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This blog is about my collection of Plastic Models - primarily Gundam. Read on and don't forget to share your passion!

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My completed works.

Linus Torvald says:

"Artists usually don't make all that much money, and they often keep their artistic hobby despite the money rather than due to it."

Wilfred Peterson says:

"A man practices the art of adventure when he breaks the chain of routine and renews his life through reading new books, traveling to new places, making new friends, taking up new hobbies and adopting new viewpoints."

Steve Martin says:

"When your hobbies get in the way of your work - that's OK; but when your hobbies get in the way of themselves... well..."

Dale Carnegie says:

"Today is life-the only life you are sure of. Make the most of today. Get interested in something. Shake yourself awake. Develop a hobby. Let the winds of enthusiasm sweep through you. Live today with gusto."

T. Chris Lim says:

"If you think you're playing too much, PLAY MORE! Remember, there is no game over."

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Best Christmas Gift - WAR!

The year 2012 has been a great year (so far) for me. A year that's full of never-ending blessings and happiness, adventures, failure and victory...and I'm excited to see what will I make of 2013.
I got married to my lovely wife, moved to a new place, finally established my hobby room (with my wife of course), and the most important one will be our upcoming baby girl -- To name a few of my blessings this year.
Speaking of blessing, as I return from my exhausting day-job, I came home today and got the coolest gift I ever received. I knew my wife was planning on something but with this surprise, she totally caught me off-guard. On top of my closet I found a box wrapped in a green gift-wrap with a love letter written all over it. Sweet! Now, I know she's just a few days..or weeks away from delivering our new angel.,so I really have no idea on how she was able to sneak up and bought me something this cool.
I now bring you...the WAR!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Upcoming GunPla kits for 2013 - Prepare your Wallet!

So many Gundams. So little time... While I'm still waiting to get my hands on the recently released MG Aegis Gundam and RG Zeta Gundam, Bandai announced their upcoming model kits for 2013. Based from what I saw, it's going to be another exciting plastic-modeling-wallet-emptying year for me. I've got my eye on a couple of units and I've listed them here (as a wishlist). Credits to GundamGuy for the images.

First up, the HG 1/144 Astray Blue Frame 2nd Rev.
Astray Gundam designs are cool...at least for me. I got the MG 1/100 version - my 2nd MG- of the Blue frame sometime in 2010. I really liked the overall design esp. the Tactical Arms (that huge sword thing). But for an HG version, I'm quite skeptical. I personally do not like the Gundam Seed models on HG due to a lot of reasons (proportion, seam lines, lots of seam lines, etc). If the HG Blue frame will "recycle" the old HG Astray designs (same mold patterns as Astray Red, Blue and Green), I certainly will NOT get this. But if they can do something as cool as the M1 Astray, I will definitely save up for one.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

1/100 MG Deathscythe Hell - Commissioned Work - Complete

MG 1/100 Deathscythe Hell - Commissioned work. Here are the images of my completed work. Enjoy!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Weekend Hauls - Legend Gundam and Frame Arms!

I got some real nice weekend hauls here. I went out yesterday to get some fresh air (and Gunpla) and bought some cool stuff back home.

WIP: MG Deathscythe Hell pt 4 - Painting!

Time to paint! Weekend is here and the sky allowed me to do some paint job for my Commissioned work - the MG Deathscythe Hell!

Monday, October 15, 2012

WIP: MG Deathscythe Hell pt 3 - Active Cloak and Wet Sanding

I was able to finish the whole Deathscythe Hell!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

MG 1/100 Tallgeese - The Long Wait is OVER!

More Gunpla Goodness from Bandai! I got these news from a blog a regularly visit and honestly, it got me very excited! First stop - The MG Tallgeese! I've been wanting to get a Master Grade version of these as the old 1/100 version was really.. ...well UGLY...for me.

Monday, October 8, 2012

WIP: MG Deathscythe Hell - Assembly pt 2

The build continues...

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

WIP: 1/100 MG Deathscythe Hell - Assembly pt 1

First stage of the Commissioned work. Assembly.
The Gundam Deathscythe Hell has a 19 runners.,each molded in nice colours. Gates are perfectly placed except for the bicep armor piece (which I forgot to take some photos).

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Commissioned Work: MG Deathscythe Hell EW

Here's another weekend win for me. I was able to close a commissioned work deal with a client from UK. The client wanted an "Out-of-the-box" build of the 1/100 MG Gundam Deathscythe Hell. I never had one of these kits so this will be exciting for me. I might as well get one of these.
The image above was the box-art...looked very similar to Strike Freedom.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

When Legends Retire...

Let's take a moment of silence to salute one of the Legends in plastic modeling world. Muramatsu-san or "Mr Zaku" - one of the original designers of our very first Gundam kit has just retired from Bandai.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Warhammer Figures: New Addition to my Collection

Looks like the S-Gundam will take a time-out. My wife and I found something interesting today. This is a Warhammer 40,000 paint set, a basic starter kit! I always wanted to try one of these and today I got lucky. Let's see what's inside the box!

WIP: HG 1/144 S-Gundam

Back to business.
I'm currently working on a small project and I have here my HG 1/144 S-Gundam. This is a straight build with very little modifications plus a custom paint. I used Vallejo Air colors, air-brushed on most parts and detailed using the same material as well. I'm already done adding some decals on the upper body. Tomorrow I might add more decals if all goes well.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

BIR: Tax for Online Traders. - Stupidity Lvl: Over 9999

It's been a while since I've posted any updates on my blog. Believe me, I've been busy doing Gunpla (and videogames too). I was busy browsing and gathering information about plastic modeling when I landed on GundamPH's site and the article about "Online Private Sellers – Obliged To Pay Taxes Says BIR".

According to the source:

"Online Traders beware: The taxman cometh"

MANILA – Online traders and entrepreneurs beware, as the Bureau of Internal Revenue this year will start going after those who fail to issue electronic invoices to customers.

Commissioner Kim Jacinto-Henares told reporters that online businesses – such as sulit.com.ph, e-bay Philippines, alibaba.com, ayosdito.ph and multiply.com - would have to be registered with the BIR.

"These businesses shall be registered to us, and that they should be paying the corresponding taxes. Otherwise, we will run after them," Jacinto-Henares said.

"This plan will push through hopefully within the year. Under the rules, online sellers shall be registered as such to the BIR, and that their electronic invoicing shall likewise be registered either directly to us or a third-party accredited by us," the BIR chief said.

"The electronic invoicing could be availed of through a third party, but such third-party shall be accredited by the BIR. Meaning, private parties could participate and get the necessary accreditation from us," she added.

Well...what can I say about this?

My middle finger salutes you BIR and the rest of your minions!

Saturday, June 23, 2012

WIP: 1/100 MG Gundam Epyon - Assembly and the Undying Love

Enjoying the weekend at home...

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Sneaking Mission: ToyCon 2012

The 11th Philippine Toys, Hobbies and Collections Convention 2012. 11th...probably my first.
It was a Rainy Sunday morning. I was planning on sleeping all day long when I remembered that this day was the last day of the 2012 Toy convention. I immediately decided to sneak in with a few objectives in mind - hoard a couple of Gundams, take some pictures, celebrate Father's day (technically I'm not yet a father), get relaxed and have fun. I think I was able to achieve all that.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

WIP: 1/100 MG Gundam Age-1 Normal - Assembly

While waiting for the RG Zaku II pictorial, I decided to unload and snap-fit this beautiful monster - the MG Gundam Age-1 Normal.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

WIP: 1/144 RG Char's Zaku II - Wet Sanding and a Ton of Patience

It was a nice sunny weekend. Nothing much to do, nowhere else to go to, not much cash in my pocket...I am stuck in my hobby room (with my wife). I took the time to "revive" my old 1/144 RG Char's Zaku II and I decided to give it a nice paint job.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

1/144 RG Justice Gundam - Soon!

Another RG is coming to town!
These Real Grade Gundam kits are keeping me busy these past few days and I must admit, I really enjoyed building these little monsters. I got more excited as the next RG in line was announced by Gundam Guy. Justice Gundam is up! Man, these things are getting better and better.

I recently completed snap-fitting the Freedom and Gundam Mark II in addition to the RG Aile Strike (soon to be posted) and the green Zaku II, and I'm hoping I will be able to paint them before the Justice Gundam arrives in July.

Freedom will never be alone again!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

WIP: RG 1/144 Gundam Mark II - Internal Frame

This is madness! Real Grade Madness!
As soon as I got my hands on this cool Gundam kit, I immediately cleared my worktable, set aside all of my model kits and started working on the Gundam Mark II. I heard based on some reviews that the construction of the Mark II was "the BOMB". Indeed it was THE BOMB! So let's get started. For today's update, I'm going to build the internal frame used by the Mark II.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

1/35 Stryker Command Vehicle - WIP - How to Apply Paint Chipping

HobbyOwYeah is back! After the success of my new Spray booth, I immediately took off and bought myself some new set of acrylic paints. I got interested in Vallejo acrylics. Thanks to the expert recommendation from a master - DC23. Packed with a few samples, I immediately setup to paint my long overdue "Stryker". Today, I'm going to show you my newly acquired techniques.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

HobbyOwYeah - Custom Spraybooth

I’ve finally created my very own custom spray booth. Using a couple of cheap materials, I was able to design a very simple spray booth – and finally I can start/continue learning painting using my airbrush.

Materials used:

1. iBox (or any similar plastic container

2. Exhaust Fan (Be sure to check the specs of the fan as sometimes it may ignite the flammable fumes coming from the paint)

3. Switch

4. Electrical wire and plug

5. Washing machine hose

6. PET bottle

The assembly is pretty straightforward. First, I setup the wiring system by connecting the plug and cord and placing them on top of the container.

Cut a square hole at the back of the plastic container just big enough to fit the exhaust fan assembly.

Setup the proper exhaust position. I chose to keep the exhaust vent in upward position.

Connect the power cables to the exhaust fan.

Place the top of the PET bottle as a coupler on the exhaust vent.

Seal it with masking tape.

And there you have it. A simple custom spray booth!

Simple and cost efficient. Total amount was less than Php 2,000.00.

Thanks for dropping by. Have a nice day.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

WIP: 1/144 RG Freedom Gundam

I'm a big fan of Real Grade series. The release of the Freedom Gundam in RG got me too excited because of two things - I never had any Freedom Gundam yet, and it is in Real Grade.
I immediately began construction and forgot to take pics. Sorry about that. So here are the photos of the snapfit-build. No weapons were added....for now.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

WIP: 1/100 MG Destiny Gundam

The Spray booth is still out of my worktable. So I just started another snapfit-build. This time, I chose the 1/100 MG Destiny Gundam. I can't say this is one of my favorite units. I just wanted to complete the "Strike Freedom-Infinite Justice-Destiny" trio. Unfortunately, the Infinite Justice was a mess. I constructed it sometime in 2010 and the moral lesson of that build - Never ever paint the parts while still attached to the runners. The Strike Freedom was messed up as well - Never apply oil-panel wash directly to a model kit, while still attached to the runner, especially when using Tamiya Enamels (more esp. without primers). I managed to save the Strike Freedom and it is still sitting under my worktable.

A few months and more lessons later, I think I learned my lesson. This time I will be doing it right.
So...now I bring you a snapfit-build of the MG Destiny Gundam.

Here's the box art. Notice the construction manual at the back. That manual came from a bootleg Gundam I tried to experiment on last year. It was from the TT HongLi Destiny Extreme Blast/burst mode. Apparently, the original Destiny Gundam construction manual was missing!!!

I had no choice but to stick to this manual hoping every bit of detailed construction was accurate.

Three days later, I managed to complete the MG Destiny Gundam and here are the photos.

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