Archive for January, 2009

The Best Places to get Gunpla in the US

Posted in Modeling Tips & Tutorials on January 29, 2009 by Knolly

I’m writing this post as a sort of PSA since I learned something new when I ordered my HG 00 Gundam.

Basically, I haven’t bought a non-brand new model in years. I believe the last three models I’ve bought are the MG SInanju, 1/100 Overflag, and MG Unicorn, all of which were pre-ordered and bought as soon as they were released. I’ve always stood by that RainbowTen is the cheapest place to go for models, and to some degree that is still true, so let me do a quick rundown for ya using a fun scoring system.

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Tool Review/Rant: Despruing Tweezers – My New Favorite Tool

Posted in Modeling Tips & Tutorials on January 28, 2009 by Knolly

I saw this on MicroMark one day and was interested as I had heard of something like this before… Some quick Googling told me some pretty good things, so I nabbed one.

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(Above image from MicroMark)

The HG 1/144 00 Gundam was the first model I used this on and I am so sad that I didn’t discover this sooner…

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1/144 HG 00 Gundam: Work in Progress – Redesigned GN Drives

Posted in Works-in-Progress on January 28, 2009 by Knolly

Hey, remember how I said I wasn’t going to do THAT much modifying?

Oops.

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So… Yeah. Originally I wanted to do a little mod on GN Drives just because the 1/144’s drives are horrifically basic looking… My original idea was to just find some way of adding little thrusters to the holes.

But then I decided that would be too easy…

So I decided to bring up a new CAD program (ANOTHER new one, if you’re familiar with my struggles with the GN Flag, haha) and give it a go. So long story short… I’m just going to be modeling and 3D printing a new set of GN Drives for him based on a combination of the 1/100 00 Gundam and the shots from the anime in which they show the drives in detail.

Obviously it has quite a ways to go… Well, sort of. It doesn’t have THAT far to go, but what has been done is really basic (mainly due to having to learn the program, haha), so we shall see how it progresses.

1/144 HG 00 Gundam: Work in Progress – Buildup and To Do

Posted in Works-in-Progress on January 27, 2009 by Knolly

So I got my 1/144 HG 00 Gundam today and slapped the guy together. He’s a hella nice model. I haven’t built a 1/144 HG in years but this was an absolute joy to put together.

Everything is just amazing… Detailed, very articulated, this kit is quite amazing. I’m not going to do a full review since it’s not a new kit and you can find these reviews left and right, but still.

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HOT DAMN!!!

Only tools thus far:
– Hobby knife
– Sprung cutting tweezers (My new favorite modeling tool… Gonna have a rant/review on this soon)
– .005 Micron Sakura marker for panel lining
– Metallic green Gundam Marker for painting
– Sandpaper

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Gundam 00 S2 Episode 16: Prelude to Tragedy

Posted in Borderline Unrelated on January 25, 2009 by Knolly

Spoilers ahead, obv…

This is a VERY dialogue heavy episode, so since my Japanese is rubbish I can only be so useful here… Enjoy the screens at least, haha.

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The episode begins with Hercules making an announcement to everyone in the orbital elevator that they are evacuating everyone not part of the coup d’etat.

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The Backlog

Posted in Works-in-Progress on January 21, 2009 by Knolly

Every once in awhile I like to write down what I should be working on, what I have sitting around not working on, etc etc, all in an attempt to figure out why I’m not really making progress on anything…

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Sinanju Bazooka: Group Order – Last Call

Posted in Gunpla News on January 19, 2009 by Knolly

Order placed for bazookas.  Thanks to everyone for helping everyone save a bit of money and I’ll let everyone know when I mail out your orders in April.

Last call for bazooka orders.  I’ll be placing the order later today.  As I said, I’ll see what I can do for orders made after today but can’t make any promises.