Friday, June 30, 2006

Mexicana Cha Cha Cha!

Was celebrating my ex-colleague's, Abel, birthday together with Edna at Holl
We visited Cha Cha Cha Restaurant at Holland Village for some Mexicano food.

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Nachos with extra fired up salsa dip
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My meal, Beef Stew.
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The stew is a spicy one topped with extra hot jalepeno pepper.
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Apart from the main staple, yellow mexican style rice. It came with 4 tortillas.
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We also ordered a shared main entree, Pork Mole (pronouced as mo-lay).
The dish came with 2 succulent rib-eye pork steaks and a spiced cocoa dip.
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The cocoa dip is a blend of mexican spice and herbs with cocoa. Being slightly bitter to taste, it requires a special method to savour this dish.
The pork steaks are cooked till 80% in a cutlet style. When the meat is dunked into the cocoa blend and chewed, the sweetness of the steak will meld the tastes together, making it a pleasant sweet delight.
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Thursday, June 29, 2006

Murasame AW Custom

I have designed this for my friend who is into printing his own decal set for the HG 1/144 Murasame Andorew Waldfeld Custom.
The huge one can be used on the wings,
while the small one can be used on the chest or shoulders or even limbs.
Do resize for endless possibilities!


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Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Superman Returns



Just watched the long awaited Superman movie.
I like it very much for the good o concept and vfx, despite its simple plot.
Certain things that got my applause are the 'wayang & garang' scenes.
For example,
Superman hovering in space listening out to all the cries for help.
The bank robber fires the chain-gun at Superman and the bullets get ricochetted.
The same bank robber whips out a pistol fired point-blank, bullet hits Superman's eye and dropped like a crushed can.
Superman lands on the emerged Krytonite island with an impact.

Go catch it now! Its definitely worth the buck!


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I am watchin' Superman Return tomorrow for FREE!!
Complimentary Tix!

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Shinobi

It is the the Shinobi from the SEGA video game, neither is it the band from Channel U's Superband.
This is...

SHINOBI: Heart Under Blade
starring Joe Odagiri and Yukie Nakama

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ALERT!!
Watch the trailer here:

SHINOBI TEASER

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Hinokio

HINOKIO: Intergalactic Love

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I have yet watch this show.
Always wanted to.
It looks very interesting, sort of like the japanese version of 'Bicentinnial Man' starring Robin Williams.
I figure that this is about how the young girl fall in love with the robot boy, whom in fact is one that had thoughts of a paralyzed boy transfered onto.

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Casshern

CASSHERN

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Another great japanese movie that I've watched some many months ago,
the CG/special effects of this movie will leave you awed.
A wonderful plot goes along with the movie of how genetic modified new-breed homo sapiens 'neo-sapiens' walk this world.
Let the battle begin!


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Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Sukhoi Su-33 Naval Flanker

Sukhoi Su-33
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Type: Multirole fighter
Manufacturer: Sukhoi
Maiden flight: May 1985
Introduced: 1994
Primary user: Russian Navy
The Sukhoi Su-33 (NATO reporting name 'Flanker-D') is a naval military aircraft produced by Russian firm Sukhoi in 1982 for aircraft carriers. It is a derivative of the Sukhoi Su-27, also known as the Su-27K. The main difference from the Su-27 is that Su-33s can operate from aircraft carriers. Moreover, unlike the Su-27, the Su-33 can be refueled during flight.



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Development
The Su-33 first flew in May 1985, and entered service in the Russian Navy in 1994. An air regiment comprising 24 fighters of the type was formed up on Russia's only operating aircraft carrier, the Admiral Kuznetsov.

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Each pilot, prior to making an actual landing on a carrier deck made 400 landings on a concrete runway matching the size, and shape of the carrier deck, in order to practice no-flare landing technique. Despite this, at one point a minor accident occurred during a touch-and-go. During a landing, the wind blew at 45 degrees to the port beam causing the prototype (then called T-10K), piloted by Victor Pugachev, to drift 3 meters off course, nearly causing an accident. As the aircraft cleared the deck, a landing gear oleo struck several struts on the lower hull sponson. The struts buckled but the aircraft was undamaged. The pilots of both the MiG-29K, and Su-27K, had all already seen the struts but did not complain about the placement, because they were below flight deck level, their only objection was the turbulence generated by the sponson, which was later fixed.

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The first actual carrier landing did not pass without incident, as would be hoped. It was discovered that despite the shortening of the fighter, it was still too tall to fit through the hangar door, and special clamps had to be fitted to the landing gear to squeeze it through the hangar.


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The next day, it was found prior to takeoff, that when the water cooled jet blast deflectors were set at their normal setting of 60 degrees, they were too close to the engine nozzles. They were ordered to be set at 45 degrees, but the actuator could not hold them in that position. The crew then improvised makeshift braces out of steel pipe to hold the deflector in position. Unfortunately, the welders neglected to clear the metal fragments that resulted from their work, and these fragments pelted observers. Then to make matters worse, the pop-up detents would not retract when ordered, and the prototype sat in front of the shield for 8 seconds longer then the maximum safe time of 6 seconds. This then caused the shield's water pipes to explode, blowing apart the shield. Some observers believed the fighters fuel lines had ruptured and ran, fearing an explosion. Pugachev, who was piloting, was then ordered to throttle back his engines which resulted in the detents retracting, causing the fighter to jerk forward. Pugachev reacted quickly and stood on the brakes and shut off the engines. The fighter was towed to another position and Pugachev took off without using jet blast deflectors, or detents, climbed steeply, performed the Pugachev's Cobra and flew away. From then on, a Kamov Ka-27PS Search-and-rescue helicopter was flown close to the carrier in the event of an accident.

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Description

Su-33, Ka-27 in background, on the RFS KuznetsovUnlike comparable American carrier-borne fighters like the F-14 Tomcat, the Su-33 it is designed to use a ski-jump instead of catapult for carrier takeoff. The ski jump provides many advantages over a catapult launch. The most evident is that a ski jump does not put stress on the airframe and pilot, allowing lower weight because less structural reinforcement is required and prevents G-LOC (G-force induced impairment.) Also, with a ski jump launch, the aircraft can engage full afterburner earlier than a catapult launch, because the aircraft is restrained by pop-up detents rather than a catapult shoe. Once in the air the aircraft has a positive AOA as well as pitch angular speed which increases during acceleration, and assists the climb. This method does require an aircraft that is more stable and maneuverable at low speeds. On the down side, an aircraft launched off a ski jump cannot launch at maximum takeoff weight (unless MTOW is very light to begin with, as in the BAe Harrier and its family), so either combat load or range will suffer vis a vis a catapulted aircraft. Large aircraft cannot launch off a ski jump at all, restricting a ski jump-equipped carrier to tactical aviation only with very limited AWACS capability, usually provided by helicopters.

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The Su-33 sports extra canards that shorten the take-off distance and improve maneuverability, but required reshaping of the LERXes (leading edge root extensions). The canards counter pitch-down force generated by leading and trailing edge flaps reducing approach speed by 1.5 times; they also act as destabilizers in supersonic flight, by reducing pitch trim drag. The wing area was also increased, though the span remained unchanged. The wings were fitted with power-assisted folding, and the vertical tails were shortened to allow the fighter to fit in the typically crowded hangars of an aircraft carrier. The rear radome was shortened and reshaped to allow for the tail hook, as well as to save space inside the hangars. The IRST was moved to provide better downward visibility and an L-shaped retractable refuelling probe was fitted to increase range.


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The Su-33 carries guided missiles such as the H-25MP, H-31 and H-41. The plane can be used in both night and day operations at sea. It can operate under assistance of the command center ship, or in conjunction with the Ka-31 early-warning helicopter. The R-27EM missiles provide it the capability to intercept antiship missiles.

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Monday, June 26, 2006

The Orchard Store

The latest news that The Orchard Store is planning to move because Specialist's Shopping Centre is going to revamp/rebuilt the whole building.
The lady gave me their name card, so that people can locate them the next time.
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But while looking at their displays, I saw two aircrafts that I really liked.
First, is the F-14 Tomcat and also Su-33.

Su-33
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F-14 Tomcat
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Sunday, June 25, 2006

Impulse RED Gundam

The latest word is out from the Gundam Terminal Report (G.T.R.).
The release of a new kit, RED Gundam.
It's main core is an Impulse Gundam, hence this kit is also called the
Impulse RED Gundam

Read more about it in GunplaHero.
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Wednesday, June 21, 2006

NG, HG & MG

HG 1/144 Murasame Andorew Waldfeld custom
ordered by Desmond
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Completed model kit Murasame courtesy of NeXuS

NG 1/100 Infinite Justice Gundam (1st wave)
ordered by myself and NeXuS
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MG Gyan
ordered by Desmond




Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Adidas Sale

Another sale report,
but not on toys, but shoes.

Don't you wanna get yourself one of these from Adidas warehouse sale?

Superstar 2 (Blue Triple Stripes and Red Triple Stripes)
$119 x 50% OFF
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another pair at 50% OFF
rather fugly though
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yet another fugly pair at 50% OFF
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or if you prefer these classic ones (Black Triple Stripes and Golden Triple Stripes)
$119 x 30% OFF
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you may ask "have you got one pair yourself?"
I will reply "if only they have 10-10.5 for my big foot..."

Monday, June 19, 2006

Gundam Fix Figurations

Since when have I started collecting Gundam Fix Figuration box sets?

It is definitely the #0029 God & Nobell that captivated me. Though initially the GFF that caught my eye was the EX-S Deep Striker, the price tag put me off. Furthermore, reports of warping of the rifle is another minus point. Careful examination of the Deep Striker made me realise that it is a booster unit, meaning its an S-Gundam with no feet, but 4 instead of 2 booster units. For certain reasons, I get really turned off by the Booster Unit Ex-S. However, with all the 'barang-barang' weapons, it sure made the Deep Striker look better.

From the #0029, I sunk deeper into the addiction and got myself the #0010 and #0023.
Is it gonna end here?
I saw NEVER!

GFF figurines are made from PVC and, despite being able to articulate, it feels very rubbery. The material is what is used to make capsule toys or gashaphons. The first touch of the figurine, gives your fingers a waxy feel. Maintenance of PVC toys is alos important, avoid dust collection and make sure to change poses regularly to prevent hardening and fixing of the PVC. Though the figurines are mass-produced in China, but the modelling is hand-painted, thus explaining the variation in some painting and panel-lining, eg. bleeding. Every set comes with a photocopied instruction sheet that guides the owner on how various customizations can be achieved. GFFs also comes with various customization parts to mod into cool variations of the MS.

Read on to find out more.
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#0010 RX-78GP04 Gerbera
The Gerbera is one of the 0083 series RX-78GP custom unit that never made it a HGUC or MG kit. Hence, the only way to own it is to get this! Another 'Buy-Factor' is the possibility of customizing the Gerbera unit into the Gerbera-Tetra Custom. The Gerbera-Tetra appear in a 0083 kit, but will never look as good as this Ka's custom.
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#0023 MSN-00100 Hyaku-Shiki (MSR-00100S Hyaku-Shiki KAI)
Despite already having the MG Hyaku-Shiki and the HGUC Hyaku Shiki (from Gyphios War Set), this excellent GFF is definitely a must-get. The main reason being the many customizations that can be made to the Hyaku-Shiki into the various modes of Hyaku-Shiki Kai.
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#0029 God Gundam & Nobell Gundam
I never managed to land myself with a MG Neo-Japan Fighter aka God Gundam, hence this 1/144 version will fit into my collection of MS. As we already know that all Katoki Hajime GFF box set will definitely have some sort of add-on parts for customization, but not this set. This set comes with another MS, Nobell Gundam, the female counterpart of God Gundam in G Gundam series. If I am not wrong, the Nobell Gundam never made it to any Gunpla kit.
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Sunday, June 18, 2006

Tribute: V2 Gundam

Ever wondered where the concept of the Wing of Light came about?
The original Wing of Light started with its appearance as part of the V2 Gundam. Find out more below.

Victory 2 Gundam was the new Gundam produced by the League Militaire as their new symbol mobile suit, thus replacing the older LM312V04 Victory Gundam. Nevertheless it shared many similarities with its predeccesor, especially the three-component system, consisting of a Core Fighter, a Top Fighter and a Bottom Fighter. Its armament was for the most parts also the same, although most of the systems were upgraded to fight against the newer mobile weapons of the Zanscare Empire.

The most important upgrade was the Minovsky drive system, which was nearly the same as a Minovsky craft system used by battleships and was derived from the Victory Gundam's Minovsky flight system. Thanks to this system the Victory 2 Gundam could fly in space without the use of conventional rocket thrusters (although some were incorporated for maneuvering) and achieve incredible speed, it's the third mobile suit in Universal Century that could break sonic wall by its own speed. If used on Earth, the Gundam could use the system for atmospheric flight and hovering. One of the most important abilities of the Minovsky drive system however was its ability to be used as an offensive or defensive system. The energy of the system could manifest as a pair of giant Wings of Light, which could be used as gigantic beam sabers or as additional beam shields for the Gundam itself and other targets. The defensive ability of the Wings of Light is almost unbreakable, if not absolute. Even the ZMT-S29S Zanneck's beam cannon, which could hit targets on Earth from high in the atmosphere, was unable to penerate the Wings of Light.

Like its predecessor, the Gundam could also be outfitted in a variety of ways, to adapt to several mission roles. This upgrades gave the Victory 2 Gundam additional armor or extra weapons. In Buster configuration, the Victory 2 Gundam has powerful mega beam cannon (also called long range cannon), micro missile launchers and a beam spray pod which could be used to attack multiple targets at once. In Assault configuration, it features an I-field barrier generator and golden anti-beam coating armor plates for addition defense against beam weapons. It also mounts a powerful twin Variable Speed Beam Rifles (VSBR) (mounted on its hips) and a mega beam rifle. These two configurations can combine into the LM314V23/24 V2 Assault-Buster Gundam. While this form has advantage of both configurations, the increased mass could reduce its speed greatly.
Only one Victory 2 Gundam was produced and it was assigned to League Militaire ace pilot Uso Evin, who would use his new suit during the last half of the Zanscare War in UC0153.

LM314V21 Victory 2 Gundam
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Unit type: prototype space type transformable mobile suit
Dimensions: mobile suit mode: head height 15.5 meters; Core Fighter: overall length 17.5 meters; Top Fighter with Core Fighter: overall length 17.5 meters; Bottom Fighter with Core Fighter: overall length 21.2 meters
Weight: mobile suit mode: empty 11.5 metric tons, max gross 15.9 metric tons
Powerplant: Minovsky type ultracompact fusion reactor, output rated at 7510 kW
Special Equipment: Minovsky drive system; separable transformation components, mobile suit mode can split into Top Fighter and Bottom Fighter, each can be controlled by a Core Fighter or operated from a separate Core Fighter via remote control; special weapons targeting sensor in head, can be deployed over right eye sensor/camera
Armament: 2 x vulcan gun, fire-linked, mounted in head in mobile suit mode and in main body of Core Fighter (operable while docked with Top Fighter and Bottom Fighter); 2 x beam saber, stored in recharge racks in forearms, hand-carried in use in mobile suit mode or on Top Fighter, 2 spare beam sabers stored in forearms; 2 x beam shield, mounted on forearms in mobile suit mode, also operable on Top Fighter; 10 x hardpoint, can be used to externally store beam rifles or beam pistols, 4 located on arms in mobile suit mode and on main body of Top Fighter, 2 located on hip armor in mobile suit mode and on main body of Top Fighter, 4 located on legs in mobile suit mode and on main body of Bottom Fighter; multi-launcher, location unknown; beam rifle, powered by rechargeable energy cap, can be stored on external hardpoints
Pilot(s): Uso Evin (all modes and components), Oliver Inoe (mobile suit mode and Core Fighter)

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LM314V23 Victory 2 Buster Gundam
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Unit type: heavy attack use mobile suit
Dimensions: mobile suit mode: head height 15.5 meters
Weight: mobile suit mode: empty 13.8 metric tons, max gross 19.9 metric tons
Powerplant: Minovsky type ultracompact fusion reactor, output rated at 7510 kW
Special Equipment: Minovsky drive system; special weapons targeting sensor in head, can be deployed over right eye sensor/camera
Armament: 2 x vulcan gun, fire-linked, mounted in head in mobile suit mode and in main body of Core Fighter (operable while docked with Top Fighter and Bottom Fighter); 2 x beam saber, stored in recharge racks in forearms, hand-carried in use in mobile suit mode or on Top Fighter, 2 spare beam sabers stored in forearms; 2 x beam shield, mounted on forearms in mobile suit mode, also operable on Top Fighter; 8 x hardpoint, can be used to externally store beam rifles or beam pistols, 4 located on arms in mobile suit mode and on main body of Top Fighter, 2 located on hip armor in mobile suit mode and on main body of Top Fighter, 2 located on legs in mobile suit mode and on main body of Bottom Fighter; multi-launcher, location unknown; mega beam cannon, mounted on backpack over right shoulder; spray beam pod, mounted on backpack over left shoulder; 6 x micromissile launcher pod, 2 mounted in single pod on each leg, 1 mounted on each front skirt armor plate; beam rifle, powered by rechargeable energy cap, can be stored on external hardpoints
Pilot: Uso Evin
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LM314V24 Victory 2 Assault Gundam
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Unit type: offense/defense dual use mobile suit
Dimensions: mobile suit mode: head height 15.5 meters
Weight: mobile suit mode: empty 12.3 metric tons, max gross 19.1 metric tons
Powerplant: Minovsky type ultracompact fusion reactor, output rated at 7510 kW
Special Equipment: Minovsky drive system; special weapons targeting sensor in head, can be deployed over right eye sensor/camera; 2 x I-field beam-deflecting barrier generator
Armament: 2 x vulcan gun, fire-linked, mounted in head in mobile suit mode and in main body of Core Fighter (operable while docked with Top Fighter and Bottom Fighter); 2 x beam saber, stored in recharge racks in forearms, hand-carried in use in mobile suit mode or on Top Fighter, 2 spare beam sabers stored in forearms; 2 x beam shield, mounted on forearms in mobile suit mode, also operable on Top Fighter; 10 x hardpoint, can be used to externally store beam rifles or beam pistols, 4 located on arms in mobile suit mode and on main body of Top Fighter, 2 located on hip armor in mobile suit mode and on main body of Top Fighter, 4 located on legs in mobile suit mode and on main body of Bottom Fighter; multi-launcher, location unknown; 2 x VSBR (Variable Speed Beam Rifle), selectable mega particle acceleration speed for damage or penetration application, mounted on hips, hand-operated in use; mega beam rifle, powered by rechargeable energy cap; mega beam shield
Pilot: Uso Evin
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LM314V23/24 V2 Assault-Buster Gundam
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Manufacturer: League Militaire
Operator: League Militaire
Unit type: heavy attack use/defense mobile suit
Dimensions: head height: 15.5 meters
Weight: Unknown
Powerplant: Minovsky type ultracompact fusion reactor, output rated at 7510 kW
Special Equipment: Minovsky drive system; special weapons targeting sensor in head, can be deployed over right eye sensor/camera; 2 x I-field beam-deflecting barrier generator
Armament: x vulcan gun, fire-linked, mounted in head in mobile suit mode and in main body of Core Fighter (operable while docked with Top Fighter and Bottom Fighter); 2 x beam saber, stored in recharge racks in forearms, hand-carried in use in mobile suit mode or on Top Fighter, 2 spare beam sabers stored in forearms; 2 x beam shield, mounted on forearms in mobile suit mode, also operable on Top Fighter; 10 x hardpoint, can be used to externally store beam rifles or beam pistols, 4 located on arms in mobile suit mode and on main body of Top Fighter, 2 located on hip armor in mobile suit mode and on main body of Top Fighter, 4 located on legs in mobile suit mode and on main body of Bottom Fighter; multi-launcher, location unknown; mega beam cannon, mounted on backpack over right shoulder; 2 x VSBR (Variable Speed Beam Rifle), selectable mega particle acceleration speed for damage or penetration application, mounted on hips, hand-operated in use; mega beam rifle, powered by rechargeable energy cap; mega beam shield
Pilot: Uso Evin