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My 1st kit- G-Cannon Magna...any tips?
old-dragon
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Posted: Tuesday, October 12, 2010 - 10:19 AM UTC
This will be my 1st Gundam build, and from what I can see we haven't had any around here for quite a while, so we're due!
I did a little bit of research on this kit{isn't much out there though} and found it can be built early or late model...I'll go for the late model version.
Now, any Gundam guys still around here to lend any tips for detailing this kit...should I change out the thrusters, get better decals{or more} and where could I find a 1/100 scale figure for suit size comparison?
Thanks in advance-
old-dragon
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Posted: Sunday, October 17, 2010 - 03:54 PM UTC
Geez...awhfully quiet around here.......well, anyone ever wishing to start a Gundam kit should really check out Hobby Link Japan's site under the Gundam section...they have an onsite tutorial for building and detailing Gundams, but, if you find it loads too slow{like for me} you can use the link to facebook to see all 14 shows{6-10 min each}.
One of the finished pieces shown on those vids was a custom yellow painted Gundam - I liked the idea so much I went and bought a rattle can of Purple pearl for my build{was molded in red out of the box}. I've never seen a purple Gundam{someone's gonna post a pic soon I bet just to make me look dumb}, so I figure I'll try it.
I'll load up some pics tomorrow of the current progress....
old-dragon
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Posted: Friday, October 22, 2010 - 01:15 PM UTC
Nearly got it done now...a few more tidbits to do then I'll post finished pics.
old-dragon
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Posted: Saturday, October 23, 2010 - 04:20 AM UTC
Some days you take two steps back.......I gave the model a coat of matt finish and dissaster struck, it tore up the underlying paint with only two coats{1 lite and one regular}. I'm going to start over after stripping them but this time I'm going to glue the parts together rather then just snap them so I can loose the seems.




The helmit and main thruster pack survived but that's it....and I should probably glue the helmit together to loose the seem too.
Well, this has been a learning experience but not enough of a bad one to put me off of another gundam once I can figure out which the next one would be{sooooo many to choose from!}.....back to the painting board when stripped!
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Posted: Saturday, October 23, 2010 - 07:27 AM UTC
Sorry about your clearcoat problem. I have a few Gundam kits in my stash--maybe I will get to one soon. For some reason I am so slow though. I will be watching to see this one finished after you fix the paint problem.
old-dragon
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Posted: Sunday, October 24, 2010 - 02:56 AM UTC

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Sorry about your clearcoat problem. I have a few Gundam kits in my stash--maybe I will get to one soon. For some reason I am so slow though. I will be watching to see this one finished after you fix the paint problem.


Thanks Gary, that testors purple pearl lacquer with a matt coat looked really cool and dark...I'll repete that but I already tossed the matt clear can...never seen a clear coat react with tamiya paint like that....literally liquified and tore open spots in the base coat...it was painters mark brand clear matt.
When the time comes to build yours and you think about a color change make sure to paint the new color inside too and I'd suggest gluing the main assemblies together and sanding the seems. Try one plain or custom colored...you may like it!
Armornv
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Posted: Tuesday, October 26, 2010 - 02:38 AM UTC
Hey Bob, great stuff so far! I too am on my first Gundam build. Going with the Master Grade RGM-79 Quel with a custom paintjob and an LED in the head.
I'll toss some pics up here when I get home(I'm at work right now) If you don't mind me hijacking your post a bit. on second thought... I might as well just start a new one.
I've been absent from here as well as Armorama due to this sudden fascination with Gundams.
As for tips..... not so much.
I did get new decals(not designed for this particular suit) because it came with stickers and dry transfers.
I kept everything else the same other than the led. I used Alclad Polished Aluminum on the thrusters and beam saber handles.
There really isnt any "aftermarket" stuff for these. The occasional resin upgrade/conversion sets, aluminim thrusters, little rivet type things.
Take a look at HLJ and do a search for hi-q.... lots of little bits and such.
Once I get this one done, its back to the good ole EOD build!
I've also been spending quite a bit of time on a gundam site
www.gundam-eclipse.com
Lots of gundam builders and lots of good info.
old-dragon
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Posted: Tuesday, October 26, 2010 - 12:27 PM UTC
Clint, you can jump on here if you want...no problem. Half of the paint still has to come off as of today so It'll be a few more days for to get anything put up in the way of pics. I think we need to get some gundams up and built to start a trend again.......
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Posted: Tuesday, October 26, 2010 - 12:58 PM UTC
I agree. I think we need more Gundams around! I hate to say it, but I've had so much fun with this one, it won't be my last! I already have 2 others on the brain.
One of them will be very tricky for me as I don't do a whole lot of super glossy shiny stuff.....

I'll go ahead and start a new one for mine in a minute.

Clint
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Posted: Saturday, October 30, 2010 - 03:26 PM UTC
Boy lacquer paint likes to take it's dear sweet time stripping off!.......{tapping fingers on the desk}