M61A5 Semovente MBT - WIP 2 - Ready for Weathering


After about 20 days of work my Semovente is ready for weathering. For the most part things went well. The colour scheme looks okay and aside from a few areas where my paint coats were too thick the digital camo looks pretty good. Paint went well on everything else. I did lose a few pieces somehow, including a bit of handle bar that goes on the rear of the kit. I may try to recreate it if I can find some piping thin enough but I'll likely just pretend it never existed in the first place ;)

M61A5 Semovente MBT - WIP 1


Wooh, how about some WIP shots of my Semovente MBT? (How do you pronounce Semovente anyway?) But first, commentary!


Thus far things have been moving pretty quickly. Aside from a couple of days when I lost an integral part of my airbrush that is. As you can see I'm moving forward with my grey and grey-blue gray colour scheme. It's certainly different which is think is great. Lots of little detail parts need to be done here and there. At some point I'm going to start weathering as well. There's a possibility I'm going to overdo it so appreciate these clean shots while they last. Also, you may notice that I'm doing digital camo again. This time only two colours under the main colour and at an angle. I hope it comes out okay, placement of the first layer went well but I wasn't fond of how the second went on. The first coat of the top colour is currently drying.


Enough of my end-of-day ramblings, picture time!


PG Sized Action Base Review - Chinese Knockoff Edition


Recently I acquired a second-hand PG 00 Gundam from a modeler in Australia. In my haste to get it up on it's stand and take a look at it I accidentally broke the little piece of plastic that's supposed to connect the huge kit to the stand (smooth thinking there, Bandai). Early attempts to fix it were less than successful, so, to the internet I turned. Turns out you can buy display stand purposely built for the PG 00 Gundam... for only 90-fucking-dollars. $90, for just an oversize d action base? I really hope that's just inflated due to demand and not a serious price tag from Bandai. Not willing to dump so much on so little I kept looking and found one of these...


MG Banshee ver. Titans - Complete


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Ah, here it is. My latest Gundam Unicorn creation, a Banshee more specifically, themed in the lovable Titan's colour scheme. Blue and gold has always been one of my favorite schemes, well before I saw Zeta Gundam ages ago. To see this kit come together and look pretty damn amazing, with the yellow details here and there, is a long time coming. The project was envisioned months ago before I convinced PatrickGrade (of GundamGuy fame) to part with his Banshee.

His contribution, long with my FA Unicorn/Banshee frame swap, allowed for the kit to be built with two claws. I like how they look closed, almost like a giant fist, so I decided to display this kit with one closed and the other open. I'm not a fan of the built in beam cannons so those aren't like to make it onto any upcoming Unicorn projects of my own. They could make for a good mod/kitbash somewhere down the line. All in all, I'm pretty pleased with how this project turned out.

MG Banshee ver. Titans - WIP 2


Time to share some more WIP shots of my latest MG Unicorn project, more specifically, a MG Banshee painted in Titans colours. For the most part things have been going well and a majority of the kit has been painted. That's saying a lot since I counted 5 pieces in the entire thing that aren't getting one colour or another. Good news aside, I have had some major problems with my top coat though.

For whatever reason, I think because I laid to heavy of a coat, Testors' Dull Cote actually managed to make many of the pieces more lustrous. Frustrating on it's own, horrible when in contact with the decals. This issue doesn't seem to have occurred on the decals themselves, just the paint. Thus the decals are duller than the pieces around them and their lines show up really easy with the right lighting. It's almost like reverse silvering.