HG 00 Gundam 10th Anniversary colors

October 10, 2017 at 21:47 | Posted in 1/144 scale | Leave a comment
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Introduction:

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.

Results:

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.

Discussion:

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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HG Buku

September 20, 2017 at 02:13 | Posted in 1/144 scale | 2 Comments
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Introduction:

I bought the HG Bugu kit in order to use the legs for my Zaku Cannon project. Rather than leaving the Bugu legless, I decided to do a kitbash with Zaku I parts.

Thus, Buku = Bugu x Zaku. For the color scheme, the main inspiration for this build is the old MG kit, Ramba Ral’s Zaku I.

Materials & methods:

I used the Thunderbolt Zaku I head, and attached a commander’s antenna from MS Blade 01 set. Made the eye slit slightly narrower near the middle using some putty.

I removed the ladders on the shoulder armor and replaced the backpack with Char’s Zaku II backpack. Extra thrusters on the top were covered with putty.

The power cables on the torso were removed and the gap in the abdomen was filled with putty.

The legs were from Char’s Zaku I kit. I covered some panel lines on the thighs and calves with basic putty.

For weapons, I bought the HGUC GP02 bazooka and a 1/12 scale resin Lewis machinegun at Yellow Submarine.
For melee weapons, I used the axe from my old HGUC Garma Zabi Zaku II kit. I also made a handheld Zaku shield with spikes.

The torso was painted with Intermediate blue + white, while the limbs & head were painted with a mix of cobalt blue + german gray.
After that it’s decals, light weathering, and flat topcoat.

 

Results:

A closer look at the weapons:

And finally some poses:

Discussion:

The good thing about the HG Bugu kit is that it’s modern kit, making kitbashing a relatively painless process.
There were some worrisome moments, for example when applying the decals. Some waterslide decals in my collection may well be 10 years old, and were prone to tearing.
Also, the ugly gash on the back of the right leg is not a weathering effect, but was the result of some accidental touching before the topcoat layer actually dried.
But overall, it was fun making a hybrid Bugu/Zaku look like Ramba Ral’s Zaku I.

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…

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