GBN-Guard Frame

May 24, 2019 at 20:15 | Posted in 1/144 scale | Leave a comment
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Introduction:
The HGBD Guard Frame reminded me of a certain country’s riot police. With that theme in mind, I played around with various spare parts and MSG weapon units to get the look that I was aiming for.

Materials & methods:
The work in progress can be found here.
After priming and applying preshading, painting was as follows:
Head: Red madder
Chest, waist: Midnight blue + a bit of blue
Knees, feet: German gray
Other parts: Blue + german gray + intermediate blue
Joints: Dark gray (2)
Shield: Neutral gray
Weapons: Grey FS36118
No weathering this time, just panel lining, decals & flat topcoat.

Results:

Some action poses:

And the main reason for the RG hands: Little Armory weapons. The samurai sword in that last pic is from one of the Revoltech skeleton series.

Discussion:
The HGBD Guard Frame has a lot of similarities with the HGBF GM/GM, and to some extent with other recent HG kits. This means that I can swap parts rather easily for kitbashing.
Plus, the range of movement on the joints is also great, and I had fun posing it during photography. I also like that it comes with another head; comes in handy for kitbashing.
Overall, the HGBD Guard Frame is a solid kit, a fun build, and a new model for posing with my Little Armory weapons.

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Guard Frame – Work in progress

May 20, 2019 at 21:51 | Posted in Work In Progress | Leave a comment
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I already had a specific theme for the HGBD Guard Frame: riot police.

Head: The kit comes with two types of heads; I’m using the visor head for this build.

Waist: I’m using the waist from the Gundam MkII revive kit, with the front skirt armor from the GM/GM.

For the side armor, I’m using the ones from HGUC GP01. I cut & pasted the original Guard Frame side armor socket, and covered large gaps with epoxy putty.

That way it can fit the polycap joints on the waist.

I also attached some extra detail to it.

Backpack: The original backpack looks a bit plain, so I added a mix of detail parts from Wave and Kotobukiya MSG.

In line with the police theme, I attached police lights from the MSG Ballistic Shield set.

Shoulders: I wasn’t too keen on the original shoulders, so I replaced them with the ones from the HGBD Seravee Gundam Scheherazade kit. I changed the position of the peg using some spare GM parts, so that the shoulders are slightly raised.

I also added some detail parts to the shoulders.

Arms: I’m attaching RG Strike hands to the original arms. This involved simply gluing the RG wrist socket to a Kotobukiya pipe, and then attaching it to the original elbow joint. Some excess plastic inside the original forearms had to be removed to accommodate the RG wrist.

Legs: The original legs looked a bit scrawny, so I used the GM/GM legs instead. I liked the original knees, so I cut off the GM/GM knees and glued it there.

At the back, I attached some details from a scale model spare part I had lying around.

On the side of the calves, I attached some extra parts from the HCM-Pro Ez8 kit.

Armaments:
I’m using the leftover shield from the HG Bugu kit. I attached some plaplate the the bottom of the shield to make them pointier.

I needed a peg to attach the shield to the forearms, so I made a crude peg made from Bugu and GM spare parts.

For weapons, I used the shotgun from the MSG Ballistic Shield kit, and attached some spare ‘shells’ made from Jesta parts.

The gun was also from a MSG bazooka kit, but I replaced the grip with the one from the RG RX-78 beam rifle.

So here’s how it roughly looks like:

Shizuoka Hobby Show 2019

May 13, 2019 at 21:05 | Posted in Events | Leave a comment
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It’s time again for the Shizuoka Hobby Show, and as I made my way towards the Bandai section, I noticed a long queue to view the latest releases up close. At some point along the queue was a placard with “40 minutes waiting time” written on it. That was just a bit too ridiculous for me so I just snapped a photo or two from distance. So sorry for the lack of Bandai photos.

But I got a glimpse of the RG Nu Gundam and the proportions look better than the MG ver. Ka. There doesn’t seem to be the green psychoframe gimmick but that’s OK. So here’s some photos from other vendor booths:

Instead of wasting my time queuing up, I put it to good use by admiring the works of Japanese modelers in the other section of the show. I was impressed with a whole row of MG Deep Strikers, each very unique.

My favourite builds at the show are the ‘gag dioramas’. Gotta admire the creativity to make such builds.

And finally some other interesting mecha and figures at the show:

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