The Smallest Gundam there ever was – Part 2

So, I was planning on doing a fairly in depth WiP with our collaboration project, but a couple of things have held that back.

The biggest factor is that there are a lot of small interlocking pieces crammed in there (you can see some in GaiGun’s post here), with us holding back various pieces for painting, that kind of makes it hard to explain. After the final photo session I may come back and do a giant dump of wip pictures so you can see how things went.

Again though as GaiGun has touched on it as well in his latest post, I have to praise Katoki and the engineers who worked out this design, because it is truly amazing that they worked out such detail in a kit that’s not bigger than your average HG.

When you get down to it, it’s not that long of a build, I’ve got the arms, feet, and waist/torso done, with legs and head/fighter left to go. Mainly the kit just feels delicate. Add into it paint, which minutely adds layers and size to pieces and now I’m afraid to really move stuff around for fear of scratching it. I’ve mentioned to GaiGun this, but most likely I’ll be keeping my Victory in Gundam mode with it’s additional fighter to prevent paint scratches from the part swapping/transformation gimmick.

On the plus side, the paint has come out really well, considering how small the pieces are. I did use primer this time around and it certainly helped on making the new color go on nicely. Still the frustration with cans is how much spray you waste trying to get a coat of paint on a piece, along with at the same time trying not to overdo it and have paint runs or buildup. Somehow I get the feeling that my best paint job will always be the Sinanju, and I wonder if that’s because I did everything from 30+ centimeters…. Which lead to more waste and more cans use. Again good arguments to look into getting an airbrush…

Anyways, I do want to give you some shots of what I have done, so here are a couple of the torso using the clear parts as holders.

The torso area from the front.

From the side.

With the arms attached.

Parts primed and ready to be painted.

My end is going a little slower I think, but hopefully I should be done with the initial build by the weekend. Follow up with panel lining, and the eternal boredom of really tiny waterslides…

The Smallest Gundam there ever was

Let’s get the ball rolling on this. Like GaiGun, things are busy for me as well, so I’ve only finally been able to sit down with this kit serious yesterday. One thing is I haven’t noticed much V Gundam talk on English blogs, so this collaboration will perhaps be one of the first serious looks at this kit.

In a word, this Victory will be small. As GaiGun has mentioned、lots of small pieces, but they’ve also managed to pack in a fairly tight transformation and inner frame into this. How small is this? Take a look at these runners.

The runner on the left is the V Gundam, the one on the right is?

The right is actually from the HGUC Hazel Custom.

Yeah, that’s right, we’re talking the same size as 1/144 pieces, in an MG. That also means the waterslides, of which there are more than the Sinanju I think, will be small too. Man, I’m hoping I don’t break/slice/rip anything here…

Anyways, as mentioned, we’ll be painting all but the white pieces and inner frame with this build. Thankfully there isn’t much to paint, and I can actually worry about that later since the included bonus clear runner is the same runner as the blue parts.

The colored runners with the clear one.

All snipped out and put aside.

I’ve started on the arm and shoulder, which I can do save for the lower arm which requires a red part. Again, as you can see, a lot of small pieces for such a tiny arm.

Completed on the left and needed parts on the right.

The plan is to finish up the legs today and tomorrow and hopefully prime Saturday and do initial painting on Sunday, but that depends on weather and wife!

The ASM & GaiGun MG Victory Gundam Collaboration

An American Salaryman in Tokyo and Gaijin Gunpla (hereafter, ASM & GaiGun) are proud to announce their first collaboration project.  They will both be building the Master Grade Victory Gundam “Ver. Ka” kits, in their own color and styles, building up to a reveal in the photoshoot to be done at the GaiGun photo studio.  ASM and GaiGun have settled on the following goals to be loosely adhered to in their build:

  • Aside from the white parts and inner frame, the kit will be painted.
  • The official waterslides will be utilized.
  • The final colors will be kept secret until both kits are finished and photographed.

ASM and GaiGun are both very excited to bring you this new collaboration, which is a culmination of an evening of drinking in Akihabara.  Alcohol and an idle idea from GaiGun has led to what they hope to be an exciting first in many to come collaborations.  Please look forward to it!

Yep, that’s our official release in what I hope will be a first in many collaborations with many fellow Gunplar’s to come.  Yeah, I know I hated on the Victory, but alcohol and the idea of doing a build with a friend was something that appealed to me.  Gunpla by yourself is cool, but Gunpla with many is even cooler.  You’ll note in the picture we both also picked up the HGUC Hazel Custon so you already see one of our future collaborations right there.  We’ll be putting up various shots I’m sure during our build, but the colors will be a secrect until the end. 

In the mean time, I do have some other stuff planned as well, mainly on the HGUC side, so plenty of things to look forward too!

Char attacks!

Today we’re going to take another look at something else that showed up in the mail, and I have given you a slight hint at a while ago.

Char…?

Yep, Char attacks, with the gentei limited Char set that was part of the goods line up at the Nagoya Gundam Expo last year. How’d I get to Nagoya for that one? Actually I didn’t, this a tale of learning how to dive into 2 chan for info when you need it. Basically, as some of you may heard, Bandai decided to not set a limit of how many kits you could buy at this event, and well, people went nuts apparently. It was reported that some people were buying 10 of the same kit and so on, for scalping, friends, or whatnot, and Bandai managed to sell out of their stock on day one. Well, in a move that only would probably happen in Japan, Bandai was nice enough to allow event goers the chance to order the sold out items to be delivered at a later date. Of course, to keep it to those who actually showed up, they gave out passwords to access it.

Well, you immedietely had people auctioning off the card on Yahoo Auctions, but a quick check on 2 chan revealed the password (which was like GundamNagoya, or something like that, nice hard password there). So a quick check online and I made my order for the Char set. It’s to be noted that they did the same for the Gundam Expo that was held in August, and will do it again in the future when you stop to think about it. Could be a good way for a reseller to make a killing on getting some of those limited goods out of Japan, but the only downside is they give you an extremely limited window of opportunity for odering. I wonder as well if they would fill an order for say 20 or 30 of the same kits? But I digress, back to the kit(s) at hand.

The Char Nagoya set consists of the clear versions of Char’s Gelgoog, Z’Gok, and Zaku II. While I’ve stated that I’m not a fan of clear Gunpla kits, the Char one’s definitely stand out, and was around 2,500 yen if I recall, meaning that you didn’t have to pay an extreme premium for the three kits. One plus I found about clear kits is that you generally don’t have to worry about sprue damage standing out so much, so this makes them a quick build. I think I did them all over the space of two evenings. Overall, the two HGUC Zaku II’s I have now are both Char’s and special editions. The Z’gok s now one of 4 I guess, if I count the enforcer along with the MG one that I have, but it’s another Zeon model that I like. Overall, I seem to be doing very good with avoiding building “regular editions”, haha. I didn’t take much in the way of pictures, but here’s what I have, so enjoy.