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Model Talk / Welcome Tokyo Hunter!
« on: November 02, 2006, 08:59:16 PM »
My, what's this on my face... Its egg! Dang! ;)

You're welcome.

Model Talk / Welcome Tokyo Hunter!
« on: October 30, 2006, 09:05:26 PM »
Wow, looking fully sick, looks almost complete as it is. Oh, and welcome to the forum!

Model Talk / Malaysia Gundam Seed model competition 2006
« on: October 30, 2006, 08:58:09 PM »
Nice touch, music from the series. Dang, if I knew about the compettition, I would have gone to check it out. Thanks for the slideshow!

Model Help* (Check Stickies and Search First) / Re: Paint Questions
« on: October 30, 2006, 08:42:47 PM »
Not sure about the generic lacquer thinner... I usually save my Mr. Thinner to thin Mr. Color and use the generic stuff to run through the airbrush for cleaning... Keeps the cost more under control. As for your questions on Mr. Surfacer, they have been answered by a thread in this forum, and at swanny's site. Here's the link to what is in my opinion, the best english article on Mr. Surfacer I've read online.

Model In-Progress / PG Strike "Noir" colours
« on: October 05, 2006, 08:26:16 PM »
Most welcome, dude... I have similar problems with dust, it just forms like a layer at the end of every day. There's a lot of construction going on everywhere (The suburb I live in just declared city status.) so its something I suppose I have to live with for awhile. I've taken to storing all my assemblies in an old carboard box. Does the job, although i'd rather do away with the dust altogether. I'm just waiting for when I drop my first layer of future on and it gets speckled with dust... Then I will finally know the meaning of true joy. ;)

Model In-Progress / PG Strike "Noir" colours
« on: September 26, 2006, 07:53:44 PM »
Wow, man, Jin Roh is one of my favourite animations. I can't wait till you finish this. Its looking great so far and by all accounts, its going to look great when you're done. Great idea!

Model In-Progress / Foam Starship
« on: September 21, 2006, 11:25:59 PM »
Yeah, that's looking really good! I'm most impressed. I'm also very interested in that Renfoam stuff you use. Very pricey... Are there any substitutes? The local Art supplies store I go to sells this blue extruded polystyrene foam that a lot of my product designer friends swear by... I was wondering if you had any experience with that stuff, too. Great looking details in that starship! Post more pics, man... I'm sure I'm not alone when I say everyone would love to see your progress as you build this monster. It looks HUGE!

Model Talk / Modeling Style Preference
« on: September 21, 2006, 11:22:30 PM »
I chose Heavy modification, because that's really what I want to get in to doing now. When I was much younger, everything was OOB hand painted and then chucked around like they could really fly! "WEEEEAAAAUUUU!" Now that I'm getting back in to modelling thanks to 2 model kit birthday presents and this site, I'm more interested in realising my own designs.
I do CAD modelling, so I'm hoping that skill set will help me in visualising my ideas. Starting small with replacement articulate claws for my J9 Griffon this weekend, and eventually I'm hoping to move on to scratchbuilding this series of vehicles I modelled in 3D inspired by Frank Herbert's Dune series.

Model Help* (Check Stickies and Search First) / Re: Paint Questions
« on: September 21, 2006, 06:28:58 AM »
So there is! Funny, couldn't find anything when I did the search earlier. Must have spelt it wrong. Many thanks.

Model Help* (Check Stickies and Search First) / Re: Paint Questions
« on: September 21, 2006, 06:07:15 AM »
Just curious guys.... Has anyone used any of those "Faux Pearl finish" products out there? I've seen pigmentation powders and paint, and I was wondering how it looked on a model. Have any of you guys tried it? Its a relatively new thing to me (Everything is new to me now... Haven't done any modelling in about 20 years!) and I'd really like to try it out. I don't want to destroy my model with something I'm not too sure of, so I was hoping to share the experience with someone else. I'm currently constructing one of those new Griffon Aqua types, and I think a pearl finish on the curvy organic looking lines in its design would really be complimented by a pearl-like finish. Anyone have any experience with this stuff? Does it mix well with paint, or is it like a clear layer that you apply, like FFA? Any information would be most appreciated. Oh, and in case you have no idea what the hell I'm talking about, here's a link to one of the numerous companies who manufacture products of this type.

Thanks in advance. ;)

Assembly/Scratchbuilding / Anyone know Malaysian polystyrene suppliers?
« on: September 20, 2006, 09:16:19 AM »
Good idea, that. Unfotunately, the store is quite out of the way... Outside the city where I live even. Oh well, C'est La Vie. Looks like I have a bit of a drive ahead of me this weekend. As for the Pringles... Dang. I'm going to have to find something else to use as an ashtray now. Ah... The many uses of the humble Pringles can.

Finishes, Decals, and Weathering / Regarding shading using pastels
« on: September 20, 2006, 09:05:55 AM »
Yup, thats the one.

Finishes, Decals, and Weathering / Regarding shading using pastels
« on: September 20, 2006, 08:17:30 AM »
I've read about a technique using chalk pastels. It involves using normal everyday dishwashing detergent as a carrier for the chalk pigment. You basically mix your ground up chalk pastel pigments and mix that with dishwashing detergent ( clear, if possible) until it reaches the desired consistency for your purpose. Cheap, instant brush on weathering. Since soap is the carrier, if washes off with water if you make a mistake leaving your paint job undisturbed. Applied as a thinned panel wash, it lends itself to a new purpose.  Wipe downwards along your panel lines when its semi dry and you get pretty convincing looking "rain streaked" look. Pretty darn cool. Pity I can't remember the link. I'll post it when I do.

Assembly/Scratchbuilding / Found it. Finally.
« on: September 20, 2006, 07:38:51 AM »
Found a store in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia that sells polystyrene, the Evergreen stuff. Looks cheap too. Here's the address if anyone is interested.

Multifilla (M) Sdn Bhd,
No 1, Jalan 2/2,
Taman Industri Selesa Jaya,
Balakong, 43300 Selangor Darul Ehsan,

They have a site, too, with a listing of all the stock that they carry. Not just plastic modeller's supplies, but all sorts of Art/Design related equipment. The look a lot better than Nanyang or Venus Art for that matter. Anyone looking for polystyrene and other scratchbuilding supplies in KL, check out the link:

Hope I could help someone. Thanks again, zerobxu, I would have never found it if I didn't know to search for "Evergreen styrene Malaysia" on google.

Assembly/Scratchbuilding / Anyone know Malaysian polystyrene suppliers?
« on: September 20, 2006, 05:43:03 AM »
Thanks, a most prompt response. Judging from the links you sent me to, I think its pretty safe to assume that the architectural mock up modelling polystyrene foam is more than adequate for my needs. Right, back to work. Got to try and figure out how to give my J9-Griffon articulate fingers. ;)
Thanks again.

Assembly/Scratchbuilding / Anyone know Malaysian polystyrene suppliers?
« on: September 20, 2006, 03:48:57 AM »
Hi, first time posting here, freshly registered too. Right... I've done some looking around, and I've not really seen anyone mention what kind of polystyrene they use for scratchbuilding. I was thinking of using the stuff the architects use, is that what you guys are using too? I've read that it comes in rods, tubes and sheets, so I made a little assumption and bought a sheet to experiment with. Do you use any other materials besides polystyrene? I'd previously seen others using corrugated cardboard as well, but it looks a little iffy to me... No time to muck about with it yet, but the weekend fast approaches!
    Now, next question. I'm in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I'd notice a few of the other forum members are also from here. If any of you guys could help me out with locations for affordable scratchbuilding supply stores that you frequent, I would be very grateful. See... I've just gotten into modelling kits again, after about 20 years but I want to focus on customising the kits that I've acquired instead of just building and painting them. Any help on sources for these materials would be very much appreciated indeed. Thanks in advance.

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