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5 Group Build

Posted by Posted Imagetc012009 (Administrator) at Apr 6 2014, 08:59 AM. 0 comments

GE member spotlight - RyC03

Posted by Posted Imageautobot75 (Moderator) at Feb 27 2014, 01:57 PM. 0 comments

Gundam Eclipse Member Spotlight: RyC03
Interviewer: Autobot (March 2014)

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Introduction
1) How did you come up with your tag (Ryc03)?
The name was actually just my assigned username for the computer during my university years. Over the years I got used to it and started using it everywhere. Beside the fact that it looks vaguely like it's supposed to mean something (where in reality it doesn't) is quite neat.

2) Real name/occupation?
Probably won't mention my real name, but I'm currently working as a production support engineer in a small firm, helping in resolving problems on the production lines.

3) What/who introduced/inspired you to start Gunpla (or plastic models in general)?
My first contact with Gunpla was boxes of built models in my grandparents' place when I was 8. I was born and raised in Hong Kong for most of my childhood. My elder cousin built a few kits (one from the 1/100 Silhouette Formula 91 series, and a few SD) and got bored of them. Subsequently he left them at our grandparents' place and became toys for us to play with when I visited. Like most boys in Hong Kong back in the days, we would walk by toy shops, browse through the toy aisles in department stores, and eventually come across the cheap little candy toys and SD Gundams model kits. At about HK$30 a pop (about US$5), they were the only things within most kid's pocket money budget. So like most little boys, I went for one as well. And the rest is history.

4) Any other interest/hobbies besides Gunpla (TV, movies, sports, reading, etc)?
I'm an anime nut. I would watch most shows, from mecha and shounen anime, down to gags, comedy and even magic girl show. As long as it keep me interested I am fine with it. I do draw the line on the excessive violence though (mainly stem from a premature encounter of that split second of the "head went pop" scene at the beginning of the "Ghost in the Shell" movie in my childhood...).
Oh, and I play a bit of badminton as well.


5) What's your favorite animation/robot design/video game?
Animation: Nausicca and the Valley of the Wind
Robot Design: hmmmm... pretty much most of the Virtuaroid from the Virtual-On series. If I have to pick I think I will choose the Raiden.
Video Game: Panzer Dragoon Saga. That's nostalgia speaking.


6) How long have you been building Gunpla/when did you start?
I started snapping kit together when I was 10 years old. Most of those were SD kits that were quickly put together and stickers roughly slapped on though. I would say I only started building Gunpla properly when I was 12-13 years old, when I built the 1/100 HG Wing Gundam kit and the original MG RX-78-2 Gundam.


One of my first attempt in "damage effect" on the original MG RX-78-2.

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This is my 1/144 Ikaruga
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1/72 Alexander Akito Custom Diorama
http://gundam-eclipse.net/topic/5384159/1/#new
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Current Build Experience
7) What is your most recent project?
I've recently completed the 1/144 HGUC Zudah. The aim was to replicate the marking of unit 4 used by Monique Cadillac from the MS Igloo series.
Another model I am also working on right now a 1/8 scale resin kit of Arika Yumemiya from the manga version of "Mai Otome", with redesigned shoulders and weapons modelled on CAD program by me and fabricated by a 3D printing company.


8) How do you like the build, did you try something new compared to previous builds?
Zudah: The build wass very interesting actually. I have never build a Zeon mobile suit before and I was not expecting as many curve surfaces as this from a Gunpla.
Arika: As for the Arika, It is a hit and miss actually. The CAD model were not as good as I had hoped, and the resulted pieces required quite a lot of modification to get them to fit. the 3D printing material is also porous in nature, so the parts required a lot of primers and surface sanding. Overall though this is a great first venture into 3D printing my own customised parts.


9) Toughest challenge(s) in the build? (mods? paint? cleanup?)
Zudah: I didn't encounter any significant problem, but I did have concerns regarding painting on the thin lines around the legs, torso and arms. Usually this sort of detail are done with decals, however in this case it was done by masking.
Arika: beside the modification, the next toughest challenge will be getting the surface treatment correct to match the original resin parts. If I manage to get that right, then fingers crossed that I can get the airbrush working properly this time and give it a deserving paint job. Shading is still not my forte, and this is especially important on a figure.


10) Were there changes that had to be made midway in the build (change of mind, item availability, time)?
Zudah: I was originally considering on adding LEDs into the head as the monoeye. Adding LED would look nice when lit up in a darken room, but it would be technically challenging due to the tight space, and it's likely remove the model's ability to move the monoeye. At the end I went with a gemstone sticker. Even if it is less impressive, it would retain the monoeye movement, and beside, now the eye would be visible at all time, unlike the LED.

Arika: This project was put on a complete hault due to the HLJ Model contest 2013. With the aforementioned error caused by the CAD model, I was only able to get some of the parts into shape befire I had to put it down.

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Be sure to check out RyC current WIP: http://gundam-eclipse.net/topic/5354150/1/#new

RyC also contributes to youtube via the following channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/ryc03

Many thanks RyC for a very insightful interview, I certainly look forward to seeing his future work :castlerock:




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The "5" Group Build

Posted by Posted Imagetc012009 (Administrator) at Feb 13 2014, 04:13 PM. 0 comments

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The Theme:

To celebrate Gundam Eclipse’s fifth birthday, we will be hosting a special group build, which will run until July 2014.

The theme of this build will simply be “5”, and it is designed to stimulate creativity, be open and inclusive to modelers across all skill sets, and most importantly, it going to be a lot of fun to participate in.

With regards to the theme, we very much want to leave the interpretation down each modeler, but your project must in some way incorporate the number 5.


For Example (and its up to you to come up with your own interpertation):

Your paint scheme could incorporate five different colors/ shades

You could kitbash parts from five different models

The model could have five scratch built weapons

A large no five decal could be added to your entry

Five different colored LEDs could be added to your project


The Prizes:

As a little incentive to take part, and to finish your project on time (and to introduce some friendly competition ;) ), the GE team will be awarding five special prizes at the end of the group build !

The most creative interpretation of the theme will be awarded a 2014 release Master Grade kit. At the time of writing this, it is intended to be the MG Turn X, which is schedule for release in June (but should the release be delayed there will be an option to change to an alternative MG). We will also have a number of RG sets to award in recognition of technical skill and implementation.


The Rules:

The group build will run from today, Friday 14th Feb 2014 until Monday 14th July 2014 (Five months)

Your entry must be a brand new project started after 14th Feb ( all 72hr participants will be allowed to carry their project over into this group build should they wish)

Gundam models only (and no grey kits or KO’s are permitted)

Your project must be painted

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14-2-2014

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Gundam Eclipse 72 HR Group Build

Posted by Posted Imagetc012009 (Administrator) at Feb 9 2014, 09:20 AM. 0 comments

The Gundam Eclipse 72 Hour Group Build

We are about to start our latest speed group build.

The 72 hr Group build is due to start tomorrow and will run until 16th Feb

The Group Build entry criteria is set out below, and we are allowing out of box builders to participate for the first time.

I'd strongly encourage everyone to join in, these group builds are superb fun (Y)



Rules:

GB starts Monday February 10th and ends Sunday February 16th.
Builder chooses three (3) consecutive days in that time frame to build entry.
Kit must not have been started before the start date.
Please provide pictures before, during, and after. One picture of each will suffice.
If the builder is doing an SD and HG, it must be painted. If builder is doing MG/HMM/Etc, must be fully built, panel lined, decals (if wanted), and top coat (if possible)
Please keep before and during pictures in this thread and post final pictures here and in the Showroom!

Member spotlight - GameraBaenre

Posted by Posted Imageautobot75 (Moderator) at Jan 18 2014, 02:49 AM. 0 comments

Gundam Eclipse Member Spotlight: GameraBaenre
Interviewer: Autobot (Jan 2014)

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Introduction
1) How did you come up with your tag (GameraBaenre)?
Back in um.. 1994 or so, I used play a text based online game (MUD - Multi User Dungeon) the kind of game that preceeded the current MMOs today. I was creating a character and needed a name, so looking around my room, I have an SD Gamera bank (I still own) so I named the character Gamera. The second part is also from the game, but also from a set of books by RA Savatore (Dark Elf Trilogy) and Baenre was one of the house names. In my clan on the game, that was the house I ran. So that kinda stuck, and I've used it as an online name ever since.


2) What/who introduced/inspired you to start Gunpla (or plastic models in general)?
Sometime in Jr High, circa 1988-89, I saw my first Gundam series, 0080, and the local Yaohan (Mitsuwa today) had a Pony Toy Hobby shop that carried gunpla. I'd been building models since I was about 10 years old so the new(to me) robot kits that didn't need paint or glue were awesome. Keep in mind these were the original 0080 gunplas, and I thought they were the coolest things. I still hand painted and spray painted them too - wanted different colors than the plastic.


3) Any other interest/hobbies besides Gunpla (TV, movies, sports, reading, etc)?
Scuba, Sking, reading, movies, hiking, driving my WRX really fast, cooking (dreams of becoming a professional chef some day - I have another gunpla buddy from back in the day that is a professional chef at 5 star joints - he barely has time to build), Gundam Battle Operation, Final Fantasy Series, Gundam SD G Generation games, hanging out with family and friends. Yeah, I've got some expensive hobbies.


4) What's your favorite animation/robot design/videogame? Probably FFS but you may have others :P
Fav animation is hard to pin down, but to this day, I would say 0080, story, mecha design, granted I can do less with the whiny little kid, but he's a frigging kid, they're all whiny. Design is pretty much anything by Izabuchi (Saz, Nu, Geara Dogas, Hygog, etc) He's(Izabuchi) signed my Core-Works Sazabi.


5) How long have you been building Gunpla/when did you start?
Oops, answered this in question 2. So since 1988, geez, that's friggin 25 years... *sigh* Maybe I should start learning to sand and paint :P


6) How did you get into the gunpla industry? I think this will help others who may be interested in working for an industry that's also a hobby.
I'm actually not in the industry... back in the day, to keep from answering the same bloody question over and over and over on forums called gundam.com, CoM, and HobbyFanatics, I started my own website with my builds, tutorials on what I did and such. I then started working for Anime Expo as their contest guy for the show. Then started doing live seminars at Anime Expo (been doing that for about 8 years now). And for the past 3 years, have started a local group with our own contest. The local distributor heard about me through various vendors and I got to know him and from there, helped shaped how the live events for the Gunpla World Cup were done in the United States. I just built and tried to teach. Do that long enough and you get recognized, get recognized enough and your opinion magically becomes important. My goal is to get more folks to become better builders - ultieror motive is to have better competition - forcing me to become a stronger builder through tough competitors.


I've chosen some of my favorite work from GameraBaenre extensive modeling portfolio, lot more ate available via the link below:
http://gamerabaenre.com/?page_id=1191

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Current Build Experience
7) What are you currently building, if any?
I just picked up the Ver Ka Sazabi, so I'll prolly build that one soon too. I have a crap ton of kits in various phases of completion that kinda fell away due to real life and lack of motivation. I'll eventually get to those.


8) 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 get influenced everywhere, it's hard not to do something that someone's already done, so I don't really worry about that too much. I do get inspired from works I've seen online here and there, so I usually try to make my own spin on things I see; to personalize it a bit as opposed to a direct copy. But even a direct copy is difficult.


9) Toughest challenge(s) in the build? (mods? paint? cleanup?)
Good question. I think the toughest part is the mistake fixing. It happens, always. You will make a mistake. The tough part is to walk away, vent a little, then return and fix the problem the correct way - strip, fix, repaint, etc. Clean up is just plain tedious, but it's the base from which everything is build upon, so it's damn important. Yeah, the roughest thing is getting a level head, and stop being mad at the kit, yourself, etc and return to your zen, and go back and fix the mistakes.


10) Were there changes that had to be made midway in the build (change of mind, item availability, time)?
Always. Time crunches, you destroy a part and need to rebuild it. You destroy a part and need to recast it. You make a mod and it doesn't fit. It's an organic thing. It's a hobby. Everything can be fixed with glue, plastic, and some putty. Just gotta roll with the changes.


11) 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?
Yes. Just build. You learn with each build. I still learn with each build. The more you build, the better you get. The more you challenge yourself to do something you haven't the more comfortable you are with future kits and doing things you've never done. Just build. There is no age. There are thousands of kids younger than me that build better than I. Its a level of commitment to build. It's what one enjoys. If one likes to snap, then be the best snapper. If one likes to mod, then be the best modder. Never is there an age limit. I started at 10 or so. I've also built with friends since I was little, so having friends in the hobby seriously helps. Bouncing ideas off one another and learning as a group drops that learning curve.


12) 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?
I generally like my results. I currently only redo when I'm still building. Most times, once I mark a kit done, it's done. If I go back. then the kit gets completely stripped and redone from the ground up. The original MG Sazabi. I snap built it and spray painted it when it first came out. Then after learning to airbrush, I ripped it apart, worked on the seams, then airbrushed it. And I added an LED(second or third time adding an led to anything). Then, I ripped it up again, and built it with the core-works conversion. I got it signed by Izabuchi, so I doubt I'll ever rebuild that sucker. But I never know, I can say something is done, but may go back and redo it. Add it to a diorama. Or cut it up and use it as part of another kit or dio.


Gamera is currently working on the MG SAzabi Ver Ka, this work can be seen via the following link:
http://gundam-eclipse.net/topic/5355860/1/#new.


Moving Forward
13) What kit(s)'project(s) are you planning to build in the near future?
Ver Ka Saz. Prolly a figure kit. And possibly a modded Guntank dio that I have in my head and that I've already picked up some of the necessary components to do what I want to do; but that's about all I'll say. I have nothing done yet, and I don't want to spoil the fun of when I actually start getting plastic thrown together.


14) Any new projections/predictions/hope on certain kits that may be coming our way?
I've never been one to hope for specific kits. I have enough in my closet without another cool ass kit coming out and I MUST HAVE! So yeah, I'd love to see an MG Hygogg.


15) Something new you want to try on your next build? Something new to learn?
A city land scape dio, with destroyed buildings, an ocean front landscape with waves crashing onto the shore, a believeable water scape. There is a ton of stuff I've never tried, but I'll get around to them. I go to my local IPMS show and get so much inspiration. Talking with modelers that have actually been building as long as I have been alive.. puts some perspective into where I am with my skills. There's always something to learn!!!! Just gotta keep building!!!!!.



Final Thought
If you could offer one piece of advice to someone starting out with the hobby, what would that be?
Just build. Build what you like. Build with a friend. Just build. Building is the beginning of it all. Once the interest in there, seeking out the hows and whats is easy. Just build!



Be sure to check out Gamerabaenre's fantastic site: http://gamerabaenre.com

Gamerabaenre also contributes to facebook via "Those Gundam Guys": http://www.facebook.com/pages/ThoseGundamGuys/198858890163908

Also check out his youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/gamerabaenre?feature=mhum


Many thanks Gamera for a wonderful interview :castlerock:


FSS - SAV Bang Doll

Posted by Posted Imagetc012009 (Administrator) at Jan 15 2014, 07:46 PM. 0 comments

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Today we are highlighting a model that can simply be described as a masterpiece.

ingenhk has just completed his SAV Bang Doll from the Five Star Stories franchise, and it impresses on every level.

You can check out more images of this wonderful work in ingenhks youtube channel, blog, or on the fourm via the link below:

http://gundam-eclipse.net/topic/5348828/1/#new


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http://ingenhk.blogspot.hk

GE Member Spotlight - ingenhk

Posted by Posted Imageautobot75 (Moderator) at Dec 28 2013, 06:39 PM. 0 comments

Gundam Eclipse Member Spotlight: ingenhk
Interviewer: Autobot (Dec 2013)

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Introduction
1) How did you come up with your tag (ingenhk)?
It was around 1997, I started trolling the internet by the name John Hammond, a character in Jurassic Park, Ingen is the company name. I found out I could regisiter accounts by the tag ingenhk anywhere without it being regisitered by someone else already, I kept using this tag eversince. My email, Xbox, PSN ID etc are all ingenhk. it's quite convenient.


2) What/who introduced/inspired you to start Gunpla (or plastic models in general)?
I never had a chance to watch any Gundam show when I was a kid, the kids in the neibourhood had these plastic robot to play with, I had a few as well, but I didn't know anything about the story and character. Then within a blink I grew up. At one point I bought a MG Zaku out of boredom and nostalgia, I was still a straight builder until I found out people post model on the internet and there are group gatherings, I got serious and wanted to join.

3) Any other interest/hobbies besides Gunpla (TV, movies, sports, reading, etc)?
I play video games. Learning the piano, Jerry Goldsmith was my favourite composer. They all require using fingers, if I had to choose, I would rather lose both of my legs than to give away one of my fingers.

4) What's your favorite animation/robot design/videogame? Probably FFS but you may have others :P
It's Five Star Stories, Heavy Metal L-gaim.

5) How long have you been building Gunpla/when did you start?
I think it was 2005, I started hand painting. 8 years.

This is one of my earliest model that I didn't throw away, Vigna Ghina, hand painted.
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Current Build Experience
6) What are you currently building?
I'm working on a Volks Bang Doll, A-Taul V and A.Shura Temple.

7) 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's going to be one of my proudest build. I modded its standing pose because the default pose looked odd from front view. I tried filling and sharpening most of the edges, ridges, and corners for the first time, something I had over looked in my previous builds.


8) Toughest challenge(s) in the build? (mods? paint? cleanup?)
I think it would be achieving a good semi-gloss finish, on this model full of flat surfaces and ridges. The shape made it difficult to lay down a smooth coat, and it's difficult to sand afterward.

9) Were there changes that had to be made midway in the build (change of mind, item availability, time)?
I tried shading the frame, didn't like it. I decided not to shade it midway in the build.

10) 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'd really recommend people to try doing semi-gloss. In my opinion, Semi-gloss is even more difficult than mirror gloss finishes, flat coat being the easiest. If you could handle semi-gloss flawlessly, you could pretty much handle any surfaces.

11) 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?
The dark grey on the frame is a bit too dark. I could have used a lighter shade of grey. The rest is quite ideal.

ingenhks most recent WIP, which features the 1/144 Heavy Metal Ashura Temple WIP can be seen via the link below:
http://gundam-eclipse.net/topic/5216801/1/#new




Moving Forward
12) What kit(s)'project(s) are you planning to build in the near future?
I'm planning to renovate those 1/144 Heavy Metal L-gaim kits.

13) Something new you want to try on your next build? Something new to learn?
Assuming my next build would be a Heavy Metal, I would like to try adding subtle color varitations to the model, but not exactly like shading or weathing, I do not have a clear idea yet.

Final Thought
14) If you could offer one piece of advice to someone starting out with the hobby, what would that be?
I'd say the only thing that limit your building skill is the eye. If the eye can detect any flaw, you can pretty much eliminate them, unless you choose to ignore those flaws. Be critical to yourself as well as other.

Finally, what better way to complete this spotlight than by highlighting ingenhks superb Knight of Gold from FFS. Aside from earning a coveted "Modeler of the Month" award on Gundam Eclipse, this incredible work was also selected from over 200+ entries in a model gathering event, to be featured on a critical review.

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Many thanks to ingenhk for such an enjoyable and intersting spotlight (Y)

ingenhk's superb modeling work can be see on his brand new blogspot:

http://ingenhk.blogspot.hk/

Happy Holidays!

Posted by Posted Imageenderwiggen (Administrator) at Dec 24 2013, 07:55 PM. 0 comments




Happy Holidays from the Gundam Eclipse Staff! We hope that this time of year finds you in good spirits, and with family and loved ones. Heres to a great year for gunpla, and a great year for Gundam-Eclipse!

Spotlight

Posted by Posted Imagetc012009 (Administrator) at Dec 23 2013, 12:11 PM. 0 comments

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This weeks spotlight shines on booster theorys fantastic treatment of The-O

THAMUZ represents two years of work and is a stunning piece of work

Lots more pictures can be found via the link below:

http://gundam-eclipse.net/topic/5324074/1/#new

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