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Almost 6 month of “Progress”

After completing my T34/76 I began work on a large project that was meant to be my entry in the 2013 Gunpla Builders World Cup. It was meant to be a 2-part diorama with 2 heavily-modified 1/100 G-Fighters flying in formation in one section and a 1/35 Core Fighter and some crew members posed near it in the other section. I got some work done on it but then put it aside once it became clear that household projects and two kids were taking away most if not all of my modeling time and the amount of progress I was making was depressingly unsatisfying.

Here’s some of the work I accomplished before I shelved it:

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I then went on a bit of a model-building hiatus as I completed several Spring Cleaning projects. I did one round of eBay sales as I got rid of some models I had decided I was probably never going to build. Next we went to work on the garage, going through a lot of boxes and throwing away some things and putting others in the garage sale pile.

After the garage sale we turned our focus to home improvement. We added a large patio to the back yard and a doorway from the back of the house to the back yard. We got that done in time to host my younger daughter’s first birthday party.

Once that was done I gave myself a break for a few weeks and I managed to completed the cockpit of this 1/48 scale iDOLM@STER F-22 Raptor.

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After that it was back to work. I spent about a month cleaning up, photographing, boxing up selling and shipping off a bunch of collectibles I had accumulated over the course of about 8 years back in my 20s. About 5 years ago I boxed it all up (loose and un-dusted) and it was just taking up space in my garage. When all 40+ eBay auctions were done I was sick of doing it but I got over $1500 for it all. I took some of that money and got myself a DSLR camera. The rest went into the vacation fund.

Once the auctions were over we went on vacation in Cancun and then came back and threw a 4th of July party and then it was Anime Expo. Next weekend is my daughter’s birthday party and after that our calendar starts to ease up.

Just before going on vacation Bluefin asked us to help them build 25 HGUC Sinanjus for display at Barnes and Noble bookstores, who are looking to expand their range of merchandise beyond books and music. I built half of one at the July build gathering and adopted the one Ed was working on. I grabbed one more from the case to take with me. I took these three kits with me to Cancun and managed to complete assembly of two of them there and just start the third. I built most of the rest of that third one during Clem’s Gunpla panels at Anime Expo and recently finished it at home. I’ve also “processed” a fourth from my own stash by cutting all the pieces off the sprues so I can carry it around in a Ziploc bag. I hope to finish this one in the next week and then panel line them all and trade them in for a nice credit at Bluefin
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After that I don’t know what I’ll work on… Finish the F-22? Go back to the G-Fighter diorama? Start something different? We’ll see.

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