Sai Mecha 2012 Nominations!

It’s time for Sai Mecha again! What is Sai Mecha, you ask? It’s a tournament where we nominate our favorite mechs and they fight, and they fight, AND THEY FIGHT UNTIL THERE IS ONLY ONE LEFT STANDING! Submit your nominations of 10 mechs by following the instructions in that link! It’s due by tomorrow (April 29), but you only need to choose a few mechs and don’t have to make a whole post like me. Even if you don’t nominate your favorite mechs in time, you can still vote in the polls to advance the robots you love!

These are my AWESOME mecha nominees!

RX-78GPo3D Dendrobium (Gundam 0083 Stardust Memories)

The monster designed for AREA DOMINANCE is composed of two units, the Stamen mobile suit and the Orchis weapons platform. It has a fuckton of missiles, and when it launches all of its weapons its like Danmaku in space. Think Touhou girls have the most firepower? WRONG! Watch this short video of Gundam Evolve 4 featuring the Dendrobium, it’ll be the coolest thing you see all day.

HOW AWESOME WAS THAT!??!?!?!?!?

The Dendrobium is my favorite thing to come out of Gundam. Ever.  NOMINATE AND VOTE FOR IT! Continue reading

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Gunpla 102: Using a Knife to Clean Nub Marks

A slightly more advanced skill than my tutorial for absolute beginners, this post will teach you how to clean up nub marks with a knife. A nub mark is the discoloring on the plastic that occurs when you cut it off the runner with a side cutter directly. I told you to do that in my previous tutorial, because I believe that you should get used to building and handling models first before you start worrying about this. I’ll admit, this process is one that is time consuming and that I hate, but it does make your model look better if you’re not planning on painting it – if you’re going to paint it later, just cut with the side cutter normally and maybe sand it a bit if it’s rough.

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Gunpla 101: Introduction to Absolute Beginners, Straight Building and Inking

I’ve been trying to get people into gunpla for a while now, and this is a guide to building for absolute beginners. You don’t need to know ANYTHING to start with this guide.

Gunpla (Gundam Plastic Model) is a great hobby! It’s really fun, even if you never built anything before and don’t know much about the Gundam shows you should try it out!

I won’t be covering advanced techniques in this guide, but rather only the bare minimum to build a model kit. When I first started out, I didn’t jump right into everything and make my model epicly awesome. I just did the bare minimum. I built a few kits that way, learn a new skill, build a few more kits using that skill, then learn another one, and so on. I gradually incorporate different techniques into my process as I go.

I recommend starting with a High Grade kit, then moving on to Master Grade kits later on. The Grade determines the size and amount of detail (and price!). High Grades are usually $15-$25, 1/144 scale, 13-15 centimeters tall. They have decent detail and movement, but can’t compare to a Master Grade. MGs are $50+, 1/100 scale, ~20cm tall and have very high detail. Since they’re more complex and expensive, I recommend you build a few HG kits first to get started. There are more Grades, but these are the two main ones. I’ll write about the other ones later!

For the curious, the pictures used in this guide are of the High Grade kit of the RGM-96X Jesta that appears in Gundam Unicorn 4! It’s a really cool machine! Continue reading

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[Gunpla Review] High Grade Gundam AGE-1 Normal

Since I made a technical analysis on Gundam AGE, and there are some gupla-meister-to-bes I want to convert, I’m making this review of the High Grade Gundam AGE-1 Normal to try to get people started. This kit is perfect for beginners, and is simple enough to build while still looking pretty cool. Continue reading

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12 Days of Anime, Day 8: L! O! V! E! Yurin~~~<3 Finally a Gundam girl I love!

She's back!!!

As regular readers/followers would know, I’m a huge Gundam fan and watched almost all of the series (just V Gundam and G-Savior left). However, I didn’t have a girl to fangirl over in any of them. I sort of liked Aina in 08th MS Team, but she didn’t appear much, was too obsessed with her brother, and I just didn’t like her that much for some reason. Perhaps if ZZ was written seriously and not as a large pile of joke I might’ve liked Roux Louka or one of the Puru/Ples more. Tiffa (X) was too quiet, Feldt (00) was kind of interesting until season 2 and the movie, Marida Cruz looks too masculine, and I can’t think of anyone else that popped on my radar. A lot of people seemed to like Four Murasame, but she wasn’t anything special to me when I watched Z.

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12 Days of Anime, Day 6: Sekiha! Love Love TENKYOKEN!

You may have those silver feet, but I’ve got these GOLD FINGERS!

SHININGGGGGGGGG FINGGGEEEEEEEEEEEERRRRRR

Mobile Fighter G Gundam is definitely one of the most awesome shows I watched this year (yes I never watched it until the summer when I marathoned several Gundam shows), completely ridiculous, over the top, and full of awesome ham. Continue reading

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12 Days of Anime, Day 3: The Original White Devil

I’ve been a Gundam and Gunpla fan since I was small, but it took me a long time to finally get around to watching the Universal Century. I watched Wing as a tiny kid, then when I came back into watching anime I watched Gundam 00 and SEED/Destiny (piece of shit). When I finally got a Megaupload account I went and downloaded all the Gundam series I can find, mostly on animetake’s forums. I then proceeded to marathon almost everything over the summer, so expect more Gundam posts in this 12 day series ;) The Universal Century is wildly different from the Alternate Universes. Here, shit gets REAL. The atmosphere of the shows and the FEEL of it is very different, on a whole different class. While the AUs are just about big robots blowing shit up and gay angsty emo pilots appealing to the yaoi fanbase, the Universal Century shows the harsh realities of war. War doesn’t end even when people understand each other while flying naked in space through the tears of time, but is a never ending cycle that repeats despite the foolishness of war, by the foolishness of humans. And the mistakes caused by youth. Continue reading