So I have this cheap airbrush I bought on Amazon. I was leery at first but it seemed to have overwhelmingly positive reviews. I took a chance at 30 bucks and bought it. The crappy pictures are below:
I have a better one I'm borrowing from a friend, so this one hasn't been used as much. It's definitely cheap as far as airbrushes go, but it's honestly not that bad for the price. I've used it on some SD Sangokuden kits (will make a post about that eventually) with pretty decent results. All in all, if you're strapped for cash but can't resist your hobby, this might be the brush for you.
So I'm aware there's a true to life, full size Gundam making his rounds on display in Japan. What I'm not certain of, however, is where he is right now. Apparently he's been torn down and reconstructed somewhere. All I know is I'm definitely paying him a visit when I go to Japan next year if he's still around.
I had mentioned in an earlier post that I recently obtained a few World of Nintendo figures. What I forgot to do was upload pictures of the rare 4" Link. I've also obtained a few other, smaller figures in the meantime. As you can probably tell, I'm a fan of the Zelda series.
The 2.5 inch figures of Wind Waker Link and Tetra are considered fairly uncommon and they come with little accessories like a shield and stand. The ultra rare 4 inch Link comes with a "mystery accessory" which is a Hylian Shield. He also has decent articulation and a sword with holster. He is modeled after his Skyward Sword incarnation, which, if I'm not mistaken, is similar to the Figma version of Link, another figure I will review soon. World of Nintendo is a nice line of figures and plushes and most of the common ones aren't too expensive.
One of my favorite things about modeling is seeing all the creative ways people expand upon their models, like through custom parts and dioramas. I've seen some really impressive Gunpla Dioramas and they're always so motivating and cool. Sometimes I just Google diorama pictures to get ideas for my own models and it always gets me really excited to start a new kit and plan a background. I'm a huge fan of water effects for one:
Seriously, how freaking cool is that?? The underwater view makes it ten times better too! And then there's the ones with LED lights (great for Christmas!):
Note the nice fire effects. And there's even a water effect in the pool, too. Another really nice kit and diorama combo.
This diorama really captures an action scene well. This looks just like a shot from a fight scene in the anime and really shows a lot of motion. Also check out the weathering on that building.
But my all time favorite Gundam Diorama in the world is still this one:
Absolutely everything about this is 100% amazing. It has it all. ALL of it! and a bag of chips! Look at all those paper craft boxes, those micro models, the car model with water effects of its own, and the Gundam RX-78 just chillin' out, making his models. It's surreal, intricate, and even hilarious. I remember being so disappointed when this diorama didn't win a prize because it's literally one of the best dioramas I have ever seen, Gunpla or otherwise.
All dioramas found on the blogs GundamGuy, GunJap, and Figure.FM.
A couple of years ago I was a poor college student. One fateful afternoon, I was uploading a paper to one of my professor's dropboxes when I noticed my computer being slow as crap. It took forever uploading a small file, and then everything just stopped working altogether. So I did what I would normally do in case of a freeze, and i rebooted that sucker. Now, instead of being greeted by the friendly neighborhood "starting Windows" screen, there was a brief flicker of something bright followed by a looping pattern of rebooting and said bright flashing screen. After some finagling, I got it to stop rebooting, and turns out the flash I kept missing was one of these beauties:
Considering I had very little money at the time, I had to budget a way to fix my computer using less than $150 that was in my bank account at the time. I was weary of buying things online at the time and none of the stores in my town sold internal hard drives, so I did the best I could and sunk about $90 of those dollars into an external hard drive, because, as it turns out, the BSOD was caused by hard drive failure and there was no way to recover any of my stuff without some other drive to put them on, let alone some other drive to re-install Windows on.
Because I wasn't going to have the money to buy Windows for awhile, and I couldn't install it on an external drive anyway, I was left with an unexpected alternative. In a tutorial for migrating files, I read about making a USB with the Ubuntu OS installed on it. As I did that, it wasn't the same as my familiar desktop, but it was still comforting to see my computer "alive" once again. Unfortunately, I was unable to save too much of my data before the drive went completely kaput.
Now, what does this have to do with Gundam? Well, I ended up moving the grand total of 20 Megabytes of salvagable data (it still hurts) to the same USB and ended up installing Ubuntu on my external drive. Turns out you can totally do that with Linux. Upon trying to fill the void left by my 500 GB of lost data, I began searching the Webs for Linux-compatible games. As it turned out, there's a lot of crap Linux can't do because of its lack of support from certain companies and communities. It's nice for something you get free, but the gaming compatibility department is sadly lacking. I discovered amongst the games I actually COULD play was a little game known as Gundam Capsule Fighter.
Holy crap, look at this game! I was blown away at how it looked and played. I blew away hours of my young adult life on this game. And to think, all it took me to discover it was a horrible accident that cost me 2 years of un-backed up data. If only the Universe didn't hate me so much.
This game was pretty cathartic for my situation, but it also piqued my curiosity for more Gundam games. Upon which, I discovered the amazing world of Japanese arcades. Behold:
Sheez, now that I have more money, I should buy one of these!
Nope, still not enough money. But at least I can afford Windows now. :')