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Monday, September 25, 2017

Gundam the Origin HG Zaku 2 High-Mobility-Type Black Tri-Stars


Introduction:


This is the second kit that I have given away as a free commission to one of my patrons on Patreon since I started it back in May. I've decided that I will randomly give away free commissions to my Patreons at completely random intervals.

I was excited to hear that the winner David chose this kit. The Ortega version of  the Zaku Origin comes with some really interesting parts and I knew that this kit would be both rewarding and challenging!

Kit Talk:


During the lead up to a new project I usually complete some 'homework' before diving into a new build. usually this involes checking out Dalong.net to review the manuals and runners and looking at completed example images on Google. I was surpised at first that there are not a lot of completed examples of this kit online. After building it however, I think I know why... This kit has really ackward seamlines running down both sides of the legs. Fusing and filling these seams was a total pain in the butt! My process for fixing this isn't ideal, but it did work.
  1. Prime and paint the inner frame
  2. Prime and paint the outer armor
  3. Assemble all parts of the lower leg
  4. Mask the inner frame
  5. Fuse the outer armor
  6. Apply putty if needed
  7. Prime and paint the outer armor
  8. Touch up the inner frame if needed
This seamline wouldn't stop me from building this kit again. But, it would definitely frustrate me just as much.

Aside from the area the only other element that needs to be modified are the forearms, machine gun and super heat hawk.

I opted to use a more subdued color scheme on this kit compared to the Black Tri-star custom completed last week. I think the colors chosen on this build make it look more realistic by comparison.




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Monday, September 18, 2017

Patreon Perfect Grade Reward Tier Change


Hey All,
Since I have the opportunity now, I have to changed the "Perfect Grade" reward tier. From now on this is tier will cost more But, will include a free HG commission every month in addition to the 1:1 personal Gunpla training. I don't expect to fulfill this reward tier anytime soon, but I wanted to put it out there. 
This reward tier will be limited to one individual at any given time due to the work load involved.

All Patrons will still have the opportunity to win free commission when I run giveaways. 
GGD 

HG Zaku F2 Black Tri-Star


Introduction


Despite the ridiculously high standard the Origin version of the Zaku has set; the Zaku F2 has an awesome design. It's my favorite upper torso design of any Zaku design I can think of. It looks broader, thicker and more tank like that the standard Zaku design. And, it features a better The legs on the other hand are less interesting than the original Zaku in my opinion.

Kit Talk:

My rendition of this kit is fairly basic. The standard model does not feature many panel lines or molded details. I'm perfectly fine with this as I like the simplicity of the design, however its not hard to see why some people will think it is too plain.



Towards the end of the build a large crack formed on one of the legs. This was due to lighter fluid weakening the plastic and required me to purchase a second kit for a future kit bash.

I modified the shoulder with a set of 1/144 Builder Part HD spikes to improve their size and shape. I also added detail to the mono eye and scribed a 'track' that the eye would move on. I also did the usual seam line remove on the legs, shoulders, and rifle. 

The main feature of this build is the Black Tri-Star color scheme. The black white and grey colors are straight out of the bottle. The bright purple color on the chest is Mr. Gundam Color Purple. The navy blue was custom mixed using a basic navy blue as a base and incorporating other mixed blue colors. I was fortunate to have enough of this color to repaint the leg.

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

MG Providence Gundam


Introduction:

Full disclosure guys... the only reason I originally purchased this kit was for the 8.5 x 11 sheet of water slide decals for the other SEED MGs. It's not that I hated the design, rather I simply forgot that this design even existed. Despite this, I'm rather pleased that I decided to complete the build and if anything I'm feeling more excited to tackle the Freedom 2.0 in a later build.

Kit talk:


This is the special initial launch version of the MG Providence. That means the kit comes with a different base shaped like the Zaft logo as well as a huge sheet of water slide decals from several of the other MG Seed designs. I have no idea how long this particular kit will be in production, but the decals alone made this purchase worthwhile for me.

Like the recent MG Freedom 2.0 this kit has had an awesome redesign which has really enhanced the design of the mobile suit. It looks aggressive and it's absolutely covered in molded detail. My version of this build takes advantage of all of this molded detail through masking and color separation.

The main body color of this model is molded in a bluish grey color, I ended up painting this color with a very light neutral grey color mixed with a few drops of mr. color intermediate blue. The other colors of the kit are darker or more desaturated than the standard 'hero' colors of the 'hero' gundams that we're used to seeing. Most of these colors were taken verbatim from the manual with very minor tweaks.

I used the alternative decal scheme from the P-Bandai Effects parts kit for my build. The decals used are from a third party provider and the guide for this decal scheme is available here. I was absolutely shocked by the quality of the third party decals I used on this build. Not only were the decals pre-cut, but they are also high resolution and spelled correctly. If I need third party decals again I have no reservations about using this supplier again.



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!