Friday, November 30, 2018

HG MS-08TX/N Efreet Nacht


For those not familiar with the MS-08TX Efreet, it was a very limited production mobile suit developed and constructed on Earth by a branch of the Zeon armed forces. Despite output performing the MS-07B Gouf in close quarters ground combat, the MS-09B Dom would put an end to the production run of the Efreet.

The MS-08TX/N Efreet Nacht is a variant of the base model design. Designed for stealth and night operations the Nacht features jamming, sensor baffling equipment, and smoke dischargers in addition to components to limit its thermal signature. The Efreet is equipped with several ‘cold’ melee weapons including a unique sword and four kunai, all of which are capable of delivering an electrical jolt capable of disabling or destroying a mobile suits electrical systems. The Nacht also features a 3 barreled machine gun integrated into the left forearm. The stealth hardware and focus on melee combat would make the Efreet a terrifying opponent.

 While I really like a lot of elements of this mobile suit’s in-universe backstory, one thing that isn’t addressed is... In the 08th MS team series, we're introduced to the idea that the EFF has the ability to accurately track mobile suits by listening to the amplified vibrations from the ground. Eledore demonstrates that this equipment can be used to identify mobile suit movement and location in relation to each other as well as their model type.  So, unless the Efreet has an MS sized pair of sound muffling bunny slippers, I think many of its stealth advantages may not amount to much.

 Kit talk: 

This kit was a P-Bandai release which is a bit of bummer because it seems to have a pretty strong fan following. 

Since this is a P-Bandai kit, and It may not currently available from JoJoHobbyandStuff. But, you can still get an extra 12% off just about anything in their store using coupon code "GOODGUNPLA"!

I think most people will either love or loathe the aesthetics of this kit. I personally really like the ninja vibe this kit gives off. But, I think the spiky shoulders may have gone too far; and the word ‘edge-lord’ definitely comes to mind. 

Speaking of which... the shoulders were by far, the most frustrating element of this kit each spike was an individual piece and they didn’t fit very well into the shoulder. I added and sharpened pla plate to each spike to make them super pointy, and I used putty and primer to fill gaps around the base of each spike. Don’t get me wrong, they look great now, but they took way longer than desired to fix.

This kit received a dark coat of blue and purple paint to emphasize the ninja/night ops themes. Decals are taken from the HG Blue Destiny decal set from 2018. I purposely chose to minimize the number of decals featured on the build as the bright white would give away the position of the MS. 

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'!

Monday, November 26, 2018

Gundam patches are now available!

I'm happy to announce that I have patches available on Etsy!

Nobel citizens of Zeon! Show your support of the brave laborers, scientists, and engineers of Zeon as they help to bring the fight to the corrupt government of the earthnoids!

This patch is a fan design suitable for cosplay, or everyday wear.

Show your support for the Zeonic Corporation, the manufacturer of the Zaku and so much more!

This patch is approximately 3x3 inches and features an iron-on backing.

Click the image above or here to get one today!

Friday, November 23, 2018

HG RGM-79SC GM Sniper Custom


As soon as Bandai began showing off photos for this kit, I knew that I had to get one. The design of this kit is based on the recent Intercept and Guard type GMs from Gundam Origin MSD. This is a great little kit, it's simple in terms of colors and construction but I love the look. If anything this kit has made me want to pick up the Guard and Intercept types.

Kit Talk:

The color scheme for this build is dead simple, green & gray. I originally planned on using two separate grey colors for the frame and external armor. However, after painting these parts, I determine that the colors didn't add to the overall scheme and painted them all to match.

The gray strips on the shins and ankle guards were carefully masked and painted. I'm a bit surprised by how symmetrical they came out.

The decal scheme for this kit was cobbled together from a few separate decal sets I've collected over the year including the Origin decal pack, MG Gouf 2.0, DX-06 and others.

This is a P-Bandai kit, and It may not currently available from JoJoHobbyandStuff. But, you can still get an extra 12% off just about anything in their store using coupon code "GOODGUNPLA". JoJo provided this kit to me to build and review, show them some love!

Friday, November 16, 2018

HG Sinanju Stein Narrative Ver.


HG Sinanju Stein Narrative is a kit that I have been looking forward to for a long time. In many ways, the older HG Sinanju felt like a scaled down version of the MG. This new HG Stein feels almost the exact same way compared to the MG. The high grade does somethings better, and some things worse. But, overall I think that the HG would be a fine alternative if money is tight, or if you only have a passing interest in the design.  

This kit is currently available from JoJoHobbyandStuff! You can get an extra 10% 12% off just about anything in their store using coupon code "GOODGUNPLA". JoJo provided this kit to me to build and review, so show them some love!

Kit talk:

The main issue that I have with this kit, is that the Bandai made a very poor decision by splitting the sleeve detail on each wrist into two pieces. This isn’t an impossible fault to overcome, but the fact that Bandai could have designed around it without too much cost or trouble irritates me. 

Aside from the sleeve details, there are a few seam lines that should be fused on the bazooka, rifle, head, knee frame and half the fuel tanks. I’m a little disappointed that there are quite a few,  but as a consolation, none of these seam lines are particularly difficult to fix.

I painted my Stein with a more saturated color scheme at first, but after looking the pieces together I walked the scheme back to a less saturated scheme and only kept the more saturated grey/blue/teal color on the main body armor. One disadvantage to my specific color blindness (Protan) is that my eyes have a tough time understanding how some colors work together, it can be confusing and a bit frustrating, when my perception of color doesn’t really match reality. But, I had a good support network of people that can help point me in the right direction. 

All of the sleeve 'engravings' on the chest and wrists were painted using the reverse wash technique. I have a tutorial here if you would like to learn how to use this technique.

The decal scheme I created for this kit pulls decals from a pile of partial sheets I've kept over the years, including the RG GP01, HG Unicorn, HG Sinanju, DX-06 and HG Origin Decal set 1. I like creating decal sets this way, I can take elements of the lore (affiliation, design history, setting, style, etc) and build that into a design. 

This kit is currently available from JoJoHobbyandStuff! You can get an extra 10% 12% off just about anything in their store using coupon code "GOODGUNPLA". JoJo provided this kit to me to build and review, so show them some love!