Jul 192014
 

The folks here at ThoseGundamGuys have been hard at work creating this year’s T-Shirt design. A limited number will be for sale at this year’s SCGMC event. The price for the shirts have not been set yet, but it should be close to the price we sold last year’s Wing T-Shirts. If you missed out on last year’s Wing shirts, too bad, they’re gone.

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If you guys are coming out to the Southern California Gundam Model competition in November and want to make sure you get one of these limited shirts; visit our facebook page and post up your name, size, and quantity on this post: SGCMC T-Shirt Pre-Order

May 142008
 

Getting off my ass and finally getting some work in; it’s time for a little update. In long run, it is good that the parts were allowed a good amount of time for the clears to completely cure. For the wash, I used model masters black thinned with napatha based lighter fluid.

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Here are some before and after pictures of some of the panel lined parts:

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And this Nu is pretty much done, with the exception of the funnels.

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Next up will be the finishing work for the other Nu.

May 052008
 

This weekend, I returned to working on the HGUC Nus. I got them gloss clear coated and ready for decals:

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Decaled:

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Here are some comparison pictures of the two Nus so far. In some of the pictures, you can see the weathering done to the decals.

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Next up will be the panel line wash and another clear coat to finish up the “Shiny” Nu. There are a couple of more steps I need before I finish up the second Nu.

Apr 212008
 

Weekend update.

First things first, I got a good amount of work done towards the end of last week, and a little work over the build gathering. Since I’m letting the clear gloss cure on the first Nu, I got to work sanding the second Nu. Additionally, since the second Nu was toyed around with and just lying around on my work bench while I was working on the first Nu, the parts needed to be soaked in the purple cleaner and then rinsed to remove all the oils, dust, and other environmental contaminants off it. The hobby knife and some coarse grit sand paper went to work on roughing up the kit, adding scratches, dents, dings, and blast marks.

Next, I did the wire wrapping on the tubes behind the knees. However, for more contrast against the first Nu, I went with a high gauge magnet wire.

And I’m almost done with the painting. Learning my lesson from the first Nu, I painted the indented parts first, masked, then painted the main colors.

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There is still a small amount of painting work left on the Nu before I can get it gloss coated and I should be able to get to the decaling for both kits later on this week….

Build Gathering…

Another successful build gathering, and even more growath. There were 4 new comers to the event, and hopefully they’ll return to future build gatherings as well. An inclusive 21 or so people were here. The building groups are set up as two full rooms. We actually ran out of chairs and had to play musical chairs for a little while.

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New project inspired by the video of another modeler using an MG Z’Gok to scratch build an Air Man from the game Rock Man (Mega Man).
My version

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The part that is not explained or shown in the video is the slow process of building up the polyester putty body. I used strips of styrene as a frame for the putty to grab on to, and once I finish this slow process, I can get to the ever fun sanding and shaping phase…

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Apr 152008
 

Tax day update…. I actually couldn’t get as much done because I was spending some time working on my taxes…. at least Calif is going to pay me back for the interest free loan I gave them… *sigh* The federal side is a whole other story… but at least now, I know that I need to do at least a couple of commissions a year just as a bit of tax relief. 😀

Well, on the a bit of work…With these hguc kits, there are a good number of detail areas that should be masked off. In hindsight, I should have painted most of the detail areas as they were indented areas and masking over those areas is much easier to masking in the other direction….

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I’ve also been using Parafilm. The stuff is great for covering large areas, I end up saving on tape with a small amount of parafilm.

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And lucky for me, when I lifted the masking tape, the true test to surface prep is shown as the underlying paint didn’t lift. I also lifted the masking tape a couple of minutes after painting. I do this because the paint isn’t completely cured. I’ve had instances when lifting the masking tape, long after the paint has cured, left uneven edges as chipping and lifting occurs. This is easily fixed by scoring the paint along the edges of the masking tape, however, if scoring the edge can be avoided, it is best to do so.

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Some more detail work on some of the internals:

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Apr 032008
 

Another size comparison picture, using an hguc RGM-79D cold climate GM, this really shows off the shear massiveness that is the Nu.

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Small little update to the hguc nus I’ve been working on. On one of the kits, I replaced the backpack thrusters with metal thrusters from Ako Hobby. I’m using the same thrusters for the legs as well. I start by cutting the thruster bell off the stock piece using a hasegawa tritool saw. These saws are very thin and the amount of material removed by the sawing process is minimal so they work great for such applications.

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After removing the thruster bell, the area is then sanded slightly with a low grit sanding stick. This helps level the surface and give added surface area for the glue. The metal thruster is then glued into place. I used an epoxy glue for added strength.

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Here are a few comparison shots, the first is the replaced leg thruster and the second is the backpack thrusters.

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I think the bigger and longer thruster give a more robust look to the kit.