Gunpla

Gouf Custom - Soviet Reprise Examined

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Where to start... I originally built this MG Gouf Custom way back in the day, pre 2002, and pre me learning to clip the pieces from the runners and sand down the nubs. It was a shame to let such a beautiful model collect dust in such a sad state.

I'm not sure which came first, the decal purchase or the idea for this guy. When I built my RX-78-4/5 I saw the nifty Soviet decals from Microscale. So, after finishing the other projects I was working on at the time, I got to work on this guy.

MG Sinanju Build Review

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Bandai's 1/100 Master Grade Sinanju was my first build of 2009*.

(I haven't proofed this article, so suck it)

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From a build quality this kid if fucking fantastic. Not only does it look great, but it's a big sucker, considerably taller than most MG Gundams. Much to my surprise this kit lacks pollycap joints. While I hated that on my Crossbone the mechanics here are great. The joints are innovative and make for lots of movement. The only issue here is that the shield can be a bit heavy (at least with the beam saber things attached) than the arm can support. If it's clipped on the forearm it has a tendency to pop off all to easily or slowly cause the arm to dip down.

This was one of the most frustrating models I've worked on. Not so much on part of the actual design or build quality but due to my own inexperience.

Char Aznable Action Base

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If you're as impatient as me you often brush things by in the store quickly, not often gathering all the details.

One such item for me was the Char Aznable theme's action base for 1/1444 & 1/100 scale kits. The bag art contains pictures of the stand covered with Zeonic & Char markings. For a while I thought, "that's nice, shame I don't have any of Char's Gunpla or it would be a good fit" moving on to the clear action bases instead. What use would a Char detailed stand for my RX-87-2?

Well, turns out the detail makings aren't actually the base at purchase, but they come as a sticker sheet with each base. Granted I notice now there's a small thing on the front pointing that out but the pictures give no indication. (There's no way in hell the marking in the photo are stickers)

Master Grade Rick Dias

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Some view the Rick Dias as being under appreciated, others I imagine hate it. Personally I think it's an awesome design and a worthy evolution of the Rick Dom family. Coincidently, it also makes up a damn fine model.

This was my first time using real Gundam markers, the Real Touch version to be specific. They work excelent and cleaned up very well.

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