MG 1/100 Gundam 00 Seven Sword/G (Custom Painted Kit)

Introduction:

Hello viewers! I present to you MG 1/100 Gundam 00 Seven Sword/G custom painted build.

What I did for this build:

1. Snap fit + nib marks cleanup.

2. Primed every blue part with grey primer.

3. Airbrushed every primed part with Tamiya X-15 Light Green.

4. Painted some highlights and details using Tamiya Gold Leaf and Flat Aluminum.

5. Applied panel lining.

6. Applied decals.

7. Applied top coat matte.

And here’s what he looks like after everything:

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A little background on the mobile suit: This mobile suit is actually a weapons pack/equipment variation for the original Gundam 00, he appears in the Mobile Suit Gundam 00V side story. His armaments include 2x GN Beam Saber, GN Buster Sword II, 2x GN Katar, GN Sword II Blaster, GN Sword II Long and GN Sword II Short.

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GN Beam Saber:

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GN Sword II Blaster:

A new weapon developed for 00 after the final battle with the Innovators. It was first seen being field tested with the 00, and is said to focus more on long-range firing than close-range melee. The “G”, which stands for “Gun”, added to the Seven Sword’s model number is a direct reference to the addition of this new weapon. The blade presumably uses the same Condenser edge concept that was first experimented with on the GN Katars and was later perfected on the GN Sword III. Unlike other weapons on the Seven Sword/G, this one was adjusted specifically for Setsuna, who is an Innovator. As a result, it can snipe a target 1000km away while in Trans-Am. (Gundam Wiki)

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GN Buster Sword II:

A massive melee weapon with top class destructive power, it is attached to the solar furnace of the left shoulder, and has 2 modes of operation, a sword or a shield. In its “keep” state, a.k.a. shield mode, a large omni-directional GN Field is generated. From the scope of the GN field emission, it appears to also be able to protect nearby allies. This weapon is developed by Ian Vashti after he analyzed the GN Buster Sword of GN-X II that was captured by Fon Speak. During the testing of the updated Seven Sword/G, the Buster Sword II was also installed with the same stabilizer equipment that was used on the 0 Raiser to stabilize the Twin Drive System. (Gundam Wiki)

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GN Sword II Long and Short:

Long:

Mounted on the right of the waist, it has an enhanced rifle mode compared to the currently adopted GN Sword II. Conversely, it also has decreased rapid fire capability and increased particle consumption. It’s equipped with the premise of the complete operational Twin Drive System, though appears to be operable at some level even without it. During 00 Gundam Seven Sword/G’s first launch, its performance was directly being compared to the GN Sword II Blaster. (Gundam Wiki)

Short:

Mounted on the left of the waist, the GN Sword II was developed as a projectile weapon to replace the GN Beam Dagger which Setsuna often used when piloting Exia. The tip part of the sword is attached to a wire, and can be shot out and retracted as many times as needed.

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GN Katar:

Medium sized swords mounted on the add-on parts at both knees. The cutting edges are made of the material developed from those that are used in GN condensers. As the GN particles change to heat, the heat is transferred to whatever is in contact at the moment. With this feature, it is theoretically possible to attack at high temperatures that cannot be endured by the material of the GN Katar. While these weapons are in the prototype stage and are very unstable, the experimental concept that it uses was eventually perfected and became a standard for many powerful GN Sword designs that came after it. Actual confirmation of the GN Katars’ flaws being fixed is still absent at this point, though it should be noted that Condenser blade technology has been successfully implemented without issues on other weapons by this time. (Gundam Wiki)

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And that’s it for this project!

Summary:

What I like about this kit:

1. Many armaments.

2. LED lighting compatible that can be installed on the cockpit, on the twin GN drives and on the GN Buster Sword II. (Though I haven’t acquired one to try out on this kit, maybe next time)

3. One of the coolest looking MS on my display.

4. GN Buster Sword II.

What I don’t like about this kit:

1. The pegged hands! Weapon handling is very poor, had a hard time posing with the heavy weapons, even with the smaller weapons it was hard. Thumbs keep popping out, fingers keep falling off.

2. Small feet allows decreased stability and posing, but then again, this MS spends most of its battle time in space.

3. Arm and leg articulation is below average for an MG kit IMO.

MG 1/100 RX-78-1 Prototype Gundam

DSC_3906Introduction:

Hi guys! I present to you RX-78-1 Prototype Gundam!

This kit is a P-Bandai Hobby Shop exclusive and I had him bought by a friend from Japan. This is the “Grandfather Gundam”, older than the famous RX-78-2.

I just did a clean straight build, put the default water slide decals on, some basic panel lining and sealed everything with clear matte coat. I wanted to preserve the original colors and design of this limited edition kit.

Continue reading “MG 1/100 RX-78-1 Prototype Gundam”

MG 1/100 Strike Rouge + Ootori

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Introduction:

Hi guys! At last I have accomplished my latest project: MG 1/100 Strike Rouge + Ootori, with light weathering, battle damage and hand painted details. This kit was bought last year and he’s one of the newest MGs that Bandai recently released. Obviously the attention catcher is his Ootori and its different color scheme! It’s different from the usual Aile Strike. I personally like the color scheme that is “Rouge”.

I remember wanting to buy the RG kit of Stike Rouge, but since the RG kit was a limited edition, he was more expensive than the usual RG and was priced higher than this MG kit of Strike Rouge. I was glad Bandai made an MG release of the Strike Rouge that is not limited edition.

At first I only planned to straight build this kit and just apply panel lining and the decals, but I wanted my Strike Rouge to look nice so I decided to do a bit of light weathering and battle damage (and not overdo it) and make him look more awesome. I hope I did the trick because It’s been a while since I did battle damage and weathering. All painted details are hand painted using Tamiya brand acrylic paints in bottle.

Summary of what I did:

1. Straight build and cleaning of nib marks using X-Acto hobby knife.

2. Hand painted details using Tamiya acrylic paints.

2. Panel lining using 0.05 Copic Multiliner and Black Enamel paint.

3. Applied decals and clear stickers.

4. Applied battle damage using multiple burnt toothpicks.

5. Applied weathering using Copper, Black, Flat Platinum acrylic paints.

6. Top coated with Bosny Flat/Dull Clear.

The primary pilot of Strike Rouge is the Princess of Orb Cagalli Yula Athha. It was built using spare parts from the original Aile Strike and is also equipped with a Strike Pack (Ootori). She is also equipped with Phase Shift armor that makes its armor look red and pink in its active state. (Gundam Wikia)

Let us first take a closer look at the individual parts: (Caution! This post is photo heavy! Might take time to load all photos.)

Body Unit:

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Some pieces were missed out in this photo though.

My advice to those who are going to get this kit is to be careful of the front armor as you can see in the above photo on the lower left corner. That part has a thin connection with the middle portion of the armor such that if you held the piece with enough pressure, you’ll break it, and I almost did. XD

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The front part can be opened to reveal the pilot in the cockpit as most MG has this feature. I will show this in the later photos.

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The thrusters on his lower back can be moved a little bit.

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Nice simple construction, nothing too fancy for an MG.

Head Unit:

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I painted the “Igelstellung”  75mm multi-barrel Anti Air CIWS with a bit of Gold Leaf.

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Left and Right Arm:

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I miss the old MG hands with individual fingers parts with a peg on the palm, though weapons are more stable to handle using these new MG hands but sometimes they are a hassle to change since not one hand configuration is compatible with all weapons. If you want his fingers spread out for a certain pose, you need to change the hand part.

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I painted the elbow joint with a bit of Gold Lead, Chrome Silver and Copper.

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Some of the details of the shoulders I painted using Flat Platinum.

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This is the left arm with the shield attached.

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This is the right arm that will be holding the beam rifle.

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57mm High-energy Beam Rifle:

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This beam rifle can easily destroy a Ginn with one shot. (Gundam Wikia)

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Painted some of the details with Copper, Gold Leaf and Flat Platinum.

Putting together what we have so far:

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Here’s what she looks like with her cockpit open, the pilot can be seen inside of the cockpit.

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Head articulation:

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Shoulder and arm articulation:

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Waist Unit:

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Armor Schneider Combat Knife:

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They are housed inside the side skirts.

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These knives do not need power from the suit, it can be thrown, and their blades vibrate at high speed allowing them to pierce through most armor. (Gundam Wikia)

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Attaching the waist unit:

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Waist articulation:

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Left and Right Leg Units:

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Again, details are all hand painted using Flat aluminum, Copper and Gold Leaf.

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Pretty good leg articulation as expected from an MG kit.

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And now let’s have fun with some close-up photos and silly poses:

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“Everyday I’m shuffling..”

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“I wanted to do ballet.. “

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But wait! There’s more! The EW454F Ootori Striker:

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Lots of parts.

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Painted the missile tips with Gold Leaf and highlighted some panel lines with Chrome Silver.

The pack is equipped with a beam launcher, railgun, large anti-ship sword, missile launcher and several missiles that are mounted on the wings. (Gundam Wikia)

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The droptanks on the bottom wings contain a stealth support system that utilizes mirage colloid but not much detail is known. In addition, the Ootori Striker can transform into its fighter mode and function as an independent unit when it is separated from the Strike Rouge. (Gundam Wikia)

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Attaching the Ootori Striker on Strike Rouge:

Now she looks more intimidating.

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Pure awesomeness.

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Final shoot with Large Anti-Ship Sword:

You can never go wrong with a big ass sword:

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The Strike Rouge Ootori is equipped with a large anti-ship sword as its primary close combat weapon. It is a large physical sword that has a laser blade along the cutting edge. (Gundam Wikia)

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Man, It’s pretty obvious I had fun with this kit. This is one of the most enjoyed kits that I built!

To sum up as I always do,

What I like about this kit:

1. Color scheme. Love the feminine touch since the pilot is a female anyway. Yay to flower power!

2. Articulation is satisfying, waist unit does not hinder so much the leg articulation.

3. The Ootori Striker. Its awesome and has a lot of added armaments.

4. The kit contains a stand for the Ootori and the Strike Rouge.

5. Default panel lines are satisfying.

6. Decal count were more than what I expected since this is not a ver. Ka kit. And the decal designs are nice, lots of extra clear stickers too!

7. Not back heavy despite the Ootori’s size, he can stand and pose pretty stable even with its Ootori Striker installed. No problems in balancing.

Things I did not like about this kit:

1. Hmm.. Just the damn new MG hands I guess, I find it a hassle to change the hand parts every now and then just to be able to handle a different weapon or a different pose. But I guess the new MG hands makes weapons handling more stable than the old MG hands. Maybe if they could combine the old and the new MG hands, then I would be happier. 🙂

Thanks for reading! Till next post! 🙂

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MG 1/100 RX-78-2 Ver. Ka (painted build)

MG 1/100 RX-78-2 Ver. Ka.

RX-78-2, the White Mobile Suit! The ‘Father’ of all Gundams as some might describe. I’ve been wanting to get my hands on a RX-78 model and I chose Ver. Ka just because of the decals. Though this is an MG kit, it feels though as I am assembling an HG kit while putting together some parts, though some parts are well detailed as expected in MG kits. Continue reading “MG 1/100 RX-78-2 Ver. Ka (painted build)”

MG 1/100 RX-75 Guntank

MG 1/100 RX-75 Guntank

I present to you MG 1/100 RX-75 Guntank! I won this MG kit last year in a raffle during a Gunpla competition. I did not win the competition but I was lucky enough to be a raffle winner of an MG kit, it’s a better prize than winning the consolation prizes. I procrastinated at building him since I wanted to build more HG kits first before venturing into MGs. Now that he’s been in the box art-less box far too long, I decided it’s time to start building him and apply what I’ve learned from the past year in experimenting with my HG kits, and also with that, I’ll start building more MG kits. Though there are a lot of HG kits that I want to have and build.

I was quite excited when I started opening the plastic bags containing the runners, It has been a long while since I’ve built an original Bandai MG kit. The most recent original MG kit I’ve built was Rick-Dom. Let’s start with the review! First off some photos of the individual parts: Continue reading “MG 1/100 RX-75 Guntank”

MG 1/100 Sinanju (GaoGao/TT HongLi) (K.-O. kit)

DSC_0008Hello guys! At last, after hours of struggling and battling with low levels of enthusiasm, I have accomplished my first knock-off gunpla kit! Continue reading “MG 1/100 Sinanju (GaoGao/TT HongLi) (K.-O. kit)”

MG 1/100 MS-09R Rick Dom

Rick Dom! I’ve always wanted these mass production mobile suits, I don’t know why, maybe I just like one-eyed antagonist mobile suits? like Zaku II? or maybe just to have an “other than the usual gundam” type model.. 😀

He’s a part of my New Year loot this January! He’s a really an old model as you will see in the next series of images.

Continue reading “MG 1/100 MS-09R Rick Dom”