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Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Kits on Display


I currently have a few of kits on display on a shop I frequent in Syracuse NY.

The shop is called Walt's HobbyTown located on Dwight Park Drive in Syracuse. This is the same shop that we hold our monthly build nights.

If you happen to live or are passing through the area you should check the shop out. They have a good selection of paints and materials and a growing number of Gundam models!



Currently on display are:

MG Providence Gundam
MG Victory Gundam
RG Zeta
HG Zaku C5 from Gundam The Origin


They have a good selection of kits, definitely worth checking out!


Monday, December 25, 2017

GoodGuyCollab: HG Sandrock Custom


Introduction:

A while ago I started kicking around an idea for a collaborative build project. I started telling patrons about the idea on the monthly live streams. And, after receiving some positive feedback I decided to move forward with the project. An open call for collaborators was made to current patrons at the beginning of the month, once I had submissions I made a selection and the kit was sent to me.

This kit was submitted to me by Patron Evan, Thanks Evan! If this sounds like a interesting idea, and you want to participate in future collabs you can sign up as a Patron at anytime! For now, I am planning to continue the GoodGuyCollab Project by accepting at least 4 more collaborations in 2018.

Kit Talk:

Unlike every other kit ever featured on this site, this kit was built entirely by someone else. As a matter of fact I only painted, panel lined and topcoated this build.

This kit arrived fully assembled and partially glued together. The starting condition determined the techniques used to complete the kit. Four of the main colors (white, blue, purple/grey and grey) were painted with an airbrush. The other colors (red and yellow) were hand painted. There definitely is a difference in the finish of the two paint techniques, however this is minimized once

Compared to the MG Sandrock released a few years ago, this kit definitely shows its age. It has massive seam lines everywhere, low detail and limited articulation. The kit also looks strangely large and broad compared to what I recall of the MG. If you want a model of the Sandrock Gundam, avoid this one, treat yourself to the MG.



If you like my work and would like to help me out, consider purchasing this and other kits from Amazon using this link or others featured on my site. Every purchase helps me out considerably and it doesn't cost you a dime!

Sunday, December 17, 2017

HG Zaku 2 Origin C5


Introduction:

What's better than an awesome Zaku model? How about a Zaku with a ton of weapons and some new interchangeable optional parts? It's no secret that I'm a fan of the Origin line of model kits. I find the simplicity, detail and mod-ability of these designs to be extremely appealing.

One peculiarity of this kit is that the molded colors of this kit are far darker than the colors displayed on the box and in the manual. The molded colors look more like the darker 'real type' MSV Zaku than the animated lighter greens. This isn't really a bad thing, but it is surprising.

This was a 'relax and unwind' type of build after the Perfect Grade Millennium Falcon. These smaller, simpler HG models are a quick win, and help keep up my momentum during large projects. This kit will likely end up at my localish shop sometime in January.

Kit Talk:

I started the build about a week ago. My goal for this project was to build a quick, clean, classically colored Zaku C5.

I opted to exclude the belt-fed machine gun for this build as I'm reserving it for a future project. All of the other weapons included with this kit are represented here. And unlike the Bugu, I opted to keep the scope on the large MS rifle.

This is the first build I have opt to use aurora type dome builder parts from HIQ for the lenses in the weapons and mono-eye. I'm not sure that I like it, but I've tried different techniques on each of these kits.



If you like my work and would like to help me out, consider purchasing this and other kits from Amazon using this link or others featured on my site. Every purchase helps me out considerably and it doesn't cost you a dime! 

Friday, December 8, 2017

Painted and Complete Perfect Grade Millennium Falcon


Introduction:

Back when I was about 5 years old, I saw Star Wars for the first time. For many years after, it would be my go to movie whenever I: visited cousins, was home sick, or at a sleep over. It’s a film series that helped to cultivate my love of science fiction and later scale modeling.

I won't claim that the Model kit Bandai produced is a perfect replica for the filming models created for the original Star Wars movie in the 1970s. And, I'm sure there are members of the RPF working hard to dissect and modify the kit to have it perfectly match the filming model. Having an exact replica of the filming model doesn't really matter to me. I'm just happy have this huge an beautiful model in my collection.

Kit Talk: 

The 1/72 scale of this kit is unsurprisingly massive; but, I was still surprised when I unboxed the massive upper hull pieces. The completed kit measures about 18 inches long and 14 inches across. The build features a layered structure, a LED lighting system and optional parts to display the kit in a 'landed' position.

Like all of the Star Wars models I have produced; I won't claim that this is a screen accurate recreation of the Millennium Falcon. Having a model that is 100% accurate doesn't really matter to me, I'm perfectly happy that the finished results of this build accurately matches the mental image that I have of this iconic space ship.

I covered some aspects of this build in more detail in the two work in progress posts that proceeded this one. If you want to see how I built and painted this kit in detail you can find posts at the links below:

WIP 1 Planning and Building

WIP 2 Painting and Masking


If you like my work and would like to help me out, consider purchasing this and other kits from Amazon using this link or others featured on my site. Every purchase helps me out considerably and it doesn't cost you a dime!