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Sazabi "Version Ka"

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Review by Toymaker

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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