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Monday, September 10, 2018

Let's take a look at: Perfect Grade 0 Raiser


The Perfect Grade 0 Raiser was released in 2009 as a part of the PG 00 Raiser. Since the PG Skygrapser released in 2005, the 0 Raiser is the only other non Mobile Suit released in the Perfect Grade line (excluding the PG Evangelion).


The 0 Raiser comes packed inside of its own box within the larger PG 00 Raiser. The 'B section' of the kit includes parts for the 0 Raiser, it's weapon system and the GN Sword III. Twenty five runners are included in this section of the kit and the manual dedicates about half of the manual to this section. 

For those who are not in the know, the 0 Raiser is a weapons support fighter. And while it can technically function as a 'starfighter', the 0 Raiser is really meant to support the 00 Raiser's twin drive system. 


Monday, August 27, 2018

EVA-01 Evangelion Test Type TV Version


Introduction:

The first Evangelion model kit I got my hands on was Bandai's EVA-01 Test Type w/frame; this was way back in 2003 long before I knew what I was doing, but I remember at that time I managed to create a pretty decent kit. Like most of my earliest work, that kit was lost between moves, college, etc...

Fast forward 15 years, and here I am again, building another Evangelion model, this time from Kotobukiya...

During the photo shoot, I rather ironically pulled a 'Sachiel' and broke the Evangelion's left arm. So, if those poses look a bit limited, that's why.

Kit Talk:


The first, and perhaps the only thing you need to know about this kit, is that it has seam lines, lots of seam lines, and they're in very unfortunate areas. If you're not prepared to deal with them, you're going to have to live with them all over the arms, shoulders, chest, and legs. While none of these lines are impossible to fix, they're a frustrating nuisance.


One quirk of this model is that it includes a pile of interchangeable and very expressive hands. You will find a collection of punching, grabbing, holding and stretching hands that can be easily popped on and off for different effects. I had to hand paint the knuckle designs on each of these hands.

Evangelion color matched paint is available from Gaia Color. I was lucky enough to source all of the bottles I needed through a proxy service in Japan. If you'd like to source some of these colors for yourself, you can find more information in my video here.

I will have a review up for this kit a few days after this post goes live, for those of you that would like to hear more about the build.


Real Grade GNT-0000 00 Qan [t]


Introduction:

The RG Qan[t] is a great example of a kit that I picked up entirely on a whim. Originally I convinced the staff at Walt's Hobby Shop in Syracuse to open up and display this kit for customers. And so, it sat in a display cabinet for a while with its guts all over. After about a month or two I decided that it was looking lonely, so I bought it. Turns out, that was a pretty good decision.

I completed a review of this kit a short while ago. If you'd like to hear more about the build experience then check it out.

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Kit Talk:

This was a basic and quick painted straight build. I am moving across the country this week, so, leading up to the move, I wanted to finish as many kits as I could.


This is the first time I have used 'Finisher's Model Paints' on a kit. The cobalt blue color is super saturated and vibrant. But, I had to apply 3 coats to achieve a consistent color. I'm not sure if this is the intended results, or if I ended up with a bad bottle. After applying the basecoat, I added some grey details using a hand brush and 'phantom grey' from Vallejo paints.

Decals are from the official RG Qant[t] waterslide set. In hindsight, I should also have used the HG decal set, as they're modeled after the 'designer' Qan [t].

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Review: Real Grade MSN-04 Sazabi


Intro:

I'm not going to start this review off by waxing philosophical, sharing lore or making funny quips. Let's get right down to it. The RG Sazabi is a fantastic kit. If you haven't already ordered one, then stop here, place an order and come back, you'll thank me later.

On that note, this kit was provided to me by JoJoHobbyNStuff. Use coupon code "GOODGUNPLA" to receive 10% off your order on this kit, or most other items for sale on the site! 

I'll start off by saying that the RG Sazabi doesn't feel like a Real Grade, it feels more like a 1/144 scale Master Grade. I mentioned that feeling several times during the two streams (Part 1, Part 2) over the weekend. My reasoning is that it:

  • Is as large as an MG kit both in stature and part count 
  • Has the same level of complexity and detail as an MG
  • Features a full inner frame, that doesn't rely on the 'Advanced MS' frame 
  • Has a price similar to an MG 
I built this kit over the course of two sessions, the first being nearly six hours and the second about an hour and a half. I don't recommend building this kit in this way; this build really deserves to be savored.

The RG Sazabi's box includes 17 plates of runners including:

  • Red, salmon, yellow, grey and black runners
  • 1 small runner of Advanced MS joints
  • 2 beam effect runners in semi-translucent yellow 


Standing 18cm, the RG Sazabi towers over other 1/144 scale kits (12-13cm). The wide cowls along the feet, enlarged tail binder and massive shoulders and fuel tanks further add to the bulk of the design. The RG Sazabi truly dwarfs other models in the 1/144 scale.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Review: HG Gundam RX 78-XX Pixy


What do you think of when you hear the name Pixy? Some fairie wings, maybe a tutu and a wand? I get the feeling that the only wish the Pixy will grant is a quick and messy end.

The RX 78-XX is another in a long line of upgrades to the standard RX 78-2 Gundam. Several of these units were constructed during the One Year War, and they saw action in major and minor conflicts. Built without the core block system and with enhanced apogee motors, the Pixy Gundam was both lighter and faster than the RX 78-2. This mobile suit excels at close range combat using a paired of beam daggers and paired 90mm machine guns.

On to the review!

Monday, August 13, 2018

Review: Gundam Astray No-Name


The Gundam Astray No-Name was an antagonist suit and came out of nowhere and got a lot of people excited. Although this mobile suit has only been featured in a single episode so far, I think it's fair to say that, we will see it again.

Onto the review!

This kit was provided to me by www.jojohobbynstuff.com, I really appreciate being given a chance to build and review this kit. If you would like to purchase this, or any other kits, you can use coupon code "GOODGUNPLA" at JoJoHobbyNStuff to receive 10% off of your order!


Friday, August 10, 2018

Action Base 04 First Impressions


Since I've started in the Gunpla hobby I've mostly been using the Action Base 01 & 02 to pose my kits for photo shoots. Both display stands have been perfectly adequate. But, I decided to pick up Action Base 04 to try something new.

I chose the clear version of the action base since it photographs better against different backgrounds; this stand can also be found in black.

These action bases and much more are available from JoJoHobbyNStuff.com if you use coupon code "GOODGUNPLA" you can save 10% off of your order! 


The action base comes packed in a plastic bag. The label in the bag is also the instruction sheet. Speaking of the instructions... the sheet is dense, to be honest, a bit hard to follow. I would have preferred a larger sheet with a bit more real estate to spread things out.   




This stand includes 3 hexagons that can be assembled in a number of formations. I feel like overall they're more space efficient than the earlier action bases.


I like that you assemble them end on end, and have two HGs charging headlong at each other.


This action base includes a variety of different stand options to hold your kit and it's accessories up.



The pack includes two small stands that can be used separately for smaller HG/RG models or combined together for a larger MG/RE 1/100 kits. These stands can use a variety of different pieces to hold the model kits in place including adapters for the common stand connectors included with most kits. The ladder looking pieces are used to prop the stands open.


The package also includes a smaller accessory style stand that works well for weapons and other items. This works perfectly for the RG Qan [t]'s GN Sword V. Interestingly this stand also fits the common peg type stand featured on some Kotobukiya kits like the Eva TV series.

The new action base 04 and 05 are compatible with each other and with the figure-rise effect parts.

I can see that action base 04 becoming a mainstay in my display cabinets. I like the versatility of the stands, the interconnectivity and the plethora of connection options. And, I feel that if I switched to this new base system I could potentially save a lot of space compared to the older 01 and 02 models.

These action bases and much more are available from JoJoHobbyNStuff.com if you use coupon code "GOODGUNPLA" you can save 10% off of your order! 

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

New discount and future partnership announcement!


I am happy to announce that starting today you can use the discount code "GOODGUNPLA" on https://www.jojohobbynstuff.com/ to receive 10% off just about any regularly priced item.

I recently purchased a HG Woundwort and HG Efreet Nacht from this shop and I highly recommend checking them out!

I will be partnering with JoJoHobbynStuff on some future projects, so I hope that you will all check that out over the next few months!

MG ZZ Ver. Ka Kit Review


Before we move into the meat of the review, I'd like to mention that I normally build a kit in its entirety before reviewing it. This review is being written as I am building the kit over multiple days.

I will probably not transform this kit during the course of this review, as I personally find the transformation gimmicks to be tedious and frustrating.

Section 1: Chest, Core Fighter & Head


The first chunk of this build was completed on the 7/21 live stream, viewable here.


The ZZ Ver Ka. includes two identical core fighters. Both fighters can't actually fit inside of the mobile suit during MS mode, instead, both are utilized in the core top and core base transformed mode. Outside of the transformation, the core fighter forms the waist of the mobile suit, without the core fighter installed, the MG ZZ Ver Ka. cannot be displayed in MS mode. I think it's a nice little bonus to have an extra fighter that can be displayed alongside the ZZ Ver Ka.


When I build a mobile suit, I like to start with the chest and head. These two components help to inform the design, style, and character of a mobile suit. At this point, I'm not really sure how I feel about the design. The head is really attractive, featuring a classic Gundam design with some bits of grey inner frame filling the vents around the face and 'ears'. But, the chest is very bland, geometric, and blocky, it gives off a strong 80s vibe that I don't necessarily care for.

From a design perspective, the torso is solid for a transformable mobile suit. It even maintains some posability with a swivel just above the waist. I don't think I'll have any stability issues with this design.

As mentioned, the design is very blocky and features many straight unbroken lines and angles. I would have preferred to see some notches, cutouts, panel lines, or really anything to help break up the mass of solid blue plastic on the upper chest.

The design of the head is layered in such a way that the appearance of seamlines should be minimal. If so inclined a builder could easily modify the design of the head to take advantage of the light pipping with LEDs. I feel like I will need to lightly scribe around some details of the head to improve the panel lining of the design.

The head is mounted to the body on a ball joint, which then connects to two sets of hinges at the base of the neck as well as the collar allowing for a good range of motion.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

High Grade Atlas Gundam Kit Review


Before we get into this, I'll point out that this is the 'Bandit Flower' version from P-Bandai. That means that this kit includes a slightly different shield, a more compact rail cannon slightly different verniers and a set of water slide decals. However, this review applies to the standard release as well.


The Atlas Gundam as a design looks very different from the other Gundam type mobile suits that have come out of Gundam Thunderbolt series. Gone are the heavy armor, multiple weapons and potato sack joint covers. Instead we have a thin, athletic design strapped to two huge banana shaped mobility pods called the 'sub legs'.

Strictly from a design stand point the Atlas Gundam looks fantastic. I love just about everything about it; but, the build doesn't quite live up to the design.


If you'd like to support me and blog, consider purchasing this kit from this or the other Amazon links on the site! Every purchase helps me out tremendously, and it doesn't cost you a dime!

Hit the bump for the full review!

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Real Grade Unicorn Gundam Kit Review


When the Real Grade Unicorn was first released I heard a lot of good things from a lot of different people. And, for a while I just chalked that sentiment up to it being a new kit and people being excited; so I put the purchase off for a while. After picking the kit up and building it myself, I was pleasantly surprised that the kit did indeed live up to the hype.


When you crack your RG box open for the first time, the first thing that will jump out at you is probably going to be the Advanced MS Joint runner. This runner features hunks of clear pink psycho frame injected alongside the more typical grey runner material. After building the RG Sinanju last year, I was happy to see that the RG Unicorn didn't rely on reusing another existing frame. Including the Advanced MS Joint runner you will find 10 runners packed into this box, including a full runner of psycho frame, two shades of white, two shades of blue, grey and beam effect parts. This kit runs about $35-40 depending on the seller; it's a bit more expensive than other RG kits, but you definitely get your money's worth in my opinion.

Hit the bump for the full review!



If you'd like to support me and blog, consider purchasing this kit from this or the other Amazon links on the site! Every purchase helps me out tremendously, and it doesn't cost you a dime!


Tuesday, July 10, 2018

The Big Announcement and Future Content

For a few weeks I have been hinting or outright saying that I had a big announcement planned for this month. And, after some consideration, after notifying people in my personal and professional life, I’m finally ready to make the announcement public. At the end of August 2018 we will be moving from central New York to the greater Dallas/Ft. Worth area of Texas.

For several years, the company I have been working for has been trying to relocated me. And, up until the beginning of this year I had been putting it off. After some consideration, and negotiation, we decided that it would be a good opportunity, and I committed to the relocation. This is something that we have had to keep within the family since January this year. I know a few of you realized that ‘something’ was coming, and I apologize for not being able to say anything.

Committing to a move is a big deal; doubly so when you’re moving nearly 1600 miles across the country. It goes without saying that this will disrupt my ability to produce models, or really any content for a while. That being said, I don’t plan on giving up the hobby, although the new realities of my living situation will likely require some adjustment.

My plan is to slow down on content releases for now and dole them out more slowly over the fall. I will likely stop modeling and live streaming activity mid-way through August. But, I plan to keep a kit or two around to work on during the first 30 days while we’re in temporary housing.

At this point I think it would be fair to say that the year of giants is unfortunately over. I’d like to think I would be able to setup a new paint station by the end of October, but I think that would only result in me rushing through the kits. I won’t abandon these projects, but I need to reprioritize for now. Between now and the midpoint of August I hope to finish several smaller projects; both to reduce the number of boxes being moved, and to have content to share with you all.

To the friends I have meet during the last year here in NY, I apologize for leaving so soon after meeting you all. I hope you keep the build meetings running for many years. It was great spending time with you all! I will continue to attend build meetings through August 24th.

To the soon to be friends in the DFW area, I look forward to meeting you all and joining in your building meets.

Thank you all for your understanding, this move has been looming and weighing on us for several months. It’s refreshing to finally let people know.

We have a lot of work ahead of us; so, thanks for your support.

All the best

Dan

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Real Grade 00 Qan[t] kit review


After spending a few hours building the RG Qan[t] I decided to sit down and write out my thoughts about this build experience.

I spent about four consecutive hours building this kit over the July 4th holiday. A really good indicator of the overall quality of this kit, is that the time flew past as I put this one together.

Rather refreshingly the RG Qan[t] and RG 00 Gundam models are very different and hardly share any common parts. By comparison the MG versions of these kits share at least 50% of the same parts. The  MGs feel very repetitive and samey as a result. Like many other kits in the Real Grade line, the RG Qan[t] features a armor molded in several different colors; I don't always keep this color separation intact. However, it adds a nice layer of detail.


Sunday, July 1, 2018

Evangelion 'Ephemeral' Reference Model


Introduction:

I realize that I don't talk about Evangelion nearly as much as I talk about Gundam. But, I've been a huge Eva fan since about 2002. I built several of the early Bandai Eva models around that time, but took a long break from tackling anything Evangelion related unit just recently.

This model is from the Evangelion store in Tokyo. It's a physical store that sells Evangelion merch, including this awesome official resin kit. https://www.evastore.jp

The item description according to Google Translate:

"Anime drawing staff It is a replica model of stereoscopic material for reference drawing actually used ."

I can only assume that means that models like these were used as a reference when drawing the face of Evangelion Unit 1. Although with the janky translator, it's really hard to tell if that is the case. Regardless of it's actual use I think it's a cool little object to have on my desk.

Kit Talk:

This is my first full resin kit. I think I got off pretty easy...

The kit came in 9 pieces, although you only need 8 to complete the build (TV and Movie horns). All of my pieces were cast correctly, I didn't need to heat or bend anything back into shape. The only problem areas were a few air bubbles in the horn, some shallow panel line casting, and very thin casts around the head vents.

Clean up and prep only took a few hours and the painting didn't take much longer.

I have a more complete explanation of the modeling process in the video linked below:


I don't have an Amazon Associate link for this one. If you'd like to get your hands on this kit you will need to order them directly from the store, or use a proxy service.

Photo Shoot: 

It's literally a resin bust of the Evangelion's face, neck and chest. It can't pose, so don't expect anything exciting!