Feb 162021
 

It has been a good minute since I last posted anything. I think that last time I posed up something was the end of September 2020 for the ST Tortois kit from the 80’s. Shortly after that post, the wife and I packed up Bob and Ken and headed off to Yellowstone/Grand Teton for a week.

A few days after coming home, I started showing signs of Covid-19 and 7 days in, it got full blown and I had to stay at the hospital for 4 days while they injected me with all sorts of drugs and did daily blood draws. Not fun, but I fully recovered after a few weeks. Then it was on to Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years all back to back with nothing new. Well, right before Christmas, the wife and I went RV shopping. From my experience getting the kungflu and seeing how easily folks in Class B’s were doing in Yellowstone; we decided that we wanted one.

Apparently lots of people are thinking along this line and it is pretty difficult to get our hands on one. We were debating between the Sequence by Thor or the Travato by Winnebago. They are both built on the Ram Promaster 3500 chassis and are fairly similar with the two floor plans we narrowed our decisions on; the Winnie 59G or the Sequence 20K. We ended up picking out the Travato 59G a week before Christmas and was told that a model we wanted would arrive sometime in January. We dropped 5K as a deposit and did the fun paperwork and then just waited for a month before getting called by the dealership to go and pick it up.

More about this and tons of pictures from the last few weeks after the jump.

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Mar 252019
 

Ok, personal life post time, so if you’re looking for something TGG, SCGMC, or Gunpla related; you may want to skip this one. This is about a part of my life that has been with me for the past 15 and a half years. And he’s gone now. So this is my goodbye.

This is the very first picture I took of Hugo when I brought him home in early December 2003. He was born on October 27, 2003 and I had somehow found an ad for him by the breeder out near Lake Elsinore. THe breeder had actually kept him separate from his littermates as she was originally planning on having him become a show dog. He melted mine and Clementine’s hearts immediately and we brought him home. I did not know that 13 years later, we would get Bob from this same breeder. Once home, his first order of business was to find something and drag it along the house.

This is the very last picture I took of him late in the evening of March 23, 2019, still smiling because all his friends hes gotten to know over the years are within smell radius.

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Jan 202018
 

This past Saturday was the 2nd annual Spruefest event held by the folks at Brookhurst hobbies with support from various well known model building entities in Southern California. They had expanded their scifi category to actually split out from scifi completely and have a separate Gundam category, and being sponsored by the local Bandai distributor Bluefin, the qualifying gunpla must be Bandai only products. As a group, we usually post up about the event and hang out once we get all our gear set up and have a good look around the model room at the various kits. The room closes so the judges can concentrate. It’s a decent sized space but packed with 400 models, it gets pretty tight. So at such events, we’re force to go entertain ourselves for a few hours. Typically we find someplace and just gorge ourselves. This year, a few of the guys wanted to go karting. So we gathered a group that was interested and drove off to Anaheim’s K1. We got registered and waited about an hour before our race was on. I haven’t karted in a long long time. And being a little older, my body is telling me so just after one race. But damn was it fun. We headed back to the contest location and had a late lunch before heading back towards the competition.

We’ve been through enough competitions that we just take everything with a canister of salt. Sci-fi is generally regarded as a red headed step child. Gunpla is a niche within sci-fi… so we’re used to the folks snickering at our toy building abilities. Funny how as I was growing up, ALL MODEL kits were found in the toy sections of any local drugs store. But I digress, we just go to have fun. Winning or not winning doesn’t matter to us. It gives us a good laugh at the results. It is this reason we created SCGMC. But, we also gotta support the hobby and help folks educate as many people as possible about our silly little hobby. It’s the only way to grow it. We figured we were in good hands with Bluefin heading up the judging. I was in the contest room putting away my kits when they got to our category. I missed the announcement for a few wins – Gundam Diorama, and Large Gundam. They split the large scale Gundam into two categories just because there were such a huge turnout. Funniest thing is that the categories are separated into Small Gundam (1/144 and smaller), Large Gundam (1/100 and larger) and then Gundam Diorama. They had DQed a few of the diorama pieces based on the idea that those entries were more vignettes than dioramas – which is something we do at SCGMC, we’re pretty strict on our idea of a “diorama”. For us, we put emphasis on a story being told, and usually require more than one focused involved character. Going back to the two other categories, since they have separated the 1/144 from 1/100 – things shouldn’t be too difficult. Angel enters his GIANT 1/144 Dendro, so it is rightly entered into the Small Gundam category. He ends up winning one of the splits for Large Gundam. At this point, we wonder how much say Bluefin truly has at a contest they’re not running, but sponsoring. Again, this goes back to our general acceptance of how the model community as a whole views and accepts our niche. Regardless, it was a damn fun day. I snapped a quick video and snapped some quick pictures. I should have gotten MOST of the entries.

Dec 122017
 

Progress on all my project have all but stopped because I finally picked up a PS4 over Thanksgiving weekend and have since been sucked into the world of Assassin’s Creed Origins. Hooray for Egyptian boobies! I was playing Star Wars Battlefront 2 for 3 days and since I don’t really care for COD style FPS games, the online aspect of the game didn’t appeal to me; the campaign portion ended fairly quickly. I really just got the damn bundle for the Star Wars labeled box and controller. The game, not so much.

This coming weekend is our annual Xmas build gathering which consists of a potluck, drinking alcohol, maybe some model building, and a white elephant gift exchange. We have a minimum requirement of $25 for the “gift” but folks have brought things such as PGs, MGs and whole paint sets. Its always fun to watch everyone steal from one another.

The other thing I’ve been fiddling with of late is creating a new watch face for my Huawei Watch. For the longest time, I’ve been wanting a watch face with Eastern Arabic clock numerals. They’re typically search keyed as “Ottoman watch” and this will pull up a ton of images of antique watches. The obsession actually manifested after watching the movie Looper, where the main protagonist has a pocket watch with such a face. So, when I first got the smartwatch, I did some searched for faces but didn’t find any watch face that had those dial ticks. I figured it was a bit too early in the smartwatch face creating game and I eventually forgot about it. Recently, the itch returned. But again, the search was fruitless. If it doesn’t exists, I guess I should create it.

I found an image file for clock dial scheme and created 1-12, cleaned up the images a bit then started work on creating the watch. So as to not reinvent the wheel, I took an existing watch and just stripped away the cosmetics and replaced them with newly created one. I ended up with the following, the first picture is what the watch looks like on bright mode, and the second is on dim mode.

In my research for real Ottoman style watches, I came across a company called Tourby and I really liked the look of these custom watches. So I added that bit of flare to the watch.

In bright mode, the watch face displays current temperature, date, steps, battery for watch and phone, and heart rate. With the dim mode, this shouldn’t drain the battery too badly, but this is still my second or third watch design, so we’ll see as I test this on my own watch. For those interested in the face, I uploaded it to facerepro where you can grab it, leave a comment, and rate it. I’ve already updated it a few times since uploading it yesterday. I spent a little more time cleaning up the numerals and did some small design changes here and there on the watch. I should just close this off and work on a completely different version next.

I still have tons of projects in various stages of completion, but I’m really enjoying the hell out of killing Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians while every so often; getting treated to Egyptian boobies. I should get some work done on at least the MG Hazel project during the build gathering this Saturday. For those local to Southern California and want to join the build gatherings, fill out of form here subscribe to the mailing list. If you cannot make it this Sat, there’s always next month.

Edit, I added another version, the dim view is the same. I removed the weather and heart rate and shifted the step counter up. I redesigned the second counter to look more like the Tourby custom.