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Wednesday, November 30, 2005

More cool blogs!

hehe... thanks a lot crash for sending me those 2 blogs. The first is called "Eye on everything".. that belongs to an enigmatic young feller known only to me as eyeris.. reporter and wordsmith extrodinaire! ..met him some time ago during one of those late night TransMY (malaysian transformers fan group) tea session.. lovely blog, love your writing pal! to see his blog, go this way: eyeris.blogspot.com

Second one is called Hantu Bola: Petaling Street Hooligans. Soccer based blog on the English Premier league. Ok.. don't quite care about EPL anymore... looks like eyeris is involved in this one as well..so if ya like the EPL go here: hantubola.blogspot.com

ps. those of you who don't speak the malay language, hantu=ghost; bola=ball

'Nuff said

Personally, I like Bayern Munich & Borussia Dortmund

*sigh*. poor wifey..

just got into the office after a looong planning meeting earlier today. We didn't quite finish it so it continues later till 7 or 8... my poor wifey can't have din dins with me today.. awww.. she sounded so sad.. and on top of that she'll still sick..

Sorry baby... i'll be back later..

Galaxy Force Ep 45

yeah.. i know its been out for some time now. But while looking at our honeymoon (why do i keep typing it as hineymoon? hmmm *confused*) pictures, i got the wife to watch the entire ep on me laptop.(no, she wasn't sitting on my laptop...she jus watched it ON my laptop) Her response? those kids are sooooo cute!!

Ahem.. yes, Bud was very cute there wasn't he? that bit about "instructing" Flame Convoy on leadership was hilarious!! Nice to see Lori (lori apa? lori balak ke?) acting all serious later on. And my wife just ADORES minicons... phew! thank God my Armada collection is small and are now quite hard to find. if not, die man....Sad to say, my Transformers collection has slowed down for the last few months, the only thing i bought was Hasbro CybertronSideways (yecch! i hate that name, the Japanese name, Noisemaze sounds way much cooler.)

Been saving up for little things that would complete my Modelling toolkit. Still havent bought the Dark Yellow for my Zaku Project.....guess that has to wait till i'm done priming the parts and doing the seam filling...

next topic..or i won't stop rambling!

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Desert Zaku: In-prog 28th Nov

Just got back from the honeymoon (it wus sweeet!) , well, remember the parts in the baggie pics i promised? they're here.
















I guess that putting them in bags makes things easier for me as i'm prone to losing something or rather. I also wrote lil' notes on the bags themselves so that i won't forget to do something (eg: fixing that hole i sanded into the zaku head) here's another picture:

















The next stage begins soon, thats skewering them up and start painting the German Grey. I bought a couple of brushes to start work with but looks like they're missing! :( well, i'm in my new house now and i guess i hafta get to my mom's house to gather up the rest of my modelling stuff. Hope the brushes are there...

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Desert Zaku:Updates

Well, its SO hard to find a decent line art version of the Zaku I'm building! anyways, found a scanned MG kit instruction online and doctored it with GIMP. This is the final result:





















now all that remains is a little re-colouring. BUT, i'm off for the Indian wedding and honeymoon and will be back in 2 weeks so i guess that and the rest of the project has to wait. The parts are still in their respective baggies (yes..photos coming soon!) and I still haven't done anything so more when I get back!

Monday, November 14, 2005

Desert Zaku: Mecha Gie├čerei

Where to begin? Oh.. yeah, i got into this Gundam model building thing as soon as i had watched about 20+ episodes of SEED Destiny (i know, not a great place to dive into the Gundam Universe) My modelling experience was very limited to helping a friend build his Tamiya BMW 635 CSI for a contest when i was 17 (i'm 31 now). Well, time went on and this year, i fell in love with the Gundam Astray Red Frame that i built in a few hours, unpainted, uncemented and unsanded(gasp!). Then came the Blue Frame and the LunaMaria Custom Zaku Warrior. ..still no paint, no glue, still unsanded. So i'm like a sooooper Newbie when it comes to modelling.

Then I came across a Char's custom Zaku. Its was HUGE! [lookie here!] its advertised as a 1/60 scale kit but it towered at nearly 12-13 inches in height. Obviously a very old bandai kit, this one has NO pegs like the snap-ons i had made earlier. Armed with a tube of superglue i glued the monster together and well, i had enough sense NOT to glue all of it together cos there's a little bulb you can put into its mono-eye. (still need to hollow out the tubing in the mono-eye, so you can guess what happened to that THAT project.) Then i started looking at some modelling sites and i arrived to Fitchenfoo's site.

One look at his F2 "desert" Zaku and i fell in love with it instantly. See, i had been interested in the WW2 German army since childhood and had admired the various tanks, half-tracks etc for many years. Of particular interest was the DAK Afrika Korps. So instantly some thing clicked in my mind and the concept of a Zaku serving in the Zeon version of Afrika Korps was born. Heck, i even coined the army name (warning: not so original name creation coming up..) ZeonAfrika Korps. I then combined the two logos of Zeon and the original Afrika Korps to come out with this logo:


















More reading followed, this time Fitchen's MG model tutorial, The Complete Future Article by Matt Swan and wisely, i signed up for the Child of Mecha message board. In between, i looked at a few colour schemes on DAK tanks (there were not many) but this was the general idea i got at the end. German Tanks shipped to Afrika (Africa i mean..) were mainly painted German Grey (i'm not giving the exact colour name cos i can't remember) and that they were European Theater colour-schemed tanks. In Africa, troops were supplied with paints later in the war. Prior to getting these paints, they used mud or simply lifted a couple of cans from their Italian Allies. But the general idea was this, sand yellow with grey peeping thru. Looked up the corresponding Tamiya colours and it was XF60 - Dark Yellow.

Fine. I came across a 1/100 scale of the monster i built previously (still no pegs, no snap ons on this one) and gleefully bought that for RM 30 (about 8USD). Raided my local ACE Hardware and found the Future. While all this was goin on, i was preparing to get married. YES! so, in-between wedding prep, i was cutting and sanding!.. The thing about this is, I managed to make a hole in the zaku head as i sanded it too much while listening to my wife talking to her make up artist.. err... lesson learnt there... guess i gotta putty up that part..i put every sub-assembly (head, shoulders, forearms etc) into individual plastic bags that i labelled with instructions. (pictures coming soon)

I also got a can of German Grey Lacquer from Tamiya that i now plan to use as the "primer" "underneath colour. So as it stands right now, I'm readying my bamboo skewers and foam base for painting. Guess i gotta go get that bottle of Dark Yellow and some really good brushes (nope, i dont own an airbrush...guess i gotta do it the hard way.). Thats it for now, hopefully i can get back home (gosh,...its 8:25 pm...i'm still in the office!) and take a few pics of the parts in the bags before i take 'em out to paint. Laterz!

The Beginning

Well, here's where I begin, You'll find out more about me in the profiles section. if its empty now its because I haven't dragged my lazy ass to fix it up yet. I tried blogging in many places but neh.. i decided to stick to this one now. Let it be a genesis (as far as blogs are concerned this will be genesis ver 32!)

I decided to start this with a Gundam Project that i'm working on right now. Progress and details will be forthcoming as I find the time to update the blog. So kick back, grab a cold one and enjoy!