GM/GM Cold District Type

August 27, 2018 at 21:38 | Posted in 1/144 scale | Leave a comment
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Introduction:
I had fun modifying the HGBF GM/GM kit and decided to do it again. This time I decided to build the GM Cold District Type, despite it being portrayed as a bunch of jobbers in the 0080 OVA. Like the GM/GM Command build, I’ll be kitbashing with various HGUC parts.

Materials & methods:
The work in progress page is here.
Painting was relatively straight forward:
Chest, feet: Gray FS36118
Waist, backpack: Midnight blue
Shield, various red bits: Red + a bit of Gray FS36118
Joints: Gray FS36081
The rest: MS White
This time I went for the weathered look, so I applied some enamel wash, dry brushing, and paint chipping effects. The numeric decals on the shield were also scratched and dabbed with weathering pastel to add to the effect. Then like always it’s finished with a flat topcoat spray.

Results:

Some action poses and group photos:

Discussion:
I can only summarize this build as ‘everything going to plan’. I don’t think I encountered any problems during this build, and painting was a breeze too.
Posing this kit for photography was also fun, and that’s due to the flexibility and articulation of the GM/GM kit.
So this is the 8th kit for my Year of the GM project, and if everything goes to plan, I’m on course to finish this year with 12 GM kits. On a side note, my shelf is starting to get a bit crowded…

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GM/GM Cold Districts – Work in progress

August 21, 2018 at 21:00 | Posted in Work In Progress | Leave a comment
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So impressed was I with the GM/GM kit, that I purchased another one. But this time I wanted to make a GM Cold District out of it. To differentiate it from the GM/GM Command, I made different types of modifications for this project.

Head:
The original HGUC GM Cold District head was used. The antenna was from MS Blade 01.

Body:
Instead of transplanting the chest vents from the HGUC kit, I modified the GM/GM chest vents using some plaplate.

I used the HGUC crotch piece, but reduced the height slightly by cutting & pasting. The front skirt armor was from the HGUC kit.

Backpack:
I used the HGUC GM Colony type backpack.

To attach it to the GM/GM body, I first removed extra plastic from the inside of the backpack. Then I inserted two pieces of extra runner to the GM/GM body, and stuck some epoxy putty on top. The backpack was put in position and left for a while until the putty hardens.

Arms:
The shoulder armor was from the GM Guard Custom kit.

The original GM/GM arms were used, but I plugged the additional holes with epoxy putty.

Legs:
Holes on the GM/GM legs were filled with epoxy putty.

Some pla plate was attached to the shins.

Accessories:
I had an extra shield from the RG RX-78 kit, but I replaced the yellow cross with plaplate.

For the weapon, I decided to recreate the type-100 submachine gun. I used the GM/GM weapons set as base, and the barrel was from the SEED HG Slaughter kit. I drilled holes on the barrel and inserted a tube inside.

For the color scheme, I’ll stick to the original.

HGBF GM/GM Command

June 13, 2018 at 21:36 | Posted in 1/144 scale | 2 Comments
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Introduction:
I bought the HGBF GM/GM kit after looking at some convincing reviews. The HGUC GM line sorely needs to evolve, and the GM/GM appears to be a step in the right direction.
The kit comes with 3 different heads: one was used for my GIMM, and I’m using the GM Command head lookalike one for this build. To complete the overall theme, I added parts from the old HGUC GM Command kit.

Materials:
Work in progress page is here.
Painting was relatively simple: red and white. For the white parts, I used Off-white straight. The red parts were red plus a bit of german grey. Only the beam gun required some masking.
Prior to painting, all parts were coated with grey surfacer, followed by pre-shading lines using german gray.
I decided not to weather it this time, just some black pastel smudges near the leg vents.
The rest is just standard S.O.P: decals, panel lines and flat topcoat.

Results:

Discussion:
I’m really impressed with the GM/GM kit. The proportions have a slender and sleek look to it, and the articulation is great. The upper chest can even pop forward, revealing some internal details.
You might notice some of the poses are similar to the ones from P-Bandai’s MG GM Command page. It was partly due to my laziness, but also I thought it might be interesting to recreate those poses.
Anyway, I quite enjoyed this build, and I might even consider making other GM variants using the GM/GM as base.

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