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Where did the Gundam modelers go?
sUxOiD_pRiMe
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Posted: Sunday, September 18, 2005 - 05:37 PM UTC
Whats wrong with this place? Has all the Gundam modelers disappeared?
Henk
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Posted: Monday, September 19, 2005 - 03:05 AM UTC

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Whats wrong with this place? Has (have) all the Gundam modelers disappeared?



Charming...
Bodeen
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Posted: Monday, September 19, 2005 - 03:25 AM UTC
Holy Cow guys...the man was just asking a question..albeit not in a friendly or polite way! No need to call him an idiot or worse. This is a civil place..not inhabited by snobs and know-it-alls.
Phantom Major has the right idea...offer some positive feedback instead of bashing the guy.
95bravo
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Posted: Monday, September 19, 2005 - 03:41 AM UTC

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Whats wrong with this place? Has all the Gundam modelers disappeared?



Hi,

Yes, maybe you can indeed post some of your work and encourage others to build them also. Maybe that's what needs to be done to bring back some of those who have posted their work in the past. Don't get discouraged by the lack of others who share your interest. I'm a firm believer of to each his own. Armorama has a Sci-Fi section, these would fall under that and who knows, you may gain a few converts.

Look at me, I was in the Army I live over a thousand miles from any large body of water, I like armor and aircraft...but now, I really dig building ships because of the encouragement from others. Maybe you could do the same with your favorite subject...

Best Wishes
Steve
An Old Dog Who Has Learned New Tricks

Besides...I kind of think they're sort of neat so post a few that you've done! Please?
Erik67
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Posted: Monday, September 19, 2005 - 04:01 AM UTC

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Whats wrong with this place?



Answere: Nothing.

Erik
keenan
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Posted: Monday, September 19, 2005 - 04:06 AM UTC
There was a Sci Fi group build some time ago and some folks built Gundams. I built one, too.
Link to the Campaign Gallery:

http://photos.kitmaker.net/showgallery.php/cat/13295

Mine isn't in the gallery...

Shaun
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Posted: Monday, September 19, 2005 - 04:32 AM UTC
As stated, there isn't anything wrong with this place. The sci-fi forum was designed to be used by armor modelers who occasionally dabbled in the odd sci-fi kit.

The site was not designed to be a hard core sci-fi forum. Gundam, Star Trek, Star Wars and other sci-fi genres are welcome but you won't find the amount of activity on this site as you would on Starship Modeler or other sci-fi dedicated sites.

We are planning another group build for 2006 that may interest you. While it is still in the planning and discussion stage, it appears to be leaning towards a Gundam/powered armor or robot type build.

You can read about the campaign and add your thoughts here: 2006 Campaign.
EasyOff
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Posted: Monday, September 19, 2005 - 04:40 AM UTC
Jumps up and down!!!!

I want a Mad Cat, I want a Mad Cat!!!!
keenan
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Posted: Monday, September 19, 2005 - 05:02 AM UTC
Easy,
They can be had but they ain't cheap...

Link:

http://www.armorcast.com/battletech/

Shaun
HeavyArty
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Posted: Monday, September 19, 2005 - 05:49 AM UTC
Thanks for deleting my negative post and changing the less tha polite title that sUxOiD_pRiMe originally used.

Isn't censureship great? I feel much better that we are all just happily getting along. Would hate to rock the boat.
EasyOff
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Posted: Monday, September 19, 2005 - 06:41 AM UTC

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Easy,
They can be had but they ain't cheap...

Link:

http://www.armorcast.com/battletech/

Shaun


OMG! that's sweet! Thanks Keenan! Hey! They have an Altas and Vulture too! I was ranked number 2 in the world for online Mech Warrior 4 league matches years ago. Our team never lost a match, we never even had to go into the third tie breaker unless we just wanted to for fun. We had a blast, we all wore headsets with boom mics and played all day long. We'd enter a non match game and people would just hunt us to get a piece of us, heck, that only made us better defending ourselves. Makes ya sad though, if I was the number two golfer, or number two chess player I'd prolly be rich. We're still all just pioneers in this computer age, and like the 486/25 mhz desktop, my efforts, time spent and victories will be long forgotten.

Regards
BM2
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Posted: Sunday, November 20, 2005 - 07:57 AM UTC
Despite some negativity -(that's why I quit IPMS) I can assure you there are a lot of gundams and other Mecha modellers out there - it's still huge in Japan - and since thats where 90% of all models are designed and manufactured I don't see them going away soon. As a side note to nay sayers- Build one and see if you like them if not - fine . but dont tell others what to build - we don't tell you not to build another 1/35 Sherman, do we? I have been building for 30 yrs + and I have built it all and all of them have thier positives and negatives. We should encourage ALL modellers - let's face it this hobby is not growing in leaps and bounds like the 50's, 60's and 70's computer games and other pastimes are robbing us of our ranks at an incredible pace- most of the US companies are long gone and will not be replaced- Polar Lights was recently bought and I doubt that the new owners will keep the model line going much longer as it was bought for the Johnny Lightning line of die cast cars. Pre-paints are cutting into the hobby as well why make it when you can buy it already painted? We know the answer here but to a new model builder all it takes is some smart mouth with an attitude to discourage him, it's not like he can go to the local hobbyshop and discuss it with the gang that hang out there - most hobby shops are gone or all they carry are snap fast and RC. In short put your brain in motion before you put your mouth in gear please.
BM2
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Posted: Sunday, November 20, 2005 - 06:02 PM UTC
All-right Rhinox at least you tried one , you didn't judge before you tried. We should all be open to possibilities!
MZ3
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Posted: Saturday, November 26, 2005 - 06:28 PM UTC
When Gundams first came to the States a number of years ago, I thought they were crap. I've been building models since I was about 10, I'm 31 now. I thought they were cheap. The colored plastic, the snap together pieces. Where was the challenge? My buddy bought a couple, put them together and showed me. Again, I thought they were cheap and a waste of money.

A few years ago, I found myself out of work because of a major knee injury. I needed something to waste time. I hadn't done a model for a couple of years. So I limped to the hobby shop and stated looking for something to build. I couldn't find anything I either hadn't made already or was interested in. So I stated looking at the Gundams. I still had those thoughts about them being cheap. I ended up buying the cheapest one they had. Turned out I actually liked building it. It only took an hour, but it was a nice and different experience. Over 3 years I have done about 40. 1/144, 1/100, 1/60 and 1/48 scales. I found the best to be the 1/60 perfect grades. Very detailed, very posable. Much better then the smaller ones. I hate most of the colors of the plastic, so on the better ones I paint and weather them. For a perfect grade, this is a lot more work then other models. Which is what I like about them.

I still do normal models. I came across this site because I'm getting ready to do my first armored vehicle and was looking for some references. Anyways, I'm just bored, thus the long posts.
BM2
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Posted: Sunday, November 27, 2005 - 02:53 AM UTC
Why don't you post a few pics of them G-dams? I would love to see them - and yep those perfects are a mother - I've built 2, the 1/144 take time to improve but they can look real good with a small financial investment, I believe in building it all.
MLD
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Posted: Sunday, November 27, 2005 - 04:25 AM UTC
I'm not a big fan of the suits themselves.
I find the Gundam suit designs too repetitive and derivative, preferring the Macross Valkyries ( but much prefer the fighter and Gerwalk modes for these) and SF3D suits.
The one Gundam 'suit' design I like, isn't really a suit at all. The Dendrobium engne powerpack is more of a ship and has a very different look about it.

It's in the stash and I'll build that one as well.

But have built 2 of the ships.




and the Eternal




I've also got both of the new Ball models on the shelf and the Gundam Seed Destiny "Exass".

But by all means, keep building them and posting them here. We've got a solid, albeit small, core of Sci-Fi modelers here in Armorama-land.

Mike
BM2
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Posted: Sunday, November 27, 2005 - 04:40 AM UTC
Nicely done Rhino! The only thing I can sugest is to super detail them - think in the terms of tanks- field applied extra armor , added wepons , different paint schemes. There is a modeler in Japan - sorry I've forgotten his name - that does his Gundams as if they were in the afrika corps- trulu outstanding- I've even seen one in a gilly suit!


ShermiesRule
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Posted: Sunday, November 27, 2005 - 05:16 AM UTC
Those are really cool. Are they really that expensive? I might take a try at one in a futureistic dio
BM2
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Posted: Sunday, November 27, 2005 - 05:46 AM UTC
Depends on the scale 1/60 perfect are pricey but the 1/100 master are affordable -
http://www.best1hobby.com/html/bandai/mg.html
Donald99
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Posted: Sunday, November 27, 2005 - 02:35 PM UTC
I've been following this thread for over 2 months now and it is getting more and more interesting. I hope sUxOiD_pRiMe is following this too.

I am not a Gundam man but quite a few of my colleagues are/ were. I have seen another post about an 1/35 Gundam. I am sure it will draw attentions if it is shown straddling a Tiger I in a hobby shops's display window.
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Posted: Sunday, November 27, 2005 - 03:07 PM UTC

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I've been following this thread for over 2 months now and it is getting more and more interesting. I hope sUxOiD_pRiMe is following this too.

I think he just popped in looking for a large sci-fi population and was disappointed that we didn't have what he was looking for. All forms of sci-fi modeling are welcome in this forum. We just don't have that large of a sci-fi population here, let alone a large Gundam following.

His profile shows that he joined on Sept. 10 and posted three times by Sept. 19. Hasn't been back since. Small wonder since his original title was rather hostile and he got some less than friendly responses.