Gaijin Gunpla


As I was just about at work on Friday morning I received a text message from the wife stating, “今日退院!”

What that means is that she was going to leave the hospital that day. So, while she is at home and I am very happy that she is back, it also limits my gunpla time. Or does it?

You see, she is still very weak and must spend a lot of time in bed resting, which for her means surfing the internet to catch up on the 2 weeks worth of everything that she missed. This also means that I am the primary caregiver for my daughter so I spend all my time with her. Which means, my daughter and I sit at the table and build gunpla. I build the Gouf and she colours the bonus clear parts with a red ink pen.

So, how is the build? Let me show you.

The Head

If you have built any of the Zaku 2.0s or the Sinanju, you have a pretty good idea already how the head assembles. The mono eye moves from side to side as the head rotates. Rather than use the supplied pink sticker or the pink eye decal (Of course I bought the decals!) I used one of my Aurora stickers. I am trying to use up old supplies here, or so I tell myself.

Torso

Again very Zaku like. The black chest piece isn’t on in this shot because I painted all the black parts (chest, feet, knees, etc) with the leftover semi-gloss black that I have.

The Skirt

Again it’s basically a Zaku 2.0 skirt with some changes. The side armour is actually done differently. If you look at the pic below you can see that a ball and socket joint is used to attach the front skirt armour to the side. One problem I had with the side pieces is that, due to the curvature of the armour and frame parts it is really difficult to line them up properly so they fit together. Both sides caused me some delays when doing this.

Pistons


Having done enough Gunpla now and knowing beforehand that I was going to paint the feet pistons like I always do, I snipped that part of the runner away before I even went near the feet and sprayed it with some leftover Mr. Hobby Silver. Say “No!” to Silver Leaf.

Feet

An hour or so later when the paint has dried I assemble the feet. Here you see only one foot with the armour on. There’s a reason for that. Read on.

Backpack


Again with the Mr. Hobby Silver for the internals of the backpack. Silver thrusters = yummy.

Shield


Terribly simple. Only four pieces and that was it. There isn’t much else to say here.

Legs


I reiterate the point about it being another Zaku 2.0. In fact, the runners were for the Zaku 2.0 with an extra runner for the Gouf pieces which are different. Thus you end up with half a runner of unused Zaku leg parts. I will add them to my extra parts collection.

Arms

Zaku 2.0. ‘Nuff said. The only real difference is how the shoulder armour attaches. That and the big fat hand for the left arm.

And here he is. Fully half-assembled. This seems to be my new thang. I armour half the mecha so I can show what is going on in da inside.



Was it fun, baby? She can say, “ガンダム” now.

Categories: Builds, Gouf 2.0, MG

6 Responses so far.

  1. Busterbeam says:

    cute kid! and i like the fact that shes helping you haha also glad to hear wife is doing better and coming home soon

    looking forward to the gouf. i actually like the ver.1 proportions a bit more than ver.2 but ver.2 definitely has a better build process/mechanics.

  2. G.G. says:

    OMG the gouf is already built!? Geez you are fast!.

    Your daughter looks like a good gunplar candidate. Cute kid. And I am glad to hear your wife is coming home, albeit your gunpla will start to get lonely.

    I want to see your painted gouf, thats one of my favorite Zeon mobile suit.

  3. Asian1skill says:

    lol thats awesome u got ur daughter to help u build lol. if it was ma lil sister she probably lose da pieces lol but nice build but are u gonna mod the head cuz in ma opinion it looks weird so i like da ver 1.o one more lol

  4. lupes says:

    Man, Gouf's nosepiece looks kind of long and awkward. Glad to hear your wife is doin' better, that'll ease things up for you once she's fully recovered.

    I though you'd enjoy this too, as the results of that AFA thing never really got announced anywhere: http://tomopop.com/danny-choo-x-afa-09-s-gunpla-contest-was-a-farce-10217.phtml

    sounds angrier than it is, I'm kind of inclined to agree though since some of those winners didn't really strike me as winning material. it doesn't hurt that he thought our kits were more deserving though. 😉

  5. Gaijin Gunpla says:

    @Buster: Thanks for the compliment. She is indeed a cutie (will provide evidence later). The other day I was cut out the clear parts and let her play with them while I worked on the Gouf. I showed her how to fit the leg armour together. "Tanoshii", she said several times.

    @G.G.: Yes, the Gouf is already built. And painted. Will post more about that soon. I agree. It went together really quickly. If you build enough 2.0 Zaku you go on autopilot.

    @Asian1skill: Sorry to disappoint but I won't be doing any modding. I think modding is something that has to be put aside due to my promises of more time with the wife. I do plan on doing some mods to my Zaku Cannon when the time comes so watch out for that.

    @lupes: Thanks for the link! I feel rather humbled and proud as I am sure you do too. Congrats again for your lovely Sinanju. Also, keep an eye on this blog. I think you will like my Gouf. 😉

  6. marc says:

    looks good, looking forward to a completly painted model.

    and looking forward to your zaku cannon, not a fan of the model. but maybe i'll apreciate it more with some of youre moddings hahaha.

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