Oct 012015
 

There are two events happening this weekend!

On Saturday, October 3, 2015 International Plastic Modeler’s Society (IPMS) Orange County is holding their annual contest. There are usually about 400-500 models entered into this competition each year. Back in 2003, this was also the first live competition I had ever entered, and I got a 3rd place for a MG Z’Gok. This was the start of my interest in model competition that lead to the eventual creation of SCGMC!

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Location:
Titan’s Student Center
800 N. State College Blvd.
Fullerton, CA 92834

Even back in 2003, this club had a Gundam category under the scifi category umbrella. Its definitely a good competition to check out and possibly get some inspiration for your gunpla projects from all the military, aircraft, and car models.

The other event happening this weekend is on Sunday, October 4, 2015. RoboToyFest! They had an event earlier in the year and held a Gundam Model competition that they are also holding this weekend. Those Gundam Guys will be there to judge the competition again.

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Location:
Pasadena Civic Auditorium
300 E Green St
Pasadena, CA 91101

This weekend is a great opportunity to check out and enter some model Southern California model competition. And it could be some great inspiration to help give you that last push to finish your projects for SCGMC 2015! A bunch of Those Gundam Guys are going to be at these events so come say hi to us!

Sep 082015
 

This last month has been a busy one; and time is flying by so fast; where the hell did summer go? Oh yeah, I spent a week in Santiago, Chile, it’s winter down there; but still, time seems to be on fast forward. We’re about 2 months away from this year’s Southern California Gundam Model Competition! Are you ready?

This is our 5th year of the competition; and with that, we have a much bigger venue. So for those that have attended previous years’; THE VENUE LOCATION IS DIFFERENT THIS YEAR!!!

Grand Hall
Fullerton Community Center
340 W Commonwealth Ave
Fullerton, CA 92832

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I’ll try to cover everything about the contest in this post, so this will be pretty long. But to make things a little easier, I’ll have the bookmarks below that will click to the specific topic area.

SCGMC 2015 T-Shirts
SCGMC 2015 Categories
SCGMC 2015 Judging Guideline
SCGMC 2015 Forms
SCGMC 2015 Live Demos
SCGMC 2015 Vendor List

We also do a Live Gunpal Building broadcast bi-weekly (every other Tuesday at 7:00PM PST) And we have a broadcast scheduled for tonight (September 8, 2015 @ 7:00PM PST) So feel free to ask any questions about SCGMC during the broadcast.

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Jul 282015
 

SCGMC is a gunpla competition held in Southern California in November. Saturday, November 14, 2015 to be exact. It is a niche model competition focusing mostly on gunpla. Other anime models are always welcomed and highly encouraged, such as Mak, Five Star Stories, Macross/Robotech, Evangelion, Votoms, etc. Anime resin figures are also very much welcomed. That said, each year, there is a special theme; this year’s theme is the 1/144 City Diorama. We create the special theme each year to help push builders to explore techniques outside their sphere of comfort. There is a special award for this theme; but it is only 1 of a current listing of 11 categories.

SCGMC is about anime/mecha model building. So to promote that, we have 11 categories that spans the Gundam universe, other anime mecha, resin figures, and dioramas in general.

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Jul 012015
 

Taking some time off work really paid off; as if I didn’t, I wouldn’t have been able to finish the project within the confines of the AX deadline. Well, I think I could have, but it would have really been pushing things. From the last update, I started attaching the completed pieces of the project to the base. The silos and pipe works were glued onto the base. The tower light was attached and glued into position. The one building was also glued onto the base. Once these pieces were in place, I taped off some border areas and using some elmer’s white glue thinned down slightly with water; painted the watered down glue and then carefully sprinkled some colored ballasts (model train store scenics stuff) The stuff is great for replicating gravel and comes in a variety of colors. The damaged base area was painted with the diluted white glue and more gravel was applied. Once the glue completely dries; a few hours as the stuff dries pretty quickly (I let it sit for at least 8 hours as I’m paranoid). I did an enamel wash with a few colors to give a some dimension to the gravel. I also dropped in some more diluted white glue and added some yellow turf as a weedy undergrowth.

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Apr 142015
 

I’ve been posting up more and more videos and finding more and more mundane tasks to record while I build in hopes that someone out there finds them useful. Most of the model building techniques we use daily are just laborious; but each kit has its own quirks and since we have the technology, why the hell not? It doesn’t really matter much that I turn the gopro sitting on a tripod on top of my desk and just hit the record button while I work. Every now and then, there’s something that interesting that someone out there may find interesting. I’ve started getting better with the editing, using the zoom feature in the editor so that the actual model work is displayed; actually working within the framework of the camera view; and making more coherent comments while I’m building – all the while keeping my dogs from barking or the wife from running into the workshop with day to day life discussions.

But there are some damn cool things that I really need to start doing because we have the technology available to us. Youtube has a live broadcast option, that I would like to try out during our build gatherings. At least it may give some insight to how our build gathering run, the jokes, nerdiness, fun, and sometimes the horrific uncomfortableness that accompanies any social gathering of this nature. Worst case senario, this may increase our monthly build gathering attendance. God knows I’ve been trying to scare off the folks that come now!

Aside from this, I’ve been lucky and have tried to help this community as much as possible. This started with my website, the model progress build ups, the completed kits, and the tutorials. Then I started doing panel at Anime Expo and a few other anime conventions; also taking over the Anime Expo Model Contest. The audience at Anime Expo is amazing; but in the sea of events, vendors, cosplayers, etc; our little hobby gets lost. Model build gatherings were born about the same time the Anime Expo panels started up, and from our group attendance at local model contests like IPMS Orange County’s Orange Con – Those Gundam Guys was born. And a few years of this, we’ve found that there was something lost between the Anime Expo Model Contest and the IPMS style model show… so the Southern California Gundam Model Competition (SCGMC) was born. What’s sometimes overlooked is that the website, the time spent doing the tutorials, posting things on youtube, running SCGMC, etc; all cost some amount of money. Something that I’ve never asked for, because I was once a poor student, a jobless model builder, and I love building gunpla and resin anime figures. The ads on my site shouldn’t be too intrusive and the ads on the youtube videos are also not too invasive. We’ve been trying to keep the costs of attending SCGMC low as well. But we’ve completely outgrown the venue we’ve been using for the past 4 years.

That said, we now have a much larger venue – which incur a significantly higher cost to rent. That said, I recently discovered (I’m slow with technology sometimes – especially when it comes to keeping up with the hobby) that youtube has a “Fan Funding” option. So if you’ve enjoyed my mindless rantings over the years, the Anime Expo panels, the tutorial and build videos, SCGMC, Those Gundam Guys; etc. Help support the cause and click the little blue support button! It’ll help keep our grassroots style promotion of the hobby!

Nov 162014
 

It’s mid November, we’re getting our first rains and the weather is turning colder. The convention season is pretty much over with PMX being one of the last major anime/comic/asian media conventions; what better time to come to the Southern California Gundam Model Competition? If you missed it, well, you have a year to plan for the next one. We knew we pretty much outgrew our event space last year, this year really proved that point. We had about 170 attendees, a 52% increase from last year. For model entrants, we went from 42 to 70 entrants, 67% increase. The number of model entries jumped from 76 to 114 entries, 50% increase. Thanks for all the support you guys have given us in attending our event! There is a vast improvement on skills. The beginner’s table exploded, and a good number of those entrants need to move up to the advance/intermediate level. A good number of the advanced level builders need to start competing with the experts. It’s nice to win the SCGMC challenge coin, but to have your name and kit immortalized on the SCGMC Experts plaque; I’m still trying to get my name on that board! Competition is the best motivation for improvement!

Next year, we’re definitely moving to a bigger venue; then we can then explore the ideas for more vendors such as someone to sell LEDs and electronics, and folks that have too much stuff and want to set up a table swap meet style to thin out their collections. The parking at our venue is horrible, so this is definitely an issue we’re taking to heart. But if you have any issues with our event, please do not hesitate to bring them up to one of us; we’re always looking to improve the experience, and the voice of the attendees is very powerful!

From our standpoint, we felt that we’ve made some great improvements on our event. We streamlined our judging process which keeps us on schedule. We heard the moans about the small raffle cage that trapped tickets, and picked up a large acrylic barrel. We do listen! And we understand that there are always a few tweaks and things to make things better, but it’s only our 4th year. I think we’re doing pretty damn good. And we had an amazing turnout for our Unicorn Grunt theme this year.

Next year our theme will be the “1/144 City Diorama” The idea here is that everyone can push their building levels even further, and try their hand at the diorama. We had some amazing dioramas show up this year and we’d like to push that. Since next year will be our 5th year anniversary, we want to make it special. Our first year, ThoseGundamGuys as a collective built a six piece 1/144 diorama:

Next year, we want to include everyone for our 5th year display and tie it in with the competition! The diorama can be as simple as a few 1/144s on a tarmac or roadway; or as complex as a military base or city with buildings, bridges, etc. We’ll just put these things together Lego Movie style, and hopefully have a huge cityscape piece to show the world!

Ok, enough rambling, we’ll get more details about next year as soon as possible, but for now, get those ideas for your 1/144 City Diorama flowing.

The full gallery, which includes pictures taken by the TGG staff as well as Jonathan A. who attended the event: http://gamerabaenre.com/?page_id=3313

Details on the 2014 SCGMC winners after the jump!

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Nov 072013
 

It feels damn good be be so organized and prepared for this year’s SCGMC event. We spent a little more money than we did last year, but it is definitely money well spent on items that will see future use at many more SCGMC events to come. We’ve been generating some good publicity through the TGG Facebook page; posting up some last minute progress pictures of kits we’ve been working on, posting up pictures of an early collection of raffle prizes, and within the past several hours, posting up pictures of our trophies we have for this year.

Time to post up some of those pictures here too, check it out after the jump!

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