Below is a chart comparing the sizes of different grades:
There are a few basic grades to Gundam kits, but many more special grades such as SD (non-scale Super Deformed), HGUC (High Grade Universal Century), and Reborn One Hundred. The basic and common ones are High Grade, Real Grade, Master Grade, and Perfect Grade. The grade mainly determines the scale but also indicates the number of parts and the difficulty of the kit. Grades also determine the level of detail and articulation, with High Grade kits (1:144 or 1:100) being the easiest to build but the most basic ones in terms of quality, leading up to Perfect Grade at 1:60 scale which are made of higher quality plastic and come with the occasional screw, metal part, or LED light. It is advised that beginners in Gunpla building go for High Grades and SD kits because these are easier to build. Master Grades and Perfect Grades are more challenging but rewarding for advanced modellers and builders. Depending on my mood, sometimes I prefer putting together a small kit like an SD because they're cheap and fun to build when I don't feel like working on a bigger project. All in all, every scale and grade has something nice to offer no matter your experience level.
Below is a chart comparing the sizes of different grades:
G Gundam is one of my favorite Gundam series. If I had to pick an absolute favorite, it would be a hard decision between Mobile Suit G and the original cartoon. I don't want to spoil anything, but I really enjoyed the plot twists and characters. Domon Kasshu is likeable enough, but I really like how Rain was always calmer than him. Given that I tend to be an emotional person, I identify with Domon quite a bit, but you gotta love when a show turns a gender stereotype on its head by making the man emotional and impulsive instead. Rain was written as much more than just a "girl" character. In fact, every character was like a real person instead of some cartoon stereotype. I still remember them all and their mannerisms very well.
Mind you, I haven't seen that many other Gundam anime, so maybe it's just a high standard for character writing the franchise has set in stone. The premise was really alluring too. It was a story of family betrayal and space mecha warfare. It was action packed but emotional as well. It followed Domon on his journey to find his brother who stole a highly destructive Gundam that feeds on evil or some shit. On his way, he makes friends with people from different space countries who each pilot unique mobile suits. They eventually fight in a tournament and Domon kicks everyone's ass because he has the special protagonist's weapon move known as the Shining Finger. Yeah, I know that sounded really sarcastic, but it's hard to talk about the plot in a meaningful way when there's far too many potential spoilers and I haven't seen it in a good 10 years. Guess it's time to re-watch it!
I honestly don't remember who the girl on the left is. And according to the Gundam Wiki, Domon is one of the oldest franchise protagonists at 20. Talk about making a person feel old. At this rate, I'll never be a Gundam pilot!
Okay, so I'm a huge fan of Ty The Tasmanian Tiger. Mostly the first game, but still. That game had cool characters, great music, and a lot of stuff to do in each level. I recently played it again on Gamecube and it was quite a nice nostalgia trip for me and my girlfriend. But I can't help but wonder something. Why doesn't Ty have any merchandise. The closest thing to any merchandise I've ever seen was a zoetrope featured at an animation exhibit in Melbourne in 2009. Which is cool. But I can't help but feel like Krome could have totally made a killing off some Ty toys. I would personally have loved to get a couple figures or plushies. Thinking about the lack of marketing for Krome makes me kind of sad still. They're a pretty small group of people making great games. It would have been absolutely killer for them to get some kind of brand deal with a major toy company like Bandai or something. There's definitely a market for it, and it would help Krome raise money for more great games. I find myself thinking about this at least once a month. Call me obsessed but...
I have to say, I much prefer using a wash to using Gundam markers. This might not be the most popular opinion, because it takes a lot of precision not to screw it up with smears. This is just a matter of preference and convenience. I often feel that using markers results in lines that are a bit to bold looking. Especially if you're using a black Gundam marker.
Also it just seems to me like you can totally tell it was scribbled in. I mean, it's a method many prefer because of the convenience, and from a zoomed out pose it looks just fine. I'm just really anal about detail so it bothers me a bit. Not to mention, there's just something really satisfying about dabbing a bit of paint on something and watching all the panel lines fill up nicely. It's like something out of an anime where a mecha gradually lights up or something. So instead of markers, I often make a wash of black enamel paint and thinner. I use about 3 drops of paint and 2 drops of thinner, but you have to play around with your own paint to get the best ratio. Consistency wise, you'll want to aim for something that rolls down the dish but not too much. Something a bit like this:
The trick is finding a really fine point brush. With one of those, you'll reduce the chance of smearing paint where you don't want to. After the paint dries (I try to give it a good 30 to 45 minutes), you can clean up using a Q-tip lightly moistened with thinner. Try not to put too much pressure on it though. You don't want the thinner to leak down into the cracks and ruin what you've just done. After it's all said and done, you should be left with some pretty sweet, clean looking panel lines! Until next time, ciao!
I've recently gotten into the figure series known as World of Nintendo. They have plushes and other things, but the main line includes various mini figures. Some are quite rare, and hail from the more obscure Nintendo titles, such as Pikmin's Captain Olimar figure. I got lucky and picked him up at my local Wally World for 4 bucks. Other figures have been much harder to find, though. I've only found about 6 of the 2.5 inch figures at that store and all the others in my collection have come from online sources. But my favorite prized piece of my collection has got to be the ultra rare 4 inch Skyward Sword Link.
I found this sweet deal on ebay where this gal sold me both him and the 4" Wario for 25 dollars. They came new in the box (although link's box was a bit bent at the corner). I plan on keeping him in the box and maybe reselling him if I ever become destitute lol. Although I must admit, opening him up sure is tempting. But I'm waiting on my Figma Link to arrive so I can mess with him out of the box. He has more detail and accessories anyway. By the way, the cheapest place to get him that I've found is on HLJ. So if you're looking for Figma Link as well, check them out real quick!
Having scoured the Internet for a translated version of the legendary Gunpla scratch build manual has turned up pretty much nothing, unfortunately. I have found several sites with uploaded scans of the untranslated version, which I should probably be thankful for at least. Now if only I could get back to studying Japanese, maybe I could read some of it.
Scans found here.
Some page samples below:
As you can see, pla plates are used a lot as well as resin casting.
I remember watching Toonami when I was younger. It was my first major exposure to anime besides the Ghibli films at the time. If I had to decide what my two favorite shows were, they would probably be Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z. At first, I liked DBZ better because it was grittier, but now that I'm older, I think I appreciate the storytelling and character development of the first incarnation a bit better. Yes, it looks more like a "kid's" cartoon, but come on, there's still plenty of uncensored stuff in the uncut versions. Like did you know Master Roshi was a perv for Bulma Brief??
Also it explains the origins of the main characters pretty well, it alludes to Goku not being human and it references Krillen's training at a Buddhist monestary (despite being a martial artist who fights for a living). I never really liked how Krillin got the short end of the stick in DBZ. As Goku's best friend, I felt he always deserved better than to be killed off at the start of every season, you know?
Hey guys, it's Steve, and I just checked my mailbox to find my Metal Earth Fascinations Models have arrived. There was a nice buy one, get one half off sale on ebay last week, so I bought myself The Normandy from Mass Effect and a drumset. I'll add pics in an update. Ciao
It's been literally over 10 years since I've had an ICEE, so of course I piled 3 different flavors into my cup when I discovered the beverage section at a new truck stop near my house. The flavors I picked were: watermelon, mango, and Mountain Dew.
It only cost me 2 bucks and the cup design is really nice too!