March 15, 2018 at 22:04 | Posted in 1/144 scale | Leave a comment
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To be honest, I’m not a big fan of the standard GM colors (mint green & red). But since it’s the year of the GM, I should make at least one kit with that iconic color scheme. I thought the GM Type C (GM Kai) would be fitting; after all, the MG version did come with that color. I had some HGUC GM Kai parts leftover from the GM Wagtail build, but not enough to build a complete kit. So I used the HGUC GM Custom kit and other HGUC spare parts to compensate.

Materials & methods:

The work in progress can be found here.
After giving all parts a coat of grey surfacer, I proceeded to apply some preshading lines using German gray. The paint mix is as follows:

  • Torso & feet: 80% red + 20% orange
  • The rest of the body: 90% white + 5% green + 5% intermediate blue
  • Backpack: 60% midnight blue + 40% intermediate blue
  • Thrusters: Starbright duralumin
  • Weapons: German gray
  • Joints: Mr. Color dark gray (2)

After painting I applied an enamel wash using black enamel. I followed that up with some paint chipping effects using fine tip gundam markers. Then I placed some decals to mimic the ver. ka style, like in this pic:

Some decals were a bit too white, so I dabbed some weathering pastel on top. I finished with several layers of flat topcoat.


And some action poses. It wasn’t as fun to play around with compared to my previous GIMM build. I guess that’s expected, since the GIMM was based on the newer RX-78 Revive while the GM Kai is mostly based off the older GM Custom kit.

I was hoping to finish this kit by the end of February, but it’s really cold this year. My Gunpla activity tends to be slower in lower temperatures. Plus February’s a short month. OK, I’m just making excuses.

In the end, I got the look I wanted. But because I was rushing through the project, some details appear a bit rough. I was also a bit worried that I elongated the thighs too much, but I think it turned out alright.

Overall, not by best work, but I’m happy enough with the ver. Ka feel of this build. So next up is the GM head.



January 30, 2018 at 21:51 | Posted in 1/144 scale | 1 Comment
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I thought I’d start off the Year of the GM with the first generation GM. I’m using the HGUC RX-79-2 Revive as base, complemented with HGBF GM/GM parts. Instead of the mint-green/red color scheme we’re all familiar with, I went for the RealType GM look, particularly based on this old kit:

Materials & methods:

The work in progress can be found here.
I primed all parts with grey primer and then added preshading lines (german gray) using my 0.2mm nozzle airbrush.
Painting was relatively simple:
Red parts: 80% red + 20% orange-yellow
White parts: 95% white + 5% yellow
Joints were dark gray (2), the backpack nozzles were starbright duralumin, followed by clear blue. I also sprayed clear blue over the visors.
The tricky part was the decals. I don’t have the exact set of decals for the Realtype GM look, so I made do with whatever decals I had in my possession. In the end it looked close enough.
Then I applied some light weathering with black enamel wash and some paint chipping effects. Then it’s the final flat topcoat.


And now some action poses:


I have to admit, I had a lot of fun posing this kit during the photo shoot. It may be a testament to how good the RX-78 Revive kit is. It’s easy to get dynamic poses, and despite the small feet, the kit feels really stable.

My only minor gripe is the GM/GM head. At certain angles, the thin, polycap neck looks quite jarring. I would’ve preferred a nicer looking GM head, but that’s what I have at the moment.

So this is my first entry for the Year of the GM. The mods are fairly uncomplicated, so that’s why I could finish it pretty quickly. But now I’m having doubts about finishing one kit per month, as I originally planned. Perhaps I shouldn’t rush into it and focus on quality, not quantity…

HG 00 Gundam 10th Anniversary colors

October 10, 2017 at 21:47 | Posted in 1/144 scale | Leave a comment
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The main reason I bought this HG 00 Gundam kit was to pair it with the XN Raiser kit that came with a copy of Hobby Japan. That was many years ago, but recently I came across some images of the 10th anniversary edition, which is basically a reissue of the HG 00 kit with white, baby blue and mint green colors.
For some reason I was quite drawn to that color scheme and so I decided to recreate it for this project.

Materials & methods:

For starters, I downloaded a front & back image of the 10th anniversary version for reference. Compared to the HG kit, there are some differences, shown below. Obviously there’s other differences, but I only highlight the changes that I made.

To make it look closer to the reference image, I added some notches at various locations using a 1mm wide chisel.
I made the v-fins on the head and chest thinner and more pointy by scraping them with a hobby blade. I added some additional panel lines on the backpack and shoulders.
To add more details to the GN drives, used a combination of clear parts, U-verneirs and Hasegawa’s clear green finish stickers, like so:

For painting, the main colors are white, baby blue (white + cobalt blue), mint green (pearl green + white) & yellow. The pearl green paint was actually decanted from a spray can.
Instead of decals, the white stripes on the chest and shoulders were actually painted on. First I painted the whole part with white, then masked the appropriate patterns using 2mm masking tape. On top of that I sprayed the baby blue paint.
Speaking of masking, there were many other parts that required it. Notably the v-fin, face and lower legs.
For the bladed weapon, I sprayed a bit of pearl white on it (also decanted from spray can). For the clear parts, I hand painted clear enamel paints on them and for panel lining I used German Grey enamel paint.
Decals were kept to a minimum, and I applied Hasegawa Mirror finish sheet on the side of the head, elbows, wrists and knees. And finally instead of the usual flat topcoat, I used semi gloss topcoat.


Now for some action poses:

For a HG kit, I’m quite impressed by the level of articulation. It can handle a slav squat pretty decently. The kit comes with 2 beam sabres that are placed in a rather unfortunate position. No clear beam parts were included but I had plenty of spares.


Out of the box, the HG 00 Gundam has nice proportions and impressive range of movement on the joints. I was particularly impressed with the ankle joints.
What it lacks is good parts separation, hence the substantial amount of masking required during painting. The standard weapons were kinda boring as well. That somewhat limited the action poses that I can do with it.

For this project, it was a nice change to try out different color schemes. It’s also quite refreshing to do a clean build instead of my usual lightly-weathered, dirty builds.

Anyway, happy 10th anniversary 00 Gundam.

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