GM Thunderbolt – Work in progress

June 27, 2018 at 21:46 | Posted in Work In Progress | 3 Comments
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The Thunderbolt GM looks quite interesting, but I didn’t like some aspects of the design such as the wrinkly joints, astronaut backpack, and the excessive thruster nozzles. So I decided to give it a makeover, using spare parts from various HGUC and Thunderbolt kits.

The leftover head from the HGUC GM Ground Type kit was used. To make it look more like a typical GM, the goatee (chin protrusion) and mutton chops (cheek vents?) were shaved off.

The S-type Thunderbolt Gundam body was used for this build. It looks a bit stumpy, so some extensions were needed. Firstly, 1.2mm plaplate was attached on the top part of the mid-abdomen. I think the figure below is more explanatory.

Then, 1.2mm and 1mm plaplate was attached to the bottom of the waist part.

The original peg on the hips was cut off, and a polycap was inserted into the remaining hole. This will hold the ball joint (Kotobukiya MSG) that connects the torso together.

Although I didn’t like the astronaut backpack of the Thunderbolt GM, I still liked the extended arms concept. So a completely movable set of joints were made from various Kotobukiya MSG parts, and attached to the S-Type Gundam backpack. These arms will hold a pair of shields leftover from my previous GM builds.

Additionally, a spare tank (MS Builder parts) was attached to the S-Type backpack.

The original GM Thunderbolt shoulders were kept, but the arms were from the GM Ground Type. On to the shoulders, some pla strips and detail parts (Koto MSG) were attached to where the nozzles should be.

The original shoulder joint was required to join the various parts together, so the wrinkles were covered up with polyester putty, followed by basic putty.

The thighs and knee joints were from the HGUC GM II kit. The thighs were extended by 2mm using pla pipes (covered in yellow polyester putty below:)

The lower legs were from the Thunderbolt S-Type Gundam. No modifications were applied. The feet were from the HGUC GM II, and ball joints from Hobby Base were used to connect them to the legs.

On the ankle guards, 1mm strip was attached to disguise the seam line.

The right hand was armed with a submachine gun from Kotobukiya MSG. The original grip was small and was loose when placed into the HG GM hands. So the grip from the HGUC GM II rifle was transplanted to the MSG gun.

The left hand was armed with a cannon-shield(?) thing. I got it from the HG campaign a few years back. Some bits of 1.2mm plaplate was attached on top of the shield:

The position of the handle was modified, and some plaplate was used to attach it to the forearms. Also, some detail parts were added to the top part:

So this is how it roughly looked like:

For the painting, I plan to stick to the original color scheme.


GM/GM Command – Work in progress

May 31, 2018 at 00:25 | Posted in Work In Progress | Leave a comment
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After using one of the GM/GM heads for my HGUC GIMM build, I was left with two remaining heads. One of them looked like the GM Command head so I went along with that theme.

The head vulcans were replaced with some detail parts from Wave. A hole was drilled on the forehead sensor to accommodate a clear part, also from Wave. The chin protrusion was given a little shave.

To make the GM/GM body look more like the GM Command, a couple of pla-plate sheets were attached to the shoulders.

The chest vents from the actual HGUC GM Command kit were transplanted to the GM/GM chest. A significant portion was trimmed to make it fit inside the GM/GM chest.

The hips were from the GM/GM kit, with 1mm plaplate added on the crotchpiece.

The beam sabre holder from the GM Command kit was glued to the back skirt.

The front and side skirt armors were also from the GM Command kit.

The original GM Command backpack was used. To attach it to the GM/GM body, new pegs were made from spare runners.

Some details were added to the the backpack using a chisel.

The shoulder armor was from the GM Sniper II kit. The position of the peg was modified so that the shoulder armor was raised. To do that, the original peg was cut, and then transplanted to a lower position.

The forearms were also from the GM Sniper II. They were elongated by 1.2mm using the standard method, and  square verniers were attached to the wrists.

Holes had to be drilled through the square verniers to accommodate the  hands.

The GM/GM legs were used. Detail parts were added on the calves.

The soles of the GM/GM feet had some empty gaps. Normally I wouldn’t bother filling them up, but this time I just felt like doing so. Epoxy putty was used to do the job.

The GM Sniper K9 shield was used; two holes were drilled at the top of the shield for the round, grey bits. This was just so that I had less things to mask during painting.

The beam gun was from the original HGUC GM Command kit. The grip was a bit large for the GM/GM hands, so some trimming was needed.

I decided to stay true to the GM Command theme and went for the red/white color scheme.

HGUC Blue Destiny – Work in progress

May 4, 2018 at 17:17 | Posted in Work In Progress | Leave a comment
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This is another case of buying spare parts to add to existing spare parts, if that makes sense. Basically I had some leftover HGUC Ground Type parts from the previous GM Head build.
The remaining parts were the body and head, so I needed some arms and legs to complete it. I went to Yellow Submarine to find some body parts and found mostly Blue Destiny parts on that day, so that’s what I went with.
If you didn’t know already, Yellow Submarine shop in Akihabara sells gunpla spare parts, separated by body part, e.g legs only or arms only. The selection is fairly random, so you may not always get the parts you wanted. But they tend to have parts of new kits a day or so after release. Anyway, on with the build:

Instead of using the new HGUC GM Ground Type head, I bought the new HGUC Blue Destiny Unit 1 heads. Heads because the kit came with 2 head variants. I used the one with the commander antenna.

For the top half of the body, I used the GM Ground Type parts. On the shoulders, I added some detail parts from Wave.

I decided to replace the square chest vents with the muzzle from a pair of HGUC Kampfer shotguns. I had to drill some holes on the GM chest first to accommodate them.

The hips were from the Gundam Local Type kit. I inserted a ball joint and socket from Hobby Base, and padded it with epoxy putty.

Instead of elongating the waist like I always did, this time I added corrugated pla-plate (from M.S.G) around the waist, like so:

I still had the shoulder armor from the GM Ground Type, but no arms. So I bought the HGUC Blue Destiny Unit 3 arms. Since they’re both from the newer kits, there’s no compatibility issues. For the hands, I again went for the RG Mk. II hands like I did with the GM Head.

I used the legs from the HGUC Blue Destiny Unit 1 kit as it is. The only issue was the visible seam lines on the ankle armor. Instead of using the typical method of seam-line removal, I decided to disguise the seam-line by adding 1mm plastic strips near it, like so:

Now it appears that the seam line is a natural part of the design.

No specific weapons this time. That’s because I have plenty of Little Armory weapons stocked up, hence the RG hands.

So this is the picture I took when I was testing for the overall proportions:

This is a fairly short work-in-progress post. I didn’t modify too many things for this build because I wanted to focus on the paintjob. Which in this case is the woodland camo. Here’s a mockup of what I had in mind:

I’ve attempted several camo paint-jobs on Gunpla before, but I was never really happy with any of them. Hopefully this time I’ll get it right.

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