall firepower of the suit, but also reduced the overall weight of the mobile suit by 3 tons. Bringing the Silver Bullet down to about 33 metrics tons, putting it roughly in the same weight class of the physically smaller Marasai. Once the Earth Federation finished testing these units several found their way into the possession of the Vist Foundation.

Kit Talk 

Don't like masking or painting? Then don't buy this kit! This is the third and final kit I received from the 2014 r/gunpla gift exchange.I'm the type of builder that finds myself drawn to certain MSV designs. Something about the variations of the designs, color combinations and rarity of normal releases that really gets me pumped up.

My goal with this design was two fold. Firstly I wanted to obtain a color scheme that was very close to stock design, and secondly I want to introduce some modifications to spice up a few of the less interesting parts of the design.

Painting the kit was a bit of a chore, as previously mentioned masking is essential to achieve the color separation on the legs, hips and shoulders. I tweaked the blue-purple color to better match the color of the decals supplied by the HG Unicorn Gundam set.

I modified the kit in several ways including: fusing seam lines, additional thruster details, detail parts in the shoulder thrusters, panel line scribing on the top of the shoulders, and forearms.

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!



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Sunday, March 22, 2015

2 Minute Review PG Wing Zero Custom


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Sunday, March 15, 2015

PG Wing Zero Custom


Kit Talk


After several months and many hours of painting the Perfect Grade Wing Zero Custom is complete. This kit took longer than I expected for several reasons; I drastically underestimated the amount of surface area on the wings that required painting, the size and lengths of the seams on the rifles, wings, beam sabers and the extremely cold weather we faced in my region.

Unlike more recent PGs this kit includes multiple screws, springs, diecast parts and wiring for the LEDs. The screws basically hold most of the joints together on this kit, and the stiffness of each joint can be adjusted by tightening and loosening each screw. The LED wiring on this kit was fairly basic, but a bit nerve racking nonetheless I ended up pulling the torso apart twice due to wiring loosening up while assembling the upper body.

If you're interested in the build on this kit, can you see my WIP here for more information.

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!

 

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Saturday, March 14, 2015

Mr. Retarder Tips and Tricks


I've received a lot of emails, PMs and comments from you guys and gals on the various social media outlets about hand painting. Unfortunately as many of you have found out, I don't know very much about it. But, I'm working on changing that. Today I'm going to talk about Mr. Retarder that I'm learning to use that's making a big difference in how I hand paint.



What is it:

Mr. Retarder Mild or Mr. Retarder is a clear chemical produced by Gunze to work with their line of Mr.Color products. For lack of a better description Mr.Retarder, retards or slows the drying time of the paint. This allows the paint to level out reducing the appearance of brush marks and other imperfections..

Mr. Retarder comes in the same style bottle as Mr. Setter or Mr. Softer, unlike those two products Mr. Retarder does not come with the small brush in the cap.

Mr. Retarder can be used with both a hand brush and an airbrush.

Why Should I use it:

If you can't use spray cans or airbrush for some reason, but you still want to paint, Mr.Retarder provides a way to achieve a smooth even finish. If you do use an airbrush Mr. Retarder can be used to improve the luster of your paint and would be great for a glossy model car finish. 


Sunday, March 8, 2015

2 Minute Review HR Marasai (Unicorn Version)


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Saturday, March 7, 2015

God Hand Ultimate Nippers


Intro:

How many nubs must a builder cut before they're considered a pro? Bob Dylan asked a similar but less interesting question about life, peace and growing up in the 1960s. Regardless of the answer you can make that path a lot easier with set of good nippers.

Right now it seems like many builders in the gunpla community consider Mineshima's GodHand Ultimate Nippers to be the best cutters on the market. And unsurprisingly they seem to be in high demand. Until recently I had been on a backlog waiting list on HLJ. I placed my backlog order in July of 2014. But, I had the opportunity to purchase a set at a fair markup from fellow redditor Rougey. In total I paid $50 including the cost of shipping for these cutters, and while yes I did pay a $5-10 mark up on these nippers (they sell for about $35-37 before shipping). I felt that it was more than an acceptable trade off considering I was still waiting for HLJ to procure more nippers.

If you are in the market for a set of Ultimate Nippers be aware some unscrupulous sellers on Amazon and eBay have marked these nippers in excess of $80!

This is going to less of an objective review and more of a personal impression post. The comments within this article are my opinion as a builder that has used a wide variety of nippers from various companies. 

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Sunday, March 1, 2015

2 Minute Review RG GP01fb


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Monday, February 23, 2015

2 Minute Review: MG Sinanju Stein


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Monday, February 16, 2015

2 Minute Review: MG Unicorn Gundam


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Sunday, February 8, 2015

2 Minute Review: Vic Viper


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Monday, February 2, 2015

2 Minute Review: HG Zogok


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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

2 Minute review: HG Gouf Custom


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Sunday, January 25, 2015

2 Minute review: Turn X Gundam


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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Views Update



I just cracked 800,000 views this week!

That's pretty awesome! What's going to be more awesome is the give away I'll do at 1 million hits!

Make sure you follow the blog so you don't miss out!

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