RG Zeta Gundam

May 28, 2013 at 12:13 | Posted in 1/144 scale | 2 Comments
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Introduction:

Seeing as how I have a strong aversion towards the white-blue-red-yellow color scheme of Gundam protagonist mobile suits, the plan for my RG Zeta kit was simple: custom paint it. I thought the Zeta gundam would look nicer as a villain mobile suit, so I decided to give it a Titans color scheme.

Materials & Methods:

During building, I assembled parts which make up the inner frame and kept the armor parts separate. I decided not to paint the inner frame and some of the red parts. For the rest, I sprayed dark gray primer on the entire surface so that the original color of the plastic would not be visible. For the limbs & head, I sprayed Navy Blue (Tamiya) while the chest was painted with German Gray. For the edges of the wings, I painted them with yellow-orange while the red thrusters were painted with silver. Panel lines were done using desert brown enamel paint.

I took my time with the decals, finding the ones which would match the color scheme. Although most of the decals I used were white, I added some yellow ones to liven up the somewhat dreary paint job. I didn’t apply any weathering on this kit, other than some dry brushing. When all is done, I sprayed a layer of flat topcoat and then made the final assembly.

Results:

Discussion:

In terms of building and painting, it felt as straightforward and routine as it can get. Because I applied the decals on each parts separately, I didn’t realize some of the decals would not be so visible until after the final assembly. Also, I noticed the decals I bought from Samuel decal tend to produce more silvering. Whether that’s down to the decal or my own technique is still unclear.

As for the kit, the proportions and level of details are what you would expect from and RG kit. This RG Zeta is fully transformable; no part-swapping required. That said, transforming it into wave-rider mode and back was a little nerve-wracking, having read about fragile and broken parts during transformation on the internet. Thankfully mine survived the transformation process unscathed, although some white stress marks can be seen on some of the joints. Because of the transformation gimmick, the kit as a whole feels less sturdy, especially at the hips and groin.

Overall, I like the proportions, details & parts separation (makes for easy painting) of this RG Zeta. But because of the full transformation feature, it feels a bit fragile and less posable. And finally I’d say that this Zeta looks a lot more sinister with the Titans paintjob, although it does remind me of a Decepticon a little bit…

Gunpla Expo Japan 2012

December 1, 2012 at 00:41 | Posted in Events | Leave a comment
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“Fun to build Gunpla..” That’s the message that was flashing as I approached Akiba Square for the Gunpla Expo. It’s actually my first time to visit a Gunpla expo and there was quite a queue to get into the exhibition hall. Thankfully entry was free of charge. Here’s what the entrance looked like:

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Inside I was greeted with staff who handed out 1/144 scale beam effects parts in clear blue, for free. The first section of the expo was a display of  the upcoming MG and HG kits, followed by a RG section. The last section just before the exit was for entries for the Gunpla Builders World Cup.

For the RG section, the focus was obviously on the RG Zeta (which I bought at nearby Yodobashi camera just after the expo).  Although no prototype was on display yet, the next RG kit has been announced, and it’s a Destiny Gundam. I’ll pass. On the wall was a poster showing the next possible RG kits they were testing: Z’gok, Gouf, GM and Ground-type Gundam. I really hope the next RG after Destiny will be the Gouf. Also on display were various kits that were built using the RG frame, e.g. Buster Gundam, Zaku I, Red Zeta etc.

For the MG section, the main attraction was the MG Nu Gundam ver Ka. And the final ‘secret’ that was nt revealed during the hobby show earlier was the green psychoframe. Apparently the armor can be shifted a bit to reveal the green psychframe, ala Unicorn gundam. And if you think 6 fin funnels are not enough, you can buy another 6 from Bandai’s online hobby shop. Four upcoming MG releases will be from Gundam Uncorn: Sinanju Stein, ReZel Type-C, Banshee (Titanium fninish ver) and the Jesta. Apart from that, the MG Aile Strike Gundam will also be re-released as a remastered version. Probably it will use the inner frame of the latest SEED MG kits. And from Gundam Wing, there’s the MG Tallgeeese I, displayed in full color.

The upcoming HGUC releases are also dominated by Unicorn Gundam models, namely the Byarlant custom, Delta Kai, Rozen Zulu and the Jesta Cannon. I’m definitely getting the Jesta Cannon, even though I’m certain they will release a MG version of it in the near future. Other interesting stuff include the HGUC Zaku II MS06-R Black Tristars and also a HGUC Ez-8. From the SEED series, there will be a HG Astray Blue Frame 2nd L, and a Perfect Strike (a strike gundam with the Aile, Sword, Launcher packs plus extra batteries).

The last section was entries for the Gunpla Builders World Cup. There were truly amazing works on display there. Some of my favorites are the Gyan, Ball and The-O.

There were also some other stuff at the expo, including gunpla built (or maybe endorsed) by some Japanese celebrities. There’s also AGE stuff too, but I didn’t bother taking their photos. On sale were some Expo-exclusive items, which include HGUC Unicory Destroy mode (green psychoframe), RG Freedom (extra finish ver), HG AGE-3 glossy ver, RG Zaku II Realtype colors. None of them interest me, though.

So that’s all the photos I took during the expo. I find that it was more interesting than any of the other hobby shows I went to before. Maybe I should go more often. Anyway, hope you’ve enjoyed the pics.

Sign of the Zeta

November 28, 2012 at 12:19 | Posted in Random rants | Leave a comment
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It has been a while since my last random rant. This time it’s about the Zeta gundam. Unlike previous RG releases, there was a bit more fanfare with the release of the RG Zeta. Probably because it’s the 10th release of the RG line (if you count the Titans & AEUG Mk-II as separate releases).

I decided to buy one since I haven’t really built a proper Zeta kit yet. I did buy the MG Zeta 2.0 a long time ago but I sold it to recover some badly needed funds at the time. The RG Zeta cost 2500 yen at Yodobashi camera, slightly pricier than the standard RG kit; but it’s a fully transformable kit, which may have driven the price up a bit.

And inside the box, there’s an extra booklet which basically shows the concepts and history of the RG line. Here’s the front cover:

I also bought myself a copy of Gundam Ace manga (January 2013 issue) which comes with a 1/48 scale Zeta head display base. It’s looks to be a perfect complement for the RG Zeta. It’s molded in white, so painting is a must. Speaking of painting, I already have a custom color scheme in mind for my RG Zeta.

And for the next (February) issue of Gundam Ace (not actually released in February, but around the end of December), they’ll include a set of decals for the Zeta head, based on this pamphlet included in the RG Zeta kit:

If you look at the top-left corner, you can use the decals for 2 color schemes: standard red-white-blue-yellow and the white Zeta (Amuro’s custom). Although not mentioned specifically, it looks to be the standard peel-and-stick decals. Oh well, I’ll just stick to my water-slide decals. So here ends my Zeta rant and I’m looking forward to building it.

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