Black Friday Haul 2014

It’s that time of the year again and while I have been buying kits through out the year I couldn’t miss Black Friday. Just like last year there weren’t any stand out sales and I’m starting to think we will never see another like the legendary HLJ one 3 years ago (I wonder if it’s even financially sound to do it again).

This year I finally got my holy grail kits aka kits that I have been wanting Bandai to make for years all of which coincidentally have been made in the last year and a half (The X, Zero Proto, Nu and Hi Nu). When it comes to the HG’s I have always wanted a Gouf custom and the Build Fighter kits just seem to be getting better and better design wise so I picked them up.

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Since the Nu and the Hi Nu are my favorite Gundam designs of all time I decided to invest in metal parts for both and since I was buying them from Samuel Decal I also picked up some decals including 1 from an upcoming commission. One other item I was lucky enough to stumble upon was a Badger Patriot that was selling for 50 dollars on an Amazon lighting deal.

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One last thing was a slew of paints and supplies I got for mostly an upcoming commission and to resupply a bit of my paint reserves hit hard this year.

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Gundam Scratch Build Manual 2

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I wondered at first if I should review this compared to the Gundam Weapons as those are books made up of numerous specific builds allowing me to easily just display some images and list each build and what makes their presentation special. Gundam Scratch Build Manual 2 on the other hand is entirely another beast. While it does feature builds they are very few in number and their WIPs which are what the book is really about are intertwined to the point of confusion. Continue reading

Quite the experience

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When I started this commission I knew that I had about a month but with the melted piece my time was thrown off and on top of that I really underestimated how long it takes to build, paint, and detail a kit.

After building the Qan[T] the amount of time I spent working on these kits went from 2-3 hours a day to somewhere like 6-8 and it was extremely frustrating and exhausting.

The feeling of vexation I received from this is similar to the way I felt about the Sinanju build from last year and the CCA diorama LED’s even further back.

I didn’t have time to take much photos of the completed kits as they came in real hot, basically right after taking these shots I immediately started packing them.

I have a confession to make, I edited the original version of this post after the client received this and was happy with the final product. At the time I was really burnt out from this and felt like I could have done more. A week later though I am feeling much better about everything even though I am still adamant that I will be far more careful when it comes to accepting commissions with time limits.

First Commission and another word of warning

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As I mentioned previously I am making commissions my priority but beyond that for my first commission my client needs 2 builds to be done in a short amount of time so I have been working faster than usual in order to make sure they go as smooth as possible, even with unforeseen complications. Continue reading