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Shoutouts to 0083

for having some of the best mobile suit designs.

Orange works damn well for this thing.

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I’m going to skip the apology…

and get right to the meat of things.

The RG GP-01 Zephyranthes is coming along really smoothly- the rest of the white parts have been primed and after that there’s some grays to paint up and then it’ll be finished! It’s a nice change of place as a simple recolor instead of something that requires a lot of time and money to be put in to it. I’m also working on the MG Banshee ver. Ka but as per the rules of hobbylink.tv’s contest I’m unable to post the WIP stuff here- you can see the updates here though. I’ll be working on the MG Full Armor Unicorn alongside it though, and I’ll make an update with pictures proper and you can just pretend it’s the Final Battle Banshee.

I finally got myself together and calibrated my camera, as well as changing some settings to get some cleaner pictures. This means we’ll be getting back to figure reviews in addition to being able to photoshoot models properly once they’re done. Of course, all of my other hobbies have kind of taken a slight back seat to Final Fantasy 14 but I’ll try to grind out these models with my time in the morning instead of pushing onwards to 50.

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Where I’ve been

Sorry for the radio silence, everyone. On the tail of finishing my RG Destiny, I’ve slowed somewhat while kicking in to the next project. I have been working on quite a few things but haven’t had the energy to paint lately. I’ve been prepping a lot of kits though and there’s a lot more stuff on the way at the end of this month- the RG GP-01s (which I’ll be working on right away), the MG Gundam 3.0 (work on that will start once I get the expansion set for it- undecided on the colors for now), the MG Banshee ver. OVA with a Final Battle Banshee behind it in September. In non-Gundam kits there’s also the new VF_1A/S with Striker pack with the August order and the Roy Focker version tagging along in September.

But since I generally try to make sure each post has a good amount of content, here’s some WIP stuff that I’ve been grinding out.

The RG Karaba Zeta is just as fantastic as the regular release, and I can’t wait to have it done and leading the charge with the other two Zeta Gundam RGs that I did a few months back. Did I mention that I kind of came in to two more of them, bringing my total to 5 of these? Regular Kamille colors for one and I’m thinking a ‘Unicorn Gundam’ styled colorscheme for the other.

I’ve got 2 of the 4 Jestas prepped armor wise, though there’s still a lot of customization work to be done. I know I’m making slow progress on these but it’s to avoid burning out due to the fact that it’s the same thing four times over. I’ll probably be purchasing a second Full Armor Unicorn Gundam to pilfer the weapons from as well as another project that is still in the planning stages.

The RG Destiny has gotten a bit hung up in limbo. I’m a bit concerned about doing a panel line wash for fear of ruining the kit due to the different brands of paint (I use Alclad II klear koat gloss for clear coats and generally use Mr. Color paints- which have not always played nicely with the clear coat) but let’s be honest- the kit needs panel lining of some kind. I’ve asked people before and completely forgotten their suggestions as to what they use for clear coats and panel line washes so if any reads are still out there and can give me their own suggestions for brands and kinds of paint I would really appreciated it.

There are a few other things that I’m planning on working on, but they’re all very much still in the concept stages. Most of them are revisiting old projects and giving them some more love so it won’t be anything you haven’t seen before- just more of the same but better.

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Looking good!

Did the last of this today, now it just needs a red panel line wash to make all the RG detail pop like it should!

Changing the wings from pink to red didn’t work out like I had hoped but I managed to work with it enough to the point that I’m okay with how they look. A few touchups to do too from where paint chipped while I was putting things together but that’s nothing new or major! With the build on this wrapping up I’m going to get back to finishing my RG Karaba Zeta Gundam and I have a feeling by the time I’m finished with that it’ll be time to get to work on the RG GP-01 kits. I’m planning on using colors you don’t see on gundams all that often so hopefully that will give the two of them a unique look. More or that once they get here and I can start plotting though.

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That’s more like it.

Entering the home stretch for this thing.

The main thing that’s left to do aside from the arm armor is a red panel line wash (hopefully, as I’ve never done one before and don’t want to screw this up) and coloring all of the clear pink beam parts to clear red instead, including the wings of light.

The RG Destiny (at least, my build of it) really doesn’t like to stand up on it’s own even after tightening the leg/hip joints with super glue so I’m doubley glad that I bought the Wings of Light and have an action base for it now. I think I’ll manage to get this in just under the wire before I go back to work but if not it won’t be long after. Now to get some new bulbs and fiddle with my lightbox setup so I can photoshoot this bad boy…

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Hard at work.

Let’s try to have a few more updates in June than we did in July. There’s a lot of cool stuff coming out that I have ordered on top of having a few projects well in the wroks so there’s no reason to have a shortage of activity around here.

The frames for all 4 Jestas are done but aside from the one on the far left these are on hold because of how much money finishing them is going to cost. I still plan on getting the armor painted once I get all the parts prepped but the actual customization of these is going to take a little bit of time to get to. Sorry folks!

(I’ve since fixed the chipped bits on the wings)

The RG Destiny has been my pet project over this vacation and I’ve finally hit the point where the rest of the build should go very quickly now that all of the large parts and all of the colored parts have been primed and painted white. If it’s one thing I detest doing, it’s painting red and yellow parts white. Still, the results are looking good and this kit will only pop more once I get a little bit further along on it and everyone can see the direction I’m going with this build.

Things I’ve preordered that you’ll be seeing here eventually:

  • 1/72 VF-1A/S Valkyrie (Hikaru Ichijo) w/ Strike parts set
  • 1/144 RG GP-01 Gundam Zephyranthes and GP-01/FB Full Burnen
  • MG RX-78-2 3.0
  • MG RX-0 Unicorn Gundam 02 Banshee
  • 1/72 VF-1S Valkyrie (Roy Fokker) w/ Strike parts set

There’s also a slew of figures that I’ve yet to take pictures of but I’ll just get to those when I get to them since listing all of them would take forever and a day. I’ll work on making progress on them though! Let’s have July be a good month for blogging!

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RG Karaba Zeta Gundam – First Look!

I know that a lot of people have been curious about this kit and while I mentioned some things about it in the last post, I wanted to make a quick update before work with some actual pictures of what makes this kit so special.

The box itself is much larger than the standard Zeta Gundam box due to the fact that there are 5 extra runners involved with this kit.

Three of the I and E runners in gray, pink and white and two of the A runners with different coloration. Bandai really wanted to make sure this thing looked as good as possible out of box! I did some looking and if you could get your hands on another frame runner, two d runners and the runner that has the white armor parts you could build an entire extra RG Zeta Gundam and then some with what you won’t be using…but the cost of ordering those parts would likely run you more than the cost of just buying another RG Zeta.

This is a big one. When the promo shots for the Karaba Zeta came out there was an error on the leg sticker- “Karab”. People (myself included) were pretty annoyed that such a blatant typo could make it through Bandai’s QA and actually make it all the way to production again (phase shit armor, oops) but I’m pleased to report that the issue isn’t present on the kit after all! This is a huge plus and makes me really happy.

Given that my attention is focused pretty hard on the Stein right now it’s hard to say when I’m going to get to building this but it WILL be my next build and while it’s getting painted in stock colors you can be sure that I’ll be using every little sticker and bringing out every detail I can to make it a really impressive build.

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