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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HGUC GM Head

April 24, 2018 at 20:46 | Posted in 1/144 scale | Leave a comment
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Introduction:

Usually when I kitbash, I tend to add newer parts to older kits. But in this case, it’s the other way round. I added parts from the older HGUC RX-79[G] kit onto the newer HGUC GM Ground Type kit because I prefer some design aspects of the older kit.
The other motivation for this build is to pose it with my Little Armory kits, which is why I wanted to fit it with RG hands.
For the color scheme, I played around with various ideas, but eventually I went for the simpler white/navy-blue color scheme of the S-type Gundam from Thunderbolt.

Materials & methods:

The work in progress can be read here.
After spraying grey surfacer and applying pre-shading lines, I proceeded to paint it as follows:
White parts: MS White 100% (Gundam Colors)
Blue parts: Midnight blue + Intermediate blue. I forgot the actual ratios.
Yellow bits: Orange yellow + a bit of MS white.
Joints were the standard Dark Grey 2.

Then I applied some weathering in the form of enamel wash, paint chipping & smears using enamel and markers, and weathering pastels at the feet. After that it’s decals and a flat topcoat finish.

Results:

Here’s the assortment of weapons and accessories. I went ahead and painted the RX-79[G] head as well, just because.

Some action poses, including with some of my Little Armory weapons:

Finally some group photos. In terms of height, it’s: GM Sniper (OOB) < GM Head < Ground Type GM (mod).

Discussion:

This is my third kit to feature the GM Ground Type head, and the reason for it is simple: it’s the best looking GM head so far. The GM III head comes a close second. The new HGUC Ground Type GM head however, doesn’t have the same appeal.
In case you’re wondering, you can get these nicer looking heads from the HGUC Ground War set or the P-Bandai HGUC GM Sniper II White Dingo kit.
My favourite parts of the new HGUC GM Ground Type are the legs and forearms. Everything else, the older RX-79[G] is superior, especially the short front skirt armors.
To combine these different parts into a single kit is what’s most satisfying in this build. So next up is another ground-based unit.

Year of the GM

January 16, 2018 at 23:06 | Posted in Random rants | Leave a comment
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I don’t usually make new year resolutions. But this year, I’ll build only GM model kits. There’s several reasons why I decided to do this:
i) I already have several GM kits stuck in development hell; ii) It’s a nice challenge; iii) GMs deserve more love; iv) burnout from the Zeon Remnants Project.
I’m planning to finish one 1/144 kit a month, and here’s what I’m planning for this project, in no particular order:

RGM-79 GIMM: The obvious inspiration for this build comes from this old-school Realtype GM kit. I’ll be using a RX-78 Revive body with a GM/GM head attached. Finding the decals to match the look might be a little tricky.

GM Command Space Type: Seeing images of the P-Bandai GM Command Space Type made me want to build a 1/144 scale version. There is a HGUC kit already, but it’s really outdated. So I’ll make modern version of it using the GM/GM kit and parts of the old HGUC kit.

GM Head: If you’ve watched the 08th MS Team OVA, it’s just the RX-79[G] with a GM head on it. While not technically a GM, I’ll build it anyway. I’m thinking of painting it with the Thunderbolt S-type Gundam colors.

Blue Destiny Unit 1
This one is another that’s not technically a GM, because the model number is RX-79BD-1. But it has a cool visor face, so maybe it qualifies. I already have a color scheme planned for this: a jungle camo.

GM type C Space type
Another one inspired from the MG kit. The HGUC GM type C kit has the brown/blue color scheme. So this (should) be a simple repainting job.

Thunderbolt GM
There’s some design aspects of the Thunderbolt series that I like, and some that I hate. This GM has both. So I’ll be using parts from various HGUC kits to make this Thunderbolt GM more ‘UC’.

GM Cannon
While the MG version exists as a P-Bandai kit, there’s only the old kit in 1/144 scale. I’m not so keen on the retro-looking lower legs. I might substitute them with the thicc GM Cannon II lower legs. Or maybe I’ll go for the slimmer legs of the MSV Space Assault Type.

GM Sniper II White Dingo
I actually bought the P-Bandai HGUC kit a long while back, but I used most of the parts for different projects. I’ll probably use the GM/GM kit again as the base to rebuild this kit.

GM Striker
I like many aspects of the GM Striker design, but I really don’t like the proportions of the HGUC kit. This might be a major kitbashing project, if I’m up for it. The color scheme on this manga cover looks quite nice.

GM II (Torrington base)
This one may be a bit too over ambitious, even for me. I’d like to recreate this GM II that got gangbanged by the Zee Zulu and Zogok in the Unicorn OVA. If I can finish the other kits on time, then maybe I can attempt to work on this.

GM Sniper (Shadows)
I just like the color scheme of the Shadows version. I already bought the resin kit at the C3 hobby show, so I just need to transplant some HGUC joints to make it posable.

GM Custom (High Mobility)
I bought the RG GP01 kit a long time ago, without having any idea of what to do with it. Now I’m thinking of attaching the GM Custom parts on it to make this High Mobility type, with some modifications.

GM Light Armor
I’ve been meaning to build this one for some time now. I’ll be using the RG RX-78 body as base. The problem is finding a nice looking GM head to go with it.

 

 

So there you have it. That’s my plan for the Year of the GM project. Some of those in the list could be dropped, or new kits could also be added. But I hope to finish at least 12 GM kits by years end. As always comments are welcome.

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