|2011.05.04 - Moving On
This isn't my final post, but it will be the last post here.
The site will continue at it's own domain:
This original version will remain as an archive of old posts, and a reminder of the site's humble beginnings.
to everyone who's visited my little site here. I hope you'll continue
to do so at the new location, and find it as much of an improvement as
I believe it to be.
May your soul fly free of gravity's pull.
2011.03.23 - ProjProj Update
Just a routine cleanup of the projected projects page. Removed a couple of kits (MG Victory Gundam and Char's Gelgoog ver. 2.0) that I'd decided I wouldn't want to build.
looking forward, I'm very nearly in a position where I can finally
bring to an end my long modeling hiatus and get back to building. Can't
make any promises, but if all goes well, I'll be building my first kit
in over two and a half years starting next month.
2011.01.28 - Orange?
A belated happy new year to one and all.
you've noticed that the ugly AdSense banners at the top of all my pages
are no longer quite so ugly, though they are quite orange. I only
discovered this myself earlier today when I came by to fetch a link to
one of my galleries. I haven't changed the ad script since installing
it initially. Imagine my surprise to find that Danny Choo had taken
over my ads.
I presume Danny's made some arrangement with Google
to specially place his banner through AdSense on pertinent sites. Given
that Danny's site (which had a lot less Gundam on it than it used to
last I looked) was a major inspiration and provided initial guidance
for me to get into Gunpla modeling, this development seems quite
As some of you know, by some incredible stroke of luck
I found a decent job in Seattle at the end of November. I'm happily
slaving away writing, editing, and learning about internet marketing.
They even pay me! In real dollars, too, not flattened bottle caps.
things are still a little tight financially, so I haven't quite gotten
around to acquiring my next model just yet. Things are looking up,
though, and with any luck I'll be able to start shortening that projected projects list soon.
2010.12.23 - Happy Holidays
2010.11.26 - Guide Update
I've made a few minor corrections and additions to the Gunpla 101
guide. It's the same Gundam building know-how you've come to love, now
very slightly more accurate, a smidgen more comprehensive, and with one
Moar Gunpla Guides
not sure how many people have written asking me to confirm the order of
the steps of building a Gundam model after reading my guide on how to build Gunpla.
While I thought that tutorial quite clear, nevertheless it's apparent
that a more concise presentation of the order of operations, as it
were, in Gundam modeling would be of use.
Accordingly, I'm pleased to present a quick step-by-step guide,
which is really just a list of the order in which one should ink panel
lines, apply topcoat, &c. Additionally, since the question of what
order to do things was one frequently asked, the page also contains my
responses to certain other queries I've encountered often. If you have
a question you think belongs on this FAQ list, please let me know.
The quick guide & FAQ is available on the guides page.
2010.07.05 - Gunpla Guides
of my readers have contacted me with questions about painting their
Gunpla by hand with brushes, a technique with which my own experience
is relatively limited. However, I have the good fortune of acquaintance
with a long-time reader and fellow robot modeler who set about to paint
his previously unpainted collection of models all by hand, and thereby
learned and developed solid techniques for painting Gundam models by
brush. At my request, my friend and colleague Alberto produced a fine guide to brush-painting Gunpla, which I am pleased to make available on the guides page.
2010.06.11 - Disappointing Discovery
the prospect of some income on the horizon at last, I've begun to
consider getting back to modeling after my two-year hiatus. However,
while I had thought I'd solved the problem of finding my beloved Gundam
Color spray paints, it turns out the one place I found online which
sells them can't ship them internationally on account of Taiwanese
customs regulations. Furthermore, additional poking around has revealed
that apparently these particular spray cans contain some chemical which
is illegal in the US.
While this at last explains why I've been
totally unable to find these paints here (despite the prevalence of
other Japanese products, notably Tamiya's whole line of spray cans), it
also more or less finally seals my fate in terms of getting access to
them. (Unless I can persuade somebody in Taiwan to pick up a few cans
for me and try to mail them, though that'd be far from certain to
succeed.) Fortunately, the manufacturer of Gundam Color also produces
the same colors in bottles. Long story short, if I want to continue to
use those colors, I'm going to have to get into airbrushing.
that's definitely something I wanted to do anyway, it isn't something I
can invest in just yet. In any case, I apologize for taunting my
readers with the recommendation of the Gundam Color sprays without
realizing they were basically unavailable outside Japan and apparently
The water-based Mr. Hobby topcoat I preferred seems to
be similarly unavailable, so I'm going to have to find a new brand of
topcoat, whether as a spray or as an airbrush solution.
Meanwhile, modeling continues to remain more or less on hold.
2010.04.04 - "Goodnight"
The 13th and final chapter of Cross Dimension 0080 is hereby released. I hope you've enjoyed the story.
2010.04.02 - "Last Stand of the Haunted Gundam"
Today Chapter 12 of Cross Dimension 0080 is online. On Sunday the 13th and final chapter will be released, bringing our little saga to a close.
Who will survive?
(... Spoilers: the Gundam, probably.)
2010.03.26 - "Spirits of the Mountains"
Chapter 11 of Cross Dimension 0080 is now online. Next weekend, the conclusion.
2010.03.19 - "To Odessa, I'll Go With You"
As Spring begins to take hold, we approach the conclusion of Cross Dimension 0080. Today, Chapter 10 is available.
2010.03.14 - Projected Project Update
After having my mind blown by the first episode of Gundam Unicorn, I've decided to move the MG Unicorn Gundam OVA ver. to the top of the list of projected projects.
It also occurred to me that the Unicorn Gundam won't require painting,
so it'll be a good kit with which to ease myself back into modeling
without having to worry about paint. (Topcoat should be easier to get
ahold of, hopefully.)
2010.03.12 - "Not a Chance"
The action-packed 9th chapter of Cross Dimension 0080 is now available.
another note, today is also the release date for the two new versions
of the MG Unicorn Gundam, along with the the first episode of the Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn
OVA. Looking forward to seeing that, particularly as the Bluray disc
apparently already has an English dub. (While I prefer to watch most
animoo in the original Japanese, Gundam is an exception.)
A happy unicorny Friday to all.
2010.03.05 - "Unexpected Resistance"
Chapter 8 of Cross Dimension 0080 is now online for your viewing pleasure.
Spring's just around the corner. Bide your time, and hold out hope for the sunshine.
2010.02.26 - "Reluctant Thanks Interrupted"
This week's installment of Cross Dimension 0080, the 7th chapter, is now available.
2010.02.22 - Hope for a Dream?
month's hobby magazines report that a Master Grade Wing Gundam is in
the works. Perhaps my long-held dream of an MG Tallgeese is not as
impossible as I once thought.
Also on the way is the MG Musha Gundam Mk. II.
News via Ngee Khiong.
2010.02.19 - "Repairs Complete"
Cross Dimension 0080 Chapter 6, wherein we finally learn of the mysterious beam sabers to be found on Saki's Zaku, is now released.
2010.02.12 - "Battle Before Dawn"
Chapter 5 of Cross Dimension 0080 is now available.
Still a day or two to go, but an early happy lunar new year to all.
2010.02.10 - Projected Project Update
In light of the upcoming release of the at least somewhat improved MG Gundam Unicorn OVA ver., I have updated the Projproj page, replacing the original ver. Ka. kit with the newer one.
2010.02.05 - "Sunset in the Desert"
Happy Friday. Enjoy Chapter 4 of Cross Dimension 0080, and a good weekend.
2010.01.29 - "Repairing Saki's Zaku"
Chapter 3 of Cross Dimension 0080 is released and available for your reading pleasure.
2010.01.25 - "Pixie is All I Have Left"
Chapter 2 of Cross Dimension 0080 is now belatedly released. Katherine and I celebrated our fifth anniversary on Friday, and I was clearly quite distracted.
Apologies for any anguish caused by this late release. I'll leave myself a note to keep the release schedule on track.
2010.01.20 - Help is Available
Contact from my readers has made it apparent that my humble Gunpla modeling tutorial
is the most popular feature on this little site. As such, I've begun a
project to provide additional articles offering step-by-step
instructions on other aspects of Gunpla modeling. To facilitate this
ongoing project, I've added a new Guides page, where all of these tutorials will be gathered.
Please note that the original Gunpla 101 article has accordingly been removed from the Various page and relocated to the new Guides page.
Additionally, a new tutorial on safely packing your Gunpla has also been added.
tutorials will be added as I am able to get back to making models and
documenting different techniques. If you have any suggestions or
requests for guides you'd like to see, please feel free to contact me.
I've added a link in the sidebar to Andrew's site. He single-handedly programmed the elegant framework with which the Cross Dimension webcomic is displayed. Check out his site and keep him in mind if you have any web design or coding needs.
2010.01.15 - "Prologue"
Chapter 1 of Cross Dimension 0080 is hereby released.
2010.01.14 - Martin Wandering Presents
the last two years, I've made a few oblique references here and there
to a certain secret project in the works. At last, we are prepared to
unveil that project.
By way of belatedly celebrating this little
site's second anniversary, I am proud to present my first web comic,
and greatest achievement of pixel-pushing:
... Or at least the introductory page, which may be found under Various. The comic will be released one chapter at a time every Friday, beginning tomorrow.
2009.12.31 - New Projected Project
Added another MG S-type Zaku II ver. 2.0 to Projproj. They never end.
is the anniversary of the Battle of A Baoa Qu, and the fall of the Zabi
family. Oh, and also new year's eve, or whatever. Happy new year.
2009.12.28 - New Projected Project
Added the MG Zeta Plus C1 to the Projected Projects page.
2009.12.27 - Ch-ch-changes
the major site update may not have gone through just yet, there are a
couple of changes which I have made to the current framework which
would have been included in the update. These two big ones are as
1ly, the "current project" link has been removed from the sidebar of this main page and the Projected Projects page.
This link, being an irregular feature of the site's navigation, was
disruptive of the layout. Moreover, I haven't had occasion to change
the link in a year and a half, since I haven't built any models since
returning from Taiwan. Regardless of the (in-)frequency with which I'll
be building kits in the future, the latest project will always be the
top link on the Robots page.
2ly, the Figures page has been removed, as have all the galleries therein, with the exception of the SHCM Pro Char's Zaku, which has been relocated to the Various
page. Accordingly, posts related to the Figures section have been
struck through. In a word, I want to keep this little site's focus on
Gundam; the figure galleries detracted from that focus.
Probably more updates to follow shortly.
it turns out, my present hosting arrangement is not able to accommodate
an installation of Drupal, the content management system upon which the
new version of the site is based. Thus, we'll be sticking with this
hand-made stoneage HTML jerryriggery until a suitable hosting
environment can be obtained.
In the meantime, my thanks for your
continued patience, and apologies that I still have yet to deliver you
a more elegantly constructed site.
2009.12.25 - Incoming
readers: at last, having recently passed this little site's second
anniversary, tomorrow we will be implementing a new site
infrastructure. Please be patient while we work out any kinks and get
everything up and running.
Happy holidays to all.
2009.11.16 - Gunpla & Life After Taiwan
long last, I have found an online shop offering the full line of Gundam
Color Spray paints which I had been unable to find anywhere in the
States. Moreover, they carry the full Gunpla line at good prices. To
top it all off, they're a Taiwanese shop, so I'm more than happy to
Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Leoshop.
I know where I'll be doing my shopping as soon as I'm less broke.
2009.11.12 - Another Zaku, of Course
I've updated the Projected Projects page again, this time with an idea for the final unit for the Wolfgar Team.
2009.11.11 - Relic From the Past
For the first time since my return from Taiwan, a new entry has been added to the gallery page.
However, these new photos and comments are not for a new model, but for
an old one — the first Gunpla I built in Taiwan, as a matter of fact.
The HG 1/100 Tallgeese was the model which rekindled my Gundam modeling hobby, which had languished since I first built a few other HG Gundam Wing
kits in high school. It was also the first Gunpla I tried to paint,
though as you can see, I went about it a little differently than my
subsequent works. In any case, now you can read all about it, and laugh
at my early efforts.
You'll notice the new entry is at the bottom of the gallery page, since the model was built before all the rest listed there.
2009.11.09 - A New Home
unpacking continued a bit today as I excavated my old camera from the
Mountain Cycle that is our basement. As you can see, the CATS Booze
Club is happily at home here in Portland, though they miss the party
life they enjoyed on campus last year.
I've also taken a couple new photos (holy crap) of the Wolfgar Zakus and Hi-Nu Gundam
in their new home. It may be awhile before they enjoy display space
like that of their former Taiwanese domain, but nevertheless they're
doing alright. In any case, with any luck there'll be more new photos
before long, maybe even of new models. Wouldn't that be grand?
- Signs of Life
A few things have happened since the last update. Still waiting on that
major infrastructure upgrade, still scraping by with pointy sticks and
sharpened rocks here. On the plus side, I've graduated from college, so
I ought to have plenty of time for hobbies. On the not-so-plus side, my
degree doesn't do much to get me work, so I'm broke and can't afford to
indulge my hobbies at present. (On the who-gives-a-crap side, my
diploma looks nice on the shelf next to Char's
SHCM Pro Zaku II.)
Though we moved into our new house back in mid-May, it was only last
weekend that an urge came upon me to unpack some of my poor Gunpla,
most of which have been in mothballs since I left fair Formosa over a
year ago. Opening up those boxes and unwrapping my beloved Wolfgar
Zakus, Hi-Nu Gundam, and Hyaku
Shiki was like having my own little Christmas, and reminded
me how much I love Gundam. While it may be awhile yet before I have the
disposable income necessary to get back to building, I can at least
tidy up here a bit.
In that spirit, I've overhauled the Projected Projects page, a task
which has been long overdue. Some items have been struck from the list,
while a few new ones have been added. If you'd like an idea of what
will be seen here in the (hopefully) near future, take a look.
Since I haven't actually been in Taibei for some time, I also changed the title of this page, if anyone was keeping track.
With any luck, more to come sooner than later.
2009.03.25 - Long Time No Gundam
Finding myself with a spare moment, I realized there's no reason I
shouldn't finally write up some remarks on the MG Gundam ver. 2.0.
So I did.
2009.03.16 - Nearing Spring
skip the usual "sorry for lack of updates" lamesauce to pass on a bit
of exciting news: according to Bandai Plastic Kit Information, MG Gouf
ver. 2.0 is in the works. While its ridiculous blaster hand will
probably permanently disqualify it from my own to-build list, it's a
good bet that a Gouf Custom ver. 2.0 will be along before too long as
well, and that's definitely something to look forward to in my book.
(Especially because it might give me a good ver. 2.0 base to mod into
Henry's Efreet to complete the Wolfgar team.)
News via Ngee Khiong.
thanks to the faithful who have stayed with me despite the marked lack
of action around here. Rest assured that this little site is far from
2008.11.21 - Gunpla Pageant
Well, at least I seem to be able to make one
update per month. Better than nothing.
Zyuan, a fellow Portlander, is holding a Gunpla photography contest,
the grand prize being a free Super Robot Wars kit from Kotobukiya. Have
a look at his site for details.
At his invitation, I've made my
own entry into the contest. May the best Gunpla win.
2008.10.23 - Connectivity
A quick update to note that I've added a link to E2046, a fine modeling
shop which kindly invited me to participate in a banner exchange. I'm
pleased to link to them.
2008.09.25 - Looking Toward Winter
As I feared, the Reed routine has thus far done a fine job of keeping
me too busy to do much with this poor site. (Playing Zelda hasn't been
helping, either.) I have managed to at least get my act together to
pass on the splendid news that the Char-esque Sinanju, fancy-pants
successor to the Sazabi, will be released in Master
Grade come December (so I hear via dannychoo.com). This lean, mean,
Zeon remnant machine has been added to the Proj proj page.
2008.09.05 - Dorm Gunpla
Despite many trials, tribulations, and confusion about my college mail
stop number, my beloved Gunpla have arrived intact. Thus far only Gundam
and the Wolfgar Zakus
have been unpacked, and for the time being I'll leave it at that.
Display space is somewhat limited in my dormitory hermitage, and
moreover I'll have to pack the poor guys up again before I know it.
In any case, as the anniversary of the rekindling of my Gunpla habit
approaches, I look forward to another good — if different —
year of modeling.
In other news, I'm in the ponderous process of investigating the use of
a fancy-shmancy content management framework, to rebuild the site. From
what I hear the learning curve is steep, but it also sounds like it'd
offer me just what I need to make this little project just what I want
it to be. More on that as the plot thickens, my dear readers.
2008.08.25 - It's Super, Thanks for Asking
Our trip to San Francisco's Japantown yielded a little loot: the
impressive Super HCM Pro Char's Zaku.
Long time no update. The models seem to have survived the arduous
Pacific crossing in my baggage, and will make the second leg of their
trip (to Portland) probably via UPS. While the rest remain packed up, Gundam
has emerged to scope out my folks' house in California.
Meanwhile my considerations regarding how to revamp this little site
continue. My father and I will be looking into WordPress and perhaps
other possibilities in the near future, and one way or another I hope I
can get the site restructured sooner than later. Realistically,
however, I'll probably be limping along with this clunky design for
awhile yet. Bear with me, beloved readers.
2008.08.06 - MOAR Lizard
A clearer photo of one of my reptile guests (this one seems to be
lighter-skinned than the one I've seen in my room). This little guy has
shown himself in the hallway near the kitchen a couple of times now.
They must like it in here because our apartment is like an oven.
Apologies to any of my readers for whom lizards are less remarkable.
2008.08.05 - Super Smash Bots
Gundam takes advantage of a visit
from the Wolfgar Team to showcase his
completed arsenal in the most civilized manner possible.
2008.08.03 - Really, It's The Last One
The results of last night's Hyper Hammer'd Gundam 00 Modeling Challenge
are in: the hastily (and somewhat tipsily) assembled 1/100
Gundam Astraea Type F.
2008.08.01 - Another Lizard Sighting
Not that it's related to anything, but my tiny lizard friend made
another appearance last night.
2008.07.31 - Giant Robots How To
Facing the last two weeks of my time in Taiwan, and as such the end of
this period of lively and active modeling, I feel it's a good time to
It is both a culmination of my Gunpla work this year, and as such, also
an indicator of my progress so far. I look forward to revising and
adding to it in the future as I (hopefully) learn more about what has
once again after a hiatus of several years become my beloved hobby.
The guide is linked on the Various page.
And, while I've got your attention, Gundam
wants to show off his new beam rifle.
2008.07.30 - Red vs. Blue
At last new pictures showing off Shin Musha's weapons have been added
to his gallery. My comments on the kit
have also been appended.
2008.07.27 - Mighty Guard 0079
Gundam's impressive shield is complete, and a couple more photos
have been added. The hyper hammer is actually done as well, and no
doubt we'll see some of that soon.
2008.07.26 - Fly, Gundam!
Final assembly complete. The last two days' worth of photos have been
added to the gallery. Weapons soon to follow.
2008.07.23 - Gundam/Ganmen
Built Gundam's right leg yesterday, and
added one photo of the internal frame.
In other news, word on the net is that Revoltech Enki will include Gurren Lagann's
missing wings (both of them), as well as an additional
Lagann-sans-Enki-helmet head. Enki appears to be set for a September
2008.07.21 - The Heart of the Matter
First step in building Gundam: the core fighter. A few shots of this
remarkable little plane have been added to the gallery.
Construction of Gundam itself will proceed from the feet up.
2008.07.19 - V Project. Surprise!
As I'm fairly certain Gundam's release date is indeed next weekend, it
seems that the good old folks at Ximending
managed to get ahold of a few kits from the early release pool. In any
case, a little earlier than I expected, the MG
RX-78-2 ver. 2.0 is in hand, and work will begin shortly.
Countdown to V Project
Assuming the planets and stars all align properly, the MG RX-78-2 ver.
2.0 will be released a week from today. Looking ahead on what will in
all likelihood be my final Gunpla project during my adventure here in
Taibei, I've been reflecting on the future of the site, my thoughts and
feelings about Gundam and mecha generally, as well as what paints I
should get for the upcoming kit.
To begin with the broadest of these questions: I intend to continue
running this little site, though its form and scope will change. I've
enjoyed working on these pages as a project, most of all because of
those of you who stumbled upon my sloppy work and took the time to get
in touch with me and discuss your questions and thoughts. My
conversations with you have made me realize how much I just love
talking Gundam. (Though no doubt poor Katherine could've told me that
after enduring many a one-sided rant of mine.)
There are two main issues I need to address, however, in seeing to the
continuation and growth of this project. Firstly, as I return to my
senior year of college in Oregon, the availability and affordability of
Gunpla will both probably be significantly decreased. (I'll also no
longer have the benefit of the Taiwanese Ministry of Education funding
my modeling habit.) Moreover, of course, returning to my full-time
studies will afford me less free time. As such, for awhile at least
there will be fewer new galleries of my own work, and probably just
fewer updates all around. However, I hope to counter this change by
posting more writings and discussions exploring the fascination with
and significance of Gundam and related ideas. Additionally, I'd like to
connect with some of the other Gundam bloggers I've met, and work on
establishing a network of shared interest.
Secondly, this site's infrastructure requires a complete overhaul. Much
as I'm fond of doing things the old-fashioned way, as is things are
extremely clunky and tedious to manage, and the site's organization is
pretty messy. With no real web skills to speak of, I'm considering
rebuilding the site with some kind of fancy blogging software.
(WordPress has been recommended to me fairly highly.) Simply put, I'm
not sure when that'll happen, but it needs to, and when it does it will
also give me a chance to realign the site from a chronicle of my
modeling madness during this Taiwan trip to an ongoing Gundam work.
As for the paints, I'm thinking of taking a little jaunt over to the
hobby shops to pick them up beforehand.
On another note, Shin Musha's
weapons have been finished for awhile now, but I'm waiting on taking
more pictures. With any luck, dear reader, you'll find it worth the
wait, but regardless there will be some more photos of that kit before
my stay is up.
You're probably wondering about the lizard. He had just shown up in my
room when I got back from lunch. Not sure where he's got to now, but
since I assume he eats bugs, he's quite welcome.
2008.07.12 - The Power of a Gundam
probably still my favorite Gundam-type MS, gets his turn on the action
base. A handful of new pictures added.
2008.07.09 - Big Fat Update
One of the Wolfgar Zakus happened to be in Shin
neighborhood, and the two had themselves a sporting little mobile suit
duel. A slew of photos covering the contest may be found in Shin
2008.07.08 - Giant Robots
Shin Musha has been completed,
with only a couple of the weapons remaining. He's probably going to
want his lance back from Nida soon...
2008.07.07 - That Golden Suit?!
Been meaning to take a few more pictures of old Goldilocks,
and finally got around to it this afternoon.
Meanwhile, Shin Musha's
additional arm and shoulder armor is finished. (The topcoat on the
shoulder shields dries as I type.) Only the dome-piece remains.
2008.07.05 - More Giant Robots
One more photo of the completed arms.
Working on Shin Musha's arms today. So far
posted one photo of the arm internals.
2008.07.03 - Giant Robots
Shin Musha's legs
2008.07.02 - Giant Robots
Nice to be back in the swing of things, making regular progress updates.
torso, waist, and right leg are assembled; the latter two components
have been weathered and topcoated. No pictures of the finished leg yet,
but for now have a gander at its fascinating internal
2008.06.30 - Needa Hint?
Nida seems to have helped herself
to Shin Musha's yari. Better not say
anything to make her mad.
2008.06.29 - A Warrior's Soul is in His Gut
Having gone back to Ximending again
to get the gold paint needed for Shin
Musha, work began during a rather dark and stormy afternoon.
So far the torso unit is available for your perusal.
2008.06.28 - Unexpected Giant Robot
How'd that happen?
2008.06.27 - Ganmen Ahead
The Wikipedia entry on Revoltech,
which keeps a list of current and upcoming figures in the line, has
been recently updated to reflect a September 15 release date for the
Revoltech Enki and Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. While I'm unsure where
this information originated, I've no reason to doubt its accuracy.
2008.06.25 - Zaku Party
Added a couple photos of the three Wolfgar
Zakus completed so far.
2008.06.23 - Finally, Giant Robots
Finished Lester's Zaku yesterday, and have now added the first couple photos.
2008.06.22 - Revoltech Trickery
It's come to my attention that, aside from the whole flight pack
question, a second "drillized" version of the Revoltech Gurren Lagann
is being released on August 15. Aside from a recolored giga drill, as
well as the numerous mini drills all over its body (don't know yet
whether they're fixed or not), there doesn't appear to be any
difference from the original figure.
As for the wing pack, it seems the wings themselves will be included
with upcoming figures. Current speculation holds that one wing will be
included with the Revoltech Enki and Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
respectively, neither of which have known release dates as yet.
2008.06.19 - Spiraling out of Control
Please enjoy the third and final episode of the past two days' ongoing
bout in Lazengann's gallery.
2008.06.18 - Sporting Contest?
Yesterday's tiff continues.
Meanwhile, I realize there hasn't been a Gundam-related update on this
ostensibly Gunpla-related site in some time. In a word, this is because
I'm taking my sweet time finishing up Lester's Zaku, while no further
models have occupied my attention. Only the legs remain to be
constructed, which should happen in the next week or two.
After that, it's just waiting for the ver. 2.0 Gundam...
2008.06.17 - Giant Squabbling Robots
Lazengann and Gurren Lagann seem to be getting
their spiral gauges in a twist over the incomplete flight pack. This
could get messy.
2008.06.15 - LAZENGANN
2008.06.10 - Needa Break II
Added a few more photos to Nida's
gallery, taking a look at her shorter rifle configuration.
2008.06.06 - Kings of Mecha
Just a couple news items for now:
First off, apparently this part which will be included
with the upcoming Revoltech Lazengann turns out to be a wing pack for Gurren Lagann. At present it
appears anyone who wants a winged Gurren Lagann will have to
add Lazengann to their collection as well.
Headlines mentions that the MG RX-78-2 ver. 2.0 (which I, at
least, am excited about) is slated for July 26, so save the date. I
2008.06.03 - Needa Break
seems to have gotten into a bit of a scuffle, and though she seems to
have disposed of her enemies without a trace, the melee has left her
clothes in tatters.
2008.06.02 - Thinking of You
A cool and drizzly
day sees the long overdue update of the Gundam
Rabscuttle entry under the various
section. Scant days before her return home, Katherine finally gritted
her teeth and finished her long-languishing project (and did quite a
fine job of it).
2008.05.26 - Do I Needa Excuse?
Still not quite sure how this happened, but some of my money seems to
have disappeared, and Good Smile Company's new Nida
Schuetlich figure is standing on my desk.
2008.05.22 - Wolfgar Ponderings
Have yet to begin work on Lester's Zaku. In the meantime, I've been
thinking about how to make the remaining two of the Wolfgar
Zakus more interesting, as I've predictably had about enough
of the ver. 2.0 Zaku II after building two in a row.
In looking ahead and thinking about how Ray's Zaku should be armed, I
realized that it might as well be a cannon type, rather than a more or
less normal Zaku carrying a cannon. How fortunate that the upcoming MG
Zaku Cannon was revealed at the recent Shizuoka Hobby Show. At present
we're told that one is scheduled for an August release, so it looks
like it'll be awhile before the Wolfgar Zakus are finished. Hopefully
I'll at least be able to pick the kit up before my flight back to the
States. It'd be nice if I had enough time to prep and paint the parts,
too, but that'll all depend on the exact date of release.
I'll take my time with the third Wolfgar machine, biding my time until
the Gundam ver. 2.0 comes out in July. As such, updates may be a little
slow for the next while.
2008.05.20 - Gurren Lagann IV
A last couple photos,
and that'll be all for now. Back to the Zakus... Until Lazengann's
release next month.
2008.05.17 - Gurren Lagann III
Added one more picture of the new Revoltech.
2008.05.16 - Gurren Lagann II
With much better lighting, I've taken some much better pictures.
2008.05.15 - Gurren Lagann
Photographs so far are not so good, but more will come tomorrow when
I've got better light.
News Like Wildfire
passes on news and images of the long-awaited MG Gundam ver. 2.0 from
the Shizuoka Hobby Show. As I suspected, the Gundam is evidently
scheduled for a July release.
Fanning the Flames
Martin Hagar's Zaku unit is now equipped with a rather makeshift flamethrower. Next up, Lester's
Meanwhile, today sees the release of the long-awaited Revoltech Gurren
Lagann. Hopeful that it will appear in Ximending
concurrently (which my observation of the last Revoltech release would
seem to suggest is the case), a swift expedition is planned for this
evening. Should we succeed, I may be excited enough to get the gallery
up tonight, but tomorrow, at the latest.
I will in any case at least report on our outing later this evening.
2008.05.13 - Female Gorilla
With the release of the Revoltech Gurren Lagann looming (the day after
tomorrow), I've at last got the final pending figure galleries
complete. Our latest addition, WAVE's
1/10 Kusanagi Motoko, is now available for your perusal.
2008.05.12 - Wolfgar Again
One week later (after a brief topcoat shortage), Martin's Zaku is complete. Saki's machine is also
at last packing the promised special
2008.05.05 - Wolfgar Progress
After dragging my tail for awhile, I've gotten back down to work and
made some progress on the second Wolfgar Zaku,
this one belonging to Martin Hagar (no relation). I've become much more
comfortable using the weathering compact, as Martin's sand-blasted suit
Arms are next, then some brainstorming to figure out how to go about
making his flamethrower. (Anyone who's played those last levels of Cross Dimension is bound to
remember this one.)
Speaking of special weapons, Saki's still working on that one of hers,
so that'll remain a surprise for now...
2008.05.04 - Lazengann Again
Been awhile since I went googling for my favorite ganmen, and today I
was pleased to discover new images of the Revoltech Lazengann coming
next month. Take a look here.
In the meantime, I'm looking forward to Revoltech Gurren Lagann in two
2008.05.02 - April Showers, May Robots?
Happy Mayday to those still stuck in yesterday back Stateside.
Today we have Katherine's delightful 1/24 Tachikoma
gallery up and running. The Major should follow shortly...
2008.04.27 - To The Pain
After a fair wait, we are at last pleased to present a face-off of epic
In the red corner, representing the disgruntled spacenoids and hurling
celestial bodies at Earth for great justice, the heart of Neo Zeon, the
Red Comet, Chaaar Aaaaznable!
And in the blue corner, legendary wiz-kid of the One Year War, still
holding hope for earthbound humanity, Londo Bell's super ace, the White
Unicorn, Aaaaaamuro Rrrrrraay!
Right, that's enough of that.
2008.04.24 - Giant Robots
is now equipped with her bazooka.
Still working on that additional accessory...
2008.04.23 - Also News
Having heard nothing at all for months, at last Gunota
reports, that the MG RX-78-2 ver. 2.0 is scheduled, albeit vaguely, for
"Summer." Since the next-latest MG release is evidently in June, I'm
going to tentatively (and hopefully) speculate that July may be the
winning month. More information as I stumble upon it.
I've been going at a leisurely, if not downright sluggish, pace with
Saki's Zaku, but this was partially because the kit is so painless and
fun to put together that I didn't want to run through it all at once.
In any case, Saki's Zaku, the first of the Wolfgar Team,
stands complete. She'll soon be armed with the "giant bazooka" from the
ver. 2.0 F-type kit, as well as an additional accoutrement, an unusual
one for a Zaku...
2008.04.20 - Go Team
During a routine Ximending
to pick up more topcoat and Zaku light green, I succumbed to the
temptation of the new F-type Zaku II ver. 2.0 at an especially low
price at one of the usual haunts. As such, I am hereby committed to the
project to build the Wolfgar team's four Zaku II units, of which Saki's
is, as already noted, the first. The page for Saki's Zaku
will also serve as the gallery for the other Wolfgar Zakus as I get
around to them.
2008.04.15 - And Another Thing...
While I was at it I also changed the thumbnail images for completed robots, using my own photos.
Relatively long time no update. Some more work has been done on Saki's Zaku
since last post, but I'm waiting to get more flat topcoat before doing
much more, so I can seal the weathering makeup as each major component
is completed, and thus avoid rubbing the stuff off.
In the meantime, however, I've added a new section to the site: the
figures page. The idea to add such a page originated in thinking about
where I'd put galleries for the Gurren Lagann and Lazengann Revoltechs
(the first of which will be released a month from yesterday!). At first
I thought I'd just toss them under the Various heading, but then I
thought about taking pictures of Katherine's Tachikoma figure, my lone
Major Kusanagi, an eventual Yoko figure, &c.
While most of the content for this page remains in the works at
present, I am pleased to bring the figures page online with coverage of
our household's beloved CATS
2008.04.10 - Giant Robots
Two more Zudah
2008.04.09 - Change in the Weather
First couple pictures of Saki's Zaku
are posted. Hurrah for Tamiya's weathering kits.
has been showing off that anti-ship
2ly, work has begun on Saki's Zaku.
Pages updated accordingly.
2008.04.07 - Giant Robots
After a slothful long weekend (thanks to Tomb-Sweeping Day), the Zudah's
rather ludicrous anti-ship
is complete. Char's not quite ready to take aim with the beast yet, but
another photo or two should come in the near future once he's gotten
used to it.
Meanwhile, after much deep thought, I've resolved to go ahead and build
Saki's ground type Zaku unit. (Yet) Another trip to Ximending awaits.
2008.04.03 - And in The Green Corner...
Desperate lest I not have another MG to build, I'm considering yet
another Zaku. (Surprise, surprise.) See the Projected
Projects page for details.
2008.04.02 - Char ga Kuru!
stands completed and mostly armed. When I went to Ximending
the other day to get more "Red Comet pink" paint, I was sad not to find
another Zudah kit. I still would like to build a second one, however,
so I'll keep my eyes peeled.
In the meantime, I'll keep busy with Zudah's remaining weapon...
2008.03.30 - Giant Robots
First two shots of Char's
Zudah posted. I kind of want to get another one and paint it
in regular Zaku colors...
gallery page. Will add some photos of today's work before
2008.03.29 - White Unicorn Wrap-Up
The usual thoughts have been posted to Hi-Hu's gallery.
2008.03.28 - Giant Robot-fest
has links up to some photo galleries from Gundam World 2008, which
looks like it was pretty sweet. I wish I could've sat in a 1/1 RX-78
cockpit. One day...
Red Comet's Revenge
fin funnel test as a clear sign of aggression, Sazabi has also taken wing.
Their battle must be at hand...
Rise of the White Unicorn IV
We conclude our coverage of the rollout of the Hi-Nu Gundam
with images of its highly successful fin funnel test run.
2008.03.27 - In Other News
domination of the front page is hereby briefly interrupted to note that
the Projected Projects
page has been updated A. To reflect the Zudah's status as
no-longer-projected; and B. With a new entry for yet another Char's
Counterattack mobile suit, the Re-GZ.
Rise of the White Unicorn III
With Hi-Nu's stand complete, Amuro is ready to take flight.
The (kickass) bazooka is also done, and no doubt will appear shortly,
perhaps during Hi-Nu's fin funnel test run in the near future.
...And that wraps up the MG Hi-Nu Gundam. A joyous satisfaction fills
me, though a tinge of sorrow accompanies that feeling.
2008.03.26 - Rise of the White Unicorn II
more before the camera battery died.
Rise of the White Unicorn I
Added a handful of photos of Hi-Nu at
beam saber practice. Topcoat's
drying on his shield as I type; will add more when that part's ready.
2008.03.25 - Another Lazengann Sighting
A routine Google-dredging turned this
With those all-important fuel tanks complete, the usual front and back
pictures have been added, as well as a side view. Hi-Nu will
probably start practicing his beam-sabery in preparation for the
upcoming cage match with Sazabi,
so expect more images soon.
2008.03.24 - Giant Robots
Six times a bajillion little pieces worth of work to produce Hi-Nu's
fin funnels: worth it.
Waiting on adding the all-important auxiliary fuel tanks before taking
2008.03.23 - MS IgLoo 2
Gunota Headlines reports that a
new installment of MS IgLoo is in the works, this time from the
perspective of the Federation Forces on Earth.
Still have to finish the last couple episodes of Apocalypse
but I've very much enjoyed these OVAs thus far. I'm glad to know
there're (probably always) some more threads of the One Year War story
to look forward to picking up.
2008.03.22 - Head's Up
assembly complete. Taking a break before tackling the fin funnels...
2008.03.21 - And Another Thing...
Completed Hi-Nu's arms and shoulders. Requisite images have
Hi-Nu, Side of Type 100
While the topcoat on Hi-Nu's completed legs and torso dries, thought
I'd post a couple images
of said torso unit.
Additionally, I finally got around to taking a new front view
photo of Hyaku Shiki.
While I was at it, an bonus
image was added as well.
- Giant Robots
Armored Hi-Nu's waist unit, which wraps up the lower body.
Looking good so far.
Today this lonely blarg has the honorable distinction of receiving
a comradeship with dannychoo.com.
Expect an update on Hi-Nu later today.
- Taking Things in Stride
Sanded and painted the armor for the right leg last night, and this
afternoon got started building. So far only the internals are done, so
I took the opportunity to post a few images
before adding the armor.
While sanding and painting each piece is indeed a tremendous pain, it
has already proved worth it with the first batch of parts. The set of
medium Tamiya abrasives turned out to be still too rough, but the fine
set is perfect. (I'm sure an additional pass with the ultra-fine set
would really be the finishing touch, but I'm happy for now.)
- Images of Addiction
It occurred to me that it might be worth taking some pictures of our
stomping ground on the fourth floor of Ximending's Wan Nian building,
since, after all, that place is the wellspring of my modeling habit.
Having completed a brief paint run, a little gallery
of the place has been added to the various
- Giant Robots
Built the inner portion of Hi-Nu's waist unit today, and tried to get
started on the legs, but didn't get past the first heel because I'm out
of white paint (and probably about to run out of purple), and thus
can't do touch-ups. Also didn't quite have the energy to experiment
with the sanding/cover-up process at present.
However, the first three photos, taking a look at Hi-Nu's impressive
torso and arm frames, have been added to the gallery.
I'll head to Ximen tomorrow if not this evening to replenish the paint
supply, then we'll be back in business.
- Fugly Ads
You may have noticed, dear reader, that there is
bar of Google ads sitting on top of my once pristine site. Indeed, this
somewhat unsightly bar has nested atop each of the site's main pages. I
hope it's not too troubling.
I'm forbidden from asking my readers to click the ads, so I won't.
(Wink wink, say no more.) Hopefully AdSense will figure out what the
site is about and maybe give some pertinent links... eventually.
Upon watching the third episode of this CG side-story adventure, I was
instantly smitten by the ill-fated competitor against the prototype
Zaku, the high-performance (but regrettably explody-prone) Zudah. The
only iteration of this suit in Gunpla, an HGUC 1/144 model, has been
added to ProjProj.
2008.03.12 - Hi-Nu Progress
After building the inner frame of the torso and arms, I've decided it
ultimately makes the most sense to spray the runners first, then do a
selective second coat to touch up once clip marks are removed. I wish I
had a workspace in which I could set up a storage system with enough
little compartments for me to cut out, clean up, and paint each piece
individually, and then store them by runner number until assembly.
Alas, not yet.
Joints so far are excellent, clearly designed along the same lines as
the standard-setting ver.
2.0 Zaku. I may take some pictures of what I've got so far
tomorrow, or wait till the whole frame is done. (Let me know if you've got any
preferences, dear reader.)
Two points of order today:
1ly, as we will be moving on to build the Hi-Nu, the current project
link has been accordingly updated.
2ly, I have added a little Contact
case any of my beloved readers are actually fellow wanderers whose
paths I've yet to cross (rather than my unfortunate friends, who're
forced to check the site from time to time).
2008.03.09 - Lazengann Sighting
It would appear this (and this)
is not the upcoming Revoltech figure, but another iteration of the
Spiral King's ganmen, by Konami. No further information at present, but
2008.03.08 - Let's Go Shopping
One trip to Ximending and a couple thousand NT later, the lovely Hi-Nu
Gundam awaits at home (I'm updating from the hip Cafe Oso, an
internet/cat cafe across the street). After some thought and consulting
Katherine's superior color sense, I've decided to indeed replace the
painter's-tape blue with Tamiya "lavender," a nice purple
will bring the Ni-Hu's paint scheme in line with that of Amuro's custom
Zeta Gundam unit.
Additionally, I picked up an "action base" for Sazabi, so he can be on
equal footing (ha) with the Hi-Nu, which comes with its own base.
As usual, a new gallery page has been added for the Hi-Nu.
2008.03.07 - Accouterments
A fair bunch of new images
document Sazabi's testing of his new beam tomahawk and beam shot rifle,
which complete his arsenal.
He'll be ready for Nu Gundam any old time.
2008.03.06 - Giant Robots
Sazabi got to practice his beam-sabery a little today, and left us with
a few more pictures.
2008.03.05 - Mighty Guard
Finished Sazabi's gigundasaur shield, and accordingly added one more photo.
Really Giant Robot
Completed metallo-Sazabi the day before yesterday, and have been
getting it together to make the present update. Another batch of
pictures have been added to the gallery,
along with my usual overall comments.
More photos to follow as Sazabi's gear is assembled.
2008.03.02 - More Spiral King's Machine
Another (grainy) shot of an ad for the Lazengann figure here.
Wandering about in Ximending this afternoon, I took note that indeed
several shops in the Wan Nian building carry Revoltech figures, so I
imagine I'll be able to find it there (when the time comes –
middle of June seems very far away). I also noted that those figures
are rather small, at least compared to my usual idea of action figure
dimensions. I hope the Lazengann isn't too... short.
Then again, I've got a very good impression of these figures, though I
haven't gotten to see much of them myself, and I'm sure Kaiyodo will
come through on this one. A lovely review
of the Wonder Festival early release edition of the Revoltech Gurren
Lagann demonstrates the quality of their design and excellence of their
poseability. (The general release of that figure is scheduled for May,
a month before Lazengann.)
Spiral King's Machine
Hobby Link Japan has a clearer
photo of the upcoming Revoltech Lazengann, though it's not yet
available for pre-order.
Not sure if I should pre-order it when it becomes available, to be
safe, or wait till the release and see if it turns up at Ximending.
We'll see how the other Gurren Lagann releases do over the next few
months, in terms of local availability.
2008.03.01 - We Are Moved to Tears By The Size of This Thing
Even with the head yet unfinished, Sazabi's sheer size is stunning. I'm
not sure what else to say. Look at some pictures.
2008.02.28 - Skirting the Issue
Finished the front and side skirts of Sazabi's waist unit. The
waterslide decal on the left front skirt was a bit harrowing, but went
on very nicely. Will post pictures when the whole waist is done.
reports this morning that Bandai plans to increase Gunpla prices due to
the rising cost of oil. No details as to how much or when exactly this
will happen, though there are some speculations. (10-20% for MG kits,
2008.02.27 - Leg Up
Built Sazabi's left leg this afternoon. The waist, head, and
2008.02.26 - Giant Robots
Back to our regularly scheduled update: Sazabi's right leg stands
completed. A handful of photos have been added to the gallery.
Smarter people than I (namely Ngee
Khiong) have reported that indeed a Revoltech Lazengann is to
be released on 15 June. Consider the date saved.
A photo of the nimble mech (the very one protruding into Danny's
picture) can be seen here.
Long Time No Update
Been a bit of a lull in work on metallo-Sazabi. Most of the right leg
has actually been assembled, but I need to add the booster array before
taking pictures of the internals, and then adding the armor.
Meanwhile, among his numerous photos of Sunday's Wonder Festival, Danny
Choo caught this
a shot of a prototype figure of Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. My own
interest was piqued by the black foot and tail protruding into the
right side of the composition. These no doubt belong to my favorite
ganmen, the Helix King's Lazengann. I eagerly await further news of
this figure, and will keep my eyes open for it.
2008.02.22 - Armed and Dangerous
With both shoulders complete, the whole upper half of the
metallo-Sazabi (aside from the dome-piece, which will be the final
addition) has been assembled. Check the gallery for a
couple new pictures.
2008.02.21 - More Update?
Having discovered the effectiveness of the macro mode on Katherine's
camera (yes, I am
a genius), I set out to replace some of those monumentally bad photos
of the lovely Hyaku Shiki. This I have done, as you will see upon
revisiting the gallery.
You may also notice that the plain front view picture is missing. I
didn't manage to get a good one, but Goldilocks was worn out from the
photoshoot and not up for more posing today, so that one will have to
Just got back from a little stroll over to the old Wan Nian building to
pick up some finishing abrasives (fancy sandpaper). While the
metallo-Sazabi already suffers from some incurable clip-marring, with
any luck these should eliminate that problem in the future. We'll see
how it turns out.
Tried to scout out prices on the MG Hi-Nu, with little success. All
four of the usual suspects had the kit, but only two of them had prices
on it, and those both the same (about NT $1600). Probably not much
variation, but I'll have to ask when the time comes to pick that up.
Additionally, much to my bemusement, two of the usual places also
suddenly both had the elusive MG GP03S. Not sure whether I should grab
it as soon as I can, since the Hi-Nu isn't likely to disappear, or
count on it being back in stock. At the moment I think I'll stick to
building Hi-Nu next; maybe I should splurge a bit and get both, to keep
the Stamen around for a rainy day.
On the other hand, the thought of how much that trip would cost makes
my wallet hurt.
Shouldering the Burden
Finished Sazabi's left arm and right shoulder yesterday, with a lone picture to
show for it. More of the shoulders will be seen, of course, in later
2008.02.19 - Hand Over Hand
While the paint dries on the parts for the left arm and the shoulders,
thought I'd post the first pictures of Sazabi's dexterous hand. (The
left one's still in the works.) As usual, they've been added to the gallery.
2008.02.18 - Fancy That
I suppose I shouldn't be surprised that my sandpaper from the
everything store in the night market isn't fine enough to clean up clip
marks, but... Well, in any case, looks like all I need is better
sandpaper. A nice modeling scalpel wouldn't hurt, either, but that'll
have to wait till after we win the lottery, no doubt.
Meanwhile, minimal progress on the Sazabi this afternoon, prepping the
black pieces which needed painting before assembling the right arm. The
hand, beautifully articulate, was among these parts, but I'll wait till
I've got an arm to go with it before taking any pictures.
I've updated Projected Projects on two points:
1ly, as the Sazabi is no longer merely projected, and indeed, a project
in progress (ProgProj?), it's entry has been removed.
2ly, I've added the "top o' the list" note, appropriately enough, to
the top of the page. This note specifies which kit I'm planning on
Additionally, I've updated the Hi-Nu Gundam's entry.
2008.02.17 - Bit by Bit
Metallo-Sazabi's funnels and backpack are
complete and attached to the torso unit. Usual pictures posted.
Dazed and Confused
After watching Char's Counterattack last night, I felt compelled to
organize my thoughts concretely. The resulting lunatic diatribe may be
2008.02.16 - Shiny Red Update
Work has begun on the Sazabi, and the first
couple photos added to the gallery.
Indeed the sanding shows through the paint
Tamiya metallic black is very nice). I may have better success
carefully carving away the clipping marks, until I can equip myself
with better finishing tools.
Finished Gundam ZZ. Poor Haman; if only Char had loved'ed you better.
Speaking of which, I plan to spend a nice, leisurely Saturday working
on the Sazabi (topped off, perhaps, with Char's Counterattack), so
expect a shiny red update.
Clipped and sanded the first parts for the Sazabi
this afternoon. The paint is drying as I type. I think finer sandpaper,
or better yet, files, may be in order before I may expect the filing
marks not to be visible through the paint. We'll see how this first
Only two episodes of Gundam ZZ remain, and there'll likely be a showing
of Char's Counterattack this weekend, so my rule about being familiar
with the mecha before building the model won't be broken so much as
slightly bent after all.
Meanwhile, all the parts for Katherine's Rabscuttle are prepared for
painting. With any luck we may get to that this weekend, and afterward
may proceed with building the suit.
2008.02.14 - A Message From Our Sponsor
2008.02.12 - Char Garage
Why would I consider building Char's Gelgoog, a
mobile suit I never cared much for? Check the new entry on the Projected Projects page and
2008.02.11 - Last Day of Break
Rainy and overcast in Taibei as we enjoy our last
off before continuing with our studies. Katherine and I made a
relatively brief run over to Ximending to pick up the paints for the
Rabscuttle and Sazabi, and holy Zaku spikes was it busy! We'd never
seen it so crowded. There were so many people that a couple flights of
the escalators in the Wan Nian building seemed to have broken (they
I also acquired a nice scarf of +3 coziness.
In any case, we're now properly prepared to get underway with the
projects at hand, so with any luck there'll be another substantive
update before long.
2008.02.09 - Housekeeping
Tidied up a few spots around the site, notably
updating the GP03's entry on the Projected Projects page.
2008.02.08 - P.S.
Also recombobulated the links in the sidebar so
they made more sense.
Not Random, Assorted
Added the Various page, where links to odd topics (such as the
Rabscuttle project) may be found.
Speaking of Rabscuttle, Katherine and I began work today, clipping and
cleaning up selected parts from the two Hazel kits in preparation for
painting. Once we've thusly readied a few more parts (and made yet
another trip to Ximending for paints), we'll be ready to begin
2008.02.07 - Housekeeping
Having completed the Type 100, the time has come
move on. My first kit of the (lunar) new year, the beautimous Sazabi,
now has it's page set up and linked from the main robots page and the
current project link.
However, since I'll be working with my better half to build her custom
HGUC Gundam Rabscuttle first, it may be some time before work begins on
the Sazabi. A page will be added before long for the Rabscuttle, and
I'll of course keep you, dear reader, up to date on this interesting
Happy year of the rat!
2008.02.06 - Giant Robots
Built Hyaku Shiki's weapons today, though I
broke the beam rifle and didn't get any pictures with it. A couple
decent ones with the bazooka have been added to the gallery, though,
along with my (relatively) brief comments.
Today is the last day of the lunar year, and here in Taibei it's very
quiet, as everyone has gone to visit their families and eat a big fat
new year's dinner. Just about all the shops are closed, and it seems
like no one's around. After yesterday's shopping spree some big
projects await the intrepid modeler, but for now he shall rest.
2008.02.05 - Where'd Those Come From?
It's not all my doing. Granted, I have broken my usual rule and got the
metallic coating Sazabi, which was on sale at one store in the Wan Nian
building for NT $2700 (the lowest price elsewhere: about NT $3200), and
moreover that rule was really more of a guideline anyhow. (The Sazabi
has accordingly been struck through on the Proj. Proj. page.) The three
HGUC kits, however – Gundam Hazel II, Advanced Hazel, and a
Quel – are Katherine's.
When she discovered that some of the mobile weapons from the manga
Advance of Zeta were named after characters and Lapine words from her
beloved Watership Down books, she became interested
general ambivalence toward all things Gundam. Long story short, she and
I are are going to mix some of these kits' parts around and build her a
1/144 Gundam Rabscuttle, a custom suit of her own conception. We may
also throw together a Gundam Bigwig from the many extra parts.
This interesting project will keep me occupied while I slog through
Gundam ZZ (if the first episode was any indication, it'll be a slog
indeed), and at the end will be waiting the incredible Sazabi, with
which I intend to really take my time.
2008.02.04 - Connectivity
Added a link to the popular blog of Danny Choo, otaku king, and
excellent source of gundam and figurine news.
2008.02.03 - Hyaku Shiki, Launching!
Completed Goldilocks, who now stands as a shining example to the other
Gunpla. A first spate of photos have been added to the gallery,
though this gleaming model proved exceedingly difficult to photograph.
(Not that I know how to go about it. May need to ask one of the
resident professionals to lend a hand.) Be prepared for some ugly
The ranged weapons remain to be completed, and more pictures will
follow, along with my usual comments. Suffice to say for now that this
kit was a very positive experience.
2008.02.02 - We're in Yuor Base...
After a bit of searching, Ben and I lay eyes upon the aforementioned
Gundam Base Taibei, and went for a little look-see. You may peruse my
While there was an MG Stamen in one of the display cases, it was
completely out of the box, and without paint nor ink looked quite sad.
Other than that, there was no sign of the kit, which turns out to be
for the best, as we found everything to be quite expensive (the cost,
Ben observed, of the real estate they occupied: the building right next
to Shin Kong Mitsukoshi).
As usual, I feel a trip to Ximending coming on.
2008.02.01 - Giant Robots
Built Hyaku Shiki's backpack and wing binders today. Waiting on adding
new pictures until it's finished (and getting a new battery in the
Having done some more research, I've decided that I will build the
Dendrobium Stamen, if the kit turns up. As I mentioned on the Projected
Projects page, I have yet to find it at Ximen. However, tomorrow we've
planned a stop at Gundam Base Taibei on our way back from the new
year's market near Shuanglian. My wallet withstanding, I can get it
there if from anywhere.
2008.01.31 - Standing Up For The Right
Hyaku Shiki now stands on its own completed two
though I get the feeling it already would rather go dancing off in
outer space. Soon enough.
The Future Revealed
...And from the looks of it, my wallet's going to
perpetually empty. The Projected Projects page is up and running, with
a link added from the sidebar here, as well as the Giant Robots page.
2008.01.30 - I See the Future
I've begun work on that projected projects page I
thought up in the other day's post. It'll be uploaded tomorrow.
Began work on Hyaku Shiki's left leg. Will probably finish that limb
tomorrow, which'll just leave the backpack, wing binders, and head
(plus the weapons, of course).
All Your Gundam Base...
Pawing through Gunota Headlines
morning, I read the first I'd seen of Gundam Base Taibei, from the
looks of it a major Gunpla gallery and shop in the Taibei Main Station
mall. An expedition must be organized...
2008.01.28 - Show Us Your Ankles!
Assembled Hyaku Shiki's right leg this afternoon. Not one,
images have been posted.
I've also added the Current Project link to the sidebar. It will take
you directly to the gallery page for whichever giant robot I happen to
be in the middle of.
As I typed that description, I asked myself, "Self, what'll that link
do when you're between projects?" This led me to the notion of creating
a projected projects page, as it were. I may just do that in the near
future. Keep your eyemeats peeled, dear readers... Hello?
2008.01.27 - Getting a Grip Back
After a week of miserable illness which left me indisposed, I've
finally gotten back to the Hyaku Shiki. Spent a good part of the
afternoon enjoying the leisurely construction of the other arm and the
torso. The usual photo
has been posted.
2008.01.20 - Getting a Grip
has been assembled. Those clippers really are something, though even
with such a fine tool, avoiding leaving any sign of clip-points on
those gold-plated parts remains difficult.
2008.01.19 - Heaven's Tools...
... In the hands of
2008.01.17 - Old Favorites
With work temporarily suspended on the Hyaku
Shiki, it occurred to me to take a picture of the
Ez8 with it's machinegun, which was completed some time ago. It has
been added to the gallery.
2008.01.16 - Update, Really.
Those bungled things should be properly
un-bungled now. Nothing should be more broken than usual.
Some things got bungled up in the process of
the files for the below-mentioned update. I'm in the middle of fixing
them, so forgive me if you find something broken in the meantime.
I've taken the liberty of changing the format of the gallery images
from somewhat pudgy .png to much slimmer .jpg. Hopefully gallery pages
will load faster as a result.
I've also slightly recombobulated said gallery pages so the text isn't
quite so willy-nilly.
2008.01.15 - Difficult Beginning
All went well with the first non-gold runners of the Hyaku Shiki until
the topcoat – the same whitening occurred as on the Ez8's
backpack. I've come to suspect this is an adverse effect of using
topcoat directly on raw, unpainted plastic. In Ez8's case, it would
seem I was lucky to have sanded most of the model first, which seems to
have largely prevented this mishap.
Fortunately, acetone can remove the offensive coat, and I can repaint
the parts in question. From here on out, no unpainted models.
2008.01.13 - As Expected
Please find the aforementioned pictures of the Zaku I posted in the
I've resolved to get those Tamiya clippers next time I swing around by
Ximending. I've set up a little collection egg on my desk to gather
change for the purpose. In any case, I can still begin working on
Goldilocks, at least the not-gold parts thereof, which will need to be
separately pre-inked and topcoated before assembly. This method should
give the process an interesting rhythm, to say the least. We'll see how
2008.01.12 - Golden Weekend
Apparently I couldn't keep away very long at all. An extremely shiny MG
Hyaku Shiki awaits my attention. I may need to go back (again) and bite
the bullet on those lovely Tamiya model clippers I've been eying. (And
I was trying to save money this month.) In the meantime I'll limit
myself to building the suit's weapons, to avoid scratching that
gorgeous gold coating with my vicious box-cutter.
Meanwhile, I've got a couple more pictures of the Zaku I sporting both
his machineguns. Expect to post them tomorrow.
2008.01.11 - Giant Robots
The promised photos and a lengthy dissertation have been added to the Zaku I's gallery
Next on the list was the Gouf Custom, but presently I'm inclined to
take a break from One Year War suits and jump ahead briefly to build
the audacious Hyaku Shiki. We'll see how long I can keep away from
2008.01.10 - Compy Reborn
A harrowing week nears its close, and while on the plus side, my
computer has twice as much disk space, on the minus side I'm back to
being stuck with OS 10.3.9, alas. Upgrading to Leopard looks more
attractive by the hour.
While my machine was out of commission, I had to keep myself busy, and
so the Zaku I has been finished. There should be a nice fat post soon
with all the images which would've been posted over the last few days,
plus thoughts on the kit.
The moral of the story is: eat your veggies, drink your milk, and back
up your files regularly.
2008.01.04 - More Giant Robots
Armored the Zaku I torso, and assembled the major
components completed thus far. The usual documentary image has
been added to the gallery.
2008.01.03 - Giant Robots
Built the core block of the Zaku I's torso today,
and added a photo.
2008.01.01 - Happy New Year
Posted a picture
of the progress so far on Ramba Ral's Zaku: the arms and head.
2007.12.25 - Blue Robot Xmas
Katherine got a lovely little Tachikoma from Santa (pictures on her
Flickr), and I got Ramba Ral's Zaku I. Fancy that.
The appropriate runners have been initially sprayed, but otherwise I
haven't started yet – just finished Shiro's favorite
for the Ez8, wrapping up that project, and figured I should give it a
rest. In any case, the gallery page for the new model has been set up.
2007.12.24 - Giant Robots
Pompous pontifications on the Ez8 promptly promulgated per previous
2007.12.23 - Armed and Dangerous
Posted new photos of the Ez8, now sporting most
of his armaments. Comments on the kit soon to follow.
2007.12.21 - Moving Ahead
Having dealt with the chorus of minor disasters which befell the Ez8's
lovely dome-piece last night, the whole suit is now in order. The
weapons and other gear remain in the works, pending acquisition of the
A picture of the exuberant mecha is here.
2007.12.20 - Giant Robots
Posted the rest of my comments on Char's
2007.12.19 - A Cautionary Tale of Topcoat...
...Apparently if you spray on too much, it turns your model all
snowy-looking. Fortunately only the Ez8's backpack was affected, and I
managed to sand it down. Certainly got the beat-up look, though not
exactly what I had in mind.
I've also posted some of my thoughts on building Char's Zaku.
2007.12.18 - Giant Robots
Added a new picture of the Ez8. The skirt armor is complete and the
shoulders and arms are attached. I've also topcoated everything built
2007.12.17 - Up and Running
The site has been successfully uploaded. Woo-hoo.
- First Contact
The page is established.
Giant Robots: Added photos of Char's Zaku (finished) and Gundam Ez8 (in