Year of the GM

January 16, 2018 at 23:06 | Posted in Random rants | Leave a comment
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I don’t usually make new year resolutions. But this year, I’ll build only GM model kits. There’s several reasons why I decided to do this:
i) I already have several GM kits stuck in development hell; ii) It’s a nice challenge; iii) GMs deserve more love; iv) burnout from the Zeon Remnants Project.
I’m planning to finish one 1/144 kit a month, and here’s what I’m planning for this project, in no particular order:

RGM-79 GIMM: The obvious inspiration for this build comes from this old-school Realtype GM kit. I’ll be using a RX-78 Revive body with a GM/GM head attached. Finding the decals to match the look might be a little tricky.

GM Command Space Type: Seeing images of the P-Bandai GM Command Space Type made me want to build a 1/144 scale version. There is a HGUC kit already, but it’s really outdated. So I’ll make modern version of it using the GM/GM kit and parts of the old HGUC kit.

GM Head: If you’ve watched the 08th MS Team OVA, it’s just the RX-79[G] with a GM head on it. While not technically a GM, I’ll build it anyway. I’m thinking of painting it with the Thunderbolt S-type Gundam colors.

Blue Destiny Unit 1
This one is another that’s not technically a GM, because the model number is RX-79BD-1. But it has a cool visor face, so maybe it qualifies. I already have a color scheme planned for this: a jungle camo.

GM type C Space type
Another one inspired from the MG kit. The HGUC GM type C kit has the brown/blue color scheme. So this (should) be a simple repainting job.

Thunderbolt GM
There’s some design aspects of the Thunderbolt series that I like, and some that I hate. This GM has both. So I’ll be using parts from various HGUC kits to make this Thunderbolt GM more ‘UC’.

GM Cannon
While the MG version exists as a P-Bandai kit, there’s only the old kit in 1/144 scale. I’m not so keen on the retro-looking lower legs. I might substitute them with the thicc GM Cannon II lower legs. Or maybe I’ll go for the slimmer legs of the MSV Space Assault Type.

GM Sniper II White Dingo
I actually bought the P-Bandai HGUC kit a long while back, but I used most of the parts for different projects. I’ll probably use the GM/GM kit again as the base to rebuild this kit.

GM Striker
I like many aspects of the GM Striker design, but I really don’t like the proportions of the HGUC kit. This might be a major kitbashing project, if I’m up for it. The color scheme on this manga cover looks quite nice.

GM II (Torrington base)
This one may be a bit too over ambitious, even for me. I’d like to recreate this GM II that got gangbanged by the Zee Zulu and Zogok in the Unicorn OVA. If I can finish the other kits on time, then maybe I can attempt to work on this.

GM Sniper (Shadows)
I just like the color scheme of the Shadows version. I already bought the resin kit at the C3 hobby show, so I just need to transplant some HGUC joints to make it posable.

GM Custom (High Mobility)
I bought the RG GP01 kit a long time ago, without having any idea of what to do with it. Now I’m thinking of attaching the GM Custom parts on it to make this High Mobility type, with some modifications.

GM Light Armor
I’ve been meaning to build this one for some time now. I’ll be using the RG RX-78 body as base. The problem is finding a nice looking GM head to go with it.



So there you have it. That’s my plan for the Year of the GM project. Some of those in the list could be dropped, or new kits could also be added. But I hope to finish at least 12 GM kits by years end. As always comments are welcome.


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