XM-X1 Crossbone Gundam X-1

Okay! This might be a new record for the least amount of time between finishing a project and getting his page up! This guy is from the aptly named Crossbone Gundam manga, which takes place after F91 in the universal century. I haven’t really read it but I know a little bit about the characters and I gotta say, it looks like a really good series that probably deserves an anime…but anyway. This kit, along with the F91 (which it kind of shares a frame with, it appears) are both polycap free, something I’ve liked since they can get worn out and allow parts to become saggy and require fixing.


I knew this guy was little coming in to the project and had figured this would be one of the more difficult parts to do but thankfully I was wrong. Colored the scars and chin in with a metallic purple gundam marker since I didn’t want to use paint or mask something like that off. It’s impossible to be that precise for the scars though, so I just overfilled the lines, let it dry and scratched off what was above the scars with my thumbnail. Worked wonderfully! Also a precursor to how tiny some of the parts are, like the skull crest on the v-fin.


More little parts. Detailed the rings on the shoulders with the plated silver gundam marker, very happy to get it applied to such a small detail cleanly. As you can see the inner part of the chest is hollow to make room for the X-1’s very badass core fighter. The shoulders do some kind of goofy flipping out that I didn’t take a picture of because it’s kind of dumb and doesn’t serve any real purpose.


Definitely the most unique core fighter design I’ve seen, and the thrusters on the back of the Crossbone are real lookers too, despite taking a ton of time to finish properly since they each have 14 decals or some ridiculous number like that. The only bad thing I can say about the thrusters is that mine are a bit wobbly and sometimes take some finessing to make them stay put.


Pardon the terrible pictures, it was much later than normal when I was working on this and the arms, so I had to settle to less than stellar pictures. Anyway, both parts are fairly simple, the only thing worth mentioning here is that you have an option of using a single solid part for the back skirts if you don’t feel like using the screw whip..which is understandable since the weapon itself is a bit lackluster.


Taken at 4am with flash, oh god. I was up late that night working anyway, but this proves that madness sets in. After putting the decals on the legs I just wanted to tank the arms out and be ready to start painting the red parts, though as we all know that would only wind up happening a few weeks later. The arms, like the legs and rest of the model, are very simple. Only part worth mentioning are the swinging things on the backs of the arms for the brand markers, which are awesome.


Went with a semi-gloss black, silver and purple color for this guy, using a warm grey copic modeler pen for panel lines (care of Rob, thanks a ton!) and I’m very happy with how it turned out, along with the cloak..which everyone says looks pretty warm and fuzzy. IT’S COLD IN SPACE. I wasn’t very happy with the original cloak they gave you so I traced it on to an old grey shirt and cut it out, fraying the edges and following it up by burning it with a lighter. The general consensus is that I should weather it but I pretty much suck at it so for now it gets to be mostly clean. The finished gundam is pretty flexible and only slightly backheavy when the cloak is off and the thrusters are up, but a little forward lean fixes that nicely.

As you can see, Crossbone is indeed a shrimp. I would have compared him to Sinanju or even PG Red Frame but frankly I don’t feel like moving either kit. Oops!

Hopping in to action!

Are you ready, guys?

Then put ya guns on!

You talkin’ to me, punk?

“Cold steel” isn’t really applicable here…but you’re going to taste something and it’s going to hurt, and that’s what matters.

I think I’ll just beat you down with my fists!





Still standing?

Get over here!

Nothing says ‘OH GOD MY FACE’ quite like a pointy inuzuma kick to the dome.

So as you can see, I had a LOT of fun with this model. Being a fan of pirates, cloaks, and things that just look badass in general (look at this guy’s face! All srs bsns) I definitely got my 36$ out of it. While I’d love to get a Full Cloth someday, I know that I would just take the Full Cloth parts and paint them and put them on this guy and leave the rest of the model in a box..

The no-polycap route works fairly well with this version of the X-1 since there isn’t a lot of extra weight on the top half but I do feel I should mention the thigh armor likes to come apart occasionally..but this problem is likely just for me and doesn’t really cause any issues on it’s own. I don’t have anything bad to say about this model aside from that, It’s definitely one of my favorites thanks to it’s array of weaponry (and the Full Cloth has even MORE, do want!) and the little bit of extra work to make it my own (07 and spade decals, which came from the 1/144 Zeon set) was well worth it, as was the usual demanded effort of putting on the decals for the ver. Ka look. I used the waterslides, as per usual, and if anyone out there has the Full Cloth and doesn’t know, the X-1 waterslides also include markings for the Full Cloth version.

I kind of wish I had been more patient and found myself the Full Cloth version since I can only imagine the fun I’d have with it, but the X-1 is by no means a bad model. It stands wonderfully on it’s own and if you’re in to it’s normal weapons and dig capes is easily worth the money it costs (hell, it’s cheaper than Kshatriya!). Not to mention it’s a PIRATE GUNDAM. Do you really need any more reason to check the Crossbones out?

  1. #1 by Tonzo on November 26, 2009 - 06:28

    Nice write up dude!

    Fave parts are the rifle, swashbuckling cutlass, spade decal, and use of colour. The gold, purple, and black all work really well once again demonstrating your finely tuned eye for colour.

    It looks like he even has a pirate moustache..

    That shot where he’s tossing the cape away is made of win.

    Great job Lupes. A very clean and crisp paint job. I can’t fault your workmanship and am far more interested in Xbone than I have ever been previously.

  2. #2 by Mathai on November 26, 2009 - 06:42

    this pirate Gundam is cool! I love the work you’ve done on this model…except for the cape, it looks kind of cute and fuzzy. 🙂

  3. #3 by Aulon on November 26, 2009 - 10:32

    awesome, mine is standing snapped on the shelf waiting for his time. Then the fun will start 😀

  4. #4 by chubbybots on November 26, 2009 - 10:44

    Dude awesome paint job, brilliant pictures and dank its the crossbone for gundam sake ^^ Thumbs up!!! You really brought the kit to another level with such a refreshing paint scheme!

  5. #5 by ren on November 28, 2009 - 03:13

    wow!! cool color scheme as always! i love the real cloth touch!.. =D

  6. #6 by eighteleven on November 28, 2009 - 08:12

    Woah, the cape tossing was damn awesome! LOL Overall really good review *thumbs up* keep up the good work dude ;D

  7. #7 by lupes on November 28, 2009 - 09:56

    @Tonzo: Thanks man, the cape tossing shot was a real pain to take but 100% worth it, it turned out really good. Crossbone has some cool shit, the X-3 unit and X-1 Full Cloth are pretty much straight hax.

    @Mathai: Not much I can do about it, such is the nature of using a shirt for the cloth instead of a thinner fabric. 😦

    @Aulon: looking forward to it! He’s a neat little model, I’m sure you’ll enjoy it.

    @Chubby: thanks! The black background really helps since I think it’d be tough to see some of the details with a white one…such is the beauty of options!

    @ren: thanks! took a little fanagaling and some of the points where it attaches to the model are a bit flimsy, but it’s alright in the long run.

  8. #8 by beamknight87 on January 5, 2010 - 21:47

    This is definitely the BEST Crossbone I’ve seen so far. You did an awesome job, I love that color scheme and the cape? Priceless.

  9. #9 by T on January 24, 2010 - 00:54

    I’m looking for the copic modeler pen you mentioned here..is it under the multiliner or marker line?

  10. #10 by J_Adrian on June 30, 2010 - 07:00

    Could I copy the entire scheme for this thing? Looks pretty sweet so I figured out that I might do one for myself (unless I can pull off something original).

  11. #11 by lupes on June 30, 2010 - 11:30

    T: Multiliner.

    J_Adrian: You’d probably be a lot better off coming up with something original. It’d help you grow as a builder instead of copying me. ^^;

  12. #12 by J_Adrian on July 1, 2010 - 05:25

    True. Guess it’s up to me and my trusty Adobe Photoshop now.

  13. #13 by A-Coya on November 17, 2011 - 20:39

    I say you should get the Full Cloth. At the very least you’d get another model to build if ever you just want to build something OR you could even sell the remaining parts at a discount or something OR (if you’re feeling particularly generous) you could give the remaining parts away in a contest or something (or just give them to someone whom you want to get into Gundam and/or Gundam Models).

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