Friday, November 8, 2019

RG Nu Gundam JoJoHobbyNStuff Custom


Introduction:

A little over a year ago when the RG Sazabi was released, everyone was speculating on a future RG Nu Gundam Release date. A year later, the RG Nu was met with a serious amount of hype and a lot of praise. It's all one-hundred-percent deserved; the RG Nu is a fantastic build. If you haven't picked one up I strongly urge you to stop here, and order the kit (preferably through my link below!).

Kit Talk:

Much like the RG Sazabi Shin gave me a bit of direction on where he wanted the color scheme to go. It was a pretty broad description "White, with a glowing blue", a "light counter to the nearly black RG Sazabi". Unfortunately, the glowing blue that we really wanted (Gaia Color AR-01) wasn't available, so instead, we settled on something equally bright, but not 'glowing'.

The color scheme features white, and three off white colors including, Nazca 'Steel White', 'Neutral Gray #'1 and 'Pearl Silver', the pearl effect, however, is not visible.

The gray inner frame is a combination of 'Neutral Gray #3, 'Nazca Frame Gray' and 'Gunmetal'.

The V-fin and crotch marking are both painted with 'Gaia's Pearl Gold'. It's a really neat color that benefits from being moved around in the light. The sensors in the head are 'Mr. Crystal Color Sapphire Blue' over a base of 'Gloss Black'.

Decals are a combination of HIQ generic markings, and decals from the HG Unicorn, with a few blue MG Exia and Qan[t] decals thrown in for good measure. 

JojoHobbyNStuff rush ordered one of these kits so that I could built it for you over my Twitch channel. Show them (and me) some love by picking up this kit, or anything else using coupon code 'GoodGunpla'! This coupon will save you 15% on just about everything in stock through the end of 2019!

Hit the bump to see all the photos of the RG Nu Gundam!

Monday, November 4, 2019

MG MS-06R Zaku II High Mobility Type (Reuse "P" Device) aka Psycho Zaku


Introduction:


If you have caught any of the YouTube, or blog posts talking about my 2018 plans; then you'd know I'm building a bunch of gigantic kits for 'The Year of Giants". The Psycho Zaku was first on the list, and it's unsurprisingly massive. So massive, that it cannot fit into my Ikea Detolf shelf with the fuel booster attached!

The 'Psycho' Zaku is an experimental unit equipped with a next generation operating system. This new system is able to integrate the pilot directly into the mobile suit; allowing them to control the suit directly via their thoughts. Even rookie pilots are able to master the controls in a very short period of time. Unfortunately there's is a gruesome price that must be paid for this advantage. To take fully integrate with the system, the pilot must be quadruple amputee to fully harness the power of this mobile suit.

Kit Talk:

I approached this kit with the intent of finishing it in three stages:
  1. Weapons
  2. Fuel Tanks
  3. Mobile Suit



The mobile suit part of the kit was very straight forward, as it is essentially a Zaku 2.0 kit with some extra doodads and new parts. I wasn't sure about all of the gold details on the kit, and I chose to paint the thruster bells with a two color gray and gold scheme. After everything was assembled I really grew to like the embellishment that they provide.

The joint covers are a tad bit frustrating, and the power piper covers were a bigger pain in the butt. 


I've been experimenting with mono-eyes over the last year. I have used: detail parts, aurora domes, scribing and painting to create new effects. With this kit I tried a new technique, a simple white dot place slightly off center. It's a really basic effect, but I like it. In future projects I think I may take the technique further by hand painting for lens detail and coating it with a clear color.  

I chose to hand paint a few details on this kit like: the gray belting on the legs and several of the small circular divots found all over the kit. They're small details, but small details make a good kit great. 



Colors:

I used the following colors on the kit. 

  • Main body: Gaia Color 003 Bright Red
  • Knees, feet, hands, etc: Gaia Color 061 Midnight Blue
  • Thrusters & details: Gaia Color 122 Star Bright Gold
  • Chest, biceps and details: Custom mixed orange (Identical to the orange used on the Thunderbolt Gundam)
  • Joints & weapons: Gaia Color 073 or 074 Neutral Gray 3 or 4 
  • Fuel tanks & backpack: Custom mixed Gaia Color 014 Natural Brown & 02 Black 
  • Details & thruster covers: Gaia Color 71 Neutral Gray 1
  • Topcoat: Gaia Color 008 Flat Clear



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Friday, November 1, 2019

Gunpla For Good Gunpla Ornaments for Charity


I am very happy to announce that my last charity even for 2019 is now complete! Starting next week I will list these five Petite Bear Guys and five Haros over on Ebay's charity auction website. 100% of proceeds will be donated directly to Toys for Tots! Every ornament featured here will start at just $5, so I hope many of you will participate! Each and every kit has been painted and fitted with an ornament hook, just add string and enjoy! I'll have photos of each ornament below, I hope that you find a favorite color!

Keep an eye on my Twitter and Discord for the auction start date!

Thursday, October 3, 2019

FF-X29A G-Parts[Hrududu]/RX-121-1+FF-X29A Gundam TR-1 Hazel-Rah


Introduction:

In case you're wondering... no, a cat didn't wander across my keyboard, that whole mess of a model number is the Hazel-Rah's model number. The HG Hurududu isn't much to write home about, it's real purpose is to be combined with other kits from the AOZ series. In the basis G-Parts form the Hurududu looks somewhat like a fighter craft. 

I didn't realize until too late that you can combine two Hurududus along with some other components to make the second form of the Hazel-Rah. So here's the slightly less awesome Hazel-Rah.

Kit Talk:

Fun fact, there is a older version of the 1/144 Hurududu out there. Danny Choo has an article up for it here: https://dannychoo.com/en/posts/hrududu

Compared to that old magazine pack in, this model is way easier to assemble and paint. However, there are still come seam lines, and masking that should be done to create a better finish. Also included with this kit are a small selection of water slide decals! I'm always excited to see these included with a kit!

I built this at the same time as the HG Hazel I posted a few weeks ago. All colors are therefor consistent across the two kits for obvious reasons. 

These models are still available through JoJoHobbynStuff! You can pick up one (or two) today at a discount using my coupon code "GoodGunpla"!

Thursday, September 26, 2019

RMS-117 Galbaldy β Collab Project


Introduction:

I am happy to say that this is my third completed patron collaboration for 2019. If you would like to participate in future collaborative projects please consider signing up to support me over on patreon.com! I have one more collab planned before the year is done. I hope that you will join us for the next round!

My patron Sebastian submitted his Glabaldy for this round of the collab. I've wanted to paint up a Galbaldy since the HG was announced, but I never quite got around to picking one up. Sebastian had very clearly put a lot of effort into his kit. He used panel line scribing to hide seam lines, and photo etched parts to add detail. All in, he put a lot of effort into his build and it was a blast to work on! Thanks Sebastian!

Kit Talk:

When this kit arrived I still didn't have a strong concept in mind. However, I've always thought that the Galbaldy looked a lot like Zeon's Gelgoog. From there the scheme developed. I really like the combination of green colors I mixed up for the kit. It gives the Galbaldy a striking 'army man' feel. The separation of colors suits the design of the mobile suit as well. After airbrushing the primary colors I hand painted Vallejo's 'Phantom Gray' into a few areas on the body.

The kit arrived with out the 'belly button' hatch, I made a replacement from Koto MSG parts I had around. I also added a HIQ dome after painting it red to make the head 'pop'. Decals came for a 1/144 HIQ marking set, with the exception of the Neo Zeon emblem on the rear skirt. I wanted the completed mech to look like Neo Zeon had 'acquired' this MS after the Gryps Conflict.

I am happy to say that this is my third completed patron collaboration for 2019. If you would like to participate in future collaborative projects please consider signing up to support me over on patreon.com!


Thursday, September 19, 2019

HG RX 121-1 TR-1 Hazel Custom Gundam


Introduction:

I don't really know much about Advance of Zeta. I know that the Titans Test Team experimented with mobile suits to help their faction to gain an edge in battle. I know the names of the mobile suits are a reference to the Richard Adams book: Watership Down. And I know that the Hazel is less of a Gundam and more of a fancy pants GM.

The Gundam Hazel Custom (not to be confused with the Hazel Gundam, Advanced Hazel Gundam or Hazel II Gundam) is the repaired form of the Rx 121 Hazel which is based on the GM Quel. And... at this point I expect my audience's eyes to glaze over. Yes, the AOZ MS names are irritating and I can't be bothered to write more of the development history out. Suffice to say: rabbit team add parts to robot and robot fight good. 

Kit Talk:

This is the P-Bandai re-release of the HG Hazel. It's the same kit from 10-15 years ago but it does include parts that can be used to bash the Wound Wort onto it and some water slides decals.



The HG Hazel is a rough kit, It has more than a few seam lines these are present on the shoulders, arms, weapons, feet among other areas. Some of the seam lines like the fore arms took some clever thinking to fix.



You can also expect that a fair amount of masking and painting will be necessary to hit all of the color applications. Hand painting was an absolute must to hit smaller details like the gray cross members in the mohawk.


On the flip side this kit can be combined with a few others like the Primrose and Hurududu (expect that one in a few weeks) to make some cool combos.


Also I want to point out how absolutely amazing the decal details are on this little guy. I had to bring out the macro lens to capture everything!

I purchased this kit through JojoHobbyNStuff! Show them (and me) some love by picking up this kit, or anything else using coupon code 'GoodGunpla'! This coupon will save you 10% on just about everything in stock! And every purchase helps to support me too!

Also if you like what I did with this kit. Then you should check out my Etsy page. This kit along with the Hurududu will likely be for sale in a few weeks. I have a bunch of other cool Gundam stuff for sale too!


Thursday, September 12, 2019

RG Crossbone Gundam X-1


Introduction:

Nope, still haven't read the Crossbone Manga. But, hey 'Giant Pirate Robot' is an interesting enough concept for me. Like the Master Grade one of the best elements of the RG Crossbone are the host of weapons and elements included with this kit. It has a plethora of melee and ranged weapons, some great beam effects and a sweet poncho.

Kit Talk:

This was a pretty quick and basic build. I opted to 'RG-ify' the paint scheme by using a light grey in addition to the white to break up the larger areas. The red 'scars' by the eyes were painted tamiya's red enamel using a reverse wash. Many of the beam effects (particularly the shield) were painted with various pearl paints to reflect different colors at different angles.

The cloak was shaded using post and pre-shading along with using black pastels to create low lights.

Decals are from Flaming Snow by way of HobbyFrontline. The decals are of decent quality but I would have preferred to have the gold decals printed in Yellow instead of the gold.

JojoHobbyNStuff was able to get me this kit in advance of the official US release. So, show them (and me) some love by picking up this kit, or anything else using coupon code 'GoodGunpla'! This coupon will save you 10% on just about everything in stock!


Tuesday, August 27, 2019

MG RGM-89D Jegan Type-D (Camouflage Ver.)




Introduction:

I've you watched any of my streams for more than five minutes, you'll know that I very strong opinions about the Jegan. And if you're hoping that after building the MG Jegan that I would have gain some new perspective and respect for the design; then you would absolutely be mistaken. The Jegan is perhaps my least favorite design for any mobile suit across the Gundam franchise. It's remarkably ugly, It's curvy in all the wrong places and the color schemes reminds me of feeling nauseous.

The Master Grade model is pretty uninspired too.

On a more serious note on 8/28/2019 I will be adding this kit to my eBay auction. All proceeds from that auction will be donated to the National Suicide Prevention Life Line. I feel very strongly about supporting this charity and if you would like to participate in this auction please keep your eyes on my social media pages. The auction will start at the MSRP that I paid for this kit ($45), the auction run for 5 days ending on September 1st. 

I hope that you will join me for this very special charity event. 

Kit Talk:

I think it's pretty obvious that the color scheme has been updated. If you've made it to the end of Gundam Unicorn you may recognize this Camouflaged version of the Jegan otherwise known as the 'Cheyenne Type'. It appears for all of ten seconds in one scene. However during those 10 seconds I learned how a color scheme could change a mobile suit from being repulsive to merely tolerable.



The blocky splinter/dazzle camo scheme helps to break up the large featureless chunks of armor that Bandai couldn't be bother to put any effort into. My favorite element of this kit is the asymmetric design of the camo. The design looks like the Federation's camo painter got half way through and just thought 'screw it' and gave up. 



The armor was further enhanced using various weather techniques including: filters, dry brushing, streaking, decal weathering and sponge chipping. The Jegan feels awfully at home cover in other gunk and detritus like all the other garbage.

If you like this suit and want to buy one, then you have poor taste and should be ashamed, I've included links to some good kits in here instead 

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

T-Shirt designs are live on Etsy!

I now have a few Gundam x Texas T-shirt designs up on my Etsy page!

They're both available in a range of colors and sizes. Grab one today!

Click the images below:

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Stickers, patches, kits and more are all still available too

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https://www.etsy.com/shop/GunplabyGoodGuyDan

Friday, July 26, 2019

HG RGM-79KC GM Intercept Custom


Introduction:

I have no doubt that people are going to have some very strong opinions about the color scheme of the GM Intercept Custom. I really like the colors, and as a result I'd like to do more with a similar scheme (Robert Gilliam Zaku). This was a really basic, really quick build that shares a lot of common parts with the other two Origin GM kits I have built the Sniper and Cannon. If you haven't already picked up an Origin GM, I really recommend that you track one down. So far there are four variants of the Origin GM out, with more on the way. 

Kit Talk:

Of all of the GM Origin kits I've seen this one has the lowest value proposition. It's accessories are limited, components of the armor can be found on the other 3 variants and other than the visor and beam saber mount, there isn't anything unique about this kit. It's a perfectly fine model, but doesn't do much to "wow". There is a P-Bandai variant coming out soon that features the Fellow Booster. If you don't mind paying P-Bandai money I'd recommend checking that one out. The Fellow Booster is the standout component of the original MSV design. And, it's just ugly and crazy enough to make me take notice.

Colors on this include a custom blend of Gaia's Lavender and Blue Gray paint, as well as a custom blend of white and orange yellow. Custom elements were kept to a minimum. But include, a new set of hands and some re-scribed details around the head.  

 

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Friday, July 19, 2019

HG RX-0 Full Armor Unicorn Gundam Perfectibility



Introduction:

The Full Armor Unicorn Gundam Perfectibility or just Unicorn Perfectibility was another set of equipment planned to upgrade the Unicorn. The large back mounted Armed Armor DEs give the Unicorn a angelic appearance similar to the Phenex. Unlike the Full Armor's focus on heavy firepower, the Perfectibility seems to focus on mobility and support through the Shield funnels. 

This kit is currently available through the Gundam Base in Japan, so it may be a bit hard to acquire through the normal channels. I recieved this kits from the JoJoHobbyNStuff A Baoa Qu loot box. Speaking of which Use coupon code "GOODGUNPLA" to receive 10% off your order on this kit, or most other items for sale on the site! Every purchase you make with this coupon helps to directly support my work as well!  

Kit Talk:

To be completely frank, this kit was a pain to paint. I've seen a lot of people build this kit, and leave the Armed Armor DE's bereft of their gray details. I opted to go through and airbrush each area. It was time consuming, frustrating but ultimately very rewarding. 

The psycho frame was painted with a mixture of clear blue and Mr. Crystal color Amethyst Blue Pearl. The metallic blue was a mixture of silver and character blue. I opted to leave both of these blue colors raw with out flat coating them.  

Decals on this one were kept to a minimum, the decals I employed were all taken from the HG ver. ka set. In hindsight more decals would have been better to break up the huge amounts of white paint.


Thursday, July 11, 2019

HG MS-06RD-4 Zaku High Mobility Test Type


Introduction:

Since MS-06RD-4 Zaku High Mobility Test Type is a mouthful I'm just going to be calling this one 'Aina's Zaku'. Because, while this specific kit is a reference to a MSD manga, most of us will recognize this design as being Aina Sahleen's Zaku from the first episode of 8th MS Team. 

Like the name suggests Aina's Zaku is a test type mobile suit. It was utilized to test the rocket thruster design that would eventually be used on the Rick Dom. This particular unit would be destroyed during the events of the first episode of 8th MS team, however the data collected on the new thrusters would be saved and used to prepare the Rick Doms for deployment. Judging by the appearance of the mobile suit it's little more than a standard Zaku torso mounted to a pair of early Dom waist and legs. 

Kit Talk:

Despite looking pretty basic for a P-Bandai this kit does feature some new parts; such as: a partially new head, new shoulder armor, chest, feet and machine gun. Most of these parts are only available on this particular kit. 

I kept the mods to this kit fairly basic. I added replacement hands from the build custom round finger pack (size small), bored out the mono eye and added a HIQ aurora gem and performed seam line fusion on the arms, shoulder, chest and machine gun. The color blends are also all custom, the purple in particular is more saturated than the molded color. 

Decals from this kit are from 'Flaming Snow' via hobby front line.




This kit is due to get a reprint in the near future. Speaking of which, if you purchase this kits through the Amazon links on my site, Amazon will provide me with a tiny percentage that helps me to things keep running. The best part is, it doesn’t cost you a dime! So consider supporting me with a purchase through Amazon today!


Friday, July 5, 2019

GoodGuyCollab: HG Nueu Zeil


Introduction:

This is the second collaborative (collab) project I've completed with my patrons this year and the sixth overall. Like I've mentioned before this project is my favorite thing to come out of my Patreon. 

This kit was submitted to me by Charles. So, big thanks to Charles and to everyone else that submitted kits for this round. 

For those not in the know; the Nueu Zeil was a mobile armor built by Axis Zeon and donated to the Delaz fleet. It was piloted by the Zeon ace Anavel Gato during the closing battle of operation Stardust. Anavel would eventually meet his end while operating this behemoth.  

Kit Talk:

This is the first time I've built a 1/550 scale mode. At normal HG scale (1/144) this kit would likely be as big or bigger than the HG Neo Zeong. Like all previous collab projects Charles had completed this build, and he had also modded it by removing seam lines and making adjustments so that it could be disassembled. 

The paint scheme that I chose was based on theme of 'sea monster'; large sea creatures tend to have lighter ventral and darker dorsal colors to help blend into this environment, while that makes little sense for a giant spacecraft, I really like the coloration, and it gave me a chance to practice blending and fading paint. 

In addition to this I hand brushed a fair bit on this kit including the elbow joints, the black mega particle cannons on the 'shoulders' and other bits.


Thursday, June 27, 2019

RG 'Shin' Freedom


Introduction:

It's time for another JoJoHobby commission kit! Shin the proprietor of JoJoHobbyNStuff asked me to paint an 'Evil Freedom'. He gave me a few colors to work with and a few requirements and cut me loose. A couple of weeks later I cam back with this guy. 

This kit was provided to me by JoJoHobbyNStuff. Use coupon code "GOODGUNPLA" to receive 10% off your order on this kit, or most other items for sale on the site! Every purchase you make with this coupon helps to directly support my work as well!

Kit Talk:

The RG Freedom is painted with a collection of Gaia color neutral gray colors, two custom reds and a bright gold. One of Shin's requests was to paint the internal frame red. I mixed up a dark red and slightly metallic color. Unfortunately, the RG action frame was a bear to paint due to the material, clearance and propensity to chip!

I incorporated masking techniques to break up elements of wings and cannons of the kit. I utilized hand painting to pick out many of the smaller silver details all over the kit.  

Thursday, June 20, 2019

MG Age 1-2 Gundam


Introduction:

This is my 150th painted build! Back when I started the Blog in April 2012 I never really expected that I'd still be going at this point. But, I'm still here and I'm still passionate about building and painting these kits. Here's to another 150! 

Here's a weird one. Remember the Age 1? Well this is (in canon) the second Age Gundam that was built at some point after the event of the first season. And it served as a test bed for the later 'jacket' type systems. More or less it's a recolor of the MG Age 1 with a flat chest element instead of the glowing yellow "A".

Kit Talk:

This looks like a pretty basic build and it is, with some enhancements. My main focus throughout this project was to re-scribe throughout the kit. The crisp panel lines seen throughout are the result of this.

Despite being a P-Bandai this kit does not include a set of waterslide decals (which sucks!) The decals present are all dry transfers.

If you like my work and would like to help me out, consider purchasing this and other kits from Amazon using this link or others featured on my site. Every purchase helps me out considerably and it doesn't cost you a dime!

Thursday, June 13, 2019

HG GM Cannon Space Assault Type


Introduction:

This is my 149th complete kit! No Joke, the GM Cannon is probably in my top 3 favorite mobile suits. Something about mounting asymmetrical weapons just speaks to me as a mecha geek. And the design, proportions and detail of this Origin variant is pure perfection. I'll admit if Bandai started making more variant of this kit I'd buy them without much thought.

The RGC-80S is a MSV-R variant on the RGC-80 that has been redesigned to be more suitable for space combat. It features lighter armor and additional verniers. This variant of the GM Cannon 

Kit Talk: 

This is another in a long line of clean built kits. I made some slight variation on the color scheme by using a more scarlet red and a slightly gray white. I like the bright cartoony contrast of this color scheme compared to the more 'army man' style GM Sniper. 

The decals are from the Flaming Snow decal pack purchase from Hobby Frontline.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Patreon Anniversary!

patreon.com/GGD I am happy to announce that my special offer to celebrate 1 year on Patreon has begun! Anyone that signs up for a $5 or higher contribution will receive a set of special stickers! Thanks to all of my current and future supporters!




Thursday, May 9, 2019

RG Sazabi JoJoHobbyNStuff Custom


Introduction

When I completed the build of the RG Sazabi I lavished it with praise in my review. And, after revisiting this kit to finish it I have to say that my opinion still holds true. The RG Sazabi is a fantastic kit, and it may still be the best Real Grade and best version of the Sazabi currently available.  

This kit was provided to me by JoJoHobbyNStuff. Use coupon code "GOODGUNPLA" to receive 10% off your order on this kit, or most other items for sale on the site! Every purchase you make with this coupon helps to directly support my work as well! 

Kit Talk

I reviewed this kit less than a week before we picked up and moved across the country. As a result, it was moved to the back burner as I started working on other kits. Then, one day Shin from JoJoHobbyNStuff asked if I would be willing to paint it for him as a commission. I didn't really have any exciting ideas for this model so I said sure.

Shin picked all of the colors on this kit. It's a little darker than I typically like to go, but the bright 'glowing purple' really helps to liven things up. The purple for reference is Gaia Color's clear purple over a base coat of starbright duralinium. 

The decals I used on this kit are from Flaming Snow Water Decals. I'm not sponsored by them or anything, but I think they make an amazing product. 

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This kit was provided to me by JoJoHobbyNStuff. Use coupon code "GOODGUNPLA" to receive 10% off your order on this kit, or most other items for sale on the site! Every purchase you make with this coupon helps to directly support my work as well!