56th All Japan Model & Hobby Show

September 26, 2016 at 22:18 | Posted in Events | Leave a comment
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Rather than staying indoors all weekend due to rainy weather, I decided to have a look at this year’s All Japan Model & Hobby Show. Instead of heading straight to the Bandai section like always, I detoured towards the Junk City section to look for gunpla spare parts. Then I navigated towards the Hasegawa section to buy some aircraft spare parts and waterslide decals. Also managed to grab a 1/72 scale VF-1 Valkyrie Battroid kit. Now that shopping’s done, I could finally take a leisurely stroll with my camera.

The Kotobukiya section was dominated by Frame Arms Girls, with some Zoids kits as well.  At the Max Factory section, there’s the 1/350 scale Cherno Alpha and Gipsy Danger from Pacific Rim. It’s gonna be a plastic model kit instead of a ready-made figure so I’m looking forward to its release. The Little Armory section has the upcoming MP7A2 and M134 minigun kits on display, which will be followed by MP5 SD6 and M4A1+M203 kits. Still no release date for the KLX250 motorbike though.

And then finally I made my way to the Bandai section. I was greeted by a plethora of Iron Blooded Orphans (IBO) kits, possibly to coincide with the 2nd season of the anime. Also there were the same stuff seen during the previous C3Hobby show, namely the RG Build Strike, HG Guncannon, HG Zaku I Origin (Char), HG Bugu, HGUC GM Ground Type, RE/100 Bawoo and MG Psycho Zaku.
Then there’s the pleasant suprise which was the MG GM Sniper II. I would’ve been happy with a RE/100 version, but an MG kit is even better.
Finally there’s the Premium Bandai stuff: HG Sword Impulse, MG Nu H.W.S pack, and extra armor & weapons for the MG Fullarmor Thunderbolt Gundam.  Someone should tell Bandai they managed to misspell ‘hangar’ twice: ‘hanger’ on the background art, and ‘hunger’ on the boxart. It’d be hilarious if they kept the spelling error on the official box art.

Type-J9 Griffon (D-style)

February 9, 2013 at 18:14 | Posted in Other scales | Leave a comment
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Introduction:

I got this kit shortly after I bought the D-style Ingram 1, just because I wanted a bad-guy unit to match it. Like the Ingram, this D-style kit is Kotobukiya’s version of the super-deformed line (large head, small body) and I built these two kits in parallel.

Materials & Methods:

Again, building is very simple and straight forward. Most of the parts are in black, except for the joints and monoeye which already came pre-painted. However, unlike the Ingram, this kit has more visible seam lines which needed to be fixed: chest, arms, legs and the wing backpack. The underwater jetpack has quite obvious cavities in them. I thought about plugging them with epoxy putty but the amount needed would be substantial so I just left them as they are.

Although most of the parts are black, some parts on the chest and arms & legs needed to be painted grey. The vents for the underwater jetpack were painted yellow while the underside of the backpack booster was painted red. For panel lining, I used gray enamel. I didn’t apply too many water-slide decals this time, just a few in certain places. Finally I sprayed it with a layer of gloss topcoat.

Results:

 

Discussion:

Because 90% of the kit was black, I thought this would be an easier build than the Ingram, but I was wrong. There were a lot more seam lines to fix and painting some parts were a bit trickier. But once fully assembled, it looks very nice indeed; arguably better looking than the non-deformed version. It has a mean aura to it, and very fitting for a villain’s mecha.

The only weapon included is a revolver, but it has two pairs of hands: a normal closed-fist and a pointy open palm. It has two types of interchangeable backpacks too: a wing type and the underwater jetpack type.

Overall, I had fun building these D-style kits and if you had to choose between the two, I’d recommend getting the Griffon over the Ingram. It simply looks more bad ass.

AV-98 Ingram 1 (D-style)

February 6, 2013 at 12:31 | Posted in Other scales | 1 Comment
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Introduction:

I have always wanted to buy a model kit from the Patlabor series, but was reluctant to get the 1/35 scale version from Bandai because I wanted something smaller. So when Kotobukiya released the D-style Ingram 1, I decided to give that a try. The D-style kit is similar to the Super-Deformed (SD) kits, i.e. large oversized head with small, compact body & limbs. It also marks my first time purchasing a Kotobukiya kit.

Materials & Methods:

Building is very simple and straight forward. Color separation of the parts are quite well done, meaning you can just snap-fit this kit and it will already look quite decent. But for me, that’s not enough. I fixed the seam-lines on the legs and arms. For the (mono)eye, I painted silver over it to give the eye a reflective effect. On the shoulders, I attached some clear lens parts.

Some parts needed painting: the neck, small part of the shield, tip of the antenna, and weapons. The rest of the parts were left unpainted. Panel lines were added with black enamel paint. Although the kit already had some markings attached on some parts, being the decal maniac that I am, I added a few water-slide decals of my own. Finally, the whole kit was sprayed with a layer of flat topcoat.

Results:

 

Discussion:

This is my first Kotobukiya and first super-deformed kit. And I have to say, I’m quite impressed with it. What impressed me the most was the color separation of the parts. Some parts already came pre-painted, while the clear parts (eye and forehead sensor, police-lights on the shoulder) were already in their respective colors. Painting is not really needed, but the least that this kit deserves is some panel-lining. It will really make a difference.

The weapons included a revolver, a baton (molded in white & requires painting) and a shield. The kit didn’t come with any stickers of decals, probably because some parts already had some markings on them. Overall it was a very enjoyable build and recommended if you’re a fan of Patlabor and/or SD kits.

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