Archive for May, 2010

Report: Gundam Exia R2 Seven Sword Custom 1/144 HG

Just assume that this kit is a prototype mobile suit for Gundam 00 Seven Sword and Gundam 00 QanT… therefore I’ll just named it as it is now. Well, generally it took me 1 whole week to get this thing done. Working hours is about 5 hours to 6 hours each day… all the skills involve here… they are all new to me except sanding. Anyway, it’s good to learn something new. Here’s a list of material used:

Gundam involved: Gundam Exia R2 1/144 HG, Gundam Exia 1/144 HG, Destiny Gundam 1/144 HG, Mobile Pod Ball 1/100 MG, Gundam Astray Red Frame 1/60 PG, Hobby Japan XN-Raiser transformation pack

Tools and materials: Pla-plate, gloves, mask, Tamiya Putty White, Tamiya Finishing Abrasive P800 & P2000, Mr, Cement, Tamiya Clear Soft Plastic Beams (round 3mm), Diamond file, 2.5mm Drill, craft knife, cutter, clear plastic sheet

Paint and etc: Gundam Marker Black, Gundam Panel Liner Black & Grey, Mr. Color Thinner, Mr. Color Clear Green bottle paint, Masking tape, Mr. Super Clear (semi gloss), Mr White Surfacer 1000, Tamiya Paint Marker X-11 Chrome Silver, Mr. Color Spray Can (Steel, Light Gray, Black)

It sure sounds like a big chaos for involving so many Gunpla right? Haha… well, I only use a piece of two from the plastics of Mobile Pod Ball, Astray Red Frame and Destiny Gundam. Exia R2 and XN-Raiser are the main thing used in this project. Here’s an overview of my custom made Exia R2.

I use the clear part of beam saber from other kit, since Exia beam saber is actually a whole piece of white plastic. Next, I made the extra XN sword with a palm gripping it. I had sticked them nicely together so that the weapon will not get loose from the hand during posing. And finally another extra fist for holding other things… beam saber most probably.

Here’s a comparison between my model and original Exia R2. Starting from the bottom, I changed the color scheme for the leg, and I shaved the part right below the knee to review the inner frame of the leg… try to observe and you will see that original leg has a grey stripe in front of the leg right below the knee, which is very obvious and stand out, but for my kit I had throw that part away. A part from XN Raiser is added on top of the knee armor as shown in picture label 1. Just cement both part together and use putty to cover it nicely. There are some scratch mark on the knee which is due to my mistake in sanding T.T Next, I added the thrusters of Destiny Gundam onto Exia’s thrusters as shown in label 2. Just cut out the part from Destiny, sand it into appropriate size and cement it. For the socket near the waist, since I want to put the GN Blade, so I’m using Exia’s socket instead of R2’s socket. All frames and joints are in Steel color, white silver, black ad light gray hit the rest.

Label 3 indicates the Duo-GN Sowrd. I got one extra Exia GN Sword as I had transformed my Exia into Astraea last time with the conversion kit from Dengeki Hobby. At first I want to create only one beam rifle and 2 swords… but due to limitation of skills =.=” I ended sticking the two rifle together, put a layer of putty and sand them. Then the swords were sprayed with steel color and one is painted with silver as well to create MG-like GN sword. For the shield, I added a soft rubber (PS) part to increase the strength of the connection between shield and rifle. I also cut off the part which increase the gap between the shield and the rifle, therefore my shield now stick directly to the rifle.

Label 4 shows the slightly modified shoulder armor. Inside the shoulder, there are visible seam line. Although it may not be that visible when the arm is posing, but still I’d put a pla plate in to cover it. For the exterior, I’d added a silver detail part at the front as you can see from the picture. That is a part I get from Astray Red Frame. Some pieces of the clear parts I received last time around and I didn’t use it, so I just use them here instead. About the seam line on the shoulder, refer to the picture of the original R2 below for a clearer idea on what’s going on.

Red line and yellow line indicate the most obvious seam line. Green line will not be visible after assembly. So, for yellow seam line, I simply add another stripe on the opposite side as shown in label 5… therefore you won’t notice it is a panel line or seam line anymore! as for the read seam line, I shave down a little on both side, creating a “drain-like” mecha-detail, therefore manage to make the seam line become less visible as well as shown in label 6.

The beam saber is keep on the left hand elbow area. An extra part from the XN-Raiser is use to increase the distance between the beam saber holder (from Exia) and left hand as shown in label 7. Due to the need of this mechanism, the arm used here is Exia’s arm instead of R2’s arm. Label 7 also indicate the extra detail part I added on the “cut-short” shield. That part is from Mobile Pod Ball. Label 8 shows the modified shield. Generally I just cut the top part away and added a clear green plastic and a piece of pla-plate to clip the clear green part onto the shield. Therefore, my “Shield-Sword” is borned! Label 9 indicate the difference of waist rear skirting between my custom and original R2. The only changes I made is making the red orb larger. This is done by attaching the yellow orb of Destiny’s shield on it.

Next, take a look at the mechanism added on the right shoulder for the XN-Sword. It is a very simple mechanism though. First, I stick a pla plate on the top of the shoulder. Then I drill a hole on the pla plate. Then the first part from the XN- Raiser kit is join by using the plastic round beam and secure on the shoulder. Next, the holder for the XN-Sword is originally in the shape. but in order to attach it to the part on the shoulder, I shave some of the plastic away and put in a soft rubber part (PS) as well. In the end, the whole mechanism manage to turn as shown by the red circle.

Beside the rear skirting modification, the front also received some treatment as well. The front skirting is removed, but I’m kinda regret doing so as it exposed the waist clearly… well, never mind then. Next, I added a panel line for the waist central… just like the one in Gundam 00 QanT. Finally, because I can’t find the red orb for the front waist… (wonder where I lost it…) so I use another part from Astray Red Frame instead. Just stick it on and paint it… done. notice I’d remove the seam line on the leg? But the surface is still a little bit rough… And I also painted the arm joint in silver for some area.

Sorry if some of my explanation is not that clear. Feel free to ask any question or give any suggestion on how to solve the problems on my kit and how to improve it. Anyway, this is it… my very first custom made… will try on 1/100 kit next time when I have the mood and idea to do so ^^ till then, I’m off for my vacation and the Gallery will up for all my collections as soon as I sharpen my photography skills a bit and once I get hold on a better camera 🙂

Here’s some snaps of action pose (all images click on it to enlarge):

Posing with the Duo-GN Sowrd

Posing with the GN Shield-Sword

The XN-Sword can turn to the front and act as shield as well

Posing with the XN-Sword

WIP: Gundam Exia R2 Custom Part 5

Yo… This is the final part as I’d completed the model!! After a day filled with tons of troubles and problems… finally I’m done with this kit… well, honestly a lot of things that I wanted to do but failed to do so, and a lot of things that are not expected had been done… and since this is the very first time I for me to modify a kit… a lot of things and issues which I can and failed to solve throughout… and this kit is the best I can get with my level of skill now… from the pictures you can easily notice a lot of flaws here and there… sorry if it annoys you and if you got any idea on how to get rid of it… please kindly suggest it to me. The complete comparison will be out in the next post… meanwhile just enjoy some teaser pictures of my boy here… still awaits to be top coated ^^

General overview of my custom and original R2… notice how many swords I have? ^^

Integrated 2 sword in one piece… not really what I planned at first but… here it is… finger print visible on the sword =.=

Added a detail part on the shoulder… sharpen everything… added a new mechanism on the left shoulder as well for the XN sword…

The extra part on the knee… looks a bit like Gale Strike Gundam… or perhaps GN-X? The front skirt of the waist is modified with self made panel line and changed the “suppose to be red part” as well… a bit regret throwing the skirting away…

the added mechanism allow the XN sword to swing forward and backward… will show it next time… a bit lazy in painting as you can see… should have add in more color to contrast it…

another look at the mechanism… sorry for the rough surface as I made some mistakes and I’m lack of time and skill to repair it… if you observe carefully you will notice I’d shave the shoulder to hide the seam line… seam line on the head… I got no idea how to get rid of it T.T

another look at the double integrated sword… the front of the beam rifle is painted silver to contrast it…

besides new color scheme… new parts are added on the thrusters to give a more “speedy” feel on the R2…

finally the shield is cut short… added a detail part on top as well and I’d made it into a sword-shield in the end 🙂

I’ll try to put up the comparison and complete review as soon as possible. As I will be on vacation starting Thursday evening until Sunday… so if I fail to make it before that… the complete review will only be up by next week… kinda happy with what I’d done within one week, although there are still a whole lot of room for improvement… will try to get better next time. Meanwhile, feel free to comment as it will help me in improving my future custom made!

WIP: Gundam Exia R2 Custom Part 4

Phew… finally the issue regarding the armament solved… although things didn’t turn out as what I wanted most of the time… the modelling of my Exia R2 has come near to the end. Left over the shield to sand again and those parts you see in the picture were already spray painted and awaits for panel lining. Some other parts are awaiting to be spray paint… hopefully by tomorrow morning I can get them done and maybe by noon or evening I can start assemble the whole model out… Thursday evening onwards I’ll on vacation ^^ my Gundam 00 Seven Swords will get it’s treatment only by next week. It will just be a scratch build, not custom. Need to rest after such troubles I’d been through these few days =.= haha…

WIP: Gundam Exia R2 Custom Part 3

Sprayed with Mr. White Surface… realize some parts are not really well sand… the surface is a bit rough and can see some scratch on it… T.T have to re-sand them again before the painting process… awful lot of work… but enjoying the process ^^ and just realize I made a wrong choice of paint decision… the light grey I bought… when it spray out… it looks like white to me rather than grey… haha… sigh… what to do… just stick with it… no choice… will continue to mold and solve the remaining issue as well besides repairing these pieces… hope the whole model can be done by this weekend 🙂

WIP: Gundam Exia R2 Custom Part 2

Feel so sorry for such little posting and pictures regarding my work in progress… it makes me wonder how they take picture while their hands are busy with all the sanding and etc… anyway, here is a picture of… I think 70% of the parts which are ready for painting process… yup, leg, body, head and arms should considered finish in customizing them. Although I don’t have a lot of work in progress picture, I think I’ll talk about what I do by words next time when I show you the final product with comparison pictures ^^ anyway, left one more issue to solve regarding the armament… headache… no idea how to get it right for that part… struggling… @.@

WIP: Gundam Exia R2 Custom Part 1

Just name it as it is first… will give this kit an official name after it is done. Finally started modifying this kit… but still thinking how to modify it… currently putting of the cement, sanding off the seam lines… putting white putty to cover holes and ugly spot… using a bit of pla plate too… having some great trouble in hiding the seam line… will try my best to get them done, but some part maybe I’ll just leave it as it is… especially the head… anyway, here’s a picture of some of the parts I’d done with…

From top, the arm is half done with the blue part on the chest as well… the body frame is done… then the leg is half done as well… you can see I thrown away the front skirt and extended the rear skirt with the yellow part… and the knee armor you can see I’d add in a new part there… currently working my ass out in the armaments… besides that still thinking about the color scheme… maybe by Monday I’ll start painting some of the parts which are already ready. Hope I can overcome all the problems I’m facing now T.T

Review: Mobile Pod Ball Ver.Ka 1/100 MG

Well, I’d been wanted to buy this kit for such a long time but since it is such an old kit… it’s really hard to find it. Recently due to the clear parts campaign… Yup, I manage to get it into my collection, finally! Looking at the clear parts… finally I decided to make full use of them to show off the inner frame of Ball.

As you can see, gold and silver are everywhere on the inner frame… been trying so hard to imagine how will it turn out and start painting those hydraulic pipes, evaporator and etc. The cockpit hatch I decided to use the clear part and pain it with clear red instead… the outcome is quite ok in my opinion… the some parts such as those originally in clear green plastics, I decided to remain using them instead of the colorless clear part provided in the clear part campaign runner. Same goes to those parts in white color as well.

So… this is how it looks like overall… well, I think that if the whole model is from clear parts it will look better… anyway, I still feel that it is acceptable although not to say perfect. So, to sum things up, this kit is really well made by BANDAI. The realistic metal part on the claw is given as chrome silver part from BANDAI, not forgetting the cable on the jaw as well which is also provided in exact color and making it look more realistic. Decals are generous and you can really fill your whole Ball up with them.

Since it’s just a Ball… so don’t argue on the posing ability and join flexibility… a stand is provided for posing… so what else to complain about this kit? Hmm… nothing much. Only the seam line is quite visible on the claws… that’s all. Apart from that, this is indeed a great model to add into your collection!