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What's on the desk 3-27-2015 by GeneralMechanics
What's on the desk 3-27-2015
As an unexpected turn of events, my sister's boss discovered that I'm a model builder and asked me to work on some kits for him. He's a Porsche enthusiast, and as such asked me to build not one, but three cars! Starting with the first to arrive in the mail is the Revell 1:24 scale Porsche 911 Turbo (1987 model).

This is going to take me away from working on the Perfect Grade Unicorn Gundam for a few weeks, but I will return to my Beast of Possibilities soon enough.

I'll be honest it's a big step back in time for me, since the last time I built a model like this was decades ago, when I didn't have the wealth of knowledge or years of skill to back me up. So far I've only done modular construction; assembling parts that don't need to fully connected to one another yet. I even used my UltraSonic cleaner to peal off the chrome plating on the engine parts so I can repaint them.

This picture's just to show him that "I won't let his car end up like the last car model (cough, standing over his) that I built."

For reference, that's the DMK-01 Optimus Prime by Takara. Optimus Prime DMK-01 by GeneralMechanics 

I'll post more photos of the finished car before I send it back to its owner. and I'll be sure to drive it in reverse to undo the mileage I put on it first...
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Perfect Grade Unicorn Gundam:
"Even so, painting Psychoframe isn't just for show!"
Breeding Cattle WITH MAD SCIENCE by GeneralMechanics
Breeding Cattle WITH MAD SCIENCE
According to my BQA Certification, Genetics is a strong factor in the quality of my cattle.... however I think I did something wrong.

New phone, new camera, playing with the Panoramic feature at the wrong time taking pictures of my recent crop of heifers and newborn calves. 
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Sprukits Master Chief by GeneralMechanics
Sprukits Master Chief
Bandai's Level 2 Master Chief model kit from their new Sprukits line! 

I got this kit back in September, but didn't really start working on it until around late December in 2014. Then sadly around the last weekend of January, I made the mistake of leaving it on my desk before my cat knocked it to the floor and I crushed the chest piece with my desk chair. So I had to go to Toys R Us for a replacement model and do what work I had done on those parts all over again...

on a side note.. I've missed going into Toys R Us and buying a Bandai model kit... 

Out of the box, the model is molded in a dull gray and drab green colored plastic, with the visor of the helmet molded in a metallic flake injection. I had to do a lot of in-game research for the details (yes, playing a video game counts as research) for the additional color. I mixed a dark 'forest green' paint that I hand brushed over the raised panels, and because I had to paint in the thighs, I completely repainted the gray areas with a mixture of flat black and gunmetal paint. I then finished the model with a airbrush and a semi-gloss topcoat.

I also went with detailing the model with brown and gray Gundammarkers to give it that worn in look rather than the clean 'black line' I normally use on Gunpla.

I'm most proud of what I did for the weapons as you can see in my earlier update:Sprukits Master Chief Weapon Building by GeneralMechanics.

The completed model stands about 5 inches tall, which is comparable to Bandai's .... other... model kit line in the 1:144 scale.
I'm really happy with how this model turned out.

I'll update my gallery with a link to a review on Collection DX once I have it together. 
Until then, enjoy these post-reconstruction photos and one bonus picture.


Sprukits are property of Bandai 2014
Halo/Master Chief are property of 343 Industries and Microsoft
Built by Me in 2015!
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Sprukits Master Chief Weapon Building by GeneralMechanics
Sprukits Master Chief Weapon Building
Bandai Sprukits Level 2 Master Chief! a long delayed, overdue project of mine I started back in September that's hit a few bumps in the road (and one episode of carelessness and a desk chair wheel).
 
I started building this as something I thought would be a 'quick build for a rainy weekend' but somehow had once again exploded into a full scale project rivaling my time spent on anything else Bandai has made that I'm currently still working on *Cough Sazabi Ver Ka, Perfect Grade Unicorn, Gouf R35 (to name a few out of the Backlog of Infinite Awesome) Cough* 

At this point, I've completed the Master Chief model, however the Spartan remains disassembled into finished body parts so I can do a finishing topcoat. Pictures of 117 can be seen on my Google+ Page. plus.google.com/u/0/+RobBraun/… Just start scrolling down between the pictures of baby cows.

What has really stalled me from finishing the model was the weapons, the MA5D assault rifle and M6H magnum. Truly the only weapons needed to save the universe (although I could really use a Sniper Rifle, Warthog, and a paperclip).

The parts are molded in the only gray plastic the model uses (seriously Bandai, Toy Fair this year shows you want to expand on the line, don't be shy, give us a third color!!) but according to the source, the rifle alone has three tones. 

Seen here is my steps towards completion. DESCRIPTIONS OF PHOTOS IS AS FOLLOWED!!
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1) First, I had to glue the weapons together. The rifle is made of two hemispheric halves and the pistol is as shown, molded separately in the front and back sections.

2) Before I even got started with the model, I tapped the barrel of the Assault Rifle with my pin vice.

3) I started small and stepped up a bit size to the right diameter and drilled to a depth that would give me what I wanted to accomplish without compromising the plastic.

4) I thought about using enamels, but I had the idea to use Testors Model Master Acrylics instead. I didn't use just metallic colors alone, but mixed them together with some gray paints.  And let me remind everyone, this is all HAND PAINTED!

I first painted the the body of the rifle with a mixture of 'Aluminum' and 'Gunship gray.' by covering the main body of the weapon first, it was easier to handle the weapon better before painting the lighter and darker colors on the ends last. 

5) Originally I was going to use 'steel' with 'light gray' for the top halves of the weapons, but the color didn't look right and also my paint gelled while I was using it on the pistol. I had to strip the paint off and start again, fortunately the rifle was fine and the new color I mixed blended over.

The new color I used is a mix of 'Silver,' 'Light Gray' and 'Gunship Gray.'

The stock of the rifle and grips on both weapons are a mixture of 'Gunship Gray' and a recycled blend (two half empty bottles mixed together) of 'Flat Black' and 'Gunmetal.'

6) Since this is a Bandai model kit, there's plenty of panel lines to detail with Gundammarkers! For the Master Chief, I did a two tone method of GM03 "Brown" and GM02 "Gray"to make the panel lines and raised details look weathered. 

For the weapons, I decided to just keep it simple and clean with the GM02, but I did use a GM01 "Black" marker on the ports in the muzzle break and ports down the side of the rifle.

7) After one last check at a copy of the weapons' digital models (put online courtesy of 343 Industries) I made some additional touches and filled in more of the 'stock' color on the rifle and added some 'Flat Black' to the pistol grip.


So there you have it. Two Guns and Done! Tune in next time for the completed model!

Sprukits are property of Bandai 2014
Master Chief is property of 343 Industries, Microsoft

Built by me!! 2014 -> 2015
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Greetings visitors and friends of my DeviantArt Domain!

I send this journal entry to say that while in my period of minimal activity on DA, I keep a more regularly updated photo-journal segment on my Google+ Page. I'm not retiring from DA, it's just easier with G+ since it is built into my cell phone and is more rapidly available to post material online.


...or I'm just that one guy who continues to refuse to getting a Facebook page. 

Don't judge me, it's not like I've got a Zune. 


The address link is plus.google.com/u/0/+RobBraun/

"Apparently I'm popular there because people like my pictures of Gundam Models, Baby Cows, and Broken Tractor Parts!"

There you will see some in progress work of mine that I will later mirror here and in future model reviews on CollectionDX!
  • Listening to: Sansa MP3 player
  • Reading: model kit manuals
  • Drinking: water

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Rob Braun
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Gunpla and Cow Master of CollectionDX!
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Current Residence: Builder's Den, Hahira region
Favourite genre of music: soundtrack
Favourite style of art: Fine Point Illustration, character illustration
Operating System: ZBN-Drive
Shell of choice: Ceramic coated Cobalt-Titanium alloy
Skin of choice: Nano-polymer
Favourite cartoon character: Grimlock, The Tick, Freakazoid.
Personal Quote: "If Life were easy, it wouldn't be fun."
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Makingscalemodels Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for the watch! *bow*
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GeneralMechanics Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
you're welcome! Your work is incredible!
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Tentish Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you so much for
 the watch!! X3
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IsaiahBelmont Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
GUNDAMS ROCK!!!!!!
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Count-Vilanova Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Hey happy birthday buddy!
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enc86 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013
Welcome to :iconmodelpit: buddy, we are happy to have you. please read the rules and have fun!
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SierraFaith Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Thanks for the :llama:!
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SierraFaith Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
:giggle: hi
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Pitboy2710 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013
Just read your review of 1/100 scale Metal Gear Rex. Thanks for the info :)
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GeneralMechanics Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem! Thanks for reading.
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