• wow 200 episodes. when i had originally found the youtube channel i marathoned all 26 episodes at the time. way to go!!!! fantastic stuff

  • apollosspear posted an update in the group Group logo of What are you building?What are you building? 1 year ago

    well, i was finally able to start my paint job on the bandai x-wing. the build was awesome and the detail is fantastic. i painted the cockpit in cromate green (not shown) and used the waterslide decals for the controls. i added red and silver triggers on the flight stick. i base coated the body in alclad gloss black then used alclad aluminum. then i ran into a problem. i was going to use the one piece canopy but found that unlike the snow speeder, there are no clear window inserts! so i had to mask, base coat, and paint the clear canopy piece. i attached it and masked off to paint the olive drab anti glare portions of the canopy and nose. then re masked and painted the nose and engine cowls red. that’s all for now!!
  • apollosspear posted a new activity comment 1 year, 1 month ago

    In reply to: OniMun posted an update in the group Airbrush and Gunpla! I recently started painting using an airbrush and I noticed that when I would paint, all that would come out would be clear liquid which I would assume is thinner, and not the actual color to be painted. I figured that I put too much thinner into the mix. What ratio of paint to thinner should I use? View

    oh also, if you are going to mix your paint and thinner in the paint cup of the air brush, i find turning the cup to the side and putting the thinner in first, trying to not let it get down where the needle is until i have mixed it with the paint helps to insure that i have all the thinner and paint mixed together

  • apollosspear posted a new activity comment 1 year, 1 month ago

    In reply to: OniMun posted an update in the group Airbrush and Gunpla! I recently started painting using an airbrush and I noticed that when I would paint, all that would come out would be clear liquid which I would assume is thinner, and not the actual color to be painted. I figured that I put too much thinner into the mix. What ratio of paint to thinner should I use? View

    depends on the paint. you kind of have to play around with it to get a ratio you like. for instance tamiya paint, some say a 1:1 ratio, i find that for 20 drops (pipette) of thinner i use 16-17 drops of paint. BUT i have been watching “Andy’s Hobby Headquarters” on youtube and he takes a fresh bottle of tamiya paint, opens it up and fills it the rest of the way up, leaving about 1/8th of an inch from the top of the jar, with thinner. i tried it and it works perfect.

    vallejo model air is supposed to be airbrush ready

    either way the “general rule” is if after you mix your paint and thinner pull a little up the side of your paint cup, and if it runs like milk you have it thinned correctly.

  • these bandai star wars kits are amazing. i loved building the snow speeder so i picked up the t-65 x-wing that i started today, vader’s tie adv. x-1. i have a regular tie, and a t-70 x-wing on the way. i am going to do custome paint jobs and decals on them as well. they are so much fun!
    • they have to be hands down the greatest star wars kits ever made. i have them all so far. enjoy 🙂

  • apollosspear posted an update in the group Group logo of Star Wars kitStar Wars kit 1 year, 1 month ago

    hello, i just finished the Bandai Snowspeeder a few days ago. great simple kit. i did a custom paint job and decals. any feed back is welcome. also, this was my first time doing a sludge wash an i am not too sure how i feel about how it came out.
  • In reply to: Syd wrote a new post, Gunpla TV - Episode 185 - Iron Blooded Gundams and the DeLorean! It seems like quite a while since we've been in the studio to film an episode of Gunpla TV and that's because it has been a while. We talk about what we've been doing and what has kept us away before getting to […] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DfyskQLhPek View

    GREAT SCOTT!!!! DOUBLE KIT GIVEAWAY!? I need to go back to nov. 5 1955 and make sure everything happens perfectly so that i have a chance to win!

    and i really want that DeLorean

  • apollosspear posted an update in the group Group logo of Q/A & Help GroupQ/A & Help Group 1 year, 5 months ago

    hi, i am working on a M4 Sherman diorama and i am at the weathering stage on the tank. this is the first time i am weathering a model and i want to use some black oil paint to do the wash. i have seen it thinned with mineral spirits. can i use lacquer thinner instead (i have clean strip)? and how will this affect the paint job? i have a coat of future floor wax clear coat on the model.

    thanks

    • Whatever you do, don’t use a lacquer thinner for the job! It will eat trough the future clear and effect your paint job. You could also use a turpentine to thin the oil paint.
      You could also thin down an enamel paint with lighter fluid, enamel thinner, white spirit or benzine and clean up with the same agents. I find enamels best for doing a wash. Oil paints are normally used for streaking effects.
      Hope this helps out. Good luck and happy building

  • apollosspear posted a new activity comment 1 year, 5 months ago

    In reply to: apollosspear posted an update in the group Airbrush and Gunpla! hello all. quick question. i bought some plastic angle necked squeeze bottles to keep some airbrush cleaners in and i was wondering if it was safe to store clean strip green lacquer thinner in it, or will it eat through the plastic? i know tamiya\'s lacquer thinner comes in a plastic bottle, but didnt want to take a chance with a different product. also, i have seen where people use windex as a cleaner. does that work for lacquers, enamels, and acrylics, or just acrylics? thanks! View

    thanks

    i only use lacquer thinner for my lacquer paints and alcohol/ water for the acrylics right now.

  • hello all. quick question. i bought some plastic angle necked squeeze bottles to keep some airbrush cleaners in and i was wondering if it was safe to store clean strip green lacquer thinner in it, or will it eat through the plastic? i know tamiya’s lacquer thinner comes in a plastic bottle, but didnt want to take a chance with a different product.

    also, i have seen where people use windex as a cleaner. does that work for lacquers, enamels, and acrylics, or just acrylics?

    thanks!

    • It all depends on the type of plastic used for your bottles. Most plastics can’t hold solvent based thinners. If it is PTFE plastic, it’s not a problem at all, other plastics may melt.
      I guess you have to test it. I used the bottles from Vallejo and they withstand cleaning using lacquer thinners so my bet is they can be used to store the lacquer based thinners. Myself I use empty glass bottles which held coffee milk. Works great, downside is, I have to use pipettes to get the thinner or lacquer based paint out.

      There are people that even use index for thinning their paint… But this only works for acrylics, only the water based acrylics like the ones from Vallejo. The Mr.Hobby Aqueous and Tamiya acrylics are alcohol based and won’t react well with Windex.
      You also could use…[Read more]

  • apollosspear posted a new activity comment 2 years ago

    In reply to: Big Rich posted an update in the group Gundam Build Fighters Try GUNDAM BUILD FIGHTERS TRY-Episode 14: Worthy Rivals (ENG sub) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R1ZHjhRpRRk View

    he may be the old man’s grandson , who created team nemesis from season one. watch episode 20. he has the same hair and eyes and his name is Lucas soooo maybe

  • apollosspear posted a new activity comment 2 years, 1 month ago

    In reply to: Big Rich posted an update in the group Gundam Build Fighters Try GUNDAM BUILD FIGHTERS TRY-Episode 12: To Fly To the Future (ENG sub) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8AFRiOUoyAc View

    wait. why did Meijen say Yuuma’s sister was taking care of him? I thought China was with Sei?

    • I wondered that too. It’s probably a translation error, or a lie. The Meijin was saying that he knows Yuu’s sister. This was probably in order for Yuu to trust him, to show they’re not total strangers.

      • OR MAYBE SHES A TWO TIMING WENCH!
        Couldn’t stop myself from it
        How do we know its his only sister?
        Either way cant wait till next ep.
        I want more sd action (he sayd reluctantly) and if the modelkit preorders are any spoilers i see three ways everything could go, and i like em all :3

        • It is a Japanese manner to thanks your relative’s peer to “taking care of” the person as looking after. (Usually use when meeting a classmate or co-worker of that person)

          As they are from same school and know each other, it is pretty normal.

          • Um wut? Explain that a bit more please

          • In Yuuma’s case, since Meijin and China are friends, Yuuma would thanks Meijin for looking after her sis (Assumption on everyone looking after each others when they are acquaintances)

  • In reply to: Syd wrote a new post, Gunpla TV - Episode 161 - Star Wars kits! MG Blue Astray D Thumbnailhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9YYa0taqN8 Star Wars! Star Wars, Star Wars, Star Wars!!! For those who have hoped and wished and waited for snap-fit Tie Fighters and such, your dreams have come true. Bandai is […] View

    Those Star Wars kits are awesome!! and Im Blinded by the bling!! I hope i get the phenex!(pheonix? phenix? BLING!!!!!)

  • apollosspear posted a new activity comment 2 years, 11 months ago

    In reply to: LeoPanda posted an update in the group Modeling Supplies Addicts - Tools, Paints, Tips Don't know if this is the right place for this. But can anyone share thier best alternative to mr. Topcoat. I have read about krylon and mr. Super clear. Any tips would be appreciated. View

    i really like tamiya lacquer spray cans. i use the clear pearl, but that’s because i really like how it makes the gunpla shine

  • apollosspear posted a new activity comment 2 years, 11 months ago

    In reply to: baui posted an update in the group Q/A & Help Group Hey guys, I was building my MG Nu Gundam Ver. Ka and much to my surprise Bandai decided to throw me challenge. There is a runner that has a total of 8 pieces that have been affected by a molding issue (I think it's related to the cool down time and handling). It's definitely a runner that should not have passed in the product quality process. Any ideas on how to fix it? Link for more pictures and comparison to correctly molded pieces: http://baui95.blogspot.com.au/2014/02/bandai-gundam-molding-error.html Thanks in advanced
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    you know i am building the same kit and one of the hands had a whole lot of extra plastic all over the fingers and the part that you use to help hold the weapons. i was able to clean up most of the extra plastic around the fingers and they work fine if a little tighter than normal, but the attachment piece was a loss. it wouldn’t rotate no matter how much i worked on it. luckily it was on the shield arm side so i sadly snipped it off.

    i know there are some websites that can replace parts. unfortunately i don’t know any off hand, sorry. if no one here is able to help maybe try one of the youtubers that build a lot like vegeta. they might be able to help.

    • Thanks heaps for the suggestion and reply. Yeah that would be pretty annoying. I was actually thinking of going to gentaikits for replacement parts but it could get pretty pricey or try and reshape them myself even though it’s a little risky. But yeah Vegeta does really great work.

      Luckily I contacted the HLJ Parts department and they said that they can ask Bandai to send the parts over for replacement because it was a manufacture defect. Lucky HLJ has great customer service or else i’d be at a huge loss.

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