Saturday, December 20, 2014

HG Crossbone Gundam Maoh

Too bad Mao was nothing more than a jobber in GBF, but his gunpla sure had style.
SPOOKY CANNON FIRE!
I just recently completed this kit, since back when I bought it, I found that a connector to form the entire right leg was missing! Fortunately, the replacement part I needed arrived yesterday.
I was surprised by the amount of weapons this thing packs: 2 beam sabers, 2 large beam sabers, 2 heat daggers and it even includes the weapons of the original Crossbone Gundam, but since this is a variation, I decided to spare those.
I'm not really fond of the Gun & Sword thing. Even though you can connect them to form a something that resembles a twinblade, the weight it just too much for the tiny hands of this model. Nevertheless, the Skull Satellite Cannon is the real winner here given how unique it makes the Gundam look. I decided to go forward and put an effect part there to simulate when the cannon is about to fire.
In general, this is a pretty cool model I would recommend to anyone given all the stuff it provides you with. I just got a second one which I plan to repaint in the X-2 colors, so I look forward to how that will turn out.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

HG Gundam Double X WIP

The Double X is a rather unconventional Gundam in terms of design and color scheme. Pretty unique I would say. Anyways, I've been working on this kit for a few days now and so far, I'm really liking what I'm seeing. Those cannons are HUEG.




I used a spray can of Tamiya Navy Blue for the dark blue pieces of the kit, as well as some Vallejo Pale Greyblue on the skirt armors, legs and beam saber hilts to try to get further contrast against all the white. There are also lots of vents all over the place that require black paint.
The fins of the legs and arms that serve as extra solar panels compared to the Gundam X were painted with gold. The two "X"'s of the shoulder are a pair of leftover waterslides from the 1/144 LED Mirage kit from FSS I built a few years ago and were just right for this model.
Obviously, the solar panels are the main distinctive trait of this Gundam, yet they are missing, why? Well, they are still in the works, as instead of using the golden stickers the kit provides you with, which look rather lame, I'm waiting for some materials to be delivered so I can do a little customization with them, which I'm sure will improve the final result.
Unfortunately, said stuff will not be here until next month, so this kit will have to wait some more before I can finish it.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

HG Build Burning Gundam

The star of the latest Gundam show!
IGNITION!
I'd be lying if I said that I'm enjoying Gundam Build Fighters Try as much as I did with the first season. Probably because the mechanics already seem old, but I also think the 3 vs 3 battles don't really allow all the machines involved to shine properly, not to mention the lack of charismatic rivals so far. I sincerely hope the show picks up the pace, otherwise it will end up being quite subpar to the original series.
Anyways, the Build Burning Gundam is quite a sweet design that I decided to purchase given that I completely skipped the previous Build Strike Gundam. A touch of metallic red, metallic purple and gold managed to give this little fella more presence compared to the OOB colors.
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I love the clear blue pieces, they make a nice contrast with the color scheme, but then again, you replace them with orange ones when this thing makes IGNITION!
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The fire ring at the back is awesome, and so are the effect parts you get for the leg and fists. Being a full martial artist machine, this Gundam has no weapons, however, the whole bunch of extra hands and articulation make up for that. However, the latter sometimes is kind of a pain in the ass, as the shoulder joints love to pop out anytime you are manipulating the arms, so that kinda gets annoying.
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Still, this is one very simple model anyone can enjoy, either beginners or more experienced modelers. I seriously recommend it!
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Friday, November 28, 2014

New gunpla haul

Got a whole bunch of kits this time.
The Ex Exbein looks especially interesting, even more so considering that there is only 1 in depth review out there of the kit itself! But I will leave it alone for a while, as I will start with the Build Burning Gundam.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Black Pegasus Arrives!

If you are a Myth Cloth collector, then you know of the infamous Black Saints double packs, which have ridiculous prices that go from the 30,000 yen mark or higher, so fuck that.
That's where the bootleg products come in. Sure, they are not official, and their quality is subpar compared to Bandai's, nevertheless, it provides you with the option to acquire a figure that is almost identical to the real thing for a fraction of the price. It is a good purchase?
Honestly? Yes, it is. This version of the Black Pegasus made by King Model is really, really nice once put together, hell, I think I like it more than the normal version, as the black and blue highlights of the armor are so cool. Just a few points about it, starting with the negatives:
- The right foot is extremely loose.
- The 2 halves of the helmet do not fit properly.
- The little wings of the helmet and boots are VERY fragile, not to mention they do not fit all that well in their respective pieces of the armor, making glaringly obvious they are separated components, you have to be very careful when you attach them.
- Overall, the quality of the hair and body is quite low, as there are nub marks all over the place. However, since the highlight is the armor, this fact can be overlooked.

Now, for the positives:

- The armor has a very nice glossy finish. Combined with the metallic blue and turquoise highlights it is quite a nice display piece. The red eyes of the Pegasus in the helmet look even better than in the normal version!
- The decisive point here is that the diecast content is almost identical to the real thing. The only exception are the shoulder armors, which are made of plastic, although for some weird reason, you get 2 pairs, one slightly bigger than the other.
- As if that was not enough, this figure provides you with extra diecast pieces for the normal Pegasus V1 figure made by King Model, how awesome is that?
- Price, simply put, is MUCH cheaper than the original Myth Cloth.

I'm quite satisfied with this purchase, highly recommended if you do not want (or are able to in the first place) to shell the 70,000 (!) yen or so you would need to get the 4 Bronze Black Saints, minus Phoenix, as that one was a regular release and is quite easy to get. Perhaps the only other extra they should have added are the spare pieces of the Sagittarius Gold Cloth he carries and loses when Seiya defeats him.