Plastic Scale Modelling |OT| Gunpla and Everything Else

Aries Zeigald

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Oct 27, 2017
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Is this painted at all or straight out of the box? I really like the look of this one versus the TV Bandai one. I might just get the Series Kotobukiya and the Bandai Movie kits. Guess I need to decide if I want to just get 01 or one of each EVA.
It’s out of box with literally nothing done on it (it’s one of those “I’ll snapfit it now then paint in the future” kits that will forever be in the in-progress pile). It doesn’t even have eye stickers. Though it has really good color separation and the only color correcting stickers are the green stripe on the horn and green stripes on the arm flaps. And then another sticker for the NERV logo on the shoulders.
 
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It’s out of box with literally nothing done on it (it’s one of those “I’ll snapfit it now then paint in the future” kits that will forever be in the in-progress pile). It doesn’t even have eye stickers. Though it has really good color separation and the only color correcting stickers are the green stripe on the horn and green stripes on the arm flaps. And then another sticker for the NERV logo on the shoulders.
That looks pretty good. I'll probably pick this up soon. I need to build some EVAs.
 

EnronERA

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Oct 25, 2017
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Just finished HG Mazinger Z (Infinity ver). Pretty fun build, only took about 3 hours! Looks fantastic as well. Only have a few complaints - the silver plastic they used doesnt't always cut well and when it doesnt you have a nice exposed dark mark left behind and the pilder was kind of annoying due to its size. All in all though a great kit.

Im not going to paint this sucker, but I do need to panel wash it and then coat it but i'll do that next weekend.



 

xEik

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Nov 17, 2017
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To the people with all those nub leftovers neatly grouped on the cutting mat: what I use is an empty yogurt glass to throw mine as they cut them.
It's sturdy enough that I don't have to worry what happens to it, specially the rim. Being transparent is a plus for when I accidentally drop something into it.
I'm not even sure if they sell yogurt on individual glass containers in the US.
 

EnronERA

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Oct 25, 2017
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its less work to just sweep them into a corner. picking up every little nub with my fingers after i cut sounds like a lot of work!
 

xEik

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its less work to just sweep them into a corner. picking up every little nub with my fingers after i cut sounds like a lot of work!
I cut over the glass. The idea is that the nubs almost always fall inside. I dislike rogue nubs on my mat because they have a tendency to end on stickers adhesive side when you less expect them.
In my case, a clean mat surface also gives me peace of mind, something not even MasterCard can buy.
 

EnronERA

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Oct 25, 2017
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I cut over the glass. The idea is that the nubs almost always fall inside. I dislike rogue nubs on my mat because they have a tendency to end on stickers adhesive side when you less expect them.
In my case, a clean mat surface also gives me peace of mind, something not even MasterCard can buy.
that makes sense. Me myself, i never do decals in the same sitting as assembly because I'm slow and lazy!
 

xEik

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that makes sense. Me myself, i never do decals in the same sitting as assembly because I'm slow and lazy!
Some stickers, Gundam eyes being the prime example, are applied as you build, though. I'm not going to disassemble a Gundam head just because I couldn't be bothered to apply its eyes as I built the face.
Same thing for most reflective stickers that go behind clear parts like weapon sensors or 00 GN condensers.
 

duckroll

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Oct 25, 2017
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I haven't shared anything in here for months, but I've been busy and posting updates on Twitter! I finished my RG Sazabi (took like 2 months because I was busy with other stuff too) and finished a quick SD Mazinger Z on Sunday. Fun!









I took a bunch of pics throughout the building process for both too: https://twitter.com/RollingPirahna/media
 

Callibretto

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Oct 25, 2017
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I really need to come back finishing my RG Sazabi, I'm done with the main Sazabi but stopped when making all the weapon and accesories. are you going to top coat it? matte or gloss?

meanwhile, I'm doing small gunpla now and then like Phenex SDCS and SDSS kit

 

entrydenied

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Oct 26, 2017
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EnronERA

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Oct 25, 2017
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good luck, but this seems like a database error of some sort since its 3 tiny sellers unrelated to model kits, and the exact same price of 11.13
 

Valkerion

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Oct 29, 2017
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Anyone have experiences with PG grades?

Got a long vacation coming and thinking this might be a nice project. But also... its expensive and got a few other kits to make haha.
 

Euler

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Oct 27, 2017
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Anyone have experiences with PG grades?

Got a long vacation coming and thinking this might be a nice project. But also... its expensive and got a few other kits to make haha.
I built PG Exia. It's a really cool build but honestly I kinda wish I'd just gone with more MGs or something instead. PGs are not really for me, don't think I'll buy another.
 

Aries Zeigald

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Oct 27, 2017
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Anyone have experiences with PG grades?

Got a long vacation coming and thinking this might be a nice project. But also... its expensive and got a few other kits to make haha.
I've only finished the PG RX-178 MkII, and maybe the torso and feet of PG RX-0.

It's really fun if you have a lot of time because the build process is really involved. I haven't built it yet (though I have it in the backlog) but based on all the reviews and speed builds I've seen, you won't go wrong with the PG Strike. It's not as expensive (12000 yen) and it's probably one of the best Gunpla kits.
 

The Sum of Zero

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Oct 25, 2017
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Anyone have experiences with PG grades?

Got a long vacation coming and thinking this might be a nice project. But also... its expensive and got a few other kits to make haha.
I've been through 6 (Strike, Skygrasper, 00 Raiser, Strike Freedom, Wing Zero Custom, Unicorn). They are definitely time consuming but the end result is worth it.

I second Aries, if you're looking for a good starter PG the Strike is an excellent choice. I would also spring for the PG Skygrasper if you can, you'll get the Aile Striker and a display base for the Strike included.

I have some old pictures of my Strike from like 2007-2008. Here's the best one, for your consideration.

 

Valkerion

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Oct 29, 2017
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Strike always looks good. I thought there were a few more PG's than this but I might still bite on one. I tend to like more random kits though so none of them are screaming out to me in particular.

Thanks for the opinions on them though guys.
 

xEik

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Nov 17, 2017
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With PG kits being rather expensive and the amount of different models relatively small, it is no surprise that the lineup is quite safe. As in: no one expects anything but the most mainstream MS to appear in the grade.
RG was a bit like that at first but thanks to the greater amount of releases, more unusual models have eventually appeared.
 

EnronERA

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Oct 25, 2017
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PG also comes out so infrequently, much of the range is super old and kinda bad. I would avoid any PG that was before 2010 myself.

ESPECIALLY ZETA

DO NOT ZETA
 

Rahvar

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Oct 25, 2017
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I picked up the PG Strike Freedom in Japan. Not planning to build it yet, but opening the box and looking at the amount of runners made me break out in sweat :p
 

The Sum of Zero

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Oct 25, 2017
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My Unicorn addiction continues. Had a $40 coupon for ebay from something I sold, and it was gonna expire before the release of the MG Perfectibility so I used it on this HG and got it for only $11:



I've been wanting god mode Unicorn for a while now. It'll be a couple weeks before it arrives, I'll post some pics when I've finished it.
 
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Mandos

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Nov 27, 2017
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Hm I think I may finally put in an order for Shadow Gundam mg... but if I have to order it from Japan I’ll likely pair it something but I’m not sure what yet
 

xEik

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Nov 17, 2017
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Anyone know if the MG Gouf (One Year War 0079 ver) kit is any good? The only reviews I can find are for the Gouf 2.0
IIRC, the one year war Gouf is exactly the 1.0 Gouf but recolored to match the look of a videogame so I'd assume it's relatively bad.
It's not comparable to the RX-78-2 situation where the one year war MG is quite different from the 1.0 (or even the 1.5 which I think is mostly the 1.0 with a few new parts).
 

Iamcenok

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Oct 27, 2017
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Guys, I have a problem.
I bought more kits.

I bought the RE/100 Vigna Ghina II, the MG buster gundam, the SD Silhouette Sisquiede, and the MG RX-78-2 Gundam the origin kit.

....whilst eyeing the MG RX-178 Gundam MK-II Ver 2.0 Titans, HG Gundam TR-6, MG Gundam Dynames.

Oh and I pre-ordered a P-bandai RG Tallgeese III kit.
#superbroke
 

Rahvar

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Oct 25, 2017
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Guys, I have a problem.
I bought more kits.

I bought the RE/100 Vigna Ghina II, the MG buster gundam, the SD Silhouette Sisquiede, and the MG RX-78-2 Gundam the origin kit.

....whilst eyeing the MG RX-178 Gundam MK-II Ver 2.0 Titans, HG Gundam TR-6, MG Gundam Dynames.

Oh and I pre-ordered a P-bandai RG Tallgeese III kit.
#superbroke
Congrats. Now what is the problem? What to build first? 😂
 

Miker

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Oct 25, 2017
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Built my first Gunpla in years - the Gundam The Origin version of HG Zaku II, Char/Red Comet. This is just a straight build, and I plan on top coating it later. I've never actually top coated any Gunpla before, so I don't know how it'll turn out.






(Excuse the messy kitchen, I'm in the process of kind of moving in)

I was super impressed by the amount of detail they packed into such a tiny package. It also made it kind of a pain in the ass to panel line that much detail. The clear stickers were thankfully relatively easy to place but do stand out against the darker colors. I also broke the big sniper rifle already - when I pulled it out to change weapons/hands, the tiny peg attaching it to the hand broke and I had to dig it out from the groove in the palm. Overall, I'm shocked at how good this kit was, and it was only $20 from Amazon with free one-day Prime shipping. It's ridiculous how much more accessible the hobby is nowadays. I remember going to Toys R Us as a kid and maaaybe catching sight of a questionable selection of Gundam Wing HGs.
 

duckroll

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Oct 25, 2017
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I was super impressed by the amount of detail they packed into such a tiny package.
In general the HG kits for The Origin are really good. They were clearly designed for older fans who would appreciate extra details and a certain classic look to the mechs rather than the sleek overdesigned stuff some of the newer Gundam stuff for kids are. Check out of the prototype Guntank. It's one of my favorite HG kits!
 

Miker

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Oct 25, 2017
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In general the HG kits for The Origin are really good. They were clearly designed for older fans who would appreciate extra details and a certain classic look to the mechs rather than the sleek overdesigned stuff some of the newer Gundam stuff for kids are. Check out of the prototype Guntank. It's one of my favorite HG kits!
Ha, I actually probably fall into the latter category of liking overdesigned stuff (see my MG Strike Noir), though I think I’ve become more appreciative of simpler designs over time. I mostly got the Zaku because I’ve never built a Zeon suit, and wanted to work on something more simple before I eventually get a Sinanju or Sazabi. I looked at the prototype Guntank and whew that’s a lot of panel lining. If I wanted to build another HG right now, I’d probably go for the Dom Test Type, but I’m in a weird position with my current moving situation where my stuff is delayed and shouldn’t buy another Gunpla until my stuff (with all the kits seen here) arrives.

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Does anybody have advice on top coating? I have a bottle of Tamiya clear. I’m gonna buy the little skewers and alligator clips and stick them in some styrofoam or something, I guess? What’s the easiest thing to screw up or what did you wish you knew before you did it?
 
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xEik

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Nov 17, 2017
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If you want giant weapons, the RE/100 Guncannon Detector comes with an extra weapon for a Desert type Nemo (as seen in Unicorn's Torrington base attack) which I'm not getting because it's P-Bandai and I already have the regular green Nemo from Zeta.
I think it's even longer than the one sported by MG Ground Gundam.
 

Kubinsky

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Oct 29, 2017
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Hey,

I am quite new to gunpla building. Working on a rg banshee norn right now but as these kits are difficult to get in germany and a business trip to shanghai coming up I want to ask if there are any general recommendations for gunpla kits or things to get from a gundam base store?

Right now I focus on RG kits as I like the small size and high detail (and absolutely hate the sticker size). But I am also open for other grades.

Apart from the banshee I have a sinanju and full armor unicorn that I plan to build next. But with the banshee close to being finished there is space for at least 1 or 2 more :)