MG PMX-003 The-O Part 7: Construction complete & Cleanup

PMX-003 The-O construction complete

PMX-003 The-O construction complete

Construction on the PMX-003 The-O is complete, and it took me very, very little time to put it together compared to other Gundam/Gunpla models.  I would say about 3 hours. It was very easy to put together, the inner frame, as I said in an earlier post, isn’t that complex, but it does give some adequate movement throughout the body.

Full review and proper pics of the model will be coming soon. As you can see from some of the pics below, there’s still some clean up paint work that I have to do, but it won’t take too much time.

This guy is massive and the poseability is adequate given the size of this monster. More on my thoughts coming up soon.

MG The-O completed feet, like everything else on the model, these are massive!

MG The-O completed feet, like everything else on the model, these are massive!

The PMX-003 The-O chest & upper body.

The PMX-003 The-O chest & upper body.

Hand and the arm of the PMX-003 The-O

Hand and the arm of the PMX-003 The-O

 

Backpack of the MG The-O

Backpack of the MG The-O

The head of the PMX-003 The-O. More photos and full review soon.

The head of the PMX-003 The-O. More photos and full review soon.

MG PMX-003 The-O Part 6: Construction

MG PMX-003 The-O Part 6: Construction

After a ton of painting and top coating, I’m finally at construction! First impressions, construction is pretty quick. Nothing too complex going on with the inner frame so far,, but still a decent amount of poseability going on with the parts constructed, namely the top half of the kit.

Look for the completion of the kit by this weekend and a review soon.

RG RX 78 GP01-Fb Full Burnern: Part 1 Unboxing & Construction

RG GP-01 FB Full Vernian's leg.

RG GP-01 FB Full Vernian’s leg.

My first Real Grade Gundam came in the mail today and I went straight to work on the model which is the RX-78 GP01-Fb Full Burnern or Full  Vernian from the anime series Gundam 0083.

I’m already impressed by the inner frame and workings of the armor plates. With the leg, there’s one big piece that you cut from a runner which makes up the inner workings of the leg and then you continue to add a few more inner frame pieces and armor plates which equals an excellent range of motion for the leg, more so than any HGUC models that I’ve constructed in the past.

Some of the parts are pretty tiny, but not to the point where you’re spending several minutes attempting to grasp pieces and connect it to another.

So far I’ve finished construction of the core fighter, which is the first piece of the kit to be constructed, and I’ve completed the right leg; all of which you can see below.  For this kit, it’s going to be a straight build with no painting since I’ve got another model kit I’m painting which is taking some time to finish; the PMX-003 The-O.

I may put some top coat on it, but it looks great so far with all the details on the plates and not to mention the stickers the kit comes with.

The inner frame of the leg which allows a great range of motion and allows a full bend of the leg as you can see below.

The inner frame of the leg which allows a great range of motion and allows a full bend of the leg as you can see below.

Look at that bend! Love it!

Look at that bend! Love it!

The core fighter for the GP-01 and the actual first piece you construct.

The core fighter for the GP-01 and the actual first piece you construct.

Box for the kit with some nice artwork and a picture of the completed kit.

Box for the kit with some nice artwork and a picture of the completed kit.

 

Runners for the kit GP-01 FB Full Vernian.

Runners for the kit GP-01 FB Full Vernian.

Runners for the kit GP-01 FB Full Vernian.

Runners for the kit GP-01 FB Full Vernian.

Runners for the kit GP-01 FB Full Vernian.

Runners for the kit GP-01 FB Full Vernian.

Runners for the kit GP-01 FB Full Vernian.

Runners for the kit GP-01 FB Full Vernian.

Manual and stickers.

Manual and stickers.

MG PMX-003 The-O Part 5: Top Coat & Clean Up

MG PMX-003 The-O back skirt armor with decals and Semi Gloss Top Coat from Tamiya Spray Paint.

MG PMX-003 The-O back skirt armor with decals and Semi Gloss Top Coat from Tamiya Spray Paint.

The first group of yellow armor parts for the MG PMX-003 The-O is finally done! As you can see from the pic above I’ve painted, decaled and top coated the first group of yellow armor plates (I decided early on that I would divide all the yellow and enormous parts into 2 groups to make it much easier to work on). I used Tamiya’s Semi Gloss Spray Paint and it looks fantastic on the parts.

Also finished are the inner parts and hands which you can see below in the pic. Now the only thing left, aside from construction, is work on the second group of yellow armor plates which aren’t as large as the first group that consisted of the leg armor and front and back skirts.

The second group of plates have already been primed and about a 1/3 of which have been painted. Hopefully by mid-week I’ll have those parts painted, decaled and top coated then a little bit of some clean up paint and sanding work and finally construction!!

Giant hands for The-O. I used Testors Dull Cote for the finish.

Giant hands for The-O. I used Testors Dull Cote for the finish.

First group of yellow armor plates painted, decaled and top coated! Next on to the 2nd group.

First group of yellow armor plates painted, decaled and top coated! Next on to the 2nd group.

Second group of yellow armor plates that need to be painted, decaled and top coated.

Second group of yellow armor plates that need to be painted, decaled and top coated.

Shoulder armor plate painted from the 2nd group of armor plates.

Shoulder armor plate painted from the 2nd group of armor plates.

MG PMX-003 The-O Part 4: Leg Armor Decals & Mono Eye Painting

One of The-O's giant front leg armors with decals. Some minor fixing needed.

One of The-O’s giant front leg armors with decals. Some minor fixing needed.

I’m still working with the first set of yellow armor plates as I await more Tamiya Chrome Yellow spray paint to finish the 2nd round of yellow armor plates. I’ve put the majority of water decals and dry transfers to the first group of yellow armor plates.

It’s been a while since I’ve used dry transfer decals, but I don’t remember them being so easy to use. Maybe, I’ve just forgotten, but it was very simple to place on The-O. I did have some errors, as you can see above, but I’ll fix that pretty quickly tomorrow.

The inner frame is completely painted, with just some top coating left on half of those parts left to do. Hopefully by the end week I’ll have the kit fully painted and decaled.

I also worked on painting the mono eye of the kit, since it didn’t come with a sticker. I used Tamiya’s clear red to paint on the clear plastic. I’m enjoying the process of building the kit and can’t wait see how big this monster is given the size of all its armor plates that I’ve been working on for the past few days.

The-O's clear mono eye painted with Tamiya's Clear Red.

The-O’s clear mono eye painted with Tamiya’s Clear Red.

Majority of the first group of yellow armor plates that have been painted and decaled. Next is top coating with Tamiya's semi gloss

Majority of the first group of yellow armor plates that have been painted and decaled. Next is top coating with Tamiya’s semi gloss clear coat.

Nice giant "The-O" dry transfer decal for the side of the leg armor.

Nice giant “The-O” dry transfer decal for the side of the leg armor.

MG PMX-003 The-O Part 3: Painting & Paptimus Scirocco

Tiny Paptimus Scirocco figure included with the MG PMX-000 THE-O.

Tiny Paptimus Scirocco figure included with the MG PMX-000 THE-O.

As I continue to paint (and buy more & more paint) the MG PMX-000 The-O, I’m beginning to notice all the detail on the armor and the inner frame as well as the extras included such as the two tiny figures of Paptimus Scirocco.

The figures, which are one of Scirocco seated and another of him standing, are pretty detailed. I usually just chuck the figures that come with model kits in the garbage, but this figure looks pretty good. I may try to paint it in the future, but I have very little experience hand painting tiny figures. I may do a test run on something else and then tackle Scirocco.

Scirocco’s my favorite villain from Zeta Gundam and one of my all time favorite villains period. He doesn’t have that much screen time in the anime series, compared to other characters, but when he does appear, he’s a very imposing, conniving and deliciously evil lieutenant of the Titans. Women fall over him, well most of them, and he’s a backstabber, but with a specific purpose in mind; total domination of the Titans and the Earth Sphere.

As for my progress on the MG The-O, I’ve used more spray paint cans on this kit than any other model I’ve purchased and I’m not finished yet! The first group of yellow armor plates is done, but I’ve still go another group that I have to paint and I’ve been through about 4 cans of paint already. I’ve got a 1/3 of the inner frame painted and most of the tubing and weapons done.

First group of yellow armor plates, nearly all painted.

First group of yellow armor plates, nearly all painted.

Second group of yellow armor plates that need to be painted.

Second group of yellow armor plates that need to be painted.

 

HGUC Messala Part 6: REVIEW

HGUC Messala completed with Bandai and third party water decals.

HGUC Messala completed with Bandai and third party water decals.

The HGUC Messala is a fun kit to build and pose. It’s design is so different than the mobile suits that I have. It’s an unusual, but interesting design that you would expect to come from a show like Zeta Gundam which is basically a show with a plethora of unique looking robots.

The transformable PMX-000 Messala comes from the aforementioned show and is piloted by the Titan, Paptimus Scirocco. The HGUC model of the Messala is fairly large for it’s size grade with the kit’s two large backpack thrusters making it even bigger.

I’ve seen a few reviews of the kit online unpainted, and to tell you the truth it still looks good without paint. Having said that, I did paint mine and used a few stickers the kit came with and purchased some third party decals as well.

HGUC Messala using a Master Grade stand.

HGUC Messala using a Master Grade stand.

HGUC PMX-000 Messala.

HGUC PMX-000 Messala.

Design wise, I’m all over this kit. I’ve been spending a lot of time posing it in different stances, but they’ve all been done either using an MG stand  or the stand the kit came with. The way the feet are designed, where you basically have one large toe in front and two toes in the back, it’s really a chore to get the Messala standing up.

Don’t get me wrong it’s possible to get it upright, but I’ve found more often than not, it falls over due to the size of the kit and the 2 giant thrusters in the back.

The poseability is fairly adequate given the size of the kit. Given the fact that there is no type of swivel on the torso and the straight peg connections of the joints, the Messala has a good range of movement in the arms and legs.

The stand it comes with does a great job in holding the kit.The stand holds everything! The 2 extra hands, the 2 claws , the 2 beam sabers and the connector pieces for the transormation; the stand has you covered. It’s one of the best stands I’ve come across for Gunpla, and it comes with the kit!

My only gripe is I wish the extension was a bit longer to prop the kit a bit higher, especially when you have it in Mobile Suit mode.

HGUC Messala armed with one of its giant beam sabers.

HGUC Messala armed with one of its giant beam sabers.

HGUC Messala with removable claws engaged.

HGUC Messala with removable claws engaged.

Both shoulders can open to reveal missles.

Both shoulders can open to reveal missles.

Close up shot of the Messala's beam saber.

Close up shot of the Messala’s beam saber.

The accessories for the Messala include a pair of open hands and a pair of closed hands which can hold the 2 beam sabers. It was a nice change of pace to spray paint white joints and hands after have been painting those pieces gunmetal gray for the last models I’ve done. The open hands look nice on the kit, but they are a bit fragile. They’re made up of two pieces and they’re fairly thin. They come apart pretty easily.

The claws that are attachable to the wrists are a nice addition for the model. What I really like are the 2 giant beam sabers you get with the kit. If I’m not mistaken they look very similar in color and style to the two beam sabers that come with Scirocco’s other mobile suit the Master Grade The-O. I’m fairly certain they’re exactly the same which would solve the problem of The-O’s 2 missing beam sabers (The-O kit comes with 4 beam holsters but only 2 beam sabers). Since I’m working on the kit as we speak, I’ll be sure to check it out and report what I find.

The Messala also has a cool gimmick where you can open the shoulders to reveal missiles. Another gimmick the kit has is it can transform into a Mobile Armor form.

The Messala in its Mobile Armor form.

The Messala in its Mobile Armor form.

The Messala in its Mobile Armor form.

The Messala in its Mobile Armor form.

One of the things I was expecting from the kit was some loose joints after experiencing that problem with transformable kits, namely the MG Gundam Unicorn. I’m happy to say that I didn’t experience that problem with this kit. The joints are tight in both forms.

The Mobile Armor form looks great especially with the two giant boosters prominently shown on either side of the kit. The transformation isn’t at all complex, it just basically consists of maneuvering a few pieces on the torso and legs, then some part swapping with the arms.

I think if you’re a Zeta Gundam fan, you’re definitely going to want to take a look at getting this kit. It’s Paptimus’ iconic Mobile Suit (at least from the first half of the series), and its got such a unique and interesting design.

With this kit’s video I decided to experiment with Final Cut Pro Motion a software that I started playing around with ages ago but have always wanted to learn more about.

HGUC PMX-000 Messala

HGUC PMX-000 Messala

HGUC PMX-000 Messala

HGUC PMX-000 Messala

Messala with its two giant beam sabers.

Messala with its two giant beam sabers.

HGUC PMX-000 Messala

HGUC PMX-000 Messala

HGUC PMX-000 Messala

HGUC PMX-000 Messala

HGUC PMX-000 Messala

+ Fantastic and unique design. Much different than the standard humanoid Mobile Suit.

+ Good amount of poseability given the size and amount of joints in the kit.

+ Great accessories including giant sabers and a stand that will hold everything the kit came with.

- A few loose parts on the kit including the open hands which tend to fall apart fairly easily.

- Standing the kit can be a problem since the feet are constructed unusually, but designed the way they are seen in the anime series.