Sep 252014
 

Over the past several weeks, I’ve been working on a RG Z’Gok as well as a GMII that would eventually be put together into a simple diorama. The exact plan wasn’t laid out as I didn’t want to spoil the surprise, and I honestly did not know if this “plan” would even be successful. But, I took pictures of the whole process and it sorta turned out how I figured it would. There are some issues that I learned, and should have learned when I first tried this with the Sazabi’s shield. But I am definitely much more confident in this process, so the next time, yes, there will invariably be a next time; this should be much more successful.

Starting off even before the RG Z’Gok was released and before I had snapped together the GMII, I used a stand in GM and a wood base that I had made for the G3 almost 10 years ago. The basic idea is to create a scene with the Z’Gok swimming over a long dead GMII, on it’s way to fight in that one epic battle from Gundam Unicorn. Where all these old Zeon suits spring out of the woodwork. That’s the basic premise. So, on goes the GM stand-in, laying down on the wood base. I then built an acrylic box measured out to the dimensions of the wood base using a hot glue gun to attach the 4 sides. The box is then test fitted over the base with the stand-in GM. Height is checked against my pressure pot to make sure it fits. And my plan is somewhat solid, time to execute.

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Jun 022008
 

I was finally able to sit down and shoot some videos for the weathering processes of the dirty Nu kit. So with that done, here are some pictures of the complete Nus… well about as complete as they can be for the time being. I still haven’t finished the weapons or funnel systems for both kit, and I will be getting to that, hence the lack of a complete page. They aren’t quite done yet, but getting there.

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May 052008
 

This weekend, I returned to working on the HGUC Nus. I got them gloss clear coated and ready for decals:

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Decaled:

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Here are some comparison pictures of the two Nus so far. In some of the pictures, you can see the weathering done to the decals.

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Next up will be the panel line wash and another clear coat to finish up the “Shiny” Nu. There are a couple of more steps I need before I finish up the second Nu.

Apr 152008
 

Tax day update…. I actually couldn’t get as much done because I was spending some time working on my taxes…. at least Calif is going to pay me back for the interest free loan I gave them… *sigh* The federal side is a whole other story… but at least now, I know that I need to do at least a couple of commissions a year just as a bit of tax relief. 😀

Well, on the a bit of work…With these hguc kits, there are a good number of detail areas that should be masked off. In hindsight, I should have painted most of the detail areas as they were indented areas and masking over those areas is much easier to masking in the other direction….

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I’ve also been using Parafilm. The stuff is great for covering large areas, I end up saving on tape with a small amount of parafilm.

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And lucky for me, when I lifted the masking tape, the true test to surface prep is shown as the underlying paint didn’t lift. I also lifted the masking tape a couple of minutes after painting. I do this because the paint isn’t completely cured. I’ve had instances when lifting the masking tape, long after the paint has cured, left uneven edges as chipping and lifting occurs. This is easily fixed by scoring the paint along the edges of the masking tape, however, if scoring the edge can be avoided, it is best to do so.

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Some more detail work on some of the internals:

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Apr 072008
 

Time for a small weekend update. Actually, this is work done from near the end of last week and sunday night. I had a fairly busy weekend so I didn’t get as much as I wanted done, but progress is moving along.

I did a quick assembly of most of the parts for a primed vs snapped comparison picture:

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Next up, I found the back of the knee cables a little bland, so using some magnet wire, I wrapped around them creating some springs. Hopefully this will look good when I finish painting this part.

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Initial base color for the white parts were painted on, I used Intermediate Blue from Mr Color.

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Finisher’s Pure White was then sprayed on using the intermediate blue as a preshade color:

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Closer comparison pictures

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Apr 032008
 

Another size comparison picture, using an hguc RGM-79D cold climate GM, this really shows off the shear massiveness that is the Nu.

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Small little update to the hguc nus I’ve been working on. On one of the kits, I replaced the backpack thrusters with metal thrusters from Ako Hobby. I’m using the same thrusters for the legs as well. I start by cutting the thruster bell off the stock piece using a hasegawa tritool saw. These saws are very thin and the amount of material removed by the sawing process is minimal so they work great for such applications.

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After removing the thruster bell, the area is then sanded slightly with a low grit sanding stick. This helps level the surface and give added surface area for the glue. The metal thruster is then glued into place. I used an epoxy glue for added strength.

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Here are a few comparison shots, the first is the replaced leg thruster and the second is the backpack thrusters.

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I think the bigger and longer thruster give a more robust look to the kit.