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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Bro Build Update


For the first time in what feels like months I am working on only one kit! Now that I don't have to divide my attention I'm starting to get a lot of work done on the MG Red Frame for the Bro Build with Justin. 



At this point most of the red pieces have been painted. I applied a transparent red over a titanium base coat; I really like how the red color pops. You can also see a few of the gold trim pieces; they received a coat of gloss black followed by Gaia Notes star bright gold. 



Sunday, April 28, 2013

RG Zeta White Unicorn Amuro Custom



This is suit number two in my Project Amuro. When I originally planned out the scheme for this kit I thought I was being clever, but then Bandai announced the RG Zeta White Unicorn version and that went out the window. However after seeing Bandai's sticker design I decided to model some of my masking after their markings.



 Overall I'm pretty happy with the masking on the final kit. And I really like how they interact in the waverider mode. 

Hit the bump for all the photos!


RG RX 78-2 Amuro Custom




I received this kit as a trade from a local buddy  for the HG Age 1 Normal + Razor kit I had lost interest in building. I wasn't entirely sure I wanted this kit, but I started thinking about projects I want to do, and everything just sort of clicked. After all it makes sense to start Project Amuro with the RX 78-2.

The color scheme is inspired by my all time favorite modeler Kieta

This kit was been in WIP hell for over a month because I damaged the red portion of the shield. Originally I removed the yellow cross and puttied the holes where cross connected. However after several rounds of different types of primer and paint and masking I was still seeing color variations in the shield color. Ultimately I decided to revert the shield design. 

Overall I'm pretty happy with the way the kit turned out. Unfortunately I did notice that the armor caps for both knees have started to crack. I also made a rookie mistake during the assembly process that I couldn't reverse after paint (can you spot it?)




Thursday, April 25, 2013

OOBBO Conclusion


Firstly I would like to thank everyone who participated in the blast off. I was really shocked by the quality of each submission I received. Each submission was well done, and they all had a special personal flair which I appreciated (which also made my selection really difficult)!

You can check out all of the submissions here!

I used the follow criteria laid out on the rules page to evaluate each kit submitted.

"I'll be judging your kits based on two criteria; which are the overall quality and cleanliness of your build. I will also take the quality and clarity of your photos into account (so make em fancy!)"

After some long hard deliberation here are the models and builders that I chose.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Commission Complete HG Banshee Special Clear Version


This was a pretty different commission for me. Normally when I'm asked to take on a commission I'm asked to do some sort of paint job; however instead of painting my client asked me to build this kit as cleanly and paint free as possible. After some intensive scratch removal I'd say I was successful!

You can fix scratches easily with this method

I used the MG Banshee decal set for this kit. I had to modify some of the decals to fit. I had to precisely cut up the GR decal on the left shoulder to fit the design.

Hit the bump to see the full gallery!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Multi-project WIP

I usually end up working on multiple kits simultaneously. The nice part about having multiple WIPs is that I have more pictures to share.

HG Banshee Clear ver.

This is a commission I'm currently working on for a client.

The goal is to just keep the kit extremely clean and unpainted. (Not an easy feat considering how easily clear  plastic stresses and scratches!)

Here's how most of the pieces looked after I cleaned the nubs and stress marks.
 

After some scratch removal and decal here's how the kit looks.


One year of Gunpla by GoodGuyDan




I started this blog on 4/22/2012, so today it's one year old!

I had a difficult time writing any sort of content for this post. I'm a terrible writer, grammar aside I can't help but think that I'm unclear and the content that I develop is trite and unoriginal. 

Originally I was going to write about the things I've done over the course of the last year; Group builds, GWBC, hits on the site and so on. But after looking at it, it looks terribly self important and self congratulatory. So instead I simple want to say...

Thank you! 

To everyone who has been supportive, read my blog, asked questions, sent me emails or participated in anything I've done. Your support and readership are the reason I'll continue to develop content!

I'm looking forward to another year of kits, reviews, contests, group buys and builds!

GGD

OOBBO Final Entries



Here are all the entries for the OOBBO!

If you submitted work but don't see it here, you have 24 hours to send me an email to verify the status!


Friday, April 19, 2013

RG Zeta & HG Banshee WIP

In addition to the MG Red Frame build I'm also painting the RG Zeta Gundam. Here's what the Zeta looked like the last time I posted any pictures of it.

 

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Astray Bro Build Paint Testing





Justin has been hard at work testing out his paints and pre-shading combination. I have also decided to give pre-shading a whirl,  but I'm not entirely in love with the pre-shaded look.

Here are some test pieces using various paint colors for the shading:

Medium Grey:

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Astray Bro Build Update


I've been using whatever free time I have to work on my kit for the bro build. The MG Astray is a great kit, and it has a nice level of complexity throughout the design. Unforunately the kit is back heavy as you would expect once you add on the backpack.

 

OOBBO Entries Gallery



Here are all the entries I have received so far. If you have already submitted your kit but don't see it here send me an email!

All submissions are due by email no later than Sunday April 21st at midnight!


Tuesday, April 16, 2013

MG Sinanju OVA Commission


This is going to be my last commission for a while. I'm going to take a brief break. I really enjoy doing custom work for other people but my backlog has grown beyond a level I am comfortable with and I really need to get it under control.

And with the 2013 Gundam Builders World Cup coming up I need to start thinking about what I'm going to enter. Just like last year I'll be attending New York Comic Con in New York city in October. 

I meet a lot of great people last year, and I hope to do so again! If you're in the area, or if you're considering going I look forward to seeing you there. 

On to the commission:

I was asked by my client to paint up a Sinanju with a vibrant green color scheme in place of the red, I will be using silver and black for the sleeve and pipe detail and medium/dark grey for the inner frame and weapons. I'll finish the kit off with a set of ver. ka decals. 

Green and silver is one of my favorite metallic color combos, and unfortunately one I don't often get to use.

 
Stay tuned for more updates on this build!

Monday, April 15, 2013

Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn Bande Dessinee & Armed Armor DE



Thanks to a very generous individual named Tim I was able to get my hands on a Armed Armor DE for my ongoing Project Banshee Build.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Bro Build with Justinius: Astray


It's not a build off, it's a bro build with my friend Justinius. We're each building on of the titular mobile suits from Gundam seed Astray VS. Justinius will be building Gai Murakumo's Blue Frame and I will be building Lowe Guele's Red Frame. You can follow along with Justinius and myself at our respective blogs!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Contest Reminder




This is a reminder to all of the OOBBO participants that your entry is due by midnight April 21st!

You can submit your entry here

Submit three photos of your kit; at least one needs to feature your kit with a note card with the name you're entering under for verification. Optional: include a comment about the theme or style of your kit.


Participants

UC Era

 
Justinius
HG Zudah
Nayiro HG Nu Gundam HWS

Mrliquidjesus HG The-O

Breakbeat HG Sinanju

GaiKotsu HG Jesta Cannon

Tony Monaco/AmonacoKSU HG Acguy

Rosc HG Hazel

BRC HG 144 Ex-S 

Harry HG Unicorn destroy mode

Blakjakz
HG Zaku 1 Sniper
SchizophrenicMC
HG Unicorn Gundam
TheSpanishDevil
HG Sazabi
Citrus
HG Zudah/Hazel
Effion Prime
HG Banshee Destroy Mode
HMZ
HG GM Type C
Kapil
M HG Palace Athene 
Steve R
HG Kshatriya
tter
HG Delta Plus

Gundam Seed


Cherrycat R-11 LaGowe Remastered

Corey Scott HG Mobile Cgue

Andrew S/Nightmareofsolomon
HG M1 Astray
Zrob
HG Buster

Gundam 00


Wally Kurrimboccus HG 00 Seven Sword/G

GHanshew HG Exia Repair II

Wildo HG Harute 

The Anti
 HG Tieren Ground 

Gundam Age

 
Hudson/Tasty Cat HG Age Fx

BLOGGGGGG/Philip HG Age-1 Normal

Austin Woo
HG Age FX
Waynshaun 
HG Age 2 Artemis
Akuma HG
Farsia

Gundam Builders


Terry
HG  Beargguy expo version


Prizes

High Grade AMX-009 Dreissen [Unicorn Version]


High Grade MS-09/09-R Dom/Rick Dom

 

No Grade 1/400 Alpha Azieru


 

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

New Photo Setup

Since starting Gunpla by Goodguydan photographing my kits has become really important. However photographing my kits has also been really problematic because I hadn't found a photo setup that worked for me. After some prodding from more skilled/knowledgeable photographers I decided to pick up a soft light box. I purchased this soft light box from Amazon.com. 

I purchased this light box for four reasons.
  • It was cheap ($35), so if it didn't work out; I wouldn't be out too much money.
  • It's collapsable
  • It's very large; this is the 30 inch version
  • I could get it quickly with Amazon Prime
This is how it came packed. The black case is maybe the diameter or a basket ball. It comes packed with four different colored backdrops: black, white, blue and red. 


Hit the jump for the setup and photos.

1/48 Zeta Head Display White Unicorn


Info

The White Unicorn has had some pretty popular releases in the last few years. We now have a MG Zeta 2.0 and a RG Zeta version of this awesome color schemed kit. I'll admit that I'm not the biggest fan of the Zeta series, the mobile suit designs in general don't really resonate with me. However I do like the White Unicorn's color scheme quite a bit!
 
About:

I utilized the base from a normal 1/48 Zeta kit, the decals are from a damaged set of RG Zeta decals I purchased from Global Toys on ebay.

Colors:

Lacquer:
 
White Zeta Grey (Chest)
95% medium grey
5% White Zeta Pink

White Zeta off white
90% White
10% Medium Grey

White Zeta Red (Stripes)
50% Bright Red
50% Hibiscus Pink

White Zeta Yellow (Vents and collar)
95% Lemon Yellow
5% Bright Orange

White(Helmet

Dark Grey (Neck and collar)

Silver (Base coat for eyes)

Acrylic:

Tamiya Clear Blue (eyes)


      
Enamel:

Silver (Hand brushed onto the detail parts)


Black (Eye surrounds)

You can see the complete painting guide here!


Hit the bump for the full photo shoot!

Monday, April 8, 2013

1/48 Banshee Head Ver. Ka Final Battle


Info

I'm sure some people are wondering what the Banshee Ver. Ka is; so here's the scoop. Back when the Unicorn series was still in novel form the RX-0 Unicorn Gundam 02 Banshee was revealed to be simply a black Unicorn Gundam with a different V fin. This Banshee Gundam is currently known as the Banshee Ver. Ka. Unlike the OVA Banshee the Ver. Ka. lacked the gold collar, dark front piece to the V fin, and the Armed Armor BS and VN. Instead it featured the same armaments as the Unicorn 01. The 'final battle' version of the Banshee Ver. Ka features the same green colored psycho frame as the FA Unicorn. 

Banshee Ver. Ka Final Battle:


Bandai did release a limited edition Banshee Ver. Ka. Final battle version. But people are asking absurd amounts of money for them. In fact you can purchase a FA unicorn, order the individual Banshee head components and the ver. ka's official waterslide decal set for much less than the $200+ asking price I have seen for the limited edition kit!

About:

I utilized the base from a normal 1/48 Unicorn Head Display and some leftover decals from the 1/100 Banshee Ver. Ka decal sheet.  


Colors:

Lacquer:
 
"Banshee Blue" (Armor)
70% Midnight Blue
20% Black

10% Purple


Dark Grey (Neck and collar area)

Star Bright Gold (V fin)

Silver (Psychoframe basecoat)

"Psychoframe Green" (applied over the lacquer silver)
80% Clear Green
20% Clear Blue

Bright Orange (eyes)
      
Enamel:

Silver (Hand brushed onto the sensors)

Black (For the eye surrounds)

Hit the bump for the full photo shoot!  

Selling/Trading some stuff

This is a cross post from r/gunpla's April commerce thread I'm trying to get rid of some kits I don't intend on building and some decals I have accumulated. 

If you see anything you want please send me an email!



Kits 

Selling/Trading (for equal value)

Master Grade 1/100 S Gundam MSA-0011
New in box $65 + shipping

Master Grade 1/100 MS 06-J White Ogre Zaku 2.0
New in box $45 + shipping

Master Grade 1/100 MS-09 Dom w/30th anniversary clear parts
New in box $50 + shipping

Hard Graph 1/35 Ramba Ral Commando set
Figures, weapons, machine gun shells and motorcycle only (I'm keeping the Zaku head) for reference: http://dalong.net/review/etc/uh2/uh2_p.htm
5$ + shipping

Waterslide decals

Bandai official MG Strike Freedom $20 

Decals

Any 'set' for 1$ + shipping

  • MG Ground Gundam Foils & stickers 
  • MG Kampfer Stickers & dry transfers 
  • MG GP01 foils, stickers and dry transfers
  • MG Wing Zero custom stickers (missing 1)
  • MG Freedom stickers (missing 3)
  • MG Char 1.0 stickers, foils and dry transfers
  • MG Delta Plus foils, stickers and dry transfers (missing eye foil)
  • MG Banshee OVA foils, dry transfers and stickers
  • MG Heavyarms foils, dry transfers and stickers
  • MG Aegis foils and stickers
  • MG Unicorn OVA foils, dry transfers and stickers
  • MG Red Frame Astray foils, dry transfers and stickers
  • HG Age 2 Normal foils
  • HG Byarlant Custom foils and stickers
  • RG RX 78-2 stickers

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Magazine: Gundam Weapons Modeling Masters


I've been really interested in hobby magazines lately; and I've picked up several from different companies over the last year. My favorite is Hobby Japan, and my favorite segment of the magazine is the tutorial series they include. I can't read Japanese, but I've found that often times I don't need to; because the images that accompany  the tutorials provide enough information for me to figure out what's going on. I have found that the tutorials have been very helpful for modding parts, and enhancing the overall look of a kit. 

When I heard that Hobby Japan was releasing a book/magazine that collected some of the more popular tutorials from the last few year I decided to pick one up. 


Thursday, April 4, 2013

Looking for Armored Armor DE

I'm trying to track down one of these Armored Armor DE kits that were released in limited number along with a magazine.

Thanks to a friendly fellow named Tim I was able to find one! Thanks Tim!






If you have one you want to sell, or if you know where I can get one (without a huge markup) send me an email! I'm open to buying or trading for one!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

MG Jesta groupbuy is ready to launch!



MG Jesta is ready to launch!

Joe from Modelgrade just informed me that the MG Jesta group buy is now live. Hop on the band wagon and grab a pre-order 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 April 30th; expected release date is May 2013.
Deal is open to US & Canadian addresses only. Free shipping is only valid for the US customers

Order yours now!

Directions:
1: Add the special Jesta 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!

1/48 Banshee Head Unboxing and Magazine Photos

Here's the unboxing of Bandai's latest head display model the 1/48 Banshee head display. This kit will work as a stand from the 1/144 Banshee Norn (or really any other kit with a peg type stand connector)



The magazine is really a 'bonus' that comes with the kit if you ask me.


 Hit the bump for the full kit!

It's a Banshee sort of day


A couple boxes showed up at my place all at once today. 

I'm quite excited about all of them too!

The clear banshee is a commission project for a client in the UK. I'll be building it super clean and unpainted. I will be using the scratch fix technique I showed off in this tutorial to accomplish it!

The Banshee heads are going to be an interesting addition to my head collection.

I'm going to build 1 OVA style and 1 Ver. Ka/Final Battle style using a Unicorn head display base and green psycho frame!

The third I may sell, but who knows!