Tidbits & Updates

Unfortunately apathy has taken hold of me quite hard over the last few weeks so not much is getting done.  I’ve found myself caught up in a bitch of a catch-22 actually.  Most of the things I want to do involve me being at home, but I find myself feeling apathetic and nothing gets done.  Heading out though and I get into the mode to do this or that.  Then I return home only to fall into a funk again…  Still, I’m pulling myself out of this funk, slowly but surely…

With that said, some updates!

First off, look at what I finally decided to get on the road to completion.  With the rainy season about to hit the Kanto region of Japan from tomorrow, I realized I needed to get paint touch ups and top coating done for the unicorn.  All that’s left is decaling, then the final coat.  I haven’t decided if I’ll panel line it or not though, we’ll see after the test build.

Top coated!

Threw another coat of purple on the psycho frame to bring it out more.

I also ripped through the ReZel the other week, continuing with the painting of the HG Unicorn kits, I did a quick paint using the a certain blue favored by Lupes and GaiGun.  More pictures eventually!

ReZel

Switching subjects, the latest pick ups from the other day.

Musha Mk-II, 1/144 Epyon, Eggplane Valkyrie

Not suprising, Bandai is pumping out all the old old school kits, and so I picked up the 1/144 Epyon on a whim, since it was only 400 yen, the other day at Yodobashi.  Musha Mk-II is also next on the burner as soon as GAF is back up and the Unicorn is done.  I have a few ideas on color schemes, but things are still just simmering.  In the mean time, check out Plamo Addiction and It’s a Gundaaam, as my fellow Gunplars there have started in on the kit.

Planned posts this week are the follow up photo shoots of the Wing Gundam, and a post on the cleaning up of my work space.

Bonus!

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Tidbits

Slowly starting to settle down with things, and move into the job hunting phase.  Still, I have plenty of time on my hands, so I need to finish up some things.  Rather than do separate posts, I’m just going to do some status updates on things here.

First up, my progress on the Unicorn Gundam for the Group Build.  All the pink parts have been painted, the white parts are all snipped out, all that’s really left to do is the flat coat followed by decaling, among some other things.

Still got those skinny legs.

As most people figured out, I did pick up the MG Wing Gundam, and decided to use up the rest of those pearl paints I had picked up.  Nothing fancy, but I’m pretty pleased with how it’s looking.

About halfway done.

From the back.

I’ve also finished the PG Gundam.  I will do a write up in the near future, but I have to admit, I was pleasantly surprised with the build, despite being a very old kit, the internal build is very solid, and a quick build.  The extra finish version is quite nice to look at… from a distance.  The fear nub damage is there on some parts… but that’s for a post in itself.

PG Gundam

I’ve been here, there, and everywhere over the last few weeks.  I have picked up a few things, like finally finding a 1/144 Kapool from Turn A Gundam, and at the super low price of 200 yen at that.

Various purchases

I also entered the Victory Gundam in a Gunpla contest being held by Asobit City.  It was on display for the last two weeks, along with others, for the public to vote on.  While there are quite a few people that are way better than me, it’s still a nice feeling to be able to enter contests.  You all have already seen my Victory, so here are some pictures of the other kits on display.

Rick Dias

BB Senshi

Acguy

Unicorn Gundam

Strike Gundam

They should be announcing the winners over the next week, so we’ll see how it goes.  Also, as things settle down at home, things should pick up here.

Double Victory! part omake

This post will wrap up the Victory Gundam here at ASM.  These are the pictures taken when GaiGun and I met up in Akiba after we finished our build.  I hope you enjoyed all the Victory goodness over the last month.  Next up is further followups on the Unicorn GBP.

Double Victory! part final

So, here are the final official photo shoot pictures of the Victory Gundam along with the final thoughts on the kit.

Double Victory!

First off, paint, just to clarify again, I used the following colors:

  • Blue Parts     ->  Pearl Green
  • Red Parts     ->   Light Pearl Blue
  • Yellow Parts -> Haze Gray
  • Gun             -> Metallic Black with Silver Leaf

Other touches including painting the helmet and gun sensors with a dab of metallic green Gundam marker, followed by covering it with aurora stickers.  My aurora stickers is a clearish pink style, so the green underneath seemed to give it more “color” so to say.  For the Hexa head, I actually covered the whole eye section with an aurora sticker, to give it more of a “visor” style, similar to the GM grunt line.  The Victory head I cut squares to go over the eye sections.

The build in itself was fairly easy, aside for lots of smalls, and the need to build two core fighters.  After painting was done and initial parts built, I panel lined and applied decals.  As for my opinion of those, you’ve seen that already in my decal hell post.  Again, I look at it now, and I feel like it’s a bit of overkill.  But I seemed to be afflicted with a do all the decals or do none syndrome, so there you go.

Lastly, I finished off with a healthy top coat of pearl gloss over everything.  I’ve not been the biggest fan of glossy finishes, but I find that Tamiya’s gloss coat comes off much better than Mr. Hobby’s Gloss Top Coat.  Mr. Hobby still makes the best flat coat out there though.

And so what are my thoughts?  GaiGun and I actually compared notes yesterday in Akiba, and we both agreed on the surprisingly (or not surprising?) lack of poseability.  Now, the fact that you can do all the transformations is a good point, but on the other hand, parts don’t really stay in their place like they should.  In particular, the legs pop on to the waist ball pegs things, but you really don’t get that feeling of “snap, it’s in there” and so they fall off rather easily.  On my kit as well, the upper arms tended to literally pop off the shoulder, and you can quite notice that they don’t sit as tightly together as they do on GaiGun’s kit.  This is obviously for the transformation gimmick however, so I guess you have to give and take in certain areas.  Still, it’s kind of frustrating to try and prop things up for any kind of picture outside of them just standing there.

Again, one thing we also agreed on is that the engineering for this is amazing.  As noted by several of our commentators, the Victory is literally HG 1/144 size, packing the MG quality build. But again, as neat as it is, to be honest,  I’m not a fan of the Victory’s separate forms to begin with.  Flying arms with a gun is one thing, but flying legs?  In a sort of twist, I found myself liking the Hexa head more than the Gundam head, and will be displaying my Victory in Hexa Mobile Suit mode along with the Gundam head core fighter.

Overall though, in regards to my Victory Gundam, while not a perfect paint job, and that I think that I prefer more “solid” kits (The Sinanju is a great example of a solid kit), this was a fun kit to build, and I’m extremely pleased with the results.  For those who may be interested in seeing good engineering in a small size, along with volume in a kit, in the fact that you can build not just the Victory, but the Hexa version if you want, then this is a good kit to pick up.

A large part of that comes from the fun of doing a collaboration build with a friend, and that’s what really made this kit great.  I hope you all enjoyed the shots, and as you already know, questions, comments, praise, and all always appreciated.

Lastly, I highly recommend that you check out GaiGun’s final post regarding the Victory Gundam as he goes through the transformation process with his Victory, braving paint scratches and lost decals to give you the full review.

Double Victory! part 2

More Victory Gundam shots for you! Here’s gallery 2, with more in a could of days.

Double Victory!

gallery 2

Double Victory!

ASM and GaiGun are proud to present the finished products of our first collaboration.  Without further ado, we present to you the results of the Victory Gundam Ver. Ka Duo Project!

Double Victory!

Of course, that’s one shot of many.  GaiGun will have the specifics of his colors on his blog, but for mine, I went literally all Pearl colors.  You’re seeing Pearl Green with a Pearl Light Blue, with touches of Metallic Black, all covered with a Pearl Gloss finish.  I’ll cover more of the specifics in upcoming posts, but first I have to thank my partner in this project for going above and beyond in taking a ton of great pictures.  The gallery today is the first of at least two galleries of photos taken by GaiGun, finishing off with the gallery of informal shots we took in Akiba.

But who wants to read text?  Here’s a bunch of pictures for you to check out.  Comments, thoughts, and questions are always appreciated!