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kurdt_the_goat
17th May 2009, 04:11 PM
Hey guys. I've got another trip to Japan lined up for this August, and i'm gonna be picking up various Gundam merchandise, some HG kits to start me off (never done one before - looking at Hi-Nu Gundam), and perhaps a Robot Damashii/Spirits figure or two.

I guess this thread can be used for all Gundam talk, but right now i'm wondering if any of you have bought any Robot Damashii figures and could offer feedback? How they compare with S/HCM Pro, Revoltech etc? I'll even allow talk of the non-Gundam ones ;)

blackie
18th May 2009, 09:36 AM
sorry to overtake your thread kurdt, but has anyone come accross 'Chinese' gundam kits?
i found a fair few Perfect grade ones for cRaZy prices online, and was wondering about he quality of these. one of them (1/60 Exia) looks like absolute crap, but the PG strike gundam looks pretty good for 46USD

so yeah anyone come across these?

kurdt_the_goat
18th May 2009, 10:46 AM
Not much use to you, but funny - i found this article over the weekend (http://www.marvinryan.com/blog/2009/05/11/bootleg-exia-gundam/)

http://i355.photobucket.com/albums/r445/marvinryan0217/blog/funnies/Faxia01.jpg

Can't get past that tagline!

Stompy
19th May 2009, 01:25 AM
Well the work on the lifesize Gundam is taking shape. I hosted the pics as the origin is NSFW to post...

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk269/StompBrother/lifesizegundam-legs01.jpg

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk269/StompBrother/lifesizegundam-legs02.jpg

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk269/StompBrother/lifesizegundam-legs03.jpg

It's 1:1 scale. 18 meters tall when it's done.

Fungal Infection
19th May 2009, 08:42 AM
Just installed a new shelving unit in my entertainment room last week which now displays 1/3 of my Gundam toys/models along with some of my Macross stuff:

http://i139.photobucket.com/albums/q305/Redboost77/The%20Playroom%20V3/Gundams-Macross1.jpg

http://i139.photobucket.com/albums/q305/Redboost77/The%20Playroom%20V3/Gundams-Macross2.jpg

http://i139.photobucket.com/albums/q305/Redboost77/The%20Playroom%20V3/Gundams-Macross3.jpg

I'm currently displaying stuff from Seed/Seed Destiny and 00 at the moment but that will likely change very soon once my sister-in-law returns from Japan in a few weeks. ;)

piratescratch
19th May 2009, 10:52 PM
Nice looking Gundam model collection there.

I know very little about model building. I'd like to have a crack. I've had a look at some tutorials and well they were pretty daunting.

It's a bit hard to tell but do you do anything to them? As in give them a paint (or whatever its called) coating? Go through it with Gundam markers? Etc.

Stompy
19th May 2009, 11:45 PM
Indeed it is a great collection. Mine are all in boxes although they are mostly SD Gundam.

pirate... the gundam model kits are easy to build. Parts are all numbered and easy to find. Instructions are clear and detailed and need no worded instructions. They are snap on model kits, so no glue/cement required at all.

The kit already comes in different base colours and usually with a sticker sheet for more detailed portions and what you see in fungal's pics is what comes from the box. Also the joints uses rubber pegs and ball joints so they are as good to pose as any action figure.

Should give it a try. Start with a 1/144 scale model and try not to get addicted. ;)

Fungal Infection
20th May 2009, 08:37 AM
Most of the models you see there are High Grade 1/144 scale. I find this is the best scale as the vast majority of kits in the Gundam universe are released in this scale. Bandai release only the more popular kits in larger scales. Besides, THIS (http://www.hlj.com/product/BAN907985) kit is only available in 1/144 scale and remains one of my grails (shipping just kills it). As for my models, I usually dont use markers as I'm not very good at doing panel lines and I like the look of the kit out of the box. Just be aware there are also First Grade kits available in 1/144 scale and these are considered beginner kits so will have less articulation, less details and may require painting to match colours as shown on the box. And finally, buy a sprue cutter - it will save you time and the risk of broken pieces as a result of removing pieces from the plastic runners (personal experience speaking here).

Stompy
11th June 2009, 01:09 AM
Well the Lifesize Gundam is done.

http://cache.gawker.com/assets/images/kotaku/2009/06/biggundam.jpg

This 18 storey high replica will emit lights and have 14 mist emitting section to replicate heat release. It's made of reinforced fibreglass plastic. Going to be up for 2 months.

Tober
21st June 2009, 09:01 AM
That's awesome. Here's a photo from further back :)

http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj230/AUST_Tober/PL8xUi8OEouu71nvrJjKveaeo1_500.jpg

GoktimusPrime
21st June 2009, 01:15 PM
That's at least the second, possibly third 1:1 scale Gundam I've seen. Someone else made a 1:1 scale RX-78, but lying down (it was at a Gundam convention in Japan). An individual made a gigantic Zeta Gundam, but I don't think it was 1:1... still bigger than my house though. ;)

jaydisc
10th July 2009, 08:48 AM
http://blog.flickr.net/en/2009/07/09/a-robot-rise/

Kyle
10th July 2009, 12:11 PM
Too bad I don't have any conference trip to Tokyo before they take this down...

Guess the closest I'll ever be next to a 1:1 Gundam is a 1:1 right hand only... :D

http://i234.photobucket.com/albums/ee16/Kyle_Chow/100-0005_IMG.jpg

http://i234.photobucket.com/albums/ee16/Kyle_Chow/100-0001_IMG.jpg

http://i234.photobucket.com/albums/ee16/Kyle_Chow/100-0002_IMG.jpg

http://i234.photobucket.com/albums/ee16/Kyle_Chow/GundamExpo.jpg

(Taken from a Gundam Expo in Hong Kong in 2005.)

Stompy
21st September 2009, 08:28 PM
Being a huge SD Gundam kit fan, I rarely delve into proper Gundam kits. Recently I delved back with the recent 1/144 HG Gundam 00 kits (Exia Repair II and 0 Gundam Type ACD) and oh my. The engineering with these tiny models are unbelievable. With the little experience I've had with previous kits, these new ones mimic engineering I thought only possible with the HG and even MG 1/100 scale kits. My mind boggles at the build and features with the latest 1/100 sets.

blackie
21st September 2009, 09:05 PM
the new 00 kits are amazing
the PG 00 is going to hurt bad, real bad
ive got a few gundams on the way, ill post pics soon :D:D

Stompy
21st September 2009, 09:15 PM
blackie you fiend! Never knew you were into gunpla!

Yeah have always wanted a PG kit. Wanted either Mk-2 Gundam (dark) or Wing Gundam Zero Custom. But its expensive stuff.

blackie
21st September 2009, 09:38 PM
blackie you fiend! Never knew you were into gunpla!

Yeah have always wanted a PG kit. Wanted either Mk-2 Gundam (dark) or Wing Gundam Zero Custom. But its expensive stuff.

im getting the wing 0 custom in a few weeks..... :)
i wouldnt have bought so much, but i blame grimlock531 for it :P

Stompy
28th September 2009, 07:24 PM
Well thanks to the quality of 1/144 HG Exia RepairII and O Gundam, it has rekindled my love for gunpla (short for gundam plastic model kits) and, wel,l got this lot:

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk269/StompBrother/GunplaLoot.jpg

Have always loved SD/BB Gundams and been getting them steadily but never this much core gunpla. The Seed mechs kinda got a little too samey towards the end but OO Gundam mechs have some distinct and creative new mechs which appeals to my own Gundam needs.

grimlock531
28th September 2009, 09:16 PM
my fault pffft =P, cant wait for the PG goodies

nice haul stompy...gotta love those lil SDs =D...

blackie
28th September 2009, 09:22 PM
my fault pffft =P, cant wait for the PG goodies

nice haul stompy...gotta love those lil SDs =D...

mmmm pg goodness will happen very soon
ima have a lot of models to build soon....

Stompy
28th September 2009, 09:49 PM
Yeah I'm thinking of picking up PG OO Gundam when it releases as my very first PG. Can't wait but the price for a PG is ouchey. What's the best import site for PG in regards to price and postage?

blackie
28th September 2009, 10:05 PM
Yeah I'm thinking of picking up PG OO Gundam when it releases as my very first PG. Can't wait but the price for a PG is ouchey. What's the best import site for PG in regards to price and postage?

Unsure. Me and grimlock are getting the pg strike and pr wing custom zero in the next month:)
if your interested in those drop me a line and I'll give you prices:)

blackie
6th October 2009, 11:11 PM
well i got in the mail this week:

HG 1/100 Exia (built already :P )
HG 1/100 Destiny
MG 1/100 Wing Ka.
MG 1/100 Strike with launcher and sword
HG 1/100 00 Raiser and 00 Gundam set designer colours
FG 1/144 Jinn (free :P)

oh and a 1/35 code geass lancelot nightmare frame
just for fun

im fairly set till after exams, now all i need is my 2PGs :P

unicron
7th October 2009, 04:12 PM
HG 1/100 Exia (built already :P )
HG 1/100 Destiny
MG 1/100 Wing Ka.
MG 1/100 Strike with launcher and sword
HG 1/100 00 Raiser and 00 Gundam set designer colours
FG 1/144 Jinn (free :P)

oh and a 1/35 code geass lancelot nightmare frame
just for fun

could you put a picture of the code geass lancelot nightmare i want
to buy some i really love the anime but to scared to buy them im
more into gundam now as well so ill be selling of my g1 collection soon.

Stompy
7th October 2009, 11:18 PM
Nice sets blackie!

I'm gonna stick with the 1/144 HG stuff. Got tempted to get the MG 1/100 Exia or the 1/60 scale but am happy with the smaller sets.

Still holding out for PG OO Gundam though. Must save.

GoktimusPrime
10th October 2009, 12:25 PM
I've never been a fan of Gunpla; I guess cos I just love playing with my toys too much, and Gunpla just don't stand up to the rigour of toy play. Or any model kit for that matter; I've trashed plenty of Macross and other such models trying to play with them, and I've _never_ been the kind of kid who was ever rough with their toys. Most of my broken Transformers were broken by other kids, not by my hands (others later broke by my hand due to age, like those with GPS/BPS; but that's got nothing to do with rough handling).

But I do like the core story of Gundam; by "core" story I mean that mainstream continuity. I'm not a fan of out-of-continuity (or elseworld) stories like Gundam Wing etc. I'm just a fan of everything from the original Gundam universe. The only non-canonical Gundam story I don't mind would be Gundam F-91; every other out-of-canon Gundam story doesn't interest me.

Collection wise I've lost most of my old Gunpla... I have one beat up Gundam X model lying around - and yes, I'm aware of the irony that of all my Gunpla that I haven't lost it would have to be one from a non-canonical series :p If anyone wants it they can have it (or what's left of it) for free. I'm sure it might come in handy as spare parts for someone's custom or kitbash. ;)

Ironically I don't have any Gundam animé on DVD! I probably should get some. I really like 0080, 0083 and MS08 ('specially cos MS08 stars Genda Tessho, the Japanese equivalent of Peter Cullen :D). So my Gundam collection (if you want to call it that) basically just consists of two manga, three novels and a small Gelgoog PVC figurine (t'was a freebie :p). Here it is:

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y227/goktimusprime/gundam.jpg

1orion2many
20th October 2009, 02:43 PM
Too bad I don't have any conference trip to Tokyo before they take this down...

Guess the closest I'll ever be next to a 1:1 Gundam is a 1:1 right hand only... :D

http://i234.photobucket.com/albums/ee16/Kyle_Chow/100-0005_IMG.jpg

http://i234.photobucket.com/albums/ee16/Kyle_Chow/100-0001_IMG.jpg

http://i234.photobucket.com/albums/ee16/Kyle_Chow/100-0002_IMG.jpg

http://i234.photobucket.com/albums/ee16/Kyle_Chow/GundamExpo.jpg

(Taken from a Gundam Expo in Hong Kong in 2005.)

:eek:OMG I just found this, don't you look sweet and innocent:p:D

Stompy
22nd October 2009, 07:32 PM
My gunpla renaissance has finally hit it's stride. In anticipation of PG OO Raiser I decided to dabble into 1/60 gunpla kits and got these two babies (presented by their SD counterparts):

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk269/StompBrother/1-60Goodness.jpg

Already built Exia and I must say, I never realized how large 1/60 scale is. It's taller than Masterpiece Prime! Can't wait to build the Lightning Edition of 1/60 Strike Freedom. Looks especially gorgeous with the lights on. Gotta set aside a full day free to make it. There's a lot in that box!

blackie
22nd October 2009, 07:40 PM
mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
i need a strike freedom lightning

but
next i think ill buy MG Freedom and some 1/100 of the other main 00 characters to finish my display
i might even take some pics soon :P

EDIT: care to share how much that set you back stompy?

Stompy
22nd October 2009, 07:53 PM
Check your PM blackie ;). Exia was cheaper than I expected and Strike Freedom is probably the cheapest I will find it locally. Surprisingly the MG Extra Finish 1/100 Strike Freedom costs a little more than the LE. Although LE is ungraded and the MG details surely trumps the details on the ungraded 1/60. Just got them for display purposes really. They are so striking as they are so large. Of course its all about the build too. Love it!

kurdt_the_goat
22nd October 2009, 11:08 PM
I bought back just a MG Exia from Japan and recently completed it. It's my first attempt at a kit and i gotta say, i think they're great value for money (in Japan anyway!). Heaps of time to build and apply decals (no painting for me) - still deciding whether to panel-line (scared i'll bork it since it's my first attempt!) But building it, i found it's just a great way to relax after a long day. To Goktimus, i don't particularly think this model kit is unplayable in any sense; perhaps more recent kits hold together better than they used to?

I really want a PG kit but the boxes are just so big to ship, and i can't bring myself to pay the markup in Australia :( IMO the PG 00 doesn't look that hot, some of the proportions are off - actually all the things that Ngee Khiong said in his blog (http://ngeekhiong.blogspot.com/2009/10/pg-00-raiser-completed_19.html) hold true for me too :( I'd rather get the PG Astray Red Frame, also since 00 is so similar looking to Exia.

MG wise that new Astray Blue Frame 2nd Revise looks to be awesome (http://www.dalong.net/review/mg/m124/m124_p.htm).

BUT my most awaited G-thing at the moment is Super HCM Pro Unicorn Gundam - despite some parts swapping I think they've done a fantastic job for the size. SHCM are pricey, but worth every penny i reckon.

Stompy
23rd October 2009, 05:14 PM
I don't paint or line my kits neither. I'm in it for the build mostly and these recent OO kits have been ridiculously good and detailed especially the HG 1/144 ones. Heck even the Fighting Action Grade kits are unbelievably good for the size.

I have the original Astray Blue Frame and the 2nd Revise looks to blow the original away. Can't wait to get my hands on that kit.

As for PG OO. The blog link doesn't work kurdt. I'm still wanting one the altered proportions doesn't really bother me much since I'm in it for the build.

EDIT: Link is working now. Must be works browser not letting me earlier.

blackie
28th October 2009, 06:36 PM
has anyone got a link to some MG styled hands i can buy?
i want to add propper hands to my 00 raiser without buying a whole mg kit :P

Dkaris
1st November 2009, 04:50 PM
Although these arent actually gundams, I thought I'd post this here because they are pretty similar to the bandai sets you all know and love.

Has any one built or bought any of the armored core model kits? I used to LOVE the games on PS one, and although i havent played the newest ones, i loved the customization of the mech you would build, hence im wondering if anyone has any of the kits?

Stompy
2nd December 2009, 07:24 PM
Ok. Forgone a few recent TF stuff recently (Buster Prime, Alternity Bb, Device Range) for this baby:

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk269/StompBrother/PG00Raiser.jpg

Not sure when I'll find the time but this is my first ever Perfect Grade. Never liked any of the previous choices and couldn't justify the price but the 00 Raiser is my favorite Gundam design along with Exia. So this is my acquisition of the year.

blackie
2nd December 2009, 07:27 PM
must find where stompy lives and steal PG00 :P

Gratz man, hopefully in a year or two i can get my hands on one though my usual routes XD

getting the PG MK II Next week :D:D:D

Dkaris
29th January 2010, 07:22 PM
Do any of you guys have any good suggestions of what to use as a substitute gundam marker? there is only one hobby store around me that stocks them and they never have them in, ive read on different forums about using fine tip pens, however some people say t heir great while others say they are horrible.

blackie
29th January 2010, 07:23 PM
i once saw a tutorial video where they used paint and lighter fluid to panel line.
i just bought my markers online, theyre a few bucks on ebay these days

Stompy
29th January 2010, 08:26 PM
Panel lining is so difficult to make it look right. Personally I hate them. Makes them look terrible for my tastes. The lines have to be pretty much hairline for me to like.

You can try the regular felt tip pens you can get at stationary sections and see how it goes and whether they stay on or rub off. Although I'm not sure on the thickness of the points available.

I've gone gunpla crazy the past 6 months. Still haven't built that PG 00 Raiser but building that this weekend. Have bought heaps of MG's and the majority of the NG 1/100 00 gunplas. My friends have finally got bit with the bug and we recently did a group order that arrived a couple of days ago:

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk269/StompBrother/Gunplaloot2010Jan.jpg

Half of it is mine though.

I love applying decals but that MG Unicorn was ridiculous. about 300 decals most of them clear decals that required trimming as they are to be positioned on edges and corners. Took 12 hours all up just for decals!

blackie
29th January 2010, 08:27 PM
hmm
mg unicorn is my next challange
is that a PG skygrasper i see?
i still have one of those under the bed that needs building, along with its strike counterpart :P

Stompy
29th January 2010, 08:40 PM
MG Unicorn is a beautiful mech and a great kit. Very little articulation though and fragile in Destroy mode. The build is fantastic.

The PG Skygrasper ain't mine. My best buds for his PG Strike.

As for markers, most won't export out due to them being chemicals. There's a reliable and popular site: ishop2go but I haven't ordered from these guys but they do have a range of Gundam Markers with no export exclusion warnings (but they may have it once you get to actual ordering):

http://www.ishop2go.com/catalogUR_001__en.html

Good luck!

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk269/StompBrother/Gouf2love2.jpg

Dkaris
29th January 2010, 09:10 PM
I might give the felt tips a go, thanks for the advice. I havent built a gundam in a long time, i focused my time on some armored core kits, and as much as i love those, they are very draining and very tiresome which is why im thinking of picking up a basic gundam to have a play with

Stompy
1st February 2010, 11:55 PM
So after 22 hours of building Perfect Grade 00 Raiser is done! Well almost, I just have to put on the decals. Behold:

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk269/StompBrother/PG00Raiser-1.jpg

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk269/StompBrother/PG00Raiserclose-1.jpg

The torso is an amazing build with about 100-200 peices all layered over each other around a GN circular frame. They can easily make an Exia out of the frame. The clutch is wonderfully simple that makes it lock in place. Articulation is great although the ankle articulation is very limited which was really dissapointing.

blackie
18th February 2010, 10:10 PM
next weeks project

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2801/4367066189_a74a401700.jpg

PG RX-178 MK II
should be good fun actually

once ive done this im installing some shelving for my gundams :D

bruticus
18th February 2010, 10:44 PM
gundams are fn awesome....awesome for hacking up and using them for parts in my custom TFs that is... muhuhahaha.....

just kidding...

hey stompy, that PG 00 raiser is sexy as... especially love the articluated fingers.
you said you arent a big fan of panel lining but are you gonna top coat it with clear flat or just leave it like that?

Stompy
20th February 2010, 11:58 AM
I'm a lazy builder bruticus. I'm in it for the build and I'm more than satisfied with the finished product as is. So I don't do any post-build painting or whatnot. Just the decals and transfers.

And yes PG 00 is awesome. The clutches on the main joints hold well and the rubber grip parts on the soles of the feet really help stbilize some poses that might tip non reubber soled mechs over. The fully articulated fingers are great. My mate built PG Strike and that has perhaps the most amazing legs I've seen in a gunpla ever.

blackie: have fun. I'm personally more inclined towards the Titans version though.

My next project from my huge pile of unbuilt gunpla will be MG GNX, MG Turn A and MG ZZ.

blackie
23rd March 2010, 10:55 PM
here is most of my collection
apart from the 10 or so kits still under my bed.....

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4012/4456482225_9afda9cfd1.jpg

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4020/4456483723_878fa92acc.jpg

Stompy
4th January 2011, 09:09 PM
Well I've managed to make PG Strike Freedom sans the awesome backpack (the day ran out). The build was ok. Nothing too special compared to PG 00 Raiser and is a lot more like a large MG. One pic for now:

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk269/StompBrother/PGStrikeFreedombot.jpg

Phone pic only hence the awful quality and poor lighting. Better pics when its fully done with stickers.

blackie
4th January 2011, 09:18 PM
i have massive envy man
i want one so bad, just cant justify the price

Stompy
12th January 2011, 07:28 PM
Sorry blackie, but here's the completed kit (sans decals... soon):


http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk269/StompBrother/PGStrikeFreedomClose.jpg

Awesome head build and final product. Zero decals and lights in the head for the eyes and jewels.

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk269/StompBrother/PGStrikeFreedom.jpg

The wings were repetetive to build but it's pretty awesome but it has its flaws, it tends to automatically splay out due to the spring release being a little too loose. The wing fold out technology is idential to the MG with a few flourishes here and there.



http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk269/StompBrother/PGStrikeFreedom00Raiser.jpg

The size of the mech is actually bigger than PG 00 Raiser as seen below. So the same pricepoint is justified. Overall though it does feel like just a giant MG with no real new technology or engineering to make it as special as the 00 Raiser (with it's GN Drives, clutch joint system and the amazing circular frame build). But it's sheer size and flashy looks makes up for it. It makes a presence in anyones collection. I just wished that all exposed gold parts were all chrome gold and not the gold plastic.

blackie
12th January 2011, 09:26 PM
oh dear
i messed up my pants.......

Sleeve
24th February 2011, 06:08 PM
I'm thinking about getting a Gundam model kit but have no idea where to begin. Where would you fine folks suggest I look first? Would they be easy to find in a store (in Brisbane), or am I best looking online?

blackie
24th February 2011, 07:47 PM
online
HLJ are always clearing out some at one time or another :P


kit completly comes down to personal taste, but depending on your skill level/confidence/budget:

1/144 high grade kits - can be a little fiddly, but come up quite nice in the end
1/100 no grade/high grade kits - amazing, love them, like the 1/144 but bigger, more posable and look better all round
1/100 master grade kits - more advanced, but a lot more posable and a more fun build

i only buy nograde/highgrade when i cant get the mastergrade kit. saying that, i need to get building my PG strike....

Sleeve
24th February 2011, 09:29 PM
Schweet. Thanks for that, blackie!

Been checking them out, and I've narrowed my list down to these:

1/100 Force Impulse Gundam (http://www.hlj.com/product/BAN954498)
MG 1/100 Strike Gundam IWSP (http://www.hlj.com/product/BAN946728)
1/144 HGAW GX-9900-DV Gundam X Divider (http://www.hlj.com/product/BAN965661)
1/144 HGUC Hazel RX121-1 TR-1 (http://www.hlj.com/product/BAN934107)

Force Impulse and Strike are definites, and it's a toss between which of the 1/144s to add. Knowing me I'll get both, especially given the price. I was surprised, they're a lot cheaper than what I was expecting. What's shipping cost like from HLJ?

Basically this is a belated birthday present for myself. I love my Lego and all, but lately I've really been overcome with the urge to get a proper model kit. I love spending the time creating something and then having that feeling of geeky accomplishment when I finish it. Haven't done one since I was a kid, except for a little SD Gundam kit for my birthday last year, and I figured Gundam was the best range to go for. Giant effing robots? Yes please. :D

blackie
24th February 2011, 09:38 PM
the force impulse is a great kit
the iwsp is under my bed waiting to be made......
planned on doing a few more these hols :(

Sleeve
25th February 2011, 09:01 AM
Well, just placed my order for Force Impulse, Divider and Hazel. :D Didn't realise Strike was on backorder, which is weird because I swear it was available last night.

Havign never dealt with HLJ before, what can I expect for shipping time? I chose SAL and it says 7-45 days, but 45 days seems a bit of a stretch.

blackie
25th February 2011, 11:10 AM
usualy 2 weeks or so

Sleeve
11th March 2011, 09:23 PM
Force Impulse arrived whil I was at uni today. :D

I wasn't expecting it so soon. Went to start building though and realised I am missing my wire cutters. Have to wait until tomorrow to start.....:(

Sleeve
13th March 2011, 12:12 PM
I have these extra 'plug' pieces which in the instructions show you can use to prop the model on a display stand. I've trawled HLJ trying to find that display stand though and have come up empty.

Can anyone please point me in the right direction?

blackie
13th March 2011, 12:49 PM
http://www.hlj.com/product/BAN948215

Sleeve
13th March 2011, 01:02 PM
Cheers, blackie. :D Don't know how I missed that.

Stompy
13th March 2011, 09:34 PM
Welcome Sleeve to the rather small gunpla fans in here. So that makes Me, Blackie and you as the OzFormers Gunpla Crew. Hope you find the hobby awesome. It can get addictive ;)

Anyhow just to spruce things up, here's a few kits I've made during the past month or so.

The intimidatingly good looking MG Sinanju complete with all the darn Katoki decals attached and special dedicated action base:

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk269/StompBrother/Gundam/MGSinanjuwithActionBase.jpg

MG Qan[T], which is awesome, except did NOTHING in the rather crap 00 movie:

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk269/StompBrother/Gundam/MG00Q.jpg

MG F91:

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk269/StompBrother/Gundam/MGF91Gundam.jpg

All incarnations of Strike Noir:

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk269/StompBrother/Gundam/StrikeNoirs.jpg

MG Strike with I.W.S.P.:

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk269/StompBrother/Gundam/IWSP.jpg

Kibbletastic and LARGE MG Ex-S:

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk269/StompBrother/Gundam/MGEx-S3.jpg

MG EW Deathscythe Hell Custom with Wing Zero Custom:

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk269/StompBrother/Gundam/EWDeathscythWing.jpg

The awesomely detailed HG Extreme Gundam. These latest HG's are getting ridiculously detailed:

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk269/StompBrother/Gundam/HGExtremeGundam.jpg



Since the old pics I had are dead here are the two PG's I have:

PG 00 Raiser:

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk269/StompBrother/Gundam/PG00Raiser-1.jpg

PG Strike Freedom:

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk269/StompBrother/Gundam/PGStrikeFreedom.jpg

Damn these hobbies are getting expensive.

blackie
13th March 2011, 10:49 PM
and i was happy that i completed 1 model this week :P

think ill build the MG exia next.....

Sleeve
13th March 2011, 11:06 PM
Thanks for the welcome, Stompy. :)

You're right, it's damn addictive. I was meant to put in a lot of study yesterday and spent pretty much the entire afternoon/evening building Force Impulse. It's probably a good thing the other two haven't arrived yet or I'd have nothing done. :p I'm now afraid for my financials.

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y233/Mulla_21/Gundam.jpg

Stompy
14th March 2011, 02:57 PM
Oooh nice. Master Grade Force Impulse. Love that sword that's why I settled with Sword Impulse over that one. Love the proportions on the MG Force Impulse. Very lithe and lanky. The deployment modes are a joke tho. Great work and a great pose.

Here's Sword Impulse with those ridiculous dual swords. Love me my giant swords:

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk269/StompBrother/Gundam/MG%20Sword%20Impulse/MGSwordImpulseSwords.jpg

Joined. 2.5 times taller than the mech itself:

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk269/StompBrother/Gundam/MG%20Sword%20Impulse/MGSwordImpulseDualSword2.jpg

Plus those dual Boomerang Sabres:

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk269/StompBrother/Gundam/MG%20Sword%20Impulse/MGSwordImpulseBoomerangbeamswords.jpg

primatives
15th March 2011, 11:58 AM
man those pics looks awesome!!! Wish i could paint like that, they don't look good if u dont paint them. so i dont buy them. i just buy the already made ones which look cool!!! the best looking one i have is the Gundam FIX crossbone (white) that guy looks badass!!

blackie
15th March 2011, 12:04 PM
i havent painted a kit ever :P

Stompy
15th March 2011, 07:12 PM
All the pics I have put up of my gunpla are straight builds primatives. They come in those colours already and those logo's on them are decals and rub-on dry transfer decals.

Although I do have some gundam markers just to cover up any cut/nub marks but that's it. People always ask me why I don't line them, it's because it looks terrible lined unless you really do fine lines.

blackie
15th March 2011, 07:37 PM
Although I do have some gundam markers just to cover up any cut/nub marks but that's it. People always ask me why I don't line them, it's because it looks terrible lined unless you really do fine lines.

this
one amazing technique i saw was using ink, it goes into the creases and then the rest wipes away somehow
video was in japanese, so i had no clue what they were actually saying or using XD

on a side note

mg exia is amzing

Stompy
1st April 2011, 12:00 AM
MG Exia is indeed one of the greatest MG's but watch out for that toe getting loose and make any standing pose dangerous, get it on a stand and it's perfect.

Speaking of perfection, I just finished making Real Grade RX78-2 and holy cheesus crust, this is simply the best kit I have made. From the runner placement of parts, the way it is built, the amazing inner frame and the endless cladding to form the armor. Three shades of white, 2 shades of red and blue each. The perfect decals. All in 1/144 scale. This is MG, to PG quality in a such a small kit. I was utterly amazed throughout the build. I will buy ANY repaint (waiting for the G3 repaint). I will take clearer pics next time but these ones will suffice for now. Not pictured is the amazing, transforming, core fighter at 4cm long.

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk269/StompBrother/Gundam/RGRX-7802.jpg

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk269/StompBrother/Gundam/RGRX-7801.jpg

For those not familiar, this is 1/144 scale, this figure is 13cm tall and that head is only 1.5cm tall.

The MG Victory has been usurped of its best kit ever. I can't wait to make RG Zaku II and the upcoming Aile Strike.

kurdt_the_goat
16th April 2011, 12:59 PM
Have you played with the Super HCM Pro? It's in the same scale but obviously it comes assembled, i'm wondering how they compare!

kurdt_the_goat
17th June 2011, 10:46 PM
I've essentially finished my RG Aile Strike Gundam (only stickers remain) and my sentiments echo Stompy's RX-78 impressions!

WOW, for the size this things really packs a lot of attention to detail! It's well constructed so nothing feels flimsy - it compares pretty favourably to the Super HCM Pro's, only really missing the diecast (& maybe the plastic isn't quite as good too). But for the price, i would recommend anyone try these out - highly recommended!

I've only done about 20 of what seems like hundreds of stickers for it - it's gonna look awesome when finished!

jazzcomp
23rd June 2011, 11:15 PM
which versions dont need assembling? i'm too lazy

Stompy
14th September 2011, 02:07 PM
which versions dont need assembling? i'm too lazy

You can try the action figure lines of Gundams. There's different brands:
- Super HCM Pro
- Bandai Fix Configuration
- Bandai Robot Damashii

They are usually more costly than kits and is about 1/144 scale (10-12 cm tall) but is more action figure-like. I don't really have much experience from them as I'm a gunpla kit builder personally.


Anyhoo, speaking of kits...

Master Grade 00 Raiser:

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk269/StompBrother/Gundam/MG00Raiser02.jpg

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk269/StompBrother/Gundam/MG00RaiserClose.jpg

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk269/StompBrother/Gundam/MG00Raiser.jpg

This was pretty darn good. I haven't been impressed by a Master Grade for so long until now. It's a sturdy kit and represents the 00 Raiser as an avatar really well. The gimmicks are great but only comes with 1 LED light. It can house 5 (for the two Raiser side binders, the two GN Drives or Condensers and the head).

Estimated (straight up) build time was 9 hours total. A fantastic and more affordable alternative to the Perfect Grade. Although the Perfect Grade has so much bells & whistles all over the place despite it's articulation flaws.

Very very pleased and an awesome Master Grade kit for my favorite Gundam mech of all time.

Vector Prime
14th September 2011, 03:46 PM
That figure looks awesome Stompy (as do most Gundams).

I've never looked into any of the Gundam figures to be honest, but since I am in the continual pursuit of buying items that have a certain 'cool' factor, I've come across this Musha Gundam (http://robotkingdom.com/services/eshop/main.php?action=details&CatType=Category&II=GDFIX0035&lang=us&CatID=5) on RK.

Can anyone shed some light on it? In terms of size, poseability, assembly requirements, etc?

Stompy
14th September 2011, 04:37 PM
From my own research that figure is 1/144 scale. So about 12-15cm tall. Poseability looks good, as with most Fix Figuration figures. There should be minimal basic assembly required to put on the alternative parts/armor on but nothing that will take longer than 10 minutes.

They are good if you want a stress free, highly poseable gundam as gunpla kits while for the most part solid but can sometimes have pieces that can fall off if you are rough with playing/posing. With saying that though, the actual Master Grade Kit of the Shin Musha (+ Shin Musha Mk.II) is more my preference. Note that this is the special edition with a glossy finish to the plastic and gold parts.

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk269/StompBrother/Gundam/MG%20Shin%20Musha/Image0540.jpg

Here are better shots, I took a while ago. Remember that this is bigger in size than the Fix Figures as this is 1/100. Roughly 22cm tall:

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk269/StompBrother/Gundam/MG%20Shin%20Musha/MGShinMushatorso.jpg

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk269/StompBrother/Gundam/MG%20Shin%20Musha/MGShinMushaDenkoumaruclose.jpg

Vector Prime
14th September 2011, 04:46 PM
Thanks for the info Stompy.

Those blinged out Master Grade ones look sensational! :eek:

I'm assuming that with the MG ones, assembly is required?

Stompy
14th September 2011, 05:23 PM
Yep. Full assembly is required as they are model kits and come looking like this initially:
http://www.dalong.net/review/mg/m110g/m110g_i.htm

Then it can take anywhere between 5-12 hours to build, depending on skill. Mind you that the assembly really only requires cutters to get them off the gates and they will look like that out of the box as a straight assembly. No painting or extra detailing work required.

If ever you want to dive into Gunpla, I'd suggest you start small with a No Grade (or unmarked/ungraded) kits that can vary in size class, probably best to stick with the 1/100 00 Gundam or Seed range. These are easy to make and the finished product looks good. Roughly 2-5 hours. Cost from $15-$100

Then go for High Grade kits or HG. These are 1/144 scale and have really good detail, on par or better than the Figuration kits at good prices. Roughly 2-5 hours to build. Costs between $20-$80. Averages at $30 each.

Then there is the Master Grades or MG. These are the detailed kits with full internal skeletons and excellent detail. Can take anywhere beteen 4-15 hours to build. Costs anywhere between $35-$200

There is also the very expensive Perfect Grades or PG. These are 1/60 in scale, so about 30-40 cm tall and have a ridiculous amount of detail and gimmicks. Builds can take anywhere between 18-48 hours. Costs between $150-$450

There are also Real Grades or RG. New line that are 1/144 in size with the detail of a Master Grade. You'll need a bit of experience with these as the parts can be quite small. Build time can be anywhere between 4-12 hours.

If you want to see the kits I suggest you go to Dalong's site. The most famous Gunpla Gallery site:
http://www.dalong.net/

It is a Korean site but is good for browsing.

At the very top you can navigate by clicking on the series you want to see.
MG = Master Grades
MG2 = special/limited edition Master Grades
HG = High Grades
PG = Perfect Grades
SEED = Gundam Seed Series No Grades & High Grades
00 = 00 Gundam series No Grades & High Grades

Once in, just click on the "English Catalog & Menu" option to see the names in English. They will be in released order from earliest at the top to the latest at the bottom. Click to see Pictorial and Korean write-up review. At the very top you can click on "Information..." to see the kit still in parts and gates.

Phew this became a Gunpla 101. Also, Bandai reprints about 99% of the kits regularly (not including special/limited editions). So you can get almost all of them at any time.

Vector Prime
14th September 2011, 05:35 PM
Wow! Thanks for the detailed response Stompy.

Your post should be moved to the first post as "Gunpla 101" for Gundam newbies like myself to reference. :o

Ok, so it seems they're quite intricate and take hours to build (which I'm not really a fan of), so I guess I'm going to stick with the Fix Figuration ones for the time being.

I did have a look through that site you linked to and I must say that the majority of the Gundams are very very cool (and that guy's collection is insane!)

liegeprime
14th September 2011, 05:49 PM
goodness 15 hours!!:eek::eek: and I get bored when I can't transform at Tf within 30 minutes..... I just leave them to the mode they're in heheheh

Mechbiter
17th September 2011, 12:20 AM
Hey Stompy, those Dynasty Gundam Musha Gundams look fantastic. I'm thinking of getting them both myself. Did you by them in OZ or did you import them? On that note, where did you get them?

Stompy
17th September 2011, 02:59 AM
Mechbiter:
A bit of both, I usually just buy them locally at a few specialty shops in Melbourne. Imported a few times, but it ends up being just 10% cheaper. Shipping can kill you on volume. They take up a lot of space eventhough they don't weigh much. Nowadays it might end up cheaper to import, due to our great dollar.

In Melbourne there's a few places to go:
- One Stop Anime (Tivoli Arcade, Bourke St CBD, opposite Target, my personal favorite and is always first with the latest kits)
- Animasia (Grattan St Carlton, just off Lygon St, biggest range as is an official supplier)
- OzAnimart (http://www.ozanimart.com.au/categories.aspx?categoryID=21) (Level 7 corner Lt. Bourke & Swanston CBD)

Online I'd reccomend:
- Hobbyco (http://www.hobbyco.com.au/product_groups/display_group.php?grp=970&sid=) (Based in Sydney and is an official supplier of gunpla)
- iShop2Go (http://www.ishop2go.com/index__en.html) (Hong Kong site with a good range and excellent prices)
- AmiAmi (http://www.amiami.jp/shop/?set=english&vgform=SimpleForm&template=default/product/e_gundamtoy.html) (Japanese site, with excellent range, ok prices)
- GG Infinite (http://gginfinite.com/) (US Based with some very hard to get kits [ANA stuff] but the prices are ouch)

As for The DW Musha Gundams, they are excellent. They are modified MG's. Shin Musha is based off the MG One Year War RX782 and Musha Mk.2 is based off The MG Mk.2 v2.0. The new armor are excellent although the gold plated parts jacks up the price. You have to get the special "Sengoku No Jin" edition of Shin Musha (Red) in order to get the gold plated parts, otherwise you get an ugly orangey plastic with the regular edition. Just look at the side of the box and it should have the stand with background included.

Availability of the two... Mk.2 is easier to find as it was released in the past year. I got mine from One Stop. As for the Special Edition Shin Musha, that comes and goes. The three bricks & mortar shops I listed above don't have any at the moment as that goes quickly. Probably best to order online.

Mechbiter
17th September 2011, 10:11 PM
Wow Stompy, thanks for the informative and helpful reply. You told me exactly what I was hoping to find out. Cheers. :)

Vector Prime
21st September 2011, 07:17 PM
And so it begins... entered the world of Gunpla today.

Whilst out shopping, walked into Hobbyco, spent half an hour looking over the Gundam kits and ended up walking out with a 1/144 HG Gundam Astray Red Frame kit (http://www.hobbyco.com.au/images/stock/g0122715.jpg).

Spent 2 hours putting it together and I must say that I am very impressed with these Gundam kits - the quality is awesome, the bot looks sensational and it's so super poseable.

After I finished building it, I had a great feeling of accomplishment and had the urge to go out and buy another one (but sadly the store would have been closed).

I think I'm hooked - IMO (for someone that only displays their TFs) Gundam kits represent better value for money than a TF toy any day.

I normally buy a TF, open it (that's if I don't leave it MISB/MOSC), spend half hour max fiddling with it and then put it on a display shelf - half an hour's entertainment.

Gundam - a couple of hours building it, half hour or so fiddling and posing it = better value for money.

Anyways, will be purchasing and putting together a few more when I get a chance.

Pics of the finished kit in the photography thread (http://www.otca.com.au/boards/showthread.php?p=266570#post266570)

Stompy
21st September 2011, 11:54 PM
Good to hear that you are enjoying the gunpla. I pretty much mirror your sentiments in regards to "value".

Make a few more High Grades and then go for a new Master Grade (2005 onwards, look on bottom left corner of box.) Then try a Real Grade and maybe a Perfect Grade somewhere down the track. ;)

Red Frame Astray is great. In fact I'd recommend the MG Astray Red Frame as your first. You'll be floored. ;)

Vector Prime
22nd September 2011, 10:18 AM
Yeah, I think I'll get a few more HGs and then perhaps move to the MG Musha. :D

Stompy
23rd September 2011, 11:05 PM
A few of my favorite High Grades:

00 Movie 3rd Evolution Mechs:
http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk269/StompBrother/Gundam/00AwakeningHGMeisters.jpg

RAPHAEL Gundam:
http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk269/StompBrother/Gundam/HGRaphael.jpg

HARUTE Gundam:
http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk269/StompBrother/Gundam/HGHarute.jpg

ZABANYA Gundam:
http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk269/StompBrother/Gundam/HGZabanya.jpg

00 Qan[T]:
http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk269/StompBrother/Gundam/HGQanT.jpg

00 Qan[T] with Limited GN Sword IV:
http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk269/StompBrother/Gundam/HG00Q.jpg

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk269/StompBrother/Gundam/HG00Qclose.jpg

AVALANCHE EXIA Gundam:
http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk269/StompBrother/Gundam/HGAvalanche.jpg

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk269/StompBrother/Gundam/HGAvalancheClose.jpg

Gunpla Builders G - BEGGINING GUNDAM 30 version:
http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk269/StompBrother/Gundam/HGBeggining30.jpg

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk269/StompBrother/Gundam/HGBeggining30side.jpg

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk269/StompBrother/Gundam/HGBeggining30close.jpg

I'll post some of my Master Grades next time. ;)

Vector Prime
24th September 2011, 09:12 AM
I see what you mean by the quality of the later HG's Stompy... I may revisit them later on, but for now, MG's are the way to go for me (prefer the scale and the detail).

Avalanche Exia and Harute look nice - like the styling and look of them.

So I attempted to tackle MG Sinanju last night - spent 2+ hours and only managed to build his torso, head and one arm. :o

Love the intricate detailing and all the bits and pieces so far, but will take my time building this one since I want him to look as awesome as he does on the box.

MG's of Strike Freedom & Astray Red Frame are on order, so would like to finish Sinanju before they arrive - I've got at least a week I think. :p

Will probably tackle Strike Freedom next (when it arrives).

What's Deathscythe like? I like the look of him and may order him when I order Musha Mk-2

Stompy
24th September 2011, 12:47 PM
Oh wow. Straight into the deep end of MG's for you huh? Enjoy Sinanju. It's one of the, if not the best MG's out. You will notice a bit of a dip in intircacy with Strike Freedom after Sinanju but you will adore Red Frame Astray.

If you are gonna go for Deathscythe make sure you go for the EW version with the wings. The wings actually hold up and is supported well. Regular Deathscythe doesn't have the wings and is white. It's from the Gundam Wing series and they are getting a lot of love the past year with MG releases for nearly all the lead mechs. Their engineering is ok. Nothing like Sinanju, but its all very clean and lean and satisfying.

http://www.dalong.net/review/mg/m141/p/m141.jpg

MG is the bread and butter of Gunpla. There's no going back. Although, you do crave some quick builds every now and then. So a HG taking 2-4 hours compared to 6-9 hours of an MG. Plus the MG range is limited in mechs available. HG's have range 30x bigger than MG's.

Also don't forget Real Grade. MG detail in 1/144 scale. Worth checking out. Only 4 out at the moment: RX782, Char's Zaku 2, Zaku 2, Aile Strike & coming soon Freedom Gundam. Ace series.

Fungal Infection
24th September 2011, 03:24 PM
I like MG too but because most of the lesser known Gundams tend to come out in 1/144 HG scale, HG kits tend to be the ones I get more often than not. Of course, thete are some kits that aren't available in HG (Shin Musha for one), but those ones deserve to be done in MG. I only get MG kits of the ones I really like (Deathscythe is one) and even then I'm hesitant because of their size (and my lack of space). Welcome to the club by the way! :D

kurdt_the_goat
24th September 2011, 03:39 PM
Not enough people are singing the RG tune... gonna post some photos of Aile Strike later to help the movement!

Vector Prime
24th September 2011, 03:40 PM
Oh wow. Straight into the deep end of MG's for you huh? Enjoy Sinanju. It's one of the, if not the best MG's out.

Yeah, I couldn't resist opening it up and building it... the pic on the box (and your pic of him earlier in this thread) was just screaming at me to recreate the awesomeness of him. :D


If you are gonna go for Deathscythe make sure you go for the EW version with the wings. The wings actually hold up and is supported well. Regular Deathscythe doesn't have the wings and is white. It's from the Gundam Wing series and they are getting a lot of love the past year with MG releases for nearly all the lead mechs. Their engineering is ok. Nothing like Sinanju, but its all very clean and lean and satisfying.

--SNIP--

Yep, that's the one I was looking at - the black EW version.

Something about his design just screams sinister and 'cartoony' at the same time. :p


MG is the bread and butter of Gunpla. There's no going back. Although, you do crave some quick builds every now and then. So a HG taking 2-4 hours compared to 6-9 hours of an MG. Plus the MG range is limited in mechs available. HG's have range 30x bigger than MG's.

Also don't forget Real Grade. MG detail in 1/144 scale. Worth checking out. Only 4 out at the moment: RX782, Char's Zaku 2, Zaku 2, Aile Strike & coming soon Freedom Gundam. Ace series.

I get what you mean by craving to do a quick build... might pick up a couple HG's (or RGs) further down the track, but plan on sticking with the 1/100 scale MGs at the moment.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but there seems to be 1/100 scale 'no grades'? :confused:

If so, are they any good?

Welcome to the club by the way! :D

Thanks mate. Seems like a very exclusive club (at least around these parts) :p

Stompy
24th September 2011, 05:54 PM
Not enough people are singing the RG tune... gonna post some photos of Aile Strike later to help the movement!

I sung the RG tune a dozen or so posts ago with RX782. Was my favorite kit of the past year. ;) I've got the other RG's piled up waiting to be built. After all decals have been attached, they are just absolutely stunning. Only downfall is some parts tend to come off. So strictly a display piece.

But yes kurdt, I sing the same praises as you do over Real Grades. Can't wait until they start doing 00 mechs.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but there seems to be 1/100 scale 'no grades'?

Yes there are. They are like enlarged High Grades. No internal frames like MG's and proportions are different. So it will look lsightly different to it's MG counterpart if any. Since there are no Internal Frames, it can get too top heavy for the "hollow"legs to support and can have balance issues.

The best NG 1/100 are the 00 Series. Especially Avalanche Exia, Arios & Kyrios. The Seed/Destiny NG's are also decent. I wouldn't bother going back to older series for NG 1/100. Stick with Seed/Destiny & 00.

Highlights for me:

00 NG 1/100's - Avalanche Exia (http://www.dalong.net/review/00/0109/0109_p.htm), Kyrios (http://www.dalong.net/review/00/0115/0115_p.htm), Arios (http://www.dalong.net/review/00/0103/0103_p.htm), a few pictured below and really all of them (http://www.dalong.net/review/00.htm).

Seed/Destiny/Astray NG 1/100 - Astray Gold Frame Amatsu version (excellent!) (http://www.dalong.net/review/seed/d113/d113_p.htm), Akatsuki Gundam (GOLD!) (http://www.dalong.net/review/seed/d115/d115_p.htm) & Infinite Justice. (http://www.dalong.net/review/seed/d111/d111_p.htm)

It's up to you whether you can justify the cheaper option over the MG versions, but in the long run, you are better off with the MG's. Although there are NG 1/100 mechs that aren't and unlikely to be a MG. The 00 Series NG's are pretty darn good.

NG 00 - 1/100 Tieren
http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk269/StompBrother/Gundam/NGTierenGround.jpg

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk269/StompBrother/Gundam/NGTierenGroundclose.jpg

NG 00 - 1/100 Overflag

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk269/StompBrother/Gundam/NGOverflag2.jpg

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk269/StompBrother/Gundam/NGOverflagtorso.jpg

NG 00 - 1/100 Nadleeh

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk269/StompBrother/Gundam/NGNadleeh.jpg

1/100 Virtue (Nadleeh Armored)

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk269/StompBrother/Gundam/NGVirtue.jpg

Sheesh. I get carried away don't I. Unashamed Gunpla fanboy here. :o

kurdt_the_goat
24th September 2011, 09:48 PM
Just a couple pics of RG Aile Strike Gundam!
http://www.australian-postcodes.com/post/rg-as-closeup.jpg
http://www.australian-postcodes.com/post/rg-as-pose.jpg

Vector Prime
25th September 2011, 10:10 AM
@Stompy - thanks again for all your wisdom and info mate. I think I will probably get a few NG 1/100, simply because I like the scaling (so they all look 'right' lined up against the MGs).

I like the look of Avalanche Exia & Arios, but Astray Gold Frame Amatsu & Akatsuki are sensational! :eek:

(VP scurries off to eBay in search of the 'bling' Gundams :p)


@Kurdt - man, that RG Aile Strike Gundam looks fabulous!

Hard to believe how much detail there is on a 1/144 scale, now that I've seen one up close in detail.

Vector Prime
26th September 2011, 12:41 PM
I finally finished assembling MG Sinanju last night and now need to go sticking all the stickers on (when I get a chance tonight or tomorrow).

So far, I estimate a build time of about 9 hours, but man, it was definitely worth it - he's totally awesome looking! :)

Not sure if I will apply all the stickers - maybe a couple of the gold foil ones since I like the clean look of him.

Btw, is there a special way to remove the pieces off the runners/sprue to prevent rub/wear marks?

I'm using a Sangokuden nipper to cut them off and trim off the excess plastic, but I still get wear marks - should I use a file to lightly sand them back instead?

Or do you guys use something to touch up the wear afterwards?

kurdt_the_goat
26th September 2011, 01:55 PM
I use one of my wife's nail files, don't tell her :)
Filing hurts after a while though and probably doubles build time, so i only bother when the piece is gonna be easily viewable on the completed model, or if the connection between pieces will be hindered by not filing.

Stompy
26th September 2011, 09:25 PM
I usually just use the cutter to trim off the excess and use my nail to smooth it out. I invested in some Gundam Markers to cover up the discoloured cut marks..

I'm a straight up builder and really in it for the build. So I don't go to too much trouble. They are barely recognizable once built and displayed.

Great to hear you finished your Sinanju VP. I can't wait to see your photo's.

Vector Prime
27th September 2011, 10:32 AM
I use one of my wife's nail files, don't tell her :)
Filing hurts after a while though and probably doubles build time, so i only bother when the piece is gonna be easily viewable on the completed model, or if the connection between pieces will be hindered by not filing.

I usually just use the cutter to trim off the excess and use my nail to smooth it out. I invested in some Gundam Markers to cover up the discoloured cut marks..

I'm a straight up builder and really in it for the build. So I don't go to too much trouble. They are barely recognizable once built and displayed.

I'm like you Kurdt in the sense that I would really only bother filing the part if it's noticeable when displayed or hinders movement of another part.

Most of the time I just do what you do Stompy and trim the piece and use my nail to smooth it out.

Yeah I was referring more to whether there was a special way to cut the pieces off without leaving discoloured cut marks - but I guess not.

I might have to pick up a couple of Gundam markers. :(

Great to hear you finished your Sinanju VP. I can't wait to see your photo's.

Here you go ;)

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6180/6187296770_1593d2b7ba_b.jpg

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6156/6186775361_ee6d17bd97_b.jpg

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6166/6187299174_774d893e84_b.jpg

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6158/6187298312_4da4b683b6_b.jpg

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6161/6187297532_6917967b57_b.jpg

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6177/6187299896_31e093a6e6_b.jpg

Vector Prime
29th September 2011, 11:59 AM
Okay, so Gunpla is becoming a bit too addictive and I've gone a bit bonkers. :o

Picked up from Hobbyco the other day (since I was itching to build something 'simpler' following MG Sinanju):

1/100 HG Deathscythe Hell Custom
1/100 HG Sword Impulse

And I also have the following 1/100 stuff on order from overseas:

MG Strike Freedom
MG Astray Red Frame
HG Gale Strike Gundam
HG Astray Mirage Frame
HG Arios
HG Cherudim
HG Wing Zero Custom
HG Astray Gold Frame Amatsu
HG Exia
HG Avalanche Exia
HG 00 Gundam
HG Vent Saviour

I don't know how I'm going to find the time to build them all (since I've been neglecting other things in my life over the past week - including the gf) but I'm addicted to the 'build' - this new plastic crack addiction has turned me into a gunpla junkie. :p

gamblor916
29th September 2011, 01:15 PM
Nice gundam pics. I might have to break my one and only gundam out of the stash.

Oh I know what you mean about going nuts and buying more than you can build. I'd say this is about half of my stash :o

http://img88.imageshack.us/img88/5274/wp1013233.jpg

kurdt_the_goat
29th September 2011, 03:04 PM
I don't know how I'm going to find the time to build them all (since I've been neglecting other things in my life over the past week - including the gf) but I'm addicted to the 'build' - this new plastic crack addiction has turned me into a gunpla junkie. :p

It's simple, just keep neglecting the gf and eventually she wont want you around! :p

Stompy
29th September 2011, 08:06 PM
Vector Prime: Awesome pics of The Red Comet. Although it doesn't show just how clever the engineering is in pictures alone. The internal skeleton, mechanisms and gimmicks is strictly for the pleasure of the builder. Also, nice list there. I'd suggest 1/100 Avalanche Exia. ;)

Vector Prime & Gamblor: Also, totally understand the addictive nature of these things. You should see my unbuilt pile:
- NG: 1
- HG: 28
- RG: 3
- MG: 12
- PG: 2
- SD: 16
- Other: 7 (Danball Senki / LBX & Pokepla)

kurdt: Hilarious! But you can balance the time eventually. You also get gunpla'd out every now and then.

Vector Prime
30th September 2011, 08:54 AM
Gamblor: Wow, that's a lot of unbuilt kits! Build the ARTA NSX next. ;)

Kurdt: Lol... she's been very patient and has happily sat around giving me a hand trimming the parts off the runners (but we'll see how long that lasts) :p

Stompy: That's enough Gundam to last a lifetime there mate - send a couple up to Sydney and I'll happily give you a hand building them (especially the PGs) :D

Stompy
3rd October 2011, 07:44 PM
Hehe VP. What's your address? :p

Me and a few mates sometimes have group builds. It's good fun. Just chatting away with some music in the background and the occasional "wow they did this really well" surprised quotes.

Anyhoo, something I've been waiting for was in my hands today...

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk269/StompBrother/MG00SevenSwordG.jpg

MG 00 Gundam Seven Sword/G version. Because sometimes a big sword is not GIANT enough.

Also picked up the SD version and a 2nd HG of it. Me happy! :D

Vector Prime
6th October 2011, 09:05 PM
Wow, that's a lot of swords there Stompy! :D

Well I've been trying to work my way through some kits (albeit slowly, time permitting) and have only managed to complete the following lately:

1/100 HG Deathscythe Hell
http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6215/6216574117_7f386fda66_b.jpg

1/100 HG Blitz
http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6174/6217094754_51132610c1_b.jpg

1/100 HG Sword Impulse
http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6232/6216578277_b392bfa908_b.jpg

I've just started assembling HG Blue Frame Astray - here's a pic of my working area (all those sitting in the background are still awaiting their turn at being assembled :( )

http://i954.photobucket.com/albums/ae21/phuynh1979/IMG_8531.jpg

I've also got a couple of other MGs in transit - dunno when I'm going to find the time to build them all, but boy, has it been fun so far! :)

gdmetro
6th October 2011, 09:18 PM
Wow, that's a lot of swords there Stompy! :D

Well I've been trying to work my way through some kits (albeit slowly, time permitting) and have only managed to complete the following lately:



I've just started assembling HG Blue Frame Astray - here's a pic of my working area (all those sitting in the background are still awaiting their turn at being assembled :( )

http://i954.photobucket.com/albums/ae21/phuynh1979/IMG_8531.jpg


Oo I have that from ages ago (when I had a year of obsession with model kits)- I think a backpack piece on mine broke off..

Man all these pics of kits are tempting me...

Vector Prime
6th October 2011, 09:38 PM
Oo I have that from ages ago (when I had a year of obsession with model kits)- I think a backpack piece on mine broke off..

Man all these pics of kits are tempting me...

Which one? Astray Blue Frame?

I intend (somewhere down the line) to build the MG version of him too (to go along with my MG Astray Red Frame, when I eventually get around to building him too :o)

C'mon, you know you want to join the OTCA Gunpla Club - especially right now during the dry spell in TF stuff, it certainly helps pass the time so you don't die of boredom! :p

rampagesss
7th October 2011, 10:31 AM
Nice gundam pics. I might have to break my one and only gundam out of the stash.

Oh I know what you mean about going nuts and buying more than you can build. I'd say this is about half of my stash :o

http://img88.imageshack.us/img88/5274/wp1013233.jpg

:eek: Nice love the old Marlboro McLaren (isn't the tamiya kit pritty hard to find now days?) And where did you find the countach models the one in the first row 5 boxes down? built one years ago and loved it but broke it later :o

gamblor916
7th October 2011, 12:00 PM
Wow VP you've been busy!

Rampagesss - Tamiya re-release stuff all the time, I'm sure that Mclaren kit is around. The countach is the Fujimi 5000S but the Aoshima ones are nicer. Most from HLJ.

Vector Prime
12th October 2011, 01:10 AM
Wow VP you've been busy!

Yes I have been mate. :p

Over the past few days, I've completed the following:

HG Astray Blue Frame
HG Gale Strike
MG Zaku II
MG Strike Freedom (which is totally awesome!)

Will take pics of the others when I get the chance, but I just couldn't resist taking pics of Strike Freedom - this guy looks the goods!

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6039/6234161133_eb7d3d37f8_b.jpg

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6216/6234684760_54de06d4d4_b.jpg

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6120/6234653144_dc7a3290f0_b.jpg

Stompy
13th October 2011, 01:10 AM
Awesome pics as always VP. Strike Freedom is the showpony of the gundam universe. All eyes ALWAYS go to that figure. MY PG version always gets the attention.

Anyhoo here's the Full Burst mode version I made a while ago. Basically the same kit with some gold chromed parts and some effect parts and stand for the dragoons:

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk269/StompBrother/Gundam/Seed/MG%20Strike%20Freedom%20FBM/MGStrikeFreedomFBMtorso.jpg

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk269/StompBrother/Gundam/Seed/MG%20Strike%20Freedom%20FBM/MGStrikeFreedomFBM4.jpg

Aaaaand Perfect Grade Strike Freedom. :D

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk269/StompBrother/Gundam/PGStrikeFreedom.jpg

Of course my pics are poor compared to yours.

Vector Prime
13th October 2011, 04:23 PM
The shiny gold bits on the Full Burst version are awesome!

PG Strike Freedom is just pure win... I think he's in the running to be my first PG (if and when I decide to get a PG).

As for the quality of my pics, thanks, it's a shame you don't live in close proximity to me - I could shoot the hell out of all your Gundams for you. :p

gamblor916
13th October 2011, 05:43 PM
Wow these figures look fantastic! How tall is that MG Strike Freedom (or wide rather)?

Stompy
13th October 2011, 08:34 PM
MG is about 22cm tall for the robot. Wing span is about 30cm.

PG Strike Freedom is about 34cm tall and a wingspan of about 55 cm.

VP: I finally found the battery charger for my Digital Camera so it will take better pics than these phone pics. Still not going to be top notch quality tho.

PG Strike Freedom was ok. It's a good starting off point for Perfect Grade, but IMO not worth the $400 price tag.

BUT.
That is because I made the PG 00 Raiser first. That was an awesome build revolving around joints that are circular and had a clutch system for the major joints! Twin light up GN Drives that spin and the mega huge GN Sword III of course. Plus my bias over 00 mechs. ;)

Vector Prime
13th October 2011, 11:36 PM
PG 00 Raiser is another one right at the top of the list for me too... I think I'll work my way through my remaining 12 odd kits and move to a PG next. :D

Here's some more pics of recently completed kits:

Gale Strike
http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6172/6240218803_f1b01ff34f_b.jpg

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6238/6240218329_52db542562_b.jpg

Exia
http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6229/6240734786_f2ce25e931_b.jpg

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6050/6240217909_03c98c9223_b.jpg

Astray Blue Frame
http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6238/6240219229_df1930a7a7_b.jpg

Wing Zero Custom
http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6164/6243768354_3b4edb1c38_b.jpg

Stompy
19th October 2011, 12:15 AM
Oh I do love Gundam's with Giant Swords and Astray Blue Frame 2nd was the first to have one that size.

Awesome pics as always VP.

Here's a few from my archives:

Seed Destiny - NG 1/100 Akatsuki Gundam (with both "packs") MMM blingy.

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk269/StompBrother/Gundam/NGAkatsuki.jpg

00 Gundam Innovator Mobile Suits - HG 1/144 Gaddess, Gaddessa & the Twin Garazzo's at the sides.

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk269/StompBrother/Gundam/InnovatorMS.jpg

Unicorn Gundam - SD Sinanju

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk269/StompBrother/Gundam/SDSinanju.jpg

MG Crossbone Gundam Full Cloth ver.

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk269/StompBrother/Gundam/MGCrossboneFC.jpg

Up close:

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk269/StompBrother/Gundam/MGCrossboneFCclose.jpg

MG Crossbone Full Cloth with cape open and weapons:

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk269/StompBrother/Gundam/MGCrossboneFCPeacockSmasher.jpg
Please excuse the shonky marker painting.

MG God Gundam:

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk269/StompBrother/Gundam/MGGGundamclose.jpg

MG Infinite Justice:

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk269/StompBrother/Gundam/MGInfiniteJustice.jpg

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk269/StompBrother/Gundam/MGInfiniteJusticeclose-1.jpg

MG Strike Gundam with Striker System:

Sword Strike:

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk269/StompBrother/Gundam/MGStrike-Sword2.jpg

Launcher Strike:

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk269/StompBrother/Gundam/MGLauncherStrike3.jpg


More next time.

VGMStudios
4th November 2011, 10:44 PM
VP You take such wonderful pictures but dont you paint or even panle line your gundams?

Vector Prime
5th November 2011, 08:03 AM
@Stompy - nice collection there mate. Crossbone Full Cloth looks very nice, I might have to pick one up. :)

I've completed a few over the past few weeks, will take some pics when I get a chance.

@VGM - thanks mate. Nah, not a fan of panel lining or painting (since I'm in it for the build/construction aspect).

kaiden
5th November 2011, 12:36 PM
what size diameter are the beam sabers? i'm looking for one that would be compatible with 5mm peg holes for Transformers - specifically TFC Dr Crank.

Vector Prime
9th November 2011, 03:30 PM
Here's a few I've done over the past few weeks

Shin Musha MkII
http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6232/6328224080_3a5beab635_b.jpg

F91 Harrison
http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6107/6327478305_24a1b307c5_b.jpg

Epyon
http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6055/6328225938_613feb57be_b.jpg

G Gundam
http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6099/6328227174_232ddcb4fc_b.jpg

gamblor916
9th November 2011, 06:56 PM
Nice gundam pics! How did you get their eyes to glow?
I'm assembling my MG Fazz at the moment, I'll show pics when I get something decent together.

Vector Prime
10th November 2011, 04:52 PM
How did you get their eyes to glow?

The eyes are reflective foil decals, so a bit of carefully angled lighting. ;)

Stompy
10th November 2011, 06:27 PM
what size diameter are the beam sabers? i'm looking for one that would be compatible with 5mm peg holes for Transformers - specifically TFC Dr Crank.

The beam sabre effect parts have a peg size of just under 2mm. Basically fits a 2mm socket.

The actual hilts themselves comes in various sizes.

[EDIT]: Actually, that's the Average beam sabre peg size for 1/100 scale models. Even in the same scale some might have different sizes.


VP:
Ridiculously awesome pictures as always. Hope the build for those three was phenomenal for you. Those 3 are great kits. You got the light perfect to "light up" Epyon Gundam's beam sword! Love it! You should graduate into building a Real Grade and a Perfect Grade when the means presents itself. :)

gamblor:
FAZZ is a monster of a kit! It's quite old but still a fun kit to build. I don't have FAZZ per se but I do have standard MG ZZ.

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk269/StompBrother/Gundam/ZZCollection.jpg

Whenever I take pictures of a trio of the same mech in Master Grade, High Grade & SD, a friends comment always go into mind - "It's like a Pokemon Evolution picture"


Ex-S Gundam tops it tho! Big mutha!

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk269/StompBrother/Gundam/MGEx-S3.jpg

Vector Prime
12th November 2011, 12:14 PM
VP:
Ridiculously awesome pictures as always. Hope the build for those three was phenomenal for you. Those 3 are great kits. You got the light perfect to "light up" Epyon Gundam's beam sword! Love it! You should graduate into building a Real Grade and a Perfect Grade when the means presents itself. :)

Thanks mate. :)

Here are my thoughts on those MGs:

G Gundam - very basic but still a fun build, the only gripe I had was the little screws. I did however love the rubber parts used for the base of his feet since they're ultra grippy allowing him to be posed in various action stances and not topple over.

Epyon - this guy is a totally awesome build, the engineering and design is well thought out - I especially love his chain/shield weapon that can be extended and flex or kept straight simply by pulling out on each of the links. I highly recommend it if you haven't already got him.

F91 Harrison - I found him very fiddly and my patience was tested since he's quite small for a 1/100 MG (meaning the parts were all relatively smaller too).

Shin Musha MkII - a very enjoyable build and looks the goods once completed, but I hated the gold parts since I needed to pay extra attention when trimming them (since the gold cracks and flakes if not done properly)

As for RGs, I don't really like any of the ones released (so far), but the thought of an MG type build in a smaller scale doesn't really appeal to me since I'm predicting it to be quite fiddly (like the MG F91).

I intend on jumping on a PG in the not too distant future - just haven't decided on which one yet (plus I still have a ton of MGs and HGs to work through first).

gamblor916
13th November 2011, 08:05 PM
Here's the result of two afternoons of painting. I can't believe I have a blister on my trigger finger! And this is less than half of the parts!

http://img208.imageshack.us/img208/8628/img1779r.jpg

Vector Prime
13th November 2011, 08:30 PM
Wow... you're going all out with painting too - can't wait for the finished product mate. :eek:

gamblor916
13th November 2011, 08:51 PM
Yep I only have the one so may as well do a good job.

Vector Prime
15th November 2011, 02:33 PM
The recently completed, 1/100 MG A1 Zeta Plus:

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6093/6346662364_a7a2af94a4_b.jpg

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6106/6346661706_de7a5d2096_b.jpg

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6019/6346661150_dc5c11036a_b.jpg

gamblor916
15th November 2011, 08:20 PM
Nice pics VP! That guy was on my shortlist before I got the FAZZ. Bright orange and it transforms!

Vector Prime
16th November 2011, 07:59 PM
Spent the last few days building this guy... MG Sazabi:

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6226/6350158740_d4e5f440e1_b.jpg

Vector Prime
19th November 2011, 10:46 PM
The latest release (and completed) 1/100 MG, Sandrock:

http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6226/6362761563_83879293df_b.jpg

http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6239/6362759797_aeda03db43_b.jpg

http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6095/6362760577_8aaf37befe_b.jpg

Stompy
20th November 2011, 01:31 AM
Sandrock is still sitting on my shelf unbuilt but it looks absolutely gorgeous on every picture I have seen it in.

Just waiting on HeavyArms and the EW team is complete. Then time to bring in the "Custom" variants.

I love the colour scheme for Zeta Plus C1. That mould is just a little off for my liking in regrds to proportions. The torso is too short compared to it's long legs. The v.2 moulds are much better. Although Delta's grey scheme is nice and of course the Unicorn Delta Plus tops both of them.

MG Sazabi is a monster of a mech! I bet he towers over all your MG's. ;)

Vector Prime
20th November 2011, 08:45 AM
Yes, Sandrock is indeed awesome - I was so impressed by the pics I saw of him that I decided to build him first even though I have a pile of other kits which have been sitting around longer. :)

Sazabi is quite an imposing beast compared to the other MGs - he towers over everything in my display at the moment (and looks very nice next to Sinanju).

For quite an old kit, I found him to be an enjoyable build and only found his backpack/rocket launcher thingy fiddly.

I agree with your thoughts on Zeta Plus, his proportions are a bit off, but he still looks quite nice since his colour scheme separates him from the rest of the white/blue/red/yellow brigade. :p

I've also bitten the bullet and purchased my first PG - OO Raiser (since it's on sale at HLJ for $320 shipped).

Not sure if I'll build him just yet though - might tackle MG Seven Sword next. :)

Vector Prime
24th November 2011, 03:36 PM
My first PG arrived (OO Raiser) - had a look inside the box and wow... it looks very daunting. :eek:

Guess I'll just wait until I've built up enough courage to tackle building it. :p

For those not familiar with Gundam kits - it's pictured next to a 600ml bottle of water to give you an idea of how big the box is.

The figure itself should be around 32cm tall once completed.

gamblor916
24th November 2011, 07:19 PM
Good luck on that build, it looks like you're going to need it :eek:

Vector Prime
24th November 2011, 07:21 PM
Good luck on that build, it looks like you're going to need it :eek:

Lol... Thanks mate. How's the FAZZ travelling along?

Anyway, here's the recently completed, 1/100 MG Shin Musha :)

http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6220/6393698755_686e497f18_b.jpg

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7025/6393699795_1e713ff74e_b.jpg

http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6218/6393701757_10c25ea788_b.jpg

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7021/6393700823_9b587bc122_b.jpg

gamblor916
24th November 2011, 07:45 PM
Sharp pics as always VP! I really like the glowing eyes effect.

Here's my work in progress, the massive gun is probably the highlight of this kit. I'll tone down the shading to match the one on the bottom.

http://img687.imageshack.us/img687/5692/img1796x.jpg

Vector Prime
24th November 2011, 08:12 PM
Man, I wish I had mad painting skills like you... this thing's gonna be a work of art by the time you're done with it. :)

Stompy
25th November 2011, 12:55 AM
Looking good gamblor! Will be a sight to see when painted.

VP, a pity you got the regular Shin Musha. The special edition is pricey but it does have gold parts instead of that brown orange.

Enjoy that PG Raiser. Set aside a good 3-4 days for it. When I built it it took me 36 hours all up. You will not regret it. The price is justified. Unlike PG Strike Freedom which was really disappointing. Just don't do it in one or two sitting like I did. It's exhausting.

Pic below. PG 00 Raiser in the middle. Along with its 00 Gundam, Raiser and 00 Raiser HG, NG, FG & SD. Not pictured in the MG which was not available during the time of the picture as it was a full year ago when I took this.

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk269/StompBrother/Gundam/00RaiserGroupShot-1.jpg

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk269/StompBrother/Gundam/PG00Raiserclose-1.jpg

You are gonna have so much fun building it. Looking forward to what your thoughts are with the build and the playability.

Vector Prime
25th November 2011, 08:50 AM
VP, a pity you got the regular Shin Musha. The special edition is pricey but it does have gold parts instead of that brown orange.

I actually intentionally bought the regular version due to the fact that it didn't have the gold chrome parts - building the Mk II one annoyed the hell out of me since you had to take extra precaution with the trimming of the gold chrome parts.

I didn't like the glossier red paint finish or want the display stand that came with the special edition anyway, so it was an easy choice (especially when the regular one cost me less than half what it would have set me back to get the special edition). :)


Enjoy that PG Raiser. Set aside a good 3-4 days for it. When I built it it took me 36 hours all up. You will not regret it. The price is justified. Unlike PG Strike Freedom which was really disappointing. Just don't do it in one or two sitting like I did. It's exhausting.

You are gonna have so much fun building it. Looking forward to what your thoughts are with the build and the playability.

I won't be tackling PG OO Raiser till at least after Xmas since the gf will be going overseas for a few weeks, giving me ample time to work on it properly.

I am itching to build it though - contemplated starting it last night, but I know that once I start on it, I'll probably want to sit and finish it (or build as much of it as possible, to the detriment of other things in life, like work, sleep and the gf :p)

Cat
25th November 2011, 11:50 PM
I love the 00 Raiser, but happy enough with the MG, HG, and a few other versions of it I own (HCM Pro etc).

It's such a great design, but doesn't scale well in kit form. The MG is pretty fragile and difficult to pose. :/

VGMStudios
26th November 2011, 12:07 AM
I was contemplating if I should get the 1/100 MG Shin Musha cause I have the FIX version. Now that ive seen those images I think I might... painting him will be interesting! :)

Cat
26th November 2011, 12:48 AM
I REALLY want the special edition Shin Musha.

It's just so eye-catching.

VGMStudios
26th November 2011, 02:50 AM
I REALLY want the special edition Shin Musha.

It's just so eye-catching.

Do you have a link Cat?

Cat
26th November 2011, 03:30 AM
Do you have a link Cat?

http://www.hlj.com/product/BAN958211

This baby.

I am always just *this* far away from caving on it.

GoktimusPrime
28th November 2011, 01:21 PM
Apologies if this has already been posted:

http://www.gunjap.net/site/?p=27945

VGMStudios
29th November 2011, 12:24 AM
http://www.hlj.com/product/BAN958211

This baby.

I am always just *this* far away from caving on it.

OH MY GOODNESS!!! That is just beautiful! :eek:
Now I gotta add it to my want list!
I think I just *might* cave and get it.. haha.

Vector Prime
1st December 2011, 11:11 AM
OH MY GOODNESS!!! That is just beautiful! :eek:
Now I gotta add it to my want list!
I think I just *might* cave and get it.. haha.

Not really worthwhile spending the extra dosh if you intend on painting it anyway mate (not unless you want the display stand and the pain-in-the-behind-to-trim gold chrome parts) :)

Anyway, been working away the past week and have managed to finish assembling MG Astray Red Frame (http://www.hlj.com/product/BAN962047) and MG Seven Sword G (http://www.hlj.com/product/BAN971075) (been too lazy to take pics, but will do so when I can be bothered).

Stompy, you're totally right mate - Astray Red Frame is pure awesomeness! The build on him comprises of so many small parts, but at no point did I find them fiddly. Totally love the engineering on him - will probably get Blue Frame now (even though essentially it's pretty much the same build) :)

Seven Sword G was quite simple in comparison but was an enjoyable build nonetheless. I love the design of the circular joint connectors and the hollowed out areas where you can attach the LED units - just need to go out and get four of them now to light him up! :D

VGMStudios
2nd December 2011, 02:12 AM
well I paint my Gundams to get rid of that plastic look and all the seam lines. It will be the same colors. :)

gdmetro
2nd December 2011, 06:37 PM
Was bored so pulled out one of the gundams I got from HK last year as an impulse buy to snap some pics.

1/100 MG MSZ-006 Zeta Gundam Ver 2.0
http://i1025.photobucket.com/albums/y320/gdmetro/IMG_0268.jpg
http://i1025.photobucket.com/albums/y320/gdmetro/IMG_0271.jpg

Cat
3rd December 2011, 10:37 AM
OH MY GOODNESS!!! That is just beautiful! :eek:
Now I gotta add it to my want list!
I think I just *might* cave and get it.. haha.

You'd BETTER post a tonne of pics!

VGMStudios
3rd December 2011, 05:54 PM
You'd BETTER post a tonne of pics!

lol...when I get around to building it ans finishing it I promise I will. just for you. :)

Cat
4th December 2011, 09:08 PM
lol...when I get around to building it ans finishing it I promise I will. just for you. :)

Damn straight, sonny.

:D

Vector Prime
4th December 2011, 09:44 PM
The recently completed (sans decals):

MG Gundam Astray Red Frame
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7029/6452028703_8fea0d602e_b.jpg

MG Gundam Seven Sword G
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7020/6452029703_48d1366661_b.jpg

Vector Prime
5th December 2011, 10:03 PM
Some more stuff I completed recently (and not so recently):

1/48 Mega Size Zaku II
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7175/6459172309_55252e9061_b.jpg

1/100 HG Arios
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7149/6459174867_4a8fa2ee16_b.jpg

1/100 HG Vent Saviour
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7166/6459180095_ecba3c3a38_b.jpg

1/100 HG Kyrios
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7004/6459177537_ca739066fd_b.jpg

gamblor916
6th December 2011, 06:11 AM
That Vent Saviour looks very nice, I like that colour scheme. Considering that all the eyes are stickers the glow is very convincing.

Stompy
6th December 2011, 08:06 PM
I so need a better camera and photo skills. Those pics are gorgeous VP. Much love for Seven Swords and Red Frame.

Vector Prime
8th December 2011, 09:09 PM
Thanks guys.

Just finished this one off, 1/100 HG Blaze Phantom Zaku (Rey Za Burrel)

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7024/6476220439_417ceeeeae_b.jpg

Dkaris
9th December 2011, 01:20 AM
Anyone got any of the Metal build gundam?

Cat
9th December 2011, 08:41 PM
No, but I AM drooling over the metal build Freedom.

I do not like the all plated ones, like the upcoming plated Age-1. That heavy silver really doesn't work for me.

The metal look really does though.

Vector Prime
9th December 2011, 11:19 PM
Spent the last few days putting this guy together, 1/100 MG Gundam Deathscythe EW Version:

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7141/6481602831_ff08d18739_b.jpg

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7144/6481603611_ede3f096ed_b.jpg

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7008/6481604385_ac1d536539_b.jpg

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7032/6481605565_264fcffd9f_b.jpg

Vector Prime
11th December 2011, 09:00 PM
Decided to revisit a few favourites and take some happy snaps, enjoy:

MG Epyon
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7164/6491717583_ca12974e63_b.jpg

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7154/6491719125_f6678afe3b_b.jpg

MG Seven Sword G
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7009/6491721769_d57f3f8d63_b.jpg

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7157/6491720537_64faee6c64_b.jpg

Stompy
12th December 2011, 04:15 PM
Sharp Pictures as always VP. I adore 00 Gundam in all it's guises but I particularly love the 7 Sword/G Variant. I'll have to build mine soon!

Today arrived the brand new Gundam Extreme Vs for PS3!

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk269/StompBrother/PS3GundamExtremeVs.jpg

Pretty much every MAIN lead available and some sidestory leads like Red & Blue Frame Astray and Crossbone Full Cloth Version.

Fungal Infection
12th December 2011, 09:46 PM
Hey Stompy, lemme know what the game is like as I'm really interested in how it plays (I've been playing Dynasty Warriors Gundam 3 to death since I got it to try and get every mobile suit and character!!)

Stompy
14th December 2011, 01:03 AM
Hey Stompy, lemme know what the game is like as I'm really interested in how it plays (I've been playing Dynasty Warriors Gundam 3 to death since I got it to try and get every mobile suit and character!!)

It's an arena based mech fighting game. Usually 2 vs 2 but can vary to 1 vs 1/2/3/4 and any other combinations. Think Virtual On like mechanics with lots of wind-up and recovery with most moves to balance out their power and strength. With some long cool down or limited ammo on powerful weapon/attacks for even further balance.

You don't have to play it a million times just to unlock your favorite mech (like in Dynasty Warriors) as they are all available right from the start. There is a code available to download Hi-Nu Gundam but you will have to start a Japan/Asia PSN account to download it.

I really wish Hasbro would use this engine to make a really awesome arena based fighting game with the Transformers franchise. The engine's been around for a long time now since the PS2 games and PSP iterations. With a very awesome new IP spin-off on the GameCube called Gotcha Force (complete with transforming robots and combiners!) which I totally adore. Seeing my favorite Gundam mechs battle it out in HD in my lounge room is worth it.

It's like Smash Bros but of the Gundam Universe. It might feel a bit random and fast initially but once it clicks it's one of the best mech battle arena games you will ever play. Check out the extended trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pU2698eh2sk

Cat
14th December 2011, 11:19 PM
I REALLY need to start on my 1/100 Astraea F.

Absolutely love the 1/144, and am still kinda hopeful it might one day get a MG release, seeing the Exia is already done.

Vector Prime
15th December 2011, 11:39 PM
@Stompy - how is it playing it in Jap? Is it difficult to navigate the menus and follow what's going on in the story line (if there is one)?

I suppose for a fighting game, something akin to Super Smash Bros, button mashing doesn't really require clear English instructions. :p

Speaking of Hi-Nu... here he is, straight off the production line at VP's robot factory:

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7160/6515700453_6913d9aa20_b.jpg

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7030/6515699835_46a1849aa3_b.jpg

Cat
16th December 2011, 12:21 AM
I'm always amazed at how good you make a stock unpanel-lined kit look in your photos.

Stompy
16th December 2011, 01:21 AM
@Stompy - how is it playing it in Jap? Is it difficult to navigate the menus and follow what's going on in the story line (if there is one)?

I suppose for a fighting game, something akin to Super Smash Bros, button mashing doesn't really require clear English instructions. :p

The menu's are easy to navigate, there's a translation FAQ on the net, but really it's all basic and there's english on the main menu itself. It is just a fighting game with 4 buttons.

Jump/Boost
Main Weapon
Melee Weapon
Change Target

There's also extra attacks by combining Jump Boost, Main & Melee:

Boost + Melee = Special Melee
Boost + Main = Special Weapon
Melee + Main = Additional weapon

You can usually press up, down or sideways when doing most of the moves to produce different attacks.

Awesome pics as always. Not a fan of Hi-Nu or RX93. The latter I have which has a hilariously disproportionally HUGE head. I had to pay attention to your picture to determine what grade it was, as the HG is pretty detailed and with your photo skills, you can make HG and NG's look beautiful. The knee gave it away as an MG. ;)

Vector Prime
17th December 2011, 09:02 AM
Thanks Stompy... sounds fun.

Seeing as I don't really play video games much nowadays, probably will only pick it up if I can grab it cheap.

Vector Prime
18th December 2011, 10:41 PM
Much love for my newly completed MG Zaku II v2.0 - totally awesome kit and a vast improvement over the original - SIEG ZEON!

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7017/6530791333_832a77a9c1_b.jpg

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7033/6530792989_947113c4b6_b.jpg

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7024/6530793689_2a91a9e77a_b.jpg

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7006/6530790465_4e7440d4ae_b.jpg

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7016/6530792245_93a7489844_b.jpg

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7015/6530789551_73276cc73e_b.jpg

gamblor916
19th December 2011, 07:57 AM
Nice pics VP! You should look into the LED eye sets for these too.
Have you got a full armor unicorn (http://www.hlj.com/product/ban973138)in your stash? That one looks really interesting...

Vector Prime
19th December 2011, 08:19 AM
Nice pics VP! You should look into the LED eye sets for these too.
Have you got a full armor unicorn (http://www.hlj.com/product/ban973138)in your stash? That one looks really interesting...

Thanks mate.

I've seen the LED head kits you can get for these, but seeing as I have the LED GN Drive attachments for the OO Gundams and I hardly ever turn them on, I don't really see a point getting them. :p

I haven't got a Unicorn nor do I plan on getting the full armor one since I don't really like the look of it (too much white).

Apparently the Unicorn kit is also very flimsy and parts are prone to breaking - so it's an easy pass for me.

The massive weapons on the full armor version are very nice though :)

Fungal Infection
19th December 2011, 08:30 AM
Nice pics VP! You should look into the LED eye sets for these too.
Have you got a full armor unicorn (http://www.hlj.com/product/ban973138)in your stash? That one looks really interesting...

Ooooh, now that looks hot!!

Stompy
19th December 2011, 10:29 PM
VP:
I think that's your first dry decal applied?I went for Chars Zaku II in all his crimson glory. It's a wonderously engineered marvel that v2.0 kit. The smooth armor hides one of the most spectacular inner frame. Here is the identically inner-framed MG Gouf v2.0 with half the armor off hit:

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk269/StompBrother/Gundam/MGGoufhalf.jpg

Fungal:
Unicorn is a pretty spectacular kit in terms of engineering, but it is a bit ambitious, as with most v.Ka kits and is very fiddly and is not very playable in Destroy mode due to its fragile open armor. The transformation is an engineering marvel but it is difficult to handle as bits are loose and can fall off easily. I have the HD Unicorn with MS Cage still awaiting to be built and am considering the Full Armor version. Heck who am I kidding, I'll end up with it too.

Vector Prime
19th December 2011, 10:49 PM
VP:
I think that's your first dry decal applied?

Lol... yeah I don't apply many, not my first, but probably less than a handful all up - I just had to apply this one though, it needs the Zeonic emblem. :p

I went for Chars Zaku II in all his crimson glory. It's a wonderously engineered marvel that v2.0 kit. The smooth armor hides one of the most spectacular inner frame. Here is the identically inner-framed MG Gouf v2.0 with half the armor off hit:

-SNIP--


Yeah I went with Char's Zaku II on the v1 kit so decided to go a different colour scheme this time - not much a fan of the pinkish red colour though.

I enjoyed the v2 so much that I've just ordered the J.Ridden and S.Matsunaga version - also contemplating getting 3 x Black Tri-Star ones too :o

Gouf v2 is also on the list to get around too, but I'm hoping they release a v2 of the Gouf Custom (the one with the honking big machine gun)

VGMStudios
23rd December 2011, 12:21 AM
Im looking for an expert in all things Gundam as I have a question about the Age-1 Normal.
I want to paint the model I have of this gundam but I cant seem to figure out the inner shield. Of the pictures Ive seen, there are ones where the inner shield is all black,
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Ok2DKoCpGuU/TlUHy8YZNjI/AAAAAAAADkk/6_EKu1UW650/s1600/AG%2BAGE-1%2BGundam%2BAGE-1%2BNormal%2B02.jpg

then there are others where the tips are white and the inner part is black.

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6224/6286140525_b850ed16ab.jpg

So my question is, what is the "official" way? Its very frustraing since there are so many different versions of the same thing.

Thanks.

Vector Prime
23rd December 2011, 08:23 AM
Im looking for an expert in all things Gundam as I have a question about the Age-1 Normal.
I want to paint the model I have of this gundam but I cant seem to figure out the inner shield. Of the pictures Ive seen, there are ones where the inner shield is all black,
--SNIP

then there are others where the tips are white and the inner part is black.

--SNIP--

So my question is, what is the "official" way? Its very frustraing since there are so many different versions of the same thing.

Thanks.

I guess it depends on which grade kit you have?

The two pics you have linked to above shows what I believe two different grade kits.

They would naturally be different colours and slight variations due to the parts utilised in the assembly of it (as a result of the manufacturing process) - higher grade kits have higher number of parts and more intricate detailing.

As for what is 'official', that really depends on what your interpretation of the term is - the anime character model? Or the box art on the relevant grade kit?

I don't have an AGE-1 Normal (yet) but have the 1/48 Mega Size one on order and will probably get the 1/100 MG when it gets released, so sadly I can't shed anymore light on it, but maybe this will help:

1/48 Mega Size AGE-1 Normal (http://www.dalong.net/review/age/ms04/ms04_p.htm)

1/144 High Grade AGE-1 Normal (http://www.dalong.net/review/age/agh01/agh01_p.htm)

1/144 Advanced Grade AGE-1 Normal (http://www.dalong.net/review/age/ag01/ag01.htm)

Please note that there's still the MG to be released (due Feb/March)

gamblor916
23rd December 2011, 03:54 PM
I got some more work done on the FAZZ. A green led is installed in the boom stick.

http://img824.imageshack.us/img824/8219/img1875p.jpg

http://img80.imageshack.us/img80/3371/img1883h.jpg

http://img513.imageshack.us/img513/1820/img1885c.jpg

Cat
23rd December 2011, 11:13 PM
I have the 1/144 HG Age-1 Normal, the colour of the inside shield is your regular Gundam Grey.


That's the only version I own.

Stompy
24th December 2011, 02:07 AM
Im looking for an expert in all things Gundam as I have a question about the Age-1 Normal.
I want to paint the model I have of this gundam but I cant seem to figure out the inner shield. Of the pictures Ive seen, there are ones where the inner shield is all black,
snip

then there are others where the tips are white and the inner part is black.

snip

So my question is, what is the "official" way? Its very frustraing since there are so many different versions of the same thing.

Thanks.

Well there is an official "Color Guide" in the manual but it's in japanese. It tells you what colour and what mix percentage you need of the paint colour combo:

http://www.dalong.net/review/age/agh01/p/agh01_m0004.JPG

Unfortunately, I don't know what it exactly says as I can't read Japanese.

Vector Prime
25th December 2011, 04:47 PM
When boredom strikes on a Public Holiday and you're recovering from all the food/alcohol you had earlier, what do you do?

Take pretty pics of your recently completed Gundam - MG Sword Impulse to be exact.

Enjoy!

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7167/6567709637_b241e63f8c_b.jpg

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7008/6567710237_7455076ea6_b.jpg

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7029/6567711159_690613c298_b.jpg

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7025/6567711713_1c40b09942_b.jpg

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7018/6567712383_11b82c9385_b.jpg

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7031/6567713063_5a23988ba8_b.jpg

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7157/6567713835_0e6e27fcf1_b.jpg

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7022/6567714457_722f17c87a_b.jpg

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7160/6567715139_e763f6b53b_b.jpg

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7175/6567715841_f274290a45_b.jpg

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7017/6567716455_83f16864cd_b.jpg

Vector Prime
27th December 2011, 01:01 AM
Boxing Day Boredom = 1/100 MG MS-06R-2 Zaku II (Johnny Ridden Custom) v2.0

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7142/6575055153_e532de3f11_b.jpg

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7154/6575056119_0bd80e5a0f_b.jpg

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7175/6575056979_c767ec57e6_b.jpg

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7168/6575058073_7f4f2846d0_b.jpg

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7171/6575059099_4a4cb8fdec_b.jpg

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7011/6575060151_47de765d1b_b.jpg

....that is all.

gamblor916
27th December 2011, 08:58 AM
Those are dry decals right? They must have been fun to apply :D

Vector Prime
27th December 2011, 10:13 AM
Those are dry decals right? They must have been fun to apply :D

Yeah they are mate, they're not a lot of fun to apply - decals never really are, I guess.

I didn't follow any of the instructions or box art on where to apply them - just stuck them where I felt like it, looks ok I think?

I did botch up the one on J.Ridden Zaku's shield though :(

Btw, you might want to check out Hobbyco - they've got a post-Xmas sale on at the moment.

Received a gift voucher for Xmas, so dropped in there this morning and bought one item at full price and got the second for 50% off - these were Gundams, so not sure if it applies to other stuff too.

Stompy
27th December 2011, 12:50 PM
I'm glad you are putting on decals. They spruce up the look to make it look less solid and a little more mechanical with busier details.

The dry decals are easy to put on after practice. May I suggest that for bigger dry decals, you cut out the decal and then sticky tape it over the part it is to go on, then once secure, rub away!

Just watch out for all the decals and dry decals on ver.Ka kits. MG Unicorns decals took about 6 hours due to the decals not being cut right, while Sinanju's dry decals were tricky due to the rounded armor peices they are to be put on. Check out the shoulder pad's white stripes. Yikes:

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk269/StompBrother/Gundam/MGSinanju-1.jpg

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk269/StompBrother/Gundam/MGUnicorn.jpg

My backlog for Gunpla is ridiculous. I ought to take a week off and make about ten of them.

Vector Prime
28th December 2011, 11:11 AM
I'm glad you are putting on decals. They spruce up the look to make it look less solid and a little more mechanical with busier details.

The dry decals are easy to put on after practice. May I suggest that for bigger dry decals, you cut out the decal and then sticky tape it over the part it is to go on, then once secure, rub away!

Just watch out for all the decals and dry decals on ver.Ka kits. MG Unicorns decals took about 6 hours due to the decals not being cut right, while Sinanju's dry decals were tricky due to the rounded armor peices they are to be put on. Check out the shoulder pad's white stripes. Yikes:

--SNIP--

--SNIP--

My backlog for Gunpla is ridiculous. I ought to take a week off and make about ten of them.

Yeah, I've avoided applying all of Sinanju's marking decals - way too fiddly for me. :o

I think the decals look fine on some of them whereas I prefer the clean look on some others - Zaku's definitely need markings (due to the 'militaristic' nature of the 'grunts') whereas pretty show ponies like OO Raiser look fine without them IMO.

Yeah I have a massive backlog at the moment too:

19 x MG's
8 x HG's
1 x PG
1 x Mega Size

I'm sure you have more though :p

Fungal Infection
28th December 2011, 06:29 PM
Thanks to HLJ's recent sale, I too have a backlog:

HGUC Psyco Gundam
MG Crossbone Gundam
HGUC Sazabi
HGUC Nu Gundam
HGUC Hi Nu Gundam
HGUC ZZ Gundam
HGUC Unicorn Gundam
HGFC G Gundam
HGFC Master Gundam & Fuunsaki
HG 1/100 OO Gundam
HG 1/100 OO Raiser

And with Hobbyco's sale, I'm going to pay them a visit tomorrow as well..... :D

Vector Prime
28th December 2011, 10:52 PM
Completed this guy in a couple of hours whilst watching tv this evening - a very simplistic build, but man is he massive! :eek:

Mega Size 1/48 AGE-1 Normal
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7164/6587482589_4fd5c83ff1_b.jpg

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7015/6587483573_f4c1bbece4_b.jpg

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7003/6587484687_a7e07fa0c4_b.jpg

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7002/6587485765_caf3338747_b.jpg

VGMStudios
29th December 2011, 12:22 AM
Well there is an official "Color Guide" in the manual but it's in japanese. It tells you what colour and what mix percentage you need of the paint colour combo:

http://www.dalong.net/review/age/agh01/p/agh01_m0004.JPG

Unfortunately, I don't know what it exactly says as I can't read Japanese.

thanks for the link. Unfortunately it brings me to a Forbidden page.
I just find it hard to find official art work. never mind the model kits.
oh well guess Ill have to choose which one I like the best and go with that.

thanks for helping everyone.

Vector Prime
1st January 2012, 10:42 PM
My first build for 2012... MG RX-178 Titans Mk II v2.0 HD Version

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7003/6612045233_47423213c8_b.jpg

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7156/6612047157_9ae9fb6b59_b.jpg

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7023/6612049349_d399214b08_b.jpg

Stompy
2nd January 2012, 11:40 AM
thanks for the link. Unfortunately it brings me to a Forbidden page.
I just find it hard to find official art work. never mind the model kits.
oh well guess Ill have to choose which one I like the best and go with that.

thanks for helping everyone.

Try this:

http://www.dalong.net/review/age/agh01/agh01_i.htm

Manual section, top right picture.


VP:
What makes that "HD"version any different? Is it just a gloss finish on the plastic?

Vector Prime
3rd January 2012, 01:05 AM
VP:
What makes that "HD"version any different? Is it just a gloss finish on the plastic?

Yeah, it's just the gloss finish on the plastic and the chrome decals.

In hindsight I should have gotten the regular version since the HD version is a major pain in the ass in terms of 'perfect' nub removal. :mad:

gamblor916
3rd January 2012, 09:32 AM
You should invest in some sanding sticks like this (http://www.hlj.com/product/PROKK-50) for polishing.
Go from around 600 for rough sanding then finer grades (around 1200) for polishing.

Vector Prime
3rd January 2012, 06:29 PM
You should invest in some sanding sticks like this (http://www.hlj.com/product/PROKK-50) for polishing.
Go from around 600 for rough sanding then finer grades (around 1200) for polishing.

Thanks mate, but I'll probably only sand them back smooth if I intend on painting them.

My usual process is trimming the nub back and then using a hobby knife to slowly 'skin' it till it's as smooth as possible.

Usually can be done pretty quickly and successfully, but for some reason with this kit due to the hard gloss coating on it, it was a major pain in the behind.

Vector Prime
3rd January 2012, 06:39 PM
Second completed kit for this year, 1/100 MG Master Gundam:

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7033/6626605565_b6d9bbd185_b.jpg

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7010/6626607051_eafe4331c4_b.jpg

And with his previously completed Mobile Fighter G Gundam counterpart - God Gundam:

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7022/6626608319_7d1accb98b_b.jpg

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7145/6626610405_b35962982a_b.jpg

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7004/6626611987_3e705edecb_b.jpg

Vector Prime
5th January 2012, 10:46 PM
3rd completed kit for 2012 (and it's only the 5th of the month! :eek:)

MG ReZEL - quite a simple and unsatisfying build considering it's a more recently released MG, but it actually looks decent despite the lanky proportions.

Anyways....

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7016/6640738353_127d8bcfa6_b.jpg

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7168/6640739589_fac5ffd17e_b.jpg

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7151/6640740541_5aef6f2ae7_b.jpg

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7155/6640741693_c0fcc78007_b.jpg

Cat
6th January 2012, 12:30 AM
I wanted the ReZel for ages (regular MG, not the Commander), but the err......Gundam boner it sports kinda kills it for me.

VGMStudios
6th January 2012, 02:34 AM
Try this:

http://www.dalong.net/review/age/agh01/agh01_i.htm

Manual section, top right picture.


VP:
What makes that "HD"version any different? Is it just a gloss finish on the plastic?

Thank you Stompy! :)

Vector Prime
6th January 2012, 11:27 AM
I wanted the ReZel for ages (regular MG, not the Commander), but the err......Gundam boner it sports kinda kills it for me.

Lol... yeah true that.

When I first saw it, I was like WTF?

I guess that's why this guy fits into the Unicorn series - slightly different kind of horn though. :p

Cat
6th January 2012, 06:47 PM
Lol... yeah true that.

When I first saw it, I was like WTF?

I guess that's why this guy fits into the Unicorn series - slightly different kind of horn though. :p

Yeah, he's always got a convenient place to hang his towel, but geez...


*Seriously though, it doesn't seem like the best tactical design either, considering an enemy can just grab him by the crotch and rip him apart. (Yes that sounds wrong to me too).

Stompy
6th January 2012, 09:30 PM
I actually quite adore the MG Rezel. It's a tall mecha with an awesome waverider mode. Looking to pick up the Commander version eventually when finances soften. Excellent pics VP.

gamblor916
7th January 2012, 09:10 AM
Its getting there...

http://img39.imageshack.us/img39/547/img1935u.jpg

Vector Prime
7th January 2012, 10:29 AM
I actually quite adore the MG Rezel. It's a tall mecha with an awesome waverider mode. Looking to pick up the Commander version eventually when finances soften. Excellent pics VP.

Thanks mate.

Tbh, I only picked up Re-ZEL because it was cheap and on sale at HLJ - not really a fan of the design of it (a bit tall and lanky looking for my own tastes).

Its getting there...

--SNIP--

Seems like you're taking an eternity on this mate - looking good though.

I've just started on my first custom (painted, etc) - MG Zaku II for a group build comp over on the Gundam Australia forum. (http://gundamaustralia.com/forum/index.php?topic=2172.0)

Deadline is end of Jan, so it should be interesting to see if I can finish it (and not monumentally stuff it up) in time. :o

gamblor916
7th January 2012, 12:04 PM
Seems like you're taking an eternity on this mate - looking good though.

I've just started on my first custom (painted, etc) - MG Zaku II for a group build comp over on the Gundam Australia forum. (http://gundamaustralia.com/forum/index.php?topic=2172.0)

Deadline is end of Jan, so it should be interesting to see if I can finish it (and not monumentally stuff it up) in time. :o

Well it's fast for me :D
Just need to do the torso, head and little bits and pieces.

Can't see your pics for the MG Zaku II?

Vector Prime
7th January 2012, 12:32 PM
Can't see your pics for the MG Zaku II?

I haven't posted any yet.

The only pics I attached to that thread I linked to (which non-registered members can't see) are pics of the unbuilt kit - the time and date stamp on the pic is evidence that you haven't started the build before it was supposed to commence.

I'll put up some WIP pics when I have some, but I only commenced yesterday - just building the internal frame at the moment, so no real 'progress' yet. ;)

Stompy
8th January 2012, 01:15 AM
Its getting there...

'***snip***

Now that is looking mighty fine! Can't wait for the final product. Sadly, I don't have the skills or the patience to paint my kits. Keep on posting WIP pics.


Tonight I thought I'd chip away at my pile of shame. Since it's been a while since I've made a kit, thought I'd ease myself in with these 3. My pics are terrible but you get the idea...

HG Genoace Custom (from Gundam AGE):

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk269/StompBrother/Gundam/HGGenoaceCustom.jpg


HG Byaku Shiki (repaint of Hyaku Shiki, from Gunpla Builders Beggining G):

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk269/StompBrother/Gundam/HGByakuShiki.jpg


LBX Inbit (not Gundam but a Bandai kit, from Danball Senki):

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk269/StompBrother/Gundam/LBXInbit.jpg


Plus a group shot with the sugary sustenance of 40% Chocolate Cookies:

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk269/StompBrother/Gundam/GunplaNCookies01.jpg


Up next I might do MG Sandrock or HG Kshatriya (plus SD Kshatriya).

Vector Prime
8th January 2012, 02:49 AM
That's one big cookie!!! :eek:

Awesome way to ease yourself back into building Gunpla mate... a couple of HGs without too many dark colours so you don't have to concentrate too hard on nub removal to warm up first, aye? :p

That redecoed Hyaku Shiki is surprisingly good looking in the plain white - I like the look of the mech, but haven't been a fan of the chrome gold or bright yellow versions that he comes in on the MGs.

I seem to recall seeing a flat gold MG version somewhere but for the life of me can't seem to track one down to buy (may have been a custom or ltd ed event only release). :o

So next.... MG Sandrock or HG Kshatriya???

Me likes the big a$$ (for a 1/144) HG Kshatriya and am envious of you having it since I'm looking at getting one too :p (if they don't release an MG version soon).

Seeing as you're easing yourself back into Gunpla building, I would recommend probably the MG Sandrock as next to be built over the HG Kshatriya.

Sandrock is just not as repetitious or fiddly to build as Kshatriya even though it's an MG (since I've built one and he's awesome like most of the EW ones) and would be the next progressive step into easing yourself back into the building game.

Besides all those damn Katoki markings (which I know you love ;)), Sandrock is pretty fiddly and repetition free as he doesn't have all the same repeated parts like Kshatriya does (4 x binders w/ associated extending arms and 24 x fiddly funnels :eek: )

Actually, scrap what I said, you sat and built a PG 00 Raiser in one sitting, so you're a sucker for punishment and will suffer for your art and for the love of the build, so you might as well jump in the deep end - Kshatriya FTW! :D

Stompy
8th January 2012, 06:13 PM
That's one big cookie!!! :eek:

It's just a container. Nothing beats the Coles/Kmart brand choc chip cookies!

Awesome way to ease yourself back into building Gunpla mate... a couple of HGs without too many dark colours so you don't have to concentrate too hard on nub removal to warm up first, aye? :p

Busted. 100% correct. Although I still had to work the nubs for the grey and coloured parts. Easing in complete though.

That redecoed Hyaku Shiki is surprisingly good looking in the plain white - I like the look of the mech, but haven't been a fan of the chrome gold or bright yellow versions that he comes in on the MGs.

Hmm. The bright yellow version is awful. Not a fan of that colour used. Hyaku Shiki unfortunately can only be shiny gold. If you want a Hyaku Shiki that isn't gold, try MG Delta Plus. It's pretty much the same design but transformable. :)

I seem to recall seeing a flat gold MG version somewhere but for the life of me can't seem to track one down to buy (may have been a custom or ltd ed event only release). :o

Can you give me a link of it from dalong?

So next.... MG Sandrock or HG Kshatriya???

I think I will go for something totally different and build MG Delta Plus. I forgot I had that. Then again, Kshatriya... It's a thing of beauty.

Speaking of huge @$$ mechs, seen the HG Psycho Gundam? WOW! I've been meaning to pick one up, but always skipped it in favour of an MG. It's 40 cm tall!!!!

Fungal Infection
8th January 2012, 07:05 PM
Speaking of huge @$$ mechs, seen the HG Psycho Gundam? WOW! I've been meaning to pick one up, but always skipped it in favour of an MG. It's 40 cm tall!!!!

I picked up one from the recent HLJ sale and am about to start it tonight - I'll post pics when I'm done next to some of my other recent creations when I'm done.

Vector Prime
8th January 2012, 09:31 PM
Busted. 100% correct. Although I still had to work the nubs for the grey and coloured parts. Easing in complete though.


I do likewise too ;) Normally after building something that's given me the sh!ts with nub removal (special coating or darker coloured kits), I tend to build lighter coloured ones so that I don't have to concentrate as much.


Hmm. The bright yellow version is awful. Not a fan of that colour used. Hyaku Shiki unfortunately can only be shiny gold. If you want a Hyaku Shiki that isn't gold, try MG Delta Plus. It's pretty much the same design but transformable. :)

Can you give me a link of it from dalong?

It's the HD version: http://dalong.net/review/mg/m37s/m37s_p.htm


Speaking of huge @$$ mechs, seen the HG Psycho Gundam? WOW! I've been meaning to pick one up, but always skipped it in favour of an MG. It's 40 cm tall!!!!

I picked up one from the recent HLJ sale and am about to start it tonight - I'll post pics when I'm done next to some of my other recent creations when I'm done.

I'm not a fan of the boxy look of this guy or the colours - he looks kinda lame IMO... easy pass for moi.

Vector Prime
10th January 2012, 10:10 PM
Here's some WIP pics of my first custom - inner frame assembled and painted:

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7008/6672652317_7679f5ac47_b.jpg

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7149/6672654705_77bb0eb909_b.jpg

gamblor916
11th January 2012, 07:48 PM
Paint looks pretty good so far. A black wash would bring out some detail in the legs.

gamblor916
11th January 2012, 08:28 PM
I just stumbled across this site (http://ngtfactory.holy.jp/)
This guy is seriously good :eek:

Vector Prime
12th January 2012, 10:26 AM
A black wash would bring out some detail in the legs.

Yeah definitely mate, but to be honest, painting's not really my thing - just doing the inner frame has already pi$$ed me off monumentally!

Not even sure if I'll continue painting the exterior, might just slap it all together and maybe do some panel lining and stick the decals on and call it quits.

I just stumbled across this site (http://ngtfactory.holy.jp/)
This guy is seriously good :eek:

Yeah I've seen his builds - the amazing thing is that the majority of those are the smaller 1/144 high grade kits :eek:

Stompy
16th January 2012, 11:35 PM
The inner frame by itself looks gorgeous. Maybe just leave it like that.

Got some more kits today...

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk269/StompBrother/GunplaAcquisitionJan2012.jpg

From top left down:
- LBX 014 - Lucifer
- HG Beggining J
- HG Beggining D

Oh and that little thing on the right is just MG Full Armor Unicorn. Nothing special. ;)

Vector Prime
17th January 2012, 01:46 AM
The inner frame by itself looks gorgeous. Maybe just leave it like that.

Got some more kits today...

--SNIP--

From top left down:
- LBX 014 - Lucifer
- HG Beggining J
- HG Beggining D

Oh and that little thing on the right is just MG Full Armor Unicorn. Nothing special. ;)

I've pretty much given up on painting the Zaku - have highlighted some areas with a worn metallic look, added panel lining (using a Sharpie and Zippo lighter fluid) and will add some decals and call it quits.

Painting's definitely not for me - panel lining (using the above technique) though, is something that I think I'll be doing a lot of from here on out since it's quite easy to make them look right and achieve perfect lines. :)

Congrats on the FA Unicorn - maybe just build the weapons and attachments and put them on the existing Unicorn you have?

Personally I think the red colour highlights on the previous release looks better than the green.

Let me know if you end up doing this and want to hock off your unbuilt MG Unicorn from this kit, I'll gladly take it off your hands since the weapons and attachments don't interest me, but I'm liking the idea of (getting someone to) custom paint up a Unicorn in Titans colours. :D

Stompy
17th January 2012, 08:07 AM
VP: You know they have already made your wish come true. It's in HG form at the moment but a MG is inevitable. I present to you, Unicorn II - Banshee:

http://www.dalong.net/review/hg/h134/h134_p.htm

:)

Vector Prime
17th January 2012, 01:32 PM
Oh wow! Awesome - bring on an MG version! :)

Vector Prime
18th January 2012, 05:09 PM
After panel lining (using a Sharpie and Zippo lighter fluid), painting it and randomly applying decals (from other Gundam kits) to create the appearance of markings, I think I've finished.

It's my first panel lined and painted kit, so I know it's fairly rough and there's plenty of areas for improvement, but I'm fairly happy with the finished product.

It was made up for a group build contest with the theme being 'Ground War Grunts' - hence the dirty and militaristic look of it.

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7168/6718863907_8fb6a278d2_b.jpg

Hursticon
18th January 2012, 06:52 PM
@Vector Prime: I know didly squat about Gundams VP, beyond Voltron being my favourite :p, but that is an excellent 1st time custom _of anything_ that I've seen; well done mate! ;):cool:

gamblor916
18th January 2012, 07:05 PM
Weathering looks good on this guy, it looks like there's a bit of texture on the surface.

Vector Prime
19th January 2012, 07:59 AM
@Vector Prime: I know didly squat about Gundams VP, beyond Voltron being my favourite :p, but that is an excellent 1st time custom _of anything_ that I've seen; well done mate! ;):cool:

Thanks buddy! :)

Voltron? Isn't he a Transformer - one of those Gestalt things? :p

Weathering looks good on this guy, it looks like there's a bit of texture on the surface.

Thanks mate. :)

You can attribute the surface texturing to the crap paint job. :D

Vector Prime
19th January 2012, 08:00 PM
Here's some more pics (as required by the rules of the Group Build)

Front
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7029/6724788495_fdd97bc1f7_b.jpg

Back
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7014/6724792983_bb89c35578_b.jpg

Left
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7146/6724802003_9a6ecf8de6_b.jpg

Right
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7022/6724790293_910172d433_b.jpg

And a couple more for the hell of it :P
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7160/6724795555_467b47002d_b.jpg

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7156/6724797787_b0d4705b6a_b.jpg

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7142/6724800363_f0b38024de_b.jpg

gamblor916
22nd January 2012, 08:35 PM
I soldered together a simple circuit to light the eyes.

http://img862.imageshack.us/img862/8462/img1965d.jpg

Where things are at the moment. Just the front plates to go.

http://img265.imageshack.us/img265/7245/img1968fr.jpg

Vector Prime
22nd January 2012, 08:44 PM
I soldered together a simple circuit to light the eyes.

--SNIP--

Where things are at the moment. Just the front plates to go.

--SNIP--

Jeebus! Light up eyes?

Man, you went all out on your first Gundam kit, aye? :p

Looking good mate - looks like he could do with some more marking decals though? :confused:

gamblor916
23rd January 2012, 08:22 AM
Jeebus! Light up eyes?

Man, you went all out on your first Gundam kit, aye? :p

Looking good mate - looks like he could do with some more marking decals though? :confused:

Cheers VP :)
I had the gundam led eyes set already but I only used the bit that holds the led and has the socket for the head ball joint.
As for markings I've put lots of decals on all the outer panels but the inner ones I didn't bother with.

Vector Prime
23rd January 2012, 09:06 PM
VP: You know they have already made your wish come true. It's in HG form at the moment but a MG is inevitable. I present to you, Unicorn II - Banshee:

http://www.dalong.net/review/hg/h134/h134_p.htm

:)

Seems the Gundam Gods were listening Stompy. :D

Next releases announced today:


Bandai Hobby Division - March Release
HGUC 1/144 Juaggu (Price: 1700 yen)
HGUC 1/144 Marasai (Price: 1600 yen)
HGUC 1/144 Zaku [Desert Color - Yonem Kirks Custom] (Price: 1600 yen)
MG 1/100 Unicorn Gundam 02 Banshee (Price: 5500 yen)

[u]Bandai Hobby Division - April Release
HGUC 1/144 Nemo (Price: 1500 yen)

[u]Bandai Hobby Division - Planned For Release
MG 1/100 Buster Gundam, Blitz Gundam & Aegis Gundam


Source (http://gundamguy.blogspot.com/2012/01/bandai-hobby-division-march-april-2012.html)

Stompy
23rd January 2012, 11:22 PM
VP & gamblor:
Looking ace with the painted kits. Light up eyes! May as well go all out eh g?

VP:
Yeah it was pretty inevitable for a MG Banshee. It's the exact same mold with just a different "V-fin" and the arm mounted weapons. Looks like I'll have to get a 4th version of the mold. X|

MG Buster, Blitz & Aegis... I'm in for all 3, especially for Aegis as I love it's "alt mode" claw ship thing. Buster & Blitz are just awesome and elegantly simple & clean design.

Also, don't forget Real Grade Mk.II! Titan's repaint is a given. :)

Vector Prime
24th January 2012, 08:48 PM
@Stompy - more stuff to add to the ever growing backlog, aye? ;)

Have you whittled down the backlog yet (build anything lately)?

As for me, followed up my custom with yet more MG Zaku v2.0 love... this time, MS-06S Char's Zaku II - just a straight build with panel lining and decals:

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7001/6754208703_55e1f97285_b.jpg

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7167/6754160363_dbbc813cc6_b.jpg

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7011/6754183089_d1f386203a_b.jpg

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7161/6754166311_6f64172469_b.jpg

Stompy
25th January 2012, 12:17 AM
Yeah the backlog is HUGE! Although I started MG Delta Plus tonight and am 85% done. Just gotta do the wings and weapons. Will post some pics when done.

Your panel lining is looking sharp. I should look into that but it's extra time I just don't have. Zaku's are plain classics. Now that you are applying ALL decals, your finished kits just shine even more combined with your photographing skills!

Vector Prime
25th January 2012, 12:14 PM
Your panel lining is looking sharp. I should look into that but it's extra time I just don't have. Zaku's are plain classics. Now that you are applying ALL decals, your finished kits just shine even more combined with your photographing skills!

Thanks mate.

Panel lining actually doesn't take that long to do TBH - just gotta get the technique down pat and it's actually quite quick.

I use a 0.4mm Extra Fine Sharpie and then just use cotton buds dipped in Zippo lighter fluid to clean off the excess ink.

Apply more lighter fluid and rub harder if you want the lines to be lighter or you can just leave them dark.

Give it a crack mate. :)

Stompy
25th January 2012, 11:31 PM
I just might give panel lining a crack with the method you mentioned. I panel lined ages ago straight up with a gundam marker and it didn't look good at all as I wasn't erasing excess marks. Thick panel lines are ugly. I shall experiment with some HG's.

For now I finished MG Delta Plus! Also included is HG Delta Plus in waverider mode:

Excuse the junky pics. They are from my phone under light bulb light in the evening. -_-

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk269/StompBrother/Gundam/MGHGDeltaPlus.jpg

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk269/StompBrother/Gundam/MGDeltaPlusclose.jpg

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk269/StompBrother/Gundam/HGDeltaPluswaveridermode.jpg

Considering how big the HG version is in waverider mode next to the MG, I can only imagine how big the MG version would be. Unfortunately the MG transformation involves a little lego forming. Although not to the same extent as the HG version which was a total lego former with cheating parts added and robot parts removed.

Next up... Hmmm... MG Sandrock and the two Beggining Gundams (D & J)

Vector Prime
26th January 2012, 09:54 PM
Delta Plus looks good mate - just not a big fan of his colour scheme (a bit too bland for my liking, like Unicorn).

I've noticed that you're happy to put on all the little marking decals - panel lining with the technique I suggested takes less time than applying all them ;)

As for me, I finished this guy this evening after commencing it last night - MG MS-07B Gouf v2.0

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7005/6765014953_c609476a50_b.jpg

Just a straight up build with panel lining, very minor highlights and decal application.

Stompy
26th January 2012, 10:17 PM
Yep I'm a decaholic.

Loving your Zeon Signature pic. Updated as well. I do adore The Gouf and your look sharp as always. Maybe time to get the other Char custom Zeon mechs - Gelgoog, Z'gok, the other suits probably won't interest you.

Also, just read taht there will be TWO MG Banshee's. One ver.Ka and the other the OVA version. Version Ka will have a blue inner core while the OVA will be orange/gold. While I don't want to get both, it's always nice to display them in each mode together. DAMN you Bandai.

Vector Prime
26th January 2012, 10:27 PM
I'm slowly warming to the joys of being a decalholic :p

Gonna get me some Mr Mark Softer and then start practicing on applying the waterslides ones - might end up going nuts and doing a version Ka of something then. :D

Gelgoog doesn't appeal to me since it's quite ugly - Z'Gok I have in my backlog and will eventually get around to building, but I have another 5 Zaku's to work through first.

Despite how many of them I've built, I definitely have a soft spot for the v2.0 frame and it's by far my favourite MG kit, hence the reason why I don't get bored building so many of them.

Might tackle MG PMX-003 THE-O next as a custom with custom paint since I dislike the baby poo colour he comes in (after I build the 7/11 BearGuy for the gf that I promised her).

As for Banshee, I think the one with the orange/gold inner frame will be sufficient for me, unless the build turns out to be extraordinarily enjoyable. :)

Raptormesh
27th January 2012, 09:53 PM
Love the pics stompy! Need to get off my butt and start making mine.

Stompy
27th January 2012, 10:09 PM
Cheers Raptor! But the nice looking ones are by VP. Give him most of the credit. Mine are the ugly, grainy, out of focus ones. ;)

VP. Decals are awesome. I do enjoy the dry decals. I have tried the water decals but I think I need something to put over it as the decals can come off if touched. Is that the Mark Softer you are referring to?

Here's the two releases of MG Banshee:

The OVA version with the funnel and claw weapon and gold/orange inner core:

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Pe84KyHv7MY/TyDvpGSeoDI/AAAAAAAB2kk/T8WNzGFdO0I/s1600/11.jpg

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-671JITF82wo/TyDvooKvIlI/AAAAAAAB2kc/fTcKLueX6HM/s1600/10.jpg

And here's the ver.Ka with standard weapons and blue inner core:

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-q1HKOJmstcQ/TyAHtrXH-sI/AAAAAAAB2aI/aBqjgY32BCk/s1600/3.jpg

Yes. I will get them both. :/

VGMStudios
27th January 2012, 11:36 PM
You forgot to mention. The exclusive MG Banshee will light up!
I hopefully can get him.
http://bulk.destructoid.com/ul/23082-/01-noscale.jpg

I rather like this blue inner frame A LOT better then the orange one. :D

VGM out...

Stompy
28th January 2012, 02:30 AM
Ooh ahh. Lights up! No wonder there's those glowy shots everywhere. thought it was just photoshopped for effect. Will end up bumping the price up by 20% though, methinks.

Vector Prime
28th January 2012, 10:01 AM
Love the pics stompy! Need to get off my butt and start making mine.

Cheers Raptor! But the nice looking ones are by VP. Give him most of the credit. Mine are the ugly, grainy, out of focus ones. ;)

Lol... maybe he is referring to your pics Stompy? :p

VP. Decals are awesome. I do enjoy the dry decals. I have tried the water decals but I think I need something to put over it as the decals can come off if touched. Is that the Mark Softer you are referring to?

Yeah it's designed to make it adhere properly to the surface (I believe) - some of the other guys spray a flat coat on top of the decals to seal them in.

Gamblor's probably the better one to shed light on this as he has greater model building and water decal experience.

You forgot to mention. The exclusive MG Banshee will light up!
I hopefully can get him.
--SNIP--

I rather like this blue inner frame A LOT better then the orange one. :D

VGM out...

Ooh ahh. Lights up! No wonder there's those glowy shots everywhere. thought it was just photoshopped for effect. Will end up bumping the price up by 20% though, methinks.

I actually don't mind the gold/orange version.

As for the blue lighting up, I believe the old red one was the same?

Doesn't it glow under blacklight or something?

gamblor916
28th January 2012, 11:36 AM
Light up action? I'm there! I'm not feeling the head sculpt with the extra bits on it but this would look awesome in gunmetal with blue lighting.

Gamblor's probably the better one to shed light on this as he has greater model building and water decal experience.

Quoting myself:
I found that dry transfers while looking good are harder to apply because there's no margin for error. Though the thing is waterslides definitely go better over paint. It sticks a lot better and air bubbles are easier to get rid of.

Anyway here's how I apply waterslides. You need:
small brush
small dish of water
sheet of plastic
tweezers (Tamiya black coated)
decal solution (I use Mr Mark Softer)
scissors (I used Tamiya decal scissors)
soft cloth

Cut out decal close to design. Dip in water and set on plastic.
When decal is loose use tweezers to slide into place. Use cloth to blot excess water without moving decal.
Brush on decal solution making sure to get rid of air bubbles. You only have a very short period to do this, any more and it will destroy the decal.
Leave to dry, preferably overnight.

Vector Prime
28th January 2012, 08:29 PM
Built this guy for the gf - Ltd Ed Japanese 7/11 Exclusive, 1/144 HG Beargguy

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7149/6775182529_9e04ebdae7_b.jpg

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7013/6775185093_acb56d04a9_b.jpg

Stompy
29th January 2012, 01:05 PM
I might invest in this Mark Softer thing as I bought a water slide decals for some kits but didn't want to use them yet since my limited experience post application were horrid. My UC Hardgraph 1/32 Core Fighter lost many of its decals already. Now I just have to use the Softer. Thanks for the tips VP and especially gamblor.

I've researched a bit more in this light up business for MG Unicorn Banshee's. Alas, it DOES NOT have an electronic lighting kit inside at all. As VP mentioned, the clear parts have been treated so that under black/UV light they glow. Otherwise it's a massive conversion job to incorporate a battery compartment, lights and all those wires through the inner frame of a dense Master Grade. Not to mention it would have bumped the price up by 20-30%

Raptor, post pics when you are done. Even if they are crappy quality like mine. It's always nice to see and also prevents this thread from becoming the VP and Stompy gunpla show.

gamblor916
29th January 2012, 03:06 PM
Ah shame, blacklight is hardly the same. More like glow in the dark effect.
VP that Bearguy is awesome :D

Vector Prime
29th January 2012, 06:33 PM
Raptor, post pics when you are done. Even if they are crappy quality like mine. It's always nice to see and also prevents this thread from becoming the VP and Stompy gunpla show.

Yes, please do Raptor - the more Gunpla, the better. :)

Speaking of which, what the hell happened to the other OTCA Gunpla builders? :confused:


VP that Bearguy is awesome :D

Indeed.

I thought it was the most lamest thing ever when I first saw it, but then the gf saw it and wanted it, so I bought one and built it for her - turned out to be quite cool and endearing.

You should see some of the custom Beargguys (http://www.google.com.au/search?q=custom+beargguy&hl=en&safe=off&prmd=imvns&source=lnms&tbm=isch&ei=PgMlT-njA4eIrAfoq-iWCA&sa=X&oi=mode_link&ct=mode&cd=2&ved=0CA4Q_AUoAQ&biw=1024&bih=485) - totally awesome!

I especially love the Iron Man and War Machine ones. :)

Stompy
29th January 2012, 11:34 PM
Dunno where the other builders are. There wasn't much to begin with. I know blackie builds and afew others.

Bearguy's are great, I've seen those customs and almost made me want to custom one. Then reality set in and realised 2 things. 1. I'll end up terrible at customizing and it will just look wrong. Or 2. I'll end up doing a great job and love the process that I'll end up making every gunpla I make painted up and customized. I don't want to take either route because time is a commodity and I'll never get through my backlog if I have to spend 10 times the time to paint etc. So no custom Bearguy for me. Just regular brown.

Speaking of backlog. A couple of chips at the towers of kits. Two HG's:

HG Buster Gundam (HD version)

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk269/StompBrother/Gundam/HGBusterHDver.jpg

HG Age-1 Normal Gundam

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk269/StompBrother/Gundam/HGAge-1Normal-kneel.jpg

And here is the HG next to the AG (Advance Grade, it's really just First Grade).

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk269/StompBrother/Gundam/HGAGAge-1Normal.jpg

The Buster Gundam is just a repaint with a new piece for a stand and came with a bonus effect part that is way too heavy for the kit. It's meant to be a smoke trail coming out of the tip but it doesn't stay on and if it does it will just tip the mech over.

Buster did show how far HG kits have come though. This was one of the first SEED HG's which was when HG's started to really become more sophisticated and intricate, but still shows some age with simpler sculpted detail, easy build and parts that should have used coloured parts instead of a decal. In this instance the cheeks have orange decals. Compared to newer HG's like the 00 and Unicorn line, these kits have come a long way in engineering.

HG Age-1 was ok. It felt similar to the 00 HG engineering with a couple of new surprises here and there but nothing to make you go WOW like some of the Unicorn HG's do. What's even more impressive is how good the First Grade (or AG as they call it for this series) Age-1 Normal is. In case you are wondering, it's the one on the right in my pic above. The kit looks that good for a 5 minute build with many colours and no decals. I did cheat and used a marker to paint the knees black. Although, note that the legs are static. The only articulation is the pivot on the shoulders and head. Still, it's great that they can achieve that look in one standard HG size plate.

Vector Prime
30th January 2012, 03:40 PM
Nice work Stompy! Good job chipping away at that backlog.

Speaking of LED lit Unicorn Gundams, anyone want to attempt this? :p

http://youtu.be/AWZnQR2mIsA

BTW, any of your backlog that you've lost interest in and thinking of selling?

I've got a few that I've purchased and have lost the desire to build, so might be willing to sell or trade them.

Cat
30th January 2012, 06:36 PM
I've been lazy.

Still need to do my 1/100 Astraea F.

My flatmate did a HG 1/144 Geara Zulu yesterday. Looks good, but I still like the Zee Zulu better.

He also bought the RG Freedom, which I believe he's going to start tonight.