Coming from a miniature painting background, Andrew intermittently build Gundam kits after being exposed to Gundam Wing on TV in the late 90's.
2015 marked a more permanent return to the hobby. In 2016 he placed 3rd in GBWC North America, and in 2019 he helped found Side6 and placed 3rd for Canada East in the GBWC event. In 2020 he finished first in the Original Mecha Contest, and has a collection of awards from local model building competitions as well. You can see his work on Instagram, Facebook and Youtube.
He loves all things robots, mecha and sci-fi more from an early age, from watching Transformers, Voltes V and later on with Gundam, Macross and the rest of the awesome world of mecha!
Working professionally in the Architectural fields as a project manager, he has a passion for creating in both digitally and physically be it a robot or the insides of a building. Ariel helped found Side6 with the focus on building an online community for his fellow mecha and hobby enthusiasts to share work, learn new things and level up in the hobby. He also helped to coordinate various community events including the first ever Canada-wide national event "The Great Canadian Build-off" Parts 1 and 2.
We with other modelling communities both within Canada and international to help bridge and network more people that are into the same genre and hobby. He also is an internet personality with his channel AO Mecha.
AO Mecha channel features a variety of livestream shows and interviews including Backlog Builder, Featured Builder and the collaboration series of Mecha Pew Pew.
NICOLÁS TEJADA SÁNCHEZ
I was born in Medellin, Colombia. I became a Canadian citizen and have been living in Ontario for the past 11 years.
I’m also graphic designer and for the past 5 years I have been involved with gunpla and sifi scale models. Really love the hobby and the community I’m always looking forward to learn new things.
Being a Life long fan of the Mecha and Super Robot anime genre, Gurren Lagann and Eureka Seven being his favourites, Mecha modeling has only taken hold since he rediscovered the hobby as an adult in early 2019.
Working professionally as a video game character artist, building models became an offline way to continue creating cool characters. Starting with the Bandai HG Force Impulse, the joy of building has lead him to explore a variety of mecha inspired models kits. Everything from Sd to Ma.k to Mecha Musume, he loves it all. The ever growing community of builders and their creativity truly inspires and fuels his love of custom builds and competition. You can find his work on Instagram or catch one of his Twitch streams.