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 ­čÖé

Kirky

 

Gunpla Network Facebook Group

Gunpla Network Youtube Channel

Gunpla Network Instagram

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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┬álast 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!!

 

 

Gunpla Builders World Cup

So to accompany my last post, there’s this really cool thing that goes along with gunpla. It’s held by bandai and it’s called the GBWC or Gunpla Builders World Cup.

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It’s a yearly competition held around August with the finals being held in Japan in December. In countries around the world there will be a competition you can enter your build into and compete for 1st, 2nd or 3rd in your category (open, junior etc..) and if you place 1st you get a trip to japan! That’s right, to see how your entry stacks up against the best of the best.

There are rules, only genuine bandai products, certain measurements etc… and the competition is brutal. You may think you’ve got something great and then when you show up….BAM. You think well thank’s for coming. Below are a few pictures as an example of the 2016 entries that caught my eye, A couple of recently made friends from here in australia did really well. Kirin whom I share a love of the Stardust memories 0083 series and the GP01 Gundam Zephyranthes, placed third and Lance placed first for Australia in the open category and did well in Japan.

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I must admit, I didn’t originally understand why the guy who won overall did with his entry, and then it was explained to me. He created all the Samurai armor by hand and the diorama is actually meant to mimic a scene from Japanese history where 2 Warriors met on a bridge in Kyoto. Hearing the back story and what the guy went through to make it just shows how ┬ábig this hobby is and the depth of thoughts and emotions that go into it.

So if you’re game, take it up and see what you got. If you love a challenge you’re in the right place.

Kirkysworld