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"I want to get this finished by the end of the year because if I don't it will never get finished...."

Amen to that!
I still have couple sitting on my desk waiting for the final touch... since the birth of my second child... -__-;;

Engineering Corps / Re: Anyone try aftermarket/3rd party Joints and Hinges?
« on: December 19, 2011, 09:33:12 AM »
for heavy support nothing beats the yellowsubmarine joint though bit pricey when you find one

Engineering Corps / Re: Photography tips for Gunpla
« on: December 19, 2011, 09:31:41 AM »
those look like ones for the kit box art, Hemish! ^ ^

^ ^
junk box... huh?
I had so much had to dump several boxful few years back.
been building gunpla on an off since late 80s so I have had accumulated stacks of 'em though oddly enough gave away most of finished kids to friends/shops/etc. :(
and still have several boxful scattered throughout the garage - which missus is threatening to dump if I'm not careful..

Engineering Corps / Re: Anyone try aftermarket/3rd party Joints and Hinges?
« on: December 14, 2011, 09:40:27 AM »
here are couple of photo where I used the similar product to add additional chest joint.

*sorry about the IQ. The blog I'm using is now downgrading the image link...

Engineering Corps / Re: Weathering of buildings.
« on: December 14, 2011, 09:36:37 AM »
this is something I'm still learning and long way to go... especially in scale as you can easily go overboard~
thanks for the tip.

Engineering Corps / Re: Bitten off more than I can chew
« on: December 14, 2011, 09:32:00 AM »
ultimate method would be stripping the coating and do it yourself afterwards...
I know it's impractical to say the least and that's why people tend to paint but then you never get the mirror like finish from the coating.

I do hear people with thick(?) wallet to commission the factory to do custom coating... @__@

firstly, if you start to sand away the seam line you need to paint. There are ways to get away without painting but not pretty nor easy.

secondly get another kit and try what you have in mind. If not quite worked out get another kit and have another go.
The trick is get the cheap and common HGUC or even HG kits...

Engineering Corps / Re: How many coats of top coat?
« on: December 14, 2011, 09:27:20 AM »
I really don't know whether there is definite answer so I can only tell you from my experience.
I tend to spray in several pass with couple of minutes in between - I had once bad experience where the top coat reacted with the Acrylics resulting bubbling surface... -__-;

Engineering Corps / Re: Photography tips for Gunpla
« on: December 14, 2011, 09:25:33 AM »
another tip I recently heard is for those of us who cannot afford the photo studio box nor ars@d to get one.
Go to dollar shop or something similar and buy the white transparent bucket - bigger is better but you can decide the size depends on the size of model you will be taking the photo.

Put the bucket on side near the window or put the desktop light next to the bucket - it maybe good idea to put some bluetek so the bucket won't roll off :p - and put the model inside. Now point your camera and shot away! :p

Engineering Corps / Re: Photography tips for Gunpla
« on: December 13, 2011, 09:49:52 AM »
I have been tinkering with missus NEX-5 recently and have had good result using my old SMC Pentax lens.
This one’s 50mm F1.4 and when it’s wide open with one can get fairly decent picture using the natural light – i.e. no flash nor soft box here.
The downside is with the lens wide open you get very shallow DOF but with ISO bumped up you can do one or two steps down to manage the DOF.

Another trick worth to try would be putting a simple DIY onto the flash unit to make it bounce rather than harsh direct flash. ^ ^

Of coz YMMV but it’s fun to try and shoot! ^ ^

hmmm... since Feds MS colour scheme will be Australian Army scheme, will there be any reference for Australia city, perhaps Adelaide, on the base? ^ ^

Engineering Corps / Re: ADVICE EDED: Customizing a 1/144 Zaku Heat Hawk
« on: October 20, 2011, 10:25:22 AM »
you are doing the hard way mate ^ ^

look into your junk box and if you see any piece with bits that might be useful, cut 'em and start to put together till you have the desired shape...
well that's how I normally do when I need to scratch build the weapon and etc.  :p

thegunny / I see what you mean. Though it never hurt little bit of artistic interpretation or shall I call the artistic freedom. ;)
We human will find the stiff and somewhat awkward pose bit unnerving even though theoretically that is more correct…
Juts my 2 cent seeing the amount of work/effort gone into this project I thought it would look good that way – besides creating diorama/vignette is ultimately for one’s self gratification so either way should be cool~

I think for diorama if you chop off the middle of Dom and fabricate the bend waist piece so it can kid of sitting against the building and probably with one leg slightly bend... This will give more natural look to MS.

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