May 072018
 

Our theme for this year’s SCGMC is the Bearguy, so I’m finally getting off my ass and starting up my Bearguy project. I think I may have bitten off more than I can chew at this time. Sometimes when inspiration hits you, it’s like being hit by a motorcycle speeding from your blind spot. You’re not expecting it at all, and *WHAM* the ideas just start flowing. I had been working on the Grim Reaper figure kit and I just had to pull a complete stop. The force is strong with this one and cannot be ignored. Little Miss Reaper joins the rest of the projects in various modes of development hell.

Way back when the first Bearguy came out, I had an idea of fitting the kit (1/144) inside an MG Acguy (1/100). The idea stems from the Panda-Z anime/toy that I picked up almost 20 years ago. The idea floated around for a while then just faded away into the back of my subconscious with the rest of the half-witted ideas I get. Then comes the Petit-Bearguys and the idea slightly resurfaced, but was quickly overruled by other projects in progress or of higher priority. Fast Forward to the end of last year when we announced our 2018 SCGMC Theme and add a few months before the true inspiration that really kickstarts the project.

Aside from the Panda-Z, I’m also inspired by the giant Omni-droid from Incredibles. First step is to acquire the kits my imagination pulled together, so we have the 1/144 Kshatriya, the Bearguy San, an MG Ball, and a Petit-Bearguy. The arm of the MG Guntank was an afterthought so not really one of the full kits being used; I’ve already been cannibalizing that kit for several other projects; so what can one more do to hurt? The main pieces from the kits are quickly snapped together so I have a very rough idea of what I’m planning on bashing together.

What I end up with is the Petit-Bearguy (PBG) as the driver of an upper torso of the Bear-Guy (BG) with a lower torso of the MG Ball, and the Kshatriya (K) binders as legs in a tripod configuration.

This project started near the end of March, and I’m only just now getting around to making a post because I actually have a fairly decent progress flow. So after the jump, this wall of text and pictures taken over the past month continues. A snide note, I used a bad option on my camera that pretty much ruined a good number of pictures. So the different resolution size are pictures from my camera phone and what pictures I was able to salvage.

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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 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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Jul 112017
 

Anime expo has come and gone and I’m finally getting around to uploading the pictures I took from the two days I went and writing a little bit about the event. This was a great year for gunpla. Katsumi Kawaguchi came out to AX and along with a panel of Bandai folks did the judging at the AX leg of the GBWC USA Regions. That was pretty cool. They hosted a few Gundam and Gunpla panels. We also hosted our usual Gunpla building panels for all ages and the infamous 18+ panel as well. There was a new group that had a booth at AX this year. A group called Simp, and from our chatting with the folks there, they are a group that builds commission gunpla models and have started their own shop as well as selling some GK gunpla kits too. They had a pretty impressive display of built kits at the booth. Speaking of commissions, I had promised a guy that contacted me that I would start working on his figure commission in July (after I was done with AX and the GM Sniper project). So now that that’s done, the kit arrived today and I started to get cracking on it. The customer has some specific ideas so hopefully I can build to his expectations.

More about AX, our panels, AX GBWC, and the Saber commission after the jump!

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Jan 122017
 

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!

Nov 132016
 

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.

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More details about the show after the jump!

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Sep 162016
 

The Southern California Gundam Model Competition is only 2 months away! Time to get your butts back into gear and start finishing up your projects. If you haven’t started, then you have 2 months to get something done.

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For a special treat, we’ve gotten our special limited print T-shirts for this year’s event. Another “Char’s” T-shirt. Ok, it’s really Quat*coughChar*cough*tro Bajeena *cough*Casaval*cough*. The shirt is done with gold lining for the Shiki head and red highlight on a navy blue shirt. Brandon Hopkins designed the shirt and it looks damn good. Pictures really don’t do this justice. They will be availabe in limited numbers at SCGMC on November 12, 2016. Pictured below is all that there is for these shirts.

Since more and more women are getting into gunpla, and more and more women who love their men that love gunpla come along; there has been a huge increase in the demand for a more feminine cut shirt design. So we’ve listen to that request and have some of the special edition Shiki shirts printed on a women’s cut V-neck shirt. Now women sporting our TGG shirts can look even sexier!

But of course, our standard crew necks will be available at the show. We have sizes from small to 3XL. But again, very limited numbers so come early and grab one of these shirts before they’re gone. Of course, we still have a decent selection of our other shirts too.

But enough about the shirts! Get yourselves in gear; start slamming some paint, glues, hobby knife throwing, putty flinging, etc and get those kits done. Nothing wakes one up at the show more than walking by a kit and getting a nice wiff of freshly painted styrene.