Wednesday, September 30, 2009

August & September Loot

HoiHoi-san get! ^^

My latest purchases for these two month: ^^

HGUC Gabthley, MG Gundam Spiegel, 1/1 HoiHoi-san from Kotobukiya, Mechanic Collection Mazinger Z with God Scrander and 1/100 Providence Gundam.

Pre-ordered HoiHoi-san the moment it was listed, and had being waiting for her to arrive ever since ^^

She's going to be the "funniest" model kit I get to build I believe XD

Rather comic-like font type used in the manual.

Hoi-Hoi-san's face different face expressions, which look quite creepy before assembly to me ^^;

Not many parts for the whole kit, but parts like the hair and dress make the box really big because of their size. ^^;

An angry plamo part there XD

Weapons need to be painted. And the polycaps look like that from BB Senshi Sangokuden as well. ^^

Like the eyebrows, HoiHoi-san's designation code is printed on her dress. Water slide decals for these marking are included as a sheet as well.

I show my support for SEED VS Astray by buying Nix Providence XD

Special prize campaign this year which I didn't know about: 4 types of clear sticker sheet from Gundam SEED/Destiny.

The transformation gimmick of Mechanic Collection Mazinger Z with God Scrander is the most tempting factor for me to make the purchase. ^^

The arrival of Gundam Spiegel completes my array of MG "Fighting Action" series. I didn't appreciate it that much when it was released, which was like ages ago now that I think about it. Having built almost the same frame for God Gundam, Shining Gundam and Master Gundam in a few months time back then made Spielgel seemed almost repetitive for me, at least for the frame, so I didn't buy it when it was out. I looked for it years after that but just couldn't find it at all, up until recently of course.

For the same reason, maybe years from now, I would go out and find the like of MG Strike Rouge, Zaku II Ver. 2.0 "White Ogre" and a few other kits similar to what I have right now. ^^

HGUC Gabthley is the same case as Gundam Spielgel actually, except that I have been looking for it every since it was out in 2005, and boy was he hard to find. ^^; Some of the HGUC Gundam Zeta kits during that time has the best display base design included, which allows option hand units and beam sabers to be attached to the bottom of the base when they are not in used. It made displaying those kits very convenient, since you don't have to find the box for the parts to swap with the model. They can be put together with the base.

Now with HGUC Nu Gundam put aside, I have started working on some new Gunplas actually, super-duper humongous MG I never really mentioned about in the past (Hehe ^^). I'm very tempted to build HoiHoi-san straight away actually, since she's just so adorable. For the fun factor, I'll leave her on the shelves first, waiting for the time when I really have the heart to enjoy the hobby ^^

Thursday, September 24, 2009

HGUC Nu Gundam Part 5

All black today

Working on the head and weapons of Nu Gundam today.

The vernier on either side of the helmet can be a problem to panel-lined, since the holes are small and it's hard for the ink to reach the end.

Just deploy the paint method used for the knee and skirt armors of 1/100 Astray Red Frame ^^;

Clean off excess ink using a cotton swap with alcohol (or Ammeltz Yoko Yoko XD) and it's done. ^^

Panel-lined the other parts.

Panel-lined parts for the beam rifle and beam sword. The back of the little tab on the beam sword is painted in black as well.

Panel-lined parts for the shield. The middle part of the missiles are painted in black.

Parts for the Hyper Baz.

Quite a few spots that require painting, all which are to be in black.

Painted all the parts using Gundam Marker Black, and left to dry.

Black on white is perhaps the easiest color combo for Gundam Marker I suppose. Unless it's involving a large area, one layer of paint is enough. For Nu Gundam, that's the case, since most of the parts that require painting are rather small.

All pre-assembly tasks done for Nu Gundam. All parts will be left in the box for some time to allow the ink of the panel lines and paint to dry even more.

Reviews on Banpresto's Humable Model Gundam RX-78-2 are still ongoing. But new items and reviews are coming up ^^

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

HGUC Nu Gundam Part 4

Old habit die hard

Completed the major paint job for the thrusters in the previous review, time to move on to the other parts. ^^

Quite a lot of details behind the skirt and leg armors for a HG kit, which would be too wasteful not to panel-line ^^

Just couldn't resist the temptation and painted the non-movable hydraulic pipes on the knee joint in my favorite combo of gold and silver. XD
The pipe behind the joint is painted in gray, to make it look different from the part's color - this component is a mesh pipe for the MG version.

Panel-lined the parts after the paint dried.

The black bar over the mount rack of the beam sword needs to be painted.

Panel-lined the shoulder armors, the black parts for the Fin Funnels and the body as well.

A very happy Gunpla part XD

Will work on the head and weapons in the next review.