Weekly Performance

Monday, October 24, 2005

A Vacation in Eastern Europe

Eastern Europe 2005

For the past 2 weeks plus, I have been away for my first Europe vacation. I was backpacking, hence going on a 'Bohemian-style' (heehee except with showers). I was in Eastern Europe. Not exactly covered a lot of countries, but 2 of them. They are Austria and Czech Republic. I visited Vienna and Salzburg in Austria followed by Prague in Czech Republic.

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is the capital city of Austria.
A visit to the Schonbrunn Palace and Hofburg Palace is a must to learn how the Hapsburg dynasty royalty lived their lives.

Salzburg is in Western Austria.
It is famous for it is the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Salzburg is a very lovely and romantic city which one can fall in love with it and vow never to forget.

Prague is the capital city of Czech Republic.
Czech Republic has a very rich and thick history. Dating from 600AD to present. The German occupation, followed by Soviet rule and the Communist rule as Czechoslovakia and eventually the liberation as a Republic after the infamous Velvet Revolution.


Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Sunday, September 11, 2005


New Kits On The Blog

I have just added another two new kits to my collection,
Each costs S$9.55 and S$10 respectively.
I am rather into buying cheap discounted kits.
I love cheap kits.


Quite a disappointment. I am never getting this kit again.

The Kit comes in simple, easy to assemble parts.

Zero Articulation is a disappointment as compared to the other S$10 kits.

The Mobile Suit was painted to give it the glorious colours.
Despite the fine hard to reach parts.
The outcome is satisfactory to the normal eye but not a 4MP camera.

Model No: MS-06FS
Height: 17.5m
Weight: 56.2ton
Material: Super Hard Steel Alloy
A rather good quality HG kit. Definitely worth the buck. Great Kit. Love it.

The Front and Rear.
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Advanced Weaponry. Equipped with 30mm MG x 4, Zaku MG, Zaku Bazooka, Heat Hawk and Magella Top Cannon.
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Identify this old kit

One of my collection consists of an identified Gundam kit.
I had bought this during younger years,
hence I wasn't even bothered with the name at all.

But now I need people to help me identify this kit's name:

The front and rear.

The articulated joints

Can anyone idenify the name of this mobile suit?

Saturday, September 10, 2005

Paint jobs taken to a next level!

This day I have taken an old Gundam to a new make-over project.
A plain 3 colored Mobile Suit without any stickers undergoes the revamp with the aid of Plaids' AppleBarrel acrylic colors.
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This is the very first of the painting projects.

Overall view Perspective
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The shield.
(Only part to be painted with white over the completely white plastic)
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The breast armour
The face
The hardest to paint part is the face. I have to apply the paint with a fine strand of hair. Still when up close, it doesn't look perfect. But from far, it is perfect.

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The limb actuator
The previous imb actuator is plain white, but after the paint job, it is mre prominent.
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This is it the Mobile Suit.
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Gundam P-71

More Gundam Figurines are indahouse!
Another two more P-71 units.
This time we look at all the P-71 figurines with decals.

New Kits

F91 Squad Mobile Suit XM-06
Height: 15m
Weight: 9.7ton
Total Weight: 22.5ton
Thrusters: 25540kg x 2 / 11030kg x 2 / 8950kg x 3
Apogee-Motor: 87
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XM-06 is another of the assualt Royal Guards.

F91 Squad Mobile Suit F71
Height: 14.3m
Weight: 8.7ton
Total Weight: 23.1ton
Thrusters: 27840kg x 2 / 16790kg x 2
Apogee-Motor: 50
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The F71 is a light-weight mobile suit made to send heavy fire support into the battle field with it duo-chain guns. Featured in picture is Unit 12 of Beta Team, F71 Support Platoon.

Old Kits with Decals

F91 Squad Mobile Suit XM-01
Height: 14m
Weight: 7.9ton
Total Weight: 17.4ton
Thrusters: 17310kg x 2 / 8520kg x 2 / 4460kg x 4
Apogee-Motor: 84
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XM-01 is the leader of the Royal Guards. Medium-light weight with profound agility and battle techniques. Codename: Nazi-Snake

Friday, September 09, 2005

TAMX-004 'Qubeley'

Axis Prototype Mobile Suit for NewType
Model: AMX-004
Height: 20.6m
Weight: 35.2ton
Total Weight: 57.2ton
Generator Output: 1820kW
Thrustor General Output: 61600kg
Posture Control Vernier: 12
Sensor Effective Radius: 10900m
Material: Gundalium Alloy
Armaments: Beam Saber (Beam Gun) Funnel

The kit is worth S$15.00 only.

The overall look.
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The expandable wing.
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The amphibious tail.
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Do you think this looks like a cockroach?

Saturday, September 03, 2005

S$10 for a 1/100 Gundam figurine ain't bad

I was with Pangster going thru some toy sales when we tranced upon
some Gundam figurines going at S$10 to S$15.
I grabbed a S$10 one and a S$15 one.
Well seems like the S$10 one is not any worse than the HG one.
I was up all night and spent 1+ hour (till 3am) making this.
Fatigue strikes me now!

Take a look for yourself.
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The Front
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The Rear
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The retractable Lance-cum-Pistol
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Glowing NVG (Night Vision Goggles)
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I just find this unit bearing a damn close resembrance to the Nazis.
Or even the mercenaries in 'Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within'.

What do you think Pang?

Thursday, September 01, 2005

First day at Comex 2005

It is the Comex 2005, probably the last it fair for this year.
This time it is at Suntec Convention Centre again.
As usual, it crowded with people.
I shall skip the blabberish over the description of the event and go straight to my topic.
Of course, it will be interesting to know what are my plans this time round.
1. Get an ISP.
2. Subscribe HWM.

Getting an ISP
I have been scouting for an ISP with good premiums.
Of course, the only 2 ISPs that will be considered is either Starhub Max-Online 2000 (MOL2000) or Singet Broadband (SNBB) 512K or 1500K.
The breakdown is as shown (all are 24moths contract):

SNBB (512k)@($47/mth)
+free 3mth sub (worth $141)
+free ADSL modem (worth nothing but necessary)
+$42 registration waiver
+$40 Takashimaya voucher
+lucky draw
= $981
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SNBB (1500k)@($58/mth)
+free 3mth sub (worth $174)
+Thomson speedtouch585 ADSL2+ or 2Wire 2700HG Wireless Integrated modem(worth about S$100-150 and something I need)
+$42 registration waiver
+$40 Takashimaya voucher
+lucky draw
= $1218
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MOL2000 (2000K)@($58.80/mth)
+Linksys WRT45G Wireless Router w 4 ports (router only worth $90 at Comex or retail)
+Panasonic DVD player (worth about S$150)
+Waiver registration/upgrade

MOL2000 is the plan that I am intending to take over from my brother. This has been my ISP plan. However, after considering my requirements, I don't really need anything. So the premiums that will tempt me is a wireless router/modem or a portable HDD. I had already missed the previous Singnet free ranger portable HDD deal. So the only premium is a wireless router/modem. Hence, either a SNBB1500 or extend my MOL2000. Looking at the price, MOL2000 is a tad more expensive by $193.20.
Since both plans are similar in bandwidth, have wireless solution as premium, the only thing is that MOL2000 got a Panasonic DVD Player. Thus the $193.20 difference is to offset for the DVD Player already. Well, I don't need an additional DVD Player, plus I am getting a free one today (See later section).

SNBB1500 seems to be leading the way, as I have already given up on MOL. I like my ISP to be cheap since my usage is only late evenings and weekends, furthermore, I don't do heavy downloadings. So the cheaper ISP plan, the better. Well, look at SNBB512 and SNBB1500, the difference is about 1000k of bandwidth (which I think I can do without), no wireless modem for SNBB512, $237 in total spent for 24months.
A kind sales rep from Singnet advised me as what I had in mind, which is that since I don't require that much bandwidth, I should save the $237. After which I can buy any wireless G router w ports to add-on to the Siemes ADSL modem, and that should just cost me about $100. Thus I will pay less overall and get what I want.

Hence, I settled for SNBB512, which shall be activated on 19th of October 2005!! Which gives me ample time to terminate my MOL2000 and after my trip, so as not overlap. The sales girl was shocked. Apparantly, I had a nice chat with her, since she attended to me while I was getting a mobile phone early this year.

The Siemens miniature ADSL modem
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The Specs
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Subsribe to HWM
This only came about when I chanced upon their ad.
I had always been buying the Hardware Magazine (HWM) monthly at S$6.90 ea.
Since this plan offers:
Subsribe HWM (24mth)=$118
+free HWM 9-in-1 tool
+free 25 DVD-R discs
+free HWM Sports Bag
+free Ichihan DVD-27 player
+free 123 of digital imaging cd
+free Soundbuzz voucher for 2 mp3 songs

What they gave

What I got
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For 24months, buying the HWM off the shelf will cost me $165.60. Hence, I will save $47.60 if I subsribe to it plus the freebies. Meaning I only $4.90 for each issue for a contractual period of 2 years. Hence, a WIN, WIN, win, win..... situation. The freebies are no great hooha anyway. Probably the Ichiban DVD Player? Well, it is not exactly impressive since it is a Region-3 locked player (non-multi code), thus it can only play DVDs bought in Asia.

I have yet gotten myself a wireless router for my upcoming ADSL plan. More scouting is in progress.