HGAC Leo

June 14, 2019 at 23:12 | Posted in 1/144 scale | 1 Comment
Tags: , , , ,

Introduction:

This is the plain HGAC Leo kit, with no backpacks or add-ons. I initially wanted to attach Overflag wings on the back, but later I switched to the tilt rotor backpack. Since the tilt rotor resembles the V-22 Osprey, I decided to call this Leo kitbash the Leosprey.

Materials & methods:
I made minor modifications to the Leo and the tilt rotor, which you can find here.
I decided to go all out with the Osprey theme, so I went for the two tone color scheme like this photo:

The first layer is Light Gull Gray, and the second layer is Mr Color Grey FS36320. I drew the wavy patterns directly using my fine nozzle airbrush. All other parts were painted with a combination of german gray, gunmetal, gray FS36081, and dark gray (2).
It has been a while since I applied weathering effects, so I decided to use every weathering trick that I know of. But the aim is not a battle damaged, dirty Leo. I’m opting for a light weathering look, as if it’s been out for a few sorties. So after applying decals & panel lines, I sprayed a layer of gloss topcoat from the spray can and proceeded to apply the following weathering effects:

  • Enamel wash using very thinned black enamel
  • Oil smears using dark brown enamel
  • Paint scratches using black enamel applied with fine brush and toothpick
  • Dry brusing using silver enamel, mostly on the feet and weapons
  • Weathering pastel on the tilt rotor vents

To finish, I applied flat topcoat. But this time instead of using the spray can, I used the bottled type diluted 1:1 with lacquer thinner, and sprayed using my airbrush.

Results:

 

Some close ups of the Tilt rotor and weapons:

And some action poses:

Discussion:
Admittedly, attaching the Tilt Rotor Pack to the Leo is not a novel idea; you can already find several builds from google image search. To make this build unique, I decided to go full Osprey. That included painting the two tone color scheme, and using decals from Hasegawa’s 1/72 Osprey kit.
As for the HGAC Leo, it has a very simple construction. For example, it uses only 6 ball type polycaps. But range of movement on the limbs is on par with the latest HG kits, making it quite fun to play around with. But be warned, as with any kit, playing with it too much will result in loose joints. Overall, there’s not much to complain about the HGAC Leo.

GM FSD

October 3, 2018 at 22:06 | Posted in 1/144 scale | Leave a comment
Tags: , , , , , ,

Introduction:

To be honest, the only reason I considered building the HG Gundam FSD was because of the Long Range Beam Rifle (LRBR) that came free with the April 2018 copy of Gundam Ace. But I have an aversion to Gundam heads, especially at 1/144 scale.

So I decided to transplant in a GM head instead. After test fitting with other GM parts, I decided on a new build for the Year of the GM project: the GM FSD.

Materials & methods:

Usually for a kitbashing build, I tend to show the work in progress page. But since I’m using parts from the new generation of HG kits, all the joints are compatible with each other; hence no mods needed. It feels like a ‘plug and play’ kind of build. So here’s the parts that I used:

  • Head: I used two different halves for the head. The front half was from the HG GM Sniper Custom kit because I wanted to use the clear red visor. The back half was from the HG GM Guard Custom because I wanted to use the visor scope and antenna.
  • Body, shoulders & backpack: HG Gundam FSD.
  • Arms: HG GM Sniper Custom
  • Legs: HG GM Guard Custom
  • Weapons: Gatlings on the right arm, backpack cannon and folding shield were from the Gundam FSD kit. Plus the LRBR from Gundam Ace. The gatlings on the right arm came with an ammo belt. But it was too rigid so I replaced it with rubber tank tracks which was more flexible.

So here’s what it looks like after snap-fitting:

After priming & preshading, I painted it as follows:

  • Torso & feet: a mix of green, grey, brown and midnight blue.
  • Midriff: Dark gray 1
  • Rest of body: Olive drab + dark green
  • Joints: Mix of light gull gray, german gray, orange-yellow.
  • Weapons & backpack: Various combinations of german gray, gray FS36081 & burnt iron.

After painting, some light weathering was applied, followed by decals and finally flat topcoat.

Results:

Here’s some photos of the weapons. The LRBR is somewhat customizable. The base form looks a bit like a submachine gun and the grip can be moved to the back part. The barrel can be extended using two barrel-covers(?) which can also be attached to the backpack.

And some photos with the weapons:

Discussion:

This was probably the easiest kitbashing I’ve done so far. That’s thanks to the compatible joints and sockets in the latest HG kits. Even though this build was fairly simple, the decals were slightly tricky, especially the various red stripes. I had to cut pieces of red decal strips and arrange them according to the manual. The paintjob wasn’t that accurate as well. I wasn’t able to recreate the dark color of the FSD Gundam; mine was probably a bit too green.
The Gundam FSD kit has a lot of weapons and extras, which I’m saving for future projects. Speaking of which, since this FSD GM is included in the Year of the GM lineup, I might have to drop the GM Light Armor.

GM/GM Cold District Type

August 27, 2018 at 21:38 | Posted in 1/144 scale | Leave a comment
Tags: , , , ,

Introduction:
I had fun modifying the HGBF GM/GM kit and decided to do it again. This time I decided to build the GM Cold District Type, despite it being portrayed as a bunch of jobbers in the 0080 OVA. Like the GM/GM Command build, I’ll be kitbashing with various HGUC parts.

Materials & methods:
The work in progress page is here.
Painting was relatively straight forward:
Chest, feet: Gray FS36118
Waist, backpack: Midnight blue
Shield, various red bits: Red + a bit of Gray FS36118
Joints: Gray FS36081
The rest: MS White
This time I went for the weathered look, so I applied some enamel wash, dry brushing, and paint chipping effects. The numeric decals on the shield were also scratched and dabbed with weathering pastel to add to the effect. Then like always it’s finished with a flat topcoat spray.

Results:

Some action poses and group photos:

Discussion:
I can only summarize this build as ‘everything going to plan’. I don’t think I encountered any problems during this build, and painting was a breeze too.
Posing this kit for photography was also fun, and that’s due to the flexibility and articulation of the GM/GM kit.
So this is the 8th kit for my Year of the GM project, and if everything goes to plan, I’m on course to finish this year with 12 GM kits. On a side note, my shelf is starting to get a bit crowded…

Next Page »

Blog at WordPress.com.
Entries and comments feeds.