HGUC Galluss K – Work in progress

December 11, 2016 at 17:57 | Posted in Work In Progress | 4 Comments
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The initial plan for this Galluss-K project is to kitbash the HGUC Schuzrum Galluss with an older HG 1/144 Gallus-J kit. That plan changed when I bought a Galluss-K resin kit conversion at the C3 hobby show. You’d think that this will then be a straight-forward job, but it turned out not to be the case. Now let’s get started:

Head:
From the figure below, I had three heads to choose from. I couldn’t decide between the Galluss J or K heads, so I kept both.

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I had to remove some excess plastic from the Galluss-J head to accommodate the internal parts from the Schuzrum Galluss head.

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I trimmed off the original monoeye from the Schuzrum Galluss part and attached a round plate. Onto that I will attach a clear pink lens from Wave.

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Arms:
The shoulder armor is from the resin kit, but I replaced the spikes with the ones from Kotobukiya MSG.

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The arms are from the HGUC kit, but I had to remove the ‘sleeves’. I simply covered that part with putty and sanded it out.

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Body:
The backpack consists of several huge chunks of resin. The resin kit didn’t come with any verniers, but fortunately I had plenty of spares lying around.

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Another problem is that the original polycap joints in the HGUC body might not be able to support the backpack weight, leading to some balance issues. Therefore I decided to use the sturdier double ball joints from Hobby Base. I attached it to the upper body with some epoxy putty.

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To connect the double joint to the hips, I attached a small pipe wrapped in epoxy putty to where the original polycap was. That way the body can still swivel sideways.

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I had to trim some of the HGUC groin parts to accommodate the new resin part.

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Likewise for the back part. In this case I had to remove a large chunk of the back skirt armor in order to attach the resin part.

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Legs:
The thighs are from the HGUC kit, but I attached some plaplate to hide the joint that connects the leg to the body.

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I had to cut off the HGUC knee from the shin armor and attach the resin knee to the HGUC shin armor.

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The rest of the leg is just attaching resin parts to the HGUC legs.

 

Weapons:
The resin kit comes with a shoulder mounted cannon and two forearm mounted cannons. I decided not to use the resin shoulder cannon and instead used the rifle from the HG Jahanam kit, with some modifications of course. First I cut off the rounded muzzle and replaced it with a rectangular vent. Then I cut off the grip and replaced it with a joint from Kotobukiya MSG.

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In addition to the above mods, I had to perform extra work on the resin parts. First, I soaked them in soapy water followed by a light scrub to remove any excess chemicals on the surface. As I was test fitting, I noticed some surfaces of the resin were uneven. I remedied it using some basic putty and lots of sanding. I didn’t want any resin powder flying around in my room so I did wet sanding instead.
To bind the resin pieces together, super glue is often adequate. But to reinforce the binding, I inserted a metal rod or pin on one half of a resin part. That metal pin is then inserted into a hole I drilled on the other half.

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So here’s what it looked like before painting:

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For reference, here’s what was on display when I bought the resin kit.

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Efreet Schneid

December 6, 2016 at 19:57 | Posted in 1/144 scale | Leave a comment
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Introduction:

It’s been a while since I last finished a kit for the Zeon Remnants Project. As the clock winds down on 2016, I was finally able to complete another one.
I took some artistic liberties and built something that resembles an Efreet Schneid using parts from an Efreet Nacht resin kit, a HG Gouf R35 and HGUC Gouf Custom kits.

Materials & methods:

The work in progress page can be found here.

I decided to stay true to the Efreet Schneid color scheme. Major colors are two shades of purple, some grey, with some white and orange parts. I didn’t exactly measure the paint ratio, but it’s roughly like this:

  • Deep purple: 25% red + 25% blue + 25% MS Purple (Gundam color) + 25% german gray
  • Light purple: 25% red + 25% blue + 50% MS Purple
  • Grey: Light gull gray
  • Orange: 90% Orange-yellow + 10% red
  • Weapons are painted with my own blend of gray.

After the paint has dried, I followed it up with the typical steps: decals, light weathering & flat topcoat.

Results:

Although not in my initial plan, I thought I might as well paint the spiky shoulders from the Efreet Nacht kit.

Some poses with the weapons:

Efreet Schneid bazooka

Efreet Schneid beam axe

And finally this is my attempt at recreating some scenes from Episode 4 of the Unicorn OVA.
GM II Semi Striker heat daggerEfreet Schneid vs GM II Semi StrikerEfreet Schneid vs GM II Semi Striker

Discussion:

This build involved a lot of trial and error, almost to the point where I almost gave up on it. The big challenge was combining resin parts with plastic HG parts. In the end, I only used the resin parts for the torso and head.

And as you can see from some closeup photos, the quality of the resin kit wasn’t that good. Other complaints are the front skirt armor. Like my previous HGUC Gouf revive, they tend to pop out when the thigh is moved forwards.

Another thing I noticed was actual paint chipping. Not the weathering effect, but the real thing where the original blue plastic or white resin became exposed. Not sure of the cause, but I just painted over it with black gundam marker.

Despite the imperfections, I’m rather pleased with the outcome. Now that this is finished, I have a few more kits left to go before I can conclude the Zeon Remnants Project.

Efreet Schneid – Work in progress

October 27, 2016 at 22:35 | Posted in Work In Progress | Leave a comment
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Kept you waiting, huh..

After months of being in a state of disregard, I finally decided to focus my attention on the the Efreet Schneid. My initial plan for this build is to merge an Efreet Nacht resin kit with some existing HG Gouf kits. I changed my mind many times as I tried to mix and match parts to see which combination works. That has led to some delay to my Zeon Remnants Project but I eventually settled on the final look. Rather than keeping to the original Efreet Schneid design, I aimed for this look instead, minus the spiky shoulders.

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Head: I’m using the resin kit for the head. Unfortunately I broke the commander horn, but I replaced it with a spare one from a HGUC Zaku kit.

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To connect the head to the body, I attached a small pipe at the neck so that the head can swivel sideways.

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Body: I experimented with different chests: Gouf chest, and then a HiZack chest. I was not satisfied with either of them, so I decided to use the resin kit chest. Problem was, how to attach the arms, head and waist to the chest? I solved it by drilling holes in the resin chest and attaching various ball joint sockets for the arms, head and waist.

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I used the midriff from my Gouf R35 kit, but I had to modify it to accommodate the resin chest. Parts were trimmed off, and gaps were filled with either plaplate or putty.

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The backpack from the resin kit was used as it is, except for the additional pipe to accommodate the power cables from the abdomen.

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The hips were from the Gouf R35 kit. I attached a square vent at the groin.

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Arms: I initially wanted to use the Efreet Nacht shoulders + Gouf R35 arms, but I had problems attaching them together. So I scrapped that idea and used Gouf Custom shoulders and arms instead. I removed the spikes from the shoulders and will replace them with flat, round plates.
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I removed the bulge on the right forearm that accommodates the Gouf whip. The resulting gap was filled with putty.

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Legs: This was another part that got me stuck. I used the thighs and knee joints from the Gouf Custom; that’s no problem. I wanted to use the lower legs from the resin kit, but there’s no gap for me to attach the knee joints. So I abandoned them and just used the Gouf Custom lower legs. I did however attach some 0.5mm plaplate on the lower shins.

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And also some square vents at the feet:

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Weapons: I purchased a Giant Bazooka from the Johnny Riden Zaku kit at Yellow Submarine. For melee weapons, I used some daggers that came with the resin kit.
In addition, I used the giant beam axe from System Weapons 007. But the pole was too long, so I cut off some of it and reattached them with a pipe.

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Painting: No custom color scheme this time; I’ll be using the original Efreet Schneid color scheme, in all its purple glory.

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