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Monday, June 22, 2015

HG Grimorie Start to Finish Part 3: Basic Improvements and Corrections


In part 2 I went section by section pointing out things on the kit I wanted to fix or improve. In this post I am going to demonstrate the solutions I came up with using photos and videos. Remember, modelers should use different solutions based on their experiences, aesthetic preferences, tools and materials to decided how they should modify and improve their kits.

Due to the way the videos and written content was created there will be some redundancy on certain subjects. After completing all of the work on the improvements I decided that I wasn't happy with the way certain videos turned out. I purchased a second kit and re-shot some of the videos.

Tools:

BMC 1 mm chisle
Pla-plate various
Brushes (various)
Builders Parts HG Vents

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

HG Grimorie Start to Finish Part 2: Basic Build


First things first, lets review the tools you're going to need. Nippers, X-acto knife and abrasives.



I am using the following tools for those interested:

Godhand Ultimate nippers
Basic garden variety X-acto knife
Alpha abrasives files (various grits)
Cutting mat

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When you get a kit, a good first step is to open up the bags and familiarize yourself with the runners. During this step you should check to ensure that you have all of the parts that should be on the runners. If not, you can get replacements through Bluefin if you purchased a kit through one of their re-sellers and if you meet all of their terms.

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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

HG Grimorie Start to Finish Part 1: Introduction

HG Grimoire from Gundam G Reco

After a few emails back and forth with the grand prized winner of the million hits giveaway Michael; We have the subject for the next start to finish series.


I don't know anything about thi particular Gundam series or it's suits, but I really love the basic grunt look of this design. It reminds me of some of the mecha from Ma.K and of the personnel powered armor suits from the Animatrix.

Michael has designed his own paint scheme. It was originally inspired by the Black Tri Stars scheme, but ultimately he did his own custom look and I really like it. On top of the custom scheme I am also going to apply some light weathering and seasoning to the kit to give it that "lived in" look.


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Topics to be covered:

  • Basic Build
  • Basic improvements and corrections to the base kit
  • Basic Painting
  • Shading
  • Masking tips and tricks
  • Weathering and seasoning

Sunday, June 7, 2015

MG 00 Gundam Raiser & Seven Sword/G


Suit Lore:



The GN-0000 or simply 00 Gundam is the only 4th generation Gundam developed by Celestial Being. The core design feature of the 00 is the twin drive system. This system allowed two GN drives to work together to exponentially increase the GN particle emission rate. This allowed the 00 to; create powerful GN fields, enhance maneuverability, and gave the suit impressive acceleration.



Ultimately the 00's twin drive system proved to be unstable; limiting its potential and preventing the Trans-Am system from functioning properly. The 0 Raiser was developed to remedy this situation by balancing and regulating the twin drive system. When docked the 00 Gundam and 0 Raiser form the 00 Raiser. In this configuration the 00 is able to realize its potential allowing the mobile suit to use quantum teleportation and unleash tremendously devastating blasts of energy.




Before the 0 Raiser was designed, the 00 was intended to use the prototype Seven Sword System. This system was  developed to realize the 00's role as a close combat mobile suit and featured Seven different physical and energy blades. Following the final battle of the TV series this prototype was further updated with the powerful Sword II Blaster, this new configuration was dubbed the Seven Sword/G. Although it was not featured in the animation the Seven Sword/G was available for use during the ELS incident.

Kit Talk:

Bandai doesn't currently sell the 00 in such a way that you can purchase the 0 Raiser and Seven Sword/G pack as one kit. Of course that means I acquired both kits to complete this build.

I fused seam lines along the edges of all of the physical blades. In most cases this didn't require and substantial modification of the underlying parts. The exception to this being the Buster Sword II which required reworking the parts allowing the blade to fit onto the slide mechanism. The other instance being the GN Sword 3s which have a small gray beam emitter part which needed to be painted.





One of my gripes about this kit is that it features a huge amount of inner frame complexity and detail for its size, but the exterior is fairly bland. I decided to do some minor panel line scribing on the white knee armor and on the blue areas around the chest and GN drive mounts.





I used super metallic silver in certain joints in a similar manner to the 00 Qan[t] I did almost two years ago. Ultimately I think this is a very good look for the kit as the silver creates a very nice contrast with the neutral grey.

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