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Model Gallery / 1/48 nameplate diorama modeled by DC23
« on: January 05, 2012, 11:24:44 AM »
Just a quick sort of 1/48 nameplate diorama for my Facebook page. As my MAC ( laptop ) is busted right now and I do not have Photoshop to do graphics and edit my photos ( to look better - lol ), I thought of creating a quick really small base that would have my internet name DC23. This looks cool in Facebook and as I do not know anyone with the same idea, I thought it could be cool ( albeit narcissistic ).

The whole base is about 2 1/2 inches long and an inch and 1/4 wide. The figures are Tamiya 1/48 figs and everything was hand painted with Vallejo Model Color. It is important to note that I am so lazy to even apply Vallejo pigments for weathering, so all the washes and weathering are just plain hand painting and dry brushing.

Anyways here is a quick look on my very narcissistic and quick 1/48 diorama project...


DC23 diorama by donc0023, on Flickr


DC23 nameplate diorama (13) by donc0023, on Flickr


DC23 nameplate diorama (12) by donc0023, on Flickr


DC23 nameplate diorama (6) by donc0023, on Flickr


DC23 nameplate diorama (8) by donc0023, on Flickr


DC23 nameplate diorama (2) by donc0023, on Flickr


DC23 nameplate diorama (5) by donc0023, on Flickr


DC23 nameplate diorama (4) by donc0023, on Flickr


DC23 nameplate diorama (14) by donc0023, on Flickr


DC23 nameplate diorama (7) by donc0023, on Flickr


DC23 nameplate diorama (10) by donc0023, on Flickr


DC23 nameplate diorama (15) by donc0023, on Flickr


DC23 namplate diorama A by donc0023, on Flickr

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Model Gallery / Re: MG the O II Hauer conversion verDC23
« on: December 12, 2011, 12:38:57 AM »
@ ZLuca, oh I see... yes I have one of those books given to me by Toymaker. Influenced my build a lot, ending up with zimmerit patterns. :)

@ mvm3897, Oh no worries Matt! Thanks for the compliments! Hope to do a better job next year. :)

@ FichtenFoo , Oh THANKS A TON Master Foo! Your compliment means a lot! :)

@ Hunter Rose, Thanks a ton sir! Glad you like it! My fattest kit so far. Hope to make a bigger and better kit next year. :)

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Model Gallery / Re: MG Zeta diorama " NO MATCH " versionDC23
« on: December 12, 2011, 12:28:58 AM »
@ Hunter Rose, I would love to have weathered and battle Damaged the Zeta sir... but then again, the client wants it a bit clean. Thanks a ton for the compliment. :)

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Model Gallery / MG Zeta diorama " NO MATCH " versionDC23
« on: December 12, 2011, 12:10:52 AM »
Finished at long last!!!

I am proud to present my most recent work, the MG Zeta diorama " NO MATCH ".

This has been a very long around 10 months in the making project as I had so many distractions this year. You may remember this diorama as the desert Khaki colored hangar diorama a few months back. The client of this build is pretty strict actually, he tells me what he wants his dio and his kit to be. I had to revise or redo a few times during the build.

Having a unique client who knows what he likes and makes you redo certain parts of the build practically kills your momentum ( makes you slower ). However you are assured that he would like ( hopefully ) your work as he guided you throughout the build. The latest revision was to repaint the red parts of the big gun to copper. See older gallery here without the diorama.

Well at last this project is finished! The best part of commission works is ahead... getting PAID!

The instruction is to copy boss Eday's piston waist modifications and base most of the modifications on my PG Zeta commission work. The client also wanted me to do a diorama that is similar to my " Coup de etat " diorama that I finished 4 years ago. I think I did a fairly good job on the instructions and now I hope my client likes the completed build.

Enuff talk, now here are a few photos of my recently ( but old build ) completed MG Zeta diorama I entitled... NO MATCH.

MORE PHOTOS in my website as usual - http://www.dc23mecharts.com/2011/12/mg-zeta-diorama-no-match-versiondc23.html


MG Zeta diorama verDC23 (3) by donc0023, on Flickr


MG Zeta diorama verDC23 (17) by donc0023, on Flickr


MG Zeta diorama verDC23 (7) by donc0023, on Flickr


MG Zeta diorama verDC23 (15) by donc0023, on Flickr


MG Zeta diorama verDC23 (21) by donc0023, on Flickr

Thanks as always for dropping by! :)

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Model Gallery / Re: MG the O II Hauer conversion verDC23
« on: November 15, 2011, 10:07:34 AM »
@ Zluca, agree with the arms sir... I actually kinda copied your works with this one. Thanks for the inspiration!

btw Z... what is Kobayashi Hyper Weapon??? :)

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Model Gallery / Re: MG the O II Hauer conversion verDC23
« on: November 14, 2011, 09:46:50 PM »
@ Grail, thanks for the support from WIP to finish bro! appreciate it as the mood to do Gunpla was lost during the middle of the build... glad I have the mojo back! :)

@ Ezechiel, Thank you sir! Hope to produce a better one for next year. learned a lot from this build. :)

@ greebler elf, Thanks sir! :)

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Model In-Progress / Re: BUILD OFF: Toymaker VS. DC23 -MG The-O II
« on: November 14, 2011, 08:27:21 AM »
Thanks a ton for the tip and the support through the WIP.

It is finished! Here is the link - http://fichtenfoo.net/forum/index.php?topic=6459.msg66606#new

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Model Gallery / MG the O II Hauer conversion verDC23
« on: November 14, 2011, 08:16:16 AM »
First of all... thanks a ton to Kenny Lim aka Toymaker for making this project possible!

Before I start boring you with a lot of talk, here is the link to the summary of the work in progress of this project.

This is basically my entry for the Toymaker versus DC23 build off that I talked about in a lot of my older posts. The Toymaker versus DC23 build off is better explained HERE and HERE.

This was supposed to be my entry for the up coming Gunpla Builders World Cup 2011. However as I have won 4 times as Champion and 1 time as 1st runner up, I am basically disqualified in joining the Open category here in the Philippines since last year ( 2010 ). I will still be placing this link in my contest gallery though as this was originally planned for GBWC expert category anyways.

MORE talk and photos in my website as usual - http://www.dc23mecharts.com/2011/11/mg-o-ii-hauer-conversion-verdc23.html













Thanks for dropping by! Til' next post guys! :)

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Model In-Progress / Re: BUILD OFF: Toymaker VS. DC23 -MG The-O II
« on: November 12, 2011, 03:12:59 AM »
Thanks a ton bro! Okay will try to minimize the post shading! :)

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Model In-Progress / Re: BUILD OFF: Toymaker VS. DC23 -MG The-O II
« on: November 09, 2011, 05:59:29 AM »
Thank you for the compliments sir...

But honestly I wanted to throw it in the thrash bin after the salt technique. Just had to revive it with hand painting so not to strip the paint. Glad it was somehow revived I guess.

Thanks! :)

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Model In-Progress / Re: BUILD OFF: Toymaker VS. DC23 -MG The-O II
« on: November 09, 2011, 01:59:06 AM »
As I cannot compete at GBWC Philippines anyways, I figured their is no point of keeping my progress a secret. So I have here the most recent progress photos of my The O verDC23 WIP.

I made a huuuuugggggge booboo with the salt technique for the orange pattern a few days ago. The salt water reacted to my previous paint and I had to repaint the whole thing. I practically hand painted all the armor parts with Vallejos and weathered them with Vallejo paints as well. The internal parts were hand painted with Citadel bolt gun metal.

A blast of Tamiya smoke as post shading and a few Vallejo pigments should complete all the parts here in the photos. So this is far from the final output as I hope to improve the overall weathering soon. Tamiya smoke should also tone down the blue and orange as the color is a bit too loud for my taste.

More weathering to come but I hope you enjoy my progress so far... MORE Photos in my site as usual - http://www.dc23mecharts.com/2011/11/mg-o-wip-hand-brushed-and-repainted.html







Thanks for dropping by! :)

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Model Gallery / Re: MG Zeta verDC23
« on: November 03, 2011, 06:37:51 PM »
hehehe... Thanks man! Hope to do better on the next MG Zeta Karaba. :)

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Model In-Progress / Re: BUILD OFF: Toymaker VS. DC23 -MG The-O II
« on: November 03, 2011, 06:36:42 PM »
Thanks a ton Sharkdog! :)

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Model In-Progress / Re: BUILD OFF: Toymaker VS. DC23 -MG The-O II
« on: November 01, 2011, 06:42:57 AM »
Koto parts, insulated wires, koto parts, insulated wires... boom - finished! lol

Again I managed to squeeze time after dinner. I have finally completed and primed all the internals of my MG The O II build. Obviously I do not have the luxury of time, thus pla plating is totally not an option now. I just slapped on some koto parts, insulated wires and some more wires and koto parts to finish the internals.

I think it looks okay. I am actually relieved that the foot parts are descent looking. I was never confident on how I am going to pull of those parts until a couple of hours ago. Unfortunately much of the leg parts will be covered by the huge front skirts from the front and will be covered by the giant butt from the back.

My MG The O reminds me of the " Ents " in the Lord of the Rings, tall and lots of roots at the foot parts. lol

Actually I still need to cover the holes of the foot with a mesh, but this is as good as done.

I will be painting this with a flat black paint after maybe this post and will dry brush some silver / gun metal paints all over. Hope it looks good after painting. Anyways here are a few photos of my progress so far. Again pardon for not having photos of the unprimed internals and pardon for the messy work bench. NO time to clean up now. :)











Thanks for dropping by! Til' next update guys! :)

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Model Gallery / Re: MG Zeta verDC23
« on: October 31, 2011, 11:35:44 PM »
Thanks Grail! Why? he looks like a rockstar with a big guitar? hehehehe :)

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Model In-Progress / Re: BUILD OFF: Toymaker VS. DC23 -MG The-O II
« on: October 31, 2011, 11:33:35 PM »
Thanks Grail and Ezekiel! :)

Although I've spent most of my weekend guiding my daughter with her GBWC entry, I managed to squeeze in a few hours today finishing the torso and the head of my MG The O build. Maybe I will add a few holes as rivets in some areas but this is almost ready for painting.

I am rushing this build a bit to meet my self imposed deadline so pardon some errors here and there. Some unwanted glue marks should be fixed soon and will be painting this very soon. Obviously I did not put pla plates all over the armor parts like usual, but I did super detail the internals a bit with Koto parts. The idea is to have less details in the armors but over details in the internals.

The only problem with rushing is the fact that it is so much hassle to take progress photos during the build. So pardon me again for not being able to take photos of the kit before priming. Anyways, hope you like my progress so far... here are a few pics...

MORE Photos in my site as usual - http://www.dc23mecharts.com/2011/11/mg-o-torso-and-head-primed.html









Thanks for dropping by! :)

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Model In-Progress / Re: BUILD OFF: Toymaker VS. DC23 -MG The-O II
« on: October 28, 2011, 06:00:26 PM »
@ MGmodeler, Thanks man, not really brave... just got nothing to lose with this build so I might as well experiment. :)

@ Grail, thanks a ton bro! I always like it custom, glad you like it so far. :)


Now here is another update...

I am not really sure nor am I confident enough that I could finish this or my GBWC entry on time, as wifey just got hospitalized ( and still is confined ) and I have some serious brain wracking and schedule wracking seminars to attend to in the next few weeks.

However I managed to do some initial weathering to the major armor parts as I am alone in the house for a couple of days now. I just hand painted some silver paint chips along the edges of the panel lines and the curves of the armor parts. I then applied some Vallejo pigments all over the pieces and refined the application with dry cloth and some dry brushes.

After looking at the photos now, I think I need to add a few finer and smaller rust chips on the edges using sponge technique. I might all re-apply some more pigments to some selected areas of the parts. So this is basically far from finished but as always I just wanted to show you my progress on this build so far.

The highlight of the post should be the Keiko water slide decals. Although it is kinda awkward to point out as I am obviously selling those in my online shop, I was really happy with the quality of the decals as it was my first time to use them.

MORE TALK and Photos in my website as usual - http://www.dc23mecharts.com/2011/10/weathering-of-mg-o-ii-project.html







Thanks for dropping by! Til' next update guys! :)

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Model In-Progress / Re: BUILD OFF: Toymaker VS. DC23 -MG The-O II
« on: October 23, 2011, 08:36:14 AM »
Thanks guys, here is the bas color...

My original plan was to give my The O II build a weathered yellow color scheme. In fact I practiced and studied doing weathering on a yellow painted kit in this build and this build. But for some weird reason, before I was about to put yellow paint in my airbrush cup... I suddenly thought of changing the color scheme of my The O II.

I think I could still apply the weathering techniques and the pigments I bought to this color scheme. The effect might be different or even not as good as painting and weathering a yellow mecha. But at least I have satisfied my objective of not giving it the ootb yellow color scheme. Just too much modifications to paint it in ootb colors.

Besides, I suddenly felt and thought that painting another yellow mecha is going to be boring as I have done it before. Not really sure on how I am going to pull off this blue color scheme though, but I hope I could pull enough rabbits in my weathering hat to at least not waste all the scratch building I have done so far.

I painted this with Bosny flat black ( industrial spray can ) before airbrushing the custom mix blue. The blue is basically a mixture of Tamiya flat blue and Tamiya medium blue. I did a bit of pre shading and left some black spots along the panel lines.

I am very excited to decal this tomorrow and weather those textures with enamels, Vallejo paints and Vallejo pigments. Weathering blue should hopefully be as fun as weathering yellow. I have sealed the flat paint with a few coats of Pledge Wipe and Shine, should do a few more coats to give it a very glossy surface for the decals tomorrow.

Wish me luck guys! Now here are a few crappy photos showing the pre shading and the color scheme...







Thanks again for dropping by! Til' next update guys! :)

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Model Gallery / Re: MG Zeta verDC23
« on: October 23, 2011, 07:20:32 AM »
Thanks a ton Major! Far from a masterpiece though, but thanks for the compliment man! :)

Thanks for the tip MG... my bad, this would never happen again. thanks! :)

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Model In-Progress / Re: BUILD OFF: Toymaker VS. DC23 -MG The-O II
« on: October 23, 2011, 01:58:46 AM »
Thanks Grail! Thanks boss Z! honored with your compliment... will copy your works some more! hehehe

My MG The O II butt is ready for painting! I also primed the muffin shoulders and the boob armor part, as I will try to paint this after walking my dog today. An hour of walk should be enough time to let the primer and flat black base coat to cure ( not really but I want to paint already ). I will be airbrushing this tonight ( hopefully ) but will keep the color scheme secret for now.

I added lots of parts inside the interior of the huge butt. I basically used the spare foot parts to fill up the hole and lots of insulated wires. I also added a bit of details and holes all over the butt just to give it enough details. I think I could slap on more pla plates, detailing parts and wires to the butt, however I decided to move on and prime the whole shebang already.

I still need to detail up the underneath side of the butt, however will do that once I painted the armor parts. This build is going to be weathered as usual and can't wait to try my new Vallejo pigments to the parts. Now here are a few photos of the parts that are ready for air brushing tonight!

MORE talk and photos in my website as usual - http://www.dc23mecharts.com/2011/10/mg-o-ii-butt-ready-for-painting.html







Feel free to drop some criticisms and comments guys... I don't get much crits I might be doing something consistently bad, I need them those crits. Thanks as always for dropping by! Til' next update guys! :)

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