Friday, January 15, 2016

Plastic model addiction

*This was an unreleased post that was stuck in the drafts since May 2014.  I fixed it up and released it.  Still relevant.*

It's nice to come back sometimes and take a look around.  Because I'm in between places a lot of my stuff is still in boxes but it's all consolidated for better or for worse.  There was a time when my stuff was divided between Japan and Canada but it's all together and has been for a while. In my other place I had a room to work on things but I never spent much time there.  I had a display case that I used but I quickly found out that I'd probably need about 2 or 3 of them to have everything out.

I just bought indiscriminately and having a lot of material possessions isn't really in line with my new philosophy on life.  That philosophy says that I have to let things go and I have two things that I have trouble letting go of.  Books and Gundams.  There are always friends, memories and grudges as well but let's not digress into that right now.

While I've been working on the endless waltz project ( #ourendlesswaltz) I've been doing a little bit of consolidating and organizing.  Trying to get the stuff I need to finish this project.  That has required me go through a lot of stuff to find out what I need.  I've been organizing stuff along the way... and I'm getting pretty close to having a good system.  I wish I had all the space I need to do this.  In truth just organizing stuff could take some time but even after it all I'm not sure where all of this stuff is going to go.  It will probably all end up in  box shoved in a corner somewhere while I try to get my life together.  Who knows what will happen.

That might explain some of my reluctance to go too far into this hobby these days.  I don't think it's really something for someone with an unstable life.  But it's still nice to go through these things and see what I've accumulated over the years. They all come with their own memories.  I'm still happy that I have some of the things I do.  Until I learn to let go of this I think it's still fair to say that I'll always have a plamo addiction.

As always I'll evolve with the times and circumstances. Right now the time is for organizing and creating a system.  Not for making new models but for doing the right thing with the stuff I already have.  I think it's fair to say that I won't be expanding much anymore.  I won't be adding many more things to the library.

But I remember seeing at Anime North last weekend one of the first 1/144 model Kampfers.  A pale sea green/blue colour.  All the parts were there.  I looked at it and thought that I could do something amazing with it.  It was only 2 dollars.  I don't have a Kampfer of my own.

It's hard for me to turn away mecha that don't have homes.  Or aren't living up to their potential.

I hope that Kampfer found a home.  I didn't take it because I couldn't provide it with one.  I knew I'd get home and he'd just go into the backlog pile of things I haven't finished.  Do I really need to add any more.?  Even for two dollars... It would take up a lot more time.

I feel like someone else could have given that Kampfer a better home.  But I wonder now.... what better home could an old beaten down mecha have than with a bunch of other old, beaten down mecha.

And even now I still think of him.  Maybe I should have rescued him from whatever fate he had in store.  Alone in a box unwanted.  Or destroyed.  Thrown in the trash.

I could have given him a good home.  Maybe not the best but... he would have been loved.  And he would have been cared for. 

In the end what more do any of us really need?

Not the one I saw.  But this is cool :)

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Just talking - Early Feb 2015

Gundam Build Fighters Try has inspired me a lot.  I find myself getting pretty moved when I watch some of the fight scenes and really resonate with the spirit of some of the characters.  I don't know why but sometimes I feel that I can learn lessons from them too.

I tried making some modifications to my Red Frame but it didn't turn out like how I expected.  Now just isn't the time to do stuff with modeling but I do have one MG Zaku out right now.  It's kind of like a spearmint colour in my mind.

Anyway here are some pics.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Just talking - Mid Spring 2014

Tales from the Plamo Addict.

I've been trying to curb my addiction. Along with all the other ones I have. I have an addictive personality. I get into things easily. I don't get out of them easily... if ever. Even if I do it's hard to forget on account of all the time I spent doing those things.

Recently my life has kind of been scattered to the winds.  I don't really have a stable home base anymore. That sporadic lifestyle has naturally reflected itself in my posting habits on this blog.
Let's take a look at the post history of Plamo Addiction.

► 2014 (10)
► 2013 (12)
► 2012 (14)
► 2011 (119)
► 2010 (198)
► 2009 (168)
► 2008 (129)

We see a gradual increase from the inception of this blog to 2010 and then a slight drop off (historically unprecedented at the time) in 2011.  After that, for all intents and purposes, it's been roughly one post a month.  So this blog isn't completely dead but it's safe to say that it's kind of gone into hibernation for the past two years.

I started this blog when I was in Nagoya, Japan. It was easy to stay on top of Gundam news and at the time there weren't so many choices for Gundam news in English. In those days I really used to follow Danny Choo and enjoyed his model building tutorials, particularly the USB Mark 2 (a technique which I still haven't tried myself yet 6 years later. And that tutorial is almost 10 years old now!)

Danny was always big but he's exponentially big now. Reading Danny's story helped me to start this blog. After a while he started going in a different direction (the doll stuff) and I kinda got away from it because that's not my thing. I'm a mecha guy. That's how I found him and that's why I stayed for as long as I did.  I learned a lot from him... And probably still can so I think I'll go back and have a read at what he's been doing recently.

Funny. I haven't thought about Danny Choo in ages and have taken for granted how big he's become. How other people cosplay his characters now. It all seemed so natural. I wonder if he ever imagined it would have come to this. Where starting a blog about his experience in Japan would lead him to have his characters being popular world wide... so much so that they're on the sides of airplanes, buses and sports cars.

Only Danny could have done that. It was his vision, initiative, drive and passion that drove him to do what he done. He's always just done what he loved to do regardless of what other people thought about it. He's a good example... and I followed him.

But I'm me. I'm not a supremely motivated guy like that. I didn't have a 'passion' for Gundam. It was just fun for me... and my mentality is if it's not fun why are you doing it? Eventually Gundam started to seem like work... That would be fine if I was getting reasonably paid for it but that hasn't happened and to be fair that was never really the goal. It was just about having a venue to talk about my experiences with this hobby... And I'd like to think I've been faithful to that theme for better or for worse over the years.

I've been in the Gundam world for nearly 20 years now. I can't escape. I'll always love them. I'm not just going to forget all of my knowledge about mobile suits. I'm not going to throw away any of my models or T-Shirts.  I will still watch the programs when they come out.  I care about what I've created here over the years. It's not big but it's mine and that's enough. And with anything you care about in life... sometimes it desires some extra attention.

When I returned to Canada in 2011, things changed obviously.  It was hard to find my groove again.  So much was going.  So much is still going on.  I can't commit the time to model building like I used to.  Other things are taking priority...  That doesn't mean I've lost my love for the hobby.  It just means my priorities have changed.  Life.  It happens!

But this place is like home in a lot of ways, even when I don't have a physical one of my own.  It changes when I want it to.  The home I've created for myself and for those who are willing to follow along on my journey.  Who knows what's in store... but I know one thing for sure... I still love building these things!!!