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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Real Grade Unicorn Gundam Kit Review


When the Real Grade Unicorn was first released I heard a lot of good things from a lot of different people. And, for a while I just chalked that sentiment up to it being a new kit and people being excited; so I put the purchase off for a while. After picking the kit up and building it myself, I was pleasantly surprised that the kit did indeed live up to the hype.


When you crack your RG box open for the first time, the first thing that will jump out at you is probably going to be the Advanced MS Joint runner. This runner features hunks of clear pink psycho frame injected alongside the more typical grey runner material. After building the RG Sinanju last year, I was happy to see that the RG Unicorn didn't rely on reusing another existing frame. Including the Advanced MS Joint runner you will find 10 runners packed into this box, including a full runner of psycho frame, two shades of white, two shades of blue, grey and beam effect parts. This kit runs about $35-40 depending on the seller; it's a bit more expensive than other RG kits, but you definitely get your money's worth in my opinion.

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

The Big Announcement and Future Content

For a few weeks I have been hinting or outright saying that I had a big announcement planned for this month. And, after some consideration, after notifying people in my personal and professional life, I’m finally ready to make the announcement public. At the end of August 2018 we will be moving from central New York to the greater Dallas/Ft. Worth area of Texas.

For several years, the company I have been working for has been trying to relocated me. And, up until the beginning of this year I had been putting it off. After some consideration, and negotiation, we decided that it would be a good opportunity, and I committed to the relocation. This is something that we have had to keep within the family since January this year. I know a few of you realized that ‘something’ was coming, and I apologize for not being able to say anything.

Committing to a move is a big deal; doubly so when you’re moving nearly 1600 miles across the country. It goes without saying that this will disrupt my ability to produce models, or really any content for a while. That being said, I don’t plan on giving up the hobby, although the new realities of my living situation will likely require some adjustment.

My plan is to slow down on content releases for now and dole them out more slowly over the fall. I will likely stop modeling and live streaming activity mid-way through August. But, I plan to keep a kit or two around to work on during the first 30 days while we’re in temporary housing.

At this point I think it would be fair to say that the year of giants is unfortunately over. I’d like to think I would be able to setup a new paint station by the end of October, but I think that would only result in me rushing through the kits. I won’t abandon these projects, but I need to reprioritize for now. Between now and the midpoint of August I hope to finish several smaller projects; both to reduce the number of boxes being moved, and to have content to share with you all.

To the friends I have meet during the last year here in NY, I apologize for leaving so soon after meeting you all. I hope you keep the build meetings running for many years. It was great spending time with you all! I will continue to attend build meetings through August 24th.

To the soon to be friends in the DFW area, I look forward to meeting you all and joining in your building meets.

Thank you all for your understanding, this move has been looming and weighing on us for several months. It’s refreshing to finally let people know.

We have a lot of work ahead of us; so, thanks for your support.

All the best

Dan

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Real Grade 00 Qan[t] kit review


After spending a few hours building the RG Qan[t] I decided to sit down and write out my thoughts about this build experience.

I spent about four consecutive hours building this kit over the July 4th holiday. A really good indicator of the overall quality of this kit, is that the time flew past as I put this one together.

Rather refreshingly the RG Qan[t] and RG 00 Gundam models are very different and hardly share any common parts. By comparison the MG versions of these kits share at least 50% of the same parts. The  MGs feel very repetitive and samey as a result. Like many other kits in the Real Grade line, the RG Qan[t] features a armor molded in several different colors; I don't always keep this color separation intact. However, it adds a nice layer of detail.


Sunday, July 1, 2018

Evangelion 'Ephemeral' Reference Model


Introduction:

I realize that I don't talk about Evangelion nearly as much as I talk about Gundam. But, I've been a huge Eva fan since about 2002. I built several of the early Bandai Eva models around that time, but took a long break from tackling anything Evangelion related unit just recently.

This model is from the Evangelion store in Tokyo. It's a physical store that sells Evangelion merch, including this awesome official resin kit. https://www.evastore.jp

The item description according to Google Translate:

"Anime drawing staff It is a replica model of stereoscopic material for reference drawing actually used ."

I can only assume that means that models like these were used as a reference when drawing the face of Evangelion Unit 1. Although with the janky translator, it's really hard to tell if that is the case. Regardless of it's actual use I think it's a cool little object to have on my desk.

Kit Talk:

This is my first full resin kit. I think I got off pretty easy...

The kit came in 9 pieces, although you only need 8 to complete the build (TV and Movie horns). All of my pieces were cast correctly, I didn't need to heat or bend anything back into shape. The only problem areas were a few air bubbles in the horn, some shallow panel line casting, and very thin casts around the head vents.

Clean up and prep only took a few hours and the painting didn't take much longer.

I have a more complete explanation of the modeling process in the video linked below:


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Photo Shoot: 

It's literally a resin bust of the Evangelion's face, neck and chest. It can't pose, so don't expect anything exciting!
























Monday, June 25, 2018

GoodGuyCollab: HG Hyaku Shiki HIAC


Introduction:

This is the third kit that I have completed as a part of the GoodGuyCollab. The GGC is collaborative project that I offer to my patrons on Patreon. I periodically put out an open call for kit submissions. This round of the collab I had three submissions, a HG Leo, HG Gundam Unicorn Crystal and this HG Hyaku Shiki Revive.

The 'HiaC' part of the name references the sloppy translation 'He is a Char' form the Zeta Gundam anime.

I had been eyeing the Hyaku Shiki Revive for a while, and I already had a good color scheme idea in mind, so this round was a no-brain.

The owner of this kit Rudolf completed the build, seam line fusion and basic modification before it reached me. All in, he did a pretty good job. I will have a YouTube video up shortly offer some constructive criticism to the builder.

Kit Talk:

There isn't much to say about the build, as I didn't build it. I did however paint and decal this build.

I based the color scheme for this kit off of both the Zero Shiki and Char's classic color scheme. I think it fits the design well. The pink is a mix of Gundam Color 'Char Pink' and Gundam Color 'Sazabi Red'. The darker red components are Gundam Color 'Sazabi Red' and the grey frame is Gundam Color 'Zeon Grey'. I hand painted some details on the head, and weapons gray for added details.

The decals for this scheme are taken mostly from the Zeta and Double Zeta and RG Char Zaku decal sets. I debated throwing the class Char A onto the shoulder, but ultimately I opted to include it.


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Friday, June 22, 2018

1/35 Scale Tachikoma


Introduction:

Here are a couple of words that I never thought I would string together in a sentence. Tachikomas are adorable, armed, AI driven, spider tanks. These 'think tanks' are easily my favorite element of the world of Ghost in the Shell due to their boundless enthusiasm and child like curiosity. Kotobukiya's diminutive model somehow manages to capture some portion of that exuberance.

Kit Talk:

I love small projects like the Tachikoma; in between the recent large scale models it's like a palate cleanser between really rich meals. This project only took a few hours to complete. There were a few seams that needed to be fused along the legs, arms, and 'head'. None of these parts required any modification to fuse.

I chose to use brighter colors than stock and opted for a clear glossy finish. I felt that this combination felt more true to the 'nature' of the character. The blue used on the kit is Mr. Color Sky Blue, Grey is Gaia Color Neutral gray 3 and the white is pure white.

As is tradition, I managed to break a part of this kit. In this case it was one of the hinges on the backpack. As a result, I didn't bother to detail the interior of the backpack/pod.

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Perfect Grade Unicorn Final Battle Version [Full Armor]


Introduction:

It's over, it's finally, definitely, totally, 100% finished this time! This build is the synthesis of the P-Bandai PG Unicorn [Final Battle Version] and the P-Bandai Full Armor Unit. As one would expect of P-Bandai, both of these kits are stupidly expensive and difficult to source (depending on when you're looking). And, I can only assume Bandai will eventually release their own version of this build eventually (because, why wouldn't they? Unicorn variants literally print money).

I have a love hate relationship with the Perfect Grade series. I love the idea of this series. Each kit feels like a celebration, and completing one makes me feel like I have my own 1:1 Gundam in my living room. But, in reality I hate how long it takes me to build them, not to mention the utter soul crushing terror when I break something...

I love this kit, and I'll never build one again.


Kit Talk:

If you want to get some background on the base model you can take a look at the two prior PG Unicorn posts for more information.

The Full Armor Unit includes the following parts:

  • One Bazooka
  • Two shields
  • Two leg mounted grenade racks
  • Two backpack mounted grenade racks
  • Two backpack mounted missile pods  
  • Two external fuel tanks
  • Two kick stands for the fuel tanks
  • Four gatling cannons
  • At a backpack/support system to mount everything
Since I had already painted the extra gatling cannons and shields for the base Unicorn this build actually didn't take too long. 

The fuel tanks are the single largest elements of any build to date. I used a pair of large quick grip style clamps to hold the pieces during painting, and my bench vise to hold them while drying. Decaling these elements was also challenging as all the decals needed to be kept parallel or perpendicular to existing panels on the tanks. The solution I came up with is cataloged in patron exclusive video, so check that out if you're already a patron, or sign up if you'd like to gain that and other benefits.

Oh, and for those curious. Photographing this kit was a nightmare for my tiny setup, and I wouldn't wish it on anyone. I had to use a wide angle 10-24mm to get everything into frame.




Monday, May 28, 2018

Perfect Grade Unicorn Final Battle Version [Destroy Mode]


Introduction:

I know what some of you might be thinking... "Where the hell is the Unicorn Mode!? I want to see that monolithic Katoki classic in its full glory!" Never fear friend, the Unicorn mode photo shoot is available here! I am breaking this build into several posts simply due to the size and number of photos to capture everything.

The year of giants continues to lumber on! And, like's namesake, it certainly feels like a mammoth, ponderous beast. I am embarrassed to admit that The PG Unicorn FBV has been a work in progress for the better part of three months! Had I kept up ant reasonable pace, I could have finished this build up by the end of April. But, unfortunately like a lot of weapon and accessory intensive kits, my motivation began to slip once the mobile suit was complete. I definitely intend to start the PG Strike Freedom with the backpack to avoid this trap.

Kit Talk:

For those not in the know, the Final Battle Version of the PG Unicorn is unfortunately a Premium Bandai exclusive kit. This version of the Unicorn features the green awakened version of the Psycho Frame, two additional shields, four additional gatling guns, water slide decals and a special glitter injected version of an action base one with an adapter to make the spiny shield thing. This kit was recently reprinted! So, if you've got about $450 burning a hole in your pocket, then you're in luck! I think most builders should skip this kit and pickup the standard PG release instead.

Like many of my builds, the goal of this project was to capture the iconic design of the Unicorn from the OVA or series.

Minor physical enhancements have been made to the basic kit. This includes: additional panel lining to rescribe, or improve the overall design, Additional detailing in the verniers scattered around the kit and additional layered detail added to the scopes of the various weapons scattered around the kit.

Similarly painting has been used to enhance the design of the mobile suit. The Psychoframe of the kit has been coated with a mix of clear green and pearl tourmaline paint to add more depth and an awesome reflective sparkly kick. Unfortunately the pearl effect is completely wasted on photographs or video, This effect is best experienced in person. Additional color separation was added to the internal frame and weapons just for fun.

Unfortunately the PG Unicorn doesn't have much in the way of mechanical detail plugged into the inner frame. Everything about this kit is in service to the transformation gimmick. While the transformation is admittedly cool, I would have appreciated some of the PG Strike and PG MK II detail. 

I am slightly curious to see what this kit would look like with the LED set. But, I just can't bring myself to pour even more money into this kit for a 1st or 3rd party LED set. In that vein of thought... stay tuned for the eventual Full Armor version coming by the end of June!



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Monday, May 21, 2018

Perfect Grade Unicorn Final Battle Version [Unicorn Mode]


Introduction:

I know what some of you might be thinking... "Where the hell is the Destroy Mode!? I want to see some sweet, sweet psychoframe!" Never fear friend, the Destroy mode photo shoot is coming soon; so stay tuned to the website for more content coming soon! I am breaking this build into several posts simply due to the size and number of photos to capture everything.

The year of giants continues to lumber on! And, like's namesake, it certainly feels like a mammoth, ponderous beast. I am embarrassed to admit that The PG Unicorn FBV has been a work in progress for the better part of three months! Had I kept up ant reasonable pace, I could have finished this build up by the end of April. But, unfortunately like a lot of weapon and accessory intensive kits, my motivation began to slip once the mobile suit was complete. I definitely intend to start the PG Strike Freedom with the backpack to avoid this trap.

Kit Talk:

For those not in the know, the Final Battle Version of the PG Unicorn is unfortunately a Premium Bandai exclusive kit. This version of the Unicorn features the green awakened version of the Psycho Frame, two additional shields, four additional gatling guns, water slide decals and a special glitter injected version of an action base one with an adapter to make the spiny shield thing. This kit was recently reprinted! So, if you've got about $450 burning a hole in your pocket, then you're in luck! I think most builders should skip this kit and pickup the standard PG release instead.

Like many of my builds, the goal of this project was to capture the iconic design of the Unicorn from the OVA or series.

Minor physical enhancements have been made to the basic kit. This includes: additional panel lining to rescribe, or improve the overall design, Additional detailing in the verniers scattered around the kit and additional layered detail added to the scopes of the various weapons scattered around the kit.

Similarly painting has been used to enhance the design of the mobile suit. The Psychoframe of the kit has been coated with a mix of clear green and pearl tourmaline paint to add more depth and an awesome reflective sparkly kick. Unfortunately the pearl effect is completely wasted on photographs or video, This effect is best experienced in person. Additional color separation was added to the internal frame and weapons just for fun.

Unfortunately the PG Unicorn doesn't have much in the way of mechanical detail plugged into the inner frame. Everything about this kit is in service to the transformation gimmick. While the transformation is admittedly cool, I would have appreciated some of the PG Strike and PG MK II detail. 

I am slightly curious to see what this kit would look like with the LED set. But, I just can't bring myself to pour even more money into this kit for a 1st or 3rd party LED set. In that vein of thought... stay tuned for the eventual Full Armor version coming by the end of June!



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Hit the bump for the full photo shoot!

Saturday, May 19, 2018

5/19 Live Stream

I live stream almost every Saturday at 7 PM EST! 

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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

I found an 'Easter Egg' on the PG Unicorn

Like the title suggests, while working on my PG Unicorn I stumbled across an 'Easter Egg'. This little treat was hidden among the official water slide decal sets included with the Full Armor and Final Battle versions of the PG Unicorn.


Just below the large unicorn emblem on the shield features and just above the line of text 'RX-0 UNICORN GUNDAM'; there is a wispy line of text barely .2 mm high. Originally, I assumed that this text was just 'Lorem Ipsum' filler... but upon closer inspection the text reads: 'A MON SEUL DESIR'.


When translated to English this phrase means 'My only desire'. Syam Vist directly quotes this line nearing the climax of Gundam Unicorn Episode 7 'Over the Rainbow'.


This is also a reference to the silk and woolen tapestry Lady and the Unicorn: À Mon Seul Desir. This is the same tapestry featured in the Vist Foundation during the events of the first episode of the Gundam Unicorn OVA. The phrase is incorporated into the design of the tapestry and is situated on the tent just above the head of the lady.

For those interested, the tapestry is one of six in a set of real life pieces of art. Originally created around 1500 the tapestries are currently on display at the Musée national du Moyen Âge in Paris France.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Gundam Tutorial: Basic Panel Line Scribing

I have started a new series of simple tutorial series about creating your own panel lines! Additional parts will follow, so stay tuned for more information!


Monday, April 30, 2018

Gundam Tutorial: How to fix molding errors


While uncommon, molding errors do crop up every now and again. Check out the tutorial below to find out how to easily fix these errors.


Thursday, April 19, 2018

HG Atlas Gundam Bandit Flower ver.


Introduction:

The Atlas is a striking design appearing in the second 'season' of Gundam Thunderbolt. Piloted by ace EFSF mobile suit pilot Io Flemming.  Built (paradoxically in my opinion) to function well in both atmospheric and aquatic battlefields, the Atlas features two large 'Sub Legs' aka the banana boats. The banana boats are pieces of support equipment mounted on two articulated arms at the waist. The arms allow the Atlas to change into various modes to maximize performance in a given situation. The banana boats also feature powerful thrusters and storage space for two bullpup style battle rifles.

This particular kit is a P-Bandai exclusive release of the design featured in the OVA. It features a more compact (and significantly shorter) rail gun, as well as a slightly redesigned shield. This release also includes a set of water slide decals; this set is similar to the one included in the GD 114 decal set, but features several additional decals.

This was the first kit commissioned through my new patron 'Commission Grade' level. If you'd like to support me and get a custom made model, you can find more information here: https://www.patreon.com/GGD

Kit Talk:

I don’t consider myself to be a contrarian, but I often approach ‘bad’ kits with the vain hope that they’re not as bad as everyone says. I walk away disappointed most of the time.

I was going to spend time in this post complaining about the masking and painting required to pull the detail out of the chest, knees and joints. But, I feel that it would be better highlighted in a separate video review, so look forward to that, or don't.

All in, I really appreciate the base design of the Atlas mobile suit; it's slim and athletic, and the exposed 'spine' of the design is cool and unusual. If Bandai were to take the design and upscale it to a MG Ver. Ka kit, I could see myself really enjoying the build. As for the HG, I won't touch another one.



 
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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

2018 State of the blog, updates, plans, projects, etc


Intro:

Four months into the year seems like a perfect time to start talking about my direction for 2018, right? As the blog rapidly approaches its sixth anniversary at the end of April, I can't help but look back on all that I've accomplished without some measure of pride. Here we are years later, over 125 kits completed and I'm still at it. Among all of the hobbies, activities, sports, music, etc that I've pursued over the years; Gunpla/Plamo is the one that I have followed the longest and with the most vigor.

New Social Media:

Many of you may not be aware that I've started branching out into other forms of social media over the last few months.

If you want to see more regular small quippy content you can follow me on Twitter and Instagram.

I've also taught myself enough about video editing in the last year that I'm no longer embarrassed to share content through my YouTube channel. I have also started live streaming on most Fridays around 7PM EST.

And finally I have started creating exclusive content for my Patrons over on Patreon. I've really enjoyed creating logos and other Gundam themed graphics for my Patrons. 

The Blog:

It feels like it's been a very long while since I've created worthwhile content for the blog. It's not a good feeling. It's like a nagging sense of guilt; like I've abandoned something I care about...

I knew when I decided to take on four supersized projects back to back, that the blog would suffer as a result. But, I never expected to see the the viewership drop off quite like it has. Now, as I near finishing the second of the four projects, I can't help but feel that I've somehow made a mistake.

The question I now need to ask myself is, 'where do I go from here?'. And truth be told; I'm not really sure. Without a doubt I'll still be creating new things, but I may take a break from the larger projects for a while. I feel like I need some smaller projects to catch my breath and replenish some of that creative energy.

The Future... future... future...:

I feel like now is the time for me to refocus on the core projects that help to define my work on Social Media/Blog/YouTube. I have project ideas percolating in my brain that I will be focusing more time into. I have started accepting commissions in a more open capacity through Patreon. More information available here. And, I've already received my first new commission, and it's already well underway. New tutorials are also coming, maybe more... only time will tell.

A big thank you is due to everyone that checks out my content on a regular basis. You guys and gals are the best. I couldn't be luckier to have you.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

HG Nu Gundam White Unicorn Custom


Introduction: 

A while ago I started kicking around an idea for a collaborative build project. I started telling patrons about the idea on the monthly live streams. And, after receiving some positive feedback I decided to move forward with the project.

I put an open call out for submissions a few weeks ago; and I received a great response!

This kit was submitted to me by Patron Andy, Thanks Andy!

If this sounds like a interesting idea, and you want to participate in future collabs you can sign up as a Patron at anytime! For now, I am planning to continue the GoodGuyCollab Project by accepting at least 3 more collaborations in 2018.

Kit Talk: 

This kit was sent to me already completely built. The builder Andy did an excellent job preparing this kit for the Collab by: fusing seam lines, modifying parts and making this easy to disassemble.


The inspiration for this kit came from the Zeta 3 Amuro's 'White Unicorn' custom color scheme. I really like the colors on this scheme, I just wish that he continued to use them throughout the remainder of his appearances! I enhanced this color scheme with many hand painted details such as painted pistons in the knees, white piping at the back of the knees, details on the fin funnels and backpack and the sensors.

The HG Nu Gundam is an older design. Many of the molded details on the calfs, and side skirts were left very shallow, and frustrating to mask and paint. Despite this, the kit has generally good color separation, proportions and flexibility.



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Vic Viper by Kotobukiya from Zone of the Enders 2

Here's a new video showing off my classic Vic Viper from Zone of the Enders 2!

I absolutely love this design!






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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Real Grade Unicorn


Introduction:

When this kit was first released I had zero interest in picking one up for myself. Not because I thought it was a 'bad' kit; but because I felt (and still feel) like I'm done with the Unicorn design. Despite this I did end up purchasing one for myself. And, I'm glad that I did give this kit a shot.

In all likelihood I think this version of the Unicorn has made the HG and MG models obsolete. This version of the Unicorn features the stability of the HG, but includes the transformation of the MG and the armor detail of the PG. This version of the Unicorn is real triumph of engineering and should be on any 'must build' list.

Except for the action base connector; that piece of shit is responsible for the kit falling off the stand and breaking horn twice.

Kit talk:

This was a straight forward build with a few small modifications to the paint process. I'll cover this material in more detail in a youtube video later this week. I downplayed the contrasting white and light grey colors of the armor and offset the bright whites of the kit with a darker navy backpack and feet.




I purposely left the psychoframe components glossy to further contrast the against the flat armor.

Decals were take from both the RG and Ver. Ka decal sets, with an emphasis on the Ver. Ka decal scheme.

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Sunday, January 28, 2018

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 operation 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 full advantage of the system, pilots must be quadruple amputees to fully integrate.

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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