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.

HG Thunderbolt GM

July 5, 2018 at 22:07 | Posted in 1/144 scale | 1 Comment
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Introduction:

I was reluctant to buy the HGTB Thunderbolt GM kit even though the design looks quite interesting. Some aspects like the head, wrinkly joints, excessive thrusters and astronaut backpack didn’t sit well with me.
As I accumulated more and more spare parts from the Year of the GM project, I decided to build a Thunderbolt GM, but with a Universal Century feel to it.

Materials & methods:

Work in progress is here. As usual, all parts were primed with grey surfacer. Then pre-shading lines were added using german grey.

Paint used was predominantly MS White. The exceptions were the chest, shoulders and feet.
For those parts, I used the recommended color as written on the manual, which was a mix of grey:blue:green. The shoulders and chest required a darker hue, so a bit of midnight blue was added to the above mixture. The yellow bits around the waist, neck and shields were painted with orange-yellow + white. Joints were painted with Dark gray (2) and the weapons with german gray.

Moderate weathering effects were applied using enamel wash. The black enamel paint was thinned more than usual and was only applied to certain parts of the model. Paint scratch effects were also applied using enamel german gray and a paint brush. Some large decals (e.g. on the shield) were lightly scratched using a hobby blade. Finally a flat topcoat layer was applied.

Results:

Discussion:
A lot of trial and error was involved in this build. Even after finalizing the parts, I wasn’t sure how it’ll turn out. The round shoulder joint might look out of place with the squarish shape of other parts, and the arms may be a bit too long.
But overall, I feel that this build captures the essence of the Thunderbolt GM, even without the distinctive parts like the wrinkly joints et cetera. Getting the color scheme spot on and making fully articulate manipulator arms on the backpack was probably the most satisfying part of this build for me.

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