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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.
With the move to my new apartment complete, I finally found time to get the page for the Sinanju Stein up and going! I had to get everything put together again but it’s extremely nice to have all my kits together under one roof again. You can see they gallery of pictures of the Hi-Stein right here!
I’ve already started on the first of four of these. Still a little tweaking to do with the backpack but I love how those side skirts look.
Full page and photoshoot coming soon! However, I’m moving in two weeks and it’s likely that it may delay updating for just a little bit. Stay tuned!
The Stein is entering it’s final stages of construction. All of the weapons are built and painted save for the funnels and since the parts for those shipped this morning you can bet that those will be completed soon.
First up, the Armed Armor DE is finished. It took a little bit of work to make it so I was happy with it but the results are well worth it. I should also note that those two pictures are before I touched up the gray vents, there’s no white showing now. The gold may seem like a strange choice right now but I plan on taking a page from Busterbeam’s book and making a backstory for the build that explains how it came to be and why those parts are gold.
With the shoulder mounted weapons finished, we’re quickly approaching the “Decal Hell” stage of the build. The top half of the mobile suit is done but there’s still along ways to go on the legs and weapons. Still, this kit has come together really well and I’m pretty proud of how it’s turning out. Syd has been busy with the OVA Sinanju and Type-C ReZEL but I suspect we’ll see more of the Tallstein (or is it Steingeese?) soon!
While it’s just the primer, I wanted to put things together and see how they looked at this stage in the game. We’ve run in to a lot of equipment issues on this build due to age and my own mistakes (bent a fluid nozzle, the air regulator crumbled from the inside out) but so far things have managed to turn out pretty good regardless. The chest, feet, part of the arms and backpack are finished, decaled and hit with the characteristic flat coat.
Once the new regulator shows up it’ll be time to start prepping the weapons and getting the whites finished up.
Tentative name, I haven’t quite found something that gives it that proper “custom” feeling. In any case the mods for most of the weapons are done now save for the shield/rifle mounted cannon (still mulling this one over- might be a step to far to mount it to the already oversized beam rifle) and leg mounted missile racks which I haven’t even begun to fiddle with yet.
Let’s talk how I got these parts on there. First and foremost the shoulder mounted weapons are connected to the shoulder via the shoulder joints from the MG Hi-Nu. I they fit in there by opening up the small gap on the shoulder frames just a touch, then tightening them up with super glue to ensure they don’t flop around at all. Using the shoulder joints gives the weapons the ability to rotate on the X and Z axis with the arm from the new Type-C ReZEL giving it movement on the Y axis. The huge cannon on the left shoulder was easy enough to fit since that’s the part it’s supposed to mount to in the first place but to mount the gatlings I had to get a little creative.
I forgot to take a picture of it, but there’s a PC part cut down and jammed in to the opening of the S8 part of the Type-C ReZEL and then I sanded down a chunk of sprue so it fit in the PC part. After that, I drilled some holes in to the side of the gatling guns and used superglue to tighten those joints, though they aren’t locked in to place so they can move up and down independently of one another. I’ll cover up the holes with some pla-plate to keep things looking nice and clean but for now that takes care of our shoulder mounting adventures.
I was initially worried that I would need to drill holes in to the Steins shoulder armor to accommodate the shoulder part’s male end but as it turns out the part that covers the area I attached the joint to is actually covered by the part that goes on top of the shoulder and all I had to do was cut off a little extra plastic to make it work. Here’s a comparison of the two parts, one modified and the other stock. This leaves enough room that nothing is in the way of the shoulder joint.
The last bit of work that I had to do on the shoulders- and this is something I realized I had to do maybe five minutes ago- is cut down a side of the part that hangs down from the shoulder since the balljoints are in the spot for the back side that slips in to the shoulder frame. This was a quick and easy thing to do and to make sure the part stays put with half the support I just tightened the remaining area up with superglue which is becoming shockingly common with this build.
The end results speak for themselves though, the joints are all rock solid and have plenty of movement to allow for the rifle to come under the arm so the kit can grip the cannon or have it sitting above the shoulder for firing. You’d think all these modifications would result int he suit having poor balance but thanks to the Stein’s larger size it supports all of these extra parts quite well and doesn’t suffer much in the way of stability. There are only a few things left to do now like figure out what I’m going to do with the Armed Armor DE and the second beam cannon. I really like how Syd’s fantastic build and my own are going towards two different schools of thought- high speed combat and overwhelming offensive power. Maybe I’ll have to mail my Stein to Japan when this is all said and done so they can be photographed together!
In other news, my Real Grade Karaba Zeta Gundam has arrived from Gentei Kits! I have a three day weekend this week, you guys can expect to see a preview of the kit at the very least because I know a lot of us were/are wondering why the ox is so much bigger than the regular RG Zeta Gundam box. There aren’t any extra weapons, but Bandai did go the extra mile on color separation and gave us multiples of the same runners in different colors to ensure that the Karaba Zeta looks are true to the artwork as possible. Be on the lookout for pictures soon since we’ve got some serious free time coming up!
Now we’re really getting things underway.
Test fitting most of the gear now that my Type-C ReZEL got here (I’ll build that later- I want to finish up some other projects first), I need to drill a hole in the shoulder armor but the arm from the Type-C fits the Hi-Nu shoulder joint perfectly with no extra work so that’s excellent. Aside from that it looks like most this will come together relatively hassle free. I might need to tighten up the balljoints on the backpack to compensate for the fin funnel’s extra weight (those still need to be painted as well, they won’t be staying black and dark red) but as you can see the it all works together pretty well. There are still more things to come so keep your eyes peeled for another update later in the week with the finishing touches on this thing mod-wise.
Also, My RG Karaba Zeta Gundam shipped so you’ll probably see a build of that up soon too- I’m painting it in stock colors since that’s the whole point of the kit but I’ll be sure to put it lots of extra effort to make it a really outstanding build.