Modifying a Real Grade

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One day while viewing modelers-g I saw an amazing RG Strike Freedom build. Considering that I am always on the look out for great Japanese gunpla blogs as well as I recently purchased my own RG Strike Freedom I found his blog to see his WIP. What I noticed as I looked through his past entries was that he modified the proportions of the real grade in order to achieve the look. It’s pretty rare to see RG frame modifications even among Japanese modelers because of how advanced they are as well as how fragile they tend to be. But he did so and considering I needed to do some proportion altering for a future RG build I thought this was a good opportunity to get my feet wet. Continue reading

MG Zeta Plus A

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For the most part everything turned out well with the Zeta Plus with only one slight error that in my opinion was for the better (the mount for the beam rifle was upside down). I did also notice that while posing it that even though the articulation of the elbows and knees are great the legs, neck, and shoulders were pretty limited.

I have to say though this kit is my favorite kit of the year already even among the kits I have started and not posted yet.

Expectations

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The Real Grade Zeta is a marvel of BANDAI’s engineering having a complicated transformation while being a 1/144 sized model that also has an inner frame. But these features came at a price, being that the kit is very fragile. When this kit was first announced I jumped at the idea of having one but once the reviews came out I was starting to wonder if the MG 2.0 would suit me more. Numerous first look reviews of the kit resulted in breaks of one kind or another, and to this day I constantly hear stories of people breaking theirs. This instilled in me a fear of this kit, a fear I had to get over to actually enjoy it. Continue reading

Prizes and deals

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The prizes from the HLJ Playing with Plamo contest came, which were a Sazabi Ver. Ka and 2 action bases. Initially I wanted a few other kits but with the stock at HLJ this month being so bare I decided on the Sazabi which I was planning on getting eventually anyway. It is a bit strange to have the Sazabi when I don’t even have the Nu Ver. Ka yet but I can’t complain.

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The other kits I got recently were from Amazon deals. The RG Strike Freedom was a kit I wanted since it was announced. I recently began to grow an appreciation for the design and didn’t want to invest in the PG or an older MG. Luckily it went on sale and I was able to get it for prices that were about equal to the best Black Friday gunpla sale prices but with free Amazon Prime shipping.

The Sinanju Stein was even better as I got it for only 53 dollars off Amazon. It was being sold as “used” but the thing is that “used” to Amazon just means it was opened at some point. All of the runners are bagged, nothing is missing, and not even the box is damaged. The only thing is that some clear tape that was holding the boxes together was cut and replaced with another set of clear tape, something that simple cut the price by 40%. So make sure to look out for used gunpla on Amazon cause I know I will.

MG Hyaku Shiki

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It took me sometime to get the exposure right for these pictures as the metallic finish really through me off, but eventually I did and the final result was okay.

Like I mentioned in the Hyaku Shiki WIP I had an issue with the decals, being which that they fell apart easily and the worst part was that they were official BANDAI decals. It’s unbelievable to me that in order to use the decals I eventually had to give the decal sheet itself multiple clear coats.