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MG RX-78-2 Gundam Ver.3.0 [WIP: Head Unit Complete]

After the highs of attempting to replicate realism inherent in a Race Queen's facial features, my mood slowly leveled out as I worked on the Head Unit of the RX-78-2 Gundam. That's not to say I didn't enjoy the process of painting and putting the mecha's head together. I did. Besides it provides a welcome change of pace, forcing me to vary my usual approach to a project. Knowing myself, I'm

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MG RX-78-2 Gundam Ver.3.0 [Body Unit Completed, Body Unit Part 5 of 5]

As someone who prefers an orderliness to the build process, I had divided up assembly of the Body Unit into specific build sections i.e. the Inner Frame, Outer Panels, Ransel/Backpack and Head. Breaking up a larger body of work into smaller pieces not only made the build processes much more manageable but it also had an added advantage of invoking a greater sense of accomplishment. This is

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MG RX-78-2 Gundam Ver.3.0 [WIP: Neck & LED Light, Body Unit Part 4 of 5]

While the neck region was the easiest step of the entire RX-78-2 Gundam Body Unit to paint and assemble, it did however require the addition of an LED light unit which I hadn't attempted before. Fortunately, though, the Bandai LED Unit (Yellow) was a straightforward propriety lighting system that did not require any extensive knowledge of electrical wiring. Master Grade RX-78-2 Gundam Version

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MG RX-78-2 Gundam Ver.3.0 [WIP: Ransel/Backpack, Body Unit Part 3 of 5]

Initially I was confused as to what a ransel even was. A quick online check showed it's Dutch for a satchel or rectangular backpack. The Japanese equivalent is randoseru, a term that is borrowed from the Dutch ransel which itself is borrowed from the German word ränzel. That perhaps explains why the Japanese language assembly instructions refer to the gundam's 'backpack' as ransel. Anyway, that's

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MG RX-78-2 Gundam Ver.3.0 [WIP: Torso Outer Panels, Body Unit Part 2 of 5]

Attachment of the outer panels give us an inkling of the familiar form that is the RX-78-2 Gundam as it is arguably its most recognizable attribute apart from the head. That's done and dusted, and below are the work-in-progress photos leading up to the completion of the Torso Outer Panels.   Master Grade RX-78-2 Gundam Version 3.0 work-in-progress: Torso Outer Panels In addition to what

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MG RX-78-2 Gundam Ver.3.0 [WIP: Torso Inner Frame, Body Unit Part 1 of 5]

Work on Grandpa Gundam himself begins with the Torso Inner Frame of the Body Unit. Progress on the RX-78-2 is only moving along at a moderate pace due to the need to paint the individual parts before assembling them. But I expect things to speed up somewhat as I slowly get the hang of the unique paint/build process a Gundam model kit entails. Ironically I find this slow paint and build process to

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MG RX-78-2 Gundam Ver.3.0 [WIP Part 3 of 3 Core Fighter : Final Assembly & Panel Lining]

My first Gundam project began with a fair bit of trepidation at the need to paint a myriad of small parts separately before assembling them. That uneasy feeling has since dissipated as anticipation of the said task turned out to be worse than the actual experience. In fact I found it quite gratifying to paint the many tiny parts individually, before seeing them transform into a complete whole.

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MG RX-78-2 Gundam Ver.3.0 [WIP Part 2 of 3 Core Fighter : Detail Painting and Sticker Decals]

It has been quite a while since I painted figurines at a scale of 1/100 or less. My last effort dates back more than three years ago for a 1/144 scale project that has since been mothballed. Back then I painted the ensemble cast revolving around the Millennium Falcon (first Han and Chewie followed by the rest). from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. As you can see my painting skills at such scales

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MG RX-78-2 Gundam Ver.3.0 [WIP Part 1 of 3 Core Fighter : Priming and Painting Strategy]

By and large, each scale model kit genre requires its own painting strategy. Even within a particular genre - be it armored fighting vehicles, miniature figurines or mechas - an individual kit may call for an approach that differs from the norm of its peers. As with most Gundam kits, the RX-78-2 requires a multitude of parts to be painted separately before they're combined to build a specific

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Journey into the Mobile Suit Gundam Universe begins with the RX-78-2 and RX-0 Unicorn (MG) Gundams

This journey has been a long time coming. More than a year ago has swiftly passed me by since I first toyed with the idea of starting a Gundam project. Precious non-utilized hobby time gone in a blink of an eye. Linear time sucks. Oh what I wouldn't give for the power of a Q. Forgive me this reference to another beloved franchise. Let us set that universe aside and continue with this one. In a

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