Category Archives: interests

Thats just paper??

I hated origami when I was in school, we had to make frogs and crane and all kinds of silly animals. When I saw these pictures I was shocked to know that they’re made by just folding pieces of paper!  Check out the pictures in the link below.

Via Danny Choo.com [link]

This what I’d be like at Origami :D

Ultimate Mazinger – UMC

This is probably the ultimate Mazinger a guy can buy. Pre-order starts on January 29th and only 10 lucky buyers will ge their grubby paws on this work of art. Even if I could afford it I wouldn’t  because one or more of the following events may take place if I buy it;

1. Parents will disown me

2. Wife will divorce me

3. Brother will hire a team of Ninja Assassins to kill me and steal the figure.

Check out the details below;

Made of Titanium Carbon. The figure is 900mm tall, about 8kgs heavy. The display base included is 600mm tall, with 400mm in width and depth respectively, weighting about 4kgs.

Not available through regular limited release method, pre-order will be done completely through direct contact between Tamashii Nation and interested buyers. Production will be strictly quantity-limited as well, only 10 units is to be produced.

Cost: 2,000,000 Yen! Thats around 6,500 KD!


Via Ngee Khiong [link]

More pictures [link]

Detailing weapons and Verniers

I’ve been neglecting working on my models due to recent work schedules and this weekend was rather hectic as well. But you cant be an Otaku if you’ve lost all contact with gunpla so I managed to sneak in some time and add some details to the weapons in my arsenal.

Here are some of the steps involved in making your weapons as realistic as possible;

1. Remove seamlines: I used Tamiya thin cement to glue the halves together and then sanded down the seams to merge the sides.

2. Paint base coat: I dont have a primer or ‘Surfacer’ so I just primed the surface using fine grit paper and then slapped on a coat of Tamiya Gunmetal, X-10.

3. Detail parts: I used Tamiya Flat Aluminium; XF-16, and a chrome marker to add some details. If the gun has a lens scope or laser sight, you can use a glossy metallic sticker for it.

4. Coloring internal of verniers: For the RX79G I used a combination of Red and Yellow inside the thrusters and for Zaku II I just dry brushed the insides to give it a rough look.

Hopefully I’ll have some spare time in the future to build/mod a Z’Gok that I have in my shelf :)

Indian Auto websites

Photo originally uploaded by Mathai [link]

The only way I can keep abreast of happenings in the Indian automobile industry is through the internet and there are some sites that I frequently visit.What I don’t like about some of the magazine websites is the lack of detailed news or interesting content but its adequate if you just want to know about the latest models out in the showrooms or summaries of road tests.

Magazine sites:

Auto Car India [link]

Business Standard Motoring [link]

Overdrive [link]

Auto India [link]

Car India [link]

Bike India [link]

Other sites:

Xbhp [link]

Wheels unplugged [link]

India on 2 wheels [link]

Bin Nisf Hardware

I spent hours today trying to find a small pair of side cutters for my hobby work and didnt find exactly what I wanted at ACE hardware or any of my usual places. After exiting what was probably my 10th store today, the guy asked me to check out Bin Nisf hardware and assured me I’d find what I was looking for.. and he was right! A beautiful pair of side cutters exactly as I wanted!

This was my first time at Bin Nisf and I was blown away at the amount of stuff they have there. I think I’m gonna make this my regular hardware shop from now on. You can also check out their website to see what they have. If you love hardware then don’t miss this place.

Bin Nisf website [link]

Phone: 1822244

Location: Shuwaikh Industrial area. past Press street, take a left at the second intersection and you’ll find Bin Nisf on your right.

Map: [link]

An afternoon with Go Nagai San

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On a pleasant summer afternoon on 10th October a small group of anime and classic robot fans waited patiently outside the Japanese Embassy in Mishref for the gates to open. At 12.30 we were assembled in the main hall which by now had been converted into a shrine with loads of rare manga, original artworks, robot models and kits.

If you were expecting a bunch of kids you couldn’t be farther from the truth! the average age of the Mazinger/ Grendizer fan in that room was 30! Most of us had grown up watching these shows back in the 80’s and we reminisced about the good old days of KTV1.

Finally the time had come and the man of the hour, Go Nagai Sensei walked into the room to thunderous applause. The next one hour or so was spent talking about the origins of this designs and character development. You can read about the interview here[link]

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The best part was that I got to show Go Nagai my own drawing and he autographed it for me! :D

Pictures courtesy of Mr. Sameer Al-Abdullah KUNA

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Welcome to Kuwait Go Nagai San

Famous animator and manga artist Go Nagai will be in Kuwait this week and will be meeting with his fans on two separate occasions. If you were a mecha/robot fan in the 80’s then you’d surely remember Grendizer and Mazinjer :)

I shot this photo as a tribute to him and if I’m lucky enough I might get a chance to give him a copy. Keep watching this blog for more info coz I have some surprises coming up ;)

Go Nagai on Wikipedia [link]

Grendizer [link]