Happy New Year! 2017 to many people wasn’t the best, and here to hoping 2018 is going to be better! I spent the last couple of weeks of 2017 in Hong Kong and went model shopping for more a bit. Only this time I spent a lot more time finding armor models and tools. The… Continue reading Tool review: U-star sprue holder
I came across this japanese retailer Banzai Hobby in the Macross forum, where I took note of a special deal with a SV-262+VF-31 bundle. From there on I started to take note of this retailer and compared it with my go-to site HLJ. It appears that while HLJ is always at 20% discount for Gunpla,… Continue reading Banzai Hobby
I was browsing Be-J (the Wave online shop) and found that they have a new (?) product. Wait, isn’t that just like the paint racks you have at the hobby shops? Yes it is! I always have all sorts of paint bottles around my paint area and I was always out of space, so I… Continue reading Tools review: Paint bottle stand (paint rack) from Wave
Temporary tattoo makes for great tattoos and prints on figures and models. They have beautiful graphics and subject matters (e.g. dragons) that are hard to find. Last time I used the tattoo decal on a kit was 8 years ago with Mizuki. At that time I didn’t think of the critical step in making the… Continue reading Using tattoo decals for models
I needed a larger diameter airbrush for painting large areas; for example priming kits or painting something 1/60. I dug up my old Iwata BCS for this… it has a 0.5mm spray head and with the bottle attachment, I thought it’d be good for it. Then it brought back all my memories of why I… Continue reading New airbrush: GREX TG5
I was always pulling hair when I try to mount figures. The usual wooden plaque or acrylic disc can only get you so far, but a full blown diorama base is not scalable when you build a lot of kits. This is where the woodland scenic rock moulds are great. Since it’s a mould you… Continue reading Woodland scenic rock moulds
Alas signs of time… Dengeki Hobby is going to publish its last printed copy. I haven’t bought any hobby mags for a while until recently, as I love the feeling of flipping through the pages and looking at the attractive magazine layout. Well to be honest I was also bummed that I somehow missed the… Continue reading Last of the Dengeki Hobby magazine
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.
I wrote about Mr. Masking Sol Neo a while back and singing its praises, but after using it for a while its deficiency is obvious: too runny, and its self cohesion is poor, meaning you’ll have a hard time lifting your dried mask in one piece, if the layer is thin. So in another attempt… Continue reading Mr. Masking Sol Kai Preview
I’m embarrassed to say that I don’t know how to use one of these K&S tubing cutter. I put a 1/16″ brass tube in the groove and turned the screw, but I don’t see cutting happening! I got one because I thought I can cut the tubes that I use for pinning more conveniently. Aluminum… Continue reading Tubing cutter?