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Model In-Progress / Re: MG Wing Gundam
« on: May 13, 2010, 08:55:28 PM »
I always felt the older 1/100th HG and MG kits went overboard of "made up details".  The panel lines on the MG Wing Gundam seem fine to me.  It helps streamline the design (as a flying-type MS should!)

I especially like the extra white parts that extend when the wings fold open.  This feature was lacking on the old HG 1/100th and I think the MG's wings make them look more like wings than two boards that move in and out.

Model In-Progress / Re: MS-06F-2 ZakuII F2
« on: May 12, 2010, 07:13:38 PM »
I like the meshing of the older Tri-Stars colors on the newer F2 model.  I always enjoy the "What if" kinds of repaints and customs.  I myself have wanted to do one of my HGUC Zaku II F2's in Char's colors or something in that respect.

Paint looks slick!  Keep it up!

Model In-Progress / Re: MG GM Custom - Ruby Guard
« on: May 12, 2010, 07:11:14 PM »
The wire mesh over the backpack vents is a NICE touch!  Details on the weapon look slick too.

Model In-Progress / Re: PG LAUNCHER STRIKE ver.nath
« on: May 12, 2010, 07:09:17 PM »
Excellent display base!  I can't wait to see what these different color lights do to all the sweet details you added to the design.  Fancy lighting always seems to bring out the best in even the most subtle details.

Model In-Progress / Re: RGM-79S GM Spartan 1/144th Scale
« on: May 12, 2010, 07:06:36 PM »
well, I was dragging my feet with this one for awhile... thanks to school keeping me busier than I expected and other projects taking priority.

Thanks to Bandai's HGUC announcement of the]GM Kai, this project just got a lot easier.  However, that kit doesn't get released until August of 2010.  Until then, I want to find a solution for the shoulders conversion, which looks to be the only real challenging part of this conversion.

I need to think of ways to modify the existing shoulders so that I can retain the HGUC's articulation while having the actual beefy shoulder armor design of the Spartan.  Any ideas on how to meld these two together would be great.

Also... I feel like the finish on the resin of this kit is a bit slick.  What's a good grit of sandpaper to use for these without destroying the fine details of the mold?

Model In-Progress / 1/144 RX-121-1 Gundam TR-1 Variants
« on: December 30, 2009, 03:35:57 PM »
1/144 RX-121-1 Gundam TR-1 Variants

Bandai HGUC Hazel Custom
DHM Primrose Parts
DHM Hrududu Parts

Been wanting to do this for awhile and thanks to seeing clee-cm's Owsla coming together so nicely I've finally broken ground on it.  Thanks to the modular parts of both the actual design of the Hazel by Fujioka and the modular designs of the AoZ model kits, I'll be able to switch this machine into several different forms.  With a large array of AoZ parts at my disposal, this base kit will be taking on some notable versions we've seen of the Hazel including the stock Hazel Custom, Hazel Owlsa, and the Hazel Rah.  I may even have it take on additional forms as I progress through this project.

At the core of this is, of course, the Hazel Custom.  Once I've finished preparing that kit, it's option parts to transform it into different versions will be finished, applied to the Hazel Custom, and photographed accordingly. 

I've broken ground on the Hazel Custom, getting it built OOB for parts fitting of the optional parts I have lying around.

Here are some shots of parts fitting the pieces needed for the Hazel Owsla.  Other than the base form, I think this will be the first to be finished.  Again, credit to clee-cm for getting me moving on doing this form.

Model In-Progress / Re: TR-1 Hazel Owsla/Primrose - From AOZ Unlimited...
« on: December 30, 2009, 03:06:48 PM »
I can't believe that A: someone can build an entire suit at this scale from scratch so well and B: that it's from my beloved AoZ series!  Simply amazing work!

Not to rain on the parade, but you do realize you have the yellow V fin on the waist armor upside down, right?  Should be a simple fix if you're this adept at building something like this. 

Model In-Progress / RGM-79S GM Spartan 1/144th Scale
« on: November 25, 2009, 11:33:22 AM »

RGM-79S GM Spartan
HGUC GM Striker/Studio Reckless GM Spartan Kitbash

It's been awhile since I posted/was active here, but with this new project of mine, I can't think of a better place to post my progress to get some good input/advice on it than here.  Consider me back!

Awhile ago, I built a kit that fused elements of the HGUC Hazel Custom with a Resin kit of Studio Reckless' RGM-79S GM Spartan to make my own unique variant that quickly became one of my favorite creations.  I called it the GM Desert Combat Type, for lack of a more creative name.  Built off a HGUC Hazel Custom frame and decorated with parts from both the Hazel and the resin GM Spartan kit (and a few other odd parts), it still has a very GM Spartan-esque look to it.  In fact, I'm convinced that with a repaint in all green, it'd just look like a suped up GM Spartan.

At the time this was built (2006), there wasn't really a GM kit that could serve as a good basis for a full GM Spartan kitbash without too much work.  However, with the release of kits like the Powered GM and GM Striker in HGUC, the parts to make a HGUC-ified GM Spartan are pretty much all there.  So, my quest to fuse yet another Studio Reckless 1/144th GM Spartan Kit with parts to give it the articulation of that of a HGUC kit is now much more realistic than ever.  The goal is to retain as much of the Resin kit detail as possible while having the articulation and poseability of a HGUC kit.

That being said, I ran into a couple of problems when I was assembling the previous kitbash.  Namely with paint sticking properly.  I'm thinking that I used the wrong grit of sandpaper or didn't use a good enough primer before I applied paint.  With a mix of two different plastics at work here, what's my best bet to get an even finish on this?

I've also been wondering about the exposed joints on this.  Bandai has recently been making new joints with a softer plastic.  What's the  best way to paint these without disrupting the articulation?

AoZ Unlimited Competition! / Re: GB2: AoZ Reference and Questions
« on: March 25, 2008, 03:07:26 PM »
If anyone needs ideas for this comp, be sure to check out ninjascience's images of an AoZ Gunpla contest in the land of the rising sun.

August DHM Gunpla Contest:  AoZ

If you're looking for more info on AoZ, check out these links:

Titans Test Team Arc
The first and only English forum designed to collect, translate, and release AoZ information.  Everything from Gunpla to story outlines to MS data specs, its all there.  We are still translating and releasing data, even after the series concluded.

Much of the TTT Arc's work has ended up in this spectacular website managed and built by ninjascience.  From kit reviews to specs to chapter summaries, this website contains all of the TTT Arc's finished products in a sleek organized layout.  A must see for AoZ Fans.

Ultimate Mark's AoZ Timeline (in the UC Timeline0
Mark Simmons greatly contributed to much of the TTT Arc's successful translations and its no wonder!  This section of his UC Timeline outlines AoZ's events within the UC timeline.  See how AoZ fits into the bigger scheme of things!

ninjascience's AoZ Images @ Flickr
Want an awesome look at all of the stunning designs and artwork that came out of AoZ?  ninjascience has you covered again!  From raw scans to cleaned lineart, this is an awesome pictorial reference.
AoZ RAW Scans
AoZ Clean
Advance of Zeta Photonovel
AoZ Gunpla Contest Entries (Aug DHM)Trial Report
Translated AoZ

Model In-Progress / Re: GM Project
« on: August 25, 2007, 02:18:44 PM »
Sweet Lady Freedom!  Thats an awesome GM you've got there!

I really like what you're doing with the gun.  That long barrel looks really nice (and the details on the grenade launcher aren't half bad either!)

Model Gallery / Re: 1/100 GM Spartan
« on: August 14, 2007, 09:47:54 PM »
I really like it, but I'm sad you didn't use its "traditional weapon".  The ORE-GUN weapons are neat, but I miss the 3 barreled Gatling w/grenade rifle.  Also, if I recall, the shoulder armor wasn't identical.  One side had the longer armor while the other just had the thruster there.  Who knows, the GM Spartan was never really "official" in its design.  I've seen so many different takes on it.

Model In-Progress / Re: Tallgeese I
« on: August 13, 2007, 12:42:25 PM »
Its looking great!  Its nice to see some people still doing Wing stuff.  I know they weren't the greatest kits, but good modelers can make the most of them!

I remember seeing a Tallgeese with the Wing Gundam Ver Ka 1/100th kit in Hobby Japan not too long ago.  They did a spectacular job with it.
Hobby Japan Tallgese build

Model In-Progress / Re: 1/100 GM Spartan - 80%
« on: August 13, 2007, 12:36:45 PM »
Didn't the GM Spartan have a grenade rack for 3 on one side of the skirt armor and a spare mag on the other side?

The GM Spartan is my favorite GM variant.  That's not the GM Spartan's gun though.  What is it?

Model Gallery / Re: Project Z Ver.Ed
« on: August 10, 2007, 07:24:09 AM »
Holy cow!  I don't think those kits left any more panel lines for any other Gundams to use!  They're all taken now!

What detail!  I love these renditions!

Model Gallery / Re: MG Zaku 1
« on: August 10, 2007, 07:22:55 AM »
Though I agree with Major Blah on that detail to add, it looks great!  The addition of the Spike shoulder is nice and simple.  Kinda like they put it on there and said "There!  Now its upgraded to be as good as the Zaku II!"

A lot of recent UC Video games have been featuring the "white stripes" but sometimes I think they overdo them.  Now that I think about it a little more, its nice to see kits without them!

Model Gallery / Re: Pimp My Rick Dom II Ride!!!
« on: August 10, 2007, 07:19:28 AM »
Where's the spinners over the vents?  Or the neon blue lights under the leg armor?  lol

Neat take on a not-so-quite-neat kit!  Its nice to see old kits that I consider "crap" being used well.  I personally hate those old 80's 0080 kits, but you've pulled this one off nicely!

Model Gallery / Re: 1/144 Asshimar Ver.Ed
« on: August 10, 2007, 07:16:04 AM »
I love this rendition of the Asshimar!  I used to hate this Mobile Suit until I saw it in Advance of Zeta when it met up with Fuijioka.  Though the AoZ Asshimar and this one are still very different in proportion, I REALLY like what you've done with it!  I can't argue with the TTT Logo on the shoulder either!  Your work on the legs proportions is fantastic!

Model Gallery / Re: MS05B Zaku I / Costum
« on: August 10, 2007, 07:13:48 AM »
I haven't seen too many Zaku I's with the spike shield mounted on the shoulder like a Zaku II, but it looks neat here.  The arrangement of spikes on the left shoulder seems odd to me, but then again, its a Custom unit.  I'll agree with FitchenFoo on that red door on the front.  The color scheme almost makes it look like its a Zaku II FZ from 0080.  I like it!

Model Gallery / Re: SCRAP Gundam
« on: August 10, 2007, 07:11:07 AM »
Though the parts you use from other MS are obvious, they go together quite nicely!  I especially like the use of the Impulse shoulders!  Very nice finished product, even for a Junk Gundam!

Model Gallery / Re: MG Zaku 1
« on: August 10, 2007, 07:08:53 AM »
Hooray for Zaku I!

I really like the colors you picked for it and where you used them on the Zaku I.  Nice work!

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