May Haul

The sheer amount of Gunpla related purchases over the last few weeks made me realize I should do another haul post. First I picked up the RG Exia at Image Anime when I went for a trip through Manhattan on Mother’s Day. I have bought things from them before but never actually been there in person, so it was a pretty nice experience. Another great place I visited was Kinokuniya in order to pick up some Gunpla books, and while I did see some great finds I didn’t find exactly what I was looking for, for those I had to go to HLJ.

I have been wanting to make a big and bulky Hi Nu in the vain of the original artwork for a while now and was looking into the 2009 Char’s Counter Attack issue of Gundam Weapons. I also was interested in the brand new Gundam Scratch Building Manual 2 as the first manual was packed full of great tutorials. Both of those have no scans online and for the CCA book no info on it to the level where I didn’t know what builds it even showcased. Eventually I bit the bullet and the second the manual was in stock bought both. Funny enough this was a day before the Shizuoka Hobby Show where a MG Hi Nu ver. Ka was announced that looks exactly like I wanted so my motivation to scratch build one is gone.

The next two kits the Hi Nu SD Gundam and the RG Destiny were both “used” Amazon buys and for the most part everything was okay with them except for just one little problem. See one of the effect parts of the Hi Nu broke, but since it’s an easy fix on a pretty cheap kit I am not really that bothered by it.

 

Finally I was getting tired of all the off the runner breaks I have been getting these days and came to the realization that my nippers were dulling. So while I will still be using that nipper for runner removal I took the opportunity and bought a more expensive cutter for nub removal. While I couldn’t find the legendary Godhand nipper, going from a standard Xuron nipper to the sharp pointed Tamiya side cutters was like night and day. If you don’t have a super shard higher end nipper like this one or one from Mineshima I HIGHLY recommended picking one up. It cuts through nubs so smoothly you can’t even feel resistance when contracting the handle. It’s one of those tools where once you use one you wonder how you ever modeled without one.

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Strike Freedom update

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Gentai kits is restarting their replacement parts service but it is running into some problems here and there. At the moment getting the replacement for the broken wing has been significantly delayed but instead of just waiting for it to eventually arrive I decided to finish the rest of the kit. Continue reading

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HGAC Wing

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For some reason or another I ended up somewhat disappointed in the build once painted and decaled. So in order to really show off the kit in the most pleasing light I looked around for poses I could emulate in the photo shoot, and just like with the MGB Roadster I did the final experiences with a kit can change my entire outlook on it. In other words I came away from this really appreciating this guy.

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