Pasadena’s Modeler Society presents ValleyCon 2013

In the effort to further the gunpla foot print within the realm of North American plastic modelers the goal this year for Those Gundam Guys will be a presence at as many plastic model shows and events as possible. Word of mouth has helped greatly, but getting out there meeting modelers and getting potential participants at such events is quite important. It is also important to help promote as many shows as possible since a great deal of these shows also help promote our own SGCMC event – a sign that we becoming more and more accepted as a genre of plastic modeling. The important information: Date: Sunday March 3, 2013 Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM Location: Pasadena Civic Center 300 East Green Street Pasadena, California Admission is $7.00 and model entries are $1.00 per entry. I enjoy going … Read More

2nd Annual Southern California Gundam Model Competition (SCGMC part deux!)

Attention gunpla modelers as well as all anime/scifi related model builders! The 2nd annual Southern California Gundam Model Competition is nearing in a few weeks. This year we have a bigger room and hopefully the word spread about last year’s competition and we’ll draw more folks this year. Date: Saturday November 17, 2012 Time: 9:00AM – 4:00PM Location: Royal Ballroom Holiday Inn Fullerton 2932 East Nutwood Avenue Fullerton, CA 92831

Vendors at SCGMC

For the upcoming Southern California Gundam Model Competition in November, there will be vendors selling gunpla as well as gunpla related resin conversion kits. Robot4Less and TatsuHobby will be vendors at SCGMC, so all your plastic AND resin gunpla needs will be met. Additionally, there will be tools, paints, and various aftermarket items for sale at this event as well. For our friends in Northern California, TatsuHobby is also holding a contest as part of their 2 year anniversary celebration: Tatsu Hobby Anniversary Event #3 Northern CA Gunpla Competition! Our last event for this anniversary is the Northern California Gunpla Competition! We made this event mainly to express our gratitude towards our local customers and to show the builds of Gundam fans of the Northern California area. In addition, we made this event in conjunction to the Southern California Gundam … Read More

Anime Expo Model Contest and Bandai Gunpla Builders World Cup

Bandai GBWC

I’ve talked with Clem (Gamerabaenre) who usually organizes the AX model contest, and with Steve at Bluefin, who organizes the Gunpla Builders World Cup Live Events and since I’m judging both contests I wanted to coordinate the judging and model placement since it was kind of disorganized last year. Last year more-or-less ALL models were entered and physically placed in the artist area of the exhibition hall. We judged the models Saturday afternoon for the Anime Expo contest, and then contestants had about an hour to make the mad dash with their models to set them up again at the Bluefin booth for the judging of the Bandai Gunpla Builders World Cup Contest. Some people weren’t there to move them, and they were disappointed that their models weren’t entered in the Gunpla Builders World Cup (GBWC). Bandai and Bluefin were … Read More

Anime Expo Model Contest

Anime Expo hosts a model contest within the confines of the Art Show. The competition is fairly general in that there are about 5 or so categories which include Gundam, mecha other, figure, and custom. This post will be updated with forms and more information in the next few weeks as little details are finalized with AX. The judging criteria will be the same as previous years. Build and Finish – 20 pts – This is the actual skill used in building the piece. This is visible seams, correcting of flaws in the kit, filling open areas that should be solid. Thw finish is a careful inspection of the actual painting, decals, weathering. Items to be judged: excessive brush strokes, over spray, decals that are peeling or silvering, stickers (if used) not showing signs of peeling or abuse. Sticker abuse … Read More

BANDAI World Cup Competition

The Bandai World Cup competition is an international competition that is usually held at the end of the year in Hong Kong. Competitors from countries around the world compete first in their home countries, and winners from those competitions are pit against one another for the Bandai World Cup event in Hong Kong. In the United States, there are several preliminary competitions held at various anime conventions, and the final winners then compete against one another to determine the representative for the United States. The current locations for this year’s preliminaries are as follows: Semi-Final Events Regional contests will be held in at the following conventions. Other venues may be added. Sakura-Con Seattle, Washington April 22-24 Website: FanimeCon-San Jose, California May 27-30 Website: Anime Expo, Los Angeles, California July 1-4 Website: Otakon, Baltimore Maryland July 29-31 Website: … Read More

IPMS Orange County: Orangecon 2011

IPMS Orange County’s annual model competition. This is a fairly large competition with anywhere between 350-450 models shown. This show is one of the first IPMS chapters to have an actual Gundam category within the Science Fiction umbrella. They also have a science fiction figures for anime figures. Date: Saturday, October 8, 2011 Time: 9:00AM – 5:00PM Location: California State University, Fullerton Titan Student Union’s Titan Conference Center Portola Pavilions A & B Fullerton, CA General Admission is $5.00 Contestant Admission is $10.00 (this includes 3 model entries, additional models are $1.00 each) Model Registration: 9:00AM – 11:30AM Contest room is closed between 12:00PM – 3:00PM for judging. Awards presentation: 3:30PM – 5:00PM Additional information can be found here: IPMS Orange County Orangecon 2011