Perfect Grade RX-78-3 “G3” Gundam: Complete

Hey all,

I’ve been done for a few days now but I’ve been really sick so I’m just getting to this now.  Let’s jump right in:

Again, I went with an all grey scheme, sort of like the GFF 1/100 G3.  Tamiya Neutral Grey, German Grey (Dark) and Light Grey were used.   Decals by Samuel of course.

The metal bolts and screws used are from Mecha Skunk – can’t beat his prices or his quality, if you ask me.  Tamiya Metallic Gunmetal and Titanium Silver were used for the inner frame, along with Clear Blue over Titanium Silver for the thrusters and the joints/vent shafts.

Flat Black for the Beam rifle and Back pack were used.  For the eyes and beam rifle sensor, I used Lemon Yellow over Titanium Silver.

My camera is apparently picking up the flecks of metal in the paint.  The actual thrusters look smooth and normal.  I need a new camera….*sigh*..

I was afraid I went overboard with the shield decals, but I really wanted to make sure I used the huge “3”.  I love how it looks.

I did a display stand as well, but in retrospect, I probably should have used a larger base, seems the “Operation V” is covered by the G3’s foot when he’s on the stand.

So that’s about it.   This took longer than I expected, but I did get a bit burned out for a while during June/July.  I’m back full force now.  Let’s take a look at the “Before and After” shot:

PG RX-78-1 (Banner Shot)

So there we go.  I’m still completely out of room on my shelf, so I need a new display case or two.  In the mean time, here’s my upcoming project list:

– MG Powered GM Conversion touch up and small repairs.  (I LOVE this kit, so it shouldn’t take long)

– MG Zaku II F2 touch up and repairs (again, small project, shouldn’t take long at all)

– MG GP Gundam Project:  GP01 FB, GP02, Gp03 and GP04 designed as a team (A-UC project)  This will take some time.

– PG Gundam Mk.II AEUG – Repaint to Titans and repairs.

That’s all for now –


1/100 MG Gundam Alex (Hi Mobility Custom) Complete

Well, I’ve actually had this project done for a few days now, but lordy I’ve been slow in getting around to things.  So without further delay, here is the 1/100 Gundam Alex Hi-Mobility Custom:

This project actually represents a myriad of  new techniques, and that is why it took a bit longer than anticipated.  For starters, I needed to decide on a color scheme, which I ended up sticking with the traditional blue and white, but a softer blue and frosted Grey striping on the white (which did not turn out that great in retrospect).  I’m also trying to find a good balance of armor slotting/holes so that it doesn’t seem “over done”.  I think the three above the ankle turned out great.  The five on each hip pad…meh, not so much.

Hi- Mobility adjustments to the backpack

One of the original concepts I wanted to work with here, is what I’m calling “A-UC” modifications, or Alternate-Universal Century – much like my last project, the Blue Destiny Space Type – I like creating alternate situations within the Universal Century – So in this case – The EFSF created the Alex to have several different layouts, including  bulky Full Armor, and this much faster,  Hi-Mobility layout.  You can see I added dual thrusters to the bottom of the back pack, and two large Full Vernier thrusters to the top, as well as High Output Thrusters under the calf armor.  All metal parts are from Mecha Skunk.

Modesty forbids me to take credit for the hands – they’re just my 1/100 Metal Composite Gundam’s spare manipulators.  Same with the Hyper Bazooka.  You don’t often see the Alex with a Hyper Bazooka, and seems I lost the beam rifle to an unfortunate modification accident, well, I guess this works just fine.  I’ve really taken to the bolts I added to the sides of the head.  They give it a unique, but not overwhelming look.  I don’t know what I’d do without my cordless mini power drill.

I actually used thruster pins for the head vulcan barrels.    Sheet Foil painted with clear green for the eye and main camera sensors.  All decals are from Samuel Decal, of course.   I have to say, I had some issues with the paint.  I used  to swear by Testors Master Acrylic brand, but lately, they’ve changed the formula, and now the paint is very hard to manage with a air brush.  Unfortunately, my local hobby store, which carried both Testor’s and my beloved Tamiya paints has closed, so now I’m in a tight bind on where to get my paint.  Hobby Wave has Mr. Color brand, but I’ve never used it so I’m not sure what to do.  I could go to Hobby Link, but the shipping on that takes quite a while…plus I’m not even sure if you can have paint shipped internationally anymore.

I also used the Future Floor Acrylic coating technique this time, which was a nice alternative to Mr. Top Coat and all that.  FFA is a floor sealer you can get at any WalMart, but somewhere along the line, someone realized you can spray it out of an air brush as a gloss coat/sealer, or, mix in Tamiya Flat Base and you can get any type of sheen from Gloss, to Matte (I use Satin, 80% FFA, 20% TFB).

Taking a place among Titans

And of course, as  you can see, I’m at Max Capacity again.  I’m picking up a new glass shelf curio soon, so that will house some of my collection.

So there you have it – the Hi-Mobility Gundam Alex.   I have a huge list of projects lined up, so I’m excited to continue working on my Gundam Collection.  I also just found a brand new dual action airbrush, so I can’t wait to try it out!  My first two priorities are:

The GP04 conversion, which needs to be primed – this is actually going to be part of another A-UC project, all four GP Gundams, with slight modifications, as an assault squad.

And my other current project is fixing up my PG Prototype Gundam:

I actually hand painted this guy back before I started air-brushing, but I really want to give him the true Perfect Grade treatment, including  a better paint job,  modifying some of the armor, adding true metal parts, and fixing those Camera Sensors, which used to look great back when they lit up, but now, I’d rather have them have a continual shine.  I have him already disassembled and will just work section by section, which I think is easiest.

So that’s all for the moment.  I’m working on pulling myself from Monster Hunter Tri on Nintendo Wii, so I can focus more on my Gunpla Project List.


Embodied Perfection

This is what I strive for…and this is what I will never achieve.  Its a strange concept, but I thought I’d share with you all the latest, truly perfect work from Modeler Matt Tomczek.  You can visit his site here.
Matt’s been working on this monstrous Sazabi for a long time, but he’s recently finished his work and by all measures, its just breathtaking.

His attention to the finest details and his painting combine to make the Sazabi look ready for sortie, if only it were full scale.

Good work Matt, you’re simultaneously inspiring me and crushing my dreams at the same time!

Updates and News

Alex Custom

Okay, time for an update or three.

First things first – The Alex Custom is steadily coming along.  This crap-tastic iPhone picture of the torso does very little justice to the work.  But I’m a bit stalled at the moment.  I just ordered some new upgrade parts from Mecha Skunk – and I want to wait until they arrive (3-5 days) before I finish the back pack and such.  In the meantime, I have the rest of the white panels to finish.  I’m adding large metal thrusters to the back pack (ala my Blue Destiny Custom) but they should look infinitely better.

Second – my MG GP01 Conversion GP04 kit arrived!  I’m very excited to begin, but I’ll need quite a few things before I can start, and also I’ll have to finish the Alex.  But while I have a bunch of projects lined up (including a custom GP02 re-fit) – the GP04 takes high priority.  I’ll keep you guys posted on that.

Finally, I’ve added two new posts.  Mecha Skunk – a great place for upgrade parts (at an affordable price no less!) and Fichtenfoo’s blog – if you’re like me, constantly looking for ideas and ways to push your modeling skills, FF’s blog is THE place to hang out.

So that’s it for now.  The RX-78-6 header is sticking for now, as I’m still all about the Gundam Unit Six thanks to SD Gundam G Generation Was.