Tuesday, February 7, 2017

[EVENT] Hobby Art Tetsujin 2017 - Competition Entries

As some of you may know, local hobby shop Hobby Art Gallery is currently holding a first-of-its-kind model kit competition cum hobby fair from Monday, 6 Feb 2017 to this Sunday, 12 Feb 2017 at level 2 of Bugis+ shopping mall.

Comprised of two main parts, namely the competition and the hobby fair, the event is wholly run by Hobby Art Gallery with the support of some of their partners. This post will showcase all of the builds submitted for Tetsujin! Of course, pictures do very little justice to some of this masterpieces, do drop by and have a look if you're in the Bugis area!

Simply put, the quality of entries is astounding. Click the link to view them all!

[EVENT] Hobby Art Tetsujin 2017 - Hobby Fair

Hobby Art Tetsujin has lots to see and lots to buy! Hey, you can even spot Joshua Darrah there! 

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

[Kit Insight] DevilArts MG 1/100 Providence Gundam Ver. SUN (Straight Build)

Third party model kits offer insight into the "what could have been" and "what if" of Gunpla development, often with far lower price tags that won't discourage builders from picking them up. DevilArts teased their MG 1/100 Providence Gundam some time back, but then Bandai suddenly dropped a bombshell with the announcement of their own MG 1/100 Providence Gundam, with a full coloured build displayed at one of the year-end Gunpla Expos in Japan. Naturally, interest for the DevilArts version of the Providence waned, but it still remained on the radar for a while as the Bandai version will only be released in March 2017.

Monday, January 23, 2017

[Kit Insight] Bandai HGIBO 1/144 Hekija (Limited Production Test Unit for Lafter Frankland) (Painted Build)

Lafter Frankland is my favourite female character from the Iron Blooded Orphans series, with beautiful curves, remarkable features and actual character development and advancement. It also helps that she's constantly inside new machines, machines that look alien, exotic and desirable all at the same time.

The Hekija is the perfect example.

[Kit Insight] Bandai HGIBO 1/144 Mobile Armor Hashmal (Light Build)

The Hashmal caused quite a stir when it made its appearance on the anime series, inciting hatred and scorn amongst many viewers. Said viewers also cheered when the Barbatos Lupus scored a Pyrrhic victory against it with Mikazuki's aggressive-suicidal tendencies, knowing that the parts from the vanquished Mobile Armor will be used to upgrade the Barbatos (again). 

[Accessory Analysis] Billion Spark Craftmanship Non-Scale MS Weapon 02

Although it says "non scale", these bad boys are actually a pretty good fit with MG 1/100 model kits, especially "tacticool" ones like the Jesta. 

Thursday, December 29, 2016

The Year in Review

New Logo!

As year 2016 is coming to an end in one more day, it is a good time to reflect and review on what I have amassed/ built/ collected over the past year. It has been a challenge trying to find time to build kits, let alone go through with full customs complete with modifications, detailing and decals. Oftentimes, I find myself going back to my straight building roots, snapping together kits but actually enjoying the building process. Going forward, I will probably do more straight builds while only focusing the hardcore builds on kits with clear, concrete ideas.  

In 2017, I will try to do what I can, striving to bring quick reviews on kits and collectibles to make it that bit easier for readers to make that purchase decision.

I look forward to your continued support for the coming year and beyond!

Read on to see what has been done the past year!

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

[Metal Build] Bandai Tamashii Nations Metal Build 1/100 Gundam Astray Blue Frame Full Weapons

As long as Bandai continues to make Metal Builds, people will continue to buy them. 

The Astray Blue Frame was teased sometime back along with a number of other potential releases, but the Blue Frame was more or less confirmed with a definite release date. True to the Metal Build brand, the Astray Blue Frame Full Weapons is exquisite, meticulously crafted with precision and a keen attention to detail. There are various sections on the armor that are painted in off-white, to give it a pseudo-camouflage look befitting of the clandestine Serpent Tail.

[Kit Insight] Bandai HGIBO 1/144 Gundam Flauros [Tekkadan Refurbished Model] (Customised Build)

When the Flauros was first teased after being dug out from a hole on Mars, the fans of the series collectively shrieked. Finally, a new Gundam Frame was to make an appearance and it was to belong to Tekkadan (who already has two Gundam Frames in possession), so naturally there was intense speculation on who will eventually pilot this new machine. Some episodes later, the Flauros officially made its appearance in Shino's ostentatious magneta, dubbed Ryusei-Go the 4th. Yes, it was a killer intro with the firing of the Galaxy Cannon, but the transformation sequence seems shoehorned in to achieve the "Transformable MS" quota and frankly it looks weird, not to mention that such a transformation system will wreak havoc on all of the Flauros' internal systems.

[Kit Insight] Bandai HGIBO 1/144 Gundam Vidar Ver. GPN (Customised Build)

The Vidar is an enigmatic machine. Swift, deadly and armed with more weapons than some colonies' militias, the Vidar's signature move would be the drawing of a new burst blade from the containers by its side. It is an inefficient way of fighting as the huge containers holding the incendiary burst blades will give enemies a larger target, but DAMN does it look cool.