1/100 Tallgeese (incomplete)

I am guilty of updating this blog very sporadically. I will make up for it by finally picking up my lazy butt to take a photo of my 1/100 Tallgeese which is still incomplete after over 7 months of procrastination.

1/100 Tallgeese

1/100 Tallgeese

While the painting is done, I have yet to do the panel lines when I took these 2 photos in the afternoon. I have begun to do them using Gunze Sangyo Aqueous Hobby Colour and failed miserably. When wet, I can do the panel-lining job, but when dry I can’t get rid of the excess paint unless I use thinner which I risk ruining the paint job underneath. Despite following my friend’s directions to use water with a little bit of soap which I concur, my problem is that I can’t do the job as easily as I could if I had been using my Mr. Colour paint. I had no choice but to sand the paint off with fine sandpaper, and even resorted to gently rubbing it off using thinner, which works really effectively.

Below are the steps I have taken to build the model since mid-April 2008. You can check out a detailed page I posted on my previous blog much earlier.

  1. Initial straight assembly of Tallgeese III
  2. Decision to switch to Tallgeese I
  3. Usage of putty to fix seam lines
  4. Failed attempt at trying to improve the horrible elbow joints and head articulation
  5. Sprayed Mr. Surfacer Gray on all parts
  6. Spray-painted white parts poorly, messed up the paint job by piling all of them in a pile
  7. Hand-painted black parts midnight blue
  8. Hand-painted all other parts (rooster crown, eagle emblem etc.)
  9. Re-did the paint job due to poor appearance and dust stuck all over the model and suspected mould growth
  10. Added details to vernier nozzles using Kotobukiya’s Detail Up Parts (you can just see the turbine-looking nozzle in the photo above. It originally was just an ugly hole exposing the mounting peg inside.)
  11. Sprayed Mr. Super Clear Gloss on most parts
  12. Broke the ankle polycap mounts on both legs (due to poor design) and fixed them by holding the polycaps in place using epoxy putty (unfortunately on one leg the polycap may fall out if I pull on it)
  13. Commenced panel-line painting
  14. Regretted not sticking an LED inside the head to light the visor (which is just a hole) up

My house isn’t a good environment for model-building. There is so much dust that sometimes it gets stuck to the parts before the paint even finishes drying, and I have to redo the paint job when it gets bad. Also I frequently work on it at night and it’s difficult to notice if any dust is stuck before doing the next step. Recently I obtained a clip-on lamp; I hope it helps to make things better. And I still have an unopened 1/100 Gundam Exia which I got for free waiting for me. I might even consider getting the 1/100 00 Gundam when it comes out at the end of this month even though I know an MG version will come out in the distant future. I am a total sucker for gimmicks like lights.

I foresee myself spending lots of dough on upcoming SHF figures. I am also tempted to buy the Revoltech Gurren Lagann toys after watching the awesome anime. Seriously, it’s one of the few shows that made me watch many episodes at one go because I couldn’t wait to watch the next episode (unlike Macross Frontier which I have still yet to finish watching).

This week has been pretty eventful as I have had driving lessons the past 3 days (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday) and regimental duty on Friday. The same routine will await me next week. What made my Saturday suck was that I lost my internet access the whole day. My cable modem’s AC adapter had one of its prongs broken, and there isn’t an easy way to get a replacement.The metal prong got stuck inside the terminal socket on the multitap and my mum dismantled the socket just to take it out. In the process the switch parts popped out and she couldn’t figure out how to put it back in.

After I managed to do it, she wasn’t too positive that it would work as per normal despite my confidence. There are no shops selling individual AC adapters, not to mention finding one that would fit. The ISP doesn’t just sell cable modems as they require some kind of activation to work and I am very sure this would involve lots of paper work and red tape. Going to the service centre wouldn’t be easy as the modem is around 5 years old.

However I got pissed with the lack of internet access and my parents allowed the adapter to be jacked back into the power point and remain powered on 24/7 (we were made to turn the modem off every night), so now I am surfing the tubes like a man just out of jail trying to make up for lost time.

It’s really depressing when everyone’s about to move on to the next chapter of life while I’m trying to catch up from so far behind, hoping that the current one would end as quickly as possible.

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Gundam Fighters

It’s been a week since my last post. Things have been really busy last week, and will continue to be so this week. I had regimental duty on Monday, 3 continuous days of driving lessons, and I will be going back to camp for more regimental duty tomorrow morning :'(, with Major work to do on Monday, and 3 more continuous days’ worth of driving lessons again.

Additionally I haven’t dug up stuff worth posting here, and my interest in Gundam modelling has waned with my 1/100 HG Tallgeese I being a stalemate for almost 6 months with lots of problems, and an unopened 1/100 Gundam Exia waiting. I end up going to blogs belong to avid bloggers and forums for new information. Also, I don’t have so much dough as to splurge on things so frequently, which explains the lack of gets recently.

On the other hand, here’s a link to a really fun flash game where you play as a Gundam character and fight against others from different stories – Gundam Fighters.

Formula 1

I was slacking at home on a half-day off on Friday, when I received a call from Reggie asking me if I wanted to watch the F1 practice session that evening as he suddenly had two tickets. Wanting to “be part of history”, I fumbled for my dingy old camera, and to my dismay found out that one pair of batteries had already run out of power, and the 64MB memory card in it could hold only 72 pictures. Hastily replacing it with my 1GB microSD card, I was greeted with a message saying I had to format the card. My mum asked me if I wanted to take her phone instead but I had no idea how to use hers, and the battery life was pathetic. In the end, I left home without a camera, but I was thankful for my mum who dug up some earplugs which were very, very much needed later on.

SHF Deneb Imagin + SH Masked Rider Zeronos

Here’s a second round of lousy photos. This time it’s the SHF Deneb Imagin. Deneb is the bumbling Imagin partner of Sakurai Yuuto in Masked Rider Den-O.

A shot of the accessories that come with the figure. A fan, Deneb candy, watermelon helmet for his awesome disguise, basket and extra hands. One right hand for holding the fan or lollipop (which have pegs), one left hand for holding the basket loosely, one pair of fists and one pair of finger guns.

Here’s a shot of Deneb trying to be serious and kick ass with his finger guns.

When he’s around other people, he comes up with (in)effective disguises, the most famous of which is his watermelon helmet.

Here is Deneb with Masked Rider Zeronos Altair Form.

Deneb prepares to combine with Yuuto to form Vega Form.

Transformation complete! ”最初に言っとく。胸の顔は飾りだ!”

“Let me say this to start. The face on my chest is for display!” Another famous trying-to-be-serious quote.

Yuuto bashing poor Deneb yet again.

Figures from the SHF line have a sleek silhouette and take articulation one step ahead with triple ankle joints. The only die-cast parts are the feet, which Bandai claims to improve stability, but I have not noticed much difference. The joints in the head and wrists resemble Kaiyodo’s Revolver Joints without the clicky feeling, allowing for great articulation. While Deneb’s robe has several joints, the fact that they can’t be bent like real cloth is a slight disappointment though. Can’t have such high expectations. Other characters with less bulky armour or clothing will have greater potential to be posed in a variety of ways and the SHF Masked Riders prove it.

Revoltech Eva-01 New Movie Version

It’s been several days since my last post. I have been trying to get my hands on some batteries for my dingy old camera, and only today I have managed to 1. get a pair with sufficient juice, 2. set up some space for taking photos and 3. actually take some photos despite my horrendous and hasty photography skills. So here are several pictures of my recent get, the Revoltech Eva-01 New Movie Version.

I finally know what major disadvantage WordPress has – it has painfully long loading times. It took me 45 minutes to take these photos, and 15 minutes just to insert them into this post, waiting for blank, loading dialog boxes. Also, most pages take ages to load the first time.

Obligatory front view.

All accessories laid out. As you can see above, the package comes with a fair bit of things: a stand, umbilical cable, progressive knife/effect part, shoulder scope and extra shoulder armours, extra head (open mouth) and 4 extra pairs of hands. The hands are detailed and fixed-pose. In all, there are 3 pairs of open palms, one pair of fists and one pair for holding weapons.

Here’s a shot of the fixed-pose open shoulder armour to simulate the Eva drawing its progressive knife.

In this picture you can see the extra closed shoulder armour has a removable bit to simulate the removed knife.

A glimpse of the awesome articulation this action figure can do.

I totally forgot about a rear view until the end.

It takes several minutes of fiddling around between each photo putting the figure into a new pose and replacing the hands (which can be very difficult to remove and put on as the joints keep swiveling in all directions as you try to push the hand into place) and I could only manage these few lousy pictures. I have been having driving lessons this week – lots of boring Final Theory Practices, and more tomorrow (one more Practice and then an Evaluation which I have to pass before being able to take the Final Theory Test), in preparation for my Final Theory Test on 3 October.

So here’s a little review of this figure. Overall, the figure is quite detailed in certain areas like the head and hands. The figure isn’t made from solid ABS so a little flex is expected but in this figure, there aren’t many vulnerable break-prone areas besides the head horn. Numerous extra hands and an open-mouthed head make the figure capable of expressing more emotion. I particularly like the combination of an open-mouthed head and the claw-positioned hands which give the figure its characteristic primal rage look. The stand is merely a cheap-looking standard one that comes with all Revoltech figures. The base plate when used by itself is useful for keeping the figure stable.

The Revolver Joints are placed in the following locations: head, neck, shoulders (2), elbows (2), wrists (2), torso, knees (2 double joints), and ankles (2). Great articulation for a relatively cheap figure, even cheaper in my case as I bought it for only $15 SGD. Its design allows its joints to be flexed to a large degree as it does not have bulky armour or bit of clothing blocking the way. One potential issue would be the fact that despite Kaiyodo’s claims of eliminating loose joints due to wear and being able to hold their positions, some of the joints have a little play in them. My figure also has one of its shoulder armours loose. I guess it can be fixed with a little UHU or other not-so-strong adhesive.

I would say that this figure is rather good, and if there were more figures that I fancied, I may bust my dough on them too. The Revoltech line covers numerous franchises so most people would have their favourite characters/mecha reproduced in the Revoltech format.

Gets for Today

Pardon my dingy old camera/poor photography skills combination. Here’s a hasty shot of my gets for today. Couldn’t resist not getting Deneb Imagin, especially having already owned the SH Masked Rider Zeronos Altair/Vega Form Set. There was a pretty big Revoltech sale at 2 boxes for $30 SGD. I only got an Eva-01 New Movie Ver. as there wasn’t much else I fancied at that time and the crowd was sort of putting me off. I managed to get a dude nearby to get only one (he settled for a Dix-neuf, no idea what that is) so we could both enjoy the offer.

I can’t promise putting a bunch of photos up as I do not have my own digital camera. Even if I did, I’ll be too ashamed to put any photos with my lousy photography skills.

Hello World

Here’s yet another user who has hopped onto the bandwagon that is WordPress. Having heard of the numerous features in WordPress that are not available in LiveJournal and Blogspot, the two hosts I have used before, I have decided to start a new blog with this host. Besides, WordPress looks pretty Web 2.0-ish.

The features and tools are currently overwhelming right now so I’ll probably take some time to get used to the controls. Having only a rudimentary and outdated knowledge of HTML doesn’t help so I’ll settle for the generic templates provided.

So, as the Internet moves to the 2.0 age (long ago), I realised that blogs which were no much more than:

  1. diaries, check
  2. walls of text, check
  3. gatherings for emo release, check

Are now passe. Having read much more blogs than posted, I found out that as a reader, I would be inclined to look for the main point of an entry at its beginning (which I realise I’m not doing now.), pay more attention to pictures than text and ignore long paragraphs.

With this new blog I hope to put in a little bit of commitment and see if I can share my interest with anyone reading this.

stories of a toy-obsessed novice modeler

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