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MatanglawinX
January 15, 2013, 11:58 AM
http://i1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/HellRaiser/HellRaiser.jpg

RAISING HELL!

To those familiar with it, this project actually began last November 2012, and is my first commission. It started when Arvin Ignacio of Gundam Philippines (GPh) issued a challenge over Facebook to convert a PG Wing Zero Custom to a PG DeathScythe Hell Custom. Being it was on FB, I was tagged several times by people who knew that I was insane enough to accept the challenge. I had a class that day, and I got what is now known as a NOTIF BOMB; I got 40 notifications in a span of minutes. And, since I was tagged more than once, I was actually overwhelmed, that I had to quit my browser.

Arvin and I talked, and we agreed on a price and payment scheme. Assessing mine own speed at modifications, the build sill span at least 3 months. I've posted the WIP photos on my Online Store (which I will write about later). I haven't been able to write a decent WIP post until now, and since I've actually gone far along the build, I'll break it down into several WIP posts instead of making one huge and lengthy post.

When I accepted the challenge, a lot of people expressed their interest and expectations in the project. Someone even said it was (almost) impossible, but that person didn't know it was me who accepted the commission. Though I understand that person's notion about it being (almost) impossible, it is only such because he lacked the imagination. Great modelers, after all, have done more difficult challenges from scratch. Take that HG to RG Nu conversion (https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.407137776028938.95693.283100835099300&type=1) by Kaku for example.

I even had doubts myself. When I finally got the built PG WZC from Arvin, I was disappointed at how flimsy the kit was designed. As I was assessing the kit, I saw that it won't be easy even for me. The WZC and DSH had enough similarities to work on, and I decided I'd start on that.

HEADSTART

Quite literally. I started by comparing the heads of the MG DSH and the PG WZC. I noted the similarities and the differences and saw how I'll be able to use most of the parts as base for modifications.


http://i1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/HellRaiser/th_IMG_1606.jpg (http://s1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/HellRaiser/?action=view&current=IMG_1606.jpg) http://i1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/HellRaiser/th_IMG_1605.jpg (http://s1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/HellRaiser/?action=view&current=IMG_1605.jpg) http://i1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/HellRaiser/th_IMG_1607.jpg (http://s1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/HellRaiser/?action=view&current=IMG_1607.jpg)

http://i1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/HellRaiser/IMG_1608.jpg

I then cut and rebuilt the cheek parts to match that of the DSH and built a vent for the skull base by stair-stepping 4 pieces of 1.0mm WHIPS. I then overlaid a piece of bent 0.5mm WHIPS over the rear portion of the cheeks. This will become the case for the cheek vents.


http://i1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/HellRaiser/th_IMG_1609.jpg (http://s1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/HellRaiser/?action=view&current=IMG_1609.jpg) http://i1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/HellRaiser/th_IMG_1610.jpg (http://s1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/HellRaiser/?action=view&current=IMG_1610.jpg) http://i1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/HellRaiser/th_IMG_1611.jpg (http://s1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/HellRaiser/?action=view&current=IMG_1611.jpg)

http://i1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/HellRaiser/IMG_1612.jpg

For more images and the rest of the WIP, just visit my blog at http://mxgs.blogspot.com/

MatanglawinX
January 15, 2013, 12:03 PM
Part II: Making the Impossible Possible

Although I started preparing myself, the kit and the plans for this build last November, I was only able to start i earnest cutting and hacking the parts as it drew to a close and December started coming in. Eventually, I ditched the plans I had made after assessing the kit, disassembling it and reassembling it so I'd know where things would go with or a without a manual. After making major modifications to make the WCZ head into the Hellraiser, I realized how much more work will go into its transformation from one to the other mainly because of how radically different those two looked.

Hatching a Plan

The main issue was the cockpit placement. The WZC's copckpit is located direct under the neck and deep inside the chest of the kit. The MG DSH has the cockpit at the center of the torso. This posed a problem because the PG WZC's entire torso frame is die cast metal. I will have to compensate for that and sacrifice build space later on, since I want a cockpit hatch.

I began my ordeal by slicing off the top mid front part of the chest. I realized later on that I sliced too much, following the upper slope of the chest which was way too steep. So I rebuilt that section with 1.0 WHIPS, and continue to modify and add volume to the structure to make it as similar as possible to the DSH. This in turn made the chest exaggeratedly too forward and pointy, but, as it turned out later, was a good thing.

I continued to make modifications, like slicing off the front of the chest to make room for the grills and vents.


http://i1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/HellRaiser/th_IMG_2234.jpg (http://s1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/HellRaiser/?action=view&current=IMG_2234.jpg) http://i1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/HellRaiser/th_IMG_2236.jpg (http://s1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/HellRaiser/?action=view&current=IMG_2236.jpg) http://i1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/HellRaiser/th_IMG_2235.jpg (http://s1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/HellRaiser/?action=view&current=IMG_2235.jpg)

http://i1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/HellRaiser/th_IMG_2242.jpg (http://s1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/HellRaiser/?action=view&current=IMG_2242.jpg) http://i1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/HellRaiser/th_IMG_2243.jpg (http://s1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/HellRaiser/?action=view&current=IMG_2243.jpg)

http://i1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/HellRaiser/IMG_2682.jpg


For more images and the rest of this update, just visit my blog at http://mxgs.blogspot.com/

thwalker13
January 15, 2013, 1:12 PM
This is insane man. I checked out your HG to RG Nu Gundam. And was blown away. I'm blown away at the work you're doing here. This is going to be incredible. You should contact Bandai. See if they'll hire you.

Dlinker
January 15, 2013, 2:12 PM
I perused your blog and I agree, your work is on a different level. You're on par with those guys who scratch-build boats/ships using wood they whittle down and carve themselves, right down to the freakin' mast and individual planks. This is model crafting more than assembling and it's just amazing.

I'm sure it helps a good deal that you're a graphics/arts person too, haha.

Deathscythe!
January 15, 2013, 2:47 PM
Tears of joy .. all over my face.

pinski1015
January 15, 2013, 11:03 PM
I cannot believe this. WOW

MatanglawinX
January 15, 2013, 11:26 PM
This is insane man. I checked out your HG to RG Nu Gundam. And was blown away. I'm blown away at the work you're doing here. This is going to be incredible. You should contact Bandai. See if they'll hire you.


Clarification: The HG to RG Nu Gundam is not mine. It's made by a modeler named Kaku. I just used it as an example of what can be done when one sets his mind to it.

As for getting hired by Bandai, I believe they only hire Japanese nationals.

MatanglawinX
January 15, 2013, 11:31 PM
I perused your blog and I agree, your work is on a different level. You're on par with those guys who scratch-build boats/ships using wood they whittle down and carve themselves, right down to the freakin' mast and individual planks. This is model crafting more than assembling and it's just amazing.

I'm sure it helps a good deal that you're a graphics/arts person too, haha.

Thanks man. I have been "whittling" when I was younger. And yes, being a designer (and having studied engineering) also helps. Though, those ship modelers who build ships from scratch are way above my skill level. I have yet to attempt a feat as such.


Tears of joy .. all over my face.


I cannot believe this. WOW

Thanks guys!

Jfl0
January 15, 2013, 11:33 PM
I'm gonna be mad jelly when this is done. I look forward to your work! (subscribed)

thwalker13
January 15, 2013, 11:39 PM
Sorry for the misunderstanding. I thought that I was one of your work. I certainly would believe it. None the less, this is going to be awesome when done.

Squee
January 15, 2013, 11:48 PM
Awesome so far, but i'd expect nothing less. I don't remember, but did you ever finish making your 1/100 MG Turn X?! Really wanted to see that finished!

MatanglawinX
January 16, 2013, 12:17 AM
I'm gonna be mad jelly when this is done. I look forward to your work! (subscribed)

Thanks man!


Sorry for the misunderstanding. I thought that I was one of your work. I certainly would believe it. None the less, this is going to be awesome when done.

No worries. I edited my post/s for that matter.


Awesome so far, but i'd expect nothing less. I don't remember, but did you ever finish making your 1/100 MG Turn X?! Really wanted to see that finished!

I was slated to work on the Turn X last year (having bought another Turn A), when I was given the Hellraiser commission and had to prioritize it. I'll be working on it on and off, but it will be done.

Kenico
January 16, 2013, 12:17 AM
This thing is gonna be awesome...Well done so far. cant wait to see the Hellraiser completed.

Dlinker
January 16, 2013, 1:04 AM
Just want to say that your site is also an excellent resource for those wanting to modify their kits. To all who visit this thread, please visit his blog if you haven't already done so. Good source of instructional material there.

MatanglawinX
January 17, 2013, 2:27 AM
This thing is gonna be awesome...Well done so far. cant wait to see the Hellraiser completed.


Just want to say that your site is also an excellent resource for those wanting to modify their kits. To all who visit this thread, please visit his blog if you haven't already done so. Good source of instructional material there.

Thanks guys. In most cases, my WIPs are also tutorials.

Part III: The Tale of the Terrifying Truncated Torso

In our local folklore, we have a creature of the night called the "Manananggal." It is a vampyre/bat hybrid, usually female, and the reason it's called as such is because it can separate itself at the waist, with the upper torso transforming itself into a ghoulish form and grows wings. The mananangal often comes out during the full moon and hunts for human flesh, preferring the unborn. Of course, it rips the womb of the unlucky pregnant woman as well as it sucks the unborn fetus. As as kid, I was terrified of the manananggal more than anything else, and I often spread salt over our window sill and hang garlic cloves as well. I outgrew the fear eventually as I entered high school.

I was reminded of the creature while working on the Hellraiser mainly because I had to work on it in sections, but the Truncated Torso bit came mostly from how the PG WZC was built. It's mid torso "armor" was made of red rubber, so there's no other way around it but for me to build that entire section from scratch. That, too became part of the challenge.

The rubber torso attaches to four pegs on the chest frame, and is secured at the bottom by the lower abdominal armor. I will have to sacrifice full mobility of the torso, especially since it will have to support heavier wings. I initially planned to make a single, wrap-around piece (like the rubber piece), but I realized that won't be possible since the pegs are positioned at the front and the back of the chest. The rubber part was used because it can be flexed into position, something that can't be achieved with a solid piece. The pegs also connects the chest armor parts, so trimming them was out of the question.


http://i1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/HellRaiser/th_IMG_2737-1.jpg (http://s1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/HellRaiser/?action=view&current=IMG_2737-1.jpg) http://i1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/HellRaiser/th_IMG_2739-1.jpg (http://s1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/HellRaiser/?action=view&current=IMG_2739-1.jpg) http://i1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/HellRaiser/th_IMG_2748-1.jpg (http://s1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/HellRaiser/?action=view&current=IMG_2748-1.jpg)

http://i1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/HellRaiser/IMG_2747-1.jpg

While I was trying to figure out how to solve the Torso predicament, I proceeded building the hatch. Like I mentioned on Part I, the goshdarned torso frame is made of metal, so there was no way for me to do any other modifications, except to build around it. I had to disassemble the metal frame quite a few times, which got annoying since the screws and nuts always manage to fall. I used the original cockpit seat, trimmed and modified it, and retrofitted it at the front of the frame using the same fitting for the chest. I then added a 5-layer sandwich underneath the cockpit seat and shaped it as such to serve as both support for the seat and as mid brace for the peg attachment of the swivel mechanism for the hatch. The hatch covering itself is made of inter-spaced pieces of 1.0 WHIPS with 2mm beam braces, arranged in such a way to create a rectangular slot for the hatch peg.

This was a welcome accident, since it allowed the hatch covering to be inserted with ease, and the action doubles as a locking mechanism for the hatch when it is closed. I had to remove material from the lower abdominal armor to give enough space for the hatch.


http://i1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/HellRaiser/th_IMG_2752-1.jpg (http://s1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/HellRaiser/?action=view&current=IMG_2752-1.jpg) http://i1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/HellRaiser/th_IMG_2751-1.jpg (http://s1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/HellRaiser/?action=view&current=IMG_2751-1.jpg) http://i1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/HellRaiser/th_IMG_2756-1.jpg (http://s1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/HellRaiser/?action=view&current=IMG_2756-1.jpg)

http://i1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/HellRaiser/th_IMG_2757-1.jpg (http://s1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/HellRaiser/?action=view&current=IMG_2757-1.jpg) http://i1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/HellRaiser/th_IMG_2761-1.jpg (http://s1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/HellRaiser/?action=view&current=IMG_2761-1.jpg) http://i1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/HellRaiser/th_IMG_2759-1.jpg (http://s1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/HellRaiser/?action=view&current=IMG_2759-1.jpg) ]

For more images and the rest of the WIP, just go to http://mxgs.blogspot.com/2013/01/the-hellraiser-part-iii.html

Deathscythe
January 17, 2013, 8:11 AM
This is going to be sick dude! Can't wait to see what this is going to look like when it's finished.

MatanglawinX
January 28, 2013, 10:49 PM
This is going to be sick dude! Can't wait to see what this is going to look like when it's finished.

Thanks.

Shoulders to Cry On

Apropo, the title above should explain (or confuse) much of how this build has been coming along. Contrary to this post, as those who are familiar with me at Facebook, I'm actually farther ahead in the build, and I'm just a bit preoccupied with the project itself (as well as work, among other things), that I have not been able to catch up on writing the actual current work-in-progress. So if you'd like to see how far ahead I actually am, just click HERE (https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.514209715278645.126778.509931035706513&type=3) or HERE (http://s1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/HellRaiser/?start=all) for the up-to-date and complete WIP photos (you'll also notice that those are arranged based on the dates they are shot whereas my WIP posts are arranged in story mode, with some of the photos left out).

Anyways, I've decided to scrap the shoulder armor except the connective part of the frame, including the ball and swivel joint that the entire shoulder armor connects to. First, I modified the shoulder connective part so I can easily encapsulate it with shaped 1.0mm WHIPS. This became the mounting base for the shoulder armor's entire structure. I've layered WHIPS, overlapping the edges for a more solid connection. This will also give me enough material to shave off when rounding the edges. I initially made the entire thing solid, then cut the top part off to make way for the shoulder "blades."


http://i1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/HellRaiser/th_IMG_2721.jpg (http://s1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/HellRaiser/?action=view&current=IMG_2721.jpg) http://i1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/HellRaiser/th_IMG_2718.jpg (http://s1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/HellRaiser/?action=view&current=IMG_2718.jpg) http://i1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/HellRaiser/th_IMG_2724.jpg (http://s1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/HellRaiser/?action=view&current=IMG_2724.jpg)

http://i1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/HellRaiser/th_IMG_2725.jpg (http://s1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/HellRaiser/?action=view&current=IMG_2725.jpg) http://i1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/HellRaiser/th_IMG_2728.jpg (http://s1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/HellRaiser/?action=view&current=IMG_2728.jpg) http://i1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/HellRaiser/th_IMG_2730.jpg (http://s1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/HellRaiser/?action=view&current=IMG_2730.jpg)

http://i1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/HellRaiser/IMG_2731.jpg

For the rest of the post, just go to my blog. http://mxgs.blogspot.com/

thwalker13
January 29, 2013, 1:08 AM
I checked out the link you posted. That is some awesome progress man. I do have one question. How are you planning on doing the cloak?

MatanglawinX
February 22, 2013, 10:40 AM
I checked out the link you posted. That is some awesome progress man. I do have one question. How are you planning on doing the cloak?

Like this:

http://i1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/HellRaiser/Screenshot2013-02-19at121845PM.png

http://mxgs.blogspot.com/2013/02/more-modeling-musings.html

(A long awaited) Update:

Progress have a been a bit slow after Arvin and I met to finalize the Hellraiser, as the build comes to its eventual completion. It's no longer a matter of whether I can finish it or not, but when. As of this post, I have completed the feet and ankle modifications which, as Arvin has put, are the small details that define the look of the Deathscythe. And I agree. But more of that much later.

At Arms Length

One of the main problems I've had with this build is the proportions of the PG Wing as compared to that of the MG Deathscythe (for that matter, the MG Wing Zero Custom and Ver Ka). The MG kits have better proportions overall, whereas the PG Wing's proportions are mostly stout looking. So, I told myself, to HELL with proportions, and decided to simply do estimates based on how the MG parts look and make adjustments from there. I could simply follow how the MG DSH looks, but it wouldn't be a MatX version without me adding a few things here and there.

There are a couple things that define the DSH's arms; the arm shields and the elbow joints.

First off, the arm shields also double up as melee weapons. The MG arm shields have rounded points and edges, so I decided to make the Hellraiser's rather sharp, so sharp that I have had a few accidents piercing myself with it while working on it. (If you haven't had an accident working with sharp objects as often as I do, good for you. You're either that lucky, that careful, or that much of a liar). I've used the PG WZC's arm shield as base and hacked and slashed the parts I won't need away, then cemented WHIPS to form the base of the arm shield.


http://i1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/HellRaiser/th_IMG_2776.jpg (http://s1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/HellRaiser/?action=view&current=IMG_2776.jpg) http://i1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/HellRaiser/th_IMG_2777.jpg (http://s1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/HellRaiser/?action=view&current=IMG_2777.jpg) http://i1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/HellRaiser/th_IMG_2779.jpg (http://s1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/HellRaiser/?action=view&current=IMG_2779.jpg)

http://i1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/HellRaiser/IMG_2782.jpg
For the shield's top layer, I simply used and modified the red "fin" and attached it to a scratch built part. I've cemented another layer of WHIPS to this to thicken it enough for the beveling. Beveled, this actually is reminiscent of the central part of Exia's shield.

http://i1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/HellRaiser/th_IMG_2787.jpg (http://s1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/HellRaiser/?action=view&current=IMG_2787.jpg) http://i1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/HellRaiser/th_IMG_2786.jpg (http://s1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/HellRaiser/?action=view&current=IMG_2786.jpg) http://i1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/HellRaiser/th_IMG_2791.jpg (http://s1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/HellRaiser/?action=view&current=IMG_2791.jpg)

http://i1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/HellRaiser/IMG_2789.jpg



For more pics and the complete WIP update, go to http://mxgs.blogspot.com/2013/02/the-hellraiser-part-v.html

Deathscythe!
February 22, 2013, 11:03 AM
http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m9cl1xO5VE1qhxtiio1_500.jpg

This I can foretell ... this will be a piece of gunpla art.

All hands, salute!

Kenico
February 22, 2013, 1:37 PM
COMPANY! PRESEEEEENT ARMS!

*All Gunpla Meisters Salute*

Bravo and cant wait to see the final design.

MatanglawinX
February 23, 2013, 4:34 AM
http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m9cl1xO5VE1qhxtiio1_500.jpg

This I can foretell ... this will be a piece of gunpla art.

All hands, salute!


COMPANY! PRESEEEEENT ARMS!

*All Gunpla Meisters Salute*

Bravo and cant wait to see the final design.

Thanks guys!

Waist in Haste

Well, this wasn't really done in haste, I just didn't have a "kewler" catch phrase to put. Anyways, at this point, I had to keep the torso and waist frames assembled, mainly because It takes time just to unscrew, disassemble and reassemble the darned thing while I was making modifications overall. It kinda limits my movements, but that's easier to work around than having to unscrew parts and them dropping by accident. I've sometimes spent 30 minutes or more searching for a very small screw, which lead me to another time saving idea.

But I digress. My story WIP is playing catch up to my actual progress and I will try to have the two in synch within the next few days or so.

The Front

I have tried to use much of the stock parts and simply modify them mainly because of their connectivity to the frame. I started by modifying the groin guard to make it look as similar as possible to the MG DSH's.


http://i1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/HellRaiser/th_IMG_3031.jpg (http://s1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/HellRaiser/?action=view&current=IMG_3031.jpg)

http://i1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/HellRaiser/IMG_3034.jpg

I'll be putting a clear part over that window later on.

Next, I used the entire base frame of the front skirts, and except for a few peg repairs, it remains mostly unmodified. Conversely, the leng of this part is already proportional to that of the MG, but I didn't want to cut or modify it any more than I have to, so, I decided to build the skirt details around it. I modified the top (blue) part of the skirt armor and ditched the lower (white) part altogether). Having done that, I took some liberty changing the design a bit, at least on the proportions and thicknesses of the edges, especially since the skirt armor (both front and back) are already "thick" to begin with. I had to work around that, since I wanted to keep the connectivity as much as possible.


http://i1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/HellRaiser/th_IMG_3036.jpg (http://s1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/HellRaiser/?action=view&current=IMG_3036.jpg) http://i1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/HellRaiser/th_IMG_3037.jpg (http://s1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/HellRaiser/?action=view&current=IMG_3037.jpg)

http://i1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/HellRaiser/IMG_3038.jpg

http://i1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/HellRaiser/th_IMG_3073.jpg (http://s1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/HellRaiser/?action=view&current=IMG_3073.jpg) http://i1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/HellRaiser/th_IMG_3074.jpg (http://s1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/HellRaiser/?action=view&current=IMG_3074.jpg)

For more pics and the rest of the WIP Update just go to http://mxgs.blogspot.com/2013/02/the-hellraiser-part-vi.html

Deathscythe!
February 23, 2013, 5:08 AM
That's art yo.

No kidding.

Kenico
February 23, 2013, 5:10 AM
This is Gunpla Miestery at its peak. Keep it up man.

Asterisk
February 23, 2013, 7:59 AM
Waist in Haste
Waist not, want not?

Amazing work, man. I envy your skill, and aspire to reach your level
.

MatanglawinX
February 23, 2013, 9:15 AM
That's art yo.

No kidding.


This is Gunpla Miestery at its peak. Keep it up man.

Thanks guys!


Waist not, want not?

Amazing work, man. I envy your skill, and aspire to reach your level
.

Thanks. I was actually thinking of "waist not want not" and " a terrible thing to waist," but since my issues are mainly time constraints, I went with that one.

thwalker13
February 23, 2013, 12:24 PM
This is going to be amazing. I wish I could do work half as good as yours man.

Cheatyface4
February 23, 2013, 12:26 PM
My eyes, they are blinded by the light! Seriously, how long have you been building? This is some incredible work.

MatanglawinX
February 27, 2013, 11:33 PM
This is going to be amazing. I wish I could do work half as good as yours man.

Practice. And Patience.


My eyes, they are blinded by the light! Seriously, how long have you been building? This is some incredible work.

With Gunpla, 3 years collectively. But I have had the skills before that. It's all a matter of applying those skills here.

And thanks guys!

MatanglawinX
February 28, 2013, 2:25 AM
Breaking a Leg

The phrase "break a leg" actually means "good luck" in stage plays, and is often said to actors about to go on stage on opening night. I theater, as far as acting superstitions are concerned, wishing someone good luck is actually bad luck. In some circles, it could actually mean giving an exceedingly lively and exhaustive performance, to the point of "breaking a leg" in the process.

Similarly, or at least, I'd like to think so, I have still not shed my need to make things complicated, or think of complicated things first, in lieu of its simple counterparts, to the point of breaking some things in the process. It has considerably lessened to the point that, as far as the build time is concerned, I have actually been able to do a lot more work all around unlike before. With this update, I'm about a couple away from catching up and synching my progress.

All "Thigh-ed" Up

Much of the flaws I've encountered with the PG WZC has to deal with how the armor latches on to the frame. The frame itself from head to toe, with exception of the upper arms, is too slender for its armor. Whereas modern kits, like the PG 00 and Astray (which uses the Strike frame) and newer MGs all have frames and armor that have little clearance space in between, the PG WZC have too much clearance for comfort. The frame looks more like a large, misshapen MG when bare.


http://i1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/HellRaiser/IMG_3188.jpg

That's not really an issue altogether, as it does give much leeway for modifications on the frame and inside the armor. But bear with me, those aren't really flaws until you've handled the armor parts, especially the thigh armor, as extensively as I have.

The thigh armor's main and necessary modification is carving out the lower portion just above the knee, to give allowance to the minus mold detail. The front and back parts of the thigh armor also slide when the knee is bent, as they are connected on articulation mechanism on the frame. The front slides down, while the back slides up. The flaw? Since there is a HUGE clearance between the armor and the frame, pressing on the sliding edges tend to bend the armor pieces inward, stressing the plastic. The not-so-strange thing is, both back armor pieces developed the same stress lines at the same relative position.


http://i1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/HellRaiser/IMG_3186.jpg

The first one broke (a clean break, which is a "good" thing) while I was testing the sliding mechanism, which I decided to keep fixed, but later on had to put back because of how it affected the knee articulation with the minus mold in place. The second one developed that fracture earlier on, but since I haven't really worked on it yet, hasn't broken. I fixed the broken part by cementing them together. For the other fracture part, I opened the fracture slightly to reveal a minute gap and brushed it with thin cement to seal the fracture. I then secured the inside of each armor pieces with strips of 0.5mm WHIPS.


If you are wondering why both pieces broke (or fractures) at relatively the same position, it has something to do with how the gates are positioned relative to the molded part. In this case, the hot, liquid plastic coming from either side of the part during molding "met" at that region. You can clearly see this region on the surface of the plastic as an obvious "swirl". This swirl or region somewhat affects how paint behaves as well as it cures over plastic. Maybe the mold-release agent seeped into that region, making the part less able to handle stress at that specific location (the other side did not develop any stress fractures). This is usually mitigated by putting seemingly useless "detail" inside armor parts. The bumps and recesses help strengthen sections of the plastic, like how bars reinforce otherwise "flat" ceilings, in most light-handling stresses.


http://i1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/HellRaiser/IMG_3187.jpg

With that done, I simply added sliding support to the sliding edges of the armor by attaching small "tongues" on one, and slide "slots" on the other.


http://i1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/HellRaiser/th_IMG_3079.jpg (http://s1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/HellRaiser/?action=view&current=IMG_3079.jpg) http://i1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/HellRaiser/th_IMG_3078.jpg (http://s1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/HellRaiser/?action=view&current=IMG_3078.jpg)

On Your Knees

This is one of the few things the WZC and the DSH do not have in common. Whereas the WZC's knee armor are slender and "softer," the DSH's are broad and "square." I decided to work around that by using the stock knee armor regardless and modified it by separating it into two sections. At this point, the connective "tongues" on both pieces have already broken away (they were too stuck for me to even carefully pull), and like in the case of the thigh armor, there were too much space between the armor and the knee frame, that wiggling it stressed the thin tongue until broke from the base. I had no other recourse but rebuild the connections later on with pegs.

The larger section basically holds the smaller section in place, which in turn holds the knee blade.


http://i1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/HellRaiser/th_IMG_3092.jpg (http://s1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/HellRaiser/?action=view&current=IMG_3092.jpg) http://i1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/HellRaiser/th_IMG_3090.jpg (http://s1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/HellRaiser/?action=view&current=IMG_3090.jpg)

http://i1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/HellRaiser/IMG_3091.jpg

For the rest of the update, just go to http://mxgs.blogspot.com/2013/02/the-hellraiser-part-vii.html, or click my signature.

Deathscythe!
February 28, 2013, 7:44 AM
http://cdn.memegenerator.net/instances/400x/20632566.jpg

That's some highly magnificent art of gunpla

thwalker13
February 28, 2013, 1:04 PM
This is turning out to be an amazing project man. Keep up the awesome work.