HGUC RB-79/K Ball

April 4, 2017 at 20:35 | Posted in 1/144 scale | 1 Comment
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Introduction
What’s better than having a Ball? Having a pair, of course. The previous HG Thunderbolt Ball got me interested in more Balls, but the HGUC Ball set looked too plain to my liking.
So I purchased a different Ball set, this one from Premium Bandai. This kit features the orange RB-79K Ball from 08th MS Team, and the RB-79 Sharkmouth Ball from MS Igloo. I decided to keep to the orange color scheme for the RB-79K, but for the RB-79 Sharkmouth, I went for the MG Ball ver. Ka color scheme.

Materials & methods:
Not much modifications this time; I simply added some detail-up parts just to spruce things up. I used clear lens from Wave for the RB-79K headlights.
For the RB-79, I removed the extra thrusters from its bottom and added extra rings inside the side thrusters.

Painting:
This time, painting was done wholly by airbrush. For some colors, I used the remaining paint that I decanted from almost empty spray cans. They can be used directly on the airbrush without thinner. I sprayed gray surfacer on all parts and proceeded with painting like so:

  • Arms: MS Gray, Dark gray 31, dark gray 32
  • Weapons: ~80% German gray + ~20% dark gray 31
  • Verniers: gloss black, followed by starbright duralumin
  • RB-79K body: 90% orange yellow + 10% red
  • RB-79 body: 80% dark gray 31 + 20% off white

After that it’s panel lining, decals, and flat topcoat, in that order. No weathering this time; I wanted to go for a clean look.

Results:

First up, the pseudo ver. ka Ball:

And now the Orange Ball:

And finally, Balls:

Discussion:

Some plus points about this kit:

  • Parts separation is very good, making painting a relative breeze.
  • Arms have several points of articulation, increasing the range of movement
  • Canopy cover is clear plastic (yay!)
  • Comes with two extra head cannons

I don’t have anything negative to say about this kit, other than the small stand. I guess it’s better than nothing, but I still prefer the Thunderbolt Ball stand. Overall, it was really fun building something different.

Little Armory M79

March 22, 2017 at 22:17 | Posted in Little Armory | Leave a comment
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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 M79 grenade launcher

The M79 is the first grenade launcher of the Little Armory series. The kit comes with a standard M79 and a sawed off ‘Pirate Gun’ version. Also included are a total of 24 grenades, (6 x 4 types).

I painted the M79 with german gray and the buttstock with dark brown. For the Pirate gun, I sprayed it with sand brown. I also took the liberty of painting all the grenades with different color schemes.

The standard M79 is about the same length with the M4A1, while the Pirate Gun is half the length.

The standard M79 has a flip-up leaf-type sight whereas the Pirate Gun has a reflex sight. Both M79s can break open for reloading, but the grenades can’t actually fit inside the barrel.

I didn’t take too many photos of the M79 with the revoltech Skeleton and HGUC GM, as I’ll discuss later.

Final thoughts:
The M79 looks quite nice, if not a little too basic. It has some nice gimmicks as well, plus you get to build two of them. The problem is that I find it difficult to get good poses with the Skeleton and GM. The problem stems from the lack of a gun grip. The Pirate Gun was slightly better in this regard.
Overall, this might be my least favorite Little Armory release to date. At least it looks good enough on displayed on my Gun Rack.
On the plus side, I managed to nail the box art pose:

 

 

Zaku Cannon

March 9, 2017 at 21:29 | Posted in 1/144 scale | 3 Comments
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Introduction:

There isn’t a HGUC Zaku Cannon kit released yet; only a MG kit and some old MSV kits. I bought a 1/144 Zaku Cannon resin kit from Yahoo Auctions, but that thing was a brick. I wanted to build something with more articulation. So I decided to combine parts of that resin kit, an old 1/144 MSV kit and several HG parts to make my own version of the Zaku Cannon.
It has been a work in progress for quite some time, and now it’s finally done. Throughout the build, only one thing remained constant: the shoulder cannon. All other parts were the result of trial & error to see what works best.

Materials & methods:

The work in progress page can be read here.

For painting, I went for the color scheme that appeared in the Unicorn OVA. All these were airbrushed.

  • Main body: Brown-grey (Gaianotes)
  • Forearms, feet: Russian green (Mr. Color)
  • Front skirt, knees: German Grey + Propellar color (Mr. Color)
  • Thighs: Light gull grey (Mr. Color)
  • Weapons, backpack: German gray (Mr. Color)
  • Joints: Dark gray 2 (decanted from spray can)

After the paint has dried, it’s the standard course: panel lining, decals, light weathering & flat topcoat.

Results:

The main cannon and side cannons can be folded to the back

And now some action poses:

Discussion:

To be honest, I didn’t really know how this would turn up. During work-in-progress I just focused on each part separately, without doing any test fitting prior to painting. I messed up some of the decals but overall I think the whole thing looks quite alright. The HG Bugu legs don’t look out of place, either.
While it looks fine standing up, I had to be careful when posing it for the photoshoot. The joints were kinda stiff and I was paranoid about breaking something. Also I unintentionally scraped some of the paint off while fiddling with different poses. Fortunately they were small enough for me to disguise them as weathering, simply by drawing over them using my black, fine tip Gundam marker.
According to my initial plan, this build should’ve been the last of my Zeon Remnants Project. But I’m thinking of adding one (or maybe two) more builds to this project. Stay tuned…

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