HGUC Ground Type Gundam Parachute Pack

May 11, 2020 at 19:27 | Posted in 1/144 scale | Leave a comment
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Introduction:
There have been several RX-79[G] Ground Type Gundam kits released since the 08th MS Team aired, but I’ve never built a ‘proper’ one yet. So to correct that anomaly, I bought the P-Bandai RX-79[G] Parachute Pack which came with plenty of accessories. The plan was to add additional details and some light weathering effects, while keeping the original colors intact (more or less).

Materials & methods:
The work in progress can be found here.
After priming & pre-shading, the parts were painted as follows:
White parts: Gaianotes semi-gloss white + a bit of neutral grey
Chest: Leftover dark blue from the Zaku Mariner
Red parts: Red madder
Verniers: Gaianotes gunmetal
Parachute pack: Olive drab + Russian green; Gray FS36118
Weapons: Gray FS36118

Panel-lining was done using black enamel, followed by decals. Then clear topcoat was sprayed to protect the decals.
For weathering, enamel wash using dark brown + yellow was applied first. Then additional scratch marks & oil streaks were added using enamel paints & a fine brush. On the weapons & torso, dry brushing was applied using enamel silver. Also added a liberal dab of weathering pastel on the feet & shield.
Final step was the flat topcoat layer.

Results:

Although the kit comes with several extra bazookas, I didn’t build them. Pictured here are the ones I made for the GM Head build.

The kit also comes with a spare GM head, but I’m saving that for the GM Sniper build. Instead I used the head from the HGUC GM Ground Type kit.

Discussion:
Compared to the old HGUC kit, this new RX-79[G] has much better proportions. The range of movement is more or less similar to the old kit, but the new one has better torso movement.
In general, seam lines are well hidden, except for the forearms and parachute pack. Speaking of which, the size of the parachute pack can cause some balance problems when attached. But it does look cool, though.
While I much prefer GM heads than Gundam heads, I think in this case the Gundam head looks better than the new GM Ground type head. But the old HGUC GM head head looks better than both of those.
Overall, this is a solid kit with plenty of extras. It’s a shame it’s Premium Bandai only…

HGUC RX-79[G] Para – Work in progress

April 11, 2020 at 20:32 | Posted in Work In Progress | Leave a comment
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This is the Premium Bandai HGUC RX-79[G] Parachute Pack kit. This build mostly involved the addition of detail parts, with a pinch of kitbash.

Body:
I attached some detail parts on the front left side of the chest:

and at the sides of the chest:

Waist:
I added 1.2mm plaplate at the bottom to make it longer.

Hips:
The front skirt armor is from Gundam FSD, and I attached some leftover parts from the System Weapons kit.

At the side skirt, I attached a part from the HGUC GM Striker shoulder.

Shoulders:
I used the shoulders from Gundam FSD. Added some details using M.S.G parts and plaplate.

Hands:
I’m using RG Zeta hands. The RG wrist socket is attached to the HGUC forearms using super glue. The contact point is shown by the red arrow below:

Legs:
I glued some 0.5mm plaplate on the thighs:

And some military plamo parts on the lower legs:

Some plaplate is also attached to the feet:

Weapons:
The kit already comes with plenty of weapons shown below:

I modified the beam rifle by shortening the barrel, cutting off the front handle, and replacing the grip.

Backpack:
The kit comes with the standard box-type backpack, and the parachute pack. To facilitate painting, I cut off some pegs on the backpack body so that the parachute container can be slotted in.

So that’s about it. I’ll stick to the original color scheme and just add a bit of light weathering effects.

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.

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