Gundam Converge EX 03 Deepstriker

I have been looking at the pictures online of this Gundam Converge Deepstriker. The more I look at it the more my heart tells me to “GO GET IT”. One fine day I couldn’t take it anymore and went ahead to get it for my collection.

If you haven’t notice, my website is Deepstriker.com but where the heck is Deepstriker model? I have been waiting for Bandai to come up with either the HGUC or 1/550 HG mechanics version and up till this date, no news whatsoever. I am hoping it might get released under the new RE 1/100 series, who knows :)

So while waiting, I intend to get this EX 03 and maybe do some touchup/panel lining to make it presentable.
Here are some pictures of the item and I am very impressed with its details and quite worth it albeit the hefty price tag.

Details are sharp and I like that it comes with a stand (so i don’t have to source for one). It can be displayed as Deepstriker mode as well as EX-S mode with items that can be arranged nicely on the stand. I chose the Deepstriker mode as this was what I was going for when I made this purchase. Perhaps Bandai wanted us to get two so we can display them in the two modes? Haha sure it’s tempting….

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SG GBWC 2014 Entry

2014 is a lucky year for me :)
Hopefully it continues towards the end!
Thanks to all of my friends whom have been really supportive of my works and the well-wishers.
Wish me luck in Japan!

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Mini Review – LM Jenice & Daughtress

I guess many people like my review on the LM Leo and Taurus.
Therefore I want to show my appreciation by reviewing LM Jenice and Daughtress!

These 2 are in Gundam X TV series and they are grunt units as well. Something I like about the Jenice is that it resembles Zaku in some way, but bulkier. Again, these are LM models and the runners are in one color and with limited pose.

Here they are:

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These two have more parts than LM Leo and Taurus. Daughtress can be built in either one of the two modes. Both of them come with 2 weapons and Daughtress comes with a shield. Certainly enough to make them look presentable (due to limited pose, they do need more arsenals to beef up their looks!).

I still have the other two remaining LMs to review, so stay tuned!

Mini Review – LM Leo & Taurus

Was cleaning up my stash and I realised that I have been keeping the LM Leo and Taurus under storage for the longest time that I can remember.
Well, back in the old days, I have collected all the Gundam related LM series of model kits by Bandai. They are on my wishlist of to-do kits. Now I guess I should make some time for them. For a start here’s some pictures of the boxes and content.

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As they are really old kits, the water slide decals have became yellowish. All the plastic parts are molded in one color (that’s why its called “Limited” Model?), so masking will be a bitch! They are quite rare to find now as I believe they have been out of production for a very long period of time, not to mention they cost a fortune back then to get hold of. I like the Leo kit for it being a grunt unit and recent news that Bandai will be releasing the Robot Damashi (Side MS) Leo (Flight Unit Equipment) got me excited.

I will post some progress shots along the way if I have started on the LM Leo kit :)

How often do you clean your airbrush?

By clean, I mean all parts stripped and thoroughly clean.
Guilty as charged, I am one of those who will only strip my airbrush apart when I discovered it is giving problem upon usage.
See, I have a few airbrushes so if that happens, I will quickly switch to the next available one and start spraying away. This is where the problem starts.

The affected airbrush is kept back into storage. The cycle repeats itself after a few painting sessions (which might be weeks or months apart) and soon, I will realized that all my airbrushes become unserviceable. Paint clogged inside the body is one common thing which if left over a long period of time, it will be too difficult to remove.

I learned my lesson and thus I am more disciplined now to occasionally stripped them to clean and serves as a way to maintain their serviceability. Often, I will use an empty plastic container, place all parts of the airbrush into it and then pour airbrush thinner to a level that just cover the parts surfaces. Remember to take out those rubber O-rings if possible. Soak them for a period of time say 1 hour (do not left it for too long or overnight if you did not remove the rubber O-ring as it will melt the rubber due to prolonged exposure to thinner) and then bring each part out to dry clean with paper towel and using cotton bud (q-tip) to clean the internal areas.

So, how often do you clean your airbrush?

Here are my airbrush, top left: Procon Boy platinum 3 (my workhorse), top right: Wave 231, 0.3 and 0.5 interchangeable, bottom right and left: cheap china brand bought for backups.

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SG GBWC 2013 results and afterthought

SG GBWC has come to an end.
Results are:

1st:
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2nd:
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3rd:
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Congrats to all winners as well.

Time for some reflection :)
This time round, I wanted my entry to be a diorama. This is because many times, my friends commented that most of my entries are too “stiff” or rather they are not posed in a dynamic way etc. You can’t satisfy everyone right? But they do have a point :) I can’t blame them though haha as I think I have always stick to my usual way of presenting my entries either in a stand up position or inside a hangar (which is still standing pose haha).

Thus the idea of getting out of my comfort zone and try something new for a change. So I began toying ideas and I started the Whitebase diorama constructions. At first I was going to use MG Zaku and MG Gundam, but the Whitebase structure will be more than the contest stated dimension. Not giving up the idea, I settled for 1/144 based diorama and went for it.

Actually this build helps me to finish off many of my snapped built kits that were sitting on the shelves for many years e.g. Gun Cannon (imagine this is the 1st HGUC kit!), Guntank and RGM 79. I also added the RB-79 Ball to complete all EFSF mobile suits appearing in 0079.

For Zeon MS, obviously it is Char’s Zaku and Zeong, and a Tri-Star MS Zaku I. The title being “Char’s Dream: Attack on Whitebase” that Char is picturing his victory attack on Whitebase.

Overall, it was my first using 1/144 kits for GBWC and getting out of my comfort zone doing a diorama involving dynamic poses. I learned a lot from this build and will certainly help prepare myself for future dioramas.

SG GBWC 2013 entries

What! It has been 9 months without any updates?
Priority changes at the beginning of this year and thus modeling time dropped a few notches.
But that does not mean I am not modeling, just slow and …. slow haha.

Anyway, here’s an update of our SG GBWC entries taken while I passed by the event:
Note: No indication of open or junior category or name tag displayed, so I will not put in those in case I got it wrong :)
Apologies if I have missed some of the entries as no tag was displayed with the entry.

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