Saturday, October 27, 2012

Decal Design

Hey all,
   I think I have the close to finalized versions of what the decal are going to look like.  This is just for the large trace line decals that I drew up in this outline sketch:

I did add some angles and variations to them as the ones in the sketch were just for a rough idea.  This of course doesn't include all the little various warnings and small text decals, it's just for those unique to this kit.  Here is the sheet, the layout of the decals may change to suit a more efficient use of page space, but you'll get the idea.

With the Part Outlines
Without the Part Outlines or Path Strokes
I'm going to work with

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Sneeper's Badass 1/48 Nu

Hey All,
   Today's post is on Sneeper1980's badass G-System Evolve Nu Gundam.  We've been waiting for him to finish this bad boy for a while now, (I think over a year) but it was worth the wait.  It looks excellent!  Here before I go any further lets see what it looks like, then discussion.  (with myself hehe.)

First off let's cover his surface smoothness.  The texture is flawless, and I'm not sure but I don't think most resin kits come that way either from pour sprues to any debris in the molds.  (Although from what I hear G-System does an exceptional job)  This means Sneeper was sanding and puttying for months to get this kit looking flawless enough to paint.  A+ on that mate.

Next is the paint and topcoat.  Gorgeous.  Now typically I favor shaded and weathered kits when given the choice, but I have to say I couldn't love this kit any more than I do now.  I don't think shading or weathering would have made this kit look better, and I think his paint job is absolutely perfect.  (Again painting is not my strong suit were I to have one, but I love this work.)  The flat coat on top is just right as well and there is no trace of silvering or hazing.  He did his homework, and took his time.

Next is the decals, decal film opacity, placement, and panel lining.  Again,
this work is top notch.  The decals are straight, well placed, and there is no silvering whatsoever.  I can't imagine how long this must've taken.  The panel lines are all solid and contiguous, which is super hard to do perfectly IMO.  (But again I'm dumb with paint so grain of salt and all that.)  It brings out every little detail of this beautiful kit and makes Sneeper's kit a shelf topping showpiece.

Overall I can't find any flaws in his execution at all.  And I can be a critical dood when I want to be.  I'm trying to pick it apart and I can't, which is why this kit gets a spot in my Wall of Awesome Stuff.

If you want to see the mechalounge forum post for this kit you can check it out here.

If you wanna check out Sneeper1980's youtube channel you can find it here.

If you like the work I suggest you go ahead and let him know you appreciate how great this work is, and as always feel free to join the forum at  It's where I post my work now and we welcome any and all to join us in the community.  At mechalounge we are all trying to focus on the fun and community aspect of our building, and I enjoy the people there a lot.  Again, great job Sneeper, this looks badass brother, I look forward to your next work!

Stay tuned mechaholics...

10/19/12 Update and Crowned King Sketch Concept

Hey all,
  Just dropping a little update photo of the parts we've made so far.  I had a problem with another mold having some rubber get ripped out, and it's on a crucial part, so I have to remake a few molds.  It's cool cuz I can do this simultaneously with other things so it's not too much of a drag.  Here is my photo update:

I've also been toying with what the Crowned King parts would look like.  I came up with this:

I may actually not make the crowned king parts part of the kit unless somebody asks for them, although I will make the molds just in case.  I thought about remaking a gun barrel part too to make a slightly longer range buster cannon for the Crowned King parts, which I may do eventually.  Right now I'm probably gonna focus on getting the original kit done.  Well I gotta go and do some sleepy stuffs. 

Stay tuned mechaholics...

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

10/17/12 Lanzegeist Casting Update

Hey All,
  Just a quick update tonight showing the parts we have poured so far!

I'm gonna need another table to cover with parts!  (And then three more haha.)  I'll probably start on the instruction manual soon.  (Although I need my Wife's big smarty brain to help me figure out the layout haha.)  There are so many parts (yeah I know not compared to most kits haha), about 155+ not including screws and nuts and such.  Just keeping you guys updated on the progress, don't want ya thinking I'm just bummin about.  Wifey and I are working on the castings twice a night and her help is invaluable and allows us to make great parts stress free, and much faster.  I hope you all are as excited about this as I am!

On a side note I will be putting together a SB Tutorial soon when I have a good day to do so, just going over some basics and the tools you need to do them for any aspiring scratch builders or mecha sculptors that may want some help.  (I'm not qualifying myself as expert, advanced, or super skilled, but simply answering a request made by a bunch of cool people asking for a tutorial.)

Stay tuned mechaholics...

Friday, October 12, 2012

Crowned King ..uh...Crown Update!

Hey All,
   As the wife and I are pluggin along at making casts  I decided to fiddle with the head crest a bit more tonight.  And although I wasn't gonna add anymore prongs to it (Gary had said it looked to have enough in that department and I kinda agreed) I did it anyway cuz after the shape being cut down a hair I thought there was too much empty space above the crest.  I also added a long range targeting camera which will have one of my new clear lenses in it.  The crest is gonna be cast in at least four or five pieces so I can even cast it, and hopefully then it will work.  I may add a little more detail and shave down some more, maybe not.  Either way though here is what I did tonight.  Again these parts are just fun optional parts and won't affect the kits if you guys don't wanna put the parts on, they are just extra.  (Except for the crotch/tailfin heavy armor sleeve for the white kits)

I like the new targeting camera a lot.
I added the extra normal camera/eyes also as per my little sketch plan.
I thought it would be cool to have a face within a face.
Forgive the pouring sprues still being attached, I just grabbed a couple of fresh casts for the chest parts.
I'll have a better idea of if this stuff looks cool once it's cast.  Right now the mottling of color throws it off.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

LG Crowned King Armor pack and Casting Update

Hey all,
   I recently had an issue with one of the molds where a piece of the mold rubber just broke off.  The part was the crotch/tailfin armor and that mold was a pain to make.  So I had a little soul searching to do to decide how to proceed.  I basically just decided to remake the mold as it was, and the molds for a few other parts where the mold was getting worn out for some reason or another.  This is what I spent the last weekend doing with wifey between other things.  The problem came in on Monday night when I went to separate the molds.  They had sealed together.  It turns out that I had used Mann Ease release 300 mold release instead of 200, and the silicone had basically just cured to itself right through the release, since the 300 isn't made for releasing rubber from rubber.  After I had a major rage spell, I tried to cut the parts out of the molds.  I ended up snapping the prototype for the crotch armor altogether.  I really only needed to still make the casts for the white versions of the kit with this mold, but still now no mold, no parts.  Well I came up with a solution that I liked so I went with it.  The Crowned King Armor pack.  The deal is that the white casts of the kit are going to come with a few extra add ons that have a little bit heavier armor than the gray casts.  This solution allowed me to make a new crotch armor piece with a little bit thicker plating for the armor, and to make a few new neat extra parts that will basically just be a neat difference between the gray and white casts.  Here are the basics parts of the Armor Pack.

-New optional head crest
-New optional bicep armor
-New optional front skirt armor
-New optional Hulkatr Cannon weight block
-New optional lower leg armor
-for the white kits a mandatory different heavy armor tailfin cover

Also here is my casting update photo keeping in mind that I'm two and a half weekend (more casting on weekend days) days behind schedule:

Friday, October 5, 2012

Lanzegeist Casting Update!

Hey all,
   I just wanted to do an update showing my progress with the kit casting.  Here is a photo of the parts that the wife and I have poured so far.

What we are doing is basically pouring the entire quantity that we need for each part to make 10 kits, and then moving on to the next set of parts.  It seems to be the most efficient way.  Like I said I am going to be casting 10 copies of the kit before we move, and so far I have to say 8 of them are reserved.  If you have let me know that you want one I appreciate it, but you may want to do so again so I know for sure.  If the number of kits requested is above 10 I may make a few exceptions up to maybe 12-14, but no promises as I do have time constraints and such.  So again if you want a kit cast, make sure to either comment below or better yet email me at and use the subject header "lanzegeist kit".  That way I'll know to add you to my list and make sure yours is reserved.

Here is a video update showing basically what you see above, but with the moving pictures of a cinematograph!

Video link in case video is not embedded correctly:  Lanzegeist Casting Update Video!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Good news and bad news

Hey all,
    I guess the blog title sounds a bit more ominous than it really is, but it's been a day of mixed things.  I had planned to print out the drekky instruction manual and finish up the packing for sending out, but that was before our male ferret started having seizures and had to be put down.  It's been a rough year for relatives passing away.  Le sigh.  And the not necessarily comparable but still downer problem I was having with a particular mold today just compounded my already kinda crappy day.  (I have a particular mold where the surface of the mold keeps getting a weird matte surface quality to a part that is usually pretty glossy, the parts are still good but it just makes it look like there is a surface quality flaw and I don't know why it's happening.)  So today I just haven't really felt much in the mood to do anything productive. 

  I did, however decide that it would be a good day to maybe start rounding up the cured lenses and toy with them for a few minutes.

I'm pleased that a good portion of the lenses came out wonderful.  Some were oddly shaped or distorted and gotta be tossed out, but most were good.

I took one of my old kits that I modified a little bit when I was first learning to model (an old crappish kampfer mod I did) and cemented on a little bit oversized pink lens.  I used pink as in the animations usually the mono eyed mobile suits have pink eyes when the suit is on.  I used a slightly oversized eye because it catches the light a little better and shows off the clarity.  The smaller better sized version is harder to photograph well, but I do have plenty of those too.  I think I'm gonna use these for my SMS Kampfer conversion kit I'm gonna build soon.  Anyhow here are some eye lens photos.

DISCLAIMER: The work and paint on this kampfer head is old and I just grabbed it to test out the mono eye lens, it's not my current work.  

Saturday, September 29, 2012

These took four hours, but they're pretty!

Hey all,
   I decided to go ahead and make a small mountain of mono eyes, lenses, and random round things tonight.  Not that I just had tons of extra time, but I couldn't wait to test the colors and get some small lenses cured.  I made sure to make tons of the pink ones for zeon mono eyes for any future builds like that sms kampfer conversion I got a little while ago.  I also have a neat idea for the clear lenses that I haven't seen done before that I plan to share soon once I make a test version.  (possible detail up add on part kit accessory)  But anyway here is my bunch of curing colored clear apoxy resin.

I mixed up the clear apoxy resin and since it has a 5 hour pot life (really more like 3.5 with the conditions in this room) I had plenty of time to color tint the various little pallets of apoxy.  I carefully used a bamboo skewer and dabbed it into the liquid and let gravity do the rest when I dabbed it again onto a smooth mold top.  I use the tops of various molds because they are smooth number one, and two because the apoxy won't cure to it.  Now there are some oblong shapes and circles that merged or were made mishapen, but no worries as if even half of them are good its a crapload of good lenses of various sizes and colors, and this in reality only took 65 grams of apoxy.  Yeah and I had a ton leftover because I'm stupid and always mix too much.  hehe.  So it would require even less than I used by half.  But you do need a certain amount of material just to make sure your mix ratio has a little play.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Neon Clear Casting!

Hey All,
    The neon yellow clear beam saber blade finally cured enough to demold and I wanted to show it off. 

I gotta say I like the coloring.  I think it will look sweeter once it's dunked in future floor polish.  I'm gonna try out a pink one next I think. 

The clear stand was cured enough to demold too.  I gotta say I really like it!

It still needs a little bit more cure time to harden all the way as this clear stuff takes FOEVAH!  But it will add to the kit presentation a lot and I think I really may use these for the sellable kits.  I am going to try to have an update on the different color casts of the clear lens parts next.  I may pour those tomorrow night in a variety of colors and sizes.  I also have a friend who is starting up working with aluminum so we all may have the capability of designing and making our own custom aluminum parts soon!  But I'll fill you all in as that happens.  He's working on making the LG thruster vents in aluminum right now, but I'll fill you all in as that happens.

Stay tuned mechaholics...

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

DIY Clear Tinted Detail Lenses

Hey All,
   I just had a kewl experience yesterday with an experiment I did.  I had poured a bunch of clear apoxy resin for my clear parts I'm casting for the kits I'm gonna sell, and I had a bunch of extra clear apoxy left over.  Let me start off by saying I hate wasting materials when I don't have to.  So with that in mind I had to find something to use the material for, and I found it.  Clear lenses!  Now these don't look clear because I tinted them with two drops of red pigment and some yellow, pink, and red fluorescent pigment for a little brightness, but if I hadn't they would be totally clear.

So what I did was just dab a bamboo skewer flat head down into the liquid and then onto the smooth silicone until it beaded up the natural way liquids do.  Some didn't turn out circular enough, but the greater majority of them are round and usable once they cure all the way.
Just showing off the various sizes that were created.

This is in actuality less liquid than in a couple thimbles believe it or not.

The awesome thing is I barely used enough apoxy resin to fill a couple thimbles.  I can make TONS of detail lenses in clear resin now and I can color cast them in any color pretty much.  I'm gonna try neon green next I think or maybe I'll do a bunch of different colors.  It's a possibility that I may gather up some variety packs of the lenses in various sizes and colors and sell a few if folks want them.  (They are incredibly useful and pretty I think.)  Now let me show off what they look like on some otherwise kinda crappy items.

Before adding lens onto this Gundam Fix Figuration FAZZ.
After adding lens onto the FAZZ.


Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Some clear parts...

Hey All,
   I just wanted to drop a quick post showin the clear parts I made yesterday.  I just wanted to test out how the parts would end up, and overall I'm pretty satisfied.  I wish the jet nose lens was a little bit shinier, but I'm not complaining, it looks pretty good.  A little dunk in some future should clear it up nice, so to those getting a kit if you want a super shiny clear jet nose lens, some Future (or Pledge with Future Shine) is in your future.  That was a horrible pun and I apologize.  Anyway the plasma blade turned out great and clear, just like I wanted.  The base stand assembly is a little bit frosted which turned out just how I wanted, although I still need to pour the stand support arm tomorrow to see how it looks.  I'm not sure whether I will make the stands clear or color casted resin, but I suppose I can give the buyer the option, the clear stand may cost a couple bucks more for the expensive clear apoxy resin, and it takes like 24-36 hours for each pouring to cure of that stuff.  Yeah it's a pain but it looks soo kewl!  Anyway photos!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Decal Mock-up Idea and Blog Layout

Hey all,
   Yesterday I had a little bit of extra time so I decided to try to do a color scheme mock-up and layout idea for decals.  Given this is just a preliminary idea before I start making any art, but I think it has potential to look pretty cool as a decal set.  The colors I was pretty much set on a while back.  It's kind of just like my Cairn Freya but I feel like this project is almost what that project should have looked like, but I just wasn't capable of doing this kind of sculpt then.  (Hopefully in the future I can progress to a point where I think that this sculpt is amateurish haha.)  Anyway here is my color and decal mock up.

I've always loved the line decals on the MG Sinanju kit, and I wanted to do something similar to that. 

Friday, September 14, 2012

Video Update!

Hey all,
   I just made a video update showing off various parts of the LG.  Feel free to share this with your friends!  It shows off the humanoid mode, burn mode, and the inner frame some.

BTW I think I said the link to this blog incorrectly in the video.  haha it's my own blog and I don't know the address.  Derp.  :(

 Link in case of video issues: Click Here

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

1/100 Lanzegeist Fully Transformable Kit With Full Inner Frame

Hey All,
   I have been on the forums little and less the last 6 months, and for that I apologize.  However this was for a good reason, I was working on a project that I wanted to keep secret until I had the first cast completed.  That project is:


model number: MASF-OAM-LG-001
magnus arms space fleet orbital assault machine lanzegeist
power generator: immersive fusion reactor
maximum power output: unknown
armor plating: thorexium carbide
pilot accomodation: 1 pilot extended occupancy cabin
with long term life support unit
thrust potential: theoretical top speed 18.2 km/s @ orbital alt.
thrust instrumentation: dual biaxial deflected afterburners
armaments: dual long range missile bays, "gotcha" grapple claw,
dual quad cluster bomb array, Hulkatr long range high density beam cannon
quad chest unidirectional beam condensors, two 360 degree light laser turrets,
two 360 degree medium laser turrets, two plasma beam swords,
optional magnetic deflector shield array self deploying
variable modes: high speed orbital fighter jet and humanoid fighter modes

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Drehksturm Box Art Completed! Decay is awesome.

Hey All,
   I'm not dead, in fact I've been incredibly busy working on my mecha projects lately.  I haven't posted them for a reason but I will fill you all in on them soon.  I do however have awesome news that most of you who read this (all four of you hehe) already know; Decay has finished the first cast of the Drehksturm!  Yay!!

I must say it looks amazing, the painting and weathering looks beautiful, and the decals that Decay and Kamm designed and printed are perfect.  I am totally proud to be a part of the making of this kit, even though I had nothing to do with the painting or the decals, which may just be the coolest part.  I have taken my two favorite photos of Decay's post on this, (which you can find here) and used them to make the top and bottom labels for the box art.  There will be a cool surprise relative to the box labels that I will share soon, but for now let us just bask in the glory that is the culmination of at least three modeler's hard work.  And yeah I know I'm totally feeling egotistical that I had a part in such a cool looking project.  My hat is off to Marc and Kamm as well.  Love you guys and great job.


Thanks to all of you guys who have shown an interest in getting one of the drehksturm conversion kits, (Russ) and know that I'm working on getting the instruction manual together now, and will be making the casts in the weeks to come.  It's finally warm enough to start up castin' again.  As Marc said in his post however, since this is my first kit casting it is not the most user friendly kit, and if you haven't worked with resin before I suggest you maybe hold off on getting one.  I'll make the instructions as complete and thorough as I can, but I didn't use any peg guides, which would have helped a bit in assembly.  Most of the part just snap on the inner frame quite well, but there are those that need to be glued that you will have to visually line up.  I'll go into more detail on that for any interested parties.  I'm only gonna maybe cast at most 8-10 of these, and probably only like 5 or so if there are interested people.  The price is gonna be about $55-60 just for the cost of the materials used, no profit for me.  I just want to see people making them.  You gotta pay your own shipping though.  I hope to see a couple of you guys try one of these out.

In a separate tangent I have a project that I've been working on for the last few months almost completed, and I can't wait to share it but I want it to be a surprise.  Needless to say it is something that I have put all of myself into, so hopefully it will show in the work.  I will hopefully be able to announce this really soon, maybe in a few weeks.

Stay tuned mechaholics...

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Build Off: Rear Leg Insert Primer Update

Hey All,
   This update is just what it sounds like.  I primed the rear leg inserts and made them a tad cleaner.  I've said this before but I do this to get a better idea of what it will look like finished with homogenous color so I can better judge the shape and line of the kit.  Here are the parts before they were assembled.

The thruster vent just pops in the housing.  I saw something like this on a kit I liked so I emulated it.  It makes for a decent part separation for painting also. 

Here are some shots with the parts on the leg again.  They just slide into the slots where the RX-78-2 OYW armor would go.  Everything just pops on. 

Thursday, March 22, 2012

HANDEYE: Logo Update

Hey all,

 Second post for today but I'll keep it short, I wanted to do a second post as it's unrelated to my Providence build and build off stuff.  I'm no longer going to be working with Kamm on the Handeye workshop (no drama, and I still love his modeling), but I am still going ahead with the workshop nonetheless.  I made a cleaned up version of the workshop logo that I wanted to share as well.  Forgive the blinking gimmick, I'm nerdy and can't help myself.

hehe.  I may still go ahead with the selling of the Drehksturm Assault Type conversion kit if I get good feedback from a certain modeler who is helping me on that project, but even if I decide not to sell casts of that, I will still be producing conversion kits and other kits in the future.  My ultimate goal is to be producing full kit builds (somewhat frequently) maybe once or twice a year, and maybe some conversion kits here and there for fun.  (If you have suggestion for conversion kits that you would like to see done feel free to send me a message or drop a comment of course, but know that I usually work in 1/100 scale, and no promises, but I may choose to do it for a fun side project if I like the anime design.) I may choose to work with certain modelers on certain projects or I may end up working with some people long term if it works out and we are homogenous, but either way the workshop is going to forge ahead.  Just wanted to say that guys and gals, hope you are as excited as I am!  Feel free to post your feedback on the logo or the workshop below.  As usual, stay tuned mechaholics!

Build Off: Update on Rear Leg Insert and Thrusters

Hey All,
   Yesterday I worked on the rear of the leg and basically just made the insert and the removable thruster for the rear of the leg.  It still has to be cast so everything just comes apart easily.  I'm still trying to decide whether or not I want to go through the monster trouble of making this a conversion kit or not, but I'm gonna make all the parts as if I was just in case.  Here is the work I did yesterday, I haven't primed it yet, but I plan to tonight. 

Monday, March 19, 2012

Build Off: Recessed Access Panel On Leg

Hey All,
   Yesterday I decided to go head and make the access panels on the side of the leg armor recessed.  The way I did this was by building a frame around the panels using thin rectangular styrene rods, and then using putty to graduate the sides up to meet the rods.  This gives the illusion that the panels are recessed or make them recessed by raising up the area around them.  End result being something I'm kinda happy with.  Still needs cleanup, but it's looking pretty good so far I think.  PHOTOS!

It's almost done!  Just need to make the rear insert of the lower leg, and then another vent for the outside of the left leg and then casting.  Yay!  I'm soo close I can taste it.  Not literally that would probably taste like plastic.  Mmmmmm plastic.  Stay tuned mechaholics!!