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Hey guys,

Does anyone have any good suggestions for cutting clear resin heat pressed parts off a sheet.

Matt M - I'm working on the 1/60 Alex and the Eye sensor covers, and main camera covers come on like a clear sheet of resin with the shapes pressed out, but I'm not sure what the best way would be to cut them out.

If anyone else has any experience with this can you let me know?

Thanks fellas!

Capitalism Corner* / MG Gundam Mudrock Conversion - WTB
« on: July 22, 2011, 05:17:25 AM »
Now that I have a 1/60th Alex, If anyone has a Gundam Mudrock conversion they want to get rid of, let me know, I'd like to track one one if possible.

I'd prefer to avoid the void that is Ebay.

Model Help* (Check Stickies and Search First) / Paint Shortages?
« on: June 27, 2011, 06:47:01 PM »
Due to the tragic events in Japan, is there a world-wide shortage of Japanese brand paints?

Its not that I don't understand the situation, but I've noticed that just about every store has been sold out of Tamiya and now Mr. Hobby lines, and I thought I would check and see if anyone knows anything specific about the shortages. 

I hate Testors.  Lol.

Seriously, what is up with Testor's Model Master Acrylic?

I typically use Tamiya paints, but seems every Hobby Town in my tri-state area is currently sold out of every color but Gloss Brown, in a pinch, I thought I'd try out Testor's MMA again, I haven't used it since I used to hand paint my stuff.

Well, thinning it with 91%I worked okay, and I have to admit, the paint came out pretty nicely, until it was time for clean up.  I only did some white parts tonight and even though I flush my Airbrush with alcohol and water after each use, when I went to scrub everything clean, there was a caked on, ROCK SOLID build up in my intake chamber of the Air Brush.  I had to chisle some of it off but even now, there's still some serious build up in there.

Its not that I couldn't just run some 409 in there, hopefully that will do the trick, but what's the deal with this stuff?  This isn't the first time I had caking/build up issues.  Does anyone use this paint? (I'm guessing that will be a resounding NO!)

Looks like I'll have to wait my obligatory 17 days from Hobby Wave to get a small bottle of gloss white....*sigh*....

Model Gallery / MG GP01fb-i Complete
« on: May 24, 2011, 11:41:10 AM »

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To be perfectly honest, I’m a bit disappointed in the end result with the GP01.  I ran into so many issues and so  many problems that I ended up just finishing the build because I was getting so frustrated.  The GP01 itself is a great kit and aside from the flimsy shoulder joints (which I fixed as I did with the GP02), its tremendously sturdy.  The issues rose out of attempting several new ideas, and not having any practice with them.  I tried fixing the seam lines on the head unit, by cementing the two halves together, and cutting the face section to allow it to be slipped into the head from under neath. This worked fine, but I had issues sanding the head parts and ended up over sanding some sections.  Furthermore, the previous owner (remember, I bought this pre-snapped) used a strange marker to detail the panel lines, so that when I applied the gloss coat, the marker actually seeped through the paint, and streaked some areas.  I also attempted my first panel line wash with india ink, but because I was so cautious with the gloss coat, I undercoated some areas and the ink bled into the paint causing splotches.

I do love how the color scheme turned out – I basically copied the RX-78-4, part for part and also added light grey to panel the white parts a bit (ala Matt's GP03), which I really like how that turned out.  The beam tonfas were added at the last minuet, but with some cleaver applications of screws, they’re well attached and sturdy.  I also got the idea for the buckler shield because of playing Monster Hunter Portable 3rd.  I wanted the GP01 to be more melee focused, so the huge, awkward GP01 shield wouldn’t really cut it.  I wanted a small, agile defense, and the buckler (like in Monster Hunter’s Sword and Shield combo) worked perfect.

More pictures and story line at my blog -

Model Help* (Check Stickies and Search First) / Metal Detail Parts
« on: April 22, 2011, 08:37:41 AM »
Hi guys, I thought I would just run this by everyone to hear some thoughts on this -

Would it make more sense to install/apply metal detail parts after the final dull coat on a model?  I've been using metal parts for a few kits now, and usually I've been applying them before I do the final coat, but then they seem to get dull after applying the dull coat (obviously) and I'm not sure I like that.

What do you guys think?

Hey all,

You can call this the cash for clunkers program - I'm looking for a used or pre-built OYW Gundam if anyone wants to get rid of one they just threw together.  Painted or not, it doesn't really matter.

Send me a PM and let me know what you want for it, I have no idea how to price a kit these days. 


 - Also, I'll probably be looking for F91 or Crossbone Gundam as well in the future so let me know if you're looking to get rid of one.

Hi guys,

I'm about to use Mr. Super Metallics for the first time and I just want to see if I need to thin it any different from Tamiya Metallics.

Usually with Tamiya, I use 1 part 91%RA to 2 parts paint.   Will this work for Mr. S.M. as well?

Thanks for any info!

Model Gallery / MG RX-78 GP03 Stamen
« on: February 28, 2011, 06:52:39 AM »
MG GP03, part of my A-UC 0083 project.  I ended up having to rush the project because my wife and I moved to a new place, so...eeehhh..the panel lines are botched pretty badly.  I'm done with using the cheap Gundam Markers anyway and am going to start using Mtomczek's ink wash technique as he's helped me with the finer points (THANKS MATT!!)

More pictures can be seen at my site

Model Help* (Check Stickies and Search First) / Removing Top Coat
« on: February 08, 2011, 08:18:54 AM »
Hey guys,

I'm sorry if this has been asked before, I couldn't find a topic but I'm wondering if there's a way to remove/strip a coat of Top Coat of a snapped Bandai Kit -

My wife got me the Ghiren's Greed Casaval's Gundam Custom kit, and she wanted to see it built, so I basically just snapped it, and sprayed on Top Coat.  I'd like to go back and actually work on this kit at some point, so I wasn't sure if there's a way to remove the Top Coat without damaging the plastic.

Thanks in advance!

Capitalism Corner* / SD Gundam G Generation Spirits (PS2) For Sale
« on: December 01, 2010, 06:43:37 PM »
Hey all,

I'm selling my copy of G Gen Spirits for (JAL) PS2.  I don't play it anymore due to Wars, but its in near perfect condition with the manual and case.  Its a great game for any UC fan (only includes the UC time lines sans Unicorn).

I'm asking 20 bucks with shipping but make me an offer.

I'd also be more than happy to trade for any MG kit that someone would want to get rid of (snapped or not).  Just let me know.


Model Help* (Check Stickies and Search First) / G-System's 1/60 Alex
« on: November 16, 2010, 11:31:29 AM »
Hey guys,

I've been considering buying G-System's Alex, but I was wondering if anyone has any feed back on the kit - its pros v. cons, pictures of a completed kit, anything like that?

It's between the Alex or the Gp04, but the Alex is 100$ cheaper, so that's kinda what's drawing me to it.  That and I like the design a lot.

Thanks for any input!

Model Gallery / A-UC Project MG GP02C Complete
« on: November 07, 2010, 09:42:11 PM »
Part one of a continuing series.  More pictures here:

Model Help* (Check Stickies and Search First) / Manipulator Question
« on: November 02, 2010, 10:00:36 AM »
Hi Guys,

I need to hear some thoughts on whether the hands of a MS should be the same color as the inner frame.  I usually use Tamiya Metallic Grey for my inner frames, but then a dark, or German grey for the fingers/manipulators.  But should they maybe be the same color?

I realize its just a preference matter, but if anyone can weigh in on this, I'd appreciate it. I keep looking at my work thinking they should be the same color. 


Model Help* (Check Stickies and Search First) / MG GP01 Upper Arm
« on: October 17, 2010, 07:34:31 PM »
Hey guys,

Has anyone figured out a reasonable fix for the MG Gp01's upper arm (where it attaches to the shoulder via a very flimsy ball joint?)

For that matter, its the same on the GP02 as well.  Has anyone figured out a way around this?

Any tips will be very greatly appreciated!

Model Help* (Check Stickies and Search First) / Question about Purple
« on: September 24, 2010, 10:06:28 AM »
Hi Gang,

I'm working on a project and I'm going to be using purple.  I bought a Tamiya Mini of just regular Purple, but it seems WAY to bright, like Joker Purple bright.   

The color I'm looking for is more Dark Dark Purple like that of the RX-78-6 Mudrock. 

So I'm going to need to mix, but my question is this:  Should I use black or a dark blue to obtain the shade I'm looking for?  I usually use black to darken a color, but that could also lead to a gross looking result.

Does anyone have any ideas on this? 

Model Help* (Check Stickies and Search First) / RX-78-1 Ankle Guards
« on: June 09, 2010, 01:26:01 PM »
Hey Guys -

I'm re-doing my PG RX-78-1 (Technically its 2, but I painted it as the Prototype Gundam) - repainting using my new Airbrush and adding detailed parts. But I also wanted to correct a few things, one of the biggest being the ankle guards.  On the Prototype Gundam, it has slots in the front and side guards, unlike the Gundam and G3, which are solid.

I've tried drilling multiple holes into front panel of the guard, then breaking out the remaining bits and sanding down, but this ended up not working very well, and after putty-ing the mistakes I'm forced to go back to the drawing board.  I was hoping I could get some ideas here.  My current ideas are:

1.) reverse styrene plate the part, so add add the slots as an "over panel" to the original piece - this won't be easy to pull off though.

2.) Sand down the slotted sections - but I don't think that will work either.

3.) Give up/Decal it.  While its a trivial aspect to the design, it does tend to stick out when looking at the 1,2 and 3 all together.  It might not be worth it in the long run.  Or try to make slot "decals" out of my custom decal maker, but this idea seems rife with failure as well.

So...does anybody have any suggestions?  I would appreciate any feedback you might have!

Model Gallery / MG Gundam Alex Hi-Mobility Custom
« on: May 19, 2010, 09:01:54 AM »
Well, I suppose I should post this, although I feel kind of embarrassed posting such an amateur work among such masters.  I tried a myriad of techniques here, including my first FFA application, metal parts from Mecha Skunk and tried to revisit my frosted striping technique, which failed quite bad due to Testor's changing their formula....I'm switching to full Tamiya after this.   Be gentle, its my first time posting here -  :unsure:

I like to create what I call "A-UC" modifications.  Alternate Universal Century - so in this case, the EFSF created several Layouts for the Alex, the Hi-Mobility being just one of three. 

I'm just learning about seam line fixing, and I know there are a TON, so please forgive that, my next project I'll have it down pact.  FFA coat of Gloss, then I applied the Decals and Panel Lines, then FFA Satin.  For some reason, I'm still getting that Silvering of the decal edges, but I'll bet its because I didn't use a sealer on the decals themselves. 

Thanks for veiwing my most humble project!  you can see more at my blog -

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Hey FF,

Can I just ask - on your Crossbone X-2 (which is awesome by the way!) - is that what you'd call the "Satin" finish using FFA?  That is the type of finish I try to get with my works, but I'm going to try out FFA on my current project and wanted to check.

Thanks man, sorry to be a bother!

Hi guys, do you mind if I run something by everyone?

One of my many projects lined up is to re-visit and re-vamp my PG Gundam, which I painted in Prototype Gundam colors.  I want to go back and fully create the Prototype Gundam, but that means a few important mods.

What I want to run by everyone is this - for the angle guards, where the Prototype has those three or four slots - I was planning on measuring out the slots, drawing in with pencil, then drilling many little holes until I can basically break the plastic out and sand the edges.

Does that sound like it would work or am I'm walking into a mess?  Does anyone have any better suggestions for this?

As for the forearms, I was planning on using Styrene to create that "raised edges" look. 

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