Wednesday, July 11, 2012

PG Gundam MK. II LED Tutorial

Below is a snippet from my WIP post for the PG Gundam MK. II originally located here on the Gundam Australia Forums.

Ok here we are, we're taking this just like a WIP with tutorial undertones! I have the first part of this LED tutorial already ready to go. The eyes and the cockpit on the PG Mk. II are already built in to have LEDs, so what I wanted to do is put LEDs in the chest mounted sensors/cameras.

Here we have the setup, my progress of the MK. II so far and the LED unit and the battery pack.

Blurry photo but you get the idea, this is a Chip LED unit, for obvious reasons it's called this. This is byfar the smallest LED I work with, the others I have are typically bulb-like, but still rather small.

Here I have disassembled the chest unit where I plan to put the LEDs. The fact this comes with clear pieces already is a big help.

Here I have shown my intention to run the wires through the head unit like the rest of the built-in wires from the kit, this actually did not work the way I planned so I put the wires under the chest and it's hidden by the side chest pieces. You have to experiment at times to find proper wire placement, and do be careful not to put too much stress on the wires as you can sever the wiring and cause a big headache. Always plan on the Gundam moving when you pose it and take in account that movement could stress your wiring job, so install smart!

Another look at what I did, although I did not go this route, this gives you a good look at the kit itself and their LED setup. It's rather fun.

Here I have put the small chip LED into the camera unit.

You never know what could happen to these units so I never recommend a permanent solution (like glues or cements) for setting these LEDs, I prefer to use sticky tac to seat my LEDs so they stay put but I have the ease of pulling them out to adjust them later if I so wish.

After placing it back on the model, I wire up the bulb to the power source and hit my easy on/off switch and there you have it. One LED installed!

Another view, here you can see how I had to run the wire the lwoer part of the chest armor here.

Rinse and repeat and I have done the same on the other side, now it's looking pretty awesome!

Here we have an issue for a future update, it looks good and cool....but there's quite a length there I need to shorten up and I need to find a place to hide that power source, unlike my MG kits....This should be a little easier on a PG!

Friday, June 29, 2012

Friday, May 6, 2011

A Sign of Zeta - A Goodbye - Enter: Survivors of Operation British

When I started this blog, I was a newbie to the whole Gunpla world, I still am in some respects, but i've come a long way. I've learned alot posting in this blog, but it seems it was for personal reference...this blog always lacked one thing I desired, a community surrounding that's why this blog has come to an end.

Am I going away? Am I giving up on Gunpla? No chance. Thanks to Sonar, head honcho over at Gundam Australia, I will be taking command of a new ship. I am proud to say I have been chosen to head up the Gundam Australia Blog and various aspects of GA media. This is a tremendous honor because now I can blog and be one with my fellow hobbyists, especially being an American representing an Australian blog, but it's not about any of that...It's about this hobby we all share all over the world. We all come together, share our experiences and learn from each other. So this will not be the last time you hear this..but for here it will be.
Keep up the Gunpla, Newtypes!!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

The Recent Haul of Gunpla

I feel like I've been buying more gunpla than building it lately....Gotta fix that! Anyway. Here's all those kits I've been accumulating over the last month! I'm really excited about these kits, so that should fuel some good work in May.....Hooboy, now to write up May's Argama Hangar.

Keep up the Gunpla, Newtypes.....and you too Zeta!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Get REAL, Would ya!? Part I - A ZNG look at Real Grade series!

I may be a little late to on the boat but I wanna comment about the recently launched Real Grade (RG) series now that i've gotten my hands on one and another one is on the way. So far i've built about maybe half of the RG RX-78-2 Gundam and let me tell's something different, it feels like a MG in 1/144 size! The frame is pre-assembled and that scared me a bit, a bit due to others impressions and just looking at them! Do be CAUTIOUS as you can break the things without working them out a bit first. What I mean by working it out is taking the frames out of the gates and bend them at the joints SLOWLY before building, loosen it up then build upon it, you will find posing much more easier afterwards.

Do NOT let this happen to you. :D Image from Thanks for the tip!

RG introduces something that needs to come to MG and that is the multi-color armor pieces that give a radical degree of detail over just the same flat color over the entire armor. This is difficult to explain so take the following pic from into consideration.

 Notice the white and duller white colors? Interesting huh? Image from

Another staple of the RG series is the decals.....which is tricky, see, the decals they provide are all stickers....which are supposed to be the mortal enemy right? I've seen builds that make stickers look good with RG kits, but Bandai does offer the waterslide decals separately, which I'm opting for to decal my builds because I'm going to paint both of my RX-78-2 and Char's Zaku II.

Stickers will always be stickers! Go Waterslides, will ya!? Image from

That wraps it up for Part 1 of looking at the RG series! Stay tuned for Part II with my own builds showcasing these two and perhaps a special appearance by the RG Strike Gundam! Special thanks to for images and all the hard work on reviewing everything Gunpla! Keep up the Gunpla, Dalong!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Chosen by VEDA #4: Great Gunplars - Tember Gundam

I've decided Chosen By VEDA articles are no longer a monthly thing, I'm just going to highlight awesome gunplars whenever the hell I feel like it now, it will lead to more content anyway, but enough about that! This time around we got Tember Gundam and his awesome PG 00 Gundam. It took me a long while to warm up to the design of 00, I thought it took what Exia was and kind of went backwards but I came around especially after seeing so many amazing schemes people applied to it and at the top is this PG, the first PG for Chosen by VEDA. I love the way he worked in different blues instead of relying on just the usual blue, then add in after market thrusters from Mecha Skunk, and abunch of decals that make it truly Ver. Tem! Few pictures below, but it to do it justice hit Tember Gundam's Blog and view all the pics!

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