Gaijin Gunpla

I originally wanted this kit despite the fact that it is a majority re-print of ReZEL, or so I thought.
The Defenser unit was plentiful in its own ways, combined with the fact that it has been almost 2 years since the ReZEL and the Commander came out that I could justify the 6500 yen price. I don’t know what drew me to it, but I bought it.

Originally I had no particular paint scheme in mind for this kit so I wanted to paint it in original colors. As I was priming, I looked at the pieces and thought to myself: I really liked how this is turning out! Rather than painting it in the color I had in mind, I just primed the flesh-white pieces and picked Tamiya 08 Italian Red for the orange parts to make it stand out. I’m not sure if it was the best but I liked how it turned out.

I did some mask work for the b-unit’s cannon inside and the verniers in the wings. I liked how it turned out and made them look like vents.

The paints I used are: Tamiyas: 38 Gun Metal, 8 Italian Red, 42 Light Gun Metal
Mr. Color Spray: 74 Metallic Black, and 8 Silver

Next as I was panel lining, I messed up on one part. Then I realized that I never did any weathering/dirtying on a kit, ever. And one lesson in life I learned is to take risks and do not always live in security. So I used a Real Touch Marker to panel line as well as smudge it up. I never dirtied a kit before so I’m not sure how good this looks to the experienced people but I put my foot in the door! For a first time result, I loved how dirty it is. It’ll definitely make people wonder why that one is so dirty!


Bit about me
I returned to Gunpla in 2010 after Comic Con. In 2011, I was in Osaka and I enjoyed it much more after building a MG Char’s Z’gok with my homestay family’s reclusive son.
As I got more into it, I looked into painting. I opted out to be economical with spray cans and handbrush. Having found out about people like Syd and Enamelhands, I learned that you don’t need the best equipment to make a good result. The best result is the one you are satisfied with. Period.
I too, hope I will return with more kits. Currently, I’m working on a Sword/Launcher Strike MG. What’s on your work table? 😉

[Editor’s note: I found this kit difficult to work with when it came to taking pictures and posing, but having said that I really like what Brian’s done in this shot.]
God bless y’all

7 Responses so far.

  1. Michael says:

    I didn’t realize the beam saber handle was this huge – I haven’t yet checked the kit beyond looking through the runners and the manual.

  2. Josh says:

    Nice job! My current project is the Mg God Gundam. Just needing to settle on a paint scheme. Then MAYBE I will work on the Sinanju I’ve had for a year. Good work again, love that red!

    • Brian says:

      Thanks Josh! I have a MG Infinite Justice I painted with that red and I really like how it looks! Looking forward to doing Aegis with it too!

  3. Khir says:

    I have a Rezel Work in Progress as well 🙂 ! I chose a little bit more dark color.

    How could I share it? 🙂

    • syd says:

      Hi Khir,

      Hold on to that for right now. I’m currently restructuring my site a little bit to allow more people to post more of their own content. I’m aiming for themed contests. With prizes!

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