Zeta Gundam Head Display Base

October 28, 2015 at 13:44 | Posted in Other scales | 1 Comment
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I decided to take a break from my Zeon Remnants Project and build something different. I chose the smallest box from my stack of backlogged kits and it turned out to be the Zeta Head Display Base. It was included with the Gundam Ace comic some years back. I put off building it because I couldn’t decide what color scheme to go for. Some color variations like Amuro colors, Red Zeta & Titans colors were considered, but I finally settled for the Grey Zeta color scheme.

Grey Zeta is actually a misnomer, since the color scheme is mostly orange-yellow. I used the MG Grey Zeta (P-Bandai) as a reference, but with some minor changes. On the back of the antenna there are some empty gaps. I could’ve filled them with putty but I felt it wasn’t worth the effort. After priming with dark-grey surfacer, I painted the head as follows:

  • Face, horns: light gull grey
  • Forehead, chest verniers: german grey
  • Inside neck: dark gray (2)
  • Head armor & body: orange-yellow + off white (airbrushed)

For the eyes and head sensor, I attached Hasegawa mirror finish stickers and handpainted clear green and clear blue on them. The stand was left unpainted. What follows is standard procedure: panel-lining, decals & flat topcoat.

This was a relatively simple project; it took me an extended weekend to finish it. Most of it was just masking and waiting for paint to dry. So here’s the final result:

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Gundam Origin Head Display Base

September 24, 2014 at 18:05 | Posted in Other scales | Leave a comment
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This head display base came with the October 20111 issue of Gundam Ace magazine. It’s based on the RX-78-2 design from the manga Mobile Suit Gundam : The Origin. The whole thing came as white plastic, so painting is necessary. I didn’t modify anything except for sharpening the v-fin.

After priming the entire thing with dark grey surfacer, proceeded to paint it with Full Armor Gundam colors, i.e green, orange-yellow and gray. The internal part that made up the vulcan cannons and side vents were painted with gunmetal. For the eyes and camera sensors, I attached a reflective sheet (Hasegawa Mirror Finish) and handpainted clear yellow for the eyes and clear blue for the sensor. After adding some decals I finished it off with flat topcoat.

From my personal viewpoint, I don’t find this Gundam Origin head very ‘handsome’. My favorite RX-78 head design has to be the ver. Ka. Another disappointing thing is that it doesn’t come with a stand. There’s two holes at the back but I’m not sure if it is compatible with existing stands. Anyway, it will make a good paperweight.

 

 

 

Type-J9 Griffon (D-style)

February 9, 2013 at 18:14 | Posted in Other scales | Leave a comment
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Introduction:

I got this kit shortly after I bought the D-style Ingram 1, just because I wanted a bad-guy unit to match it. Like the Ingram, this D-style kit is Kotobukiya’s version of the super-deformed line (large head, small body) and I built these two kits in parallel.

Materials & Methods:

Again, building is very simple and straight forward. Most of the parts are in black, except for the joints and monoeye which already came pre-painted. However, unlike the Ingram, this kit has more visible seam lines which needed to be fixed: chest, arms, legs and the wing backpack. The underwater jetpack has quite obvious cavities in them. I thought about plugging them with epoxy putty but the amount needed would be substantial so I just left them as they are.

Although most of the parts are black, some parts on the chest and arms & legs needed to be painted grey. The vents for the underwater jetpack were painted yellow while the underside of the backpack booster was painted red. For panel lining, I used gray enamel. I didn’t apply too many water-slide decals this time, just a few in certain places. Finally I sprayed it with a layer of gloss topcoat.

Results:

 

Discussion:

Because 90% of the kit was black, I thought this would be an easier build than the Ingram, but I was wrong. There were a lot more seam lines to fix and painting some parts were a bit trickier. But once fully assembled, it looks very nice indeed; arguably better looking than the non-deformed version. It has a mean aura to it, and very fitting for a villain’s mecha.

The only weapon included is a revolver, but it has two pairs of hands: a normal closed-fist and a pointy open palm. It has two types of interchangeable backpacks too: a wing type and the underwater jetpack type.

Overall, I had fun building these D-style kits and if you had to choose between the two, I’d recommend getting the Griffon over the Ingram. It simply looks more bad ass.

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