HGAC Leo – Work in progress

June 10, 2019 at 23:32 | Posted in Work In Progress | Leave a comment
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When the HGAC Leo kit first came out, I bought it almost immediately, snap fitted it, and tucked it somewhere under my bed as I worked on other projects. Now that I’m more or less done with the Year of the GM project, I can focus on the Leo. Out of box, the Leo looks a bit plain. So the plan was to add a backpack and some additional weapons.

Body:
I simply attached some extra detail parts from Wave on the chest.

I elongated the midriff by using 1.2mm plaplate. First I cut off the peg, attached the plaplate, and re-attached the peg on top of the plaplate.

The waist was also extended by 1.2mm, but the plaplate was attached on the bottom.

Hands:
The Leo comes with only a pair of hands for holding the weapons. So I added a couple of hands from MS Hands (small). I did the same modifications for the fists like the GM Cannon build.

Backpack:
For the backpack , I went for the HGBC Tilt Rotor Pack. It is possible to simply attach it to the Leo using the built-in peg. But then, the wings would be facing upwards instead of being parallel to the ground.
So my solution was to attach the Tilt Rotor to the HGUC Loto backpack. I had to cut off the head(?) of the Tilt Rotor so that it’s closer to the Leo’s body. To connect it to the Leo, I simply used a spare runner, shown by the red arrow below:

On the top part of the Tilt Rotor, I attached some detail parts:

And on the back, I decided to add the gatling gun from the MSG Sentry Gun kit. I used some joints (also from MSG) to connect it to the Tilt Rotor.

Weapons:
I modified the Leo machine gun a bit by drilling holes in the barrel, and replacing the muzzle with some MSG parts. I also replaced the canister magazine with a standard curved magazine from another weapon.

For extra firepower, I added the twin gatling from the old HG Serpent Custom kit.

To go with the Tilt Rotor theme, I decided to paint it in some contemporary military color scheme.

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Guard Frame – Work in progress

May 20, 2019 at 21:51 | Posted in Work In Progress | Leave a comment
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I already had a specific theme for the HGBD Guard Frame: riot police.

Head: The kit comes with two types of heads; I’m using the visor head for this build.

Waist: I’m using the waist from the Gundam MkII revive kit, with the front skirt armor from the GM/GM.

For the side armor, I’m using the ones from HGUC GP01. I cut & pasted the original Guard Frame side armor socket, and covered large gaps with epoxy putty.

That way it can fit the polycap joints on the waist.

I also attached some extra detail to it.

Backpack: The original backpack looks a bit plain, so I added a mix of detail parts from Wave and Kotobukiya MSG.

In line with the police theme, I attached police lights from the MSG Ballistic Shield set.

Shoulders: I wasn’t too keen on the original shoulders, so I replaced them with the ones from the HGBD Seravee Gundam Scheherazade kit. I changed the position of the peg using some spare GM parts, so that the shoulders are slightly raised.

I also added some detail parts to the shoulders.

Arms: I’m attaching RG Strike hands to the original arms. This involved simply gluing the RG wrist socket to a Kotobukiya pipe, and then attaching it to the original elbow joint. Some excess plastic inside the original forearms had to be removed to accommodate the RG wrist.

Legs: The original legs looked a bit scrawny, so I used the GM/GM legs instead. I liked the original knees, so I cut off the GM/GM knees and glued it there.

At the back, I attached some details from a scale model spare part I had lying around.

On the side of the calves, I attached some extra parts from the HCM-Pro Ez8 kit.

Armaments:
I’m using the leftover shield from the HG Bugu kit. I attached some plaplate the the bottom of the shield to make them pointier.

I needed a peg to attach the shield to the forearms, so I made a crude peg made from Bugu and GM spare parts.

For weapons, I used the shotgun from the MSG Ballistic Shield kit, and attached some spare ‘shells’ made from Jesta parts.

The gun was also from a MSG bazooka kit, but I replaced the grip with the one from the RG RX-78 beam rifle.

So here’s how it roughly looks like:

GM Cannon – Work in progress

March 22, 2019 at 22:26 | Posted in Work In Progress | Leave a comment
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This is the second P-Bandai 1/144 GM Cannon (Space Assault Type) build. After completing a straight build for the first one, I’m planning on modifying this one a little bit. The head is just about the only unmodified part. The rest is as follows:

Body:
First off, I removed some bits from the chest, shown by the black arrows below:

Then, I glued 1mm square pipes to the top of the left shoulder:

Arms:
I decided to use the shoulder armor from the RX-78 revive kit. The rest of the arm is from the GM Cannon kit.

I added some extra hands from MS Builders parts. But if you look closely at the fisted hand, the thumb is somehow melded into the pointing finger. So I cut off the thumb, and transplanted a new thumb from another hand (trigger pose). The result is as follows:

Also, I cut off the finger from the original trigger pose hand, and glued a straight finger from MS Builder parts.

Crotch:
I filled the square gap on the crotch armor with basic putty.

Legs:
I tried out different pairs of legs for this build and I eventually decided on the lower legs from the Act Zaku kit. I glued some detail parts on the back of the leg:

And used the RG RX-78 part on the knees:

To connect the lower leg to the GM Cannon thighs, I had to modify the Zaku knee joints by cutting off some bits of plastic from the knee joint:

And from the inner part of the GM thighs:

I also covered the panel line gaps on the thighs with some basic puttty.

When fitting the thigh to the knee joint, I noticed some gaps, shown in the red arrows below:

So I glued some 1mm plaplate to both sides of the knee joint, and now the gap doesn’t look too bad:

I’ll be using the original GM Cannon feet, so to connect them to the Zaku legs, I glued the joints from the Zaku and GM legs together:

Weapon:
No additional weapons this time; just some minor mods to the shoulder cannon. I simply glued the beam spray gun barrel to the tip of the shoulder cannon. Also added some plaplate for extra details.

So here’s what it roughly  looks like:

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