Sep 032019
 

Slow progress, but I hit a decent milestone at the end of this past weekend with the first session of primer, so it’s time for a post. I have a couple of tool discussions here so this will be good for future reference as well. First up is the drafting compass. We’ve all used these in the past to draw circles on paper. There is precision with the wheel adjustment so here, I can use this to mark up an area on the kit for drilling a hole. The back of the head needs a attachment point for the Gouf’s cables. The compass comes in handy to accurately measure how how far from a point of reference to make the marks. And I can easily mirror the mark on the other side of the head so I have symmetry.

Once marked off, I have a guide for drilling in the holes that will eventually dock the head cables.

If I take the compass and use the needle end as a guide along the bottom of a plastic piece, I can run this line and effectively draw a parallel line to the edges of the parts to draw in a guide that I can then tape along and scribe in a parallel detail line.

More about the build and another tool after the jump.
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Sep 132015
 

5 years ago, I built a Gouf Custom conversion kit using the Gouf 2.0 frame and the resin conversion kit from Neograde. Looking back, it was a fairly quick build that took only about a month, but then again, I think I spent quite a few hours in that month working on the damn thing: Progress Page. I added in an LED in the head that was completely self contained within the head and wrote a quick tutorial for that as well. And the pictures below were taken from the completed page.

For the past several years, this kit has been on display at one of our local gunpla shops. Some of our fellow model builders have sold their kits to collectors via this shop, so I put a little price tag on the kit as well. There have been some incidents that have resulted in some damages to kits in the display case because of a fairly large earthquake and some sun damage to paint. But so far, the kits I’ve placed in the case have been fairly lucky. At least until recently, and the luck has run out.

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