SCGMC 2012!

Ok, we’ve been working behind the scenes planning out this year’s Southern California Gundam Model Competition event. We have a bigger room booked at the same location as last year. We’ve also go tons of new ideas to add into the mix. The group of us shot a quick little infomercial: Saturday November 17, 2012 Fullerton Holiday Inn Royal Ballroom 2932 East Nutwood Avenue Fullerton, CA 92831

Sticky-Tack Camouflage Masking

On my recent Rick Dom II I used the rolled sticky-tack masking method. The idea is that the rolled edge of the sticky tack gives you a slightly soft edge on your camouflage that simulates a to-scale overspray patterns from a paint gun. It’s very common among airplane modelers. Since I don’t see this camouflage technique used much in the world of Gunpla, I decided to make a tutorial. Aircraft modelers often use sticky tack to create camouflage patterns on … Read More

Gundam Kit Chart

I came across this in a Gundam catalog and thought everyone could get some use out of it when looking for a kit. These are scans of all available kits as of February 2011.  They are ordered by series, so whichever kit you are looking for should be easy to find.  Of course,  to the right of kit name is three columns, letting you know whether there is a High Grade, Master Grade or Perfect Grade available.   Enjoy!  

Wood Grain Technique

This technique combines a few other basic techniques together to create a fairly realistic looking natural wood grain effect. The first step is to paint the parts with a light and neutral wood color, for this example, I used tan. Take note of the type of paint used (lacquer, enamel, acrylic). Depending on the type of paint used, a protective clear coat may be required. This is similar to the wash technique for panel lines – using the different properties … Read More

Decal Creation Tutorial

Sometime in 2010 I finally finished this… I worked on this decal tutorial on and off for at least a year. When you see it in its 37-page glory I think you’ll see why it took so long to finish. Rather than make another massive multi-part series of webpages like I did with my scratchbuilding tutorial, I just made this PDF: Funaka’s Creating Custom Decals.pdf Now you too can make decals like these!!! :)

Panel Lines – Enamel Wash

There are hundreds of methods for doing panel lines. The best method is what works best for you. What you are comfortable with, what you are used to using. It’s a good idea to try out several techniques before settling down on your favorite technique. In the past, I have used gundam markers, very fine mechanical pencils, and very fine technical pens; but I have settled on the enamel (oil) wash method as my primary panel line method. It’s very … Read More

How to fix seams

Taking a look at your standard gunpla box, you will notice how nice the kit in the pictures look. It is after you put the kits together that you notice differences between the kit presented on the box and the kit you have just snapped together. One of those differences you notice is on the two part pieces, they all look like they’re one whole piece, the line down the middle of these parts are missing. Granted this could be … Read More