Weekend update: I finished building the Sol Tekkaman commission, finished the SD Gundam NT1 Alex, and entered the two, along with 4 other kits into IPMS Orange County’s annual OrangeCon competition. This was an exhausting weekend.
I finished up the detail painting and panel lines for the Sol Tekkaman kit in the wee hours of Saturday morning. Angel was over finishing up decals and panel lines while the group of us started a new game of Axis and Allies. I ended up finishing around 4 in the morning and sleeping at 6, only to wake up three and a half hours later to head out to the contest. But more on that later, for now, here are some completed pictures of the Sol Tekkaman.
SD Alex is masked, primed, then painted.
Then when removing the masking tape, paint chipping. Notice that the paint removed is down to the base surface. I didn’t prime the piece before painting the Finisher’s black, but that was stripped away as well. On several other occasions while painting with the kandy style paint and masking over the kandy scheme, I’ve noticed that the paint adhesion was severly weakened and masking over kandy schemes led to paint chipping. This may be an issue of cure times such that I didn’t allow the paints to fully cure before each layer, but I have noticed that expecially with kandy paint schemes, masking over the kandy has a tendency to chip easier. Or this could just be my imagination. Regardless, this is what happened.
The rest of the kit was ready for panel lines and final detail painting. It is shown here with only one leg as some touch up for the other leg was needed along with the repair to the paint chipped shield.
And around 3-4AM Saturday, I finished the sucker and was ready to enter it into OrangeCon a few hours later.
Interesting comparison, as the NT-1 kit is a newer SD, they are considerably larger than the old SD kits, as I pulled up the little SD Kampfer I had for a side by side shot. Then I just had to goof off a bit with the pictures..
OrangeCon report, first and most importantly, the group build folks made for a great showing. The Sci-Fi Mecha and Gundam category was just over run with us. There were about 16 or so models, and of them 14 belonged to the build gathering folks. There were so many gunpla kits that they ended up splitting the category: Flying Gunpla and Non Flying Gunpla. To their credit, the IPMS Judges don’t know much about gunpla so the fact they had to split the category shows they’re trying. If this keeps up, I’ll probably recluse myself and participate in judging so as to help teach these guys a few things about gunpla and proper categorization. But even for us seasoned gunpla builders, how does one fairly split the category? Of the kits, only a few were smaller than 1/100, the kits were from various Gundam series as well. So it is difficult regardless of anything to split the category fairly. Regardless, this is proof that the build gatherings are doing some sort of good; and I think we even had more entrants(people) than the car model categories.
I took over 300 pictures trying to at least get most of the kits on display. So here is just a taste of what was on display.
Damn impressive landing craft. The helipad is completely scratch built.
Seaview from Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea had a full array of electronics that lit up front, internal cabin, tail lights, mini sub lights, and had working propellers. Very cool piece.
And here’s what the build gathering folks came away with: Angel got a First and Second(both in flying gundam) for his Seravee and Arios respectively; Brandon got a Second for his Marasai(standing gundam), Manuel got a Third for his Astrea (standing gundam), Nathan got a Third with his Destiny Gundam (flying gundam), and I took home a First for the Shin Musha (standing gundam).
Brandon and I also entered into the Sci-Fi fantasy figure category with his Cammy and my Kanu and Velvet. Brandon won a Second for the Cammy, and I got the First for Velvet.
A bit of confusion in the categories also had a 151mm & larger figure category, that Manuel entered his Jill Valentine, so I put my Asagi into that category as well. I guess we’re able to place our kits in any category so long as we have proper justification and it is up to the judges to allow for such. Manuel won the Second place for his Jill Valentine and I picked up the First for the Asagi. Asagi also won for the “I think I’m turning Japanese” theme award which puts all the kits that are of Japanese origins into one competition category. The theme awards is an interesting method for holding a contest that allows very different kits to compete against each other. Brandon chuckled at me when I won for her, “If they only knew where Asagi came from…”
My last award was for the SD Gundam NT-1 “Alex” I finished earlier that morning and threw into the Humor In modeling category, as the damn things are so cute and funny looking. I didn’t think I’d place as I kinda hastily painted and put the thing together, and there were plenty of hilarious and well done kits in that category. So I was pleasantly surprised to win Second place for the little SD.
The weekend is a blur as it just all melted together. Good times. Hopefully this will encourage and inspire more folks from the build gathering. Click here for all 300+ pictures.