May 242017
 

I got to thinking about the kit and the mods I made for the thing and never really got around to listing them out. It is not only for the competitions that I plan on attending; but a visual reference to how much really changed on the kit from the stock photos Bandai and others have put out to the dizzying camoed painted completed version I have now. I also realized that when I snapped “final” pictures the other day, I left some sticky tack on the lower area of the GM’s slide down visor. So I took some new pictures with some slightly altered lighting to fix the rather harsh looking light against the kit.

Using stock photos, here’s the direct comparisons:

The list of mods after the jump:

GM Sniper 2 Mods:

    Head:

  • Scratch built antenna
  • Clear resin cast facepiece and semi-transparent aurora film to get aurora film effect and allow view of internal details
  • Added a small plastic tube and metal mesh as an anti-glare device to the slide down scope piece
    Torso:

  • Extended collar
  • Raised lower neck/upper chest area and added plastic details
  • Replaced upper torso vents with plastic plating radiators
  • Scribed rectangular piece on the chest to add small rectangular plastic strip
    Backpack:

  • Cut out a hole at the top of the backpack to add in a plastic plate radiator detail piece
  • Lined the top hole with thin plastic strip to add details around the new radiator piece
  • Added plastic plate to the small side pieces of the backpack
  • Added a thin strip of corrugated plastic detail to the sides of the inner backpack piece
  • Added a circular eye piece and a circular punched corrugated plastic detail to the upper sides of the backpack
  • Scribed new panel lines for the backpack
  • Added thin plastic strip detail to the lower sides of the inner backpack
  • Replaced thrusters with larger resin thrusters that protrude from the backpack
  • Added metal mesh to the vents on the small side pieces of the backpack
    Arms:

  • Plastic plate details to the shoulders
  • Scribed new panel lines to shoulders
  • Added smoke grenade canisters to the right shoulder and chain detail for grenade caps
  • Added metal mesh to the shoulder vents
  • Plastic plate details added to the inner part of the upper arm piece
  • Scribed new panel lines for the upper arm pieces
  • Plastic plate details added to the forearm pieces
  • 3 small beveled detail holes added to the back of the forearm pieces
  • Drilled out, beveled, and added resin minus mold detail to the outer part of the lower forearm pieces
  • Added a beam saber mount and beams saber to the left forearm
  • Modified beam saber hilt for added details and magnetic connection to beam saber mount
  • Added corrugated plastic to the inner elbow areas
  • Added resin cast collars with minus mold detail inserts to the elbow armor indent detail areas
    Waist:

  • Modified right side skirt for a scratch built dual beam saber mount
  • Scratch built two beam sabers with magnet attachment to side skirt beam saber mount
  • Modified left side skirt for scratch built resin ore gun mount point.
  • Added resin ore gun with magnet to attach side arm to the left side skirt
  • Modified rear skirt to remove dual beam saber mount
  • Scratch built new mount point for combat knife on the rear skirt
  • Scratch built combat knife from plastic strips and added magnet to mount knife
  • Scribed new panel lines for the back skirt
  • Added 3 small beveled detail holes on each side of the rear skirt
  • Drilled out, beveled, and added resin minus mold detail to each side of the rear skirt
  • Cut apart and added plastic plate to the front skirts
  • Drilled out and added raised minus mold detail to the front skirts
  • Scribed new panel lines to the front skirts
  • Scribed new detail mark for the red front skirt insert
  • Added metal mesh to the front skirt vent
    Legs:

  • Added plastic plate detail to the front of the upper thighs
  • Added new panel line details to the front and back of the thigh pieces
  • Added corrugated detail to the outer sides of the thigh pieces
  • Added plastic plate details to the knee armor and lower shin armor
  • Modified outer calf armor pieces to add resin cast collars with minus mold detail inserts
  • Drilled out the circular details for the inner calf to add in metallic mesh details
  • Cut apart outer calf armor to create a detail “hole” along the horizontal plane of the parts
  • Added plastic plate details the sides of the leg armor parts
  • Added resin cast thruster bells to the back legs to extend the thrusters out from the back housings
  • Added plastic plating details to the thruster housing
  • Added metal mesh to the under knee vents
  • Extended and modified the front toe pieces to get a “Katoki” style lengthened foot
  • Added plastic plate detail to the front piece of the ankle armor
    Sniper Rifle:

  • Designed and printed new front barrel as well as a new stock on blender referencing the sniper rifle from the game Fall Out New Vegas
  • Printed the front barrel and stock on a 3D printer
  • Cut out an exhaust port for the rifle on the right side
  • Cut apart main rifle body to accept the new front barrel and stock
  • Added plastic stripe details to the sides of the rifle
  • Drilled out, beveled, and added minus mold details along both sides of the rifle
  • Scratch built a silencer for the rifle using plastic tubing
  • Added plastic tube and metal mesh as an anti-glare device to the sniper rifle’s scope
  • Scratch built new ammo magazine and added a top bullet detail that can be seen through the exhaust port
  • Added plastic stripes to the back of the new stock for added details

    Painting and Finishing

  • Camo pattern with a hex pattern sandwiched in between the different camo pattern layers
  • Slight weathering on areas that were purposely stippled with Mr surface 500 to create a rough raised paint areas for paint chipping
  • Decals from bandai and other sources to add warning labels and markings from 0080 War in the Pocket anime

And the new pictures I took today:

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