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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 / 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 / Astray Team Project
« on: January 31, 2013, 02:21:07 PM »
So for the past year or so I have been working on an SD Astray team project but with work, graduating this semester and me being lazy it progressed slowly. But hopefully I can finish it this summer. So let's get started shall we.
The plan is to have 5 Astrays with a different color scheme and weapons for each.

I started to design a Buster Sword for the leader of my team. The original design belongs to Toymaker who made one for his Kampfer Kanji Custom. I cut a piece of styrene according to my drawings.

Here I cut out several styrene pieces to create a handle and some sort of add-on on top of the blade.

I drilled a hole here to put .....

a neodymium magnet there.

Now I started working on the Buster sword rack holder. The astray kit comes with 3 beam sabers. One that is ignited and the other 2 that are in their holders that go directly in the back of the Astray. So I basically sawed off one of the beam sabers to only use the holder. I stuck small styrene pieces that I glued in a "I_I" shape. I also put another magnet in there to make sure the sword would stay in place.

Here is the finished piece. I covered the hole I put the magnet in with putty.

This is the result so far. I think it's awesome.  :D

I have decided to make the weapon to look less plain. So I added 4 screws that I got from Mechaskunk eons ago, two on each side and added some more styrene below the handle.

I am surprised and happy at how it turned out.

Next up is the Astray "girl". I had to think a long while about it and came out empty but my brother gave me the idea of making her a whip. I had no clue how to make one and I did not want to use my snake chain. So I took a small plastic tube, used a black maker and made marks at 0.5 centimeters and used a Dremel tool and the disc accessory to cut them. As you can see its a bit messy and cleaning each bit was ... annoying. The metal wire that you see on the picture from the paper tie wraps that are used to close garbage bags. I just removed the paper that was wrapping it.

Here I cut out a triangle and two smaller triangles that I glued at the middle of the bigger triangle to make a sort of arrowhead. This becomes the tip of the whip. It is hard to see but I glued one of the bits of the whip to it and then in the hole I put some crazy glue and put in the metal wire that is holding the entire whip together until it fully cured.

I had beam sabers handles leftovers from the sawing I did earlier. So I took one of them and hollowed it out with my drill to insert the end of the whip. I am also very happy with how it turned out.  :-)

I scratch built this backpack using one of the thrusters from the SD GP-02A and pieces from an old victory gundam I butchered when I first started modelling.

Final result, although we can't see much.

Here is the backpack of the gunner type Astray. I sawed off another beam saber holder, sanded the top and drilled a hole through it in order to make the Atomic Bazooka of the GP-02A to stay in place.

This little guy is done.  :-)

Sawed off the face masks for easier painting and avoid masking hell

On all units I sawed off the interior and I will put mesh behind it. I still don't know how am going to make stay in one place but I have time to figure it out.

Finally here I am having some issues. I want kits to be proper done this time and the part you see has to be colored a different color than the leg itself. I was wondering if anyone has tips. I don't think masking tape will cut it here.

Here is the team so far. The last kit should be there shortly.

Assembly/Scratchbuilding / Scratch building a whip
« on: August 05, 2011, 02:23:28 PM »
Hi, I am working on a SD project which is composed of 5 astrays and I was wondering if anyone as an idea on how to make a whip like weapon for one of them. I want to avoid a SD gouf ignited just for that.

Model In-Progress / Hazel Rah W.I.P.
« on: April 05, 2009, 08:27:34 PM »
Well with the finals coming my way and me being too lazy to start painting my SD freedom, I've decided to put my time to good use and start working on my second Hazel, which will combine Hrududu's goodness x2.

I am going to get an acrylic base for this kit so a nice pose is kind of required. I recently bought some Wave ball joints, so this an excellent opportunity to use them.

Here I sawed of the ball joint of the ankle system to make it higher as seen... I used a small metal rod from a paper clip that I cut with a pair of pincers.

Next up was modding the knees. I put a new ball joint as seen above and put the knee joint system above it as seen below.

I had to saw this off to make it fit

Just a little side note here. When I first decided to use a ball joint for the knee I decided to saw off the top part completely like you see in the picture above. Well don't. I sawed it off completely and when I put it on the ball it cracked. So I guess the top is there to make the whole thing strong. I used a plastic welder to put it back together but i don't know if it's still as strong as before.

Lastly, I've decided to finally throw myself in the insane but not so scary world of Mods :bruce:.
I liked a lot what Wingnut did to the feet of his Eye-Zack. I was thinking "Dude this is awesome, do it!" So I started by sawing off the foot in two. I actually sawed the blue sole and the white part separately to minimize errors.

I am quite pleased with the results. Now I just need to wait for my ankle with the crazy glue to fully harden and redo all that work on the other leg and the lower part will be done. I still need to figure out how I will improve the area of motion of the shoulders but I'll go sleep for now.

Capitalism Corner* / (Wanted) Emergency Escape Pod [Primrose]
« on: March 26, 2009, 08:47:44 PM »
Ok I know it's a long shot but I will try my luck anyways. I am looking for the primrose kit that came with the Dengeki Hobby Magazine of January 2003 (I think). I got like half a kit and am missing a couple of pieces but If I can get a full kit well even better :D.

Model Talk / Zaku feet mods
« on: March 08, 2009, 02:59:46 PM »
It was this week it think I was in marketing class (I really have to start using my laptop for class material and not Gundams) anyways I saw a Zaku, I don't remember the scale, and the guy saw the feet in 2, then added some sort of styrene system to give them a much greater range of motion. I thought that it would be a good idea to try on one of the hazels am planning for this summer but it can't remember where I saw it. Anyone saw that kit somewhere?

Model In-Progress / SD Freedom Gundam
« on: December 24, 2008, 08:23:46 PM »
Finally done with the finals, didn't do anything for 3-4 days straight so now it's time to do something fun. I started the kit in September but University quickly got me busy. The parts were removed from the trees and sanded but that was it. I didn't want to do a WIP since I don't know if it'll come out good but am very bored at the moment so ...
Anyways here's what I've done so far

I was modding the beam rifle to put a sp lense from Fulcy's store and it broke.

So I repaired it with super glue and sanded it. I'll need to sand it more before priming.

I refilled the hole I previously made with apoxie putty since the smallest sp lense holders are just too big. I'll settle down with a small round optional part from wave.

This time around I want to try sharpening the V fins. I added some apoxie putty and I'll sand it later. I could have done it today but I was too hasty and started to sand before the 24 hours were over for it to fully cure and it broke. Now I gotta wait another 24 hours :doh:

I decided to mod the insides of the forearms like I and others did on their Hazel Gundams.

I removed the "T" shaped thingie from the above picture to insert a small part that will allow me to use 1/144 manipulators on the Freedom.

You can see the piece here. I glued it with super glue.

Close-up of the part that will hold the manipulator.

The round end of the manipulator was too big for the original hole that was on the forearms. So I made a bigger one with my drill.

Here's a shot of the forearm and a non completed manipulator. Since this is the right forearm I filled up the hole that was made to hold the shield with putty.

I made a beam saber for the kit.

It is made of a astray beam saber handle seen below and from a unused beam from my first Hazel Gundam.

I just removed the bottom part you see here, drilled a small hole in the handle and glued it all with super glue again since my holes were first too small and then too big.

Now I just need to figure out a way to paint the eyes and put them in the head, fix the seams of the head and prime the hole thing without spraying over the already painted eyes :angry: It's like the biggest problem on SD kits.

AoZ Unlimited Competition! / RX-121-1 [Hazel custom]
« on: July 18, 2008, 12:03:28 PM »
I started to work on the kit but got slow lately but I decided to join this Build. Basically it's going to be a out-of-box with a simple mods on the booster shield.

I am done with cutting the parts from the trees and removing the little nubs.

I bought on Hobby Link Japan 2 sets of 1/144 Strike Noir manipulators to hold the beam rifle.

This is my first time working a on 1/144 kit. I expected the head to be bigger but it's so tiny. Therefore to avoid all the possible annoyance I might get by trying to hand paint the eyes, I decided to make them with ...

I got them from mechaskunk last year.

I started to put the arms together since I already painted their internals in gun metal gray. The picture made me realize that my sanding job is not good enough. Ill go over it one more time tonight.

And here you have the ankle internals that I painted in gun metal gray.

I went to a warehouse today to pick up a sheet of polystyrene. I'll use it to modify the booster shield. I'll post pictures of that tomorrow.

Ok guys sorry for the lack of updates on this project. Someone just quit at work. More working less modeling ...  not cool.:( I feel that I've done a better masking and paint job compared to the previous kits I've made but I still need to work on my wash. For some reason I didn't work well on the head.

What' you looking at foo!?

Here's the decal I used for the right shoulder.

This is the final pose I put the kit in. I tried a "A la Terminator" pose :lol:

Model In-Progress / SD Astray High Mobility Type
« on: June 11, 2008, 01:28:04 PM »
All right here we go my first W.I.P thread.
So am working on a SD astray and am planning to use the wings from my ruined V2 gundam for the backpack. I am going to use apoxie putty to make the beam sabers pointier :evil:, the V antenna pointier and maybe a bit bulkier I don't know yet, and maybe make the ends of the head longer like eday did on his astray but that am also not sure.

All the parts have been cut off rom the trees and sanded off.

This is one of the V2 Wings. I used mesh from Fulcy's store and put it inside. It wasn't easy, I cut a template base on the wings and then i cut the template with scissors bit by bit until it fitted in the wing. I added several drops of Tamiya's extra thin cement to make sure the mesh wouldn't move afterwards.

Here's the finished result. The lower white part of the wing set was empty. So I put apoxie putty inside the hole and after it hardened I removed the excess with an exacto knife and the sanded the rest and then I cut a rectangle from the mesh and put it in place with gel crazy glue since Tamiya's extra thin cement didn't work for some reason.

This is the 1/144 Duel gundam beam rifle. I am planning to make a hole with my hand drill vise in the upper part of the rifle to fit inside a sp lense i got from Fulcy too.

Finally this is how I want my backpack to look like. I still don't know how am going to make it hold in place. I bought magnets from K&J Magnetics but I wonder if there is a way to make it look more I dunno natural.

Model Gallery / SD ZGMF-X56S/α Force Impulse Gundam
« on: June 09, 2008, 09:32:47 PM »
Well this is it. Finally done my third gundam kit ever. Funny thing about this kit is that I rushed it in the end because I wanted to show it to my Japanese teacher since I thought it was the last class but once I got there she told us that we still had two more weeks. So all the mistakes I did rushing the job could have been avoided :doh:. But for a third one am pretty satisfied with it. I used Samuel Decals and Did the panel lines with black oil paint except on the wings on which I used Naples Yellow. It's not perfect but for a third but do Enjoy !!
P.S. This is the first time am taking pictures with the mini studio I built so the lightning ain't too good. sorry

This is the decal i screwed up. But I got the hang of it now hehe.

I wanted to make some poses with the beam rifle but then I realized that I forgot to build the appropriate manipulator for it and since am lazy I decided to start working on my next gundam instead :P

Hi I just would like to say first that i tried to find a solution on the forums but I couldn't find a solution for my problem. I've been working on my second kit a high grade V2 gundam. I am done with the paint and now after watching several videos showing japanese pro-modelers building gundams I found their method to draw panel lines with paint mixed with lighter fluid simply awesome and decided to do it myself  :P.
Here's the lighter fluid am using

I mixed my tamiya black paint with the lighter fluid and tried to ink my panel line but it wasnt liquid enough so I tried a second recipe with more lighter fluid and it worked wonders but I can't wipe off the paint excess with a cloth like they do. The following pics show my first attempt which I messed up real bad and the second one which is far better than the first atempt but the excess of paint is still a problem.

I think is has soemthing to do with the surface of the part since I primed the white parts with grey tamiya primer and the surface is not entirely smooth. I tried the same thing on a blue knee armor which i painted blue directly without priming. The surface is much smoother and I had less difficulty to remove the excess paint but some residues still remain.

In their videos they wipe the excess with the lighter fluid and a cloth or even sometimes with the cloth or a cotton swab alone. Am just hoping that some here can helpme figure out my problem, how to fix or simply suggest alternative steps to apply this method.
Thanks in advance folks  :D

Model Gallery / SD GP 02A Complete
« on: June 26, 2007, 02:18:51 PM »
   Heyas everyone i have been a member for a while now and i decided to start this summer model building. Well I kept reading articles on the site to have an idea of how i should proceed. Since am a big gundam fan I can't accept less than perfection for gundam models and this kit was my first victim :lol:

   Anyways here are the pics but before you guys start barfing all over the place since I did a bad job on it keep in mind that I am a noob hehe.
Advices tips and comments are welcome.

P.S: I am also new at this posting picture thing on forums. I read the guidelines but if pics aren't working i'll try to fix them  :razz:

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