Archive for April, 2009

RX-78-2 Ver. OYW [Lupes Color]

Finally! Still don’t have a ton of pictures but we’ve got enough for a decent review. I’ve had plenty of time to look back on the kit and how it turned out after all.

Standard colors for the OYW Gundam compared to my own. I wanted something darker that on a normal battlefield wouldn’t be screaming “I’M OVER HERE SHOOT AT ME PLEASE”. The ’01’ decals were leftovers from the Hi-Nu I put together way back when but add nicely to the overall look of the model.

The offensive bit on the underside of the V-antennae has since be trimmed off and painted back over, but it’s kind of tough to get a picture that shows the metallic blue I used to carefully paint the eyes and camera with. Also, I’m lazy.

Beam saber repaint necessary to keep the look in line. The shield, while decent, certainly would benefit from some weathering on it to enhance the way the paint dried on it.

Gundam Hammer gooooo! Painted the handle and the actual ball but decided that painting the chain wouldn’t be the best idea ever.

That’s all for pictures since as mentioned previously, I am a lazy wretch who loses interest in weapon-building at an astounding rate. Regardless of my laziness the kit turned out really good, with the flat topcoat doing a nice job putting the final finished look over everything. Being the first kit that I put this much work in to means there are of course some flaws (missed spots in some tiny cracks, uneven paint in some areas) but it’s a huge success for me regardless. The kit itself would have looked great painted or not and is a very solid kit with excellent posibility and design. It’s not a complicated kit by any means but all the parts come together nicely to make for a great display. Honestly, the leg runners are the only drawback I can think of for this kit but even those aren’t a big deal. They take a little longer than average to cut out but are not some sort of incredible demon monster that should scare you off from building this kit.

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Upcoming Project: Zaku/RX-78-2 Palette Switch

I’ve been thinking of something to do, other than simply building kits. And among a myriad of ideas came one that I thought was all too awesome. Switch the colors of the MS-06 Zaku II and the RX-78-2 Gundam. A very ambitious project considering the amount of painting involved. As much as what Lupes is working on this very minute. My first step was to set out and find 3d models of both suits. Google SketchUp delivered on both fronts and I set about repainting them part by part. Pics contained under the cut.

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1,000 hits!

Sure, it was bound to happen eventually..still, it’s nice to see that number over there in the quadruple digits. Just a couple things for now, I don’t have the time for a proper update.

  • Finished RX-78-2 Ver. OYW, review/pictures coming sometime.
  • Started RX-0, torso painted and finished, should be able to get the decals on tomorrow.
  • Planning a 1,000 hits project for more fun.

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RX-78-2 Ver. OYW and…

Taking my sweet time with this one (already on day four of building it), but so far it’s been a pretty pleasant experience. No complicated gimmicks, just the normal Gundam we know and love. The version I got was some PS2 game color version that was mostly muted pastels, which wound up not mattering much since I was planning on painting the kit from the start. Went with a combination of metallic grey/gunmetal/gold leaf/flat black with some chrome for some accent on the boosters. Sadly, the gunmetal I used on the backpack didn’t wind up looking much different from the metallic grey of the chest.

This is where I stopped on day two, day one being the head and chest. I hear a lot of complaints about the legs on the 1.5/OYW versions of the RX-78 but I didn’t think it was that horrible to cut out..only as bad as chopping out the PG red frame’s hands at worst. On a side note, I like how the OYW Gundam has you build the weapons and shield first since by the time I reach the end of the kit I have to really work up the motivation to build the accessories.

Day three. As you can see my workspace is really messy from all the paint but it’s nothing some rubbing alcohol can’t fix up (much like mishaps on the kit). Anyway, Gundam may not have had arms at this point but he wasn’t going to let that stop him from playing with the Hyper Hammer (coolest weapon ever, just FYI). This version of the gundam has tons of panel lines on it, something I like a lot. Really adds to the detail and overall ‘Real Robot’ feel of the kit.

While it looks like I really slacked today, I had to armor and detail the back of the legs before building the arm frames so I did manage to get a little more done than it initally looks like I did. Gundam can now swing his Hyper Hammer merrily about, knocking Zakus and Doms around as he pleases. Something kind of annoying, the handle for the hammer doesn’t have a tab for it so it has a tendency to slide out of the Gundam’s hand if it’s not tilted a bit.

I also got started on my big project! It should have been fairly obvious what I was planning, but here.

With the other kits I’ve painted I’ve done parts of the kit but for the most part left the body alone. With this, I plan on painting the entire kit. Obviously the psychoframe will be metallic blue but I’m still somewhat torn on what color to do the body in. Black is probably really overdone by now (what with the RX-0 Banshee and all), but I’m not sure if metallic grey will do enough to differentiate itself well enough from the normal white version. Regardless of what color I decide to paint it, I managed to get myself a sheet of the waterslide decals and some Mr. Mark setter so I won’t have to stare any any horrible sticker outlines. Along with that, I found some of the Gundam UC volume 4 special editions on ebay (my poor wallet), so I snatched those up as well. Yes, they’ll all be on this model. I have a few other things planned but they’re pretty tenative, so I’ll try not to build anticipation for something that might not happen.

And now for something different. I took this just a bit ago…

The models on this shelf have far more work put in to them than most of the other kits I’ve done (I would dare say that the OYW gundam and Zaku II got more TLC than either of my PG kits, though not more than Sinanju and Unicorn) or are something akin to a milestone in advancing my technique. Ez8 was the first kit I topcoated and weathered, Hi-Nu was the first to recieve panel lining that wasn’t absolutely horrible (Astraea and Dynames really deserve to be redone), Zaku II got heavy weathering and topcoat and was the first model I built how I wanted. 00 got the honor of being the first kit to be handpainted and the still-in the-works RX-78-2 is the first to get a new paintjob entirely. It’s nice to be able to have a timeline to look at for my skill, and I look forward to getting even better with my hobby. After all, everyone wants to improve.

This entry is really starting to drag on, but I’ve been somewhat neglecting the blog this month in terms of WIP content so I wanted to do a big update to kind of throw a lot of stuff out there.

After the UC Custom (I should name it…right?) I kind of want to build a Gundam Mk. II, but use an airbrush and design a real knockout colorscheme instead of just changing the colors of parts. We’ll see, yeah? We’re nearing 1,000 hits, so maybe it’ll be a special project for that.

Long days and pleasant nights!

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…Double Oh!

While the 0 Raiser is still on the way, the 00 itself is finished. Overall I’m pleased with what I got out of this kit though I think in terms of engineering I prefer the detail and look of the Exia. The 00 is just very…plain. While the S1 kits weren’t as detailed as something like the Gundam OYW they did have a little bit of panel lining to spice things up. As you’ll see there isn’t much of that going on here with the 00.

Side by side with the Exia. Normally these two kits would be the same color-wise but after painting the 00 it wound up darker. Gotta say though, I’m kind of partial to how it turned out, though the parts I painted at first like the chest and shoulders are a bit sloppy when compared to the GN drives and the plates over the drive daggers. I used Tamiya flat blue/flat red for the body and feet, gold leaf for the v-fin and gunmetal for the joints. As you can see the Exia is an older kit I did, parts of it looking kind of sloppy now. If there’s one disappointment to be found with the 00’s design it’s the very anorexic legs and the lack of a chest orb. I found the orb to give all of the S1 suits a little bit of extra flavor that set them apart from other suits that we’ve seen recently and the S2 suits seem to be back to business as usual.

If there’s one thing that I did that turned out better on the Exia, it’s definitely the GN condensers. The gunmetal color I used (Model Master) definitely lent itself better to enhancing the shine of the metallic green gundam marker than the Tamiya brand did. Either that or it’s time to replace the metallic green as it’s not doing the ‘metallic’ part of it’s job any more. In this picture you can really see how tiny the 00’s legs are compared to Exia’s. They also lack the joint near the middle of the foot, something that I can’t figure out why they would get rid of.

GN Sword II. Simple weapons (Didn’t bother with rifle mode pictures, sorry) but they don’t look all that bad. This is about as dynamic as poses get with the 00 since the torso doesn’t turn much and the legs are somewhat restricted by the side skirt armor. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing though since it prevents the splits problem the Exia and Astraea kits had and as you can see it can still get in to some good positions.

00 also packs two beam sabers. Oddly the beams are now your standard UC kit beams instead of the small flat beams the original 00 kits were. They don’t really go in to the slots for the beams all that easily, so they’ll probably be staying on the back..

The twin drive system! The blades under the drives can pop off and be used as forearm mounted daggers or put together for a bladed shield. Personally I think they look better on the back but we’ll see if I can still use them once the 0 Raiser gets here.

Speaking of the twin drives, they have a good range of motion and are able to move up and down on the mounts as well as around so they’ll rarely if ever get in the way of posing.

All in all I’m okay with the kit itself, minor gripes aside. Were more parts available to me I’d be inclined to try to kitbash something together for some better waist movement and to spice up the legs a bit..but that’s something for farther down the line. As I mentioned in a comment on Rob’s blog, the lack of the GN Sword 3 and all of the different variations of this kit (I think there’s 3 or 4 now?) kind of bother me…but if we get an MG of the 00 or Exia I’ll probably pick either (or both!) up. I could count this little project as finished but since the 0 Raiser is still on the way this gets marked up as a WIP post.

Up next after the 00-Raiser is the RX-78-2 Gundam Ver. OYW, which I’ll be recoloring (by hand..again. Maybe I should buy an airbrush?) as my final practice run before I lay in to my big project. I thought about just leaving it be then realized I accidentally got the Game Color Ver., which has a more pastel color scheme than the animation version and I do not like it at all…so it’s off to the races.

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A little practice~!

While this isn’t my big project, these next two models are ones that I’m hoping to gain some experience on that will prove useful for the final task.

That my friends, is the 1/100 00 Gundam model…with all of the parts (save the white) being hand painted. So far so good aside from a few spots that got a little mussed up (tried to use clear green paint instead of my metallic green gundam marker- should have stuck with the marker and I managed to lose the eye stickers…not that it matters since you can barely see the eyes anyway). While it has far less parts than your average MG it’s still not a bad kit. Mind you, I’m only this far in to it…but I’m hoping the painting process works out for the best. I’ll probably attempt to apply some shadowing to the white parts before using a semi-gloss topcoat over the whole thing.

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A familiar suit…

All the supplies aren’t here yet…neither is the model.  But this is pretty much everything. I’ll give you one more update before I start work on this!

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