Jan 202018
 

This past Saturday was the 2nd annual Spruefest event held by the folks at Brookhurst hobbies with support from various well known model building entities in Southern California. They had expanded their scifi category to actually split out from scifi completely and have a separate Gundam category, and being sponsored by the local Bandai distributor Bluefin, the qualifying gunpla must be Bandai only products. As a group, we usually post up about the event and hang out once we get all our gear set up and have a good look around the model room at the various kits. The room closes so the judges can concentrate. It’s a decent sized space but packed with 400 models, it gets pretty tight. So at such events, we’re force to go entertain ourselves for a few hours. Typically we find someplace and just gorge ourselves. This year, a few of the guys wanted to go karting. So we gathered a group that was interested and drove off to Anaheim’s K1. We got registered and waited about an hour before our race was on. I haven’t karted in a long long time. And being a little older, my body is telling me so just after one race. But damn was it fun. We headed back to the contest location and had a late lunch before heading back towards the competition.

We’ve been through enough competitions that we just take everything with a canister of salt. Sci-fi is generally regarded as a red headed step child. Gunpla is a niche within sci-fi… so we’re used to the folks snickering at our toy building abilities. Funny how as I was growing up, ALL MODEL kits were found in the toy sections of any local drugs store. But I digress, we just go to have fun. Winning or not winning doesn’t matter to us. It gives us a good laugh at the results. It is this reason we created SCGMC. But, we also gotta support the hobby and help folks educate as many people as possible about our silly little hobby. It’s the only way to grow it. We figured we were in good hands with Bluefin heading up the judging. I was in the contest room putting away my kits when they got to our category. I missed the announcement for a few wins – Gundam Diorama, and Large Gundam. They split the large scale Gundam into two categories just because there were such a huge turnout. Funniest thing is that the categories are separated into Small Gundam (1/144 and smaller), Large Gundam (1/100 and larger) and then Gundam Diorama. They had DQed a few of the diorama pieces based on the idea that those entries were more vignettes than dioramas – which is something we do at SCGMC, we’re pretty strict on our idea of a “diorama”. For us, we put emphasis on a story being told, and usually require more than one focused involved character. Going back to the two other categories, since they have separated the 1/144 from 1/100 – things shouldn’t be too difficult. Angel enters his GIANT 1/144 Dendro, so it is rightly entered into the Small Gundam category. He ends up winning one of the splits for Large Gundam. At this point, we wonder how much say Bluefin truly has at a contest they’re not running, but sponsoring. Again, this goes back to our general acceptance of how the model community as a whole views and accepts our niche. Regardless, it was a damn fun day. I snapped a quick video and snapped some quick pictures. I should have gotten MOST of the entries.

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.

Jun 132017
 

For the past 11 years, we at Those Gundam Guys have presented gunpla building panels at Anime Expo. We’ve met so many people, make numerous amounts of friends, seen some of the folks that attend our panel get married to one another. Gunpla is life. This is where we excel. This year, we are once again, granted (no idea how this keeps getting accepted) the pleasure of presenting our two versions of the Gunpla Building Panels. One for all ages, and one that is for Adults only where IDs will be checked (so please get the appropriate wrist bands prior to lining up for the event!) and you will need to shower, scrubbing vigorously to cleanse yourself after the filth that is the 18+ gunpla panel. Some some odd reason, the panels get pretty crowded too, so make sure you plan ahead!

So if you are at Anime Expo on July 2nd or 3rd(and fit the minimal age requirements – read, prep your fake IDs in advance) come check out the panels.

Here’s last year’s panel incase you missed it or need a reminder:

Also, if you wanted to buy one of our TGG shirts we have in our store, we have some on hand for sale there too!

Oct 272016
 

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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Jul 162016
 

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 092016
 

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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Jun 122016
 

A few days ago, I was reading through some threads on reddit/r/gunpla and came across a thread asking about where to buy a specific type of display base. One of the users responded with a few links on how to build your own, and from this link in particular, I was inspired to search out some local suppliers and do my own version. The basic premise to the base are a few sheets of acrylic and some metal standoffs. The plastic pieces are easy, I’ve been grabbing scrap acrylic from local shops for a while and I dropped by one near my work and they sell the scrap by the pound. I picked up about 4 pounds of scrap plastic; gloss black, clear, and white and in different thicknesses. The next item was a little harder to find, the metal standoffs. There are plenty of sources online (amazon, eBay, online retailers, etc) But I wanted to see these in person before I picked some out; so I found a local sign shop supplier that was a wholesaler. The guy there hooked me up for a small sale since I wasn’t a sign shop (they only sell to sign shops)

So I picked up some metal standoffs seen in the above picture. Metallic black, chrome, and satin aluminum in the 13mm x 13mm size. They didn’t have the red and blue metallic ones in that size so I ended up with 13mm x 19mm, they’re a little taller. They sell individually for about 1.50 – $2 a piece, so I ended up spending about $42 or so for the 5 sets of 4.

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