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Model Gallery / Re: RX-78-2 Gundam OYW
« on: May 13, 2010, 06:05:44 PM »
Thanks CidHighwind

The big thing with the hydraulics was that they tapered, so putting a consistent sized tubing into them required a lot of careful hollowing. Plus, the whole assembly near the knee moves so I had the figure out a way to keep the tubing from popping out when the knee was fully extended. I ended up glueing little brass rods bent at 90˚ into the tubing to catch when they extend. Thankfully these parts are hidden.

It was my first mastergrade after a couple of 1/144 practice kits, having come back to the hobby after about a 15 year absence. I decided it was time to get an airbrush and I gotta say it makes such a difference in the outcome of the kit. If you have the means I would definitely recommend getting one.

My trouble with it was, I had stuck to the original plastic, and painted it.  Even with a thin, unprimed coat, the hydraulics would stick, and then would yank out of the socket when the knee was bent.  This was exacerbated further when, after a few sticks, the inside clip on the leg skeleton broke.  And then my cat ate the RX-78's chin/under mask.  So, I gave up a little short, finished the painting, put a few decals on it, and just called it a learning experience that could have turned out worse.  So, with that in mind, you made the right decision by changing it with rod, as, even having reinforced the sockets and bored out the slide, the hydraulics still stuck.

As soon as I can scrap up a hundred dollars, I'll invest in a nice airbrush and practice with it.  I dont want to paint my current project (MG Mk. II, 2.0 HD) until I can do it right, although hand painting wasnt bad, its hardly optimal, and takes forever.  Even if I have to use the damn-near deafening shop compressor I have with it.

Model Gallery / Re: RX-78-2 Gundam OYW
« on: May 09, 2010, 03:20:41 PM »
After having done that exact kit (as my first, as yours), I can agree:  The hydraulics are NOT to be messed with.  However, yours came out excellently, while mine... did not.  I needed an airbrush and a learning experience, plain and simple.

Model In-Progress / Re: G-System 1/35 RX-78 2 Ver Ka. - Comission
« on: August 25, 2009, 10:54:44 PM »
What would you say the total price of Model+Materials is on this project, on an estimate?  Your painting is literally flawless, to the point that I'm going to be embarrassed when I post picture of my work on my MG RX78!  The only gripe about the model is, yes the proportions do seem off, but theres hardly anything that can be done about it.  The most noticeable seems to be how narrow some chest parts are.

Also, hopw much does it weigh, and how well does it balance?

Model In-Progress / Re: look who finally came to my door
« on: July 27, 2009, 11:01:18 AM »
Well, 720p is doable with DVD, in fact, its what the specs are designed for.  However, Blu-Ray are always preferable.  Less disks, more extras; at least usually.

Model In-Progress / Re: First Gundam Painting started
« on: July 06, 2009, 12:29:17 PM »
What a coincidence!  I'm a 40K modeller/player who is also working on painting his first gundam (Its a little farther down the list).  Mines built, but I'm waiting on the paint to arrive here, as I'm using new stuff more appropriate to a gundam (after all, Citidel is mostly metal, flesh and leather colors)

Yeah, so the 'battle damage' is awfully strong.  I wouldnt call it damage, as that would have some type of scarring and burns.  Like this guy does.  However, yours looks more like its been sitting around for a long time.  Remember, gundanium alloy does not rust, so I imagine it would have that bare metal look.

Model In-Progress / Re: 1/100 MG Sinanju
« on: July 03, 2009, 09:11:37 AM »
Like I said on Finescale, I'm liking the look here, it's so different from my own but parallel at the same time.

Only $35? I spent $100 on Mechaskunk thrusters and addons. o.O  They look awesome, mind..

Well, one is made in the US and the other in China.  Theres gonna be a difference.  Also, I think with your 100$ you got more thrusters and  stuff than the EBay auction had.

Model In-Progress / Re: MG RX-78-2 Gundam OYW (first build!)
« on: July 01, 2009, 01:08:36 PM »
Had to take a break on this for a while, as I got called out to work on an emergency power plant shut down and was working double-long hours.  Also, it took two weeks (!) for the guy to ship my tamiya primer.  Right now, I have disassembled the entire model and it is sitting in a bath of 1:1 dilluted Simple Green.  I tested on various kinds of plastic sprues last night for 24 hours, and it seemed to do really well, without weakening the plastic, and I purposely tested on a sprue with injection lines that usually get attacked by chemicals.

Also, Ive been puttying in the gaps in the hands and feet that were not totally taken care of with cement.  Also experimenting with some minor mods to the guns.

I must resist the urge to buy a whole bunch of metal option parts from mechaskunk to fit on this.  I should just paint this one up, and finish it plain.  The next model, however, is gonna have some 'bling'.  I'm thinking of either the new Gouf, or the Gundam Mark II.  Well see.

No pictures yet, as there isnt much to look at except parts in a tupperware container, lol.  I know my model is boring compared to the masterworks seen from everyone else here, but I hope to get some feedback and improve with every model.

Model In-Progress / Re: 1/100 MG Sinanju
« on: June 30, 2009, 07:43:00 PM »
I think the brass looks perfect!  And I always love the metal thrusters.  I'm definately hitting up mechaskunk for my next model.

Model In-Progress / Re: MG Sinanju
« on: June 30, 2009, 02:51:24 PM »
Okay, that gun is absolutely unbelievable!  You should write up some guides detailing your skills and techniques!

Model In-Progress / Re: MG Sinanju Type Ka
« on: June 25, 2009, 02:14:13 PM »
Actually MM Brass is what's on the model now, see previous page. The bottom samples are from my Reaper miniatures paints.Antique gold and polished gold, respectively.

Oh, I see.  The new gold looks MUCH better.

Model Gallery / Re: Banpresto RX79G Gundam Head
« on: June 19, 2009, 05:40:37 PM »
Okay, I have to know, how did you do the purple upper torso?  Is it an extra detail part, part of the kit you spiced up, or did you kitbash it from something?

Model News Feed / Re: MG Gouf Version 2.0
« on: June 17, 2009, 08:47:41 PM »
Looks just right to me.  But then again, I dont like to see a lot of variation from the originals (unless its a custom, of course).  Not everything in a war has to be beautiful, it just has to work.

But yeah, there sure are milking the crap out of the Zaku 2.0 frame.  Oh wait, its no Zaku!

Model News Feed / Re: New PG Kit... Astray Red Frame?!
« on: June 17, 2009, 08:42:11 PM »
There havent been that many PGs (total) up until now, have there?  What, maybe a dozen?  Im not usre, I just know what I see on Hobby search and the like.

To me, it seems like the newer MGs are starting to catch up to the PGs in terms of quality.  Starting to get the complete inner frames, extra joints and hatches, etc.  Especially the new MGs compared to the old PGs, like Zero Custom.

Model Talk / Re: What's your holy grail
« on: June 17, 2009, 08:29:18 PM »
I would like to do a Nightengale kit (Char's counterpart to the Hi-Nu fromt he novel adaptation of CCA), but they dont have those yet.  A conversion would be possible, but well out of my skill range.

Otherwise, theres some rediculously detailed (G-System, I think) Nu Gundam resin kits out there that are both out of my price range, and skill range to do right.  That combined with the fact that I havent done a resin anything yet.

Model In-Progress / Re: G-System 1/35 RX-78 2 Ver Ka. - Comission
« on: June 17, 2009, 08:17:39 PM »
Holy crap, thats a LOT of resin!!  You must have to go through a couple jars of tamiya just to get it painted.  Beatiful detail work.  When you hand painted the details, did you have to mask around everything?

Also, the modle looks great on the internals, but its a shame it has very little detail externally.  Looks less than the average MG or PG as far as panel lines go.

I like it. I think that having too many panel lines just removes the fantasy from it. I think have the lines for the hatches is enough to give it some detail, but doesn't overdo it.

Yea, thats a great point. If you think of any hatch that is open, closed, there are tons of panel lines.

Yeah, I can agree with it that way, too.  Honestly, even from a realistic point of view, one hatch per "segment" would be adequate for essential maintenance on somethign like this.  Anything more would detract from the durability of the armor.

OR, you could look at it and consider whether it would be made from many smaller plates attached to one another (forming many panel lines), or if they would slide large single peices together (forming few, like this model).  You could even say, after first assembly, the non-essential panels were welded together and the lines buffed smooth before paint.  (Can you weld Lunar Titanium?  Lets consult Katoki on this one...  or not  ;) )

Model Gallery / Re: MG 1/100 Zeta Plus A1 Ver C
« on: June 17, 2009, 08:05:46 PM »
A nice one!  I've always like the tranformations of the Zeta, to me it means they put that much more thought into the design of the kit.  Although it takes away some of the inner frame detail, thats relatively minor, especially for the older Z and ZZ gundam kits, which many are.
One day, I want to do Zeta and Double Zeta myself.  I pretty much want to hit all the major gundams from the official series at some point.

Model Gallery / Re: MG RX-93-V-2 Hi-V Gundam
« on: June 17, 2009, 07:57:48 PM »
Looks like a smooth, well done model to me!  I, for one, like the greyscale paint scheme (although it makes the yellow a little out of place, but not much).  The Hi-Nu Gundam is one of my favorite models, along with its counterpart.  I prefer the Regular Nu, but the Hi-Nu is a much newer, nicer model kit.  The paint scheme gives a certain industrial feel, something more realistic.

Model Gallery / Re: MSA-0011-XXXX PLAN303E Deepstriker Perfect Custom
« on: June 16, 2009, 09:08:02 AM »
Very, VERY nice!  I cant imagine the headache of trying to get all of those large pieces planned out without collisions and have them STILL be able to move!  Honestly, to me, it looks like something out of the Armored Core series of games, rather than gundam.  That series is known for mecha covered in weapons and boosters everywhere.

Painting/Priming / Re: putty on color?
« on: June 16, 2009, 08:46:03 AM »
Yes, that works just as well.

Keep in mind that sometimes if its too difficult to get rid fo a seam line, its better to try to mask it as a panel line later on.  At least, it is to me.

Model In-Progress / Re: MG Sinanju Type Ka
« on: June 14, 2009, 11:25:54 PM »
If the model master brass is either of the bottom samples, then yes, it looks just like polished brass should.

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