This week is Obon in Japan and that means most everyone has almost the full week off. Some people are luckier than others and get more days but in this work-crazy country I’ll take what I can get! This year, for the first time in a long time, I have no plans for the holiday period and that’s a good thing! It will give me time to build Gunpla! I’ve been building quite a few HGs lately, thanks to many people voicing their desire to see more of them, and also have started dabbling around with paint again using the RG Exia as a test piece. I posted a pic on Facebook of my progress there. The testing isn’t about what colours to use (though the colours I chose for the Exia look great so far) but rather where I can paint. I moved several months ago and the area I used for painting is no longer available to me. My new place is smaller and closer to the houses beside me (I can hear everything…) so I think spraying lacquer paint into the air hoping to hit plastic might not be the best idea if I want to stay friendly with the neighbours and continue living there. Instead I’ve been painting at work, which is working well, and I hope to get back to serious painting and finish my Sazabi. I really want to finish that but there’s one more modification I really want to try before applying the paint.
So aside from finishing my painted RG Exia what else will I do with my time? Well, I have some choices. I have several kits sitting in my closet (which is so nicely organised, by the way, because I just moved in. Give it time and it will be a mess again) and I think now’s a good time to get back to those. I am thinking it’s time I sit down and become (re)acquainted with the MG V Dash Gundam Ver. Ka.
Haven’t I built this before? Well, not quite. I did build the original MG Victory Gundam Ver.Ka as part of a joint project with ASM (man, that was a long time ago) but I was mostly focused on the colour scheme and the final duo galleries that I didn’t do things like a proper review. I just remember the Victory MG was a great build but was that because it’s a great kit or because it’s a great kit built as part of a great project? I wanna build it again. It looks gooood!
If I decide not to start on the V Dash I have other options, mainly the MG Force Impulse Gundam.
It’s so similar to one of my favourite MG of all time that I know it will be a great way to spend the holidays and since the Sword Impulse went to stay with a good fan/friend I kind of miss having an Impulse around the house.
If that doesn’t butter my holiday bread I have another MG that still needs to be assembled. This one is the MG OO Gundam Seven Sword /G.
Between this version and the 00 Raiser I prefer the Raiser but this guy does have something the Raiser doesn’t.
The idea with these kits is that I do an OOB build, perhaps adding colour with gundam marker (haven’t used those things since before the move. Have they dried up?) and panel lines and markings all in one week’s time. Whichever I choose will be assembled, documented, and reviewed.
There are other kits I may consider getting to if time permits such as the HGUC Zeta Plus (Unicorn Ver.) which needs a review and I still plan on doing something with both of the RG GP01 kits. The plan with these is to do one of the OOB with markings and panel lines (was thinking the Zephyranthes) while the other gets custom paint done. I love both of those kits and hope to get back to them someday soon. And what better time than during the hottest days of summer when it’s hazardous to your health if you leave home. Air-conditioning and Gunpla will be my best friends for the next week.
What’s everyone else doing next week, Gunpla or otherwise?