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D-Smith
February 3, 2013, 11:54 PM
Hey there guys yet another project that has stolen my attention from finishing something else.

I have been wanting an MG Nataku for awhile so i decided i will try to make it happen.

The MG Shenlong is virtually identical to the Nataku i have come to realize so i bought a MG Shenlong and HG 1/100 Nataku and examined them further to confirm what i thought. Not only are they identical but the shenlong is just begging to be converted so i decided to give it a go.

http://i1260.photobucket.com/albums/ii574/D_SMITH_SON/IMG_0963_zpsd1c1c2a0.jpg

http://i1260.photobucket.com/albums/ii574/D_SMITH_SON/IMG_0964_zps6732a7f7.jpg

http://i1260.photobucket.com/albums/ii574/D_SMITH_SON/IMG_0965_zps4a3685e2.jpg

The Shenlong just so happens to have a HUGE poly cap running through its arm so it made things really easy on me so i just matched a drill bit up to the peg from the Nataku (5/32 if anyone cares) it was a perfect match and i just tried to drill as straight as i could a then cleaned it up a tad with the dremel.

http://i1260.photobucket.com/albums/ii574/D_SMITH_SON/IMG_0968_zpsc7cbddbe.jpg

http://i1260.photobucket.com/albums/ii574/D_SMITH_SON/IMG_0969_zpsd9b9eabd.jpg

Only real issue is i put the hole as low as i could but there is still a little bit of drag on the hand when you rotate is around but nothing to cry about.

http://i1260.photobucket.com/albums/ii574/D_SMITH_SON/IMG_0970_zps5ff50119.jpg

Now on the second arm i ran into an issue.... The white armor cover completely fractured while i was drilling through it. I dont think i had the bit revolving at a high enough speed.

http://i1260.photobucket.com/albums/ii574/D_SMITH_SON/IMG_0971_zps6067fb25.jpg

I removed the armor piece and finished my hole through the frame.

http://i1260.photobucket.com/albums/ii574/D_SMITH_SON/IMG_0972_zpsb44c73f1.jpg

I tried to cement the piece back together but it was not working out so i decided to just cement the piece to the frame. it shouldn't be to much of a problem when it comes time to paint. after that since i didn't have a hole in the armor i had to dremel it out once again.

http://i1260.photobucket.com/albums/ii574/D_SMITH_SON/IMG_0977_zps84652f70.jpg

D-Smith
February 4, 2013, 12:03 AM
And here it is all snapped up and on.
Pretty happy with it for about an hours worth of work

http://i1260.photobucket.com/albums/ii574/D_SMITH_SON/IMG_0981_zps87990d64.jpg

http://i1260.photobucket.com/albums/ii574/D_SMITH_SON/IMG_0982_zps96f5ee9b.jpg

http://i1260.photobucket.com/albums/ii574/D_SMITH_SON/IMG_0983_zps01704f49.jpg

Dlinker
February 4, 2013, 1:24 AM
That actually does look pretty good and it's making me wish very badly that they make an actual 1/100 MG Nataku.

D-Smith
February 4, 2013, 2:20 AM
it will look a lot better once its all cleaned up and painted lol

Exia
February 4, 2013, 4:31 AM
Even I gotta admit that's pretty cool. Hows it balance with the dragon fangs deployed?

Deathscythe!
February 4, 2013, 8:23 AM
Oh boy! That's pretty awesome!

I'll be waiting for you to finish the kit, you having painted it

thwalker13
February 4, 2013, 9:09 AM
This is awesome man. Please post more! I'm with Exia, how is the balance with the fangs?

Jfl0
February 4, 2013, 10:58 AM
Oh baby.

I've been on the fence about doing this. If I bought both kits I would automatically assume murphy's law:


What can go go wrong usually does go wrong if given the opportunity

and only to see bandai release the kit. Honestly, a weapons swap is probably all that shenlong really needs, but I look forward to seeing what you come up with. And uh... I thought the HG 1/100 Nataku was uh.... not that ugly 0_0

thwalker13
February 4, 2013, 1:16 PM
I have the 1/100 Nataku, and at least his can stand up. Mine won't even stand up. So I would probably do this exact same conversion if I ever bought the MG Shenlong.

D-Smith
February 4, 2013, 1:55 PM
yeah no my 1/100 HG nataku won't really stand either.

To my surprise i was able to get the dragon things to actually stay up when extended. the fact that the are somewhat tight on the hands actually works to my advantage.

http://i1260.photobucket.com/albums/ii574/D_SMITH_SON/IMG_0984_zps3931c668.jpg

http://i1260.photobucket.com/albums/ii574/D_SMITH_SON/IMG_0989_zpsb653052e.jpg

http://i1260.photobucket.com/albums/ii574/D_SMITH_SON/IMG_0990_zpsaf14a4d5.jpg

http://i1260.photobucket.com/albums/ii574/D_SMITH_SON/IMG_0992_zpsa5666780.jpg

http://i1260.photobucket.com/albums/ii574/D_SMITH_SON/IMG_0995_zps33539efb.jpg

Jfl0
February 4, 2013, 3:21 PM
The inside of those pincer claws scream "fill me!", but that's up to you. For over a decade I've always wondered how those things connect to the arms and hands, etc. In the anime I believe they were extendo, but practically that would look like an accordion :p I demand a paint job :D :D :D :D :D

D-Smith
February 4, 2013, 3:46 PM
it is gonna be 4-5 or so while i wait for my paints to arrive before i can do that but there are some flaws in the plastic to work on thats for sure

thwalker13
February 4, 2013, 4:19 PM
Wow at the pictures. That makes me want to do this even more.

D-Smith
February 4, 2013, 5:19 PM
its pretty simple bro just a couple holes nothing major. like i said its practically made for this kitbash

D-Smith
February 5, 2013, 12:22 AM
Well i started all the boring tedious stuff today. gotta a get rid of the seams on the fangs, luckily the rest of the kit doesn't have any seam lines that need to be addressed. only got one arm done though.. :( so hopefully i can finish the other one before the weekend so i can get a weekend to bust out some painting.

Started with the fangs??? of the fangs? lol

I just use some plastic cement on both sides of the piece then put them together then go across the entire seam once together with the cement again.
Wait to dry and set then just sand away the residue.

http://i1260.photobucket.com/albums/ii574/D_SMITH_SON/IMG_1016_zpsc094f985.jpg

Next up was getting rid of the pot holes that were stamped into the plastic on the fins coming off the dragon fangs..

http://i1260.photobucket.com/albums/ii574/D_SMITH_SON/IMG_0996_zps888a4ec0.jpg

Tamiya White putty

http://i1260.photobucket.com/albums/ii574/D_SMITH_SON/IMG_0997_zpsd3e5b46f.jpg

Sand until smooth

http://i1260.photobucket.com/albums/ii574/D_SMITH_SON/IMG_0999_zps0ecfb374.jpg

Next was the red extension pieces... This is where it got tedious, I had to do one extension at a time

Cement... Wait.... Sand.... Rescribe panel lines....Add next extension.....Repeat....

http://i1260.photobucket.com/albums/ii574/D_SMITH_SON/IMG_0998_zps060d8af3.jpg

Lets skip to the end of the extensions..

Panel lines rescribed

http://i1260.photobucket.com/albums/ii574/D_SMITH_SON/IMG_1014_zpsff60bf6c.jpg

Seams removed... might have to go back and add a little bit of putty...

http://i1260.photobucket.com/albums/ii574/D_SMITH_SON/IMG_1015_zpsd0927953.jpg

D-Smith
February 5, 2013, 12:29 AM
Next i decided to try something new

I wasn't originally going to have the weapon but seriously can you imagine Nataku without his staff?

So my first task was making the beam effects removable because if you built the HG 1/100 Nataku you know that they are pegged in and if you want to remove the seams from the staff it just aint gonna work...

SOOO i turned to magnets..

Cut the pegs off and drille a hole into the beam and put two magnets stacked on eachother in that just happened to fit perfect

http://i1260.photobucket.com/albums/ii574/D_SMITH_SON/IMG_1001_zpsb5b01f8a.jpg

Then where the peg normally would go i dropped a magnet in and since super glue was not working for some reason i just puttied over the top so it would stay in there

http://i1260.photobucket.com/albums/ii574/D_SMITH_SON/IMG_1000_zps08183d20.jpg

looks ugly in the picture lol i did go back and make it smoother but it doesn't really matter because no one will ever see it lol

http://i1260.photobucket.com/albums/ii574/D_SMITH_SON/IMG_1002_zps3df5f60a.jpg

And here is what you get

http://i1260.photobucket.com/albums/ii574/D_SMITH_SON/IMG_1006_zpsc2031b8f.jpg

Stays right in place

http://i1260.photobucket.com/albums/ii574/D_SMITH_SON/IMG_1007_zps537ad55e.jpg

Reapeted on the other side. removed the seams on the backing pieces of the staff and here is what you get..

http://i1260.photobucket.com/albums/ii574/D_SMITH_SON/IMG_1010_zpsbc6dcde0.jpg

http://i1260.photobucket.com/albums/ii574/D_SMITH_SON/IMG_1011_zps56db49c0.jpg

http://i1260.photobucket.com/albums/ii574/D_SMITH_SON/IMG_1012_zps3ad229bf.jpg

Dlinker
February 5, 2013, 1:43 AM
Oh man, I like that mod with the magnets. Forgot all about them too. Those extenders must have been maddeningly boring to do.

Jfl0
February 5, 2013, 2:18 AM
DROOL.

Can't wait to see this thing. Oh is this gonna be good.

D-Smith
February 5, 2013, 2:29 AM
they were terribly boring and what sucks is i have to do them again for the next side :(

thwalker13
February 5, 2013, 8:32 AM
Man I am jealous of this in so many ways. You're doing some awesome work here man.

D-Smith
February 5, 2013, 3:08 PM
Thanks man its all really simple stuff that im sure just about everyone here could do. Just a matter of getting the courage to cut up your kits lol

thwalker13
February 5, 2013, 3:37 PM
Yeah, I need to build on that courage. lol.

D-Smith
February 5, 2013, 5:18 PM
What i did was bought a cheap lil 1/144 and started just trying different mods and plaplating and that made my confidence go way up. so if i was you buy like an $8 Z'gok or Zaku orsomething and just try as many different skills you can on it

Jfl0
February 5, 2013, 5:27 PM
What i did was bought a cheap lil 1/144 and started just trying different mods and plaplating and that made my confidence go way up. so if i was you buy like an $8 Z'gok or Zaku orsomething and just try as many different skills you can on it

I do a similar thing before painting kits. I have an old tank model i use to test colors.

D-Smith
February 5, 2013, 7:35 PM
If i could do it over i would have started with doing nothing but HG's and built my skills up that you learn on HG's before moving on to bigger stuff

jlara96
February 6, 2013, 2:56 AM
the length of those arms is insane