Monday, May 29, 2006
That’s exactly what happens to my Master Grade Gouf. I guess I must have play with it too much, the leg joints has loosen and need to be fixed. The solution is to change the polycap. Here how I did it.
First, read the manual of Gouf to know which polycap it uses and how it’s being assembled.
Second, after taking off the leg armors, separate the two pieces holding the polycap with knife. It doesn’t really matter if the parts were glued when I first assembled it, I can glue it together again later.
Thirdly, take out the loose polycap. You can see it’s already damaged.
Next, find one substitute that matches the original polycap the closest. If you have a substitute polycap, that’s great. You can pop it into the model right away. If you can’t, the closest substitute will do. Remember the hollow part must be tight.
The substitute I found has longer and flatter legs (i.e. parts to joint the polycap with the pieces of the model), so the extra parts need to be cut away. Just use knife, they are rubber parts, so it should be quite easy.
Put in the polycap and snap those two pieces together to see if they fit. In this case, success!!
Glue the pieces together using modeling glue, NEVER use superglue, that’s extremely hazardous to your model. After putting the parts together, I hold them tightly for a while so that the glue will hold.
Repeat the entire process for the other leg joints.
Saturday, May 27, 2006
2046 is movie by Wong Kar Wai from Hong Kong. I watched the movie quite a while ago, and was stunned with how well the director merged storytelling with movie directing to give the audience this masterpiece. The story blends the past, present and some future elements about the leading character’s relationship with several women, with each relationship ended in regrets and sorrows. I couldn’t really catch what the story was about in the first ten minutes, but as I watched on, the story starts to take shape and I as the audience got really immersed into the movie. There were many repeating lines in the movies but as I watch on, I found that these lines have different meanings in different scenes, which astonished me of how creative the director played with the audience mindset in following the story.
The cast of the movie consist of famous stars, like Tony Leung, Maggie Cheung, Gong Li, Ziyi Zhang, Faye Wong, Carina Lau and many more. However, the movie is good for me not because of the huge names, but because of the story. 2046 in the movie is a sci-fi novel created by the leading character, Tony Leung who played as a writer. When I first heard about the movie, I used to think that it was about the future, but what Wong Kar Wai creatively did, was to relate the sci-fi novel with Tony Leung’s own story, tween both of them back and forth, and amazed the audience with how well all of these scenes are connected.
The tagline of the movie goes like this, “In the future there is a train that takes people to the year 2046. Most passengers who board the train to 2046 have the same objective, which is to retrieve their lost memory. They say that everything is static in 2046, but no one can be sure of that, because those who go to 2046 never return…” Although the novel is about the future, it is actually a reflection of Tony Leung’s own life experience, especially with the women he had relationship with. Even the title 2046 is a reference to the hotel room next to Tony Leung’s when he was writing the story. The room is occupied by different women at different times, including Carina Lau, Ziyi Zhang, Takuya Kimura, and Faye Wong. All of them had certain love-hate relationship with Tony Leung, and ended up as one of the many characters in the novel Tony Leung was writing at that time.
Each of the relationship was not successful, as love happens at the wrong time with the wrong person. The audience can identify for Tony Leung and his partner what went wrong with their relationship, but can just sigh at the screen. The movie ended with no happy-ever-after stuff and I kept on thinking that if the character would do something at certain moment, then those relationships would have fruited. Anyway, Wong Kar Wai never directed Cinderella or Snow White.
Other elements of the movie, like the photography, soundtrack, and the overall environment created are unbeatable as well. It shows that antiquity of Hong Kong’s society in the 50s. At some point, I sort of feel that the director is also showing the emptiness of the people’s soul as most of their night life were spent in night clubs, womanizing and ‘socializing’.
I strongly recommend this movie to all of you. Some may not be able to accept the movie, since you can’t really leave the screen till the very end of the movie if you want to know what it is all about. Don’t expect to watch the first half of the movie today, and watch the other half some time later, as you won’t get the same felling anymore. For those who are getting bored with the commercial Hollywood type love movie, you should watch 2046, and perhaps you would feel the same as me as well.
Images are from Sony Picture Classics: 2046
Friday, May 26, 2006
Bandai did produce the 1-144 Scale version of Infinite Justice, but of course with fewer features and details. What Gundam fans are waiting for is this 1-100 Scale version. Very beautifully molded, with all the armaments included, this is definitely one of the great models from Bandai lately.
Images from HLJ.
Images are from HLJ.
Tuesday, May 23, 2006
Monday, May 22, 2006
As an experimental mobile tank, Hildolfr is armed with different types of shells of the cannon, including High Explosive (HE), High Explosive Anti-Tank (HEAT),High Explosive Anti-Tank/Incendiary (HEAT/I), High Explosive Squash Head (HESH), Armor Piercing (AP), Armor Piercing Discarding Sabot (APDS) and Armor Piercing Fin Stabilized Discarding Sabot (APFSDS). All these weapons were used in battle, shown to perfection through the skillful pilot, De Maizière Sonnen. Since all the scenes are in 3D animation, I really enjoyed all the actions of Hildolfr, even its movements in the desert seems very cool.
The best part is yet to come; Hildolfr is capable of transforming from a tank to a MA, where the top of the tank features the body of a MS. When the Federation’s Zaku IIs thought they have surrounded the guy, The MA Hildolfr came out and blown away three Zaku IIs with its machinegun and the main cannon. Absolutely cool!
Hildolfr managed to destroy all the enemy units in the end, yet it was severely damaged by the Federation commander, which saw Sonnen being killed as well. The field data from the combat survives but it’s unlikely that Zeon is going to develop any unit based on Hildolfr, since the emphasis is given to MS. Three units I can think of, which resemble Hildolfr very much are Zaku Tank, Magella Attack Tank and YMS-16M Xamel.
Some of my friends who watch MG Igloo like Episode I better, since the battle featuring Zaku IIs, especially the Red Comet is breathtaking. Some like Episode Three, as it features Zudah, a new MS developed by Zeon. For me, Hildolfr is still the coolest character yet from MS Igloo. I hope that Bandai will design an EX-Model for Hildolfr, complete with the MA transformation ability as well.
Saturday, May 20, 2006
The only one MG kit I have is Gundam Ver 1.5. It’s called Ver 1.5 because half of the parts used are from the initial MG Gundam released in 1995 and another half newly designed, mainly the inner frame of the legs, a new head, new manipulators, shoulder armor, and some new weapons. The most notable improvement is the design of the leg mechanism, which uses the Perfect Grade design. This allows the model to have more flexibility and pose-ability. Armor hatches are also available now, so some mechanism can be revealed. However, all the armor pieces of the leg can be detached to review the entire inner frame, if you would like to do so.
A newly designed head seems to be a good idea as well, as the initial MG model’s head seems a bit ‘odd’ for me. Maybe it’s just my personal feeling, but I’m glad Bandai fix that, somehow. :-P. Other goodies include new armaments: the Gundam hammer (the linked chain is absolutely cool!), and a Gundam javelin (the beam part needs to be painted).
The only limitation seems to be the arms, where their movements are still limited to the elbow. The leg movements are close to Perfect Grade standard, but the movements of the arms is worst than models that came before this one, such as MG GP01 and even MG Dom. However, the details of the legs for this model are so well designed, only a few others can match, like MG God Gundam (which emphasizes on action frame rather than logical mechanism), Gundam Ver OYW which uses the same leg frame, and Gundam MK2 Ver2 released very recently. Therefore, I think this model is a very good design, and if you like Gundam of the original color, then this is still a good model to be considered.
Friday, May 19, 2006
The Shizuoka Hobby Show is one of the biggest annual events for the major toy manufacturers to exhibit their upcoming products for the later half of this year. Although manufacturers of other toy series are also participating, I pay more attention to Bandai's booth, since I'm more interested in the upcoming Gundam model kits. By the way, Bandai’s major manufacturing site is situated in Shizuoka if you would like to know.
The emphasis is given to Char's Counter Attack MS, where most of the major characters are coming out in HCM Pro format. This could be the testing bed for Bandai to see the possibility producing the MSs from that series into HGUC kits. Some other models to look out for are Duel Kai and Buster Kai from Stargazer. Under development is Master Grade Gundam F91, the first Gundam in the Universal Century era featuring beam shield.
No new on any new Perfect Grade model for this year yet! T_T
The summary of the models are as below (from Gunota Headlines)
- MG Gundam F91 (July, 3,200 yen)
- MG Gundam F90 (exhibit only)
- HGUC GP02A (July, 2,100 yen)
- 1/100 Astray Gold Frame Amatu Mina (July, 3,990 yen)
- 1/144 HG Buster Gundam Kai (Summer)1/144 HG Duel Gundam Kai (Summer)
- EX Model La Vie En Rose (September, 6,825 yen)
- HCM-Pro Sazabi (July, 2940 yen)
- HCM-Pro RGZ-91 (Aug, 2310 yen)
- 1/400 Gundam Collection Alpha Azier (Summer)