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Sazabi ver. Ka - Almost Complete

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I haven't said much about this project on OR but I figure the day before it's finally complete is a good a time as any to post some work-in-progess shots. Painting wise, everything is complete. Decals are on (surprisingly without major incident) and the top coat is on. I'm just making a few small detail tweaks where and there as I assemble the kit for the last time.

Take a look at some of the pieces as they're starting to come together...

 

Gunpla Display Cabinet 2 - Cabinet Harder

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Over a year ago I set about putting my Gunpla models into a display case of their own. The intent was to not only display them properly but help protect them from the ever present threat of dust. This was the result. It was initially evident that I didn't have enough room for everything but lacking floorspace there wasn't much I could do about it. Since then I've been lucky enough to upscale my living conditions, and from that, my Gunpla display situation. Though, I'm not sure I have enough space now either.

 

Three reasons why Kill la Kill isn't living up to its potential

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We're 12 episodes into the latest series from Studio Trigger and ex-Gainax icon Hiroyuki Imaishi, Kill la Kill. While this ride started off wild and exciting it has slowly wondered into a by-the-numbers snooze fest. You know it's bad when the latest Valvrave episode is more anticipated. Kill la Kill has quite a lot going for it though, and with a bit of fine tuning, it could still develop into something great. While it may not surpass Imaishi's directorial debut, Gurren Lagann, it can at least save itself a mere flicker in the annals of anime history. To get there, though, a few things need to be cleaned up which are holding the series back.

Testing out Amazon Web Services

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For some odd reason I'm always tweaking the site in December. Last year it as all kinds of much needed upgrades and special features. This year it's something a lot more dangerous, a move to Amazon Web Services!

Well, it's not really that dangerous, since the original instance of this site is still running on the old server. But this extended test on AWS is fraught with a bit of danger since I haven't a clue what the sort of resources the site needs to run on a daily basis. The site is currently sitting in the lowest tier, simply due to cost. Hopefully this will be enough because the next higher will seriously overstep the ad revenue.

On the bright side, the site should be running a tad quicker. At least according to various websites out there that measure that sort of thing. While it is a small instance, at least the database is now local and the resources (more or less, from a cloud prospective) dedicated.

 

New Gunpla Photo Studio

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While I dump money into this leaky sieve of a house it's important to remember, and enjoy, some of the benefits of home-ownership. One of those, however small, is having enough extra room to set up a dedicated Gunpla photo studio. Way overkill for most, it's perfect for me. Having the proper space means I'll be able to get consistent photos for my reviews and project updates. I'll also have enough room for PG kits and larger, like the HG Dendrobium. Perhaps the best part is that it's no longer in my living room!

 

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