My favourite episode from the first season of Haruhi is definitely "The Day of Sagittarius", and my favourite character is Nagato Yuki, so owning this kit was a foregone conclusion from the moment I saw it. Someday I'll have the full set of girls.
This was completed as a Christmas gift for my mother who teaches violin in the Suzuki method. She hasn't seen Gunslinger girls so let's not tell her what's really in the case, dig?
This Yoko is one of many in the same pose, but this one is my favourite and in my opinion the closest to the original illustration. I decided to leave off the included gun strap as I felt it threw off the visual weight of the piece.
Moon Rabbit Mina is a weird little obsession of mine. It was part of a fantastic drama series called "Densha Otoko" as a fake anime that the main characters were enamored with. The drama proved to be so popular that they decided to actually make a real anime series based on those fake characters. Problem is, they forgot in all the hubbub that you need more than great character designs and a couple well known actors to have a successful anime (well, most of the time, though it seems to be the basis of most "moe" anime success). The show was a complete flop and poor little Mina has all but been forgotten.
In the seemingly endless line of Cardcaptor Sakura kits out there, this remains one of my favourites. The recast I received had a few problems though I've had worse. It was missing a lot of the ribbons I've seen pictured with the original, though after seeing some others online I was lucky to get any at all.
After a lot of putty, sanding, and paint we have a presentable Batman once again! In total about 8 hours of work. Check out the WIP post for all the gory details, or just skip to the rest of the images after the break.
Rei has paused from her vacation in Okinawa (a place I'd love to be right now) to let us take some photos! She's albino but she got a tan somehow. Maybe she vacationed in Jersey.
This is the kit that made me realize how inferior recasts can be. Many years ago, I was excited to even find a kit at all from this series and hurriedly placed an order from one of the popular Hong Kong recast sites. I'm used to ugly seam lines, extra air bubbles and fit issues with recasts, but this one set the bar even lower with outright vandalism to the skirt piece from the original mould, foreign particles in the resin and completely deformed parts. If I hadn't known better I would have sworn it was a Thai recast. Big reason why I only buy originals now unless it's for a modification project. Enough negativity, onto the pics!
Originally Completed: 09/2007 After completing Amitie from Puyo Puyo Fever, I just knew I had to have the original Puyo girl: Arle! She was the main character in all the Puyo Puyo games from Compile.
Finally finished the nightmare that was Tingle and Barkle from Freshly Picked Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland. If ever there was a kit that was "out to get me", this was it! And I thought it would be a nice break from my last rough kit.. From putty cracking and just plain not working to paint peeling for no reason to almost breaking my new memory card upon completion, this kit was one piece of bad luck after another.