HGUC Ez8 – Work in progress

September 19, 2020 at 19:24 | Posted in Work In Progress | Leave a comment
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This build is a kitbash of Ez8 and Ez-SR parts, plus some extra modifications:

Head:
I replaced one of the antennas on the Ez8 head with a thinner one by Wave:

I also have one of these Ez-SR heads:

Arms:
The shoulders are from the Ez-SR, but I added some details to it:

The arms are from the HGUC GM Ground Type, and the hands are from the RG GP01. Like the RX-79[G], I simply glued the RG wrist joints to the HGUC forearms.

I also made a severed left arm to recreate that one particular scene in the anime. It’s actually the original Ez-SR arm, but I added some copper wire and stapler pins to simulate severed cables. I also cut off the elbow armor from the forearm. The hand was from Builders Parts MS Hand, but I rearranged the fingers by cutting and pasting.

Body:
The body is from the Ez-SR. I elongated the waist part by adding 1.2mm plaplate to the top and bottom:

I don’t typically modify the back skirt armor, but I wanted to experiment a little bit this time. First I separated the back armor from the hip part by roughly cutting it with my Ultrasonic cutter. Then I inserted hinge joints by Kotobukiya MSG to the now separated hip and armor parts:

Now the back skirt can be flipped up:

I covered up the ugly gaps with plaplate so that it looks a bit more presentable:

On the front skirt armor, I arranged 1mm width plastic strips along the edges:

Legs:
The legs are from the Ez8. The thighs were elongated by arranging 1mm square pipes on top:

And by adding 1.2mm plaplate to the connecting knee joint:

The thighs were then padded with 0.3mm plaplate at the front and sides.

Some MSG detail parts were glued to the back of the leg:

I added some notches to the feet using 1.5mm chisel:

Accessories:
The Ez-SR came with plenty of accessories. I didn’t want to use them all for this build, so I selected the following:
Booster backpack:

Donut backpack that combines with the Ez-SR head. I cut off the little wings at the back and added some MSG parts:

Some attachments to the side of the legs:

I glued 1.5mm plaplate to the forearm attachment to fit the GM Ground Type forearm socket:

Scope-shield(?) thing. I cut off some ear-like wings from the scope (red arrow) and attached it to a RX-79[G] shield. I also replaced the lens with a Wave option part.

So here’s what it roughly looks like:

HGUC Acguy – Work in progress

August 8, 2020 at 18:55 | Posted in Work In Progress | Leave a comment
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The only thing I predetermined for this Acguy was amputated right arm; the rest of the mods shown below were done without prior planning. With no specific themes or ideas in mind, I just added details rather arbitrarily.

Head:
I scribed extra panels at the back of the head, and added plaplate on top.

I accidentally dropped the monoeye part to the floor and it somehow disappeared into the 5th dimension. So I had to make a new one using MS Lens and other MSG parts.

 

Body:
At the back of the collar, I attached some Wave detail parts. There’s no particular meaning nor function to this; I just wanted to use up the spare parts I had.

There’s a seam line that runs along the side of the body. It’s simple to just glue and seam weld it, but I decided to carve out a canal(?) along the seam line using my BMC Danmo tool. I also drilled 0.8mm holes shown below:

On the chest, I added round details parts and plaplate indicated by the red arrows:

Backpack:
The original backpack looked very plain. I did try to replace it with some other spare part from other kits, but I couldn’t find anything that matched. So I just simply added some detail parts on the side. I also cut off a hole just above the thrusters using my modeling saw.

Hands:
On the left forearm, I scribed a simple panel line:

I also decided to use the claw hands from the strangely named MS Ground 01 option parts. Instead of attaching the tip, I attached a MSG part in the center of the… hand?

To attach it to the Acguy forearm, I just glued a 3mm diameter spare runner (the green plastic). To cover the gap between the forearm and hand(?), I glued a strip 0.5mm plaplate along the circumference.

Legs:
On the lower legs, I scribed additional panel lines and attached some detail parts:

So that’s about all the changes I made to the Acguy. I’ll stick to the original color scheme, but I’m thinking of trying out a different method for weathering.

RG Zaku II – Work in progress

May 16, 2020 at 15:52 | Posted in Work In Progress | Leave a comment
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While building the RX-79[G], I thought it would be nice to have its adversary, the Zaku II. I just happen to have an RG Zaku II that’s in a state of limbo somewhere underneath my bed.
So I wiped the dust off the Zaku and went about with the build. The RG Zaku in question is the green, mass produced type. I wanted to recreate the 08th MS Zaku II as shown below:

In addition, I wanted to tone down the RG aesthetics, i.e excessive panels and the two-tone colors.

For this build, I used Gaianotes Color putty (black) to fill in panel lines that I felt were unneccessary. For example, the forearm part:

The black dots are actually parts filled with the black putty.

The left shoulder armor has two shades of green, differentiated as separate parts. The two tones of plastic will be covered when I paint it later, but to make it look more seamless, I glued the different colored parts together and filled uneven parts with putty.

The right shoulder shield on the 08th MS Zaku has three spikes on them. I attached some Wave option parts on the shield like so:

But I wasn’t really happy with how it looked. Luckily I have another spare shield to work with, so I tried another approach:
1) I filles some panel lines on the shield with the black putty;
2) Attached MS Spikes after cutting off the tip

On the crotch, some square panels were filled with putty:

On the front skirt armors, I cut off some parts to make it look like the reference picture.

The small, square panel on the thighs were also covered with putty.

Since this is a ground type Zaku, I wanted to cover up the extra thrusters on the lower legs. First, I glued 0.5mm plaplate over the holes [1]. This serves as a “plate” for the putty. Then, I applied the black putty over the plaplate and filed off the excess [2].

I did the same for the front thrusters. The pic below is before I added putty.

And that’s it for the mods. Since there’s only minimal changes, I might as well explain some parts of the painting process.

Unlike the RG Zaku II White Ogre, I decided to properly paint the inner frame. However, the Advanced MS Joint is mostly made of ABS material, which means any paint will get scratched off easily.
So I tried out Gaianotes Multi Primer. It’s translucent and can be airbrushed directly without dilution with thinner. Applying a layer of this stuff allows for better adhesion of subsequent paint layers.


After that has properly dried, I applied a layer of pure black, followed by Dark Iron. Additional frame parts that are not ABS material were painted with Nazca Mechanical Surfacer. I used Super Heavy and Light for some color variation.

Like MG Zaku kits, the pipes on the RG Zaku legs, torso and head are made up of separate parts. I noticed some parts were missing, before realizing that I used them for other kitbashing projects. Anyway, to facilitate painting, I inserted a plastic rod into each section, like below:

If the plastic rod is too thin, I padded it with some masking tape. This makes sure each part doesn’t move around when painting. The outcome is something liek this:

I labeled each section so I don’t mess up final assembly later.

For painting the outer armor, there’s only two colors to consider.
Green parts: Mr Color Yellow-Greeen + Mr Color IJA Green + leftover olive green from my ECOAS Jegan build.
Grey parts: Mr Color FS36118

So that’s it. All’s that left is decals and weathering.

 

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