HG GM Sniper Custom

December 22, 2018 at 12:49 | Posted in 1/144 scale | Leave a comment
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Introduction:
This is the final entry for my Year of the GM project. It’s one of the four Origin MSD GM kits revealed earlier this year, and it’s a P-Bandai release. I had several ideas planned for this build, but due to the lack of time, I just did a straight Out of Box (OOB) build.

Materials & methods:
No separate work in progress page this time, since it’s an OOB build. I did however add some extra weapons: A pair of pistols from a Build Divers kit, the large shield from GM Guard Custom, bazooka from RX-78. I also modified the beam spray gun into a double barrel variant.

The plastic color of this kit is slightly different from the original MSV boxart, so I painted the kit as follows:
Green parts: Khaki + IJA green
White parts: Light gull grey
Grey parts: Zeon MS Grey
Weapons: German grey + Neutral gray
Some parts are not color accurate, so some masking was required. In the interest of time, I skipped the weathering effects. I proceeded straight to panel lining, decals, and finally flat topcoat.

Results:

Here’s the array of weapons:

And some action poses:

Discussion:
This kit has an old school look to it, but make no mistake, it has modern engineering. The level of articulation on this kit is impressive, especially the waist. It has plenty of details as well. It can make a decent kneeling pose, but the verniers on the back of the legs were a slight hindrance. Another minor complaint is the lack of weapons. It only comes with a beam spray gun and the sniper rifle. That’s why I added all those extra weaponry.
I should add that I used the articulated hands from Hobby Base. With those, the GM Sniper Custom can hold my various Little Armory weapons.
So overall, even though this is a simple, no mods build, it was pretty fun. Getting the color scheme and decals to match the MSV aesthetic was also satisfying.

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Little Armory Water Gun

December 20, 2018 at 21:25 | Posted in Little Armory | Leave a comment
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Little Armory Water Gun A

These two watergun kits are identical, save for the color of the plastic. They’re both essentially the M4A1 with some clear plastic parts. The Water Gun A kit has a blue M4A1 and green clear parts, whereas the A2 kit has an orange M4A1 and pink clear parts. Shown below is the A kit:

The clear parts include water balloons, a pump action watergun, some water bottle attachments, and a watergun version of the Luger P08 pistol.

Here’s some poses with Mr. Skeleton:

And now for something slightly different: a Little Armory kitbash. I used the M4A1 from the Water Gun kits, as well as parts from the M870 shotgun kit. I already used up one of the M4A1 barrels for the M134 minigun build.
Like the M134, the inspiration for this build is also the first Predator film. This time I’m making something resembling the M16 with an underbarrel shotgun attachment. Instead of an M16, I’m using the Water Gun M4A1. To make it look more like an M16, I attached the rifle stock from the M870 kit to the M4A1.
It’s just a simple cut and paste job. For the shotgun attachment, I’m using the short barrel M870. It’s glued directly to the underside of the M4A1 barrel. It’s then painted with german gray, steel and black paints. With the rifle buttstock and shotgun attachment, it’s slightly longer than the vanilla M4A1.

Some closeup shots, and some poses:

Final word:
The Little Armory Water Gun A & B kits weren’t high on my wishlist. But since they’re slightly cheaper than a typical Little Armory kit, I thought they’d make good fodder for a kitbash project. Plus I was drawn in by the boxart.
The M4A1-M870 kitbash is slightly different from the one that appeared in the movie, but I had fun making it and I’m quite happy with how it turned out.
So overall, the Little Armory Water Gun kits are not for everyone. Unless you like brightly colored plastic guns, that is. But for me, they served their purpose as kitbash material.

HGUC GM Sniper II White Dingo

December 10, 2018 at 21:49 | Posted in 1/144 scale | Leave a comment
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Introduction:

The HGUC GM Sniper II White Dingo is not only a mouthful to say, but it’s also the first P-Bandai kit I bought. That was a long time ago and I’ve used parts of that kit for several failed attempts at modification. I thought I’d put the remains to good use and build a kit with better proportions than the original.

Materials & methods:
You can find the work in progress page here.
Painting was very simple, it’s mostly white and dark blue.
I didn’t apply any weathering this time, just panel lining, decals, and flat topcoat.

Results:

Discussion:
Unlike the previous HGUC GM White Dingo build, I’m rather satisfied with the outcome of this one. The proportions look better than the original, and it can make a decent kneeling pose. It’s also one of the taller GMs I’ve made; the result of the thigh and torso mods I did.
Although things went generally smoothly, I had a moment of minor anxiety when it was time for decals. I realized I didn’t have the red, white dingo logo for the shoulders. You can argue it’s just a minor detail, but just like the White Ogre Zaku, the decals make or break the build. Luckily, I was able to find third party waterslide decals from Yahoo Auctions and the delivery was just on time.
So this is the 11th GM in my Year of the GM project. That leaves just one more…

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