Wednesday, August 13, 2014

1st Gundam Model Building Workshop

Good day plamo fanatics! I am proud to announce that the 1st ever Gundam Building Workshop hosted by Otaku On A Budget was a success!

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The event took place at Zuran Gaming Center last Sunday (August 10), kicking off at 2:00pm. We set up two tables - one for building and one for painting.

that's me in the Zeon shirt...and there's Leonard showing his interest in Gunpla

3 compressors, a dual action AB and a single action AB set up for comparison

Out of the four participants, only two have built a kit before, and only one had any painting experience. This meant we had to tackle the basic stuff first. The first hour or so was spent learning how to follow the manual, proper cutting, how to deal with nubs, assembly and panel lining.

Israel getting started on his White Ogre weapons...

   Once the beginners got a hang of the building process, it was time to move on to more advanced stuff. I broke out the scribing tools and did a demo on how to add panel lines. I also demonstrated some basic pla plating, and how adding a few metal bits could make a kit look more interesting.

At half time we moved on to painting. The participants were able to experience rattle-can and airbrush painting for the first time. Needless to say, they enjoyed the latter way more than the former.

a quick demo before passing the tools to the participants...

learning proper paint thinning, spraying distance and control...
Aldous getting a feel for the single-action airbrush

 While only Basic and Intermediate techniques were scheduled for the day, I decided to let the participants try their hand at post-shading with the dual action airbrush.

getting a bit heavy handed on the post shade...practice makes perfect!

dialing down the PSI for some close range shading

There are a few things I'd like to tweak with regards to workshop materials, but all in all I think the whole thing went really well.  We extended a bit to cover more ground than planned, so I'll be making some adjustments to the schedule and topics for the next event.

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I'd like to thank the following for making this event possible:


Until next time, keep building plamo!

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