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!
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?