As i realised that the Real Grade GM conversion is going to take some time, thought i have ago at modelling at the same time the Hajime Katoki redesign for Sentinel 0079 and MSG 0083. Going to enter it in the MAC forums European Gunpla Cup.
Going to remove the antenna on the head and the handle on the shoulder pads, not a fan of those.Not decided what colours im going to paint is as but really like the blue, might go a low-viz livery.
Bazooka from Gundam Mk.2?, really like the shield without the Federation star might do that on the RG GM.
Comes with fists manipulators, win in my book.
Hajime Katoki design looks almost identical to Gundam except for the head and knew guards.
Off to Glasto music festival, no model or anime for a week, might have withdrawal symptoms.
Starting on the two piece waist this weekend, added a piece of plasticard to each section to cover the groin and have been sanding the joining edge hoping to get a perfect seam right down the centre.
What i did not realise is the both these guards over the hips are not actually flat against the legs but slight angled towards the groin which means the part below the guards now protrudes, will have to make something new for that.
Got what i think the rear waist guard done, i think. Will add a piece of plasticard joining the two hip guards together. Trouble with adding a piece now joining both means that once glued the entire parts has to stay connected to the model because of the ball joint connecting each part to the inner frame face each other.
Will do that right at the end of the build so i can work and paint everything off the inner frame. No doubt without the inevitable being the first part completed on the model it will be the first part to break.
Still very rough, might just start over again.
Something that past me by was the series 4 of F-toys 1/144 Star War line, no news of series 5 yet? Probable because there was only one 1/144 scale vehicle i wanted the other being a re-painted Y-wing and the rest scales other than 1/144. Have been watching this on eBay for sometime waiting to grab one at a low price and happened to get 2, result.
Another great release form f-toys, with such a awesome amount of detail. Always been one of my favorite star wars vehicl, it just looks right.
Starting the waist by removing the gundam detail to make the more simplified GM. Got to turn this from a 3 piece with a crouch guard into a simple 2 piece armor that looks good, reckon this is going to take some .
Started yesterday on what i thought would be the easiest part of the build, the cockpit. Sanded down the piece of plastic inside the cockpit, added the plasticard and a bit of detail and got myself the first part of the conversion completed.
Also primed all the inner frame which already makes a big difference to the appearance, no longer shiny. Was going to start painting detail but after a little work noticed how much dust there is i will leave until i paint the entire kit, might have to cut some of the frame anyway.
Going to start the waist next, thats going to take some time.
Already was working on this from the G.30th HG conversion. Got what i think is the basic idea i had in my head modeled so far from converting the RGM-79[G] Gm Ground Type head or monitor into what i hope will be a better looking head than the somewhat none descript head that come with the HG GM gunpla.
Lots of the protrusions have been removed, the air intakes on the cheek, the small goatee on the chin and the guard that come out over the screen. Lots of putty and sanding.
Added a new month guard which i think needs to be more defined, looks like ive sanded off the sharp edges and left them looking to soft.
Vulcan in the forehead ive started, did 2 until i realised that one side was higher than the other so at the moment im waiting to putty and sand then start again hoping to be symmetrical.
Neck is too long, think i will adjust the inside on the head rather than cut up the inner frame.
I have spent quite some time on this and think there is till quite alot to do, fear the panel lining on this.