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Everything posted by Neo

  1. 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!
  2. 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
  3. The blackout is for the insides that have no frame details. It goes a long way to hiding the kit plastic as well as creating enhanced shadows. The downside is that it may not be feasible for people who don’t paint the outside of their kits, since the blackout can sometimes be seen through the parts. Awww nuts. Marie Kondo?! A sworn enemy of the Stash! My goof. Gouf? They say Marie Kondo, I say Kazuhisa Kondoh. She says de-clutter, I say buy shares in zimmerit paste and smartguns! I stopped buying the Japanese model mags like HJ because they keep getting bigger and thicker, and their content is now heavily leaning towards toys and girlie figures. I think it will only be a short matter of time before the girlie figures have zimmerit and smartguns. Oh wait, they are already here - Girls und Panzers.
  4. Well, I personally don’t like the crazy hinged left/right torso thing, even if they allow the Gundam to do rapper poses in the hood.
  5. Bandai is upping the poseability of their Gunpla kits, which is a good thing. You could not achieve those “anime poses” OOTB back in the day. I did my share of joint replacements and am glad the newer kits are better in this respect.
  6. Great comments guys! I’m not about converting people to sci-fi/Gunpla, I just want everyone to enjoy what they build and let others build what they want. Community. Brian, I’d love to see what you are “Kondoh-ing”, as I really like his aesthetic. I was able to get 1/220 resin kits of the Breda and Buran in Japan back in the 1990s. I believe the maker was Kotobukiya, but the brand label was "Goikken Muyo" - "Your Opinion Is Not Needed"! B-Club mag did a fantastic scratchbuilt Kondoh Geara Doga made around a stop motion armature, one of my all-time favorite magazine articles. Gerardo, for judging Gunpla, the first thing I look for is blackout on the undetailed inner portions of the model. I have seen very nicely painted and weathered models with shiny unpainted armpits. It’s like having open intakes on a plane where the unpainted insides are visible. Pretty much all IPMS judging rules apply to Gunpla, so it's not a leap in terms of approach. Seams still gotta be filled, paint and decals need to be neat, and stuff needs to be put on straight. Maybe we turn this into a Gunpla/anime kit discussion thread? It might encourage others to join in and share their experiences.
  7. To ease fears that Gunpla is taking over the hobby (it is, actually), here is a pic of my friend's first airplane model kit, a Tamiya Bf-109E: He had no idea how to build and paint an airplane model when he started, but we gave him advice and I think it turned out rather well. He liked it too, and so has begun collecting more aircraft kits to build. He was also interested in armor, and after a few tries, decided that he preferred 1/48 scale. This is his Tamiya 1/48 Tiger I, with the accessory zimmerit stickers: And though I build at a snail's pace, here is my second Gunpla MG build, the Zaku I Ramba Ral custom: For me, I want to start weathering my anime kits like armor models. It changes the look so much, from plastic toy to scale miniature. So yeah, modelers can go either way (scale to Gunpla, or Gunpla to scale), and it all works out. The main thing is to keep an open mind and help others out, regardless of what they build. It sure pays dividends!
  8. Sometimes they go scale. A friend who started off snapping Gundam kits together became interested in 1:72 WW II aircraft and 1/48 armor. We helped him get started and now he is quite good at building them. He has become a huge Tamiya fan. The Model Gods must be smiling on him, as he met Mr. Tamiya and had lunch with him at last year’s All Japan Hobby Show! I told him he’d better go have lunch with Mr. Kawaguchi (Bandai’s de facto PR front man) next. And while I personally dislike World of Tanks, I do realize that the game is stimulating interest in armor modeling in kids. I had a very good tank related conversation with a 10 year old kid who played the game, and was frankly shocked at how much he knew. I didn’t expect kids nowadays to know what an AMX-13 was, or be able to tell me about post war British experimental tanks. Sci-fi, Gundam, WoT- in the end it’s all good for the future of the hobby.
  9. And yet I hear the same thing told to me over and over again. It gets old after 25+ years in IPMS. Anyway, enough of my rant. I just wanted to praise Jerry’s nice diorama. I really liked it a lot! Jerry, if you can, i’d like to see more detail photos, to see what characters are in the crowd!
  10. Thanks Maddog! I feel the need to defend the genre, not only Gunpla but all other genres that are not airplane/tank/ship/car. That is what IPMS should be about to ensure its continued existence. Here are some pics I took back in 2016: This is the RX-78-2 Gundam, the one that started it all in a TV show back in 1979. The show's early history was similar to Star Trek - it originally did poorly in ratings, but became a smash hit once in syndication. The rest, as they say, is history.
  11. A big shout out to Jerry Escobedo-Sainz for his diorama of the Odaiba Gundam display! I visited the site back when they had the RX-78 Gundam, and have to say Jerry captured the scene to a tee! He even did the little bus gift shop! The current Unicorn Gundam that resides there does a light show in the evenings, which the Gundam did not. When the RX-78 first went on display, it looked kind of like an amusement park prop, but details and stenciling were added by the time that I saw it, and it looked pretty realistic, especially the inner joint mechanisms. I’m sure the Unicorn Gundam has the same level of detail. 60 foot tall Mobile Suits may be impractical in real life, but there is an ongoing project in Japan to make a full scale Gundam “move”. How far they take it is open to question, but I hope they can show skeptics like myself that they can do it. BTW, I have to comment on the negativity that this model genre gets. I was also a “scale only” modeler once, and thought the Japanese anime kits were just dumb junk. But after I built my first Gundam kit back in the early 1980s, I was hooked. I still build scale kits, but the Gundam and other anime kits also get into the mix. There is no difference to me - they are all plastic models. They can look spectacular finished using current weathering methods. Time and again I have heard the old trope that plastic models should only represent actual, historically significant machines, and nothing else. I have had that told to my face verbatim at an IPMS meeting. That is total bunk; those little plastic planes fired no shots and won no wars. Gunpla is here to stay, and Jerry’s diorama proves that very good models can be made from them.
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