The Gauntlet is thrown.

The Nu Gundam ver. Ka is easily the biggest kit that we’ve seen this year (especially since there’s no new PG kit) and since I haven’t started a group build yet (GaiGun had the Unicorn GB and Busterbeam kicked off the PG Strike Freedom GB) I think it’s high time I get on that. Considering most gunpla builders I know are all hot on the Nu I think it makes a perfect kit to do this with. For those of you just joining us, you can order the kit over at HobbyLink Japan! Best hurry because it seems like this thing has monstrous newtype pressure and is on backorder to even some of those who preordered it! Act fast!

The deadline for ALL ENTRIES for the group build is the END OF MARCH. I’ve found that GBs with a countdown tend to be even more fun and push us as builders to create something amazing without taking 3 years (hello, PG Wing Zero). Winter may be upon us but I believe in everyone’s ability to work around that to create something outstanding, of if you’re really unable to paint the kit there are other categories that won’t involve painting. We’re really trying to make this something the majority of gunpla builders can get in to!

Here’s the Gundam Schemer app for the Nu ver. Ka, done up by GAF member fury-s12. In his own words:

“…all ready to start your designing in the comfort of your web browser.
ive tried to get a balance of easy scheming and good color separation in the vain of the RG line, if you so desire, so theres about 150 separate color-able areas,about 30ish more then the delta plus version, the eagle eyed players will notice the coming soon, ive left the shading out of this version in an effort to get this edition out[…], that will be added eventually. Anyway get designing and then get painting! dont forget to save and share your designs.”

In order to get as many folks involved with the GB as we can we’ve got a slew of different categories for entrants to compete in with their own set of rules.

SPEED STYLE
RULES:
A race between straight builders to see who can finish building the Nu Gundam fastest and have a simple straightbuild that exemplifies the basics of gunpla. OOB by nature, this one is for those of us who can’t find the time or aren’t comfortable painting kits! Fastest completed kit wins a prize, so don’t break open the plastic the second you get it, we will need exif stamped pics of the runners still in their bags! Extra points for panel lines and decals. The builder with the shortest amount of time (as in, between exif stamped parts still in bags to exif stamped completed kit) between when their kit was started and when it’s completed takes this one.

Sonar
TagrasticF91

HYPERSPEED STYLE
RULES:
Everyone is eligible to enter that one. Just has to be completely assembled, properly denubbed, nicely photographed, and posed in a way that makes me think you are some sort of aesthetics demigod. Even if you’re entering the open or newtype styles you can enter this as well. Consider this category a firestarter for those of us who are going to be painting our kits as well.

Lupes
Shaid
Hemish
Epimethius

(OPEN) GANGNAM STYLE!
RULES:
This is your standard fare for builds. You can do whatever you like for this category. Paint it in stock colors or your own custom colors, mod things here and there, do something outrageous with weathering or other building techniques. Anything goes here! Best in show wins it, as decided by YOU: GAF!

Falldog
Xenomorph
thepuddingcup11
Wolfman X
Fury-s12
Hemish
Gaijin-Gunpla
khai62
Gundam Guy
ASM
MamoruMiyano
Epimethius

NEWTYPE STYLE
RULES:
Kit must be colored in the theme of one of Amuro’s old mobile suits. Best execution of theme takes the pony. Multiple people can take a crack at the same colorscheme. Here are the suit/schemes eligible for this category:

  • RX-78-2 Gundam
  • RX-75 Guntank
  • RX-77-2 Guncannon
  • RX-78-3 G3 Gundam
  • RX-78-NT1 Gundam “Alex” (counting it since it was intended for him)
  • MSZ-006-3A Zeta Gundam [Karaba Air Force use]
  • MSZ-006A1 Zeta Plus A1
  • MSK-008 Dijeh
  • RGZ-91 Re-GZ
  • RX-93-2 Hi-Nu Gundam

If any knows of any other official suits that have documentation of being piloted by or intended for Amuro, just let me know and I can add it to the list.

Karaba Air Force colors – Lupes
Hi-Nu colors – BabyTheEnd
Zeta Plus A1 colors – Shaid

Of course, nothing this monstrous is going to go without prizes! Sonar is the man on point with this and he is currently talking to the wonderful sponsors of GAF to see what we can get. In his own words:

“It will be something like MG, RG, HG and we will aim for what’s going to be released around the time of the GB conclusion so until release dates are confirmed I usually hold off on the prize announcements. Mystery prize/secret prizes to be revealed closer to GB close, but rest assured they’ll be brand spanking new releases!”

If you’re still on the fence for one reason or another, taking a good hard look at Gaijin-Gunpla’s awesome first look at this beast and get yourself off of that fence and in to the GB! With kits likely arriving  soon for those of us who had them shipped out last week this GB is about to kick off with the force of a colony drop! You can head on over to the GAF forums and register an account to join in, as well as see the evolution of the GB contest from conception to it’s current (much more awesome) iteration. On top of that you can get a preview as to what most participants are going to be doing for their kit. What are you waiting for?

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