GM FSD

October 3, 2018 at 22:06 | Posted in 1/144 scale | Leave a comment
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Introduction:

To be honest, the only reason I considered building the Gundam FSD was because of the Long Range Beam Rifle (LRBR) that came free with the April 2018 copy of Gundam Ace. But I have an aversion to Gundam heads, especially at 1/144 scale.

So I decided to transplant in a GM head instead. After test fitting with other GM parts, I decided on a new build for the Year of the GM project: the GM FSD.

Materials & methods:

Usually for a kitbashing build, I tend to show the work in progress page. But since I’m using parts from the new generation of HG kits, all the joints are compatible with each other; hence no mods needed. It feels like a ‘plug and play’ kind of build. So here’s the parts that I used:

  • Head: I used two different halves for the head. The front half was from the HG GM Sniper Custom kit because I wanted to use the clear red visor. The back half was from the HG GM Guard Custom because I wanted to use the visor scope and antenna.
  • Body, shoulders & backpack: HG Gundam FSD.
  • Arms: HG GM Sniper Custom
  • Legs: HG GM Guard Custom
  • Weapons: Gatlings on the right arm, backpack cannon and folding shield were from the Gundam FSD kit. Plus the LRBR from Gundam Ace. The gatlings on the right arm came with an ammo belt. But it was too rigid so I replaced it with rubber tank tracks which was more flexible.

So here’s what it looks like after snap-fitting:

After priming & preshading, I painted it as follows:

  • Torso & feet: a mix of green, grey, brown and midnight blue.
  • Midriff: Dark gray 1
  • Rest of body: Olive drab + dark green
  • Joints: Mix of light gull gray, german gray, orange-yellow.
  • Weapons & backpack: Various combinations of german gray, gray FS36081 & burnt iron.

After painting, some light weathering was applied, followed by decals and finally flat topcoat.

Results:

Here’s some photos of the weapons. The LRBR is somewhat customizable. The base form looks a bit like a submachine gun and the grip can be moved to the back part. The barrel can be extended using two barrel-covers(?) which can also be attached to the backpack.

And some photos with the weapons:

Discussion:

This was probably the easiest kitbashing I’ve done so far. That’s thanks to the compatible joints and sockets in the latest HG kits. Even though this build was fairly simple, the decals were slightly tricky, especially the various red stripes. I had to cut pieces of red decal strips and arrange them according to the manual. The paintjob wasn’t that accurate as well. I wasn’t able to recreate the dark color of the FSD Gundam; mine was probably a bit too green.
The Gundam FSD kit has a lot of weapons and extras, which I’m saving for future projects. Speaking of which, since this FSD GM is included in the Year of the GM lineup, I might have to drop the GM Light Armor.

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Zeta Gundam Head Display Base

October 28, 2015 at 13:44 | Posted in Other scales | 1 Comment
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I decided to take a break from my Zeon Remnants Project and build something different. I chose the smallest box from my stack of backlogged kits and it turned out to be the Zeta Head Display Base. It was included with the Gundam Ace comic some years back. I put off building it because I couldn’t decide what color scheme to go for. Some color variations like Amuro colors, Red Zeta & Titans colors were considered, but I finally settled for the Grey Zeta color scheme.

Grey Zeta is actually a misnomer, since the color scheme is mostly orange-yellow. I used the MG Grey Zeta (P-Bandai) as a reference, but with some minor changes. On the back of the antenna there are some empty gaps. I could’ve filled them with putty but I felt it wasn’t worth the effort. After priming with dark-grey surfacer, I painted the head as follows:

  • Face, horns: light gull grey
  • Forehead, chest verniers: german grey
  • Inside neck: dark gray (2)
  • Head armor & body: orange-yellow + off white (airbrushed)

For the eyes and head sensor, I attached Hasegawa mirror finish stickers and handpainted clear green and clear blue on them. The stand was left unpainted. What follows is standard procedure: panel-lining, decals & flat topcoat.

This was a relatively simple project; it took me an extended weekend to finish it. Most of it was just masking and waiting for paint to dry. So here’s the final result:

zetahead_19

Sign of the Zeta

November 28, 2012 at 12:19 | Posted in Random rants | Leave a comment
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It has been a while since my last random rant. This time it’s about the Zeta gundam. Unlike previous RG releases, there was a bit more fanfare with the release of the RG Zeta. Probably because it’s the 10th release of the RG line (if you count the Titans & AEUG Mk-II as separate releases).

I decided to buy one since I haven’t really built a proper Zeta kit yet. I did buy the MG Zeta 2.0 a long time ago but I sold it to recover some badly needed funds at the time. The RG Zeta cost 2500 yen at Yodobashi camera, slightly pricier than the standard RG kit; but it’s a fully transformable kit, which may have driven the price up a bit.

And inside the box, there’s an extra booklet which basically shows the concepts and history of the RG line. Here’s the front cover:

I also bought myself a copy of Gundam Ace manga (January 2013 issue) which comes with a 1/48 scale Zeta head display base. It’s looks to be a perfect complement for the RG Zeta. It’s molded in white, so painting is a must. Speaking of painting, I already have a custom color scheme in mind for my RG Zeta.

And for the next (February) issue of Gundam Ace (not actually released in February, but around the end of December), they’ll include a set of decals for the Zeta head, based on this pamphlet included in the RG Zeta kit:

If you look at the top-left corner, you can use the decals for 2 color schemes: standard red-white-blue-yellow and the white Zeta (Amuro’s custom). Although not mentioned specifically, it looks to be the standard peel-and-stick decals. Oh well, I’ll just stick to my water-slide decals. So here ends my Zeta rant and I’m looking forward to building it.

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