GM FSD

October 3, 2018 at 22:06 | Posted in 1/144 scale | Leave a comment
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Introduction:

To be honest, the only reason I considered building the Gundam FSD was because of the Long Range Beam Rifle (LRBR) that came free with the April 2018 copy of Gundam Ace. But I have an aversion to Gundam heads, especially at 1/144 scale.

So I decided to transplant in a GM head instead. After test fitting with other GM parts, I decided on a new build for the Year of the GM project: the GM FSD.

Materials & methods:

Usually for a kitbashing build, I tend to show the work in progress page. But since I’m using parts from the new generation of HG kits, all the joints are compatible with each other; hence no mods needed. It feels like a ‘plug and play’ kind of build. So here’s the parts that I used:

  • Head: I used two different halves for the head. The front half was from the HG GM Sniper Custom kit because I wanted to use the clear red visor. The back half was from the HG GM Guard Custom because I wanted to use the visor scope and antenna.
  • Body, shoulders & backpack: HG Gundam FSD.
  • Arms: HG GM Sniper Custom
  • Legs: HG GM Guard Custom
  • Weapons: Gatlings on the right arm, backpack cannon and folding shield were from the Gundam FSD kit. Plus the LRBR from Gundam Ace. The gatlings on the right arm came with an ammo belt. But it was too rigid so I replaced it with rubber tank tracks which was more flexible.

So here’s what it looks like after snap-fitting:

After priming & preshading, I painted it as follows:

  • Torso & feet: a mix of green, grey, brown and midnight blue.
  • Midriff: Dark gray 1
  • Rest of body: Olive drab + dark green
  • Joints: Mix of light gull gray, german gray, orange-yellow.
  • Weapons & backpack: Various combinations of german gray, gray FS36081 & burnt iron.

After painting, some light weathering was applied, followed by decals and finally flat topcoat.

Results:

Here’s some photos of the weapons. The LRBR is somewhat customizable. The base form looks a bit like a submachine gun and the grip can be moved to the back part. The barrel can be extended using two barrel-covers(?) which can also be attached to the backpack.

And some photos with the weapons:

Discussion:

This was probably the easiest kitbashing I’ve done so far. That’s thanks to the compatible joints and sockets in the latest HG kits. Even though this build was fairly simple, the decals were slightly tricky, especially the various red stripes. I had to cut pieces of red decal strips and arrange them according to the manual. The paintjob wasn’t that accurate as well. I wasn’t able to recreate the dark color of the FSD Gundam; mine was probably a bit too green.
The Gundam FSD kit has a lot of weapons and extras, which I’m saving for future projects. Speaking of which, since this FSD GM is included in the Year of the GM lineup, I might have to drop the GM Light Armor.

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