New Group: Gunpla Network

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

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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

Anime Preview: Gundam Twilight Axis

It’s a Year for Anime and Gundam in particular. After a huge ending for Iron-Blooded Orphans, Thunderbolt Season 2 starting we are now greeted with an upcoming short series based on a Light novel, named Twilight Axis.

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The above promotional poster shows you the main characters and mobile suits. We should get some good looking model kits out of this, however, I’m not sure they will be as nice as we hope as the rumours are they are just retooling of older HG kits.

We see the Gundam Tristan, and the Zaku III Kai, though it could be an interesting twist this time…..I think the Zaku is used by the good guys! Most of the story is untold but Here is the blurb.

U.C. 0096, the Earth Federation Forces felt a threat to the existence of “psycho frame” again after the incident surrounding “Laplace’s Box.” In order to approach that mystery, they dispatched an investigation team to the asteroid Axis drifting outside the Earth Sphere. Two civilians participate as members of the research group: Arlette Almage and Danton Hyleg. Both have pasts with government service to the Principality of Zeon and Neo Zeon as an engineer and test pilot. Having infiltrated Axis, the investigators come under attack inside a base where no one should be. Arlette and Dalton are confronted with by an incident they would never have imagined.

Fans of Gundam UC stories should be ecstatic! Another UC series, and set straight after the events of Unicorn Gundam. So to elaborate on rumours I’ve heard online, The Team are attacked by the Gundam Tristan, and Find a Zaku III in the hanger and use that to defend themselves. The team were dispatched to find the remains of the Sazabi left on Axis after Chars Counterattack.

We will have to wait and see how this all plays out, but I’m excited. I’m not sure about 5 x 3 min episodes, and 1 x 8 min episode. This will be a mega short series, but hey it’s quality, not quantity.

See the latest preview here, and leave a comment! Thanks 🙂

Kirky.

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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  big 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

My new obsession: Gunpla

Some will be going wow yeah going over your older posts it makes sense, others will be saying….What the hell is a gunpla?

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Gunpla is just a name for Gundam Plastic models, manufactured by Bandai in Japan. They’ve been going for over 35 years now and the popularity is only on the rise as far as I can see. A lot of this would have to do with the fact it’s also a hugely popular anime that the kits are based on, and apart from being awesome kits the anime is usually pretty epic.

In 2007 when I was visiting japan i sadly wasn’t into this hobby, I was collecting the metal type figurines of super robots. I didn’t realise these aisles of awesomeness were there.

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One major difference I believe with Gunpla compared to any other kit, is Bandai’s polycaps. They make it almost needless to use Glue on these kits. You can use the nippers or a knife to cut the puts out and assemble.

So let’s have a quick look at the different scales and grades of kits you have.

SD – Super Deformed. These are the cute bobble headed looking kits. This was my first kit, not very details but fun to put together and a nice easy one to start.

HG – High Grade – 1/144 scale – These kits are the bread and butter of the line up. Most kits will be released in this line in some form with any given amount of variations. These kits are detailed enough, still being fun to build (most of the time unless you get sticker hell) and have a good amount of colour separation without needing to be painted compared to much older kits which I personally haven’t used but have been told weren’t as nice. The current line of kits include things like a shield, rifle or other weapons.

RG – Real Grade – 1/144 scale – This scale is a great one, the cheaper options and size of the HG, whilst having gimmicks and the inner frames of the MG lines. Real grade is just that, It’s bring the mobile suits to real life. Highly detailed and articulated, more accurate colours like multiple shades of white or grey from panel to panel. Some can be finnicky from reviews I’ve read, but overall a great line to get into.

MG – Mastergrade – 1/100 scale – These are highly detailed kits usually including a few to tonnes of accessories. Unlike the previous kits they come with an inner frame, which you assemble and then mount the armor onto. You’ll notice that some kits have a 2.0 marking on them and this is the 2nd run of the kit with improvements to articulation or other fixes.

REBORN 100 – This is a more recent line from Bandai, and features mobile suits you wouldn’t usually see in a 1/100 scale. It’s not far in with only the 6th kit just being released. The main difference is you get the scale and alot of detail, without the inner frame which would be an expensive part of the kit. So far sales seem good and the line is receiving support as it has great kits you don’t usually see getting some love like the recent Bawoo from Zeta Gundam.

PG – Perfect Grade – 1/60 scale – This is the top echelon of Gunpla kits. Much larger scale, but much much more detail. I am yet to attempt one of these kits myself, they are pricey but worth it from what I’ve seen. There aren’t many of them, but usually the most popular hero suits are the ones to get it like the original RX-78.2 Gundam, the Astray Gundam or the 00 Raiser Gundam from Gundam 00. These kits are highly detailed, articulated and beautiful to see. They have tonnes of weapons, and things like LED’s you can install.

Here is a picture I found on the net, of the Grandaddy gundam RX-78 in most of the scales.

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I haven’t mentioned the largest one yet but the 1/48 scale is a mega size. There aren’t many of those released and from what I’ve seen about them in reviews they are a giant HG when assembling.

There is so much you can do with this hobby, from modification and scratch building, to airbrushing (which I have just got setup) or just assemble from the box and glance at the fantastic work you’ve just done.

I highly recommend this to anyone of any age, go to your local hobby store and check out what they have, there is a design to catch anyones eye.

Till next time, Catchya!

Kirkysworld 🙂

Anime Review: Gundam Build Fighters

Welcome back! A year later. Buying a house and work are exhausting activities people, try to post more but only worthwhile content like this 🙂

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I haven’t seen all of the gundam series available, I’m yet to build a model and I’m no expert on the topic. Now, having said that I can say that this new series is by far the easiest to get into and most exciting of what I have seen so far!

Seems like I’m not the only one from some comments I’ve seen around blogs. This is a different type of series, whilst you’ll find plenty of mobile suit action, exotic landscapes and space battles… It’s all played out using gunpla (Gundam plastic models) in a virtual type setting!

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It’s a kind of spin off from another previous series which I am yet to watch, however this is pretty amazing. It’s easy to watch and you just love the characters.

The story centres around 13 year old Sei Lori, whose father was a an almost champion in the gunpla battle championships years before. He lives in a model shop with his mother and while he has excellent building skills, battling is not his specialty.

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That is until he meets Reigi, an clueless kid with unbelievable battle skills, match made in heaven! The builder and the warrior, together they go on a journey to be the best.

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I have just finished episode 21 of 25 and can’t wait for the end! I’m sure you will all love it as much as I have, the battles the friendships and the complete fandom over mecha!

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P.S. This kind of seemed a little like pokemon lol only slightly but see if you think the same 🙂

Enjoy and feel free to leave comments!
Kirky