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Ernest Cline’s Armada - A Book Review & Comparison to Ready Player One

 

Ernest Cline is repeating himself, this time with with his new novel, Armada. I’ve never been one to write lengthy book reviews but this is a special situation. Ready Player One (RPO) is such a well received work that more often than not the true nature of the piece gets lost behind the glare of blind appreciation. I worry that Armada will be received the same way. While I primarily want to talk about Armada is this review, it helps to review Ready Player One as it makes for a good comparison point.

 

Warning! This review contains minor Ready Player One spoilers and major Armada spoilers. While neither book really has any crazy breathtaking revelations I suggest folks looking to read either from a clean slate return to this review later. Though I couldn’t fault you for skipping Armada all together...

 

Ash vs Evil Dead - Official Trailer

Who cares about Star Wars? This is Comic Con's big reveal...

 

Layman's Gunpla Guide - Decanting Paint Tutorial

Decanting is the process of removing paint from a spray can so that you can use it in an airbrush (or possibly with one of those old fashioned regular brushes I’ve been hearing about). Depending on the manufacturer the colour of paint you have in a spray can may not be available in other forms. Or you’re looking to get a thinner, more precise paint job than a spray can can usually offer. That’s where decanting comes into play. It can be a bit messy, but if you follow some simple steps, you’ll be off and running in no time.

Layman's Gunpla Guide - Changelog

I used to have a log of all the Guide's updates and changes. Then I put a "New" tag on updated and new tutorials on the main menu. However, some folks don't swing by the site that often so having a full out changelog going forward can't hurt. I just gotta remember to keep things updated...

 

Falldog's Gunpla & Model Collection

Model Display Case 2013 2
circa Decmber 2013

 

Like most American Gundam fans I got into the series during the franchise's Toonami heyday in the early 2000's. I built Gunpla back then without any real awareness of what I was doing or what things would become. Years later I would rediscover Gunpla at a local model shop. One thing lead to another and eventually resulted in one of the largest private collections in the United States.

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