• Gaelio Zabi posted a new activity comment 1 day, 16 hours ago

    In reply to: Manpig posted an update in the group Beginner Modeler - Modeling Competition 2017
    Finished the \"head\" of Hashmal and attached him to the body. He uses a nice amount of parts separation, although a lot of the brown areas are stickers. He kinda looks like a grub like this, it\'s fun.
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    his head looks like a battleship’s bridge, maybe he can be made into one

  • In reply to: Syd wrote a new post, Gunpla TV - Episode 231 - MG GM Sniper II - HG GM Ground Type We have a big episode for everyone showing new kits in different grades and talking a bit about handling those frame covers on the MG Psycho Zaku Ver. Ka Thunderbolt kit. We also talk about the just announced […] View

    oh I almost forgot, how do we know that HLJ has successfully received our photos for the final entry? all I have as proof is a computer screen shot of the line “Your message was sent successfully. Thanks”, is it enough? thanks in advance.

  • In reply to: Syd wrote a new post, Gunpla TV - Episode 231 - MG GM Sniper II - HG GM Ground Type We have a big episode for everyone showing new kits in different grades and talking a bit about handling those frame covers on the MG Psycho Zaku Ver. Ka Thunderbolt kit. We also talk about the just announced […] View

    at times i like solid kits, at times i like flashy kits, guess the only solution is to buy them all

  • Gaelio Zabi posted a new activity comment 1 week, 3 days ago

    In reply to: Syd posted an update in the group Beginner Modeler - Modeling Competition 2017 If anyone has a question or seeks clarification of rules please contact us through normal channels rather than posting essay-like comments in the Groups. We will answer them. It\'s great to see so many people joining in the competition and the flow of updates into the groups and we don\'t wish that to be hijacked by lengthy debates over what some feel are unclear, or unfair rules. The rules have been clarified on Gunpla TV, on the Competition main page, and in an FAQ addition to that main page. View

    Please tell us in the next episode whether we can submit another entry if we think the latter is better, and how we can confirm that HLJ has successfully received our final works, perhaps by email. Thanks.

  • Gaelio Zabi posted a new activity comment 1 week, 3 days ago

    In reply to: Vin.kam037 posted an update in the group Beginner Modeler - Modeling Competition 2017 Question for this community: Does anyone know a good way of keeping decals on the kit without using \"Top Coat\" or \"Paint\"? Currently, I am using a bit of sticky glue to keep those buggers on and it seems to be working. View

    I often use RG decals, they stay on pretty well, they just need to be applied on a relatively flat and clean surface. Glue works fine but the places around the decals often have excess glue that need sanding.

  • Gaelio Zabi posted a new activity comment 1 week, 3 days ago

    In reply to: Gitty1 posted an update in the group Beginner Modeler - Modeling Competition 2017
    For ages I struggled with what to use for the eye/head part combined with my fear of messing up and wasting the part when I stumbled upon a hip armour piece for the exia R2 that\'s almost perfect, and there\'s two of them so I have room for error. Still got a lot of work to do on the piece though
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    if you can scratch build the damaged exia head, you deserve a prize in a higher category. good luck!

  • Gaelio Zabi posted a new activity comment 1 week, 5 days ago

    In reply to: Gaelio Zabi posted an update in the group Beginner Modeler - Modeling Competition 2017
    Here\'s a story about Lieutenant Crank Zent. One day he stumbled upon a crotch Gundam frame piece of his superior\'s MS, Major Baduin\'s Kimaris. In need of power, he used the frame parts to allow the missile launcher to be mounted on the Graze\'s shoulder. Now Lieutenant Crank\'s Graze charges into battles to uphold Gjallarhorn\'s justice, the Stark Jegan\'s way.
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    How is your ReZel coming along?

  • Happy lunar new year everyone! Wish you all a year with lots of great plamo. Here is a friendzoned Exia.
  • Gaelio Zabi posted a new activity comment 1 week, 5 days ago

    In reply to: Meijin the 5th posted an update in the group Beginner Modeler - Modeling Competition 2017
    Done snapping up this guy for today. Seam line removal & nub marks removal will be done tomorrow and probably a few hand painting (maybe the hair and some smaller details). Most of the painting will probably be done after chinese new year bcs I currently don\'t have all of the paint needed with me.
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    nice, which show is he from?

  • Gaelio Zabi posted a new activity comment 1 week, 5 days ago

    In reply to: MangyForestCat posted an update in the group Beginner Modeler - Modeling Competition 2017 @syd Why is there a “racial purity test\" for this competition? I do not understand at all the decision made to have this mixed messaging of what kits we are and are not allowed to use and whether they came from HLJ.com or not. If your intention was to create a completely closed ecosystem where no kits, but those bought from HLJ.com, would be eligible then obviously it is within your rights to do so. In that case why even bother with the description in the Advanced Category that it can be “a kit completely scratch-built, even a creation all your own that has never been seen before.” You know that from a logical perspective that those two things are mutually exclusive and cannot be true at the same time. You cannot BOTH A) Have a kit that you bought from HLJ.com or has been available to purchase from HLJ.com AND B) Make “a kit completely scratch-built, even a creation all your own that has never been seen before.” Those two are completely and utterly incompatible with each other. If you completely scratch-build a kit then it has obviously never been available for sale at HLJ.com. On top of which how do you judge this nonsensical little gem “the main part of your entry [has to] be an item that is, or was at one point, available for sale on hlj.com”? A completely scratch built, one-of-a-kind model, made at home from personally molded plastic/resin/vinyl/carbon-fiber, isn’t a kit that was once available from HLJ. On top of that, since it won’t have a “main part” to claim is from your website, how would you even possibly begin to categorize whether it’s eligible to partcipate? Honestly, I’ve studied with friends that have done computer programming and friends that have gone to law school. From a purely logical standpoint. This is terrible logic programming and makes no sense whatsoever. I bet this all went down a little something like this. Your boss Scott and everyone involved had a big discussion and, after a long examination and debate over 2013/2014, you decided to go a different direction and be more closed off, stifling, and restrictive with this year’s rules. Seeing all of this attention drawn to scratch built kits and items you do not sell on HLJ.com, you all came to the conclusion was not good for your business. You decided to make it more promotional in nature so that people would be more interested in using materials, building, and buying from HLJ. I get that. I completely understand that you want to draw attention to your company and this is all just one big promotion scheme. I’m not against that. What I am against is unclear rules and stifling creativity. Why not just be extremely clear, unrelenting, and Draconian with the rules? Why not just outright and flat-out state that we had to buy and a use a kit directly from HLJ.com? Why keep the colorful language in the Advanced Category saying you can completely scratch build a kit, when obviously that would, by any measure of logic, go against the idea that it’s from HLJ.com, or has at one time been sold there? You want to have it both ways and honestly your rules are not even close to allowing that to be true. And finally, why not just be more honest and open about this with EVERYONE? Why not just flat out tell everyone the reasons why you have different rules this year? Why have all this colorful, meandering, fuzzy, language around what is an isn’t allowed? Just be honest. You examined the 2013/2014 competition. You realized people weren’t necessarily using HLJ kits and materials. You didn’t really appreciate the true scratch-built and models from companies you don\'t sell from. You decided to do this competition and be more restrictive with the rules and regulations. You decided to stifle people’s choices and imaginations in order to promote your shop. I hold none of that against you. You are a business. However, as I already mentioned, what I do hold against you is this unclear and rather ridiculous stance you have taken. It’s obvious you just did a “Copy & Paste” of the old competition rules and category descriptions but you added in the “racial purity test” to make sure the kits come from HLJ. However you failed to notice that the rules from 2013/2014 do not mesh well with the ADDED “racial purity test” of 2017. Why not just extremely clear about this? * For reference to everyone this is the link to 2013/2014’s competition. http://hlj.com/Playing-With-Plamo-Modeling-Competition-2013#howto ** This is the link to 2017’s competition http://hlj.com/plamo-2017#howto View

    In the most recent Gunpla TV episode, Syd confirmed that the materials can be purchased anywhere, they only needed to be available on hlj.com.

    • Again this has nothing to do with my post. You have failed to understand the internal hypocrisy and illogical inconsistencies arising from these new rules added on top of the 2013/2014 rules and category description.

  • Gaelio Zabi posted a new activity comment 1 week, 5 days ago

    In reply to: MangyForestCat posted an update in the group Beginner Modeler - Modeling Competition 2017 @syd Why is there a “racial purity test\" for this competition? I do not understand at all the decision made to have this mixed messaging of what kits we are and are not allowed to use and whether they came from HLJ.com or not. If your intention was to create a completely closed ecosystem where no kits, but those bought from HLJ.com, would be eligible then obviously it is within your rights to do so. In that case why even bother with the description in the Advanced Category that it can be “a kit completely scratch-built, even a creation all your own that has never been seen before.” You know that from a logical perspective that those two things are mutually exclusive and cannot be true at the same time. You cannot BOTH A) Have a kit that you bought from HLJ.com or has been available to purchase from HLJ.com AND B) Make “a kit completely scratch-built, even a creation all your own that has never been seen before.” Those two are completely and utterly incompatible with each other. If you completely scratch-build a kit then it has obviously never been available for sale at HLJ.com. On top of which how do you judge this nonsensical little gem “the main part of your entry [has to] be an item that is, or was at one point, available for sale on hlj.com”? A completely scratch built, one-of-a-kind model, made at home from personally molded plastic/resin/vinyl/carbon-fiber, isn’t a kit that was once available from HLJ. On top of that, since it won’t have a “main part” to claim is from your website, how would you even possibly begin to categorize whether it’s eligible to partcipate? Honestly, I’ve studied with friends that have done computer programming and friends that have gone to law school. From a purely logical standpoint. This is terrible logic programming and makes no sense whatsoever. I bet this all went down a little something like this. Your boss Scott and everyone involved had a big discussion and, after a long examination and debate over 2013/2014, you decided to go a different direction and be more closed off, stifling, and restrictive with this year’s rules. Seeing all of this attention drawn to scratch built kits and items you do not sell on HLJ.com, you all came to the conclusion was not good for your business. You decided to make it more promotional in nature so that people would be more interested in using materials, building, and buying from HLJ. I get that. I completely understand that you want to draw attention to your company and this is all just one big promotion scheme. I’m not against that. What I am against is unclear rules and stifling creativity. Why not just be extremely clear, unrelenting, and Draconian with the rules? Why not just outright and flat-out state that we had to buy and a use a kit directly from HLJ.com? Why keep the colorful language in the Advanced Category saying you can completely scratch build a kit, when obviously that would, by any measure of logic, go against the idea that it’s from HLJ.com, or has at one time been sold there? You want to have it both ways and honestly your rules are not even close to allowing that to be true. And finally, why not just be more honest and open about this with EVERYONE? Why not just flat out tell everyone the reasons why you have different rules this year? Why have all this colorful, meandering, fuzzy, language around what is an isn’t allowed? Just be honest. You examined the 2013/2014 competition. You realized people weren’t necessarily using HLJ kits and materials. You didn’t really appreciate the true scratch-built and models from companies you don\'t sell from. You decided to do this competition and be more restrictive with the rules and regulations. You decided to stifle people’s choices and imaginations in order to promote your shop. I hold none of that against you. You are a business. However, as I already mentioned, what I do hold against you is this unclear and rather ridiculous stance you have taken. It’s obvious you just did a “Copy & Paste” of the old competition rules and category descriptions but you added in the “racial purity test” to make sure the kits come from HLJ. However you failed to notice that the rules from 2013/2014 do not mesh well with the ADDED “racial purity test” of 2017. Why not just extremely clear about this? * For reference to everyone this is the link to 2013/2014’s competition. http://hlj.com/Playing-With-Plamo-Modeling-Competition-2013#howto ** This is the link to 2017’s competition http://hlj.com/plamo-2017#howto View

    I agree with your reason that they want to promote their company, and it is completely fine. As for the unclear rules, I believe hlj.com does offer scratch build materials.
    http://hlj.com/product/TAM70124/Sup
    So I guess nothing is wrong then.

    • I didn’t say they don’t offer scratch build materials. I know that HLJ offers many things including scratch built materials. That is besides the point. I can go to my local art supply or hobby store, and buy all the materials for scratch building. Someone building a completely scratch built model can use materials from various sources. How does @Syd and the other judges factor in which counts as the “main part of the entry” in that case?

      This “racial purity test” looking for this patrilineal relation with kits sold or at one time offered by HLJ is nonsensical. Why not just make the rules clear and exceedingly simple? So they only want kits from HLJ. Fine. Then why the mixed messaging and semi-open language around the FAQs? In which case why just “Copy & Paste” the entire same…[Read more]

      • In the most recent Gunpla TV episode, Syd confirmed that the materials can be purchased anywhere, they only needed to be available on hlj.com.

        • Again this has nothing to do with my post. You have failed to understand the internal hypocrisy and illogical inconsistencies arising from these new rules added on top of the 2013/2014 rules and category description.

  • Here’s a story about Lieutenant Crank Zent. One day he stumbled upon a crotch Gundam frame piece of his superior’s MS, Major Baduin’s Kimaris. In need of power, he used the frame parts to allow the missile launcher to be mounted on the Graze’s shoulder. Now Lieutenant Crank’s Graze charges into battles to uphold Gjallarhorn’s justice, the Stark Jegan’s way.
    • When you said stark jegan, I totally got it.

    • How is your ReZel coming along?

    • Sorry for the late reply as I was busy working out at the gym. My ReZEL is done for the most part. I just need to to some touch up work on it since some of the decal are peeling off. I am actually catching up on building some new kits which came in from HLJ.

  • Gaelio Zabi posted a new activity comment 2 weeks ago

    In reply to: Gaelio Zabi posted an update in the group Beginner Modeler - Modeling Competition 2017
    It was frustrating that the booster hinders access to the hole on the side skirt. So I gave the axe a new home with the leftover polycaps. I found out the connection piece meant for the Hyakuri has the same diameter peg as well. Option set 2 really is great!!
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    Thanks man, it did not fit very well on my kit, but shaving off a little plastic on the booster does make it a secure connection.

  • It was frustrating that the booster hinders access to the hole on the side skirt. So I gave the axe a new home with the leftover polycaps. I found out the connection piece meant for the Hyakuri has the same diameter peg as well. Option set 2 really is great!!
    • Looks great man. Here is some thing I found out. The slots in the middle the option boosters can work with part D2 25 from the Graze kit. On the Graze, this part to connect with the two ground type thruster. It is a super tight fit, but it will give you a place to put all the spare parts.

    • Thanks man, it did not fit very well on my kit, but shaving off a little plastic on the booster does make it a secure connection.

  • Gaelio Zabi posted a new activity comment 2 weeks ago

    In reply to: Gaelio Zabi posted an update in the group Beginner Modeler - Modeling Competition 2017
    it\'s just a snap built Graze with the grenade launcher from option set 2, but this pose does seems familiar ... Graze Zero EW maybe?
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    too bad the only winged MS I have is RG Freedom

  • it’s just a snap built Graze with the grenade launcher from option set 2, but this pose does seems familiar … Graze Zero EW maybe?
  • In reply to: Syd wrote a new post, Gunpla TV - Episode 230 - MG Titanium Finish Unicorn Twinframe! Twin Guncannons! It looks like this episode features kits that can be built different ways. While we didn't plan that when we prepared this episode we do think it's kind of cool. Also, we clarify some rules for the Playing with […] View

    kits with different configurations like that guncannon are great for bashing

  • I’m not very good at doing anything outside of the manual, but these are relatively easy to modify, so maybe I can do something with them.
    • Grazes are great blank slates, i’ll be looking forward to seeing what you’re going to do!

    • Great choice for choosing the Graze since most IBO kits have interchangeable parts. I have built the Graze and its variants more thing 30 times so if you got any questions about modifications, feel free to ask me. Good luck man!

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