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Re: American Era Gundam Toy Discussion

Postby Aluus » Sun Aug 21, 2011 12:43 am

Happens all the time actually, but they tend to be collections of the older designs. Have you any idea how many variations of the original RX-78-2 and Zaku II there are? Furthermore, as technology improves, older designs get new kits. Example: Master Grade RX-78-2 Gundam, Master Grade RX-78-2 Gundam Version 1.5 and Master Grade RX-78-2 Gundam Version 2.0... same Gundam, better tech in each subsequent version. Enhanced posability, more accurate. The 2.0 is sorta cartoonish visually, but amazingly posable. It seriously blows my mind to see that kit balanced on the tips of its toes... While we're at it, let's not forget recolors, or resculpts, or kits with extra gear like the full armor gundam or perfect gundam...
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Re: American Era Gundam Toy Discussion

Postby Aluus » Sat Aug 27, 2011 7:29 pm

if any of you are on the fence about the 00 Gundam Master Grades, get off it now. I'm constructing Exia as we speak. I have the upper body done. This kit is marvelously executed. Posability is almost ludicrous, and quite stable despite some peoples' complaints. The light purple parts used in the NG are replaced with transparent holographic purple tinted parts that allow you to see the inner frame moving. That is an extremely nice touch.

Then there's the way the actual parts are laid out on the runners. You know how with some kits, you have to clip parts from like 10 different runners just to build a single arm? This is the exact opposite of that. I am building both legs and only using 3 runners. The F plate is completely dedicated to the inner frame of the legs. The C plate is about 90% dedicated to the white armor of the legs, with a few pieces for the skirts and shield. Then there's the A plate, which is about 50% leg parts, a little white, a little transparent green, and red for the feet. The rest of the A parts have already been used. There are also the last 2 remaining I parts, transparent disks that go over the stickers and under green disks. Though this kit comes with a runner of 3 dozen polycaps, you only use half of them.

As you build the kit, your work area will progressively become less cluttered, unlike say, Epyon, where you still have 10 runners with parts left by the time you get to the wings. On top of that, I haven't had a single area yet that after being cut from the runner and trimmed made me feel like it REQUIRED sanding and painting.

Masterfully done Bandai. I hate to admit this, but I do believe you've just talked me into giving you more of my money for the 00 Raiser and 00 Qan[T].
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Re: American Era Gundam Toy Discussion

Postby chuckdawg1999 » Sat Aug 27, 2011 7:40 pm

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Aluus wrote:if any of you are on the fence about the 00 Gundam Master Grades, get off it now. I'm constructing Exia as we speak. I have the upper body done. This kit is marvelously executed. Posability is almost ludicrous, and quite stable despite some peoples' complaints. The light purple parts used in the NG are replaced with transparent holographic purple tinted parts that allow you to see the inner frame moving. That is an extremely nice touch. Then there's the way the actual parts are laid out on the runners. You know how with some kits, you have to clip parts from like 10 different runners just to build a single arm? This is the exact opposite of that. I am building both legs and only using 3 runners. The E runner is completely dedicated to the inner frame of the legs. The C runner is about 90% dedicated to the white armor of the legs, with a few pieces for the skirts and shield. Then there's the A plate, which is about 50% leg parts, a little white, a little transparent green, and red for the feet. The rest of the A parts have already been used. As you build the kit, your work area will progressively become less cluttered, unlike say, Epyon, where you still have 10 runners with parts left by the time you get to the wings. On top of that, I haven't had a single area yet that after being cut from the runner and trimmed made me feel like it REQUIRED sanding and painting.

Masterfully done Bandai. I hate to admit this, but I do believe you've just talked me into giving you more of my money for the 00 Raiser and 00 Qan[T].


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Re: American Era Gundam Toy Discussion

Postby Aluus » Sat Aug 27, 2011 8:09 pm

Ha. I know i'm dishing out the praise, but I find this to be a very refreshing build compared to the small fiasco I went through with Epyon. I really wanna know wtf Katoki was thinking when laying out those parts on the plates the way he did.

Taking a break atm, here's what I have so far. No panel lining and not a drop of paint.

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Re: American Era Gundam Toy Discussion

Postby chuckdawg1999 » Sat Aug 27, 2011 8:13 pm

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Aluus wrote:Ha. I know i'm dishing out the praise, but I find this to be a very refreshing build compared to the small fiasco I went through with Epyon. I really wanna know wtf Katoki was thinking when laying out those parts on the plates the way he did.

Taking a break atm, here's what I have so far. No panel lining and not a drop of paint.

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The crest isn't painted? Every time I do a kit I'm reminded of the old Maori woodcarver legend about giving life to the carvings.
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Re: American Era Gundam Toy Discussion

Postby Aluus » Sat Aug 27, 2011 8:41 pm

Crest? Do you mean Exia's v-fin? It's supposed to be white. I don't have enough ventilation at work for painting/panel lining. However, if you mean the camera over the v-fin, I prefer to use the sticker as the words weren't carved into the clear pieces like they were on the transparent green ones. I'd show a close up of the green parts, but my camera doesn't have quite the resolution to do them justice. It's interesting how they chose to do things with the green parts on Exia. First you have a black sticker underneath with green lettering/detailing. On top of that goes a small transparent circle, sorta like a contact lens. On top of THAT, you will place a larger green circle, that actually has the words from the sticker underneath carved into it.

Also, I don't know how they do this, but it seems like many of the little spurs or whatever they're called that connect the red parts to the A plate, they are HOLLOW right where they touch the part, making for a lot less excess plastic to trim away. This is good because as we all know, Bandai hasn't managed to design a red plastic yet where the nub marks don't scream at you with their whiteness. I know this kit is from last year, but it feels like the most modern Gunpla I have ever touched.
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Re: American Era Gundam Toy Discussion

Postby chuckdawg1999 » Sat Aug 27, 2011 8:55 pm

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Aluus wrote:Crest? Do you mean Exia's v-fin? It's supposed to be white. I don't have enough ventilation at work for painting/panel lining. However, if you mean the camera over the v-fin, I prefer to use the sticker as the words weren't carved into the clear pieces like they were on the transparent green ones. I'd show a close up of the green parts, but my camera doesn't have quite the resolution to do them justice. It's interesting how they chose to do things with the green parts on Exia. First you have a black sticker underneath with green lettering/detailing. On top of that goes a small transparent circle, sorta like a contact lens. On top of THAT, you will place a larger green circle, that actually has the words from the sticker underneath carved into it.


I meant the V-fin.
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Re: American Era Gundam Toy Discussion

Postby Aluus » Sat Aug 27, 2011 10:34 pm

Well, i'll catch you tomorrow. Spent 6 hours of my shift working on Exia (there are some benefits to working in security) and I managed to fully complete both arms, the right leg, and left foot. Used to be faster, but I have a brand new pocket x-acto with like a centimeter long blade for precision cutting. I love it, but it's so freaking sharp I can easily slice through entire parts if I am not careful (not to mention my fingers!)

On a totally unrelated note... does anyone know the preferred glue for fixing gunpla? When I was assembling the torso last night, I accidentally snapped one of the gray parts on the back that holds in the GN Drive. It's been at least 10 years since i've broken something while building a Gundam. I felt like a total n00b.

I've currently got the piece held together with crazy glue, but it comes apart easily and didn't quite set right. I'll have to split it apart again, shave off the crazy glue, reglue it, and cover it with some Gundam gray (I actually have the 00 marker set, lucky me.) I figure if i'm going to do all this, I might as well use the right glue!
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Re: American Era Gundam Toy Discussion

Postby Aluus » Sun Aug 28, 2011 9:06 pm

Corny as this sounds, I understand now how Graham Aker felt upon seeing the Exia for the first time. Love at first sight. I know my modeling skills are lacking (I can't panel line until i'm off work tomorrow btw,) but this kit has got to be the best looking, best designed and best organized (seriously, the parts are all on the plates in a way that just makes SENSE!) Gunpla I have ever tackled. Thank you Bandai for the time and effort you put into designing the Master Grade Exia.

EDIT: 1, excuse the crappy background. I'm in a guardshack right now, 2, can someone else maybe bump this thread for a change? There's been a lot of gunpla related news lately.
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Re: American Era Gundam Toy Discussion

Postby Blurrz » Mon Aug 29, 2011 3:01 am

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Yes, the MG Exia is the shiz. Very beautiful kit.
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Re: American Era Gundam Toy Discussion

Postby Aluus » Mon Aug 29, 2011 11:07 am

Now if only they'd make a Master Grade Dynames...
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Re: American Era Gundam Toy Discussion

Postby Blurrz » Mon Aug 29, 2011 2:38 pm

Motto: "The Wreckers. Weird brain bullets. Impossible odds... It doesn't get much better than this."
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That would be killer. It's not like it would be hard either. The limbs are generally the same for both Mobile Suits. Instead... they announce they're making MG 1/100 00 Seven Sword and Trans-Am 00.

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Derp.

Atleast Sandrock's weapons look okay;

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Re: American Era Gundam Toy Discussion

Postby smoreyjinza » Mon Aug 29, 2011 2:47 pm

I think Sandrock's heat shortels and shield look great.
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Re: American Era Gundam Toy Discussion

Postby chuckdawg1999 » Mon Aug 29, 2011 3:09 pm

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Did I miss the MG regular release 00?
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Re: American Era Gundam Toy Discussion

Postby Aluus » Mon Aug 29, 2011 8:11 pm

Out for a while now actually.
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Re: American Era Gundam Toy Discussion

Postby chuckdawg1999 » Mon Aug 29, 2011 10:08 pm

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Aluus wrote:Out for a while now actually.


He's like the Exia you just made right, frame and all?
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Re: American Era Gundam Toy Discussion

Postby Aluus » Tue Aug 30, 2011 12:16 pm

Even better actually. All MG's and PG's have an inner frame. The newer the kit, the better the frame.
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Re: American Era Gundam Toy Discussion

Postby Optimus Primevil » Wed Sep 07, 2011 5:01 am

looks like katoki finally got a redesign right (in terms of over all desing and coloring). is that the sandrock's uzi sticking out?


i've just snagged a free FG dynames from a gundam promotional tour(participants are given a kit and try to build it nice enough to win a prize) and i was wondering if there is such a promotion in america(i'm from the philippines if anyone was wondering)? the previous years it was red astrays (either the FG or the SD version) and looks like they're trying to get rid of the shelfwarming FG 00 kits so that's what they're giving away
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Re: American Era Gundam Toy Discussion

Postby Blurrz » Wed Sep 07, 2011 4:00 pm

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Hmmm, never heard of such a promotion in North America, but all I know is that those things are selling for $5-10. They're really fun to work on though, with some paints and panel lines I made the FG Exia look better than an untouched HG.
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Re: American Era Gundam Toy Discussion

Postby robofreak » Thu Sep 08, 2011 2:32 pm

I've been out of the Gunpla loop for too long. Time to start getting back in.

Am I right in seeing MGs of all 5 Gundam Wing Gundams? If so, I'm a happy nerd! Those are my favorite designs and it will be time to start building again if I can put the cast on my shelf.
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Re: American Era Gundam Toy Discussion

Postby Blurrz » Fri Sep 09, 2011 8:48 pm

Motto: "The Wreckers. Weird brain bullets. Impossible odds... It doesn't get much better than this."
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robofreak wrote:I've been out of the Gunpla loop for too long. Time to start getting back in.

Am I right in seeing MGs of all 5 Gundam Wing Gundams? If so, I'm a happy nerd! Those are my favorite designs and it will be time to start building again if I can put the cast on my shelf.


Sandrock + Heavyarms still need to be released. Plus, they released the Epyon.
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Re: American Era Gundam Toy Discussion

Postby robofreak » Sat Sep 10, 2011 1:34 am

Blurrz wrote:
robofreak wrote:I've been out of the Gunpla loop for too long. Time to start getting back in.

Am I right in seeing MGs of all 5 Gundam Wing Gundams? If so, I'm a happy nerd! Those are my favorite designs and it will be time to start building again if I can put the cast on my shelf.


Sandrock + Heavyarms still need to be released. Plus, they released the Epyon.


Epyon! I love the Epyon! Just looked him up on dalong. I'll definitely need one of him.
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Re: American Era Gundam Toy Discussion

Postby Aluus » Wed Sep 14, 2011 9:30 pm

You know... I normally can't stand GM suits. Always cannon fodder, always designed to make the gundam look cooler, but I gotta say, the RGM-96X Jesta just looks badass. This suit reminds me of a Spartan from Halo, probably because he looks a lot like the armor configuration I used on Noble 6 in Halo Reach. I want a Master Grade version. I want it now. I may even paint it in the same colors I use in Halo.
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Re: American Era Gundam Toy Discussion

Postby Blurrz » Sat Sep 17, 2011 1:24 pm

Motto: "The Wreckers. Weird brain bullets. Impossible odds... It doesn't get much better than this."
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Haha, you could probably even switch off a McFarlane or a Play Arts Kai Spartan head if they made a MG Jesta.
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Re: American Era Gundam Toy Discussion

Postby Aluus » Mon Sep 19, 2011 10:15 pm

check out this custom rx-78-2. I love the updated, badass look the modeler gave it. Very schway.

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