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Zaku
February 27, 2014, 11:59 PM
Ok when we had the Database error problem. My WIPs were some of the things that were lost so im reuploading this. Im still working on my custom Gelgoog. And i havent made much progress sense its wip was lost. Now this is only the second model ive ever tryed to paint and the first model ive ever modifyed. So i habe a lot of learning ahead of me. Also sense im on the topic how would you go about backing up your wips and stuff? Anyway here is where were at ill take some pics of what i got done and post them later. This started out as a MG Chars Gelgoog i bought while i was in the Marines living in the barracks. It took a shelf dive some years ago and it has been siting in a box for three years. Well a man can only stare at a mobile suit for so long and wish he had his own custom unit. Aaaand my cat is being annoying time out.... Ok im back so this thing is kind of turning into a wannabe Gelgoog Jager. If anyome has any good ideas of other mods i could do to it let me hear em. So far ive dont things like add little thrusters onto the shoulders so i can turn around faster and shoot that gundam who thinks he is a ninja trying to sneak up on me. Zaku F2 is pointing them out
http://i44.tinypic.com/aad6vl.jpg

And ive made me a high mobility backpack like the Gelgoog jager has
http://i40.tinypic.com/2irqdec.jpg

Here is a side veiw
http://i44.tinypic.com/2niwsig.jpg

And i decided id need some extra fuel tanks to keep me going cause this backpack sucks up fuel like its cool.
http://i43.tinypic.com/2s17u6r.jpg

Zaku
February 28, 2014, 12:34 AM
I made the fuel tanks out of pens and old zaku. 1.0 parts. I have a lot of zaku parts floating around.
http://i42.tinypic.com/2rvzus7.jpg

I did the pannel lines with a pipe cutter
http://i40.tinypic.com/34f1yrs.jpg

When i was working on the backpack i found that if i paint silver then do my weathering wash on it a few layers it looks like burnt steel.
http://i42.tinypic.com/11jcffd.jpg
I have a green thumb lol

When i was trying a panel wash it was all a mess. It didnt get into the panel line and didnt wipe off. But i did kina like the way it looked and tried to do a tiger stripe look with it but it didnt look very good.
http://i41.tinypic.com/311vsqx.jpg

It took a lot of damn work and stressful drilling into parts that themselves were alot of work but i figured a way to mount the fuel tanks.
http://i41.tinypic.com/10frrpk.jpg

And fuel tanks mounted
http://i39.tinypic.com/316842h.jpg

Sadly these fuel tanks got messed up when i tried to do a horizontal panel line. They had to be scraped and then i hand to build new ones.
http://i40.tinypic.com/e8rcci.jpg

I did decide to go ahead with a tiger stripe paint job though
http://i41.tinypic.com/9zvhvl.jpg
Id love to get some dry transfer decals on this baby

For some reason i had a problem with my clear coat eating my paint but i think i got that problem straightened up now
http://i58.tinypic.com/2dgj4f5.jpg

Ok i think thats what i was doing when the site went down next time i update ill show you what ive done in the mean time.

thwalker13
February 28, 2014, 7:52 AM
Some great work going into that Gelgoog. The Gelgoog was one of my favorite Zeon designs from the One Year War. The tiger striping really looks good I think. And I'm glad you were able to get those fuel tanks mounted. They look good.

ace
February 28, 2014, 8:15 AM
Im digging the tiger striping. Using pens as fuel tanks is a cool idea. They seem kind of long though. You dont want them touching the ground while he's standing.

Zenki_Style
February 28, 2014, 10:55 AM
AH i had wondered when you where going to repost this,looking forward to seeing new pics of your progress. Those fuel tanks look good on there.

Dlinker
February 28, 2014, 10:57 AM
I'm wondering what caused the issue in the last pic, and if it happened again for you.

Zaku
February 28, 2014, 12:25 PM
Thanks thwalker. @Ace, the Gelgoog is a very tall mobilesuit. Not only that but id like to keep them as long as possible. More fuel. Thanks Zenki. @Dlinker, i still haven't figured out exactly what it was but i think it had something to do with the fine tip pen i was using to mark where my tiger stripes are going to go.

Zaku
March 20, 2014, 7:22 PM
So i got bored last night and started messing with me Zaku 2.0. I was fiddling around with that busted arm part i made. Now i like my mobile suits to look rough. Like been through hell but not down and out. Tooth and nail blood and bone kind of firefights. I like them to look like they have seen some serious shit and survived. Because thats what Zakus do. Fight fight fight and keep on running and gunning. Thats how i see UC mobile suits. So after a while of watching 0083 for the millionth time and messing with my Zaku and thinking about the busted arm i made for it i decided id try to make a better busted arm. More detail copper amd brass parts. And more mechanical detail. Oh and if you dont remember the arm im talking about then.
HEAT HAWK TO THA FACE!!!
http://i41.tinypic.com/15ogd91.jpg

Ok ill continue this in another reply because my phone is messing up

Zaku
March 20, 2014, 7:39 PM
I started with a spare frame part from one of my old busted Zaku 1.0s. Then i added the copper wire to make it look like copper pipes. It was a pain in the ass to get the solid copper wire to bend in such a small area and not break the plastic frame. And i added a few brass parts that came out of my spare RC helicopter bin. (Just in case youre wondering i have a Blade 500). And ive been sanding and grinding for a while now. Im gonna cut it off in the center then put some wires and pistons just hanging there like they were ripped off from the explosion. So everything you see below the copper pipes are going away. I also had to use a large poly cap to make this frame part fit in the shoulder so i had to modify the inside of the frame to fit the cap. And quite a few other modifications. Now the only thing i can think to do would be make some pistons for the top of it to hide the gap and make it look more realistic. Which is what that white part is for. And maybe run some scrap wire with the insulation still on and just strip the ends of the wire. Im not sure if that would look right though.

http://i62.tinypic.com/2m3k56w.jpg

Zaku
March 20, 2014, 9:00 PM
I decided to scrap the white part and pistons on the top idea. I think it would just look out of place. Also who here has used putty to fill in seam lines? Because i think im doing it wrong but its too late to take the part back apart and glue the seam.

Dlinker
March 20, 2014, 9:26 PM
I've used putty to fill in seamlines. Got a pic of the part you're questioning?

Zaku
March 20, 2014, 10:45 PM
Im not sure how well you can see it but i might have screwed up
http://i59.tinypic.com/2cfdphk.jpg

I got everything together then realized i had a big ugly seam line and i want to paint it silver then do the wash to make it look like dirty steel. Also if you have any ideas of what other mechanical tid bits i could add that would be helpful. Id like this too look good. Im jst drawing a blank.

Dlinker
March 21, 2014, 12:43 AM
Hmmm, it's all of the areas that are scratched up, right? What kind of putty are you using and how did you apply it?

Zaku
March 21, 2014, 1:11 AM
Its Tamiya brand. And its just says whit putty. I used it on the Gelgoogs fuel tanks ansd it did an awesome job. Here the scratches are from me trying to sand it off because i noticed it wasent doimg anything. And i cut a little scrap pice of plastic im using as a mini spatula to try to push it down into the seam line. This is gonna be a battle scared part so the scratches are fine its just the seam lines that are driving me crazy.
http://i61.tinypic.com/5d5hkn.jpg

The section nub mark covered brother Gouf is pointing at is the worst part and the hardest to get to with the sand paper.

Dlinker
March 21, 2014, 2:46 AM
I see where you're getting at. The areas are hard to sand so you can't really clean up the putty properly. When you run a fingernail over the seam, do you still feel it there? If not, then maybe get some Tamiya Liquid Surface Primer (comes in a little bottle that can be applied with a toothpick) and put it over those areas to create a cleaner surface.

Zaku
March 21, 2014, 3:00 AM
I can still feel the seam. And i can see it. ITS DRIVING ME MMMAAADDDD!!! I like the surfacer primer idea though. Does it melt the plastic a bit?

Zaku
March 21, 2014, 3:02 AM
Damn Brother gouf looks so bad in the pic. ITS SO NUBBY IM GONNA DIIEEE!! Lol i really need to do something about that.

Dlinker
March 21, 2014, 11:26 AM
Hmmm, I don't think it melts the plastic the same way Tamiya Basic Putty does, but it is solvent-based and stinks like death so maybe it does do so to some degree. I use it from time to time to fill in gaps/scratches. I basically keep putting some on the affected area until it's a nice bump, then sand it so it's level to the surface.

I just noticed the nub mania on that Gouf. Poor guy needs some work, haha.

Zaku
March 28, 2014, 2:16 AM
Ill have to pick some up sometime and give it a try. And yea the gouf is really bad. Lol

Squee
March 28, 2014, 3:23 AM
Use your knife to scrape the large excess off, then fold your sandpaper into a pointed triangle shape to get into the tight spaces.

Zaku
March 28, 2014, 3:35 AM
Use your knife to scrape the large excess off, then fold your sandpaper into a pointed triangle shape to get into the tight spaces.

U know what. I started to at it with my knife. Then i got cold feet because i didnt want to gouge out the sides. But now that you say that i think ill try it. And just be VERY VERY CAREFUL. And if i screw it up then ill just call it extra battle damage and move on. Lol

Zaku
March 28, 2014, 3:49 AM
What would cause enamel paint to not dry? Like ever.

thwalker13
March 28, 2014, 7:37 AM
Enamel can get aggravating at times. As it takes a lot longer to cure than other paints. How long has the paint been applied for?

Squee
March 28, 2014, 3:12 PM
Enamels can possible take up to a week to fully cure. Just because it's dry to the touch, it's not necessarily cured. You shouldn't touch an enamel part for at least 48 hours.

From testors site, which has this description for a bunch of different paint brands:

Enamels require 48-72 hours for a full cure. To avoid possible wrinkling, recoat within 3 hours or after 48 hours.

Zaku
March 28, 2014, 5:31 PM
Its been two days. And its still sticky. Im really not a fan of enamel. Its nothing but a pain in the ass.

Squee
March 28, 2014, 10:09 PM
So wait three days. It could be do to the weather in your area. I've had to wait a week once for it to cure.

Zaku
March 28, 2014, 10:13 PM
Ok i decided to work on the weathered shoulder a bit more. I shimmed the shoulder armor mounting bracket with some scrap plastic i had laying around and i got it to fit onto the Zaku 1.0 part im making into the shoulder frame. The holes on the mounting bracket is a bit to big so i shimed that with spare RC helicopter parts. Its the little brass circle.

http://i62.tinypic.com/15dxa95.jpg

http://i59.tinypic.com/28snc5j.jpg

Bossguy
March 28, 2014, 10:27 PM
Shame about the enamel. I like the additions to the weathered arm. It adds a lot.

Zaku
March 28, 2014, 10:45 PM
Yea im not sure whats up with that. Its still a little sticky. And thanks man. I think it looks a hellava lot better. The shoulder armor frame is left over from the Gouf 2.0. So im not out anything if i screw it up. I think im going to add some small wires coming out to add more realistic detail.

Zaku
March 29, 2014, 7:03 PM
Ok guys. I might have bitten off more than i can chew.
http://i60.tinypic.com/a0j7du.jpg

I am right now trying to instal an LED into the head of my Gelgoog. and on top of that i want to keep the heat rotation eye gimmick functioning. I have a vague idea of how im going to do this but im very confident ill screw it up. However i needed to buy a new. MG Gelgoog anyway so i can afford to fu** it up once. Then again i want to buy another Zaku 2.0 so i can swipe the eye parts out of my gouf if i screw up and when i get a new Zaku give Gouf the new eye. Ill post pics of the progress here in a second.

Bossguy
March 29, 2014, 7:13 PM
Whoa dude, good luck with that.

Dlinker
March 29, 2014, 7:18 PM
Yeah, this is getting out of a comfort zone and I want to see how it goes. I don't mean that in a bad way too. I genuinely want to see your progress on it.

thwalker13
March 29, 2014, 7:25 PM
That is a very ambitious task there sir. Good luck on it.

Zaku
March 29, 2014, 7:35 PM
My indian name is now CHIEF RUNNING WIRE! Im already done running all the wire and guess what? The mono eye still rotates! Just like it did out of box

http://i58.tinypic.com/313g17n.jpg

I had to drill a lot of holes. And the one through the gearbox had to be PERFECT that one was a bit stressful.

Zaku
March 29, 2014, 7:36 PM
Wow thanks guys. I was wondering if anyone would even be interested.

Bossguy
March 29, 2014, 7:39 PM
Heck yeah, we're interested! This is a nice change of pace.

Very good job. Glad it still rotates.

Zaku
March 29, 2014, 7:46 PM
Awesome. Its really nice to have someone to talk to about this stuff. And man im sooo happy i was able to keep the rotation. But its not over till the fat lady sings and this baby isnt done yet.

Zaku
March 29, 2014, 9:03 PM
Ok so i found a brass part in my spare parts bin that fits the LED perfectly.
http://i61.tinypic.com/2afbk09.jpg

It just adds a bit more detail. And it blocks the light from going every where.

Zeta-G
March 29, 2014, 9:08 PM
Somebody clearly can't wait for a Zaku 3.0. ;)
It's looking great man! Hopefully everything will still work after you have it fully assembled.

Zaku
March 29, 2014, 9:16 PM
Lol man that made laugh so loud my desk shook. Lol. Damn i cant wait. Oooh its gonna be so nice. The Zaku 3.0 that is. Thanks man.

Bossguy
March 29, 2014, 9:23 PM
Awesome. That little metal piece will help a lot.

I, too, am very excited for a release of an MG 3.0 Zaku II. Zaku's are just so cool.

Zaku
March 29, 2014, 9:27 PM
Yea man i tested it out and it REALLY helps. It makes it look right u know. And damn im gonna be mad if they release the Zaku 3.0 amd it doesn't have an LED.

Zaku
March 29, 2014, 9:40 PM
I now see why this is considered so hard. FU˘& SOLDERING! My phone wont take a clear picture of this but i got my LED and wrapped the tinny wires around the cut down posts. Then i as carefully as i could tried to solder them on. But its so small the solder just jumped between the posts. And stuck to everything. And i tried and tried to get it to just stick to the posts and nothing else but it didnt want to. So i said F it. And let it cool. Then whipped out the dremmel and cut the lump of solder in two. And it worked. I tested it out and it worked just fine.... For about a second then nothing. So i tried cleaning the leads to the batterie and nothing then i tried just moving things around an nothing. So i hand no choice but to try to re solder it. And guess what happened. Yup. Same damn thing. Big ass lump of solder. And i didn't even add any. So i figured well i pulled it off once. Lets see if my luck will hold. Nope. The negative post just fell right off. So i got to thinking. I cant solder for shit. So i wont solder at all. Im just going to take my second LED (they came in a two pack) and cut everything out then just wrap the wire around the posts and glue it in place. Wish me luck guys.
Oh and here is a blury pic for you.
http://i60.tinypic.com/33jipmo.jpg

Bossguy
March 29, 2014, 9:45 PM
Really sorry to hear that. Hope the other method works out.

Zaku
March 29, 2014, 10:23 PM
Thanks man. Its really infuriating.

Zaku
March 29, 2014, 10:34 PM
Ok so i went with the wrap and glue idea. I cut the pols down to size then stripped the wire. Then i wrapped it a tightly as i could. Then i started shaping the sprocket the eye mounts on to turn. I first cut the front peg off. Then cut a grove in the front amd one on each side. Then test fit the LED then cut a bit more. Then test fir then cut. Until finally i fit just about where i wanted it to. Then i applied glue on the back of the led. Then on the sides. And now we wait. Im not even gonna look at it until tomorrow. Then tomorrow ill test fit everything. If their isnt soldering involved this isnt really that hard. Ok on to the picture.
http://i61.tinypic.com/qzrz2a.jpg

Zeta-G
March 29, 2014, 10:41 PM
Sucks to hear about the mishap with the first LED. Hopefully the second will work out better for you.

Zaku
March 29, 2014, 10:55 PM
My fingers are crossed. Wrapping the wire held really well but im worried about how strong it will be. Im thinking im going to leave slack in the head to let the eye move back and forth. But its going to be bending the wire back and forth each time. I really hope it doesn't break.

Zaku
March 30, 2014, 1:03 AM
Well gents ive got bad news. I went to do my test fitting and found a problem. The led is mounted on the sprocket too high. So the top of the head does not fit. I tried taking off the clear lense and it still does not fit. I managed to wedge it in their just to snap a pic. And it looks good if you dont know whats wrong. Its just teasing me... With failure.
http://i62.tinypic.com/2u7abrk.jpg

Dlinker
March 30, 2014, 1:30 AM
You made it work this much so I would say it's not a complete failure. Just a minor speed bump, really. And yeah, that looks great. Such a grumpy-looking Gelgoog, haha.

Zeta-G
March 30, 2014, 1:34 AM
I hope you manage to fix it, buddy.

Zaku
March 30, 2014, 1:39 AM
Well thanks man. Its just so close to working perfectly its driving me mad. Here is a pic of it off. You can kind of see how i wedged it in their for the pic.
http://i61.tinypic.com/bis75x.jpg

Also i found a totorial. I thought about doing something similar to what this guy did but i figured i already bought the wire. And i felt confidant in my plan. But i think im going to try it this way. Maybe tomorrow i will go back to radio shack and get some more LEDs.
http://sid.ursusheavyindustries.com/content/teh-evil-monoeye-mg-20-led-tutorial

Zeta
March 30, 2014, 1:45 AM
I am quite terrified by that Gelgoog. Stop staring into my soul!

Zaku
March 30, 2014, 2:02 AM
Lol the piercing gaze of the Gelgoog.

Zaku
March 30, 2014, 2:59 AM
Ok im done messing with this thing for tonight at least. Im not making any progress.

thwalker13
March 30, 2014, 9:29 AM
I can see where the frame for the top of the head is sitting on the LED. What if you sand out a small recessed area in the frame so that the LED can simply have a slot to sit in? Will that relieve the area in question?

Zaku
March 30, 2014, 4:30 PM
If i did that i would not spin anymore. I think ill do the brass rods idea.

ace
March 31, 2014, 12:10 AM
Wow ive been missing out on this. I want to do some led mono eyes myself and have had trouble finding ideas on how to go about doing it. I got one into a mg dom but could not figure out how to cram one into my gouf. I had the same issue trying to keep the rotation gimick intact and couldnt find an area big enough to hide the batterie. Im curious to see what you do with this gelgoog.

Zaku
March 31, 2014, 1:01 AM
As soon as i can find a place that sells brass rods in the size i need im going to go back at it again.

Zaku
March 31, 2014, 1:36 AM
Ok i havent worked on this any today but i fiddled with it a bit a i decided i do want to install a resistor. Because the LED looks better when it isn't so bright. I found that if i tape the wires to the batterie gently it isnt so bright. So i slapped the painted armor on and took a pic to give you guys a feel of what this thing is going to look like. What do you think?
http://i60.tinypic.com/xe0aw9.jpg

Dlinker
March 31, 2014, 1:40 AM
I like it a lot. I hope you keep trying to get it implemented properly because it does add a good deal of character to that kit.

Zeta
March 31, 2014, 1:40 AM
In my head, all I'm hearing is that mono-eye "bwom" sound effect going off. Great job by the way.

Zeta-G
March 31, 2014, 1:41 AM
Looks great so far man. I hope you get the LED to work right, so you can finish it.

Zaku
March 31, 2014, 1:44 AM
Here is a picture of it with firmly attached wires
http://i57.tinypic.com/nxjp09.jpg

Zaku
March 31, 2014, 1:47 AM
Thanks guys. Im going to stick with it. But sadly because i mounted the LED on the sprocket so well im going to have to steal the part out of my Gouf and install a fresh one. I really dont see a way to salvage the one i mounted. I guess i was too excited and didnt pay attention to my clearances and mounted it too high.

Zeta
March 31, 2014, 1:48 AM
[BAWOM] Oh god, I'm getting flashes of when I got beat by a Gelgoog once. IT'S THE ZEON!!! KILL THE ZEON!!! RAAAAHHHHH!!!

Zaku
March 31, 2014, 1:48 AM
And Zeta id kill to be able to install a tiny speaker in it just to make mobile suit noises. Lol

Zaku
March 31, 2014, 1:50 AM
[BAWOM] Oh god, I'm getting flashes of when I got beat by a Gelgoog once. IT'S THE ZEON!!! KILL THE ZEON!!! RAAAAHHHHH!!!

SIEG ZEON! Hahahahhaha

Zaku
March 31, 2014, 1:52 AM
Honestly i love the Gelgoog design as much as i do the Zaku. It just so bad ass looking. I like the Gouf too but i think they went too cartoony with the proportions for the 2.0. Ill roll in a picture here in a second.

Zeta-G
March 31, 2014, 1:54 AM
The Gelgoog is indeed quite awesome. Sieg Zeon!

Zaku
March 31, 2014, 1:57 AM
See what i mean? Just cartoony proportions.
http://i61.tinypic.com/vxg3r5.jpg
I still love the Gouf though.

Zeta-G
March 31, 2014, 2:02 AM
I like the 2.0's cartoony proportions.

Zaku
March 31, 2014, 2:08 AM
I do too to a certain extent. When you have it standing next to a gritty blood and grime, tooth and nail, backbone of our forces Zaku. And a big mean intimidating Gelgoog. It just looks out of place. It make it look even more goofy and cartoony. Damn i wish they would give us a MG Gouf Custom 2.0.

Squee
March 31, 2014, 2:08 AM
I don't see the problem with the mounting of the led. Some versions of zakus/goufs have it like that. You could always sand/scrape the plastic down on the underside of the top of the head to give it a little more depth.

Zaku
March 31, 2014, 2:12 AM
I don't see the problem with the mounting of the led. Some versions of zakus/goufs have it like that. You could always sand/scrape the plastic down on the underside of the top of the head to give it a little more depth.

Ive been trying to come up with how to do that without messing with the structural integrity of the top of the head. Also the wire is so stiff i might have to give up on the idea of the mono eye spinning on its own. If i dont do it the way that guy did it in the tutorial i posted i might just have to move the mono eye manually when ever i want to change its position.

On a side note. I mixed Jack Daniels honey whisky with root beer. (Just what i had on hand) and it surprisingly good.

Zaku
March 31, 2014, 7:49 PM
Im going to wait untill i can get my hands on the right size brass tubes. Then ill do it right. The wire isnt working very well. But damn it looks cool.

Zaku
April 6, 2014, 1:34 AM
I havent been able to work on that much but i have been messing with the arm. Who knows how to remove brush marks from enamel paint?

Zaku
April 6, 2014, 6:01 AM
Ok so i accept that i FUC&!#G SUCK AT PAINTING!! But i gave it a damn honest try.
http://i57.tinypic.com/10gab6g.jpg

The enamel has HORRIBLE brush marks. And the acrylic has a bumpy texture to it. I think its because the paint started to dry then i went over it and it clumped up. But i dont know how to get around this. And apparently i forgot how to color in the lines. Im giving up on hand painting anything. F this.

thwalker13
April 6, 2014, 11:21 AM
Just from that picture it doesn't look that bad. I'm sure it's different in person though. But the color applications look really good.

Bossguy
April 6, 2014, 12:29 PM
I honestly don't see your mistakes. It looks fine from the picture. Hand painting is a real pain in the behind sometimes, haha.

Dlinker
April 6, 2014, 1:20 PM
From that pic, I personally think it looks good. I can kinda see some of the brush marks up top, but it looks like weathering almost, haha.

Zaku
April 6, 2014, 5:51 PM
Yea its not that bad in the pic. But in person it looks really bad.

Zaku
April 6, 2014, 5:53 PM
But thanks guys. And how do i get rid of the brush marks? Do i have to strip it and start over?

Dlinker
April 6, 2014, 9:00 PM
I don't work with enamel enough to tell you confidently how to avoid them, but I do know that with acrylic, brush strokes show when the paint isn't thin enough and/or there isn't enough paint on the brush to cover the area. Repeated strokes over an area can cause them too. In essence, thinning the paint more may help get rid of the strokes, as well as making sure you have enough paint on the brush to cover the area in one or two strokes.

Might be ideal to just strip and start over so you have a clean slate.

skulblaka-ven
April 6, 2014, 9:20 PM
That brush mark not so visible on the picture, and yes, agree with other it's kinda looks like weathering effect.
If the paint clump quiet thick enough, you can try sand it slowly until it becomes even first , I use 2000 grit sandpaper for this. But make sure the paint ia cure completely. Then if necessary apply another layer, the previous layer will act as undercoat. But don't try to get it done in one attempt. I thinned the paint 1:1 ratio, and apply it 3 times or more.

Zaku
April 6, 2014, 9:31 PM
Ok ill try it. Thanks guys.

Zaku
April 18, 2014, 9:41 PM
http://i60.tinypic.com/xe0aw9.jpg

I just wanted to re upload this pic. Hehehehe its so cool.

Bossguy
April 18, 2014, 9:51 PM
That is looking MEAN. That LED gives it such an imposing look combined with the camo.

V0LTES-V01
April 18, 2014, 9:54 PM
Whoa, that's a cool watermelon camo. How did you go about doing that?

Zaku
April 18, 2014, 10:06 PM
That is looking MEAN. That LED gives it such an imposing look combined with the camo.

Thanks brother. Im working on more modifications right now. This thing is coming along real slow but its not looking too bad for the second kit ive ever painted. Plus im using spray paint.

Zaku
April 18, 2014, 10:08 PM
Whoa, that's a cool watermelon camo. How did you go about doing that?

Lol it does look like a water melon lol. I never thought of it like that. All i did was spray the dark green them let that dry then take some painter tape and rip the tape to have rough edges then spray on the lighter green. Hehe watermelon lol

Bossguy
April 18, 2014, 10:09 PM
I thought you hand painted it. That's ingenious, the way you used the tape to your advantage.

Zaku
April 18, 2014, 10:13 PM
Naw i couldn't paint that smoothly to save my life. But thanks man lol

Bossguy
April 18, 2014, 10:20 PM
It still boggles my mind with how you did it. It's so original, and it works so well.

Zaku
April 18, 2014, 11:45 PM
It still boggles my mind with how you did it. It's so original, and it works so well.

Thanks man. It left bad marks where the edge of the tape was though. I think that was my fault though because i sprayed it on too thick maybe.

Dlinker
April 19, 2014, 1:39 AM
^ It came out really well, regardless. But you're right, it probably was sprayed on too thick. Goes to show that nothing is immune to overspray.

Zaku
April 19, 2014, 9:10 AM
Thanks man thats just another lesson i learned the hard way.

thwalker13
April 19, 2014, 9:12 AM
That is a pretty ingenious way of doing that man. And it came out looking really good. You're kinda making me want to get a MG Gelgoog.

Zaku
April 19, 2014, 9:31 AM
Thanks man. And the MG gelgoog is a damn fine kit. My only complaint would be the knee bend isn that great but thats a little thing everything else is AWESOME. its on the same level as the Zaku 2.0 as far as quality.

Zaku
April 19, 2014, 9:58 PM
Waiting for glue to dry sucks.

Zaku
April 20, 2014, 10:01 PM
Ok i havent worked on this in a while but i did a few modifications to the legs of my Gelgoog. Now i intend to buy a new MG Gelgoog because i need parts off of it and if i decide i dont like the mods im doing now i can scrap it later and either do something different or just go with standard legs. I have a OLD 1/144 full armor ZZ gundam that is missing parts so i decided to scrap it and im using parts from it for my Gelgoog. Here on the back of the thigh i mounted some vents then i filled in the sides with this Tamiya putty (im growing to love this stuff) and im sanding it down to look like one part. Well to the best of my ability this kits is the first time ive used putty or really don a lot of modifications so its not perfect.
http://i61.tinypic.com/2d96yd.jpg

http://i59.tinypic.com/2whnwna.jpg

Then i decided id mount some additional leg thrusters to help even out the extra thrust from the back pack. A lot of sanding and puttying is going into them. They were longer and hallow so i had to chop them down and give the thruster something to mount to.
http://i62.tinypic.com/ic3908.jpg

And sorry about the poor pictures my phone is being uncooperative today. After i get these where i want them im going to mount this little fin on top. Just because.
http://i57.tinypic.com/2wgwu1g.jpg

I might do more mods i dont really know yet.

Bossguy
April 20, 2014, 10:05 PM
Good job! It looks great so far. A little bit of sanding here and there, and it'll be near perfect.

Zaku
April 20, 2014, 10:17 PM
Thanks man. As good as i know how to do anyway.

Zaku
April 20, 2014, 11:00 PM
Here is another idea. Elbow pads
http://i61.tinypic.com/r9jtef.jpg
Also showing off that nice elbow bend.

This elbow pad is another idea that if i dont like i can scrap later. I really lile the idea of being able to scrap these mods if i dont like them when i get a new gelgoog.
http://i59.tinypic.com/2w7hkc3.jpg

Knowing im going to buy a second model kind of makes working on this one more experimental. Like nothing is set in stone. So if i mess it up or just change my mind i can either do it different or not do it at all when i end up buying a new one.

Cheatyface4
April 20, 2014, 11:38 PM
I'm interested to see how this turns out. I've been interested in modifications myself, but the most I've ever done is swap around parts that have similar connections.

Do you have any plans for painting, or it staying char colors?

Zaku
April 20, 2014, 11:51 PM
If you feel like it go and start from the first page. The whole thing is going to end up that tiger stripe camo.

Cheatyface4
April 20, 2014, 11:59 PM
tiger stripe camo.

Bah! I should have checked before asking! I approve, sir.

Zaku
April 21, 2014, 12:22 AM
Bah! I should have checked before asking! I approve, sir.

Good to hear. Sadly the LED isnt working the way i wanted. I think ill just leave it fixed position untill i get some brass rods.

Dlinker
April 21, 2014, 1:55 AM
You look to be going in the right direction with the mods and I'm anxious to see how they'll look once they're cleaned up.

thwalker13
April 21, 2014, 8:06 AM
I agree, everything is looking really good. Once the mods are cleaned up they will look great.

Zaku
April 21, 2014, 3:58 PM
Thanks guys i might have a chance to work on that tonight.

Sazabee
April 21, 2014, 4:22 PM
You look to be going in the right direction with the mods and I'm anxious to see how they'll look once they're cleaned up.

I'm actually waiting to see how it comes out as well.

Once cleaned up I'm sure it'll look phenom.

Zaku
April 23, 2014, 8:44 PM
UPDATE TIME!
Alright i just got done finalizing my wiring job. I trimmed all the wire down to size then mounted my switch. I did the same thing i did on the LED itself i just wrapped the wire around the posts real tight because F soldering. Lol. Then i wired up the batterie pack the same way. After a second of trying to figure out how i was going to mount the batterie pack i decided it would not fit. So i chopped it off stripped the wires and electrical taped them to the batterie. Lol it looks a little rough but no one is ever going to see it. So its ok. Here is a pic of the electronics installed.
http://i57.tinypic.com/i6xu11.jpg

This is whats holding the batterie in place this stuff is awesome.
http://i62.tinypic.com/v7s77c.jpg

To flip the switch all one must do is find a little screw driver or something and remove the pice of armor that goes here and BWOOM your killin feddies.
http://i59.tinypic.com/69ndrm.jpg

I did lose a little range of motion but not much
http://i62.tinypic.com/2ch1fmt.jpg
http://i57.tinypic.com/r8a1a8.jpg

The back of the LED has a good bit of light bleeding through from where the brass tube does not sit all the way back but i hope a healthy coat of black paint will fix that
http://i57.tinypic.com/o0rx9w.jpg

Now a pic of the LED with all the armor on and no wires sticking out all over the place.
http://i62.tinypic.com/29xdfk6.jpg

The LED will turn when you move the head but like i said before i screwed up and mounted it too high so if you do turn it the top of the head pops up a bit. Oh well i guess it will just be fixed position until i find those brass tubes.

Bossguy
April 23, 2014, 9:01 PM
Beastly. It totally looks like something out of 08th MS Team, or 0083. If I was a pilot, I definitely wouldn't want to run into that monster.

The black paint should help considerably. Honestly, you can't even tell from the front that light is bleeding through.

Zaku
April 23, 2014, 9:08 PM
Thanks man. I like the "late in the war" look. Once i get a new one i have some ideas for even more mods. And the mono eye will look even meaner.

Dlinker
April 24, 2014, 1:08 AM
Nice, you got it all cleaned up. A little light bleeding through isn't that bad and the head armor hides most of it. Does this mean you can scratch the LED off your to-do list?

thwalker13
April 24, 2014, 7:46 AM
Excellent work man. The LED looks great! And everything is nicely hidden inside the chest, well done man. That mono-eye looks mean as hell.

Zaku
April 24, 2014, 2:19 PM
@Dlinker thanks man. But sadly no. I cant say its done yet. The mono eye does not move properly and i cant live with it fixed position when i have the capability to make it work 100%. Im working a deal with Okeria29 for some brass rods in the size i need for wing zero's buster rifles and a bunch of other things for the three strike gundams. Once i get those rods ill do it right. So for now this is temporary. It drives me mad because its so close to working right. But every time you move the eye the top of the head pops up. Oh well its not bad for now. And its good experience.
@Thwalker13 thanks brother. One of these days ill be able to do this kind of thing flawlessly. And have you ever done a LED? Or considered it?

Zaku
May 4, 2014, 4:22 PM
Alright so i decided to try to modify one of my 90mm rifles. I found a brass pice thats about the same size as the barrel so i drilled out the barrel and installed it. Im probably going to end up painting it silver then black on the end to make it look like a really dirty muzzle. Then i decided to chop out the BCG and replace it with a pice of sheet metal folded over to look like a real bolt carrier group. Then i sanded it in the direction it would slide to make it look like its been used a lot. It still needs some refining on the fitting but all in all its looking pretty good.
http://i58.tinypic.com/2qai68w.jpg
http://i59.tinypic.com/2818pc.jpg
http://i61.tinypic.com/28k7gb9.jpg
http://i57.tinypic.com/rk77kl.jpg

thwalker13
May 5, 2014, 7:34 AM
Some really awesome looking custom work here man. Those metal add-ons will look awesome on that rifle.

Bossguy
May 5, 2014, 9:16 AM
That rifle looks suh-weet. The metal part adds a sense of realism to the entire kit.

Zaku
May 5, 2014, 9:19 AM
Thanks guys. Hopefully i can get every thing to fit together well.

Sazabee
May 5, 2014, 11:22 AM
Great idea on the rifle. Gives me an image of what I can do to the Nu's Rifle ._.

Thank you lol

Zaku
May 5, 2014, 5:09 PM
Great idea on the rifle. Gives me an image of what I can do to the Nu's Rifle ._.

Thank you lol

Oh man that would be sweet if you would put metal parts on Nu's rifle.

Hunter Darkwolf
May 5, 2014, 10:55 PM
nice

jayhat100
May 6, 2014, 9:03 PM
Very cool.

Zaku
May 7, 2014, 1:54 AM
Thanks guys.

Zeta-G
May 8, 2014, 12:47 AM
That looks awesome. The group build's loss is your Custom Gelgoog's gain. ;)

Zaku
May 9, 2014, 9:33 PM
Thanks man. And yea. What little i get to work on it. It seems like when i have the time to work on it i either dont have the supplies or ive run into a snag. And when i have the supplies and i have a game plan i dont have the time.

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Guess who got a box today? Guess who got a box today? Hehehehe
http://i57.tinypic.com/2zqzdht.jpg
I traded Okeria29 a few figures and he gave me all this. I got some Plaplate of a bunch of diffrent thicknesses and some plastic sticks, rods, C channel, tubes and these bad ass little I beams.
http://i62.tinypic.com/2hfpefm.jpg
And some brass tubes. I was going to use them for my mono eye plan but they dont fit. And im not sure what size they are because the numbers on my cheapo calipers are worn off. But i already have another purpose for them. And on top of that i got some hobby files. I needed these so bad but i have nowhere that sells hobby stuff around where i live.(i live in the middle of the woods in the middle of nowhere)
Also he gave me a bottle of steel paint. This is a last second thing i asked if he had any spare. For some reason the stuff i have never dries. This is very much apriciated. And on top of all that he even threw in some nail files. I feel like he gave me more than the figures are worth so i figured id thrown in another figure for him. I remember him saying something about having a Gouf figure that was missing stuff so im throwing in the Gouf as well.

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I forgot the picture of the paint.
http://i58.tinypic.com/2cr858l.jpg

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This is what ive been using for the longest time.
http://i62.tinypic.com/dpb96f.jpg
A pice of sand paper glued to a pice of runner.

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I going at my Gelgoog with these files whild watching Evangelion. Ive died and gone to heaven.

Bossguy
May 9, 2014, 10:33 PM
Awesome. Glad you got more supplies for this Gelgoog project.

Zaku
May 9, 2014, 10:44 PM
Thanks man. Im so excited. Im working up a plan to make some funnels for this suit.

Dlinker
May 10, 2014, 1:29 AM
Huh, a length of sprue to use as a sanding stick. That's pretty ingenious. I might just "borrow" that idea, haha.

Those plastic I beams are interesting. Like the real thing, but plastic.

Zaku
May 11, 2014, 12:51 AM
Thanks man. U gotta work with what u got right.

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Welll.... I ran into a snag with my last project. So i started something else. (I tend to have a lot of projects going at once. That way if i run into a snag or a project does not work out at all. Or i have to wait for glue or paint to dry or i just dont have a game plan. i have something else i can work on when im inspired to work on gunpla.) ive decided to try to make a rifle from scratch for my 1/100 kits. I drew a horrible picture but i made sure it was all to scale. I determined the over all length i wanted the rifle to be then i determined how much length of pull it needed. Then i figured out how far the trigger should be from the back of the grip. And i just kept measuring and measuring. Until i got my proportions down. (My phones auto centering is messing up sill continue writing this as a reply. )

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Now the picture looks more like a AR but i changed my mind and the rifle will more than likly be a bolt action. And will looks more like a Barrett M-RAD.
http://i62.tinypic.com/2ccsehg.jpg

I used on of the tubes Okeria gave me for a barrel. It started off just looking like a straw. But im working on making it look more like a muzzle
http://i58.tinypic.com/2mhx6di.jpg
http://i60.tinypic.com/23wv1c5.jpg

Ill continue this update in a second.

Bossguy
May 11, 2014, 1:10 AM
Sweet, man. A custom rifle too? That's going to look awesome.

Dlinker
May 11, 2014, 1:34 AM
Custom-building weapons is such a joy. Can't wait to see how yours will look when finished.

Zaku
May 11, 2014, 3:40 AM
Thanks guys. The rifle is a bit of an experiment. It might not turn out at all.
I had a scrap pice of one of those pens that was a failed fuel tank. And i repurposed it into a hand guard. Then shaved off a bit so the top of the receiver would fit semi flush against the hand guard. I might end up re doing this part.
http://i61.tinypic.com/2uot63m.jpg

And now the upper receiver. I made from a pice of sheet metal. And just bent it so it would fit around the pen body.
http://i62.tinypic.com/27zzxuh.jpg

And here is how it should fit.
http://i61.tinypic.com/2q99qqa.jpg

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I wish i could cut a straight line with my dremmel. Id make it look like a fluted barrel.

thwalker13
May 11, 2014, 10:03 AM
This is pretty awesome man. I can't wait to see how this comes out.

Zaku
May 11, 2014, 10:14 AM
Thanks man. I hope it turns out at all. And not just more scrap in the scrap bin. Im having trouble making the end of this tube look more like the end of a muzzle. Does any one know how i can add more material to the inside and keep it looking round? Ive tried cuting a straw to fit and it sort of worked but it looks... Wrong. Idk how to describe it. I have one of my real rifles here and it just does not have the same feel to it. The crown wont be hard to make but i dont think thats what wrong.

Dlinker
May 12, 2014, 12:58 AM
Eh, the only thing that comes to mind is using a thin strip of plastic plate and essentially rolling it inside.

Zaku
May 13, 2014, 5:24 AM
I did that. But it ended up coming out. Even when i glued and puttied it. So i opted for a scrap pice of runner. And took one of my tiny tiny drill bite for my dremel and made it work. I think the muzzle break is going to hide most of it anyway. Well if it works out how i plan. I habe another game plan for the muzzle break if this first plan does not work. I do habe bad news though. I might have to start from scratch again on the upper receiver. Im not sure how to explain it. But i didnt mess anything up in the fabrication procces but my "big picture game plan" for the rifle as a whole isnt going to turn out within the expected margin for error if i leave it as is. So im going to bite the bullet and start from scratch all over again. Witch really
Pisses me off but at the same time im ok with it because ill be closer to my expected results. This thing isnt going to be perfect but im going to do as damn good a job as i can a not cut any corners and hope for the best.

PS im glad to see the site is back up. It had me scared for a while their.

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Ok so i think im going to keep going with the 1.0 upper reciver just to work out the kinks in my plan. Here it is witht eh bolt track and ejection port cut out.
http://i61.tinypic.com/2z49uog.jpg

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I changed my mind on continuong with the 1.0. It isnt wort the effort. So i came up with a game plan for the 2.0 rifle and ive already put it into action. A new plan means a new drawing. Here is the 1.0 upper with the 1.0 drawing and the 2.0 drawing is on bottom.
http://i58.tinypic.com/v6isdl.jpg

I got my folding and a bit of cutting done on my 2.0 upper reciver.
http://i58.tinypic.com/ncnp89.jpg

This 2.0 rifle is going to turn out way better than the 1.0 ever could have. And it should look a shit ton better.

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2.0's upper reciver just got moved down some.
http://i59.tinypic.com/v310le.jpg

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This might be why mobile suit's eyes glow.
http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lidar

thwalker13
May 13, 2014, 7:53 AM
Really good progress man, I do have a few questions though. Since you're working with metal, what are you using to cut it with? I'm guessing the dremel. And what are you going to use for paint?

Zaku
May 13, 2014, 8:01 AM
Thanks man. The next update i post is going to be interesting to say the least. And yea. The thin stuff im cutting with a dremel for accuracy and im roughing it out with sheet metal snips. And the thick stuff im using my sawzall to rough out and then the dremel again to shape. And as far as paint i have no clue. I SUCK at painting. Any ideas are welcome. Im more than likely adding raised detail with Plaplate and smoothing the metal out with putty. To get the hammer marks out. After i do some running around and get some more Dremel cut of wheels ill cut out the lower receiver. Then start to shape it.

thwalker13
May 13, 2014, 8:03 AM
Ah ok. That makes sense. As for paint, I honestly haven't the foggiest. Never tried painting metal before. So I really don't know what you could use and what you couldn't. I'm not even sure that model paint will stick to it.

Dlinker
May 13, 2014, 11:21 AM
He might have to use car primer and paint for that, though it's possible that just car primer alone will be enough to ensure paint adhesion.

Are those metal pieces heavy? I'm curious to see if there will be any sag once it's in a kit's hands.

thwalker13
May 13, 2014, 11:59 AM
That's actually something I didn't think about, I'm guessing those metal pieces are steel?

Bossguy
May 13, 2014, 1:09 PM
Dude, that's so cool. Tamiya primer works for metal, and the gray is by far the most forgiving primer out there. I recommend buying some Zeon 1/100 HD hands and making the trigger and handle around that, and then glue it in place. That way the hand won't drop it. Unfortunately, you might still have the problem with the wrist sagging.

Zaku
May 13, 2014, 4:46 PM
Thats a good idea. Ill go for the car primer first. Just because its easier to get my hands on. And this rifle is going to be a two handed every time kind of rifle. And i have bad news. Im gonna have to re make the upper again. But the lower is coming along. I screwed up a very important hole i had to drill one the lower but i think i can save it. If not i have to re do both which would make me really really really really really really mad. I almost threw my drill a few minutes ago. The i remembered how much it cost and i calmed down lol.

Baufrin
May 15, 2014, 7:41 AM
something I know about... When in doubt test it. Acrylic primers should work on metal. I can attest to it working on white metal, Iron and lead. For lacquer paints if you think about it that should also work think cars. Enamel I think those have been used on diecast products, but I am not surer when in doubt test. If the metal is pre pained you may want to remove that and get it to bare to prime it first.

Zaku
May 15, 2014, 9:24 AM
Sage advice. Thanks man. Im going to go to home depot and get some krylon rust inhibiter/primer that stuff is great. Im not sure what kind of paint it is though.

Baufrin
May 15, 2014, 10:20 AM
LOL I wouldn't call it sage just. I have just messed up that much. with rust you got to think of it like cancer you got to clean out all of it. You might not really need rust inhibitor. Most case if you can completely prime the entire metal piece the coating is good enough. I would take the scraps you have and test for reactions paint wise.

Zaku
May 18, 2014, 6:01 PM
Ill do just that. Thanks man. And does anyone know. About painting and humidity. Its been raining A LOT here and i really would like to get some Gelgoog armor painted. I got mad at the rifle im building so i wanted to work on something and thats about all i can do at the moment because all my other projects are in limbo for one reason or another. Can i like somehow paint with all this humidity?

Bossguy
May 18, 2014, 6:05 PM
I would google the weather in the area you're at. Look for a day with humidity lower than sixty percent and plan around that day, otherwise you run the risk of orange peel and other nasty stuff.

Zaku
May 18, 2014, 10:01 PM
I hate Georgia. I just looked it up and it says its not going to be below sixty percent until friday. Nothing but more rain in my future until then. It looks like no painting for me for a while. I guess i have no choice but to work on that infuriating rifle again.

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Have you ever had one of those days where you just absolutely FUDGE up EVERYTHING you touch? Its like one day you are the very definition of grace, motherfuggin PERFECTION PERSONIFIED. And the next day you're absolute shit. Well today i hate myself for even trying. Im so inexplicably pissed at myself for not seeing today was not my day and just walking away. IN A ROW i just broke my MG Gelgoog, PG Zaku, MG action base connector for my Gelgoog and my rifle i was working on. Just now. Just a second ago. I fu˘&ing hate myself right now.

Bossguy
May 18, 2014, 10:05 PM
Ouch. Man, I feel really bad for you. Was the Gelgoog you broke your custom one? And the PG Zaku also broke?

Zaku
May 18, 2014, 10:16 PM
Yep. I F'ed up drilling a hole on the rifle. Then the action base broke. Then i tried to work on the LED AND FU˘&ED THAT UP TOO. Ill take some pics after i calm down. Damn im pissed.

Dlinker
May 19, 2014, 12:59 AM
Sorry to hear about those mishaps, man. Maybe it's time to take a break for a bit, haha.

Zaku
May 19, 2014, 10:56 AM
Yes. I need to just walk away for a bit.

thwalker13
May 19, 2014, 12:07 PM
I agree with Dlinker, some time away from the projects will do you some good.

And yes, I have those days.

Zaku
May 19, 2014, 3:19 PM
I dont really want to stop. I know that does not make sense but when i get mad i want to keep at it. Even though i just keep tearing things up and get even madder. I think i wont touch the models for a while but ill keep working on the rifle. I have plenty of spare material i can get mad and rage quit as much as i want. Lol

Zeta-G
May 19, 2014, 3:28 PM
I dont really want to stop. I know that does not make sense but when i get mad i want to keep at it. Even though i just keep tearing things up and get even madder. I think i wont touch the models for a while but ill keep working on the rifle. I have plenty of spare material i can get mad and rage quit as much as i want. Lol
I know this feeling well. Sounds like you have the right idea about how to get through it though. Still I'm sorry to hear about your model kits. Hopefully you'll be able to fix them eventually.

Zaku
May 21, 2014, 1:05 AM
Thanks man. And the thing that makes me mad is i wasent even being rough with them. I think the PG Zaku was just becauze its old. And the action base connector isnt as big a deal. But the head part from the Gelgoog breaking really pissed me off. And still does. And the part i screwed up on the rifle can be rebuilt. Although it wont be easy. But at least it wasent a part from a Sixty dollar model. After i feed my pet snake. (If you missed it the first time. He is a Ball Python named Zaku) ill post a pic of the broken stuff. And a pic of Zaku eating. Just cause.

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Ok what was broken on the PG Zaku. Was the solder. I dont really want to touch it right now but what it boils down to is all the whole arm is being held on by is four tiny little pegs. And when i was trying to move the arms position i broke two of those pegs. Id actually LOVE. A PG Zaku 2.0. But thats a pipe dream and i know it. On the custom Gelgoog. One of the head parts broke.
This part
http://i59.tinypic.com/2qs05r8.jpg
I was drilling this hole for the brass rod. Witch is supposed to supply power to the LED and while i was drilling the back rim of the hole flaked out. I was really pissed. And still am. If anyone knows a way to fix this id be all ears. That action base part that broke really isnt a big deal at all i was just already pissed because i screwed up drilling that hole. And the rifle part i broke i spent most of today replacing. And now as promised pictures of Zaku Jr eating a mouse.
http://i60.tinypic.com/2cmqf5y.jpg
I figured i wouldn't show pics of him killing it. Or the bloody parts of him eating just in case any of you are real squeamish. But if you ask next time i feed him i can take pics of mouse eyes about to pop out of their sockets. And snake fangs reaping death. Lol.

You gotta slurp the tail down like Ramen noodles.
http://i58.tinypic.com/r79agh.jpg

SLUUUURP
http://i59.tinypic.com/dfel90.jpg

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I dont feed him in his tank. It makes them more aggressive if you do. What i do is i take hime out and handle him for a while then put him in this big plastic bin. Then thrown one mouse in their at a time. He is big enough to eat rats but i wont feed him live rats. And i think I've spoiled him because he wont eat anything dead. It has to be breathing for him to go into hunting mode. Here is his tank
http://i60.tinypic.com/kdkhdu.jpg

thwalker13
May 21, 2014, 7:31 AM
Looks like Zaku Jr has a really nice little habitat. He also looks fairly big, about how long is he now? And do you know how old he is?

And I see what you're talking about with the hole. Could it be possible to use a very small amount of putting and remake the area that chipped out?

Bossguy
May 21, 2014, 10:22 AM
Oh boy, I love snakes. She is a beauty. And sorry, I don't know how to fix that hole. :(

Zaku
May 21, 2014, 12:29 PM
Thanks guys. And he is a little over three foot now. He is growing more girth and less length lately. And he is about four years old. He is a very well behaved snake. And its cool Bossguy Putty wouldn't be strong enough. I think i would have to use epoxy. Im not sure.

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Well i was going to wait till i got the hamd guard and barrel on to post this. Then go into detail about how i built it. But i need some advice. I spent a lot of yesterday rebuilding the upper reciver. And now that i got it mounted. My plan for mounting the hamd guard amd barrel arent working. But let me go ahead and show off what i did get done so it feels like i didnt fail. Lol.
Ok here is what were working with. I built the upper out of sheet metal. Not sure what type of steel. But just some sheets they had ad home depot. It doesent look hard becuse it isnt but its a lot of math and planning. Like a LOT OF MATH AND PLANNING. those supplies Okeria29 gave me sure came in hany. And for the lower reciver i built that out of.... Get this a lawnmower blade. It was a lot of planning as well but not as much math. Next is the bolt and bullet. The bolt is just a pice of plastic tubing with a pin in the back for the bolt handle. And the bullet is a pice of brass rod i put on the end of my dremel turning my dremel into a tiny lathe. Lol. Then after i formed the sholder and neck of the round i stuck a pice of solid core wire in their and rounded it off into a projectile. Im quite proud of it. Now im going to continue this update in a reply because my auto centering is messing up on my phone.

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Ok picture time. Here is the round attached to the bolt. I just glued it to the bolt face. Because i saw no reason to make a rim and a primer. When its just going to be hidden in the bolt face anyway. Lets do these pics in order of field strip reassembly. Just cause we can. Lol
http://i59.tinypic.com/25ztond.jpg

Next we take out the rear take down pin. And crack open the rifle like a AR-15. And take of the bolt handle. Next we instal the bolt and while in the rifle reinstall the bolt handle. It sounds complicated but it isnt.
http://i60.tinypic.com/2j4ecxw.jpg

Now we simply close the receiver and reinstall the take down pin. And next we do a function check. Firmly grab the bolt handle and lift up.
http://i60.tinypic.com/219s8r8.jpg

Now simply slide the bolt to the rear and make sure you forgot to unload it. Screw safety. MUAHAHAHAH
http://i60.tinypic.com/2hx0gg.jpg

You have now field stripped the M-80 MKIII.

Dlinker
May 21, 2014, 1:31 PM
Wow, that's looking awfully nice. Doesn't even look like you need to clean up the edges much either.

Zaku
May 21, 2014, 1:51 PM
Thanks man. The lower is going to need a lot of work to make it look right. Especially the trigger well and grip. The mag well is pretty much the way its gonna be. But the stock needs a good bit of cleaning up as well. This thing was a lot of work. And i still habe a lot of work to do. Here is the where the hand guard has to mount. I need ideas as how to mount it. My original plan fell through. And i tried just gluing it down but it just pops back off again just about every time.
http://i60.tinypic.com/24ky2qa.jpg

Now at an angle so you can get a different perspective.
http://i62.tinypic.com/2wcirt0.jpg

Bossguy
May 21, 2014, 3:38 PM
That looks really sharp. The added bullet makes it that much cooler.

Zaku
May 21, 2014, 4:27 PM
Thanks man. I thought turning the dremel into a little lathe was a good idea. Any one have ideas about the hand guard?

thwalker13
May 21, 2014, 4:40 PM
Man that is looking good. A working bolt action is awesome. You could try using your dremel that way. But it might take awhile.

Zaku
May 21, 2014, 5:12 PM
Thanks man. It worked alright to make the bullet. Although it took a couple tries.

Okiera29
May 22, 2014, 11:17 AM
Shouldn't be hard to use the dremel as a lathe. I know I used to do it with plastic rod in mine. Hardest part is controling the speed. If you have one of the older or inexpensive dremels with one speed, you need to purchase a speed control. The ones that come with variable speeds are easier. It takes quite a bit of practice to get it down, but plenty have done it before you.

Zaku
May 23, 2014, 9:03 PM
The one i have has the speed control. It did an alright job on the brass rod. Thats how i made the bullet.

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Does any one know how i can do this LED. i need a game plan.

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I had a good day to day all things considered. I failed my welding test to get this job. I got nurvous. I guess its cause usualy when im alone i can just grind down my weld and check it myself and then re do it if i need to. But they didnt let us do that. I think i failed because i suck at welding up hill. Like verticaly from bottom to top. But a funny thing happend. When the guy stamdimg next to me said he could braise copper the boss just assumed i knew how too just because i was the only one stamdimg beside this guy. And this is a test to get this job. If i fail this one im still jobless. And ive only ever tried to braise once. And i screwed it up horribly and that was two years ago. But i thought "screw it i moght as well learn somthing while i fail. And i get their and im just watching what every one else is doing and coppying them cause i have NO clue what im doing. I didnt even know how to adjust the torch. Lol. Like to make the flame longer or shorter. And im siting here just copying what every one else is doing. (The boss doesent know i dont know what im doing he is just standing off to the side talking to another boss he still thinks i know crap about braising. Lol) so i ask the lady next to me as quietly as i can how do i adjust the torch. And she shows me. So i get started and low and behold the guy who said he could braise burns a hole in the copper. Like all the way through. So i just act like im doing somthing (this is still in the middle of the test) and i just act like im buisy and watch every one else. To see hoe far from the copper they hold the torch and how hot they get it. And how much flux they use. And how much filler metal they put in their. And i sit and watch and once i think i got it i give it a try. And i get a "meh its ok" out of the boss. And im thinking to myself "wow damn im actually a bit proud of myself. That one failed but ive only tried this once and the guy who let me tri didnt teach me crap he just wanted to laugh at me when i burn the copper. And that was two years ago." Then the boss says " im gonna let you try again you almost did a good job" so i go at it again this marks my second try at braising in two years. And guess what? Friggin nice. Not perfect but i got the job. Just out of paying attention and blind luck. Lol. Oh amd some advice from the lady beside me. Lol. So tuesday i got to do all their safty classes. Then im in. If i didnt pass that test id still be jobless so lets see how long i can keep up with this blind luck and learning on the fly when the boss thinks i already know what im doing. Lol

outamyhead
May 23, 2014, 11:28 PM
Congratulations Zaku, I'd sweat cobs as well in that situation, only did a few weeks of welding just oxygen acetylene and mig welding at college.

Zaku
May 23, 2014, 11:39 PM
Thanks man. I really pulled that braising bit out of my but. Just blind luck and watching every one else. Lol im planing on using my GI bill to get my welding certification. But i might change my mind.

Bossguy
May 24, 2014, 12:14 AM
Sorry, I know absolutely nil on anything to do with lights, so I can't help you.

Congratulations on the job. I would have panicked and probably get nothing done, haha.

Zaku
May 24, 2014, 12:52 AM
Its cool. My original plan for the led didnt pan out and ive thought about it and thought about it and researched and researched and ive got no clue now. And its driving me CRAZY. Well ive got one plan but its extreme i was thinking about casting clear parts for it. And mounting the led in the neck. Where it would not move. And therefore the wires would not break. But i know nothing about casting parts. But if i did do that it would work for anything with the Zaku 2.0 style internals. And i could cast more and maybe even sell some. Or more than likely trade for gunpla stuff. And thanks man i was REALLY sweating it. Oh and i have a small Gelgoog Update. I did what Dlinker and Skulblaka-ven suggested and thinned my paint out to about 1-1 and its SOOO MUCH BETTER. i managed to get a few coats on the leg armor part im modifying. I need to straighten up the copper. And for some reason the paint has a white haze to it. But all in all a huge improvement over what it looked like. No more chunks and no more brush marks.
http://i61.tinypic.com/53v8z7.jpg

Bossguy
May 24, 2014, 2:04 PM
Great! The copper adds a nice, subtle effect to the piece. The paintwork looks nice, too.

Zaku
May 24, 2014, 5:12 PM
Thanks man. Any idea why their is that white haze in the paint?

Baufrin
May 24, 2014, 6:52 PM
Thanks man. Any idea why their is that white haze in the paint?
maybe mixing. Separation happens with paint that sits even brush paint. this is a repeat from my wip. the white you are seeing in your paint may be the binder/primer chemicalthat help keep the pigment sticking after the liquid has dried out.

and here are some pics of paint separation no worries paint separation is normal it is why you should shake or stir your paints before use.

http://i571.photobucket.com/albums/ss158/baufrin/Tools/paintseparationed.jpg (http://s571.photobucket.com/user/baufrin/media/Tools/paintseparationed.jpg.html)

http://i571.photobucket.com/albums/ss158/baufrin/Tools/paintseped.jpg (http://s571.photobucket.com/user/baufrin/media/Tools/paintseped.jpg.html)[/QUOTE]

Zaku
May 25, 2014, 12:05 AM
Hmm i shook the bottle a lot but maybe when i mixed the water in i didnt stir it enough? Do you think thats it? It looks good now besides the white haze.

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Is their a way to get rid of the sand paper marks. That even the super fine sand paper leaves. Its like a dis colored look. I tried scratching it with my finger nail and that helped but it still looks very different from the rest of the plastic.

Baufrin
May 25, 2014, 12:31 AM
you could try the polishing wheel for the dremel. Tamiya makes a polishing compound I have seen it used with a dremel and a Q-tip. HLJ bossbuilds has it in a video.

Dlinker
May 25, 2014, 12:39 AM
Yeah, I think a polishing compound may be one of your best options for restoring the original look of a sanded surface.

Glad to see the paint is working with you better now. It's all about the thinning ratio.

Zaku
May 25, 2014, 1:10 AM
HOLY CRAP. that was an amazing idea. I though about it when i sanded it and then i though "power tools and plastic does NOT sound like a good idea" but then you guys said it. And it did a great job.
http://i62.tinypic.com/rlfjp5.jpg

I used this stuff i got for my dvds on my dremel buffer wheel.
http://i59.tinypic.com/2nsyu77.jpg

Baufrin
May 25, 2014, 2:21 PM
that is awesome that is most likely cheaper than the modeling stuff.

Bossguy
May 25, 2014, 3:01 PM
Wow, that looks great.

Zaku
May 25, 2014, 5:29 PM
It does look good. Soo shiny. I did screw up a part though so i have to figure out where to buy a new one. Although i might just buy a whole new wing gundam and do some heavily weathered parts. My gundam models get re posed a LOT and. Gundam wing has a lot of nostalgic value to me so i might just do that. Ill roll in a picture here soon of the part i screwed up. Im re watching my Gundam Wing dvds and i got distracted by the part where Zech is piloting the. Tallgeese at the sanct kingdom or how ever you spell it and he is all like "Ive mastered numerous mobile suits in the past. So whats wrong with me WHAT AM I AFRAID OF!?" Then friggin guns it in the Tallgeese for ssome reason thats one of my favorite parts. And i looked down and i melted the Wing Gundams cockpit hatch.

Zaku
June 7, 2014, 8:27 PM
Ok so it took me a while to take this pic. Ive been working twelve hour shifts 6 AM to 6 PM and work is forty minuets away. So ive had no time for anything i want to do. But its caturday so YAY for that. Here is the cockpit hatch i screwed up. Just a tip dont try to work on gunpla WHILE your watching Gundam. It doesn't work out.
http://i57.tinypic.com/2vs4tmq.jpg
Im working on my Gelgoog at the moment. If i get anything done ill post pics.

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At the moment im working on some potato masher grenades. Do you guys think this looks porportinal? Or are they to big. I used pics of real ones for refrence.
http://i60.tinypic.com/mlqstd.jpg

Bossguy
June 7, 2014, 9:36 PM
I think it looks nice. It's a unique weapon that you don't often see.

Zaku
June 7, 2014, 9:52 PM
Thanks i got the idea from the F2 witch comes with grenades but they are molded onto the rack so you cant use them. Which sucks. So i set out to make these. Im not sure what im going to use to mount them on the hip though.

Dlinker
June 7, 2014, 10:58 PM
That looks to be a good size for a standard grenade. I would use that as the base and make bigger ones for different kinds if you were planning on doing so.

thwalker13
June 8, 2014, 9:24 AM
I agree with Dlinker. You could also put some strips are squares of pla-plate on it to give it a little more rigidity and dimension.

Zaku
June 8, 2014, 10:36 PM
Thanks guys. I dont think id make a bigger one. I might only have enough room on my hip to make a rack for two of this size. Im thinking about making smaller ones. Not sure yet.

Zaku
June 17, 2014, 9:55 PM
That is a pretty ingenious way of doing that man. And it came out looking really good. You're kinda making me want to get a MG Gelgoog.

Did you ever get a Gelgoog?

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Hey guys im in Hobby lobby right now and i need some quick advice. Will enamel paint eat through cellfoam? If you can answer fast it would be very helpful.

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Hey guys im in Hobby lobby right now and i need some quick advice. Will enamel paint eat through cellfoam? If you can answer fast it would be very helpful.

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Well sense no one had any imput i went with Acrylic. Its not the shade i wanted but im confident it wont eat up the foam. So here is a little project ive undertaken. And yes i know ive not goten done any of my other projects in the works but hey this is a hobby after all and their is nothing enjoyable about making yourself finish a project before you start another just because you "should". Know what i mean? If you dont have a plan and you start working on something all you will do is tear it up. So that said here is my new project.
http://i58.tinypic.com/35bh1f6.jpg
Its the moon. Lol well its going to be. Squee's moon stand kind of put the final nail in the coffin on the decision to make a space themed base for my Gelgoog. I had been thinking about trying it for a while. The bottom will be the surface of the moon with a pice of wood or something behind it painted to look like space. Im not sure if im going to go with my original plan to use the action base for the display or make something custom. But hey i might screw this up completly and just trash this ideal all toghether untill i get better at painting. But hey if i screw it up it wont be much wasted. Im to tired tonight but maybe tomorrow ill start fiddling with it.

Dlinker
June 18, 2014, 1:34 AM
So the cellfoam will be the lunar terrain? Got plans to make it all pocked with craters?

Gouf pilot
June 18, 2014, 2:08 AM
That is cool that your making a moon diorama.I always wanted to make one but never knew how I guess I will learn now.

thwalker13
June 18, 2014, 7:37 AM
Very cool project man. Can't wait to see how it turns out. And no, I haven't gotten a MG Gelgoog as of yet.

Zaku
June 19, 2014, 9:21 PM
So the cellfoam will be the lunar terrain? Got plans to make it all pocked with craters?

Hopefully it will be. And i have a plan but if it does not work out ill just be winging it lol.

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That is cool that your making a moon diorama.I always wanted to make one but never knew how I guess I will learn now.
I honesty have no clue what im doing. Lol

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Very cool project man. Can't wait to see how it turns out. And no, I haven't gotten a MG Gelgoog as of yet.

Thanks man. Its just an attempt but we will see how it turns out. And id recommend it its a good kit all in all.

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Does anyone have ideas on how to make a very strong stand for gunpla? I thought about just going to the hardware store and finding square tubing that fits the action base connectors then welding that to a thick pice of sheet metal. Then painting it black and doing the moon surface on top of that. It sounds like it would work great but id just like to know what you guys think of this plan.

thwalker13
June 20, 2014, 7:47 AM
there was a guy on here that made custom display bases from wood and a brass rod. But for the life of me I can't remember his user name. He used to be a really active member, and did amazing paint work as well.

Dlinker
June 20, 2014, 10:43 AM
^ I think you're referring to Jfl0. He's the only member I know of that made bases out of brass rods and wood, haha.

thwalker13
June 20, 2014, 10:48 AM
YES! Jfl0!

Zaku
June 20, 2014, 7:20 PM
Ill ask him about it. Thanks guys.

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So i had a little accident at work today. I was braising a some pipe to a tank and its in a really hard to reach area. So i get abou half way done and i decide i need more flux because the solder is running. So i go to pull my arms out of the tight spot. And i have my torch and braising rod in my hands and i hit my elbow on an pice of frame and it causes me to jerk my arm. When i do i accidentally touched the lit torch to my left arm. The tip of the torch hits my arm and the flame runs down my wrist and hand. It only burned my hand for half a heart beat but long enough for me to get told i need to go to the hospital right now and i the doctor told me i have a third degree burn at the least. Here is a picture just cause. Lol
http://i60.tinypic.com/119s4k3.jpg

The red part hurts like a bitch but the white part is completely numb. And the brown part is where the torch tip touched. Its quite painful and the skin is very tight. However im going to try to get some work done on my gunpla anyways because ive been thinking about it all week.

V0LTES-V01
June 20, 2014, 9:32 PM
:| Ummm Zaku... I think you forgot to wear your welding gloves?? LOL... But damn man, hope you have a speedy recovery.

Zaku
June 20, 2014, 9:40 PM
Lol i cant work and wear them. I NEED my dexterity. To feel what im doing. I know thats a bit of a lame excuse but i like doing quality work. And thanks man. I will not let this get in the way of gunpla.

Dlinker
June 21, 2014, 1:29 AM
Serious ouch there, man. However, it is a good thing to see it didn't dampen your spirits much. Are you going to get area all bandaged up or leaving it as is? I cringed when I read that the white part on your arm is numb; Hopefully there isn't any major lasting damage there.

thwalker13
June 21, 2014, 11:17 AM
That is a serious burn there man. I can't imagine how much it's hurting right now. But glad to see that you're in good spirits about it. Hopefully it'll heal up without any lasting damage.

Zaku
June 21, 2014, 8:31 PM
Thanks guys. And at Dlinker my supervisor told me i had to go to the doctor right then and they washed it off made me put a ice pack on it and wraped it up with some burn cream. She said the white stuff is dead and will fall off and the red underneath will be really really painful. She said keeping ice on it will dread out the heat and make the blistering not as bad. And wrotee prescriptions for some of the burn cream and antibiotics. Oh and a tetnis shot. Bit im not sure why the shot. I thought that was for if you get cut by a pice of rusty metal. She said if i dont keep it cold the heat will screw up my tendons. And i really hope their isnt any permanent damage. And Thwalker it only hurts when i take the bandages off. The center is still completly numb. I cant feel anything their. But the red part around it hurts a lot.

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The doc said keep ice on it. But i think Zaku Jr should count as ice lol.
http://i60.tinypic.com/2d2hand.jpg

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And yes my hand is bandaged. I wouldent put Jr on an open wound lol.

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I just unrapped my arm because i went to rite-aid and got some wraps. And here is what it looks like.
http://i61.tinypic.com/25a2e0z.jpg
The center is still numb. I cant even tell when i touch it. And the bottom is bleeding a good bit. Fml.

thwalker13
June 21, 2014, 10:45 PM
When I saw that picture my exact words were "Hoh my god!" That is some serious sh!t man. That blister near the back of your wrist looks bad man. I hope that the cream and stuff helps. Cause looks horribly painful.

Zaku
June 22, 2014, 12:41 AM
Yea it certainly does not feel good. The torch only touched my hand for a instant but it was turned up quite high.the doc said if i keep it cool i might be able to avoid all of the skin dying and meat and tendon being exposed. I really really hope that does not happen. And thanks man. The special cream the doc prescribed was not covered under workmans comp. so i have to get it through the insurance agency. Witch will take a few days. Although i need it now so ive just been using Neosporin.

Setsunason54
June 22, 2014, 1:22 AM
Holy guac! That looks absolutely painful. Man hoping for a quick recovery and dude. Keep it cool.

Baufrin
June 22, 2014, 8:19 AM
your doc has valid concerns about you loosing the skin and meat you basically cooked that area so think of it like leaving a cooked steak out for days.

Dlinker
June 22, 2014, 12:17 PM
At least you'll have a good scar to show off once that heals, haha. It looks even more painful now, though.

Zaku
June 22, 2014, 10:07 PM
@ Baufrin. Man i really hope the skin does not fall off. The ice should keep that from hapening. I hope.
@Dlinker. Thanks man. Chicks dig scars. Lol

Baufrin
June 23, 2014, 2:04 PM
@Zaku depends on where the scar is.

Zaku
June 23, 2014, 4:25 PM
Hahah very true. Some places of your anatomy should be scarless. And if they arent your going to have a hard time explaining that one to her. Lol

V0LTES-V01
June 23, 2014, 7:35 PM
Lol i cant work and wear them. I NEED my dexterity. To feel what im doing. I know thats a bit of a lame excuse but i like doing quality work. And thanks man. I will not let this get in the way of gunpla.
http://timewantsaskeleton.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/wolverine_facepalm.gif

...LOL! Bro, I think you need your arm more than you need your dexterity. Consider yourself lucky it wasn't a Plasma Cutter you had in your hand at that moment. But hey, at least you're in good spirit and handling it like a boss. You even got a python tending to your injury, that's super badass.

Zaku
June 25, 2014, 10:30 PM
I have disappointed wolverine. Aww. And yea very true. But i just feels so clumsy in those gloves. I think im more dangerous with the gloves than without. I was certanly taking my time at work today for the sake of safty. And thanks man. Oh and Jr is the medic in my fire team. Just dont let him operate on mice. Lol

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Im pretty sure i posted this before but it went missing with the data loss. So here it is again. Its still stuck in
My head. Lol
http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=y0gRAvY2FPM&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3Dy0gRAvY2FPM

Setsunason54
June 25, 2014, 10:39 PM
How's the arm treating you? Your python still tending to it?

Zaku
June 25, 2014, 10:47 PM
Not bad. It hurts like hell still but all in all not bad. And Jr is a very helpful little guy. He makes an excellent ice pack. Or tourniquet lol. Thanks for asking man.

Setsunason54
June 26, 2014, 12:59 AM
Well that's good. Glad you're getting better.

Dlinker
June 26, 2014, 1:05 AM
Is it affecting the use of the hand at all or no?

Zaku
June 26, 2014, 5:30 AM
Well that's good. Glad you're getting better.

Thanks man.

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Yea. Every time i bend my wrist it hurts. And every time i put my arm down by my side it really hurts. And i cant bend my wrist very far. This sucks.

jayhat100
June 26, 2014, 7:44 PM
Ill ask him about it. Thanks guys.

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So i had a little accident at work today. I was braising a some pipe to a tank and its in a really hard to reach area. So i get abou half way done and i decide i need more flux because the solder is running. So i go to pull my arms out of the tight spot. And i have my torch and braising rod in my hands and i hit my elbow on an pice of frame and it causes me to jerk my arm. When i do i accidentally touched the lit torch to my left arm. The tip of the torch hits my arm and the flame runs down my wrist and hand. It only burned my hand for half a heart beat but long enough for me to get told i need to go to the hospital right now and i the doctor told me i have a third degree burn at the least. Here is a picture just cause. Lol
http://i60.tinypic.com/119s4k3.jpg

The red part hurts like a bitch but the white part is completely numb. And the brown part is where the torch tip touched. Its quite painful and the skin is very tight. However im going to try to get some work done on my gunpla anyways because ive been thinking about it all week.
I can feel your pain I'm a plumber and this is a common acurance for me.

Zaku
June 28, 2014, 9:30 PM
Your arms mist be covered in scars. Lol. And do you do TIG welding?

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Ok so ive been talking to Squee about the Gelgoogs LED and ive tried to contact the guy who did that Zaku mod. I could not get ahold of the guy but talking to Squee about it helped me come up with a plan. And im just now having time to put that plan in effect. I was having problems figureing out how the actuall eye should be wired. The chalenging part is the eye not only rotates but moves in a semi circle and it needs to be provided power without the wire bending back and forth. I came up with this plan. Witch i think is clever. Lol
First i dug a trench out of the bottom pice with the gears. So i could fit thos copper semi circle i cut into it. This will be a conductive track for the eye. Then i drilled a hole and soldered a wire to the copper track.then after it cooled i glued the track in so its nice amd even and just sticks up a little bit. And after that i followed the original plan as closly as i could. (This is the first LED ive ever attempted so cut me some slack. Lol) and sorry if that made no sense im a bit scatter brained today
http://i59.tinypic.com/2133r52.jpg
http://i58.tinypic.com/2im8jrl.jpg
http://i58.tinypic.com/2vwy0ht.jpg
http://i57.tinypic.com/2gsri34.jpg

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Its still way to bright so onece i learn some stuff about resistors im going to try to dim it down a bit.

jayhat100
June 28, 2014, 10:02 PM
That is pretty cool. can't wait to see more.

Setsunason54
June 28, 2014, 10:11 PM
That is sick! Since it's on a Zaku it's even better.

Zaku
June 28, 2014, 10:30 PM
Thanks guys. And its a Gelgoog. Although i more than likely will do this to one of my Zakus as well. If you want to you can read from page one to get caught up on what im doing to it. Its not that much to read.

Dlinker
June 28, 2014, 11:40 PM
Very nice solution to that dilemma. You should post up a vid of that eye moving as it's lit up, haha.

Zaku
June 29, 2014, 11:28 PM
Thanks man. And i might just do that when i get a resistor installed. At the moment its too bright. And i might have to redo the base plate because one of the gear teeth got melted by my glue. Lol

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I think im going to steal the base plate from my Gouf. I wont be working on it untill i get a airbrush and i want to buy another Zaku for parts anyway so its fine. Also whats a really good airbrush that wont break the bank? I know i want one that is gravity fed and has the feature where you can pull back the knob to adjust the paint to air ratio. Bit after that i dont know.

Dlinker
June 29, 2014, 11:51 PM
We always suggest a Badger Patriot 105, which usually costs about $90. Double-action (so you can adjust how much paint goes out based on how far you pull the trigger), gravity-fed, sturdy, easy to clean, and has a lifetime warranty for repairs.

Another one to check out is a Master G44, which is cheaper in both cost and quality, but can still get the job done. I used a couple for two years and they work fine, though they can be finicky. With the Patriot, you usually only have to worry about the nozzle getting potentially clogged, but that's an issue for all ABs.

Zaku
June 30, 2014, 3:57 AM
Bad ass thanks man. Ill look into it.

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Gundamstore finally has the Gelgoog back in stock. I wasted no time ordering it. Lol im still in no hurry to finish this Gelgoog though. It will take as long as it takes. Im just happy to have the parts on the way.

redslash
June 30, 2014, 5:29 AM
Your arms mist be covered in scars. Lol. And do you do TIG welding?

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Ok so ive been talking to Squee about the Gelgoogs LED and ive tried to contact the guy who did that Zaku mod. I could not get ahold of the guy but talking to Squee about it helped me come up with a plan. And im just now having time to put that plan in effect. I was having problems figureing out how the actuall eye should be wired. The chalenging part is the eye not only rotates but moves in a semi circle and it needs to be provided power without the wire bending back and forth. I came up with this plan. Witch i think is clever. Lol
First i dug a trench out of the bottom pice with the gears. So i could fit thos copper semi circle i cut into it. This will be a conductive track for the eye. Then i drilled a hole and soldered a wire to the copper track.then after it cooled i glued the track in so its nice amd even and just sticks up a little bit. And after that i followed the original plan as closly as i could. (This is the first LED ive ever attempted so cut me some slack. Lol) and sorry if that made no sense im a bit scatter brained today





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Its still way to bright so onece i learn some stuff about resistors im going to try to dim it down a bit.

Nice wiring trick! another option for movement wiring is small springs. Handy around elbows/knees

Zaku
June 30, 2014, 8:00 PM
Thanks man. And wow thats a awesome idea. Ill have to try it out.

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Ive been playing with the brightness of the LED. and i think it looks good when its glowing like this. You can see the brass ring.
http://i59.tinypic.com/o5ylq8.jpg

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I bough Gundam Unicorn dvd one and two. And this si the first time ive seen it. And damn i like what i see. And i gotta say if theyade a 1/100 Kashtriya id buy the hell outta one. I have to get the rest i bought them a right stuff and they were 17 bucks not bad. Also i hope we get a MG of the Zee Zulu. I really like it.

Dlinker
June 30, 2014, 8:43 PM
I like that level of brightness too, gives it a more realistic eye. I mean, that eye won't be flaring up all the time anyway, haha.

Zaku
June 30, 2014, 9:58 PM
Im a big fan of realism. And what do you mean it womt be flashing much?

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[BWOOM!]
http://i59.tinypic.com/359yfwk.jpg

Dlinker
July 1, 2014, 1:32 AM
As in it won't be at full brightness all the time, to the point where it's practically a spotlight, haha. Maybe if it's a leader Gelgoog, fine, but a regular one with camo? It will be a good way to paint a target on itself.

Zaku
July 1, 2014, 1:44 AM
Exactly my thoughts. And even in the second picture its dimmed down a little. I have no clue what kind of resistor i need so im just going to see if i can find one of those variety packs and just play around with it some more. Ive already learned a LOT working on this Gelgoog.

thwalker13
July 1, 2014, 7:43 AM
The mono-eye is looking great man. As is the Gelgoog itself.

Setsunason54
July 1, 2014, 8:07 AM
Whoa that's a nice update to the eye man. I think you got it down to the right brightness. Looks great man!

Zaku
July 2, 2014, 6:34 PM
Thanks guys. Ill have to tale better pics sometime so you guys can see exactly what i did. Also yesterday i got a pack of random resistors. Their was more than one pack so i just guessed lol the internet was not working on my phone in the store. But this whole LED project has been a shot in the dark anyway i never really expected it to come through to this level. Lol
http://i60.tinypic.com/24y61xv.jpg
http://i57.tinypic.com/2vuj1hh.jpg

And i got the supllies to put this moon base idea into motion. Now this is also a shot in the dark but i feel pretty confident that it will work out how i planned.
http://i61.tinypic.com/2gx1r35.jpg
Unfortunately the brass quare tube does not fit perfectly but i think it fits well enough for my first attempt at making a base. If i have to i can glue it in. So in total for supplies ive got some plaster of paris a wood board some cellfoambrass tubing and paint. Im more than likely going to start on this here soon.

Squee
July 2, 2014, 7:22 PM
Use the 1k resistor.

Zaku
July 2, 2014, 7:43 PM
Will do. Thanks man.

Squee
July 2, 2014, 7:54 PM
What are you using for a power source again? If it's anything above 3 volts, you should have at a minimum 220 ohms on the led, so play around with numbers between that and 1000(1k) to get the brightness you want.

Zaku
July 3, 2014, 9:31 PM
Here is what it looks like with the 1k.
http://i62.tinypic.com/2qxmiyu.jpg
Nice call Squee. Its perfect.

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And the power supply is a 3v watch batterie. And the LED is also 3v

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Base update time! Ok so i took the quare tubing figured out how long i want it to be cut it then cut the corners like so.
http://i58.tinypic.com/2h3apsx.jpg
Next i cut my board so its 1' by 1'. And used my dremel to cut a hole for the square tube. Shoved the tube through it and hammered down the little flaps i made.
http://i59.tinypic.com/2uq0qj7.jpg
Now ive gotta screw and glue it so its super strong. Then i can start on foam work. Here is a over all pic just cause.
http://i57.tinypic.com/2w7gxnt.jpg

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Anyone have experience working with plaster of paris?

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Foam crazyness. I know it looks bad but the foam is just their to give it a general shape. The plaster of paris will give it texture. The astroid crater in the center is about to get filled back in. Its getting their.
http://i60.tinypic.com/5mtua.jpg

Setsunason54
July 4, 2014, 6:43 AM
Oh man your Gelgoog looks sick! And I can't wait to see you finish this up.

Zaku
July 5, 2014, 1:06 AM
Thanks man. I ordered one from gundam store and more. It should he here soon. And the base should be ready for plaster today. I hope.

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I got the edges of the meteor craters glued on. In a hour ill call it dry. Im going to do a test pice with the plaster just to get a feel for how it goes on.

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Well shit. I just learned that plaster of paris gets hot while it cures. So putting it on foam does not sound like a good idea. Does anyone have any ideas? If not its back to the drawing board.

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Ok so i took another look at Ommeh's Wip and i noticed he covered all the foam with masking tape. So i figured id do that with mine as well. And i gotta say it really helps bring it toghether. I still dont know what im going to do about the plaster. But so far so good. I even taped on more details to give it more character and make it look more... Moony.
http://i58.tinypic.com/ofx5hd.jpg

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Testing out the base to make sure its nice and sturdy.
http://i61.tinypic.com/w0htvp.jpg
Its SOLID.

Dlinker
July 5, 2014, 1:52 AM
Looking nice so far, especially that brass rod. It's supporting that kit effortlessly.

Zaku
July 6, 2014, 12:30 AM
Thanks man. And it really is quite strong. It will hold the Gelgoog no problem. I never would have guessed Ace hardware had brass rods and stuff. Also any ideas on the plaster problem?

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Ok so i did a test pice just to see if the plaster of paris would melt the foam. I did it with tape on top and a section where there was no tape. Its almost dry now and there seems to be no melting. It isnt even warm ill give it another hour and if its fine i think ill go ahead and do some on the base. Here is a pic of the test pice.
http://i59.tinypic.com/axybue.jpg

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Ok so good news the test pice dried and didnt melt the foam. It looks and im very happy with it. So tomorrow i can put plaster on the base itself and start painting then final touch ups.

Dlinker
July 6, 2014, 1:38 AM
If that test piece is any indication, your surface will look positively moon-like.

Zaku
July 6, 2014, 1:46 AM
Haha thanks brother. I dont want to count my chickens before they hatch but this is looking like its going to turn out really well. Im really excited.

Squee
July 6, 2014, 4:04 AM
Looking good man. Yea PofP dries warm as it hardens but its nowhere near enough to melt foam. It cools pretty fast. Did those pictures you made me take help at all?