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November 26, 2012, 7:57 AM
Decided to give this one it's own thread since there doesn't seem to be a way to modify thread titles.

The Qubeley is on hold for the moment for two reasons. Reason #1: My local hobby shop is completely sold out of Tamiya Pearl White, so I had to conserve what I have left for the project it was originally intended for, aka Reason #2. I'm a sucker for walking one-man arsenals, and the Ver.Ka H-Arms is still one of my favorite Gundam designs. I want this on my shelf built and painted like, ten years ago, so he's taking priority at the moment XD

So far I've managed to build the upper torso and completed 90% of the head. I can't wait for my Holiday to start this week so I can invest more time on this than I already have.


With exception of the inner-most framework and the top of the neck peg, all of that has been painted. And although he may never be seen clearly ever again, I went and detailed Trowa and the cockpit interior.


November 26, 2012, 8:47 AM
Progress as of the end of this weekend:

Head - Assembled and painted, awaiting panel lines and detailing
Torso - Assembled and painted, awaiting panel lines and detailing
Hips - Inner frame assembled and painted, still need to assemble and paint skirt plates
Legs - The legs themselves aressembled and painted, awaiting panel lines and detailing. The missile pods still need to be assembled
Arms - Shoulders are assembled and painted, only framework for arms are assembled
Backpack - Assembled and painted, awaiting panel lines and detailing
Beam Gatling - Assembled and primed, awaiting painting
Army Knife - Assembled and painted, awaiting panel lines and detailing
Shield - N/A


I'm also making some personal design tweaks to mine. While I was ecstatic to see the army knife return, the molded color choice makes it look too much like a shoe-horned optional component for me. Since I wanted mine to be have a permanent presence, I've gone ahead and repainted the mount so that it looks like it had always been a part of suit. I'm also changing the color of the hand plates red just to balance out the distribution of color a little more.

November 26, 2012, 1:18 PM
Looking really good man. Your work on the little Trowa figure is awesome.

November 27, 2012, 11:18 AM
Won't be able to work on this for a few days, so here's the latest in-prog:


Arm plates are assembled and painted now, and the elbow joints and joint covers have already been detailed (HOORAY for no panel lines! XD). Started on the hands, which are sporting the color swap I mentioned in my last post.

November 27, 2012, 5:11 PM
I completed this kit right around September. Yours is looking good. I also had some colors retconned.


November 27, 2012, 6:20 PM
Heavy arms is a fun build, yours is looking really good.

November 30, 2012, 9:53 AM
I was getting into a rut with clipping, sanding, and painting, so I decided to mess around with some other aspects of the build. The other day I had mentioned that I obtained a new paintbrush for detailing. Between that, moving my paint to squeeze bottles, and a panel line-making tutorial I found on Youtube, I think i've FINALLY got the hang of panel lines! Forgive the quality of the pics, my phone is not all that great for close-up shots.


Initially I was just going to panel line the white parts, but the results impressed me so much I decided to go all out. Of course, now I have to go and repaint a missile pod hatch because of really bad scratch I made with my scribe :\


Aside from messing with panel lines, I also re-painted the army knife, which I felt was too light of a shade of grey, not to mention I went a little overboard with the drybrushing ^^;;


November 30, 2012, 1:25 PM
Looking great man. Your panel lining really makes the details come out.

November 30, 2012, 5:36 PM
what panel liners do you use ?

Confessingly, I utilise 08/15 thin, permanent markers sold at every store :P

December 2, 2012, 9:15 PM
what panel liners do you use ?

Confessingly, I utilise 08/15 thin, permanent markers sold at every store :P

Hey, when it works, it works. At one point I was using Micron .005 pens for mine. The results were great, but I could never get the stuff to keep from rubbing off whenever I handled the models I applied it to.

For this though, I went and used an awl I had from a multi-tool set I own to further deepen the channels of the panel lines. Once that was done, I then went and used a 1:1 mixture of Modelmasters Acryl and water to thin it out enough so that it would run when applied to the grooves. For the white areas, it's mostly been Gunship Grey, for red and grey areas, it's been Flat Black, and finally, for the orange areas I'm using Insigna Red.

December 3, 2012, 6:00 PM
Workspace was getting a little bit messy, so I loaded up the ol' H-Arms to consilidate some space. You might be able to see the detailing on the now-complete left leg. Forgive the lousy pic, I was taking the photo at a different hour of the day and I actually had too much natural light coming into my kitchen, lol.


December 3, 2012, 6:13 PM
Looking pretty good so far. Photo is a bit blurry though so it's hard to make out some details. You're not finished panel-lining it yet, right? I see the left shoulder is still lacking the orange.

December 3, 2012, 6:42 PM
Oh yeah, definitely nowhere near done. I've pretty much got the entire left side of the gundam to panel line and drybrush, and thanks to my screw up with the hatches on the right shoulder, I pretty much have to go back and repaint all the hatches. The kit would've been a lot further along, but I kinda got distracted by getting my mitts on an airbrush :3 I won't be using it for this kit, but I pretty much spent my entire weekend experimenting with another kit I was using as a guinea pig.

December 3, 2012, 7:17 PM
Ouch, sucks about the right shoulder. Good thing you're taking your time with it; with what you've already done, it's not worth the risk of rushing it. I know how it feels when you first get your hands on an airbrush. I believe a weekend is not enough for experimenting with it :).

I'm jealous of you and those who are able to spray indoors...

Can't wait to see your results when you use it on your next project.

December 3, 2012, 8:14 PM
oooooh that head looks FANTASTIC. Slightly jelly- I might go back in the future and panel line my kit!

December 3, 2012, 9:35 PM
Looking really great good sir. Sucks about the shoulder, but I'm sure you'll be able to get it fixed up.