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Model Stands

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Introduction

Once you have spent all that time building your model(s) then people often want to display them. The options range from standing them up, to full on dioramas. Obviously some of it all comes down to how much time you want to spend on the display. However, if you want cheap, but effective the stands I have in stock may just be right for you!

Why would I want a stand?

Well to put it simple, it increases the number of poses for your model. That allows you to get even more out of the model you built. You can have them posed as jumping, or mid flight or all sorts when adding a stand in to the mix.

Examples

One of my friends and customers very kindly allowed me to use the following images from their collection:

As you can see the use of space has been maximised by attaching the bases to the wall allowing the models to float in mid air. This provides an excellent example of how ingenuity and these cheap stands can provide a great way to display your models.

Where can I get these wonderful stands?

Well I am very glad you asked me about that! I happen to have these very models in stock over at the shop here! Reasonably prices, and as you can see from the photos, they offer great options.

Conclusion

There are plenty of ways to display your models. There are no right, or wrong ways to do it. If you are having fun, and you like how they look then that is right.

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General Update 09/04/2022

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Introduction

“General Update 09/04/2022” is a quick opportunity to catch everyone up on where I, and the shop, are at the moment.

Hours in the Day

As the title says, I sometimes find myself wishing that a day was 48 hours, or I could make 48 hours. After managing to get the PG models I had in, packaged and sent, I then got the rest of that box onto the site. Over the last week or so I also managed to get the rest of the models on the site.

I have now managed to get a nice (and slowly growing) selection of Master Grade models on the store, as well as a growing selection of The Witch From Mercury models as well.

Delpi Decals

I am starting to work through the list of people who had pre-ordered the Delpi Decals with me. Once that is done I will add everything else to the site for general availability. If you can’t find what you are looking for in the Decals when I release them please have a look at https://delpidecal.com/ and let me know if there is anything specific you would like me to order in.

Miscellaneous

As well as all the other items I have also been sorting out some technical items. I have been trying to make keeping all the data I have on stock organised. To this end I’ve moved the database to an online solution. I have also automated loading sales into the database so I can accurately check the stock.

In my previous post (or one of them) I mentioned that I updated the product search plugin. This adds the functionality that it now searches the tags. I am also slowly, but surely, working my way through adding codes and series names to the tags. This widens the options people have for finding the products they want.

Conclusion

All this means that as I work on slightly different strands things are slowly, but surely, improving. The amount of products in stock is slowly growing, and the data and access to the products is growing.

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More About Stock!

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Introduction

More About Stock is a quick update on what I have been adding to the store and an update on where I am with the decals.

Decals

I am beginning to work my way through all the people who had asked for specific decals. Once that is all sorted then I will be able to release everything else on to the shop. If you find that there is nothing there you would like then have a look on https://delpidecal.com/. If there is something on there you want me to order just drop me a line and let me know.

Models

I have finally added the remaining RG and MG models that I had in at the last stock delivery. Now for me I quite like this bad boy (https://modelkitsltd.co.uk/product/mg-rgm-79-g-ground-combat-gm/).

I like the simplicity of this model. There are other MGs on there as well as a couple more RG models. Why not go and have a look at the shop! Remember, if you can’t see what you want always feel free to drop me a line and I will try and get it in.

Conclusion

That concludes my “More About Stock” post. I hope you are having a good week and find time for some modelling!

Thank you for taking the time to read this. If you haven’t already done so please like and follow us on our social media platforms and checkout our website!

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Website: https://modelkitsltd.co.uk

HG Kits
https://modelkitsltd.co.uk/shop/?swoof=1&product_cat=hg

RG Kits
https://modelkitsltd.co.uk/shop/?swoof=1&product_cat=rg

MG Kits
https://modelkitsltd.co.uk/shop/?swoof=1&product_cat=mg

SD Kits
https://modelkitsltd.co.uk/shop/?swoof=1&product_cat=sd

EG Kits
https://modelkitsltd.co.uk/shop/?swoof=1&product_cat=eg

FM Kits
https://modelkitsltd.co.uk/shop/?swoof=1&product_cat=full-mechanics

PG Kits
https://modelkitsltd.co.uk/shop/?swoof=1&product_cat=pg

Tools
https://modelkitsltd.co.uk/shop/?swoof=1&product_cat=tools

Bases
https://modelkitsltd.co.uk/shop/?swoof=1&product_cat=bases

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Advert / Stock 12/03/2023

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Welcome to “Advert / Stock 12/03/2023” this weeks update on the stock and a quick thank you to all the people out there who have supported us with views, and purchases.

Model Kits Ltd is a small independent (me) run online model kit shop.

I have a very simple ethos. To do my best to get the kits you want into your hands as fairly priced and as quickly as I can.

We still have the PG Unicorn in stock https://modelkitsltd.co.uk/product/pg-gundam-unicorn-rx-0-1-60/

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PG_Unicorn_RX_0_7

Also amongst the HG kits is the ChuChu Demi Trainer available here https://modelkitsltd.co.uk/product/hg-chuchu-demi-trainer-1-144/

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ChuChu_Demi_Trainer_2

As well as those there is a selection of other kits, all available and to hand to dispatch as soon as possible,

I also stock some of the GUNPRIMER products which you can find here https://modelkitsltd.co.uk/shop/?swoof=1&product_cat=tools

I would like to personally thank everyone who supports us. If you are considering picking up a new model, or models, then please give the site a look to see if we have what you are after!

For ease of access here are the links to the different sections

HG Kits

https://modelkitsltd.co.uk/shop/?swoof=1&product_cat=hg

RG Kits

https://modelkitsltd.co.uk/shop/?swoof=1&product_cat=rg

MG Kits

https://modelkitsltd.co.uk/shop/?swoof=1&product_cat=mg

SD Kits

https://modelkitsltd.co.uk/shop/?swoof=1&product_cat=sd

EG Kits

https://modelkitsltd.co.uk/shop/?swoof=1&product_cat=eg

FM Kits

https://modelkitsltd.co.uk/shop/?swoof=1&product_cat=full-mechanics

PG Kits

https://modelkitsltd.co.uk/shop/?swoof=1&product_cat=pg

Tools

https://modelkitsltd.co.uk/shop/?swoof=1&product_cat=tools

Bases

https://modelkitsltd.co.uk/shop/?swoof=1&product_cat=bases

Conclusion

That completes this weeks “Advert / Stock 12/03/2023” roundup. If you have any queries or questions please feel free to contact me.

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RG Aile Strike Build Day 12

Shoulder back together

Introduction

Welcome to “RG Aile Strike Build Day 12” where I am building up an RG Aile strike model. If you haven’t read any of the other parts I would recommend going back to the start. You can find that here. In the first post I covered the box, runners and provide the manual.

I am taking my time to ensure I clean up all the marks that can be cleaned up. As with any build like this, if you end up with discolouration or a small white “stress” mark you are likely to need painting to get rid of those. I may have a look at simple quick methods of dealing with those items, especially as I find that it has a habit of happening on the grey pieces. I also accept I may need to work on my cutting style as I’m sure that will contribute to it!

The Break

Ok, normally at this point I outline the process that I follow for taking the parts from the runners and cleaning them up. However I have a confession. You may, or may not, have noticed that recent pictures the model was nor sporting their right shoulder pad. This was, I had to admit, not the models fault. Rather I had been a little too keen with the nippers and rendered the joint that clips over the arm to hold the shoulder in place weak.

The part looks like this:

Broken part
Broken part

I guess it would probably be more accurate to say the piece shouldn’t look like that. It should be more a horseshoe shape and less of a “on no some spoon broke me” shape.

What to do?

There there were a few potential options. The first would be to just glue it in place, but that would render the arm with very limited mobility. The next option would be to cut a small square of plasticard to size and then file away till I have something that works. The final, and far more fun option would be to design a piece in some 3d software and print one out.

Which did I choose?

I’m guessing from the way I loaded the what the options were, we all know I went down the 3d route. I recently bought a small 3d printer with the specific view of printing adapters for the stands I sell in the shop (here). They are cheap and versatile but I wanted to offer people the opportunity to get some slightly different connectors.

So that means I have a small 3d printer to-hand (*whew*).

My final model looks like this:

Simple 3d model of shoulder joint
Simple shoulder joint

During the process I printed and tested multiple pieces tweaking the width of the legs etc.

Pile of shame
Pile of shame

Finally I reached one I was happy with and slotted everything back together. It isn’t perfect, and I may need to tweak it further but I can print more if needed!

As you can see it appears to be doing the job. On the whole an evening well spent I feel. I also got to use the 3d printer which is a bonus!

Conclusion

I was the one who broke the part. I must have trimmed it too close when using the nippers. However, this goes to show that with a little time and patience there are options to work around broken pieces.

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RG Aile Strike Build Day 11

Front View

Introduction

Welcome to “RG Aile Strike Build Day 11” where I am building up an RG Aile strike model. If you haven’t read any of the other parts I would recommend going back to the start. You can find that here. In the first post I covered the box, runners and provide the manual.

I am taking my time to ensure I clean up all the marks that can be cleaned up. As with any build like this, if you end up with discolouration or a small white “stress” mark you are likely to need painting to get rid of those. I may have a look at simple quick methods of dealing with those items, especially as I find that it has a habit of happening on the grey pieces. I also accept I may need to work on my cutting style as I’m sure that will contribute to it!

The Process

Unless otherwise noted I followed this process for each piece:

  • Cut off roughly leaving plenty of nub
  • Trim back the nub with my better nippers
  • Apply water to my wet and dry sandpaper and sand the nub marks down
  • Dry the piece
  • Brush it off with the tooth brush to remove any bits
  • Re-apply the matt finish using the Gray Balancer
  • Prep the part with the green side of the White Balancer
  • Shine the part up with the white side of the White Balancer

If after this I wasn’t happy I would repeat the sanding steps down, and keep iterating until I was happy with the finish.

The Parts

I had pre-removed the parts and put them in the small bag. The head consists of 14 parts, some of which are quite small. The really small red pieces I found quite tricky to hold on to and they had a habit of pinging away from me. However, once the cleanup was complete I was, as with the rest of the mode, very happy with the final result. The parts themselves clean up beautifully, and using the GUNPRIMER balancers they look like they were never touched.

Part Build

Side Part Head
Side Part Head

I took this picture part way through building the head. Lots of the pieces layer on top of one another, and I thought this was a great view of the partly built head. I may yet need to dismantle it if I find suitable waterslide decals. I will, however, cross that bridge when I come to it.

The Build So Far

With the head complete, and in place, most of the model is done. I have him currently dabbing while next to Heavyarms and DoubleX. I don’t know why I just did.

Conclusion

So far the build has been extremely satisfying. The only glitches have been user error on my part. The parts clean up really nicely, and you can achieve a really nice finish on the model. I still have the weapons and backpack to build. Once that is done I will top coat, panel line and top coat again. Hopefully I will then be able to take some photos that do the model justice!

Thank you for taking the time to read this. If you haven’t already done so please like and follow us on our social media platforms and checkout our website!

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Advert / Stock 05/03/2023

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Welcome to “Advert / Stock 05/03/2023” this weeks “official” update on the stock. I say official as sometimes when I get new stuff I can’t help but mention it as I get so excited!

Model Kits Ltd is a small (me) uk independently owned business.

This week I was fortunate enough to get some new items in stock. Some HG, a couple of MG and some RG kits. That is on top of the stock I already have. Everything is here in the UK ready to ship.

At the time of writing I still have 1 MGEX Strike Freedom available here:

https://modelkitsltd.co.uk/…/mgex-gundam-strike…/

I also have a ChuChu Demi Trainer Lauda’s Dilanza and loads of other kits available.

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ChuChu_Demi_Trainer_2

If you are considering buying something new then please check us out. Or if you just fancy a bit of a browse go have a look! There may be something that peaks your interest.

The links to different areas of the shop are:

HG Kits

https://modelkitsltd.co.uk/shop/?swoof=1&product_cat=hg

RG Kits

https://modelkitsltd.co.uk/shop/?swoof=1&product_cat=rg

MG Kits

https://modelkitsltd.co.uk/shop/?swoof=1&product_cat=mg

SD Kits

https://modelkitsltd.co.uk/shop/?swoof=1&product_cat=sd

EG Kits

https://modelkitsltd.co.uk/shop/?swoof=1&product_cat=eg

FM Kits

https://modelkitsltd.co.uk/shop/?swoof=1…

PG Kits

https://modelkitsltd.co.uk/shop/?swoof=1&product_cat=pg

Tools

https://modelkitsltd.co.uk/shop/?swoof=1&product_cat=tools

Bases

https://modelkitsltd.co.uk/shop/?swoof=1&product_cat=bases

Thank you for everyone who supports me in this, and for everyone for making such a great community.

That concludes “Advert / Stock 05/03/2023” all that is left is to say have a great week building!

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Friday Update 03/03/2023

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Friday update 03/03/2023 is, to be fair, a very brief update.

I am just putting in some items that arrived in the week into the shop. I still have 3 RG models to add in (OO Quant, Zaku II MS-06F, and Zaku MS-06S).

There are some new HG models, a MG Deathscythe and some RG models also.

I also have 1 MGEX left in stock. It is £125 + p&p and it is ready to ship … well ok I need to box it, but it is there!

These are, at the moment, pretty hard to get hold of. So I’m not expecting it to stick around very long.

I also have 2 full sets of the AMMO Mig books that are the series aimed at painting mecha. They look absolutely awesome.

If you are into painting your mecha, or want to get into it, they are more than worth a consideration.

That concludes my “Friday update 03/03/2023” update!

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RG Aile Strike Build Day 10

Complete Front

Introduction

Welcome to “RG Aile Strike Build Day 10” where I am building up an RG Aile strike model. If you haven’t read any of the other parts I would recommend going back to the start. You can find that here. In the first post I covered the box, runners and provide the manual.

I am taking my time to ensure I clean up all the marks that can be cleaned up. As with any build like this, if you end up with discolouration or a small white “stress” mark you are likely to need painting to get rid of those. I may have a look at simple quick methods of dealing with those items, especially as I find that it has a habit of happening on the grey pieces. I also accept I may need to work on my cutting style as I’m sure that will contribute to it!

The Process

Unless otherwise noted I followed this process for each piece:

  • Cut off roughly leaving plenty of nub
  • Trim back the nub with my better nippers
  • Apply water to my wet and dry sandpaper and sand the nub marks down
  • Dry the piece
  • Brush it off with the tooth brush to remove any bits
  • Re-apply the matt finish using the Gray Balancer
  • Prep the part with the green side of the White Balancer
  • Shine the part up with the white side of the White Balancer

If after this I wasn’t happy I would repeat the sanding steps down, and keep iterating until I was happy with the finish.

The Parts

Nubbed Parts
Nubbed Parts

There are approximately 27 parts to the torso. However, you do need the two joint parts that were extracted from the top of the arm skeletons.

For the image above I cut the pieces out roughly and then put them into a small plastic bag overnight. No reason other than I was working on a few things 🙂

Cleaned Parts

Cleaned Parts
Cleaned Parts

I cleaned up the parts using the process outlined about. I also at this point have no idea what order I am going to need them. However, it wasn’t a massive problem. I will, however, note that the two white pieces of armour have a slot on the inner piece that goes to the front or back depending on what side you attach them. This is important as the longish white piece (on the top line of pieces third from the top left, and surrounded by blue pieces), fits into those slots. I found out that if you attach those on the wrong side then you have to take it apart again (2 pieces on top of them) and refit.

This was because I decided to give myself a blast from the past, and just put them all together in a bag. It reminded me of the old lego bags where all the parts for a specific section of the build were all together. This looked like this.

Ready To Build
Ready To Build

I actually enjoyed identifying the pieces from the manual and then finding them in my pile 🙂 Ultimately you should have a build process that you enjoy.

Putting it together

Once the torso was built I was able to attach the legs and arms. I then had a play with the posing on what I had so far. The articulation is great on the model. The “trying to do the splits” is limited due to the side parts that limit it. However, there is more than enough there to pose in a range of stances.

Also, as you can see from the pictures, at the moment the model can balance amazingly. With a little patience we can balance it really nicely.

Conclusion

I am still really happy with this. The model is building amazingly, and the way the parts layer up is really satisfying. The detail and articulation on this model are also fantastic. If you then add to this the great way the parts can clean up it is shaping up to meet all my expectations.

Thank you for taking the time to read this. If you haven’t already done so please like and follow us on our social media platforms and checkout our website!

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Advert / Stock 26/02/2023

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Welcome to “Advert / Stock 26/02/2023” by weekly update on the stock available, and the links to get you filtered on the types of models you are interested in.

Model Kits Ltd is a UK based small independent retailer.

I started the company with a single aim. To try and help get models / kits into the hands of UK builders so that they can enjoy their hobby.

I have a range of HG/RG/MG kits such as the MG Astray Red Frame available here https://modelkitsltd.co.uk/…/mg-gundam-astray-red…/

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MG Astray

I also have a stock of the GUNPRIMER Balancers and some of the other GUNPRIMER products, as well as a supply of reasonably priced basic bases.

If you are thinking about picking up something new, or just want to have a browse for some inspiration please consider us as an option.

I am continuing to increase the breadth of stock available in the shop as items become available; including, but not limited to, adding an MGEX Strike Freedom when the box arrives. I had 3 but 2 have already been accounted for.

Thank you everyone for your support so far, and I hope you have a great week building!

The links to individual sections / filtered list items are below.

HG Kits

https://modelkitsltd.co.uk/shop/?swoof=1&product_cat=hg

RG Kits

https://modelkitsltd.co.uk/shop/?swoof=1&product_cat=rg

MG Kits

https://modelkitsltd.co.uk/shop/?swoof=1&product_cat=mg

SD Kits

https://modelkitsltd.co.uk/shop/?swoof=1&product_cat=sd

EG Kits

https://modelkitsltd.co.uk/shop/?swoof=1&product_cat=eg

FM Kits

https://modelkitsltd.co.uk/shop/?swoof=1…

PG Kits

https://modelkitsltd.co.uk/shop/?swoof=1&product_cat=pg

Tools

https://modelkitsltd.co.uk/shop/?swoof=1&product_cat=tools

Bases

https://modelkitsltd.co.uk/shop/?swoof=1&product_cat=bases

Thank you for your support, and for getting to the end of “Advert / Stock 26/02/2023”!