Thursday, April 2, 2009

Baby Gundam Born

This is my latest project - BB freedom strike gundam. Hehehe. Oh well, actually I'm just a rookie in gundam modelling. Don't plan to go deep into it though cuz card making is already a costly enough hobby. Can't afford another expensive hobby like this. But gundam modelling is really really fun. I don't watch the anime nor am I familiar the characters, but I'm fascinated by their mechanisms and the beauty of these freakingly intelligent and creative japanese design. Seriously I don't know how they do it and I'm talking about not just the design of the robot "look" but also other aspects.

Let's talk about the looks. Most of their looks (adults / baby version) are great. Nice designs on how edges are formed to give that very "solid" robotic feel. The color matching are also great, mostly striking, bringing out the different characters I suppose. They also have different features and weapons that fascinates me. Like this one I just assemblied has wings, 2 "guns" (i suppose they have names), a sword and a shield (which i think is like a light form).... nice leh. This is my fav model so far. :P

Now let's move on to mechanism, a part that always makes me wonder in awe. How on earth did they come out with the idea to make an assembly like this? And its not just being assembled thats it, the parts can move, and I would say reasonably freely.

So from the assembly and mechanisms, I guess the parts are designed. Then now they need to design the mould to make these parts. Even for a small gundam like this requires few hundred parts. So they need to design the plate that holds these parts together and then the mould to make this. And their plates can contain different colors, which I understand from a friend in this industry that this is not easy to achieve. To me, the moulds must have been perfect, as each part fits together PERFECTLY. You wont find a misaligned edge or a distorted joint when you bring the parts together.

Then finally, the manuals - to such complete details that even someone who doesnt understand a word of japanese can assembly this. Their 3D pictures showing the view where to assemble, labelling (all correctly), and sequence,.. are all perfectly comprehensive.

So, some might think spending money in buying a "toy" is not worth it. But come to think of it, a lot must have been done to enable gundam modelling to be such a bliss. :) Ok ok, I sound like a gundam promoter.. haha. I think it might be the nature of my background that makes me sensitive to these details.

I'm gonna work on the fine lines soon. Well, with my clumsy shaking hands, they aint gonna be fine lines no more. Haha. Will post another completed picture by then ^^

13 comments:

marlene said...

This sounds like the way engineer talks :p hee hee... Hm... i think.... i have some Gundam @ home :)

Shera said...

hahaha... even tho its not my will to be an engineer, but I think I can't deny it >.< gundam is really fun tho :)

Yiing2 said...

sheerah teo, your post too long....HAHAAHAHAAHAHA i only read the first and last para..hahahahahaa i willl re-read the whole post tomorrow la...my brain can't function at this very moment-11.30pm, knowing me, i sleep at 10-ish everyday...HAHAHAAH right,i talk crap la but i know you love to see...lala

Shera said...

=.=............. zhar dao by this siao zhar bor... but you are right babe... I LOVE TO SEE....leave more la.. HAHAHA....

Agnes Sim said...

wah... u like this kind of toy oh. hehe

Vivienne said...

Gongxi ni too!!!!!!!我好激动。。我们包了这个奖诶!!!!!!

Derek said...

rah j.. finally caught my gundam bug a.. hahaha.. wan to c my collection?? kekeke btw i oso got tis strike freedom gundam.. actually i got 3 hehehe

Shera said...

yo, dukey!.....i'm surprised you read my blog @.@.. haha.. yea, i caught your gundam bug... actually caught it sometimes ago, but now only get the "disease" ...hahahaha... i saw ur collection couple of years ago... already i wana pengsan liao... now must be got more liao lor? hahahha... where where where? let me know where u upload la... cheerz

Glitz_ann said...

wahlao .... u really promoting gundam lah ...... y not promoting others model as well ..... hahaha want me to add somemore on the mould design things?? haha js kidding lah ...... if u cannot make the fine line, let me help u. but i guess u prefer do it urself .... as u always 'rebut' to do the thing last time. haha

Derek said...

hahaha well nothn to do ma.. ermm i don do blog one la.. actually i dunno how to do la hahaha.. want c my stuff hav to special request.. got more thngs but less gundam la hahaha
keep it up keep it up.. collect keroro la..

Shera said...

chia, no need u luuu..my fine lines finish lu..... i rub off the big fat ones and the ones left in the grove become fine.. not very even darkness, but stil ok i guess. wakakakka.... and nobody is stopping u to add more mould design things.. :P dukey.. i like keroro too... soo cute... dont temp me la.. i pok kai d!!..

Derek said...

wah lao.. u guys add line somemore a.. none of my gundams got line la hahaha.. well just get those 5 in 1 for the keroros. i'm still thnkin wan to get or not sigh...

wats mod design thng?

Shera said...

dukey, mould design thingy is the mould design to make those parts of gundam - smthing like mould making agar agar...but bigger with more machines.. hahahaha....i guess...