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  1. Salamander

    Macross Resin Variable/Transformable Tutorial/Guide

    I wouldn't call the Club-M kits "super-rare". You can still find them for 2,000-5,000 yen a piece on Y! Auctions Japan and Mandarake...
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    Whats Lying on your Workbench MK IV

    Ah, the old blue plastic problem that haunts certain old toys and model kits. It's none of your fault, some plastics age really badly. Brown plastic can do the same, and you can also Google "gold plastic syndrome" (let's just say that some Transformers crumble to dust as if they are in the process of being eaten by TF: The Movie Unicron...).
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    Whats Lying on your Workbench MK IV

    Tamiya's Flat Base is not a clear coat, it is used when mixing your own paints to create flat paints.
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    Gundam Plamodel Thread IV

    <...continued from elsewhere...> "Nooo, Lunamaria! Don't! Don't cross over to the dark side! Don't blow up the shrine!" ...sigh, there goes my quiet afternoon visit...
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    Whats Lying on your Workbench MK IV

    So the weather kinda sucks today and it's so dark it's almost impossible to take pictures in natural light... Then this bastard showed up: "What's that shadow? Oh f*ck!" "RUN!!!" <...continued elsewhere...>
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    Whats Lying on your Workbench MK IV

    For example, I picked up this cute little kit by Fujimi: After assembling some parts I did a dry-fit of almost everything prior to painting: Some paint added: I didn't pay too much attention to Fujimi's official painting instructions, as the colors they mention don't even match their own example on their site here, and just did whatever seemed fine to me. Then I added a little base (made with left-over resin poured into a Tupperware lid), with some gravel (actually scale HO beach sand) and Tamiya Diorama Texture paint for the earth: That was yesterday. It's pretty much done by now, but I need to wait until tomorrow to make some daylight pictures of the finished model...
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    Whats Lying on your Workbench MK IV

    Wrong distance from subject? If I want a smooth finishing, I usually use Mr. Surfacer 1500 spray cans. A slightly wet coat evens out nicely. I don't seem to be able to get the same result with Tamiya's fine surface primer...
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    Model Kit Collection Show It Off!!!

    I think I've seen that one on Y! Auctions Japan exactly once...and it went for an ungodly amount of money. My favourite Club-M/Yellow Submarine kit has to be the 1/72 YF-19 (because it includes the full weapon load + fold booster).
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    Whats Lying on your Workbench MK IV

    It really, really depends on the kit. Many regular non-anime model kits (and older anime kits) also have bad parts separation. Some resin kits have better parts separation than plastic kits, e.g. Volks' color resin kits. I personally think part preparation on resin kits takes more time than on plastic kits, but painting usually isn't that much more work (getting the paint to stay put on the other hand...).
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    Gundam Plamodel Thread IV

    Just add lots of X20A thinner until the paint flows freely (like thin milk), but not too much. If the paint starts to look transparent you likely added too much thinner...
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    Retro Gaming

    That video reminds me of how easy we have it in Europe with SCART cables and TVs. When I bought my second-hand PS1's (for 10 Euro) I got a RGB-SCART cable with them, and after hooking that up to my HDTV everything worked as intended...
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    Whats Lying on your Workbench MK IV

    Maybe also clean the battery contacts? They look rather dark and oxidized.
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    Whats Lying on your Workbench MK IV

    Finished Nausicaa with the Ohm some time back: And the Bertone Panther last week: Looks pretty decent for a 50 year old kit with a mostly scratchbuilt interior (for which I had exactly one reference drawing). Surprisingly, the decals were a) still usable, b) reacted really well to MicroSet/Sol, and c) had white that was opaque enough to mostly hide the green paint below them.
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    I wish Kaiyodo would reissue their old 1/35 Patlabor vinyl kits (even though I already own most of them). They had the Brocken, TV Ingram 1-3, movie Ingrams, Helldiver, Zero, and Griffin. Most of those had better poses than their 1/24 Zero. Speaking of old 1/35 vinyl kits, B-Club also did several: Ingram, Economy (both versions in one box), SRX-70 (both proto and production versions in one box), and AV-0.
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    Whats Lying on your Workbench MK IV

    That liquid mask is equally disastrous on flat surfaces: simply impossible to remove in one piece, with little bits staying behind every single time. It also dissolves in certain types of acrylic paints...