Monday, December 15, 2014
Sunday, December 7, 2014
12/07/2014 10:50:00 PM Commission , Gundam Char Attack , Master Grade , Sazabi , Version Ka 7 comments
Phew, I finally finish something before the end of 2014. It has been a rather slow year for me. Been juggling between projects and almost got burnout. One thing I learnt from that episode is that never bite more than you can chew. When you have too many things on your table, you tend to get distracted. And in the end, nothing gets done.
Anyway, we leave that for another day, back to the Sazabi Ver ka I completed. The MG Sazabi ver Ka is probably the best MG out there. Because you don't have to modify it. Just an OOB build with a nice colour scheme will do. This is how good it is.
Sunday, November 16, 2014
Every year, I will make a trip to Malaysia just to see the entries at GBWC since we are so close. This year is no exception. The 4 hours drive there was surprisingly therapeutic. But definitely not the traffic in Kuala Lumpur lol.
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Well, what can I say about this fellow? His builds never ceased to amaze me. And that includes his latest creation, the 1/144 scale Alpha Seraphim. It came in Third in the open category at Thailand GBWC. Although this is 1/144 scale, it is probably the height of the Psycho Gundam but with even more bulk.
A lot of kitbashed parts and additions to this massive kit. And you know what's the best part? It is fully transformable! To add and alter so much and still make it transformable is really a remarkable achievement. Hat's off to him.
Monday, November 3, 2014
Thailand GBWC 2014 may have ended, but I am still very much in awe of some of the outstanding entries I seen there (online). One such entry is "The Human Size" by Gunpla Yatoorman. An interesting entry, it stands out among the other Gundam themed entries there. And it actually inspired me to write this post.
And that is where the problem lies. In a Gundam orientated competition, can an entry like this catch the attention of the Judges? Sad to say, given the superior modifications and interesting concept, it was probably "overlooked". And that to me, is a big shame. This entry deserves a better standing. Well, I can't do anything about it but I can certainly blog about this wonderful piece.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
When you were a kid, have you ever wish that your parents will never leave you? I did. Every night when I go to sleep, I pray that they will be with me forever.
I could still remember when I was just a kid, there was one day, I was jostled awake by a nightmare. In there, I dreamed that my mum has passed away. I jumped out of bed and ran to the kitchen, tears in my eyes.
I would expect to see the usual scene of her standing over the stove and preparing breakfast like any other day. But on this day, she wasn't there. I panicked. I cried. Where is everyone? Where is mum? For that moment, I feel so alone in this world. And for that first time, I was totally helpless.
Then I heard the familiar sound of the front gate opening. I raced into the living room.
And there she was, standing in the doorway. And she bought breakfast for me. It was a comforting sight. I wiped away my tears and banished that frightening thought into the depths of my imaginary black hole.
"I was that young and naive."
Thursday, September 11, 2014
OK maybe I exaggerated a bit but that was how I felt after my trip from Singapore Gunpla Expo at Bugis Plus. So I took 5 minutes to do a complete tour of the whole expo? Why? Firstly,I find most of the contents a tad too repetitive. Except for some of the new upcoming and event exclusive products, there is really nothing much to shout about.
I remember during Gunpla Expo in 2012, there were many interesting stuff like a huge display done by Hobby Art Gallery, a showcase of custom Gunplas done by celebrities etc. This time round, it is a little wee bit underwhelming. Well, at least they still have the Gundam Image Girls... (Sorry no photos of the girls)
Saturday, July 26, 2014
To be frank, I was afraid the response for this year's Zoids group build would be bad considering the lack of activity on the GB page. But the lads didn't disappoint me after all. I still manage to get 11 entries. And to my pleasant surprise, the quality is much better than last year's entries. A marked improvement for those who joined.
Saturday, July 12, 2014
I have to admit it. When Bandai announced the HG Neo Zeong, I could hardly believe what I heard. For one, it is going to be humongous. And a hefty price tag with it. And so for the past few months, we were treated to lots of pictures of prototypes, previews and news of its impending release.
Monday, June 23, 2014
6/23/2014 10:19:00 PM 1/144 , Commission , Competition , Conversion , Gundam Unicorn , Kitbash No comments
This will probably go down as one of my most notable abandoned projects. This Jesta project was initially meant for the Poisonmonkeys Jesta Group. But I pushed it to the Mid Year Gundam Model Kit Contest in June instead. Unfortunately, I could not meet the deadline as I totally messed up my schedule (which is typical of me).
Well, rather than crying over spilled milk, I thought I can share some of my wips and also my thought process with you guys.
The concept is nothing new of course. I was inspired and impressed by Eday's Project GWEN, that I decide to do one myself, amid lesser details. There is no way I can replicate the details or techniques Eday displayed, so I had to stay true to my style.
GBWC World Champion 2012
Sunday, June 22, 2014
This post is NOT probably what you guys are expecting. But recently I got interested in Lego and a friend of mine Ivan Ho, introduced me into the world of Lego customizing. I always have the impression that Lego is just about bricks and there is nothing much you can do about them unlike Gunpla or Sci Fi. Of course, I was proved to be very very wrong. And it was not long before I find my newfound respect for these "MOC" builders.
Well, Lego Bricks'World, a store with several branches here, organized their first ever MOC competition (if I am not wrong). And I just had to go down to see what our local lads can conjure out of these simplistic looking bricks.
And here we go!
Firstly, I was surprised. There are a lot of things you can do with Lego! From modular builds using existing Lego building products, you can create your own city/town scenes. Or robot themes where you create your robots from imagination. I even saw Marvel and DC inspiring Lego builds! Those are my favorites. So basically, the sky is the limit. Ok, let's jump straight into the photos!
Thursday, June 12, 2014
The Mid Year competition is here again! Oh, Bandai had renamed it Gundam Model Kit Contest 2014. After skipping one year, they are finally back. And to my pleasant surprise, the turn out was fantastic. I'm seeing a lot more entries compared to the precious events. Obviously Gundam Build Fighters has revived or shall I say rejuvenated this competition. Lots of young blood, a few old farts. And lots of great entries. Here are some of them...
Sunday, June 8, 2014
So after three years, I'm back in Tokyo. You can say every modeler dreams of going to where it all began. For Gunpla that is. This time, I wanted to see the legendary RX-78 at Divercity Odaiba which I miss the last trip. And, also to replenish my supplies and look for new tools.
But most importantly, I get enjoy this trip with my family and close friends. You know, these trip are hard to come by. So I tend to treasure the memories that comes with it.
Saturday, June 7, 2014
Just a quick review of the SD Neo Zeong before I head outside.
One word, CUTE. This could be better than the HG version LOL. It's just too cute to be ignore. So my advice, go grab one now if it's available.
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Mother's day came and gone. That night, I kept holding on to the photo. I ask myself, "how long?" How long do I have to carry this burden? The burden of losing someone dear. I been keeping myself busy to starve off these moments, making them few and far in between.
But you know, sometimes, just sometimes, you have to face the reality.
So how long will I love you mum? As long as I don't have to lose you.
Saturday, March 29, 2014
Monday, March 24, 2014
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
I was surfing the web when I came across this exquisite piece on Gunjap . A Seravee/Guncannon conversion. This is not your typical heavily modified or detailed up kit. Everything is done up to be just nice. Not too much details and lines but just nice. Paint job is smooth although more decals would be great IMO. But overall, I really like this work. A pity I cannot trace who the creator is...
Thursday, March 13, 2014
Monday, March 10, 2014
I have been working on the PG Strike for the past few weeks but finally hit a wall. I'm stuck on the Shoulder armors of the Sword Strike. Can't seem to get the right details on it. Since the add on is a High Grade version, a lot of work need to be done to "upgrade" it to Perfect Grade design.
Saturday, March 1, 2014
I'm not really a fan of the Build Fighters series. Still, there are some interesting Gundams in it. Well, the first that caught my attention is the Sengoku Astray. There is this thing about Samurais and the Japanese katana that really intrigues me. Samurais are way too cool man.
Sunday, January 19, 2014
1/19/2014 02:39:00 AM Group Build , HAG , HAW , Hobby Art at Work , Hobby Art Gallery , Poison Monkeys 1 comment
So Waylander and Toymaker have finally decide to organize a Group Build. And we named it "Poisonmonkeys Jesta Group Build".
The first question that comes to your mind is probably, "Why Jesta?" And I say, "Why not?" We all know Jestas are no frills, simple but effective units on the battlefield. But they are still, cannon fodders.
So, what if I give you the opportunity to transform the humble Jesta into a hero suit? Or turn it into the Antagonist, like Tallgeese, will you take it?
Basically, we want participants to go crazy for this group build. We want souped-up units. We want radical concepts. We want outrageous builds. So how is one going to approach this? Simple, think out of the box. Throw away the original concepts and perceptions of the Jesta and revolutionize it. That's the plan.
So yesterday was the meet. And was I disappointed? I got to be kidding if I say yes. Because, it's by far the most successful and exciting Group Build we organized. The lads were fantastic, lending their full support in the form of fantastic builds. Well, we get to that later...
Friday, January 17, 2014
When I saw this Jesta, I knew I had to write a post about it. Because this fellow has come a long way. In a matter of few years, he has established himself as one of the top gunpla modelers here.
And so we organized a Jesta Build Group because we love this fellow. One of the most impressive cannon fodder around! LOL.. And knowing Waylander, his Jesta will be out of the world. And it is.
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
As a hobbyist, I don't usually buy finished products especially those that I can modify and paint them myself. The reason is simple. Why would I buy something off the shelf when I can make it better and unique? Well, Bandai's Metal Build line is making me eat my words. Their range of Metal Builds are so impressive even I have to throw money at them.
Monday, January 13, 2014
1/13/2014 01:03:00 AM 1 comment
My wife has been asking me to build her a Bearguy ever since the first one was released. I have been putting it off citing reasons like "competitions around the corner", "Group Builds" etc. Well, last Christmas, I finally decided to give her something I made. Rather than buying something off the shelf.
However, I did not get down to finishing it before Christmas. Was feeling a bit bad about myself. So I stayed up the whole night just to finish it. Mission accomplished for me!