At the age of 15, I watched the anime Mobile Suit Gundam 00. Thus began my love and hobby for Gundam model kits. My original intent was to only purchase a single (random) kit and paint it to my colors. However, it became my expensive hobby. As of today, I’m turning 19, and so far I’ve only built two “Master Grade” kits. The MG “Zeta Plus C1,” which “fell” to its demise and this MG “Heavyarms”.
Last year my good friend Don wanted me to build/paint/customize a Gundam for him. So he purchased a MG “Heavyarms” and wanted me to change its colors to the Endless Waltz Movie version and add battle damage to the kit. After a year and spending over a 100$ on the tools/paint/etc, I finally finished the kit. It only took me about 4 months to finish the commission build, but honestly I was very lazy to work on it.
First, the battle damages on the kit were formed by using my hobby knife, a soldering gun, and a dremel tool. Unfortunately this step caused problems in the function/design of the kit. Pieces began to break on me, and the entire kit became permanently brittle/fragile. For example, the door-hinges for the mini-guns located in the chest completely broke off; so I had to replace them with metal wires instead.
Next, I added the signature double-barreled mini-guns by purchasing the 1/100 HG version of “Heavyarms Custom.”
I had to improvise on how to attach these guns on the MG version. In the end I cut the handles to fit the MG’s removable fingers. However, the kit still has problems in holding any weapons that require his fingers.
Then, I spray primed/painted the entire kit, piece by piece, into the EW movie version. The light-blue pieces located on the cock-pit and the crotched areas were all hand painted. The dull green stripes located on the shoulders/chest area were also hand painted. The weathering and battle-damage areas were also hand painted by using a combination of black and silver enamel paints. Finally, the entire kit was clear-coated with a clear lacquer gloss coat.
I’d like to thank Syd for his tutorials on Hobby Link TV/ Gaijin-Gunpla. Honestly, if it wasn’t for these tutorials, I wouldn’t be doing this hobby at all.