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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Reflections

OMG before I even noticed, 2009 is coming to an end. Well the time has come for me to submit my report book. A look at what I have done for this year and to set up my goals for 2010.

Nothing eventful this year. And that suits me just fine. My office job is stablizing but I think I should give it a push next year. I don't see myself as a very efficient person. If I was, I would be finishing 10-20 gunplas a year. So I will be looking for ways to improve on that aspect. Somtimes I do feel a bit overwhelmed because there seems to be a thousand things to do and so little time. Most often than not, I begin to panic and can just go blank. I guess the key here is to prioritize my work and be systematic. Of course it's easier said than done, but at least I have narrow down and recognise my problems. Now all I need to do is to stop procastinating and get down to work!

As for my hobby, now how many kits did I finish this year? Freedom Gundam, Cherudim Avalanche, 1/60 Exia and a MG Exia. Four gundams in one year! Oh that is miserable... Looks like next year's agenda will be to improve my speed, as usual. I miss out on BAKUC this year because I could not finish the FAZZ in time. The "take my own sweet time" mentality has to go. Or esle I can never get anything done. I realised that I have never submitted a 100% completed kit for all the competitions I took part in except for the Sazabi Flight Type which I finish both the kit and the base. So next year, my aim is pretty simple - to FINISH something for BAKUC 2010. I think that would be a great achievement for me already(LOL).

As for this blog... on my! It has been almost three years since I first started. I could still remember my first post showing my stash :) well that had grown quite a bit from then. I have come a long way. Recently I have been trying to improve my blog. From the contents to the layout, I am constantly looking for new ways to make them interesting and informative. I think there is still a lot to be done and I will keep trying. However, I must say that it is pretty hard to maintain a blog with other committments (and distractions).

On the other hand, I have come to know a lot of people from other countries which is pretty amazing to me. This is one of the many factors that keeps me blogging about my passion. In fact I never knew that there are so many people follwing my blog and I am really grateful to all of them...

I would like to appeal to all of the readers of this blog to suggest ways I can improve. All ideas are welcome and I will have to see whether implemetation is viable. But I can assure you that I will keep improving.

Ever since my mum left me, life has became somewhat a black and white movie to me. Somehow, I do not fully enjoy the happy moments that I have as much and most of the time, I would be thinking of the past when she was around. At times, I felt that I am just going through the motions. At first it was tormenting, but lately I realised that those memories are only what I have of her left. I can bear to forget them so I keep replaying them. At times, I find the heartache really unbearable. I hope that my heart will just stop beating and I wouldn't feel a thing anymore. And it is very very frustrating when there is nothing you can do about it. Nowadays I would look up to the sky when I think of her. Why? I think this may sounds stupid but I am hoping the sky would open up and someone will answer all my questions...

Edit: I also want to thank my wife for being there for me. She fully support my hobby and has never complain about it once. I thank her for being so understanding and most importantly, forgiving. I will always cherish her and ensure that my family comes first no matter what...

I am looking out of the window now and tonight is especially beautiful. All the lights in the distance actually warms my heart even though I see them everyday. Tonight, I am feeling very good after so long a time. Maybe a new year is upom me and it is about time I live my life...

TO ALL OF YOU PEOPLE OUT THERE... HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Monday, December 28, 2009

How it should have ended



My son came across something really funny when he was on U Tube watching Transformers cartoons. My wife and I had a good laugh and I thought you guys should too....
How it should have ended



Meantime (in another corner spraying), yup I am getting there slowly but surely....


Sunday, December 27, 2009

Gundam oo Movie trailer

I like it the moment I sees it. I find the newer models have this "cool" factor something I can't put a word to it. I am oh so going to get the models upon their release. I really like Gundam Zabanya, Gungrave style!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

BB Mania

Finally got my tiger over the weekend. And I had an idea and decided to buy two more for a diorama. I have never done a BB Senshi kit before because I think that all those masking is a bit daunting. But I want to give it a try soon...
SUN QUAN

TAI SHI CI


SUN CE


I got this feeling that this build will be pretty fun for me. Now only the FAZZ stands between me and them.... Must faster finish it!!!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Downcast


For the past two months, it's all rainy and cold. When I looked out of the window, I always see dark clouds looming in the horizon. Somehow, I find this very comforting but at the same time, I feel a void so vast that I'm afraid I will cave in.

After all this time, I finally realised something, time does not lessen the pain of losing your loved one, it merely buries it deep down in the recesses of one's heart. Sometimes these emotions will burst out and as if the floodgates have opened suddenly. These raw, crippling and negative feelings hit me with the such force , it might as well be a tsunami. I felt that I was stuck this endless cycle of the day I lose my mum, over and over again. I find it utterly pointless to cry now. In fact, I think I ran out of tears.

I think missing someone is really tough. Every single night when I lay on my bed, I keep blaming whoever is up there for taking her away from me. I really wanted her to be with me at every point of my life and my son's. I always wanted to hold her hands but never dared to...

Now I only have memories of her. But I am frightened that as I grow older, they too will fail me... Life is cruel. She has never ask for much, she has never complained. She endured great hardships in her younger days. And in the end, what did she get? If I say it is unfair, then I am being inconsiderate to many people who are much more unfortunate than her and still suffering. But I am not that noble. I just want her back...

Well I have already made up my mind. I'm pretty sure she is waiting for me somewhere. When I am done here, I will gladly go to her. In time,yes but not so soon.... I have to go to work tomorrow... (...sian 1/2...)

Monday, December 7, 2009

Grrrrr... Tiger!

Finally! Something that I am really interested in for the BB Senshi Series. Based on Sun Quan from the "Romance of Three Kingdoms", this BB can transform into a white tiger! This is damn cool. I will probably get two and have them displayed one in "Gundam" mode and one in "Tiger" mode... And its coming to in this month!!! Yipee!





See product here - BB Senshi Sangokuden Gotaitei Sonken Gundam Korinpaku

Friday, December 4, 2009

Mighty Muggs Transformers Wave 3

Movie Optimus Prime and Bumblebee, Autobot Jazz and Shockwave! What more could I ask for? And best part, I got all four at 20% discount! Man, today is my lucky day..








Monday, November 30, 2009

PG Gundam 00 Raiser

This would made a wonderful Christmas present for me, PG Gundam 00 Raiser. Initially, I did not like the look of it. But after seeing the prototype at HAG and then at AFA09, I had a change of heart. The only thing standing between it and me is the pricing. It costs a bomb with the additional clear parts. And to be frank I couldn't afford it. Sob....
Looking at the lineart, it looks to me like a major makeover. Perhaps someone can detail up the 1/100 to PG details. That would be cool.
I scan some pages from this month's Hobby Japan demostrating how to utilize the clear parts. For those who do not have the luxury of getting this magazine, I thought I could show you guys the methods. I know all of you all should have one at home right now lol....



The internals are painted with a mixture of base white primer and neutral grey. This will the internals more prominent when you add the clear parts. Diluted paint washes on the crevices and details. And flat coat after cleaning everything up.

Ok I think after the flat coat, the modeller applied dry brushing to the parts. The coarse surface after coating will make this task easier.
Well overall, I find that with some work, you can really make good use of these clear parts. Definitely a must try for me if I have one!!!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Box Art

I must admit that I am a crazed Gundam Boxes hoarder. In the past, when I buy Gundams, I always made sure they were of good condition so that I could keep them. Over a period of time, I have amassed a lot of them. Once my wife would ask me to seriously consider a Gundam bazaar to clear "stock". I don;t know about that but I just love to see a room filled up with Gundam boxes! You could even say I have a fetish for them.
Part of the reason I collect them is because of the box art. I find them very nice and some of then are really really cool. For example, the Gundam 00 Designers series. I really love the artwork. I wouldn't mind getting all four even I have bought the eariler versions. Yes just for the boxes! Anyway these also come with LEDs, so I could put them to some use...




Some other updates - my "typical" base for the FAZZ. I am currently sanding that poor bugger. I really want to finish the FAZZ and move on to the next kit..... Stay tuned...








Sunday, November 22, 2009

MG Gundam X


Crazy sia, now MG Gundam X also in January! Wow this is getting exciting. This really sets the tone for new Bandai releases next year. When can I get my MG Gundam Heavy Arms?

Saturday, November 21, 2009

MG GN-X

Whoa! Finally something interesting coming my way in January! MG GN-X at 3,780 Yen (inclusive of tax). I always love the design of this one (rubbing my hands in glee).

Monday, November 16, 2009

Singapore BAKUC 2009

The time of the year has come for our local modellers to showcase their works! Currently, all the entries are displayed at Takashimaya in Orchard. As usual, I made my way down with my camera hoping to see some really good works on show and man... I wasn't disappointed at all...
The first entry I saw struck me like a bolt of lightning. A hell of a monster. My first thought was who the heck in this country can do that!? A Zaku Mobile Suit the creator named Z.E.A.M.A. (Zaku Embedded Assault Mobile Armour). This is definitely top notch work and looks like it belong to the Expert Catogory than Open.
At first glance, I was overwhelmed by its sheer size. I saw a lot of different parts from all genres been used and I could see no expense was spared doing this. Although "kitbash" is easier compared to scratch-building. It's takes a whole new level of skills and understanding to properly bland everything together and make it look original. That is truly an amazing asset to have.




The Zaku feeling just alright at home!


I love that gatling gun.

Nice looking turret.

Superb use of MG Strike launch bay parts. Now I do have a lot of those (evil thoughts).

However, I was hoping for a much impressive and detailed base to go along with that MA. Must be tired after doing that monster ( I will surely). Someone get that guy a red bull!


Here is another entry that impresses me, a souped up Unicorn named SCHNELLGANG. For those of you that think the Unicorn may be a bit devoid of details, you are dead wrong. IMO, adding additional details and pla plates is totally redunant. Rather than concentrating on the gundam. The creator here concentrated on adding weaponary to it. Those gatling guns and boozokas and especially that scratchbuilt beam cannon is really really cool. Now I want to do a Full Weapons Sinanju!

Those wings behind are fully scratchbuilds. It is indeed difficult to scratch something and be so neat about it.
With every nice kit, we will need a nice base to go with it. Here, the creator had made a nce base and the overall presentation of the kit is what that impress me.




Actually, I really like these missile pods.

Here are some of the entries I took pictures of. As my photography sucks, I took only a few of them.
Dynames
Nemo Cannon Custom
Astray with Gundam Deathscythe wings?

Cool painting skills on this Nu Gundam.

Exia Vector, 1/60 scale. Brave use of parts here. Commendable.

MG Exia (Ignition mode). The pose is dynamic and battle damaged is just nice and not overdone. The cape is impressive too!

Shiny Sazabi.

This is a comical one.

Another impressive one, Jupiter Ghost Version DL. Good scratch building with the potential to go even further.
Strike Noir.
A white Strike Freedom.

RGM 79G.

Gundam EZ6 and Gun Tank.

SIEG Zeon -brothers (Zakus) in arms.

Astray Blue Frame.

Another Dynames, I really like the color scheme on this one. The stock base was nicely done too.

Strike Rouge.

Gundam OO Seven swords version. Not resin but scratchbuilt.

Gouf.
Overall, I think that the general standards here has been maintaining at a good level. But it would take considerable effort to improve our standards to higher level. I would wish to see a collective improvement in all participants for next year BAKUC. Good luck everyone!


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