Tuesday, March 27, 2012

ZeroGunz Forums

Hullo there.

Well, nothing to do with an update actually...just popping in to share something with my followers and readers.

Okay, way back in 2004...I opened up a forum. At the time, I didn't know much about servers and domain names. So I opt for the free forum servers. It was called ZERO-G Forums. With only a handful of members, roughly around 10-20...we slowly grew. In a matter of months, there were many other local gunpla lovers joined in. And the best was when awesome professional modellers joined up!

They inspired the younger members to do gunpla. To improve their skills and share what they knew. It was blossoming. Zero-G had a following. More and more members came in and friendships were created from our small forum.

In 2009, the forum did the biggest change ever. We migrated. From the small free server, we purchased a domain with the help of another forum. From there on it became like a dream come true. Finally we were able to have a proper domain site.

Adjustments were made, bugs were fixed. But along the way, the many years that the forum was around...some members came and went. Old members either stopped coming in or was too busy to do the hobby. It was something that would happen.

Despite all the problems that came and went, Zero-G now known as ZeroGunz has gone through a lot. And the one thing that it had was it's members. Without them, the forum wouldn't have been as it is now. It still held the momentum of being the first local gunpla forum and now having international members, we have gone far.

But after awhile, the forums wasn't as 'busy' as it used to be. New members didn't share much of their works and old members were either retired or have gone to a different group. And finally it dawned upon me that it was time...time to close the forum for good.

While I was backing up the previous entries from members, the forum was attacked by a wave of spam and somehow corrupted most of our data. Only a little data was salvageable. The end was finally clear.

So...with a heavy heart, I closed down the forums. It was a good run. A really good run. But, the passion for gunpla and plakits remained in me. So I decided to open a group in Facebook. It was free and data travelled real time.

So the legacy of Zero-G forums continues in Facebook...Join us there!

ZeroGunz Facebook Group

It was a long time coming, since 2004 till now...2012. 8 years have passed and here's to more years to come.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Hasbro 6" Ironman Mark 6 Stealth


Some guy sort of said to me that my repaints were not as good since 'people say' that I can't paint 'bling' or do the metallic style painting. What these people didn't know, I just chose NOT to do it. Why settle for what everybody is doing? But apparently, the decision to not play with 'bling' colors got some people trying to 'lowball' me and asking very ridicolously low prices for my repainted works...and that is really...*blip*...ouh...got censored...hahahaha...

Alright, so in trying to prove to this people...I took a Hasbro 6" Mark 6 figure and decided to make it...'bling. How so? By doing the stealth color version of Tony Stark's Ironman armour. Did some research on the color scheme and finally decided.

So here it is...in all it's 'bling' greatness!

Ironman Mark 6 Stealth Armour

And to further prove that it's 'bling'...snap some pics with flash!

Here's a repulsor blast for ya'...says Ironman to lowballers...heh

Alriteys...more to come in the following week! And don't forget to drop by RK Designs Facebook page to see more updates!


Cheers everyone!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Hasbro 6" Ironman Mark 4 (beta version)


Yep, it looks like it's IRON-MADNESS at RK Studios!! Everything has gone IRON-ny...heh...

Alrite, now I had an extra Hasbro 6" Ironman 2 Mark 4 figure. This one is pretty neato since it has Tony Stark's head (in this case Robert Downey's) and is detachable. I was wondering what should I do with this guy and did a survey on what other custom colors or design I can do. Was thinking of going for a seriously heavy mod but then I decided to add a little modding and a nice gray color scheme. Now why gray?

I thought to myself, if Tony Stark developed the Mark 4, there was bound to be a 'beta' version. The trial armour. So that was the reasoning behind this suit's design and colors.

I added some silver to certain parts of the armour to create that prototype look meaning it's a halfway done armour, and slapped on some kotobukiya after market parts just to give some details.

Ironman Mark 4 'beta' (RK Design imaging)

Yeah. Now that's what I call IRON'ing out the design...heheheh. Till next time!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Revoltech Ironman Mark 2 Repaint


Another Ironman project. This time around it's the Revoltech Ironman Mark 2. Yep. The one with blings. Okay, now don't get me wrong...I kinda like the paintjob but it was a bit sticky. Yes. I'm not sure why, and too much 'bling' wasn't really my strong suit...(pun intended...heh).

So, just a few days old...I warmed up the ol' trusty airbrush 'Betsy' (now...I named my compressor based on the hawt X-Man Psylocke...but I could have just called it that right? hmmm...oh well) and primed the sucker! Once primed, I sprayed a nice coat of gloss black and finally applied my mixture of silver. Now the silver that I used isn't the super gloss metallic look...I dimmed it down a bit. Reason? Preference. heh.

Not sure about everybody else, but I kinda like the end product. And another good thing, the dust won't stick on this guy as it would on the original paintjob. Heh.

Revoltech Ironman Mark 2 (RK version)

Yep. There you go. Another Ironman repaint. More to come!!! Wahahahahahaha

Monday, March 5, 2012

Hasbro 6" War Machine Repaint (HT Milk ver. scheme)


Yep...deserves a triple exclamation mark! Why? Cause it has been awhile. Now I know I'm supposed to post my Hasbro Transformers Custom Competition Entry photos, but I haven't gotten to taking proper pics.

But I got something else...this is a project that I've been working on for quite some time. I had with me an extra Hasbro 6" War Machine figure (the movie version) and was thinking of doing a custom. Then I found out that Hot Toys came out with a 'milk version' (I'm not sure why they call it that way...), and I decided to make one for myself. I'm not those who can afford to buy a Hot Toys figure, but I can afford the time to make a 6" version. Heh.

Basically I tried to color it the same as it's Hot Toys counterpart, but I added a little details of my own. What were they?

- Intakes on the left and right of the outer rib area.
- Some panels on the knee.
- Boosters on the back.
- Some simple decals.

Have a look!

War Machine Milk Ver. (6" Hasbro)

Comparison with the original Hasbro War Machine.

Well, That's all for now. I've been hit with the Ironman bug, so expect to see more works on them. Let's just say that...finally, my IRONMEN PROJECT is ON!

Repulsors are go!