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…

HGUC Desert Zaku

April 17, 2016 at 01:02 | Posted in 1/144 scale | Leave a comment
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Introduction:

The Desert Zaku was not in my initial plan for the Zeon Remnants Project (ZRP), but I included it anyway because I was going nowhere with the other kits in that list. I wanted to do something simple before I get too mired in my gunpla rut.

So for this project, I’m using the HGUC Zaku II F2 as base and incorporate parts from other kits to make something that resembles the Desert Zaku.

Materials & methods:

Read the work-in-progress here.

For painting, I decided to stick to the original color scheme. I mixed my own paint as follows:

  • Shoulders: ~60% green + ~20% Russian green (2) + ~20% german gray
  • Torso & lower legs: Propeller color (Mr Color 131)
  • Arms & thighs: Brown (Gaianotes 207) + a few drops of Smoke gray
  • Bazooka: Yellow brown (Gaianotes 205). Airbrushed camo patterns directly using the above dark green mixture

After the paint has dried, I applied some decals, sealed them with gloss topcoat, and then applied my standard weathering treatment:  enamel wash (red brown + yellow), paint chipping, dry brushing, and some weathering pastel around the feet. Finally it’s the mandatory flat topcoat.

Results:

HGUC Desert Zaku

Now some photos of the weapons:

And finally some action poses:

 

Discussion:

After a few months break, the Zeon Remnants Project is now back on track. Although I named this one the Desert Zaku, the only thing that’s accurate is my color scheme. It is still essentially a Zaku II F2 with Hizack & Zaku Desert Type parts attached to it. I didn’t modify the proportions or articulation this time since I don’t want to further complicate this project.

Actually my favourite part of this build is the weapons. It was really satisfying to modify the Zaku 90mm machinegun into the quintessential Nazi weapon, the MP40. Although not 100% accurate, I think I managed to retain the spirit of it. As for the bazooka, it was my first attempt at drawing camo patterns directly using the airbrush. If you look at it closely, you’ll notice some paint sputtering. Definitely needs more practice.

With this one complete, I hope I can return to my remaining Zeon remnant builds and finish them up. If I’m stuck again, I just might add another new kit to the ZRP list…

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