Quikee: I finished the HG Revive Char’s Zaku 2

Welp, I gave the series a chance and now my wallet is crying. I also have my eyes on the RG Tallgeese EW Ver sooooo hurray to being in debt!

Anyway, with the release of the second Saber post, I decided to do a quick Quikee about the Zaku 2 I finished. I absolutely love this thing (except for its loose hands), and I love the character so dang much. The Zaku 2 is such an iconic look. One of the best designed Mobile Suits in the franchise. Compared to the Wing Zero and Unicorn, this kit is incredibly solid and articulation that I’ve never seen in a figure. It makes me question how a 20-dollar HG kit can have a wider range of articulation than the $35 Wreck-Gar and the somewhat $40 WFC Beast Wars Megatron? I can hold it in my hand and shake it like a mad man, and it doesn’t feel fragile at all.

I will say, I have not painted this kit, I barely got rid of the nubs, and my lighting isn’t the best. I’m so invested in finishing painting my Unicorn that it’s made the look of the Zaku 2 compromised. I’ll be sanding sometime, so don’t worry. I’m planning to paint it as if it’s pristine propaganda in a museum, rather than the war-torn realism I’m trying to accomplish with the Unicorn. Though this kit was designed to be animation accurate to the 0079 show, I’m gonna replace the redish-pink with pure red (maybe metallic or some kind of candy-toy look) to get that Origins look. Something that appears to have stayed in mint condition. Nothing wrong with the OG colors, but I rather have something that looks perfect for the “Red Comet.” For the first time, I’m gonna use decals which I’m excited for. If anyone has any suggestions for paint, leave them in comment and I’ll take a look.

With that, enjoy the gallery of pictures!

Hoped you enjoyed! Like I said, I’m planning to get the RG Tallgeese but I may get the Gouf Crimson first. The first one is because I love the Tallgeese in general, since its such a simple yet sophisticated Mobile Suit. But the second one is because I plan to make it my next painting project, since I wanna make it into the OG version from 8th MS Team. Come on, who doesn’t love Norris? Anyway, that’ll be the next gallery…soon. See you next time!

(Correction)

“Kamille is a man’s name!”

Make that the RG Gundam Mk-ii (AEUG Color). I actually watched and enjoyed Zeta Gundam, and have more personal attachment to the character. Seriously, watch Zeta Gundam. Not the compilation! Do not watch the compilation movies.

-Samuel Argueta

Quikee: SD Barbatos featuring Mandalorian and Knuckles

Just a gallery of the model kits I got this Christmas. Included is the SD Barbatos Gundam from Iron-Blooded Orphans and the miniature Razor Crest from the Mandalorian.

Admittedly, the face for the Barbatos needs work since I accidently put topcoat on some scruffs. I’ll be fixing it on my own time. Until then, enjoy:

And…that’s it. But, for the next model kit pictures before or after the painted Unicorn, I’m gonna free your soul from the weight of gravity.

“And three times faster than my usual schedule.”

-Samuel Argueta

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Quickee: My First Gunpla! HG Wing Gundam Zero

Doing another unscheduled quickee to showcase my first Gundam Gunpla! I got yesterday and spent the whole day building the High Grade Wing Gundam Zero. And I gotta say, the process was fun if a little stressful and the result was a beautiful figure.

“You think Jobby’s Gundam ghost will leave him to possess my home? I’ll happily take him.”

I watched Gundam 00 when I was young but I wouldn’t say I’m a huge Gundam nerd. I only got into making a gunpla after watching tid-bits of Gundam Unicorn and watching the “Char’s Counterattack” movie. I forgot how much I love the world and stories of Gundam, and how freakin dark it can get. I definitely say give the series a chance for its moral themes and robot fights. I’m gonna try to watch more Gundam on my own, most likely gonna start with Unicorn, and see if I lose my wallet to Gunpla.

Back to the figure, I definitely love the look of the thing. I didn’t do panel lining because I didn’t have the marker for it, excuse me for my noobish charm, but it still stands out with its colors and design. Nothing screams Gundam than the beautiful V headcrest. It poses pretty well, and all its accessiories makes for some stellar poses, but I hate the shoulders. I’ll admit, I left a stress mark on the right side of the body because I thought I messed up with the shoulder parts, but the struggle is an apparent universal one. So, that sucks.

It wasn’t bad when I first made it, but posing for this guy is a chore because the arms just love to pop off. I ended up scratching a lot of the rims of the connection point because the hinge digs deep into the body whenever you try to pop the arm back it. I gotta tell ya, these photos I’m gonna show you were hell just because of the arms. I regret man-handling it the way I did now because of that stress mark and the chipped connection, but it was 12 in the morning and I’m a stubborn bastard. Beautiful figure, amazing articulation, terrible shoulders. Enjoy the shots I made (I don’t have a good setup so excuse the poor backgrounds with these shots)

BTW: If you’re wondering why I don’t have it in bird mode, I don’t like the bird mode. It doesn’t look good and it’s a pain in the ass to hold together because of the arms. The wings on this figure make it difficult for the arms to stay and handling the bird mode always popped it out. Plus, the bird mode is basically a jet transformers: arms visible, thrusters totally the legs, and it looks good if you don’t look at the bottom.

-Samuel Argueta