Archive for the Modeling Tips & Tutorials Category

Lightboxes, Fast and Cheap

Posted in Modeling Tips & Tutorials on August 1, 2009 by Knolly

I like my lightboxes like I like my women…

Lightbox1.jpg Lightbox2.jpg

The lightbox I assembled for the Exia review is shown above. I largely followed this tutorial to create the actual box. It is just an old Zappos box with three sides cut out and covered with tracing paper, and then I slid in a cut-to-size white posterboard.

The lighting setup is temporary at best… I have some overhead lights going, then my desk lamp shining from above, and then I hold the handheld light shown right next to the camera when I take the picture.

The results were great for the amount of effort I put into it… I just made it with things I had laying around and about 10 minutes. Good stuff.


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.

Continue reading

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.

(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…

Continue reading