Thursday, 17 December 2009

ZGMF-X19A Justice SD and ZGMF-X10A Freedom SD

While my MG Strike project is still frozen due to many (in)valid excuses, I've been filling my time with minor projects. I present the raw Freedom and Justice Gundam SD. Always a hilarious sight and daunting at the same time. Wait untill I get my hands on these two...

Monday, 23 November 2009

GAT-X102 Blu Duel Gundam SD

After a long pause, I've been building the Blu Duel Gundam SD which was a pending project. I had to get used to the old-school handpainting. That was difficult. I have to apologize for my lack of precision, which resulted in a sloppy job here and there.

Tuesday, 29 September 2009

Pause?!

I realized that I haven't blogged for long time. There are millions things I had to take care of since my graduation. Even the GM Striker Custom is untouched. So I will keep on building Gunpla, but in a much slower pace. The good news is that a several MG's are opened instead.

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Happy building!

Thursday, 20 August 2009

Poll: My collection consists mostly of...

23% of all respondents has most Master grade kits, 17% has mostly HG 1/100 kits and 23% has mostly HG 1/144 kits. The majority of this mini-poll has most SD's (!) with 35%... Hmmm, SD's are also popular in my collection...

Participated respondents: 17

New poll is available about what gunpla builders add to their kits...

Monday, 17 August 2009

Exia & OO progress #04

Parts sprayed with the new airbrush and it looks good. I did not put more effort in applying a primer on it first, because...eh well...it's 'just' a SD-project. Nevertheless, I'm happy with the result. Tiny paintjobs by hand and loads of markings to do and it is ready.

The marking is bit messy, because I was really tired of this kit. It is a lot of work for a SD, almost not worth the effort. On the other hand. it looks so much better with paint...

Wednesday, 12 August 2009

MG Aile Strike Gundam #06

Yes, my holiday to Asia ended a month ago, graduated thereafter; it's all good. I can spend more time on Gunpla and job applications...first things first... My brother and I started to do some Gunpla building together once in a year due to lack of time and mostly summers. Neither time nor money is saved to build one kit after another, varying from SD to MG's kits or UC to CE models. It's a building-madness.


This summer we started to use airbrush for the Gundam kits. Just one decent compressor and one airbrush from the Japanese manufacturer Iwata (Revolution HP-BR). The first thing I brushed was Strike's Frame, have a look. Tamiya enamel Gunmetal grey was used. Not too bad, is it?

Tuesday, 23 June 2009

MG Aile Strike Gundam #05

When my paint and mini-drill set finally arrived, I've been able to apply the plamo-plus parts on the MG Aile Strike. It was quite a hassle, because the tubes are 1.7 mm while my range of drills goes from 1.0, 1.5, 2.0, 2.5 and 3.0. So I had to be careful not to force the remaining 0.2 mm by squeezing the tube in the plastic. I might end up in cracks and tears...

For the tight fit problem, I drilled the holes in all radial directions while the drill was in the hole and praying that I could smuggle 0.1 mm. Sometimes I drilled a few times diagonally to widen the 1.5 mm to the desired 1.7 mm. Guess what, it works perfectly. You would think that the exterior of the hole would look a bit messy by this, but the reamer will finalize it into a clean symmetric whole. One down, another 24 to go....

Source: Tamiya, Plamo-plus

Monday, 22 June 2009

RGM-79FP GM Striker Custom

More customizing on gunpla kits. I realized I have to build a kit between my multiple projects. The reason I choose for this kit is, because my supplier recommended this and I didn't feel like finding a decent-looking kit for myself (lazy bastard am I?).
One of the forsaken projects that I have to do with fellow modelers. This one is going to be a quicky. No physical modifications but rather a custom paintjob to an extent. I hereby present the RGM-79FP GM Striker Custom (working title).

Thursday, 18 June 2009

MG Aile Strike Gundam #04

The parts depicted below are going to be upgraded with the plamo-plus parts (PP-parts hereafter). There is more for the Aile pack, but that will be constructed later on. Good, I'll keep you posted on this. First, I'm going to sand all the parts before I drill the holes...or was it the other way around, haha!


Sunday, 14 June 2009

MG Aile Strike Gundam #03

Plamo-plus parts are precisely engineered and the tiny reamer tools - which are not bigger than a average tooth pick - are really sublime. I'm not joking, this guy knows what he's selling. Can you see how small the parts are. I bought silver and black tubes to compare each other how it would look like on a white-ish gunpla kit. The silver is timeless, but the black has something special. However on darker colors such as blue (chest) and black (Aile pack), black tubes won't be able to 'shine' so to speak.

Mochizuki san thanked me by adding a Lipton black tea bag and put a 'thank you' note on it. Funny guy, isn't he? I appreciate that, but I would be happier if he sold me parts with its Japanese Yen price instead of US Dollars! No, I shouldn't complain...


Friday, 12 June 2009

MG Aile Strike Gundam #02

I made some drawings of the parts that should give the kit a distingtive touch by adding custom gunpla parts. Raker's blog shared some links on Mochizuki-san's magnificent gunpla accessories. This inspired me to make my very own MG Strike Gundam even more beautiful than it already is.
Fortunately, I haven't unlearn my long forgotten hobby (in my childhood) drawing pictures and comics. I realized how difficult it could be drawing pictures by heart. No fancy drawing, I know, but you get the point. Anyway, the part that I've drawn are the shield, Armor Schneider pockets, beam rifle, skirt, chest and ankle + foot. The idea is to create a visual on where the gunpla accessories should be placed and make sense at the same time.

Tuesday, 9 June 2009

MG Aile Strike Gundam #01

There you go, a pile of colorful plastic. It's doesn't look much without the runners (such a waste isn't it?). I'll paint the launch platform well as, while I'm at it. As you can see, I've already assembled the frame to get idea what size it is going to. It is a quite slim MS.
The next step is to sculpture a tiny part of the front 'skirts' in order to give it more bite. I'm also going to carve extra grooves on several armor parts and on the shield. I think I have to make some drawings first before I ruin the kit...

Does anyone have tips for me on what tools I can use for carving (straight) shallow grooves?

Sunday, 7 June 2009

Master Grade GAT-X105 Aile Strike Gundam

The next gunpla kit will be the MG Aile Strike Gundam. Unlike my Gundam RX78-2 OYW and MS-06J Zaku II, this kit will undergo a full-fledged paint job 'by the book'. This means no washing and no battle damages. Instead, it will look as if it's straight from the GAT-X assembly line of Morgenroete Inc.
Building MG's is always something special and it amazes me with its accurate parts of the inner skeleton/frame. The nearly seamless composite components is a feast for my eyes.

Let's make the best of this kit. I'll improve it by customizing some parts slightly, give it a professional paint job and add some modest 'bling' to it. I can't wait...

This might take a small eternity, but patience my son!

Thursday, 4 June 2009

Exia & OO progress #03

The Gundam OO SD is also built to have a sneak preview on what is yet to come. Again, without a proper paint job, the SD kit is rather a disappointing pile of plastic in red, white, blue, gray (grey) and little bit of transparant flourecent yellow. Despite of the bulky Twin Drives on the shoulders, the kit is very stable, because of the large feet. More 'critical' poses can be performed as well.

Friday, 29 May 2009

Exia & OO progress #02

While I'm waiting for my shipment of paint, I've been studying how much work on the Exia SD is need to make it just as neat as on the manuel booklet. It turned out to be a tiny nightmare if you want to do it right. Why? Because of the tiny areas that has to be painted in order to create that deatiled look on this mini scaled model. Quite daunting if you're not a fan of painting and very disappointing if you're not painting at all... For me? I'm lovin' it...











The Exia SD kit is improved at the joints on the places we all know such as arm pits, hips and ankles. Remember the 'PC-B' polycaps for the hips? They're not using those anymore...
Anyway, OO fans know that the Exia was very suitable for melee, which was a feast for my eyes. The elbows of SD kit are fixed now in a generic slash angle and come with 2 shields, 3 swords and 2 beam sabers... nice!

Sunday, 17 May 2009

Exia & OO progress #01

This is the current status of the Exia/OO SD project. I know, it isn't much. I realized that I'm out of paint at the moment. Especially the blue color is not quite standard Tamiya acrilyc. Well, that means more delays, dammit...

Poll: My favorite Gundam serie

The poll on "My favorite Gundam serie" has resulted in the following data. 30% voted for Gundam Seed, while 25% voted Gundam OO. The third place is for Gundam Wing (20%) and the least favorite series are Gundam (10%) and Zeta (5%). Finally, the remaining 10% do not have a favorite nor listed in the poll.

20 respondents participated on this poll. Thank you all, enjoy and have fun with Gundam and Gunpla!

Sunday, 19 April 2009

Ancient project #01

I was searching for some pictures of old projects and I dug up this picture... This Strike SD is the first kit I painted in detail. It was quite suprising that it gave me so much joy when seeing the resemblance with the 'real deal' in the anime...*ahem... the colors that is.... From that moment on, no kits were going to be untouched...
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Wednesday, 15 April 2009

Gundam Exia & OO Gundam SD

Finally, I managed to find a little bit more time for gunpla, while doing my final thesis...Before losing myself in the stack of MG's and PG's, I'll keep it simple for the (re)starter as I am now...
Gundam Exia & OO Gundam SD are perfect to start with... Why two kits? Well, I get bored easily...

Despite of the lack of challenge with these kits, I'll try to post the progress.

Wednesday, 8 April 2009

Birthday present

The release of this kit was just a few weeks ago and now it is in my possession!! Wuhaha!! Well, the story goes as follows: It's a birthday present from my brother. I reckon it is the largest present I've ever had!!? Cool huh, so is my bro...
Great, more PG's pending now. Sigh* but we can't resist kits with special parts... can we?

Favorite MG Version Ka.

XXXG-01W Wing Gundam is the most favorite Ver. Ka MG kit among the respondents. It scored 44%. The second best is the RX-0 Unicorn Gundam with 24%, followed by the XM-X1 Crossbone Gundam (13%).

4th: RX-78-2 Gundam (10%)
5th: MSN-06S Sinanju (6%)
6th: RB-79 Mobile Pod Ball (0%)

29 respondents participated.

Monday, 9 February 2009

MBF-P02 Gundam Astray RedFrame 1/60 Perfect Grade

It has been already announced by the official, but I still would like say that this upcoming kit is a excellent kits among Gundam fans. So, what do you say? Nice huh?!

Sunday, 1 February 2009

Weather your kit

Applying a weathering look on your kit can be done in many ways. For starters, there are complete cosmetic materials available such as...weathering kit by Tamiya. Just bring it on, on the spot and fine brush it anyway you please.
Dry brushing is another way. Just use a brush and choose the desired colour paint. Whipe the brush dry on a clean cloth and apply it on the kit. Do this gently.



Want something more challenging and realistic dirt? Try washing. For my kits I used enamel colors brown and black (XF-1 and XF-10) and enamel thinner. The mixing ratio is respectively 1:1:10
Remark: enamel thinner is an agressive chemical which can warp you plastic part if you don't remove the wash-mix quickly after application with a clean cloth or cotton swab. So, determine what you want to wash, apply it, remove it and do it swift...

More expert info: Mr. M. Narita

Sunday, 11 January 2009

Favorite non-Gundam

It turned out that the Acguy is the most favorable non-gundam among the visitors of this blog. It scored 33%. Followed by the Zaku and Tallgeese; both MS scored 22%. The third place goes to Gouf (18%). The amount of respondents were 27. Nice going.

Have a look at the new poll...
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