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.

Head:
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.

Body:
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.

Backpack:
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.

Arms:
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.

Legs:
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.

Armaments:
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.

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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…

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.

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