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Posted: Wednesday, July 04, 2018 - 03:08 AM UTC
Well what can i say, this kit is going together a lot faster than i imagined and has fewer pieces as well. most of the upper hull has been assembled but i have't added the glass sections yet. this will make painting easier and i have also started partial construction of the lower hull as well.

the fit on this kit is pretty good but the side walls on the upper hull will need a little filler. and now the progress shot, you can see the rubber band being used to hold the side walls together on the upper hull.

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Posted: Wednesday, July 04, 2018 - 03:41 AM UTC
Yes! The project ideas in this one are looking great!




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Posted: Wednesday, July 04, 2018 - 04:40 AM UTC
Nice and fast progress, David. How big is the kit? What is the diameter of the disc?
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Posted: Wednesday, July 04, 2018 - 05:42 AM UTC

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Nice and fast progress, David. How big is the kit? What is the diameter of the disc?



It's about 15cm across as it's 1/144 scale
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Posted: Wednesday, July 04, 2018 - 07:07 AM UTC
Had a good start last night, had to put the GM-79 on hold as i was out of the paint I needed so worked on the ZakuII instead and was able to get the torso built and base coated. Changed the paint up a bit from my last one and used Russian green for the torso rather then field green and dark grey blue instead of Nato black. I liked the field green on the Zaku J type, and the color guide showed it to be more of a forest green but I think the Russian green will provide a much smoother color transition for the pastel green parts. When this guy is done I'll post them side by side for comparison.
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Posted: Wednesday, July 04, 2018 - 09:41 PM UTC
ok so here is a brief update as to what i have managed to do.

today i have joined the upper and lower hull sections and glued them in place as well as adding the four gun spheres minus their weapons.

as you can see int eh picture there is a gap that runs all the way around where the two hull sections join but this should easily be filled with putty later on, and since i will be displaying it on a runway base then realistically you probably wouldn't be able to see this small gap that runs round the full circumference of the underside of the hull.

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Posted: Thursday, July 05, 2018 - 03:00 AM UTC
Hi folks! First time posting in this forum (Am mostly a 1/35 armor guy from Armorama). I recently bought this kit, and I hope it will be fine for the campaign. I've never bought or gotten Gunpla for myself since I was a kid. I came close to doing so with a bootleg Sandrock and a Wing Zero. Seeing this kit though, made me reconsider. I grew up watching Gundam Wing Series and I've always viewed these Leo MS fondly. Not the prettiest of MS, but pretty iconic. Have a slight bias for the underdogs in TV series (same sentiments for the Star Wars Clone troopers as well). I nfact, I have a clone trooper bandai model I bought within the span of a month (my poor wallet ) that I'll enter elsewhere.

PS: I have no CLUE whatsoever how to paint OR weather gundams... Is it feasible just to gloss coat this and do panel lines?

...or, does anyone know if Tamiya has a shade close enough to match the armor on this Leo? If all else fails, I might just paint this Olive Green/Olive Drab ala Soviet/US WW2 vehicle and go nuts on the weathering.


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Posted: Thursday, July 05, 2018 - 05:59 AM UTC
Welcome Nigel!
Glad to see another Gunpla builder. I too have recently got back in after not having built anything sense the Wing kits when I was a kid. Also Rock on with the Leo,next to the old zaku, it is the Grunts grunt suit, I have this guy in my stash so will be interested in your thoughts on the kit, everything I've read/seen say its a fantastic kit.

As to your question. It would be feasible to just gloss and panel line the kit as the only visible seams are on the lower arms and sides of the upper torso from what I've seen.
paint wise maybe field green mixed with Russian green? though like you said olive drab could work. There is also the purples of the East Asian and Space Leos as well.

If need some ideas you head over to the anime/manga/gundam forum I recently posed my finished MS-06j Zaku II where all I did for weathering was blend the Mig blue black panel wash runoff over the rest of the model.
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Posted: Thursday, July 05, 2018 - 07:40 AM UTC
Nigel,

You can't go wrong with olive drab.

Mark
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Posted: Thursday, July 05, 2018 - 11:11 AM UTC
Like Nigel this is my first time to this site. I do mostly armor and ship building but I been wanting to build this kit I won at a show a few years back.

This my entry for this campaign. The kit is "Apollo 27" Rocket by Pegasus Hobbies.



The part count is very low and should be an easy build. The challenge will be painting and weathering. This should be a fun build.

Mark
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Posted: Thursday, July 05, 2018 - 05:18 PM UTC
Let's get started.

I figured I'd start with the figures. This was taken before the changes so the terror-bot is her along with one of the Meng figures.
The Meng figures look quite nice. The torsos are halved (front and back). The arms have separate hands, as well as spaces for the tools and meters. The heads are molded as two halves (front/back) and the visors are separate clear styrene. The detail is nice and Meng has captured that bulky, layered look of the EOD suit.
Even though I won't be using it, the robot looks great. The assembly can be a bit fiddly. The connection points need drilling out to fit okay. Even then, they are weak and getting everything set will require some patience. That said, the robot looks nice...it has a female shape to it so it'll probably be used in the alien vampire things. Maybe a hunter/killer unit. I think it'd look good with a tail...give it an animalistic look.
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The bomb suits are pretty thick looking. They have a spacesuit appearance but will need some changes. The first thing I did was put them on a Dremel diet. I ground off the layered areas and that massive collar.
Alot of Mars movies have the astronauts wearing slimmer suits. In truth, Mars is a lot different than the Moon. My thought was to keep a bulky design mainly because these are workers. Think of these as issued work-suits capable of use in the more amiable equator areas and usable in the colder areas as you approach the poles. Of course there's the need for air. Even terra-forming, it'd take centuries to transform the Mars atmosphere to Earth-like conditions.
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Anyway, the figures were roughly modified and will be cleaned up later. I'll add a backpack for air and stuff.
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So the premise is that the duo are out on their work schedule, checking terra-form atmosphere machines. I figure these stations are spread out and use drilling tech to access water and ice caches under the surface.
To get there, they need transport. I went with a buggy influenced by the lunar rover. However, like their suits, the rover is heavy duty and industrial...it's more of a truck designed for work.
I had the axles from an old Jeep CJ. I was going to use the kit's tires and rims. I found a set of wheels from an old Dragon BTR. I think they look better than the Jeep wheels so I'll use them.
It'll be large than the rover. However, it'll still be rather simple. I'm thinking a hybrid using a hydrogen/electric cell. There will be room for two workers and storage space for tools, supplies, and stuff to do their job. The console is from a Dragon Little Bird kit...I assume it was for the IDF MD500 version.
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This is a collection of bits I'll probably use for the Terra-form station. The engine is from an old Tamiya Marder IFV kit that has been in my spares for 20+ years. I figured it'd be a good use for it and it should make for a decent core for a engine to convert water to oxygen and hydrogen.
I figure the station will be small. The machinery will be enclosed to protect it from sandstorms, meteors, etc. I figure there will be drills to access the water/ice, solar panels for power, and enough room for crews to use as shelter if needed. Maybe collection tanks for workers to top off hydro fuel and oxygen for their suits.
The smaller wheels are Dragon, from one of their Soviet BDRM kits. I was debating on using them for the terraform station. I figured they might have some sort of mobility to be relocated easily. I'm still debating that.
sci-fi-4_05

And that's where I am. I'm liking this new idea and hope to get things rolling pretty quick. I'll do a background story for it, as well as the Mars colonization project. I am hoping to use at least one of the Meng Bomb Tech figure set's EOD robots in this. Maybe it takes core samples or something. Or maybe a mobile scope or diagnostic tool.
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Posted: Thursday, July 05, 2018 - 05:26 PM UTC
Nigel, welcome onboard. As pointed out OD will never go wrong. Maybe some splinter camo?

Mark, welcome to the site. Interesting choice of kit. I am looking forward to follow that.

Alex, nice start. I think there are crazy weather and dust storms on Mars, so having the ability to move or shelter the terraforming station is probably logical. Wheels makes sense to me.
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Posted: Friday, July 06, 2018 - 04:23 AM UTC
Thanks for the encouragement folks. This was a pretty fun build. I'm almost done actually, but I only took photos of this stage so far. I'll post a bit more later.



EDIT: here's a photo
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Posted: Friday, July 06, 2018 - 02:52 PM UTC
Going to add one more to the mix a First Grade MS-06F Zaku II to the mix as well because if your going to build one Zaku might as well build two.
These guys were released for the 20th anniversary of Gundam and pay homage to the original model kits from the 80's, so all one color plastic, no poly caps and 80's style bar joints. the only changed was that they basing the mold of of the perfect grade Zaku to give it a more modern look. only thing I've done is build one of the feet.


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Posted: Friday, July 06, 2018 - 07:48 PM UTC
Looking good!!
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Posted: Monday, July 09, 2018 - 09:32 AM UTC
test fit of the FG. going to be interesting painting as i'm going to have to paint parts before sanding and assembling others, also this Zaku has obviously skipped leg day


Update: the FG Zaku has been doing nothing but Leg exercises to bulk up those legs


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Posted: Wednesday, July 11, 2018 - 06:51 AM UTC
Jesper, I have returned! I will post the starter pics of my Nautilus this weekend! Looking forward to this!
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Posted: Wednesday, July 11, 2018 - 07:33 AM UTC
Welcome back, Clayton!

Looking forward to see more
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Posted: Wednesday, July 11, 2018 - 06:40 PM UTC
a lot of reto stuff so far, I like it.

Got the FG Zaku all base coated today. Think next time i build this guy I'll build the arms in full before attaching them

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Posted: Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 09:31 PM UTC
well i haven't been able to do much thanks to work and the little woman being home (she's been signed off sick) which means i have a lot more work on my plate.

anyway here is a brief update:

i have managed to fill in the gap between the two hull sections using perfect putty and it just needs to be cleaned up. the great thing about this stuff is it's water based so there are no nasty smells and you can wipe away the excess with a damn kleenex

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Posted: Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 11:45 PM UTC
What is perfect putty? Sounds like a great product!
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Posted: Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 11:51 PM UTC

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What is perfect putty? Sounds like a great product!



It a water based white putty that the excess can be cleaned up with water and dries quickly. It will shrink a little during drying so a second application maybe required. It's a ok product but the applicator is to large and wide in my opinion. I prefer Vallejo white putty which has a narrower applicator, otherwise they are the same product and works the same way.

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Posted: Friday, July 13, 2018 - 05:29 PM UTC
Casey, what's the scale on that? Or, how tall is it?

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Posted: Friday, July 13, 2018 - 05:45 PM UTC
@Alex
For the FG Zaku II, as well as the HGUC Zaku II im working on are both 1/144 scale, and are about 4.75in with slight variations depending on which Zaku kit it is.
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Posted: Friday, July 13, 2018 - 07:02 PM UTC
Ok, thanks for the info, Mark. I might try out the Vallejo product then.