Preshading with the Airbrush

Once you get the basics of airbrushing practiced, it’s time to move up a level and get some practice with airbrush control. The basics of this technique is to paint a base color first, then follow this with a lighter tone to created a shaded effect. The shading effect is completely optional, some folks like the look, others don’t, so doing so is just personal preference. There are some setting factors that are part of this technique: air pressure regulation … Read More

Basic Airbrushing

Thinning The basics of using the airbrush starts with proper paint thinning. But thinning in itself is difficult to teach through a website as there are just too many factors in affect. The same exact thinning ratio will work for a particular person, but for a different person will not work. The reason for this is the environmental factors that attribute to each person’s painting situation. Painting in a high temperature and humid environment differs greatly from a low temperature, … Read More

Paint Types

One of the most confusing things that got me when I first started building models was the different types of paints. Learning the hard way, different types of paints do not play well with one another and an attempt to mix paints of different types ended up with a gloppy mess of wasted paint. There are three main paint types offered at the local hobby shops: Lacquer/Solvent based, Acrylic/Alcohol/Water based, and Enamel/Oil based paints. Lacquer Paints These are strong paints … 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

Cutting and Sanding

One of the most important steps for building gunpla or any model for that matter, is cutting and sanding. Parts cut correctly with the correct tools will reduce the chance of damaging the parts. When cutting, use a proper cutting tool such as nippers. Nail clippers don’t give the proper leverage and cutting angles, and the blades are curved so those are not the best of tools to clip parts. Now when cutting parts, it’s best to cut away from … 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 … 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 … 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 … Read More

How to Post

For those not familiar with posting blogs. This is fairly straight forward. Looking to the right, you can see a list of categories, just check the appropriate category(s). Scrolling down, you can add a picture to the post. Just click the “set featured image” link and upload a picture of your choice. I took a few pictures around my workshop to use as test pictures and. You can always edit the posts so nothing is overly permanent and anything can … Read More

April 2011 Model Build Gathering

This is just a quick article for the upcoming model build gathering. The build gathering is set for Saturday, April 16, 2011. I know a few of us has picked up the latest May edition of Dengeki with the Wagtail conversion for the RGM-79C HGUC kit, so there may be a couple of those on the work benches. Up for discussion will be the SCGMC, we still need to make up fliers, and nail down some target areas for advertising … Read More