At long last, the model is complete! We are very happy with the finished product and look forward to entering it in G-FEST's contest. (This "teaser" picture is all that Andy will allow before then.) It was a learning experience for both of us. I think we built up some confidence for later projects, and I'm sure we will find new inspiration in about a week's time.
In the run-up to G-FEST, we've been screening quite a bit of cool stuff lately; the Classic Media release of Rodan and War of the Gargantuas (including the superb doc "Bringing Godzilla Down to Size" (we loved looking at the G-figures on the shelves in the background of those being interviewed; also seeing Akira Takarada and the three Godzilla suit actors)); A couple episodes of Ultraman Jack (Return of Ultraman); Ultraman Mebius and the Ultraman Brothers; all while consciously staying away from the movies that will be screened at the Pickwick. It's fun to be a little "surprised" by them on the big screen, rather than having just seen them.
By the way, Ultraman fans who also have iPhones might be interested to know that Tsuburaya Pro. has an Ultraman pinball game app (which clearly was a Mega Monster Battle promo) available in the App Store for free. The game itself is nothing spectacular, but it is pretty cool to drive around and hear Ultra Seven transforming in the back seat of our car.