HG Buku

September 20, 2017 at 02:13 | Posted in 1/144 scale | 1 Comment
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Introduction:

I bought the HG Bugu kit in order to use the legs for my Zaku Cannon project. Rather than leaving the Bugu legless, I decided to do a kitbash with Zaku I parts.

Thus, Buku = Bugu x Zaku. For the color scheme, the main inspiration for this build is the old MG kit, Ramba Ral’s Zaku I.

Materials & methods:

I used the Thunderbolt Zaku I head, and attached a commander’s antenna from MS Blade 01 set. Made the eye slit slightly narrower near the middle using some putty.

I removed the ladders on the shoulder armor and replaced the backpack with Char’s Zaku II backpack. Extra thrusters on the top were covered with putty.

The power cables on the torso were removed and the gap in the abdomen was filled with putty.

The legs were from Char’s Zaku I kit. I covered some panel lines on the thighs and calves with basic putty.

For weapons, I bought the HGUC GP02 bazooka and a 1/12 scale resin Lewis machinegun at Yellow Submarine.
For melee weapons, I used the axe from my old HGUC Garma Zabi Zaku II kit. I also made a handheld Zaku shield with spikes.

The torso was painted with Intermediate blue + white, while the limbs & head were painted with a mix of cobalt blue + german gray.
After that it’s decals, light weathering, and flat topcoat.

 

Results:

A closer look at the weapons:

And finally some poses:

Discussion:

The good thing about the HG Bugu kit is that it’s modern kit, making kitbashing a relatively painless process.
There were some worrisome moments, for example when applying the decals. Some waterslide decals in my collection may well be 10 years old, and were prone to tearing.
Also, the ugly gash on the back of the right leg is not a weathering effect, but was the result of some accidental touching before the topcoat layer actually dried.
But overall, it was fun making a hybrid Bugu/Zaku look like Ramba Ral’s Zaku I.

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Zaku Cannon

March 9, 2017 at 21:29 | Posted in 1/144 scale | 3 Comments
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Introduction:

There isn’t a HGUC Zaku Cannon kit released yet; only a MG kit and some old MSV kits. I bought a 1/144 Zaku Cannon resin kit from Yahoo Auctions, but that thing was a brick. I wanted to build something with more articulation. So I decided to combine parts of that resin kit, an old 1/144 MSV kit and several HG parts to make my own version of the Zaku Cannon.
It has been a work in progress for quite some time, and now it’s finally done. Throughout the build, only one thing remained constant: the shoulder cannon. All other parts were the result of trial & error to see what works best.

Materials & methods:

The work in progress page can be read here.

For painting, I went for the color scheme that appeared in the Unicorn OVA. All these were airbrushed.

  • Main body: Brown-grey (Gaianotes)
  • Forearms, feet: Russian green (Mr. Color)
  • Front skirt, knees: German Grey + Propellar color (Mr. Color)
  • Thighs: Light gull grey (Mr. Color)
  • Weapons, backpack: German gray (Mr. Color)
  • Joints: Dark gray 2 (decanted from spray can)

After the paint has dried, it’s the standard course: panel lining, decals, light weathering & flat topcoat.

Results:

The main cannon and side cannons can be folded to the back

And now some action poses:

Discussion:

To be honest, I didn’t really know how this would turn up. During work-in-progress I just focused on each part separately, without doing any test fitting prior to painting. I messed up some of the decals but overall I think the whole thing looks quite alright. The HG Bugu legs don’t look out of place, either.
While it looks fine standing up, I had to be careful when posing it for the photoshoot. The joints were kinda stiff and I was paranoid about breaking something. Also I unintentionally scraped some of the paint off while fiddling with different poses. Fortunately they were small enough for me to disguise them as weathering, simply by drawing over them using my black, fine tip Gundam marker.
According to my initial plan, this build should’ve been the last of my Zeon Remnants Project. But I’m thinking of adding one (or maybe two) more builds to this project. Stay tuned…

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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