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Some lineart: http://seesaawiki.jp/nuriesozai/lite/d/MenuBar1
Paint Matcher: http://scalemodeldb.com/paint
Old thread: >>5363175
So, to reiterate, for this group build
Secondary: purple or pink (or both, fuck it)
Due date: February 1st.
Don't forget about the lineart in the OP.
I finished less kits than last year too. Probably because I got a full time job and moved into my own place which massively cuts into my free time.
it sucks man, i need to go to the gym today and I would like to paint but i feel like shit
i'll repost this here since last thread just went over and I feel no-one will check
how's the mg edgia dark matter? i think it looks pretty cool and if I bought some alclad ruby or something for the red parts and combo'd that with a flat matte black/charcoal on the dark parts it would probably look great
what notable kits did we get? rx 78-2 origin? the origin kits I guess?
yeah I did way less kits in 2015 than I did in 2015, i'll probably do less than 10 this year.
Well I did finish a kit I bought over 5 years ago.
Golden boy and myself would like to say thanks, and happy new year.
First build of 2016.
Would have been the last build of 2015 but I kept delaying on the pipes.
What's there to say, it's the 2.0 and it's great.
This guy will be my first build of 2016, still have 3 days left of my holiday so I should be able to get pretty into it.
Happy New Year everybody! Let's make it a great one and make Plamor proud.
I'm starting 2016 with a classic kit
I will be doing the entire 1 year war range this year
one of these two;
2015 was a pretty solid year for me. Mind the WIP Graze
Plus I already have a big project planned for 2016, which should last a month or two.
So I got myself a few classic MSV kits.
And I do not know how am I supposed to go about this.
I am to glue shut everything down first and paint prime/paint the thing in one go, or am I to build and pain the thing like the modern kit?
And there are so many flashes and dips it is a pain in the butt just clean up the parts.
Leg leg torso head arm arm stabiliser wing wing shield shoulder shoulder side skirt side skirt.
Sorry for the low quality, my room has super shitty lighting for photos I think.
I started gunpla in April 2015. Crazy how I've accumulated so many over the year. I want to thank the many anons who have helped me improve my skills, model by model. Although I'm still mediocre in terms of cleaning up and tend to make some horrible gouge marks at times, and I've barely used cement glue to fix seamlines at all, but I want to improve next year and get some better painting tools and start weathering. Eventually I would like to make my own custom. Also to start putting waterslides on nu gundam and topcoat.
Thanks for reading my blog post, happy new year anons.
So I just purchased an Iwata Power Jet compressor from chicago airbrush supply. Should I have forked up the extra 30$ and gotten the Power Jet Pro? Also any opinions on this compressor?
So it's been established that the easiest way to sand circular parts is to attach the offending piece to a drill or rotary tool and just spin it against something with a fine grit, but how do you actually fix the piece on there?
>the easiest way to sand circular parts
What you've described is a lathe.
Unless your nub marks are somehow evenly distributed along the circumference of your part, using lathe to sand a piece makes 0 sense.
What you most likely need is a sanding sponge and some patience.
1/10 made me respond
My first WIP for the new year, been putting this off for almost a month
Holy shit this turned out to be an annoying fucking build
Plus I still have to apply some stickers and clean up a few nub marks, then she'll be ready to pose and shelf.
No using a knockoff or third party as the base or straight up third party conversion kit.
I don't know if they changed it but you could generally get away with using parts from third party if you modded or customized them. In past years koto MSG stuff was fine as well as long as the base kit was bandai gunpla.
If you live in the US then shoot Bluefin an email about it and they can give you an official ruling.
Sweet ill ask them. I know that the bade kit has to be a bandai gunpla, just confused on koto for it. But if third party thats modded is allowed then i get to use my ex wings. Thanks anon!
First build of 2016. Revive Mk. II. It's a pretty cool robot.
My 2016 Gunpla Goal is to pump out at least one model that looks half as good as richigos works. I also wanna at least snapfit a lot of the kits in my massive backlog till I'm ready to paint them.
Still can't wait to see that PG Unicorn all together in sync with Wizards in Winter.
What color do you guys paint grey weapons? Ive been just doing details in color then topcoating but with my purple sinanju Im wondering if I could bring some new colors into the mix with the rifle and bazooka
Finally finished it.
Gonna go stuff my face with sushi now.
I think GM style, I think i'll pick up a set, its only 1760 yen and they look like good practice.
I also want to do a candy coated kit this year, I have an MG Gouf lying around so that'll probably be the one.
fuck it, into the private warehouse it goes until the graze gets to HLJ on the 14th
zeta plus is its own mold
looks great anon, i've almost finished my zeta plus but I needed to strip and repaint the chest as well as the weapons. still waiting on the decals i ordered off samueldecal too
Bluefin is the name of the official american distributor of gunpla who agreed to hold and supervise gbwc for the US. UK has no official group that wants to. I think Italy is the only European country that does.
>joint was moving fine yesterday
>trying to move it now
>its completely stuck
>took it apart
>no idea what the fuck is wrong
Did glue get in there by accident? Christ this is so annoying. And I was almost finished with the entire model.
AND NOW I DROPPED THE ARM PIECE ONTO THE FLOOR AND CAN'T FIND IT.
Do you have a masochist streak or something?
It's been a full year since the guide was last updated, so we changed up the recommendation list and spruced up the airbrush/painting section a bit.
Also I will get more people to buy MG Double X if it is the last damn thing I do.
Because I really love it.
Also Rinascita Alba is actually pretty cool.
How did you make Xi Gundam?
Resin or third party?
All that's left to do is make his scarf.
I'm deciding if I should do any cool modifications to him. His shield is blank and I think a shitty Protomen reference would be in bad taste.
Guys, I think I'm only gonna buy one, single Gunpla a month this year. I need to save up some money.
Good thing I have a huge backlog. Just hope to fuck the 3rd parties don't release anything awesome. Or Bandai doesn't release the RE/100 Kshatriya along with a restock of the Neo Zeong.
Anybody have a picture of their HG F91 Gundam?
I want to see what it looks like without any paints, all I've seen are "touched up" pictures with paint or shifty lighting.
I'm still gonna buy it, but I want to know what I should expect.
So I bought some mr.color clear closs and opening the jar it is essentially the thickness of freshly chewed gum. It also does not thin down easily like their clear flat or semi-gloss did. Is it supposed to be like this? I was too afraid of it clogging up my airbrush to try spraying it without asking first.
Nigga you are retarded.
Also you clearly didn't even go to the page. Because like everyone has been saying, look at the bottom. On almost all of his reviews are non-lined non-decaled images.
Both the Schwalbe Graze Mcgillis Custom and Hyakuren HG?
Or just a Schwalbe Graze Mcgillis Custom MG?
Next semester is coming up soon and I wanted to have some kits to work on while the course load will be light. But I don't know which'll be better, a couple HGs to blast through or going for my first MG.
What are your plans for this year guys? I think my first project for the year will be a candycoated gouf to try and be a richigo impersonator
I'll probably get another MG as well this year, hopefully they release a federation one.
Recently finished putting together MG Gundam Exia Dark Matter.
It's only my third MG scale model, sixth gunpla overall but overall I'm very satisfied with the improvements I am making. This is probably going to wind up being the one I buy gundam markers for.
Sorry for shitty photo quality.
I just love seeing how everything fits together and works on these things. Building the legs seems to consistently be my favorite part on any given model.
First new build of the year time. The origin gundam.
Only saw it in the photo, pushed it back in.
Hope I can finish my metallic sinanju this year. (Mr color, metal bloody red over super silver)
A lot of parts still needs to be stripped of it's old paint first. It's terrible.
Other than that, finish up my backlog, and see whatever kit catches my eye.
Bloody hell that looks crazy
I don't think I have the skills for mechanicore yet, that looks like it has been painted well. Ive seen some reviews of the 1/144 and that looks pretty nice.
Most of the time when I encounter nub marks and it is an eyesore, I find the gundam marker of the same colour and colour over it. It is hard to notice from a glance, but unfortunately grey is pretty hard to cover up and if the gundam marker is a tad darker than the original colour, it will make it stand out more instead which is shitty.
But if you really want to get rid of them effectively, sanding is the most efficient yet slow method, but I have been terribly lazy about buying more sandpaper equipment myself. Oops, should have made it my new years resolution to get some better tools.
2015 was the year I jumped into painting/customizing/scratch-building. I also did a good number of straight builds but didn't want to dig them out of the closet
Oh you finally finished Artorias? Must have missed that thread, you got some cool pics of it?
Oh shit and Gough, damn nice!
>those dark souls builds
Bigger pic of Artotias please?
>Building 1/100 Barbatos
>Lost the tiny round piece to cover the undermounted machine gun
>For some reason can't fold the gun
Just fuck my shit up.
Thats real nito mate
I could imagine Gusion being a Smough custom if someone were to try
Ive got an unbuilt grimoire so that may be a possibility, but i need to fix this guy up first. Sinanju's bulky proportions and my crappy paint application made ornstein come out awful the first time around.
Well the nice thing about it is, any bulky kit would work since you'd be draping a black rag over it.
The key parts would be the arms, scythe and head. The head and arms I think you'd have to sculpt though. I can't think of any other way to do it unless you incorporated the Revoltech skeleton, which might be possible.
Yes, but you need a connector.
I've actually had fairly good success with the Gunpla Battle Arm Arms endless assortment of subarms, they attach to the provided shield connector pretty great and peg right into the Tamashii stand.
This is probably going to be the biggest thing I ever build.
How can I improve articulation in this kit? Specifically the arms and elbows, but in general as well.
Any tips for waterslides? It's my first model with them and I don't want to fuck up TOO badly. Is using some kind of setting solution absolutely needed, just recommended, or complete snake oil?
I only use setting solution on curved surfaces, otherwise as long as you top coat it's fine. Also my best bit of advice is get some locking tweezers to make it easier to soak the decals.
Finally done, now to wait three months until the weather is warm enough to dullcoat outside
Would anyone know where to get a high res scan of the MG unicorn decal guide?
the dalong ones are too low res for what I need
First model of the year done.
Well technically it was just fixing up the first kit I made years ago because it was a nub covered, unpainted mess.
I gave him a real scarf, because fuck that plastic looking awful static blob of yellow he comes with. I really like how metallic red came out.
Considering the shape he was in before, I'm really happy with the result. I'm happy to finally add him back to my shelf.
It's tamiya metallic red and metallic silver.
He is very glittery and shiny and I love it. I also brushed over it with a very light coat of a clear sealer to shine him up even more.
As for the cape, yeah not the best shot of it. Here is a better one but not as great a picture. He's back with his friends.
Sort of. Obviously some of the armor and such doesn't fit because the Fag doesn't have the same connection ports all over the frame. They both use the 3mm pegs for a ton of stuff though and the weapons can be held just fine too. So a ton of the stuff can be swapped, including the MSG weapon and part line.
Also, you can stick a lot of the HGBC stuff onto them with no issue as well thanks to all the 3mm hardpoints.
Do you plan on sticking with the hobby and investing a few hundred into a proper airbrush setup (Spraybooth, brush, proper respirator, compressor) or just looking to paint a few kits to try it out?
All my kits in 2015, I think the two Zakus where my favorites to make.
There haven't been any news on the Thunderbolt MGs other than the announcement has there?
We better get the GM, I'm hungry for some GM goodness but I'd rather not go for the HG if we're getting an MG soon
Some stuff like weapons will but armor pieces may be out of scale or too big for your girl. I remember an anon posted a part swap between the gourai and gourai girl but didn't save the pic
Not that anon, but I have Stylet and Stiletto. It's tough to explain without pictures and my camera's shit, but a lot of the armor, while technically interchangeable and technically in scale, don't really work together. Like picture putting a Gundam arm on a Figma. While they're technically the same size more or less, the Gundam was clearly designed as much larger and then scaled down, so the details aren't in scale, if I'm making any sense at all.
There better be kits, Bandai.
There better be fucking kits, and soon.
Speaking of FAGs, I finally finished Gourai.
I am never seam welding or painting the flesh bits on a FAG ever again. Massive paint in the ass. Feels like I ran into problems and bad luck at every step of this project. And since the FAG contest submissions close in less than 24 hours I had to give up on finishing the strong rifle for the backpack to speed up the painting process.
But it is finally finished. My first completed kit of 2016.
Also, did anyone else have issues with the elbow joints cracking?
It's black paper from an art store folded into pleats and then cut and folded tabs along the top to fit in between the pelvis and torso.
And before anyone asks, I went with pink and white stripes for the underwear.
They weren't issues with the kit, they were fuck ups and bad luck on my end (Which made them all the more frustrating). Stuff like being indecisive with how to customize it, repainting the dark brown 3 times because I wasn't satisfied with the color, while I was at work my cat got on my counter, stole the torso, and played with it so I had to clean and repaint it, Fucked up the eye decals on the other two faces so it only has one face now, things like that. Also, I was a dumbass and forgot to mask off the peg so the parts fit is extremely tight in some areas and totally going to scrape the paint if I move it too much.
>Did that pleating guide come in handy?
Yes. Showed me a simpler pleating pattern to do than the one I was trying.
I put the forearms parts into the hole for the elbow joint and I hear a "Crack" and when I look it had a crack in it. Happened on both elbows and I wasn't even forcing it in.
Noted. Any pics of the crack?
Reposting the pleating guide for anyone interested.
>How did you do the flesh bits, especially the face?
Flesh is just mr color flesh and character flesh mixed together to get a sort of medium tone. The face is unpainted. I just added a very tiny amount of blush to it with some peach pink pigment powder. I fucked up the eye decals on the painted faces and luckily I kept the "Eyes forward" face unpainted in case I did..
Not going to get my photo stuff back out as it's nothing special. The stripes are also not even as I suck at masking. And I apparently got some dirt pigment on her legs at some point. At least the skirt hides it.
You will need to use putty (Bandai spoils you with most modern kits just needing plastic cement), but not a lot.
A lot of kits have seams where there aren't supposed to be which are formed along the line where the pieces of a part click together. Seam welding (And painting over them after welding) is the process through which you remove and hide these seams. How to do it is in the guide.
Speaking of seams.
>If your paint wasn't too thick disassembly will be easy, and you’ll get a clean seam that won’t really show when the parts are pushed back together
Won't it still show? It is a seamline and I doubt primer and paint will cover it up.
Grafan, the first vegan suit in the show I guess.
Had this issue on my stylet. I was doing a little work poising the scythes for my conversion, very, very slightly over extended the elbow and it immediately broke. They seem to be quite weak.
I read about people having issues and sanded out the hole a little, no problems whatsoever for me.
Have a butt shot with my condolences.
me too, mecha-godzilla is my favorite pacific rim.
I actually just got into building models on the 1st of the new year, and my friend helped me pick out my first model: DeathScythe.
I feel bad because i've never watched the shows but im gonna fix that asap.
sorry for the bad lighting and messy area. (was at a friends)
I think i could see myself droppin a couple bucks every 2 weeks or so to get one.
also, i noticed that everyone is saying how long it took to make there's. is it because your models were HG and PG, and had to paint them?
I made my in 2 hours so that's why im asking
well desu, thats where her bird usually rests in his cage, and he's a messy eater.
but i agree tho that she should clean up every now and then :c
but thank you for the positive feedback!!
>wait for good weather
>wait until paint cured
>fuckup and have to redo it all over again
>posting at gpg
>drolling on those awesome customs on the net and despair at how it will take you a long time to reach that skill level
Common reasons building kit is taking a long time
Sure, they're great practice for other stuff too, like making you rage at shitty molds and having to fix generally everything. All the while being cheap as dirt, so you don't have to worry about fucking up, and you can cannabalise (some)parts as well.
DM strikes we're at about $25-30, about the same as the real MG strike but I don't know about the other brands, DM at least seems to be doing their own interpretations of Bandai kits but stealing from all over the place.
I wonder if they even ask permission from the people they they are using as the basis for their interpretive designs.
Or it's like "oh hey that guy's custom looks cool, let's just copy it!"
because i'll be using that vector graphic engraved on the back of the PG unicorn display box you miserable fuck.