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New Arrivals on July 2015

I usually do my kit shopping around mid way through the month as this somewhat give me and indication whether I have budget for new stuff (plus I get paid monthly so its halfway to payday!!). These just arrive last week.   😀

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Firstly, the new MG Hyaku Shiki Ver 2.0

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I’ve had this kit since release date but I had this place in my HLJ private warehouse.

MG Mobile Pod Ball Ver Ka

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I’ve always wanted one of these for no apparent reason actually, but its only Y1600 and it was available

RG Wing Zero Extension Effect Stand

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This is not really a kit but a custom base for the RG Wing Zero Custom.

But I like it since I like to recreate iconic pose in the Endless Waltz OVA series

MG Tallgeese III EW

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I’ve always loved the design on the Tallgeese, but my favorite of all iterations is the EW version Tallgeese III which unfortunately only came as a P-Bandai release, being here  in NZ I don’t have access to these items without using those overpriced ebay shops, so when I had the chance to get this kit I didn’t hesistate one bit.

Aoshima Full Metal Panic! ARX-7 Arbalest

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I’ve always been an anime fan. One of those anime that I’m particularly fond of is the Full Metal Panic!. Unfortunately their are no news whether they’ll make more episodes in the series. so the next best thing is to own the primary mech in the series.

I know this kit has been out for a while now but then again I only came back to making kits again not so long ago, I started to look for this kit but when I found out that this particular one is already discontinued, I was so gutted. So like the Tallgeese III when I saw this one available I didn’t hold back and now its here!

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Currently this is my stack of kits to be done (can you name them all). These new ones are an awesome addition to my collection. I cant wait to build them all, now finding the time to build them all is a totally different issue but if there’s a will, there’s a way as the saying goes :).

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MG Hi-Nu ver KA (Dan)

This is my take on a Dark RX-93 Hu-Nu Gundam. Taking inspiration from GF13-001 Master Gundam from G-Gundam Series and RX-178 MK-II Titan.

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A little Starwars reference, I dont have a red effect parts but my pink RX-78 effect part is close enough i think, 😛

 

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Some photos has a bit of dust in them as I’ve been moving some furniture around in my workspace.

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PG RX-0 Unicorn 02 Banshee

http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10334864

Guys have a look at the link above, one of the online shops the I frequently visit. They’ve started taking reservations for the New PG coming this September 2015. It’s the somewhat expected RX-0 Unicorn 02 Banshee Norn. Unfortunately the the reservation is already closed, but eventually it will open again anytime soon before the actual release date.

There reservation opened the 2nd of July and already they have already reached they’re quota. It happened so fast considering its only the 6th of the month.

 Expectations:

To be honest I’m not expecting too much on this new PG. It’s likely going to be the same frame and gimmicks from the PG Unicorn with a different color scheme.  Judging from the CG render the site has provided, I looks like its going to come with some different effect parts.

I just love the Unicorn as a mech. Actually I’m a bit biased towards the whole UC Series, as I love most of the mechs there, from the Jesta, Rozen Zulu, to the awesome Kshatriya and Sinanju and the massive Neo Zeong. Well back to the Banshee, its the more flamboyant of the two RX-0 brothers, that’s why it’s called the Lion more than the Unicorn. If Bandai is really planning on making the Norn and not just the Banshee and if this new one is anything close to the PG Unicorn, I would expect this to be an awesome kit as well.

Would I Buy one:

To be honest, I have my PG Strike Freedom and Unicorn in a box at home opened but not built, just because I don’t have much time to build them due to some reason either too busy with family or just too lazy. (Don’t build just because you have to, but build when you want to, It’s a hobby not a job is what I always say), which frustrates the heck out of me. But I will eventually get to them. I’m about 70% decided on getting it and 30% because my Mrs. would probably kill me if I get another one, but the thing is my Mrs actually likes the Banshee too. That’s why she wasn’t too upset when I got the PG Unicorn and let me off some serious sermons to a certain degree. But if I get it it would probably add to my stack of unfinished kits but it’s so tempting to get it.

Final Thoughts:

I would probably end up getting it either on release date or on a later date. but I keep in mind that even the PG Unicorn still remains unavailable 6 months from release date except on over priced Ebay shops which is probably due to the release of the new PG kit. For the Dads here in NZ or everywhere else that celebrate Father’s Day on September, so it would be an awesome present on the day (I’m actually thinking on playing this card. lol). Either you like the Banshee or not this would be an awesome addition to Bandai’s PG family.

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MG RX-78-2 OYW Version

This is the continuation from my 1st post. When i left of, it was at this state: Everything is primed and painted.

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after a few days, I managed to work on it again, putting top coat, panel lining, then another top coat.

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This is what i use for a top coat, Its cheap, you can get it at Bunnings for $14 for a 500ml bottle, pre-thinned and self leveling.

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Here is it, after a a few decals, flat top coat, and some weathering. I didnt bother putting too much decals in this one cause i’m going to put some battle damage in this one. Im just looking for a mini router so i could do it.

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Here he is hanging out with Ironhide and Bumblebee

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Intro to Gunpla

New to gunpla? Here’s a few faqs when you’re just starting out.

 Scale:

Gundam Kits usually comes in 1:48, 1:60, 1:100 and 1:144. What does this mean, well if you have a kit that says 1:100 and multiply the kits dimensions by a factor 100 you’ll get the actual dimension of the Gundam. Basically the smaller the number the bigger it is.

A question may arise that is :

”My  1:100 Wing Zero or my 1:100 VF-1S is a lot is smaller than my 1:100 RX-78-2 even though they’re the same scale”

Well the quick answer to that is, if you look at the Tech Specification (according to GundamWikia) of Wing Zero‘s height is: 16.7 metres, VF-1S’ if 12.7m in Battroid Mode, while the RX-78-2 is 18.5 metres.

Grades:

Gundam Kits (Non Grade, NG),

I started out with these kits (namely Heavy Arms and Deathscythe), these are your basic kits, they’ve got your basic articulation, no gimmicks, limited marking and decals. These kits are relatively cheap compared to the upper tiered siblings, they usually come in 1:144, 1:100, and on some occasion 1:60 scales.  I haven’t seen these kits lately but they’re very ideal if you’re just starting out and don’t have budget to spend on a HG kit.

An example of an NG kit is this.

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High Grade Kits (HG, HGUC, HG Seed, HG 00, HG AGE, etc)

High Grade kits are a step up from the Non Graded kits, they offer more articulation, some gimmicks and more decals. As well as add-ons like extra hand parts, weapon/armor kits and water slide decals. HG kits usually comes in 1:144 scale and 1:100. These series has probably the most types of kit available and with enough time and effort put in these kits, they can surely compete with MG kits in terms of looks and wow factor.

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Master Grade Kits (MG)

As it’s aptly named Master Grade, These kits are wonderfully engineered in terms of articulation and looks good even without painting. Most have an internal frame that allows great movements. Always comes in 1:100 scale. Some suits even get an upgraded version of their old MG kits, i.e. v1.5, v2.0.

A variant of an MG kit is sometimes made with the being redesigned and restyling of Gundam designer Hajime Katoki, which have a suffix in the name “Ver Ka”. These are generally for people whose already built several gundam kits and are looking for more challenges.

Here are some MG kits, im building, this coming weeks/ months:

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Real Grade (RG)

These are the newest kit series Bandai has release and comes in a 1:144 scale. Similar to MG kits, these kits include a internal frame allowing great movements at a smaller scale. The detailing on these kits are also superior to its HG counterparts. Parts are moulded in colours, so painting is not required. These are perfect for those who who want to build Gundams but don’t want to put in so much effort into it,with just a some panel lines, decal and a decent top coat, these kits would look awesome.

Some of the RG kits here:

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Char’s Zaku II

Char’s Z’Gok

Super Deformed (SD)

These are like minified/chibi version of gundams, non-scale and their heads are bigger for their bodies. Similar to NG kits in terms of construction with limited articulation and markings.

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Mega Size

Mega Size kits are basically your average HG kits but blown up to a way bigger size.

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Re/100

As we Dan and I haven’t built any of these kits before, we’ll just take an excerpt from GundamWiki:

Reborn-One Hundred (RE) is a line of Gunpla established in 2014. It is a revival of the 1/100 No Grade model kits featured throughout Mobile Suit Gundam SEED, SEED Destiny and 00. Unlike their Master Grade counterparts of the same scale, these kits do not feature inner frames.

With the RE/100, Bandai is trying to work a compromise wherein models that where either too big (the Nightingale), too costly (both the Nightingale and the Gerbera), or too obscure (Gundam Mark III), to be released in MG form, will at least be released in 1/100 scale with details and technology at least two steps ahead of the HG. It might not be the type that many fans wanted, but it at least allows the kit itself to be more affordable than it would have been had it been released in MG.

Thanks to Reon for pointing this out.

Perfect Grade (PG)

Perfect Grades are the epitome of Bandai’s engineering skills and design. All PG kits comes in at a massive 1:60 scale. These kits  are highly detailed, very good articulation and heaps of decals and doesn’t need painting but like the other kits need to be painted for the best outcome.

The downside for all of these goodness is that, PG kits tend to be several times the cost of MG kits, and really needs time and dedication to build. These kits are intended for people who are really comfortable in building kits.

My co-author is now building a PG kit, go to his post to follow his build,

as for me, this is my Christmas break (2014) project:

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This is our introduction to Gunpla, if you’ve got something you’d like us add in this intro, please say them in the comment section and we would gladly add them for you.

Thanks and happy reading!!