Gaijin Gunpla

Now that I am not hurriedly trying to build gunpla, I have some time (to write about hurriedly building gunpla). I will fill everyone in on how the project went down and will add a smattering of somewhat related pics throughout.

So what about the GM Ver 2.0? He got put to the side after I sprayed the armour pieces and the paint didn’t take too well. I will have to sand down most of the pieces and paint again. For the most part, the frame and weapons are complete. Just waiting for some time. And now I have some! No. No, I don’t.

In the midst of this gunpla project for work that had me waking up at 6 am every morning, my wife came down with a cough. As it was the end of the year, most clinics were closed. She toughed it out for almost a week and when the nearest clinic was open again went to see a doctor there.

Here’s the reader’s digest version of how things went from there. She tells doctor she has been having a persistent cough. He looks in her throat and agrees it’s a persistent cough. He prescribes a cocktail of pharmaceuticals for her to take. She takes them for three days and feels a little better. The next day she develops a fever. Three days of fever and being stuck in bed while I take care of her and our child and then back to the clinic where they do a chest x-ray and..

Pneumonia. Immediate hospitalization needed.

I have been having a go at being single dad now for the past few days, so I would get up at 6 am do some gunpla while I prepared breakfast and did laundry. Take daughter to daycare, go to work, pick daughter up after work, go visit wife in hospital, return home to bathe daughter and put her to bed, and do gunpla until 2 am. I think I ate occasionally, too.

Thank god it’s over with. Well, the gunpla part is..

Well, not really.
Yes, it’s the new RX-78-3 Ver 2.0. Why do I have this? Well, when I was building gunpla downstairs at 6 am in a very cold house, I was bundled up under blankets while I snipped parts off the gates. One part flew off and got lost somewhere on the blanket or carpet. Which part?
Yup, the little emblem that fits on the skirt. I still have no idea where it went. I mailed off to Bandai for some spare parts, but with a deadline looming, if the parts weren’t to arrive in time I would need a backup plan. The day before the project was due, the parts still had not arrived. I thought I would pick up another RX-78-2 Ver 2.0, use the emblem for the project and replace it with the bandai part when they arrived. However, I didn’t really feel like building the exact same model again so soon after completing it. My solution, the RX-78-3. Sure it’s the same kit, but there is no deadline so I can play around with it and the colours are different so it has some appeal.

The build is pretty interesting and the articulation is great so I will (hopefully) put more details into my blog as I build it. But then again, I am a single father right now, while still running errands for and visiting the sick wife.

By the way, the replacement parts were waiting for me when I arrived home from work. One day late.

There’s another thing I wanted to say. Damn you, Katoki! I spent almost as much time applying decals to the Ver Ka as I did building it. Guess which shield is the Ver Ka…
So I have a GM Ver 2.0 which is half done, and now the RX-78-3 Ver 2.0. As well, I have a Zaku Cannon that has been sitting here for a couple of months. The Zaku Cannon is going to be my swan song, so it will stay sitting there for awhile yet.

Hopefully I will have a gallery up for the RX-78-2 (plural) soon.

3 Responses so far.

  1. Busterbeam says:

    sorry to hear about your wife dude. misdiagnosis or what eh? sucks.

  2. G.G. says:

    Good daddy & hubby. I know how you feel man… I am running around the hospital almost everyday making sure my dad is okay from his chemotherapy treatment. Is tough having to do everything eh. Hope your wife feel better soon.

    Back to Gundam, I used to hate clear parts, but after seeing your stuff. I am thinking whether I should get it now. I am looking forward to some great photo when you are done with this project.

  3. Dennis says:

    Yes, I agree with you about all the decals on the Ver. Ka!!!!! I’ve been working on mine off and on for a month whien I get the courage; thankfully no deadline like you had. There has to be over 100 of them and 90%+ have to be a millimeter or so. What I have on the model looks nice so far, but it’s such a pain.

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