Gaijin Gunpla

What a month March was ungunpla-wise. I’m exhausted just thinking about it. It goes without saying that I did not get much done in the way of modeling, but that can’t be helped I suppose. I did manage to work on a few things here and there. So, as usual, let’s start with what has ended and is

no longer on the Work Table.
HGFC Nobell Gundam

Okay, I finished this kit in February, but failed to get the final gallery up until after March 12th. My goal was to make this a real companion to the G Gundam and I did just that. Same paint was used as well as the Ver ka decals. Pair look!

Now it’s April and I know I can’t dwell on what happened in the recent past so I have begun picking up the model kits again. I’ve actually been bouncing back and forth the last couple nights. So here’s what is

On the Work Table
Ako Hobby Barzam Conversion!

This was the winner of The Poll so I knew I had to get on it as promised. In a way I’m really lucky because the base is the great MG Gundam Mk-II Ver. 2.0 Titans and it’s a fantastic kit. However, (there’s always a however, isn’t there?) I am finding the Conversion Parts to be very difficult to work with. The fit is not good at all, or not good compared to the near perfection of Bandai’s kits and on almost all the pieces I haven’t got them to fit into place and will probably have to do some modifications. It looks cool though.

HGUC MSN-06S Sinanju Titanium Finish

Look at that finish! An awesome kit made awesomer. (Hey, it’s my site, I can use the word ‘awesomer’ if I want.) I’ve actually got it all built, complete with aurora stickers for the eyes and gun sensors, and now am working on all those decals. There’s a lot of them. And there’s no labeling of which is which! I have to match the decals on the sheet to the pictures in my MG Sinanju manual. This is time consuming. Is this decal hell again?

There’s another kit sitting on my work table which I haven’t started yet but will do so soon. I’ve already got the paint I need for it and because I know what I’m going to do already I consider it to be on the work table. It’s none other than the:
MG XXXG-01S Shenlong

I’m using paint colors I haven’t touched before and will do my own decal work so this may be really cool or a complete mess. Everyone will have to judge for his/herself once it’s done.

And still on the work table!
PG Strike Freedom Gundam

The part is finished so now I get to play with it a bit. I’ve got a color scheme in my head and some modifications I want to try. This may be a project that takes quite a bit of time as I won’t get onto it regularly but hopefully I can realize my vision.

I’m going to skip listing the kits that are under the work table because the list is getting long and I don’t know when I’ll actually get around to doing much of them. If I do start one it will become its own category here on this site so don’t worry, you won’t miss out.

Coming to the Work Table – Things I want!
RG GAT-X10S Aile Strike Gundam.

Nuff said.

10 Responses so far.

  1. Dennis says:

    Keep at it syd, the Barzam conversion looks cool and should be worth the effort. Man, do I want one badly. Any chance for a link to the websote where you got it? As for your Gunpla; do what you can; I’m sure I speak for everyone that you have more important things going on to concern you. I hear you when it comes to having lots of kits to do. I think my backlog might be around fifteen unbuilt kits now with five being painted. Not to mention how many I want or have on order. I guess that’s normal in something as cool as Gunbpla.

  2. Tom says:

    That conversion kit looks pretty cool. Can’t wait to see what you’ll do with the Shenlong and Strike Freedom.

  3. ChroniK says:

    Maybe its because you bought the 2.0, maybe the conversion kit is designed for the regular MG version and not the MG ver. 2.0.
    Another…Sinanju? wow, by now you might as well get the SD one also. This should be rather cool though. 😉
    The Shenlong should be very interesting to see you work on.

    • syd says:

      If I recall correctly (hehe) Ako Hobby made it clear we needed the 2.0 kit. The parts fit and cover the proper areas it’s just the fit is a little off so things don’t slide into place easily. I will most likely have to use cement to hold it all together.

  4. GT3Hero says:

    Hey Syd! Its good to hear some normalcy (is that a word???) is creeping back into your daily life. I hope it keeps getting better for you guys. Its still raining here in Oregon but I managed to get my hands on a MG Zeta A1 and I’m building it right now…slowly but surely. I still havent painted but I will soon once its built and the weather permits. I noticed that you and most other gundam builders I know build the kit first, take it apart and then paint. I see your PG Strike Freedom is getting dismantled at the moment. The Zeta I’m building has some parts that are hard to take apart without risk of damaging or maybe breaking the pegs on some parts so I didn’t snap them together to be safe. I do have some semi assemblys and have separated the limbs, arms, torso, etc so I dont get confused. So how do you take yours apart safely after building? Are you just very careful when you do it? Is there a tool you use? Do you have any tips? Also, it would be great if you could do a tutorial on pla plating on Gunpla TV coz I would like to learn more about it. Thanks Syd and keep it up man!

    • syd says:

      Hi GT3Hero,

      Normalcy is indeed a word. In fact, I believe it is the word that is supposed to be used yet most people write normality. When it comes to taking a model apart after test building there are things you can do to make it easier. Probably the simplest is to cut the pegs at a 45 degree angle so they come apart much easier. Other people will drill the hole a tiny bit wider to make it easier for the peg to slide back out. I use a ‘part separator’ that actually was a bonus item included with an old Dengeki hobby magazine but other people use their design knives (just be careful you don’t break off the tip of your blade).

  5. Sunny says:

    you can also use a plastic knife that u use for barbecues or whatever other stuff you use it for, just push it in the seam and wedge the part out.

  6. Zeta Newtype says:

    That RG Strike looks amazing? I just got back from an event I hosted a panel at and I finally picked me up RG RX-78-2 Gundam to finally get a taste of RG.

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