GM/GM Cold Districts – Work in progress

August 21, 2018 at 21:00 | Posted in Work In Progress | Leave a comment
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So impressed was I with the GM/GM kit, that I purchased another one. But this time I wanted to make a GM Cold District out of it. To differentiate it from the GM/GM Command, I made different types of modifications for this project.

Head:
The original HGUC GM Cold District head was used. The antenna was from MS Blade 01.

Body:
Instead of transplanting the chest vents from the HGUC kit, I modified the GM/GM chest vents using some plaplate.

I used the HGUC crotch piece, but reduced the height slightly by cutting & pasting. The front skirt armor was from the HGUC kit.

Backpack:
I used the HGUC GM Colony type backpack.

To attach it to the GM/GM body, I first removed extra plastic from the inside of the backpack. Then I inserted two pieces of extra runner to the GM/GM body, and stuck some epoxy putty on top. The backpack was put in position and left for a while until the putty hardens.

Arms:
The shoulder armor was from the GM Guard Custom kit.

The original GM/GM arms were used, but I plugged the additional holes with epoxy putty.

Legs:
Holes on the GM/GM legs were filled with epoxy putty.

Some pla plate was attached to the shins.

Accessories:
I had an extra shield from the RG RX-78 kit, but I replaced the yellow cross with plaplate.

For the weapon, I decided to recreate the type-100 submachine gun. I used the GM/GM weapons set as base, and the barrel was from the SEED HG Slaughter kit. I drilled holes on the barrel and inserted a tube inside.

For the color scheme, I’ll stick to the original.

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GM Thunderbolt – Work in progress

June 27, 2018 at 21:46 | Posted in Work In Progress | 3 Comments
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The Thunderbolt GM looks quite interesting, but I didn’t like some aspects of the design such as the wrinkly joints, astronaut backpack, and the excessive thruster nozzles. So I decided to give it a makeover, using spare parts from various HGUC and Thunderbolt kits.

Head:
The leftover head from the HGUC GM Ground Type kit was used. To make it look more like a typical GM, the goatee (chin protrusion) and mutton chops (cheek vents?) were shaved off.

Body:
The S-type Thunderbolt Gundam body was used for this build. It looks a bit stumpy, so some extensions were needed. Firstly, 1.2mm plaplate was attached on the top part of the mid-abdomen. I think the figure below is more explanatory.

Then, 1.2mm and 1mm plaplate was attached to the bottom of the waist part.

The original peg on the hips was cut off, and a polycap was inserted into the remaining hole. This will hold the ball joint (Kotobukiya MSG) that connects the torso together.

Backpack:
Although I didn’t like the astronaut backpack of the Thunderbolt GM, I still liked the extended arms concept. So a completely movable set of joints were made from various Kotobukiya MSG parts, and attached to the S-Type Gundam backpack. These arms will hold a pair of shields leftover from my previous GM builds.

Additionally, a spare tank (MS Builder parts) was attached to the S-Type backpack.

Arms:
The original GM Thunderbolt shoulders were kept, but the arms were from the GM Ground Type. On to the shoulders, some pla strips and detail parts (Koto MSG) were attached to where the nozzles should be.

The original shoulder joint was required to join the various parts together, so the wrinkles were covered up with polyester putty, followed by basic putty.

Legs:
The thighs and knee joints were from the HGUC GM II kit. The thighs were extended by 2mm using pla pipes (covered in yellow polyester putty below:)

The lower legs were from the Thunderbolt S-Type Gundam. No modifications were applied. The feet were from the HGUC GM II, and ball joints from Hobby Base were used to connect them to the legs.

On the ankle guards, 1mm strip was attached to disguise the seam line.

Weapons:
The right hand was armed with a submachine gun from Kotobukiya MSG. The original grip was small and was loose when placed into the HG GM hands. So the grip from the HGUC GM II rifle was transplanted to the MSG gun.

The left hand was armed with a cannon-shield(?) thing. I got it from the HG campaign a few years back. Some bits of 1.2mm plaplate was attached on top of the shield:

The position of the handle was modified, and some plaplate was used to attach it to the forearms. Also, some detail parts were added to the top part:

So this is how it roughly looked like:

For the painting, I plan to stick to the original color scheme.

GM/GM Command – Work in progress

May 31, 2018 at 00:25 | Posted in Work In Progress | Leave a comment
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After using one of the GM/GM heads for my HGUC GIMM build, I was left with two remaining heads. One of them looked like the GM Command head so I went along with that theme.

Head:
The head vulcans were replaced with some detail parts from Wave. A hole was drilled on the forehead sensor to accommodate a clear part, also from Wave. The chin protrusion was given a little shave.

Body:
To make the GM/GM body look more like the GM Command, a couple of pla-plate sheets were attached to the shoulders.

The chest vents from the actual HGUC GM Command kit were transplanted to the GM/GM chest. A significant portion was trimmed to make it fit inside the GM/GM chest.

The hips were from the GM/GM kit, with 1mm plaplate added on the crotchpiece.

The beam sabre holder from the GM Command kit was glued to the back skirt.

The front and side skirt armors were also from the GM Command kit.

Backpack:
The original GM Command backpack was used. To attach it to the GM/GM body, new pegs were made from spare runners.

Some details were added to the the backpack using a chisel.

Arms:
The shoulder armor was from the GM Sniper II kit. The position of the peg was modified so that the shoulder armor was raised. To do that, the original peg was cut, and then transplanted to a lower position.

The forearms were also from the GM Sniper II. They were elongated by 1.2mm using the standard method, and  square verniers were attached to the wrists.

Holes had to be drilled through the square verniers to accommodate the  hands.

Legs:
The GM/GM legs were used. Detail parts were added on the calves.

The soles of the GM/GM feet had some empty gaps. Normally I wouldn’t bother filling them up, but this time I just felt like doing so. Epoxy putty was used to do the job.

Armaments:
The GM Sniper K9 shield was used; two holes were drilled at the top of the shield for the round, grey bits. This was just so that I had less things to mask during painting.

The beam gun was from the original HGUC GM Command kit. The grip was a bit large for the GM/GM hands, so some trimming was needed.

I decided to stay true to the GM Command theme and went for the red/white color scheme.

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