[Tony had mailed me about a project he was working on. As he wasn’t finished it was a bit of a teaser but I asked him to let me know when he finished and, well, now he has. Tony, tell everyone about your project.]
I got into Gunpla probably around 2000 or so, soon after Gundam Wing came to Toonami. I don’t know when or how I got my first kit, or even what suit it was, but I would get a kit for my birthday or Christmas every so often. I’ve built maybe 5 or 6 kits, all HG. I drifted away from the hobby about 4-5 years ago, towards the end of high school. Recently we swapped furniture in my room and I found my kits sitting under my bed. I looked through them and found a half built HG Deathscythe Hell Custom (Endless Waltz version, Fighting Action! – It has a switchable torso). I then realized that I’d bought the kit when I was in Okinawa on spring break for karate training back in high school (Also bought the MG Wing Gundam Ver.Ka, which I’ve never been brave enough to build). So, with a new workspace created by new furniture, I ventured back into Gunpla!
Now, onto the kit – I realized why I’d stopped: I lost the stickers! As a less patient teenager, this was a game ender – how could I build a kit without the stickers?! But now, as a 22 year old grown up, I knew what to do – improvise! So I decided to go simple with this kit: 2 tone, red accents on flat black, fitting colors for the menacing suit of the God of Death. I used pretty much whatever paints I still had, so I started out with a flat black Testor’s marker. When that ran out (its been sitting for years, after all), I bought another one… but accidentally got acrylic… When I got tired of how that was looking, I bought a can of flat black spray, and I’ll never go back to any other paint method. As I mentioned, I lost the stickers, so all the color on the face was hand painted using a Gundam Marker and some cheap fluorescent paint put on with a toothpick for the eyes and chin. I lost one of the wing tip cover pieces, and didn’t like how the red wing tips looked anyway, so I left those off.
This isn’t the prettiest kit, but I like the look of it, and it serves as a nice reminder that you don’t have to be an expert builder to make a kit your own, and to have fun making something unique. I’d like to thank Syd and Gaijin Gunpla, as well as Gundam Beginner, Goodguydan, and others for having such great sites and helpful technique reminders that helped me get back into the hobby. I already have 2 new kits waiting to go (one of which is a RX-79/Zaku II twofer!) and hope to do some more custom painting, including one in my college’s colors (Blue and Gold, Go Flashes!).