Thursday, June 30, 2011

WIP Crossbone Gundam X1 Ver. Ka. Part 2

As continued from the last post, I proceeded with  the Crossbone Gundam X1 project. As I commented in the earlier post that there was an opening at the back of the torso for the core fighter to slot in. I took a photo to reinforce this point.

Rear view of the torso
It was 12am when I picked up from where I left last night. Therefore I think I could only do so much as I still got to go to work in the morning. Next up I worked on the head.

Foil sticker for the eyes

The head after some detailing done
I only managed to finish the frame of both arms before I decided to call it a night. The slow speed may be due to the fact that I have not touched a MG kit for quite some time. No worries there, will be getting the hang of it soon.

Frame of both arms
Before I wrap up this post, decided to share with you something which I got during the lunch hour. I came across a gashapon machine during lunch. I could not resist getting one of these after seeing it.

Gundam 00 Awakening of the trailblazer gashapons!
The gashapon figure comes with a small plastic pouch. The design on the pouch consists of a simple illustration and the name of the Mobile Suit he pilots in the movie special. So cute!

Out of the capsule

The pouch itself

Its Graham Aker! 

So cute!

Now after getting this, I am inclined to get the rest of them if luck permits. Kekeke...

Related posts:
Work in progress - MG Crossbone Gundam X1 Ver. Ka. Part 1

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Work in progress - MG Crossbone Gundam X1 Ver. Ka. Part 1

I finally embarked on my first MG project in two years (that's quite a long time...). Been wavering back and forth about which kit to start on. My mind was torn between the Gundam F91 and the Crossbone X1 Ver. Ka. In the end, I chose the X1 because I have not done a Ver. Ka. before.

Now on to the preliminary phase.

Box cover

Front/rear view

some details of the kit

The front of the manual

Overall view of the runners part A

Overall view of the runners part B

The anti-beam cape and the decals with the foil stickers

Further introduction of the kit in the manual

Quite impressive in terms of the info given although it is in Japanese

Starting on the torso

What is done so far

I only started on the torso so far. I forgot to the take photos of the rear view of it. there is actually a hole at the back for the core fighter to insert in. Will try to continue working on it tonight as I am now in the mood as I envision the completed version. XD

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Latest loot!

I have just dropped by Kuching, Sarawak, for the weekend. I decided to pay Heng Kim Workstation's shop over there. You know what happens when one Gunpla fanatic who is in a shopping mood drops in  a hobby shop full of Gunpla. Yeah, madness came over me I splurged on these model kits. This time bootlegs were the main target as the shop were full of them.

My Loot!

First one up is a mecha kit which is based on the Romance of the Three Kingdoms character, Guan Yu. This kit belong to the same mecha series as the Zhao Yun mecha which I did earlier. This kit is actually not mine. I bought it for a friend who commented to me that he wants one that is similar to my Zhao Yun. Since I was came across this, thus I bought it for him.

Box Cover

Other kits in the line up

Showing the straight build of the kit without any painting

While browsing the shop, I came across this. This is the first time I am seeing this line up of mode kits which also based on the Romance of the Three Kingdoms. I think the design is similar to the Sangokuden SD series. I bought 2 sets in all. The first one is based on Liu Bei, the ruler of Shu. From the box art itself, it looks downright impressive. But as you know, China based kits some times flatter to deceive especially when it is from TT Hongli. There is also a disclaimer that says actual product may vary from the box art. Anyway I do not mind taking the risk, since the box art alone already stolen my heart.

Box cover
Side box showing the front and rear view of the kit after painting

The swords looks impressive

The second of the TT Hongli kits I got, is the Red Hare of the Three Kingdoms. To complement Liu Bei, I had to get a horse for him. Only this was availabe. As the same with the earlier kit, the box art is impressive
Box Cover

Front / Rear view


Look, it can transform into a cannon!

The next kit I got is something which the online Gunla community is familar with. This kit has created a buzz online within the gunpla bloggers. It has caused us to look at bootleg gunplas in a different light with its better quality and has even invited opinions that its quality has surpasssed that of Bandai's. Yes everyone, I am officially part of the Hi-v Gundoom owners' club!
After reading so much from fellow bloggers' experience with the kit, I told myself I had to get this kit. Actually this was my main agenda in coming to this shop. Just the box alone is breathtaking. The front and back of the box shows two different box arts. The box itself is as big as a ZZ Gundam MG box.

Box Art 1

Box Art 2

In addition to model kits, I also spotted something which I was very interested in. It is an display box for model kits. It was made of acrylic and came with lighting. The price was reasonable, thus I bought it.

The display box

After setting it up

The size is quite big actually

After thinking about it for a while, I decided on which of my kits to put in the display box. In the end I chose two.  They are the 1/100 No Grade Gundam Astray Gold Frame Amatsu and the MG Hyaku Shiki. The Gold Frame Amtsu, I finished the kit way back last year. As for the MG Hyaku Shiki, I think I completed it about two years back. It was the last MG I did. Yeah, it's been a long time since I touched a MG kit.

Gundam Astray Gold Frame Amatsu

MG Hyaku Shiki
With this, still pondering on which MG to do next. Currently my heart is leaning towards Crossbone X1 Ver. Ka. at the moment. XD

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Work in progress - BB Senshi Sangokuden SD Souhi Gundam Part 3 (Final)

With the completion of the SD Souhi Gundam, I conclude the WIP with some photos taken with Kanu Gundam making a cameo appearance.

Double welding swords

The third sword possesed by Souhi Gundam

The two swords can be combined into a bigger weapon

Kanu Gundam makes an appearance

That is the end of the BB Senshi Sangokuden SD Souhi Gundam WIP. For the next project, I am seriously thinking  of doing a MG kit. I have not fixed a MG kit for over 2 years I think. I have been concentrating on Sangokuden kits and HG kits due to the huge backlog. My last MG kit  was the Hyaku Shiki shown as below (Will be doing a post of it in the future if the chance arises) .

If I were to start on a MG project, which of these currently in my back log shown below would you recommend me to build?

ZZ Gundam

Shining Gundam

F91 Gundam

Crossbone Gundam X-1 Ver. Ka. 

Hmmm.... What do you think?

Related posts:

Work in progress - BB Senshi Sangokuden SD Souhi Gundam Part 1

Work in progress - BB Senshi Sangokuden SD Souhi Gundam Part 2

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