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Video Game Group Build WIP Spotlight (VG GB)

Posted by Posted Imageautobot75 (Spotlight Manager) at Jul 28 2014, 02:44 PM. 0 comments

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Work in Progress Spotlight

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

Today, we have Autobot75's R-Gray1 from the Raystorm franchise.

Raystorm was a vertical shooter originated in 1996 and released for both the Sony Playstation and the Sega Saturn in 1997. It was also re-released later on the Xbox360. You can read more information regarding to Raystorm here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RayStorm


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Currently, it's snapped and in the LED installation phase. For more information regarding the current build, refer here: http://gundam-eclipse.net/topic/5551135/1/#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!

July 2104 GE Member Spotlight Imateria

Posted by Posted Imageautobot75 (Spotlight Manager) at Jul 19 2014, 10:42 AM. 0 comments

Gundam Eclipse Member Spotlight: Imateria
Interviewer: Autobot (July 2014)

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

The Immateria is a song from Swedish Progressive Metalcore band Burst's fourth album, Origio. It's a good song from a good band (IMO) and I liked the name, so of course I misspelled it when I first started using it!

2) Real name/occupation/race/residence?

I'm Andrew from Birmingham, England, and work for a small company that provides Electrical, Civil and Transport Engineering CPD courses.

3) What/who introduced/inspired you to start Gunpla?

I got into Zoids when I was about 9 when the Zoids 2 line hit the shelves around '94 (robot dinosaurs with big guns!) then watched the anime when that came out around 2000. I re-watched it, again, about 3 years ago and decided to start buying up the Tomy Zoids. From there I branched out to HMM Zoids then Gundams and other plamo kits.

4) Any other interest/hobbies besides Gunpla?

I watch quite a bit of anime (not just Gundam!) but haven't watched much TV in years with only a very select few shows (Battlestar Galactica, Walking Dead, Game of Thrones), and plenty of films and I'll read Sci-Fi/fantasy novels. I'm a huge motorsports fan, particularly Formula 1 and the World Endurance Championship (Le Mans was a brilliant race this year). Music is my other major passion in life with over 1000 albums in my collection, most on CD since MP3 has inferior sound quality, with Progressive Rock/Metal being my particular forte but I have some Jazz as well. I have a whole mass of concerts lined up to go to for this Autumn.

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

Not one in particular but there are several that I really like:

Hi Nu Gundam
Epyon
Doven Wolf
HMM Geno Breaker
HMM Shadow/Fire Fox
HMM Gojulas
Jehuty


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

Not counting the few Zoids I built as a kid, I got into Zoids again nearly 3 years ago, and moved onto the more complex model kits (HMM's, MG's etc) just over 2 years ago.

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

Having built an '86 no-grade Doven Wolf it's amazing to see just how far the hobby has come, I think overall the good aspects are far outweighing the bad with this hobby. It's a shame that we won't see any more new HMM Zoids, at least in the short term, but the new Z Knights could be interesting, there are lots of other interesting line's out there from Ma. K to LBX via Zone of the Enders, and personally I don't think we've had a truly terrible MG for years now (though I'm no fan of Build Fighters). RG's look great and beginning to diversify from lead suits, HG's are wonderfully varied and better engineered than some of the early MG's and the new RE100 line has brilliant potential for large and obscure kit's that wouldn't be financially viable in MG. Plenty to look forward to there.

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

That would be cool but sadly I don't know anyone with anything more than a passing interest IRL.

9) Most memorable build?

So far the Hi Nu Gundam resin conversion kit was quite the experience but I think the HMM Gojulas I'm currently working on will top that.

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

I messed up a bit with the first of the HMM Molga's I was building for last years Zoid's Group Build. I hadn't realised just how little margin Koto kit's have for paint and when putting the hinge joint together that connects the head to the body it got jammed and broke when I tried to take it apart. In the end I scavenged the parts from the Molga Carrier I had built OOB some time previous, so at the moment I have only 3 instead of 4 Molga's. Should probably try and strip the paint from the damaged parts and glue them back together again at some point.

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11) How did you stumbled on the GE?

I Googled "Gundam Forums" looking for information on Gundam building in general and this was one of the first results.

12) What are you currently building?

HMM Gojulas.

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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's brilliant, and I've only just done the feet and lower legs so far! I've just bought a set of Tomy CP-10 Gojulas Cannons and will see if I can attach them to the kit, will see if I can modify them a little as well to fit in with the HMM aesthetic better. I'll also plan to give dry brushing a try for the first time. I know, a pretty basic technique but I still largely consider myself a beginner at this and still adding skills to the armory.

14) 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 focus mostly on a straight paint job with a bit of detailing, something that everyone can aim for with a reasonable expectation of achieving as they're develop early on in the hobby.

15) 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 desert theme is looking great so far but it's far too early in the build to come to any real conclusions.

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

I'll be taking a break from Gojulas to do Koto's Ginkei for the upcoming Video Game themed Group Build in July. I also have the MG Turn X and Muv-Luv Takumikazuchi Type 00R ver 1.5 which I'll start working on after Gojulas. Beyond that, anything and everything.

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

I'll be attempting a candy coat for the first time with the Ginkei.

18) Any kits that you're dream of having, even though no manufacturer has made one yet? re-hash from pass anime/sci-fi series?

I really, really, really want Koto to make an HMM Gilvader!

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

Do a bit of research on the kits you like the look of so your only working on something that you really want to and sure isn't going to lead to frustration due to design elements you don't like.

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You can see more of Imateria's other builds here: http://gundam-eclipse.net/topic/5503773/1/#new, http://gundam-eclipse.net/topic/5448203/1/#new, and here http://gundam-eclipse.net/topic/5158072/1/#new

Imateria’s current WIP is contained within this thread: http://gundam-eclipse.net/topic/5519958/1/#new

Many thanks to Imateria 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 Jul 2 2014, 04:40 PM. 0 comments

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I'd like to draw your attention to the fantastic MG AGE-2 Double Bullet and MG AGE-2 Normal which shiro11 shared on the forum yesterday.

Follow the link below for lot more pictures:

http://gundam-eclipse.net/topic/5531022/1/#new

http://gundam-eclipse.net/topic/5531020/1/#new

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June 2014 GE Member Spotlight - tc012009

Posted by Posted Imageautobot75 (Spotlight Manager) at Jun 18 2014, 03:31 PM. 0 comments

Gundam Eclipse Member Spotlight: tc012009
Interviewer: Autobot (June 2014)

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Introduction
1) How did you come up with your tag (tc012009)?

A cautionary tale! Way back in 2009, I wanted to set up a youtube channel. I picked a combination of my initials and the current date, and the tag tc012009 was created!

The name just stuck and there's nothing I can do to change it now, thankfully most people just refer to me as TC and disregard the numbers :D


2) Where are you from?

I'm Irish, and I am based on the east coast of Ireland, I work for a multi-national US company.

While Gunpla isn't very common in Ireland, we actually have a few Irish members on the forum. You all will be very familiar with my fellow team member ZR0, who also is Irish, our country is strongly represented on the forum (Y) .


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

My first introduction to mecha was Armored Core, I spotted the Cronus Vixen on sale in a shop in Dublin, loved its design, and decided to try it out (I had never built a model prior to this). I built it straight OOB that very evening and loved the process.

I went online to find out more about these model and during my search I spotted the MG Strike Freedom FBM, I had never seen a Gundam before and thought the design (particularly full burst mode) was spectacular, I bought one straight away and I was firmly hooked by the hobby.

I started to watch model reviews on YouTube, simply to build my knowledge about mecha, anime, and gundam (gundam for example is not very well known in Ireland). I discovered vegeta8259 (Henry) and 2old4toys on YouTube, and my passion for the hobby took off from there. Ngee Khiongs now defunct blog site was also a huge influence on me.

There are so many incredible modeller contributing to the community on a regular basis, I love seeing their latest works and its a privilege to be able to interact with them.

My biggest YouTube influence has been Guiltaur, my first ever video was a response to a video on his channel.

https://www.youtube.com/user/Guiltaur

My biggest influence from a painting prospective was Kibo, the Shin Musha collaboration project we undertook with Jamie (jumpingspoon02), represented a quantum leap for me within the hobby


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4) Any other interest/hobbies besides Gunpla (TV, video games, movies, sports, reading, music, etc)?

I love to travel, big fan of reading (I always have a book on the go), and like many members of the forum, love movies and anime.

I'm a big music fan, and attend concerts regularly. I like many styles of music, with Metallica, Muse and Prince being among my all time favourites. I'm heading to London in September to see Kate Bush preform.


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

My three favorite mechs are:

A) Sazabi (Gundam)
B) Lineark White Glint (Armored Core)
C) LED Mirage (Five Star Stories)



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

Over five years, my first year was mainly just OOB builds (MG Strike Freedom FBM), but from there I've slowly built up my skills to being comfortable with an airbrush.

7) How do you feel about the direction where the hobby is heading? What do you like to see? (new tech, anime leading to gunpla/vice versa, real-life movie/mecha?????)

It's a great time to be a part of the community and hobby. Our online interaction grows each day, we are able to access the latest hobby news within minutes of an announcement, its wonderful. Plastic technology is increasing each day, and its exciting to see the evolution of new model grades such as the Real Grade Line, and the evolution of the MG line (RX 78 V3, Nu and Sazabi Ver Ka, etc)


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

Absolutely, its a great hobby (very relaxing and rewarding) and the community is in general fantastic, we have some really interesting and engaging people contributing on a daily basis.

9) Do you like and enjoy entering a contest/competition? What do you like the most about it? (time management, stress, the rush of getting it done, anticipation of outcome?)

I just build models for fun, in general I don't enter competitions. I do enjoy however the challenge of a speed group build, and have enjoyed the ones hosted on the forum.


10) Any of your hobby skills that you obtain were applicable to yourself in real life/work? (time management, prioritization, patience, etc?)

Patience!

11) Most memorable build?

There are a couple I really enjoyed, the Alicia Unsung was a real favorite of mine, as was the Ikaruga. My last big project was the HMM Gojulas (my biggest project to date) and I think that the experience will stay with me for a long time, it was a huge amount of fun.

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

Yep, I recall the SD Knight project I started two years ago. I lost a major component from the shield and was about to scrap the entire project, luckily I had an opportunity to improvise a new shield which actually turned out very well.

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13) How did you stumbled on the GE?

I actually have been involved with the forum almost from the get go. When the forum was first envisaged, it was meant to be a bridge for the youtube community to interact in a forum setting. A wonderful youtuber called Versus Z featured the forum on his channel when it was initially rolled out, I followed a link, and have been here ever since :P (over five years!!)

https://www.youtube.com/user/zversus

http://gundam-eclipse.net/topic/4791437/1/

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Current Build Experience
14) What are you currently building?

Just finishing up the Gojulas, five months worth of work.

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?

It was a wonderful model, and reinforces in my mind that the team at Kotobukiya are exceptional at designing mecha. My painting style is super clean/ super detailed, and the challenge with such a big model is not to rush any element (which will ultimately detract from the overall scheme). Gojulas is the cumulation of the skills I picked up over five years of modelling.

16) Toughest challenge(s) in the build? (mods? paint? cleanup?)

RG Zaku almost burnt me out completely. A combination of no defined paint scheme, lots of little parts, and my general un-interest in the project from the get go, was a bad combination. Moral of the story, only work on a project that you really are engaged in.

17) Were there changes that had to be made midway in the build (change of mind, item availability, time)?

Regarding the RG Zaku, I changed the paint scheme on two occasions, and ultimately settled on a metallic scheme as it was the fastest and easiest way for me to finish the project.

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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?

My style is pretty simple, a clean paint scheme, with everything detailed (the devil certainly is in the detail). Its very time consuming, slow, and requires lots of practice to get crisp and accurate results, but its hugely rewarding and really helps bring these wonderful models to life.

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?

I don't look back, every kit is a stepping stone and an opportunity to learn. I do however wish I had started painting a little earlier, I've several OOB builds that I would like to paint, but due to time constraints, its unlikely I'll get around to them any time soon.



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

Next project will be a SD (hopefully to co-inside with a speed GB we're planning for July), then either the LED Mirage, MG Astray Sengoku, or the wonderful MG Turn X. I also have a tentative plan to finally get my White Glint project off the ground. I want to combine/bash the Lineark & Aspina Glints with the Overed booster set (all of which have been sitting in my back log for several years).

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

Weathering/ shading, the White Glint is the model that will benefit from this technique. I also was to try and finish the resin Yen Xing that I started several years ago (I'm waiting for Squee to start his ;) ).

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

My holy grail is an official Bandai MG of the Nightingale (I'm super excited about the Reborn One Hundred version!)

Final Thought

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

Enjoy the process, it's really fun. Get to know the community if you want to contribute online, I guarantee you'll meet some wonderful people and will form good friendships.

Autobot, many thanks for allowing me to contribute to the members spotlight this month, you've created a great feature on the forum and I had a lot of fun participating :glomp: , we all really appreciate the effort you make with these interviews each month (Y)


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Check out TC's youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/tc012009

You can see more of Gojulas here: http://gundam-eclipse.net/topic/5491944/1/#new

TC’s current WIP is contained within this thread: http://gundam-eclipse.net/topic/3831831/43/#new

Many thanks TC 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 Imagetc012009 (Administrator) at Jun 8 2014, 12:04 PM. 0 comments

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I'd like to draw your attention to the fantastic MG Destiny Gundam which LotD shared on the forum today.

Follow the link below for lot more pictures:

http://gundam-eclipse.net/topic/5502926/1/

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Spotlight

Posted by Posted Imagetc012009 (Administrator) at May 27 2014, 03:31 PM. 0 comments

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For todays spotlight, we'd like to draw your attention to the 1/35 Hasegawa LunaDiver w/ Prowler, which eire recently shared on the forum.

Lots more pictures (including WIP) can be found via the link below:

http://gundam-eclipse.net/topic/5489463/1/#new


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May 2014 GE Member Spotlight - Booster Theory

Posted by Posted Imageautobot75 (Spotlight Manager) at May 12 2014, 01:16 PM. 0 comments

Gundam Eclipse Member Spotlight: booster theory
Interviewer: Autobot (May 2014)

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Introduction
1) How did you come up with your tag (booster theory)?
As an Air Force jet engine mechanic, I've always been amazed by how groups of people came together to create our modern propulsion systems. The whole thing started out as ideas, which evolved into theories. Now, jet engine theory just doesn't ring, so I just came up with Booster Theory, and it stuck with me.

2) What/who introduced/inspired you to start Gunpla (or plastic models in general)?
When I was younger, my Dad got me into building model airplanes. My first was an SR-71 Blackbird. I really loved that jet and I should build another. I, like most geeks, love anime and anything with giant robots. I guess I'm just naturally inclined to Gunpla and anything Mech related.

3) Any other interest/hobbies besides Gunpla (TV, video games, movies, sports, reading, etc)?
Love science fiction/Horror anything. I pass over anything else mostly. I love video games, I find that I don't have much time for all of my hobbies nowadays. I have to limit what I spend time on. I need to make sure my wife knows she is just as important as my pass times.

4) What's your favorite animation/robot design/videogame?
Metal Gear and Dead Space are my all time favs. Anything survival horror I'll look into. I'm currently playing Outlast on the PC. Favorite Anime was Bleach for the longest. I really liked Line Barrels for awhile, even when it seemed like they were rushing the story. I really don't have a favorite robot design. I'm really drawn to anything with a lot of mechanical detail though, ie; exposed metal frame, wires, tubes and pistons. If I were to name a favorite Gundam, it would be the MSA 0011 EX-S.

5) How long have you been building Gunpla/when did you start?
I would say about 7 years total, I had a huge break in between my first kit and now. My first Gundam ever was a Deathscythe. I picked one up when I was about 17. I was a bit let down after building it. It was flimsy and didn't meet my expectations from what the box art had me imagining. I didn't pick Gunpla up again until I was 29. I was TDY and bored in Korea. I found a vendor that was selling a Shin Musha. Built that practically over night and when I got home I just went kind crazy. Bought my first airbrush and compressor and went at it.
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Current Build Experience
6) What are you currently building?
Working on the MG Sazabi Ver Ka. I'm really trying to put my scratchbuilding skills to the test on this one, but trying to not go too overboard with mods. Mostly superficial additions.

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?
I'm really enjoying this one a lot. The OOB is already very impressive, but I made the decision to cut into it anyway. I had seen where as some builders modded the RX-93 nu Ver Ka with a high level of detail. I had already painted mine, so then I turned my attention to the Sazabi and I'm glad I did. I've taken what I've learned from building the O and tried a few new approaches with modification. I'm trying to build most of the detail stuff from scratch and not rely too much on pre manufactured parts, like Koto. I also want to make sure the paint is super smooth. I don't want to use the weathered approach for the Sazabi.

8) Toughest challenge(s) in the build? (mods? paint? cleanup?)
It's still a bit early. So far I haven't had any real hangups, which is surprising. With the "O" I was constantly going back and forth with what I wanted to accomplish. With the Sazabi, I have an idea and am able to follow through.

9) Were there changes that had to be made midway in the build (change of mind, item availability, time)?
With the "O" this would have been the cover statement, lol. I was so wishy washy on everything.

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 think if you have a desire to commit yourself to any level of modification, you should go for it. Age wise, I think realistically, 18 and up. I remember when I was younger, I didn't have much in the way of patience and I would have probably melted any kit with a gallon of cement. I'm 35 and am happy to just take a step back often. But I can't really speak for everyone. I'm sure there are some very young masters out there who would out perform me any day. But if one is going to go for modification, they should practice patience, it's not going to happen all at once. Wouldn't be much fun that way anyhow.

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?
I had a great time building the "O". Yet, I would have liked to have spend more attention to the head and backpack (sans binder) The head is kinda muted for me and the backpack I wish I had spent more time developing. Yet, two years is a long time to be building something.

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Moving Forward
12) What kit(s)/project(s) are you planning to build in the near future?
I have an MG EX-S that I'm anxious to get on, but want to spend the right amount of time on. I also want to get another MG RX-93 Ver Ka and make a custom High Nu from it. It's been done, but it's just a beautiful build in the end, I can't resist.

13) Something new you want to try on your next build? Something new to learn?
I would love to learn to cast. Unfortunately, I can't get the materials here because of shipping restrictions. I would love to try my hand at a resin kit one day.

14) Any kits that you're dream of having, even though no manufacturer has made one yet?
For some reason I really like the Krag Zulu. I only care for MG's so it would have to come in that grade. I love the huge, bulky look of it.

Final Thought
15) If you could offer one piece of advice to someone starting out with the hobby, what would that be?
Enjoy the hobby for what it is, a hobby. Set your priorities and keep to them. I'm talking about job, school and family. I have found I'm more relaxed and productive when I don't have life trying to beat down my door because of responsibilities I'm putting off. Things may take longer than you would like, but it will be worth it. That's my .02 cents.

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Be sure to check out booster’s current WIP: http://gundam-eclipse.net/topic/5396963/1/#new

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

Spotlight

Posted by Posted Imagetc012009 (Administrator) at May 3 2014, 09:32 AM. 0 comments

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For todays spotlight, we'd like to draw your attention to the MG Nu Gundam "Ver. Ka" , which was recently shared by thegamer1907

Lots more pictures can be found via the link below:

http://gundam-eclipse.net/topic/5465999/1/#new

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April 2014 GE Member Spotlight - HarrySKRTCH

Posted by Posted Imageautobot75 (Spotlight Manager) at Apr 21 2014, 09:50 AM. 0 comments

Gundam Eclipse Member Spotlight: HarrySKRTCH
Interviewer: Autobot (April 2014)
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Introduction
1) How did you come up with your tag (HarrySKRTCH)?
Man...I hate this user name, lol. Harry is a nickname that I used to hate when I was a kid, and SKRTCH refers to another hobby of mine, turntablism. Scratching records (battle style hiphop DJing). When I joined up, I scratched way more actively.

2) What/who introduced/inspired you to start Gunpla (or plastic models in general)?

In 1999, my dad bought me a NG 1/144 Deathscythe thinking it was an action figure. When we opened the box together it turned out it was a model, so I took a stab at it and ruined the thing! It looked truly awful haha! I didn't much care for the model and hadn't gotten Gundam crazy yet so I moved onto model cars and worked on them for the next 3 or so years before getting back into Gundam models.

3) Any other interest/hobbies besides Gunpla (TV, movies, sports, reading, etc)?

Cars, manga, anime, music (scratching/turntablism), drawing, and gaming to name my prominent hobbies. Mostly cars!

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

My favorite mecha designs come from Macross, Zoids, and Z Gundam. I love FSS/ Nagano designs a great deal but my familiarity with them is too low to consider myself a true fan.

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

Just about 10 years on and off now. I took a break from 2006-2011 and originally started in 1999. I stopped in 06 because I was finally able to play with real cars, rather than just car models.

Current Build Experience
6) What are you currently building?
RG GP01 Full Vernian
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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?

This is one of the best model kits I've ever had the pleasure of building. I'm not really doing anything new with it. It was inspired by VF-1D from Macross, the Valkyrie Trainer. I'm going for my own style of "test-type" colors.

8) Toughest challenge(s) in the build?

Post shading this model has been difficult for me (relatively anyway). There's just so much detail to bring out and it's very easy to go overboard on something this size. Sometimes I think I might just start preshading instead...

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

I have stripped the paint twice! It was original light sand and purple, then it was light sand and green, and now I'm finally happy with duck egg green and red.

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 think that anyone could reproduce my build very easily. It's just a standard paint job with some well thought out weathering. If a child understood the techniques well enough, I'm willing to bet they'd be able to do it as well if not better!

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?

I'm always a bit hesitant to say that I like my own work because I know it can be better. I mean, a modeler should like his/her own work but you know...when you tell yourself that the work is 100% solid, you lose your ambition to become better.

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

Sadly, I will be taking a break from the hobby very soon! Before that happens I'd like to finish at least one of my HMM Genosaurers!

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

I definitely would like to apply more of my practiced modifications to future builds. I'm terrible at designs mods!

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

Nah, it's bad enough that there are as many expensive kits out there that I love already! Lol but seriously, I would LOVE a MG Gundam MK.V and an HMM Bone Saurer. There are many more but I can't think of them off the top of my head.

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

Keep trying your hardest, be proud but don't be satisfied, think outside the box, and take all feedback with a grain of salt (good or bad). Not really "one piece of advice" but those things are all related to each other in a way!

Be sure to check out HarrySKRTCH’s current WIP: http://gundam-eclipse.net/topic/5307535/1/#new

and his blogs: https://www.facebook.com/HarrisHasanHobbyArt?ref=hl

http://harrishasanmodels.blogspot.com/

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Many thanks Harry for a very insightful interview, I certainly look forward to seeing his future work :castlerock:
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GE member spotlight - RyC03

Posted by Posted Imageautobot75 (Spotlight Manager) 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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