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Model Gallery / Re: Geara Doga
« on: April 25, 2009, 04:10:42 PM »
 :D It doesnt take the holes to recognize it, I think after that Kampher competition this board had a while back I think we can all recognize that arm from a mile away. :razz:

Um maybe a shadow technique? Maybe sometimes refereed to the Max technique. But basically you would do an initial white base coat, then the second coat would be black and to get those highlights you just dont spray the black where you want them to appear. Look up shadowing or something like that.

Dunno does anybody have any other ideas?

Painting/Priming / Re: Primer on hands?
« on: February 25, 2009, 07:41:59 AM »
I would not worry about, Ive almost completely covered my hands and nothing is wrong with me, or at least nothing new  :razz:

Soap is good enough, and just use something rough to rub it off. I just get most of it off or at least the amount so it doesnt rub off onto things i touch and then just leave it on. Unless you have a problem with a little paint on your hands.

The best thing to do is gloves and using skewers to hold them. Yeah thinner is not a good idea, that is some volatile stuff. Maybe use just rubbing alcohol? ive never personally used it but should work and is obviously not bad for you, just use moisturizer after :razz:

Well I would recommend the harbor freights one, its cheap and good quality. I dont have the compressor but the airbrush is high quality I went from a $90 dollar airbrush to the fifteen dollar one, sadly the $15 one was better.

I was going to give you the link but then I noticed you already posted on the board. And then I noticed how you have been posting all this junk. Really man calm down, this board is so small that one topic is enough and just about everyone will get to it.

The spraycan versus airbrush debate. Ive answered these as well, i know they exist. With Spray cans you can get good results, even equivalent to airbrush. But cans are way easier to make mistakes with, dont have as much color choice, messy etc. etc. If you treat spray can like you would an airbrush with primer finishes etc. then you will get a good result.
And do not ask about the process of using spray can I know for a fact that there is probably at least two boards that I personally answered that explain it on the first page of the help forum

I agree with FF here. And am not trying to impede on his decision. And I dont like risk saying this but the "elder sages" to give them a humorous name are harsh here but for good reason. Dont let this discourage you from this board, I know the couple of times I have been corrected I was. But thanks to them and their attitudes we are given this great organized forum minus all the BS found in all other internet forums.

There are plenty of places where I will point out to look. First off the "Master Grade Tutorial" written by FF himself is the bible of modeling. Read it, worship it, memorize it. It probably can answer all of these questions. It it a little hard to find with the revamp of the website but just search for it, it is here somewhere. I have been meaning to send him a message about it but I assume he is already aware.

So if that article doesnt answer your question read around and will probably find something. especially if it is to do with the more basic aspects of modeling.

Because the question of remembering colors is a little abstract, though the answer is in FF "MG article" that is the purpose of using lineart as a color guide. You photoshop or any other method the colors of your planned paint scheme on lineart as to remember. Also just using the manual and making notes on the many supplied pictures should be enough to remember what color will be what.

So yeah, use these methods and you will be fine. Everyone here has one obligatory mistake. Or like me, a few  ^_^     
And moderators please dont think im stepping on anyones toes  :doh:

Model News Feed / Re: New PG Kit... Astray Red Frame?!
« on: February 23, 2009, 05:39:03 PM »
Your not the only one thats exited about the tang, haha poon-tang
The two blades are so elequently done, and that stand for the two blades is sweet... to bad I wouldnt ever let those swords be away from the Astray.

Jokes aside, from the looks of it you could do the full kit in clear parts, even if you bought two sets it wouldnt allow you to do both legs because they arent identical and would be need to be mirrored. So your out of luck on that.

Seeing some pricing estimate things from Ngee Khiong, I dont remember exact numbers but I think it will costing another $30 smackers for the gift set, and only comes to those who preorder in Japan. So either people should begin contacting local stores like Hobbywave etc and tell them to move their asses to order them, chances may be slim on getting out dirty little paws on it. Though Bandai has such a "reliable" history on exclusives. If anything a couple months after release we will see the "aisle strike" equivalent for this model

EDIT: thanks anchang for that information, I stand corrected. I was just posting what I read on Ngee Khiong and never use any other sources really. My mistake. At least this time my mistake makes this fact better news for me.

Model News Feed / Re: New PG Kit... Astray Red Frame?!
« on: February 23, 2009, 10:08:02 AM »
Well the katana kinda IS the astray. Thats its main appeal or at least selling point to the majority of  audiences. And for the fans whom are not obsessive mecha geeks this appeals to them as well. Yes it quite unrealistic blah blah etc. but ultimately i like to forget that in favor of katanas being awesome.

Who has seen the special gift package that will come to to people who order the
pg astray in a more expensive bundle?

Sorry if the link is wrong. Anyway, that is one awesome special set, another katana, multiple clear armor parts, a shield. I wasn't convinced about the astray until I saw this, and now i want it. Too bad there is not a chance that it will find itself over to america easily. Fingers crossed that Bandai doesn't keep it as exclusive as they are saying.

Painting/Priming / Re: Spray Painting
« on: February 19, 2009, 01:27:22 AM »
Sorry if the question was left lingering for too long. But not you are in danger, and all paints pretty much have the same warning. Yes, it is true that they can cause all of that. But think of it like this, all plastic bags from the grocery store have warnings to not put the bag with infants and can suffocate persons.
Doesnt exactly mean the bag is dangerous does it?

A little bit of fumes and spray is not going to hurt you. Especially in the short run. Of course if for long periods of time and without proper ventilation it will cause damage. But with proper precautions i.e. a face mask and good ventilation of the area you should have absolutely no worries.

Model News Feed / Re: New PG Kit... Astray Red Frame?!
« on: February 12, 2009, 12:11:11 AM »
Yeah Im quite conflicted with it so far. Cant exactly decide whether to like it or hate it. I have to agree that some parts seem "chunky" and not uniform. Also the head seems to small in comparison and set too far back. The chest looks really "bulgy" like the astray is sporting a big ol' barrel chest.

Yet sometimes it looks fine. To make a final opinion ill probably have to see what it looks like finished by a modeler. Or at least being panel-lined as some parts look so plain.

FF made a good point in saying that the colors throw it off, they are quite plastically.

In  my opinion its going to be a very pose-dependent model, in some positions lame, others great.

Or at least when the price is announced then I can make a decision. Though knowing Bandai the fact that it is a existing frame wont change squat.

Kit Specifics / Re: Unicorn Gundam!
« on: December 22, 2008, 04:41:58 PM »
I dont know of harder coats, maybe an actual model clear coat product. But what I am saying is that some of the parts are real held tight to each other, especially the thigh area. And with the thickness of primer+paint+finish they become even thicker therefore the problem becomes worse. Literally I believe that if I closed de-extended the thighs of my unicorn it would strip the paint almost completely. It probably can be done. But Im just giving fair warning that it is advisable to keep it in one form, or else you might be cursing when you see what has been destroyed

Kit Specifics / Re: Unicorn Gundam!
« on: December 21, 2008, 08:12:55 PM »
yeah a good amount of the pieces will slide across the inside. Especially in the thighs, and the chest. It would probably be recommended that you decide on a way to keep the unicorn, and not transform it after. It probably can be done, but to sufficiently protect all of the inside pieces would be very difficult as they all have a really snug fit.

so yeah, they most likely will scratch

Painting/Priming / Re: Thinning Paints
« on: December 05, 2008, 04:42:47 AM »
Well, yes thinning paints is absolutely necessary for proper painting. Assuming you have tamiya, the absolute best is to use tamiya thinner, or 91% iso alcohol is just as good.

But for us to help you any more, you need to post what method you are using to paint. What you are trying to paint. And a detailed description of what is looks like, or what your problem is with the paint.

Also their are many posts is the model help section which could be used as  reference, also fichtenfoo article "how to build a MG" will explain thinning, and how to paint.

Model In-Progress / Re: MG Hi-Nu Gundam
« on: November 23, 2008, 11:21:38 PM »
Ha I really like the kitbash, reminds me alot of the Sinanju. But i do understand the economic viewpoint. Too bad the b-club didnt have the more lengthy and pointed feet of most Hi-nu kits. Anyway, good job so far, and the only comment is that in my opinion the slender legs compliment the kit better. but yeah what do i know I dont have a kit that looks that good so far  :razz:

Model In-Progress / Re: HGUC 1/144 Nu Evo 5
« on: November 23, 2008, 11:13:25 PM »
What was this method for paint? Was it mostly handpainted?
the mods are nice. Just the paint seems a little blotchy in places. Also the ink is a little smeared here and there, but if you are doing a flat coat is should hide it well.
Keep up the good work, dio should be interesting

Model Gallery / Re: Duel of the Exias: 1/60 HG GN-001 Exia
« on: November 23, 2008, 11:05:47 PM »
Very nice work. And to the previous question, yeah the articulation is horrible for a 1/60. Imagine a 1/144 just made three times larger. Even though ironically the 1/144 exia has almost better articulation than the 1/60. I guess thats what you get when it costs about $50.

Model News Feed / Re: Bandai 1/72 VF-25F Messiah Alto Custom
« on: November 23, 2008, 08:39:19 PM »
Small question, i checked Dalong, and I just wanted a confirmation on it. It look like it, but are those water-slide decals it comes with?

AoZ Unlimited Competition! / Re: TR-1 Hazel Owsla/Primrose
« on: November 04, 2008, 02:32:17 AM »
wow I just developed a foot fetish :twitch:

But yeah you have patience of Ghandi like proportions.
But yeah luckily I was able to see the full pic, as I have an account.

To ezechiel or anyone else who wants to see it, all you need is a Yahoo account to see, and they are pretty low hassle to set up. Or Clee-cm you can get a photobucket account or something. But I say just let them get yahoos
But yeah, superb job. Im surprised you are not in a occupation somehow relating to this.


this is their faq, it says it usually takes 10-14 business days.
Generally what will happen is when they process the order they will send you an email with  the tracking number. Wither they will have a link or just the number. If it is just the number then all you do is go to or google fedex tracking enter the number and you will see it status.

Painting/Priming / Re: Spray Painting
« on: September 03, 2008, 01:36:14 AM »
You would paint them however you painted the colored paints. For you paint it, then leave them be for  a while to dry/cure. Then Afterwards you spray the topcoat.
Because you see, if you assembled it beforehand you are completely going against the whole idea of a topcoat, which is to protect the paint during assembly.

Model Talk / Re: Goodbye Gunota
« on: September 01, 2008, 10:21:14 AM »
What a sad day. Its depressing to see how many of the sites have been shutting down lately. We first had Peck then gunota. They were different yes, but still represented this hobby as a whole. Good luck to them, and my thanks for supplying news and services to a small of a community to ourselves.

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