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Quick Review: Mobile Suit Archive Modeling Manual RX-78-2 Gundam

 

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Mobile Suit Archive Gunpla Modeling Manual, Ft.RX-78-2 Gundam

By: SB Creative /GA Graphic
127 Pages, Full Color Mook

It’s been quite sometime since I’ve gotten my hands on a fresh Gunpla magazine-book or mook from japan that gets me fired up. This is one of the better ones.

Please keep in mind the skills taught in this mook are applied to the granddaddy of Gundams which will prevent a lot of people from picking it up but, I urge those people not to set it down. As with the Gundam Scratchbuild Manual 1 and 2, once you learn the fundamentals you can then in turn apply them to all kinds of models.

This book features 5 builds, in order are

1/144 No Grade RX-78-2 (made to look like the G30th,) 1/144 Core Fighter (from the first HGUC Gundam kit turned into a standalone display,) 1/144 RX-78-2 G30th Gundam (customized into a lineart accurate Ver.Ka), 1/144 RGC-80S GM Cannon (made from a G30th Gundam,) and a 1/100 Master Grade RX-78-2 Gundam Ver2.0 (which gets a full conversion kit-like detail treatment.)

Each build starts out as a pretty standard affair skipping the basics snapping/seamlines & ect… About the most basic thing taught seems to be how to extend and properly sharpen a V-fin.

In this book, they first start out with lineart of what they want to obtain. A key focus on this book seems to be accurately rebuilding parts to match the size, portions and looks they have in the artwork though scratch-building and remodeling before doing the details. The book then begins showing you how that is done in a nice, easy to follow presentation. This is one area that stands out to me as a major advantage, given I don’t fluently or even passable speak Japanese. Throughout the builds they stop and use drawing to break down each individual step of the process. This makes it much easier to follow along and is something I wish to see more of in the future. Because it is broken into smaller steps it also makes it much easier for google’s picture translate to aid you if you choose to decipher the moon-speak. The 2d drawings are beautifully done and quite large so you won’t have to squint to see the steps.

During the first build they start with a HG Gundam and remodel every aspect of it until it rivals the more modern 1/144 RX-78-2 G30th, and then improve the detailing match their custom lineart. It’s quite amazing because if you aren’t a stickler for the details you likely, would never know what was done.

The second build is a 1/144 Corefighter from an old HG Gundam, so essentially a solid brick. They re-detail this and even create a custom base into a standalone display piece. This little flying brick is hacked up and even a small cockpit and pilot are made with a result looking better or on-par to the newer MasterGrade 3.0 kit’s.

The next build is by far my favorite. They take the G30th RX-78 kit that was the comparison in the first build and remodel it to match some custom lineart for the RX-78-2 KA. The lineart itself looks great and really has a Windfall/Studio Reckless look to it. Like the first gundam they pit the old kit apart and before they even start changing it into the Katoki variant, they modify everything to match the portions their line art has. Once acheived they remodel it into katoki’s detaining while giving it more details and refinement than even the Katoki own Master Grade kit has. This is probably the most love I’ve ever seen put into an RX-78-2 kit and this build alone worth the purchase!

Next Up is some GM-love! They essentially remodel the HG Gundam into a GM Cannon Space Assault Type with a large portion covering the sculpting of the head and the building of the large over-shoulder cannon.

The last ‘extra’ build is an oddity and the shortest of the bunch, only spanning a couple pages. They start with a MG RX-78-2 2.0 as the base and a bunch of drawing to detail it as if they were making a conversion/cover kit. Everything covered in this swift build is pretty much sculpted out of epoxy with a focus on making the parts removable. Sadly, other than key areas, they completely drop the ball on the process of how it is done annoyingly for a disappointing finish.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

W-Converge

Trying out some of Tamiya’s premixed Panel Line Accent Color (Gray) on the little figure. It’s pretty nice stuff and seems to not effect the underlying paint. Cleanup was easy with a little lighter fluid on tissue paper. Might need to make the gray a bit darker though in the future.

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1/72 W-Gundam Zero Custom WIP2

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERASlowly making headway on the B-Club resin kit. Much fine tuning is needed before I can get back to detail as well as some portion reworking.

 

 

1/8 MegaHouse Alpha X Omega Heero Yuy and Relena Peacecraft

Well, they’re here! After what seemed like a year of teasing and waiting… Operation Meteor has landed, and they deliver!

Material: ABS and PVC
Scale: 1/8
Sculptor: Iwamoto Kunihito
Production: MegaHouse
Product Line: Alpha X Omega

 

I’ll let the pictures do the talking since it should be fairly straight forward… I’ll just comment a bit.

Pro’s
-HEERO AND RELENA FINALLY!!!!!!
-Absoultly beautiful sculpt, looks like it just popped out of the Rythem Emotion OP!

Con’s
-1/8 scale is small, given the cost.
-Relena’s hair ties/bows aren’t fully painted in the centers
-Heero’s head has an ugly gap (because it is removable)
-Heero’s green shirt is 2 halves glued together the seam doesn’t look very good.

 

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1/72 MM W-Gundam Zero Custom [B-Club Resin Kit] Remodeling

I’ve been working on remodeling the Mechanical Moving 1/72 Full-Resin Kit by B-Club. I’m adding slight detail and updating the portions to match WZC’s updated look in theĀ  GundamW Glory of the Losers manga. I hope to create a nice blend of new and old.

A full progress of the head remodeling can be found over on the GundamEclipse forums or here.

The primered head is nearly completed. Just a bit more cleanup work and some small scribing details left.

 

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