Thursday, May 25, 2017

My Patreon page has launched!

Thanks in to the advice provided by some of my readers as well as others in the community I've decided to launch a Patreon page. The goal of my Patreon service is two fold, the first is to branch out into new areas and media (as well as improving some old), and the second is provide more interactivity with my readers. For long time readers that don't want to contribute, don't worry you'll still continue to see the same posts and content you have enjoyed in the past.

But, if you do decide to support me, I've set several levels, HG, RG, MG and PG. HG starts off at the lowest price point at $1 a month and each level provides more benefits. I may tweak these in the future to add more benefits to my patrons.

I've also set several goals including removing ads from YouTube, buying new equipment for new series and a free commission reward after hit one of the milestones!

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

MG Gelgoog 2.0 Anavel Gato Custom


The MG Gelgoog 2.0 Anavel Gato Custom was my submission for the 2017 Playing with Plamo contest hosted by HLJ. It didn't end up winning anything, but the contest proved to be a good motivator for completing a kit that I might have left un-built for too long.

The goal of this project was to create a final product that looked like it was an official P-Bandai release. With the fairly constant stream of P-Bandai Zaku 2.0 ace custom units, I'm still fairly surprised we haven't seen much in the way of Gelgoog 2.0 variations. 

Kit Talk:

The base kit for this project was the Char Custom version of the Gelgoog 2.0; the high mobility backpack and prototype long beam rifle were taken from the Gelgoog 1.0 Anavel Gato Custom. I made very minor modifications to the proportions of the kit by added pla-rods to the ankles and a nylon washer and pla-plate to the waist. The extra height added to the ankles helps keep the bell bottom legs from scuffing on whatever surface it's standing on. The additional height added to the waist was done mostly for aesthetic reasons. Both the ankles and waist were reinforced with metal rods for durability. 

I added may thruster and dome greebles throughout the design to fill in the boring blank holes. The mono-eye is also custom made from extra parts.

Like the Zaku 2.0 the Gelgoog 2.0 has a beautiful layered and detailed inner frame. A big focus for this kit was on masking, painting and detailing the inner frame and outer armor of this model. The masking process of this kit easily tripled the time required to complete this kit. I would wager more the 90% of the parts of this kit were masked at least once.  

The articulation of the frame is limited, but there are gobs of pistons, thrusters and other goodies tucked into it. I really regret having to add the armor to this kit, because in the process of adding it the frames paint job and decals scheme was unavoidably damaged. I mostly stuck to the canon Anavel Gato colo scheme, but I made minor modifications to push more yellow into the design. Each piston receiver is now colored yellow, as are the lips of the thruster bells and pipes in the shoulders.

The decal scheme is mostly based on the stock 2.0 scheme, however I added additional decals throughout the design highlight decals. The "302" visible in a number of areas is a call back to the 1.0 Gato Gelgoog's scheme.

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

RX-78 Thunderbolt Gundam WIP 2

I'm out traveling this weekend so I'm getting as much done on the RX-78 Thunderbolt Gundam as I can before I leave. 

This kit has seed or wing style hands with the interchangeable fingers. The thumb is an assembled joint. I honestly prefer this type of hand joint over the emotion manipulators found on kits like the Nu. Ver ka, RX 78 3.0, etc. I'm not wild about the white finger color either. I may changes this.

The shoulder designs are very simple. I'm noticing a lot of the white outer armor parts have a very simplified construction, many of these parts appear to be one half of a "clam shell". 

Sunday, May 7, 2017

MG RX 78 Gundam The Origin


I've been on a bit of a RX 78 bend lately. The 3.0 version was my 100th build for the site, I've got RX 78 Thunderbolt version on my desk as I write this and I finally picked up a RX 78 Ver. Ka and I'm on the back order list to get a FA-78.

If I had to pick a favorite between the 3.0 and Origin versions of this kit I'd still pick the 3.0. I love the color separation and complexity of the 3.0 design, but the Origin version definitely merits some praise. The design of the kit looks great, the flat feet and thin knee caps and smaller head give the kit a ver.ka 2.0 style appearance and I really like the blocky design of the fore arms and shoulders. The Origin kit is also a great looking and dynamic kit for posing, which is something that the 3.0 struggles with.

Kit Talk:

I've actually had this kit partially built for a few months. I quickly snap built the kit over a weekend a few months ago and threw it in a box. I had actually forgotten about it until I found it when rooting around for parts for the MS-05L Zaku 1 Sniper a couple of weeks ago.

This kit is pretty much directly out of box. I did re-scribe a few of the more shallow panel lines but it's other wise stock.

I used a mostly stock color scheme, but I swapped the lighter blue of the chest out with a rich blue color (Gundam Color MS Blue) and the softer red with a more "true red" (Mr. Color GX Red)/

The water slide decals from this kit were cobbled together from a few different sources. The shoulder designs are taken from the RX 78-2 Ver ka. I had to cut them apart and rearrange them to better resemble the design seen on the Origin mobile suit. The smaller warning symbols are from the Unicorn MG and HG sets, Wing TV, Deathsythe and other sets.

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Saturday, May 6, 2017

Weekend WIP Rx-78 round up

I think this is going to be my last quiet weekend for a few weeks, so I wanted to sit down and get some work done on my current and next project. I pulled this guy down off of the "Katoki Shrine" on top of my display cases and went to work.

What a "Katoki Shrine" might look like

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Kits up for auction

I currently have kits up for auction on ebay!

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