HGUC SCHUZRUM GALLUSS – PART 3: COLOR SPRAY PAINTING

HGUC Schuzrum Galluss armor plate shields primed and color spray painted using Taimya Light Blue.

HGUC Schuzrum Galluss armor plate shields primed and color spray painted using Taimya Light Blue.

I’m using Tamiya’s light blue spray paint for the main armor plates of the HGUC Schuzrum Galluss model kit. You could see the color above on the kit’s shields. All I’ve got left to do with the main armor plates is some top coating and that group is done.

I also spray painted the secondary armor using Model Masters Blue Angel Blue (similar color to Navy), and the first group of inner frame parts using Taimya’s gunmetal grey.

With the secondary armor, I will have to some masking for the red parts of the kit, specifically the front end of the feet and two small lower parts of the front skirt. Also I’ll be doing some masking on the tubing on the knees.

The last group, the mine weaponry, will hopefully be primed and ready to paint by Wednesday.

HGUC Schuzrum Galluss back skirt spray painted using Model Masters Blue Angel Blue spray paint.

HGUC Schuzrum Galluss back skirt spray painted using Model Masters Blue Angel Blue spray paint.

Some inner frame and secondary armor plates for the HGUC Schuzrum Galluss.

Some inner frame and secondary armor plates for the HGUC Schuzrum Galluss.

HGUC Schuzrum Galluss armor plates spray painted using Tamiya's light blue spray paint.

HGUC Schuzrum Galluss armor plates spray painted using Tamiya’s light blue spray paint.

Some inner frame parts for the HGUC Schuzrum Galluss and additional weaponry for the kit that includes two panzerfaust from Kotobukiya.

Some inner frame parts for the HGUC Schuzrum Galluss and additional weaponry for the kit that includes two panzerfaust from Kotobukiya.

HGUC SCHUZRUM GALLUSS – PART 2: PRIMING

Back armor of the HGUC Schuzrum Galluss primed.

Back armor of the HGUC Schuzrum Galluss primed.

I broke down all the parts for the HGUC Schuzrum Galluss into four groups which I will work on separately throughout the construction of the kit.

The four groups are main armor plates, secondary armor plates with inner frames, mine weaponry, and extra weapons with leftover inner frame.

As you can see above I’ve already finished priming, using Taimya’s gray surface primer, the back skirt armor of the kit which belongs to the secondary armor plates with inner frames group. I’ve also primed the main armor plates.

I’m hoping to finish spray painting those two groups with light blue, dark blue and gunmetal grey paint sometime early this week.

Foot of the HGUC Schuzrum Galluss primed. The front portion of the foot is supposed to be red while the rest is blue. This is accomplished by using a red sticker which I'm not exactly thrilled about, and will be doing some masking in order to paint the portion red.

Foot of the HGUC Schuzrum Galluss primed. The front portion of the foot is supposed to be red while the rest is blue. This is accomplished by using a red sticker which I’m not exactly thrilled about, and will be doing some masking in order to paint the portion red.

In addition, I’ll also have to do some masking on the main and secondary armor plating for a few parts, specifically the red parts and light bluish-gray tubing. The color separation for a few parts of the kit is a bit disappointing since the red colored armor parts of the kit use stickers. Now I’ve used stickers before to do color separation on Gundam kits, but this time around it feels a bit lazy on Bandai’s part.

The front portion of the feet is red and the model comes with red stickers in order to achieve the color separation between the rest of the foot which is blue.

The tubing on the knee is also molded with the inner frame. Perhaps I’m asking a bit too much since this is only an HG kit, but nevertheless it means more work on my part which I’m fully invested in doing since the end result looks terrific, but it would have been nice if Bandai had color separated the kit a bit more diligently.

Other than that I’m not seeing any other problems so far.

As I’ve stated before I’ve purchased two Panzerfaust from Kotobukiya to beef up the weaponry on the Schuzrum Galluss, and I just recently got in some decals to make the kit a bit more detailed.

My next step will be color spray painting the main and secondary armor plates with some inner frames, and priming the mine weaponry (which comprises of a lot of parts due to 14 mines included with the kit) and the rest of the inner frames and additional weapons(the Panzerfaust).

HGUC Schuzrum Galluss main armor plates primed.

HGUC Schuzrum Galluss main armor plates primed.

HGUC Schuzrum Galluss secondary armor plates and some inner frame pieces primed.

HGUC Schuzrum Galluss secondary armor plates and some inner frame pieces primed.

HGUC SCHUZRUM GALLUSS – PART 1: UNBOXING

HGUC box for the AMX-101E Schuzrum Galluss from Bandai.

HGUC box for the AMX-101E Schuzrum Galluss from Bandai.

Overall, I liked the Gundam Unicorn anime, although I did think the story wasn’t the best I’ve seen from the franchise, it featured some well-designed mobile suits like the Gundam Unicorn itself and the Kshatriya.

Which leads me to my latest acquisition with the HGUC AMX-101E Schuzrum Galluss model produced by Bandai. The Schuzrum Galluss is a Neo Zeon assault suit that was featured in a brief sequence in the last episode of Gundam Unicorn.

Although its appearance was all too brief, the action scenes that featured the mobile suit was probably some of the best moments of the final episode.

I like the design of the mobile suit with its Qubeley-like head and slim look. Another attribute that I liked was its weapons which includes its spike shields and magnet armor chain mine.

With this model I’ve decided to add additional weapons for the Schuzrum Galluss which are two Panzerfausts from the Weapon Unit Kotobukiya line.

I don’t think it will take me that long to paint the model, since it has fewer plates compared to what I’m used to. Updates soon.

HGUC Schuzrum Gallus comes with three bags containing all the plates, accessories and decals for the kit.

HGUC Schuzrum Galluss comes with three bags containing all the plates, accessories and decals for the kit.

HGUC Schuzrum Gallus manual cover.

HGUC Schuzrum Galluss manual cover.

First two pages of the HGUC Schuzrum Gallus manual.

First two pages of the HGUC Schuzrum Galluss manual.

HGUC Schuzrum Gallus manual cover.

First two manual pages of construction for the HGUC Schuzrum Galluss.

Last two pages of the manual construction pages for the HGUC Schuzrum Gallus.

Last two pages of the manual construction pages for the HGUC Schuzrum Galluss.

Back cover and paint color guide for the HGUC Schuzrum Gallus.

Back cover and paint color guide for the HGUC Schuzrum Galluss.

The primary armor plates for the HGUC Schuzrum Galluss.

The primary armor plates for the HGUC Schuzrum Galluss.

The secondary armor plates for the HGUC Schuzrum Galluss.

The secondary armor plates for the HGUC Schuzrum Galluss.

Plates for the magnet armor chain for the weapon contained in a backpack and in activation mode for the HGUC Schuzrum Galluss.

Plates for the magnet armor chain for the weapon contained in a backpack and in activation mode for the HGUC Schuzrum Galluss.

Plates for the inner frame for the HGUC Schuzrum Galluss.

Plates for the inner frame for the HGUC Schuzrum Galluss.

Additional parts, most dealing with the hands, backpack and shoulder of the HGUC Schuzrum Galluss.

Additional parts, most dealing with the hands, backpack and shoulder of the HGUC Schuzrum Galluss.

Joint fittings for the HGUC Schuzrum Galluss.

Joint fittings for the HGUC Schuzrum Galluss.

HGUC Schuzrum Gallus decals and wires for both the magnet anchor chain mine and chest magnets.

HGUC Schuzrum Gallus decals and wires for both the magnet anchor chain mine and chest magnets.

Two Panzerfaust produced by Kotobukiya that I purchased for the HGUC Schuzrum Galluss.

Two Panzerfaust produced by Kotobukiya that I purchased for the HGUC Schuzrum Galluss.

 

REVIEW HGUC GABTHLEY

The HGUC RX-110 Gabthley  model from Zeta Gundam.

The HGUC RX-110 Gabthley model from Zeta Gundam.

The High Grace Universal Century RX-110 Gabthley Gundam model came out in the winter of 2005 and is based on the mobile suit featured in the 1985-1986 animated series Zeta Gundam.

The Gabthley was piloted by Titan pilots Jerid Messa and Mour Pharoah, and was featured in several episodes mainly near the mid-point of the anime series.

The mobile suit is notable for being one of several transformable mobile suits in the series; transforming from its mobile suit form to a “mobile armor” which resembles an insect.

The HGUC model retains that aspect with the Gabthley able to change forms.

The Gabthley model comes with a Feyadeen rifle, four beam sabers that are placed within sockets in the arms, a pair of hands that hold the sabers, a hand to hold the rifle and a stand that holds any pieces the model is not currently using.

The HGUC Gabthley armed with its Feyadeen beam rifle/saber.

The HGUC Gabthley armed with its Feyadeen beam rifle/saber.

The HGUC RX-110 Gabthley  armed with two of its beam sabers.

The HGUC RX-110 Gabthley armed with two of its beam sabers.

HGUC RX-110 Gabthley with Feyadeen beam rifle/saber

HGUC RX-110 Gabthley with Feyadeen beam rifle/saber

HGUC RX-110 Gabthley with Feyadeen beam rifle/saber.

HGUC RX-110 Gabthley with Feyadeen beam rifle/saber.

The design of the model is amazing and one of my top five of all time for Gundam.

Zeta Gundam is known for its strange designs, and although it’s not an over the top design (like The-O or Messala), the Gabthley doesn’t look like your ordinary mobile suit with its slimmed down sleek look and insectoid influences, especially in its mobile armor form.

The model’s poseability is pretty decent for a 2005 model. It’s good, but nowhere near where Bandai has pushed the capabilities of today’s HG kits. I was pretty surprised that the arms were very flexible to the point you can do a bicep curl.

The weakest part of the model is definitely the hand that’s supposed to hold the Feyadeen beam rife/saber, made up of two parts. It falls apart very easily, and I was not able to get the hand to hold the rifle.

I specifically bought a third party pair of hands (Hobby Base’s mechanical hands for 1/144 models) since I knew beforehand about the problems.

Hobby Bases’s hands are similar to Perfect Grade hands miniaturized for High Grades. Although they are somewhat big for the HG Gabthley, they’re pretty tight and were able to grasp the rifle. It took me a lot of patience and time to put Hobby Base’s hands together, since the parts were so small, but it was well worth the effort.

The other pair of hands that come with the Gabthley perfectly hold the sabers. There are four sabers that are placed within the arms of the model.

The HGUC RX-110 Gabthley in mobile armor form.

The HGUC RX-110 Gabthley in mobile armor form.

The HGUC RX-110 Gabthley in mobile armor form.

The HGUC RX-110 Gabthley in mobile armor form.

The mobile armor form of the model looks exactly like an insect complete with its circular eyes and feet which are grasping claws that look pretty neat and can be also used in the Gabthley’s mobile suit form.

It almost looks like a robot from the Transformers series. The mobile armor form looks good, but I doubt that I would leave it in that form since I think the mobile suit looks much better.

The HGUC Gabthley is a very strange looking but interesting model. I really like the mobile suit design, and even though the model isn’t really up to par in the poseability department, there’s still a lot of various poses you can get the model in.

Just don’t count on getting the hand that’s meant to grasp to the rifle to work. I highly recommend third party hands to get any type of decent poses with the Feyadeen rifle.

I would definitely buy a Master Grade of this kit and hope Bandai looks toward Zeta Gundam for ideas for future MGs, especially from the Titan designed suits.

HGUC RX-110 Gabthley

HGUC RX-110 Gabthley

HGUC RX-110 GABTHLEY

+ Unusual and interesting design.

+ Ability to change forms to mobile armor mode.

+ Decent amount of poseability for a 2005 model.

- Hand for rifle comes apart easily. Difficult to hold the weapon properly if at all.

REVIEW MG PMX-003 THE-O

The Master Grade (MG) PMX-003 The-O

The Master Grade (MG) PMX-003 The-O

This review has been a long time coming literally. I finished the Master Grade PMX-003 The-O nearly a year ago and just dropped out of Gunpla since life got in the way of one of my favorite hobbies.

But I’m back again with not just one but two reviews, with the HG Gabthley on the way.

First, I want to take a look at The-O, the mobile suit piloted by Paptimus Scirocco in the 1985 anime series Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam.

Zeta Gundam is one of my favorite anime series of all time. Not only is it one of the best sequel series of Gundam, it also showcases some strange but interesting mecha, and The-O is a perfect example.

You can take a look at my previous posts of the work-in-progress of the kit here, but to be brief , it took an enormous amount of paint to cover the model. It’s the biggest and heaviest kit I have.

MG PMX-003 The-O

MG PMX-003 The-O

MG PMX-003 The-O

MG PMX-003 The-O

The model is a fantastic representation of Scirocco’s Titan mobile suit. The design is odd and one of a kind compared to the other well-known Gundam mobile suits, with the extreme scale of the mecha to the elongated head.

Scirocco’s mobile suits of choice have always leaned to the unusual, but it’s those attributes that clearly set it apart from others. You will enjoy having this kit on display.

The decals that come with the kit also help to accentuate the model’s superb design.

MG PMX-003 The-O

MG PMX-003 The-O

MG PMX-003 The-O

MG PMX-003 The-O

MG PMX-003 The-O

MG PMX-003 The-O

MG PMX-003 The-O

MG PMX-003 The-O

MG PMX-003 The-O

MG PMX-003 The-O

MG PMX-003 The-O

Given the size of the kit, there’s only a decent amount of poseability with the arms being the strongest points and the legs the least. You can get some good poses with the kit since it’s pretty sturdy due to the model’s big feet, but don’t expect the kind of poses you would get from a modern day Master Grade kit.

The kit came out in 2010, but as you can find in other reviews, The-O seems more like a High Grade kit in regards to it’s poseability and its inner frame.

There wasn’t a tremendous amount of parts that went into the inner frame of the kit, with complete construction taking under 3 hours.

I wasn’t expecting a tremendous amount of poses with the kit in the first place, but I would be interested to look at the recently released Master Grade Sazabi Ver. Ka to see how Bandai has evolved the inner frames for their bit kits.

MG PMX-003 The-O with rifle

MG PMX-003 The-O with rifle

MG PMX-003 The-O with beam saber

MG PMX-003 The-O with rifle with beam saber

MG PMX-003 The-O with extra hands underneath its skirt armor

MG PMX-003 The-O with extra hands underneath its skirt armor

MG PMX-003 The-O fully armed

MG PMX-003 The-O fully armed

Even though the model comes with only a handful of accessories, they’re just enough to add more to the kit’s already powerful looks. The-O comes with one beam rifle and four beam sabers, but for some reason Bandai only included two saber effects for the sabers.

In addition, two additional arms can be retracted from the kit’s front inner skirt armor. The arms look pretty good with the kit, and as an added bonus the hands can grip the beam sabers.

All in all, the MG PMX-003 The-O is an above average Gundam kit for me because of its size and looks. I had gone in knowing the kit wasn’t going to be the average Master Grade with the poseability shortcomings in mind.

If you’re a fan of Zeta Gundam or strange but awesome designed mecha, The-O would be an excellent addition to your collection.

MG PMX-003 The-O

MG PMX-003 The-O

MG PMX-003 THE-O

+ Unusual and interesting design. Captures the essence of the strange mecha featured in Zeta Gundam with The-O being one of the best representations of the series.

+ Giant and sturdy kit. Big feet allow the kit to stay upright in most positions.

+ Accessories and decals greatly enhance the look of the kit.

- Inner frame is not on par with the Master Grades of its time.

- Poseability is limited due to armor plating.

 

 

HG Gabthley – Part 4 Construction

HG Gabthley construction.

HG Gabthley construction.

Construction of the High Grade Gabthley is complete after painting and top coating. Work now commences on touch up painting and closing gaps and seams on the model, seen particularly on the legs.

The model didn’t take me that long to put together, I would say maybe just under an hour.

The Gabthley looks amazing and the poseability looks to be half way decent with the arms and forearms being the most flexible limbs on the kit.

The Hobby Base 1/144 Mechanical Hands work perfectly with the kit. They are slightly bigger than the hands the model comes with, but it’s nothing that’s very noticeable.

Full review coming soon.

HG Gabthley preliminary construction.

HG Gabthley preliminary construction.

HG Gabthley preliminary construction.

HG Gabthley preliminary construction.

HG Gabthley preliminary construction.

HG Gabthley preliminary construction.

HG Gabthley – Part 3 Painting & Top Coating

High Grade Gabthley armor plates painted.

High Grade Gabthley armor plates painted.

Painting and top coating on the High Grade Gabthley is finished after two days of work.

For the main armor plates for the model I used a lighter paint tone than the recommended colors for the kit.

Here’s the paint and top coat I used for the kit: Model Masters Bomber Tan, Model Masters Medium Green, Model Masters Flat Sand, Model Masters Wet Look, Model Masters Dullcote, Tamiya Mica Red and Tamiya gunmetal grey.

Model Masters Medium Green used for the green armor pieces of the HG Gabthley.

Model Masters Medium Green used for the green armor pieces of the HG Gabthley.

Tamiya Light Gunmetal Grey used for Hobby Base mechanical hands that I'm planning to use

Tamiya Light Gunmetal Grey used for Hobby Base mechanical hands that I’m planning to use for the HG Gabthley.

Top Coating in process for the HG Gabthley.

Top Coating in process for the HG Gabthley.