Monthly Archives: December 2006

Slight update on the MG Rick Dias

My brother asked me to keep the progress on my model on my web log so here it is. Above is a photo of the Maroon parts on bamboo skewers for holding while I spray on surface primer. Below is the results afterwards.

Spray painting can be a bit of a pain in winter as you need to have a window open to properly ventilate the fumes. In this case, I had a window open and a fan on as well.  Once these are done, I'll paint the gray parts, reassemble the model, detail and put on a clear coat.


Music I'm listening to right Now:
"Headhunter VI.0" by Front242 from "Front by Front" Album.  


Gothamist’s year-end holiday party

Gothamist's year-end holiday party

Originally uploaded by S.D..

Gothamist's year-end holiday party was at Cronkite Pizzeria & Wine Bar. Good food, Good People and we got to meet the people we read/comment on at

Also, if you get the chance to go to the Cronkite Pizzeria & Wine Bar, do so. All the Pizza was very good and they stock a very nice Côtes du Rhône wine that I must go back to get the name…


Music I'm listening to right Now:
"Save me" by Corrinne May from her "Safe in a Crazy World" Album.  

Painting a Plastic Model (Bandai MG Rick Dias)

 parts I'm done assembling a MG Rick Dias pictured in the previous post.  Here is a shot of the Red pieces after painting.

For painting, I followed these steps:

  1. Assemble the model for a test fit. I cut the pegs to make pulling it apart easier.
  2. Sort the parts by color.
  3. Clean the parts with mild soap and  water and let dry.
  4. Put the individual pieces on bamboo skewers via masking tape.
  5. Find a place with lots of ventilation and good light and cover the parts with Tamiya Surface Primer.
  6. Let it dry, and then I painted it with Tamiya TS8-Italian Red.

more parts Next, I'll prime and paint the Maroon pieces. I'll try to document the process a little better for the people that asked (Needless to say, I'm not exposing my Nikon D80 to the paint while painting!). After it's all painted and has decals, I'll put a clear coat on all the pieces for protection.

BTW, if your interested in models based on Japanese Anime such as "Mobile Suit Gundam Zeta", you'd be wise to check out Image Anime on 103 West 30th Street, between 6th & 7th Ave. Besides having a good selection and competitive prices, they have a friendly staff. In my case, it's conviently near my work so I can get more paint at lunch (I ran out of Italian red and really screwed up a part or two…)

Music I'm listening to right Now:
"Love Is Expensive And Free" by Fastball from the "The Harsh Light of Day" Album.  

Strange but true

planeEvery once in a while, I read a story that is just too Funny. In this case, a Fart causes a plane to land.

Can you imagine the FBI agent's face interviewing that  passenger??

In other events, I'm still busy at work and at home, but I'm nearly done assembling a MG Rick Dias pictured below.  I'll be spray painting it Italian Red and Maroon. Should look good.


Building plastic models is one of the Hobbies I indulge in. It's not difficult, requires patience and the results look cool (Yes, it's a guy thing). These kits by Bandai aren't expensive and lately have been engineered to hide seams very well. I have about half a dozen of these kits queued up waiting for me to assemble. This particular kit is a Bandai "Master Grade" kit of a manned robot (mecha) from a Japanese Anime series called "Mobile Suit Gundam Zeta". In the Anime, This particular mecha is supposed to be 21 meters tall. I didn't see the Anime, but the model looks great. 



Music I'm listening to right Now:

"Wild" by Seal from his "Seal" Album (1991).  

Been Way too busy lately…

Crossing the street

Originally uploaded by S.D..

On the plus side December is when things get slow at work. 
At least I still manage to get out at lunch and shoot photos from time to time.

This is a photo that came out exactly the way I planed. She was waiting for the light to change, I focused on her, got off three shots and this one came out the way I wanted. I've been taking pictures for a while and I'm constantly trying to learn new things or plan out a photo before taking it. In this case, I succeeded.


Music I'm listening to right Now:

Sadly, nothing at this moment.