Year of the GM

January 16, 2018 at 23:06 | Posted in Random rants | Leave a comment
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I don’t usually make new year resolutions. But this year, I’ll build only GM model kits. There’s several reasons why I decided to do this:
i) I already have several GM kits stuck in development hell; ii) It’s a nice challenge; iii) GMs deserve more love; iv) burnout from the Zeon Remnants Project.
I’m planning to finish one 1/144 kit a month, and here’s what I’m planning for this project, in no particular order:

RGM-79 GIMM: The obvious inspiration for this build comes from this old-school Realtype GM kit. I’ll be using a RX-78 Revive body with a GM/GM head attached. Finding the decals to match the look might be a little tricky.

GM Command Space Type: Seeing images of the P-Bandai GM Command Space Type made me want to build a 1/144 scale version. There is a HGUC kit already, but it’s really outdated. So I’ll make modern version of it using the GM/GM kit and parts of the old HGUC kit.

GM Head: If you’ve watched the 08th MS Team OVA, it’s just the RX-79[G] with a GM head on it. While not technically a GM, I’ll build it anyway. I’m thinking of painting it with the Thunderbolt S-type Gundam colors.

Blue Destiny Unit 1
This one is another that’s not technically a GM, because the model number is RX-79BD-1. But it has a cool visor face, so maybe it qualifies. I already have a color scheme planned for this: a jungle camo.

GM type C Space type
Another one inspired from the MG kit. The HGUC GM type C kit has the brown/blue color scheme. So this (should) be a simple repainting job.

Thunderbolt GM
There’s some design aspects of the Thunderbolt series that I like, and some that I hate. This GM has both. So I’ll be using parts from various HGUC kits to make this Thunderbolt GM more ‘UC’.

GM Cannon
While the MG version exists as a P-Bandai kit, there’s only the old kit in 1/144 scale. I’m not so keen on the retro-looking lower legs. I might substitute them with the thicc GM Cannon II lower legs. Or maybe I’ll go for the slimmer legs of the MSV Space Assault Type.

GM Sniper II White Dingo
I actually bought the P-Bandai HGUC kit a long while back, but I used most of the parts for different projects. I’ll probably use the GM/GM kit again as the base to rebuild this kit.

GM Striker
I like many aspects of the GM Striker design, but I really don’t like the proportions of the HGUC kit. This might be a major kitbashing project, if I’m up for it. The color scheme on this manga cover looks quite nice.

GM II (Torrington base)
This one may be a bit too over ambitious, even for me. I’d like to recreate this GM II that got gangbanged by the Zee Zulu and Zogok in the Unicorn OVA. If I can finish the other kits on time, then maybe I can attempt to work on this.

GM Sniper (Shadows)
I just like the color scheme of the Shadows version. I already bought the resin kit at the C3 hobby show, so I just need to transplant some HGUC joints to make it posable.

GM Custom (High Mobility)
I bought the RG GP01 kit a long time ago, without having any idea of what to do with it. Now I’m thinking of attaching the GM Custom parts on it to make this High Mobility type, with some modifications.

GM Light Armor
I’ve been meaning to build this one for some time now. I’ll be using the RG RX-78 body as base. The problem is finding a nice looking GM head to go with it.

 

 

So there you have it. That’s my plan for the Year of the GM project. Some of those in the list could be dropped, or new kits could also be added. But I hope to finish at least 12 GM kits by years end. As always comments are welcome.

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Zeon Remnants Project: The Remnants

June 12, 2017 at 00:56 | Posted in Random rants | 2 Comments
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Looking back at this list, I’ve completed 10/15 of the mobile suits for this project. Excluding the Shamblo, that leaves four remaining units: the Juaggu, Kapool, Zogok and Desert Gelgoog. For the sake of completion, I have decided to build these four Remnants of the Zeon Remnants Project.

At the beginning of the project, I stated my lack of interest in the non-conventional designs of the Juaggu, Kapool & Zogok. That opinion hasn’t changed much, but I thought I might as well make them to look less goofy (especially the Juaggu & Zogok).

Juaggu

Instead of the standard HGUC Juaggu, I bought the MSV version (P-Bandai) which has a normal right arm. The plastic colors are different as well. The one thing that I can’t stand about the Juaggu is the leg design. I’ll be replacing them with some spare parts I have lying around.

Kapool

I bought this old HG Kapool kit from somewhere a long time ago. Now seems like a good chance to finally build this kit. I have nothing against the Kapool design, so I’d expect the majority of the mods would involve improving the articulation.

Zogok

This has to be the one of the wackiest looking kits of the four. I’ve contemplated adding a head to make it look more like a normal mobile suit, but it made it look even worse. So for now I’ll just replace the limbs with those from HG Age Titus. Will it look less wacky? I don’t really know…

Desert Gelgoog

The Desert Gelgoog was left out from the original list because frankly the design doesn’t look as interesting as the others. Plus there’s no actual Desert Gelgoog kit so I would have to modify a normal HGUC Gelgoog into the Desert version. I probably won’t replicate the original design 100% but I hopefully it would still look ‘Desert’ enough.

 

So these four builds will the last of my Zeon Remnants Project. At this point, all four are in various stages of completion. I cut the parts from the runners and trying out various parts to kitbash. Will I be able to finish them all by this year? I doubt it, but I will がんばります.

2016 report card

December 23, 2016 at 16:31 | Posted in Random rants | 4 Comments
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As 2016 rolls to an end, I decided to take a look back at the kits I’ve completed this year. 2016 started with a Zeon Remnant kit, the Zaku Desert, and finished with another, the Galluss K.

In between, I completed a couple of GMs & Grazes, a Ball, a Gouf and an Efreet. That’s 9 kits in total, meaning my build rate is one kit per 1.333 months or 0.75 kits per month. At that rate, and assuming I don’t buy any additional kits (highly unlikely), it would take 5.5 years to complete my current backlog. Just realizing the fact that I have approximately 50 unbuilt kits makes me ponder…

But anyway, here’s all that I built this year. I didn’t include the various Little Armory kits, though.

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The Graze kits are the only non-UC kits I’ve built this year, and they’ve been quite a fun little package.

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The two GM kits I built (GM III and Semi Striker) were featured in the Unicorn OVA, and it’s a prelude to more EFSF builds based on that series. The Thunderbolt Ball will also be supplemented with a pair of Balls in the near future.

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I finished 4 Zeon kits this year, 3 of which are part of my Zeon Remnants Project.

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Speaking of which, I’m adding a final addition to the project: the Juaggu. Despite stating at the start of the project that I’m not into unconventional Zeonic designs, I just wanted to finish this Zeon Remnants Project with something quite different.

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So here’s to a more productive 2017. Cheers.

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