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About Kelsain

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  • Birthday 01/05/1977

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  1. Robot Wars: USA vs Japan

    Good on you, South Korean pilot-dude, for now grinning like a dope the whole time. I know I would be...
  2. Whats Lying on your Workbench MK IV

    Alright, so I'll be starting work on the Sauron costume this weekend, I have 2 weeks until we trick or treat here in the 'Ville. In the mean time, I mentioned that I'd show my current WIP: It started with the Marvel Legends BAF Iron Monger. I found a good deal on eBay, and thought this guy had some potential. As it was, the figure I bought arrived broken, so the vendor replaced it with another for free! Here's the raw figure, standing beside 2 Black Series 6" troopers. My plan is to mod this figure into a 1/12 scale Space Marine! I removed the original hands & forearms & fashioned new with some 3/4" tubing. Turns out the hands of an MG Dom (that I've had laying about since 2002) are right in scale for this guy. I'm going to bulk up the fingers a bit, to make them look more like gloves than robot hands. Legs have been lengthened with some 3/8" spacers & custom stompy boots were printed from Shapeways. This adds about 1/2" height to the figure, bringing him to ~ 8.5 feet in-scale. I might add a little torso length to bring him closer to 9 feet. Unfortunately, I mis-scaled the helmet that I designed. It's about 15% too big. Will have to readjust that and try again. I also have a backpack designed in 3D, but I'm gonna wait till I have a few other parts ready & find a coupon before I order. The nozzles are designed to rotate. In the mean time, I'm working on putting together his first armament, a bolt pistol. I'd originally planned on using an MG Ground Gundam gun, but I found a Kotobukiya M.S.G. rifle that seemed to work better. Just chopped off most of the barrel & swapped out the grip. "Pistol" seen here in the arms of the FO Trooper: And apparently, I can't get rid of this extra pic:
  3. Gundam Show Thread - MSG thru IBO

    LOL, in my search for an alternative way to watch Zeta, I came across a dub that's literally one guy doing different voices. I didn't stick with that long enough to see what he did with Fa or Emma.
  4. Pacific Rim Uprising

    Yeah, damn Millenials... They all wish that they could simply jump into the cockpit of an advanced mecha with no training, save the world and the pretty girl, too; all at the ripe age of 16... I bet the red jaeger with the katana is the girl one. As much as I like Boyega, his epic-type speech doesn't really seem to stack up to Elbaba's. I'm meh on this one. I'll go if my friends want to check it out.
  5. Gundam Show Thread - MSG thru IBO

    Argh! It looks like GundamInfo pulled Zeta from their official YouTube channel! I've been watching that while I'm on the exercise bike lately, and was up to Ep 39. Man... Now I guess I have to find backchannels.
  6. Bandai DX VF-31

    Ah, crap. Why did I visit this thread?
  7. Macross in the weirdest places

    That was, interesting...?
  8. Max Factory 1/20(!) VF-1S/A Hikaru

    I think it loses something in the transition from a 3 ft tall little dude to a grown-ass man, but I've got a plan. We're not talking SDCC-level cosplay here, though. Mostly cardboard & spray paint.
  9. Max Factory 1/20(!) VF-1S/A Hikaru

    No, I was just imagining how awesome it'd be to put FAST packs on my boy. I'd most likely make them out of cardboard or foam is I was really going to do it. Maybe next year. We've changed the plan for the boy's costume twice already, this year. Originally, he wanted to be Sauron ("the tower with the red eye") and I was totally excited to build it for him. Then he changed his little 4 year old mind to Adam West Batman, but says I should be Sauron. I'm totally on board with that.
  10. Whats Lying on your Workbench MK IV

    Thanks. It sounds like his prognosis is decent, and his oncologist is supposedly pretty positive about it. I also lost my father-in-law to prostate cancer a little over a year ago, so hearing the news that my Dad also had it was pretty jarring. The FiL's was a very nasty type, though, which had already metastasized before it was even diagnosed. Seems like my Dad's is a little more vanilla, but still very scary. And now I have to start thinking more about mine too. Dad was always doing stuff like that for us as kids: Helping with custom paint jobs, customizing & repurposing other toys, making stop-motion movies with our toys while we slept. Once he brought home a giant 8' long cardboard box, and we made our own USS Flagg. He did some stupid things later and broke the family, but growing up; he was pretty much the best Dad ever. Heh, sorry - a bit off topic. Like I said, it's a little fresh. I'll try and get some photos of my current, non-Macross related project on here shortly,.
  11. Max Factory 1/20(!) VF-1S/A Hikaru

    It's too late to change my son's Halloween costume for this year! Dang it!
  12. Whats Lying on your Workbench MK IV

    OMG!!!11! We had one of those in yellow. But since GI Joe had migrated to the 3.75" figures by the time my brother and I became interested, my Dad retrofitted the interior with 2 decks & 1/18 scale chairs & consoles. He cut & carved them all out of wood & painted them too. OK, and now I'm getting teary thinking of that. Last night I found out that he has cancer...
  13. Gundam Plamodel Thread IV

    It'd be good for laying down base colors, though. I barely ever get past that stage, because handbrushing large areas like shields sucks - especially with Tamiya. I sometimes do rattle cans, but you have almost 0 control there. What will limit this is the colors available in the markers, which is probably more limited that your rattle can selection.