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  1. Good job Mark! I took the Red pill, because my friends told me it was like candy!
  2. Yeah Thunderbolt was too over the top for my taste. The weapons fit looked like they were designed by little kids trying to stick as many guns, shields and boosters on as possible. And the two main characters were highly unlikeable - the Zeon pilot was a wet blanket, the Feddie pilot was a vicious jerk. The animation was pretty good though. Mark, better take the Blue Pill if you don’t want to fall into the Gundam rabbit hole.
  3. The Dom 2.0 (or is it really a 1.5?) improves the leg jointing and has some new arm parts. The rotary hips is a feature all mech kits should have. The only downer is that the parts that used to be ABS are now molded in that sucky KPS styrene. It’s like going back to 1980 when kits didn’t have poly caps. Well, separate bases take up less shelf space, so your approach makes sense. Have you done or are planning to do a Gundam “Last Shooting” or Gundam vs Gouf dio with the Gouf losing both arms?
  4. You have quite the collection of One Year War mobile suits! Is the G-3 Gundam going to be taking on a Zeon MS? Char Dom perhaps?
  5. Zakuformer, be careful - you risk losing your Zeon lapel pin for that remark! 😝 Seig Zeon, down with the Feddie Earthnoids!
  6. Calvin and Hobbes method…ah, enemy fire got me again! 😆
  7. No junior model photos for six years? Intolerable. I got back from the Best of the West contest last week, and have noticed the kids’ models are getting better all the time. Case in point: These young modelers look to have a promising future should they pursue the hobby further. And whether the “old farts” like it or not, that Warhammer stuff is really gaining traction on the contest circuits. I know a couple of people that build them, and you know what? They seem to be the happiest modelers around. Well, at least the ones who build for the fun of it, not the ones who are trying to build an army for their game! I have been told that involves a lot of investment.
  8. Welcome aboard Joshua! Gunpla used to be fringe, but is now approaching mainstream here in the US. I got bit by the bug in 1983, when I bought my first kit on a whim (it was the 1/550 Guraburo). I attended the Best of the West contest in Las Vegas last week, and there were a LOT of Gunpla entries done to a very high level. It’s no longer a smattering of unpainted kits with inked panel lines on the contest tables. Your Gouf posted in the sci-fi section was very nice. I like the older Universal Century stuff, as I grew up on those shows versus the newer ones that Cartoon Network broadcast here in the US. Anyway, keep up the good work!
  9. Very nice! The Gouf is one of my favorite mobile suits, and I must say it looks sharp in desert colors. The Feddies’ MS, not so much. Who wants a desert GM? Ha ha ha!
  10. So where are Vince, Tommy and Nikki? 😆 Well done gentlemen! I’ll get my coat and let myself out.
  11. The story I heard was that the Orange County’s main IT guy had some kind of emergency, and the rest of the team were not as well versed running the computers. So when things went wrong, they struggled to get things back up again. It looks like they really tried though. Aside from slow registration, the only thing that bugged me was that I never got back money for a cancelled museum tour. But that’s water under the bridge now. But if OC hosts another convention, I would go. But not because of the Mouse House. Our group is comprised of non-Disney people. Easier on the budget too. Plus maybe we would be able to see all the entries, since we completely missed them the last time, as we were out and about seeing other stuff. But Medieval Times was worth it.
  12. I’m guessing if Hawaii held a National Convention, it would set a record for the largest attendance with the fewest model entries. Small scale would dominate - who would buy an airline seat to transport a 1/72 B-52, except Monogram (according to legend). The vendor room would be selling shaky hula dolls and mac nut chocolates. And the convention halls would be deserted, because everyone would be out at the beaches or golf courses. Plus no one could drive over, unless their car had a 2500+ mile range and could operate over water! The Hawaii guys have been asked about hosting a Nats many times, but there just aren’t enough people here to make it work. And then there are the high costs of airfare, lodging, and venue.
  13. Well, we have sponsored trophy packages under “The East Oahu Radical Splinter Faction Group”. But we are certainly not radicals! Oh wait, actually we kinda are. You see, my friends and I build anything and everything, including 1/700 ships, sci-fi (including Gundam), cars and everything in between. The Plastic Conservatives don’t like that, so I guess we are liberals too! God, I hope the Ukrainians get through this madness intact. Honestly, I hope we ALL survive.
  14. For me, its dioramas with just dead people. I don’t mind a D-Day dio with a landing craft with infantry charging out from the ramp, with shells exploding all around. If there are casualties, it’s OK so long as they increase the dramatic effect and contribute to the narrative. But to do an “after the battle” scene with just dead bodies strewn about is tasteless to me. Now, if the dead person(s) tell a story, that’s OK, but it can’t simply be “he got shot in the face and died screaming”. I cannot say I get offended, I just dislike that kind of thing. Oh yeah, and Itasha cars. Don’t get me started on that one.
  15. Depending on your friend’s abilities, the first time results can be quite good. I have a friend who also wanted to try WW 2 aircraft. He picked out a Tamiya 1/72 Bf-109E, not the easiest to paint. But we walked him through it, explaining the hows and whys, as well as interjecting historical factoids about the 109. He was able to apply the inkspots using thinned paint and a sponge applicator. Yes he had a couple of missteps and mishaps. But considering he had never built and painted an airplane model, it turned out rather nice! But yeah, if you have the support of others who can provide good guidance, it makes all the difference.
  16. Nicely done! Heh heh, reminds me of the SNL skit “You’re a rat bastard, Charlie Brown!” Al Pachino as Charlie and Fran Drescher voicing the adults….wa wa wa wah. Too funny.
  17. Thank you for the support Michael. I noticed there have been several seminars at the Nationals that talked about sci-fi and Gundam. Although I have not been able to attend any of them (my problem is that it’s either shopping or looking at models…or trying desperately to finish my entry), I think that is a good start to get people interested. What those seminars cover and their format is unknown to me, so perhaps others in the know could chime in and start a dialogue to see what works and what could be improved. I would venture Step 1 is to not scare them away. Besides, you never know if they might turn to the Scale Side - a friend who started off as a Gunpla builder did. Our small group builds every kind of model, so when he expressed curiosity in aircraft and armor, we all jumped in and provided guidance, encouragement… and kits! Now he enjoys 1/72 aircraft and 1/48 armor. We like to call this phenomena “cross contamination.”
  18. As an avid Gunpla builder, I think the sci-fi categories set by the national committee are fine as-is. I am actually a dyed in the wool airplane & tank guy that crossed over into Gundam as an adult, so I can see the genre from both sides. The question of getting Gunpla builders to join ranks with IPMS is a matter of perception from both sides. On the IPMS side, I have seen hostility and ridicule towards people who “only build snap-tite action figures”. I have mentioned before in another thread that I have been told to my face that plastic models should only be of historically significant types, and nothing else. Really? How would a first-timer react to that comment? I have noticed an uptick in sci-fi modeling in recent years, not only in Gunpla, but sci-fi in general. To dismiss the genre as non-serious would be an inaccurate generalization. Some of the Star Trek guys are just as hard core as a Sherman modeler to get the details right. Many of those who dislike sci-fi have no idea (and do not want to hear of) the depth of the rabbit hole - it could even be as deep as the 1/700 ship rabbit hole! Okay maybe not, but it’s close. So there are Gunpla builders who are content to snap their kits together and put on stickers. But didn’t we all have a start somewhere? We built our models with tube glue on newspaper set on the kitchen table, with only the minimum of paints in those little Testors or Pactra glass bottles. Many who stay with the hobby make the progression to more sophisticated methods and eventually turn out better models. The Gunpla guys are no different. With weathering becoming so popular these days, I am sometimes shocked and a little intimidated when I see a Gundam type weathered to a standard equal to the best armor models. One area where the Gunpla genre differs from “scale” modeling is that it allows great leeway in detailing and painting, but that is part of the fun. Yes fun. Remember those halcyon days with the tube glue? But they have their own set of rules, and it can get pretty intense. My opinion is, dial back the snark, and give them a place at the table. They will be judged per IPMS rules like everyone else, so it’s all fair.
  19. Ha ha, I know it! I had 2 years, but only picked up my project again 2 months ago. So I’m not the only one. Thrash on gentlemen (and ladies), and see you in Vegas!
  20. I just fold up the regular sheets and cut them into little squares to use for painting. My friends laughed when they saw me do it, but now they all do it too! Yeah, I like the half sheet idea from the paper towel makers. It cuts down on waste in the kitchen too.
  21. That is a tough one to answer. At one Nats a first place car had a beautiful finish, but an auto modeler friend harshly criticized it because it had a different engine fitted. I would have never noticed. Regarding the Char Bis example, it never would have occurred to me to install the exhaust tips that way. But that is because I know what a Char Bis looks like. But if someone put F-15C wheels on an F-15E, I would miss it. One backwards installation I have seen several times involved the German WW II Fritz X glide bomb’s main wings. I guess it is easy to mix up fore/aft orientation. But if you knew what the Fritz X looked like, you would notice. So it all boils down to what the judges know, which for all practical purposes, cannot be 100%. So it falls back to craftsmanship for judging. My 5 cents.
  22. I’m also in Hawaii (Oahu) and received my copy on Monday, so it’s probably some random thing.
  23. I have been lucky to be fully employed throughout this pandemic. Hawaii relies on tourism for about half it’s economy, so lots of other guys have been hit really hard over here. Most people I know are not tied directly to the visitor industry however, so most have been working at home. But two have been laid off, one with their shop permanently closing. My building has increased a bit, but more from being inspired by others than having any more free time. Kit sales have been brisk over here, so I am taking the opportunity to thin out the stash. A friend mentioned that all this stay at home productivity will result in a huge turnout at next year’s Nationals. Fingers crossed that he is right and it happens.
  24. Nice! I don’t see the clear kits finished very often. Nice poses as well. Most of the times people just stand the kits straight up and down. So boring. It drives me crazy when the feet are pidgeon toed or they are not flat on the ground. I look forward to seeing more of your work!
  25. Mark, The kits in the flyer were mostly from the Japanese animated TV show “Dougram”. Max Factory in Japan has been issuing new tool kits of the mecha and vehicles: https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/search?typ1_c=102&cat=&state=&sold=0&sortid=0&searchkey=Dougram&spage=1&Make=Max+Factory
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