Wednesday, October 31, 2018

HG RX-78XX Gundam 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.

The mechanical design for the Pixy was handled by Kunio Okawara. The rounded features and exaggerated proportions of the model highlight the distinctive style of its designer.

Kit Talk:

From what I can tell the Pixy Gundam has a long in common with the design of the HG Ground GM from 2017. It's a solid design and features a lot of parts unique to this P-Bandai release.

It's a simple build, that is light on molded detail and basic in design. In my opinion, this kit does 'simple' right.

I mixed a variety of custom colors for this kit including the grey purple, light grey, and medium blue. I like this moodier variation on the classic bright colors of the Gundam. It looks substantially different from any other color schemes on my shelf right now.

I kept the decal scheme of the build very simple to reflect the simplicity of Okawara's artwork. I only used the iconic 'arrow through the heart' decal off of my old P-Bandai DX-04 decal sheet.

As a P-Bandai release, I can't guarantee that this kit will still be available when you're reading this. But, If you'd like to save 12% off your order at JoJoHobbyNStuff use coupon code 'GoodGunpla'!

Friday, October 19, 2018

RE 1/100 AMX 107R Rebawoo


For those not in the know, the AMX 107R Rebawoo is a modified and refitted Bawoo from the UC88 era. It was originally intended to be piloted by Full Frontal, who is the leader of Neo Zeon's "The Sleeves". This mobile suit was abandoned following the hijacking of the Sinanju Stein from Anaheim Electronics. Despite never being used by its intended pilot, the Rebawoo would repeatedly see action throughout UC 0095.

Kit Talk:

Here's something a bit controversial, I like the design of the Rebawoo just a bit more than the Sinanju. I prefer the sharper lines and angles of the Rebawoo to the sweeping curves of the Sinanju. And, I find the more simplistic and subdued white and black sleeve details to fit the aesthetic better than the ostentatious gold trim featured prevalently on the Sinanju.

This kit featured a very straightforward build. It was exactly what I expected a RE1/100 kit to be. Only minor seamline fusion was required on the head along the front section of the crest.

I used my heavy duty file to remove material along the thruster pods to streamline and sharpen their edges. This required the removal of about 2mm of plastic along the piece. I used the same technique to bring the fins on the legs and along the collar to a sharp edge.

I am not a fan of the large leg amount beam guns. They stick out like a sore thumb and are woefully lacking in detail. I eliminated them completely from this build and replaced the connection with a Kotobukiya detail part. Their removal takes away from the character of the mobile suit, but I prefer the streamlined appearance.

The waterslide decals I used are included with this kit. The decal scheme is very similar to the scheme used on the Sinanju. I like the slash marks through the '10S' markings. They're a nice detail that shows that this mobile suit is no longer Full Frontal's personal unit.

The included decals aren't a perfect fit for this mobile suit. The decals on the leg cowls and shoulders need a stronger curve to properly fit the geometry of these parts. The worst offenders are the 4 cowls on the thruster pods. I had to cut each of the decals into 3rds to have them follow the design.

As a P-Bandai release, I can't guarantee that this kit will still be available. But, If you'd like to save 10% off your order at JoJoHobbyNStuff use coupon code 'GoodGunpla'!



Some how I neglected to clean up the panel lines inside of the shield before topcoating.

The beam axes hid this well, so I don't mind. 

Detail Photos:

Note the handpainted gray details on the 'vent' surfaces in the shoulder and forearms.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Review: HG AMS-123X-X Moon Gundam


I built the HG Moon Gundam over the course of a few building sessions. The first chunk (about 3 hours) is captured here on my 10/6 live stream. Apologies in advance for the late posting this kit late! Sometimes life happens!

During the live stream, I described the build of the Moon Gundam as 'a snowball rolling downhill'. What I meant was that this kit builds momentum as you work through it. It started pretty 'meh' with a rather bland an boring torso and eventually moved onto more interesting, better, and cooler designs.

The HG Moon Gundam comes with 17 runners including while, light grey, yellow, red, green, clear, blue, psycho frame red and dark grey parts.

Most of the exterior armor of this kit is molded in a light grey color that sets it apart from other many other Gundams. It's a nice color and it complements the bright blue and white very well.

This isn't a perfect kit, but it does some interesting things with the HG formula and sets a nice precedent for future designs.

Things like:
  • Unlike most HG kits, the Moon Gundam doesn't feature any polycaps. Joints are always plastic on plastic.
  • The legs feature a pretty decent inner frame. It's not current MG or even RG quality. But, it's nice to have it included. 
  • The inner frame in the leg actually does stuff! The knees feature a fantastic double separation at the knee.
  • Bandai included interchangeable eye lenses. You can use an opaque green piece, or swap it out for a clear piece and modify it to include a LED. 
  • Upgraded Translucent pieces. I know some people didn't care for the translucent beam effect pieces with the RG Sazabi, but I liked how substantial and detailed they looked. Bandai has brought that back in the form of the psycho material used in the funnels, and they look great in my opinion!  

Let's dive in!