GP04 Project Has Begun

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Well it has been a while since I worked with resin, but this Core Works Gp04 kit is such a quality mold that so far its been a walk in the park, assembly wise.  Ive got the resin parts washed, trimmed and wet-sanded.  I used blu-tack to assemble a rough idea of where everything goes and now its time to start pinning the kit.  I can tell the biggest challange will be the propellant tanks on the back.  They are quite heavy.

Matta ne- 

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1/100 MG GP01Fb-i Complete

Model number: RX-78GP01-Fb-i
Code name: Gundam “Zephyranthes” (Full Vernier)
Unit type: prototype general purpose intercepter-class mobile suit
Manufacturer: Anaheim Electronics
Operator: Earth Federation Forces
Rollout: 14-A-UC March 0083
First deployment: 2 A-UC May UC 0083

Accommodation: pilot only, in standard cockpit in torso with Core Block System using FF-XII-Fb Full Vernian Core Fighter II
Dimensions: overall height 19.5 meters; head height 18.5 meters
Weight: empty 43.2 metric tons; max gross 74.0 metric tons
Armor materials: gundarium alloy
Powerplant: Minovsky type ultracompact fusion reactor, output rated at 2045 kW
Propulsion: rocket thrusters: 4 x 45000 kg, 4 x 13500 kg
Performance: maximum thruster acceleration 3.16 G; 180-degree turn time 0.8 seconds
Fixed armaments: 2 x 60mm vulcan gun, fire-linked, mounted in head; 2 x A.E.Blash·XB-G-07/Du.05 beam saber, stored in recharge racks in backpack, hand-carried in use; 2x A.E. Blash-T XB-G-08 Sm.07 Beam Tonfa stored in recharge racks mounted on forearm, extends when in use, capable of firing projectile beam shots, chain linked for a several seconds.
Optional hand armaments: RG-X82.3 Powered Rail Gun, with attached Heat Bayonette blade, capable of cutting steel; RX·VSh-023B/S-04415 combat buckler, can be optionally mounted on either forearm

Excerpt from the audio-log of Major Doff Sullivan – Captain of the Dobai Class Requiem Zeon 7th Fleet, Pheonix Corps: 

<BEGIN TRANSMISSION>

The 7th has engaged a small Federation fleet consisting of two Salmis Class cruisers and one large unknown carrier type, similar to the White Trojan Horse ship the Federation used during the war of 0079.  While the carrier’s accuracy with its beam cannons is alarmingly accurate <static> problem is the mobile suits, which appear to be <static> ndam-class MS.

>>FF>>

Our Gelgoog Marines have the big one pinned down but <static> is moving out there  incredibly fast.  We’ve called back the escorts to protect the <muffled explosion>  <static> elium has been lost, repeat, the Telium has been destroyed – What the devil was that?! Get me the video log!

>>FF>>

<Static> bile suits have been routed and I’ve issued the retreat.  The Telium and Imperious have been lost, and the Requiem is nearly <several muffled explosions> <static> that?  Full battery fire NOW! <muffled explosion> Don’t let anything <static> no cha <static> Gundam! <static>

<END TRANSMISSION>

NOTES

Anaheim Electronics designed each of the four Gundam units in the GP Project with a specific strategic area in mind, and the GP01fb-i is no different.  Where the GP02 was designed for sustained defense and barrage, the GP01fb was designed for a far different purpose: with powerful, large vernier thrusters, the GP01 is dubbed an Interceptor unit, capable of fast enough speeds to out run any conventional unit on the battle field, and armed with both powerful beam sabers and beam tonfas (mounted on the forearms) for close combat as well as a prototype rail gun, designed to penetrate I-field systems and equipped with a heat bayonet capable of slicing through the hull of a battle ship, the GP01fb-i finds its niche as a “ship killer”  unit, nimbly jetting behind enemy lines to take out enemy cruisers.

Lieutenant Aaron Kane pilots the GP01fb-i during the Phoenix Corps uprising.  Lt. Kane’s brash piloting, coupled with the powerful vernier thrusters led to the GP01 achieving remarkable success on the battlefield.

Of the four units produced, the GP01fb-i is the only unit to survive the uprising intact.  Unit 3 is sacrificed to stop a mass-driver weapon from firing on the Earth, Unit 2, while successfully defending the Autumn Fire in the final battle sustains heavy damage and is deemed unsalvageable.  Unit 4 and its pilot are marked MIA, presumably KIA, but Unit 1 and Lt. Kane manage to survive the final confrontation sustaining only the loss of the right arm and rail gun. 3 years later, when Lt. Kane defects to the AEUG on board the GP01 and engages in various attacks against the Titans, with a  slight change in paint of course.  The GP01 is equipped with more conventional weaponry and again performs quite well for the AEUG, until during the Gryps incident; the GP01 is heavily damaged and destroyed.  Lt. Kane manages to eject the core fighter and later rejoins the EFSF under the Londo Bell force.

COMMENTS

To be perfectly honest, I’m a bit disappointed in the end result with the GP01.  I ran into so many issues and so  many problems that I ended up just finishing the build because I was getting so frustrated.  The GP01 itself is a great kit and aside from the flimsy shoulder joints (which I fixed as I did with the GP02), its tremendously sturdy.  The issues rose out of attempting several new ideas, and not having any practice with them.  I tried fixing the seam lines on the head unit, by cementing the two halves together, and cutting the face section to allow it to be slipped into the head from under neath. This worked fine, but I had issues sanding the head parts and ended up over sanding some sections.  Furthermore, the previous owner (remember, I bought this pre-snapped) used a strange marker to detail the panel lines, so that when I applied the gloss coat, the marker actually seeped through the paint, and streaked some areas.  I also attempted my first panel line wash with india ink, but because I was so cautious with the gloss coat, I undercoated some areas and the ink bled into the paint causing splotches.

I do love how the color scheme turned out – I basically copied the RX-78-4, part for part and also added light grey to panel the white parts a bit, which I really like how that turned out.  The beam tonfas were added at the last minuet, but with some cleaver applications of screws, they’re well attached and sturdy.  I also got the idea for the buckler shield because of playing Monster Hunter Portable 3rd.  I wanted the GP01 to be more melee focused, so the huge, awkward GP01 shield wouldn’t really cut it.  I wanted a small, agile defense, and the buckler (like in Monster Hunter’s Sword and Shield combo) worked perfect.

I guess the next up is the GP04.  I’ve already started to pin the parts.  I’m a bit worried that I’ll have a repeat of the GP01’s issues, but the only real problem might be the india ink panel lining, which I know what I did wrong, and can fix for the GP04.  If not, I might try getting the Titans Hi-Mobility GM Kai done first, as a practice piece (and also because that MS is so awesome looking).

Matta ne !

GP01fb Back on Track and Almost Done…

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Well, I’ve fixed the leg paint on the FB and am back on track.  The water slides and panel lining is done (more on that disaster later…)

All thats left is the flat coat, metal decals and metal parts.  I hope to wrap everything up by the middle of the week.

I had some real big problems with this new panel lining technique.  Using India ink works well, but if your gloss coat has any weak spots  the ink will soak right into the paint and your stuck with an ugly splotch.  Ah well, practice makea perfect as they say.

Delays, Second Update

Well, the Formula 409 effectively stripped the botched paint job all the way down to the primer (and even began softening the primer as well) – for those of you who don’t know, you can use formula 409 to strip acrylic paint off a gunpla kit safely because while it tears through the acrylic paint like paper, it doesn’t affect the plastic at all.

So no, I’ll have to re-prime the parts a bit, then hit my local hobby store for some more paint.  I should elaborate on my Tamiya experience….you see – I LOVE Tamiya paints, while the color selection is a bit limited, the paint itself is cheap, but works very very well and is easy to airbrush with.  Furthermore, I also really like Tamiya primer, goes on very smooth and level.  I’m starting to suspect the can of Tamiya gloss coat, may not have actually been a coat at all…my Kanji is very poor, so I’m not able to translate the label 100%

Either way, I’m trying out Gundam Guy Infinate and ordered a can of Mr. Super Clear (which I know for a fact, works great) as well as some detail parts (lense/Mono Eyes) to see if GG would be a better option for purchasing Gunpla stuff.

Also, I believe I’m going to hold off on the GP04 and possibly build a GM after the GP01 so I can get a bit more practice in on this panel line washing before I attempt the GP04…I would be miserable if I botched up that kit.

Later –

Delays with the GP01 project

As close as I was to being done with the GPO1, I’ve run into some major set backs –

I’m trying a new brand of gloss coat for this kit, as I’ve started using the ink wash panel lining technique.  While there was no problem with my old brand (Testors clear cote), I tried Tamiya this time and am having a terrible time with it, as it is very powerful and tends to eat away the paint when applied….then, while applying it to the legs, my alagator clip came loose and the left leg dropped, in my panic I caught it but….

Effectively ruining the entire paint job.

*Sigh*…so..now I have to strip this whole thing down (and the vernier binders as well, I had issues there too) and repaint the whole thing.

To quote Charlie Brown…

Good Grief……

Until next time –

P.s. Tamiya coating, you’re fired.  I’ll stick to Testor’s.