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Okiera29
July 15, 2013, 6:47 PM
Okay here is my thread of completed (for now) works. Some are just snapped together, some are snapped and lined, others are painted, but need repaints.
We will start with the first kit I finished after getting back into gunpla, a Zaku II. It is the RG kit and was a bit fiddly, but not bad. I just assembled the kit, polishing out the nub marks, lined the kit with a dark gray and used the kit stickers.
http://i975.photobucket.com/albums/ae239/OkieRA29/Gundam/ZakuII_zps2c8ca240.jpg (http://s975.photobucket.com/user/OkieRA29/media/Gundam/ZakuII_zps2c8ca240.jpg.html)
http://i975.photobucket.com/albums/ae239/OkieRA29/Gundam/ZakuII3_zps1bea8655.jpg (http://s975.photobucket.com/user/OkieRA29/media/Gundam/ZakuII3_zps1bea8655.jpg.html)


I tried to weather the kit stickers a bit and was not happy with the results. They still look like stickers, so the kit will get stripped and waterslide decals will be used.
http://i975.photobucket.com/albums/ae239/OkieRA29/Gundam/ZakuII2_zps9bcba9d5.jpg (http://s975.photobucket.com/user/OkieRA29/media/Gundam/ZakuII2_zps9bcba9d5.jpg.html)

Okiera29
July 15, 2013, 6:56 PM
Okay, believe it or not, the next kit I completed was the MG Unicorn Full Armor. Nothing special, just snapped and left alone. I was actually sort of disappointed with this kit. It is very fragile. I have transformed it once and broke a few parts, so it sits like this...
http://i975.photobucket.com/albums/ae239/OkieRA29/Gundam/Unicorn_zps3bd0b632.jpg (http://s975.photobucket.com/user/OkieRA29/media/Gundam/Unicorn_zps3bd0b632.jpg.html)

Oh yeah, that is one of my 'helpers' in the background.

Next kit finished was the RG Freedom and I have to say, I really like this kit. He stands pretty easily on his own, but I keep him on an action base as I like to change his pose quite a bit. I lined this one, but did an acrylic wash rather than just a straight panel line. I may pull him apart and paint him, but will need water-slides first as I have sworn off the stickers these kits come with.
http://i975.photobucket.com/albums/ae239/OkieRA29/Gundam/Freedom1_zps12fbca16.jpg (http://s975.photobucket.com/user/OkieRA29/media/Gundam/Freedom1_zps12fbca16.jpg.html)

One of my favorite poses with this guy.
http://i975.photobucket.com/albums/ae239/OkieRA29/Gundam/Stirke2_zpsd6a7b427.jpg (http://s975.photobucket.com/user/OkieRA29/media/Gundam/Stirke2_zpsd6a7b427.jpg.html)

Okiera29
July 15, 2013, 7:02 PM
Okay, next kit was the MG and HG Gouf Custom. I did them both at the same time to see the differences. Have to say, that the HG kit just edges out the MG kit for me. The bit with the shoulder joint on the HG is just better engineered than the MG. Both are getting customized. The HG was finished first, but will need to be redone. I do have water-slides for both when I get around to them. Oh yeah, my helper decided that she needed to be featured more in this set.
http://i975.photobucket.com/albums/ae239/OkieRA29/Gundam/Gouf1_zpse2aea1e8.jpg (http://s975.photobucket.com/user/OkieRA29/media/Gundam/Gouf1_zpse2aea1e8.jpg.html)
http://i975.photobucket.com/albums/ae239/OkieRA29/Gundam/Gouf2_zps731d500d.jpg (http://s975.photobucket.com/user/OkieRA29/media/Gundam/Gouf2_zps731d500d.jpg.html)

Here is the should joint. You can see the peg that fits into the slot and enables the Gouf to hold the gatling gun straight out indefinitely
http://i975.photobucket.com/albums/ae239/OkieRA29/Gundam/GoufArmJoint_zpsc65aa7e7.jpg (http://s975.photobucket.com/user/OkieRA29/media/Gundam/GoufArmJoint_zpsc65aa7e7.jpg.html)

Tried my hand at custom paint and weathering, not happy with either. Eventually, I will strip the paint job and start over.

Okiera29
July 15, 2013, 7:13 PM
Next up was an NG Red Frame Astray. I wasn't expecting much out of this 15$ kit, but I was actually pleasantly surprised. The kit has decent articulation and detail. There will be some painting needed to make the kit look like the rendering on the box top, but that was expected. Again, water-slides will be bought first. Who knows, I may get wild and try some armor mods as well as this one looks a little thin in that department.
http://i975.photobucket.com/albums/ae239/OkieRA29/Gundam/RFA2_zps085b7246.jpg (http://s975.photobucket.com/user/OkieRA29/media/Gundam/RFA2_zps085b7246.jpg.html)
http://i975.photobucket.com/albums/ae239/OkieRA29/Gundam/RFA1_zps01093852.jpg (http://s975.photobucket.com/user/OkieRA29/media/Gundam/RFA1_zps01093852.jpg.html)

Again, not a bad kit for 15$ and the MG RFA has been out of stock the last few times I have looked for it. Oh yeah, will definitely need some upgraded hands as well. These don't even hold the rifle properly.

More to come after dinner

goosevf187
July 15, 2013, 8:10 PM
Nice collection of kits.. I wish my panel lining was as good as yours

Okiera29
July 15, 2013, 10:31 PM
Thanks, I do a combination of .005 technical pens and acrylic sludge washes to do the panel lining. I will see what I can do about a photo-tutorial about acrylic sludge washes for panel lines.
Okay, on with the kits. The next up for me was an HG Sinanju. I wanted a Sinanju bad. My brother felt sorry for me and added one into one of his orders. Took me about a week or so to finish it up. Right now, just snapped, not even panel-lined
http://i975.photobucket.com/albums/ae239/OkieRA29/Gundam/Sinanju2_zps600b856c.jpg (http://s975.photobucket.com/user/OkieRA29/media/Gundam/Sinanju2_zps600b856c.jpg.html)

After building the kit, he looked a little under-armed. Again, my brother felt pity on me and a bazooka kit showed up. Don't know where he got it, but it was 'aftermarket'. Built up decently, but needed quite a bit of clean up (and still does). It does look the part and bulks up the kit a bit.
http://i975.photobucket.com/albums/ae239/OkieRA29/Gundam/sinanjubazooka_zpsc38d9693.jpg (http://s975.photobucket.com/user/OkieRA29/media/Gundam/sinanjubazooka_zpsc38d9693.jpg.html)
http://i975.photobucket.com/albums/ae239/OkieRA29/Gundam/Sinanjubazooka2_zpsf1e2d0e4.jpg (http://s975.photobucket.com/user/OkieRA29/media/Gundam/Sinanjubazooka2_zpsf1e2d0e4.jpg.html)

This one will definitely get taken apart and repainted. The gold foil stickers from the kit do a great job, but gold bare-metal-foil will look much better. May do it in Tamiya Mica Red

Okiera29
July 15, 2013, 10:38 PM
Latest kit finished, was just last night. Strike Gundam with I.W.S.P.
http://i975.photobucket.com/albums/ae239/OkieRA29/Gundam/Strike1_zps5e35be08.jpg (http://s975.photobucket.com/user/OkieRA29/media/Gundam/Strike1_zps5e35be08.jpg.html)

Have to say, that the Strike Gundam looks a little puny without the weapons pack, but with it, he looks pretty tough. Partial panel lining at this point. Mainly on the head and some of the weapon pack, but it is not noticeable in the pics.
http://i975.photobucket.com/albums/ae239/OkieRA29/Gundam/Strike2_zps3161e8aa.jpg (http://s975.photobucket.com/user/OkieRA29/media/Gundam/Strike2_zps3161e8aa.jpg.html)

Got a little antsy to finish it, so there are still some nubs to deal with, but he is up for the time being.
http://i975.photobucket.com/albums/ae239/OkieRA29/Gundam/Strike3_zps4fdc9d76.jpg (http://s975.photobucket.com/user/OkieRA29/media/Gundam/Strike3_zps4fdc9d76.jpg.html)

Next up is the 00 Gundam Raiser in non-MG 1/100. Already have the Raiser finished. Now to start on the Gundam

thwalker13
July 15, 2013, 11:04 PM
Wow man. I'm rather jealous of that Bazooka add on to the Sinanju. I'd like to have that for mine. You have some great looking kits man. Very well done.

Dlinker
July 16, 2013, 1:14 AM
I concur, your collection is looking pretty spiffy. Interesting to see where that aftermarket bazooka for the Sinanju came from.

My favorite has to be your HG Gouf. It looks worn and maintained poorly, which fits really well with the design (I think).

I share your disdain for stickers too. There's no way to make them look good, haha. Good thing Samuel Decal and a couple of eBay vendors supply some really nice 3rd party water-slides.

goosevf187
July 16, 2013, 1:22 AM
your strike gundam is it HG? Its nice, ive never seen seed or any of the models but that one definitely looks cool. The bazooka for the Sinanju is also A+, thats a kit I would love to pick up soon.

Okiera29
July 16, 2013, 3:19 PM
Oh no, sorry, the strike is MG The only HGs I have done so far are the Sinanju and the Gouf. I really like the idea of what I was trying to accomplish with Gouf and it was more a test for the MG one, but I rushed the execution a bit and it shows. I need to strip the lighter color and do it in a gloss rather than a flat. The flat paint soaked up the panel wash, which I knew it would, but I was hoping it wouldn't. So I will strip the flat paint and redo properly. I plan to start the MG Gouf after finishing the 00 Raiser I am doing right now. So the paint issues will be done right with the MG kit. After that, I will strip and redo the HG Gouf. As for the bazooka kit, I do know it came from China and was bought off of Ebay.

V0LTES-V01
July 16, 2013, 10:03 PM
Another awesome collection from an enthusiast! They look clean; assembled well. Keep it up!

Okiera29
December 13, 2013, 7:24 PM
Okay, I haven't been posting them, but I have been finishing them. Lately, been doing a bit of the Astray family...
http://i975.photobucket.com/albums/ae239/OkieRA29/AstrayBrothers1of1_zps2b176c1f.jpg (http://s975.photobucket.com/user/OkieRA29/media/AstrayBrothers1of1_zps2b176c1f.jpg.html)

Front is the Murasame from Seed. I found this at the local goodwill for 5$ It is missing some pieces, but nothing bad. Looks like somebody knew what they were doing as all the pegs are cut short(I do this so I can pull apart at a later date for painting if I want) I have to say, that they got a bit overzealous cutting some of the pegs. The front of the helmet doesn't like to stay on and neither do some of the wing pieces as well. Once it warms up a bit, I will paint and glue this bad boy together
http://i975.photobucket.com/albums/ae239/OkieRA29/Murasame1of1_zps049f1191.jpg (http://s975.photobucket.com/user/OkieRA29/media/Murasame1of1_zps049f1191.jpg.html)

Next up was the Blue Frame HG kit. Again, no paint or such, just cleaning nub marks and careful assembly.
http://i975.photobucket.com/albums/ae239/OkieRA29/BlueFrame1of1_zps3b2f49de.jpg (http://s975.photobucket.com/user/OkieRA29/media/BlueFrame1of1_zps3b2f49de.jpg.html)]

Just finished is the Red Frame Flight Unit, again in HG and again with just nub cleaning and careful assembly.
http://i975.photobucket.com/albums/ae239/OkieRA29/RedFrame1of1_zpsd27344f8.jpg (http://s975.photobucket.com/user/OkieRA29/media/RedFrame1of1_zpsd27344f8.jpg.html)

Thats all the pics for now. Plan to take some more when I have the time to do the Kastrysha at the same time. That will take some time as the parts are quite extensive on the Kastrysha

I will have to do some painting, most likely by hand, on the Red Frame, especially the Katana

Bossguy
December 13, 2013, 8:07 PM
Wow, those pictures are really good, as well as your kits. Can I ask how you posted the pictures? How did you get them so big?

Okiera29
December 13, 2013, 10:16 PM
Sure, I use photobucket. But first, I shoot with a Nikon D90 camera and edit in Lightroom 4. When I export, I set the picture size to 1200 pixels on the longest side. I do a few other things along the way, but that is the basics. I upload them to photobuck and then just use the IMG tag to post them here. Sometimes I have to resize them as some forum codes don't allow pics bigger than 800 pixels along the longest side.

Hope that helps at all. I am a photographer by trade, so any other questions are more than welcome.

Bossguy
December 13, 2013, 10:17 PM
Thank you. I figured it out. Those kits look really clean. I can't find any nub marks.

Okiera29
December 13, 2013, 10:31 PM
I use side cutters and nip the nubs out a bit. Then I sand them flat using a double grit sanding stick, 400/600 for the first couple of passes till it is an even color. Then I use a triple grit polishing stick. I usually only use the first couple grits(800 and 6000 or whatever they are) and leave it at that. I think that if you use the final grit on the polishing pad, (12000 I think) that it imparts too shiny of a finish on the plastic. You can't see it well in the pics, but there are some nub marks on the Murasame, but I posed and shot in such a manner so that they can't really be seen. I still get nub marks occasionally on darker parts... haven't mastered that just yet...


duh! such an idiot I am ... Thank you for the compliment!

Dlinker
December 14, 2013, 12:15 AM
I used polishing sticks on my Turn A and they do a really nice job restoring the shine to sanded areas. With such cleanly-built kits, you've got some stock for future improvements later on.

Okiera29
December 14, 2013, 9:48 AM
Thanks for all the kind words guys! I started in the model car world, but got stuck in a rut and could never seem to finish anything for the longest time. I had always had an interest in Mecha, growing up with StarBlazers, Robotech etc. So one day I decided to pick up a kit as a slump-buster, of course, how crazy am I that my slump buster kit was an RG Zaku? Well, needless to say, the slump is busted and I even have started working on some car kits again. My MG Gouf will most likely be the kit I really try some mods with. Again, coming from model cars, I have chopped, sectioned, nosed, decked, shaved all kinds of kits, so I think any mods I do will all depend on how well I can break down the shapes and get them to look like I want. I am still intimidated by that Kastrysha. Maybe I will start on my thrift store PG Zeta as a test run for that.

Zenki_Style
December 14, 2013, 9:33 PM
Those kits really do look very clean. I'm not usually much a fan of unpainted models,but i must give you props on those clean builds. Makes me wonder what will happen when you start hitting them with paint. I would also be interested in seeing some of those car models,although I am very biased towards Japanese cars >< and not sure where to post such images on here

gundammonkey
December 14, 2013, 9:57 PM
for all of you out there who want the Sinanjo bazooka I got it off ebay from "gundamproshop" and also "hqoparts" has some great stuff as well.

Okiera29
December 14, 2013, 9:57 PM
Should of figured that by the Zenki screen name, I am more of a Kouki fan myself... old, old, old pics of the modeling space. Much more cluttered now... Way more gundam and less 'Mericun cars.
http://i975.photobucket.com/albums/ae239/OkieRA29/NewDesk3.jpg (http://s975.photobucket.com/user/OkieRA29/media/NewDesk3.jpg.html)
http://i975.photobucket.com/albums/ae239/OkieRA29/NewDesk2.jpg (http://s975.photobucket.com/user/OkieRA29/media/NewDesk2.jpg.html)
http://i975.photobucket.com/albums/ae239/OkieRA29/NewDesk2.jpg (http://s975.photobucket.com/user/OkieRA29/media/NewDesk2.jpg.html)

I have added a ton of the Aoshima Bosozuko stuff and a bunch of other jap crap as well. Kind of partial to old japanese cars myself...
http://i975.photobucket.com/albums/ae239/OkieRA29/photo_zps0f3b2b11.jpg (http://s975.photobucket.com/user/OkieRA29/media/photo_zps0f3b2b11.jpg.html)

Right now, the cressida wagon doesn't have an engine, it is being rebuilt. The green fender is my 76 RA29 Celica Liftback

Sorry to the mods for cluttering up the gundam forum with car crap:razz:

gundammonkey
December 14, 2013, 10:05 PM
wow you cleaned your model room! I can see the ceiling now.

Okiera29
December 14, 2013, 10:12 PM
Oh no, these are much older than that, still can't see the ceiling and damn proud of it! take that!

Zenki_Style
December 14, 2013, 10:15 PM
Trying to get over my drool fest those are getting to be some really hard cars to come by,rode in a cressida drift car at an event once,really makes me wonder why they didn't sell better. As far as the zenki_style I started to use it years ago when i owned a s14. I'm quite the s chassis fanatic though so far the only ones i haven't owned (aside from japan only models) are a kouki and a convertible. I've literally owned an s13 from every year they made them lol

I guess i need to stop cluttering with car stuff too ><

Okiera29
December 14, 2013, 10:26 PM
Yeah, one of the mods is gonna come in here and tell us to move it to the 'car' thread:D

Squee
December 14, 2013, 10:33 PM
OOOO model cars! Post some of those!

Okiera29
December 14, 2013, 10:46 PM
The latest cars I have been working on, inbetween gundam building are my KPGC10 Hakosuka Skyline. This is the Fujimi 'Full Works' kit. It is basically a model of the 1971 Japanese Grand Prix winner, complete with stripped out race interior. I am doing a model based on the Fatlace C10 Skyline. I have a set of 16 inch TE37Vs to go with it which will be painted bronze. I also plan to use some carbon fiber decals on the flares and the hood. Paint is Testors Wimbleton White, a close match to the white the race cars were painted.
http://i975.photobucket.com/albums/ae239/OkieRA29/photo_zps363d9815.jpg (http://s975.photobucket.com/user/OkieRA29/media/photo_zps363d9815.jpg.html)
http://i975.photobucket.com/albums/ae239/OkieRA29/photo_zpsa1bae30c.jpg (http://s975.photobucket.com/user/OkieRA29/media/photo_zpsa1bae30c.jpg.html)

The other kit I have been working on is the opposite end of the spectrum. It is the Tamiya GT86 with the Factory 81 Rocket Bunny transkit.
http://i975.photobucket.com/albums/ae239/OkieRA29/photo_zps6803d00d.jpg (http://s975.photobucket.com/user/OkieRA29/media/photo_zps6803d00d.jpg.html)

Next up after those two will be either this...
http://i975.photobucket.com/albums/ae239/OkieRA29/photo_zps750ff618.jpg (http://s975.photobucket.com/user/OkieRA29/media/photo_zps750ff618.jpg.html)

Or this
http://i975.photobucket.com/albums/ae239/OkieRA29/Bluebird.jpg (http://s975.photobucket.com/user/OkieRA29/media/Bluebird.jpg.html)

Of course, I do have an M chassis soarer in the stash that I could do this with...
http://i975.photobucket.com/albums/ae239/OkieRA29/bosozoku-style-wallpaper-black-sharknose-soarer-gz10_zps2446fb6c.jpg (http://s975.photobucket.com/user/OkieRA29/media/bosozoku-style-wallpaper-black-sharknose-soarer-gz10_zps2446fb6c.jpg.html)

thwalker13
December 14, 2013, 10:51 PM
Yeah man, post some of those cars up. I need to get me a few models of a 240. Being such a Nissan fan I need to have one.

And naw man. It's all good. Models are models, if you got em. Post em.

Edit: You beat me to it. Nice progress so far. And what in the holy hell is that thing in the last picture?

Okiera29
December 14, 2013, 11:09 PM
That is the car I really lust for. It is the grandfather and father to the Lexus SC300/400. It is the Toyota Soarer. The one above has been modified in the Japanese style of Bosozoku. The next Cressida sedan I own will get a shark nose for sure! I have all the available s13/14/15 models. I really think, for S13s Tamiya has the best. The fujimi isn't bad, but the front bumper is molded to the body and makes seam cleanup a pain. Aoshima kits are just as good as the Tamiya but have a very simplified chassis. Unfortunately, if you want an engine, Aoshima is the only game in town for that. Factory 81, which makes the Rocket Bunny kit in my above pic, also makes a Bensopra 380sx trans kit. If you don't know about the 380sx, google it... those Japanese tuners are insane!!! I believe that Aoshima is the only one currently producing S14s and S15s, but I have heard that there are some shape issues with both of those. I only have the Office Kei kit of the S15 and it is a drift car, so I have no idea how good their regular kit is.

Squee
December 14, 2013, 11:25 PM
Ugh i'm getting that itch! Between your gt86 and a friend of mine showing me some progress on an AE86, i might have to pick one up soon!

Zenki_Style
December 14, 2013, 11:27 PM
All this talk of jdm machines is really making me want another shell to toy with. I have denied myself modification of anything on my current car.

man That rocket bunny 86 is so dope,Ever since i first saw a rocket bunny car i have had a lust for getting one of the body kits and their 86 really stands out,you will have to post finished pictures of that.

B6Drew
December 15, 2013, 12:26 AM
it must be expected for people who are into japanese robots to like japanese cars lol. makes me feel like the odd man out.

Dlinker
December 15, 2013, 12:58 AM
^ You and me both, man. Although I'm probably way out there since I'm not a car guy at all, haha. Despite that, I want to work on a car model kit. Been thinking of getting one of my brother's car (an EVO X) that I can work on for his birthday, since he said he was going to eventually sell it.

I agree that more car kits are welcome here.

COOFFBLACK
February 28, 2014, 3:42 AM
Nice work and collection.. you obviously know what you're doing.. AMAZING!

Zaku
February 28, 2014, 12:43 PM
Kits look good man. And im sorry to hear the unicorn is giving you trouble. I keep hearing bad things about it.

Okiera29
February 28, 2014, 1:24 PM
The Unicorn doesn't really give me problems as much as Bandai just tried a bit too much. I am glad that this kit at least got the improved legs as I hear the first versions of the legs had huge issues with the transformation gimmick.
@Coofblack... I have no idea what I am doing... I just make it up as I go along...:p