Build Log: RX-78 Prototype diorama

This is the first I hope, of many build logs on kits I’m either working on or finished. This time I didn’t have time to update with WIP (work in progress) logs but rather a completed log.

Here in Aus I’m part of a community of builders, which is great as we all share our work with each other on FB, but also challenge each other. Not only egging others on with GBWC entries (see previous post for explanation on that) but with challenge builds!

This is my entry for the most recent one that finished this week, a weathered challenge. I’ve never weathered a kit before and this is my first airbrushed kit also, to quote band of brothers “a day of firsts”…..well 2 months of firsts lol.

The challenge has rules, it started on Jan 6th from memory and completed on the 6th of March. You had to use any High Grade 1/144th scale kit from gundam that you wanted, however it had to be genuine Bandai (fair call) and it had to be weathered, not really damaged but weathered. I opted to include a diorama to present it at the last minute…I didn’t win but I had fun learning!

I started with the 35yth Anniversary Revive HG 1/144 RX-78.2 Gundam, the granddady of all. I decided that it would be a forgotten prototype, left in a maintenance bay after testing and long forgotten since the days of the 1 year war….If you don’t know what that is go and read now before continuing.

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It’s a basic kit but soooo Good, the Revive line I can highly recommend. It’s basic but well made. I modified it slightly on the head, drilled some holes in the forearms and legs trying to make it more realistic. After that it was straight into painting! A daunting task for newbies like myself.

I wanted to keep the colour scheme simple, white/grey mix of Mr Hobby paints and a dark blue which was a mix of gundam blue and some black added in. I then used Gold leaf enamel hand painted on.

I used 2 types of paint here, Lacquers for the main body and weapon colours like grey/white, blue, black. For the detailed parts like the frame/hands I used an enamel gunmetal by Tamiya, gold leave and chrome silver for detailed parts and scratching.

On the weathering, it was fun! I usually love clean looking kits but making this thing look used and abused was great fun. Scratching was the easiest and the best looking part. I think the shield turned out amazing if I do say so myself.

But I decided┬álast minute to do a Diorama, and I had to find something to use….Luckily a tree in my yard was struck by lightning and a few appliances in the house died….Queue the wifi router sacrificing it’s life haha

I would love to continue writing more details, but I’m tired and I think the pictures are speaking for themselves! The hardest part about weathering is less is more…Hard to get. I think for a first attempt I did ok but obviously as more time goes on and more kits get made I’ll improve.

Here are the final photo’s, I love it. Enjoy guys!!

 

 

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My new obsession: Gunpla

Some will be going wow yeah going over your older posts it makes sense, others will be saying….What the hell is a gunpla?

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Gunpla is just a name for Gundam Plastic models, manufactured by Bandai in Japan. They’ve been going for over 35 years now and the popularity is only on the rise as far as I can see. A lot of this would have to do with the fact it’s also a hugely popular anime that the kits are based on, and apart from being awesome kits the anime is usually pretty epic.

In 2007 when I was visiting japan i sadly wasn’t into this hobby, I was collecting the metal type figurines of super robots. I didn’t realise these aisles of awesomeness were there.

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One major difference I believe with Gunpla compared to any other kit, is Bandai’s polycaps. They make it almost needless to use Glue on these kits. You can use the nippers or a knife to cut the puts out and assemble.

So let’s have a quick look at the different scales and grades of kits you have.

SD – Super Deformed. These are the cute bobble headed looking kits. This was my first kit, not very details but fun to put together and a nice easy one to start.

HG – High Grade – 1/144 scale – These kits are the bread and butter of the line up. Most kits will be released in this line in some form with any given amount of variations. These kits are detailed enough, still being fun to build (most of the time unless you get sticker hell) and have a good amount of colour separation without needing to be painted compared to much older kits which I personally haven’t used but have been told weren’t as nice. The current line of kits include things like a shield, rifle or other weapons.

RG – Real Grade – 1/144 scale – This scale is a great one, the cheaper options and size of the HG, whilst having gimmicks and the inner frames of the MG lines. Real grade is just that, It’s bring the mobile suits to real life. Highly detailed and articulated, more accurate colours like multiple shades of white or grey from panel to panel. Some can be finnicky from reviews I’ve read, but overall a great line to get into.

MG – Mastergrade – 1/100 scale – These are highly detailed kits usually including a few to tonnes of accessories. Unlike the previous kits they come with an inner frame, which you assemble and then mount the armor onto. You’ll notice that some kits have a 2.0 marking on them and this is the 2nd run of the kit with improvements to articulation or other fixes.

REBORN 100 – This is a more recent line from Bandai, and features mobile suits you wouldn’t usually see in a 1/100 scale. It’s not far in with only the 6th kit just being released. The main difference is you get the scale and alot of detail, without the inner frame which would be an expensive part of the kit. So far sales seem good and the line is receiving support as it has great kits you don’t usually see getting some love like the recent Bawoo from Zeta Gundam.

PG – Perfect Grade – 1/60 scale – This is the top echelon of Gunpla kits. Much larger scale, but much much more detail. I am yet to attempt one of these kits myself, they are pricey but worth it from what I’ve seen. There aren’t many of them, but usually the most popular hero suits are the ones to get it like the original RX-78.2 Gundam, the Astray Gundam or the 00 Raiser Gundam from Gundam 00. These kits are highly detailed, articulated and beautiful to see. They have tonnes of weapons, and things like LED’s you can install.

Here is a picture I found on the net, of the Grandaddy gundam RX-78 in most of the scales.

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I haven’t mentioned the largest one yet but the 1/48 scale is a mega size. There aren’t many of those released and from what I’ve seen about them in reviews they are a giant HG when assembling.

There is so much you can do with this hobby, from modification and scratch building, to airbrushing (which I have just got setup) or just assemble from the box and glance at the fantastic work you’ve just done.

I highly recommend this to anyone of any age, go to your local hobby store and check out what they have, there is a design to catch anyones eye.

Till next time, Catchya!

Kirkysworld ­čÖé