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9 Apr 2018

Weird though it may be, this is a pretty simple technique to accomplish realistic-looking chipping and weathering effects on scale models. It works by putting a barrier between the top coat of paint and an undercoat color (which can be grey, black, metallic, or rust de...

30 Mar 2018

The design of the RMS-154 Barzam Refined combined the best parts of the Barzam and the Gundam MKII. And now we can build one in model kit form thanks to the CuteCube conversion-kit for the RG MKII! But in conversion-kit world, not everything is as it seems....

In order...

21 Mar 2018

This is a build I put together for a local group, the Hangar 18 Gunpla Community. I started the build in early January in parallel with a second kit that had been on my shelf for a long time, the 1/144 RG conversion kit for the Barzam Refined, which you can see in the...

6 Jan 2018

NOTE: There's an update below that invalidates the nice smooth coating. That's not the only property of a primer!

Those of you who read my earlier articles may have noticed that I was a huge fan of DupliColor automotive primers. I was impressed by their durability and t...

30 Dec 2017

What the heck is a "Ver. Ka," anyway? You might have seen the label on some model kits which look like slight variants of pre-existing designs. "Why are the shoulders of this Gundam different from the original design? Why is the chest broader? Why does it look so cool?...

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