Archive for gundam

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

Posted in Anime with tags , , , on August 31, 2010 by Justinzero

I finally found a great way to reuse some of the old, unwanted, useless model trees that I’ve accumulated over the years.

Thanks psybuster

A New Challenger Approaches

Posted in Anime, On A Personal Note with tags , , on July 18, 2010 by Justinzero

I think that big Gundam in Tokyo finally met his match.

Only in my dreams. Only in my dreams.

Pressing Plastic Patience

Posted in Anime, Video Games with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 27, 2010 by Justinzero

The softened, unused callouses on my thumbs are taking quite a beating today. Between overlapping cuts from my knife and residual glue caking in my pours, I’ve managed to work on 4 different kits today. With the overdue completion of the plastic assembly, Unicorn Gundam MG Ver Ka finally hit the 2nd last stage of construction, bringing this kit closer to the 100% point, with only the bemoaning process of decal application left to carry out.

Unicorn looks pretty damn cool in almost any position you put it in. The kit doesn’t feel as sturdy as others I’ve worked on in the past, leaving few options for certain poses that the kit could be left in. The special finish that the plastic comes pre-sprayed in looks really pleasing to the eye, especially when the light bounces off of the glossy surface. I could paint, which would remedy the glaring nub marks left from the tree cutting process, but I’d lose the nice finish that I paid extra for. A minor annoyance to be sure, one that Bandai could fix had they included a small vial of touch up coat for the modeler to use. I may pick up some “metallic” white paint to try and fix the spots, although, my only worry, which happens to be the biggest challenge, is finding a color that matches when dry; Impossible at best. The kit itself doesn’t seem to be down in spirits though and has quickly adjusted to his new found home by finding himself a new friend.

Using the Unicorn Gundam’s obvious joy as motivation to continue on, I turned my attention to my Ishtar kit that was in need of a re-attached leg. This kit is somewhat hard to work with, as the only point that touches the ground is the tip of her right foot. I have to drill a hole up her leg to fill with a steel nail if I want it to stand on its own. The problem is making sure the entire kit is solid, sturdy and able to support itself. A bad leg is not going to work well for this cause. Making matters worse, her leg blew off the body after a spill from a high shelf. The pin, which isn’t supposed to break (it’s metal.. so duh?) broke in half on both sides, conveniently throwing the option to re-pin out the window. My carpet strikes again!

My last option, one that I hope works, is to lap on epoxy glue. I choose to use the Tamiya quick set version, as it only takes six hours to set, saving me more time to do multiple glue jobs in one day. Alternatively, I can use the 24 hour stuff, which is much stronger, but demands far more patience than I’m willing to give out. Well, for today anyways.

The epoxy comes separated and needs to be mixed before application. This is where most people run into problems though, once again, ignoring the #1 rule of modeling: Patience and consistency is key. Kneading the glue to a “marble” state is NOT GOOD ENOUGH.

It should be one solid color, or at the very least, no white areas visible in the finished… uh, glob. I made sure to spread the epoxy wide, also scraping the insides of both pieces. Doing this creates a rough surface for the glue to bond to, making it easier for the glue to grasp, thus leading to a stronger, solid piece.

Once again, Ishtar ends up spending the rest of her day laying in wait. 6 hours goes by fast, and hopefully (my fingers are crossed), I’ll be able to rip the dremel into her by the end of the night. Nothing would make me happier than to see this kit finally repaired and finished. If you haven’t noticed, or you have and are ready to kill me, I changed the color scheme of Ishtar’s outfit. Can you spot the inspired reference?

*AHEM*

Spending more time on a “lady” today than I have any other day, I picked up a profound sense for how to apply female accessories to my hobby. Guyver III and Squall were both in need of a torso re-attachment job, once again requiring the application of epoxy, and a firm grip while the drying process took place. One problem: I’m not holding my damn kits for 6 hours while the epoxy cures. I have a life. Really, I’m not kidding. I manage to keep quite busy these days… doing stuff… lots of stuff.

With a tough predicament ahead of me, and a very arduous outcome looming over my head, I had but one chance to find a solution. It wasn’t in any tool box though, nor was it something to be found on a “pro-modelers” website FAQ. The answer came from my fiancee’s (4 weeks till W-Day – wOOt) drawer in the bathroom. A lowly hair tie, thankfully black in color, ended up being the perfect “tool” (let me call it that! I need to feel like a man!) to hold my kits together while the glue set. Had I not found them, I wouldn’t have had the time to type this post out, ruining both your and my evening in one fail swoop.

I hate to do this on a Sunday, but this long story has a sad ending. The Squall kit, which has been a nightmare x3 to assemble, took another dive and broke again. This time, ironically, it broke in an even worse manner than what I had originally started with. Yay for really bad injection mold joints! I’ll throw up some process pics on it’s 3rd re-assembly soon. Mark my words: If this stupid kit takes another dive, I’m not fixing it. Garbage, or some stale plastic container is where it’ll end up. I’m washing my hands of it…. and I used to like Final Fantasy 8 too.

Grumble – Grumble – Grumble

It’s Alive – Reviving my Blitz Gundam

Posted in Anime with tags , , , on June 25, 2010 by Justinzero

127 hours after first plugging Monster Hunter Tri in and I think I’ve finally felt the first pang of boredom with the game. Leaving me with some actual free time to delve into other hobbies, I’ve taken on the task of finally (it’s been a few months, I know) fixing up those broken kits I posted a while back. The first kit, and by far the easiest to fix, was the Blitz Gundam. Only needing a slight drop of glue to reassemble the head piece, Blitz was back in standing (har har) order in no time.

Still in pieces, Guyver III is drying off on my counter after a much needed “liquid dust removal” process, and my Ishtar is laying in wait, seductively of course, while her new glue applications dry.

Check back tomorrow (I mean it!) for, what I hope, is the tail end of this repair job.

Goob Quality Eye Candy – 1:1 Scale Gundam Statue

Posted in Anime with tags on May 2, 2010 by Justinzero


I wish they would do a life size Sazabi too!

It’s Alive! …Almost

Posted in Anime with tags , , on April 27, 2010 by Justinzero

I’m still slowly working on the Unicorn Gundam RX-0 MG kit I started at the end of March. I’ve really been enjoying the way this kit looks, although, deeply frustrated at times, I’m not really a fan of how the construction process has been going.

As you can see in the shot above, I’m almost out of pieces to cut and snap, bringing the longer-than-normal task of the main assembly for this Gundam a close.

Even the kit itself is anxious to have it’s legs done. Seen above is a shot of the little guy pulling its weight, quite literally, by helping out. Looking close reveals the really nice finish that the plastic has. I paid a bit extra for the luster as I’m all for the end result, and seeing the finished look in action really makes me feel like it was worth it. I have a perfectionist issue with leaving tree scars (I’ll get to that tomorrow), but adding any primer/paint will ruin the overall look, and may stick out worse than the black plastic slice marks. It isn’t that big of deal though, because of the way that light bounces off of the outer plastic and the general finished look of the Gundam – Master Grade has its perks above High Grade for these very reasons. I’m hoping these features combined will be enough to distract pleasant viewers from noticing any… defects…. that only “daddy” has an eye for. Avoiding these issues could have been done with paint and primer, but again, I would have lost the great factory finish that I paid extra for.

Ahhh, look how bright the luster shines! You can almost hear the sparkles glisten in the air.

Next up I have the legs, weapons, and then…. the decals (dun DUN DUUUUUUN!), which should take me until 2012 at my current working pace. There are a F-Ton of decals in this kit. More than any other I’ve seen, and to top it off I think they are water slide. Well, that’s what they look like from outside of the packaging. This choice of decal, which is a pro-modelers selection for a “perfect” finish, is a real pain in the butt to work with. Nothing angers me more than a broken water slide decal, which is a frequent occurrence (for me anyways) that is impossible to replace. The only other alternative is rub on decals, which leave a nicer finish and are far easier to apply.

I gotta believe in the shine though. I mean, that brilliance has to be special for some reason, right? That luster can only mean that luck is in my favor.

“Come on Gundam gods, give me some rub on decals!”

Keep your eyes peeled in the next few days for an oft requested “how to”. I’m by no means pro, but I do love the hobby, and I know others have been wanting some help.


No bleeding this time!

Gundam 08th MS Team Opening

Posted in Anime with tags , , on April 25, 2010 by Justinzero

Guess what I’m watching later?


Sorry Josh, I’m going subbed on this one.