Posts tagged: Mobile Suit
RGM-96X Jesta: E.F.S.F. Special Operations Mobile Suit. Master Grade, 1/100 scale. This mobile suit was featured in the Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn OVAs.
Deja vu anyone? Yes, another Jesta post. As you can probably tell, I really like this mobile suit. It doesn’t look flashy, but it can get the job done. The military look and the rifle design are just fantastic. This is the second Master Grade I’ve ever made, the first being the Shin Musha in 2010. I stick to the HGUCs since they’ve got more selection, lower price-point, and they take up less space (some do anyways). I had to make an exception for the Jesta of course. This kit was purchased off of AmiAmi, since R4L seems to be taking their sweet time with their MG Jesta pre-orders.
Kit was panel-lined, no top-coat. I took extra care in my nub removal and sanding on this one. I also opted for the red LED option, because why not? It’s my favorite grunt suit. As you can tell, the battery was starting to die near the end of the photo-shoot. My own fault, as I kept messing with it and admiring how cool it looked as I was building the thing.
Overall, this is a great kit. It’s got great articulation and details, just like its HGUC brother. Some features are the deployable Beam Saber in the left forearm, the removable E-Packs in the right forearm, and a weapon rack to hold the Beam Carbine on the back skirt. The hands are a new design that was introduced with the Nu Gundam (I got distracted for like an hour playing with the hands).The legs are deceptive, as they initially seem to only have a 90 degree bend. They can extend, thus allowing kneeling poses to be taken. The kit is molded in all the correct colors, which means I don’t have to paint anything (you can if that’s your thing), which means no OCD for me! Finally, the LED option is just icing on the cake.
For negatives, the part that connects the shield to the backpack can wear out easily, causing it to fall off. A little drop of superglue to replace the worn away nub that held the arm in place worked perfectly in fixing that. On the shield, the light blue parts that go around the missles seem a little snug. A huge stress line in the plastic formed when I assembled that piece, so I had to sand down the missle a little to reduce it (sanded part is hidden by the cover). Final negative is in the same place. Just like the HGUC, the light blue parts that go around the shield missles sometimes break from the gate on their own in the box. So unless you plan on using putty and painting it, you may have some ugly gate marks there.
That’s it for now! Enjoy the pics!
Bring on the MG Jesta Cannon, Bandai!
RGM 96-X Jesta Cannon: E.F.S.F. Special Operations Mobile Suit. High Grade Universal Century, 1/144 scale. This suit was featured in Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn’s 6th OVA.
A heavy assault variant of my favorite mobile suit, the RGM-96X Jesta. The Jesta was the first modern Gundam kit I bought (not including the MG Shin Musha that I bought in 2010). This suit is what started my craze, so of course I had to get the Cannon. The Jesta looks awesome enough, but then you add bigass guns and armor and it just gets better. The armor segments add a nice variety to the all dark colors of the Jesta. I just wish that the Tri-Stars team would actually DO something in the OVAs. You see them get a little action throughout, but I wanna see them in full combat, not just giving support on their Base Jabbers.
For this kit, I recycled a lot of parts from one of my old Jestas (I have 3, might as well save shelf-space). The only parts of from Jesta Cannon kit I actually built were the legs, shoulders, cannon assembly, front-skirts, beam rifle, and any other exclusively Cannon part. This saved me a lot of trouble when it came to painting. Parts painted are the Yellow V-fin on the crotch, shoulder verniers painted black and dark grey, filled in weapon barrels with black paint, grey details on the backpack. Stickers used were all the orange camera stickers (head & beam rifle). The head’s left targeting sensor used metallic green Gundam Marker, but my OCD and desire for consistency made me replace this with hand cut seals. This is not reflected in this pics, because it happened afterwards. Kit is panel-lined, no top-coat. There is top coat on the V-fin, back skirt-thrusters, and grey details on the backpack, just so I have better chance of the paint not chipping and driving me insane.
That’s it for now, enjoy the pics. Had to get this out now, because something special is arriving in the mail later today. I’m excited!
AMS-129 Geara Zulu [Angelo Sauper Use]: Neo Zeon Mass-Produced Mobile Suit. High Grade Universal Century, 1/144 scale.
Three Zulus built, 2 left. I have a second Guards type in the works and a Zee Zulu in my queue, but that won’t be started anytime soon. I noticed that this photoset is a little short on pics, mainly because Angelo’s suit is kind of limited in posing. Getting him to hold the Lange Bruno Gun Kai properly was a real pain. Ended up scratching a lot of paint off of his sleeves trying to position it. That caused me to have to retouch it a few times.
Just like the other Zulus, the chest, collars and sleeves were primed black, hand-painted white, then sealed with Mr. Super Clear. The rest of the decoration was just hand-painted white and panel lined. No top-coat aside from parts mentioned. Pink Gundam marker used for lens on the gun. Stickers used include the pink mono-eye, the Neo Zeon symbol on the shield, and the Guards symbol on the helmet.
Enjoy the pics. Might finally be posting a Federation suit soon.
AMS-129 Geara Zulu: Neo Zeon Mass-Productive Mobile Suit. High Grade Universal Century, 1/144 scale.
Yup, finally decided to build my Zulus. They’ve been on the back-burner for a long time now. I really was not looking forward to painting all the Sleeves designs. After experimenting numerous times with the Reverse-Wash technique, I just couldn’t get it to look good. All collars, chest pieces, and sleeves were cleaned and primed flat-black. Sleeves designs were hand-painted white and then sealed with Mr. Super Flat. Kit was panel lined, no top-coat (except for what I just mentioned). In addition to the Sleeves designs, all white on the suit is hand-painted. Stickers used were the mono-eye, weapon cameras, and the little shield on the helmet.
Expect more Zulu variants in the near future! The kit I pre-ordered is supposed to arrive next week, so there might be a Federation suit to break this Zeon marathon I’ve been having.
The rest of my pics. I told ya I didn’t take many.
As for my purchases, you can expect a post for them at a later date. Tsukihi has to wait in line behind others I have yet to post and the Rozen Zulu won’t be started anytime soon. Currently building 3 suits simultaneously and once the Jesta Cannon I pre-ordered arrives, it’s taking priority.
MS-18E Kämpfer: Principality of Zeon Assault Use Mobile Suit. High Grade Universal Century, 1/144 scale. This suit was featured in Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket. I will confess though, I had first seen this suit in third of the Gunpla Builders OVA. I thought it looked awesome and after some background research, I had to get it. I think the fact that it had Mobile Suit sized shotguns was the main reason.
My build process for this kit was a little different than usual. For the most part, the kit is panel-lined, but I actually did a lot of detail painting. I hand-painted the yellow and black on the top chest verniers, as well as the verniers on the crotch and rear. After failing several times with hand-painting, I ended up spraying the inside of the rear thrusters as well as the leg thrusters with white primer and Tamiya Camel Yellow (TS-19). After using a black enamel wash to get some details in, I sealed it with some Mr. Super Clear. Finally I sprayed the white stripe on the command antennae and shoulder spike with primer and Tamiya Pure White (TS-26). I never normally paint the inside of thrusters, but the Kämpfer really needed it. It would look pretty boring without the color contrast. Stickers used were the pink mono-eye and the Zeon Logo on the chest. I normally never put decals on, but I made an exception for the Kämpfer.
Well, that’s it for now. Expect a figma photoset next, as it’ll be some time before I have another gunpla ready. 2013 continues to be my year of the Zeon!
MS-09F Dom Tropen: Principality of Zeon Mass Produced Valiant-Type Mobile Suit. High Grade Universal Century, 1/144 scale. The Dom Tropen, a Dom designed to operate primarily in tropical and desert environments, was featured in Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory. It also makes an appearance in Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn as part of the Zeon Remnants on Earth.
Unicorn is what made me want to pick up this kit, especially this sand brown variant. The way the Doms sped across the battlefield, gliding around enemy fire always looked badass. Unfortunately, the bulky appearance of the suit makes more dynamic posing difficult.
As usual, this kit is panel-lined, no top-coat. For paint, black for the vents on the feet, red for the Scattering Beam Gun (not that you can see it or anything), and spray-painted the Heat Saber white. Only sticker used was the green foil mono-eye, but I think that was the only sticker included anyways.
If you couldn’t tell, I’m trying to make 2013 a Zeon heavy year.
MS-06F-2 Zaku II F2: Principality of Zeon Mass Produced Mobile Suit. High Grade Universal Century, 1/144 scale. This Zaku was featured in Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory.
I liked how this Zaku looked compared to the original HGUC Zakus, so I picked him up. It’s also my first Zaku, so there’s that. I actually completed this on January 6th, but decided to wait on posting it. I wanted to finish 3 kits before I started posting, but 2 will have to do, since the 3rd requires me to paint.
This kit was panel-lined, no top-coat. Only paint added was dark gray Gundam marker and black paint to leg thrusters/vents/things. Only sticker used was the pink mono-eye.
Enjoy the pics! Another one’s coming sooner than you think!
Odaiba GUNDAM HDR Time Lapse (by darwinfish105)
I really want to make a pilgrimage here…
Here it is! A kinda-sorta Zeon Mobile Suit. The RMS-108 Marasai: Neo Zeon Attack Use Mobile Suit. This thing has a really convoluted history. It was originally going to be the AEUG’s new suit, then the Titans got a hold of it, then the E.F.S.F. abandoned it after the Gryps conflict, then Neo Zeon and the Zeon remnants picked it up…
Anyways, I always thought it looked cool, but I just never really liked the Titans color scheme. The Zeon Remnant colors seemed more fitting. I really think that the 4th ova of Unicorn was my favorite because of all the old (grunt) suits that popped up and fought. Usual build, just panel-lining without top coat. Only stickers used were the mono-eye and rear camera. Sorry for the lack of action-base action. All I have is an Action-Base 1 which does not have a 6mm attachment. I should really buy an Action-Base 2.
I finally finished watching Gundam ZZ, so I can finally move on to Mobile Suit Gundam: Char’s Counterattack and Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory!
Hey hey! I’ve been busy with work and all of this fall’s latest games, so I haven’t really had time to do any building lately. However, I did want to get at least ONE gunpla made for the month of November, so here it is! The RGM-89De Jegan [ECOAS TYPE]: E.F.S.F. Special Operations Mobile Suit. Another E.F.S.F grunt suit, but a good looking one at that. I really like the military color scheme with the dark olive and desert tan. In terms of looks, to me, it is second only to the Jesta.
Standard build from me, only sticker used was the foil one for the rear head camera. Painted details consist of the extra sensors on the forehead, the white and black thruster details on the shoulder armor, the white thrusters on the sides of the legs, and V on the crotch. Panel-lined, no top coat.
Enjoy the pics! Maybe my next build will be a Zeon mobile suit, though all the “Sleeves” detailing always discourages me and I end up building another Feddie suit.