2016 report card

December 23, 2016 at 16:31 | Posted in Random rants | 4 Comments
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As 2016 rolls to an end, I decided to take a look back at the kits I’ve completed this year. 2016 started with a Zeon Remnant kit, the Zaku Desert, and finished with another, the Galluss K.

In between, I completed a couple of GMs & Grazes, a Ball, a Gouf and an Efreet. That’s 9 kits in total, meaning my build rate is one kit per 1.333 months or 0.75 kits per month. At that rate, and assuming I don’t buy any additional kits (highly unlikely), it would take 5.5 years to complete my current backlog. Just realizing the fact that I have approximately 50 unbuilt kits makes me ponder…

But anyway, here’s all that I built this year. I didn’t include the various Little Armory kits, though.

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The Graze kits are the only non-UC kits I’ve built this year, and they’ve been quite a fun little package.

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The two GM kits I built (GM III and Semi Striker) were featured in the Unicorn OVA, and it’s a prelude to more EFSF builds based on that series. The Thunderbolt Ball will also be supplemented with a pair of Balls in the near future.

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I finished 4 Zeon kits this year, 3 of which are part of my Zeon Remnants Project.

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Speaking of which, I’m adding a final addition to the project: the Juaggu. Despite stating at the start of the project that I’m not into unconventional Zeonic designs, I just wanted to finish this Zeon Remnants Project with something quite different.

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So here’s to a more productive 2017. Cheers.

HGUC Gouf – Work in progress

September 3, 2016 at 01:48 | Posted in Work In Progress | Leave a comment
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I happen to have some Gouf spare parts lying around. Instead of throwing them away, I decided to buy more spare parts and build a proper Gouf. For this project I will be using parts from three kits: HGBF Gouf R35, HG Prototype Gouf, and HGUC Gouf Revive.

Head: I’ll be using the Gouf R35 head, because the other two’s heads look too goofy. I wanted a fancier-looking antenna, so I attached one from MS Blade.

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Instead of the sticker monoeye, I drilled a hole and attached a clear, pink lens.

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Body: I used the Gouf Revive body for this, with no modification. Well, except for the power cables that run from the crotch to the backpack. I didn’t like the empty gaps on the bended areas, so I cut them off and replaced them with the soft, bendy cables from MSG. To connect them to the original cables, I just used a wider diameter pipe and super-glued them together.

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Arms: I used the shoulders and biceps from the Prototype Gouf. The shoulder spikes looked a bit blunt, so I replaced the smaller ones with MSG Spikes. For the bigger, curved spike, I cut off a small bit from the tip. Then I attached a small piece of 1.2mm plaplate. After the glue has dried, I carefully sanded off the extra plastic until the tip is pointy.

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The forearms were from the Gouf R35. On the forearm attachment, I removed the ‘thumb’ parts and covered the gaps with putty.

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Legs: I used the Gouf Revive legs as they were, with no modifications. I simply added some panel lines on the thighs.

Weapons: For melee weapons, I purchased a pair of swords from the HG Dynames Arms Arms kit. I wanted to mount them on the backpack, so I put together some random joints to act as connecting pegs.

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The original Gouf never had a rifle, so I decided to make one. Not from scratch of course, I’m not that skilled enough to do so. Instead I used the GM 100mm machine gun as base. I replaced the barrel with a spare runner, attached to a MS Lens holder. I also replaced the side grip with a cylindrical one. I used a shorter wire stock left over from my MSV Desert Zaku kit.

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For the color scheme, I will go for the Gouf Prototype Sand Color theme. Something like this:

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