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Monday, August 27, 2018

EVA-01 Evangelion Test Type TV Version


Introduction:

The first Evangelion model kit I got my hands on was Bandai's EVA-01 Test Type w/frame; this was way back in 2003 long before I knew what I was doing, but I remember at that time I managed to create a pretty decent kit. Like most of my earliest work, that kit was lost between moves, college, etc...

Fast forward 15 years, and here I am again, building another Evangelion model, this time from Kotobukiya...

During the photo shoot, I rather ironically pulled a 'Sachiel' and broke the Evangelion's left arm. So, if those poses look a bit limited, that's why.

Kit Talk:


The first, and perhaps the only thing you need to know about this kit, is that it has seam lines, lots of seam lines, and they're in very unfortunate areas. If you're not prepared to deal with them, you're going to have to live with them all over the arms, shoulders, chest, and legs. While none of these lines are impossible to fix, they're a frustrating nuisance.


One quirk of this model is that it includes a pile of interchangeable and very expressive hands. You will find a collection of punching, grabbing, holding and stretching hands that can be easily popped on and off for different effects. I had to hand paint the knuckle designs on each of these hands.

Evangelion color matched paint is available from Gaia Color. I was lucky enough to source all of the bottles I needed through a proxy service in Japan. If you'd like to source some of these colors for yourself, you can find more information in my video here.

I will have a review up for this kit a few days after this post goes live, for those of you that would like to hear more about the build.


Real Grade GNT-0000 00 Qan [t]


Introduction:

The RG Qan[t] is a great example of a kit that I picked up entirely on a whim. Originally I convinced the staff at Walt's Hobby Shop in Syracuse to open up and display this kit for customers. And so, it sat in a display cabinet for a while with its guts all over. After about a month or two I decided that it was looking lonely, so I bought it. Turns out, that was a pretty good decision.

I completed a review of this kit a short while ago. If you'd like to hear more about the build experience then check it out.

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Kit Talk:

This was a basic and quick painted straight build. I am moving across the country this week, so, leading up to the move, I wanted to finish as many kits as I could.


This is the first time I have used 'Finisher's Model Paints' on a kit. The cobalt blue color is super saturated and vibrant. But, I had to apply 3 coats to achieve a consistent color. I'm not sure if this is the intended results, or if I ended up with a bad bottle. After applying the basecoat, I added some grey details using a hand brush and 'phantom grey' from Vallejo paints.

Decals are from the official RG Qant[t] waterslide set. In hindsight, I should also have used the HG decal set, as they're modeled after the 'designer' Qan [t].

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Review: Real Grade MSN-04 Sazabi


Intro:

I'm not going to start this review off by waxing philosophical, sharing lore or making funny quips. Let's get right down to it. The RG Sazabi is a fantastic kit. If you haven't already ordered one, then stop here, place an order and come back, you'll thank me later.

On that note, 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! 

I'll start off by saying that the RG Sazabi doesn't feel like a Real Grade, it feels more like a 1/144 scale Master Grade. I mentioned that feeling several times during the two streams (Part 1, Part 2) over the weekend. My reasoning is that it:

  • Is as large as an MG kit both in stature and part count 
  • Has the same level of complexity and detail as an MG
  • Features a full inner frame, that doesn't rely on the 'Advanced MS' frame 
  • Has a price similar to an MG 
I built this kit over the course of two sessions, the first being nearly six hours and the second about an hour and a half. I don't recommend building this kit in this way; this build really deserves to be savored.

The RG Sazabi's box includes 17 plates of runners including:

  • Red, salmon, yellow, grey and black runners
  • 1 small runner of Advanced MS joints
  • 2 beam effect runners in semi-translucent yellow 


Standing 18cm, the RG Sazabi towers over other 1/144 scale kits (12-13cm). The wide cowls along the feet, enlarged tail binder and massive shoulders and fuel tanks further add to the bulk of the design. The RG Sazabi truly dwarfs other models in the 1/144 scale.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Review: HG Gundam RX 78-XX Pixy


What do you think of when you hear the name Pixy? Some fairie wings, maybe a tutu and a wand? I get the feeling that the only wish the Pixy will grant is a quick and messy end.

The RX 78-XX is another in a long line of upgrades to the standard RX 78-2 Gundam. Several of these units were constructed during the One Year War, and they saw action in major and minor conflicts. Built without the core block system and with enhanced apogee motors, the Pixy Gundam was both lighter and faster than the RX 78-2. This mobile suit excels at close range combat using a paired of beam daggers and paired 90mm machine guns.

On to the review!

Monday, August 13, 2018

Review: Gundam Astray No-Name


The Gundam Astray No-Name was an antagonist suit and came out of nowhere and got a lot of people excited. Although this mobile suit has only been featured in a single episode so far, I think it's fair to say that, we will see it again.

Onto the review!

This kit was provided to me by www.jojohobbynstuff.com, I really appreciate being given a chance to build and review this kit. If you would like to purchase this, or any other kits, you can use coupon code "GOODGUNPLA" at JoJoHobbyNStuff to receive 10% off of your order!


Friday, August 10, 2018

Action Base 04 First Impressions


Since I've started in the Gunpla hobby I've mostly been using the Action Base 01 & 02 to pose my kits for photo shoots. Both display stands have been perfectly adequate. But, I decided to pick up Action Base 04 to try something new.

I chose the clear version of the action base since it photographs better against different backgrounds; this stand can also be found in black.

These action bases and much more are available from JoJoHobbyNStuff.com if you use coupon code "GOODGUNPLA" you can save 10% off of your order! 


The action base comes packed in a plastic bag. The label in the bag is also the instruction sheet. Speaking of the instructions... the sheet is dense, to be honest, a bit hard to follow. I would have preferred a larger sheet with a bit more real estate to spread things out.   




This stand includes 3 hexagons that can be assembled in a number of formations. I feel like overall they're more space efficient than the earlier action bases.


I like that you assemble them end on end, and have two HGs charging headlong at each other.


This action base includes a variety of different stand options to hold your kit and it's accessories up.



The pack includes two small stands that can be used separately for smaller HG/RG models or combined together for a larger MG/RE 1/100 kits. These stands can use a variety of different pieces to hold the model kits in place including adapters for the common stand connectors included with most kits. The ladder looking pieces are used to prop the stands open.


The package also includes a smaller accessory style stand that works well for weapons and other items. This works perfectly for the RG Qan [t]'s GN Sword V. Interestingly this stand also fits the common peg type stand featured on some Kotobukiya kits like the Eva TV series.

The new action base 04 and 05 are compatible with each other and with the figure-rise effect parts.

I can see that action base 04 becoming a mainstay in my display cabinets. I like the versatility of the stands, the interconnectivity and the plethora of connection options. And, I feel that if I switched to this new base system I could potentially save a lot of space compared to the older 01 and 02 models.

These action bases and much more are available from JoJoHobbyNStuff.com if you use coupon code "GOODGUNPLA" you can save 10% off of your order!