Feb 222010

This past weekend was the monthly model build gathering. The folks showed up fairly promptly but we sat around watching the Winter Olympics for a little bit before actually sitting down and working on our respective kits. What can I say, it was the women’s ski jump aerials, and watching a few women eat it hard is always a good time. Watching some pretty impressive aerials was damn impressive too, even though a few of the women just looked like men. *shiver* Sean headed back to the table first then we all just kind of left the tv once they switched over to men’s ski long jump – not having Eddie “the Eagle” Edwards, didn’t keep us interested enough to hang around the tv.

Lucky for me, the kits I picked up from this past Wonderfest came in on Saturday, two bust ktis and a 1/8th kit came in so I spent the time at the build gathering pinning and doing some initial sanding.

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Sep 282009

Model build gathering and a gunpla fort. This past weekend was the monthly model build gathering. And for those lucky to show up early enough, they got first pick through a literal wall of gunpla – roughly 200 or so kits. They were all mostly built – snapped and some painted, but hell, free kits are free kits, anything can be taken apart and rebuilt.

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Aug 212009

A small little update before the weekend starts. The previous night, I masked the last two parts for Velvet and painted them. Also, last night, I sprayed a layer of black enamel over the entire base. The reasoning for that should become fairly clear in the picture below. Today after allowing the enamels to cure for a day, I snapped some pictures and took a video for this technique. Video and link to full tutorial explanation after the jump.

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Apr 062009

So a friend of mine has been bugging me for days and weeks to give him a list of tools that I use to build resin figures. So here we go. Note that some of these tools are not necessary, but will make the building process easier; and so are a luxury. Quick and dirty list:

Pin Vise
brass rod
sanding sticks
epoxy glue
drill bit set
tamiya light curing putty
tamiya epoxy putty quick type
milliput (clay like consistency)
Mr Resin Primer
hobby knife
Dykes (cutting tool, get you minds out of the gutter)

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Aug 172008

Terry arrived early so we can fix his airbrush. I took the airbrush apart and threw the front parts into a cup of lacquer thinner and ran the stuff through my ultrasonic cleaner. The nozzle was damaged so we went out to Coast Airbrush to pick up parts. Folks started arriving around 1:30 and everyone sat down and started building. I sat down and started working on my Kanu. We had a few new guys come out. Here are a few quick shots of folks building stuff.

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Jul 202008

It’s 4:45 PM and I’m still trying to recover from yesterday’s build gathering. Early in the morning, I hit up a showing of Dark Knight with Will and Chris, and rushed back with them in tow to the house to find that Travis and company were already here. People showed up fairly promptly this gathering, and I think we hit 18 people before 3PM. The house cleared once Otakufuel showed up, and everyone was outside buying kits. Here are a few pictures of the three sections of build areas we ended up with:

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We have a good number of new people this time; I believe we have about 7 or 8 new folks. Hugo watches them intently…

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Mar 312008

Saturday saw another successful model build gathering! We grew by 4 new attendees this month, and we had a total of 17 people attending including myself. Gtetra, even after spending the Friday and Saturday moving into his new house, called up and came over later Saturday Night to participate, true dedication. I’ll be picking up a 6ft table from Costco later on this week, and I’m sure we’ll have the space for a little more growth; much the the chagrin of my girlfriend I’m sure.

I spent a good amount of time running around answering questions and did a few quick demos:

Mono eye, camera lens modification

Quick and dirty airbrush tutorial

Otakufuel was also on hand to supply the wanton needs of the gunpla building otakus. So busy that they were not able to get much model building done – serves them right for bringing a car trunk full of goodies.

Here are a few pictures from the build gathering:

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The next build gathering is set for Saturday, April 19, 2008

I’m planning on having some kits ready for the following tutorials: Weathering, Pearl Painting, Applying Water Slide Decals, and maybe a few one offs here and there, depending on what people are working on. And I almost forgot, for April’s build gathering, we’re going to focus on getting some major work done of the 1/144 Scale “Gundam Bar” idea.