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RX-78 NT-1 Gundam ALEX
roadkill2525
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Posted: Thursday, April 11, 2013 - 10:59 PM UTC
Yes, another Gundam kit. This is the feature mobile suit from Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket from 1989 and like the GM Command it'll be done in enamels.

About the mobile suit: Replacement for the aging RX-78-2 which was suffering from extended combat and its pilots growing abilities, a new 360-degree cockpit, improved materials and 90mm gatling guns were the fore front of its development. ALEX (Armored Layers, EXperimental) was add-on Chobam armor that set its weight to 95 tons and effectively killing its speed.



Parts layout





Instruction artwork

roadkill2525
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Posted: Thursday, April 11, 2013 - 11:02 PM UTC
Cleaned up the 90mm gatling guns and test fitting to a forearm, need to replace some details that was sanded off.



Feet also being test fitted, may remove the front pegs for better alignment.

roadkill2525
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Posted: Friday, April 12, 2013 - 10:28 AM UTC
Started on the torso, left arm will have a 90mm gatling gun deployed.



Work being suspervised by the ALEX in MSiA form.


roadkill2525
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Posted: Friday, April 12, 2013 - 06:01 PM UTC
Drilled out the vulcans and thinned the V-fin, thought about breaking one side like the post-Kampfer fight but my save that idea for my MG Alex.



Still working on filling the seams.





Thinking about I want to paint the shoulders and upper arms, may replace the loops with sheet plastic.

roadkill2525
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Posted: Saturday, April 13, 2013 - 06:02 AM UTC
Finally drilled out the gatling gun barrels



Im still looking for a pose with help from the MSiA figure, also removed the loops on the shoulder with plans to scratchbuild some new ones.

Beam rifle barrel drilled without breaking like the GM's, ports also opened.



Dixon66
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Posted: Saturday, April 13, 2013 - 07:20 AM UTC
Coming along nicely. You're making me want to break one of my Gundams out of the stash.
roadkill2525
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Posted: Saturday, April 13, 2013 - 11:37 AM UTC
David, these older kits are pretty nice. They've got some issues with seam lines at times but are better than the ones from the mid-90's.

90mm gatling guns with some strip styrene to replace missing details.


First bit of color, insignia yellow.


More parts in paint, may redo the pieces for the waist.

bpunchy
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Posted: Saturday, April 13, 2013 - 11:50 AM UTC
looking good

Dixon66
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Posted: Saturday, April 13, 2013 - 02:24 PM UTC

Quoted Text

David, these older kits are pretty nice. They've got some issues with seam lines at times but are better than the ones from the mid-90's.



Yeah, built several of the 90's ones and a few of the mid 2000's HGs/MGs as well. Got two MGs left in the stash.
roadkill2525
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Posted: Sunday, April 14, 2013 - 11:54 AM UTC
Didn't like the color of the waist so I repainted with Light Gray and RLM Grun.



Drilled out the thruster so it'll be on a stand, I need to add some missing verniers because the stickers won't do.

roadkill2525
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Posted: Monday, April 15, 2013 - 08:22 PM UTC
Main color is Flat White with a little Light Gray to get an off white look, didn't like how it came out so I scratched and chipped paint for a worn and used appearance.



Insignia Red used for the chin, knee cover and cockpit hatch (not shown)



Parts waiting for Cobalt Blue, need to mask off the yellow on the legs thrusters after its cured.

roadkill2525
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Posted: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 - 01:53 PM UTC
Model Master Cobalt Blue, some clean up needed on the leg thrusters and V-fin.



Things to come, cleared with Model Master Gloss Clear lacquer and will cure a few days before decaling.

roadkill2525
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Posted: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 - 01:32 PM UTC
Decals on and flat cleared, painted the beam rifle in a mix of 60% RLM 73 Grun and 40% Black Metallic.

roadkill2525
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Posted: Monday, May 27, 2013 - 08:16 PM UTC
Started weathering the Alex, first with Tamiya oil stain from Weathering Set D.



Also did a pin wash of flat black thinned with Ronsonol lighter fluid.

vonHengest
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Posted: Thursday, June 27, 2013 - 08:31 AM UTC
Looking good, I always liked the way the NT-1 looked sans uparmored panels.
roadkill2525
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Posted: Thursday, July 04, 2013 - 04:43 PM UTC
Finished! Paint is Model Master enamels with Tamiya Weathering Set C & D and chalk pastel weathering.







Dixon66
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Posted: Thursday, July 04, 2013 - 11:59 PM UTC
Very Nice! I like it!