Another backlog cleared, my favorite 3 GGeneration (BB戰士) sets that I bought decays ago, RX78-2 Gundam, RX77-2 GunCannon and RX75 Guntank. Although these sets are small, they do need quite a lot of work to make them look good. Back in the days, parents would buy these for their kids and just snap build them. I don’t want them to look like plastic blocks so I never snap build my GGeneration sets. Since these are small sets, they don’t take too much time even if I paint and panel line them. The most challenging part was sanding/filing, all of these plastic models were made very rough, mold lines and rough edges. But in the end, these 3 sets took about a little bit over a week to finish and I pretty happy with the results. I still have quite a log of GGeneration sets in my backlog, let’s see when I will start the other ones during this COVID pandemic. Stay home and stay safe everyone.
Tag: RX-78 2
Apr 19 2020
Mar 14 2020
Perfect Grade Gundam RX78-2, this plastic model kit was the GOD of all kits in the year 1998 when it first came out because of the skeleton frame. I bought mine in 1999 along with the custom sets 1&2 but of course, I didn’t really have that much patience to finish such a big plastic model at a young age. I did spray painted the major parts and didn’t really bother with the gray frame nor the parts that you don’t see after the whole Gundam is assembled.
The custom sets have been laying around for 2 decays, I finally decided to put them in good use. Last year around August, I started searching on Amazon and found the price of the Perfect Grade RX78-2 model kit was just $160, that’s basically the price I paid when I bought my first one 20 years ago. The decision was a no brainer and the shipment from Japan arrived about 3 weeks’ time. So the project started almost right away but on and off until now, the whole project took about 4 weeks in total (full time) including spray paint, hand paint, panel lines and etc. I am so pleased to say it is finally finished and to share the final result with the world.
Apr 16 2019
RX78-2, Zeta, Unicorn Gundam 03 Phenex and Great Mazinger Z
It was a very fun experience and brought back a lot of childhood memories. Initially, I bought the Zaku II when it first came out (which is not showing on this post because I haven’t found the right color of paints to paint it yet), then I bought the RX78-2 and Zeta (my favorites), and Unicorn Gundam 03 Phenex, Great Mazinger Z and Mazinger Z (which I haven’t built yet) a couple months later. Very simple fun kits that don’t need too much time to build but unless you are a perfectionist like me, took me quite a while to finish, all kits needed to be painted that is hehe.
The spray paint part was a pain or maybe I should have hand painted them instead… my eyes are not like I used to be 20 years ago so getting the spray painting done was kind of a challenge to me. Here is the break down of what I have done to these models.
- RX78-2: painted almost every part except the yellow (didn’t have the right color of yellow at the time and the original looks just right anyway) and added the SDCS Silhouette Booster (WHITE).
- Zeta: Painted everything including the wings, etc. and didn’t use the stickers that came with the kit because I didn’t want the outcome to be cheap toy looking
- Unicorn Gundam 03 Phenex: The color that came with the kit looks awful, had to paint everything to the right gold color. Never really painted almost the whole kit gold before and it was quite a challenge. (spraying too much paint in an area, you will end up messing up the gold finishing look).
- Great Mazinger Z: The most difficult to paint because of the shiny finish (This is why I still haven’t built my SDCS Mazinger Z)… The glossy paint I used melted the color paint on the model, had to remove the paint and try a few times to get the finishing just right.
Overall, these are fun to build and they are not expensive either. If you are getting the Gundam series fo SDCS, I strongly recommend the frame pack and the booster pack because they will give your SDCS models the ability to pose more freely. For the non-Gundam SDCS models, they already came with the extended frame booster so no add-on is needed.
Oct 20 2018
My eyes are not getting any better and I love building Gundam models, so I decided to start building from MG (Master Grade 1/100) and giving up all the HG (High Grade 1/144) or anything lower, mainly because that scale is just too small for my eyes.
Another Gundam RX78-2 creation, I tried my best to get a nearly perfect finish with the spray paints and panel linings. It wasn’t easy at first because I haven’t done this for so long (at least 20 years) but surprisingly I got it done in a week (without spray painting shadows). I have learned quite a bit from this experience, 1, you don’t need to use 100% plastic model paints because some canned spray paints from home depot will do fine (e.g. the final clear top coat), 2, never spray paint another layer unless it is totally dry, 3, rest your eyes if you feel tired.
With this box out of the way, so which one should I start next?
Oct 02 2018
My first ever 手辦模型 (Garage Kit Model) which I bought back in the year 2000. As all my friends know, I love Gundam models, when I bought it, my eyes went “blink blink” 😍 and it was the only RX78-2 model in that scale, the biggest one you could find back in those days was only 1/60 which was still way smaller.
Because of my buiding plastic models passion, I started digging out all my tools (spray paint brushes, pump, paints and etc.) and of course all my plastic models I bought over the last 20 years. I didn’t really remember what I had untill I started opening all the boxes, then I realized how crazy I was with the amount of plastic models I have and I even found doubles 🤪.
I decided to start with the GK model first because that’s the one only I have, then I realized there is soo much work to do since nothing actually fits, left side and right side are not evenly balanced and a lot of other problems… what a challenge. The whole process was brutal becaue of the scraping, remodeling, spray painting, soldering and etc. but I did it anyways… After days and days went by, I wanted to show the world my finished RX78-2 Gundam head GK model, but unfortunate to say, it would be my very last because of the time spent 😝.