HGUC GM – Work in progress

January 22, 2018 at 02:28 | Posted in Work In Progress | Leave a comment
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For this build, I’m using the body of the HGUC RX-78 Revive and a GM head. The old HGUC GM head is too big and doesn’t fit the more slender RX-78 Revive  body. The HGBF GM/GM kit comes with three heads, one of which looks a bit like the MG GM 1.0 head. In addition to the head transplant, I made some other minor changes outlined below:

Head:
This is the aforementioned GM/GM head. No changes except for drilling holes on the vulcan cannons.

Body:
The RX-78 and GM torso is basically similar, except for the cockpit. I glued a rectangular piece of 0.5mm plaplate on it.

I used the GM/GM backpack, and covered the two holes with some M.S.G detail parts.

I also made a bazooka attachment using RX-78 parts and a spare peg from the GM/GM kit.

The position of the pegs on the GM/GM backpack didn’t fit the RX-78 body, so I did a simple cut and paste job to make them fit.

For the back skirt armor, I used the one from the old HGUC GM kit. To attach it to the RX-78 hips, I used epoxy putty.

I could have used the old GM parts for the front skirt armor as well, but I wanted extra articulation. So I decided to use the GM/GM skirt armor. I had to split them apart but they fit the RX-78 hips nicely.

Legs:
Another difference between the RX-78 and GM is the knee armor. To make it look more GM-like, I covered the RX-78 knees with epoxy putty and shaped it like so: Basic putty was applied to smoothen the surface.

Weapons:
No fancy weapons this time. Just the plain ol’ GM beam spray gun from the GM/GM kit. I trimmed off some plastic from the grip and muzzle.

For extra firepower I decided to use the RX-78 bazooka, with no modifications.

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HGUC Juaggu – Work in progress

June 20, 2017 at 01:28 | Posted in Work In Progress | 3 Comments
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For this build, I’ll be using the MSV version of the Juaggu, obtained from P-Bandai website. So as always let’s go through it part by part:

Head:
Unlike most gunpla, the Juaggu’s head is huge. That leaves a lot of space for modifications. I decided to stick a beam axe from the HG Jahanam kit in the middle, resulting in a mohawk-like hairdo. I trimmed off some parts of the beam axe to make it fit to the head.

Here’s what it looks like with the clear part attached:

I decided to supplement the Juaggu’s elephant-ish design by attaching a pair of tusks. They’re actually the shoulder spikes from my HGBF Gouf R35.

For the monoeye, I drilled a hole at the original spot and attached the lens socket from MS Lens.

 

Arms:
The main difference between the MSV version and the regular release is the arm. The MSV version has a regular right arm and a triple cannon left arm. I replaced the right hand with 1/100 Zeon type hands from MS Hands. Also decided to procure the pincer claws from the HG Mobile Worker kit.

Seam lines were very obvious on the shoulders. Instead of removing them using the usual method, I attached a strip of pla-plate in the middle of the seam line to hide it.

 

Legs:
The legs are the one thing that I just have to replace. The original ones look like a water hose from a washing machine. I wasn’t sure which legs to replace them with, so I browsed through dalong.net and narrowed it down to Hygogg or Mobile Worker legs. I made a rough mockup of how they would look like and decided to go for the Hygogg legs.

To attach the Hygogg legs to the Juaggu, I removed the original Juaggu hip joint and attached a ball joint socket from Hobby Base.

I also decided to use different types of feet for this, so I used the leftover Gallus-J feet. I trimmed of the toes a little bit and used more Hobby Base ball joints & sockets to attach them to the Hygogg legs.

So that’s about all the mods I did for this one. For painting, I’ll stick to the original Juaggu color scheme.

Zaku Cannon – Work in progress

February 28, 2017 at 22:04 | Posted in Work In Progress | 1 Comment
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The Zaku Cannon has been a work in progress for quite some time now. After many delays and revisions, I finally decided on the final look. This build is a combination of several HG kits, a Zaku Cannon resin kit and the old MSV Zaku Cannon kit.

Head:

I used the head from the HGUC Zaku II (Johnny Ridden) kit as the base. To it, I glued the mouthpiece from the Zaku Cannon resin kit.

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On the top of the head, I glued the forehead sensor from my HGUC Ground Gundam. At the back of the head, I removed some bits that hold the power cable and added an antenna from the MSV Zaku Cannon kit.

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Chest:

For the top part of the chest, I used the part from the resin kit. I drilled a bigger hole on it to accommodate the shoulder joints, which were from HGBC Bolden Arms Arms. The neck joint is just simply a leftover polycap joint. At the bottom, I attached a ball-joint socket (Hobbybase) to attach it to the hips.

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The midriff is another leftover part from my Char’s Zaku II Origin kit. I attached additional plaplate to add more length and girth.

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Hips:

The hip was from another Zaku II Origin kit but I replaced the orignal polycap socket with the one from Hobby Base. On the front skirt armor, I attached some leftover parts from the Efreet Nacht resin kit.

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Arms:

I used the resin kit shield on the right shoulder. I glued a socket from a HGUC Zaku II F2 shield to attach it to the shoulder. In addition, I glued some plaplate along the edges and within the shield to add some girth and detail, respectively.

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On the left shoulder, I used the MSV kit shoulder armor. I replaced the original spikes with the ones from MS Spike. To make a rough surface, I smothered the part with basic putty and using a worn toothbrush, I made random strokes over the surface.

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To attach the shield to the shoulder, I used the joint from a RG Zaku kit.

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The arms were from the HG Gouf R35 kit. The biceps were elongated by 1.2mm and the gaps on the forearm were filled with epoxy putty.

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Legs:

This was the part where I had the most problems. In the end, I took the easy way out and just used the HG Bugu legs. No mods except for the thighs. I covered up the panel lines with basic putty.
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Weapons:

All the main weapons for this kit are attached to the backpack, which is from the resin kit. The main cannon was actually the Bigwig cannon that came included with a very old edition of Dengeki Hobby magazine. It’s supposed to be a huge cannon, but at 1/400 scale, it fits nicely on the shoulder of my 1/144 Zaku Cannon. To attach it to the backpack, I used several joints and the dog leg from GM Sniper K9.

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The side cannons are from the MSV kit. I used a series of joints from Kotobukiya MSG and HGBC Bolden Arm Arms to connect them to the backpack.

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On the left side of the backpack, I attached something that resembles a smoke grenade disperser on tanks.

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Lastly, I modified a Zaku machinegun from the HGUC Zaku Sniper kit. I attached a vernier at the muzzle and added the stock from the Zaku Sniper rifle.

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The completed kit can now be viewed here.

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