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.

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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.

Zeon Remnants Project: current status

December 22, 2015 at 11:37 | Posted in Random rants | 3 Comments
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It’s winter again and as you can see from the totally scientific chart below, it means some downtime in my gunpla activity.

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As a result, it is definitely impossible for me to finish the remaining Zeon remnant kits by this year. So far, of the 10 kits from this list, I have finished 7 of them. Here they are lined up nicely on my shelf. You can view them individually in the gallery page.

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The remaining 3 are the Zaku Cannon, Galluss K and Efreet Schneid. If you’re wondering what happened to them, read on:

For the Zaku Cannon, I decided to build one that’s close to the original design instead of building a Zaku Half Cannon. I’ve settled on most parts on the top half of the body, it’s the legs that got me stuck.  Completion status: ~50%

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As for the Galluss K, it’s a kitbash between the HGUC Schzrum Galluss and the Galluss J. It’s not so straight forward as I would’ve liked and I still haven’t decided on a lot of things, for example the head & backpack design.  Completion status: ~40%

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I initially thought the Efreet Schneid would be the most problematic, but so far it hasn’t been the case. I’m using the Gouf R35 kit as the base and attaching Efreet Nacht resin parts on it. Right now I’m having problems attaching the lower legs (resin) to the knees. Maybe I’ll just use Gouf Custom legs instead. Completion status: ~60%.

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And now I’d like to announce a last-minute addition to the Zeon Remnants Project: the Desert Zaku.

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Using the HGUC Zaku II F2 kit as base, I added parts from the MSV Zaku Desert Type kit. The Zaku Desert Type and Desert Zaku are not the same thing, so this one will be a mashup of both designs. Completion status: ~70%.

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It may seem that I have started all these projects simultaneously, but actually as I was building the Zaku Cannon, I got stuck on some parts and started with the Galluss K. Then when I encountered a problem with that, I started with the Efreet Schneid. And when that came to a halt, I started with the Desert Zaku. And so that’s how I ended up with four ongoing projects right now. I’m not sure when I can finish them all but it’s definitely not this year. With that I wish you all Happy Holidays.

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