Friday, November 28, 2014

Cheapest Styrene Cement Substitute


PU Reducer at long last!!! As usual, I am a bit broke and the closest hobby shop to my place is a couple of hours, maybe even 3 hours away. So I decided to hunt for a can of PU Reducer as substitute for Tamiya cement today.

I have heard of the PU Reducer from MatanglawinX. I think MatX has been using PU for years now. Karl Nualla of Mechapinoy also told me that he uses this instead of Tamiya cement. So I am pretty sure this is good stuff as I trust the skills and choice of materials of both those modelers.

I have not tested the PU Reducer yet, but  according to research they melt styrene much the same like Tamiya cement does, albeit a bit stronger. I should be able to test it tomorrow as I work on the diorama of my GBWC 2015 entry. I will be melting a lot of styrene for that diorama, using Tamiya cement was never an option. Glad I was able to find this today!

A litre of this Hudson PU Reducer costs half ( 130 pesos ) of the bottle of Tamiya thin cement ( 260 pesos )... can't do the math, but the PU Reducer is such a bargain and should last forever! 



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


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MG Sazabi verDC23 WIP - concept phase


A crazy idea struck me today while I was working on a couple of commission works. I suddenly thought of wasting a couple of expensive kits and kit bashing them together... Voila! MG Sazabi verDC23! Lol

This is basically just the concept phase, I should be tweaking the kit bash as I go along. Of course I need to blend both parts together during the modification phase of the build and during the painting phase. This is so far from how it will look like eventually. I am getting so many crazy ideas as I look at my own pics.

I am very happy with the MG Sazabi ver Ka, although unlike the opinion of many that the kit is very detailed already... I think there is so much room for modifications and details! This project should be crazy fun! 



I thought of keeping the project a secret, but the usual me cannot help but share my idea to all! Oh well, old habit of sharing too much die hard. 

Thanks as always for dropping by! Until next update guys! Just enjoy the hobby! 


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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

3,ooo,ooo views for DC23mecharts!!!


Thanks a TON for the support guys! My humble free blog has now reached more than 3,ooo,ooo views! 



3,ooo,ooo views eventhough I have been a bit inactive here for the past 3 years and have yet to update my galleries with better and newer builds. 

Real life work has been killing me this year, but hope to be more active with blogging and Gunpla next year. Too much of anything is bad, and I have been working too much this past year. I hope to find the right balance between my day job, my kids and my hobbies next year.

I will also be focusing on my old commissioned works for the next few months, then will be back to the drawing board for my GBWC 2015 entry! 

Please continue to support my humble free blog, my Facebook pages and my Instagram account ( @dc23_mecharts ). I must say I am most active at Instagram these days as it is so easy to access on my iphone. Feel free to drop me some questions regarding the hobby at Instagram and my Facebook page below...


Once again, thanks a ton for the support! Just enjoy the hobby guys! Until next post!!! ������




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Friday, November 21, 2014

Toymaker vs DC23: Star Build Strike Gundam Challenge


Kenny Lim aka Toymaker and I decided against working on the HGUC Rozen Zulu. We thought of working on the HG Star Build Strike Gundam instead. 

My kids love the anime and I think Kenny was influenced by some kids too. We think working on this kit will bring out the kid in us, instead of working on the more menacing looking Rozen Zulu.

My daughter got the kit as a prize at Gunpla Builders World Cup, where she won as 2nd runner up. She already snap fitted the kit a while back. To add more fun to the build, I bought the meteor hopper today.

This will be a fun side project as I work with a ton of pending commissioned works. This challenge is also a warm up as we work on the PG Unicorn as our main challenge next year. 

Hope you enjoy our mini challenge. We will be posting a ton of updates at our Facebook page soon...




Thanks as always for dropping by! Until next post guys! Just enjoy the hobby! :)
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Monday, November 17, 2014

Toymaker vs DC23: HGUC Rozen Zulu Challenge


I have been away from playing with plastic robots for a little over a month now, but should be back next week! Me and my team just made local television history last month and hope to do so again sometime next year. 

I did miss going home to my Gunpla mancave though and should make up for lost time very soon! 

Me and Kenny Lim aka Toymaker thought of warming up before our much anticipated ( lol ) PG Unicorn Faceoff next year. We agreed to work on a quick project that we should finish before this year ends. Basically we will be working on a weird HGUC Rozen Zulu kit! 




The HGUC Rozen Zulu kit should be the perfect kit to work on! It has a very interesting design and is relatively big for a 1/144 kit. The mini faceoff should be fun! Hope you stay tune for updates! Both me and Kenny will be updating our separate blogs and Facebook pages, but will also update our FaceOff Facebook page regularly with photos of this Project!

Thanks as always for dropping by! Until next posts guys! Just enjoy the hobby! ��
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Thursday, October 30, 2014

NO GUNPLA for almost a month now...


NO GUNPLA photo

I have been staying at work ( in the office ) since October 6 and it has been a while since I last blogged. Managed to squeeze a bit of time to blog today as there is a Halloween party of sorts here at work. We are currently working on a very complex project at work as of the moment, but I should return to Gunpla very soon.

GBWC 2014 was so much fun eventhough I failed to join for the 3rd straight year. My daughter won her 2nd bronze at GBWC 2014, she is asking for a trigger type airbrush this Christmas and vows to do better than bronze next year. Dang hobby gets more expensive every year.

I deeply apologise to all my clients whom I have pending commissioned works, will focus on my commission works once I return to Gunpla next month.

The GBWC 2014 here in the Philippines was extra special as I got Master Kawaguchi autographed all my ancient Gunpla trophies. Great stuff, hope to join next year's event with an entry.

Should make this space more active by next month.  Thanks as always for the support guys! :)

NO GUNPLA photo

NO GUNPLA photo

NO GUNPLA photo

NO GUNPLA photo

NO GUNPLA photo

NO GUNPLA photo

NO GUNPLA photo

NO GUNPLA photo

NO GUNPLA photo
 
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Sunday, October 5, 2014

Toymaker versus DC23 Facebook Page!


Me and Kenny Lim aka Toymaker has been chatting about our next Face Off / Build Off for some time now. We had our first duel back in 2011 using the Bandai MG The O and had so much fun in the process. 

Next year we plan to inspire each other further by doing small and quick build offs. We also plan to use the Bandai PG Unicorn as our main kit for our build off next year!!!

We will be posting old links and photos of our MG The O build off for the meantime... and will also update you regarding our up and coming PG Unicorn  build off in both our Facebook pages and our new page! Feel free to follow us at our new page below...


Me and Toymaker ( Kenny Lim ) has been friends for years now. We have always chatted about concepts, skills and other people's work since 2009. We do hope you would enjoy following us next year at our new page! Possibly the first of its kind! 

Thanks as always for dropping by! Until next post guys! Just enjoy the hobby! :)
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Saturday, October 4, 2014

Local Organizer did not allow me to join GBWC 2014!!!


The local organizer here in the Philippines did not allow me to join GBWC 2014, due to technical reasons. 

I basically misinterpreted the rules. I have the original 3 year old Bandai MG The O box ( as I do not buy bootlegs anyways ) and bought a kit of the same price at the event ( MG Sazabi verKa ) to qualify to join. I thought that buying a new kit from ToysR'Us ( the event sponsor ) will sort of give me a ticket to join GBWC. 

All in all I have spent around 12k worth of items at ToysR'Us to qualify to join. The local organizer told me that I should have the receipt of the MG The O, which is impossible as that kit is too old to have kept the receipt. Besides you don't normally buy Gunpla at malls as it is 40% more expensive than buying original Bandai sellers online.

Oh well. At least my daughter joined the contest. I fully understand the rules of the local organizer now. Only Gunpla bought at ToysR'Us are eligible to join the contest. You cannot even go to Japan and buy Bandai kits as you need to buy them from malls... The sad part is that because the local organizers are too strict, the turn around of participants every year is getting lower and lower. It worries me that fewer people are joining GBWC here in the Philippines... But very strict rules in joining does not help ( the photo below shows how few the participants are ). 


Well at least I and my daughter got a photo with Master Kawaguchi. And my daughter was allowed to enter GBWC Philippines 2014! 



Until next year guys! Will focus on my commissioned works from now on instead. :)
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Thursday, August 28, 2014

HGUC Banshee modeled by Leon Huang


HGUC Banshee modeled by Leon Huangphoto

All photos taken from our Team Nexus Website

This  HGUC Banshee was modeled by Team Nexus member Leong Huang of Team Nexus Taiwan
HGUC Banshee modeled by Leon Huangphoto

HGUC Banshee modeled by Leon Huangphoto

HGUC Banshee modeled by Leon Huangphoto

HGUC Banshee modeled by Leon Huangphoto

HGUC Banshee modeled by Leon Huangphoto

HGUC Banshee modeled by Leon Huangphoto

HGUC Banshee modeled by Leon Huangphoto

HGUC Banshee modeled by Leon Huangphoto

HGUC Banshee modeled by Leon Huangphoto

HGUC Banshee modeled by Leon Huangphoto

HGUC Banshee modeled by Leon Huangphoto

HGUC Banshee modeled by Leon Huangphoto

HGUC Banshee modeled by Leon Huangphoto

HGUC Banshee modeled by Leon Huangphoto

HGUC Banshee modeled by Leon Huangphoto

HGUC Banshee modeled by Leon Huangphoto
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Friday, August 22, 2014

SMS 1/60 Sazabi modeled by HIDE


SMS 1 60 Sazabi modeled by HIDEphoto

All photos taken from our Team Nexus Website

This  SMS 1/60 Sazabi was modeled by Team Nexus member HIDE of Team Nexus Hong Kong.

SMS 1 60 Sazabi modeled by HIDEphoto

SMS 1 60 Sazabi modeled by HIDEphoto

SMS 1 60 Sazabi modeled by HIDEphoto

SMS 1 60 Sazabi modeled by HIDEphoto

SMS 1 60 Sazabi modeled by HIDEphoto

SMS 1 60 Sazabi modeled by HIDEphoto

SMS 1 60 Sazabi modeled by HIDEphoto

SMS 1 60 Sazabi modeled by HIDEphoto

SMS 1 60 Sazabi modeled by HIDEphoto

SMS 1 60 Sazabi modeled by HIDEphoto

SMS 1 60 Sazabi modeled by HIDEphoto

SMS 1 60 Sazabi modeled by HIDEphoto

SMS 1 60 Sazabi modeled by HIDEphoto
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