Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Ever since I decided to attend MAC First Anniversary Party, I have been looking forward to it. I always love to meet fellow Gunpla modelers from overseas. This time, I decided to grab Benjamin, Yihui and Edmund with me to meet our friends from the Philippines. However the day I was supposed to leave, I have been told that my Godmother has passed away. I attended the wake and paid my respects before leaving for Philippines on the same day. I was feeling down but was determined not to let it get to me. I felt that I lost another mum that day.
The first thing I had to face when we touched down was the traffic jam. We were stuck in slow moving traffic for almost three hours. But that gave us more time to talk to chat! It was pretty enjoyable even though we were tired.
The next day, we meet up with the rest of Mech Arts members before proceeding to Don's place. There was a HUGE crowd. I find it very encouraging as I see a lot of youngsters among us. The community here will go a long way!
I don't think I want to bore you with what happened at the party but will instead, link you to the various posts by my good friends, DC23, Izakku81 and Waylander:-
I am overwhelmed by the warm welcome and also touched by the gifts from DC23 and gang.
All these means a lot to me. And starting this hobby is beginning to look like the best decision I ever made. Hopefully, I will be able to meet the rest of the overseas members in the future.
Till then, keep building my friends!
In case some of you might be wondering what you saw on my previous post "Questions to be answered post", I managed to salvage some pictures of a project I abandoned when it was announced that our mid year competition was integrated into Gunpla Builders World Cup 2011. It was supposed to be a GN-X variation. A targeting system attached to its head and equipped with a sniper weapon. But with the O face off with DC23 looming and the competition integration, I have but no choice to forgo this one. Well, enough of excuses, here are the only few pictures I found in my camera. Unfortunately, I reformatted my SD card and most of the photos were erased.
I might revived this one in the future but for now, I have my hands full :)
Friday, August 26, 2011
So this is it, tomorrow the team of Poison Monkeys will be going to Philippines for the first MAC Anniversary party! Izakku, Waylander, Edmund (Hobbymate) and me will be meeting the team at MAC forums and the man himself, DC23! Nothing beats meeting face-to-face, we have lots of ideas and techniques to discuss, share and learn together! This is going to be a blast!
See you guys soon!
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Finished painting the internal frame last night. Progress is a bit slow because I am down with flu since Sunday. The medication says "May cause drowsiness, do not operate machinery" lol...
Anyway, I did not prime but applied gloss black on bare plastic. Then I use Gaiacolour 020 Gunmetal on it.
I will work on the rest of the parts with the selection of metallic colours below. Hopefully I can last before the medication kicks in...
Well, this is hardly surprising, Master Grade Full Armored Unicorn. I was wondering what took them so long. This will definitely be a hot item. Now question is, when will it be released? So far, those released are Unicorn Gundam Ver Ka, a Normal Unicorn Gundam and another one with MS Cage and now, this.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
You know, when I was younger, I used to dread the seventh month which is also known to many as the Ghost Festival. This festival is celebrated by all Chinese in many countries. It is widely believed that ghosts and spirits are allowed to roam freely for this month. The deceased will visit the living. During this month, Hell money and food among other stuff were offered to these wandering spirits. Chinese operas and "Getais" (like a concert) will be performed to entertain these spirits. Chinese temples will be abuzz with activities.
I could still remember my mum would diligently preparing the offerings before the festival and gave my a lecture on what not to do during this month. Things like stepping on offering on pavements, spitting, swearing is a no-go. The list goes on. To me, this month means I had to be extra careful when I am out. The usual route you take going home suddenly looked sinister. Shadows start to play tricks on your eyes. It's like the situation is constantly tingling with anticipation and adventure. Yup that's me when I was very young. And with incense and joss paper burning, the whole neighborhood looks gloomy and eerie (fun).
Fast forward 15 years to today, things have changed. Our society becomes more affluent and such customs are not practiced anymore. Burning joss paper and other related customs are frown upon.
You know, I really miss those days. Where my mum will be on "high alert" and constantly fussing over my nonchalant attitude. Yes I enjoyed the attention :)
It saddens me that She is not with me anymore. I really miss her. Crazy as it sounds, but if this is the month she can visit me, I sincerely hope she does. I wish that I can see her again. Four years since she passed on, and there is not a single day I am not thinking of her, tears are meaningless to me now. If you ask me, I would probably do anything just to see her one more time.
Meeting a ghost? Nothing much to worry really. After all, the living can cause more harm than the dead... .
Sunday, August 21, 2011
Spent the weekend assembling and sanding Delta Plus. I fiddled with it for awhile and so far, I am impressed. The design is slick and details are pretty good too. I especially like the head. Like the other transformable Gundams like Zeta Gundam and Zeta Plus, there is an issue about stability. This is due to the folding mechanism at the hips that allows transformation. Hence, it tends to wobble at that point. Other than that, this kit is a must buy to me.
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Been really busy recently with a few projects. Rather than writing a fulls scale WIP, thought that I post some pictures and will follow up with a proper explanation later. Basically, I have been working on the shoulder and main body. Progress is slow at this point of time as I need to re-construct to internal frame to suit the thin profile. Needless to say, another few weeks of sleepless nights....
Till next post!
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Just a short introduction on this new guy on the block, name's Waylander and an avid Gundam fan. Seeing that we have a lot in common, I shared with him some tricks of my trade and I am seeing results. Got him the Best New Comer award at BAKWC last year and he has been working real hard ever since. I have been encouraging him to start a blog even though he said there are not much to show. To me, a blog is like your online diary that records what you do since day 1 to now. I have been blogging about my hobby for five years now and looking at my first post was nostalgic or corny LOL..
In the end, he relented and set up WAYLANDER. Still at its infancy stage, but I assure you guys this blog will be the one to watch for in the near future.
keep it up, Waylander.