Archive for February, 2009

Storage space aquired…

Saw it in Staples on the way back from work and figured it would be perfect. Turns out, it is! Now I just have to hope my collection doesn’t continue to grow at such a rapid rate!

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(The wooden box is typically where I keep unused weapons/beams/ect)

No Hyaku-Shiki today, so hopefully it arrives Monday. Haven’t received shipping confirmation for the White Unicorn, either.

Patience!

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Just a brief update concerning Sinanju

Turns out you have to really push those legs in there until you hear a pop. None of my other MG kits were like that, so when I stuck them in there I figured it was business as usual. Now he stands nice and solid and can pose like a champ!

Thanks goes to Z for telling me.

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Oops.

I’ve gone and ordered the MSZ-006-3 Zeta Gundam (Also known as White Unicorn Zeta, Amuro Ray’s unit). The ‘Limited Edition’ part swayed me, in addition to the desire to have something to sit opposite the Hyaku-Shiki.

Hopefully it’s the last gunpla I buy before PG Red Frame. :P You can expect me to start it some time next week.

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Have you ever…

Had a rather poor day and found yourself buying something just to take your mind off things?

I suspect around Saturday or Monday next week a shiny new HD Color version of the MSN-00100 will be arriving at my door, along with three action bases (Unicorn and Sinanju versions and a black one). With the release of the PG Red Frame now back at the tail end of March I feel like I need another little project to keep me busy. I’m curious to see if it’s like the EXF versions that have been released (same molds, different colors) or if they’ve done anything new with the Hyaku Shiki that came out in March of 2001. Honestly, I’m expecting the kit to be the same as it’s 2001 counterpart (12-13 runners, POLYCAAAAAPS) but the Type-100 is so awesome it doesn’t matter much. 2001 molds confirmed, which I’m fine with.

If I wind up getting impatient then I can see myself ordering the Zeta gundam to go along with it. It’s getting to the point where I really should invest in a display case or something to keep these things in since I have a handful of models that are actually sitting in their boxes right now due to a lack of room.

Which makes me think…

I know a lot of people who build gunpla seem to wind up with a backlog of some sort of kits that need building, some more severe than others. What causes that? So far, the closest I’ve gotten to a backlog is when Sinanju and Unicorn arrived together. Is it just finding a good deal on some kits all within a short period of time, buying a bunch of suits that you like since you know you’re going to build them all eventually anyway or something else? I don’t think a backlog is necessarily a bad thing (at least you’ll be busy) but I can definitely see it playing a role in getting burned out quick when you have this pile of models sitting around unbuilt. So what’s the story, how did you end up with all those models sitting around waiting to be built?

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Playing Around – Unicorn and Sinanju Review

Update 6/29/09: New review (along with much more recent progress and pictures) can be found here and here.

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Big and bad, my fourth and fifth (respectively) MG kits are the biggest and definitely the most challenging models that I’ve done yet. Honestly after these two I feel like I could handle a PG kit without many issues. While I had some fun with them (you’ll see in a bit), I feel like the potential for posing with these kits will skyrocket once I get around to ordering action bases for them. As it stands, I’m slightly limited in what I can do with them. Regardless though, here are some pictures and my (mostly) final thoughts.

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wip – Almost done!

Pounded out the last of the painting this afternoon, so the construction went fairly quickly until I hit the shield, which wound up sucking down a lot of time (and will still claim more since it really needs touched up) and making the finishing steps take a lot longer.

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wip – the fruits of day one…

I wound up starting Sinanju last night around 4am and getting the chest and and head completed before going to bed 7am. Three hours for two pieces seems like an awfully long time, but I have a legitimate excuse. Work resumed around 2pm, stopped from 7pm to 10pm and carried on from then until about an hour ago..

The Unicorn review will be put off until I finish Sinanju, just so I can have some fun with being able to pose both of them.

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WIP – Just kidding, I finished!

I finished with the RX-0 Unicorn Gundam. This was the first time I’ve had to space out the construction of a gundam over a few days, but with this model (and the Sinanju, I’m sure) I think it was for the best I didn’t try to do all those stickers and decals in one sitting. It was enough of a pain to get them done as I went, which wound up holding up the construction of things sometimes.

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WIP – Day Two

Analysis so far: I hate stickers and dry transfers. Still.

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WIP – 4 Hours Later…

I’ve only hit two one roadbumps so far, so the model has been going at a decent pace. I can tell that if I didn’t have to stop to apply decals I would probably have at least both arms done by now, but I think this kit really looks it’s best when all the stickers and decals are applied. Mine might not look the best (there are a few that are driving me insane) but it’s definitely better than leaving it bare. Originally I had wanted to paint the psychoframe a metallic blue color, but the paint that I had purchase wasn’t behaving like I had hoped so I just left it alone. Practicing techniques is something for a 1/144 or 1/100 NG, not a 80$ MG, you know? I kind of slacked on taking pictures since I was so excited to build this, but I will remember to take more tomorrow while working on it.

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