Archive for category Gundam
Made plenty of progress on this since the 20th:
But wait, there’s more:
But wait, I got even more done:
Glad I started with the wings, weapon and shield. I still need to take this apart and paint all of the grey armor parts but with the holidays fast approaching I just wanted to have the kit together and up on a stand so I didn’t have to pack it up and risk losing more parts. Of which there are many because I managed to lose 3 parts for the buster rifle, 2 for the shoulders and managed to break one of the parts on the hip frame. I’ll likely be picking up an MJH Wing Zero Custom to pilfer some replacement parts from.
Once it’s done, I plan on taking pictures of the kit and then taking another small break before I launch full tilt in to working on the HMM Liger Zero “Knifecat”.
So excited to see the head and torso complete! I’m really glad I started with the wings and weapons because these candy coats are e x h a u s t i n g.
Still plenty of panel lining to do on the white parts of the head. Too excited to see it all together. The chest ran in to a few issues- I had to re-do the two main chest parts that the gold vent and clear green parts go in to as they got chipped the first time around. Thankfully, isopropyl alcohol rubbed the marred layers right off and priming and painting them a second time went off without a hitch. Super happy with the way the colors work together here! Just the right amount of pale gold and orange. I went with pale gold over candy yellow for the chest vents and went with candy orange instead of pale gold for the parts under the chest vents and I think those choices work very well with the kit.
Still need to put the LEDs in the wings. It’s daunting. But they’re painted and they sure do look nice, don’t they?
I already know it’s going to cost me some chipped paint but damn if I’m not excited about putting this in to it’s neo bird mode. The shield and rifle turned out beautifully (though the rifle has some imperfections where some nubs used to be- I coulda cleaned them up a little better and might still go back to touch it up more.)
Everything so far! What do you think? I don’t have too many opinions about the kit itself yet, though one of the bits on the side of the head is already showing a habit of falling out if I bump it the wrong way. The main wings could be a little tighter too but we’ll see how they hold once I’m trying to pose the kit. Maybe those feelings will change once I get the arms and waist and legs further along, we’ll see!
Til next time!
Pictures of Destroy mode are now up here!
Pictures of the Unicorn in Unicorn mode are up! You can see them here. I’ll have Destroy mode pictures up soon!
Have to sand + repaint the wings. Alclad II primer and I don’t seem to get along so well, the finish was all bumpy and schmutzy. I switched to Mr. Surfacer 1500 primer did the rifle and shield in the meantime:
Very happy with how things look. I don’t think I’ll need to paint the white? Right now I’m not planning on it, I think the glossyness of everything actually fits well. I lost one of the A21 parts that go on the back of the rifle because I am a human disaster. Hoping it turns up, someone out there with a scrap HiRM/MJH kit wants to donate it, or I just cave and buy the MJH one for literally one tiny part.
Narrative tails for the Unicorn will be here soon! I am excited to be totally done with it. I need to redo the beam effect parts for the Hyper Javelin, they look terrible too.
I also have a fun kitbash that I’m working on:
There’s a lot of work to do on it still. Gundam Build Fighters has been a lot of fun to watch if only for the fact it has been giving lots of motivation and inspiration to build.
The legs hands down required the most work to get everything working right. In fact, it’s also likely that I’ll have to do a little work to properly integrate the wires in to the frame so they aren’t showing and don’t get caught in the moving parts of the legs but that’s going to be some very minimal work. Let’s get to business.
Starting with the thigh, there had to be a pretty decent amount of space cut out here from what I had originally planned on. This area uses a 1.8mm LED versus the chip-sized LEDs I used for the majority of the kit with a second one back one the other side of the thigh. There’s a small issue where the 1.8mm LED’s wires interfere with the way the leg connects to the waist so that’s something I’ll have to work out before I put it together for the last time, likely by hacking off more plastic at the top of the thigh part.
The knee needed some trimming out to make room for the wires, as well as shaving down the top of the K22 part so the wires definitely had room to clear the part when it moved around when the leg was put in to destroy mode. I also cut down the back of the B2/B4 parts to make sure that when they slide back in Unicorn mode the wires weren’t pinched by them.
To fit the LEDs under this part I had to carve out some space on the front and back of the B6/B7 parts for the wire to go through but thankfully there’s a little natural spot on both areas that the led fits with no problem or further modification at all.
Modifying the foot was also really easy to do, just cut off the supporting slat on the L9 part and the corrosponding parts on B18 as well and the LED will fit in there without any hassle.
As a bonus I’m going to cover the backpack because it was literally two holes in to the back of it and that’s it. Now, back to the legs we end up with our end result:
The wiring still needs to be properly contained and run through the inside of the leg instead of just going where ever the hell it wants on the outside but as you can see everything works as it should! As a kicker I managed to get all of the armor parts gloss coated yesterday so I can start the decaling process AND eventual flat coat over the parts before final assembly. Due to the way this whole thing is going together I’ll have to have the parts finished before I put everything together hence the change in process. Additionally, I bought myself the RG Strike Freedom while I was drunk and the Proto Zero and Sazabi ver. Ka will both be on the way in December. There’s also the RG GP-01 FB, the OVA Banshee, the OVA Unicorn, the Full Armor Unicorn, four Jestas, the 3.0 RX-78-2 and two Valkyries sitting in a very large intimidating tower near my bed. Maybe while I pony up the 105$ for the LEDs on this thing I can work on one of those since I just dropped 450$ on a plane ticket to Texas this December.
Next update will probably be about decals and maybe starting the GP-01 FB since I need custom decals made up for my Valkyries.
Time to get back on the path! The waist didn’t take too long to figure out and as such there really isn’t a whole lot to say about it.
It’s a bit tough to see the light while the skirt is closed in this picture but luckily it lends itself a bit better in person.
The light on the front part was pretty easy to get in there and glows nice and bright between the cracks.
I am still mulling over the side skirts. Keeping the lights mounted to the gold parts is probably the most secure way to go about attaching them but I feel like the light is a touch too low. If I attach them a little higher up to the actual green part that will light the area I’d like it to illuminate when it’s opened up with the tradeoff being I don’t know how it will look closed up like that. If I do decide to give that method a shot I’ve already figured out how I’m going to change the way I cut the H6 parts to make it so the lights can be stationary and the rest of the part will have an opening to fit them. Next post will be over the most involved part so far, the legs. I’ll also have the back skirts done up by then too so you’ll see that with it. I just did the math and checked how much it’ll cost to buy all the lights for this build and it came out to 40 chip LEDs and 15 1.8mm ones (because extra is always a good thing, just in case)…totalling just shy of a 105$.
And I want to do this build five more times? There must be something wrong with me.