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When they said “Everything old is new again”, they weren’t kidding! I just recently went to my local Hobby Toy Central and was shocked to find old Silhouette Formula F-91 kits on the shelves! The last time I saw that was literally 18 year ago! In fact, I figured that these kits had all disappeared and would never be seen or heard from again.

To that end, 15 years ago, I took the opportunity to grab one that a student of mine found in Asia when he was home for the summer. I would have placed bets that it was the last of its kind that would be found on this continent when he brought it to me. Well, I guess that was wrong…

Still, the timing couldn’t be better, since I can show off my old-new-oldly new new kit (you followed that, right?) and be right on the bandwagon! So, check out my RXF-91 Kai Silhouette Gundam at the link below, and let the retro robot assault begin!

Mecha Plamo Display / Flug Armor Schwalg - Classic Dragonar finished!
« on: January 19, 2018, 12:28:17 PM »
I proudly admit that I am a child of the ‘80s, and that growing up my favourite things were giant robots. It didn’t matter to me if they were Transformers, GoBots or piloted mecha from cool shows like Robotech or Voltron. Big robots = awesome. That’s true math.

Since growing up kinda sucks, I think I decided not to bother, and I still love robots today! However, there’s something about ‘80s robots and ‘80s mech anime that just grab me and won’t let go. The art style, the character designs and the slightly looser constraints on what was allowed in terms of mech design really combine to make an irresistible product.

That’s why I was so excited to not only get to watch Metal Armour Dragonar (albeit with questionable subs), but to get my hands on pretty much every 1/144 kit from the series! The first one I built was the Schwalg, an enemy flying mech known, appropriately, as a Flug Armor.

Check it out, and see why these simple but awesome kits are some of my prized possessions!

The Catapult / MG Shenlong done, with some custom touches
« on: May 04, 2017, 10:50:52 AM »
I think I’m like most modellers in that I’m nostalgic for some of the older kits I built as a kid when I was first getting into modelling. However, for me it’s not so much model cars and planes that do this to me as it is model mecha. I love robots especially ones from animes,  and when I found out that I could get MODEL robots I was over the moon!

Some of the first Gundam kits I built (I’ve built well over 100 now) were the small “no grade” and bigger, deluxe (for the time) High Grade (HG) Wing Gundam kits. Back when they were new, 22 years ago, the 1/100 HG kits were the pinnacle of Gundam  models>. However, times change, and to keep up with things, Bandai has released Master Grades (MGs) of all the Wing Gundam main machines.

The first HG I ever built was the Shenlong, and so it only seemed fitting that the first MG Wing kit I built would be the Shenlong as well. It’s a very nice kit, but I have to say that the proportions are a bit off.

Check out my finished MG Shenlong at the link below, and let me know what you think, both about my build, and about the machine’s proportions.

The Catapult / MG AGE-1 Done
« on: September 09, 2016, 10:06:15 AM »
Even though a lot of people seemed to think that Gundam AGE was a bit too "kiddie", I can't say I agree. I just watched it again, and must say that I really enjoyed it. Before I got to see it, though, our LHS had been getting in a bunch of AGE kits as they were released. I have a bunch of them in the stash, actually. They were usually impulse buys for me, since I hadn't yet seen the show, so I just bought what I thought was cool.

Even though I had the HG 1/144 AGE-1, when I saw the MG, I just had to have it. It turns out it was a fun kit, and quite different from a lot of other MG kits that I've built.

Check out this somewhat overlooked Master Grade below. Maybe you’ll see that AGE wasn’t so bad after all!

The Catapult / My Stargazer; 4 years old today!
« on: August 22, 2013, 06:56:41 AM »
The number of different mecha that have been called a “Gundam” over the years borders on the crazy. However, a lot of Gundams are very similar. Not so much this one, though!  The second I saw the box for this one I could tell it was going to be something different and special.

Check out the review of my Bandai 1/144 HG Stargazer Gundam . With crazy beam rings, no guns and really neat holographic stickers, it’s a very eye-catching display piece. I swore I’d never use Bandai’s stickers again, once I learned to paint better, but these ones are definitely an exception!

This is one I think even people who are a bit jaded on the whole Gundam thing would enjoy!

The Catapult / 00 Gundam as Tekkaman Blade
« on: July 12, 2013, 11:54:59 AM »
I’ve begun to notice, after building a bunch of mecha, that there are some mecha that look surprisingly like others, even those with which they share no common ground, or even common timeframe. One great example of this “chameleon act”  is the 1/100 00 Gundam ! I got mine home and when I started to look at it, I noticed a frightening similarity to Tekkaman Blade! It turned out to be so strong that I was able to build the 00 as an homage to blade quite convincingly!

Check out the link above to see my first “look-alike” mech. I can tell you that it’s not going to be the last; there are a number of mecha in my stash that this “dress up” principle can be applied to very easily!

The Catapult / Sayla from 0079
« on: June 16, 2013, 12:05:30 AM »
When the original Mobile Suit Gundam anime was aired back in 1979, it was revolutionary in a lot of ways. It might not have started out to revolutionize the model kit industry, but that’s exactly what Bandai did in the early 1980’s when they released kits from the show. They were the first “real robot” kits, that combined high-tech (for the time) model-making with an anime theme on a massive scale.
Along with the various robots and even support vehicles, Bandai issued 1/20 figure kits of some of the main characters. One of these was a 1/20 Sayla Mas, one of the most important women in the original show. Check out my build of this reissue and let me know what you think.
I wish Bandai made more styrene figure kits: they’re quite simple but a lot of fun to build, as well as being a great exercise in painting!

The Catapult / F-90 Guncannon Custom
« on: May 19, 2013, 03:01:20 AM »
Just because a kit comes with  a lot of optional parts, doesn’t mean that you can’t go ahead and customise it even more, right? That was my  line of thought for the F-90 A/D/S Gundam from the early 1990s. Sure, it could be built as a Gundam with guns, but that just seems wrong. What kind of universe doesn’t have a Guncannon in it?

Check out my customized RX-90-77 Guncannon III and think to yourself: Why is an artillery suit red? Don’t ask me, that’s just how they come!

Officer's Bulletin / Perfection appears to be relative...
« on: May 14, 2013, 10:27:16 AM »
It seems that no matter how serious some things try to be or take themselves, there’s always someone somewhere who feels it’s best to make light of it all! Even Gundam, that stalwart classic anime franchise is no exception!  Check out the decidedly Super-Robotic version of the original “real robot”, the   Master Grade Perfect Gundam.

This thing is so bright and crazy I think my eyes have cavities!

Read the Out of Box review at the link above, and decide for yourself if this is one you want cluttering up, um, I mean ADORNING, your bookshelves!

Mod edit: As this just seems to be a review and not a WIP I've moved it to the discussion topic  :)

Mechworker edit: Thanks! I couldn't quite figure out where to put it. Much better here! Appreciate it!

The Catapult / Dra-G - The heavy wapons Dra-C conversion
« on: April 02, 2013, 09:14:45 AM »
Hey all!

Check out my Dra-G , which is the Heavy Weapon type of the Dra-C from Gundam 0083.

I took the nice, but rather boring, HGUC and tried to make it into something a bit different, exotic and unusual.

The full article is at the link above, but here are a few teaser shots:

Please go to my website and take a look at the full article; there you can see how much work I put into it!

The Catapult / Wagtail Custom
« on: March 29, 2013, 11:23:23 PM »
Hello all!

I was lucky enough to get a hold of one of the Wagtail Conversion kits from Degenki Hobby back in 2011. However, I didn't like the colours all that much; I thought it needed something with more "pop".

So, this is what I came up with: the Wagtail Custom. Let me know what you think!

The full  build article with more pictures and a full write up are at the link above.

Friendly Fire / The Sprue Lagoon: Gundams and more!
« on: March 28, 2013, 10:29:01 AM »
Hello all!

I've been a modeller since 1987 and a Gundam Modeller since about 1995. There's something about those little plastic robots  that I can't help but love! It's nice to find a place where everyone else feels the same, too!

I own a website called The Sprue Lagoon, where I display my finished kits, do some out of box reviews, and generally whatever else comes to mind. I build cars, planes, Sci-fi (Gundam and others) figures and even just started a submarine! My site is always being updated with stuff I'm working on or have in the stash, so please go and take a look around!

Each kit has a full review on it, and all you have to do is click the link below the picture of any kit and it will take you to the appropriate page

Let me know what you think, too!

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