Wednesday, April 16, 2014

PG 00 Raiser modeled by Rayhan Khayr Hamad


PG 00 Raiser modeled by Rayhan Khayr Hamadphoto

This was instant feature for me after seeing it at our group ( DC23-mecharts ) at Facebook!

This Bandai Perfect Grade kit was modeled by fellow Filipino modeler Rayhan Khayr Hamad. Instant feature as I cannot imagine being capable of painting any Bandai kit ( much more a Perfect Grade kit ) as "bling" as this one! I have ZERO idea of what paint to use and I have very limited to almost no experience in painting metallic colors.

This is impressive stuff that should look super on any collector's cabinet! Great stuff!

Hope you like the photos I stole from Rayhan Khayr Hamad? Until next post! Thanks for dropping by! Just enjoy the hobby!

PG 00 Raiser modeled by Rayhan Khayr Hamadphoto

PG 00 Raiser modeled by Rayhan Khayr Hamadphoto

PG 00 Raiser modeled by Rayhan Khayr Hamadphoto

PG 00 Raiser modeled by Rayhan Khayr Hamadphoto
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Prototype Z Sagat modeled by Kisapmata


Prototype Z Sagat modeled by Kisapmataphoto

First of the Street Fighter Line. Sculpted by Erick Sosa and produced by Prototypw Z Studios, this dynamic icon will surely be a highlight to your collection. his is an extremely limited edition resin kit ( 150 copies only )and came from Prototype Z Studios which is known for their high end resin kits!

This particular kit was built and painted by old time friend Jose Sabale aka KISAPMATA!

So happy to see him paint stuffs as I thought he went awol the same time I did. Hope to see more impressive projects from him from time to time. Cool stuff and very well painted. This guy also uses Vallejo paints! Well he has been using Vallejo paints since 1999!

Anyways, I hope you like the photos I stole from Jose ( Kisapmata ). Thanks as always for dropping by! Until next post guys! Just enjoy the hobby! :)

Prototype Z Sagat modeled by Kisapmataphoto

Prototype Z Sagat modeled by Kisapmataphoto

Prototype Z Sagat modeled by Kisapmataphoto

Prototype Z Sagat modeled by Kisapmataphoto

Prototype Z Sagat modeled by Kisapmataphoto
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Diorama Commission Work from Australia


Diorama Commission Workphoto

I just received the 50% down payment from my client from Australia today.

I have been chatting through PM ( in Facebook ) with my client from Australia last weekend for like 4 hours a day ( Saturday and Sunday ) as we were discussing his ideal commission work.

The client originally wanted me to build a 1/100 Deepstriker. I immediately told him that it will cost him so much as the shipping cost and of course my talent fee will not be cheap as the project is very complex. He then thought of doing it in 1/144 scale.

He wanted a 1/144 Deepstriker, with RG internals, scratch built armors and tons of LEDs. I frankly told him that I am not good with scratch building, not comfortable with LEDs and that I have fat heavy fingers and is not comfortable modifying  1/144 scale. I told the client that he wanted a kit that is NOT my style and if he likes, I could refer him to other PRO modelers.

I told the client, my skills are not enough to pull off such a difficult project. I also asked him if he is aware of my modeling style and my comfort zones as a modeler and that I am most comfortable in weathered builds and dioramas.

He then told me not to refer him to other modelers as he wants me to make him a commission work ( although he was uncertain what at that time) as he has been following my works for back when I was still active in the hobby.

As you can imagine it was a long pretty fun ( a bit confusing ) chat during the weekend. But then Voila! My client then showed me a sketch and decided to make me build him a diorama!

This is my first time to do a diorama commission work! I have done a few commissioned works with bases but this one is JUST the diorama. He wanted me to build a diorama that could fit 3 1/144 Bandai kits. This should be fun as I love doing dioramas!

Off to shop for more VALLEJO paints soon! Woot!
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GUNJAP Gunpla Builders Interviews


GUNJAP Gunpla Builders Interviews Photo

Hi Gunpla Builders of the world! I thought I'd compile all of the interviews done by Gunjap so far ( will continue to update this ). I have only seen the last episode of the recently concluded Gunpla Builders series as I do not really watch much Gundam. I thought of watching it after reading Becky's article.

Anyways will continue to update this post ( add thumbnails or even create a page for it ) as all the interviews are an entertaining read. Below are the list of Interviews arranged by dates ( except Master Kawaguchi's ).

Katsumi Kawaguchi 

TR13

DC23 

Anazasi Custom 

Toymaker 

Waylander

vegeta8259

Matt Mrozek

Eday

 Justinius Builds

Miko Matsing

Mechaion

YAYA

Olka Ramalegawa

Rebootyourself100 

Lean Bacalzo

David Ceremonia

Blublek Studio

JKL

Frasiska Fortunata

KC Tienda

Becky Customizer

Dhani

Mechanoid Paranoid

Raymund Victor Aguilar

KrizKreations

TK Mechworks

Babahobbyworks

Fabio Carturello


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MG Hi Nu diorama modeled by IMPAO


MG Hi Nu diorama modeled by IMPAOphoto

Pao Alandy aka I.M.PAO was an old time modeler since I was admin of the old MAC forums. He has developed into a very creative diorama builder and is one of my fav Filipino modeler because of his creative scenarios and custom bases. He is also the brother of my former boss at work (lol).

His weathering skills has matured so much as it looks subtle yet impressive. His diorama skills has always been good but he has also developed a very keen eye for adding those extra details ( smaller wires and finer damages ). Too much battle damage sometimes makes the work look like a worn out toy ( I am guilty of this )... but a skilled mature modeler can balance extreme battle damage effects that looks up to scale ( 1/100 ).

Great job overall! This was I.M.PAO's entry last GBWC 2013 and is one of his most impressive builds so far. Keep it up bro! :)

MG Hi Nu diorama modeled by IMPAOphoto

MG Hi Nu diorama modeled by IMPAOphoto

MG Hi Nu diorama modeled by IMPAOphoto

MG Hi Nu diorama modeled by IMPAOphoto

MG Hi Nu diorama modeled by IMPAOphoto

Thanks as always for dropping by! Until next post guys! Just enjoy the hobby! :)
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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

HGUC Gerbera Tetra modeled by Living01


HGUC Gerbera Tetra modeled by Living01photo 
I am proud to present another finished build from Team Nexus! This flawless HGUC Gerbera Tetra kit was modeled by Living-01 of Team Nexus Japan.

I had the old 1/144 Gerbera Tetra kit back in college ( around 1998 ) and was my favorite kit at that time as it was the biggest in my 1/144 Gundpla collection. My old Gerbera Tetra was the biggest as my other 1/144 kits was from the Gundam Wing series ( which are small in general ). Having had one of the old kit, I am so itchy to get this new version! Should get one by the end of the month or on my next haul.

As expected from Team Nexus teammate Living-01, his finishing is flawless! I love the color tone in particular as it gives a very clean majestic look. Awesome inspiring stuff!

HGUC Gerbera Tetra modeled by Living01photo

HGUC Gerbera Tetra modeled by Living01photo

HGUC Gerbera Tetra modeled by Living01photo

HGUC Gerbera Tetra modeled by Living01photo

HGUC Gerbera Tetra modeled by Living01photo

Thanks as always for dropping by! Until next post guys! Just enjoy the hobby! :)
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Federation Z'Gok modeled by Raymund Victor Aguilar


Federation Z'Gok modeled by raymund Victor Aguilar photo

I have a post dedicated to the Bandai World Competition Champions ( 2003 to present ) already. Although I have yet to update that post. I want to start archiving our very own Champions in the Philippines... so I'll start with the first one...

I proudly present one of the first ever Official Bandai Sponsored Competition champion's work!

This is the HGUC 1/144 Federation Z'Gok modeled by Raymund Victor Aguilar.

Raymund is one of the very first "real" champion to represent the Philippines at the BAKAC ( Bandai Action Kits Asian Cup ) back in 2003. 2003 was the first Bandai sponsored competition that held a finals in Hong Kong. 5 Champions were chosen in the Open Category and 5 Champions were chosen for the Junior Category.

This is vintage work that is a little more than 10 years old already!

Blog partner GunJap just interviewed Raymund Victor Aguilar in his blog. See Interview HERE.

Do stay tuned as I plan to hunt down more veteran Champion modelers here in my country ( Philippines ). I will be asking for their photos and archiving their works! These "true" and "real" champions deserves more than a feature here in my humble free blog. But I think this is the least that I could do to promote them and re-introduce them to the new and young aspiring modelers of my country.

Federation Z'Gok modeled by raymund Victor Aguilar photo

Federation Z'Gok modeled by raymund Victor Aguilar photo

Federation Z'Gok modeled by raymund Victor Aguilar photo

Federation Z'Gok modeled by raymund Victor Aguilar photo

Thanks as always for dropping by! Until next post guys! Just enjoy the hobby! :)

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Monday, April 14, 2014

HG MS-06R Psycho Zaku VerThunderbolt by Furu-X3


1/144 HG MS-06R Psycho Zaku VerThunderbolt by FURU-X3photo

I have here another marvelous work from Team Nexus! This 1/144 HG MS-06R Psycho Zaku VerThunderbolt was modeled by FURU-X3 of Team Nexus Japan.

Furu-X3 did a great job with the Thunderbolt and the painting as expected is flawless! Dang I really have to upgrade my skills as I am a member of this team. The decal work on the Zaku and the color combination are stunning! Modifications are cleanly executed and the subtle weathering is very refreshing! Great stuff!

1/144 HG MS-06R Psycho Zaku VerThunderbolt by FURU-X3photo

1/144 HG MS-06R Psycho Zaku VerThunderbolt by FURU-X3photo

1/144 HG MS-06R Psycho Zaku VerThunderbolt by FURU-X3photo

1/144 HG MS-06R Psycho Zaku VerThunderbolt by FURU-X3photo

1/144 HG MS-06R Psycho Zaku VerThunderbolt by FURU-X3photo

1/144 HG MS-06R Psycho Zaku VerThunderbolt by FURU-X3photo

1/144 HG MS-06R Psycho Zaku VerThunderbolt by FURU-X3photo

1/144 HG MS-06R Psycho Zaku VerThunderbolt by FURU-X3photo

1/144 HG MS-06R Psycho Zaku VerThunderbolt by FURU-X3photo

1/144 HG MS-06R Psycho Zaku VerThunderbolt by FURU-X3photo

1/144 HG MS-06R Psycho Zaku VerThunderbolt by FURU-X3photo

Thanks as always for dropping by! Until next post guys! Just enjoy the hobby! 
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Builders Parts System Base 001 Review


Builders Parts System Base 001 Reviewphoto

I got this Builders Parts System Base 001 from one of my sponsors for free as usual. Got this from GreatToysOnline a few weeks back and just decided to snap fit it and give it a look.

I never bought the Kotobukiya Hangars ever as I find it expensive, but I got curious when I saw Bandai release their own version. Apparently Bandai is now producing some Builders Parts and I must say that this is really cool stuff! So let me list some of the cool features of this hangar...
  • Very detailed Hangar ( for a collector POV ) that looks so good on your display cabinet.
  • The hangar base can be both narrow or wide depending on the 1/144 kit that you plan to put on the base. The width can easily be adjusted to wide or narrow.
  • The main feature would be the pegs and rotating main part of the base. This feature will allow you to adjust the angle of the kit on the hangar. Straight up to almost lying down (about 45 degrees).
  • The base comes with a couple of pegs that would allow you to connect with other System Base 001.
  • The base comes with extra parts to hold accessories like bazookas or rifles to the base itself.
This is super cool stuff that I highly recommend to collectors and builders out there!

However for serious modelers, this base is a lot of work. As you can see in the photos, there are so many hollow parts to fill up and the details are not enough for a convincing realistic hangar look. The System Base 001 would be a good foundation for a hangar base but their is so much work to make it look really good ( from a serious modeler's point of view ).

Then again, if you are looking for a quick way to upgrade the look of your Real Grade or 1/144 collection on your display cabinet... the System Base 001 is a must have!

Builders Parts System Base 001 Reviewphoto

Builders Parts System Base 001 Reviewphoto

Builders Parts System Base 001 Reviewphoto

Builders Parts System Base 001 Reviewphoto

Builders Parts System Base 001 Reviewphoto

Builders Parts System Base 001 Reviewphoto

Builders Parts System Base 001 Reviewphoto

Builders Parts System Base 001 Reviewphoto

Builders Parts System Base 001 Reviewphoto

Builders Parts System Base 001 Reviewphoto

Builders Parts System Base 001 Reviewphoto

Builders Parts System Base 001 Reviewphoto

Some cool extra parts that I could use for my 1/48 Zaku Hangar Diorama! woot! :)

Builders Parts System Base 001 Reviewphoto

Builders Parts System Base 001 Reviewphoto

Builders Parts System Base 001 Reviewphoto

Thanks as always for dropping by! Until Next Post! Just Enjoy the Hobby Guys! :)
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