It’s that time of the year again (or was a month ago) where I purchase my yearly supply of kits and unlike last year I made out well.
Last year I bought very few models mostly because the deals were just disappointing but to be honest this year wasn’t that much different. Robot4Less and Hobby Wave basically had similar deals to last year and while HLJ’s sale was better than last years it still didn’t compare to the amazing sale they had two years ago. Even so I decided to make the most of the deals available and buy some of the kits I have been pining for.
This year I got items solely from HLJ and Robot4Less. While Hobby Wave had the best prices upfront the limit on discounted items plus the shipping made Hobby Wave slightly more expensive than Robot4Less, so R4L is where I did most of my buying. I Got a MG Zeta A Plus, MG Age 2 Normal, MG Age 2 Double Bullet, MG GNX, MG Hyaku Shiki, RG GP01, RG Zeta, HG Wing, and a base with some decals.
HLJ had some pretty good prices but their lack of shipping discounts kept me from purchasing anything big instead I decided to get some extra after market parts, the ones that I can’t seem to find outside of Japan. Notably being wave hex rivets (which I love) and the new HiQParts hex pattern decals that just came out.
One last thing I got was something I ordered in October but got at the end of November which was a clear Perfect Grade base. Now I will admit it is a bootleg, the thing needed a good soak and wash when I got it, and the box was basically ready to fall apart at arrival. But Bandai just doesn’t make a clear version of this base, it has connections so it can hold up any PG which the original doesn’t, and frankly the Bandai one is just over priced. So while normally I avoid bootlegs like the plague this one is worth it, especially if you have a PG 00 Raiser.
I haven’t posted in little over 2 months so I’m sure some people were wondering what happened. Well I didn’t get burnt out after the Sinanju, I wasn’t traveling or swamped with work, it was HLJ and their rules. As you can guess I have been working on my HLJ contest entry and while that doesn’t mean I couldn’t post text updates or just post about something else entirely I just kept putting it off.
Well now I am done with my entry and have submitted it. I planning to post numerous images of the WIP and the final model once HLJ says it’s okay to but you can see a little bit of it here.
The Perfect Grade RX-78-2 I won in the Mecha Lounge contest last year is what I worked on for this one and I am very happy with the final piece.
With this out of the way I will go back to updating regularly.
After months I have finally finished the Sinanju OVA version, and boy am I happy to be done with this one. This build has been quite the roller coaster with ups and downs at every turn, but like with every good build in the end I learned quite a bit. Like many others have said I agree that this model is a must build just for all it’s engineering and accessories, but I would be lying if I said this build was fun (at least for me). I will say though this has made me consider getting a Sinanju Stein even though I had no intention of getting one prior.
While waiting for the Sinanju decals instead of starting my new build for the HLJ contest I thought this would be the best opportunity to revamp my workspace. You can see images of the old workspace here.
After reviewing numerous workspace threads and videos I was able to figure out a way to squeeze out some extra space from this cramped old bathroom. What I did was I built wall shelves all the way to the roof, got rid of some old bulky storage, moved the spray booth, and re painted the area.
Even with all that I didn’t feel like it was enough so I decided to go and build a paint rack like the one Steezy did in this video, and just like everyone else who seems to build one you find out you have more paint than you realized you had.
Now I’m ready to tackle a Katoki decal sheet I guess.
I am finally selling that 2nd Sinanju OVA version I mentioned in previous posts. If your interested you can find it on Ebay here:
If you want a little discount we can also just skip ebay and go directly through paypal, since I wouldn’t have to pay for Ebay’s selling fees.
Outside of Ebay I am selling it for $70 not including shipping (check the ebay listing or USPS.com for the shipping cost), and if you’re in the New York City area you can just pick it up and forget the shipping costs all together.
FYI: The Ebay sale is only for the US but outside of that I am willing to sell worldwide.
UPDATE: managed to sell it