Zaku Cannon

March 9, 2017 at 21:29 | Posted in 1/144 scale | 3 Comments
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Introduction:

There isn’t a HGUC Zaku Cannon kit released yet; only a MG kit and some old MSV kits. I bought a 1/144 Zaku Cannon resin kit from Yahoo Auctions, but that thing was a brick. I wanted to build something with more articulation. So I decided to combine parts of that resin kit, an old 1/144 MSV kit and several HG parts to make my own version of the Zaku Cannon.
It has been a work in progress for quite some time, and now it’s finally done. Throughout the build, only one thing remained constant: the shoulder cannon. All other parts were the result of trial & error to see what works best.

Materials & methods:

The work in progress page can be read here.

For painting, I went for the color scheme that appeared in the Unicorn OVA. All these were airbrushed.

  • Main body: Brown-grey (Gaianotes)
  • Forearms, feet: Russian green (Mr. Color)
  • Front skirt, knees: German Grey + Propellar color (Mr. Color)
  • Thighs: Light gull grey (Mr. Color)
  • Weapons, backpack: German gray (Mr. Color)
  • Joints: Dark gray 2 (decanted from spray can)

After the paint has dried, it’s the standard course: panel lining, decals, light weathering & flat topcoat.

Results:

The main cannon and side cannons can be folded to the back

And now some action poses:

Discussion:

To be honest, I didn’t really know how this would turn up. During work-in-progress I just focused on each part separately, without doing any test fitting prior to painting. I messed up some of the decals but overall I think the whole thing looks quite alright. The HG Bugu legs don’t look out of place, either.
While it looks fine standing up, I had to be careful when posing it for the photoshoot. The joints were kinda stiff and I was paranoid about breaking something. Also I unintentionally scraped some of the paint off while fiddling with different poses. Fortunately they were small enough for me to disguise them as weathering, simply by drawing over them using my black, fine tip Gundam marker.
According to my initial plan, this build should’ve been the last of my Zeon Remnants Project. But I’m thinking of adding one (or maybe two) more builds to this project. Stay tuned…

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Efreet Schneid

December 6, 2016 at 19:57 | Posted in 1/144 scale | Leave a comment
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Introduction:

It’s been a while since I last finished a kit for the Zeon Remnants Project. As the clock winds down on 2016, I was finally able to complete another one.
I took some artistic liberties and built something that resembles an Efreet Schneid using parts from an Efreet Nacht resin kit, a HG Gouf R35 and HGUC Gouf Custom kits.

Materials & methods:

The work in progress page can be found here.

I decided to stay true to the Efreet Schneid color scheme. Major colors are two shades of purple, some grey, with some white and orange parts. I didn’t exactly measure the paint ratio, but it’s roughly like this:

  • Deep purple: 25% red + 25% blue + 25% MS Purple (Gundam color) + 25% german gray
  • Light purple: 25% red + 25% blue + 50% MS Purple
  • Grey: Light gull gray
  • Orange: 90% Orange-yellow + 10% red
  • Weapons are painted with my own blend of gray.

After the paint has dried, I followed it up with the typical steps: decals, light weathering & flat topcoat.

Results:

Although not in my initial plan, I thought I might as well paint the spiky shoulders from the Efreet Nacht kit.

Some poses with the weapons:

Efreet Schneid bazooka

Efreet Schneid beam axe

And finally this is my attempt at recreating some scenes from Episode 4 of the Unicorn OVA.
GM II Semi Striker heat daggerEfreet Schneid vs GM II Semi StrikerEfreet Schneid vs GM II Semi Striker

Discussion:

This build involved a lot of trial and error, almost to the point where I almost gave up on it. The big challenge was combining resin parts with plastic HG parts. In the end, I only used the resin parts for the torso and head.

And as you can see from some closeup photos, the quality of the resin kit wasn’t that good. Other complaints are the front skirt armor. Like my previous HGUC Gouf revive, they tend to pop out when the thigh is moved forwards.

Another thing I noticed was actual paint chipping. Not the weathering effect, but the real thing where the original blue plastic or white resin became exposed. Not sure of the cause, but I just painted over it with black gundam marker.

Despite the imperfections, I’m rather pleased with the outcome. Now that this is finished, I have a few more kits left to go before I can conclude the Zeon Remnants Project.

HGUC Dom Tropen

September 20, 2015 at 21:44 | Posted in 1/144 scale | 2 Comments
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Introduction:

The HGUC Dom Tropen is quite an old kit, and comes in two color variants: the purple themed and desert color themed. The one I’m building here is the latter. Despite its age, I felt it was a good addition to my Zeon Remnants project. Other than upgrading its articulation, I wanted to arm it with a gatling gun with the ammo case as the backpack, similar to the Dom Barrage.

Materials & methods:

I did quite a fair bit of modifications to the original kit, and you can read about them here. Additionally, I decided to use MSG Custom Hand B fists, with some modifications. The original head rod was a single piece of grey plastic, so I replaced it with leftover clear runner. Also added some detail parts on the shoulders and lower legs.

After priming with Dark Grey surfacer, I waited a couple of days for the rain to pass before painting. There’s only two color tones to consider so painting was relatively quick. The torso, side skirts and feet were painted with dark brown while the rest of the body was painted with sand brown mixed with smoke grey. The gatling gun was painted with various shades of grey and gunmetal.

What follows is pretty standard procedure: apply decals -> gloss topcoat -> enamel wash -> extra weathering effects -> flat topcoat.

Results:

HGUC Dom Tropen

Discussion:

Out of the box, there’s plenty of things that I found unacceptable about the HGUC Dom Tropen kit: the sticker monoeye, poor articulation at the shoulders, waist and feet, ugly hands, and the short thighs. I guess for an old kit that’s understandable. Fixing those imperfections made the project more fun anyway.

The good thing about the Dom Tropen kit is that it has plenty of weapons: a Panzerschreck rocket launcher, a 90mm machine gun, several Sturm Faust grenades, and a heat rod. Even though I didn’t use them in this project, they’ll be useful for future ones.

Some comments about the final build:

The hip sockets (made from Tallgeese parts) were a bit loose. They tend to swivel sideways very easily. It would be bad for mid-air poses, but thankfully the Dom Tropen is a ground unit.

About the MSG Belt Link, the ammo belt was not very bendable. It was too short to connect the gatling gun to the backpack so I had to buy another set of MSG Belt Link and assemble just the ammo belt parts to make it longer.

Other than that I’m quite satisfied with this build. Of the six kits I’ve built for the Zeon Remnant preject, I think this one required the most modifications. Well that might change with the next one on the line…

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