Gaijin Gunpla

I’m back! Did you miss me?

Yes, it was Obon last week which when translated into english means ‘everyone-quickly-jam-yourself-into-the-nearest-method-of-transportation-and-go-see-family’. While for most everyone here that involves booking an expensive airplane ticket, or riding on a 200% capacity filled Bullet Train, or heading out in your car onto the highway to sit in traffic for four hourse, but for me that means riding on a boat. I go every year so won’t detail too much about the destination, but if you’re interested you can read what I wrote last year.

Or, as we are in an ever increasingly digital world, you can check out Chichijima using Google Street View.

While the destination is amazing the journey is quite the opposite. Entirely uneventful. You are stuck on a boat for 25 hours. On the way there I have Mrs. Gai-Gun and Jr with me but they stay for three weeks which means that when my week of fun in the sun is over and work is about to begin again I have to take the return trip by myself. What should I do to kill time while I’m waiting for my day-long journey to end? Why not put all those stickers on that 3.0 Gundam? And why not panel line it while we’re at it. It’s not like I don’t have plenty of time.

I packed the 3.0 into a small plastic case along with a marker, some cotton swabs, and a pair of tweezers and before I departed I put a little pic up on facebook just to hint at what I would be doing while on vacation.

Shortly after the boat left port for the return journey I closed the curtain to my little bunk and turned on the overhead light. Measuring about 6 feet long there’s not much space to work with but it was tall enough to allow me to sit upright if I bent my head down, which just so happened to be where I needed to look while working on these plentiful panel lines.

My work (and living) space for the next 24 hours.

The tools.

And because there was no table I flipped my ipad over and used that.

I had loaded some movies onto the ipad but because I needed a flat surface I couldn’t watch while I worked. Luckily for me, haha, I had lots of time so I could watch the movies when I needed a break.

First step, mess up those panel lines.

I panel lined the entire kit first before moving to the stickers. Once all lines were drawn I then went over the pieces in the same order using my thumb to remove the excess. I find this works really well for the water based marker. Maybe even better than the cotton swab method.

To be sure I got all the little panel lines on the elbow/knees/ankles I took those parts off of the kit and did them separately.

It didn’t take all that long. In a way it was just a warm up for the bigger job; the stickers.

There are a lot of stickers on that sheet, many of which you won’t be using.

Like the RG stickers the fit of the stickers is really precise and allows you to put them down in perfect position if you’re careful. However, I was on a boat and by now well out to sea so when I was trying to put these very fine stickers in place the boat was swaying side to side and I found myself missing occasionally and having to work to get the sticker off and repositioned. In the end I was satisfied.


He looks mighty sexy even in that dim lighting. When I finished snapping pics of him I realized that he was too big to fit back into his plastic container so I had to cut him in half.

Knowing that the lighting in my little bunk on the boat wouldn’t be good enough to really show off the decaled kit I took it into work the first day back and snapped some images.




Ya, it looks awesome but allow me to show off more details.

Before I did any panel lining I actually made the decision to take all those gold stickers off. I don’t think they worked as well as Bandai had envisioned.

This actually worked out well because it allowed me to panel line those areas.

One of the best things about the 3.0 is that the multicolored armor actually provides a very good paneled effect meaning if you didn’t panel line this kit it would still look awesome. But you know what, when panel lined this thing is gorgeous.





And because I had so much time on my hands I went ahead and did the Core Fighter and all the weapons.



So how about a pose, big guy?

The new shoulders really allow the 3.0 to get some great poses.

So now that I’m back from vacation I’m back in Gunpla business. In fact, with no family for two weeks, I expect to be able ramp up production.

Categories: Builds, MG, RX-78-2 3.0

13 Responses so far.

  1. fury-s12 says:

    it certainly looks much better with all the decals and lining, well worth the lack of movies :s

  2. Mathai says:

    Welcome back Syd! Nice way to spend the time on the boat. I’ve found that you can also use a clean white eraser to remove excess ink after you’ve done the panel lines.

  3. Tony says:

    What will you be working on? Seems like you’ve built all of the recent releases. Are you finally going to finish some of the stuff you’ve had half done? How about a build/review of the good ol’ Wing Gundam? I feel like the Wing reviews need their title suit in the mix with them. They’re lonely. They talk to me sometimes… sorry, what?

    Welcome back lol.

    • syd says:

      Oh, Tony. I was so close. Some time back when I found myself without a project I actually built the MG Wing Zero Custom with the intent to put up a review. I’ve even got all the WIP pictures in a folder on my computer. However, just as I was getting around to taking picture for a review one new kit arrived, and then another, and then another. Bandai’s consistenly releasing awesome kits this last half year has really hurt my ability to get to my backlog.

      • Tony says:

        Do it! Now’s the time with the Proto Zero coming soon. Just saw some new pics of the prototype molded in color, and might have drooled on my laptop a bit. What did you think of the Wing Custom? Short answer will do for now lol. I just finished mine, and was torn on how I felt about it. It looks phenomenal, but was constantly wondering how fantastic it would be if it was a newer kit.

      • syd says:

        Ya, the Proto Zero just went up on hlj today. I think I thought what you thought about the Wing Custom. I think it looks great and I think the Wings go together really well considering it’s a few years old now. Maybe I will try to do a MG Wing Review Week when the Proto Zero hits and talk about all of them.

      • Tony says:

        I think a lot of us would really appreciate that. Gundam Wing was pretty much the gateway drug into anime/Gundam for a huge portion of the Western world, so it has a very special place in many of our hearts. Also, my wallet is mad now, because I can’t let it throw itself at the Proto Zero at the moment. Down boy!

      • Mike says:

        “Ya, the Proto Zero just went up on hlj today…”

        Yeah Bandai just keeps pushing out some greatly anticipated kits 😛 good times for us, not our wallets though haha.

  4. Johnny B says:

    Thanks for the personal build/travel story, Syd! I really enjoyed it! Your story is an example of what is great about gunpla building — you can build it as a very simple out of the box build, or a very detailed, painted and modified build. Gunpla kits allow you to build or detail the kit at whatever level you’re comfortable with. Or, as in your example, in whatever circumstances you find yourself! Can you imagine detailing any other kind of scale model in a bunk on a ship?!?!? I’d love to hear where others have found themselves building gunpla in unusual places.

  5. Ben says:

    Welcome back Syd, and great build on the 3.0!

    I have to admit to being a bit underwhelmed by the 3.0 to begin with, but with more builds completed it’s really growing on me. So another kit to add to the stash at some point, though I have an RG GP01 and MG Gelgoog 2.0 up first 🙂

  6. Michael says:

    Hi syd, I’ll also be taking v3.0 to a business trip to Dublin (it’s month long at the least). I’m panel-lining and painting some of the parts beforehand, and I’d like to paint the notorious copper-colored parts as well. However I don’t have the necessary spray paint, so I’m going to get that during the week. Could you tell me which color did you use on the v3.0 where you painted these knee/elbow parts? I’m thinking of getting either Tamiya’s PS14 or TS84.

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