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December 24, 2012, 11:15 PM
I need a build thread. I have a gallery thread, but not a build thread. Thus, here it is.

Table of Contents

Anime Cells
Endless Waltz- Page 21 (http://www.gundamforums.com/showthread.php/11963-Jfl0-s-Build-Thread?p=67685&viewfull=1#post67685)

Pistol Rack (http://www.gundamforums.com/showthread.php/11963-Jfl0-s-Build-Thread?p=144499&viewfull=1#post144499)
Tiger Late Production 1/35 (Academy) (http://www.gundamforums.com/showthread.php/11963-Jfl0-s-Build-Thread?p=136877&viewfull=1#post136877)
Paint Booth (Custom Build!) (http://www.gundamforums.com/showthread.php/11963-Jfl0-s-Build-Thread?p=136877&viewfull=1#post136877)

[Post #009 (http://www.gundamforums.com/showthread.php/11963-Jfl0-s-Build-Thread?p=52601&viewfull=1#post52601) to Post #103 (http://www.gundamforums.com/showthread.php/11963-Jfl0-s-Build-Thread?p=59656&viewfull=1#post59656)] Epyon
[Post #105 ([Post #___ to Post #___] Epyon [Bandai Master Grade]) to Post #223 (http://www.gundamforums.com/showthread.php/11963-Jfl0-s-Build-Thread?p=68207&viewfull=1#post68207)] Wing Zero Custom [Bandai Master Grade]
[Post #248 (http://www.gundamforums.com/showthread.php/11963-Jfl0-s-Build-Thread?p=77908&viewfull=1#post77908) to Post # 296 (http://www.gundamforums.com/showthread.php/11963-Jfl0-s-Build-Thread?p=95161&viewfull=1#post95161)] Real Grade 1/144 MS-06F Zaku II
Perfect Grade RX-178 Gundam Mk. II (http://www.gundamforums.com/showthread.php/19132-Perfect-Grade-RX-178-Gundam-MKII-Titans-Colors)
[Post #297 (http://www.gundamforums.com/showthread.php/11963-Jfl0-s-Build-Thread?p=96253&viewfull=1#post96253) to Post #368 (http://www.gundamforums.com/showthread.php/11963-Jfl0-s-Build-Thread?p=101463&viewfull=1#post101463)] Real Grade RX-178-Gundam-MKII-Titans-Colors
[Post #435 (http://www.gundamforums.com/showthread.php/11963-Jfl0-s-Build-Thread?p=120524&viewfull=1#post120524) to Post #___] Master Grade Wing Zero Proto

Master Grade Wing Zero Proto- WIP 01 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BYTQi_1V69M&list=UU7RM32Jo5AQO_8DCVCcVhhA&feature=player_detailpage)

Future Prospective Kits

High Grade
Green Marasai

Real Grade
GP01 Full Burnern
Destiny Gundam
Aile Strike

Master Grade
Ball (Shark Mouth)
Gundam X
Tallgeese EW
RX-78-2 3.0

Perfect Grade
Zaku II
Strike Gundam

In The Bullpen (To Be Completed Next)
1/60 PG Gundam MK II
1/100 MG Sandrock
1/144 RG Gundam MK II (weathering and decals)

Priority List (Ordered by price per desire to yield maximum enjoyment and savings):

HyGogg HG
Zudah HG
Z'gok E HG
RGM-89De Jegan ECOAS Type HG
RMS-099 Rick Dias HG HG
Green Marasai Unicorn HG
Qubeley Mk II HG
AMS-129M Zee Zulu HG
Gouf Custom HG
AMS-129 Geara Zulu HG
God Gundam HG
Throne Zwei HG
GP01 Full Burnern RG
Aile Strike RG
Juaggu HG
RX-160S Byarlant Custom HG
Rozen Zulu HG
Ball (Shark Mouth) MG
The O HG
HG Zaku II and Big Gun (Thunderbolt) HG
#42 Gaplant HG
Gundam X MG
#73 Gaplant Hrairoo HG
Destiny Gundam RG
Jesta MG
Anksha HG
Tallgeese EW MG
Doven Wolf (Unicorn Ver.) HG
RX-78-2 3.0 MG
Buster Gundam MG
Acguy MG
Gelgog Jager #45 HG
Messala (Zeta Gundam) HG
Shenlong EW MG
Duel Gundam Assault Shroud MG
Gabthley #58 [ZZ Gundam] HG
Geara Doga MG
Gelgoog 2.0 MG
RX-93-2 Hi Nu MG
Sazabi ver. Ka MG
Aegis Gundam MG
Sinanju Stein Ver KA MG
Rezel-C (A &B Defenser Units) MG
Banshee (2012) MG
Nu Gundam Ver. Ka MG
The O MG
Zaku II PG
Strike Gundam PG
GP01 Full Burnern PG
Red Astray PG

December 24, 2012, 11:16 PM
Got my new 1/100 MG Epyon in today. I am expecting a Wing Zero Custom and Sandrock MG as well. I still need to finish the GM Custom, then we can really get to work adding primer and painting the Epyon. Like all my wing kits- anime colors (or close to it), little to no weathering, and no decals. I've snapped out the majority of the inner frame and assembled it. Those plates include G1, G2 and H1. I have yet to work on the frame to the backpack unit. I really wasn't a fan of the shoulder armor- it snaps apart way too easily, but this can be rectified by sanding the edges and mating them with glue just on that edge, so that the shoulders can still pivot for any kind of transformation (?). ETC= estimate to completion.

ETC: February 8th, 2013

New ETC: February 1, 2013

December 24, 2012, 11:52 PM
Love the Epyon. Can't wait to see yours.

December 25, 2012, 12:12 AM
As someone who's built this kit before, I'm also interested to see how yours will look. Hopefully you won't get frustrated with how the front skirts are, because they bug the hell out of me.

December 25, 2012, 12:36 AM
As someone who's built this kit before, I'm also interested to see how yours will look. Hopefully you won't get frustrated with how the front skirts are, because they bug the hell out of me.

Oh yes- the front skirts are annoying. I can forgive them if they stay in place and look good. I am going to try some new preshading techniques with this kit to see how it comes out.

December 25, 2012, 3:09 AM
Yeah, they keep popping out on mine and it's due to how they have very little space to move upwards, which is a result of the skirts being too near to the torso. Limits how much posing you can do, which is disappointing given how this just screams to be posed dynamically. I was thinking of gluing them on, but I'd rather have them pop out from time to time than suddenly breaking because I forgot they're glued in and the skirts get pushed up too much.

Let us know which pre-shading method you use. I'm thinking of trying the light primer/darker primer method and it would be nice to have a comparison with a different method.

December 25, 2012, 6:58 AM
With my master grade Wing Gundam, I laid down a basic layer of white primer then concentrated the second coat near the center of each part face.. It really helped to bring out the panel lines. I agree on the front skirts. They are on my kit firmly, and I'll just leave them there and not mess with them. This is my kit's inspiration. I am going to duplicate the black/purple combo vegeta8259 used, sans decals on the kit. That's just my preference. I may try the orange primer though for yellow parts. His Epyon is BOSS.

I want to complete this kit in a quicker fashion, but it is beyond me to not be careful with paint jobs. I am probably going to slug a couple of hours a day into this guy, and you'll be able to watch the ETC drop very quickly. Since this isn't a modification/custom job, all I need to do is a straight build and paint, but the amount of parts for a master grade and the detailing involved makes it a long process. Wing Gundam took about 40 days, and Heavyarms a lot less.

I love my airbrushed kits. I'll never go back to spray cans. When the kit is complete, I estimate the value, if I were to sell it on commission, to be about $345. Some might pay that, some might not- that's assuming labor costs at $5.89 an hour. I'd never sell this bad boy though. Ain't happening :p If a friend wants one they will buy a new kit. lol.


December 25, 2012, 1:47 PM
Any pictures?

December 31, 2012, 10:46 AM

*ahem*. It'll "never work?" still standing...


New ETC: January 24, 2013

December 31, 2012, 2:03 PM
Your work area is looking really great man. And you're making some good progress on the Epyon. You planning to do anything special with the inner frame?

December 31, 2012, 9:26 PM
I didn't intend to unfortunately. There is some stuff that could be done though. In the future, if I find a MG Wing kit for real cheap I'll do a build where it's half armor half frame, all detailed and buttoned up. heavyarms EW is cheap enough nowadays to go and do that. I picked up paint today and paid $23. I expected to pay $30, and in addition got a $5 off coupon. I could not find the purple I wanted to use for highlighting, so the navy blue will be painted flat black with a hint of the same red color.

Red= insignia red (adjusted to be darkened if necessary, it's very close)
Navy Blue= flat black (hint of insignia red for highlighting, unknown ratio)
Deathscythe Purplish Gray= neutral gray
Frame= Neutral Gray
Yellow= Insignia Yellow, Orange Primer
White = flat white

January 1, 2013, 1:58 AM
Just from those chosen colors I can already tell that this is going to look really good.

January 1, 2013, 3:19 AM
As I gain experience with new techniques I gain the audacity to try newer ones. I'm ready to try a little highlighting to see where it takes me. I'm afraid I would be tempted to go back and paint my old kits :p. If this works out really well, I'll paint my Wing Zero Custom and Sandrock Custom this way (Im taking a Sandrock kit and swapping colors). I am very happy Hobbytown USA lowered their paint prices from $3.99 to $3.69.

This beam sword... this thing has to be almost as tall as MG Heavyarms! I have the little Mileardo figure standing next to Heavyarms and it registers in the brain how huge these things really are (the human body is an excellent start for measuring the scale of things).

I would guestimate the ETC as January 24, 2013- but I know I will finish before then. I plan on doing some more work tomorrow. For some odd reason I am very thirsty right now... onto my second bottle of water. Oh, the lack of consequences! :p


All parts to Epyon have been filed and sanded. Every part will need final inspection and wet sanding, then a rinse off, and mounting to pegs, then we can begin the primering process.

I also started a little bit of work on Wing Zero. I am going to clean my shop up today and begin wet sanding all of Epyon's parts. The age of the Wing Zero kit definitely shows. I was disappointed when I found out the kit doesn't have a full inner frame. I am going to need to fill some seams, but this is only a big deal for someone who isn't a model builder. I wanted to do a detailing of the inner frame, but alas, it wasn't meant to be with this kit.

I would be tempted to build a 2.0.

January 5, 2013, 2:21 PM
I've been sick the past couple of days. Here is amusing proof (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQf-JkASxic&feature=player_profilepage) :p You guys got me. This frame is way too nice not to do some detailing. I want to finish sanding the frame and get some paint slapped on it, then I'll go to work detailing pins, bolts, nuts, etc.

January 7, 2013, 9:53 PM
1/7/2013 Update

I have had an upper respiratory tract infection, acute bronchitis and laryngitis for 6 days. My brain is currently sizzling at 103.2 degrees farenheight. I am going to shower and drink some liquids. Oh. model building. I worked a bit on the inner frame of Epyon and its good to go for a final washing (wash off debris), dry, then paint. i will be detailing the entire inner frame.

January 8, 2013, 8:51 AM

1) Washing and drying the parts. It is necessary to get debris off before painting.
2) I was concerned I would have to move my paints upstairs due to the cold temperatures. Well, the heater blows out excess heat into the shop, and I found that the paints were slightly lower than room temperature.
3) I keep track of time to see how long it takes me to build a kit.
4) The navy blue parts getting a block sand. Next I will smooth out the shaping with 600 grit sandpaper, wash the parts and get them ready for primer.
5) Parts laid out to dry. I want to speed up the process with a blow dryer. Be VERY careful when you do this, and keep your distance.

January 9, 2013, 1:24 AM
mmmmm I am having some airbrush problems again. The parts I painted look fine, but I didn't get the entire frame done.

A problem I was having was too much tip dry. Kept having to clean the brush, etc etc. After getting rid of tip dry, all of a sudden the paint begins to spatter. Then, it begins leaking out the top of the feed bottle. ***k. In addition, when I run water through the brush, it will not exit the brush properly. Turning the nozzle head ever so slightly loose will allow stuff to move out of the nozzle. Even then, water bubbles up between the threads and the airbrush body.

I don't know whats going on, and I am very tempted to just send it to badger and ask how much to repair it. Might as well get a new feed bottle too. Since this could take up to two weeks, expect a 14 day delay, or longer. That's what life is all about- delays.


I stand corrected. I hate the state of Illinois so much, but I am in love with it right now. Their repair facility is in Illinois.

*does a little dance*

Sheesh. If every company was like badger, it would be capitalistic utopia.

lololololololololololol. They are 53 minutes from my home. Oh the airbrush gods smile upon Jfl0.


January 17, 2013, 9:11 PM
zomg, the airbrush is back and like new.


January 17, 2013, 9:12 PM

January 18, 2013, 5:09 AM
Alright, got the primer and base coat done for the inner frame. Normally I spray the joints that will show through- but this is Epyon man. It needs inner frame detail and photo-shoot.

January 18, 2013, 8:53 AM
I'm dripping with anticipation here. I love the Epyon and will hopefully be able to do exactly what you're doing one day. I can't wait to your kit.

January 18, 2013, 11:51 AM
I am too- I was down for about a week because I was sick, then the airbrush needed to be sent in :p I am glad everything is going ok so far. I'm making sure to keep my brush really clean until I can get a cleaning station around the end of March. (Iwata airbrush cleaning station). Actually, now that I look at it- I could probably design my own. From my FB post:

Frame parts should be dry by now. Will assemble them and determine if a final touch up is necessary, then I'll work on the inner detailing and seal the colors in with a flat coat. Then I will begin painting the major armor parts. I think I'll start with the dark navy blue, primer them black and then mix a currently unknown ratio of black and insignia red of the same paint type and brand as the main color; making it a very dark version of what the red armor needs to be.

January 18, 2013, 12:42 PM
Just reading that makes me want to see it. It sounds awesome. And a lot similar to the idea I had for my next Banshee project.

January 18, 2013, 2:30 PM
Yeah, I couldn't find a purple at the store that I liked, so I decided to go with plan B on the insignia red plus black. When I finish the project I will disclose the ratio. An old roommate of mine was a model train painter. He always said "less is more", and I agree with him. I went with a conservative approach to the inner frame, but I think it came out really nice. It is VERY, VERY hard to paint perfectly round circles like that, so I did my best. +10 if you are asian (that's a COMPLIMENT. lol.)


You have to look really close, but on the leg joint the bolts are painted steel. That will be a nice touch when it shows through on the final product. I made sure to go back and really paint those bolts. They came out pretty much perfect. There are four more locations on the forearm that I also painted brass. The pictures may tell a different story- but up close you can't really tell if brass slightly spilled over or not. Most of it will be covered up anyways.

Testors Enamel Brass
Testors Enamel Steel

January 18, 2013, 8:14 PM
The inner-frame is looking good. can't wait for the rest.

January 18, 2013, 9:22 PM
Yeah. I'm going to do a little painting tonight. There are a TON of pieces to this kit, and it's going to be a while before everything is 100% complete. I'm going to start with the dark navy blue parts. They will be primered black, then I am going to take a ratio of insignia red + dark black and use that as the primary color there.

January 18, 2013, 11:31 PM
Inner frame is looking awesome man. Are you going to do any more to it?

January 18, 2013, 11:38 PM
Interesting choice for the frame. It'll be a nice contrast to the dark color you're planning for the armor! ^_^

January 19, 2013, 1:21 AM
Inner frame is looking awesome man. Are you going to do any more to it?

I'm on the fence about that. I'm sure I could do more- but it would require a lot of masking. I'll take a look and see if there is anything else I can do.

January 20, 2013, 4:32 AM
I washed Epyon's parts this evening. Specifically the red and navy blue parts. They are ready for paint either later this morning or later today. Should be fun.



^ music I'm listening to while building and painting

http://www.scalemodelguide.com/painting-weathering/weathering/paint-washes/ Washing Tutorial
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7T1jXTE_WI8 Weathering Tutorial from Henry

January 21, 2013, 7:40 AM
Plus or minus a couple of parts, there are around 75 dark navy blue parts. 25 of them have been mounted to sticks and we're ready to primer. I am going with a black primer, then for the main paint scheme a mixture of insignia red + black. I don't know what the ratio is at the moment and I'll make the call in the shop by eyeballing it.

If I really move, I could have wave one of three parts painted by the end of today, and at least primered the 2nd wave. That is my goal. Then tomorrow I will paint round 2 of parts and try to get to primering round three, or better. Then the entire mess with mounting and painting the red parts. There are a TON of them.

Then I will need to paint the remaining gray armor parts and the yellow parts. Then it's to final assembly and flat coat. I wear gloves during final assembly so I do not put fingerprints on the fresh coat of paint. So... by my math I will be completely done navy blue parts in three days; Thursday I want to get into painting the necessary red parts, and I am guessing all of that will take four days. Then misc time to paint the final colors, and that will take a day and a half.

Then I will need to do some final assembly and flat coat. After that... I'll think about the weathering process. Not sure what I want to do there as of yet.

So if I get moving, but concentrate- the kit may be done on the 29th of January. We'll see- I am going to write down the goals so that I know what needs to be done, and I won't stop working until it's done. I have the time.

January 26, 2013, 5:00 AM
I swear... I have had nothing but delay after delay. My airbrush needs needle lubricant- so I ordered that earlier this week and it should arrive any day now. I'm pondering exactly what else could go wrong. When I attempted to airbrush black, my needle was not retracting slightly, and no paint would come out. Period. My brush will run through thinner, water, alcohol, etc. The only way I can get paint to fly out of the brush is to increase the PSI above 20, and that's no good at all.

I'm beginning to get moderately annoyed with all of the delays. I have Hoppe's 9 gun oil, but I am NOT going to risk putting it in my airbrush, having it eat the O-ring seals and me having to send the brush back to badger. I will not take that risk. I think if I run into one more delay I am going to scream in frustration.

January 26, 2013, 7:52 AM
Jeeze man. You're not having any kind of luck at all with this build. But it happens to all of us. I've had all sorts of delays with my projects. Just hang in there and things will hopefully get better.

January 26, 2013, 8:35 AM
Jeeze man. You're not having any kind of luck at all with this build. But it happens to all of us. I've had all sorts of delays with my projects. Just hang in there and things will hopefully get better.

Nope :p I am in a better mood though. I am taking a class right now to finish my degree and the professor is kind enough to print out lab instructions before the lab. I read it and rewrote the schematic (checking it) so I can wire it faster. I also now know 3/4 what I am doing instead of not knowing (laughs). I love being pampered like this. Great guy. Just a few questions before lecture today and I am gold. Saturday is my "go in at 10:30am, leave at 5pm" class day. It's the only day of the week I have to go in.

January 26, 2013, 10:43 AM
Wow, well that's awesome. Except for my CAD classes in college never was able to get ahead in the other classes. What kind of degree are you shooting for man?

January 28, 2013, 2:13 AM
Mechanical Engineering, but I also specialize in manufacturing.

That lube better be in my mailbox tomorrow or I is not gonna be happy >.> I'm a little worried since amazon doesn't show it as an open order. I do recall placing it though, and TCP Global hasn't let me down so far.

I've been considering dabbling in basic diorama building. It would cost me $47 US to get started, and the base for a tank I want to build would cost $13 when finished, but I can't buy the stuff I need in small quantities- thus, I need to spend $47 initially to get started with celluclay, static grass, veneer, and what not.

I've got practically no money, so it isn't an option right now. I tire of not having money.

January 28, 2013, 9:12 AM
I'm going to try dry brushing Epyon when I get the airbrush back up and running (needs lubricant). In the mean time I am working on weathering my Panzer V as a guinea pig. I went over it with a wash to highlight the panel lines and bolts, and I just got finished painting the exhaust pipes rust. Definitely going to do that to the exhaust vents on the engines with some black soot.

edit- 3pm - This is beginning to turn into a nightmare. The airbrush lubricant I ordered has not shown up yet. Time to make a few phone calls. *sigh*. I ordered it on 1/22/2013 and it should rightly be here, but "7 business days" after the order date is up on 1/31/2013. Delays... delays... this is beginning to irritate me.

January 29, 2013, 1:14 AM
Sounds like one serious bit of modeling hell you have going on. Sounds like the numerous set backs I've had with my 00 Raiser and my Banshee kits. But you'll get through it. Just takes time and a lot, I mean, a TON of patience.

January 29, 2013, 9:51 AM
I am hoping it comes in today so I can start working on my kit again. I would really like to get this moving.

January 29, 2013, 11:06 AM
-beep- -beep- ing -beep- it son of a -beep- ing -beep- ing -beep- with -beep- -beep- ing ghandi in a mother-beep- ing handbasket. It was the feed cap air hole that was plugged, killing suction. Taken care of and the brush paints beautifully

January 29, 2013, 11:18 AM
Haha, at least it was a minor problem. Now you're in a much better place with the AB. Can't wait to see how far you get.

January 29, 2013, 2:01 PM
Sometimes it's just the simplest things. Now you can get back to work.

January 29, 2013, 3:08 PM
Alright- got the first round of black on the navy blue parts. I should really give them 12 hours to cure but I'm probably going to shorten the time to six hours. At that time I will mix the insignia red + flat black to get the ratio I want. Dunno what it is yet. I'll spray that (attempt a highlight) and let the parts dry a full 24 hours.

I also painted the gray parts and primered all yellow parts. I'll paint the yellow parts later tonight too with an enamel insignia yellow.

January 30, 2013, 6:25 AM
Things seem to get better after they've been worse, eh ? :p

Didn't get to painting yellow parts yesterday, but I'll work on them this morning. I'll check the paint on the gray parts and see if they need any additional paint. The black parts will need painting with that magical mix I have yet to determine. They should be done today, and the mix noted for future parts.

In addition, I am very pleased that litigation is imminent on the state of New York for their violation of the Constitution, and movement in Illinois to capitalize on overturning some unconstitutional laws with the 2nd Amendment. Very happy, and that happiness will extend into my work.

Pics upcoming later today. I know folks like to see :)

build schedule: Estimated day of completion for Epyon: February 6

Wed/30 R/B mix wave 1, paint yellow parts
Thurs/31 Prime red pts wave 1; paint red parts wave 1
Fri/1 Prime wave 2 blk pts, paint R/B wave 2
Sat/2 Prime wave 2 red pts, go to school, paint red pts wave 2
Sun/3 prime wave 3 blk pts, paint wave 3 blk pts. DO EVERYTHING BEFORE THE SUPER BOWL. Watch Super Bowl.
Mon/4 Prime wave 3 red pts, paint wave 3 red pts
Tues/5 Final assembly and photo shoot (wear nitrite gloves)
Wed/6 top coat entire painted surface
Thurs/7 fin



edit- 10am ET parts came out GORGEOUS. Ratio is 5 parts flat black to 3 parts Insignia Red. The mix I used was originally 4 parts flat black to 3 parts Insignia red, but the mix was too light for me. I added another part flat black and voila. It is a very, very dark maroonish color. Exactly what I was aiming for. It's not quite red, but not quite flat black, either. I love it!! The paint came out gorgeous and I was able to save the remainder in a spare jar. Speaking of spare jars... I need to acquire a few if I need to mix colors in the future.

January 30, 2013, 10:56 AM
Very thorough work you're doing so far and it just shows how much can be involved with painting a kit. And people wonder why we take pride in our finished paint job, haha.

January 30, 2013, 12:34 PM
It's the first time I've seriously tried mixing paint. It went off without a hitch. Same base type, same brand... no problem.

Testors, <3

edit- 3:00 ET I've mounted some of Epyon's armor and it looks fantastic. I'm going to get a head start later tonight by priming wave 1 of red parts. If I get around to it, paint round 1 of parts. With that done, it will be 12-24 hours before those are assembled as well. I purposefully chose parts in order of appearance in the instructions so I can assemble that way.

Im running out to get some things. I'll be back later with photos ;)

January 30, 2013, 2:55 PM
I seriously cannot wait to see how that color turns out.

January 30, 2013, 7:12 PM
Hey, I deliver :p










January 30, 2013, 7:14 PM





January 30, 2013, 7:15 PM



Seems like there is a scratch up on the head in the upper right corner of the eye. This isn't a beauty pageant (ok it is, but I'm not looking for any trophies) so I'll just leave it there. Hardly noticeable. Seems like that part needs to be pushed in a bit more. I didn't want to force it since the paint is still technically curing. I went out today and bought new lacquer semi-gloss. My old bottle is aging. I didn't get to the yellow parts as planned, but it won't take long to do tomorrow.

January 30, 2013, 10:03 PM
Man that looks awesome. Can't wait to see how the red turns out. Cute cat BTW.

January 31, 2013, 1:08 AM
Those black parts are indeed looking great. I see the slightly grainy texture on the parts. Glad to see that's not a sign that the paint job is messed up, haha.

As a fan of cats, I approve of your feline friend.

January 31, 2013, 4:49 AM
I actually prefer a slightly grainy texture- adds.... substance to the parts. It can be taken too far though. When you see it in front of you though it doesn't appear that way unless you square yourself up with it and look very, very closely- which is exactly what a camera does.

You should hear this cat when she fights with the alpha female of the house. She growls something fierce. But likes to plop up against me and purr. Sometimes lick my feet.

January 31, 2013, 9:42 AM
The grainy texture looks really cool. And you can get a hint of the red. I'm sure it's a lot better looking in person.

Haha, cats are crazy. I'll sometimes take our dog downstairs with me while modeling. He'll run around and tear into the random things that are laying on the floor. And sneeze all over the place if I happen to be spraying something while he's down there. It's really funny.

January 31, 2013, 11:56 AM
Yeah, I don't really mind grainy textures on paint jobs. Adds a bit of realism to the whole thing, unless you're aiming for a super smooth appearance. That's one thing about airbrushing that can take some time to get right: finding the right distance to spray so the paint isn't too grainy and then be consistent about it, haha.

My grandparents are huge cat fans and they preferred to let them live outdoors except during the winter, where they open up the basement for them. Our backyard looked like a killing field on certain days with mice and pigeon corpses strewn about all over. Funny thing how they lived peacefully with the backyard dog. There were times when I saw cats lying around his doghouse with the dog inside chilling.

February 1, 2013, 9:39 PM
primer came out real nice on the wave 1 red parts.

Insignia red is too bright for Epyon's scheme, so I primered in black and we'll see if that darkens the color to my liking. I did this instead of sitting there and mixing paint again. Bought an extra bottle of black just in case. Off in 30 mins to go and paint the actual red. Will update with results, and assembly tomorrow for sure.

February 1, 2013, 11:54 PM
I am NOT happy with the way the red turned out. It dried in an orange like tint and didn't mix well with the underlying black. However, on the test tank it did cure after 10 minutes to the type of red I want, just not at the consistency required. I will mix 1 part insignia red to 1 part flat black and see what we get in terms of consistency.

Airbrush is also spitting. Probably need to thin the paint a bit more, gonna find out why it's spitting out wet paint. Something isn't atomizing. I primered wave 1 of parts, and now that primer will have to come off. Black + 1Black&1RED does NOT equal 1black&1red.


February 1, 2013, 11:56 PM

The image of the heater firing above highlights the dangers of working in a shop next to a home heating system. No flammable liquids or enamels can be sprayed while that heater is engaged.


February 3, 2013, 7:19 AM
Woke up early this morning. Finished resanding wave 1 parts and I just washed them. Waiting for them to air dry before I remount and paint them.

It is a mistake that cost me 2.5 hours, but if you gotta do it right, you gotta do it right. According to the shop file, I have 15 hours of work left! I can definitely hammer that out in a couple of more days. I might end up going over the remaining 15 hours, but that is only because I have faced delay after delay with this project. I am glad it's picked up steam again.

The humidity has dropped six points from 90% to 84%. It is still high, but it is out of my red zone. I am going to have to constantly clean out the moisture trap so that I don't get any spitting. I'm also going to thin the paint a bit better this time and see if that breaks up the clumps (albeit wet) of paint, so they don't hang around the nozzle cover/needle exit.

February 3, 2013, 12:09 PM
Boy it would seem that this Epyon project is just not giving you any breaks at all.

February 3, 2013, 12:57 PM
Yeah, so many obstacles you're encountering with it. I know you want to finish it on time, but I say feel free to delay if you can't help it. Especially if the weather isn't on your side.

February 3, 2013, 1:56 PM
Yeah I agree with Dlinker. Some times you just have to take a break and walk away for awhile before frustration sets in.

February 3, 2013, 2:52 PM
Boy it would seem that this Epyon project is just not giving you any breaks at all.

nope :p But I am a tenacious bastard.

I found the PERFECT paint mixture. I tried 1 parts black to 1 parts red and got my magical blackish-maroon color for the OTHER parts. Instead of tossing that mix I put it in a container. I took 100 parts red to 7 parts black and got the EXACT plastic color, albeit a little darker ever so slightly. As I applied it I did have problems- more jams than spitting. At first I was not happy because the paint wasn't covering some of the remaining black primer, but after 10 mins I went back and saw a foot part I went over, and the black primer was covered. Guess I gotta let it sit to get results. I am happy with the color. Oh gosh, I'm HAPPY with the color. *laughs* As a last resort I was going to go out and buy an enamel red. I am painting an acrylic red. Water base plus high humidity = I hate you, painter! >_<

I tried an experiment by inking the bare plastic panel lines. I then put an acrylic over that and the panel lines showed through BEAUTIFULLY. I'll take a picture of an example the next time I am down there. I did clean my shop up of old boxes and what not so I have more space. I will do everything I can today before the superbowl, then that will garner 100% of my attention because I am from Baltimore originally, and the Ravens are my team.

NO CLUE how we sent Andrew Luck, Payton Manning and Tom Brady home. I can't... logically put into words how the hell that happened. I am glad it did.

Yeah I understand. I've been a day or two behind anyways and I won't rush it. I put too much into it to rush it and be three quarters satisfied. I want bad-assery! I won't rush it. I'll go at its pace, and it's pace has been picking up slightly. I'm gonna take one of the insignia red bottles I have and permanently darken the color. I will put a piece of tape with a note on top of it denoting that the paint has been modified. I call it... 'Epyon Red'.

Approximately 10 parts red to 1 part black. -Epyon Red

Approximately 5 parts black to 3 parts red. -Epyon black/maroon

February 3, 2013, 4:20 PM
Good to know that you've gotten the mixture down pact. Can't wait to see the parts and how they turned out.

February 4, 2013, 3:33 PM


Back to work on Epyon today after my lunch in about a half hour.

February 4, 2013, 6:29 PM
I think I found the threshold for spitting: 80% humidity. Below that it shouldn't spit. My airbrush and paint decided to cooperate this evening like I was the best user in the world. No tip dry (das frichen) and no jams. No spitting. It just applied. I didn't question it, and more importantly I am not pressing the issue. Any residual primer is beginning to disappear with layers. I could have kept the brush hovered over an area but I do not want to mess up a uniform paint application. I won't press the issue and a quick pass tomorrow will fix the parts needing a final touch up.

In six hours the parts that I did paint should be ready for soft handling and assembly. I expect the head unit to be ready to go. :) I am uploading pictures now 18:30 ET

February 4, 2013, 6:55 PM
I think I found the threshold for spitting: 80% humidity. Below that it shouldn't spit. My airbrush and paint decided to cooperate this evening like I was the best user in the world. No tip dry (das frichen) and no jams. No spitting. It just applied. I didn't question it, and more importantly I am not pressing the issue. Any residual primer is beginning to disappear with layers. I could have kept the brush hovered over an area but I do not want to mess up a uniform paint application. I won't press the issue and a quick pass tomorrow will fix the parts needing a final touch up.

In six hours the parts that I did paint should be ready for soft handling and assembly. I expect the head unit to be ready to go. :)


February 4, 2013, 6:58 PM

February 4, 2013, 7:05 PM
You're right, that's a pretty darn close match to the original red color. Good to see you got your issues with the AB spitting sorted out.

February 4, 2013, 9:29 PM
That's some great looking red there man. So can't wait to see this Epyon.

February 4, 2013, 10:44 PM
I'm anxious to see the finished product!

February 5, 2013, 12:29 AM
I'm anxious to see the finished product!

Without a doubt, this is my best looking kit to date. A final touch up got rid of any left over primer. It's about anime colors in my opinion, but obviously darker than the EW kit. The head unit is complete. It looks so awesome I am tempted to just not post crap to get people drooling ;)I need to find zee poly cap tree... where did I place it... Once that is found I can assemble the hands. From there I will finish wave 2 of both black and red parts, which should finish off the main body. The final round will be painting the entire backpack unit, which is a behemoth.

A few things need touchups yet. For example the back forearm armor was never painted on the inside, and the inside is visible from the front. Easy fix. Also, the inside of the ears need more paint, which is an easy fix. Some dust needs to be cleaned out of the chest jewel and all around the kit, but these are easy things. If the claw frame support shows through, those nubs and bare plastic will have to be taken care of. All no biggie.

I think it sorted itself out 0_0

February 5, 2013, 12:45 AM

February 5, 2013, 8:28 AM
This is looking down right awesome man. Makes me anxious to get a 2nd Epyon so I can do paint job on it as well. Are you planning on using the decals?

February 5, 2013, 9:18 AM
I do not decal my wing kits. But if I get a 2nd Epyon, maybe. I always save the decals I do not use from old kits in a spare box, and I have quite the managerie of decals I can apply. The next tank I build will have the number 47 on it. That's to commemorate the Ravens winning the super bowl :p

February 5, 2013, 10:56 AM
I have my Epyon, I didn't really do anything special with it. I plan on getting a 2nd Epyon so that I can paint the kit and apply all the decals to it. Then have my old one in MA mode while the new one stays in MS mode.

February 6, 2013, 3:21 PM
Didn't get any work done yesterday. Heading down now to apply a coat of primer to wave 2 black parts, then paint them a little later. If I am in the mood I'll primer wave 2 red parts as well.

Wave 2 black parts feature a couple of parts I didn't get to, the majority of which in the shield and heat rod. Wave 2 red parts finish out the legs and the pegs in the heat rod. I am also painting the blade handle today. The entire sword, tip to hilt, is almost as tall as Epyon itself. Ridicurous!

The overwhelming majority of wave 3 parts are the backpack/wing units.

February 6, 2013, 8:18 PM
>__________________________________________________ ______________________>

I tried painting the yellow parts tonight with an old enamel insignia yellow. The paint particles no longer adhere to the liquid in the jar, and I found that out the hard way. The second I sprayed it out my airbrush, it exploded everywhere (in a cone, not in the brush). One or two parts will need to be sanded and cleaned up. No big deal. But cleaning the airbrush was a royal pain.

I went out and picked up an acrylic insignia yellow (which I can actually darken), a dark blue and a flat white. All three will be used on Wing Zero, which we can now consider on deck.

Do not fear, friends! for Epyon will look SEXY AS HELL (pun intended) and well worth the effort

February 6, 2013, 10:10 PM
Awesome man. Glad that you're able to get it back on track. Simply judging from what we've seen so far, I'm sure it will look amazing.

February 7, 2013, 12:43 AM
I painted wave two black parts. Next I will primer/paint the red parts and let them dry. The yellow... applied but it is gonna take a couple of more coats. Yellow and White... PITA....

Yellow and White- pain in the a**

February 7, 2013, 2:04 PM
Did some assembly. Gonna apply more yellow today to parts needing it and I'll prime/paint wave 2 of red parts. Also need to go over the wrist back plates as the inside of that armor shows through to the front, and I want it to match the color of the paint job (the bare plastic shows).

After that it will be assembly of the heat rod, mounting of the shield, mounting of the beam sword (complete, HOLY CRAP!) and assembly of the legs.

Wave 3 will solely work on any remaining parts in addition to the backpack/wing unit.

February 8, 2013, 3:27 PM
I nearly had a heart attack today.

One of my cats, who I love unconditionally, thought it would be a great idea to climb my shelf to see outside. Wing Gundam, Heavyarms and Zaku Sniper all took falls of a couple of feet. My heart froze. I had to take everything off the shelves and examine the damage. Wing is fine, Zaku Sniper is fine, but Heavyarms is a little damaged. The left shoulder missile pod that flops vertically came off and will not reattach. CA will be required. I had to completely redo the gatling cannon fixture with sticky tack. In addition, his joints feel loose at the feet. Sticky tack should fix that. In addition, I plan on adding thin rubber sheets to the bottom of Heavyarms' feet and to the base for added stability.

He stands up ok at the moment, but I worry for the future that he will start toppling over on an unsecure base. That scares me. An additional measure I can take is drill a 1/16" hole behind the mounting hole and stick a rod coming up about 4 inches. If this rod gently rests behind the model's back skirts, it will prevent him from tipping backwards.

Just pre-emptive stuff. I am still very upset this all happened. As for the cats- they will not be allowed in my room unless supervised.

February 8, 2013, 3:41 PM

Wave 2 parts are ready for paint. I came upstairs for some lunch and a break.


Each link to the heat rod was gently pressed together, mounted, then painted. I wanted to make sure each parent and child part was kept together because if they are mixed up, there is a chance one half is not as uniform with the paint job, and I want to remain consistent.


Beam sword. It is slightly taller than Epyon itself, minus the wings.


Close up. The wire fits very loose into the hilt, so some electrical tape fixed that problem. You can see it on the finished model, but it isn't that big of a deal. I'm going for "make Jfl0 happy", not for a trophy.


I'll paint wave 2 tonight and get to work on the yellow parts again. They need a few more coats. Sheesh I hate yellow.

February 8, 2013, 4:19 PM
Sorry to hear about the feline situation. Good thing your HeavyArms didn't suffer too much, haha. Excellent progress so far and that red is looking nice as always. Here's to hoping that sword cable isn't going to give you fits later. It gave me fits so I left it off on mine.

February 8, 2013, 5:25 PM
Great looking progress on the Epyon. Everything is looking really great.

Sorry to hear about your cat causing your kits to take a leap of faith. Hopefully you can get everything fixed up.

February 8, 2013, 5:59 PM
Hopefully you can get everything fixed up.

It shouldn't be an issue. Just a minor annoyance. I've slowed down lately and I want to get back to working on my kits. My airbrush lube FINALLY showed up. It sat at the vendor for three weeks, I got notification yesterday they shipped it out, and it came today :p . I'm forgiving. It happens. It was on a $6 bottle of lube. I sanded up any remaining problem areas on wave 2 and I am heading down in a few minutes to paint.

edit - 2/8 7:27pm ET

Couldn't have asked for a better paint application tonight. It just... behaved... and... it.. it.. worked. One case of tip dry and it kept working.


February 8, 2013, 9:46 PM
Lighting may be slightly off, resulting in an odd color for the armor.


February 9, 2013, 9:08 PM
That looks so badass. I'm anxious to see it with the wings mounted.

February 9, 2013, 11:57 PM
So much awesome sauce. That Epyon looks amazing man.

February 10, 2013, 3:17 PM
I've seen better, but that's because modelers beyond my skill made them :x. Thanks for the great comments though- I really think it's badass too.

edit- F*&^! Heavyarms took a nose dive. No damage... but I am definitely getting some brass tubing and fixing this.

February 10, 2013, 5:36 PM
Well at least there was no damage from the fall.

February 12, 2013, 5:39 AM
Epyon will be officially DONE through the painting phase today, February 12, 2013. I will be assembling it later this evening, and getting stuff ready for a photo shoot. I didn't prep for mobile armor mode- sorry if that disappoints. I didn't plan on transforming Epyon to begin with.

I cut the brass tubing holding D-Hell up and got him down to foot contact on the base. He was my guinea pig and a shake test (a violent one) of a loose table in the basement confirmed that the new support system ain't going anywhere- and the model still looks sharp on the base. D-Hell has taken falls over the months and is in need of touchup repairs, all paint related. I am kinda irritated that I don't remem... gunmetal. ;)

I will fix everything on Heavyarms tomorrow, including a newly cut brass rod. I will record their lengths and in the future cut the same length plus 2 inches (abt 5cm), so that they can have a close to the base aerial mode that saves on shelf space and stress :p.

I may cut the brass rod down for Wing Gundam as well. I will need a new base for Epyon, Zero and Sandrock- so off to hobby lobby tomorrow. I might as well bring Epyon with me to show them.

The Yellow parts came out just fine. Insignia Yellow is a stark yellow that like a mix between Pacman yellow and McDonalds Golden Arch Yellow. I am satisfied with the result, but the mix would have looked OK with 4 parts yellow 1 part flat black. All white parts installed and painted. The claw hooks were painted over. They previously weren't and looked bad.

We just need a set of badass wings. Primer layer 1 on wave 3 black parts is finished. Tomorrow I mix and paint the main coat, then primer and paint the final remaining red parts. Let dry, soft assembly, cut a custom brass rod to fit to base, and gawk. Then get a photo-shoot ready to go.

February 12, 2013, 8:33 AM
Awesome news man. Can't wait to see Epyon all put together. Have you thought about making a walkthrough on how you do the brass rods as action bases?

February 12, 2013, 11:05 AM
Yeah, I'm interested to see what you did with those brass rods. Might save a bundle on buying the action bases, haha.

February 12, 2013, 3:58 PM
Have you thought about making a walkthrough on how you do the brass rods as action bases?

I believe I have mentioned them in the past but no, it didn't cross my mind. Now it does.

Yeah, I'm interested to see what you did with those brass rods. Might save a bundle on buying the action bases, haha.

Consider a write up with pics done. If you can cut a tube with a dremel and drill a hole into wood- ye good. What are action bases selling for, $6-7 a pop? Be warned though, my design won't give you near the flexibility of the originals, but they do look nice. I'm an engineer- if I get time this week I'll try and design a more articulate base out of brass.

February 12, 2013, 10:19 PM
The instruction booklet to Epyon is gone. This project is ON HOLD and not moving until I find it. I cannot assemble the wing without instructions.

edit- I found a backup copy online. Progress can resume. I am heading down now to finish the final coats of paint :)

February 12, 2013, 11:07 PM
Glad you were able to find a set online. Though I do hope that you're able to find the original.

February 13, 2013, 12:24 AM
Oh yeah. We're frosty Walker :) It will show up. I'm not too worried about it. It's in the house somewhere. Instead of a write up I am doing video media on my action bases. It's nicer... to hear a voice behind the poster.



February 13, 2013, 12:25 AM

February 13, 2013, 12:53 AM

February 13, 2013, 10:42 AM
Mmmm, that is one sexy looking Epyon you have there sir. It looks great.

February 13, 2013, 1:13 PM
Mmmm, that is one sexy looking Epyon you have there sir. It looks great.

Sir, it was worth the trouble of airbrush problems to the final result :D Pics incoming. Not the photo shoot pics. Those will be a bit more pro. Now, by some people's accounts this is an ok looking paint job. i think the end result, for my level of work is gorgeous. I simply cannot believe how far my progress has reached as a model builder since my great gunpla re-kick off of 2008.

HG Review



February 13, 2013, 1:18 PM

February 13, 2013, 1:25 PM
I'll reply to questions here, but photo shoot stuff will be sent over to this thread, as Epyon is no longer a work in progress. I will flat coat him once the weather hits above 60 degrees.

[Jfl0's Corner (Model's Inside!) (http://www.gundamforums.com/showthread.php/8055-Jfl0-s-Corner-%28Model-s-Inside!%29?p=59002&viewfull=1#post59002)]

February 14, 2013, 4:10 AM
(not my Wing Zero)



I would be a huge liar if I said I didn't love the Wing Zero Custom. This mobile suit made its debut in the OVA New Mobile Report Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz. This was a three episode animation that chronicled events one year after the conclusion of the war in the original Wing anime series. It may be my most favorite suit of all. I have many favorites, but there is something special about Katoki Hajime's design. It's beautiful- it's powerful, and I want to capture those feelings in a 1/100 scale MG Kit. I have wanted to build this thing ever since I saw it on screen.

This 2004 master grade kit presents many challenges that must be overcome. This is NOT a kit recommended for beginners or even intermediates. 2004 was a year when Bandai began experimenting with inner frames. If today's inner frames are 2.0, then this kit has a 1.0 frame. The arms do not have any inner frame at all, and what is here is limited.

Special precautions and measures must be taken to ensure a successful build. This kit is notorious for not being able to:

-hold its weapons
-back wing troubles
-disconnecting parts

Unique solutions are required. Sticky tack must be employed carefully around the buster rifle handles. Girth must be added to the wing pegs to add stability while maintaining the best possible degree of articulation. There are seam lines ALL OVER THE PLACE on the inner frame, that if to be painted properly must be sanded and filled. ABS makes a sturdier inner frame, but it can be a royal pain to work with (sanding) versus polystyrene (normal plastic).

I will undertake the build process carefully in order to ensure a tight fit. There are a lot of seam lines, and they are proving a challenge, even for me. Care and patience will ensure a fantastic result.

My Goals:
-Painted inner frame (not detailed)
-Detailed, panel lined exterior (conservative)
-Detailed twin buster rifles
-Bunker Buster shot
-Middle finger pose (not possible with 3 finger trigger split)
-Angelic box/ other poses on flying action base (brass rod/6" base)

As with all my wing kits, no decals. Sorry boys and girls.

Epyon's write up can be found here: I highly recommend the kit, even if you aren't going to paint it: http://tgwnetohh.blogspot.com/2013/02/1100-mg-epyon-writeupreview.html

February 14, 2013, 3:01 PM
...and I have a huge problem already.

A week or so ago I went to the hobby store to get some paint for Epyon and Zero. I took with me, in a baggy a part from Zero. The exact part is A15/A16. I am freaking out right now in a minor panic because I can't find it. My entire room, closet and shop is going to be stripped and packed until I find it/ I am very upset because I cannot finish the kit without this part and have it complete.

This will be an impossible challenge because my short term memory is utter crap (long term memory is good). I remember bringing it home and saying "don't lose this". I might want to give the shop a try just in case they saved it. If I cannot find this part we are gonna have a huge problem. The only way to get another is to:

a) deal with not having one
b) locate the part for sale on the internet
c) cast a new one

A is not acceptable. Bandai will not ship spare parts outside of Japan, and even if they did it would take 30 days to get here. B is going to be nearly impossible, and C will cost me money I do not have right now. C seems to be the easiest option if I cannot locate this part. If I don't find it, at least everything will be sorted and cleaned out in my quarters.

I am very upset.

February 14, 2013, 3:10 PM
I can imagine your frustration here man. The guy I contacted on eBay could possibly get you the parts at a reasonable price. He really came through for me with my 0 Raiser parts.

February 14, 2013, 3:14 PM
I can imagine your frustration here man. The guy I contacted on eBay could possibly get you the parts at a reasonable price. He really came through for me with my 0 Raiser parts.

Thanks for the support. I am going to clean up and around the room and see if I can find it. If not, I am probably going to go the casting route. I will keep you in mind though. I really appreciate the support. If I do have to cast it, it should be an easy cast. I can assemble the kit but he will be missing a side skirt.

edit- PART LOCATED. I was cleaning my room a week ago and I must have put the baggy in a container in my closet. It is here. :D :D :D :D :D :D

February 14, 2013, 3:57 PM
Glad to hear that you found the part man. Never a good feeling to have lost a part like that.

February 16, 2013, 4:08 AM
mmmmmmmm. I should really finish that GM Custom but this HG is calling after WZC.


February 16, 2013, 4:10 AM


February 16, 2013, 4:26 AM

Initially I liked what Henry did here to his Hygogg, but I want to apply a similar pattern to a different color scheme. I want a light blue as the standard, but perhaps a darker blue in place of the white lines.



Future Zaku Sniper Jungle Variant

February 16, 2013, 5:56 AM

February 16, 2013, 5:57 AM

After looking at the photos, I've made a couple of conclusions.

A) I am building and painting a Hy-Gogg.
B) The crab color paint scheme was hillarious.
C) I really like the blue, dark blue with a hint of manta ray black.
D) I want to splooge on this kit by adding detail like the one guy did!!! Oh why did I never consider this! x_x
-There's a first project for everything.
-Getting thin pla plate and getting down and dirty sounds fun.
E) This kit screams red LED for the eye. I will find a way.

February 16, 2013, 10:30 AM
That's a daunting task good sir. But one I'm sure you can pull off. I know I've always liked the look of the Hy-Gogg. So I'll be watching this build closely.

February 18, 2013, 7:00 AM
I still need to get the kit, but it will be next after Zero Custom, depending on when my check comes in and if I got to Sandrock by that point. I don't know if I will go all out crazy like the above photos, but I will think about what I want to do once the kit rests in my hands.

Finishing panel lining Wing Zero this morning. After that the parts are going to be fine sanded, which will take a bit. Before that happens, the seam lines on the inner frame must be taken care of, particularly where the wings mount. Seams are bad. It's becoming an annoyance/inconvenience, but good work takes hard work and patience.

I can already see that the pegs will get loose with the heavy wings easily. I am heading out later today and will procure more sticky tack. I am not sure where my old bar went.

After wet sanding in 400 I will go to 600. After that, everything is washed in soapy water, then we begin the painting process.

February 18, 2013, 7:42 AM
Might try and redo mine at some point. Would look nice in a grey colour. Seam lines are annoying though. Each of the grey bits have ones that go all round and a hassle since they're so small.

February 19, 2013, 2:39 PM
I've heard a lot of crap about Bandai 2004's Wing Zero Custom kit. Honestly, I really liked it. It's one of those love/hate things that drive you nuts. I decided to assemble the kit today (without painting) to detect any assumed seam lines. I was correct- the arms and the wings will need seam line work. Not much, but they will need them.

With an inner frame redesign and a few pieces changed here and there, this kit is actually worth being called a modern master grade. It isn't obviously- this kit is about a decade old.

I can see where the wings are going to become a problem. Sticky tack, ho!

D-Hell served as a guinea pig for my new security system. I simply took the brass rods I used before and cut them to length so that it went into the action base connector and through a hole to the bottom. I slid the rod through the bottom and taped off near where I needed to cut. I will be doing this to Heavyarms. The shake test is in an upcoming video.


February 19, 2013, 6:54 PM
I've neglected buying the Wing Zero Custom MG simply because of all the issues that I've read that it has. Frankly I'm waiting for a 2.0. On another note, those action bases are looking really awesome man.

February 19, 2013, 7:10 PM
Honestly just get the MG and then get those MG Hand upgrades that Bandai is dolling out. but thats just me lol

February 19, 2013, 11:12 PM
I have thought about doing that. However with the going rate that I buy Gunpla, they will probably release a 2.0 before I ever get around to actually getting the WZC.

February 20, 2013, 12:21 PM
Honestly just get the MG and then get those MG Hand upgrades that Bandai is dolling out. but thats just me lol

I am seriously considering it. I will shop around and look. I'd paint them white. I have been waiting for the 2.0 of this kit, and I couldn't wait any longer, so I bought the 2004 kit. I will likely buy the 2.0 too and maybe give this one away to a friend. It really isn't that bad- but it isn't up to date, either.

February 21, 2013, 4:15 AM
I'll never buy one because of my hatred towards it since the normal version deserves one more.

February 22, 2013, 7:14 AM
This is zero, assembled an unpainted. I had a feeling I was going to deal with surprise seam lines during final assembly and I was dead on. There's some seam line work that will need to be done, and some special painting steps for parts such as the wings, which all surfaces must be painted joined together at a seam line, meaning I can't put it on a bamboo stick and waltz away (no pun intended).

Lining was done on this kit to offer some shading of the recessed areas. I did this successfully on Epyon and should have no problems with WZC. I am going to pull a new play out of the book and try some shading as well. This will really bring the wings out.


February 22, 2013, 7:15 AM

February 22, 2013, 8:37 AM
Wing Zero is looking really good man. What are you plans for paint?

February 22, 2013, 10:24 AM
Wing Zero Custom, one of my favorites. I'm curious about the plans you have for it.

February 22, 2013, 4:23 PM
It might just be me, but in the 2nd to last photo. Is something wrong with it's face? It looks, uneven. Like the face plate isn't lined up with the V-Fin.

February 22, 2013, 8:58 PM
It might just be me, but in the 2nd to last photo. Is something wrong with it's face?

Good eye. I bet something is off with the polycap in there. I'll take a look at it. I'll make sure that is straight on the final assembly.

OVA colors with attempts at highlighting all parts. This will be done with painting a flat overall lighter color, then go around the edges with the normal color. If I had a DA airbrush I would invert the process and paint an overall normal color, then fill in the center with a slightly lighter color. I have yet to find the correct mixture of white to add.

base color: [guess] 5 parts X to 1 parts white
highlight color: X

February 22, 2013, 10:13 PM
I thought something looked off about it. I have OCD of symmetry. So I notice things like that. One reason why Zakus bug me.

February 22, 2013, 10:25 PM
I thought something looked off about it. I have OCD of symmetry. So I notice things like that. One reason why Zakus bug me.

I'm glad you noticed it. It probably would have went unchecked until someone said something.

February 22, 2013, 10:26 PM
You're welcome good sir.

February 24, 2013, 4:03 AM
It has been an absolute nightmare getting the router fixed. Didn't have internet access for much of the night.

With work setting in and a midterm coming up, work on WZC is going to slow down considerably. I've already started sanding the wings and I just added putty tonight to one of them. I must have gotten lucky with my last bottle of plastic weld- it melted seam lines perfectly. The new bottle leaves a valley. Go figure. That valley will have to be filled and sanded until I am happy with it.

There are a lot of ejector pin marks on the underside of the wings that will be visible. I am getting rid of those too. I would expect the kit to be finished around March 16-March 19. My birthday is on the 31st of March, so that's MG Tallgeese right there and a couple of other kits.

February 24, 2013, 11:37 AM
I hope you're able to get everything at work and your midterm straightened out man. Sounds like WZC is coming along nicely. And your plans sound really awesome as well.

February 24, 2013, 8:42 PM
Really like wing zero, can't wait to see what you do with it. The only thing that has stop me from getting this kit is the inside of the wings.

February 24, 2013, 11:39 PM
I actually like the mechanical detail, but the ejector pin marks need to go. Honestly I am having a hard time telling the difference between a modern MG and this MG on appearances alone. Sure some things could be different, but I am content with this kit. After seeing what they did to Tallgeese EW MG, it whets my appetite for a 2.0 zero custom.

February 25, 2013, 5:28 PM
Holy crap, I have a desk.


February 25, 2013, 6:15 PM
Thing of Beauty :p

February 25, 2013, 7:30 PM
Lookin good man.

February 28, 2013, 10:13 PM


March 1, 2013, 7:53 AM
U were saying ..?


March 2, 2013, 5:06 AM
Well I'm not heading into class today because I am sick. Head cold, severe congestion, fever, migraine, that sort of thing. I contracted it because my sister was sick and decided she could freely cough and sneeze into the air, spreading germs everywhere and making them airborne. She doesn't care and even told me "too bad". So I erm, cut her router access. "too bad!"

This is an opportunity to work on Zero today. I will do so and show the results. Probably will work on all of the wings, and then some fine sanding on other parts if I have the time. Other than that I have to work (I work from home) but it should be a productive day on the model building front.

March 2, 2013, 5:27 AM
Well I'm not heading into class today because I am sick. Head cold, severe congestion, fever, migraine, that sort of thing. I contracted it because my sister was sick and decided she could freely cough and sneeze into the air, spreading germs everywhere and making them airborne. She doesn't care and even told me "too bad". So I erm, cut her router access. "too bad!"

This is an opportunity to work on Zero today. I will do so and show the results. Probably will work on all of the wings, and then some fine sanding on other parts if I have the time. Other than that I have to work (I work from home) but it should be a productive day on the model building front.

Use a mask or else you'll most likely sneeze on your kit, lol

March 4, 2013, 9:09 PM
Bad mood all day, so I decided to have some me time with Wing Zero Custom. Creating puts me in a better mood. I tried a new technique tonight. Instead of using a toothpick and puddy, I used a painting glove to protect my finger pad, water and the puddy and smeared it on instead.

Much better results after sanding. Pics to follow.

March 5, 2013, 9:16 AM

I've been working on the back wings. They had a huge seam line running down them that needed to be corrected. I'll have to mask the connecting gray piece in order to paint the wing. I went in with a sharpie to highlight panel lined areas for further detail. The end result should look fantastic.


a close up of seam line removal, post 220 grit (not final)


This is a travel case for stuff like shaveables, tooth brush, paste, etc. I found it and it is made out of some nylon plastic that is flexible. I use it to lock my parts in (it has a zipper) and wash them.


March 5, 2013, 9:18 AM

March 5, 2013, 9:18 AM
Looks like you're making some pretty good progress man.

March 5, 2013, 9:25 AM
HEY HEY HEY. Seriously. If the sister gets a $700 IPAD for her b-day, I'd like this so I can start doing model reviews :p


March 5, 2013, 10:27 AM
Good job on the seamline removal. I can't see them at all in your pics. Is that snowy weather going to hinder you in any way?

Also, that camcorder looks nice and rather affordable.

March 5, 2013, 10:32 AM
Good job on the seamline removal. I can't see them at all in your pics. Is that snowy weather going to hinder you in any way?

Also, that camcorder looks nice and rather affordable.

Thank you! I think it came out nice. Again, I tried the smear technique rather than use a toothpick and it worked out well, and that is just post 220 grit!! 2) No it will not. We are prepared for the 12in of snow (31cm) and 30mph winds (48kph). 3) Indeed. That is why I chose it. I want to do some stuff with it.

March 5, 2013, 11:27 AM

March 5, 2013, 9:35 PM

March 5, 2013, 9:36 PM

I felt like working on my weathering skills today. I used my Panzer II model as a guinea pig. The kit is uber cheap, small and easy to work with. It was already painted, so I wanted to do some final details to make it look even better. I'm glad I bought those $2 foam brushes; they make excellent paint chips and rust marks.

It isn't done yet, but I will be finishing it up this week side by side Wing Zero Custom.

March 5, 2013, 11:45 PM
Looks pretty darn good to me man.

March 6, 2013, 1:37 AM
I agree, the weathering is realistic on this. Also, foam brushes? Why didn't I think of that earlier? To Amazon I must go :)

March 7, 2013, 6:45 AM
I agree, the weathering is realistic on this. Also, foam brushes? Why didn't I think of that earlier? To Amazon I must go :)

Window shopping at Hobby Lobby. Saw them for $2 bucks and thought I would give them a try! Thanks for the compliments on the weathering :) Like all thing, it will get better with time. More work on Zero Custom today boys and girls.

March 11, 2013, 5:42 PM
Finished sanding all white parts with 400 grit paper. Everything else needs to be sanded down with 400 grit paper. Then everything needs sanding with 600 grit paper. Then everything needs to be washed, dried, inspected then primered. I'd like to move on this project because by the end of March I am going to have around 4-5 additional projects in a que.

The head has a nasty seam line on top and in front of the V-fin. Took care of that and puddy'd the top of the head. Waiting for it all to dry so I can go sand it later. Also puddy'd any other stuff that needed it. Shoulder units had some bad seam lines which are now taken care of.

8:13 EST- finished sanding the rest of the parts with 400 grit. Assembling the weapons later because they will require a seam line fix.

March 14, 2013, 4:55 AM

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March 14, 2013, 4:59 AM
I tried some shading this morning and I think the results came out fantastic. I used a flat black and very lightly sprayed some on where the panel lines were as well as on the outside of shapes on the surface. It isn't as fine as I'd like it to be (small lines), but for a SA brush it is acceptable. I really like the way it came out. I then sprayed on a neutral gray. You can notice the tone color difference. Depending on how bad the white applies I may need to add another layer of shading, but I am highly suspicious that flat black versus flat white is NOT a fight I want to pick, so I may go with a subtle shading effect.

March 14, 2013, 10:28 AM
The wings are looking awesome man.

March 14, 2013, 12:08 PM
Shading looks nice, very diffused. Very interested to see how it looks when you put the white on.

March 14, 2013, 4:34 PM
I now dub the pair of you Dlink&Walker :p

Thanks for the comments. I am going to try painting white tonight and see how it goes. If I like it, every other part gets the same shading treatment. Should look fantastic.

March 14, 2013, 11:18 PM

March 14, 2013, 11:25 PM
It's a little too subtle for me, but with a SA brush and a 1st attempt I am not complaining. As a roommate once told me: sometimes being conservative is the best route.

I will be painting the rest of the kit with this technique. I had to paint the wing connectors on the two back wings, so I could not mask them off (risk ripping paint off) to paint the back wings tonight. They will look gorgeous when done. To me, anyways.

I've taken a new step in my model building hobby.

The tank is poor old stunt c**k. I use him to test paint application and flow before it touches my project. It has SAVED countless parts from a bad paint job. *laughs*

March 14, 2013, 11:48 PM
Yeah, I agree, the shading is too subtle. In some shots, it's very hard to see the shading. Of course, it might look different in person. But, at least it didn't do anything bad and that's always a good thing.

March 14, 2013, 11:55 PM
Yeah, I agree, the shading is too subtle. In some shots, it's very hard to see the shading. Of course, it might look different in person. But, at least it didn't do anything bad and that's always a good thing.

It's probably the camera Dlink. Either way I like how it turned out. Much better versus bare plastic.

March 15, 2013, 5:26 AM
In prep for the new camcorder coming on the 31st, I've retrofitted my blog and youtube channel. What do you folks think? I like the changes.



March 16, 2013, 5:17 AM
Put up some parts to be painted later today. I shaded then primed them. Messed up on one of the wing attachments- gonna go back and cover it again with the next wave of parts.

The rear wings sticking out the backpack came out beautiful. Next time I'm done there I'll take photos.

There are 107 parts/assemblies remaining to be primed and painted. I combine the primer and shading steps. If I double down I can have everything painted and primed within four days.

Then there is the matter of the buster rifles. That is another beast entirely. I broke off the barrel attachments... go figure. I need to head to the hobby store for some top coat, so I will see if they have tubing that will slide over the remainder of the barrels. I would use brass, but plastic by far is easier to sand flat. Then the rifles need to be detailed. And primed. and shaded. and painted.

Jeez I forgot what's there of the inner frame that will be exposed. I'll have to look over photos again but that won't take long at all to paint over the joints. The backpack connector to the wings will need to be painted. All exterior surfaces- should be a fun challenge.

Prime and paint remainder of assemblies- 4 days
Prime, paint, repair buster rifles- 1 day
Paint exposed joints- do during 1 day token
Final assembly- 1 day
Paint base- 1 day
Top coat- do after final assembly (with gloves) (allow to cure, dust free 24 hrs)


Estimated time to completion: 3/26/2013

March 17, 2013, 3:10 AM
Cosmic Background Radiation has chosen the build order after Wing Zero Custom.

1/35 Panzer III
1/144 HGUC Hy-Gogg
1/144 Shin Matsunaga Custom Zaku II
1/144 EMS-10 Zudah
1/100 MG Tallgeese
1/100 MG Sandrock

Sorry sandrock fans- he got pushed back >:|


March 18, 2013, 6:43 AM

March 18, 2013, 6:46 AM
There's that one spot I was talking about. I'm going to go over it with primer and see if that fixes it. If not I will have to re-sand the part with 600 grit paper and start the process all over again for that part. The shading on the wing is a little more noticeable in the first photo. I think they came out gorgeous. below are other parts with primer and shading before paint. 90% of those parts came out fine. Most of the rest of them need touch up work and I'll be OK with them.

I also managed to clean and rearrange my shop.

March 18, 2013, 10:22 AM
Progress is looking great man. The wings are looking really great.

March 18, 2013, 10:42 AM
Oh yeah, now I'm seeing the shading clearly. It does look nice and the diffused effect makes it look like a real shadow. I may just use that method on the next kit I paint.

March 18, 2013, 9:26 PM
I wish I had a DA airbrush or a finer needle ^_^. That way I could get the shading a bit more controlled, but I love the look too. Thanks for the compliments. More painting tonight. Nothing really photo worthy until I get to a big part or the buster rifles.

March 19, 2013, 8:51 AM
Moving along on Zero. Got the next batch of parts painted up. All passed. I am comparing them to the wing unit to make sure they all appear roughly the same tone. I messed one calf part up and it will need to be stripped, shaded and primered again. Won't take long. Then there's the issue of painting the arm units and masking of joints. That won't be fun.

March 20, 2013, 10:44 AM
Oh dear. I've had the front skirts on backwards on Epyon this entire time ._.


Also scanned the insert front to WZC.


March 20, 2013, 1:14 PM
Lol poor Epyon

March 22, 2013, 5:19 AM
Last bit of white parts shaded and primed. Group of parts fell and a seam line on the back of a forearm cracked. Had to reglue and it looks good enough that I won't have to use putty. The individual feathers for the wings will have to be numbered and primed/shaded individually. There are very specific feathers that go in very specific locations, and I don't want to end up mixing them up.

I'm at the end of the tunnel almost with Zero- I'll have to head out tomorrow and get new stock plastic for the barrels. I haven't even putty'd and sanded the buster rifles yet. Then they need cleaning up, shading, priming, painting, and detailing. Like I said- a whole other beast to finish the buster rifles.

Kit is looking good.

March 23, 2013, 9:41 AM

Gunpla stuff starts at 09:42. In the video description is a quick link. The future project is here. (http://www.hlj.com/product/BAN912816)

Shadowed some parts this morning. Heading back down to paint them up then I need to leave for class. Happy because I wired the circuit on paper and I already know what I am doing going into it.

The video is language safe.

March 23, 2013, 10:27 AM

March 23, 2013, 10:59 AM
In that one pic, I got the feeling your threatening the kit with the gun. lol. Paint is looking good man. Are you going to keep the blue, blue?

March 23, 2013, 11:45 AM
Myesss good, good.

March 23, 2013, 6:50 PM
Looks like you're finally going to be finished with the white parts. Any difficulty with painting them compared to the other parts? I always hear that white is a pain to paint.

March 23, 2013, 9:34 PM
Yes, I plan on retaining the original colors of Wing Zero Custom.

I just hid my carry piece [nothing in the chamber; in safe direction] there because I can't walk out of the house with it (big fight in the state of Illinois over that right now). Everyone, especially in my state feel completely split on the issue of gun ownership. Fortunately in the United States, we are offered that guarantee in the constitution for self-protection and for other reasons. Chicago also isn't the nicest area (I am outside of Cook County, where all of the problems are). The state feels it can take that right away, hence the big [legal] fight.

Usually I have problems painting white as it goes on too grainy. This batch of white has given me absolutely zero problems- it's applied like any other paint. It's a miracle too- this is an acrylic white. Usually I have to resort to enamel whites for more smooth paint flow. I blame the badger air brush lube for fixing all paint flow issues :D :D :D

I have had problems with white in the past though.

March 23, 2013, 9:38 PM
apparently I forgot one.


March 24, 2013, 4:30 AM
Some tip dry problems this morning. White seems to keep clogging up the airbrush. I finished what I could for now. I'm heading back down in a few moments to give the airbrush a really good deep clean before trying again. I primered some parts with neutral gray, and it sprayed no problem.

The head came out really nice though. The arm units... I'm going to have to figure out a way of masking off the joints without ripping the paint up. I think I'll gloss coat the joint areas, let them dry a day or two and then mask them, then paint the white I need to paint. I need to head out later today to the hobby store and find stock for the new buster rifle barrels. I'm very likely to finish the suit itself before the weapons.

March 24, 2013, 12:40 PM
I'm really interested to see how the Buster Rifles come out. Seems like you're giving them a five-star treatment, haha.

I've experienced that same predicament with joints before...not that fun to deal with, I must say.

March 24, 2013, 3:43 PM
Seems like you're giving them a five-star treatment

It's Wing Zero :p

March 25, 2013, 7:03 AM
Maybe if I ask my airbrush nicely this morning I won't get TD. *sigh*. I'll try again, but I was really frustrated yesterday because I only managed to paint 2 parts before the brush clogged. Yeah I keep my brush clean regularly, and I've already been through quite a few deep cleans.

Maybe I'll paint blue first so I feel like something is getting done, then try white again.

March 25, 2013, 11:02 AM
The tip dry started happening only recently, right? It didn't happen at all for the other white parts you already painted?

March 25, 2013, 2:00 PM
Correct. But two things:

1) Near the end of the bottle
2) Weather may have something to do with it

Blue parts painted with minimal TD. One instance of minor TD painting white parts. That's the last wave of white parts, and I have a couple to finish or spruce up. I felt like building today, so I snapped together my MG Sandrock and stopped short of doing the weapons shield and backpack. Fantastic kit that I will do a video review of pending my new camcorder. I recommend MG Heavyarms and MG Sandrock to beginners.


March 25, 2013, 2:12 PM
It looks a little chunky on the head, but it isn't that bad. It's near areas being covered up anyways. I thought I took better shots... sorry for any blurry ones. I'll use me mini-tripod next time. I am happy with the progress on this kit. I want it done by the end of the week; if I get lucky.


March 25, 2013, 2:23 PM

March 25, 2013, 4:10 PM
Wow, that Sandrock looks really nice for an Out-of-Box build. I might have to consider getting one, my MG Wing Gundam has been kind of loney since he's the only AU MG Gundam.

March 25, 2013, 5:04 PM
Wow, that Sandrock looks really nice for an Out-of-Box build. I might have to consider getting one, my MG Wing Gundam has been kind of loney since he's the only AU MG Gundam.

The nip marks leave a little to be desired, but for OOB it's a fantastic kit.

March 25, 2013, 5:33 PM
It sure is :)

March 25, 2013, 7:30 PM
I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who spreads out all the sprues on the floor when I build XD

SR is looking good! I'm going to get all MG Gundam Wing kits to accompany my Tallgeese

March 25, 2013, 8:06 PM
The blue looks awesome man. And the Sandrock looks great.

March 25, 2013, 8:30 PM
I see Wing Zero Custom is coming along nicely. So what's the plan with the Buster Rifles? Will it be detailed?

March 26, 2013, 11:44 AM
So what's the plan

Shading, barrel replacement, camera painting and bolt area detail. Full paint job. Teh works :) I start work on it today. In 5 minutes, actually.

March 26, 2013, 4:45 PM
The kit will be done by Friday, March 29, 2013.

Today I've been working on the buster rifles. Filled all the seam lines and sanded everything down. It was a pain. Repaired the barrels with new 5/32" stock. Sanded the barrels down to be the same length. I was able to shade both rifles, but primered only one. When I went to primer rifle #2 the brush jammed. I cleaned it out and I'm taking a break. I'll get back to it later tonight.

The rifles still need the primer step complete, then paint, then detailing, then top coat. I checked the previous batch of white. 2 parts failed inspection. One because I must have missed it (lol) and the second one had spots on the paint job. I will sand it smooth and go over it again to make it match. I have been referencing every piece of white to one of the main wings so that the color hues are in rough agreement. Pics later today.

-top coat joint areas
-24 hr dry time
-mask joint areas
-paint white
-6 hr dry time, carefully remove tape
Final White Parts
-paint all back faces to parts missed

-Paint/Prime remaining blue parts.
-Paint/Prime remaining red and yellow parts.
-Detail cameras.
-Apply eyes
-Organize feathers
-shade, prime, paint. keep organized
-Spray paint base
-Top Coat entire model

March 26, 2013, 9:02 PM
These anime cells are from Gundam Wind Endless Waltz. Use them for enjoyment and for reference.


March 26, 2013, 9:04 PM

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March 26, 2013, 9:20 PM
myess myess, thoroughly enjoyed.

March 26, 2013, 11:22 PM

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March 26, 2013, 11:35 PM
We're slowly making our way around the final 1/4 mile of the track. The majority of the buster rifles were finished today. I spent around 5 hours fixing, filling and sanding those things to make them as perfect as they can be. They await a touch up coat of gun metal and then some detailing.

When that is done I will flat coat them and that sub-section is complete. Tomorrow, the arms must be dealt with. I must flat coat the joints, carefully mask them, and paint white. Then remove the mask 6-12 hours later. The chance of some chipping is fairly good. Not much I can do about that. Then the backs of some wing parts need painting as they can show at certain angles. Then all final parts that are blue, gray, red and yellow will be primed and painted.

Then the eyes need installing. After that it's a good day to let everything settle and cure, then final assembly (with gloves) will begin. The base needs painting. When assembled, the kit will be top coated all over. The buster rifles will be sticky tacked to the hands. The wings will be sticky tacked into their proper holes for added stability.

March 27, 2013, 11:37 PM
Buster rifles are complete. They are BADA** in my opinion. I decided not to go too crazy because the viewer's eye will go torwards the rifles and not the robot. I passed on the foil stickers and painted the camera lenses, including the ones in the forearms. The lenses on the head and v-fin will be painted after the V-fin is painted.

Everything else that needs painting is mounted. The joints are masked. The backsides of the wing extensions will be primed and painted tomorrow. The feathers will be top coated, left to dry for 6 hours then flipped around, gently resting on light tape. The process for the other side will be the same- shade, primer, paint.

I'd like the kit to be done by tomorrow evening, but definitely by Friday.

March 27, 2013, 11:56 PM
Pics man. Pics!

March 28, 2013, 9:42 AM
You peeps and your pics :p I'll head down now and snap some shots.


March 28, 2013, 10:27 AM
Did you paint the camera lenses by air brush or ordinary brush painting?

March 28, 2013, 12:45 PM
Those areas were way too small to airbrush- so I went in with an ordinary brush. Despite the semi-filmy appearance on the forearms- that is paint! :)

March 28, 2013, 1:12 PM
The beam rifles look awesome man. The red hoses really make them pop. And the shading looks great.

March 28, 2013, 3:27 PM
thanks. I'm kind of "blah" with this kit right now. Lot of stuff going through my head. Normal stuff for a 24 year old bachelor. The devil's in the details- there are just so many small nitpicks to take care of in order to get this guy going. I tried flipping the feathers today (without top coat) and the tape underneath ripped it right off. Had to go back and re-primer all the feathers. I'll hold the damn things in my palm if I have to. What is likely going to happen is that I'll finish the kit sans feathers, and slowly get them in line over the course of a day.

Everything is now shadowed. Remaining parts await primer, then paint. I'll have to do four color swaps- white, blue, yellow, and red. I'll start with the lightest and go darker. When those parts dry, assuming nothing gets ripped up around the arm joints, I'll give them 6-12 hours before soft handling and final assembly.

March 28, 2013, 7:44 PM

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March 28, 2013, 7:47 PM
The neck is going back in for another coat. All blue parts have been completed. Next up is red, then yellow. Then I need to touch up one of the back wings with primer, which I will do when I get around to the flip side of the feathers, this time, which I will hold. The kit will be done before the feathers.

I am pleased with the results so far.

March 28, 2013, 9:49 PM
My friend this is looking fantastic.

March 28, 2013, 10:43 PM

fap fap fap fap fap fap fap fap fap

March 29, 2013, 12:04 AM
I admit that I'm no fan of the WZC, but that is looking rather beautiful. All that hard work and pains with the AB paid off.

March 29, 2013, 10:47 AM
Man that looks awesome. Everything came together excellent. Are you going to attempt to pose it with the rifles?

March 29, 2013, 11:09 AM
Once I get the feathers on, the base painted and some new poster board to serve as a backdrop yes, yes I will.

March 29, 2013, 3:02 PM
Nice man. Nice. I can't wait to see it.

March 29, 2013, 11:52 PM
Here's the write up for the kit. I recommend it to builders with seam line filling and painting experience, but perhaps not to those who can't deal with some of the kit's aging problems. It's a thumbs up from me (best is a two thumbs up). I'm a bit tired at the moment, so that review is a draft. I spell checked and grammar checked it for ease of reading.


ps- still plan on the photo shoot. Need to finish the feathers tomorrow and paint this base.
ps2- http://tgwnetohh.blogspot.com/2013/03/wing-zero-custom-review-1100-mg-2004.html

April 2, 2013, 12:25 AM
I'm redirecting Sandrock MG here. Here is the kit review I did of it: it's an easy build and I recommend the kit.



April 2, 2013, 12:26 AM
I'd like to do a WIP every Friday. I'm a little tired tonight, but I'm heading down now to finish Wing Zero Custom's Feathers. Looks like gunjap.net beat me to the punch; now I have a pic to work off of for paint selection.


*1x panzer gray

April 2, 2013, 5:59 PM
Wing zero came out nice. Love the blue.

April 2, 2013, 10:34 PM

thanks jay :)

April 3, 2013, 3:34 AM
Ok everyone. News flash.

1) I am absolutely f****** insane to do this.
2) I MUST take advantage of the weak yen.
3) All model work on Sandrock will cease as the new kit comes in.
4) This will be an engineer's wet dream.
5) I have $50 credit towards paint.
6) This is going to take FOREVER.

April 3, 2013, 3:35 AM
unrelated to my last post:


April 8, 2013, 2:32 PM

April 8, 2013, 2:49 PM
Your Wing Zero looks great man. It really makes me want to get this kit. Cause yours look awesome.

April 8, 2013, 2:52 PM
Thanks :) Those dotted lines were a post about the PG. Wrong thread xD I moved that post over to the PG thread. I really love how Wing Zero came out. WARNING- REQUIRES WORK.

April 8, 2013, 2:54 PM
Oh I don't doubt it. I've kinda decided to wait and see if we get a 2.0 version. I'd really like to have this kit, cause I want all the EW OVA suits. I just know that I'll be frustrated like crazy with this kit. lol

April 8, 2013, 3:55 PM
I just know that I'll be frustrated like crazy with this kit. lol

It isn't too bad, if you take care of the seam lines and cement a few things here and there. His biggest issue is limp wristing the buster rifles. I don't know if this is due to the weight and shape of the rifles themselves or the wrist joints, but it's a real pain when you want to do the bunker buster shot. I haven't had any problems with the wings or the feathers yet, but I definitely had some ideas for Bandai that they could implement in a 2.0. Spiffy looking kit- deserves a 2.0 treatment.

I've got a WIP for Sandrock uploading now. I'm recording audio for the PG plates for RX-178. I'm on Plate L and we don't stop till around U. YES, U. This thing is gonna take me forever :D There's a lot to see on the plates. I'm going through them quickly, but once the sub-assemblies are put together I will show more of the detail on the parts. So far A-L is around 5 1/2 minutes of me talking.

April 8, 2013, 4:19 PM

April 8, 2013, 6:41 PM
What's the status of Wing Zero Custom? I really want to see it with its full blown wings and buster rifles.

April 8, 2013, 7:16 PM
What's the status of Wing Zero Custom? I really want to see it with its full blown wings and buster rifles.

It's finished- but I need to go out and get some back drops so that the camera will focus better.

April 26, 2013, 6:59 AM
Something to look forward to is my next project. Due to a real life situation involving me moving, it will be impossible to complete paint work on the perfect grade MK.II in time before the move. In addition, the project is so large that it would be a burden to work on it and stress out about life at the same time. That is where the RGs I have in storage get to shine. Expect some videos showing those kits off, but also expect a parts, plug and play and conclusion video for the PG gundam mk. II. After that video, the final video on the PG project will be looking at the paint job and LED gimmick.

April 26, 2013, 7:57 AM
Sweet man. Can't wait to see what you have in store for the RG kits. Not to mention the paint scheme for your Mk. II.

April 26, 2013, 8:37 AM
It should be fun. I've never seen anyone do a PG v. RG before, so that should be a fun little series.

edit- son of a crap :p Now that I've seen the Jesta cannon I want a three way team diorama of two jestas and a jesta cannon. Props if I can find a way to light up their tiny heads. Might not be possible.

April 26, 2013, 12:21 PM
That would be really neat. To see the Jesta Tri-Stars all together in a diorama. Do it man!

April 26, 2013, 4:49 PM
That would be really neat. To see the Jesta Tri-Stars all together in a diorama. Do it man!

You bet. We won't be seeing it for a while but it is something I want to do :p

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May 23, 2013, 11:57 AM
Real good idea on how to clean up multiple zaku tubes..