C3AFA Tokyo 2017 Part II

September 5, 2017 at 20:53 | Posted in Events | Leave a comment
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So here’s the rest of the photos I took during the C3 AFA inTokyo. Nothing much to write about here, but I notice there’s a lot of thicc figures this time. Anyway enjoy the pics

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C3AFA Tokyo 2017 Part I

September 4, 2017 at 22:21 | Posted in Events | Leave a comment
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I arrived at Makuhari Messe on a Sunday morning for the C3AFA hobby show, and was greeted with a long queue. No doubt most of them (and myself included) were headed to the Marketplace to buy resin kits.
Some of the kits were the same as last year’s, but there’s also plenty of new ones. As expected, the popular kits were the first to be sold out, so I took my time browsing at the leftovers.

I eventually purchased these two bricks: 1/144 HiZack Vanargand and a 1/100 Jegan.

After that I went to have a look at other exhibits, starting with the Bandai section. There’s several new HG kits, including a Zaku Half Cannon, Kycilia’s Zaku I, and Blue Destiny Unit 2. The next RG kit is Johnny Ridden’s Zaku. On the MG side, there’s the upcoming ZZ ver.Ka and the GM Sniper Custom. The frame looks like the RX-78 ver.2 and follows the old-school MSV look. And then there’s several P-Bandai stuff like the MG Hazel, MG GM Command and MG Sandrock Custom.

There wasn’t too many interesting gunpla-related stuff, other than the Hobby Japan section. There’s some really nice custom builds, including the Thunderbolt version Acguy.

I took plenty of non-gunpla photos, but to prevent overloading this post with pics, I’ll upload them in the follow-up post.

HGUC Galluss K

December 18, 2016 at 00:13 | Posted in 1/144 scale | Leave a comment
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Introduction:

Two types of Gallusses appeared in the Unicorn OVA: the Galluss K and Schuzrum Galluss. I’m more interested in the Galluss K, but unfortunately there’s no HGUC kit of it. However, there is an old 1/144 scale Galluss J kit that looks a bit similar to the Galluss K. I initially planned to kitbash the Galluss J and HGUC Schuzrum Galluss kits, but later on I bought a Galluss K resin conversion kit at the C3 Chara-Hobby show.

Materials & Methods:

The resin conversion kit requires a HGUC Schuzrum Galluss kit. You can read about the building process here.

Later on, I decided to add some bits of plaplate at the shins, chest and leg verniers for added detail. I also used the large hands from Jigen Build Knuckles (round).

All parts were primed with Gaianotes Evospray Dark gray surfacer. I would have liked to tell you the paint ratios that I used for airbrushing, but I mixed a lot of paints that day and I forgot how I got the colors. That or the thinner fumes destroyed some of my neurons resulting in brief memory loss.

Anyway, after painting’s done, I applied an enamel wash using yellow + dark brown enamel paints. Then I added further weathering effects in the form of paint chipping using black + german gray enamels. Then I applied some decals and finished it with flat topcoat.

Results:

HGUC Galluss K

There’s actually not too many action poses I can make with it

And finally here’s some size comparisons. The Galluss K definitely belongs to the heavyweight class of mobile suits. It towers above the standard Zaku/Gouf units and is similar in height to my Zee Zulu and Dom Tropen.

Zee Zulu, Galluss K, DomTropen Efreet Schneid, Galluss K, Desert Zaku

Discussion:

Despite the huge cost, I have no regrets purchasing this Galluss K resin conversion kit. The fitting is almost perfect and there’s no obvious gaps between parts. The only downside is that some parts have uneven surfaces.

Design-wise, it’s pretty basic. There’s no added details and it’s mostly large smooth surfaces. The only part that bothers me is the large chunk of resin behind the knees. They restrict movement to just a slight knee bend, reducing the number of dynamic poses I can make with it. The weight of the backpack would probably hinder dynamic posing anyway.

Speaking of weight, this is one of the heaviest 1/144 kits I have ever built, weighing in at 141 grams. For reference, a typical plastic HGUC kit is approximately 50 grams. Despite its weight, the joints feel father solid. I just hope the ankle joints can hold out.

So now that this is done with, the conclusion to my Zeon Remnants Project is getting ever closer…

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