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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. Ā  šŸ˜€

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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 hereĀ  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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PG Wing Gundam Zero Custom – Part 3

After months of sneaking from my wife and daughter, I finally finished this kit a week ago but was too lazy to take pictures right away. It’s quite difficult to work on a kit when you only have at least 30 minutes each session, and I’m lucky to have it twice a week. But anyway, I learned a lot from this build. I somehow improved my metallic paints and air brush skills. I was also too lazy to apply clear gloss coating before applying decals. The result is really disappointing, on some parts you can clearly see the edge of the decals. And I didn’t complete the panel lines.

Overall, I enjoyed building this kit. But what would be really good is if this kit comes with a stand. I don’t think I’m willing to spend at least $30 for a stand so I might build one in the future. The finished kit is also huge that it will take one shelf in my display cabinet.

Surely this is a must have to all Gundam Wing fans. Now I’m looking forward to build its Real Grade version.

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PG Wing Gundam Zero Custom – Part 2

The original blue partsĀ of this kit is a bit dark for me so I decided to change them to Sky Blue. I also like how the RG kits have white and grey armour parts. So I’ll doĀ the same here, for grey armour parts I’ll be using Royal Light Grey. I will also paint some of the red parts with German Grey. And finally for the inner frame, I’m thinking of doing a very dark Gunmetal.

Gathered all the blue parts, these will be primed then painted with Tamiya Acrylic Sky Blue.

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I also changed the yellow parts although not noticeable. From strikingly dark yellow to lemon yellow.

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Some of the red parts, I covered them with Tamiya Acrylic German Grey. You can still see the red plastic underneath but it doesn’t bother me as they will be hidden once attached to other parts.

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I will paint these white parts with light grey. I used masking sol to cover those round parts as I will paint them with a different colour later (haven’t decided yet what colour to use). For the blue shoulder armors, I’m going to paint the inner side with gunmetal.

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I pre-shaded the panel lines with gloss black before painting the light grey layer. I want the pre-shading effect to be very subtle to still have a clean build.

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Painted over some details under the smaller shoulder armor. Here’s something I don’t enjoy doing next to sanding, applying masking tape.

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I used gloss black to pre-shade the panel lines of the blue parts.

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More detail painting, for the vents, I use airframe aluminum paint. Although not visible here, but these parts are now shiny :o)

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And more masking tape!

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Changed the clear green parts to blue. I won’t be displaying the kit with the lights on so no need for transparent parts.

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Assembled arm attachment with the shiny blue part (used to be transparent green).

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Pistons in the legs and feet:

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The head is almost done

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This will be my last WIP update for this kit, my next post about this will be the final photos. Hopefully I can get it done before Christmas. The body is almost done, just need to apply decals then top coat.

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This kit is taking me way too long to finish, it’s because I’m also busy with these: table centerpieces for my daughter’s Minnie Mouse birthday party.

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PG Wing Gundam Zero Custom – Part 1

For my birthday this year, my wife gave (which means she let me buy) me a Perfect Grade kit! At first I was thinking about getting the PG Astray or this kit, but then again this kit reminded me of my high school days. I’m also happy about my decision to get this kit because of the news of RG Wing coming out this December. Would be nice to display this one beside a smaller version. This is the most number of screws I’ve seen for a gundam kit so far. And there are also quite a number of die cast parts.

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The internal leg frame with it’s pistons:

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Mr. Heero Yuy sitting in the cockpit:

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Finished snap fitting the internal frame:

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Internal leg frame again, I wonder what those springs are for:

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Now the internal arm frame, heaps of screws here:

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Putting the wings together, with all the big parts this should be an easy task. Well I’ve never been so wrong in all my life. The wires which acts as springs are such a pain to keep in place while snap fitting the main parts. They just have this habit of jumping all over the place. Took me quite a while before finally pinning thoseĀ damn thingsĀ in their place.

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Done snap fitting this big guy, now all I have to do is disassemble it, clean the nub marks, apply plastic cement to parts that should stay together, sand again, apply primer, paint, apply decals and finally apply top coat. So, yeah that should keep me busy for a long while.

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