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October 2014 GE Member Spotlight WarMachine395

Posted by Posted Imageautobot75 (Spotlight Manager) at Oct 17 2014, 12:06 PM. 0 comments

Gundam Eclipse Member Spotlight: WarMachine395
Interviewer: Autobot (September 2014)

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Introduction
1) How did you come up with your tag (WarMachine395)?

Well, WarMachine has always been one of my favourite comic book characters. So I had figured to use that as my tag, but there had evidently been 394 of those before me.

2)Real name/occupation/race/residence?

My name is Sean, I'm a 22 year old Canadian of English descent. Right now I'm a mechanical engineering student and I have worked as a lifeguard and swim instructor for many years now as well.

3) What/who introduced/inspired you to start Gunpla (or plastic models in general)? Any influential modelers that you really look up to?

I guess that I'm part of the age group that watched SEED as a late night cartoon. Anyway I got older and in a fit of nostalgia I went to go watch another Gundam series, Zeta in this case. In the process of hunting for episodes to watch I happened upon a few Gundam models as well.
VersusZ and Vegeta8259 (Henry) were very influential to me early on, they were the ones that linked me to this forum. Since then I have of course seen so many more inspiring works and modellers right here at GE.


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4) Any other interest/hobbies besides Gunpla?

I do a bit of golfing during the summer. I try to go for a swim on a regular basis. I fence a bit with a sabre. I always enjoy a good racing video game, I've played all of the Gran Turismo games though I've only ever completed the first three of them and right now I'm playing a bit of Grand Theft Auto 5.

5) What's your favorite animation/robot design/videogame?

My favourite anime has got to be Zeta Gundam, it is the one that got me into the franchise again after all. As robot designs go I've always been partial to GMs and their variants but my two favourite designs come down to the Kaempfer and the Guncannon Detector.

6) How do you feel about the direction the hobby is heading? What do you like to see?

As a mechanical engineer I absolutely love where technology is going right now, the technology that Bandai is developing is truly state of the art as far as injection molding is concerned.
I really enjoy where 3D printing has branched off into more personalized format where anyone can own and operate a 3D printer and make anything they could imagine, I think it really opens up a lot of opportunities for modelers.


7) How long have you been building Gunpla/when did you start?

Since late 2009, a little earlier than when I joined the forum here in September 2010.

8) Would you like to introduce more people getting into this hobby? the forum?

For sure I think it’s a great hobby for people to get into, newer hobbyists and older ones as well. We always welcome new members to GE; we love to see the new works and ideas that they bring with them.

9) Do you like and enjoy entering a contest/competition? What do you like the most about it?

I love entering competitions, I don't really care all that much whether I win or lose but I do enjoy seeing how my work stands up against the work of others that and it tends to provide me with a bit of extra motivation to get whatever I'm working on done and to improve as a modeller.

10) Any of your hobby skills that you obtain were applicable to yourself in real life/work?

Band-Aid application. But in all seriousness patience has come into play on a very regular basis and a certain attention to detail comes in handy as well. I find that when I’m working on a CAD model sometimes the way I’ve gone about building model kits will lend perspective.

11) Most memorable build?

My modified MG Nu Gundam that I built for the “5GB” certainly stands out for me as something where I really pushed what I could do for physical alterations to a kit. My very first painted kit was a yellow MG Kaempfer, I'm quite attached to that one.

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12) Was there a build that you think you messed up and wanted to throw it away? What did you end up doing?

No, I can’t say that there has ever been anything so bad that I really wanted to throw it away; there have been kits that I have broken down for kit bash material. That said there have been occasions where I have gotten exceedingly frustrated with a kit just because I’ve lost a part or two.

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13) How did you stumble on the GE?

I first noticed GE thanks to VersusZ and Vegeta8259 who had been actively pushing GE around that time 4 years ago or so.

Current Build Experience
14) What are you currently building?

I’ve just re-started working on a MG Marasai that I snapped earlier in the year. I’ve already added an aftermarket hand set and Kotobukiya Strong Rifle. I’d like to work out a few more things maybe I’ll do something with the Ballute system that I borrowed that from my MG Hyaku-Shiki.

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15) How do you like the build so far and why did you make any modifications (if any)? Influences, etc? Tried something new compared to previous builds?

I’m going to try to remove a few seam lines from the frame, I found that the exterior doesn’t have a whole lot of visible seams so that will be pretty simple. I’m sure there is plenty more to do as well but that is all I’ve done so far.

16) Toughest challenge(s) in the build?

In typical fashion the part I have the most difficult or at least the most time consuming for me is the clean-up. Things are never quite as tidy as I want them to be, but eventually you have to move on to the next step.

17) Were there changes that had to be made midway in the build?

I think I’m always changing my mind, it can usually come down to a last second colour change. For MG Marasai I was thinking a whole lot of grey with some metallic red thrown in, I have no idea if I’ll actually stick to that though.

18) Do you recommend what you build/did to others and what level of experience/age group do you think is required to reproduce similar work?

I think that anyone could match the level of my work, it just comes down to reading a few tutorials and make a solid attempt at following the instructions and maybe a little bit of practice would do the trick.

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19) Like your results so far? if you have an opportunity to redo certain parts or steps, what parts/steps do you want to do differently? or leave it the same?

At this point I’m pretty satisfied with how things are going, I mean there’s always something that I could have done better. I know that If I spend too much time on one part I’ll eventually lose motivation to finish the rest of the kit.

20) What kit(s)/project(s) are you planning to build in the near future?

I don’t often plan too far in advance with my hobby or anything really, there are really two or three things that I’m thinking of right now and those are either do something with my old MG Hi-Nu or restart work on my RG Zakus which have been gathering dust for years now, maybe work on modifying a HGUC if I’m feeling a bit poorly motivated.

21) Something new you want to try on your next build? Something new to learn?

Absolutely, I’d like to try my hand at adding texture to the plastic for a sort of cast iron effect or even a diorama. I have zero expertise in constructing dioramas so I think that would be fun to learn how to do.

22) Any kits that you dream of having, even though no manufacturer has made one yet?

I'm pretty much satisfied with things coming along as they will, that said I’d love to see the Guncannon Detector in kit format.

Final Thought
23) If you could offer one piece of advice to someone starting out with the hobby, what would that be?

Enjoy every kit you build and don’t be afraid to make it your own and try new things, because that’s half of the fun.

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You can also visit WarMachine's blog at: http://warmachine395.blogspot.ca and his Youtube Channel at: https://www.youtube.com/user/WarMachine395

Be sure to also check out WarMachine’s finished builds in the showroom: http://gundam-eclipse.net/forum/1678016/!

Many thanks to WarMachine for a very insightful interview, I certainly look forward to seeing his future work and I hope you will, too!!! :castlerock:

Spotlight

Posted by Posted Imageautobot75 (Spotlight Manager) at Oct 6 2014, 12:16 PM. 0 comments

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I'd like to draw your attention to the fantastic MG MG BlueMoon Sinanju which Jamie shared on the forum.

Follow the link below for more pictures:

http://gundam-eclipse.net/topic/5658561/1/#new

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Spotlight

Posted by Posted Imageautobot75 (Spotlight Manager) at Oct 3 2014, 12:13 PM. 0 comments

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I'd like to draw your attention to the fantastic MG Sazabi Ver Ka - Metallic Build which Resident Eric shared on the forum.

Follow the link below for more pictures:

http://gundam-eclipse.net/topic/5662474/1/#new

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Video Game Group Build WIP Spotlight (VG GB): MakiMaki13

Posted by Posted Imageautobot75 (Spotlight Manager) at Sep 24 2014, 11:21 AM. 0 comments

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Work in Progress Spotlight: MakiMaki13

Work in Progress Spotlight hightlights current Video Game Group build projects!

Today, we have MakiMaki13's Mega Charizard X from the Pokemon franchise.

Pokemon was a roleplaying-similation game published by Nintendo. Since inception, multiple versions of Pokemon had been released on various Nintendo game systems, both console and handheld. You can read more information regarding to Pokemon here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pok%C3%A9mon

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Currently, painting had started. For more information regarding the current build, refer here: http://gundam-eclipse.net/topic/5624407/1/#new

For up to date discussions and rules regarding the Video Game Group Build, please click here: http://gundam-eclipse.net/topic/5536577/1/#new

And as always, the more people participate in our group builds, the more fun we will have. The is still a month and a half left, so all you quick builders out there, if you are still interested, there is still time for you to join.

Here are a couple of finished builds:

Kos-Mos: http://gundam-eclipse.net/topic/5622566/1/#new

Ginkei: http://gundam-eclipse.net/topic/5602151/1/#new

AC 2Ball: http://gundam-eclipse.net/topic/5650447/1/#new

It's a great way to take one of your backlogs that you've been wanting to build or take a dive into something different from any V-fins or Monoeyes and test the water!

Just contact one of the staff members to include you and your project in the group build.

I look forward to see more participants and I want to see you there!

So what are you waiting for?


JOIN NOW!

Video Game Group Build WIP Spotlight (VG GB): thwalker13

Posted by Posted Imageautobot75 (Spotlight Manager) at Sep 22 2014, 01:11 PM. 0 comments

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Work in Progress Spotlight: thwalker13

Work in Progress Spotlight hightlights current Video Game Group build projects!

Today, we have thwalker13's Jehuty from the Zone of Enders franchise.

Zone of Enders was a third-person shooter game published by Konami. You can read more information regarding to Zone of Enders here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zone_of_the_Enders_(video_game)

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Currently, painting had started. For more information regarding the current build, refer here: http://gundam-eclipse.net/topic/5620894/1/#new

For up to date discussions and rules regarding the Video Game Group Build, please click here: http://gundam-eclipse.net/topic/5536577/1/#new

And as always, the more people participate in our group builds, the more fun we will have. The is still a month and a half left, so all you quick builders out there, if you are still interested, there is still time for you to join.

Here are a couple of finished builds:

Kos-Mos: http://gundam-eclipse.net/topic/5622566/1/#new

Ginkei: http://gundam-eclipse.net/topic/5602151/1/#new

It's a great way to take one of your backlogs that you've been wanting to build or take a dive into something different from any V-fins or Monoeyes and test the water!

Just contact one of the staff members to include you and your project in the group build.

I look forward to see more participants and I want to see you there!

So what are you waiting for?


JOIN NOW!

September 2014 GE Member Spotlight Derringer

Posted by Posted Imageautobot75 (Spotlight Manager) at Sep 15 2014, 06:34 PM. 0 comments

Gundam Eclipse Member Spotlight: Derringer
Interviewer: Autobot (September 2014)

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Introduction
1) How did you come up with your tag (Derringer)?

This specific handle I got from Resident Evil. It’s a weapon that allows you to one shot kill a shark boss fight in the first game.

2) What/who introduced/inspired you to start Gunpla (or plastic models in general)? Any influential modelers that you really look up to?

Got introduced to it through the Wing boom in 2000. I had been tinkering around with model aircraft prior, but Gundam really got me into building. I learned about techniques lurking on ChildOfMecha, GameraBaenre.com, Fichtenfoo, Hobbyfanatics, and some Singaporean/Malaysian and Fillipino Gundam model sites. I still look up to the individuals who were at ChildofMecha back then and I still frequent those places.

3) How did you get into the gunpla business and work with what you love to earn a living?

I just blindly applied at Bluefin’s booth during Anime Expo in 2010 looking for a temporary job. I didn’t know at the time they were the official U.S. distributor, I just thought they were a big Gundam booth. A college friend of mine at the show with me had suggested I apply, and so I did. I sent in my resume, not really expecting anything and assuming it wouldn’t be looked at. I got hired immediately. I was surprised because I didn’t even get a chance to tell any of my references that I had applied (and I’m constantly being berated for that now). My first full day of work was driving a van of stuff to San Diego Comic-Con. I’ve been involved on and off since then. My main focus within Bluefin right now is actually less GunPla related and more market research for various JP media properties. I’m heavily involved with product planning for the figure divisions of Bandai Tamashii Nations and Bandai Shokugan more than GunPla.

My current duties are split between brand management of the different manufacturers and Bandai divisions we carry and also marketing and promotion of those either on behalf of the manufacturer or in assisting with stores. The largest project right now is getting displays set up in close to 200 Barnes and Noble stores, up from the 20 or so from last year. So these new fixtures should be going up this week.

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Close to 500 Barnes and Noble stores currently carry GunPla on their shelves, with larger expansion to come next year in the number of different products. For stores like Barnes and Noble and others that are not necessarily familiar with the characters, but realize its selling potential we assist them in selecting product to carry given that the Gundam model catalog is close to 2000 different kits which makes it quite difficult for any retailer to carry. We're trying to figure out the logistics for a GunPla workshop type event in Barnes and Noble also. I want to see if we can get some sort of toolset into Barnes and Noble next year. For a larger scale, we are trying to get some sort of very large Gundam statue into the U.S. Not the 1/1 of course, but something comparable for the 35th anniversary of Gunpla.

Those of you attending NYCC 2014 come drop by our booth 1612 for the GunPla Builders World Cup and a sneak peek at the upcoming ??????? kit that will be on display!


4) Any other interest/hobbies besides Gunpla?

I play the piano, haven’t done it for a while though. I don’t like playing for others, just myself. I do watch a lot of anime and read a lot of manga.

5) What's your favorite animation/robot design/videogame?

I like the original Gundam series. I don’t have a favorite design, but I do like a number of them from Gundam X, ZZ, Wing.

6) How do you feel about the direction the hobby is heading? What do you like to see?

GunPla is more accessible than it was ever before and there are new fans being created every day. It’s important we kindle those flames of passion and interest so that they stick around. I’m more interested in seeing some more practical mechanical detail in GunPla such as maintenance hatches and sliding panels.

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7) Would you like to introduce more people getting into this hobby? the forum?

Yes I am always interested introducing new people to GunPla and also teaching techniques.

8) Do you like and enjoy entering a contest/competition? What do you like the most about it?

I do enjoy model contests. When there is a focus on a certain theme or goal or category it makes sure I only do things necessary to meet criteria instead of being open to every idea I can think of for my leisure builds. Unfortunately I’m involved in a lot of the organization, judging, and prize allotments for the official U.S. Gundam model-centric ones and I usually recluse myself from entering. I wish I could try Orangecon, which is local to me and a general model contest, but I always am out of town when it’s happening.

9) Any of your hobby skills that you obtain were applicable to yourself in real life/work?

I guess I’m pretty used to things not happening as they should and just letting things be.

10) Most memorable build?

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The Airmaster/Starscream that’s in my avatar was pretty fun. Used a lot of external things like the computer PSU molex plugs for the shoulder mounted cannons. There’s lots of minor things on it like neck extensions, crudely done decepticon markings, reshaping of the forearms. It’s not my best build, and I’d like to re do it. I have plans for a Thundercracker or Skywarp.

11) Was there a build that you think you messed up and wanted to throw it away? What did you end up doing?

I’ve been working on and off on a MG F91 Harrison ver since 2008 or so. Every time I’ve worked on it, something’s broken or gone missing in the period where I don’t touch it. As of now, I don’t like the way the blue and yellow look on the kit so I have opted to strip it when I get the chance. I’ve also lost some of the rear leg thruster flaps. Still working on I, will get finish it eventually.

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12) How did you stumble on the GE?

I stumbled upon GE looking for more active Gundam model boards. ChildofMecha had disappeared at the time, Fichtenfoo no longer had a large mecha following for existing Japanese IPs, focusing more on scratch-build stuff, Hobby Fanatics had slowed down.

Current Build Experience
14) What are you currently building?

I am currently building some sort of Tallgeese 3 using the MG Tallgeese as a base and also an F91


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13) How do you like the build so far and why did you make any modifications (if any)? Influences, etc? Tried something new compared to previous builds?

It seems pretty simple, but because I want my kit not to get lost in the sea of other Tallgeese 3 using MG Tallgeese that are already out there I have to approach it a bit differently. As opposed to making it 100% accurate to the lineart I want to do some additional things to it whether that be additional details or reshaping of certain portions. I’m actually doing the one chest vent configuration that the Tallgeese 3 is supposed to have, as well as the pop out energy generator on the mega rifle.

14) Toughest challenge(s) in the build?

I’m fairly terrible with faces, I’m trying to get that sort of bird beak look that was seen in one scene of the EW OVA/movie. I think Keita is the only modeler I’ve seen done a tallgeese with that different face.

15) Were there changes that had to be made midway in the build?

I’ve redone the face a total of 8 times already, not having been satisfied with its look and having difficulty recreating its appearance.

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16) Do you recommend what you build/did to others and what level of experience/age group do you think is required to reproduce similar work?

No I don’t recommend it because then my ideas aren’t so original anymore. I don’t think age has anything to do with it. Just whether or not you are dedicated to your goals and willing to keep going.

17) Like your results so far? if you have an opportunity to redo certain parts or steps, what parts/steps do you want to do differently? or leave it the same?

Nope don’t like results because what originally started as a simple conversion has taken far too long. Outside of just slapping on the old HG 1/100 parts onto the MG kit without accounting for their different level of detail and proportions, I don’t see how I could do this without feeling I half-heartedly did it.

18) Something new you want to try on your next build? Something new to learn?

There are some Gundam wing fanart designs based around the Madoka Magika characters I wish to try. Also I do want to try spotted camouflage.


19) Any kits that you dream of having, even though no manufacturer has made one yet?

I would like to build a VF-4 that's not some incredibly obscure hard to get garage kit.

20) Any news on upcoming releases for the rest of 2014?

There's a couple of high profile announcements coming soon near the end of September that's going to make for a real perfect December for fans!

Final Thought
21) If you could offer one piece of advice to someone starting out with the hobby, what would that be?

Just read and look at pictures. Many people have already asked the same questions you have. Many people have already answered the same questions you have. Many people have done the same trial and error for methods. Do some digging on message boards, their use as a repository for questions and answers can help you.

You can also visit Derringer's blog at: http://derringer.blogspot.com/ and twitter at twitter.com/derringerwhale.

Be sure to also check out Derringer’s finished builds in the showroom: http://gundam-eclipse.net/forum/1678016/!

Many thanks to Derringer for a very insightful interview, I certainly look forward to seeing his future work and I hope you will, too!!! :castlerock:

Spotlight

Posted by Posted Imageautobot75 (Spotlight Manager) at Sep 4 2014, 01:04 PM. 0 comments

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I'd like to draw your attention to the fantastic MG Duel Gundam AS - Titanium Build which LotD shared on the forum.

Follow the link below for more pictures:

http://gundam-eclipse.net/topic/5617840/1/#new

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Spotlight

Posted by Posted Imageautobot75 (Spotlight Manager) at Sep 2 2014, 04:15 PM. 0 comments

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I'd like to draw your attention to the fantastic MG RX-78-2 3.0 which eire shared on the forum. He also included a ton of insight on his build and the way he did things. I know I've learned a few things from him and I hope you will, too.

Follow the link below for more pictures:

http://gundam-eclipse.net/topic/5612031/1/#new

and here for his very informative WIP:

http://gundam-eclipse.net/topic/5567791/1/

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Video Game Group Build WIP Spotlight (VG GB): bcchin83

Posted by Posted Imageautobot75 (Spotlight Manager) at Aug 27 2014, 12:28 PM. 0 comments

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Work in Progress Spotlight: bcchin83

Work in Progress Spotlight hightlights current Video Game Group build projects!

Today, we have bcchin83's PokePlamo Mega Lucario from the Pokemon franchise.

Pokemon was a roleplaying-similation game published by Nintendo. Since inception, multiple versions of Pokemon had been released on various Nintendo game systems, both console and handheld. You can read more information regarding to Pokemon here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pok%C3%A9mon

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Currently, it's being snapped together and painting had started. For more information regarding the current build, refer here: http://gundam-eclipse.net/topic/5607217/1/#new

For up to date discussions and rules regarding the Video Game Group Build, please click here: http://gundam-eclipse.net/topic/5536577/2/#new

And as always, the more people participate in our group builds, the more fun we will have.

It's a great way to take one of your backlogs that you've been wanting to build or take a dive into something different from any V-fins or Monoeyes and test the water!

Just contact one of the staff members to include you and your project in the group build.

I look forward to see more participants and I want to see you there!

So what are you waiting for?


JOIN NOW!

Video Game Group Build WIP Spotlight (VG GB): magmatron

Posted by Posted Imageautobot75 (Spotlight Manager) at Aug 22 2014, 06:23 PM. 0 comments

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Work in Progress Spotlight: magmatron

Work in Progress Spotlight hightlights current Video Game Group build projects!

Today, we have magmatron's RVR-87 Specineff from the Cyber Troopers Virtual-On franchise.

Cyber Troopers Virtual-On was a Action/Mech-similation game originated in 1996 in the arcades. It also appeared on the Sega Saturn and Dreamcast (with Twin Stick Controllers) and Sony's Playstation 2 and 3, as well as the xbox 360. You can read more information regarding to Virtual-On here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virtual_On


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Currently, it's being snapped together. For more information regarding the current build, refer here: http://gundam-eclipse.net/topic/5584763/1/#new

For up to date discussions and rules regarding the Video Game Group Build, please click here: http://gundam-eclipse.net/topic/5536577/2/#new

And as always, the more people participate in our group builds, the more fun we will have.

It's a great way to take one of your backlogs that you've been wanting to build or take a dive into something different from any V-fins or Monoeyes and test the water!

Just contact one of the staff members to include you and your project in the group build.

I look forward to see more participants and I want to see you there!

So what are you waiting for?


JOIN NOW!

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