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Showcase / Bandai Digimon Reboot Omegamon
« on: December 27, 2017, 03:25:57 AM »
Finally finished this one up the other weekend. Lot of work needed on this one, but it all paid off in the end. Only got lazy with the shoulder and didn't remove the seam and I really wish I would have done that little detail looking back. Oh well.

Unless you really like the source material, I cannot recommend this one. Also, until it gets another reprint its going to be hard to find and/or $100+ on eBay. I managed to find it quite a bit cheaper and really enjoy Digimon so I'm alright with it. :D

Here's kind-of an unboxing. Lots of stickers and very rough looking. The orange was weird, almost has a gloss-injection look to it. But at least Bandai had good sense to mold all the details.

The finished product.

Showcase / Re: Spray Painted Megasize Zaku II Cannon
« on: December 22, 2017, 12:21:38 AM »
Dang, thats super clean for spraycans. I like the effect on the dark blue for the shoulder. Its hard to get that same effect with an airbrush as cans are so much more erratic.

Random Chats / Re: GBWC 2017, your thoughts?
« on: December 21, 2017, 02:55:31 AM »
This is the first year I've ever remotely even glanced at the GBWC (Mostly because of Tim and Henry), and the one thing that I kept having go though my head was "how are they even judging this stuff?" Of the few entries I looked at, they varied from the completely abstract to super rigid in-universe battle scenes. I just couldn't wrap my head around how this whole thing worked and just kinda admired all the entries.

So, as a "new comer" to this, categories would make total sense. Every local competition I visited this year had categories for everything. Different scales, tanks, planes, si-fi, figures, and so on. Categories in the GBWC seems like the natural step it should take. Will it? I feel like it will need to become even more mainstream for Bandai to care, unfortunately. But they do surprise us from time-to-time.

Works in Progress / MG GM Sniper II
« on: December 19, 2017, 01:27:22 AM »
Thought I'd start sharing my WIP for the GM Sniper II. This was my prize from the GM/Zaku contest (thanks again!).
So far, just kind of going for a more detailed look. What really kicked this project off was the HAF Series (3rd-Party) rifles I found, and will be using one of them with this kit.

Began attempting some scribing, just on the large blank spaces. After some trial and error, it turned out okay.

Tried some more scribing on the knees, not successful. Decided to plate some detail on instead.

Added a nifty second camera to the head visor.

And the gun, already mostly painted. As well as scratch-building a shoulder mount and energy tank (very rough atm).

Showcase / HG IBO Gundam Flauros
« on: November 21, 2017, 04:08:32 AM »
Thought I'd share this one. Tried doing some more colour modulation. Really like how it turned out. Flauros is probably my favorite kit out of IBO so far, just so unique.
I also used the option set cannons instead of the original ones (used them on my GM contest entry). I kind of like the look of these more, but shelling-mode is a little lacking now.
Next I'll be doing the Gusion Rebake Full City in the same style.

Online Retailers / Re: Mechanicore
« on: November 18, 2017, 12:54:21 AM »
It may have been similar to the Daban PG Phenex that was up for $20. I think there was some reddit thread about that one. Haven't heard if that one was real yet.

Online Retailers / Re: Mechanicore
« on: November 17, 2017, 02:22:05 AM »
Do you have a link for that? For $20 I'd take that chance.

Q & A / Re: My topcoat/panelwash method failed!!?
« on: November 09, 2017, 12:34:01 AM »
I was under the assumption that Lacquer should resist acrylic thinner? I have yet to try that myself tho. But if you're using mainly acrylic paints, try thinning your wash with just water. I know Tamiya acrylic will still work fine that way (I did my first airbrushed kit that way). That way your alcohol-paint should resist the water-paint as the water is a weaker solution or something..? I'm not 100% on the actual science here, but this is my understanding.

I've also heard of people using a paint, water, and dish soap mixture for washes and cleaning with just water.

I cheat nowadays and mostly just use a GM20 Gundam Marker. ;D

Q & A / MG Sinanju Dress-up
« on: October 29, 2017, 01:40:18 AM »
Does anyone have any experience with Sinanju-related dress up kits/metal parts? I'd really like to do something a little special with my Sinanju (though it'll probably still be red) but I have no idea what kits are trust-worthy, or even what is included with some listings.

Are most resin/gk kits just found on ebay? Are there particular makers/designers/companies for these? Can anyone flat-out recommend me a kit?
I wouldn't even mind just a metal part upgrade kit as I've never used metal parts in a kit. This looks promising.

Q & A / Re: Dragon Momoko question
« on: September 28, 2017, 10:30:05 PM »
Thats crummy news. Never bought any DM kits before, but wanted to get the MetalBuild Stirke Freedom and Destiny at some point. Oh well I guess.
Also, Gundam Central has almost no DM kits left already. I expect by the weekend it'll all be gone.

Q & A / Re: Dragon Momoko question
« on: September 26, 2017, 02:34:23 AM »
I don't really have any personal experience with DM, but most of their older stuff is typically a direct copy of the Bandai kit. Their newer stuff appears to be completely made from the ground up (maybe just taking frame parts from Bandai).
Judging by the age on the Launcher/Sword Strike by Bandai, is safe to say that that kit is using the older Strike kit where as the DM kit is probably using their variant of the Strike RM that came out in 2013. So there is that difference. DM probably also added some extra details, and the Launcher/Sword appear to be slightly different. Aside from visual details, the plastic will probably not be as good and/or there may be fitting issues which will require more work.

I'm sure Bandai is well aware of the 3rd party manufacturers, but they either choose to do nothing or there is some loophole Daban, DM and the like use to get away with it. You'll notice on the packaging that they usually don't say "Gundam" anywhere on them (just on the website for some reason).

Showcase / Re: Blue Testament Gundam
« on: September 23, 2017, 02:55:50 AM »
That colour change paint looks great. Is that a mix you've made or a product?

Info + Q&A / Re: Winners Announcement!
« on: September 21, 2017, 12:53:06 AM »
Wow, thank-you! I was hopeful (like everyone else) to take 1st, but to get it is super exciting. Good work and congrats to everyone else. I'm glad mostly everyone were able to finish their projects, they all turned out very well.
The feedback from the judges was a nice addition from you, GundamUK and whoever else were judging these! Thanks, I'm sure we all took something away from that.
Good work all around for putting this contest together, and I hope there is more to come!

Showcase / PG 1/60 Gundam MKII TITANS
« on: September 11, 2017, 01:47:01 AM »
Here's my finished PG MKII. I kept it simple with this one, keeping the OOB colour scheme and reserving metallics for the small details. Tried a mix of colour modulation and simple shading on the armor.
In case any one is wondering, I got the base off of Ebay. There aren't many options for 1/60 bases out there, but I do recommend this one. It doesn't have a whole lot of poses, but its sturdy.

Works in Progress / Re: PG 1/60 Gundam MKII TITANS + 1/60th Stand
« on: September 08, 2017, 04:39:25 AM »
All finished up now. Final shots to come in the Showcase.

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