View Full Version : "HARIBON" MG RMS 108 Marasai vMatX Part I

September 1, 2012, 6:57 PM
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Haribon. A monicker given to the Philippine Eagle. The Haribon is also what will become of the Marasai after modifications. I chose the Marasai as the Haribon's base mainly because its head somewhat resembles a raptor's (at least in my mind's eye, but the power of suggestion is quite, er, powerful, as others have begun seeing what I see. I also chose the Marasai, because it is one of the Zaku-based grunt units I actually like immediately when I first saw it. I was disappointed with at first, because its frame was also made of PS instead of the usual ABS, but as I was assembling it, the frame seemed and felt like dense polycap (PE) material, was too easy to cut and scratch, especially with a brand new cutter (the old one's spring finally gave away, aside from the fact that it has become dull in 2 years). It behaves like PE material as well; it hugs its fellow plastic, and seem to have a slight elastic memory.

It is as beneficial as it is troublesome in some aspect when it comes to modifications. Drilling a hole on it is easy mainly because it's soft, but because of that property, it's quite hard to enlarge the hole. It's easier to score and cut, but that easiness somewhat give it the disadvantage when trying to cut it precisely by freehand, as I was able to do so with regular PS armor parts. But, since it's still PS, cement remains the hero of the day.

Waist Not, Want Not. I modified the frame first to make extensions. I started with widening the shoulders by 5mm on each side. This was done by cutting the chest/shoulder frame near alongside the area where the shoulder armor is attached. This resulted in 3 pieces each for the back and front ends of the frame. I then rebuilt the frame, back parts first (waiting around an hour to let the cement set), so I can align the front parts freely as I add reinforcements using 1mm WHIPS and 2mm beams.

http://i1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/Haribon/th_IMG_9972.jpg http://i1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/Haribon/th_IMG_9968.jpg (http://s1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/Haribon/?action=view&current=IMG_9972.jpg)

I then proceeded with the waist/abdomen extension, but this is in conjunction with the groin joint placement. I will explain the groin mod first and you will see why later on.

The groin joint of the Marasai, like that of the Zaku 2.0 is a side swivel and not a center swivel like that of the MG SInanju and the MG Hi-Nu. It also does not have front<>back swivel like the Hi-Nu does (as well as some HG kits), which changes the kit's upper body equilibrium point from front-heavy<>back-heavy. This is a bit problematic for me, since I plan to give the Haribon some heavy backpack additions. The detail of the groin part does indicate that it should have that feature.

Simply turning the leg/groin joint won't work, as it will put the thigh way up front into the front skirt's domain, so a radical, but simple mod is needed. I had to cut the whole groin placement section and reverse its placement relative to the front of the groin assembly.

http://i1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/Haribon/th_IMG_9961.jpg (http://s1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/Haribon/?action=view&current=IMG_9961.jpg)

I then rebuilt the part by sandwiching WHIPS and beams within the inner section to act as dovetails for the outer section to hold on to. When this was done, as I mentioned earlier, I cut the ball part of the waist/abdomen joint, drilled a 2.8mm hole into the ball, stuck a 5mm<1cm>5mm piece of 5mm round beam, with ends shaved down to 3mm. I also mentioned earlier that the frame material act as if it was polycap material, so I'm careful to make the hole big enough for a sung fit, because the material will do the rest. When done correctly, the mod can stand without cement, but, I wasn't going to take any chances especially with high tension parts.

As such, this is a 2-4-1 modification.


Height comparison with the Shin Matsunaga Zaku.


Thigh high. With the waist/groin modification curing, I proceeded working on the thigh extension. I had lofty ideas of cutting the lower peg that connects to the thigh away and extending it at the middle, and extending the thigh frame itself, but I guess my experience with the Bathala's modifications learned me a thing or two about thinking out of the box to see a simpler and faster solution.

And it did give me one. Instead of doing either, I kept the peg intact, and instead cored it, stuck a 5mm<2cm length of 5mm beam, and encapsulated it with an 8mm clear pipe with a 5mm~ inside diameter (Note, these pipes I've had since I started heavy mods 3 years ago). The extended peg goes way into the thigh frame, and since it's held only by a 2mm thick PC part, it's a bit too wobbly for comfort (I exaggerate, it's not really that wobbly, but I'm not taking any chances), I reinforced one side the inner section of the thigh with another piece of 8mm pipe, to "hold" the extended peg within the thigh.

http://i1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/Haribon/th_IMG_9982.jpg (http://s1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/Haribon/?action=view&current=IMG_9982.jpg) http://i1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/Haribon/th_IMG_9981.jpg (http://s1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/Haribon/?action=view&current=IMG_9981.jpg)


Ankles Away. Though extending the thigh didn't visually drastically affect the proportion (at least to me, because of the Marasai's huge feet, and you know what they say about huge feet), I "cheated" by extending the ankle joint instead of the leg, and will later thicken it up.


I'll instead lengthen the armor parts, or, I might just cover them up with "feathers" similar to the scales I did on the Ronin, but longer, or I might not use them at all for an exposed frame effect with a few details here and there.

September 1, 2012, 6:58 PM
Height comparison, with the Zaku, and my headless, dilapidated Zeta A1 (this proves Gunpla ARE NOT TOYS).

http://i1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/Haribon/th_IMG_9984.jpg (http://s1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/Haribon/?action=view&current=IMG_9984.jpg) http://i1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/Haribon/th_IMG_9985.jpg (http://s1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/Haribon/?action=view&current=IMG_9985.jpg)

That's it for now...

September 2, 2012, 3:04 PM
Well, I shall be the first one to comment on it :

Looks good, mate!

September 2, 2012, 3:38 PM
Looking good so far. Can't wait to see where this goes.

September 2, 2012, 4:58 PM
Thanks guys!

A quick update in less than 24 hours (of modifications, that is)!

Wrapped Around. For the abdomen armor extension, I did a modification similar to what I've done with the Bathala.


I drilled four 2mm holes, one at each "corner" at the bottom of the abdomen armor, where I each inserted 2mm/1.3cm long round beams. These will serve as "posts" for the base of the extension. I made the base by aligning holes through a piece of 1mm WHIPS, and followed the shape of the armor's base when I cut it, allowing a little leeway for corrections. I cemented the base onto another piece of WHIPS, and it served as the "catch" of the posts.

http://i1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/Haribon/th_IMG_9996.jpg (http://s1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/Haribon/?action=view&current=IMG_9996.jpg) http://i1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/Haribon/th_IMG_9998.jpg (http://s1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/Haribon/?action=view&current=IMG_9998.jpg) http://i1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/Haribon/th_IMG_9997.jpg (http://s1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/Haribon/?action=view&current=IMG_9997.jpg)


I then cut an apt-width piece of WHIP and wrapped it around the extension posts, aligning it with the base and the lower edge of the armor.

http://i1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/Haribon/th_IMG_0001.jpg (http://s1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/Haribon/?action=view&current=IMG_0001.jpg) http://i1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/Haribon/th_IMG_0002.jpg (http://s1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/Haribon/?action=view&current=IMG_0002.jpg)

At Arm's Reach. I avoided having to extend the arms mainly because, as you can see in the picture, there were "nothing" for me to work on how to extend it because of how small the pieces are relative to their connection points. The peg was too small to core, the upper arm is too short to cut, owing that the frakking polycap is placed in the middle of the <bicep> and there's nowhere good enough to cut either way . I didn't feel it needed it, reasoning to myself that the proportion was still okay, but I lost to my own insistence. I haven't really done any arm extensions before, and I didn't have any ready solution.


Or did I? The solution, again, was simple; all I had to do is replicate what I did with the thigh extension by encapsulating the peg + the extension with a pipe. These plastic pipes are a bit tricky to work with though, since they don't "melt" with cement. I had to rely on the snugness of the fit, the cement does melt the peg and extension, and their bond should stay because of the encapsulation.


Test fit.


To be continued...

September 3, 2012, 6:37 AM
Lightning update:

After the extending the upper arms, there was something about the forearms that kept bugging me (never mind the bright background lighting):


It looked too short for comfort. This is the kind of escalation I was trying to avoid (like how the Itch with the Chimera build) since again, I didn't want to do unplanned modifications, but to no avail. I was actually thinking about it while I was posting part II, but brushed it aside, till I could no longer.

Then again, the modification for this is about the same one I did for the ankle joint and rather simple. In this case however, I drilled the hole at the center off the ball along the its axis first, then cut the entire peg at the base. This pre-aligns the extension beam.

http://i1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/Haribon/th_IMG_0005.jpg (http://s1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/Haribon/?action=view&current=IMG_0005.jpg) http://i1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/Haribon/th_IMG_0006.jpg (http://s1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/Haribon/?action=view&current=IMG_0006.jpg)

Then used the same encapsulation method I did earlier. In this case however, I was using a 2mm round beam and a pipe with a 3mm inner diameter (the same type I used with the upper arm). To compensate for the difference, I cut thin strips of 0.3mm plaplates (yes, I still have a few of these buggers), and stuffed them in the gap and around the beam, then dropped cement to saturate the stuffing. It's a simple matter of attaching the peg/ball and sealing the entire thing with cement.


Better, if I do say so myself.


I'll try to post an update as soon as I can, but I have to work on a couple of projects first.

September 4, 2012, 9:43 AM
:popcorn and tissues:

September 4, 2012, 10:10 AM
A very interesting looking build so far. Looking forward to seeing how the rest of it turns out. Also looking forward to watching how you do these amazing custom builds.

September 4, 2012, 10:10 AM
What exactly does WHIPS stand for?

September 5, 2012, 3:53 AM
What exactly does WHIPS stand for?

WHIPS - White High Impact Polystyrene, to distinguish it from the the blue HIPS we have locally.

I did say on my previous update that I'll be working on a couple of projects first, but I was able to move them back a day, as such allowed me to work on some additional primary modifications.

I guess I can really work fast now because I've eliminated most of the guess work and analysis when I do modifications. Previously, it took me days to think of what to do, but since I've learned from my mistakes, and considering this build has far fewer mechanical and complicated modifications to figure out, with the addition of simplifying most of the stuff I did previously, I could work relatively faster.

First off, I considered using the full backpack and simply stick the additional stuff I was going to build on the notches provided for the Ballute, then considered just simply cutting and using the connector on the back pack.


I decided to ditch the entire thing and simply build a new connector. To make it easy for me, I built this in several parts instead of just cutting one piece of WHIPS at the middle, the main one have an upside down "U" and covers the notch that goes into the back pack, on the top and sides. I then cemented 3mm beams along the length of the notch on the bottom and top for optimum strength and tightness, then covered the bottom part with a piece of WHIPS. I cemented the other piece of the shield support assembly directly onto the 3mm beams, and they align as if this modification was meant to be.

http://i1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/Haribon/th_IMG_0010.jpg (http://s1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/Haribon/?action=view&current=IMG_0010.jpg) http://i1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/Haribon/th_IMG_0011.jpg (http://s1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/Haribon/?action=view&current=IMG_0011.jpg)

This now becomes the Haribon's wing mount. I've temporarily mounted the shields itself, since I might use them as the base for the wings. This kinda reminds me of one of the Empire's shuttles in Star Wars.


Test fit.

http://i1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/Haribon/th_IMG_0013.jpg (http://s1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/Haribon/?action=view&current=IMG_0013.jpg) http://i1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/Haribon/th_IMG_0015.jpg (http://s1167.photobucket.com/albums/q634/XanderXinger/Haribon/?action=view&current=IMG_0015.jpg)

I've modified the rear skirt as a "single" unit for the Haribon's tail. I'm still deciding which design I'll implement, whether a simple layered armor, or long feathers, similar to the Ronin's layered scales.

I'll try to post an update this weekend.