My Gundam Models and Anime

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Sad, sad day here....

Im still surprised that things like this are still happening. I wake up this morning and head to work and this is the scene that I encounter when I get to the my car....

Some good for nothing morons scouted my car and decided that it was a good idea to steal my DVD player. The idiots did not have a clue on how to steal a stereo that they ended up stealing NOTHING. There was an IPOD in the freaking glove compartment and they diddn't notice that!! They broke my window and then broke the screen of the DVD player and left it there. You can see the bottom part of the DVD player sitting there and funny enough it still powers up and connects to the IPOD. That big rock was used to break my window and they apparently missed and they ended up hitting the door and the roof.

This kind of vandalism just makes me sick to my stomach. People work hard for their things and for some good for nothing people have to come around and destroy other people's property. I wish I could find these people, I would use that same damn rock and bash it in their heads. Now I am without a vehicle because I have to wait for the tedious insurance claim and they might fix everything but my DVD player since I allegedly have to get insurance for these kind of "Accessories". Oh well, I guess this is life, just the real life of a Gundam builder LOL, let's just say that karma will come back and bite them in the ass.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Building Tips - Removing Seams

The Strike Freedom rail cannons and wings are very tricky to paint if you want to remove seams. I try to remove as many seams as possible because I think it detracts from the model and makes it look.... well.... unfinished. Here I'll depict how I went through the preocess of removing the seams on the rail cannons.

First we start with the unpainted piece. The gold part in the middle has already been painted and panel lined. So the goal here is to get everything done without damaging the paint job on the gold part. Notice the ugly sheen on the blue plastic...

I separate the part a little bit and apply Tamiya Extra Thin Cement into the groove between the parts. Let it sit for a couple of seconds and squeeze. You should see the cement squeezing out from in between the parts. Let it dry for at least 15 minutes, I usually let it sit overnight to make sure it is competely dry.

Sand the glue away, usually people end up with no seam at all after this but for some reason I always end up with a little part that is not completely filled. You can use primer to see where the seam has not been completely filled.

I use Tamiya basic putty to make sure that the seam is completely filled. I try to apply a thin layer of this stuff running along the seam. You have to be carefull not get any putty on the gold part and also this stuff dries quickly so move fast. Again with the putty I let it sit overnight.

Sand away the putty and this should be your end result, notice the silver line next to the gold. That was a seam that had not been completely filled with the plastic cement. After this just mask the gold part and paint.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

MG Strike Freedom

Although I am a month behind when I wanted to finish this kit I am however getting somewhere. I finished the right wing and now I am working on the left. All the pieces that you see here are now awaiting their gloss clear coat. Hopefully it will be done by tommorow if not friday. I have left the guns for last because I don't know if I will be removing the seams on them since they are not that noticeable. I'll post completed pics when I'm done.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Reader Request - 1/100 Legend Color Chart

This is a request from, Subaruhess, a fellow comrade. This is the color chart for the 1/100 ZGMF-X666S Legend. Please note the following colors are from the Gunze Sangyo (GSI Creos) "Mr. Hobby" line of water soluble paints. The color chart will also be added to the sidebar. Please click on the color chart to see a bigger picture.

P.S. Any other color chart request please e-mail me. (e-mail address is available in my profile

1/100 Gundam Exia

My first Gundam 00 gunpla is finally here. I got the 1/100 Gundam Exia, I am quite surprised by the details that were incorporated into this kit. The articulation for one is MG-ish and it has lots of panel lines. The head is the only part that I noticed that is going to require a little bit of detailing since its entirely molded in white.

I'm still debating wether to build this one or the MG Destiny after I am done with my MG Strike Freedom which should be done in the next couple of days. I also got another Sword Calamity conversion kit included with the 2 Exias that I bought. Brings the count now to 4 Sword Calamity conversion kits.

People who have made color chart requests please hold on a little bit longer as I am still working on those.