Tags: Perfect Strike, RG Sky Grasper, RG Strike Gundam, Sword Strike Gundam
The RG Strike is back, but with a new weapons pack! This time it’s the Sword Strike pack. Unlike the Launcher pack which was hijacked from the FG 1/144 kit, this Sword pack was from RG Sky Grasper. I didn’t buy the whole kit; instead I purchased only the sword pack from Yellow Submarine in Akihabara. They have a good selection of gunpla spare parts, although it depends on luck whether the parts you’re looking for are actually available.
Materials & methods:
The Sword pack was sold in a plastic bag with all parts still attached to the runners. Obviously no instruction manual was included but it’s not much of a problem thanks to the internet. Because it’s made specifically for the RG Strike kit, no modification was necessary this time.
I decided to stick with the blue color scheme for the Sword pack, but substituted the baby blue with Navy blue. The tip of the sword and clamp was sprayed with silver paint while the handle and other internals were painted with german gray. And it wouldn’t be complete without some waterslide decals and a layer of flat topcoat.
Although initially I didn’t have any plans to make a Sword strike, later on I thought I might as well complete the set when I saw the parts in the Yellow Submarine shop. The Sword pack included the sword, backpack, shoulder unit with a beam boomerang and a clamp unit on the arm. It is indeed very detailed and parts separation is very good, making the painting step a breeze.
Obviously this Sword pack didn’t require as much work as my Launcher pack, but it was still fun and satisfying nonetheless. The only pain came when I tried to photograph it with all the strike packs, ala Perfect Strike. It was kinda difficult to get good poses, especially when holding the Launcher cannon.
And that’s it for the 3 strike packs (Aile, Sword & Launcher). That said, there might be room for another backpack in the future…
Tags: Grand Slam, Hobby Japan, Launcher Strike Gundam, Real Grade, RG Strike Gundam, Sword Strike Gundam
Okay, so I didn’t really build a new RG Strike. I just attached the Launcher Strike pack from the FG 1/144 kit to my existing RG Aile Strike Gundam. I got the idea from a Hobby Show and some pics from a hobby magazine. This was before Bandai released the RG Skygrasper with Launcher and Sword packs.
After finishing building my RG Strike, I actually lost interest in the project and went on to finish 3 other HGUC kits. Then just recently Hobby Japan released some goodies with its April issue. This included a 1/144 scale Grand Slam sword, previously only available with the PG Strike. That finally spurred me on to finish my Launcher/Sword Strike project.
Materials & Methods
The Launcher pack consists of 3 parts: the launcher cannon, backpack and shoulder-mounted weapon pod.
The weapon pod can be attached to the right shoulder of the RG Strike with no modifications but its a bit loose. I added some extra details using pla-plate and various M.S.G parts:
The backpack requires some modification: round peg (backpack) won’t fit a square hole (Strike). So I cut off the round peg from the launcher backpack and constructed a square peg from pla-plate to fit the Strike body. The square peg is then attached to the backpack using Tamiya epoxy putty. Looks ugly from the inside, but it won’t be visible anyways so I don’t care. I also attached a cylindrical tank to the right side of the backpack.
For the launcher cannon, I shifted the position of the left-hand grip backwards a little bit so that the cannon would extend out a little bit more, making it look longer. The right-hand grip was replaced with the gattling gun grip from System Weapons 001. I covered the resulting holes and gaps with some pla-plate and putty. I also removed the square sensor on top of the cannon and replaced it with a round sensor/scope from System Weapons 002.
The Grand Slam sword was assembled as it is. I only removed some bit of plastic at the tip to make it pointy and sharp. That’s it for structural modifications.
For painting, I used German Gray for the backpack and dark green for the cannon and shoulder weapon pod. Then I applied some panel lines using dark brown + yellow enamel paints and some silver dry-brushing and paint chipping effects. After applying some decals I finally finished it off with a layer of flat topcoat.
For a relatively “simple” project, I actually am quite pleased with the end product. I actually spent some time imagining (mostly daydreaming during meetings) and thinking of ways to improve the overall look of the launcher weapon set, and to successfully transfer ideas to tangible results was really satisfying. Okay, enough with the self praise. I hope the materials & methods section would be useful to those of you who would like to modify your own FG Launcher Strike kit instead of buying the RG Skygrasper set.
Tags: Bearguy, Dra-C, Full Armor Unicorn, Gundam AGE, gundam seed, Gundam Unicorn, gundam wing, Gunpla Builders, HGUC, MG Heavyarms, MG Sandrock, MG Unicorn, RG Freedom, RG Strike Gundam, Strike Rogue, Zee Zulu
I should’ve posted this sooner, but there were other things that require attention. Anyway, after missing the last two, I decided to pay this year’s hobby show a visit. FYI, you can get a 300yen discount on the entry ticket by printing a coupon from the hobby show website. I’ll start off with some Gunpla stuff and in the next post I’ll put up a gallery of other stuff from the show.
So to kick things off, here’s some pics of Bandai’s latest Gundam anime, Gundam AGE. From what I’ve seen so far (the anime & gunpla), I’m definitely not interested. But for those of you who are, there’s plenty of AGE gunpla for you:
The above are the HG releases, but it didn’t take too long for them to release a 1/48 mega size scale:
Here’s some stuff from the Gunpla Builder’s section, some of which were published in Hobby Japan magazine:
And here’s some Limited edition stuff on sale for the Gunpla Expo in Akihabara. Too bad I couldn’t attend it. From what I saw there’s a RG Strike Rogue, a pink Bearguy, clear RG RX-78 & Exia, a shiny AGE and PG RX-78. Hmm, not so interesting…
But here’s something I might look forward to: weapons set in 1/144 scale. Currently there’s the gattling guns for the Unicorn & some Zaku machine guns. Also, a fancy display base will also be on sale soon. It seems to fit 1/144 scale models, but it can expand to accomodate the smaller MGs (Wing series, Crossbone).
Next is the Gundam Unicorn section. From the HGUC series, there’s the Zee Zulu and Dra-C, and you can see them in action on Vol.4 of Gundam Unicorn. Hopefully Bandai will release a remake of the Kapool. There’s also clear versions of the Sinanju and Ksatriya, but I’m not sure if they’re limited items or not.
Then there’s the MG Full Armor Unicorn. The amount of weapons attached is bordering on the ridiculous. For sure assembling all of them will keep you occupied for quite some time.
Moving on to the Gundam SEED section, where there’s been a sort of a revival. The first few SEED Gundams (Strike, Aegis, Buster, Duel, Blitz) will be re-released with some minor changes: 1) The box art will be different; 2) an adapter peg for the Bandai Action Base will be included; 3) the color of the plastic will be slightly different; 4) marking stickers will be attached.
But the main attraction is undoubtedly the RG Freedom. If I didn’t already have a MG Freedom, I would have bought this RG version. I’ll probably skip this one and wait what’s next on the RG production line. A Zeta perhaps?
Here’s some B-club releases: Turn-X, Nemo & Gelgoog
And finally here’s some pics from the Gundam Wing section. Headline news is the already released MG Sandrock, which looks cool. Might get one in the future. But my main interest is in the upcoming MG Heavyarms. I already have the HG 1/100 from the Endless Waltz OVA, but I’m definitely getting this MG version. What’s next on the line? A MG Tallgeese perhaps?
And there you have it. All the Gunpla-related items from the 51st All Japan Model & Hobby Show. I’ll follow it up with photos from other exhibits in my next post.