Friday, June 24, 2011

MetalBox Metal Boy Series - SD Getter

Actually started working on this kit quite a while ago, very simple kit, with total of 6 parts, original Metal Box kit high quality resin. Supposed to be a very easy n stress free project before I start something heavier for year end project.

However, it has taken more time than I expected.

This is mainly because, again, I had initially treated this like it's an injection kit. Looking at it, I was very ambitious, thinking of making it to look like a metal/chogokin kinda finishing. However, after a few rounds of sanding, aside from the normal removing mold line n such, and priming, i realised to achieve a metal-like finishing, probably it would take me a blurdy month just for sanding n surface treatment.

Basically, I have no idea on how to go about doing a log or a wip for this. Have loads of photos, but majority of them r just photos of sanding, primed, visible unevenness yet to be tackled, sanding again.....

Quality Check standard lower one level: result? I m starting on painting now.....

Just sprayed black on areas with metallic color later. Metallic color would be silver, titanium, dark iron/gun metal.

The eye n face part would be black --> silver --> clear green. These would be the only part that will be in gloss. (Oh yeah, just remembered, due to i m not going to tackle all surface smoothness, instead of gloss finish which is very unforgiving for mistakes, i have decided to go for flat finishing)

Huhu, log of a lazy modeler; one who is good in finding excuse for easy way out :p

Monday, June 20, 2011

I'm Coming Home

Yes, I still think Diddy's "Coming Home" is one of the worst rendition in recent months. J Cole's lyrics's still ok, but the rapping by Diddy really suck big time.

Oh, yes, I'm bias. For being a fan of Holly Brooks/Slylar Grey; I think the song (Or part of the song, the melody done by Skylar) deserves a better treatment. As a result of such bad redition, it gives the impression that this song is "incomplete" and leaves a strong urge in me to find a so-called "complete version: I was searching the net for at least a demo verysion done by Skylar herself.

Unfortunately, unlike another of her brilliant mega hit song "Love the way u lie", seems like she hasn't done any complete version of this song. The unfulfilled hunger got me dig in deeper, to somewhere usually i dont really fancy: fan-made version.

Surprisingly, there'r a few that caught my ears; despite that might because of I was getting a little desperate in searching. Here, I would like share what I've found with a my two-cents-worth of opinions. Sit tight n enjoy yourselves:

1.  Jenna Anne - Though the lyrics is not really my cup of tea, I think the lyrics doesn't goes well the the original song, I think the melody fits very well with Skylar's chorus. Yes, it does fit very well, as if the song should be this way if it's written (Of course, if Skylar would have written it, her version would be slightly darker.)

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Unicorn Head WIP

Unicorn Head WIP #1

One day, I was just thinking what happen when these 2 combined?


45minutes later.........

Snapfited the head: Looks smaller than I expected, but overall build is pretty good; almost 90% similar to MG.

Put the base upside down, it's pretty spacious where a small circuit board should have no problem hiding inside.

Was deciding how the USB female port should be placed, either horizontal or vertical....

Finally decided to line them up horizontally. So it's time for some chopping n sawing.....

Test fit. Realised I need to sand down one of the inner wall n add some pla plate to fill up some of the empty space. Finally it fits. :)

Just add some pla plate to fill up gaps in between the 2 inlet. Later will add more details.


Circuit board time.......

Mr Lelo is looking good... (I can't help but give him a name... Pretty cute USB hub....)

Time to strip the bugger off. Muahahahahaahah...... The circuit board is smaller than I expected, which is a good thing.

Try the circuit board. It fits so well that it really surprised me! Overall just need to chop off 2 parts and the entire circuit board fits nicely into the inner chest.

The USB hub comes with a small light, lit by an LED. The light source is extremely weak and it's in green color. So weak I even have hard time to capture it using camera. Since the psycho frame color of the Unicorn is red, I will change the LED to a red one.

Ok, LED changed. Now check whether the circuit board still working or not. This is because Red LED n Green LED have different voltage, n since I didn't change the resistor on the circuit board, is better I double check (Although the chances of frying the circuit board is slim because 1) Red LED uses lesser voltage than green ones, meaning less burden for the resistor. 2) although they use different voltage, the difference is basically very small, within the variantion of 1V)

I tested the board by connecting all the ports to an USB mouse. Yes, everything's fine, the mouse optical lens is working!!!!

Now test on the head; the light seems a little stronger than I would like it to be. Later will find ways to make it dimmer.


Installation Process

Basically since it's very easy to damage the circuit, I decided to seal up the base before spraying paint. Hence I gotta think of the easiest way for assemble.

Drill holes on the neck part for the wire to go thru into the head.

Seems like everything's fine. I m luckier than I thought :p


More or less is done. Next step would be painting....... (To be continued. Hopefully I m not too lazy to snap photos.....)