It’s Monday, time for the blog post that brings everyone up to speed on last week’s Sniper work. The main focus for this update will be the sniper rifle which I finally revisit after the very first post with a half-assed slapping of a new barrel and new stock onto the sucker. In the below picture, you can see that quite a bit of work has been done to transform the standard GM Sniper 2’s rifle to a one that the GM Sniper 2 would pick up in New Vegas.
Other than the rifle, I got some work done of the arms, started in on the feet, and got the upper half of the body primed. Details after the jump.
This is going to be a fairly sizable update. This includes the work from last week as well as over the weekend. I’m starting to focus and get more and more work done as the inspiration continues. The front skirts are REALLY plain looking. Yes, it’s a grunt suit, so it should be relatively simplistic cannon fodder that all GMs aspire to be; but it’s just plastic, so what’s better than cutting the plastic and then gluing more plastic to the cut plastic? There are still some scattered bits of work here and there as is typical with this kind of build. While glue or putty is drying, the focus on other sections keeps the work going. All the while, I’m taking pictures of all the progress.
Full details of the work and pictures after the jump!
I went almost a week without doing much work other than molding and casting the metal thrusters. They look cool, but are a pain in the ass to paint and they add a bit too much weight in comparison to a resin copy. Plus, they can get expensive if I keep buying and using them. So going back to my Chinese roots as a cheap fuck, I pirate the crap out of them. Then again, I’m not selling them, I’m just making copies to maximize their value. That said, I started working on the backpack sometime last week. I’ve seen some folks create these heatsink/vent things that look pretty damn cool; and some folks on reddit have asked how they’re done. So after a little bit of research, I figured out one way I could do them. For the quick and dirty, here’s a before and after for the backpack:
What better way to start off a new year than with a brand spanking newly released Master Grade GM Sniper 2 kit? Even better is that I have the motivation and some ideas bouncing around in my head for the kit. It was released about 2 weeks ago and I got the kit late last week. The little free time I had was spent cutting, sanding, and snapping the kit together. I didn’t finish the snapping process until last night, 1/30/2017.
It is a cool looking kit and came together well. I have some reservation on frame made of abs like plastic. I’m going to have to be careful when I paint to keep from making the frame too brittle. As cool as the kit is stock, it will definitely need some customization. First and foremost, that God awful sniper rifle will need to be updated.
Prior to the kit’s arrival, I had already started the process for updating the rifle. I found a damn cool looking sniper rifle online from Fall Out Las Vegas.
It’s never too early to start working on your SCGMC projects. Hell, work on your projects for GBWC and the various other contests that happen throughout the year. TatsuHobby is having a Blue VS Yellow contest at the beginning of April. There are IPMS contests, Valleycon in March, and the list goes on; so there are plenty of reasons to build this year. And all entries are welcome at SCGMC!
At the last model build gathering, Those Gundam Guys finally narrowed the theme to a few select ideas. Then, through a rigorous debate supported with intricately detailed charts and graphs; the real battle for SCGMC 2017’s theme began. The battle royal raged on with boulders thrown at one another, people pulling out various cutting elements, and others resorting to using stacks upon stacks of thinly sliced wood pulp product. Pitting double zeros against hairy thunder bolting balls on one side while the white devil battled fans of the red comet and giant ac-bears on the other. The winds of war howled hot and radiated brightly until a single entity at last, stood proudly atop the pile of smoldering theme rubble.
Gunpla builders, we give you the 2017 Southern California Gundam Model Competition Theme:
Keyword: RX-78 The white devils themselves! And remember, any prefixes and suffixes combinations that encapsulate “RX-78” qualify for the theme. So let’s get creative! Hell, if you can come up with something completely new and non-canon – we totally welcome that. Remember, the theme is just a small part of the whole experience that is SCGMC!
Here’s our first advertisement for the show, please print and disseminate indiscriminately and to as many people that you know are interested in gunpla!
Happy New Year everyone! I’ve been away from any gunpla for a while because of the holidays as well as doing some home improvement projects. I’ve been living at this house for a year and slowly getting small projects done here and there. That, along with the holidays has pretty much killed all work on anything gunpla related. But, since the holidays are done and this project is finished; I hope to get back into the 1/24 Saz head sooner than later.
For reasons that will be explained after the jump, we got a new oven, then because of the new oven, needed to do some construction to the existing cabinetry, which eventually led to the complete refinishing of all the kitchen cabinetry. Wow, this feels like I’m back in school explaining what I did over my xmas break… weird.
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.