My entry to Mechapinoy’s in-house contest, in which I got the top spot amongst other awesome builds. The parts are from the HG Mechanics Neue Ziel and HG Gundam Double X. The armor and backpack are painted with metallic candy orange, dark stainless silver, brass trims, and varnished in gloss. The human parts are a simple gray and white scheme accented with purple hair, top-coated with flat clear for contrast.
This is a custom paint build using the original colors, but making it more subtle. Using light gray instead of white levels the saturation with the other colors to balance the color scheme. Everything is out of the box, including the decals.
The 1/100 MG Wing Ver. Ka is quite an old kit and it has a few minor quirks. The sticker decals are thicker compared to later Bandai releases which makes them harder to hide. Plus, they are a challenge to position as they are not precisely cut to match the surface of the kit.
This build is a commish project. I got the kit fully assembled and had to clean up some nub marks and dents. Also, a few seam lines needed to be addressed. It’s not entirely an original concept or color scheme but it was a fun project.
Base Kit: 1/100 MG Gundam Heavyarms (Endless Waltz)
Modelling Notes: Custom painted, no modifications
Products Used: Gaiacolor, Mr. Surfacer, Tamiya Enamel Colors, Tamiya Thinners
If you have built at least one Gunpla, you will recognize these icons as they are all over the construction manual. Non-Japanese-speaking (or –reading for that matter) folks like me, could only try and decipher these icons. Although Bandai’s construction manuals are easy to follow—even without any reading involved—it is still useful to know what these icons stand for.
Bandai’s early Gunpla kits require the use of plastic cement or glue. Although today’s kits are snap-built, you may still see this icon in a few construction manuals.
Attach Part to Opposite Side
Attach Identical Parts to Each Side
Do Not Over-Tighten Screw
Some Gunpla kits—usually PGs—require screws. This icon warns you not to over-tighten the screw as doing so can crack the plastic and damage the part.
Also Move the Other Side
RG frames oftentimes require loosening or moving a part into position. This icon tells you to also move the opposite side of a part/section.
Some parts may have nubs or stumps that should be removed. Remember to only cut parts that are indicated by this icon. Otherwise, stick with cutting parts from the runner gates.
Construction manuals provide step-by-step instructions that should be strictly followed. Complete any section that is accompanied by this icon first before you proceed to any other assembly.
This icon is the opposite of the above icon. This indicates that the section should be assembled after one or a series of assemblies have been completed.
You can usually see this icon when assembling multiple parts/sections such as arms, legs, funnels, wings, etc. The value indicates the number of parts/sections you must complete.
This icon simply tells you to rotate a part to a specific direction as well as how many degrees it should be rotated.
Mind the Orientation
Some kits include alternative parts. Choose the part that you prefer and attach it. This usually solves the mystery of additional parts that are left over from your kit.
It’s one thing to build a model kit and do some bad ass customisations. But, it’s another when you create an entirely unique character from a totally different kit. Such are the skills of premiere modeler, Acoy Delgado. One of his latest projects, a Galactic Empire Stormtrooper crafted from Bandai’s 1/8 MG Figure Rise Barnaby Brooks, Jr. kit. See the progression of the build below.
You’d think that the concept is simple until you look into the obvious details of this build: the red Chucks, double-striped sleeves, mace from a 1/100 Kampfer, backpack-mounted Gundam rifle, even the Kanji gives the figure much character.
Modeler: Acoy Delgado
Painting Notes: Airbrushed and hand painted with Pylox and Vallejo paints; Washed with MIG products.
Modeling Notes: Modifications using sculpted AquaStop clayputty, Gundam parts, and plastic plates.