Bearguy III

Build Fighter

Sazabi "Version Ka"

Reviewed by Toymaker



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Review by Toymaker

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Sunday, February 26, 2017

A new start

I have being blogging for more than a decade now. But slowed down considerably in recent years. Why? Because of Facebook. They have make it easily to share content via many platforms and gadgets. So it's kinda hard to get back to blogging. 

For the past few months, I have been trying this free platform, WIX. It is good for idiots like me who can't code, design websites. After many trials and errors, I managed to cook up something decent to look at. And most importantly, a gallery of my old works and hopefully adding new ones soon. 

There is a dedicated blog at the website too. So I will start to blog from there soon. 

Saturday, September 24, 2016

This hobby.... is it for you?

This is an interesting article. I don't really trust online researches these days but having a hobby does make one happier. And I'm not just referring to Gunpla. It could be anything you like to do. It just has to be something you enjoy doing and derive satisfaction from it. You don't even have to be good at it as long as you spend quality time.

Coming back to this hobby, yeah it's a lot of fun. I have been doing the same thing for over a decade now and I have never felt bored once. To me, picking up that pair of nippers was perhaps one of the best decisions I made in my life. It has been wonderful trip and I am still raring to go everyday.

Over the years, I made a lot of friends from different countries. Language was a barrier but Gunpla brings all of us together regardless of our backgrounds and cultures. Some eventually become my buddies.

But like any thing we do, there is always a flip side that we have to deal with. Why? Because we are still dealing with people after all. Online, we encounter all sorts of people. But the type I despise most are trolls. They do nothing but create trouble. They seek to disrupt your momentum and waste your time. They are not in this for the hobby, they just want to stir shit (to put it simply).

Best thing you can do, walk away. And work on Gunpla. Devote your time, effort and creative energies on making something awesome. Serve the community by inspiring and enriching them with your work, ethics and energy. My contribution may be insignificant. But if everyone chips in and do their part, you will be surprised how fast the community will grow and flourish.
NO. I am not in this for the likes, fame, glory or whatever you think it is. I'm in this simply because I enjoy what I am doing. I want people to enjoy this hobby just like me.
So ask yourself again, what are you doing with Gunpla today?

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Battle Of The Toys 2016

One of the perks of being a modeler is being able to visit exhibitions, competitions and numerous events related to Gunpal and toys. And this is one of them. As Hobby Art gang was invited to showcase their range of E7 Model Paint at the event, I asked to tag along for the show. 

Monday, August 22, 2016

Dreaming the impossible dream

"I dare to dream."

This is by far my most ambitious project.  
Since Hobby Art Gallery (HAG) will be having her long awaited Tetsujin competition in 2017,  I thought this will be a good opportunity to show everyone the prowess of HAG's resident modeler!  Me!  
So I gave myself this ridiculous challenge.  
Six months... 
Six months to remodel and recreate the Deepstriker in my vision.  Six months to create a maintenance city (1m by 1m) as its base. 
And six months started a month ago! Lol.... Well, I guess there is no harm in attempting the unachievable. Hell, I'm not going down without a fight!
Preliminary concepts:-
1. To recreate the Deepstriker into an huge armored unit 
2. Design and create new armaments. 
3. Two support units will be attached to the main Striker. Zeta Plus or Delta Plus 
4. Brainstorming... Brainstorming... 
The clock is ticking....  I'm going to sleep early tonight to replenish my energy.  The impending storm , the anticipated excitement, the unrelenting pursuit for that elusive ultimate build.  
I live just for that. 

The art of scribing lines and making notches

Before I start, a disclaimer of sorts. I just want to stress that I am no expert in scribing and detailing. But I do have a certain level of proficiency that is good enough for me to get by. The tools and methods I mentioned below are derived from practice and experience I accumulated over the years. So it might not work for others. 

When I started out in 2002-2004, scribing panel lines was unheard of. The first person who mentioned it to me was my Mentor, Leon Ku. He was doing it and encouraged me to give it a try as well. It was an interesting technique to me back then. Little did I know, our Japanese counterparts were already light years ahead of us in this department. 

One of my first works where I attempted scribing, A mustard colored EX-S. 

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Graze Asura

This is my latest work I named as Asura Graze. This build is actually part of a group build involving several modelers from various countries. It's called the Clash of the Titans Group Build. It's probably a first of its kind GB and hopefully it won't be the last one.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

GBWC Singapore 2016 - My views.

GBWC is early for Singaporeans this year. And it caught many off-guard. Although it was announced that it will happen in June since January this year, many folks are just not used to GBWC this part of the year. It will need some getting used to. We are like one of the earliest countries to kick off this competition. And this shows in the pathetic turn-out this round. A miserly 60 plus entries across all categories. I can't remember a worse showing than this in all my years here. It was that underwhelming. 

Well, I will jump straight to the entries since there's nothing interesting there and I can't be bothered with sales and limited items. 

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Nemesis by Jaef Liang (GBWC Singapore 2015)

They say old dogs cannot learn new tricks. But when I see Jaef Liang's GBWC entry this year, I know that statement is not so true afterall. 

Saturday, September 26, 2015

PG Perfect Strike by Toymaker

After two long years, that PG Strike is finally done. It has been a long journey. Full of ups and downs. There were times I almost threw in the towel as I was simply too tired to carry on with this project. Technically, it was a very challenging project. And it was pretty taxing on my mental state as well. But I walked away with valuable experience. 

It is not my most "Perfect" Perfect Strike. But it will do for now as I continue to work even harder and seek for that elusive breakthrough. So enjoy this not so perfect "Perfect Strike"....

Sunday, August 9, 2015

My home, my Singapore

Singapore is celebrating its 50 years of independence this year. And I must say I have never been more proud of being a Singaporean than this day. What I have today I have to thank my pioneers, who worked hard to make Singapore what it is today. We are enjoying their fruits of labour now. My children will never understand the instability, uncertainty and even chaos in old days. Neither will I!

I was born in 1978. And I have to say my generation is a very special and privileged bunch. Why? Well, we were caught in the transition between old and new. We have seen the development of our transport, telecommunication and technology, we partied, celebrated and survived Year 2000, we have done and seen so many things.

And Singapore has changed a lot. 

My dad used to be a contractor in the 80s. He specialized in replacement of window panes and plumbing. When I was really young, I used to tag along with my parents and they would travel all over Singapore in search of jobs. Every time we reaches an estate, both of them would go floor to floor to distribute fliers to every single household. I chipped in as well. It was hard work but whenever I take a trip down memory lane, I wish I was back there running around and just having fun. Life was simple but fulfilling.

While he does his work, I would hang out at the playground at that estate. So you can say I have played in almost all the playgrounds in Singapore. North, South, East and West, you name it, I was there. The Hillview estate and Neo Tiew HDB were memorable ones as they were little villages hidden in the middle of nowhere and away from busy Singapore. To me, it was like going to Enchanted Forest and having an adventure every time I set foot in both estates.

My favourite playgrounds

Photo courtesy of A busy mom's blog

So I have seen many estates in Singapore. And I know how far Singapore has come. Old housing blocks gave way to newer apartments and condominiums. My favourite hunts were gone. The old-school concrete playgrounds were replaced with foam padded flooring, plastic slides/structural ones. How I miss the days of playing hide-and-seek and "catching"!

The landscape continues to evolve as I grow up. I served my NS, had a job, started a family. and have my own children. Sometimes when I look at them, I feel a deep sense of loss. "Oh boy, you guys don't know how much you are missing!". And it's not that they actually bothered, too busy having fun! If I can send my kids back to the 70s-80s, I would do it! 

So here I am, in the perfect place and perfect time to celebrate Singapore's jubilee. I was hoping to see Mr Lee at the National Day Parade this year but sadly, it was not meant to be. He and his team deserves all the credits and accolades there are. Mere words cannot express my gratitude towards them. If it is not for them,  I won't be have what I have today. The foundations they build became formidable pillars for future generations to build on. And for us, all we can do, is to carry their dreams even further.

Our Home, Our Heart, Our Singapore.


Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Iron-Blooded Orphans [G-Tekketsu]

I have not seen so much hype and excitement over a new Gundam series for a long time. So this came as a surprise to me as well. I don't have much information yet but this looks really promising. I'm digging the design of the new mech although I can't put a "Gundam" to it. Well, I guess it's a matter of accepting that Gundam designs has to evolve somehow.  

Looking forward to the actual product release for me! 

Airing October 4th, 2015 on TBS/MBS' Sunday 5pm slot

- Directed by Tatsuyuki Nagai
- Written by Mari Okada
- The main characters are Mikazuki Augus and Orga Itsuka
- Name of the Gundam is Gundam Barbatos
- This Gundam is a high drama story of a bunch of child soldier orphans who band together to find a place they can call home
- The main Gundam is a relic from the previous war which starts as a wreck, but will evolve and get stronger as they defeat more enemies and upgrade the parts bit by bit
- The Gundam shares the same base frame as all other Mobile Suits, and so can cannibalize parts, weapons, and armor as the story progresses.

Info from Gundamguy.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Gallery revamped

Well, after more than 4 hours, I managed to put most of my works in thumbnails in the Gallery page of my blog! Phew... having sore shoulders now. I'm loving what I see. Hopefully, I can add more new works to the gallery soon! Watch this page. :) 

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