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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!



If you like my content, and you'd like to show your support, you can purchase this kit, or anything else through the Amazon links on my site. It doesn't cost you a dime, but it helps me tremendously!

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!



If you like my content, and you'd like to show your support, you can purchase this kit, or anything else through the Amazon links on my site. It doesn't cost you a dime, but it helps me tremendously!

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! 

Come join me and hang out!


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!