July 24, 2021 Mask Update:
Governor John Bel Edwards advises that masks should be worn both by people who are not vaccinated and those who are if they are indoors and can’t maintain six feet of distance from others.
July 30, 2021
By Dreux Blalock
What can I say? As my first real venture into Gunpla – a Dynames Gundam – it was rather enjoyable. I might be biased because it is my favorite Gundam from 00, but still…
I know some people see them as “Toys” and not scale models, but I looked at this from the prospective as a stepping stone into a more in depth world.
The Kit: Snap tight or not, I will need glue when I tackle these “High Grade” kits. (High Grade appears to be the lowest grade you can buy in America).
Also even though a lot of the parts are molded into the “correct” color, I feel that my next kit will bring me back to the old days of priming and painting.
Overall, I give the build and the Model itself a B+ for a fun few days build.
The Gundam Markers: These were totally awesome. I see me using them even on non Gundam models because they work perfect for those places I really don’t want to get dirty with pin washes. Clean up was a breeze if I messed up. (In most cases I just needed to use my thumb. For others a simple eraser was sufficient). And all I really needed to do was trace. A completely lazy yet fun way to add detail quickly! All in all I give the Markers an A.
Final thoughts: I definitely want to put more Gunpla together. They are fun builds and really seem to be just like any model I have built: the more time you put into it shows. Even a 20 dollar model can look like a 200 dollar one! The “High Grades” are Bandai’s lower tier kits. This one was only around 20 dollars, but it has some decent parts to it.
Some additional notes: The Gundam Markers: So far they really help with the panel lines, weathering, and highlights. For 4 dollars a pop these are not that bad.Breastplate: Using the grey marker I was able to put some panel lines into the chest vents The only real painting I have had to do so far: the “eyes” of the Gundam in the series are Blue. The plastic piece was red on the sprue. I used Vallejo Sky Blue for a quick cover on it. Black Gundam Marker used to fill in panel lines on the shield. The “Weathering” done with the grey marker and a cotton bud.
July 23, 2021
This playful tabby is taking on a Tiger I in this diorama by Richard Reggio titled “My name is Tiger too!”
The tank is the Tamiya 1/35 Tiger I and the figures are by DML and Alpine. He painted the stripes on the cat with one of his cat’s whiskers which he found lying around. Richard emphasized that no cats were injured during the making of this model.
This model won a Bronze Medal in the diorama category at Eagle Quest.
Last October Hub Hobby’s old building on Broad St was demolished. Word of it being torn down spread like wildfire.
One of our customers, Jim Letten, was emailed by his friend Martin about the demolition of their childhood hang-out.
The subject line was: ROSEBUD
“Rosebud” was the dying word spoken by Orsen Welles in the movie Citizen Kane: a reference to his childhood sled – the symbol of memories of youthful innocence.
I’ve known Jim for at least 40 years and he has given us permission to publish his reply to his friends email.
“”Quarter Light” is copyrighted by William Wolfe and is used with his permission
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