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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VP Model: SD Psycho Gundam Parts

Okay, yesterday night I received the package and thought I post some pictures of the content inside.
As you can see from the pictures below, the VP packaging is very professional. A shiny silver paper box.
After opening up the box, another silver color bag that contains all the parts.
Inside, the resin parts are plastic wrapped nicely according to sections.
The parts are crisp in details. This is the 1st VP model kit that I have purchased and certainly will not be the last.
I am itching to work on this guy 🙂
All in all very professionally done packaging coupled with detailed manual instructions, decal, lightup gimmicks.
It somehow has the look and feel of a premium item 🙂 Two thumbs up!

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VP Model: SD Psycho Gundam Arrived

Once in a while when I came across a model that I like very much be it plastic kit or full resin, I will straight away hit the buy button lol.
Well, you can say this is an impulse buy. Sometimes when you think too much, you lose the time to own the kit and probably miss the chance as well to build it.

Part of the reason why this purchase is because Psycho Gundam is one of my favourite mecha. Truth is I like obscure and weird looking design that looks bad-ass, at least to me.
I am definitely building this kit and adding it to my collection. If that happens, I will post work in progress shots provided I am not lazy enough 🙂

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SRW OG2 (PS3)

I can’t resist getting this SRW OG2 when I saw it while passing by a game shop. Being a fanboy of SRW games from the early days of Super Famicom to PS2, I gotta say I wouldn’t want to miss this. In fact this is the 1st SRW game out for PS3 so its another reason 🙂 for me to own it. Played for quite a while, I must say I am very impressed with the game and the stunning graphics. In addition, I went to find SRW model kits in our local hobby store and I was lucky to score myself a 1/144 Kotobukiya Alteisen (progressive ver.) The price is very steep though for it being a rare kit now. Let’s see how it goes. I might start building the Alteisen after I have completed the game 🙂

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MG Heavy Arms (OOB) Commission – WIP 2

Heavy Arms done! A sigh of relief finally! This MG has many small parts, I went searching for some of them that were dropped off from the clips. Luckily all were found. Make sure you constantly check those small parts if you intend to work on this MG. I will take some pictures for the gallery section soon.

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MG Heavy Arms OOB Commission

MG Heavy Arms (OOB) Commission

Accepted this MG Heavy Arms commission because I am a fan of gatling guns 🙂

The heavy arms is my favourite mecha in Gundam Wing series.

Requirement is to finish it OOB (Out-Of-Box). So I will be concentrating on the paint job and hopefully can show some WIPs along the way. Stay tuned!

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