08th MS Team project 2020

January 8, 2020 at 23:46 | Posted in Random rants | Leave a comment

After a 2019 of mixed builds, I decided to start another thematic build for 2020. This time it’s the 08th MS Team, which is still one of my favorite Gundam OVAs to this day. I already built several kits from the series: GM Sniper, GM Ground type, orange Ball, and GM head, plus a couple of HCM-Pro models.

So the plan is to build the rest of the mobile suits in their approximate order of appearance in the anime. I’ve chosen the following kits:

1. High mobility prototype Zaku

This is the P-Bandai kit, and it’s already been snap-fitted and tucked somewhere underneath my bed. The plan is a straight build with the original color scheme intact.

2. Gundam Ground Type

Another P-Bandai kit, this one is the RG-79[G] Parachute set. I’m gonna add some extra details for this one, and a little bit of kitbashing, maybe.

3. Topp Squad: Zaku I, Zaku II x2

These might be the most challenging builds of this project. The Topp squad consists of a Zaku I and a pair of Zaku IIs. The Zaku IIs have various levels of battle damage, so we’ll see how well I can recreate them. I’m going to use the newer Origin Zaku kits for these builds.

4. Acguy

Appeared only for a short scene in the anime, but still left quite an impact. The one that appeared in the anime had no right arm, so I’m recreating that one.

5. Mass Production Guntank

There’s no kit of this poor grunt unit. But I do have a resin conversion kit I bought from the C3 market. Haven’t decided on the color scheme, though.

6. Gouf Custom

I already used the some parts of this kit for the Efreet Schneid build. I’ll compensate for the missing parts using old leftover bits or any new parts I can find from Yellow Submarine.

7. Ez8

This will be a kitbash of Build Divers Ez-SR and HGUC Ez8 parts. There’s going to be a lot of customization in this one, but I’ll stick to the original color scheme.

8. GM Ground Type

I already built one of these, but it’s based on the older HGUC RX-79[G] kit. So this build will the using the latest HGUC GM Ground Type kit.

9. GM Sniper

Another rebuild using the latest HGUC kit. Maybe I’ll add a new sniper rifle…

10. Gouf Flight Type

These guys were sadly sniper fodder in the anime. But it did get some extra airtime in a recent animated short. I had been planning on kitbashing the old HG Flight type kit with the HGUC Gouf Custom, but that plan was shelved after the P-Bandai kit was released. This will be another straight build with custom colors, maybe.

So that’s my current plan. This project will involve 12 builds in total, so we’ll see if I can finish all of them. Instead of completing one kit at a time, I’m planning to assemble & modify as many kits as I can manage during winter, and then move on to painting & weathering when it gets warmer. So expect mostly work in progress posts in the first half of 2020.

Year or the GM – Final report

December 28, 2018 at 14:46 | Posted in Random rants | 2 Comments
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So with the HG GM Sniper Custom, I finally completed 12 GM kits this year. There was a late flurry in December, but on average it’s 1 HG kit a month. You can view each of them below:




Even though they’re all GMs, they’re pretty diverse. Therere’s a mix of straight out-of-box builds, simple kitbashes,  custom paintjobs, and quite a bit of customization; resulting in some tall, some short builds

Some have quite similar color schemes, like a white-blue or white-red combo:

or green with red visors:

In between builds, I managed to complete several Little Armory kits, including a kitbash.

To go with these weapons, I also bought some extra skeletons and a synthetic human.

2018 was indeed the Year of the GM. Twelve HG kits in a year was a daunting task for me. I probably wouldn’t attempt something similar anytime soon, but then again, it was a good motivation for me to reduce my gunpla backlog. So I leave you with this very cramped group photo:



Year of the GM – Mid term report

July 15, 2018 at 15:19 | Posted in Random rants | 1 Comment
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It’s already July, so I thought I’d post an update of my “Year of the GM” project. As you can see below, I only managed to finish six kits so far, slightly below the expected rate of one kit per month.

I don’t like naming favourites, but I’m most happy with how the Thunderbolt GM turned out. Based on the Modelers-G points however, it seems the GM/GM Command has a commanding lead (pun intended) over the others. You can view them below, and let me know if you agree with the ranking.

As for the other six kits, there’s been some changes to the initial plan. After some deliberating, I decided on these final six:

No changes:


GM Sniper II White Dingo: Instead of using the GM/GM as base, I decided to use as much of the original HGUC parts as possible. Maybe I’ll just modify the proportions a bit.

GM Light Armor: I’ll persist with the idea of using the RG RX-78-2 as base, and sticking a GM head on it. Which GM head is not fixed; either one from a resin kit or from the upcoming HGUC releases this year.

New challenges:

Powered GM: I’m planning just a simple custom paintjob for this one. Not so keen on the orange-white color scheme.

GM Cold District Type: I was so impressed with the GM/GM kit that I decided to make another GM variant using it as base. I’ll most likely do the same modifications like the GM Command, and just play around with the weaponry.

GM White Dingo: An addition to the White Dingo team. I’m thinking of using the upcoming HG GM Guard Custom as base and painting it to White Dingo colors.

GM Sniper Custom: I preordered mine from P-Bandai and it should arrive by August. Hopefully that leaves me with enough time to finish it by year’s end.

So that’s what I have planned for the rest of the year. I’m a bit busy in July, so I’ll most likely restart the project next month. I’ll have to be super productive if I want to finish all six planned kits. Maybe at the cost of reducing modifications. Well, we’ll see…

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