Gaijin Gunpla

[Jeff contacted me wanting to share his Full Armor Unicorn and I’m glad he did because it is impressive. Check out the work he’s done on this kit. It has definitely made me reconsider my approach to this kit.]

Hello everyone, I just wanted to take the time to share some of my hard work with all of you. I managed to pick up the Full Armor Unicorn kit and I haven’t had this much fun putting a kit together like this in a while.

Now I’ve never gotten a Perfect Grade kit, but I think this might be pretty close to one part wise. As soon as you open the box you know you’re going to be working on this for some time. It’s packed to the brim, almost as if the box can’t contain all of the plastic goodness inside. If you’ve been checking the build vids on You Tube or Hobby Link Japan you have an idea on what’s in store when you cut the seals on the box.

Anyways, enough of my thoughts on opening the kit, onto my reflections on building it. I’ve done a lot of Master Grades but this one took me the longest to put together. I think it was around a month to do, but the main reason it took me so long were all the panel lines and this was the first time I’ve ever painted a kit. Well I should say it wasn’t a full paint job, but I wanted to add some trim. I wanted to keep the main look of the anime but customise it a bit with a pop of color. Most of the paint work went into the bazookas on the backpack and the shields.

The other mod I did was the shoulder cannons. After I had finished the kit (or so I thought) I noticed that I was always looking at it from the front and I couldn’t see the grenade launchers that attach to the underside of the bazookas. So I figured “You know, I don’t think this build has enough weapons. Lets take the unseen launchers and make it even more intimidating from the front.” So with a clipping off of the launcher grips and some plastic cement, it is now even more over the top.

And that’s it! Overall I had a lot of fun and I highly recomend this kit to anyone (well not first time builders) Just make sure you have some good time to throw at this or it will take even longer than it took me.

[Great work, Jeff. I’m actually in the middle of doing something very similar with the FA Unicorn’s weapons, but I’m keeping it a secret until I determine whether or not I can pull it off. Seeing yours gives me hope.]

7 Responses so far.

  1. buzz87 says:

    so cool! I don’t really like the FA Unicorn. but this one looks so cool.
    too bad the paint and panel line is untidy in some areas (which is normal because this is your 1st time painting :p)
    pretty nice build overall

  2. fury-s12 says:

    awesome stuff im about to start my FAU this weekend and you know what im stealing that shoulder mounted gun idea it looks awesome 🙂

  3. Skyshadow says:

    Waaah… No monee to buy fa unicorn. Maybe i can get the banshee though.

  4. Paulo951 says:

    Those shoulder mounted grenade launchers look badass! good job.

  5. SiegeStryke (Jeff) says:

    Hey all this Jeff (the builder of this kit) First of all, thank you to Syd for giving us builders a place to showcase our work that dont have our own site or blog. Second thank you for all the kind words and I’m glad the shoulder launchers inspired some of you. It was a last minute thing and I wasn’t even sure to do it, glad it worked out though. I’ll be working on my painting skills for the next kit. Right now I’m trying to figure out what that will be

  6. glaurung says:

    I have nothing but respect toward anyone who undertakes the process of building such a monstrous kit, but the panel lining is on the heavy side. I have personally approached panel lining very carefully, since the effect achieved via marker lines makes the work look untidy.

  7. Dennis says:

    Great!!!! Another kit I want that I can’t afford 🙂

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