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Model In-Progress / Re: Beargguy San Custom Ver.2.0
« on: November 02, 2015, 05:43:48 PM »
Thanks for the kind words! I was actually of thinking of making a scene or a small diorama showcasing the backpack being launched or something but I'll focus on finishing the actual kit before getting too ambitious again lol.

Another long overdue update!
The underside of the Wing Gundam shield part that I used for my booster was empty and anyone looking under could notice the hole. I used Evergreen styrene sheets to cover it up but I had to sand the exterior with a sanding sponge to match the rounded shape. I also placed the styrene pieces in a way that there would be a hole big enough to let it snap on properly.

The red piece that I took from the Wing Gundam shield serves as an attachment to the backpack. But leaving it like that even with primer and paint, it would feel and look out of plate.

I covered it up with styrene sheets that come scribed with lines already. My plan is to make that part look like some sort of heat sink unit.

That's it for now. Let me know what you guys think.

Model In-Progress / Re: Beargguy San Custom Ver.2.0
« on: September 09, 2015, 07:03:39 PM »
time for a way overdue update!

I have been having issues with finding a way to attach the wings to the backpack itself. A friend of mine suggested me closing the gap with putty and then sanding it off. Although I was not fond of that idea, it helped me finding an alternative.

I sanded and sawed off the interior of the backpack so that the surface inside would be a flat one.

I then added styrene inside like this:

and this:

to end up with a little box like this. I drilled 3 tiny holes in it where the future magnets will be.

Here I taped the wings on a piece of paper and marked the paper with 2 small black lines and used them as  a reference point for my protractor. The line ends up showing me where the middle of the wings are to better place my box. Note also that in the box I added strips of styrene to make it sturdier.

With the holes at the top already made and the box taped to the wings where I want it to be, I used my pin vise to make 3 additional holes to the wings themselves for another set of magnets.

And voila!

I was feeling a bit ambitious and wanted to add a bit more detail to the backpack...

so I used a small piece pre-scribed styrene to add a vent. It is bigger than the hole and also the backpack has a round surface. So I started sanding....

until it matched perfectly!

Final result!

I am really happy with how it turned out

That was the most exhausting, annoying yet fulfilling part of this project so far. The backpack is still not done. Mostly finding a way to cover the area between the two thrusters but the hardest is finally over.

Model In-Progress / Re: Beargguy San Custom Ver.2.0
« on: June 27, 2015, 06:20:32 AM »
I have been tinkering with the kit a lot. Since it's proportions are somewhat deformed,
getting the details close to the other robot I am using as an inspiration is tricky. I had
to do a lot of trial an error to get the chest pieces to the height I wanted them to be,
the upper torso. It is easier to place them a bit lower but that would mean that they
would be on the stomach, which is kinda weird. After a lot of visualization and drilled
holes, this is what I came up with:

Sorry for the blurriness but basically I used 2 pieces of masking tape that I placed next to
the grooves made in the torso piece. I used a pencil to draw 2 lines.

I used a straight pointy scribing tool to make a hole at the intersection of the 2 lines.

It helped serve as a guide for drilling the hole through which a paper clip piece would go through
and keep the chest piece attached to the torso like this.

Overall view.

I will drill eventually a second hole on both pieces to keep them from spinning but besides that
I think the chest aspect of this project is pretty much done.

Model In-Progress / Re: Beargguy San Custom Ver.2.0
« on: June 19, 2015, 02:14:34 PM »
Came down with something and I am planning to stay indoors all weekend. So I will try to get more stuff done on this project.

I am using the backpack of an old old Wing Zero 1/100 kit that I bought when I was in high school. Might have been the very first kit that I bought too I am not sure. Either way I never painted it and kept it for spare parts and well, today's the day! I drilled the top 2 holes for the Magnets that I will use later on. I put a piece of plastic tree sprue in the right hole because I made it too big.

With the magnets on. I used some superglue as well.

I need the backpack to fully cure in order for me to work on the wings next. So in the meanwhile I decided to work on a rocket punch. I used a paper clip that I unfolded and used a tiny drill bit to make two holes in the peg coming out of the hand and the other one the in the ring attached to the shoulder.

Here's a closeup.

Using one fully unfolded is too long as the hand is too far from the kit and the whole thing cannot stay stay straight up. So I cut it in half to use on both arms.

I am planning to use cotton balls for the smoke effect. I will probable make the smoke line a bit thinner and try to shape it.

Let me know what you guys think.

@Hunter Rose: as always thanks for the encouragement.

@sharkdog: You will forget everything you have seen. *Waves hand like a jedi*

Model In-Progress / Beargguy San Custom Ver.2.0
« on: June 13, 2015, 11:29:36 AM »
All right, as promised here is the WIP for my second Beargguy. I have one goal. Make him meaner. It will be a custom design based of a Japanese robot show that my brother used to watch.

I started doodling some ideas for the breast plate.

Cut it out and put them on the kit. I was not too pleased with the proportions and that shape would get in the way of the arms for posing purposes.

After a bunch of measurements and angle mods later I came up with this satisfactory shape.

Next up, the wings. Once again I started doodling..... Grid paper is awesome for coming up with new designs.

Paper wings were cut out for a test

Then I proceeded to cut the final shape on a sheet of pla-plate. I used a protractor to draw the curves with a pencil and a scribing tool as well as tool I got online to cut round shapes.

I made two to make the final product thicker. Batarangs anyone?

Cut out the pieces for the breast plates as well.

Two sets were cut to also make the final thing thicker.

I placed the protractor against the wing as such and the tool to cut round shapes on top of it to make my own panel lines.

So far so good.

I am in the process of making the boosters for the wings with random spare parts. This is what I came up with so far.

Model Gallery / Re: Beargguy San Custom
« on: June 13, 2015, 10:59:42 AM »
Thanks for the nice comments everyone! I am especially proud of how the white wash bring out the pink.
@sharkdog yeah I was too afraid of sanding the ribbon would affect the final appearance but turns out light sanding can be covered with future so I learned something.

Model Gallery / Re: Beargguy San Custom
« on: May 26, 2015, 02:12:05 PM »
As always thanks for the kind words Hunter. I will start the wip of the next one soon. Just need to gather some materials first.

Model Gallery / Beargguy San Custom
« on: May 17, 2015, 01:27:24 PM »
My latest project: Beargguy San. Since it is not for me we can consider it my first commission. The person to whom the kit will go to wanted it to be all pink. I was not thrilled by the choice of color ar first but turns out it was really fun to figure out.

Let's start with the feet. I used the panel wash technique with tamiya white enamel paint to fill in the grooves.

Here the feet are further more assembled. I used Mr.Color Fluorescent Pink for the feet and a custom mix of my own for the ankle guard. The inner frame was painted with the same tamiya purple I used for the base.

Here are the legs complete! I really like how that fluorescent pink brings out the kit.

The base completed. As you can see here, there are 4 small round points. I placed neodymium magnets that will line up with the ones under Beargguy's feet to ensure a sturdy standing pose.

Behold the almighty yet cuddly Beargguy San!

It does not show up much here but I also used white enamel for the panel lines.

I just like this photo. I don't know why but, I like it!

Close up of the chest. I used white enamel here as well but I went easy with the application process as I did not want it to spill on to the other areas.

Close up of one of the hands. Used enamel black for the panel line and a custom pink for the palms. I basically added white paint until it was lighter than the other pink shades.

The kit with the backpack ribbon.

The ribbon was actually a challenge since my friend did not want me to alter or change the color of the ribbon in anyway. It is made of a shiny pink plastic and I had no clue how to close the seam lines without using putty nor sanding. In the end I used thin cement and lightly sanded over them. The 50/50 tamiya future floor acrylic mix I use as my top coat did a good job at hiding the sanded areas.

Final pose!

My friend was very happy with how it turned out. It was a very fun project and I am thinking that my next work will also be a beargguy custom but one will be meaner :D.
Thank you for watching and as always comments are suggestions are always welcome!

Model In-Progress / Beargguy San, my first "commission"
« on: May 16, 2015, 08:15:58 PM »
Hello again! This time I am tackling Beargguy San from the second season of Gundam Build Fighters: Try. Also this kit once completed will be for a friend so in a way it is my first "commission." Enough chit-chat and let's get this show on the road.

I wanted to do something different than what I usually do with my kits. So I decided to make a custom base for this particular kit. Settled on a star design.

I was not  sure how to draw a star. A friend of mine suggested that I get a shaped that I wanted and put a piece of transparent plastic on top and redraw the star on the plastic. I cut a circle of pla-plate and placed it on top of a star image I found on the net and used my scribing tool to replicate the design.

Her's the result.

A long long time ago I bought a giant sheet of styrene. From it I cut 3 circles of the same size as the one from the image above and glued them together to make my base.

I want the kit to be quite sturdy once on the base. I drilled holes under Beargguy's feet. Two holes per foot, in which I put small magnets I got from K&J Magnetics.

Put a drop of red paint on each magnet and then placed the kit on the base where I wanted it to be in order to create reference points.

I drilled holes in the plastic sheet for later when the base will be complete I will put the other set of magnets.

Standing test. Imo it looks awesome :razz:

I bought a can of tamiya purple spray can to color the outside of the star.

Masked it.

Colored the star itself with glossy black paint.

To finally top it off with tamiya gold, also in spray can. As you can see there are marks left behind by the masking tape. I repainted those 3 times and the masking tape would always leave marks.

To remedy the situation I cut the masking tape down to the sizes I wanted and put them on an old t-shirt I rarely wear. I left them there for maybe 10-20 mins before using them. The tape was less sticky and therefore made no mess.

I want the palms to be a different color so this is how I masked the hands. There is a groove already so it will be ideal for adding a panel line later.

The ears of Beargguy are quite nifty since they can more and turn in a lot of angles. Unfortunately it also increases the risk of scratching your paint as you can see here. I repainted them twice and even with a top coat the paint would get scratched off.

That's the yellow piece that goes under the ear, in the head. I figured shaving the end just a little bit would make the ears go down a little in head and thus not coming into contact with any surface. No contact = no scratching paint off for the third time!

The person to whom this kit will go to once completed prefers to not have the gaps on the head like the kit was originally designed. At this point the ears are painted and ready. So I painted the two pieces of the head as such.

I filled the connectors in the head with white glue to make it more sturdy.

The pieces were put together and I used tamiya extra thin cement to join them together.

The next part required some outside of the box thinking. I put some white tamiya putty to fill the gaps

Sanded the excess off very carefully with low grit sandpaper.

Applied some primer,

Made sure to not go over the ears.

Here's the final result!

A clean head with no gaps.

In order to paint the eyes, I decided to go with the same approach that is used to color panel lines. Applied a 50/50 mix of future floor acrylic and tamiya acrylic thinner to give the head a shiny appearance. 24 hours later, with a paintbrush I mixed a drop of enamel black paint with zippo fuel and gently tapped the brush in the eyes, letting the paint fill them entirely.

Simple but effective.

Here are the rest of the pieces painted and ready for assembly.

As I was trying to put the arm together the piece here would not go it. It was meant to be like that I guess to make the poses possible with Beargguy sturdy. I made the hole it is supposed to go in to slightly bigger with a drill and that was not a good idea. It became too big and the arm would not even stay in. I added from craxy glue on the ball to add mass to it and after 3 tries it was big enough to go in and stay there.

The kit is done at this point. I will upload the finished product in the gallery soon. Thanks for reading.
As always comments and suggestions are always welcome!

Model In-Progress / Re: Astray Team Project
« on: December 16, 2014, 07:12:05 PM »
Managed to squeeze in some work today. I painted the interior of the green unit's shields with a gray mix that I had lying around. Figured that it would be a nice touch since the pose am aiming for will show the interior. Forgot to take a picture but I will add it later.

I did the final touch ups on the red's buster sword. I put some screws on the sword for added detail and I wanted to paint them in tamiya chrome silver. So I used a piece of tamiya plaplate that was lying around and tried several drill bits until I got the hole that was the size of my screw. I sanded it down to make it flexible and smooth.

A perfect fit as you can see here.

I used some left over masking tape to cover the rest of the sword and used the airbrush to go over the exposed screw and here is the final result.

I am really really on how this turned out. I just need to paint the white frame of Red and the project will be mostly over. After that it will be time to work on the base.

Stay Tuned!

@ Hunter Rose: You have no idea lol.

Model In-Progress / Re: Astray Team Project
« on: November 29, 2014, 01:58:43 PM »
Ladies and gentlemen!
My green astray is finally done! Well for the most part. There are some panel lines missing but I will wait until all kits are done to do them. Otherwise I am wasting too much paint.

The cool light effect from the eyes was unintentional but I like it. I built a light box made of wood and the lamps I am using are not that strong. That might be the reason. I was fooling around with my cellphone settings also.

Back View


I have already started working on the last unit, the red one. I have been focusing my time on the buster sword as it is my favorite idea for this project. Here's a quick teaser pic. :D

I have less time to work on this because of my new job but I am certain it will be done before the end of December.
Stay tuned folks, it's almost over !

Model In-Progress / Re: Astray Team Project
« on: November 01, 2014, 07:03:20 PM »
Thank you for the support you guys ! I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. Just gotta hang on.
Been distracted with a job interview so here's a small update on the green unit.

Finished painting the bulk of the pieces.

Close up of the chest.

I hate those shields so much. Can anyone guess why ?

Masking the gunbai was much easier than what I anticipated.

Next up, some white on the shields, legs and forearms.
Stay tuned !

Model In-Progress / Re: Astray Team Project
« on: September 30, 2014, 07:47:58 PM »
Way way overdue update >_>

I finished working on the pink unit for the most part. Painting the whip was "interesting".

I used one alligator clip to hold one end and I used small magnets on the other to keep it as stable as possible.

Here's the final result. I used Aclad II Silver for the rod and a mr.color custom gold mix i had laying around.

And the final unit.

Next up mister green! It's almost done, can't wait.

@ Will Vale: yeah it has a white balance setting but am still messing around with it. some of the pics come out as too unnatural for my taste. It is under a halogen bulb but i recently built a light box. Ill see how they turn out with it.

Model In-Progress / Re: Astray Team Project
« on: August 12, 2014, 06:23:01 PM »
way way overdue update.

The blue unit was the embodiment of bad luck. I scratched, dropped and did not apply masking tape correctly so many times it almost got depressing. Lucky for me I kept extra blue paint that I made in case I would have to do some touch ups.

First off the weapons:

I used Tamiya copper for the heat sink of the bazooka and the handguns. I also did the panel lines with Tamiya enamel black that I thinned with lighter fluid.

Here's mr. blue. Granted I haven't finished all of his panel lines but I figured I would do all of them at the same time when they are all built.

Next up, Mrs. pink.

p.s. I will be making a light box for better pictures. My lamp desk just doesn't cut it.

Model In-Progress / Re: Astray Team Project
« on: June 16, 2014, 10:06:14 AM »
Oh trust me Sharkdog it isnt lol. I learned my lesson big time. The next 4 will be a breeze.

Model In-Progress / Re: Astray Team Project
« on: June 15, 2014, 08:49:47 PM »
Thank you for the kind words Tuba. I will see this project through. I must. :D

First update after a while so here goes. I focused my efforts on the yellow astray first. I got distracted with a contract job and so I had to find something easy to do to ease my way back into this project. So I decided to work on the backpack. After painting it yellow I covered it with strips of masking tape and painted the gaps red and the result was this.

Quite happy on how it turned out.

In order to paint the thrusters seen in the above pictures I painted the inside with an orange custom mix I made a while back for an another project. Then I stuck a bit of blue tack in it and sprayed the outside in neutral gray.

For the inner frames on the legs the original section to painted are quite a pain to paint. I got discouraged but then I remembered reading on a forum somewhere that at the end of the day its your project, therefore only my way and my imagination should matter. So I decided to paint different areas of the legs in order to achieve that same effect.

I wasn't sure what to expect and I am quite happy with the result. Removing masking tape after a paint job is always scary.

The head game me the most problem as I started working on it i realized painting the back piece before it was glued in to work on the seam later was a mistake. I glued the two pieces together and filled the gaps with tamiya white putty for two reasons: white is easier to cover with lemon yellow and it is more liquid than the gray basic type.

Then came the sanding part...

Priming and painting ...

I had to sand again with low grit paper since the primer created raised edges where the masking tape was but I managed to hide the whole thing. I guess :unsure:

Here is the somewhat complete version of the yellow unit. The weapons will be added later since i think they might scratch the hand paint. Also as you can see the panel lining is not done yet. I experimented on scrap pieces first and I finally got it down so i got excited and started but the process wastes a lot of ink so I will do it when ill the units will be done.

Model In-Progress / Re: Astray Team Project
« on: March 12, 2014, 11:50:12 PM »
Thanks for the kinds words. It is much appreciated. We thought of the same idea minus the heating. I had totally forgotten about that. I just applied putty and sanded until I was satisfied. I will keep that in mind the next time I encounter a similar problem though.

I ran into a little mishap that I did not expect at all.
I applied liquid mask in order to protect the eyes from the paint as i would paint the head with the eyes inside.

Everything is going well...

The excess liquid mask was cut. When it was time to peel it away with tweezers the metallic paint came off with it leaving the Alclad Chrome under. In some other cases the Alclad came off with the whole thing. So i had to strip all of the eyes with Oxi Clean and restart again :doh:

I have decided to paint half of the head pieces, put the eyes in, assemble the head and add putty or thin cement to fix the seam lines and then finish painting the head entirely. Here are some previews of the colors to come.


I thought it would be nice to have the head vents another color to make them stand out more and that spot is a real pain to get done. I got me stumped for a while. I was going to use liquid mask but I really have no luck with that thing so I tackled the problem with the "easiest" solution I could come up with.

Years ago I would have called that masking hell but it was not too bad this time around  :D.
Comments and advices are welcome.

Model In-Progress / Re: Astray Team Project
« on: February 12, 2014, 12:33:18 AM »
Time for a long overdue update. I kind of became lazy but since I have a lot of free time these days I figured might as well see this project through. So here goes.

The complexity of the Astray head is mainly the main reason why i was slowly giving up. I could not figure a way to put it together, fix the seams while keeping the eyes and head sensor intact without having to deal with a very annoying masking job. One night it just hit me.

I put a masking tape over the sensor and went over the edges with a black marker.

The idea was to obtain this:

Which I then put on a piece of paper to obtain a template that I cut. By Having a handy template i can put as many pieces as I need and here is a little test fit:

Pretty satisfied with the results so moving on to the next issue.

This project is taking me such a long time because I have so many details to fix, think about and improvise. The base of my gunbai which you can is on the picture below was taken from a used pen. I though with primer and paint it would look ok but it has been bugging me for a while. So i decided to cover it.

I put masking tape over it

Used a red pen as seen below to know what size of pla-plate I would have to cut.

I then used crazy glue on one side

Then I realized that for the other side I bout have to apply constant pressure until the glue cure and boy I tried but it did not work. So i removed it entirely and applied putty which I sanded down.

I will have to go over it again to fish the little flaws but overall I think it was a good substitute.

Finally to give myself some motivation I decided to start painting the eyes and head sensors. I have used Ghost oh Zeon's technique because the end result is simply marvelous.

One of the 5 pieces sprayed with glossy enamel black paint

After 2-3 days of curing I covred them in Alclad II Chrome Silver

To finally spray on Tamiya's Clear Orange that was mixed with several drops of Clear Yellow.

Before I go any further I will spray on Future Floor Acrylic on the pieces to make sure they are protected when I will goofing around with the heads.

Next update will take less than 4 months.
Hopefully... :razz:
Comments and suggestions are always welcome.

Model In-Progress / Re: Astray Team Project
« on: November 30, 2013, 05:07:29 PM »
All right, this update is long overdue. I finished scribing and priming the base but since it has been ages since I worked on my spray booth, a lot of dust got stuck in the priming process and thus I have to sand the whole thing again.  :doh: I have decided to work on the kits some more in the mean while.

The Astray heads are a bit of a pain if you want to use masking tape on the face since it is small and one piece. In a previous step I showed how I sawed the face off. You can see all the pieces here.

As you can see here the faceplate does not go right under the red section unless I apply force on it, something I do not want to do since it will scrape some paint off once both pieces are painted.

To rectify the situation I have sanded the left and right top sides of the faceplate, the lower left and right sides of the red section and well as the top part of the chin.

Here, you can see I am using a leftover piece of the sprue tree from the ORX-005 Gaplant TR-5 [Hrairoo]. I am planning to use a somewhat similar technique I saw on "The Ghost of Zeon" webpage to give myself an easier time painting the face and overall the head by being able to remove and put back the faceplate easily.

I started by sawing off the chin

And slid the yellow piece under the chin and put crazy glue in every nook and cranny to make sure it stays in place.

I will wait 24 hours for it to fully cure and see if my idea works before I do it on all kits.
That's it for now but I will be back very soon  :razz:
Comments and criticisms are always welcome.

Model In-Progress / Re: Astray Team Project
« on: September 05, 2013, 08:26:32 AM »
Thanks for the kind words :)
So moving on with progress on the base

The styrene sheet I used for the base is very thin therefore very malleable. I decided to make some sort of underframe to make it more solid for easier transport and what not. Those are pieces of balsa wood I found at a hobby store that my girlfriend showed me. As you can see above I aligned the pieces first.

I made markings with a pen and put a nail right between those. One benefit of balsa wood is that you can put nails through it with just your finger.

Here I started to put the other pieces of the frame that I measured and cut to my liking against the nail of the previous picture. In order to avoid mistakes and keep the whole thing perfectly leveled I pushed the pieces against each other while they were both on my table not in the air. (Not sure if that makes any sense)

More assembling being done here.

This is the final result. I added small midbeams in the middle to support the individual stands on the units that will be on top.

An overview of how the wooden and styrene base will work together.

Now some of my other Gundams in my glass shelf move when am asleep. We don't have much earthquakes in Canada and I was told that my theory of my exhibiting telekinetic abilities in my sleep was insane  :lol:. So I decided to use magnets to keep my future works from moving. I drilled tiny holes under the feet of my Gundams and inserted magnets that I put in place with crazy glue. I then dropped some ink on the magnet and placed the kit on the base. The ink now transferred on the base serves as a marker to where drill the hole for the second set on magnets.

As you can see here the second set has been put in place. I used bigger magnets on the base to have a greater margin of error for when I'll be posing the units.

The base is now Almost complete. I will try to come up with some design or scribe some lines into it before it is truly complete.
As always advices and comments are most welcome.

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