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Thank you! 

I forgot to mention that aside from the primer and transparent coats, I will be hand painting these kits. :)

Cheers!

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My current project is preparing for a hobby convention next year and exhibiting my MG Nu Gundam and MG Nu Gundam ver Ka side by side.

Below is a picture of a recast of the AKO Creations conversion parts for the original MG Nu Gundam.


Runners


Metal ankles and hip connectors


Shield, rifle and bazooka [not yet detailed]


Here is a picture of the conversion kit [credits to AKO creations; I do not own the picture] and one of the 2 chest vents you can choose from:


Leg and hip inner frame assembly:




Initial coat of paint on the armor and feet:






As you can see, the conversion kit will make the model kit taller.







C&C is encouraged.  Please be gentle. :)

Cheers!

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Model Talk / Mickey Gundam
« on: October 13, 2006, 10:05:36 AM »
I kind of like it but I'd  lose the Donald Beam Rifle thingamajig.... :lol:

Looks like a 1/144 scale kit mod to me (?)

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Model In-Progress / 1/60 PG Buster Gundam
« on: October 12, 2006, 11:27:45 PM »
Yes, some black mesh in the forehead would look nice. :)  Sorry if I missed this but what primer did you use for the kit?  Looks really smooth from the pictures.  :)

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Model In-Progress / 1/100 MG FA 010-A FAZZ Gundam WIP by delta408
« on: October 09, 2006, 09:10:58 AM »
Got busy for a few hours this week and my FAZZ is about 85% done.  Here's a quick preview of my work so far:




I felt a bit morbid so I posed my FAZZ holding its head in its hands (Sleepy Hollow ;D ).  THe FAZZ is really massive when you attach the armor and even without the chest plate, it still looks intimidating.  You'll see that the armor, BGF and core fighter are done.

Looks pretty good considering this is my first attempt at painting Gunpla but  I still need to seal all the gaps, sand and prime the guns, and a few other pieces (missile towers(?) on both shoulder armors) then paint the whole FAZZ.  I Hopefully, this kit will be complete by this Saturday.


Cheers!!!  :lol:

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Model In-Progress / 1/100 MG FA 010-A FAZZ Gundam WIP by delta408
« on: October 06, 2006, 05:50:40 AM »
Thanks, Major.  I am currently saving up for a digital camera to I can take more detailed shots.

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Model Talk / Model Wishlist (Something stupid for a change)
« on: October 05, 2006, 01:06:58 PM »
I know it's asking a bit too much, but we can all dream right?   8)

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Model Talk / Model Wishlist (Something stupid for a change)
« on: October 05, 2006, 10:33:13 AM »
I have quite a wishlist:


PG 1/60 MS 010-S ZZ Gundam Ver Ka
PG 1/60 FA-010S FULL ARMOR ZZ GUNDAM Ver Ka
PG 1/60 Deep Striker
PG 1/60 MSA-0011 Ex S Gundam
PG 1/60 MSA-0011 S Gundam
PG 1/60 RX-93 NU GUNDAM
PG 1/60 MSN-04 SAZABI
MG 1/100 Infinite Justice Gundam
MG 1/100 Justice Gundam
MG 1/100 Aegis Gundam
MG 1/100 Deep Striker

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Model Talk / Upcoming Gunpla (Post it here, other threads will be locked)
« on: October 05, 2006, 10:28:00 AM »
I love UC more than all the other Gundam Storylines but I like quite a few of the CE Gundam designs. :)

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Model In-Progress / 1/100 MG FA 010-A FAZZ Gundam WIP by delta408
« on: October 05, 2006, 10:19:43 AM »
Thanks, right now, I'm building the BFG.

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Model In-Progress / 1/100 MG FA 010-A FAZZ Gundam WIP by delta408
« on: October 01, 2006, 04:29:43 AM »
WIP Continued:

The backpack is now complete, puttied and primed.




Looking at my Holy Grail kit, the Core-Works MSZ 010-S Gundam ZZ Ver Ka Conversion kit, I noticed that the V-fin looks like the Sentinel V-fin which I have with this FAZZ kit.  An added plus is when I discovered that the Sentinel FAZZ has extra parts to build the original ZZ Gundam head (woohoo!)  I then decided to scrap the Sentinel head and use the original head combined with the High Mega Cannon (HMC) and Sentinel V-fin.  Please take a look at the pic from the Core-Works site:



Now a bit of a problem arose when putting the head, and HMC + Sentinel V-fin together:  They were not made to fit!!!  The original Gundam ZZ head has its own HMC+V-fin assembly but I wouldn't have the exact same look as the conversion kit.  That V-fin is TOO SMALL.

Feeling in the mood to experiment, I set to work.  While the HMC I wanted to use has a socket for a peg to make an attachment, the Gundam ZZ head also had a hole for a peg.  This wasn't going to allow both parts to be joined.  Taking a steel paperclip, I cut 1 cm off with pliers which I then inserted into the assembled Gundam ZZ head and glued into place.  Testing for fit was then done to see what else needed to be done.  Another issue arose when I found there would be a BIG hole since the back of the HMC would protrude a bit.  I remedied this with a bit of Tamiya Basic Putty.  A lot of sanding, minor reapplication of the putty and priming resulted to a nice looking Gundam ZZ head, which I think isn't too bad for my first mod on a Gunpla kit. ;D




The rainy season has made it impossible for further priming so I'll proceed to building and sanding until a sunny day arrives. :)

Till the next Update.  Cheers!!!

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Model In-Progress / 1/100 MG FA 010-A FAZZ Gundam WIP by delta408
« on: September 25, 2006, 10:52:07 PM »
Quote from: "Major Blah"
Looks like a pretty detailed in-prog thread.  Just a note, if you snap fit, it's best to cut each of the connector pins with a 45 degree slant so you can pull it apart later.  :wink:


I didn't think of that before.  Thanks for the tip major blah,  you just saved my fingers from MAJOR hurting.  :D   I'll try not to cut the peg too short.   :P

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Model In-Progress / 1/100 MG FA 010-A FAZZ Gundam WIP by delta408
« on: September 24, 2006, 08:15:04 PM »
Thanks for the reply, shin0bu.  Again, I apologize for the poor pictures, as I have no digicam yet.  :(  

I will take note of your suggestion to "snap fit first then work on the kit" for my next project.  Further progress will be posted when work permits.   8)

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Model In-Progress / 1/100 MG FA 010-A FAZZ Gundam WIP by delta408
« on: September 23, 2006, 05:27:11 PM »
Hi everyone.  

I had been a miniatures modeller for a couple of years and I was also a regular player at tournaments of the now discontinued Mageknight. Gunpla building is nothing new to me but Gunpla bulding AND painting is something I have not ventured into until now. Boredom and stumbling onto modelling forums like this, sites like wonderexcellence, and work by Keita inspired me to take on more advanced Gunpla modelling.   This is my first WIP for a Gundam kit and I appreciate all constructive criticism.

My first painted kit: Bandai's FA 010-A Full Armor Gundam ZZ Sentinel Type




** Sorry if the pics are fuzzy and limited, I only have a camera phone. **

This kit's box is HUGE; maybe twice as large as the MG RX-78 box and a bit bigger than the MG RX-78 GP02 A. box  Some of the parts have flash on the
panels, especially on the leg armor.

After checking that the parts were complete, I took all the sprues out of the
wrapper and hung them from a metal rod using old shower curtain holders.  This
frees up my 3'x3' table so I can work more on the kit itself.  




I built the FAZZ head first since I'm relatively new to this whole sand, putty, prime, sand, putty, prime, paint deal.  Not to say I hate it, I just hadn't enough time or was too scared to try it back then.  I first cleaned each piece with soapy water, placed them in the FAZZ box and replaced the cover.  I think doing this will minimize dust particles sticking to the parts.



I took them out just so you guys could see them. I'm contemplating whether or not I'll prime everything first and then paint or prime and paint each part as I go along.  Anyway, the head parts are primed now as you will see below:



When they dried, I sanded them with 1500 grit sandpaper and brushed of the dust
that accumulated.  I also took care not to take off the coat of primer.  I applied putty to the visible seams.  When dry, I sanded first with 250, 400, 600 and 1500 grit.

I painted the mouthpiece and the goatee (hehe) then attached them to the eye parts. I panel lined the mouthpiece by hand and tried to take a pic of my work but the cameraphone really isn't for Macro of photography. *sigh*  Here'a a pic of what has been done:




I mixed about 3 parts white to 1 part black and 1 part royal blue.  After thinning with Tamiya acrylic thinner (smells a bit like denatured alcohol), I applied it to the head which i pre assembled without the V antenna and High Mega Particle Cannon (?).  A bit of trouble arose with this method however;  since I don't have an airbrush, the paint needed to be hand brushed.  Since the head is practically a 1 inch cube, it was fairly easy to hide my brush strokes. So much more if i spray a coat or two of dull lacquer.  the trouble with this method is that i have to really thin down the paint to cover large areas.  This is going to increase the completion time by maybe twice.



You'll see my PG WZC in the background without its wings. hehe


As I said earlier, I'll try removing all the parts and prep them for priming and puttying before painting. hopefully by the time I'm done, I'll have my Tamiya airbrush and compressor. :)


I cut the first several parts for the shoulders off the sprue trees and sanded them down to remove traces of where my cutter made its mark.  Initially I had decided to build according to the instruction manual's order.  Now, building from the feet going up looks to be the order of the day.  



Both ankles and toes are built including the lower legs.  I had a couple of accidents when building them.  the first was when I assembled one of the ankles incorrectly. I assembled and glued them backwards and had to pry them apart with my exacto knife. The second was when I found that the top of the toes had melted after I put too much putty into them.  This was more or less remedied by scooping out most of the putty and gluing a piece of sytrene on top.  Sanding and puttying made the fix complete.



** As of this time, I was able to get a basic airbrush/compressor set from Tamiya **

I have finally done the hips and lower torso of the FAZZ.  As you will see in the pic below, things are looking good. The upper torso has been airbrushed a flat blue and I'm planning to make it a bit darker in color later.  Forward part of the torso is not yet painted but I'll get to that in time.




Next up, I am starting on the core block and re-priming the head as I realize I
don't like the color I initially painted it.  Shoulders and upper arm are ready
for priming too; it's just that i forgot to include them in the picture.




That's it for now.  Work has a nasty habit of interfering with a hobby like this but it's necessary to get finances for purchasing materials (paint, putty, etc) and new kits.

Cheers!!  :)

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Model Talk / Modeling Style Preference
« on: August 25, 2006, 04:32:22 AM »
Personally, I like to build my Gundams out of the box but then I also like to make sure they look as close to the anime or line art from my favorite Gundam artists.  Initially, i was satisfied with leaving them unpainted but although Bandai's MG line is molded on pretty much the colors each part is supposed to be, I find that there are still some parts that could use a coat of paint.

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Model Gallery / SD GP04
« on: August 25, 2006, 04:21:34 AM »
I think the base is really nice.  The seam on the side of the head may bother a few people though but it's ok with me. :)  The panel elines are a bit too light though but that's just my personal preference. :) I think your idea to get rid of the rod is a good one and I'm looking forward to seeing this SD withthe alteration you have in mind.

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Model Gallery / The-O2
« on: August 24, 2006, 02:12:56 PM »
i also noticed the Macross decal on one side of your work which is a nice touch but makes it feel a bit less "Gundam-mish" (to coin a word)

all inall, i love what you did to the "the O" and like the fact that you posted pics of your progress with this project. :)

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Model Gallery / My first airbrushed MKII + Defenser
« on: August 24, 2006, 02:10:15 PM »
some places between panels could use a bit more white but i like the heavy shading, gemini. :)

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Model Gallery / 1/60 PG Freedom Gundam (completed!)
« on: August 24, 2006, 02:04:31 PM »
i have to admit the Freedom isn't one of my favorits Gundam designs because i find the wings and the "hip blasters" (don't know the exact name) a bit bulky.  but, what he did to the Gundam is so inspiring and makes me consider getting a freedom myself. :)

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Model Gallery / MG Zeta Ver.2.0 (Commision Work)
« on: August 24, 2006, 01:27:43 PM »
regarding the panel lines,  did you use a tech pen or a gundam marker?  i'm considering getting either one for a kit i'm currently working on.  sorry if this sounds bad but i kind of prefer the feet to be shaded red.  other than that i really like what you did to the Zeta.

about your work,  it's absolutely beautiful.  :)

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