May 272015
 
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Our next live broadcast is set for Tuesday June 2, 2015 at 7:00PM PST. The build group is expanding and we’re getting a good look at how folks build. If people have questions about specific techniques such as scratch building, adding panels lines, adding LEDs, basic building, airbrushing, hand painting, diorama building, or anything else! Post up questions in the comments section or email us at tgglive@thosegundamguys.org to submit your questions. Also if you have a webcam and are interested in joining our builds as a potential presenter, send us an email and let us know!

Hopefully folks get inspired to build!

May 252015
 
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I kinda picked apart my Keroro G-3 for the frame and some of the exterior armor pieces. I also grabbed some spare parts pieces from an older PGM 1/100 conversion kit that I had bashed and have since turned to scrap. We were broadcasting our second TGG & Friends Live, and just wanted to work on something. And then sometimes, you just do things to make your friends laugh. This is one of those times. Its time to retire Keroro G3, so with a somewhat heavy heart, I scrapped him and started to work on this, trying to preserve as much as the G3 (I don’t know why, because some of the parts were actually used..) I got the kit ready for paint after the broadcast and there it sat for two weeks until our third TGG & Friends Live broadcast. I cranked up the spray booth and spent the time painting the kit during the broadcast.

I spent the day spraying touch-ups, spraying clears, and applying some old decals that were starting to rub off. It’s a throwaway piece, but I still wanted some decals on it. This past Saturday was the monthly build gathering, so all I really had left was a clear gloss to protect the decals, a panel line wash, clean up, and a final clear flat. Things I could easily do while drunk off my ass, as it didn’t involved sharp pointy things.

This morning, a few of us from TGG went to the Robo Toy Fest to judge their newly added Gundam Model contest. And I brought the little guy out as our mini display of our works. We had a pretty good turnout at the event with 15 entrants. A good number of folks that attend SCGMC where there, so that was very cool to see. And we sold some 2015 and 2014 SCGMC T-shirts. But I digress. Tonight, I added some pastels to the exit wounds as burn marks and took some pictures of the quick and fun little project. And hopefully folks get a nice little laugh from this. Who knows, maybe we can use this as some inspiration to create a 1/100 Gunpla Bust Chess set.

May 202015
 
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Those Gundam Guys and Friends Live! Your bi-weekly TGG Live broadcast is set for this Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 7:30PM PST. Prior to the event, you can email questions to tgglive@thosegundamguys.org and if the questions is answerable by one of the builders, we’ll definitely present the question and give it a focused answer to the best of our abilities.

We hope that you will be inspired to build alongside us as well as send in questions and comments to the various builders in the broadcast.

Scheduled Participants:
Tetsujin – George from http://scope-eye.net/
Jimbo – Jim from https://www.youtube.com/user/jiminboo
Angel – Angel from Those Gundam Guys: http://mechaoso.com
Gamera – Clement from Those Gundam Guys: this webpage
mvm3897 – Matt from https://www.youtube.com/user/mvm3897
Mike W – Mike from Those Gundam Guys: https://www.facebook.com/michael.wine.359
Tim – Tim from http://childofmecha.com/

Moderated by
Shinsetsu – Terry from Those Gundam Guys

May 132015
 
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We are currently getting our SCGMC 2015 T-shirts printed out and this year you get to pick a side, or for you fence sitters, pick both! Sizes currently available are M, L, and XL. We will have the shirts ready in about a week. So get yours today, this helps support our group so we can continue to grow and produce a good Southern California Gundam Model Competition.

The new 2015 SCGMC Feddy shirt in stock now!

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May 082015
 
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After fiddling with some options for adding an easy way to sell our SCGMC T-shirts we have left over from previous years; I finally settled on one and created a store. Currently, there is only our SCGMC Just Build It shirt from last year. But once we have our 2015 SCGMC shirts printed, we will have some of those available in a limited supply as well. The store also allows us to explore an easy way to sell some old kits that can be long out of production resin kits, conversion kits, or just plastic kits we’ll never get around to building. Another option is to offer 3D printing services as well as silicone mold making and resin casting services. I know that there are some interests in the clear resin eye piece for the Grimoire kit. And since I already have the mold for that, pumping out some clear eye pieces for folks shouldn’t take too long.

I’ve added a link to the store along the top menu bar as well as in the sidebar, there is easy access to the shopping cart as well as links to the store via the various product categories. Again, for now, just the shirts from last year, but check back, I’ll most likely post up the Grimoire clear eye piece for sale too.

Check out our store here: Those Gundam Guys Store

May 052015
 
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May 5, 2015; 7:30 PM Pacific Standard Time.

This will be our second broadcast of Those Gundam Guys and associated modelers live. The idea here is to take a 2 hour block of time during the weeknight and do what most of us are doing anyways; building. Opening our workbenches and paint booths to the world in hopes of inspiring others to build. I know that our last broadcast two weeks ago, got one modelers over a stump they were stuck on, and helped them progress with a project that was stalled.

We will have two moderators, one that controls the broadcast content, switching between the potential 8 builders to focus on their projects. The other moderator will focus on relaying the questions posted in the comments section and hopefully help keep the broadcast as interactive with the audience as possible.

I know that I get most of my building after work on the weekdays. And a good number of us build at this time too; so it’s a perfect time to help promote the hobby, inspire folks to build, and answer questions about techniques and build styles live and interactively with the gunpla community.

If we are successful, we plan on cycling the builders to help show a wider range of modelers. Currently, the plan is to broadcast once every two weeks; but if there is the audience we may start doing broadcasts once a week: Gunpla Night Live so to speak.

Apr 302015
 
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The origins of this nickname goes back about 20 years. Once upon a time, I played a text based online game called a “Mud“. I had been playing a Mud named Dark Castle since the fall of 1994 and after about a year of playing, I had become fairly established in the game with one character but wanted to explore other characters and play styles (read: go from the nice honest guy that got trampled now and again to one of the hated assholes on the game that did most of the trampling). Why the hell not? It’s a fake online world from which I’m shield by my keyboard and computer screen. So I set off to create a new character and in the process, I looked around my room for inspiration for the character’s name. Searching, I eye fell upon this little guy:

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Cute ain’t he? I don’t remember where I picked it up, or who gave this to me, but it’s a little chibi plastic Gamera piggy bank. From my understanding, the pronunciation is Gam-ra (similar to how camera is pronounced). So that solves the first part of the name. The second part is also an artifact from the days of text based gaming and an influence from the clan/guild I was part of in-game. The clan centered around the dark elves (Drow) from the Dark Elf Trilogy by R.A. Salvatore. Baenre is a house name within the realm of the series and *I’ve* always pronounced it as Ben-Ray. Arguments abound about the “proper” pronunciation, suggest Bane-Ray and a few other similar. I think I’m close enough. So the whole name is “Gam-Ra Ben-Ray“. As online monikers go, it not the most complex, but it’s not the simplest either. I’ve yet to run into problems with this nickname as it’s a pretty unique combination. Running around the mud named after a giant flying turtle from the house of Baenre from the City of Spiders (Menzoberranzan) has just followed since, even after I’ve long stopped playing the rather antiquated yet predecessor to the modern MMORPGs such as Everquest, WoW, etc.

Everytime I make an online identity for some hobby forum be it about cars, models, etc, I’ve used this name. There’s some bit of history to it and I like the continuity. Even my website has been so named since I bothered to create such an online existence back in 2003 or so. I know a few other folks that have stuck with the same online identity; and some of them are pretty interesting; most a result from an evening of drunken fun. But for some that have always wondered about where the name combination came from, or even how the bloody pronounce it; there you have it.