September 21, 2013 on 9:45 pm | In Models, Products
Hasegawa finally came out with the 1/48 version of the Strike Valkyrie. OMG. I have no doubt they were going to do it eventually, but man that’s a frigging 3 years since the regular version came out!
That’s why they’ve become one of the also-ran companies.
June 14, 2012 on 11:59 am | In Models
My dremel minimite has finally died due to a motor jam. But given it has served me for 12 years that was great investment. The new minimite is smaller and lighter, which is awesome.
April 29, 2012 on 11:16 pm | In Models, Works
Playing with flash and trying to retake some of my older kits. The good’ol Knight of Gold AT / Patraqushie Mirage is definitely still one of my fav, so I decided to see how it goes casting a blue gel… interesting!
December 11, 2011 on 12:50 pm | In Models, Works
Another kit that took more than 10 years in the making… haha. Steam Detectives wasn’t a popular manga, but out of the illustrations came the two pro/antagonist assitant nurses in lingerie, yay.
I love the original kits because they’re so unique, but I’ve always felt they don’t look good as individual kits, nor do they have that “wow” factor. Eventually I decided to put them together, but they weren’t meant to be, therefore a lot of planning and trial and error was necessary. This went on and off for years… Lately I’ve decided to try netted stockings on them. The effect have been done on a lot of kits, but they all have the same flaw: we’re basically wrapping a piece of cloth/netting around the leg, and there has to be a junction where the two ends meet, which are often ugly seams. Since the steam detective girls are lying down, the seams can be hidden very well, so I went ahead.
The base is one of the biggest I’ve done, with a 14×8 sq. in. elliptical, with underlying cotton balls to “immerse” the girl’s uniforms into the royal purple groundwork. I’m not totally happy about the choice of the reflective purple since it competes with the other elements of the kits, but that’s the most fitting given the choices I had.
July 27, 2011 on 7:24 pm | In Models, Works
It seems like everyone and their cat are building this Epyon kit. It might not be the most popular suit coming from Gundam Wing, but the Katoki’s MG rendition was pretty awesome, maintaining its sinister look while modernizing the design so that it’s less super-robot-like. The only thing I don’t like are the wings, which seemed too low in the original kit. I like my robots to have some crap surrounding its head visually somehow, like stuff popping up from the back or something. So I inverted the support beam of the backpack so the wings are elevated; IMHO the height was just right. Did some extensive drybrushing on the edges since the body was dark.
July 11, 2011 on 12:50 pm | In Models, Works
Haven’t done any girly kit for ages, and after the last update 4 years ago, I couldn’t find Ryofu’s hair pieces and thus she just sit in limbo. Over the weekend I found the pieces so I’ve finish up the final touch ups. Click on the images to enlarge.
June 6, 2011 on 10:42 pm | In Models, Works
This critter came from a nonstop weekend run of kit building to make room for another big purchase…
Would need more photos soon but I’m a bit sick of posing this dude…
While I like the mech and the kit has done justice to it, I feel the construction of the kit is on the “cheap MG” side of things. The internal frame isn’t detailed (not that I care a whole lot), but the mech is noticeably smaller than other MGs. Heck I have done the Wing Zero Custom and perhaps because of its wings I didn’t feel the kit is that much smaller than other regular MGs. There are also more visible seams here as well… yeah I’m spoiled but I can’t remember the last time I had to work on seams. They’re now also doing a modular switchable 4-finger attachment for different hand expression… I like this better than the stupid 3-finger-plus-1 style of the past, as these hold objects tighter. Wished the Wing Zero was this way. The shoulders are horrible… ABS aren’t perfect and here Bandai decided to use them to leverage the shoulder’s up-and-down motion. Guess what, it doesn’t work that well!
Complaints aside, this dude is pretty cool and I’m looking forward to finish my EW collection (VERY BEGRUDGINGLY), as they’re all some of the best Katoki renditions.
January 24, 2011 on 4:55 pm | In Models, Works
OO Gundam is a rather strange design with top heavy components, and the Seven Swords configuration fixes some of that issue with more legs attachments. The Seven Swords mod kit was applied on top of the 1/100 HG kit, and the LED were installed as well. To take photos with nice LED effects, you’ll need to have flash fired on the kit, and then expose for some more seconds so that the weak LED lights can be registered.
November 1, 2010 on 3:38 pm | In Models, Works
Never got the will to finish this kit – on of the first I’ve bought. But this year I thought I could make something for Halloween, so I dug up this oldie and tried to finish it quick. However after finding many references, I still don’t know what to do with the guy. My memory of it is mostly brown, the movie is black, Giger’s are somewhat metallic, and I had it in metallic colors in the beginning. Not nice. Then at the end I decided to go with a more biological version of it with airbrushed veins (ballpen could work but it didn’t look natural). Also used clear resin to top its head for maximum shininess. After all it seems everyone has different interpretation of the beast, and here is mine. More images on my Smugmug gallery
October 23, 2010 on 9:07 pm | In Models, Works
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Spent about 3 weekends on this guy. Finally building a macross plane with landing gear, hehe, since this guys to a bit too large to support in free flight form. The legs/engine hatch can be opened and I built one side open and one side closed; it’s possible to close them after the fact, but you don’t really want to do it…
This time I tried to slam the wide angle lens really close to get some dramatic perspectives.
Now I’m really waiting for that 1/48 Strike Valkyie… pulllleeese Hasegawa, stop teasing us!!!
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