Year or the GM – Final report

December 28, 2018 at 14:46 | Posted in Random rants | 2 Comments
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So with the HG GM Sniper Custom, I finally completed 12 GM kits this year. There was a late flurry in December, but on average it’s 1 HG kit a month. You can view each of them below:

   

   

   

Even though they’re all GMs, they’re pretty diverse. Therere’s a mix of straight out-of-box builds, simple kitbashes,  custom paintjobs, and quite a bit of customization; resulting in some tall, some short builds

Some have quite similar color schemes, like a white-blue or white-red combo:

or green with red visors:

In between builds, I managed to complete several Little Armory kits, including a kitbash.

To go with these weapons, I also bought some extra skeletons and a synthetic human.

2018 was indeed the Year of the GM. Twelve HG kits in a year was a daunting task for me. I probably wouldn’t attempt something similar anytime soon, but then again, it was a good motivation for me to reduce my gunpla backlog. So I leave you with this very cramped group photo:

 

 

HG GM Sniper Custom

December 22, 2018 at 12:49 | Posted in 1/144 scale | Leave a comment
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Introduction:
This is the final entry for my Year of the GM project. It’s one of the four Origin MSD GM kits revealed earlier this year, and it’s a P-Bandai release. I had several ideas planned for this build, but due to the lack of time, I just did a straight Out of Box (OOB) build.

Materials & methods:
No separate work in progress page this time, since it’s an OOB build. I did however add some extra weapons: A pair of pistols from a Build Divers kit, the large shield from GM Guard Custom, bazooka from RX-78. I also modified the beam spray gun into a double barrel variant.

The plastic color of this kit is slightly different from the original MSV boxart, so I painted the kit as follows:
Green parts: Khaki + IJA green
White parts: Light gull grey
Grey parts: Zeon MS Grey
Weapons: German grey + Neutral gray
Some parts are not color accurate, so some masking was required. In the interest of time, I skipped the weathering effects. I proceeded straight to panel lining, decals, and finally flat topcoat.

Results:

Here’s the array of weapons:

And some action poses:

Discussion:
This kit has an old school look to it, but make no mistake, it has modern engineering. The level of articulation on this kit is impressive, especially the waist. It has plenty of details as well. It can make a decent kneeling pose, but the verniers on the back of the legs were a slight hindrance. Another minor complaint is the lack of weapons. It only comes with a beam spray gun and the sniper rifle. That’s why I added all those extra weaponry.
I should add that I used the articulated hands from Hobby Base. With those, the GM Sniper Custom can hold my various Little Armory weapons.
So overall, even though this is a simple, no mods build, it was pretty fun. Getting the color scheme and decals to match the MSV aesthetic was also satisfying.

HGUC GM Sniper II White Dingo

December 10, 2018 at 21:49 | Posted in 1/144 scale | Leave a comment
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Introduction:

The HGUC GM Sniper II White Dingo is not only a mouthful to say, but it’s also the first P-Bandai kit I bought. That was a long time ago and I’ve used parts of that kit for several failed attempts at modification. I thought I’d put the remains to good use and build a kit with better proportions than the original.

Materials & methods:
You can find the work in progress page here.
Painting was very simple, it’s mostly white and dark blue.
I didn’t apply any weathering this time, just panel lining, decals, and flat topcoat.

Results:

Discussion:
Unlike the previous HGUC GM White Dingo build, I’m rather satisfied with the outcome of this one. The proportions look better than the original, and it can make a decent kneeling pose. It’s also one of the taller GMs I’ve made; the result of the thigh and torso mods I did.
Although things went generally smoothly, I had a moment of minor anxiety when it was time for decals. I realized I didn’t have the red, white dingo logo for the shoulders. You can argue it’s just a minor detail, but just like the White Ogre Zaku, the decals make or break the build. Luckily, I was able to find third party waterslide decals from Yahoo Auctions and the delivery was just on time.
So this is the 11th GM in my Year of the GM project. That leaves just one more…

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