HGUC Juaggu

July 5, 2017 at 22:36 | Posted in 1/144 scale | Leave a comment
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Introduction:

The Juaggu design is all sorts of unconventional: a dorayaki-shaped head, an acorn-shaped body, an elephant trunk, three-digit hands, and washing machine water hose for legs.
The other parts I can get used to, but those legs just have to go. I used the HGUC Juaggu (MSV version) from P-Bandai because of ((reasons)), and replaced the leg with HGUC Hygogg legs.

Materials & methods:

You can read the work in progress here.
The plastic colors of the MSV Juaggu were a shade of milk-chocolate and dark chocolate. I repainted this kit according to the Juaggu colors as it appeared in the OVA.
The colors I used were straight from the bottle, except for the light brown parts which were a mix of Khaki and grey-brown.
Some masking was required for the crotch part and the four red nipple cannons.
After the decals I applied some scratch marks using my fine tip Gundam marker and finished with flat topcoat.

Results:

Some action poses:

 

Discussion:

I have to admit, I’m starting to warm up to the Juaggu design. It still looks goofy, but somewhat endearing. Not sure whether the added tusks and mohawk made things any better.
But I have no regrets replacing the legs. The only downside to the Hygogg legs are the really weak polycap joints at the knees. The Juaggu tends to topple over unless the legs are spread apart to lower the center of gravity. So posing was a bit troublesome. Another minus point is the right arm of the MSV Juaggu. The arms can hardly bend to 90 degrees.
But overall, I was pleasantly surprised by how well this kit ended up looking. Hopefully the same can be said for the Zogok…

Little Armory Type 64 Rifle

June 24, 2017 at 12:26 | Posted in Little Armory | Leave a comment
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Little Armory Howa Type 64 Battle Rifle

The Type 64 is a Japanese designed battle rifle for use by the JSDF. The kit itself is pretty simple; it comes with 2 bipods, 2 magazines and a bayonet.

I painted the body with german grey and the magazines with gunmetal. The buttstock and grip were painted with dark brown. I drew some wood lines on the buttstock using my brown finetip Gundam marker.

Fully assembled, the Type 64 is quite long, as you can see below.

Here’s some closeup shots:

And some action shots:

 

Final thoughts:

Although the design of the type 64 looks a bit plain, the kit itself is well detailed. But overall, it feels pretty much unspectacular.

However it does come with a bayonet that you can actually mount at the barrel. I also have no problems posing it with the skeleton & the GM.

Speaking of poses:

Little Armory M32

May 1, 2017 at 14:18 | Posted in Little Armory | 2 Comments
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#For a brief intro about the Little Armory series, refer to this earlier post for the M4A1 assault rifle#

Little Armory M32 grenade launcher

The M32 is a modern update of the M79 grenade launcher, with its rapid fire capability. In addition to the regular release, I managed to get my hands on a limited version that came together with the Little Armory box cover artbook.

The regular M32 comes as olive drab & black plastic, whereas the limited version (I’ll call it M32A1 from here on) is all black plastic. Both kits include the same set of 4×6 grenades like the M79 kit.

For some reason the barrels were not hollow, so I drilled the holes myself. Also did the same for the sights, allowing me to insert some clear lens from Wave option parts. The M32 was painted with a mix of sand brown & german gray; the M32A1 was painted black & german gray. I didn’t feel like painting the grenades again, so I just reused the ones from M79.

The main differences between the M32 and M32A1 are the buttstocks and barrels, with the M32 having a longer barrel.

So here’s some closeup photos:

And now with some poses:

Final thoughts:

This build is as straight forward as it gets. Not so many gimmicks either. But it does look good, waaay better than my attempt at making one for my HGUC Jesta Cannon build. And it fits nicely in the hands of Revoletech Skeleton & my HGUC GMs, thanks to the standard grip. The only major complaint is that the barrel is not hollow. So I leave you with the now mandatory box art pose:

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