MG Gundam X

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There were some ups and downs with the photo shoot of this guy, the bad being the irritating shield/rifle. I was never a fan of the X’s rifle as it seems kinda dumb to have your shield and rifle be unusable when the other is out, so I was hoping the model form would give it a better light but instead it became one of my least favorite experiences with interchangeable hands. Normally interchangeable hands do not bother me and sometimes I even prefer them but here imagine all the annoyances you’ve ever had with interchangeable hands happening all at once.

The good though came as a total surprise as it was the 2nd action base connector the kit comes with that attaches to the back instead of the crotch. I can say without a doubt that once it was on posing this kit was easier than any other kit I have ever dealt with. The connection is so good that it never felt even slightly wobbly.

Wanted to keep the general look but add some flavor to it so changed up some of the colors here and there from the original while trying to maintain the same basic color scheme.

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Black Friday Haul 2014

It’s that time of the year again and while I have been buying kits through out the year I couldn’t miss Black Friday. Just like last year there weren’t any stand out sales and I’m starting to think we will never see another like the legendary HLJ one 3 years ago (I wonder if it’s even financially sound to do it again).

This year I finally got my holy grail kits aka kits that I have been wanting Bandai to make for years all of which coincidentally have been made in the last year and a half (The X, Zero Proto, Nu and Hi Nu). When it comes to the HG’s I have always wanted a Gouf custom and the Build Fighter kits just seem to be getting better and better design wise so I picked them up.

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Since the Nu and the Hi Nu are my favorite Gundam designs of all time I decided to invest in metal parts for both and since I was buying them from Samuel Decal I also picked up some decals including 1 from an upcoming commission. One other item I was lucky enough to stumble upon was a Badger Patriot that was selling for 50 dollars on an Amazon lighting deal.

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One last thing was a slew of paints and supplies I got for mostly an upcoming commission and to resupply a bit of my paint reserves hit hard this year.

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HG Gundam X

I have been a fan of Gundam X for a while now, the anime and the suit, and when I first saw this model released I knew I had to get it. Luckily the model is everything you could want in a HG, they get so much right without any major pitfalls.

First of all the color separation is pretty great on this. Other than a part of the shoulder vulcan, the black lining on the shield buster rifle, the small vulcans on the chest, and the purple strips on the shoulders everything is molded in its specific color. On top of that the seam lines on this for the most part are pretty good. The white part of the head is in one piece while the shoulders and chest fit in ways that reveal no seams. Unfortunately there are some seams with the cannon, the shield version of the buster rifle, the shoulder vulcan, the forearms, and the calves. The good part is that everything except the forearms wont need any masking or modifying in order for one to seal the seams and still be able to separate the piece for painting.

If you have seen the previous post you should know that the shield went badly and while I did try to fix it, it looked horrible so I abandoned it. But the thing is I always disliked the shield buster rifle so it wasn’t much of a loss for me in the first place (a rifle that turns into a shield really doesn’t make any sense). The Good news is after asking around I think I might finally know what has been causing all the paint chipping and peeling for the past few months. It seems like it was the PlamoUK primer, which I will be dumping for Mr. Surfacer. Hopefully we will never see painting problems like the ones I have been experiencing recently ever again..

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Paint chipping to the extreme

If you have seen some of the last few builds I have done you know that since the HG 00 Raiser I have been running into paint chipping problems. It seems to be an issue that comes and goes with every build. Sometimes I get tiny chipping I can easily cover up with a Gundam marker or a small paint brush, but sometimes I get situations like the one I have gotten with my newest build the HG Gundam X. Continue reading

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