Wednesday, April 27, 2011

My first Resin kit - Strike Evolve - My Graduation gift to self

First let's just talk about this Resin kit. I have been modding and customizing kits for about 2 years now and this Resin Kit is a new experience for me. First I got this from Coldfire at about the same price as the regular MG strike is. (So a gundam with a resin kit is worth twice the regular gundam) Be Warned - if you'd also want to try this resin kit, you need the MG AILE strike, not any other strike version, without the Aile pack you wont be able to make the Evolved Aile striker pack which is mouthwatering GOOD. If you think you'd do fine without the Aile pack then by all means go!.

Now while test fitting this resin kit on my Aile Strike I found a few things which I'd like to point out. I'm viewing this event as a first timer in handling Resin Kits, if you've encountered resin kits before you should know what I'm talking about, I'm trying to share my experience in the sense that you may be wanting to try a resin kit as well.

- You need alot of TIME - If your like me who has 10 WIPS at the same time, postpone them all, sanding alone will take probably take you... forever
- you gonna need some glue, most of the part's here need glue to stick properly, while there are hole's and pegs most of those joint systems cannot or do not hold the part in place hence GLUE IT.
- A side note on glue - it takes twice the amount of time for super glue to glue 2 parts together on a resin kit than regular plastic from bandai - I have no idea why
- Be Extra Careful - A regular MG that I have can fall from my display cabinet to the ground (that sounds brutal) without any broken parts, but may have parts that are removed due to the shock, I DARE NOT TRY THAT ON A RESIN KIT. The material used for this kit is not as durable as bandai's plastic
- THE NUBS - if you thought nubs on a bandai kit were a pain - the nubs on a resin kit will kill you. The nubs here are about 5 times bigger, thicker, fat and square. - sometimes when cutting a nub you damage the very part itself (it happened to me several times)
- THE AMOUNT OF WORK - if you're looking at a 1/100 scale resin kit - think of it as the amount of work you would do on a PG
- This is not for beginners - really it ain't you'd end up giving up on the kit
- Do some research before buying your chosen resin kit - There are some resin kit's that require a whole model kit or sometimes just a frame - this is because the resin kit (like the one I have) requires some parts from the original gundam to build the final output
- Despite the amount of work a resin kit DEMANDS - it looks AWESOOOOOOME !!!! XD

Here is my resin kit - small box for it's price

 smaller than a 1/144 box

Contents - No there are no runner, but there are NUBS - BIG NUBS XD

The Aile Striker Pack - Again, this needs parts from the original Aile Striker Pack, if the Strike gundam you have is for example Strike + IWSP you wont be able to build this. The main wings are held by a very small peg and hole joint - it needed alot of glue.

  Test fit on the regular strike Gundam

Like I said, in spite of the Devastating amount of work to be done - Resin Kit's are AWESOME. They take Gundam's to the next Level. I actually decided to buy a Resin Kit after I've found out there's nothing more in Dalong's MG page that I'd like to buy that isn't released yet. (Yup I'm talking about the MG 00r and Epyon)

To the Gundam itself - it is an established fact, it looks Awesome, a PG in 1/100 scale form. It's molded in a buttery kind of yellow and I'm sure the details will pop out more after a round of primer.

The details - are to die for

I don't know why - but the legs are always THE most detailed part of the gundam. Shifting Knee armor? The resin kit really captured the look of the PG

Rear View - just as good as the front view, let no one tell you better. I can really say that the resin kit does make your strike EVOLVE. The details are sharp and crisp

The Arms

The Icing of the kit - the Aile striker pack, I think it would be a waste if you wouldn't build this. The thruster look way better!!

That's it guys. the next post about this resin will probably have Primer On.

So about Resin kits? Should you buy them? that DEPENDS on you. It depends on how much experience you have (experience in painting is a must), how dedicated are you in finishing this resin kit. I'd recommend you start on Resin kits that require an inner frame, before those whole/completely Resin kits since I don't have much faith on the material to hold a bigger amount of weight on it. Also Patience is indeed a virtue for this kits

Well, thanks guys for Reading. I'm off to my cousins house. I might be painting my Nexus Freedom XD

1/144 Model Comprehend (MC) Hi Nu

Here's the Model Kit I bought together with the action bases. I must say this is the most awesome 1/144 scale out there. You should see one to believe it. Nothing else comes close to this. Upon completion of this kit, I instantly fell in love with the design, proportions and details of the kit. Considering it's a 1/144 scale kit, I think it can even rival some MG's for it's details. Bottom line guys, I recommend you buy this kit as much as I recommend you buy a Sinanju, Yup it's that awesome! The price is also very cheap, a 1/144 sinanju is probably more expensive than this while the box itself is as big as a 1/100 model kit's box.

The details on this kit are off the charts Amazing, I haven't seen anything like this one, it really is not from bandai hence I would not call this a knock-off, while it is based on a Gundam from BanDai it is definitely not based on a Bandai Model kit. As you can see I've already started detailing this baby more with koto parts and soon enough some more panel lines, I'm really excited what this would look like after all the mods I'm planning.

The legs are always the most detailed part of any gundam

The rear view is just as detailed and beautiful as the front view. Show casing the Hi Nu's elegant winged Back pack, with a tail fin. The kit comes included with those long propellant tanks, but it was those exaggerated kinds so I'd rather not put them on, they probably add to stability of the kit. 

 Really want to work on those legs ASAP

And that's just Beautiful

Should you buy this kit? that's a big YES. It's in the same price range as those bigger/more detailed 1/144 scales from 00, like the harute, reborns, 00 raiser. IT is very Cheap. It comes with beam effect parts for the wings to give it a full burst mode feel (that I dont really like, it seems too exaggerated) and effect parts for the swords. The manual itself is also a big step up from Bandai's manuals, the manual included here look's more like a magazine. And also something this kit has, that some kit's have and some kit's don't is what I call POTENTIAL. Building this kit made my Spider Sense for Customization Tingle, it alone or OOTB is very detailed already almost good enough to paint immediately I just couldn't resist not to mod such a BEAUTIFUL kit.

"I recommend you buy this kit as much as I would recommend you buy a Master Grade Sinanju"

Right now the company that made this (Model Comprehend) only has 2 models, the Hi-Nu and the regular Nu. I told my friends who also have this model that if MC were to launch other kits I'd definitely buy them (and they're very cheap) I'm praying for a Unicorn and 00 raiser and put in a Sinanju there too for there line up, can't wait to see the next model from MC 

An invetment

Hey Guys! How ya been? It's been a long time since my last blog post, I was very buisy for stuff in school since I'm graduating and now I'm a bachelor's degree holder. Anyway that's not the point of the blog post, the point of the blog post is this purchase I made in 168 mall in Divisoria (philippines). I was able to buy 8 knock off mechanical chain bases for about 30-40USD (1500 php). I also bought a very interesting model kit, that is not made by Ban Dai but rather a new but small company Model Comprehend. We'll took about that on a later blog post. Bottom line I bought all those found in the picture of about a price of a regular MG kit. I strongly feel that the purchase was well worth it. Let's check out what's inside the boxes

Put together and side by side the bases could accomodate the size of 2 MG's without looking too congested or cluttered. I must say this shot alone already gives the "hangar feel" to me, I am most likely going to take pictures from this "Hangar".

Out of the box, the kotobukiya mechanical chain bases have little 1/100 scale add on's to make your Hangar Diorama complete with forklifts, Containers of different sizes, spotlights, weapon racks, small truck thingies, I even saw some missiles in there. The rest of the pics show them combined, Since I have 8 of these bases I have alot of this add-on's to my Hangar, should you get only 1 their would only be a few included. Of course the white 1/100 scale people there are from the 1/100 MG's I have. Now that is starting to look like a very buisy Hangar.

I tried the base with only 1 MG to make things not look to cluttered. So here is my beloved FA sinanju. 

and here it is with my Nexus Freedom. (this guy is long over due for a paint job)

That's it guys. I just wanted to share with you this purchase I made. THE BASES I BOUGHT ARE KNOCK OFF's. I'm not interested in using this diorama for a competition, my very purpose for buying this is for photo shoot's and something to house my gundams. I also wish to use this with my reviews that I still have yet to make. I'd like to recommend that you buy them. Whether knock off or not having a Hangar like this would make your Gundam/Mecha feel right at Home.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Got my Tallgeese III from Vanz today!

Hi guys! Had a toy haul today, and also met with Vanz Anasazi my Tag Team partner on our Tallgeese III 2.0 build. Was very surprised how the TG looked in person, it really is the 2.0 version of my first kit. We talked and talked about some of the other concepts on other kits I thought of.

Anyway to start the blog post right, my Toy Haul

I got my TG III back from vanz, I bought a stage act.4 base, and an MG Red Frame Astray.

These are bases from the stage act4. it has 3 sets for about 20USD price tag. I bought this for the reason that I want a base to put my Revoltech Iron Man because he had the same pose everyday since I bought him. I wanted to liven up his life a little bit with this base to make him look like he is flying XD. The one on the right is the result of combining some pieces here and there included in the pack.

Iron Man can now Levitate and...

The base also fits 1/144's very well too

With a little bit of tinkering, you can extend the base higher for 1/100 Gundam model kits. WARNING though, be careful in using it with 1/100 kits, the grip does not grip the kit well for heavier Gundam's like the SF or Destiny. You need to secure the Gundam on the stand very well so the gundam will be safe on the stand

Works very well with the 1/100 kits though! as the stand seems "barely there"

And here is the tallgeese, the stand really works well in holding it up, I have'nt put the feet yet since the designs are not yet final.

I used my old TG's feet and put it on the TG 2.0. I also was saving a pair of MG sinanju hands/manipulators for my next big project, and I think this calls for the job. I think the proportions of the big hands works well with the bulkiness of the kit.

Sorry about the bad lighting though, I can only get good shots when there is day light. Here it is on the ground

Right now as much as I am dying to detail this baby up because it's begging to be detailed. Functional mods are in order first since some of the mods done are either loose or too stiff mainly on the shoulder. I need also to finalize the design on the new feet for this TG before I can move on to detailing XD

Stay tuned for the next update. I can't promise when because I'll work on the functional mods I mentioned earlier like tightening the knees, tightening the shoulders some putty work etc. before I can move to detailing. XD

Thanks for viewing!