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Kesuki
Learning Japanese Over The Years!
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Graduated from University of Riverside, California in Fall 2014.
Hoping to push my career forward.

Now working as security IT.

Passed:
Security+ Certification

In Progress:
Working on CISSP Associates.

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Jaou3 years ago#23975555Awww :D I can't wait to see her! Will you be posting pictures of the progress? I would love to see them :3 Where did you buy her? How much was it? Considering the was a limited and is a popular character I bet she was quiet pricey :o

I actually got her at Suruga. She was around 172 USD. So yes, rather expensive.

I can show progression pics. Once I get set up, I will be doing practice since I don't exactly have the experience to make a garage kit professionally.
3 years ago
Kesuki3 years ago#23967677Hello Jaou! Currently working on the starting up.
Sadly I don't have many shops here to buy things locally so I have been looking online.
It has been awhile but I hope to get started on her the coming month. :3


Awww :D I can't wait to see her! Will you be posting pictures of the progress? I would love to see them :3 Where did you buy her? How much was it? Considering the was a limited and is a popular character I bet she was quiet pricey :o
3 years ago
Jaou3 years ago#23964551Hello there! I saw your comment on ITEM #464191 and I was wondering how she turned out :D Can you show us any pictures?

Hello Jaou! Currently working on the starting up.
Sadly I don't have many shops here to buy things locally so I have been looking online.
It has been awhile but I hope to get started on her the coming month. :3
3 years ago
Hello there! I saw your comment on ITEM #464191 and I was wondering how she turned out :D Can you show us any pictures?
3 years ago
Muntoe Lover of cacti ♡꒰*・ω・
Kesuki4 years ago#17458800I will definitely post progress updates... but the lack of instructions worries me about how to approach the garage kit Dx
I might consider airbrushing her seeing as she is a rare garage kit to come by. If I do go the route, is there a air brush brand that you use or recommend?
I am looking into other smaller kits currently, so maybe she may be delayed a little bit while I get practice... ><
Haha most kits don't come with instructions, just a parts sheet. The general steps to building a kit are pretty much the same. I own an Iwata HP-C Plus airbrush and Smart Jet compressor and really like them but altogether it was ~$400 so it's kind of a big investment...that doesn't even include paint, thinner, a cleaning station, etc. There are other cheaper brands like Badger, Paasche, etc. If you do get an airbrush I recommend getting a dual-action gravity feed brush since it's easier to control spray flow and pressure (they are also easier to clean I think?).

Edit: Also I forgot to add that a lot of people own different airbrushes for different purposes but that's a whole other can of worms ahaha
4 years ago
Muntoe Lover of cacti ♡꒰*・ω・
Kesuki4 years ago#17447044Rory arrived! posted a picture in her section. Now how to make sure all the parts are there...Fun times ahead then!!!
4 years ago
Muntoe Lover of cacti ♡꒰*・ω・
Kesuki4 years ago#17397770Well Rory is on her way!
I am still wondering how to approach her though Dx
Yay! Well first things first...make all the parts are there :p Then the prep begins :o
4 years ago
Muntoe Lover of cacti ♡꒰*・ω・
Kesuki4 years ago#17345989Will do!
I might have to consider maybe finding another garage kit to try out, or just go right in for Rory... I do want to have her turn out amazing, so maybe I should use air-brush on her at a later point in time and find a cheaper garage kit. Seems hard to find them though.
For the tools you mentioned on your guide, is there any recommendations for which of each tool to get? I know I shouldn't cheap out on tools, but it's wondering which is good vs going excessive!
Also, I wonder if everything can be bought through amazon.... Paint though might have to be at a store though...
It's up to you honestly. Even I have kits that are still in their boxes because I'm too intimidated to paint them...it happens, you end up accumulating stuff lol. There are places online that sell recasted, bootleg resin for cheaper and many beginners start out that way - if you're not opposed to that send me a PM since it's against our site rules to post links in the public spaces on our site. If you prefer to buy original pieces I can also give you a few helpful ways to search.

I'm kind of a Tamiya junkie so I usually end up recommending them but that's just because I've had really good experiences with their products. Two of my must-haves from them are Tamiya Light Curing Putty and Tamiya masking tape. Don't go cheap on your putties or tape - bad tape can rip up your paint job and cheap putty can be a pain in the ass to sand and/or it may crack/shrink.

I think most basic things can be purchased off of Amazon but I would also recommend buying stuff in person if you can so you can see how it looks. It's helpful for little things like pin thickness or paintbrushes in person because then you can handle them and see how they'd work in person. I don't recommend buying paint off of Amazon...jars on there are pretty expensive compared to local hobby shops or other places online and Amazon has a ridiculous shipping time for some because it has to go through a 3rd party. For example my local hobby shop sells tiny Tamiya jars for ~$2.50 and they are over $5 on Amazon. Even craft paints are also ridiculously expensive on there and you can't see the colors in person :( It's so much easier to go to a store and look because then you can find the exact color you want. Sorry for the long responses btw, I just really like talking about this stuff...
4 years ago
Muntoe Lover of cacti ♡꒰*・ω・
Kesuki4 years ago#17345072I see... Rory doesn't seem like a large kit from the images, but I will definitely have to start somewhere for the painting. I am afraid of messing up on her as she is a one of a kind ><
As far as stores.. There wasn't anything that caught my eye as far as craft stores. Downside from moving from Cali I suppose... D:
As far as any artistic experience, I have only drawn on and off sparingly. So confidence wise it is low xD
I did see the painting section (glancing through it) and noticed the whole peeling part. I just hope I can do this properly!
I think her scale will be really good for a beginner ^^ Some people have really strong feelings about the issue but if you feel uncomfortable painting her right away maybe you could practice on a recast and save her for later? There are also a bunch of other cheap originals on Mandarake (as low as 500-2000 yen). You can always shop online for tools too! Luckily since we are both in the US it's relatively cheap and a lot of options for shipping.

As for painting - I don't have any formal painting experience either, the only thing I did before this hobby was doodle random chibi characters :) To give you a little more context and maybe inspiration here is a photo of my first kit compared to my latest: img.photobucket... vs. img.photobucket... We all have to start somewhere and the great thing about building kits is that you can do it in your time with your own techniques. When you get Rory feel free to shoot me a PM with any questions you have (or other random chat! I'm friendly hahaha)!
4 years ago
Muntoe Lover of cacti ♡꒰*・ω・
Kesuki4 years ago#17344348I see... Well, Rory will most likely be my first attempt at garage kits. I hope to get a full list of materials in.
As far as where to buy them though, I still need to search. I recently moved to Utah so not sure where to find most supplies.
I need to reread on those paint types acrylic, enamel, and lacquer. As a beginner, would you recommend hand-brushing over air-brushing?
Rori is cute but looks like she has a lot of parts so don't be overwhelmed when you first get her haha. She is an original kit so I can't tell you how much prepwork she will require...some original kits are pretty much ready to assemble out of box, others require a lot more work like sanding lots of tabs, puttying holes and gaps, etc. On the plus side you will own a one-of-a-kind!!!

I don't live in UT but if you have a local Michaels craft store and/or hobby store in your new area then you should be able to buy almost everything there. There is a bit of upfront cost involved since you need to purchase all the tools but after that it gets a lot cheaper (besides new paint...I'm always buying paint hahaha). I'd estimate maybe like $100-150 for tools if you're buying a bunch of stuff without coupons. :o

I hand-brushed for years before I worked up the courage to use my airbrush...my airbrush was in storage for over two years before I finally decided to try it out hahaha. A nice airbrush and compressor set can easily cost you $300-500 and because of that I always recommend beginners to start out hand-brushing before they make the switch to an airbrush...it would suck if you ended up disliking it :S However, I also know people who bought an airbrush right away and they love it! Both methods require different skillsets and if you truly want to improve in the hobby you need to master both. I think it's important for beginners to hand-brush because then you can get an idea of how to thin your paint, work on your color theory and paint small or delicate areas like eyes. If you plan to paint a lot of larger kits (1/6, 1/4 scale) it may be in your best interest to buy an airbrush right away because it can be really difficult to keep craft acrylic layers smooth. Len in my tutorial is 1/6 and she was difficult even for me to keep the paint smooth ^^;
4 years ago
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