HGUC GM Head – Work in progress

April 11, 2018 at 22:39 | Posted in Work In Progress | 2 Comments
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Even though I already built a GM Ground Type by converting the HGUC RX-79[G] kit, I still ended up buying the new HGUC GM Ground Type kit.
Despite being a modern HGUC kit, some parts of the design didn’t sit well with me. Firstly, the face visor looks too narrow. Secondly, the chest vents look too big, as do the front skirt armors. So those were the things that I decided to change up for this build.

Head:
I had a spare Ground type GM head that came with the P-Bandai White Dingo GM Sniper II kit. I attached the left cheek(?) from the HGUC Jesta head.

Body:
I decided to use the body from the old RX-79[G] kit. On the top part of the chest, I attached some square plates.

To improve mobility, I used ball joints from Hobby Base, with the socket attached to the upper chest,

and in the midriff.

I also lengthened the bottom part by 1.2mm using plaplate.

On the front skirt armor, I attached some leftover detail parts from my HCM-Pro models.

At the back, I added a hatch door from Kotobukiya MSG. I also drilled a hole to attach spare magazines from my HGUC Dom Tropen kit.

The old RX-79[G] and the new Ground Type GM kits have different pegs to which the legs attach. The RX-79[G] has a ball-like tip (B-type) whereas the GM has a rod-like tip (R-type). The new Ground Type GM leg can only fit the R-type peg.

To attach the R-type peg to the RX-79[G] groin, I first drilled a hole at the bottom of the hip part.

Then I inserted a spare polycap inside the cavity.

This will ensure the new peg won’t slip out and retains it’s ability to swivel.

For the side skirt armor, I used the ones from my HGUC GM Striker kit. However, it looked too thin so I added 1.2mm plaplate at the back.

Arms:
Attaching the new GM arms to the old RX-79[G] body was more problematic that I expected, so I just used the RX-79[G] arms instead. I cut off some plastic in the inner part of the shoulder armor to allow the deltoid(?) part to be inserted after painting.

I added some details on the shoulder armor using MSG parts and 1mm pla strips.

The holes and gashes were made using a drill and chisel.

I decided to use the new GM forearms because it looked so much better. The RG Mk. II Gundam hands were used because I wanted this kit to hold my various Little Armory weapons properly. To connect the old HGUC elbow joints, new GM forearms and RG hands together, I’ll just stuff some epoxy putty inside the forearms and just stick the parts together.

Legs:
I used the new GM legs with minor additions. This included 1mm square beams to the ankle armors,

and 1mm plaplate to the feet.

Weapons:
I wanted to make a unique weapon for this build, and decided to recreate the MAC-10 submachinegun (SMG).

The base is MSG Weapon Unit 40 (Multi-caliber). I cut off the original grip. On the MAC-10, the grip also holds the magazine. So I cut & pasted the magazine from the Zaku II F2 SMG. The trigger guard was also from the Zaku SMG. The wire stock was from the Ground Type GM SMG.

I also decided to use the suppressor from the new MSG Assault Rifle 2. But it was too long. So I did a cut and paste job, removing excess plastic in the middle.

Also I thought now would be a good chance to use the System Weapons 003 shield. I went for the claw type shield, with no modifications.

So this is what it roughly looks like:

And this is the color scheme that I’m gunning for. It’s based off the S-type Gundam from Thunderbolt.

Completed kit can now be viewed here.

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  1. I was wondering how you managed to put the RG hands on the HG arms, I’m trying to recreate the same process so I can use Little Armory weapons on my models, but I’m confused on how to do it.

    • i simply glued the RG wrist socket inside the HG forearms. i’ll add a proper photo of it later.


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