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HellaGrade
August 4, 2014, 7:40 PM
Hello everyone! I'm a new member here and I wanted to share my first custom project. It's going to be a 1/144 Gouf Custom. I do have some personal attachment to this model so I decided to make it my first project. I hope you enjoy this work in progress thread. Sorry for the lack of pictures, I didn't plan on sharing this on a forum but I did take some. Have a good one!

July 29th, 2014 - August 7th, 2014

Ordered from modelgrade.net and picked up at a local comic shop. 12 hour process and delivery!
http://i62.tinypic.com/161ywcn.jpg

Skewers + alligator clips + Gundam parts = plastic forest!
http://i61.tinypic.com/2dv8olg.jpg

Painted
http://i58.tinypic.com/30j2wz8.jpg

Closer view at the chrome. Planning to have minor chrome hits on the body.
http://i59.tinypic.com/2lk6ubs.jpg

Restarting the process on some of the gold chrome parts. Damn overspray.
http://i61.tinypic.com/2ed4n6s.jpg

Experimenting on the clear coats. Gloss vs Gloss then Matte vs Matte then Gloss
http://i62.tinypic.com/1i0oec.jpg

Experimenting with faux carbon fiber on an extra RX-78 shield piece.
http://i62.tinypic.com/5arxus.jpg

Matte coating just about everything. Still have yet to paint the hands because I don't have enough alligator clips. :(
http://i58.tinypic.com/5d348p.jpg

Shponglefan
August 4, 2014, 11:25 PM
Welcome! And I'm really curious to see how this turns out since I bought the same kit about a week ago! :D

V0LTES-V01
August 5, 2014, 12:04 AM
Welcome aboard!

I like the ingenuity of using shipment boxes to hold the skewers, but I think it's taking a lot of space in your home LOL. Why not use styrofoam blocks instead? You can easily purchase em' at an arts & crafts store.

Oh and do enjoy your stay here at the forum. If you have build questions, don't hesitate to ask. The members are here to help.

HellaGrade
August 5, 2014, 3:43 AM
Welcome! And I'm really curious to see how this turns out since I bought the same kit about a week ago! :D

Thank you! I haven't snap fitted it yet so the first time will be when I'm done!


Welcome aboard!

I like the ingenuity of using shipment boxes to hold the skewers, but I think it's taking a lot of space in your home LOL. Why not use styrofoam blocks instead? You can easily purchase em' at an arts & crafts store.

Oh and do enjoy your stay here at the forum. If you have build questions, don't hesitate to ask. The members are here to help.

Thank you also! I'm using the shipment boxes simply because they're free and collapsable. I'm home for summer so I need a way to make a stand while simultaneously making it easier to pack when I move back to college in a few weeks. But I'm definitely going to invest in styrofoam later on!

thwalker13
August 5, 2014, 8:06 AM
I just use pieces of styrofoam that comes packed in boxes. 9/10 times it just gets thrown away, why not repurpose it?

And looks like some good progress so far on the Gouf, I really love that gold on the piping.

HellaGrade
August 8, 2014, 4:33 PM
Update: Starting the final phase of the custom. Matte coating everything except the hands (didn't have enough clips for them!!!)
http://i58.tinypic.com/5d348p.jpg

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Preview! Finally done. Will post higher quality photos by tonight/tomorrow! No idea why TinyPic rotated it though sorry :(
http://i59.tinypic.com/detp8o.jpg

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Complete!
http://i.imgur.com/UitMBn6.jpg
More images on my Imgur (http://hellagrade.imgur.com/) and project insight on my Tumblr (http://hellagrade.tumblr.com/). Thank you everyone! Can't wait to build my next one (hint: I love mono-eyes)!

Dlinker
August 8, 2014, 5:33 PM
Nicely done. I like how simple the color scheme is. It gives it a little more of a realistic feel. I see you encountered some paint chipping in some areas.

Zeta
August 8, 2014, 5:48 PM
I imagine this is what a Char Custom Gouf would look like.

HellaGrade
August 8, 2014, 5:59 PM
Nicely done. I like how simple the color scheme is. It gives it a little more of a realistic feel. I see you encountered some paint chipping in some areas.

Thank you! And yeah, the chipping caused me to go with the battle damaged look. It was disappointing at first, but I'm glad it I was able to work with it.


I imagine this is what a Char Custom Gouf would look like.

That's pretty much what I was going for. I really like the commanding presence of Sazabi's and Sinanju's red armor so I took inspiration from that. I did plan using the same colors for all mono-eyes I get, but I'm not quite sure anymore. I'm still deciding on what 1/144 model I'm getting next.

Squee
August 8, 2014, 6:37 PM
I think my favorite part is the checkered shield. I think if you did that to the main chest part that was black originally, it'd really make the kit "pop" more.

HellaGrade
August 8, 2014, 6:56 PM
I think my favorite part is the checkered shield. I think if you did that to the main chest part that was black originally, it'd really make the kit "pop" more.

The checkered shield is supposed to be carbon fiber, aha. I sprayed it on using shelf liner as a stencil. It's definitely a hard pattern to replicate and make it look believable. And yeah I know what you're saying about the chest part. If I could, I would definitely go back and make that part or the abdominals "carbon fiber".

Squee
August 8, 2014, 9:41 PM
At 1/144 scale, carbon fiber would look like metallic black paint lol that's a bit out of size.

HellaGrade
August 8, 2014, 10:00 PM
At 1/144 scale, carbon fiber would look like metallic black paint lol that's a bit out of size.

Yeah, aha. I was thinking the same thing; the shield definitely has huge carbon weaves. I was thinking I should get a fine wire mesh just so the idea of the carbon fiber pattern is there. Plus it's something fun to do.

Shponglefan
August 9, 2014, 1:12 AM
I like the end result and the subtler-than-usual weathering. It has a "used but not abused" feel to it. Good job!