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Model In-Progress / Re: Variety Grade ZZ
« on: August 27, 2012, 03:42:27 PM »
Thanks again Hunter, I'm glad to be clear of that first hurdle.

Oooh, this is a really cool idea.

The mix of parts is really working well here, but to me there's something about the arms that somehow feel more 'off' here. I think it might be the hands. Consider using the MG hands on the HGUC forearms (Or the SD's, I don't know what those look like)? I think that might level things out.

If you wanna go crazy you can put the MG's giant beam saber handles on the HGUC backpack :D

Thanks for the advice Sharkdog, I would up taking all of it. I spent the weekend at another con with the model club and left it on display as a wip. Lots of people commented on it, and some people asked me where they could buy the kit  ^_^ But spending so much time looking at it, I decided to put in the HGUC backpack again. Then for giggles I put in the MG beam sabers, and I actually like how it turned out. I was on the fence about the MG hands, mostly because the MG ZZ hands aren't very good. It could have gone either way, but I figured if the MG beam sabers are going to be on it, then it will need the bigger hands to wield them!

Here it is with HGUC backpack, MG beam sabers and MG hands. I also added the shoulder-vent-things from the HGUC, and the front red cockpit hatch piece from the HGUC. Instead of using the whole MG front skirt I also put in just the protruding parts from it. I'm excited that so much detail is going into it successfully, and I'll need to find some better replacement MG hands for it.

I contemplated adding the 1/144 FAZZ beam cannon, but in the end I decided that it is a ZZ and not a FAZZ, so that didn't make sense. However, I think it could use a weapon...

Conceptually, I think I am going to build a junkyard themed base for it. Judau, the ZZ pilot started out as a junkyard MS scrapper before being a pilot, and then also since this kit is made up of other kits the junkyard idea works again.

Slow progress, but lots of hmmm-ing and haaa-ing.

Model In-Progress / Re: Variety Grade ZZ
« on: August 22, 2012, 10:57:05 PM »
Thanks Hunter! Usually I don't build the actual 'Gundams', but the ZZ is my favorite. As long as it doesn't turn out like a bobble head I will be pretty happy :)

I have added the MG ZZ parts. After trying a couple combinations, I have settled on using the shoulders, feet and backpack from the MG kit. So the part separation reads like this now:

SD ZZ - Head, torso
HGUC ZZ - Forearms, skirt, legs
MG ZZ - Shoulders, binders, backpack, feet

I am considering using the MG front skirt... but for the most part I am happy with how it is looking.

Model In-Progress / Variety Grade ZZ
« on: August 20, 2012, 12:08:06 AM »
I have always been very inspired by a model build in the Dec 1999 issue of Hobby Japan. The kit is the Variety Grade Gundam by Takahiro Yamada, which is a complex kitbash of an HG, MG and PG RX-78-2 to create very unique proportions. It left a strong impression on me, and I look up to it as one of my favorite models ever.

Variety Grade Gundam:

Today I was building models with the local Gunpla club at an anime convention. On the table I had an SD ZZ and an HGUC ZZ I recently finished snapping. I became a little bored and tried kitbashing them together, and the result was so well received by people passing by I have decided to actually finish it.

This is how it looks at the moment, just tacked together. It is the SD head and torso, with HGUC for the rest.

I also have an MG ZZ, which I plan to use the lower half of the legs off the MG, and the shoulder armor/binders from to help balance it out.

Model In-Progress / Re: Space Battleship Yamato (Bandai 1/500)
« on: August 19, 2012, 10:44:26 PM »
I think it is really great to see a model wip that is very unusual and different. Even if it's not very modelling heavy, I like to check this thread because I have really high expectations for where all this is going!  ^_^

Model In-Progress / Re: MS-06 Zaku II Custom "Koi"
« on: August 19, 2012, 07:36:10 PM »
Love the etching and folding the shield. Pro stuff. And thanks for that link!  ^_^

I'm not sold on the midriff section in the sketch. I have tried to add a similar piece to a Dias and had to cut it down because it wound up looking super unnatural.

Model Gallery / Re: 1/550 scale Grublo
« on: August 13, 2012, 11:47:29 PM »
Great to see an old mobile armor getting some love!

Model In-Progress / Re: 1/24 Extreme Turbine Combat Racer - Kitbash
« on: August 11, 2012, 11:19:35 PM »
I love it, looking great!  ^_^

Model In-Progress / Re: Yams-130B Greifer
« on: August 05, 2012, 01:37:41 AM »
I'm excited to see your new works. I've been following you since your Z Gustav and I think they are very progressive. Although I don't like this design much, I am looking forward to seeing your interpretation of it.  ^_^

It's looking better already. Break up that space!

Model In-Progress / Re: HG G-BOUNCER
« on: July 29, 2012, 04:15:20 PM »
Vinegar as a decal softener? I have never heard of that before, I think I will give it a try. Thanks for sharing that tidbit!

I think your G Bouncer needs more colors on some of the details. The more colors you can add the bigger it looks, and if you can make it look as detailed as an MG color-seperation wise then I think you'll be in really good shape.

Model In-Progress / Re: AMX-004 MG Qubeley (Zeonic Knight conversion)
« on: July 29, 2012, 04:02:28 PM »
I don't like the shape of the shield, it obscures the kit too much imo, how is the pilot even going to see around it? I think it's one component that could be a little more practical.

Been following this build for a while now, it looks great. I love how progressive it is.  ^_^

Model In-Progress / Re: 1/24 Extreme Turbine Combat Racer - Kitbash
« on: July 29, 2012, 03:59:15 PM »
That makes me want to build a lathe with an old corded drill.  ^_^

Great looking project, I love the Porsche shape.

Model In-Progress / Re: 1/48 Gundam The Origin Bust.
« on: July 28, 2012, 11:49:30 AM »
This is a great project! The beam sabre already looks better. I hope you are planning on sharpening the V-fin, that will definitely add to it.

Not sure about the cannon. Maybe because I am an RX-78 purist, but I don't see it fitting on the shoulder in 'down' position (heavy mods planned?). I'm sure you will be the first guy to do it though, and that makes it worth doing. I'm following this with great interest. Keep it going!

Model Gallery / Re: 1/72 Bandai Nausicaa Gunship
« on: June 15, 2012, 05:53:42 PM »
I have this kit unbuilt in my stash. I have never seen one that is finished, it looks great! I like what you did with the blue, I think I'll remember that for when I get around to doing mine.

Not a fan of the stock base too much though, this one screams for a little diorama of some grasslands or something similar.

Model Gallery / Re: Thunderbirds Mole (Aoshima/IMAI 1/72)
« on: May 31, 2012, 10:43:55 AM »
That looks really awesome. Great photography too!

I really want to build this kit now, for awhile now I have wanted to do something Thunderbirds and this is getting me thinking again.

Model Gallery / Re: Zentradi Pod Regult 1/72
« on: April 24, 2012, 10:41:47 PM »
I love the oldies, you did a great job with this kit. It's clean, and the LED is quite scary... kind of reminiscent of HAL! I would love to have this on my shelf. Actually I have a whack of these in 1/200 scale, so I might try my hand at them soon.  ^_^

Model Gallery / Re: 1:100 Ferrari Mortar Headd
« on: February 01, 2012, 01:55:30 PM »
I'm digging it, and also the wheels on the legs! This looks better than most people's serious FSS attempts and it is just your side project? Fantastic stuff.

Model Gallery / Re: 1/144 HGUC Z'Gok (Again)
« on: January 06, 2012, 01:23:28 AM »
Truck liner? That's pretty crafty. Did you do anything besides spray it on? It looks like a really simple way to texturize and it came out great.

Well it goes on very runny, so I had to dab it with a paper towel to absorb some of the urethane, but luckily it leaves the small flecks on. However masking is difficult because the stuff peels off like rubber, and it tends to run under tape. Then you have to cut it with a blade to remove the tape and leave sharp lines.

But compared to using thinned Tamiya gray putty or Mr Surfacer it is way less labour intensive and provides a lot of fine detail.

However the stuff dries super hard. After a couple days it can survive a nuclear event.

Model Gallery / 3Q 1/20 Melusine
« on: January 05, 2012, 05:14:13 PM »
This Melusine is my first MaK kit, and it is almost oob. Mods are removed panel lines, new mesh on the back, new antennas, aftermarket camera lenses, epoxy joint covers and lots of rivets added.

It was supposed to be a quick and easy practice build but wound up taking me more than a year, which is saying a lot since there aren't a ton of structural mods or anything. I'm getting slower with age. :p

Some wip photos of the mods:

And the finished model:

Model Gallery / 1/144 HGUC Z'Gok (Again)
« on: January 05, 2012, 05:00:35 PM »
Another year, another Z'Gok. I must have built four or five of these old HGUC kits now. And why not, they're only 800 Yen and look awesome. This one is strictly oob, just painting practice. Ok, it's not really oob, I added a G Option monoeye, sharpened the claws and sprayed the surface with aerosol truck bed liner to give it that crusty sea texture. Painting is Max Style, my first attempt. I'm quite pleased.

This is a really great little kit to have on my shelf :)

Model In-Progress / Re: 1/100 GMG AGX-041 custom
« on: November 15, 2011, 09:45:19 PM »
Honestly I hated how this thread was looking at first, and I thought it was going to be extremely overdone for the scale, but seeing it all come together I love it! There are lots of little things I see you have done that I want to steal away for my own works. I especially like the bubbling paint at the bottom of some pieces, it really looks ace.

Can't wait to see the finished model!  ^_^

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