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Gundam/model building
« on: Thu, 19 March 2015, 13:29:20 »
Anyone out there into Gundam models? I used to be really into them as a kid, had about a dozen HG and 5 MG. I think this was before they started doing PG level models.

Anyway, I was just looking for a new hobby to pass the time and decided to pick up this cool looking Sazabi Ver. Ka model to get back in the game. RIP future shelf space :))




Anybody else build models of any kind, or even Gundams? Got any pro tips on making it look like it does in that picture?

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Re: Gundam/model building
« Reply #1 on: Thu, 19 March 2015, 13:57:55 »
I used to hold a lighter up to my HGs for custom "battle scarring"
Lost the few I had together in a move. I've still got some SD models somewhere around here I think..

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Re: Gundam/model building
« Reply #2 on: Thu, 19 March 2015, 14:32:02 »
I stopped the madness before it began..

I was very close to going all in with the compressor, the single hair brushes... etc..


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Re: Gundam/model building
« Reply #3 on: Thu, 19 March 2015, 19:16:08 »
That sazabi really enticed me, used to gundam-ing when I was a kid recently wanted to do it again

But don't think I have more spare times now...  :(
Been wanting a glass unicorn one...
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Re: Gundam/model building
« Reply #4 on: Thu, 19 March 2015, 19:18:26 »
Oh yes, 9-12 year old me built at least 20 of those damn things. 
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Re: Gundam/model building
« Reply #5 on: Fri, 20 March 2015, 02:11:56 »
I believe i have at least a hundred of Gundam models.. 
To make it looks good, I think get a sharp hobby knife and practice is most important  ^-^ and also get some very fine sand paper
the Sazabi in the picture probably painted on every parts because I think the Sazabi ver ka have a lighter red than the one in picture
I suck at paint though  :))

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Re: Gundam/model building
« Reply #6 on: Fri, 20 March 2015, 03:31:53 »
Started this gunpla hobby around my 20's just when the endless waltz series started. Now have a few HG and MG and 2-3 years back i do paint my gundams and tried customizing it. The latest model i bought is the red astray MG.

Really need to paint these models to make it look really good.

If i remember correctly these are what i do for each of my gundam.
- Cut each piece and group by body part then by color
- sand each part
- spray primer
- sand again with finer grit
- spray desired color
- do panel lining
- clear coat
- assemble

only fun part for me is the assemble part. lol
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Re: Gundam/model building
« Reply #7 on: Fri, 20 March 2015, 07:48:34 »
Weird, I was JUST going to ask if anyone was into this hobby. I just started getting into it and was hoping to find advice from those who've been doing it for awhile. Mostly I want to know what necessary tools are and any advice for painting.

As for actual models, I'm not too much into Gundam myself but other mech series such as Armored Core. I just got my hands on a couple models of the NEXT named Noblesse Oblige (name is a total coincidence) from the series. Might be awhile until I actually get around to assembling them though due to work. I was into car/plane/rocket models when I was young. Used to build them with my dad. It's probably been 20 years since then though.
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« Reply #8 on: Fri, 20 March 2015, 10:02:08 »
I would love to see some pics of peoples better builds to get some ideas on what to do beyond filing/sanding and marking lines to make it look better without painting (I'm not ready to start painting $100 models yet. Maybe someday.)

What has been your favorite Gunpla to build? Which ones have the best shelf presence? Thinking about the GN-0000 + GNR-010 TRANS-AM RAISER as my next build if I can find one.

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Re: Gundam/model building
« Reply #9 on: Fri, 20 March 2015, 10:03:39 »
I will return to the gunpla world once I get proper airbrush equipment. :]

In other words, yes I build but they all suck lol.

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« Reply #10 on: Fri, 20 March 2015, 10:06:59 »
Ahh, so that's how people are getting such fine and even coats? Air brush equipment.

Well the more I learn, the more expensive this hobby is getting :))

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« Reply #11 on: Fri, 20 March 2015, 10:08:20 »
(I'm not ready to start painting $100 models yet. Maybe someday.)

I'm anxious about painting a $100 model too. So I'm planning to order some cheaper models to practice on. For example I found the following model for $20 on ebay: http://www.amazon.com/Kotobukiya-Armored-Core-Rosenthal-CR-Hogire/dp/B0074ZTOBK

Once I order all the proper tools and paints for it I may do a build log.

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« Reply #12 on: Fri, 20 March 2015, 10:39:11 »
The repair effects on this one are really cool. I love the way it looks naturally corroded around the weld lines

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« Reply #13 on: Fri, 20 March 2015, 12:30:37 »
:| if I can't turn it into a Truck, Jet, or Boombox... what's the point?
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Re: Gundam/model building
« Reply #14 on: Fri, 20 March 2015, 12:47:05 »
Ahh, so that's how people are getting such fine and even coats? Air brush equipment.

Well the more I learn, the more expensive this hobby is getting :))
Yes and yes. It goes pretty deep bruh. Which is why I had to bail. Already had too many DIY hobbies when all I wanted was something pretty on my desk.

Only things I look at nowadays are hi quality pre-made models like: "Gundam Metal Build" series or the "Macross DX Chogokin" or "Macross Yamato/Arcadia"

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Re: Gundam/model building
« Reply #15 on: Fri, 20 March 2015, 13:10:30 »
These look way too cool, Are they all really expensive/take a long time to assemble?
Uh, stuff.

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« Reply #16 on: Fri, 20 March 2015, 13:35:05 »
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Re: Gundam/model building
« Reply #17 on: Fri, 20 March 2015, 15:09:19 »
Not gundams, but tons of cars.
Here are a couple I have out.  I have dozens in storage until I move into a larger place and have a display case again.


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« Reply #18 on: Sat, 21 March 2015, 01:44:12 »
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« Reply #19 on: Sat, 21 March 2015, 16:49:52 »
let's do this




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« Reply #20 on: Sat, 21 March 2015, 17:10:44 »
let's do this

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« Reply #21 on: Sat, 21 March 2015, 17:12:09 »
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« Reply #22 on: Sat, 21 March 2015, 17:18:40 »
I love gundam :) I actualy am having Noko make me a wrist rest with a mini gundam head on it. Though I never actualy tried making a model kit for them. I did some for zoids back when I was a kid. But never gundam... Now I want to build one..

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« Reply #23 on: Sat, 21 March 2015, 17:25:27 »
I love gundam :) I actualy am having Noko make me a wrist rest with a mini gundam head on it. Though I never actualy tried making a model kit for them. I did some for zoids back when I was a kid. But never gundam... Now I want to build one..

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« Reply #24 on: Sat, 21 March 2015, 17:49:15 »
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« Reply #26 on: Sun, 22 March 2015, 08:04:56 »
I was into it as a kid as well.  I could never get into the painting though.  However, I still think when these models are done well they look awesome.  I wouldn't mind buying a pre-made one.


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« Reply #28 on: Sun, 22 March 2015, 17:28:21 »
They don't make robots like they use to..
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« Reply #29 on: Sun, 22 March 2015, 17:34:28 »
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Re: Gundam/model building
« Reply #30 on: Sun, 22 March 2015, 21:36:22 »
the problem with this hobby for me is after assembling it. Its not really a toy you can play with but to display and take pictures with from my point of view.

ill try to post mine once i get them off my storage room  :-\
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« Reply #31 on: Mon, 23 March 2015, 00:18:32 »


This is just really small part of what I have.  ^-^
Let me post picture few days later
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« Reply #32 on: Mon, 23 March 2015, 09:37:30 »
These are the only ones i can find in my dusty storage. These are left cause i used them when i was starting to know how to paint as you can see the roughness. lol.





Getting better a bit.


And my current favorite model. Red Astray MG


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« Reply #33 on: Mon, 23 March 2015, 11:03:46 »
I don't want to get into this for money reasons but this is a past time memory i have of doing these with my brother and i live in Japan.......i'll probably break in the next coming weeks when i'm away from my family in another city....
                     
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« Reply #34 on: Mon, 23 March 2015, 11:24:11 »
These are the only ones i can find in my dusty storage. These are left cause i used them when i was starting to know how to paint as you can see the roughness. lol.

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« Reply #35 on: Mon, 23 March 2015, 16:49:24 »
Ugh, Topcoat/ Mr. Clear is expensive in the US. Either pay $20+ and get it CONUS shipped or pay $10 and wait a month for it to get here from Japan :(

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« Reply #36 on: Mon, 23 March 2015, 17:13:03 »
Not Gundam, but I build model airplanes. The "stick and tissue" type. I've been working on a 48" wingspan P-38 for about 4 years now.

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« Reply #37 on: Mon, 23 March 2015, 21:23:41 »
I don't want to get into this for money reasons but this is a past time memory i have of doing these with my brother and i live in Japan.......i'll probably break in the next coming weeks when i'm away from my family in another city....

That is also the reason why i stopped cause its too expensive to maintain especially once all the materials and equipment accumulated. Good thing some of the materials for painting i can use in may keycaps.

These are the only ones i can find in my dusty storage. These are left cause i used them when i was starting to know how to paint as you can see the roughness. lol.

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And my current favorite model. Red Astray MG
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That Red Astray is sexy af

It really does, especially the 2 samurai swords which is why i choose red frame instead of the blue frame back then.

Ugh, Topcoat/ Mr. Clear is expensive in the US. Either pay $20+ and get it CONUS shipped or pay $10 and wait a month for it to get here from Japan :(

Good thing its a bit easier here to get most of the supplies i need. I still need to drive to the city to get to the actual store which i prefer over online. But yeah, expensive as hell just for the paints/primer/top coats.
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« Reply #38 on: Mon, 23 March 2015, 22:15:42 »
Not Gundam, but I build model airplanes. The "stick and tissue" type. I've been working on a 48" wingspan P-38 for about 4 years now.

That sounds awesome, the stick and tissue models always had a delicate beauty to them.

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« Reply #39 on: Mon, 23 March 2015, 23:23:35 »
Not Gundam, but I build model airplanes. The "stick and tissue" type. I've been working on a 48" wingspan P-38 for about 4 years now.

That sounds awesome, the stick and tissue models always had a delicate beauty to them.
They have a simplistic, yet simultaneously complex, beauty to them, especially when left as just skeletons. I had built 8 models over the course of a 2 year period where I really focused on building them, although I haven't found any time for them recently. My goal is to finish the P-38 within this year: that's my sort of personal ultimatum.

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« Reply #40 on: Mon, 23 March 2015, 23:50:09 »
 :p planning on getting my first PG grade Gundam kit.  Do you guys think I should get the 00 Raiser or Zeta?   :p

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« Reply #41 on: Tue, 24 March 2015, 00:10:18 »
:p planning on getting my first PG grade Gundam kit.  Do you guys think I should get the 00 Raiser or Zeta?   :p

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« Reply #42 on: Tue, 24 March 2015, 00:12:06 »
:p planning on getting my first PG grade Gundam kit.  Do you guys think I should get the 00 Raiser or Zeta?   :p

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« Reply #43 on: Tue, 24 March 2015, 00:46:29 »
Ugh, Topcoat/ Mr. Clear is expensive in the US. Either pay $20+ and get it CONUS shipped or pay $10 and wait a month for it to get here from Japan :(

is it that much better than stuff like testors, vallejo, or even krylon?

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« Reply #44 on: Tue, 24 March 2015, 00:57:55 »
Ugh, Topcoat/ Mr. Clear is expensive in the US. Either pay $20+ and get it CONUS shipped or pay $10 and wait a month for it to get here from Japan :(

is it that much better than stuff like testors, vallejo, or even krylon?

imo, any paint that work on abs plastic can do the job.  I really don't think there is huge difference between paint that you can get from any hardware store and "model paint"

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« Reply #45 on: Tue, 24 March 2015, 06:33:54 »
:p planning on getting my first PG grade Gundam kit.  Do you guys think I should get the 00 Raiser or Zeta?   :p
PG Unicorn :X Its so nice, but out of those two the 00 Raiser never really liked the zeta, also might have to try find a RG something for someone if you all do start painting them as a prize :) would be nice to get people into this.

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Re: Gundam/model building
« Reply #46 on: Tue, 24 March 2015, 07:05:16 »
not gundam, but I build a lot of sci-fi models


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« Reply #47 on: Wed, 25 March 2015, 15:45:21 »
i need this for reasons.



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« Reply #48 on: Wed, 25 March 2015, 17:07:54 »
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