July 2006

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Stumbled upon this game for the PSP called LocoRoco on the Internet. Don’t know much about it and not sure if it is available in Malaysia but one thing is for sure, the theme song is just so darn cute.

Have a look here.


Written by Ken on July 31st, 2006 with no comments.
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Tamiya Model Competition Part 2


As mentioned is my earlier post, a plastic modeling competition organized by SFTPMS and sponsored by Tamiya Underground was held in 1 Utama from 12th to 16th July 2006.

Was there over the weekend and took quite a number of photo.

All photos taken with Fujifilm Finepix S9500 + Vivitar 728 flash.

Click on an image to view a larger version.




Written by Ken on July 21st, 2006 with no comments.
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Project: Revival of Gundam RX-78 GP02


One day as I was tidying up my closet I found a box of Gundam model kit that I had forgotten I have. It was the Gundam RX-78 GP02, the one featured in the anime Gundam 0083 Stardust Memory.

I can faintly remember assembling it but totally cannot recall when and how I got it. Anyway, the Gundam has already been built and most parts had been glue tight with plastic cement. It was not very attractive as it was only in blue and grey colors so I thought I would give it a new lease of life by repainting it.

This is how the Gundam looks like when I found it. It is 1/144 scale no grade and almost impossible to post.


It is very hard to paint light color paint like yellow over darker color surface. In order to overcome this, I use Mr. Base White to prime the surface first before painting. Paint stick to the surface better after it is primed.

This is the Mr. Base White.


This is how the parts look like after being primed.


I only use Gunze Sangyo paints that I bought from a local hobby shop called Hobby HQ. This is the only hobby shop I found in Kuala Lumpur that has the most extensive range of paint available.

As I do not own an airbrush set so I had to resort to painting with paintbrush. Immediately after I started painting I realized that airbrush was the way to go so I am now on the look out for a decent airbrush and compressor set for future projects.

One of the problems with painting using paintbrush is that the paint dry too fast and this makes painting difficult. One way to make things easier is to drop a few drops of retarder to the thinner and paint mixture. The retarder will slow down the drying of the paint and gives you a little bit more time to finish painting.

This is the retarder that I used.


These are parts that had been painted.


I apply masking to make sure that I do not accidentally paint on the wrong area. Masking can be very tedious and time consuming and it requires a lot of patient, too but somehow I found myself liking it a lot.


Lastly, I use a Gundam marker to paint the panel lines. My Gundam marker is oil based and is difficult to remove if you make a mistake so I recommend to use a water-based market instead. Unfortunately for me I couldn’t find any water-based market. I only painted a few panel lines and refrained from painting all of them because I think it will make the Gundam looks too anime-ish.

And here it is. This is how the repainted Gundam looks like.


Coming up next, Gundam RX-78 GP01 but that is another story by itself.


Written by Ken on July 12th, 2006 with no comments.
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Tamiya Model Competition


There will be a plastic modeling competition from the 12th to 16th July 2006. It will be held in 1 Utama. It is organized by the Selangor and Federal Territory Plastic Modelling Society (SFTPMS) and sponsored by Tamiya Underground.

Only Tamiya model kits are allowed to take part in this competition and entry fees are RM2 and RM5 for member and non-member of SFTPMS respectively.

For those who like to take part, you can find out more on how to by emailing your queries to . For those who are crazy about this sort of things, don’t forget to check out the competition entries at the time and place stated above. I know I’ll definitely be there.


Written by Ken on July 7th, 2006 with no comments.
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