It's a bit old but I thought I'd post these pics anways. I love the work this guy put into his custom made MG Infinite Justice. Most have taken a lot of time and dedication. Taken from Hobby Japan #7. The entire gallery can be seen here.
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Friday, January 25, 2008
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Astray was great fun and it was my first time cataloguing the build process. The sword and scabbard are just plain white and do NOT do the model justice if you leave it that way. I decided that I would make the sword and scabbard look better and thus... for the first time in 10 years... painted my model. And boy am I glad I did. A whole new world opened up to me. Now I see all these older models in a new light... Thanks to the Red Astay.
The models posability is shocking. It is just amazing... especially when compared to his Blue brother. Without doubt one of the coolest models I have, and the one that I'm most proud of. This model brought me deeper into the world of Gundam modelling. After so many you'd think I'd be in deep enough... but no actually. I realize now that I'm only now just beginning to scratch the surface.
The Gerbera Straight is really the corner piece of the model. Without it, it's a great kit by all standards but with it, it just pushes it into the 'superior' category. You'll see this kit in advertising being used as an example of a 'cool Japanese toy'. It's in a class all by itself. Surpassing the Gundam brand and escaping from the realm of models entirely. It's become a symbol of Japanese pop culture, combining a 30 year old animation, 16th century Japanese history with a 26th century Sci-Fi storyline but made for today's audience.
As for my Red Astray... I'll never be able to fully articulate my joy at seeing him completed. It's the joy that one can only achieve after putting in hours and hours of meticulous work, slowly coming together over the course of months. This model taught me patience. This model taught me tenacity. The model taught me diligence.
This model changed my life.
Sunday, January 13, 2008
But for me its all about the process, so that's what this blog is going to be about. Keep in mind that I'm not a master model builder by any stretch of the imagination. Only now am I just starting to try, so this blog will be a sort of online journal for myself so I can see my process and hopefully learn from my mistakes.
So a bit about myself. For me it all started when I was 16, growing up in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada (a suburb just outside of the largest city in the country, Toronto). While working in an "electronic arts" class in high school a Chinese friend showed me a picture of a robot which I thought was the coolest thing ever. He told me that this was called a 'Gundam'.
It wasnt the best kit ever but it was really fun to make. This is where it all started. Initially I knew nothing of the storylines concerning these mecha. That would change later. I never painted any of the kits I bought. Just assembled them. But this kit was enough to start an addiction that I've never been able to satiate since.