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RG Gundam GP01 Zephyranthes Part 2

I noticed that it’s been around 3 years since I last posted about this kit. I’ve started building gunpla again a few weeks ago, and made some progress on this one.

I use a combination of alligator clips and blu-tack to hold the parts while painting. I also mark the styro to remind me what colours to use on each part. MG for medium gray, DG for dark gray, and Alclad magnesium for ALC MAGNSM.

White, silver gray, and cold gray are used on most parts. I also used two shades of blue.

Keeping parts organised is very important especially if you don’t know when will you have the time to build again.

I use fine tip brush to add small details on some parts.

Some gold parts for the inner frame: 

I have to cut out the back of the piston skirt to remove the rod shaft. I also sanded the inside of the piston skirt so that the rod shaft can still move after a few layers of paint. Then I painted the piston skirt with bright silver, and I will later coat it with transparent red.

I don’t know why, but I felt the need of painting the soles as well:

The inner frames for legs and arms: 

Upper body and backpack cover. I added a couple of IC pins as small thrusters. 

And it’s tiny head: 

I used a lot of masking tape for such a small kit, this two are parts from the feet. I’ll paint the unmasked parts with candy red. 

Hand-painting some details on the armour parts. I also added some metal stickers on the core fighter unit. 

Quick assembly of main parts after top coat and panel lining:

 

See part 1 here.

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New kits to look out for: Barbatos and Freedom

There are two upcoming kits I’m really excited about, the Hi-Resolution Barbatos and Master Grade Freedom 2.0.

Hi-Res Barbatos will be out next month (March 2016). It’s quite pricey so it won’t be easy to get an approval from my lady boss. But with the price comes a really awesome and stunning version of Barbatos:
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I’m not planning on doing any customization on this, I’ll have to wait and see how good it look before deciding if I need to change the colours.
The second kit that got my attention is the version 2.0 of MG Freedom. The previous version is my very first Master Grade kit, so this holds a special place in my heart. And at 4,500 yen, it’s far more affordable than Hi-Res Barbatos.
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Now these two will be a great addition to my backlog. I’m still working on the 1/35 Red Frame bust and thinking of finishing either the RG Z’Gok or RG Zephyrantes.
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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 :).