I would say it's in Public Beta right now, basically done, but with some kinks to work out, and lots of new features to add. Stop by, check it out, let me know what you think!
my little mecha universe
In March, Dengeki Hobby Magazine released the Dengeki Hobby Magazine EX. Volume 1. Inside are proposed plans for Advance of Zeta figures. One for HCM Pro and one for Gundam Ultimate Operation.
The HCM Pro fig is of the Hazel II. I'm not sure I like the 'TTT' decals that are all over it, but the addition of the extra armor is a neat detail.
As with all the other GUO figs, this Hazel Custom takes some stylistic license, such as the big shoulders, that Gundam fans either seem to love or hate. It comes with various goodies, including two booster shields, sub-arm unit, and an alternate head with the Advanced Hazel visor.
Recently, flickr user bricklovinfreakboy added me as a contact, and I did the same. I've known of his flickr photos and been to his site in the past, his work is very cool, some of the best lego mecha I've seen. Whether he's building big or small, his use of the lego bricks is very imaginative. I love his little Tachikomas and small-scale suits, and his Gundams are great examples of his bigger works.
Takayuki Yanase (小松原博之) or "Windfall" is an artist whose work I've seen out there for a while now, but I didn't know him by name. After finding some more of his work recently I decided to get it all together and create a Windfall Set on flickr dedicated to this fantastic artist. For Gundam he's done some great illustrations of Blue Destiny MS and he's done some work with Studio Reckless as well, most notably illustrations of the ORE-GUN series of weapons designs, and published in a book called Rally:Works. I found some of the images on 2chan and 4chan, and the rest on the flickr site of my flickr-friend: Hyaku Shiki.
Today's find seems to be some kind of Crossbone Gundam Variation. I don't know much about Crossbone Gundam, except that it's got some kind of cool pirate theme. I checked MAHQ.net and didn't see this bad boy. I thought at first it was fan art, but the side caption in Japanese indicates it's from a magazine or book. The name of this guy is 'Desusukaru', which may be a kana-fied English word. The caption box does mention Crossbone Gundam, but I can't make anything else out. All in all, I think this is a great design and it's led me to find out more about Crossbone Gundam.