Sunday, September 23, 2012

Comeback Post - RG Sazabi???

Hi All!

It's as if every time I make a post for this blog, I apologize since it's been a long time since my last post. So as to not break tradition.... My apologies for not posting for a very long time (a year if my memory serves me right)

Anyway, alot of things have happened in the Gunpla world I missed GBWC 2011, GBWC 2012 rules have been altered and half of the Pinoy Gunpla population have serious thoughts on passing GBWC 2012. Such as me. I simply can't afford to get all the kits I used in my sinanju from Toy's R Us AND I don't think they even have all the kits I used. I'll make a separate post for my Sinanju later in the week.

In another side of life, Life must go on and so do more projects. I slowly fell in love with the Sazabi design after seeing some resin conversion kits for the MG.

 I simply loathe the MG Sazabi and IMO it definitely needs a 2.0 version. We're getting a Nu Ver. Ka in December (which is kinda pricey) hopefully this means a Sazabi Ver. Ka is also coming 2013 (Fingers crossed). I later decided to buy me a 1/144 Sazabi which per reviews is very very good. I was unlucky enough to find a red one but was lucky enough to find a white GPB color Sazabi on sale. Just recently
a resin conversion kit was released which converts your Zaku 2.0 frame to a small Sazabi based on the Formania design.

Though this kit is available locally it is kinda Pricey almost as much as an unbuilt MG Sazabi and with past experience with resin kits I know how much work you need to put into this thing to produce quality outcome which makes it a No-No for me. This Simply Gave me an idea to use a Zaku 2.0 frame for my GPB White Sazabi.

Behold my attempt to Convert the 1/144 Sazabi to an MG

Earlier Version Converting Upper Torso Only

With the Zaku extremities attached. Completed this around mid-week last week. With work in the way I concluded it's best to do the extremities on the weekend since this will take alot of planning. Of course quality cannot be set aside. 

And I was right! The Legs we're a Huge pain to convert! This is always the hard part when doing conversions. Key is always to find the right frame for your kit. Of course not all frames are available and sometimes you need to make do of what you have. Though difficult Outcome reaches expectations as well as Quality Check.

As you can see I was only able to convert the lower leg and the feet. I haven't even thought of a way to attach the knees. While I can use the thigh armor of Zaku I feel it is too big and I want a "Macho" Saz not a "Fat" Saz so I may change this in the future. I have no idea what to do with the arms at this point hopefully I get hit with something within the week.

I have always been an articulation Nut and I was happy to see that I unconsciously improved the leg articulation of the 1/144 Saz. Using the very impressive Zaku 2.0 frame I was able to give a toe joint for the 1/144 Saz. The original 1/144 had static feet. My only problem is I think the foot sits to close to the lower leg. I may want to extend the "ankle" to get the proportions I want. I need to have a conversation with Sazabi experts Sir Vanz and Sir Arthur and see what they have to say.

While the FA Unicorn and Sinanju dwarfs my Sazabi this kit has a different "Sex Appeal" to it compared to the other kits on my shelf. When I completed the feet last night I had a hard time not looking at the Saz and simply admiring my work telling myself  "It's nice to see that you have executed the plans you've made and outcome is beautiful".

There will be a GMAC meetup next week September 29 in Oyster Boy Greenhills and I'll be bringing this baby along to discuss proportions with my friends. I'm not sure what else to bring. Any requests?

Anyway this wraps up my comeback post. I got alot of likes at facebook GMAC page with the torso conversion for this guy, hopefully the legs get your attention as well. I just want to let you guys know, Conversions are very hard to pull off and most of the time they are not perfect. Take a look below on my 1mm Seam line. Thankfully the trade of for that seam line is that the leg armors are removable from the frame

Till next post! Let's see the updates on Veyron Deathwing.

Photo taken by Jeremy Macalino from GMAC at Best of Anime SMX convention center Sep. 15-16

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Veyron Deathwing - Inner Frame

Hi guys! It's been a long time since my last post, I recently got hired in a call center and with all the rush of TRYING to make it to GBWC. I wasn't able to reach the deadline so my sincerest apologies to all who were looking forward to my sinanju for the GBWC 2011. Rest assured that I used the time wisely to produce quality outcome. :)

And here is the evidence. I just finished painting the inner frame of the sinanju and I added the metal parts that I've been saving for quite some time now. I still have yet to paint the horns, the wings and the sword. I will need to resupply the metalics I used.

For the Inner Frame I used Mr. metal color stainless, dark iron, chrome silver and gold over a black base coat. I'm really happy with the results and I could almost choose not to put the armor on >:)

So I let the Pictures talk and this is my finest Paint Job yet :)

A closer look on some parts

I cannot tell you guys how excited I am to see this finished. If you're excited I am so much more!!! The inner frame was really fun to paint and I hope I can have as much fun putting decals on the armor (right now the armor is painted I just need to do a little more detailing) and finally the horns, wings and swords

I couldn't stop myself from doing a little bit of posing >>>>>>>:)

I've asked a good friend Stephen Tuazon to help me out installing the LED. I'l leave it off so that you guys can get excited to see the final product. I will be using the same kind of inner frame with my 2012 mecha contest entry.

So that's it guys and I hope you can drop by again when the whole kit is painted to the bone :) 

Friday, October 14, 2011

GBWC 2011 - EA designs Entry - Veyron Deathwing

Alot of you may already know this project of mine from the Apocalypse showdown on MAC forums. This is also my FIRST TIME entry on this years GBWC 2011. Whether I will be able to finish the horse in time for the competition is still uncertain for now I only wish to keep the quality high on the horseman it self.

With his sword

Size Comparison with a 1/144 Zaku - I most probably still have to extend somewhere on the lower leg and the feet 

My Latest Mods

Mods on the backpack - Some people are already cursing me for what I did with the huge wings and backpack, well If you guys thought I was done, you were wrong! I added some more fins to the backpack to adhere to the "spiky and pointy" theme of the kit. I dug up some scrap from my strike noir and aile strike packs and temporarily placed it on the thrusters at the backpack. The results were very satisfying

 Unfortunately I couldn't attach the shotels because it's very hard to pose everything right plus the small feet aren't that stable, so I hope you can make do for what updates I have for now. :)

The strike Noir Fins I added on the backpack overlook the shoulder adding to the original spikes on the shoulder armor, I was surprised how those two pieces increased the impact of the shoulder spikes :)

The Knees
I have this theory that, the most detailed part of most kits are the legs, if you think about it, it was on the legs or knees to be specific that bandai first applied the "shifting" armors, later on it went to the arms and then it went to the other scales, now we have shifting armor even on 1/144 kits :)

I used some parts from my MG deathscythe - the arm guards and the side skirts. I designed them to utilize the shifting Knee armor that the original sinanju leg had. I made use of this to further enhance the detail of the kit, and the outcome didn't disappoint

The shifting Armor - Pictures show from step 1 to step 3 :)

Amazing isn't it?? It amazes me even though I built it :))

Well that's all of the updates I have right now I may make more blog posts about the previous progress on this kit so that others who will visit my blog maybe able to view the "transformation" this kit underwent :)
I'll be doing some more detailing tonight, hopefully when the sun is up tomorrow I can take good pictures and make another blog post :)

thanks for viewing!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

An Update to the horse

This is a long overdue Blog post, this picture here has been posted for about a week now at MAC facebook page and is STILL getting "likes". This was the first picture of the horse when I first installed the hind legs. Right now it's supported by my deodorant and the front legs are just standing there freely

A day later, after much thinking I found a way how to attach the front legs to the horse's main body. This is the result. Ever since this picture, Comments have been pouring! From MAC's FB page and the Forum. I guess this is because it is very rare for someone to try out this "CRAZY IDEA" as some put it

It surprised me further that the horse can stand on it's own two feet with some balancing of course.

One more to show the size comparison with the Sinanju. Note that the sinanju will undergo Height mods so that this size comparison is only tentative and will soon change. This is a week old picture and TODAY I am currently working on the torso itself.

see you guys on the next update ^_^

Thursday, July 28, 2011

it's so fluffy~

here's a little something I've been working on, still alot of work to do but I just wanted to post some very early pictures of the design so here goes

the main body

hind legs

fore legs

maybe I could bring this on the MAC anniv :D