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Sunday, April 29, 2012

MG Gundam Age "Ver. Ka" WIP

I've said before that I think the Age 1 Normal is a very simple design, almost retro. So I'm using a set of waterside decals from the original RX 78-2 Ver Ka Gundam to stick with the retro vibe. And I'm doing my best to match the decal locations, even though there are some difference between the part locations. 


Friday, April 27, 2012

Gunpla Tutorial: Photography Setup 101



Occasionally people ask me how I photograph my kits. I think many are surprised that you can take really good photos with just about any camera, and only using a handful of items that you probably already have around the house. I’m going to show you how I photograph my kits, I’m sure there are better ways of doing this, but I’ve found my way to be best for me.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Color Scheme & Brain Storming

This is a test color scheme I developed for the Delta Plus Based on the Delta Gundam Kai's color scheme. On the kit I'll probably incorporate yellow into some the vent housings for contrast.

I'm thinking about doing some part swaping and modifications to the Delta Kit to create a new Delta Gundam (E) for enchanced.

I used a recolor app developed by Fury S12 an Admin on the Gundam Australia Forum. If you would like to recolor your own Delta Plus you can do so here

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

MG Banshee Water Slide Decals

When I heard about the MG Banshee Novel Version, I wasn't very excited. But then I saw the decals that came with the kit and I started trying to justify buying the Novel version just for the decals.

Fortunately I found out that Samuel Decal had released his own version of the decals, and he included several special gold versions of normally white decals that only came with the OVA release for the BS and VN systems.

Missing Parts Three for Three

In and uncharacteristic show of consistency I have managed to lose at least 1 part from each of the last three MG kits I have built. The Age 1 Normal is the most recent victim.

I like eating plastic!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

MG Blitz Gundam Group Buy

We're trying to start our first group buy on reddit's r/gunpla sub reddit.

So if you're in the US and interested in picking up a MG Blitz add a comment to the thread.

http://www.reddit.com/r/Gunpla/comments/sq7ox/mg_biltz_gundam_group_buy_sign_up/


Monday, April 23, 2012

MG Age 1 Review



I finished building this kit a while back. Overall I really enjoyed the construction of the kit and the details molded into the inner frame and outer armor. This kit surprised me because it took such a long time to build, the detailing and part count can sneak up on you.


Design 

Like it or not the Age Gundam is here to stay. The design has really grow on me, even the spoiler (it’s actually an antennae). The proportions on this kit are excellent, and I love the influence of the classic RX 78-2 on proportions and color scheme & Exia style head.


  Detail
The detail and engineering of this kit has to be it’s primary selling point. The design is simple and it really captures the classic gundam design. There are tons of opportunities to line and detail this kit. Most of the armor pieces on the waist, shoulders and knees have additional armor backing parts that fill in areas that might be hollow on a HG or NG kit. All of the vents on the arms and legs are molded with holes, and don’t need to be lined. The opening cockpit gimmick on this kit is also pretty cool because the whole cockpit extends out, and a display screen (or something) swivels up and out of the way to reveal the pilot. I should also mention that getting that screen into place so it swivels correctly is a headache.


Articulation
This kit has an excellent range of articulation, and I would guess it’s comparable to many of the current 2.0 kits. I especially like the arms and wrists which have several additional points of articulation. The shoulders also have a high degree of articulation and feature three moving joints.  


Weapons
This kits has classic Gundam equipment , beam rifle, shield and beam sabers. Surprisingly the Dods rifle has like 10+ parts involved in the assembly. I also like the detail molded into the back of the shield, it makes it seem more substantial. I wish they made a 'hyper bazooka', or 'hyper hammer' type weapon for this kit, to really round out the retro vibe.

Concerns
My completed kit has loose shoulder armor, they don’t stay up when posed and tend to sit of the top of ‘deltoid’ part of the arm.
The cockpit hatch on my kit is also slightly loose on my kit, it doesn’t fall open but it doesn’t feel very sturdy either.
I was a bit disappointed by the Dods rifle, the components just don’t line up and nicely as I would expect. It’s not a fault of the model or plastic mold, it’s the design.
The hands on this kit are similar to the hands on the MG Wing and MG Seed kits. The interchangeable fingers on this kit aren’t as sturdy as the older 3 finger trigger, finger split designs. Overall though I think they allow for more expressive posing. 

Overall
If you like the design this kit is a no brainer, just buy it. Even if you’re on the fence about the design, the proportions and engineering involved in this kit might change your mind. The few concerns I have with my kit are completely outweighed by the design.


Sunday, April 22, 2012

1/48 Sinanju



Just finished this guy this weekend. I really love how it came out. I used a clear red over a silver base to give the paint a metallic finish. I used a reverse wash technique I learned from one of Major William's tutorials, to do the intracte gold detailing on the chest and collars.

Check out the rest of the photos here

Major William's Tutorial 

Works in Progress



Like a lot of modelers I have a couple of projects going simultaneously. Right now I'm busier than usual because I'm waiting for parts on kits that are otherwise done! Here is what's currently on my work bench.

1/48 Sinanju Head: Essentially this kit is done, it just needs to be photographed


1/48 Unicorn Head: This kit is also just about done, but frustratingly the paint continues to chip around the folding mechanism of the V fin.

1/100 MG Sinanju: During routine paint stripping I accidentally melted the main black chest and shield piece. I'm currently waiting for parts from GGinfinite. The Sinanju is 90% decaled now, and only needs a glossy topcoat.

1/100 MG Heavyarms: I lost a ton of parts down the drain during a second cleaning attempt. most of them belong to the ammo chain for the gatling gun, but I also lost a few for the legs. This kit is 95% painted, I did some neat masking with this kit to highlight some part separation and introduce more red into the design. I'm also waiting for parts from GGinfinite for this kit too.

1/100 MG Age 1 Normal: Unlike the other MG kits I'm not missing any parts to my Age 1! This kits is about 80% painted. I'm going for a classic ver. ka decal layout. I managed to track down a set of official Bandai's Gundam Decals from the ver. ka gundam.

1/100 Unicorn Gundam OVA: This kit is 100% assembled, but I'm still not sure if I'm going to use the OVA version head or the ver. ka head. I also managed to track down a set of official Gundam Decals for this kit.

Even with this many kits going, I'm still constantly thinking about the next kit I'm going to build. I'm not sure if it's going to be the MG ReZel or the MG Delta Plus.

Showing off some old work MG Wing EW



Like a lot of people Gundam Wing was the first Gundam series on saw on TV, and it really got me into the gunplay hobby. I still remember building a 1/100 NG Wing Kit I bought at Toys R Us during the 8th grade.

I like the ver. KA/EW Wing and Wing Zero designs and I think the kits have a lot of personality. You can tell that the Wing and Wing zero are slightly older Bandai designs. The inner frames aren't as complex as new models, and seam lines are more apparent along the rifle, wings, shoulders and forearms are more apparent.
Bandai did add a nice feature to the re-released Wing EW, they included a adapter so the model can use an action base.

You can see the entire gallery here


Showing off some old work MG Exia



Master Grade Exia

This is one of the first kits I painted with Plamo UK's line of lacquer paints. 

I really enjoyed building this kit, the seven sword setup was very appealing, if a bit unwieldy. 

I eventually converted this kit into the Exia Repair

You can cheek out the entire gallery here
From now on I'm going to try to regularly update this blog with gunpla content. You can expect tutorials, tips and models I've built.