Dec 122017
 

Progress on all my project have all but stopped because I finally picked up a PS4 over Thanksgiving weekend and have since been sucked into the world of Assassin’s Creed Origins. Hooray for Egyptian boobies! I was playing Star Wars Battlefront 2 for 3 days and since I don’t really care for COD style FPS games, the online aspect of the game didn’t appeal to me; the campaign portion ended fairly quickly. I really just got the damn bundle for the Star Wars labeled box and controller. The game, not so much.

This coming weekend is our annual Xmas build gathering which consists of a potluck, drinking alcohol, maybe some model building, and a white elephant gift exchange. We have a minimum requirement of $25 for the “gift” but folks have brought things such as PGs, MGs and whole paint sets. Its always fun to watch everyone steal from one another.

The other thing I’ve been fiddling with of late is creating a new watch face for my Huawei Watch. For the longest time, I’ve been wanting a watch face with Eastern Arabic clock numerals. They’re typically search keyed as “Ottoman watch” and this will pull up a ton of images of antique watches. The obsession actually manifested after watching the movie Looper, where the main protagonist has a pocket watch with such a face. So, when I first got the smartwatch, I did some searched for faces but didn’t find any watch face that had those dial ticks. I figured it was a bit too early in the smartwatch face creating game and I eventually forgot about it. Recently, the itch returned. But again, the search was fruitless. If it doesn’t exists, I guess I should create it.

I found an image file for clock dial scheme and created 1-12, cleaned up the images a bit then started work on creating the watch. So as to not reinvent the wheel, I took an existing watch and just stripped away the cosmetics and replaced them with newly created one. I ended up with the following, the first picture is what the watch looks like on bright mode, and the second is on dim mode.

In my research for real Ottoman style watches, I came across a company called Tourby and I really liked the look of these custom watches. So I added that bit of flare to the watch.

In bright mode, the watch face displays current temperature, date, steps, battery for watch and phone, and heart rate. With the dim mode, this shouldn’t drain the battery too badly, but this is still my second or third watch design, so we’ll see as I test this on my own watch. For those interested in the face, I uploaded it to facerepro where you can grab it, leave a comment, and rate it. I’ve already updated it a few times since uploading it yesterday. I spent a little more time cleaning up the numerals and did some small design changes here and there on the watch. I should just close this off and work on a completely different version next.

I still have tons of projects in various stages of completion, but I’m really enjoying the hell out of killing Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians while every so often; getting treated to Egyptian boobies. I should get some work done on at least the MG Hazel project during the build gathering this Saturday. For those local to Southern California and want to join the build gatherings, fill out of form here subscribe to the mailing list. If you cannot make it this Sat, there’s always next month.

Edit, I added another version, the dim view is the same. I removed the weather and heart rate and shifted the step counter up. I redesigned the second counter to look more like the Tourby custom.

Nov 132017
 

I picked up this kit on a trip to Hong Kong in 2011 from a shop that no longer exists. This was a recast from a series of SD Macross kits made by Metal Box as a limited run kit for Wonfes 2011 winter. The casting isn’t too bad. I did find a bubble here and there and there was a gap issue that I needed to fix. But overall, the kit is a pretty solid piece of resin. I had originally pinned this guy way back in 2011/2012 but had shelved it for various reasons. Then after my move in 2015, it kinda got lost in my stash of kits. After seeing all the cool SD kits at SCGMC, I feel the need to get one quickly done. A resin SD kit may actually be easier to build than a Bandai IP SD kit. I don’t have to deal with seams. Revisiting the kit, some of the pinning was rather poor. The thing is damn heavy, so I needed to repin using a much thicker brass rod. Here’s what the kit looked like a few nights ago.

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Nov 052017
 

It’s November, and another SCGMC has come and gone. We had another great turnout this year. We added even more vendors this year and the room was filled with all kinds of gunpla goodies from vintage kits, to resin add ons, to the latest release, to non gunpla mecha and anime figure goodness! We had folks come down from NorCal, folks up from San Diego, and even folks flying in from the east coast – Virginia, South Carolina, and Boston just off the top of my head. We changed our layout a little moving our demo area to the stage which created much more space for the entry tables as well as vendor space. Our special event shirts almost sold out too. It’s great to hear people come to the show and the first thing they do is run over to the shirt table and look for this year’s latest designs. It’s also awesome to run into someone wearing the shirts randomly out on the streets!

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Oct 232017
 

Last I left off, I had most of the exterior armor pieces painted. The procrastination for the interior armor painting resulted with those bits getting worked on last. The leg armor pieces were painted but I noticed that there were some details that frame up the vents on the front and back, so those areas were masked off and the inset areas were painted with Mr Super Iron then masked off again to paint the frame areas with alclad magnesium. The contrast looks fairly decent when assembled.

Since I am building the Hazel I version, I want to also have it running all three booster shields. The kit unfortunately, only comes with one. I actually started the mold making process at the same time I started spraying the primer. The mold making process takes a bit of time, but if I wrote everything up as it happens sequentially, it becomes harder to follow some of the steps because things keep jumping from one topic to another. That said, lets finish up the mask and paint sessions.

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Oct 162017
 

This kit arrived a few weeks ago while i was finishing up my “RX-78 GP03” Mobile Student entry for SCGMC 2017. So there was a little bit of an overlap on the projects while I waited for things to cure on “Osaka”; I got to clipping and sanding the P-Bandai Hazel. The Hazel variation is the Custom, so we get one gun, 1 booster shield, and 1 normal shield. Fifteen or so years ago, an online acquaintance scratch built a resin conversion using the MG GM Quel and made about 100 copies of it and sold it to the online community. Here’s my build of that kit. The 12 year old conversion kit came with 3 booster shields as well as parts for a Full Armored version of the Hazel. So, I guess I was a little disappointed that the p-Bandai version didn’t come with more booster shields at the very least. But that’s a problem I can easily solve later. For now, I got to snapping and sanding the kit.

More progress after the jump.

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Oct 082017
 

This was a very quick project. These small resin figures are pretty simple and perfect to squeeze in between projects. Last time I posted that the parts were sanded and soaked in an industrial strength cleaner. A day later, they get the scrubbing treatment with a dip in the ultrasonic cleaner and water.

After the scrubbing session, the parts are laid out to air dry. Once all the parts are dry, I can work on the immediate problem areas on the kit. There are a few bubbles and chipped resin, but a short session with some light curing putty and sanding fills and fixes things. This is just on the bare resin. The parts are now ready for priming.

More after the jump!
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Oct 022017
 

This past weekend was the annual IPMS Orange County’s Region 8 Contest: OrangeCon. This is always a great contest to attend. More so now to spread the word that is Gunpla. While setting up, an older gentleman looked over at me and exclaimed, “Hey, you’re one of Those Gundam Guys!” This always makes me chuckle. He then proceeded to tell me that he had met me a few years back at a previous OrangeCon with a friend of his that I had known from a previous IPMS Nationals in 2007. The guy was from Arizona and was inspired by our talk about gunpla and brought his own custom made Zaku; pictured below. Apologies for the dark pictures. SciFi is the redheaded stepchild of model competitions, so we’re usually in some dark corner out of the best lit areas!

He said that he was having a blast building gunpla and was building more. He ended up winning 1st place in the Sci/Fi Mech/Gundam category – that got split into SciFi Gundam and Scifi Non Gundam. But more on that later. I chatted with him for a while and told him about our show, but he’s unable to come because he lives in Tucson. Blah, people from all over the country are flying/driving in for SCGMC. But that’s another story. Fellow TGG members Brandon and Jonathan came and entered their kits. They got 2nd and 3rd in the SciFi Gundam category.

More about Orangecon after the jump.

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