Author Topic: Evangelion EVA-00 Prototype Unit  (Read 4473 times)

May 05, 2008, 06:34:13 PM
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Late last year I found the old stash of Volks Evangelion EVA-0 injection garage kit which I believe released in 90s before Bandai released its LM range of Evangelion kits. To say this Volks kit is difficult one to build would be the understatement.
After several nights of frustration I've thrown it out the window and got the new movie version of EVA-00 kit. That was close to x-mas time last year...
And after few minutes here and there every night I've managed to build this one minus couple more decal and lining before seal the whole thing with top coat~

The main aim with this kit was to get rid of the seam line and also to build utilising the technique called "Simple Finishing". Like previous Eva kits this one also has odd seam lines especially prominent on the thigh parts as well as back of calf parts. Also the groin and waist armour had very obvious seam line right in the middle where two pieces are met.

The groin and waist parts were easy. All I had to do was glue them and cut it at both side panel lines. For the groin armour I've modified it with C-joint mode so it can slide onto the groin frame after painted. Just make sure the front joint is very strongly held coz when put this one on you need to pull the both ends apart little bit.

The major issue was the thigh and lower legs seam line. This kit uses the same way the knee joint is held in the old kit - i.e. it's held by both upper and lower leg parts male pegs. The problem with this arrangement is you need to mask the knee joint in order to paint and having different coloured upper and lower leg means you have to make those as well when you paint. Now I'm never been a big fan of masking and I'll do anything if I can get away without masking. However utilising the C-joint mod would've been difficult in terms of durability and stability. Eva kits were well known for its poseability and I did not want to harm its mobility in any way.

I finally solved it by using both masking and the C-joint mod. I assembled the knee joint and glue the inner upper leg frame onto it. These were to be painted in the same colour so no masking was necessary. After the paint was dried I put the masking take around the knee joint and then modified the male pegs inside the lower leg assembly which already glued and seam lines fixed. Once done it was matter of pulling the lower leg joint opening apart and slot in the knee joint. Again I used the CA to glue the lower leg parts since there is fair bit of pulling required to push in the knee parts.
Here's the couple of shots assembled with the above mentioned mod but no painting yet.


And the rest were easy as pie - or so I thought till I accidentally put the tape on one of dry decal for arm. Being tried I put the tape on wrong side of dry decal and destroying it. -__-;;
Now it has no decal on outside of left arm. Will have to source the dry decal and look for the water decal is one is available...
Here is the parts break down after painting is done.


And for the weapons I've decided to use the resin parts I have in my junk box. I believe it's from Volks resin kit but don't know which one. I found both pistol as well as big bazooka(?) so I will use those instead of pallet gun included in the kit.




And lastly here's the shot with one of Eva weapon. Don't think this one was meant for EVA-00 unit so please excuse me for the ignorance. ^ ^


p.s. Excuse for the rather poor photos. As my usual digicam had decided to pack and gone to where all other broken digicam would go all I have is my old Canon PowerShot from couple of years ago... Also these were taken under non ideal lighting condition - wish I could afford the proper photo studio but I know what missus will say about that~ - -;;
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May 05, 2008, 06:39:20 PM
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C-joint... what's that? Any pics?

Looks good though. I was considering doing mine glossy as well.

May 05, 2008, 07:00:36 PM
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The C-mod is the modification around the snap-fit locking pin to allow the male counterpart to slid in and out. And in order to do that you need to convert the female part with one section carved out to make it into "C" shape rather than "O" shape when you look at down from the above.

Unfortunately I didn't take the picture when I was building this one but I have a blog entry I did for the same topic last year.
Hope this of some help.
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p.s. By the way the clinched fists and pistol are NOT part of the Bandai kit.
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May 05, 2008, 07:14:19 PM
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Okay.. that's what I thought a c-mod was, but wanted to make sure as I didn't realize it had a name. :lol: I've done a lot of them myself. Thanks for the info regarding the needed mods to the new Eva kits as I have 2 on my shelf begging to be built.

May 05, 2008, 11:02:22 PM
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great work bro! i like the shade of yellow that you used! is it custom mixed? regarding the new EVA models, are the lower arms still rubber? by the way i love the 1st pic! very nice pose! :-)

May 05, 2008, 11:55:41 PM
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Thanks mate ^ ^

Yes the arms are still the same though Bandai did say it has better skeleton structure inside - I haven't tested their claim BTW.
The shade is the Mr Hobby Color orange straight from the bottle.

May 06, 2008, 06:26:03 AM
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I bought Tamiya "Camel Yellow" in a can for mine. It's that taxi cab/car yellow you see around.

The only thing I see on yours that I have concerns over is the shoulder joint pins are VERY visible. That takes away from the look unfortunately.

May 06, 2008, 09:39:22 AM
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Oh dude that's a fantastic job. It looks like an action figure or something, it's so clean and smooth. Very nice.
By the way, say hi to Chris!

May 06, 2008, 05:25:24 PM
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I bought Tamiya "Camel Yellow" in a can for mine. It's that taxi cab/car yellow you see around.

The only thing I see on yours that I have concerns over is the shoulder joint pins are VERY visible. That takes away from the look unfortunately.

I know what you mean. ^ ^
I debated whether I should fix 'em but decided to leave them out due to limited time I have.

p.s. By the way this one is now in my daughter's hand along with Gyver 3 soft vinyl model I built for her.
So far it seems ok - coz all she does is have them joining the tea party with Barbies and alll... - -;;
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