New Group: Gunpla Network

You may or may not have noticed this new internet sensation, hitting social media hard.

Gunpla Network

This is a group I became a moderator on back in March(ish) it started at the end of Jan this year and has just reached over 10k in members! it’s great for sharing your work and getting help if you need it. The growth has just been phenomenal and it all started because a few people couldn’t stand the spoilers for the Animes each week…..Crazy huh?

I currently mod the page with around 8 others, and run the Instagram account and host the podcast. The community at it’s core is great, just so much sharing and love for the hobby it’s something we all want.

Click on the links below and go and check it out, Share your work and have a chat 🙂

Kirky

 

Gunpla Network Facebook Group

Gunpla Network Youtube Channel

Gunpla Network Instagram

Magic Box LED Light BOX review

For xmas last year I was given something cool for m hobby, took me till now to attempt it though!

It was more daunting then I thought, an LED light up display box?….I was scared but without foundation though. This thing was a delight to assemble and went together so well.

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Opening the box up you’re greeted with a few small packets, and an instruction guide.

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So easy to assemble, you get the following

  • 2 x Bases which are the bottom and top.
  • cables for power (USB, like you could plug into an iphone adaptor or garmin etc…)
  • 8 x LED plug in lights
  • 3 x perspex clear panels
  • 1 x Mirror panel for the rear of the box

You could put this thing together without the instructions! So I won’t go into it too much.

You can’t fit much in it though, this is the smallest in the range if I had to guess, A 1/144 scale Gunpla model (introducing Build Burning Gundam) just fits in. But it is a great, you can aim the lights and really show off a kit.

I highly recommend this box setup, they seem to be sold from ebay or Aliexpress.

Build Log: RX-78 Prototype diorama

This is the first I hope, of many build logs on kits I’m either working on or finished. This time I didn’t have time to update with WIP (work in progress) logs but rather a completed log.

Here in Aus I’m part of a community of builders, which is great as we all share our work with each other on FB, but also challenge each other. Not only egging others on with GBWC entries (see previous post for explanation on that) but with challenge builds!

This is my entry for the most recent one that finished this week, a weathered challenge. I’ve never weathered a kit before and this is my first airbrushed kit also, to quote band of brothers “a day of firsts”…..well 2 months of firsts lol.

The challenge has rules, it started on Jan 6th from memory and completed on the 6th of March. You had to use any High Grade 1/144th scale kit from gundam that you wanted, however it had to be genuine Bandai (fair call) and it had to be weathered, not really damaged but weathered. I opted to include a diorama to present it at the last minute…I didn’t win but I had fun learning!

I started with the 35yth Anniversary Revive HG 1/144 RX-78.2 Gundam, the granddady of all. I decided that it would be a forgotten prototype, left in a maintenance bay after testing and long forgotten since the days of the 1 year war….If you don’t know what that is go and read now before continuing.

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It’s a basic kit but soooo Good, the Revive line I can highly recommend. It’s basic but well made. I modified it slightly on the head, drilled some holes in the forearms and legs trying to make it more realistic. After that it was straight into painting! A daunting task for newbies like myself.

I wanted to keep the colour scheme simple, white/grey mix of Mr Hobby paints and a dark blue which was a mix of gundam blue and some black added in. I then used Gold leaf enamel hand painted on.

I used 2 types of paint here, Lacquers for the main body and weapon colours like grey/white, blue, black. For the detailed parts like the frame/hands I used an enamel gunmetal by Tamiya, gold leave and chrome silver for detailed parts and scratching.

On the weathering, it was fun! I usually love clean looking kits but making this thing look used and abused was great fun. Scratching was the easiest and the best looking part. I think the shield turned out amazing if I do say so myself.

But I decided last minute to do a Diorama, and I had to find something to use….Luckily a tree in my yard was struck by lightning and a few appliances in the house died….Queue the wifi router sacrificing it’s life haha

I would love to continue writing more details, but I’m tired and I think the pictures are speaking for themselves! The hardest part about weathering is less is more…Hard to get. I think for a first attempt I did ok but obviously as more time goes on and more kits get made I’ll improve.

Here are the final photo’s, I love it. Enjoy guys!!

 

 

Anime Review: Iron Blooded Orphans

I’ve taken quite a while to get to this series, and in part that is because I wasn’t sure I’d do a review or even watch it and continue watching it until I finished season 1. Now we are drawing to a close on season 2 and I figured it was a good time to write it up…So here goes!

As usual, here is your disclaimer…..POSSIBLE SPOILERS ahead! I’m not going into a huge amount of plot info as I want you guys to go and watch the series, the best part is you can watch it all on youtube on the Gundam.info channel. They’ve even just started streaming season 1 in dub format….though I’m not mega keen on the english voices, but it makes it easier for some as they hate subtitles.

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This series is set in a future, where a planet like Mars can be inhabited thanks to terraforming. However, there is alot of inequality far worst then you see in current society. If you aren’t from a wealthy background you’re basically trash, you work labour jobs in factories and colonies etc.. Cryse is the main city on mars, and our main cast (as pictured below) are such unlucky citizens, working for the CGS for adults who treat them like filth because they’re parentless kids and only good for dying.

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There are many more to the cast but these are the main for season 1 and most of 2. When the main heroine of the story Kudelia hires CGS to take her to Earth so she can change how things are on Mars, the injustices, the inequality, she creates a huge problem in the main antagonists of season 1 are trying to stop her and will crush anyone in there way including the security company.

There are so many good things that are different about this show, and I highly urge you to watch it! But one of the more interesting things about this show is the mobile suit designs, unlike any before. Gundams are obviously the main suit, but there are plenty of other types of suits.

This show has intense violence, like none I’ve seen in a Gundam series before, down to children executing adults at point blank range with a gun to Mobile suit combat with axes and swords. I love that they took the beam weaponry that could overcome everything out of it, and took it back to basic melee combat and firearms were the only way to do things. That doesn’t mean there is no future tech though, alot of the children have been forced to have a surgey which allows them to interface with mobile workers to do work in outer space and on the ground.They can also steer ships with them, and if it allows (as the gundam frames do) interface with a mobile suit. It’s a tech left over from the Calamity war 300 years earlier to which we still at the end of season 2 have no clue was about as we only get fragments.

But what we do know is the large military organisation which is supposedly responsible for peace and order in the galaxy was born out of this event, Gjallarhorn. It seems they originally created the 72 Gundam Frames, and the Alaya-Vijnana System for human interface, but have since prohibited the use and studied in secret, fearing its use against them. The Gundam frames might number  72, but so far we have seen less then 10 in the anime, and maybe 1-2 in side stories from a manga and game. Below is a picture of the basic Gundam frame, each will obviously be tuned for different speed and strength etc.. And some have different features, Like the special System Vidar uses in season 2….go watch to find out that!

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Another great feature of this series, is how they have linked in history and myth, the reason there are 72 Gundam Frames…is there are 72 demons listed in the first section in the magic book the lesser key of solomon! I love series that do this, I love reading Dan brown as he writes based on myth and history.

This series has been awesome and refreshing, something very different a new stand alone series and it was very good to see after what I see was a very big flop series, Reconguista in G. Do yourself a favor, and follow the link below to the first episode and hope that it isn’t blocked in your country.

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Kirky,

Gundam Thunderbolt Season 2 update

Foud most of this over on Gundam Kits collection site, It looks like we have a date for the release of Season 2 of the OVA for Thunderbolt which I cannot sit still and wait for.

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I love the Universal Century storylines, but this one is just awesome. Bulky looking mobile suits fighting it out amongst the debris…..But wait, it looks like the battle has moved out of the thunderbolt sector and down to Earth. I’m not sure of all the story particulars, but here in the trailer we can see water and atmosphere something that looks like a Pegasus class Assualt carrier like the Albion from 0083 Stardust Memories.

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The release dates I’ve found are here

  • Episode 5: Friday, March 24, 2017
  • Episode 6: Friday, April 28, 2017
  • Episode 7: Wednesday, May 31, 2017
  • Episode 8: Friday, June 30, 2017

So it looks like our 2 aces will continue to fight it out, Io Flemming will have his new Gundam RX-78 Atlas which is a weird design but it has a rail gun and who doesn’t like a mobile suit sporting a ridiculously overpowered weapon. Darryl Lorenz is back, and his is one I didn’t realise was from this part of the UC, the MS 04 ACGUY which is an amphibious type suit. Hopefully since the Gundam is capable of water battle also we are going to see some amazing fight scenes.

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This is going to be another epic 4 part OVA to blow your mind. Keep an eye out for more trailers, and hopefully the Jazz soundtrack will be back.

More to come when I find it guys! Enjoy.

Anime Review: Gundam The Origin OVA

This Anime has just finished it’s First Arc in December 2016, amazingly I wasn’t aware it was going to go further then 4 Episodes. The Unfortunate part though however is that we now have to wait nearly 12 months before the 2nd arc is going to pick up, The Battle of Loum.

SPOILERS AS YOU GO ON….YOU ARE WARNED 😉

As a quick overview of the first few episodes as I don’t want to spoil it all for you, Go watch it on the Gundam youtube channel.

Gundam The Origin, is a prequel to the original Gundam series, Mobile Suit Gundam 0079. It sides heavily with the Zeons at the first 2 to 3 episodes and focuses on Casval Rem Deikun…..And I hear you asking WHO??

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That would be the boy on the left, and his sister Artesia on the right. You’d know them better as Char Aznable and Sayla from the original Gundam.

So in these 4 OVA’s we get the original story of what happened to lead to the one year war of 0079. It’s great to see it in so much detail and learn all about what happened, I had so many questions when watching the Anime. This has answered most of them!

You’ll also run into other characters like Ramba Ral, Tem Ray and Amuro.

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The first episode wasn’t as interesting as I thought, and episode 2 wasn’t much better. Though it explains the name changes as we know that Char has had many names over the Gundam series. Finally in Episode 3 this happens and you reliase how he got the name Char!

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That’s right, basically a duplicate character with different eye colour that he switches with to throw off the Zabi Family pursuing him, and he ends up enrolling in the Military academy they run right under their noses.

We can see here in these pictures, he ends up wearing glasses to hide his eyes, only to have someone give him his famous visor to hide them. He also befriends Garma Zabi, the youngest of the Zabi bloodline.

Episode 3 is way more action packed then the first 2 combined, and still has a lot of plot in it. It basically gives you the reason for the uprising by the colonies, but also the hidden agenda’s of others in the background. We also get our first look at Mobile Workers, the precursors to Mobile suits. The below isn’t that, but its the first shot of a mobile suit being constructed in the series.

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At the start of Episode 4, you see Char being booted out from the academy and headed for Earth…thinking WTF?? how is the main character getting tossed aside? But in doing so it reveals he had a hand working in Mobile use technologies for Zeonic company and co. Also on Earth he meets someone very important to the series….

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After an escape back to space, we get more of the EFSF side, and the mobile suits being developed there, we don’t actually get to see the very first Gundam… But we do get Amuro’s father Tem Ray and Anaheim Electronics and their involvement including the Early type Guncannon. I love that colour scheme, the Revive HG kit should have come in that colour scheme!

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Dr Minovsky, yes the inventor of the particle or discoverer, is going to defect and help the EFSF apparently. They’re is a rescue/exchange menat to happen which Zeon know all about as we get a little exchange between what is anew design to me, the Bugu and a few Zaku I’s heading to a meeting point across the moon.

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They’re actually Ramba Ral, and the Tri-Stars!!! if you don’t know who they are, please go watch the original series now. They’re heading to meet “him” also known as that “Red Bastard”..Yep you guessed it.

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Char in his Zaku I, in his full Colors. So this team of super stars headed to a meeting point….That pretty much spells disaster for the exchange about to happen. I won’t go into too much detail but the EFSF dispatch the “Iron Cavalry” to help cover them. Once they arrive on the scene they take action to defend the car and fighters in spectacular fashion.

I loved this scene, especially how certain they are that 12 Guncannons should be enough to deal with 4-5 zeon suits…Yeah it’s all down hill from there.

I beg you to go and watch this series, support it by buying the HG Origin kits as that is how the series get made, Bandai get the $$$ through the merchandise. Most of the time I would say nah forget it….but The Gundam franchise is one that is addictive.

Catch ya next time with a Kit update I’m working on, RX-78.2 Gundam Custom colours and weathering.

Kirkysworld 🙂

Guyver: Bio Boosted Armor

You know those fond memories you have of watching things from when you were a kid? I have tonnes of those as I loved the weekly trips to the rental shop with my parents (kids be screaming, what you talking about! lol)

But back in the day, there was no netflix, internet speeds for most were dial up and terrible so torrenting etc… wasn’t really an option and DVD wasn’t around. So VHS tapes were the rage. I got into most shows I like today by seeing early anime without realising it and I think I’ve mentioned this before. But I digress, Guyver the anime is a fun show but I’d never heard of it till 8 years ago or so and picked up the DVD boxset on a work trip when I just happened by a pop culture store that had it. I’d always thought it was just an american film I’d seen when I was a kid.

Happily though it is another Japanese Manga that spawned Anime’s, Ova’s and movies.

The premise is this, kid in the  manga/series stumbles across a top secret alien weapon and it activates. Transforming him into the Guyver, a soldier wearing a high tech bio armor with incredible agility, speed, strength and weaponry.

In the first film I ever saw as a kid it was actually Mark Hamill this happened to, and he then fought off the evil corporation trying to get it back and their hoard of alien soldiers called Zoanoids. Basically creatures resembling animals etc… here but larger grotesque versions.

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The second film picked up sometime after (no Mark Hamill) living a life of solitude as the armor seems to be causing a lot of social issues as he is often out at night, hunting criminals and killing them. There is more explanations in this film helping you to understand where it came from.

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The manga that spawned it all started in 1985! and is currently still running though I’m not sure how frequent the releases are.

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The Anime was probably closer obviously to the manga storyline, and actually had 3 Guyvers in it, which obviously makes for a huge amount of fun in the combat sections.

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This was a quick trip down memory lane, I’m currently 5 episodes into the anime and loving it. I’m sure I’ll have no trouble polishing off the rest in no time.

 

I Highly recommend getting out there and finding it for yourself! I have both films and they were easy enough to locate on ebay in a dual pack.

More content coming soon, as I start my Airbrushing of model kits and my 2nd custom kit.

 

Cheers! Kirkysworld