Sep 162016
 
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The Southern California Gundam Model Competition is only 2 months away! Time to get your butts back into gear and start finishing up your projects. If you haven’t started, then you have 2 months to get something done.

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For a special treat, we’ve gotten our special limited print T-shirts for this year’s event. Another “Char’s” T-shirt. Ok, it’s really Quat*coughChar*cough*tro Bajeena *cough*Casaval*cough*. The shirt is done with gold lining for the Shiki head and red highlight on a navy blue shirt. Brandon Hopkins designed the shirt and it looks damn good. Pictures really don’t do this justice. They will be availabe in limited numbers at SCGMC on November 12, 2016. Pictured below is all that there is for these shirts.

Since more and more women are getting into gunpla, and more and more women who love their men that love gunpla come along; there has been a huge increase in the demand for a more feminine cut shirt design. So we’ve listen to that request and have some of the special edition Shiki shirts printed on a women’s cut V-neck shirt. Now women sporting our TGG shirts can look even sexier!

But of course, our standard crew necks will be available at the show. We have sizes from small to 3XL. But again, very limited numbers so come early and grab one of these shirts before they’re gone. Of course, we still have a decent selection of our other shirts too.

But enough about the shirts! Get yourselves in gear; start slamming some paint, glues, hobby knife throwing, putty flinging, etc and get those kits done. Nothing wakes one up at the show more than walking by a kit and getting a nice wiff of freshly painted styrene.

Aug 152016
 
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Pick up this year’s new limited run design “Greatness Awaits” for that playstation gaming gunpla building person in your life.

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Also back by popular demand is the Wing Build shirt, updated with the Those Gundam Guys logo on the sleeve. Show your support for the Southern California Gundam Model Competition; or just show your love of Wing Gundam!

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We still have a very limited number of our previous years’ shirts too, and these are on sale for $15 each!

Feddy blue looks good on you!
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Sieg Zeon!
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Just Build It!
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Aug 012016
 
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I’m revisiting this project as I plan on taking this sucker to Otakon. When I was working on the project, I haphazardly added some tiny little thrusters to the end of the hammer. Even at the time, it didn’t quite look right to me, but it didn’t really hit me until I was working on the Hi Nu project. Below are pictures I originally took of the Gusion with the hammer and tiny thrusters. You cannot even see them at certain angles.

This was sort of bothering me when I finished the kit, but I didn’t quite know what was really bothering me. Not until I was working on the Hi Nu project did it come slamming into my brain. There was just too much negative space at the back of the hammer with the little thrusters and they just look completely out of place. I had just replaced some crappy resin thrusters that had come with the kit with some updated resin thrusters that I had casted from molds of new aluminum thrusters I picked up specifically for the Hi Nu project. So the idea was to place bigger thrusters at the back of the hammer.

Since the aluminum thrusters had multiple parts, I just made casts of the separate pieces and used them to create different sized thrusters. I ripped up the original smaller thrusters and planned out a new layout with the new much larger thrusters. Once the plan looked good, I made more copies, cleaned them, primed them, then painted them. Then I glued them into place. Here’s a picture with the difference.

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I think this is a definite improvement over the wimpy little thrusters. They are beefier and there’s much less negative space at the back of the hammer. Here are some more pictures.

You can always go back to fix things. And no, I’m not fixing the bloody decals 🙂

Jul 252016
 
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Time for the first resin figure project of the year. This has been a fairly productive year so far with finishing a number of gunpla project. Time to get at least one figure kit. I picked this kit up at Anime Expo at the Volks booth. They were there last year and back again this year. They even have a location in Torrance, so if I ever need to order something, I believe I can pick it up at their warehouse. Damn cool for folks that have had trouble getting original resin kits. And these are not your run of the mill resin figure kits. These have a high level of quality control. They are engineered using the bandai gunpla model; everything is molded in color. The color separation for these kits are insane. Last year, I grabbed a Revy kit from them and I was sold. You just shake the box and the kit’s done. It’s that friggin simple. Ok, maybe not quite that easy; but if you’ve ever built any other resin anime figure (original or recast) try these Volks kits. For anyone interested in trying their first resin anime figure kit; get a kit from Volks. The comparison is akin to building a macross kit from hasegawa to building any bandai gunpla kit released in the last 5 years.

Last week, we had our July build gathering and the goal for the day was to get her semi cleaned up and pinned together. Like most other Volks kits, she has some options. She comes with two sets of right arms to hold up a sign or her jacket. Pinned together, I have her holding the jacket. Again, the pictures below show the kit as is out of the box, pinned together. The color separation and engineering is amazing.

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Jul 162016
 
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Anime Expo 2016’s 18+ Gundam Model Building panel presented by Those Gundam Guys and edited by FreddyWasWrong

For those that missed the panel and was wondering why it’s 18+, check out the video. For those that have never been to Anime Expo, I’ve been doing this panel for the past 10 years and a few years ago, it got to the point that they needed to seperate out the content to 18+ and general audience. The 18+ is definitely more entertaining, so enjoy!

For those interested in the presentation files, download it here!

Jul 152016
 
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Last time I posted an update, it was for the damn V-fin that broke a few times. So with that, we go back a few days before the break as I was continued to paint the kit in parts. The upper torso was done so I took the painted parts and did a quick assembly. I’m liking this paint progress because I’m not getting burnt out with masking a ton of parts and I’m getting decent visual cookies that keep me chugging along.

The upper torso done, time to get on with the legs and feet.

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Jul 092016
 
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So you broke a v-fin? It happens. It happens at the worst time possible. Is there actually a good time for breaking a V-fin? Possibly, when cutting it up to create a super saiyan v-fin. But most of the time, we scream obscenities when this happens. And this happened to me a few nights ago when I had just got done with all the principal painting for the VP Hi Nu kit I’ve diligently picked back up. What better way to kill the momentum, then snapping a part that has survived multiple boxing and unboxing, moves from one workshop to another, from one build gathering location to another, etc. The back of the damn Hi Nu is horribly imbalanced due to the amount of solid resin pieces added by the conversion kit. My original stand that held the kit didn’t hold and the kit fell backwards. As it did this, the V-fin, already glued to the head piece snagged on one my fat sausage like finger and, *snap* the inner piece of the fin goes flying to who knows where. Carpet probably ate it.

It’s resin, but the process to fix this is the same as any other bandai V-fin out there.

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