GUNDAM WORK IN PROGRESS PT2 PRIME FIRST COAT: PROTOTYPE GOUF [MOBILITY DEMONSTRATOR BLUE COLOR Ver.]

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For my kits I usually do more than one coat of primer, with the first a very thin and rough coat.

You could see the original colors of the Prototype Gouf in some of the parts and some excess paint in others which I usually clear up during or before the second coat of primer.

One thing that I really like about High Grades is the very little painting and time it takes to clean the parts up and get straight to painting.

Don’t get me wrong, the Master Grades kits are wonderful and are worth it when the end product turns out to be spectacular, but it just takes so much time and money to do.

I think from here on out, I will be concentrating on High Grades especially since the most recent ones, specifically The Origin kits, are a bit of a step up compared to previous High Grades. The advancements in the articulation, and the inclusion of some really nice stickers has me hooked.

Ever since I started building the kits, I’ve started to watch the original Mobile Suit Gundam series. I first attempted a while ago to watch it, but the animation was just a distraction. It’s very old and rough but what do you expect for a series that debuted in the late 1970s. Watching Gundam: The Origin before I delved in the original series (Not recommended) had me curious as to who these characters were. I also watched the movie versions of the original series which helped tremendously get me into the series as well as form my interest into the Zeon mobile suits like the Zaku and Gouf.

This prototype Gouf kit is my first Gouf and won’t be my last.

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Prototype Gouf’s included machine gun. You could see the small bit of putty around the connection areas for the hand and the secondary handle. I’ve learned the hard way NOT to paint these. I have had some moving parts that just stick forever or won’t move since they’re painted.

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The base part of the Prototype Gouf’s shield. First coat of primer with some cleanup work left to do.

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GUNDAM WORK IN PROGRESS PT1 UNBOXING: PROTOTYPE GOUF [MOBILITY DEMONSTRATOR BLUE COLOR Ver.]

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Continuing my absolute love of the Gundam: The Origin model kits, I’m taking on the YMS-07A-0 Prototype Gouf [Mobility Demonstrator Blue Color Ver.] as my next project.

This is an alternate version of the YMS-07B Prototype Gouf that was widely released. The version I’m working on is a limited version made available through P-Bandai. The main differences being the hands and wrists are the more traditional ones found in the Zaku kits, rather than the interchangeable ones found in the regular release.

Other differences include a pretty nifty machine gun and some stickers, notably those  showing the number “2” and other outline decals to make the kit stand apart from the original release.

But it’s not a substantial difference, case in point the kit comes with the original manual for the YMS-07B, but there is secondary manual which details the different construction of the arms and hands, and the machine gun.

The manual also details the varied sticker applications to the kit.

I like the differences in this model and I’m still  excited to work on this kit.

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CHAR AZNABLE CUSTOM ZAKU II – THE ORIGIN – HG

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High Grade Char Aznable’s Custom Zaku II from Gundam: The Origin.  The kit’s armed with the Zaku Bazooka and a Heat Hawk.

It’s been a very long time and it took me something grand to come back to this blog site and Gundam models.

Although I’m pretty late on the series, I got hooked on the Gundam: The Origin anime series which I think is pretty superb with the animation and the story.

Now to be honest, I never really liked Char’s Zaku, perhaps it was the colors that the original series used or the model’s colors, but this HG version from the new series looked superb and it looks even more impressive in Gunpla form.

This High Grade model is not the HG model I’m used to.

It’s very articulate, a bit more detailed,  more opportunities for panel lines,  and there are stickers included!  I love the stickers, although some are very tiny and hard to put on.

The accessories which are plentiful include a mammoth sized anti-ship rifle, Zaku bazooka, and two heat hawks.

The HG Char Aznable’s Custom Zaku II is a great addition to my collection, and I will be getting more models from The Origin, specifically Zeon!

 

HGUC SCHUZRUM GALLUSS – PART 5: TOP COATING AND CONSTRUCTION

HGUC Schuzrum Galluss with chain mine weapon and Kotobukiya Panzerfaust.

HGUC Schuzrum Galluss with chain mine weapon and Kotobukiya Panzerfaust.

As you can see above the HGUC Schuzrum Galluss is nearly complete with some minor painting touch ups and additional decals the only steps left until completion and the full review. I did some top coating using model masters clear coat and dullcote, and after a day constructed the kit. By far this is the most agile High Grade Gundam mobile suit I’ve ever put together, and it doesn’t hurt it looks terrific.

Picture of the connection part of the HGUC Schuzrum Galluss which makes the legs more poseable.

Picture of the connection part of the HGUC Schuzrum Galluss which makes the legs more poseable.

The arms and legs are very poseable thanks in part to some construction techniques that I’ve never come across before, specifically a piece underneath the skirt armor to which the legs connect.

The piece basically allows more room for the legs to swivel at a more exaggerated stance; a picture to the left from the kit’s manual demonstrates how the piece works and allows more movement.

Usually, it’s the arms of an HGUC that has more poseability than the legs, but both the arms and legs have a great range which allows some dynamic poses.

The Schuzrum Galluss, judging by its main weapons and appearance on the Gundam Unicorn anime series, is a close combat mobile suit that showed off some close quarter combat skills in the anime series, like a one legged kick which I’m happy to say is attainable thanks in part to how the kit was designed with the aforementioned legs connector piece and how well the kit is balanced; it’s not a heavy kit.

HGUC Schuzrum Galluss is capable of kicking similar to what it did on the Gundam Unicorn anime series.

HGUC Schuzrum Galluss is capable of kicking similar to what it did on the Gundam Unicorn anime series.

I’ll go into full detail with the kit when I get to a full review which should be coming up sometime next week, but I’m loving the look of the kit and how agile it is.

HGUC Schuzrum Galluss and the chain mine weapon.

HGUC Schuzrum Galluss and the chain mine weapon.

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HGUC Schuzrum Galluss

UPCOMING PRODUCT: HGUC MSZ-008 Z II

HGUC Z II (Source: gundamguy.blogspot.com)

HGUC Z II (Source: gundamguy.blogspot.com)

As much as I love the Zeta Gundam anime series and most of the excellent designed mobile suits, one of the designs I can’t stand is the Zeta Gundam itself. I can’t really describe it, but it just looks plain looking compared to the other mobile suits in the series, especially the strange but awesome mecha of the Titan antagonists.

Suffice to say, I’ve never purchased the Zeta Gundam, however one of its alternative forms (not shown in the TV series) is coming out this September. Dubbed the Z II, this variation of the Zeta Gundam mobile suit appeared in “side stories” either through the manga or video game medium.

I’ve seen this design before when Bandai produced it for its Gundam Fix Figuration Figures many years ago, and it looked terrific! I would’ve purchased it, but the GFF series was known to have loose parts and issues with poseability.

But now the Z II is being released soon for the High Grade series, and I am definitely on board. I love the colors of the kit and accentuated armor features and weapons. I am looking forward to getting this kit ASAP!

HGUC Z II (Source: gundamguy.blogspot.com)

HGUC Z II (Source: gundamguy.blogspot.com)

 

 

 

HGUC SCHUZRUM GALLUSS – PART 4: MASKING & PAINTING CONTINUED

HGUC Schuzrum Galluss inner knee and tubing plate masked to divide inner frame color and tubing color.

HGUC Schuzrum Galluss inner knee and tubing plate masked to divide inner frame color and tubing color.

Work on the HGUC Schuzrum Galluss is going pretty smoothly and quickly. On the third day of work I masked all the parts that weren’t color separated that includes the knee tubing which is molded with the inner frame, the front ends of the feet which are supposed to be red, and two exterior frames that jut out of the front skirt.

As you can see from the pics, I used a pretty thin model tape to mask the parts, since I needed some precision when it came down to the actual divide between two colors in some pretty hard to get to spots. And since this was the only masking tape that I had on hand, I also used it to cover the remaining parts that had already been spray painted.

I used Tamiya’s red spray paint for the feet and skirt portions, and Model Masters intermediate blue for the tubing, which I will also use for the rest of the tubing pieces and the mine weaponry.

In addition, I primed the last group of parts that includes the mine weaponry, some tubing and chest plates.

Finally, I color spray painted the extra weaponry and remaining inner frame pieces. I’m pretty excited to see how the Kotobukiya Panzerfaust will look with the kit. With the dual Panzerfaust I was going with a look similar to the Kampfer which this model, specifically with the magnetic chain mine, has some influences.

Hopefully, I’ll be able to finish color spray painting the last group and do some top coating for the next day of work.

A few pieces of two of Kotobukiya's Panzerfaust purchased for the HGUC Schuzrum Galluss kit.

A few pieces of two of Kotobukiya’s Panzerfaust purchased for the HGUC Schuzrum Galluss kit. Background pieces are hands and inner frame pieces for the model. 

Four inner frame plates of the HGUC Schuzrum Galluss that have the inner tubing molded into them. Used masking tape to color separate them.

Four inner frame plates of the HGUC Schuzrum Galluss that have the inner tubing molded into them. Used masking tape to color separate them.

Masking then color spray painting the front ends of the HGUC Schuzrum Gallus' feet.

Masking then color spray painting the front ends of the HGUC Schuzrum Gallus’ feet.

Two pieces of the mine weaponry backpack for the HGUC Schuzrum Galluss primed and ready to be color painted.

Two pieces of the mine weaponry backpack for the HGUC Schuzrum Galluss primed and ready to be color painted.

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.