Nov 132016
 
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For those that don’t know what SCGMC is, it’s the Southern California Gundam Model Competition. This was our 6th year hosting this competition; and even though there was a big convention happening the same weekend (Pacific Media Expo – PMX) we still did quite well. We had 280 people in attendance. Of that, 87 entered the contest with 178 entries. Yes, 178 individual entries. One guy was responsible for about 17 kits. We had people travel from Arizona, Vancouver Canada, Minnesota, Seattle, and Virginia specifically for this show. Without any doubts, this is THE BIGGEST LIVE GUNPLA contest in North America. We had several live demos that had actual hands on experience with airbrushing, water slide decal application, and photography. We set up two photography booths so that once judging was done, the entrants could grab their kits and take some professional pictures of the kits after learning how to take pictures with the live demo. We had 6 vendors including ABC Toy 4 Me, Robot 4 Less, Robo Toy Fest, Tatsu Hobby, Modelers Alley Creative Studios, and Volks Hobby USA.

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More details about the show after the jump!

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Nov 072016
 
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We are 6 days and counting until SCGMC 2016! And I just finished this little bugger! Not the best work, but it was fun to get a fairly quick build done. Last time I updated was right before a business trip to Toronto; so I’ve just been focused on getting the damn thing done. This would have been done a little bit sooner, but we recently added another corgi to the army. But his cuteness and all that happy jazz will slip in here and there so that the girls reading this over their guy’s monitors can all scream kawaii!!!! So there will be little corg interruption throughout the rest of this post.

There was quite a bit of work on the Saz since the last update. I’ve been doing more pictorial updates from the potato camera posted up on our TGG FB page so the little corgi addition is really at fault for the lack of a proper intermediate update. But here it is finally, and it’s also done! SCGMC, here we come!

Now this handsome fellow is Bob the Corgi. The site is basically a skeleton for the little bugger as we watch him grow and annoy the shit out of Hugo and Ken. He was born September 1st and we picked him up on Oct 27; which coincidentally is Hugo’s birthday. I don’t think he was overly happy with his 13th year birthday present.

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Oct 272016
 
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So, over the past couple of months, I’ve taking pictures while on trips here and there but haven’t made the effort to post them up.  I’ve just been a bit lazy; so it’s time to clear up my backlog of pictures.  No gunpla or resin figure love in this post, so if you’re interested in just that stuff; you can skip this post.  This will mostly be a quick blurb about each set followed by a link for the full album then a few selected images from the galleries.

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Oct 032016
 
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I picked up this kit about 5 years ago to date on a trip to Hong Kong with my wife and friends. I believe I actually picked this guy up from the SMS shop in Mong Kok; the place has since moved a few times and changed names; but I think it’s still around. The folks in HK in the resin gunpla scene can point you to the right direction. The kit is basically a recast of the Vicious Project 1/144 Sazabi. It’s a full resin kit, and I figured I need to catch up to the number of Kampfers I’ve built. Counting rebuilds and this one, I’ve done 3 1/144 (first one back in 1989 I think) and 4 1/100. Ok, maybe I’ve already surpassed the number of Kampfer builds. I’ve pulled the parts from the box a few times over the years but ended up shelving it. I once got as far as clipping flash and small bits of sanding; but it’s gone back onto the shelves for other projects. I finally sat down and started cranking out work on it the weekend before last.

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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 🙂