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 on: December 06, 2018, 10:59:57 AM 
Started by Mechworker - Last post by Mechworker
Being a fan of science fiction generally means liking spaceships. I grew up with all kinds of cool spaceships to hold m interest, including, of course, those in Star Wars, Transformers and the various anime series (Macross, Southern Cross and Mospeada) that make up Robotech. By the same token, while there were always cool space ship toys to get, as I got older I was a bit disappointed by the small number of mainline space ship model kits that were available.

When I got into anime, I thought that would be rectified, but even then, kits of spacecraft weren’t easy to come by in North America, at least. Still, they say that good things come to those who wait, and after waiting for about 22 years to get a kit of my favourite Gundam spacecraft, the Albion from 0083, I finally managed to grab one of the reissued EX-Models. Check out this interesting low-volume kit from Bandai’s specialized EX line at the link below. Be warned – it’s not like other Gundam kits!

 on: November 23, 2018, 12:02:46 PM 
Started by Mechworker - Last post by Mechworker
When it comes to crazy, desperate ideas executed with inappropriate haste, advanced-yet-available technology and a good side helping of Teutonic efficiency, there’s little doubt that the WWII Luftwaffe has to be champion. Be it rocket planes that were more dangerous to their crews than the enemy or stealthy flying wing fighters, the RLM and German industry were up to a lot of different things as WWII came to a close.

One of the more frightening ones that saw testing and actual deployment was the Bachem Natter. This was a VTO point defence fighter, more akin to a “Manned Missile” than any other aircraft that made it to service, except the Japanese Ohka. Of course, in great German fashion, there were all kinds of tests and prototypes! One such machine was the first (and only) manned article, Natter M23. The good folks at Brengun have actually made a kit of this little (and deadly) oddity. Check it out at the link below!

 on: November 08, 2018, 10:53:34 AM 
Started by Mechworker - Last post by Mechworker
¬¬¬Well, after a lot more work than I thought it would be, the Pinto Crusing Wagon is now done! Just like the real car, this one was lot of headaches interspersed with some chagrins. Thing is, it’s an old MPC, and I was expecting some trouble. Not as much as I got, but I sure didn’t expect a “Clean Getaway”, so to speak!

I’m really very glad to have a stock representation of one of what might be the lamer attempts to add performance through striping. I am now excited to get my hands on the ’77 Cruising Van that Round 2 just put out, so I can have two examples of Ford’s attempts to conjure up tapestripe horsepower!

Check out this little beast at the link below, and be warned: you’re likely not going to see this kit built often simply because there’s so much wrong with it. However, in the end, it is all worth it, because it’s a Pinto Cruising Wagon, and how much lamer does it get than that?

 on: October 25, 2018, 06:04:01 AM 
Started by Mechworker - Last post by Mechworker
A lot of people say that things are “like riding a bicycle”, meaning that once you get the hang of it you can’t really forget how to do it. However, if you think about it, riding a bike is hard. There are a lot of specialized skills involved, and it requires training, persistence and special equipment to get the hang of it.

Flying is very similar, and basic flying training is, and always will be, an important part of any pilot’s journey to the skies. Of course, compared to flashy fighters and bombers, the trainers aren’t as “imagination grabbing”, and so they often get left out in the cold. Thankfully, Matchbox had the sense to help rectify this when they issued their kit of the Percival Provost T.1, the RAF’s standard trainer for quite some post-war time.

This isn’t a kit that I’ve seen very often, and to my knowledge it’s not one that Revell has ever repopped, or at least not for a while. Check out this little forgotten bird at the link below, and bring your sunglasses!

 on: October 11, 2018, 10:13:11 AM 
Started by Mechworker - Last post by Mechworker
Well, the results are in and the people have spoken! Of the kits I managed to snag in London (Ontario, Canada) during the model show at the end of September, one has been quite overwhelmingly chosen as the “king of the losers”! The winner of this dubious title was the AMT BRAT, that awesome little bundle of tax-evading passenger un-safety!

The margin  of victory was considerable, with 71 votes, the Brat managed 17. Sure, that’s only 24%, but in Canadian politics at least, that’s more than enough to win!  Given that the BRAT is also one of my top purchases (since I stupidly passed one up years ago) I was more than willing to dive right in and get you guys an Out of Box report on this fairly rare little beast. So check it out below!

 on: September 30, 2018, 07:06:57 AM 
Started by Mechworker - Last post by Mechworker
I’m sure everyone’s heard of an embarrassment of riches, right? Well, what happens when the riches you have are embarrassing, and they’re so plentiful that you get paralyzed by choice?

Well, for one thing, you get what happened to me! At my local show just recently, I hit the vendors hard, and got so many amazing kits that I am a bit stuck for which one to open up and review first! When you’re weighing things like a Firebird station wagon, a four-door Corvette, a BRAT and a Messerschmitt cycle car, it’s not easy to come to a quick decision.

So, I’m doing what anyone would do, when staring down the Magnum PI Vanagon and a Suzuki Samurai… I’m asking for help!

Check out my awesome score of total automotive oddballs, and give me a hand with a vote for what you want to see as the next out of box car on the Lagoon! Just follow the link below, but be ready… awesomeness awaits!

 on: September 22, 2018, 07:10:02 PM 
Started by dj898 - Last post by dj898
Yea I know. It's been a very long time. Well many things happened - my family got expanded and we moved to house and etc. Anyhow here's my latest take on the so called "Monaka Gunpla Build" technique. It's popularized by the Model Graphix article on the same subject.

It’s the popular build method where the old Gunpla kits are modified to look more modern or close to the illustration. Reason why it's called Monaca is that the old Gunpla kits have the seam line right in the middle all the way from top to bottom, just like the Japanese snack, Monaka. (see the wiki link below for the photo)

They put out the compilation of articles in the mook as you can see in the below link. Check with Kinokuniya bookshop if you are in Sydney as they sometimes carries this and other related mooks.

Anyhow this kit is the old 1/144 MS-06Z Gunpla which a lot of gunpla modelers patiently waiting for the Bandai to release the retooled revision.

Ok. firstly here's the old kit in its full glory.
(The one with the cigarette pack is the OOB pic from

And then my take on this old Gunpla kit after the Monaca Gunpla building process. :p

Sure there are many areas that can be improved upon but I'm satisfied with this build. I do have the MS-06Z-2 aka MSN-01 kit unopened so who know what I will add/improve when I get around to build it as the Monaca Gunpla buid. :)

 on: September 22, 2018, 09:38:16 AM 
Started by Mechworker - Last post by Mechworker
Since it’s the end of Summer as I write this, and the days are getting shorter, I thought it would be appropriate to put up a display of my “Sunset Stripe” cars. Unsurprisingly, most of them are MPCs, since that was right up their alley!

Check out this collection at the link below, and get your time machines ready!

 on: September 21, 2018, 04:31:17 PM 
Started by Spinach - Last post by Spinach
Hi All,

I'm new to gunpla, well at least to painting the gunpla. I've got a question regarding to the Mr Hobby Topcoat.

First off, I tried searching online and in this forum, but haven't got a concrete answer yet. I know that Mr Hobby Topcoat is Acrylic-based product, so my question is, if I were to apply acrylic top coat on the model (ie Lacquer base coat), then add some detailing with Enamel hand brushing on top of the Acrylic Topcoat, would that cause a reaction? Or would that be OK?


 on: September 19, 2018, 08:26:29 PM 
Started by RustedFork - Last post by Hemish
Welcome aboard, enjoy your stay

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