Welcome to Hobby Ow Yeah!

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."

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.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

WIP: 1/100 MG Gundam 00 Raiser - Assembly

Here's my latest WIP, the MG 1/100 Gundam 00 Raiser from the Gundam 00 series. I admit, I'm already a year behind with this model. But my excitement is still up and let's just say I'm saving the best for last. This is actually one of my favorite Gundams and when Bandai released the MG version, I immediately looked for one. The best part - I got it at a cheaper price from a forum. For whatever reasons, I kept the 00 Gundam under my worktable...untouched.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Gundam Front Tokyo (Odaiba, Japan) - 1/1 Gundam Statue

The epic statue standing somewhere in Japan. If I will be given a chance to be there, I will:
- take a lot of photos (day, mid-day, afternoon, night...all day long),
- explore the shops selling limited-edition model kits (and probably hoard some),
- meet fellow hobbyists and see their masterpieces,
- meet the ladies in cosplay events and take pictures with them (in their Gundam costume no matter how ridiculous they pose...sometimes),
- get acquainted with a few Japanese beauties,
- explore the museum/gallery full of Gundam stuff,
- drop by the BAN-DAI headquarters somewhere, probably meet the awesome engineers
- look for a place where a lot of cherry blossom-trees grow.,(and maybe take a Geisha with me)
- have a fine-dining experience at some of their restaurants (with new friends)
- and maybe the list will go on...


*Images from GundamGuy

Gundam Age - 1 - Soon!

I've seen the new series called Gundam Age and by the looks of it, I think the design kinda looked childish (not to mention the car-spoiler-backpack). But I still like it. Especially when I got my hands on the first HG version of Gundam Age 1 Normal. It's got nice articulation defining another step forward for the High Grade line.

Recently I got my hands on the Master Grade version and based on the reviews, the construction was top-notch! I got curious and I wanted to start immediately. But being a good observer and spectator, I waited because I wanted to see how the masters would design their Gundam Age first (this is research).

I landed on the blog of the famous "Toymaker" and saw their Gundam Age group build. I got excited obviously and waited patiently. After a few weeks or so, the group build was over (and my research too) and I was simply amazed to see the results. But I focused on the Toymaker's design. Since he was "legendary", I might as well learn from the legend. He designed his Gundam Age-1 Zethus by using Gundam Age as the base kit and adding up some weapons from Strike Gundam.
I think that was easy...

So I'm all fired up. I will be starting the AGE project soon and I'll share my progress here.

Have a nice day!

*Images from Toymaker

Something to look forward to...Another Real Grade!

Watch out! We have a bad@$$ over here! After the release of the RG Gundam Mark II, the Real Grade series will be back on Gundam Seed Model Kits. The RG ZGMF-XO9A Justice Gundam is up and will be released sometime in July 2012. I personally like its upgraded version - Infinite Justice - but the Real Grade treatment will make the Justice Gundam another addition to my addiction.

So, what do you guys think? Will the structure/engineering of Justice Gundam be better than Freedom Gundam? I certainly hope so.

Have a nice day!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

RG 1/144 Gundam Mk-II [Amuro Ray Custom] Modeled by zgmfxg

I am a big fan of the classic RX-78-2 Gundam. I just liked its simplicity and this model caught my attention. As you can see, it's not the original RX-78-2 Gundam but the recently released RG RX-178 or the Gundam Mark II - using RX-78-2's color scheme. It was modeled by "zgmfxg" and you can see more images here:


Have a nice day!

Hobby Ow Yeah! - Another Fresh Start

HobbyOwYeah has been slacking for quite sometime now...and I've got reasons.
Majority of those reasons came from my wedding. The preparations caused a lot of stress but the overall result was very cool. It was indeed one of the happiest and memorable events in my life.

So, back to my plastic modeling backlog - I have a lot of plastic models sitting under my worktable. Most of these were snap-fitted and waiting for some paint-job. I think the most important project that I won't finish on time will be my entry for the 2012 Mecha Contest. To my fellow hobbyists who joined the contest, congratulations. I had a great time watching your progress and I learned a lot. Hopefully there will be another Mecha Contest.

I remodeled this blog - HobbyOwYeah! - to start something new. Something fresh and cool (aside from being the coolest husband). I just decided to keep it slow and enjoy the hobby without too much pressure. This is a hobby after all. Maybe my wife will join me soon!

Meanwhile, I will have some upcoming projects to support my plastic modeling addiction!
- A Custom spraybooth
- New Airbrush (this will take a while)
- New set of Paint (I might hoard on Vallejo paints and throw away the toxicity of Tamiya acrylics)
- More military models!

Lastly, that picture above - the M1046 Humvee - was the first plastic model I worked on as a husband. Nothing to do here...except it was a Humvee.

Have a nice day!

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