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About The Kit »
For my second peice in the Forum Group Build: AoZ Unlimited, I decided to do another Hazel, but this time add a twist. The
twist was combining the Hazel with the Zeon Alive Stutzer units. I’m very pleased with the end result as it adds a lot to the Hazel and still managed to look as if it fits into the AoZ continuity.
The kit started off as a Master Grade Quel and a test cast Hazel head from Models4U. I made many modifications to the kit in addition to the removable Stutzer unit. I’ll lest them below:
Quel to Hazel Modifications
- Scratch-build shoulder boxes/grenade launchers
- Modified chest vents to be closed type and to protrude outward
- Modified GM beam rifle to look more like Hazel beam rifle, yet still be a unique piece. E-Pacs from MG Gp01 were used
- Scratch-build clip covers for clips mounted on right forearm. E-Pacs from MG Gp01 were used
- Detailed recesses with stretched sprue which was painted red
- Added resin Hazel head
- Modified shield mount so that it mounted to side of arm instead of back
- Detailed thruster bells and other parts with 1mm silver crimping beads
- Scratch-build center of chest to be the Hazel chest
- Scratch-build pilot hatch to be larger
- Added bar to center bottom of
backpack to match Stutzer unit
- Scratch-build main arms and center structure from styrene shapes and sheets
- Used Gp01 Beam Rifle on right arm
- Used shell cartridges from M-10 Tank for grenade/rocket launchers on left arm
- Used drill-lathed sprue for yellow bars on arms and mount
- Rare earth magnets were used to attach Stutzer unit to chest
- Details added with Wave and Kotobukiya option parts
For the color of the Hazel I wanted to leave out the white highlights and use darker blues to produce a more sinister look. I think
I achieved that feel. The yellow-orange help to make the suit pop in places and keep the Titans Test Team look. The decals were the TTT sheet from Models4U.
12.03.2005 » Concepts
with my AoZ Unlimited Group Build projects I have started
on my MG Quel to Hazel conversion with a twist. For the most
part the base kit will be the MG Quel with a few modifications
for posability and some add-ons. I purchased a Hazel head
from Models4U to use for this and I’ll be scratchbuilding
the shoulder grenade launchers and the buldged out chest piece/hatch.
The backpack will be the stock one from the Quel as I like
its big boxy goodness.
The twist comes in where I’ll be
making a detatchable ‘Stutzer’ unit for the front.
From what I can gather, it was just the Zeon forces
using stutzers, but I think it might look kinda
cool on the Hazel. Mine will be using the beam
rifle from the MG Gp01 on the one ‘boom’ and on
the other ‘boom’, instead of the grapling arm,
I’ll be adding a row of grenade launchers. Below
are some pics from AoZ of the Hazel in the scheme
I’ll be using and of the Zaku Stutzer. My stutzer
unit will be modified to look more Titans Test
Team than Zeonesque style-wise.
12.03.2005 » Modifications
Another twist is that I’m actually
doing mobility mods. For those who don’t know
what that is, it involves modifying the kit so
that it has more/better articulation and posability.
First up was adding a ball-joint in the chest
so that it could pivot back and forth and left
and right. You can see in the final pic the extreme
side of the new articulation. I’ll be adding greeblies
inside the gap so that it doesn’t look empty when
tilted. Not shown is another polycap mod I added
to the hip joint to allow that to pivot back and
forth. I’ll take a pic of that later. The second
image is that of my additions to make the Quel
into the base Hazel. I won’t be making the leg
boosters or the added ass armor. This will be
a scaled back Hazel. Finally, you can see Pete’s
Hazel head cast in the final pic. He did a great
job with that!
12.05.2005 » More
Here’s what I go so far… The
Hazel center chest part is almost finished. It
just needs some more sanding, beveling and the
little circles added to the sides. I need to find
a 1 mm drill bit first though before I add those.
In the top of the chest piece I added a rare earth
magnet under a very thin top-plate of styrene
to hide it.
Then I started on the Stutzer pack.
I added another rare earth magnet in the part
that sits on the chest to hold it together so
that it is removeable. To keep the Hazel/AoZ look
based on the HGUC Hazel I have, I took some thin
yellow sprue (but it will later be painted) lathed
some panel lines into it (using my drill) and
added those to the front of the 2 Stutzer support
struts. More “yellow” tubes will be
added inbetween the struts along with a vent.
When some more glue dries, I’ll add the joints/tubing
to the sides of those struts that will allow the
2 ‘booms’ to swivel up and down. The sensor (blue)
is leftover from my MG Gp01 (Gerbera Tetra) project.
The shoulder parts are almost done
as well. They just need some primer and a little
fill work where the grenades connect. I also filled
the chest vents and scribed a line across them.
I’ve seen several Gundams with these type vents
and I like them. This seemed like a good project
to add that look to.
12.07.2005 » Arms
Things are progressing rather quickly.
Since the last update, I cleaned up the center
part so that it’s nice and sanded, beveled, etc…
I added some more of the yellow rods in-between
the two struts and there will be a vent inbetween.
This will look very much like the HGUC Hazel’s
booster pod details when painted. A grab bar was
added to the top of the struts. The joints were
added to the sides of the stutzer unit and the
‘arms’ were made by layering sheets of styrene
to get that layered look. The joints were made
using road wheels from an M-10 tank kit and wheel
parts from an M* Greyhound. In the pics, they’re
not pushed in all the way. I want to
keep the stiffness of the joints so I am limiting
the amount I “test fit” them. I still
have a lot of clean-up and detailing to do on
the arms and such. Here’s some pics. I needed
to prop the arms up for now as the kit is very
front heavy and will topple over. I’ll have to
weight the feet down with something or display
it on a rod in a flight pose.
12.17.2005 » Armed
I came down with a case of ‘Metal
Gear Solid 3′ so progress slowed a bit on the
[Stutzer]. I’m all better now (and really enjoyed
the game!) so I’m back to the in-progs. Since
my last update I’ve cut and sanded everything
that needed sanded and cut on the Quel. That damn
shield had soooo many injector marks on the inside.
I also finished the hand-held gun and clips. Those
were made from Gp01 ePacs and the Quel beam gun
with a barrel from a GM Type C gun leftover. The
clip covers were made from thick sheet styrene
that was filed into shape. They extra clip will
go on the right forearm. I liked that placement
after seeing it on several AoZ GMs.
I also added the weapons to the
boom arms. The grenade launchers are from an Academy
M10 tank kit. I believe they were shell casings.
The gun is the MG Gp01 beam rifle. The mounting
‘clips’ were made from 1/8″ strip styrene
cut at a 45 degree angle. I had to add some strips
to the back side of the rifle so that it would
That’s it for now. Next I need to
wash the resin parts and then prime everything.
I totally expect to have a little more clean-up
after priming, but will be onto paint very soon.
12.27.2005 » Paint
I’ve had the Hazel painted and
Futured since before Christmas, but with all the
traveling and Santa brining me a cold on Christmas
morning I haven’t had time to do much with it.
I am feeling better enough today that I was able
to finish adding the wash for all the panel lines
and to paint the red stretched sprue details I
added in the recesses to make this piece have
that AoZ feel. Below are some pics. For whatever
reason the parts look textured in the pics, but
not so much in real life. I think it’s a combo
of the dark colors mixed with harsh light and
a need for several more coats of Future for decals
and flat coating. I’d love to add the decal coat
of Future on tonight, but I keep sneezing and
my nose keeps running and that just doesn’t make
for a pleasant mask-wearing painting experience.