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Monday, May 30, 2016

HMM Liger Zero


Introduction:

If you have been following along on the blog since at least the beginning of the year, you might be aware that after finishing the Liger Zero Schneider commission it got lost in the mail on the way back to it's owner. I'm not the type of person to leave someone twisting in the wind; so I offered to completed another one. This is the first part of this replacement commission; the second part will include the Schneider parts.

Kit talk:

Hopefully the most striking aspect of this kit is the weathering applied throughout the kit. Like the prior version I was asked to apply a coat of desert weathering. Unlike the last kit I decided to use Vallejo's acrylic black paint to add chipping throughout the design along the hard edges and corners of the kit. I also added Vallejo washes of dark gray and desert dust  before brushing Tamiya's Desert Modeling Masters  Like the last design I used a hand brush to paint all of the silver bolt details on the legs and chest.

After building the Schneider version of the Liger, the basic Liger Zero is pretty threadbare. If I were to purchase a Liger of my own I think I would need one of the armor sets (panzer) to hold my interest. fortunately you can purchase each of the armor sets individually instead of having to purchase 4 Liger Zeros to complete the collection. I wish Bandai would do this with some of there normal releases (I'm looking at you P-Bandai HG Barbatos complete set).





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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

MG Exia R2


Intro:

The Master Grade Repair 2 or R2 version of the Exia is a P-Bandai release from mid 2014. That being said this model has been out of production for a while. Despite this, the model is still fairly easy to find, but keep in mind you're likely going to pay about twice as much as the basic The MG Exia is one of my favorite Master Grade kits due to it's simple design, interesting internal frame and assorted melee weapons. The R2 version of this kit is much more subdued as it lacks most of the weapons, and most of the purple holographic GN cables. 




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Details:


With this version of the Exia I opted to mask and paint a few gray swatches like white semi circles around the central core, and the rectangular portions on the fore arms. 





The left knee and shoulder feature the only two unique decals on this kit. Both are fairly plain. Both feature the new model number: GN001RII.



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Saturday, May 14, 2016

Dan's Crafts and Things Rochester NY


While visiting family up in Rochester NY I had a few minutes to slip away and check out a popular local Hobby store Dan's Crafts and Things (no relation!). The shop is located just off 590 in the eastern part of Rochester NY. 



Late Friday night I checked out their website. I was pleasantly surprised that they have started to carry Gunpla. So, I decided to make a point of stopping Saturday to check it out. When I arrived I had a quick conversation with one of the owners named John to ensure I had permission to photographed inside of the store.  




A few things stood out to me when I started looking over the Gunpla inside of the store:


  • The Gunpla was really easy to find. It's almost the first display you see as you enter the building.
  • They had a good variety of models. Super Deformed, High grade, Real Grades, Master Grade, Perfect Grade, No-Grade kits. RE 1/100, stands and Gundam weapon kits. Most of the kits are out on the floor, there were a few of the larger MGs and PGs behind the main checkout.

  • The kits in stock are a nice mix of old, new and different series and they included very recent releases. They had plenty of models from IBO, and the two of the new HG's released from April 2016 the HG Waff, & HG Gouf Revive. 

  • The HG prices are competitive with other brick and mortar stores. On average the HG kits I saw were only about $1-2 more than the prices listed on Amazon. Dan's also currently has a PG Astray for sale for $179.99; I'm fairly sure this is the cheapest I've seen this kit.

  • Some of the prices of the MGs and RGs could use a bit of work. Based on what I saw most of the RGs are $3-5 more and MGs are priced $7-10 more than some of the brick and mortar shops I'm aware of (Hobby Town & Gundam Planet).  
  • There weren't any completed Gunpla models on display that I saw. In the future I hope their staff completes a few display models. The colorful and outlandish designs can really attract people and get them interested. 
I really appreciate being able to walk into a store look at a large selection of kits and just browse.It's also a wonderful way to meet other Gunpla builders, or encourage newbies to dive in. I regret that I don't have a brick and mortar shop like this near where I live!

Dan's Crafts and Things is easily the largest independently operated hobby shop I've ever been in. The store employs a large staff and everyone I spoke with was polite and knowledgeable. 

Due to some of the things recommended above I recommend researching prices before committing to a purchase.

If you live in Rochester you are probably already aware of Dan's Crafts and Things . But, if you're new to the area or live outside of Rochester you should take the time to check the store out. They carry a wide variety of models and hobbies outside of Gunpla and all of the tools and paint that you might need. You can find this store's website, address and contact information here.

Just like; Garbage plates and Bill Gray's I'll probably make Dan's part of normal routine when visiting Rochester in the future. 

Additional Photos:




They passed the most important test. Ball is love. Ball is life.




Monday, May 9, 2016

The road to 100

My blog "Gunpla by GoodGuyDan" is a little over four years old as of this post. In that time I've written nearly 400 updates, over 1.5 million viewers have checked out my work and I've posted 90 completed builds. 

100 completed kits is an important milestone to me. To me it represents; commitment, growth and perseverance. You can check out my first 90 kits using the "Completed Kits" tab at the top of the page, or by clicking this link.

My New Year's resolution and my commitment to replace a lost commission have determined the first 7 slots, and I've spent the last few months thinking about the last 3. 

91 MG Exia R2
92 HMM Liger Zero
93 HMM Liger Schneider Armor
94 Bandai X Wing
95 Bandai Y Wing
96 MG Sazabi Ver Ka
97 1/35 Zaku 2 head Char ver.
98 ??????
99 ??????
100 ??????

I hope that you will follow along as I complete these next 10 kits on my way to 100. 

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Gunpla Contest: HG Gusion & HG Gundam MKII [TITANS] Revive


My thoughts on Gundam Breaker for PS3


I recently got my hands on a copy of the original Gundam Breaker for the PlayStation 3 and I've had a lot of fun playing through it. If you're not aware, Gundam Breaker is a game where you build, customize, paint and fight with Gunpla. In a lot of ways this is the video game equivalent of picking up your Gunpla and slapping them together in some epic fight until they fall apart. It's repetitive, but it's also a lot of fun and I appreciate how well the customization is integrated into the game play. This isn't a clever or thoughtful game and it doesn't claim to be; it's loud, clunky and awesome.

 


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