AMS-129FF Geara Zulu Gallery

Kind of amazed that I whipped this up myself, but here you go. All parts were painted and I used the following colors:

Light green parts -> Metallic Red
Dark green parts, black parts -> Metallic Black
Inner frame, gray parts -> Gunmetal
Yellow parts -> Dark Yellow
Clear green parts -> Clear Red
White areas -> Plated Silver

I used Tamiya paints for all the colors save the Plated Silver Gundam Marker. It took about 3 hours to snip and paint, and then about 2 hours to build. I also used primer this time as I had a can left over from a long time ago, and I will say that the primer definitely made the paint look very nice with only one coat. Will have to look into priming should I paint again. I keep saying that I’m not going to paint any more and look what I go and do. Anyways, not perfect by any chance, but for jst deciding to do thison a whim it came out fairly nice.

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Merry Christmas!

I hope all are having a happy and Merry Christmas where ever you may be.  Having taken the day off myself I thought I would treat myself to a couple of new HGUCs.  The Unicorn (Destroy Mode) and the Geara Zulu.  The Geara Zulu itself seems to be a hot seller because they were sold out and I got the last one.  I also picked up the new issue of Dengeki Hobby which comes a DVD covering the PG OO Raiser and stickers for the 1/48 Unicorn Head stand for the last issue.  Dengeki Hobby is really putting out quality issues and swag each month, I may have to look into a subscription perhaps should it save a little money. 

Anyways, again, Merry Christmas to all!

WiP: PG 00 Raiser #07

Next up we’ll knock out the arms and backpack. Again following the O ring design, the arms and shoulders feature 3 main “O” parts, where the GN Condensors will fit.

The arms, with 2 O ring sections themselve.

The shoulder joint features the third O ring.

The lower arm gets more layering, where as the upper arm is very simple.

The completed arms.

I actually forgot to make the shoulder’s outer armor part at this point, but the completed outer frame at this point.

Next we have the hands. While the PG Astray features a fairly easy snip out and good to go hand design, this time around it’s back to putting them together piece by piece.

Still the runner makes it easy, just snip in order for each finger and put together.

And the hands are done.

And the main body is completely done.

The view from behind.

Again, you can see how the 00 Gundam follows the Exia design, featuring a latching clamp system despite there being no GN Reactor to go in the torso.

Next up we’ll take a look at the backpack, which really serves no purpose except to hold the GN drives. Looking at the design, it has two thrusters, but when you think about the power that dual GN drives are supposed to output, two thrusters seems a little… well lonely and unfit to handle the job.

First the actual GN Drive holder.

The part which connects the drive the backpackld.

You’re able to rotate the drives around.

The backpack is incredibly simple.

Again, do two thrusters really handle all this ouput?

Attached to the 0 Gundam.

Lit up.

With this, the inner frame is done. What’s left is the condensors and the outer armor. For the most part the arms were no problem. The shoulder connecter has a rather troublesome hologram strip that really doesn’t want to stay in place. Add in the fact that the it’s a really tight fit when connecting to the main body adds a little frustration. You need to use some power to push it onto the joint, which tends to make the hologram strip pop out. Again, the backpack is there to serve one purpose, which it does well.

So the next order of action will be to do the outer armor, which I plan on panel lining, and top coating before I move onto the GN condensors, as those come with clear parts and stickers. We’re near the end!

-PG 00 Raiser: Box B – 0 Raiser Build-
WiP Part #1 time: 1.5 hours
WiP Part #2 time: 3.0 hours
WiP Part #3 time: 1.5 hours

-PG 00 Raiser: Box A – 0 Gundam Build-
WiP Part #4: 1.5 hours
WiP Part #5: 4.0 hours
WiP Part #6: 2.0 hours
WiP Part #7: 2.0 hours

WiP: PG 00 Raiser #06

Continuing with the build after a slight delay, we move onto the torso and head. The torso here follows the O ring style like the Exia, and comes down to building “around the ring” so to say, and shoving the cockpit in the middle. The head itself is also similar to Exia so nothing special there.

Anyways, let’s get on with the build of the torso.

Fairly standard cockpit which will slide in the middle of the torso.

The completed cockpit.

The cockpit from the side.

The shoulder join fits into a ring style that will be attached to the O ring.

The 0 ring, which the shoulder parts put it. After putting in the top ring the various parts will “lock” it together.

Here we stick the cockpit in the middle and lock with the hatch on the back. Seriously makes you think there should be a GN reactor there like Exia.

Again more hologram strips are used, but unfortunately you won’t be able to see most of them after the outer armor.

Putting on more stuff to layer around the O ring.

Last thing is to put on the upper chest armor can move out at an angle slightly.

The back of the torso.

Side view.

Attached to the waist.

The head, which will be a fairly standard build.

I’ll be painting the eyes clear green, but for the time being, using the sticker.

Attached to the torso.

The current build.

The torso is an interesting build, being based around the O ring design. In a way it’s fairly refreshing, since most Gundams aside from the Zeta line tend to follow the same style of design/build regardless of series. On the head, it’s kind of suprising that they give you a sticker to cover the eyes rather than a clear green part like past PG kits. One thing I am not liking is that there is an abundance of hologram strips. I guess it goes with the idea of having a fully detailed inner frame, but there are some parts that you simply not will seem them. I guess it’s the whole “if a tree falls over a forest and no one hears it does it a make a sound” way of thinking though.

The next post will cover the arms, and move onto the backpack, which will finish up the inner frame build.

-PG 00 Raiser: Box B – 0 Raiser Build-
WiP Part #1 time: 1.5 hours
WiP Part #2 time: 3.0 hours
WiP Part #3 time: 1.5 hours

-PG 00 Raiser: Box A – 0 Gundam Build-
WiP Part #4: 1.5 hours
WiP Part #5: 4.0 hours
WiP Part #6: 2.0 hours