GUNDAM WORK IN PROGRESS PT5 INKING AND CLEANUP: PROTOTYPE GOUF [MOBILITY DEMONSTRATOR BLUE COLOR Ver.]

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Here is the Prototype Gouf YMS-07A-0 all inked up with some touch up paint work. It’s just about done and ready for a review hopefully by this weekend.

Inking was something I wasn’t really concerned about in the beginning.

Sure I did the occasional lines but it wasn’t a top concern compared to painting and putting decals on the kit.

But panel lining I’ve found really brings out more facets of the kit that may be overlooked without any inking.

I don’t ink all the sections that need it nor do I heavily ink the lines. It’s very modest and I use q-tips and and an eraser to thin out the lines especially those in light areas.

I think it does wonders for your kit, especially if you don’t intend to paint it.

 

 

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GUNDAM WORK IN PROGRESS PT4 CONSTRUCTION & DECALS: PROTOTYPE GOUF [MOBILITY DEMONSTRATOR BLUE COLOR Ver.]

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The Prototype Gouf [Mobility Demonstrator Blue Color Version). All constructed and decaled.

Here is the Prototyp Gouf YMS-07A-0 all put together and decaled. It took me about three hours to put together and put the decals on.

There’s still some clean up work to be done and of course panel lining.

I’ve got to say the armor in the picture came out pretty nice and shiny due to a number of factors. The biggest of course is the lighting of the picture where the lights are coming from behind, and the combination of Tamiya spray paints I used.

Usually I use the grey or white base Primer from Tamiya. This time around I used pure white Tamiya for a primer which gave the parts some gloss and really lightened up my Tamiya French Blue color.

The top coat I used was clear spray paint, again from Tamiya, and the first time I’ve used it.

Got to say it came out pretty well!

Some quick thoughts: love the design of this Gouf (my first Gouf and what a kit!), very articulate with the exception of the torso due to the cables, the stickers just adds so much to the kit.

Full review soon.

GUNDAM WORK IN PROGRESS PT3 PAINT FIRST COAT: PROTOTYPE GOUF [MOBILITY DEMONSTRATOR BLUE COLOR Ver.]

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First coat of paint on the Prototype Gouf YMS-07A-0 is done and I’m really liking the Tamiya French Blue color.

I usually do two to three coats of paint and then a two coats of top coat.

For the top coat I’m going to experiment with Tamiya Clear Coat which I’ve already placed on the white armor pieces below.

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First coat of paint on all pieces done.

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First coat of Tamiya clear paint using it as a top coat.

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First coat of paint on the dark blue pieces. You can see speckles of primer in the inner sections which will disappear following the second coat of paint.

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.

HGUC Schuzrum Galluss

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.