Working the Hover Truck a little bit here and there lately, the 08th MS Team modelled first of course.
Great little model, with some fantastic decals from Bandai. Really tried to weather up the truck using a black and dirt wash and adding alot of rust, especially rain effect rust, photos might be too bright to see the effect but im really happy with the way its looking.
Might adjust a view things, maybe open up the open a hatch or 2 and put the sonic sensor drill thing is active position.
Plan on making a little diorama with this, once i find a decent wooden diorama base at a good price.
Back to Tokyo for day 6 and off to Project144, which is like the biggest 1/144 scale event in the world and possibly the only one devoted to the scale.
Lucky i happened to be in Tokyo at the right time for this great event, wish i could have stayed longer.
Got to meet Koz who invited me along to the the project which was a pleasure and so many other 1/144 scale modeller who blogs i follow, all very kind fellows. Made me double my effort with my Japanese, thought i was quite good until i actually tried to engage in real conversations and not knowing enough vocab, got quite good at buying and understanding number when i was there.
Going to try and link to each modeller i can, i you know any i don't please leave a link if possible.
Very easy to assemble kit, its all snap-fit. Since this photo was taken ive added a little bit more detail, mostly to the rear engine parts which was very sparse and tried to add some more panel lines which im really bad at.
Was meant to buy a BMC chisel in Japan but forgot to buy one for the panel line and outside Japan there rare and twice the price and they were expensive in Japan.
Started updating the cockpit which i think could still do with some more work, it turns out this is the most exposed cockpit ive built, the Dopp canopy is large and give a great look inside.
Day 5 in Japan i decided to visit Osaka which is only a 30 minute train journey from Kyoto, saw a giant size chocolate bar on the side of the tracks, awesome advertising.
Got to Osaka and it was damn hot, really hot for this Englishmen who's use to cloudy skies, in Osaka i got super lost, everyday in Japan i got lost but this day i got seriously lost, was meant to got to the aquarium bit got ton the wrong train and when i got to the end of the line i could see where i wanted to be across the river and trouble was when i finally managed to figure out what happened it was a hour until the bullet train to
Tokyo left. So i played some awesome Gundam arcade game (which i sucked at) and generally moched around the Osaka station trying a few bit of foods of street vendors and wondering being amazed by Japan.
Got back to Tokyo in the evening after my last ride on the bullet train where i got to drink a coke in some sort of can/bottle combination and had a moch around Akihabara which i would be doing properly the next day. Not sure what the satellite crashed in the building was about, heard something to do with Stains;Gate but was getting alot of attention.
Last thing at night on TV was Danny Choo's Culture Japan which was a great watch and it was set in Osaka! Knew Danny was from the UK and only ever heard him speak Japanese so was really surprised to hear is his English in an London accent.
Time to start building some of the kits i brought back from Japan, first starting with the smallest easiet kit. This Dopp kit i knew existed but did'nt expect to find but it turns out that the Bandai Ex kits are easily available in all the model shops i visited which really surprised me. Been wanting some of them for years but the price i find them for on the net is way too expensive for what i think of as a just a kit, but of coruse Japan being awesome you get a great selection at a great price.
Dopp is a great little fighter and looks really unusally as an aircraft due to it being designed inside a colony, apprantly it can reach mach 5. Not going to model it as Garma's Dopp instead im going for a 08th MS Team or M.S. Igloo standard green.
Nice little kit, all snap fit and perfect detail up aginst the line art, im going to have ago at adding some detail especially to the cockpit, comes with a real wide range of MSV sticker, with some cool nose art for the MS-07 Gouf and lots of ofther Zeon symbols and icons ive never seen or have any idea what for.
Been quite some time since ive finished one of the f-toys 1/144 scale VF-1 Valkyrie's. This one had been painted grey and gloss for over a year waiting for some to be done to it and while shifting through the spare decals ive amassed found the VFA-143 "Pukin Dogs" decals and though they would be perfect on the Valkyrie.
Copied the scheme that the F-14 use to have and the large pukin dogs griffin surprisingly fitted perfectly onto the tail wing.
Just finished watching all 4 episodes set on the Shadow World of Umbara, brilliant!!! These 4 basically clone center stories are the best ive seen in the Clone Wars fro some time and it always seems to be the stories from the clone point of view i like the most.
Really like how it showed the the clones are actually men instead of grown in tube soldiers, incredible dark set of episode not just visually which looked fantastic but emotionally and the echoes of Order 66 in the last episode really got me exited clone in Phase 2 armor hunting a Jedi, awesome!
Feel The Clone Wars improving every season, story and beauty of the animation. Looks like the animators are now almost able to full a screen with close for epic action.
The second and sadly only full day i spent in Kyoto i rented a bicycle and tried to see as much as i could in the single day.
Lots of temple, shines and beautiful old structures in Kyoto, maybe the equivalent of Oxford or Cambridge in the UK if Tokyo was London, sadly it no where near. From the station where i stashed my gear in the coin locker i headed towards the amazing Kinkaku-ji with the stunning Golden Pavilion visiitng any i could on the way, stop what i thought was a shrine but turned out to be a university on graduation day, standing there until realised that i was a uninvited guest, took a few photos and popped in the bike again. After that i got very lost and found my self at the Town Hall which was quite far away from where i wanted to be, saw the Movix theater thats appeared in alot of anime in some sport of roofed street. Once at the Kinakau-ji i headed towards the river to see the massive stepping stones, some stones carved as turtles, sting-rays and boats which i really like. Had to return the bike by nightfall, later on i went up Kyoto Tower, then spent hours in Yodobashi camera and played Pichinko, deafening! Cream crackered after that day and did sleep well.
Did not lock the bike up once! Ive never been to a country where you would leave your bike unlocked, Japan is so safe!