Saturday, October 22, 2016

HG 1/144 ZGMF-X222Nya Nyaia Gundam + Finish Fish Resin Conversion Kit

I don't normally go impulse buying, but when I do, it's probably related to Gunpla.
No regrets.

This is apparently a rather uncommon kit, so I didn't hesitate at all. Buy now; worry later. It's been a little over an hour since I bought it though, and I'm not the least bit worried. That must be a good sign.

This is actually a resin conversion kit. Which means the parts don't come in color, and you'll also need the base kit to work around. In this case, it's the HG 1/144 Gaia Gundam.

To my surprise, this also comes with parts to build the so-called Finish Fish. Which is basically a beam rifle made to look like a giant fish.

This is, in fact, my first time working with resin, so I am as terrified as I am stoked. I'll post updates on the build as I go along, so keep an eye out.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

This Day in History

On this day in 1944, General Douglas MacArthur lands in the shore of Leyte in the Philippines, 2 years after he was forced to flee the country during Japan's invasion - fulfilling the promise he made in 1942. A commemorative monument has been built in the municipality of Palo, Leyte recreating this moment in history.

There may or may not have been any actual Aqua GMs when they landed.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Today I learned: "積みプラ"

They say you learn something new every day. Well, today I learned
that I have an actual condition and there is an actual word for it--albeit in Japanese.

Seeing as so many plastic models are produced there, it's no surprise that such a term would be coined in Japan since there would definitely be many people there who exhibit this "habit" of sorts.

"積み" (tsumi)  means "to hoard or allow something to pile up". While "プラ" (pura) stands for "plamo" which is short "plastic model kit". I'm sure anyone familiar enough with gunpla would know that last bit though, right?
Some cases can be rather extreme. So much so that it may be more fitting for "tsumi" to be written as "辜" for "sin".

My personal pile looks like this at the moment.

It's certainly not nearly as impressive as some of the ones you'll find on Google or perhaps even your own, but make no mistake; it is steadily growing on a weekly basis.
I've got a case of "tsumipla" and I've got it pretty bad.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Another Side-project

A departure from the endless stream of Gundam base kits.

This being G Project, however, it should go without saying that I plan on bashing some Gunpla kit with this.

I had second thoughts when I saw the price at first, but you apparently get quite a good bang for your buck. This girl is packed!

The face parts are individually packaged. Koto definitely knows what they're doing.

I'm cooking up something rather extensive for her, so stay tuned!

Monday, October 3, 2016

Playing with LEGOs

It's been years since I'd last touched my old bucket, but not all that long since playing with this lovely little bit of software.

I couldn't quite grasp the whole inner structure, but I tried by best at replicating a
'LEGO Grade' model a saw a while back.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Side Project

I've been planning a rather extensive build for some time now, but mats procurement is
taking a bit longer than I initially expected. In the meantime, I figured I'd try my hand at some
other things to kill the time. 

Saturday, October 1, 2016

[EX 1/1700] FFMH-Y101 Eternal

Between the fancy feathers and being pink all over, the folks at ZAFT were practically begging Lacus to steal it, don't you think?

I'd gotten so high about finishing the main model that I completely forgot that
I hadn't painted the stand yet!
At this point, I felt a little too lazy to fire up the compressor, so I thought I'd substitute something better instead.
This is a HG SEED stand with the peg modified to fit the Eternal.
A simple mod, but it gets the job done.

Despite the already small 1/144 Ootori Rouge, the 1/1700 Eternal is still too small to recreate that scene from SEED Destiny.

EX 1/1700 WIP- FFMH-Y101 Eternal

It seems like the EX Model kits are hard to come by these days
so I was pretty stoked to finally get my hands on one of these guys.

Despite being a fairly old kit, I'm pretty impressed by the engineering that went into this.
Bandai was fairly conscientious about placing the gates where they won't be seen,
so there's little to worry about in terms of nubmarks.
This is a very fun kit to work with overall and I highly recommend it for a mental health build.

I guess the only problem I ran into would be painting. I'm really bad at painting.
Though I'm reasonably satisfied with how the catapult deck turned out, the METEORs
definitely could've gone better. These things are tiny!

My first EX Model will definitely not be my last.
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