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Monday, December 31, 2012

MG Wing EW Commission


Here is my final kit of the year; the MG Wing EW!  

13 Days ago when I posted the MG Banshee, this kit was still on it's sprus and packed away; and I had no intention of finishing it before the end of the year. I started working on it, and before long I found myself about halfway through the painting process on the 25th. That's when I resolved to finish the kit by the 31st. A few late nights worth of work later and the Wing was completed!

My client asked for a paint scheme similar to my old Wing EW. Fortunately I still had some of the custom blue I mixed saved. For this version I took the detail a bit further. I masked and painted the interior of the shield grey. I also hand painted grey onto the vents on the ankles and into the thrusters along the base of the wings. 

The suit's frame is slightly darker on this version, and there is a slight and intentional color variance between the frame color and color of the beam rifle. This can best be seen on ammo canisters where the two parts meet. 

I painted the eyes with a solid bright green instead of the less noticeable clear green I had used on the original. Additionally I went with a lighter and bright coat of clear green on the chest and wrist sensors. The backing of the chest sensor was hand brushed with silver to add shine and volume to the green.    

The decal scheme is also close to the original; but this new scheme is more balanced. The old Wing was very top heavy; the shoulders, chest and wings had a ton of decals, and the waist legs and feet barely had any. The new decal scheme balances the top and bottom sections of the mobile suit.


Mobile Suit



Tuesday, December 18, 2012

100th Post! MG Banshee OVA

This is my 100th post here on Gunpla by GoodGuyDan!

I'd like to thank everyone that has been following along with my ramblings, posting comments or just offering support. I've already meet so many great people interested in the hobby since I started this blog. I'm looking forward to the next 100 posts; And all the great experiences they will bring!

I'm happy to announce that the MG Banshee OVA is now complete! The MG Banshee OVA is my 20th fully painted and finished (and likely final) kit this year. Despite all the stress and setbacks associated with working and attending grad-school full time I have somehow managed to finish the Banshee's complicated decal layout!

My Banshee is marked with the UC Project shoulder designations. I chose these decals because I wanted the Banshee to reflect the fact that Marida was the first combat pilot. In the lore the Banshee is originally stationed at the Augusta Research Lab to undergo atmospheric combat testing (where Marida sorties from). In my mind that means the Banshee is probably going to bear the Anaheim Electronics and UC Project markings. <spoiler> After Riddhe captures the Banshee at the end of episode 5; I imagine the EFSF would replace the standard AE & UCP designations with the pilot (R008), ship (GR for General Revil) and affiliation (EFSF) designations.


Since the last set of Banshee photos on 12/11 I took 2/3rds of the armor on the kit off, and resprayed it with an additional layer of 'Banshee Blue'. The color variance was driving me crazy and I couldn't leave it be. Fortunately I was able to mask around the decals on the 'Armored Arm VN' (the crab claw).

After applying the decals to the kit; I gave it one final coat of satin topcoat. The satin coat retained the glossy metallic finish of the gold paint and decals.

Unfortunately Hajime Katoki was not involved the OVA's decal layout. So I had to come up with an original decal layout of the Armored Arm VN & BS. Overall I'm pretty happy with the layouts on the weapons; but I think I could have used more decals. 


Unicorn/Banshee Mode




Monday, December 17, 2012

Tiny Weekend Update

Announcing my newest commission project: MG Wing EW


My client has requested a paint job similar to how I painted my Wing EW a year and a half ago. I'm quite pleased I've been asked to build this kit as a commission. I have wanted to build another one ever since I sold my original wing kit. I'm also quite happy that my client has agreed to let me modify the color scheme slightly. I originally intended to use the main blue color in a few other spots on the legs and arms, but due to the primer I was using I couldn't mask areas without taking up most of the paint!


Also I'd like to announce that the MG Banshee is now complete. Here's the aftermath:


This post is number 99; that means that my next post will be number 100. So look forward to my 100th post where I'll showcase the finished MG Banshee!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Tutorial: How to apply water slide decals

Intro:

Water slide decals are my favorite type of decals to work with. So much so that I base some of my kit purchasing decisions on the availability of the kit's water slide decals! 

In my mind there are really two types of water slide decals available for Gundam kits; Bandai decals, and everything else. I'm not suggesting that Bandai water slides are better than every other decal available, but in general I have found that I have an easier time using Bandai's decals than say Samuel decals or other third party manufacturers.



Can you name all of the kits represented in these decal sets? (hint: most of them are in my backlog)



These are third party decals. Depending on the manufacturer some of the decals are precut, and some are not. Typically what I have noticed is that third party decals tend to be thinner and rip easier, but they also tend to have less noticeable borders once applied.


Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Banshee Decals

The best part of a Ver. Ka model is the markings.

I'm pretty slow because I use both mark setter and softer. So here is what 2.5 hours of work looks like.






Sunday, December 9, 2012

MG Banshee WIP

Another busy weekend. I'm at the end of a semester so that means projects, projects and projects. Total of 10+ hours spend this weekend in various group meetings between three groups. But thanks in part to some late night work I finished painting the MG Banshee OVA. 

Here's what the kit looks like in it's current state. This week I'll have some more time to work on decals. 

The body color is something I mixed up. I'm calling it banshee blue; it's mixture is 40% navy blue 30% purple and 30% black. Unfortunately the quality of the paint I'm using has declined recently. It took 3 coats of the paint to obtain the 'bottle color'. I originally mixed up 120mls of banshee blue to paint two kits; but after using 80mls for just the OVA kit I don't believe I'll have enough for the Ver. Ka.





Thursday, December 6, 2012

MG Banshee WIP

Project Banshee Update

I just finished painting the first few Banshee Blue parts. I wasn't 100% happy with the way the color originally sprayed on. So I went back to the mix and added an additional 10-15% black to darken things up. I'm very happy with the color now. It contrast nicely with the orange, gold and grey. 


The gold really shines on a dark background. 



 Hit the bump for more photos!


Tuesday, December 4, 2012

MG Tallgeese Group Buy


MG Tallgeese is ready to launch!

Joe from Modelgrade just informed me that the MG Tallgeese group buy is now live. Hop on the band wagon and grab a preorder for this kit before it's too late.

Here are the details:

Special preorder price $46.99
Flat rate $5 shipping
Plus you'll receive a free $5 coupon for your next order!

Deal ends January 20th; expected release date is February 2013.

Order yours now!


Directions:

1: Add the special Tallgeese to your shopping cart
2: Proceed to checkout. 
3: On the 5th step you'll be able to enter the coupon code REDDITDEAL to get the discount (look at those $1000 melt away!). You may need to change the shipping option before completing checkout.
4: Done!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Weekend WIP


Mini Commission

VP-Strike Noir Conversion Parts

It's been a while since I've had the time to write up a post. I spent a good chunk of my available time working on some resin conversion parts for a client's Vicious Project Strike Noir.

I was asked to paint about 20 resin parts. Most of the parts belong to the backpack, shoulders and arms. Painting resin parts is a time consuming process. Unlike typically Bandai kits which come in color separated sections; resin kits need to be masked for each color applied. It's a time consuming process if you don't plan your color applications out ahead of time. 

Friday, November 16, 2012

Up Coming Projects


What do you get when you combine a Full Armor Unciorn a OVA Banshee and 3 sets of final battle decals?

Hopefully something cool!

Stay tuned.

Tutorial: How to Paint Gundam Eyes Part 2


Intro:

I received a lot of good questions and comments from people after the first How to Paint Gundam Eyes post went up. 

One question I received was "What do you do for eye pieces that aren't clear?"

Here's a method you can use the paint Gundam eyes that aren't clear. 


Sunday, November 11, 2012

MG Qan[t] is Complete!

MG Qan[t]



The MG Qan[t] was a fun kit, but a bit tricky to paint. I decided against using the FullSaber kit for this build, it was simply too large and unwieldy. 

Now that it's done I'm looking forward to tackling the MG 00 Raiser (again) to complete Setsuna's trinity of suits.

Don't forget to check out the kit review or the FullSaber review


Friday, November 9, 2012

50,000 Hits Milestone

It's official! Gunpla by GoodGuyDan has reached 50,000 hits!

When I made my first post back on April 22, 2012 I would be hard pressed to believe this blog would receive this much traffic in less than 7 months. Since I began posting about this hobby, a lot of doors have opened for me, I've meet tons of awesome people, had some great experiences and made a lot of awesome friends.
 
Thanks a bunch Gunpla Guys and Gals!



Friday, November 2, 2012

Builder Show Case Lightning Ace's Blog


Click on any of the images below to be taken to Lightning Ace's Galleries! 

One of my favorite things about this hobby is that there are so many talented builders out there! This series is dedicated to recognizing the abilities of other modelers and to strengthen the community as a whole! 

Would you like to see your work or blog featured on my site? Send me an email!

About the builder: 

Lightning Ace is a gunpla aficionado living in Venice Italy. 

My favorite thing about Lightning's work is that all of his kits are built out of box, with only light painting and detailing. He doesn't need all of the tricks I need to use to make my kits look good; he gets the same great results just using what's in the box!

He's also an excellent and creative Gunpla poser and photographer. The poses he chooses, and the angles he uses create a lot of motion; and they are very interesting to look at. When I see his pictures they inspire me to do a better job photographing my own work!

Click on any of the images below to be taken to Lightning Ace's Galleries!







Thanks for checking this segment out!  

Would you like to see your work or blog featured on my site? Send me an email!

Tutorial: How to Repair Scratched Clear Parts



Intro: 

A lot of Gundam kits come with clear parts, and if you happen to scratch one they can look terrible.  Fortunately there is a quick and easy way to repair them! In this tutorial I'm going to show you how.


Thursday, November 1, 2012

Tutorial: How to Paint Gundam Eyes

Intro:


Most Master Grade Gundam models come with clear eye pieces. In this post I'm going to show you how to quickly and easily paint them!

Tools:

Paints: Acrylic based black & clear color (red, green and blue are most common,)
Brush: 0 sized round brush
X-Acto Knife
Isopropyl Alcohol 90%+
Q-Tips


MG Nu Gundam Ver. Ka Pre-order Special

Model Grade has done it again!

Model Grade is offering us another great pre-order special $76.99 for the up coming MG Nu Gundam Ver. Ka! Follow the directions below To pre-order a kit!

Deal ends November 30th!


BTF Full Saber Review


This is a follow up to the MG Qan[t] review I posted recently. The Full Saber addon equipment featured in this review is not manufactured or licensed by Bandai. This kit is manufactured by a company called BTF or Butterfly Hobby. It can be purchased through a number of online shops or through Ebay.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

MG Ground Gundam Commission is Complete!


 Here it is the RX 79-[G] in all it grimy, grungy glory! This was a great build, I haven't had the chance to weather and battle damage a kit since the Exia Repair! Speaking of weathering I used a gradient starting with the darkest color (dirt) around the feet and working up to a light sand at the top of the head. Similarly the battle damaged sections of were weather differently to reflect age. The freshest are dark, metallic and rough, older wounds have been smoothed with time, and are closer to the base color of the kit.


Effects of a light source on color

I had been frustrated for the last few months because my camera was taking lousy photos of my kits. For the longest while I thought it was an issue with the camera, or the color balancing, or something I had screwed with.

But after getting some very helpful advice from the people over on r/photo I discovered it was the light source! I had been using a 'full spectrum' CFL bulb, but apparently it's spectrum wasn't really complete. I've now switched over to a set of 100W halogen bulbs and the photos are back to looking normal. 

Here's a comparison of the new and old bulbs

New:



  Old: 





Hit the bump to see more comparrison images!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Ground Gundam Commission WIP


I finished painting the MS today. I'm very happy with the way the colors came out. You may see some slight tone differences in a few panels and along the edges.Once weathering is applied over those panels the background colors should enhance the overall look. 


Friday, October 26, 2012

Budget building for busy people: affordable and durable tools



Welcome to part two! Affordable and Durable tools.

Even the world's best craftsman requires good tools to do a good job. In this series I'm going to share my picks for some great, affordable and long lasting tools that a beginner should have in their toolbox! My goal in this section is to provide a selection of tools that totals less than $25!

I try to avoid some of the flashy name branded products from Tamiya and Mr. Hobby that seem to be popular. In general I tend to find that you're paying more for the brand name than for quality of the product. Many of the items I'm going to list below can be found at your local hardware, office supply, fabric or hobby shop.
 

The List:

 

Knife:

X-acto $6 @ Amazon, paper stores, office suppliers and hobby locations

A X-acto knife is a modeler's bread and butter. It's easy to control, and razor sharp. I will typically use one blade on a HG sized kit, two for a RG or MG and 5+ on a PG. It's a good idea to change blades often, because as the blade dulls it requires more pressure to remove a nub which stresses the plastic more and leaves ugly white stress points on your kit. It should go without saying that because these are extremely sharp you must be careful.A package of 100 replacement blades can be purchased on amazon for $22

Sliding Utility Knife $1.50 - $8 @ Amazon or hardware stores

Utility knives sometimes called box cutters come in a lot of different shapes an sizes. They offer a great alternative to a X-acto knife. The blades tend to be more durable, but they also tend to be larger and more difficult to maneuver. Replacement blades can be purchase in a 50 pack for $17 on Amazon.


 

 

 

 

Side Cutters:

Xuron flush cutters 'nippers' $ 9 @ Amazon or hardware stores

In the past I recommended a set of blue handled Xuron side cutters. However I recently found this new set uses a harder high carbon steel for the cutting edges instead of the cheaper and softer alloy steel used in the old model. This newer design should be able to hold a sharp edge much longer. I will typically purchase a new side cutter after 5-7 MGs however I haven't had a chance to truly test the longevity of this new model!. 


 

 

 

Spudger ( the unsung hero):

Spudger $1.5-2.5 @ Amazon or your local cell phone kiosk 

Okay now repeat the spudgerman's creed:
This is my spudger. There are many like it, but this one is mine. My spudger is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I must master my life. My supdger, without me, is useless. Without my spudger, I am useless.

Joking aside... the spudger is one of the greatest tools in your toolbox. It's a multipurpose tool that you can use to separate parts, clean panel lines, pinning down those annoying power pipes on Zeon kits during sanding, adjustings decals and movable parts. I'm still finding new ways to use the tool.

Spudgers come in a variety of shapes. I prefer the pen shaped models like the 3M version I linked to. They're usually made out of a soft plastic, so they should not damage your models when you use them. I have even used them (delicately) on painted surfaces without doing any harm. 








Sanding Material:

3M Automotive grade sanding paper $5.50 @ Amazon or automotive stores

While I'm still a big fan of the 3M Extra Fine Sanding sponges, I realize that out of the box they take a few kits before they break in enough for all purpose sanding. This sanding pack on the other hand gives you 4, 3 inch by 9 inch wet/dry sand paper sheets ranging from 1000 to 2500 grit. These are the perfect levels for lightly polishing the nub marks away. If you also have some popsicle sticks laying around you can wrap or glue the sand paper around/to them to create a rigid sanding surface! I will typically cut and use a 2 inch by 2 inch square of paper at a time I can typically get through at least one MG sized kit using just one square. 

 

 

Brushes: Assorted Brushes

I strongly recommend purchasing your brushes locally, at a hobby or craft store. I purchased a set of 5-7 brushes from my local craft store for around $5. For most detail work and for panel lining a prefer a nice round #0 brush. A round #0 will run around $3 at a hobby store, I usually keep a few around for different colors. For larger surfaces I prefer a larger chisel type brush, either a #2, #4 or #6. Although I haven't tried them yet the 0, 00 and 000 brushes used by nail artists, appear to be the right size for detailed hobby work. I also prefer synthetic fiber brushes, in general just make sure that whatever brush type you buy is okay to use with your paint!



 

 

 

Your Total up to this point:

If you're following along, at this point your total should be about $25 = $6 (knife) + $9 (nippers) + $1.5 (spudger) + $5.5(sand paper) + $3 (brush). With these tools on hand you'll be ready to build at least a half dozen kits before requiring any replacements (like knife blades). However if your budget is a bit bigger...

Other Purchases to Consider:

Cutting mat $17 on Amazon

This will protect the surface you're cutting on, and should prolong the life of your blades. 







Top coat $ 17.50 on Amazon

Spray your completed model with a coat a topcoat to remove the plastic shine and to protect your panel lines and decals. A can this large will last you several models.  






Tweezer Set $10 on Amazon

Tweezers are used mostly for decal work, but they can also be very useful for holding small parts while sanding.








Hopefully after reading this post you have realized that you can afford a variety of great modeling tools on a budget! In the next segment we're going to start putting these tools to good use as I show you how to build a basic HG kit! Stay tuned for a lot of great new content!

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Budget building for busy people: Introduction


Welcome to a new series of posts!

I received a lot of great comments about the types of things they would like to start seeing on my blog from the people over on Reddit! One of the comments that really resonated with me was that some people don't have a lot of time to build Gunpla, but they still want to make their kits look great. So in this series I'm going to show you exactly how to do that! 

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Ground Gundam Commission WIP update


I'm at the halfway point now on this build. The entire frame has been given a coat of medium grey. I used gaia notes star bright duralinium on the pistons at the ankles.