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Modification / Alt. for God Hand Spin Blades
« on: July 09, 2017, 02:07:39 AM »
Found this on Ebay as a good alternative to buying a set of God Hand Spin blades.

$3.84 for 5 flat blade screwdrivers size 0.8 - 1.6mm

I have been using this for modifying my builds. I use a pin vise to drill the holes for rivet holes/modifications then I use the screwdriver to square the hole I made with the pin vise. Since these tools are made to work on repairing watches the sizes work great on HG and MG kits. The blades are extremely sharp and they have no problems cutting into plastic.

God Hand Spin blade $20.80 for this set.

Showcase / MS-06S Zaku II
« on: July 05, 2017, 07:07:58 PM »
MS-06S Zaku II (Blue Max)
Since this is made to operate in space (no rusting and some weathering). 
Finally complete.

Good luck to everyone,

Q & A / Help... Gundam Chess Set
« on: June 25, 2017, 02:14:45 AM »
I am planning to make a Gundam chess set. So it is going to take up a little space.
Consisting of Zeon Forces vs the rest of the Gundam universe or bad vs good Gundams.
I am planning on using 1/144 scale kits and making the chess board a 3D chess board (Ex: like on the original Star Trek)
Top 2 layers space and bottom 2 layer air and ground.
I was thinking of using Zaku as pawn, Gouf as Knights, Dom as Bishops Sazabi as Rooks, Sinanju as the King, Queen I need help on?
And for the other side I need some idea for all the piece (good guys or Zeon nemesis)

Modification / Lighting for Pics
« on: June 24, 2017, 05:37:09 PM »

2 compact studio lights and 2 sets of filters - blue, yellow and instruction book.
Bought on Ebay for taking pics of model kits $21.95

Studio lights on. Light output a little to bright.

I taped rice paper to the front of the LED lamps and it soften the light output.
I taped it to the front of the lamps to give it some space from the LED bulbs (instead of unscrewing the cap and placing it there) because the LED bulbs gets hot very quickly. And rice paper, since it's paper can brown from heat or burn.
Much better pictures.

Still experimenting with the lights on taking pictures.

Q & A / Haru
« on: June 08, 2017, 08:11:34 AM »
Anyone know where I can buy/get a Haru from the Gundam series? Or find plans on how to build one with LED lights.

Online Retailers / LED, SMD Lights and Fiber Optics
« on: May 27, 2017, 07:12:57 PM »
LED Lights:

Here is a great sites for buying LED lights (1.5mm, 2mm, 3mm, 5mm, or larger, pre-wired, Flashing, Steady-on, Flickering - great for thruster effect).

Ebay seller: colorfulplace888
Seller from Hong Kong, best prices-cheapest, large selection, great service and fast shipping (usually ships to USA in 7-10 days).
Seller will include resistors (see listing) with all LED he sells. If you are going to connect to a bigger power source.

SMD lights:

Ebay seller: 24-online*2013
Seller from China, large selection, best price for quantity your buying. (Usually ships to USA in 10-14 days)
I have used SMD for adding lights to Gundam eyes and sensor lights.

Easy to wire SMD to magnetic wire.

Utube site: Steezy

*Made this jig and it makes it 100x easier to soldier SMD to magnetic wire.
Using helping hands with the jig helps a lot.
I usually use helping hand to hold the wire in place to solder to SMD on the jig.

Fiber Optics:

Seller: me80

Seller in USA, California, fast shipping

Some items I have included in my kit builds. I have fiber optics in 1/48 jet plane build for instrument panel lights and marker lights on the planes.

He has a large selection of fiber optics in various sizes - and colors.

All my other items for adding lights to kit build I have bought on Ebay - cheapest prices and usually fast shipping from Asia.
Dip switches - on/off switch
battery connectors
magnetic wire
resistor - usually get them free with LED purchase

Scratch Building / Making Mold with Oyumaru
« on: May 27, 2017, 06:18:48 PM »
Found this vid on Utube about making mold with Oyumara.
This builder has some great ideas and build vids.
Some of his ideas I have used in building Gundam kits.
And making Pilots for 1/48 model planes.

Utube channel: PLASMO - plastic models

HLJ has Oyumara for $1.83 for 2 blocks.

Scratch Building / Making Parts with Resin
« on: May 27, 2017, 05:59:10 PM »

You will need the following items: oven bake clay, resin, baby powder, cup or cap to hold mold clay in (makes it easier to handle clay and make mold) and cup or cap to mix resin in.

Oven baked clay I use (Bought at Wal-mart here in USA cost - $0.99).
Best thing about this clay is it will not harden and you can use it over and over again.
Usually I store mine in a zip bag until I am ready to use it again. 

Work the clay to soften it and roll into a smooth ball.

Pour some baby power over the top of the clay and smooth out with finger.
Reason for using the baby powder is so the part your making the mold from won"t stick in the clay.
Baby powder will not harm the clay.
I am still using the same clay from last year. Just work the clay to soften it before you make another mold.

Press item you want to make a copy of into the clay.
Here I am making a copy of the Zaku ammo barrel.

Pull the item/mold out of the clay.
If you have an item that might be hard to pull out of mold, simply use scotch tape to attach to mold item.

Mix resin and pour into mold . Then wait 30min to 1 hr to dry.

To remove mold you just made just press down on one side of the clay and work your way around the mold.

You may get some clay that sticks on the mold you just made.
To remove it just use a toothpick.

Finished mold. Now let the mold you just made harden for 24 hrs and finish/clean-up part to prime.
For the ammo barrel I made. I usually wait 24 hrs and then take a Dremel and hollow out the backside.
Then glue a clip so I can attach it to the Zaku as an extra ammo clip.

Q & A / Zaku Cracker Grenades
« on: May 17, 2017, 02:36:14 AM »
Does anyone have pictures or know where I can find pictures of a Cracker grenade used by the Zeon Zakus?
Trying to scratch build them.

Painting / Molotow Liquid Chrome Marker
« on: May 05, 2017, 05:33:37 AM »
Found great new item Molotow liquid chrome marker 2mm (better for detailing than 4mm).  Great for adding chrome detail (mirror effect) on model kits. Looks like chrome paint but easier to use and control since it's a marker. Paint resist scratches and abrasion, UV resistance, for indoor/outdoor use. Awe-some item to add to your hobby tool paint collection. Found it at Hobby Lobby $11.99 - Use 40% discount = $7.20 for marker. But I have also found them on Ebay.

They also make this with a 1mm tip I just bought at Hobby Lobby today. It was the same price as the 2mm marker. Great for detailing small area on a model kit.

Also used it to make mirrors on cars for outside and inside rear -view mirrors - when it dries it auto-levels and looks like a smooth mirror surface. I also use it to detail Gundams for detailing bolts, hoses, and etc...

Packaging of Marker

Painted Gun barrel tip on Gundam Heavy Arms weapon

Painted on Gun barrel tip auto-leveling and drying with a mirror like finish.

Marker just painted raised item. Look likes their is too much paint on the raised item painted.

Marker - Chrome finish will auto-leveling and dry to a mirror finish.

Chrome paint auto-leveled and dry to a mirror like finish.

Showcase / Stormtroopers
« on: April 29, 2017, 09:59:32 PM »
Sand-trooper snapped together and dusted with pigments.
Effect created by mixing Elmers glue with water 50/50 or variance close to it.
Brush mixture of glue/water to trooper then brush sand colored pigment to model kit.
Add or remove dust effect with a brush while it is drying or until you get the effect you want.
If you don't like what you did rinse off with water.

Shadow-trooper outer armor gloss black enamel paint then gloss clear coat.
Under armor semi-gloss black paint semi-gloss clear coat.
Shoulder armor flat black enamel paint and matt. clear coat.
Troopers eyes, chin breather nozzle and rivet on ammo pouch painter chrome with AK lacquer and clear coated.

Showcase / 1/100 MK-III w/lights
« on: April 29, 2017, 09:14:33 PM »
MK-III built with 1 - 3mm green LED light in the head for eyes and front and back scanner light.
Kit is fully articulate and battery and dip switch (on/off) hidden on the kit.
The backpack/thruster has plenty of room for hiding the battery and placement for the dip switch.
Pictures included.

Kit is painted with enamel paint to match the box art.
Panel lined with Vallejo black acrylic wash.
Then clear coated with Pledge (use to be Future finish) floor finish.

Online Retailers / US Paint and Supplies
« on: April 29, 2017, 08:27:50 PM »
This stores carries most lacquer, enamel, acrylic paints and other model kits and supplies.

GaiaNotes Paint
Gunze Sangyo Mr Color
Humbrol Enamel Paint
Tamiya Acrylic Paint
and other brands and medias

Showcase / 1/100 Barbatos w/ Light
« on: April 29, 2017, 05:40:37 PM »
Barbatos build with 1 - green SMD to light up his eyes.
Both eyes parts were replaced with Wave clear eye parts.
SMD light was placed in the head after creating room for the SMD to fit.
Clear green Tamiya enamel paint were lightly painted on the eye parts.
Battery CR1220  were placed just behind the backpack/thruster.
Dip switch (on/off) was cut into the middle plate behind the thruster.
So to get access to the dip switch you would have to raise the middle thruster.
Hides the switch very well.

Barbatos was painted with Mr. Color Pearl to give it a Titanium white effect.
Mr. Color GX Met. Blue, Met. Yellow, Met. Red were used for outer armor parts.
Emblems on chest, knees and shoulder painted with Ferrari Red enamel and reversed washed.
Pin washed with Vallejo black.
Then Clear coated with Pledge

Showcase / HG Hi-Mock w/ LED
« on: April 29, 2017, 04:25:54 PM »
Hi-Mock built with 1 - 3mm red diffused LED for color effect when light is not on.
The battery is a CR1220 for power installed in the lower chest area.
Dip switch for on/off is install on the bottom of the backpack/thruster.
Pictures of dip switch , battery below.

Hi-Mock snapped together.
Painted round parts on hip and shoulder with red enamel paint
Clear coated with Matt. clear, then weathered with oil paint.
Also added brown oil color enamel for oil leak and streaks for leaking effects from being shot at.
Gun chipping effect made with a pin vise and exacto knife.
Chipping effect done with a Metallic silver Sharpie (it was in handy and wanted to experiment).
Also added Kokobukiya Rocket pack and runner stripes for antenna effect.

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