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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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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!