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

SCGMC Less than 10 days away!

There are only 9 more days until the first annual Southern California’s first Gunpla Competition, a little over a week away! Saturday, November 12, 2011. Time for a little update to the event. Other than the contest, there will be vendors: There will be raffles with some very nice prizes donated from various sources. There will be live demonstrations on various gunpla building techniques that cover almost everything from start to finish. And other than the really fantastically cool coin … Read More

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

Weathering Techniques

This tutorial will be completed in multiple parts. The idea is that any of these techniques can be stand alone, or can be combined in any number of combinations depending on what effects you want. There isn’t a specific order of operation but a matter of personal preference. For the purposes of this tutorial, I’m starting with the filter/fade technique. Filter/Fade Technique This technique is similar to the wash technique for panel lines. There are rules that MUST be followed … Read More

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: … Read More

SCGMC Trophies

I received a box on my front door step today, inside are the trophies for SCGMC. There is a local miniature figure contest that gives out coin trophies, and I’ve always thought that this was a very cool method for an award. Then again, I’m ex-military, so I just like the idea of having the challenge coin style trophy. Having the choice of colored finished, we went with black metal, silver, and bronze, which will be the 1st, 2nd, and … 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 … Read More

Model Build Gathering This Weekend 6/11/2011

BG Pic

Just wanted to post on the front page that the June Build Gathering is coming up this Saturday June 11th at Gamerabaenre’s house in Placentia, California. Get more information, including how to get on the email list that announces the monthly gatherings at Gamerabaenre’s forum. BTW the last two words of that las sentence are a link, they just aren’t a diffferent color (at least on my PC). Here’s the URL, just to be safe: http://gamerabaenre.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=5$t=944 Getherings start at 1pm … Read More

Cosmetic Modifications To Gunpla

There are millions of ways to modify your out of the box gunpla kit. The ever growing aftermarket for add on metal thrusters, LED gimmicks, resin weapon packs, and various other detail up parts help make it very easy to separate your kit from the box stock version. For the article, I will discuss and show a few techniques on adding small modifications to your kits. A very simple mod is the replacement of existing parts on the kit. For … Read More