With the HLJ competition over I can finally show the kit I made for it the RE GP04. I had very little time to work on this kit and just managed to get it done right before the deadline.
Whenever I enter a modeling competition I like to do something I was always planning on doing either way so no matter the results I feel like the kit wasn’t a waste.
The GP04 is a kit I always wanted to do but all the work needed to make this kit shine has kept me from getting it. Yet with a competition it gave me an excuse to push myself and go the extra mile so with all the surface detail of this kit I thought there was a lot I could do with out modifying it. With that said it was nice to build a kit for myself for once and put some effort into it.
The GP01 is a model with great surface detail but just doesn’t have enough color separation to take advantage of it. So I did a bit of extra masking and hand painting to the kit in order to bring out all the panels. Also besides the minor break I mentioned in the last post I ran into some pretty funky decals (3rd party waterslides) that gave me non stop headaches throughout the whole process, so much so that afterwards I gladly ripped up and threw away the leftovers.
Like most of the western Gunpla community I tend to dislike P-Bandai and only buy things from it I’m will to pay a premium for which usually doesn’t include entire kits, but this time I convinced myself to go and get the recently released MG Altron/Nataku Gundam. While it definitely wasn’t worth the amount I paid for it I finally was able to get a kit I have been waiting years for.
The RG GP01 on the other hand is the oldest kit in my backlog and considering it’s one of my favorite designs I felt it was more than due time to build it. Continue reading →
I’m happy with the final outcome of the Val-Walo even though it was a test kit and I didn’t deal with the seamlines on it. I love the way the mini Gundams came out and while it had its problems the candy coat came out nice and metallic (It’s a bit hard to see in some of these photos but the red is much more metallic than it seems). This kit served it’s purpose of not only teaching me some important things about metallic candy coats but also being a relaxed build where I could take it easy before up coming bigger builds.
One of the prizes for the Summer War contest was a 1/550 HG Val-Walo, a Zeon mobile armor from 0083 Stardust Memory. Seeing as how this wasn’t an actual mobile suit I was left bewildered on what to do with it, But after getting the Sinanju’s and noticing its red color I thought this would be a great chance to test out a few things. Continue reading →