Fumina-Ziel | 1/144 HG Super Fumina | Customized Build

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.

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1/100 MG Wing Gundam Ver. Ka – Painted Build

This is a custom paint buildĀ 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 fewĀ minor quirks. The sticker decals are thicker compared to laterĀ 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.

1/100 MG Gundam Heavyarms (EW) – Painted Build

This build isĀ 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

Gunpla Newbie Guide: Construction Manual Icons, What Do They Mean?

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 ā€“reading for that matter) folks like me, could only try andĀ decipher these icons. Although Bandaiā€™s construction manuals are easy to followā€”even without any reading involvedā€”it is still useful to know what these icons stand for.

Apply Glue

ApplyGlue

Bandaiā€™s early Gunpla kits require the use of plastic cement or glue. Although todayā€™s kits are snap-built, you may still see this icon in a few construction manuals.

Apply Sticker

StickerNumberThis icon comes with a Japanese symbol thatĀ identifies which sticker to use. Unless you will be painting your kit, it is recommended that you apply stickers as you go on assembling your kit.

Apply Decal

DecalLetterMore complicated kitsā€”such as MGs and PGsā€”come with dry transfer and/or waterslide decals. This icon indicates that you may apply these decals during the construction of a part/section.

Attach Part to Opposite Side

AttachToOppositeSideSome parts are intended to be placed on a specific side of an assembly. This icon indicates that the specified part should be attached to the opposite side of the part related to it.

Attach Identical Parts to Each Side

IdenticalPartWhen you see this icon, attach two pieces of the same part to each side of a section.

Do Not Over-Tighten Screw

DoNotOvertighten

Some Gunpla kitsā€”usually PGsā€”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

MoveOtherSide

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.

Cut Off

CutOff

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.

Assemble First

AssembleFirst

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.

Assemble Later

AssembleLast

This icon is the opposite of the above icon. This indicates that the section should be assembled after one or a series of assembliesĀ have been completed.

Multiple Assembly

MultipleSections

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.

Rotate

Rotate

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

PayAttentionSome parts are a bit tricky to position so you have to pay attention to its orientation when attaching.

Alternative Parts

SelectOne

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.

Barnaby Brooks Jr. Becomes a Trendy Stormtrooper – Conversion Build by Acoy Delgado

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 fromĀ 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.

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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, Ā 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 Ā using sculpted AquaStop clayputty, Gundam parts, and plastic plates.