February felt like a plamo barrage. Not only was I trying to get the Perfect Grade Strike Freedom assembled in preparations for filming, but I also go into the middle of the Macross Tornado Messiah (which I am liking very much, by the way). I did manage to finish a few projects which I’ll highlight in this post. As usual with the Work Table posts I’ll get you up to date on what I’ve been doing and throw a lot of hyperlinks your way so get those mouse fingers ready.
No longer on the Work Table
Yes, my participation in the building part of the Gundam Australia Forum ReZEL Group Build Project has come to a close but the thread is still going on as more people are hopping on board. If you’ve got a ReZEL, or a ReZEL Commander, why not join in?
If you want to follow my Iron Man ReZEL build from start to finish click here.
Also finished this month:
MG Sword Impulse
I love this kit! Even as an OOB build this thing is amazing. It now sits at the forefront of my Gunpla army on my desk at work and each time I see it that sense of joy arises. Even with only gundam marker panel lines and water-slides (and a flat top coat), it’s one sexy machine! To see more of the Sword Impulse (trust me, you do want to see more) here’s the WIP and the Gallery. Love it!
And also finished at the end of February, although the gallery hasn’t been done yet, is…
Like I did with the G Gundam I used some of my leftover MG Victory Ver. Ka decals (you want to click that link, trust me) on the Nobell to break up the solid colors and just plain old make it look better. You’ll have to check out the gallery once it’s up to see if I did succeed.
Three kits done in February.. that’s actually pretty good! But I’ve still got stuff on the go, so now let’s look at the projects that are currently On the Work Table.
This isn’t the most current photo of the build but it’s good enough for now. I’ve got the entire frame save the dragoons built and half the kit armored and I’ve also finished the rifle(s). It’s one sexy kit and I can now say to everyone that this kit will definitely be painted. I just can’t leave it as OOB. It’s a Perfect Grade so it must be perfect (well, as close as I can and choose to get to perfection anyway.) It’s going to be a long process and the customizing will start after we finish the last episode for Gunpla TV, but stay tuned for some PG SF S2 goodness.
Along with the PG I’ve got the MG-plus type Macross kit.
1/72 VF-25F Tornado Messiah Valkyrie Alto Custom
I’ve got two legs, something like a torso, and a head finished. I anticipate that I’ll have this thing built within the month but the decals may be a different story. So far it is great but I’ll have to wait until it’s completely assembled and I can play around with it before giving my final thoughts. You can follow my progress here.
Also (in a box) on the work table is a kit I just finished building, the
HG Extreme Gundam
It’s a good kit. Maybe not as Extreme as the name suggest but it’s good. I’ll have the second part of the build posted as well as a review up soon. I will be playing around with it and adding some mods but haven’t finalized my design for it. It will become one of those projects I fiddle around with while getting burned out on other projects.
Under the Work Table – Got it. Haven’t started.
Poor RG Zaku. It looks like you’ve been pushed aside again. To be honest, though, working on a Macross kit and Perfect Grade kit simultaneously requires a lot of attention and to start a Real Grade at the same time may stretch me past my limits. Don’t worry. Your time will come.
And now I can announce the winner of The Poll! Garnering just over 50% of the votes is the:
MG RX-178 Mk-II Barzam Conversion
Once the Macross kit is done I’ll be starting the building on this guy. I’ve never done a conversion kit before so I know I will need some time to carefully go over the process. Thanks to everyone who voted! I’ll try to do you proud.
Coming to the Work Table – Things I want!
What else will be making an appearance on my Work Table. Well, there’s not a lot in the way of kits I want to build. I was tempted by the MG Deathscythe Hell but truth be told, I already built the Deathscythe and while I think the kit looks great the build wasn’t as stellar as I had expected. That said I did enjoy the Wing a lot so I have high hopes for the upcoming MG Wing Gundam EW Version so I’ll be looking at that. I was also intrigued by what I saw of the 1/35 U.C. Hard Graph Core Fighter so don’t be surprised if that ends up here.
One kit that is definitely going to be in my sweaty hands the day it arrives is the Real Grade Aile Strike. The prototype pics that are appearing in the hobby magazines here look amazing and if this guy is anything like the two RGs before it then I cannot not have it.
How about you?