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.

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)

 

 

 

REVIEW & VIDEO: MG Nu Gundam Ver. Ka

MG Nu Gundam Ver. Ka

MG Nu Gundam Ver. Ka with funnels deployed.

I first learned about the MG Nu Gundam Ver. Ka last year, and I was amazed at the design with more details than its previous incarnations. I wasn’t really a fan of the previous version, but was just amazed at the details and changes made to this master grade model.

In addition to its normal form, you can change various pieces of the model so that certain parts (green pscho-frame bits) are exposed to give the model a pscyho frame look. It doesn’t look really different when you change i compared to the MG Gundam Unicorn.

The model is very poseable as expected from a master grade and the weapons and shield fit perfectly into the hands thanks to a new connection system where pegs are not only found in the hands but in the accessories as well to give a very, very tight grip between the hand and weapons.

Nu Gundam with bazooka

Nu Gundam with bazooka

Nu Gundam with saber

Nu Gundam with saber

Nu Gundam with Rifle

Nu Gundam with Rifle

Nu Gundam with funnels

Nu Gundam with funnels

The Nu Gundam also comes with funnels that can be attached in the back, as pictured above. The funnels are used as separate attack units as seen in the movie Char’s Counterattack.

The good news is that the funnels look very impressive, especially when you attach each separate one to the stand. Unfortunately, when you combine the funnels and place them on the model’s back, they tend to very flimsy as they are all connected using small pegs to attach to one another.

I’ve noticed that when I place the Gundam on the stand and move it at an angle, all the funnels tend to bend towards the model. It’s not a very secure system, and at times the funnels have fallen from the model when I try to move it.

As I said before, the stand which holds the model and funnels is more than adequate to show this model off as it provides for a variety of poses while utilizing the funnel system.

Nu Gundam with funnels deployed using the very effective stand.

Nu Gundam with funnels deployed using the very effective stand.

Close up of the funnel

Close up of the funnel

It’s been about three years since I put together and painted a Gundam model. The last one I posted was the Sazabi and that took months. It was refreshing to paint the model and put it together in less than 2 weeks. I think what originally put me off building Gundam models before was how much time (and MONEY!) was involved.

My next project will be the 1/144 Qubeley by Model Comprehend and I will use the same workflow as I used with the MG Nu Gundam.

Overall, I think people who didn’t like the Nu Gundam model before, will be quite impressed with this model. There was enough changes for me to take a second look and make a purchase.

Nu Gundam Ver. Ka

Nu Gundam Ver. Ka

Nu Gundam Ver. Ka

Nu Gundam Ver. Ka