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Gundam and Japanese Model CollectionGundam and Japanese Model Collection

Gundam All That's Awesomely Good!


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Introduction

Hey everyone Sazako here, instead of writing a figure review, instead I have decided to show and tell you about something I have invested a lot of my free time into. This of course is my Japanese model and Gundam collection. I have prepared and painted these models to the best of my ability over the last few years. This article will comprise of a lots of photographs of the seven members of my current collection accompanied with a brief description on why they are important to me and about the design of the model. They are presented in the chronological order which I put them together. I hope you enjoy them!

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My Gundam Storey Begins

My first encounter with Gundams or Gunpla, was when I was in second year of school, after my Dad brought one home after a 6 week business trip to Japan. It was a 1/144 scale Shadow aka Speigle Gundam from G Gundam. I instantly took a liking to the kit and wanted get more to start a collection. However at that time Gundams were unavailable for sale from Australian retailers. So whenever my family went on holidays to South East Asia during my schooling years I would use the opportunity to acquire two or three new 1/144 scale Gundams.

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After obtaining a part time job and an ebay account I made the decision to upgrade my collection from 1/144 to 1/100 scale. I believed that the 1/100 Gundams would draw more attention to themselves as they were larger. Furthermore after viewing many forum pages on Hobby Fanatics, and watching some professional Gunpla videos, I chose to take my hobby to the next level. This involved me purchasing a cheap air compressor and airbrush off Ebay. Which I would use to paint every single piece of the Gundam before it was assembled. This was instead of just doing “touch ups” with a paint brush where the plastic is the wrong colour which I had done previously on the 1/144 scale kits.

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Having said that I am no master Gunpla Builder, I have generally painted each kit how it appears on the box art without any customisation or alternative colour schemes. While I do panel line my models, I choose not to apply any decals, preferring the “clean look”. I have all but forbidden stickers preferring to paint every minor detail. I am not yet advanced my skills to the point where I would use putty to erase between different parts.

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In the past I have only assembled the Gundams on University holidays where I knew I could afford dedicate the time to do a good job on them. My 1/100 scale collection, which I show you I this article, is rather small. This is because I think of myself as a perfectionist. Hence I have lengthy delays trying to fix minor paint flaws when the model is almost complete. This is a very time consuming process for me as fixing some flaws may create others, leading to a loop.


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Mass Produced Evangelion

The first model which I painted with my airbrush, was the infamous Mass Production Evangelion from the movie The End of Evangelion. It is given the fan/internet nickname “Harpy” due to its bird like head and wings. I think the visual design of these Evangelion units was very well done. Just by adding the grotesque head, with its big red lips, on top of the slender human-like Evangelion body, it became very scary and menacing. Combined with its animal like behaviour, it sits at the very bottom of Uncanny Valley and that was before the weird stuff in the movie began. I believe I worked on it between the January and February of 2009.

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Being a very simple model, with its binary color scheme, I thought it would be perfect to learn how to use my newly acquired airbrush and compressor. Hence there are many, areas where I have made mistakes with the paint job, such as slightly different coloured pieces created from paint contamination. Since the model itself was produced 15 years ago and is much thinner than a Gundam I can only describe the articulation as terrible. However the impressive parts of the kit are the Evangelion’s wings and twin bladed lance. Once the underside of the 50cm wings are painted black it appears very majestic. The same goes for the lance once painted in two colours its rounded surface make it appear metallic yet organic fitting within the setting of Evangelion quite well.


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Whenever there were two colours on one piece, such as the Eva’s mouth, its lance, mid sections and of course its wings I used an extreme amount of masking tape before air brushing. On the wings several “paint lines” have formed after the paint has built up on the boarder of the masking tape after multiple repaints. To sum it up while I tried hard to paint this Evangelion properly since it was the first time I used an air brush its paint job is really quite terrible with the large amount of errors which I made.


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Currently this is the only model out of my Deltof cabinet hanging from the smoke detector on my ceiling, above my bed. This is to re-enact the scene where it glides down, pristine and undamaged, into the Geo-Front to engage with Unit 2. I wanted to set it in this pose as it allows me to show off the model’s wings.


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Overflag

The next model and the first 1/100 mobile suit I built, was the Overflag from Gundam 00. I started painting it in February of 2009 and completed it in May 2009. It took so long as University started in February and many small errors were made which needed to be corrected. I chose the model as it had a primary black colour scheme with only hints of white and grey which I finished with a matt (non glossy) top coat.

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I liked the Overflag as it was built upon the “Char ideology”. This is installing top of the line custom parts into a standard military machine. Given a highly skilled pilot it can usually fight effectively with the Gundams, which were based around new superior technology. The Overflag’s design, gives the impression that it is a military machine, built to fulfil a specific task instead of being an all-rounder. Its armaments consist of just one gun, two swords and a defence rod. Its frame is light so it would have increased speed and manoeuvrability in both of its modes. The Overflag’s crowning moment of glory in my opinion was in episode 17 of Gundam 00. This was where Graham, piloting his Overflag, single handed disarmed a Gundam in an awesome display of skills and experience trumping brute force.

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Gundam Dymanes

Gundam Dynames, which I built from the period of November 2009 till December 2009, was my first actual Gundam and next project. My ongoing goal would be to build the four main suits from the first season of Gundam 00. I chose Dynames as I liked it the most with the exception of Exia, which I knew would get a Master Grade. While being the designated sniper Dynames could do most things, fight at mid or close range and has better than expected defence for a sniper unit with its with its shoulder shields. I usually display him flying forward holding his rifle. I enjoyed the first season of 00 more than the second, so my goal would be to build the four primary Gundams as well as possibly including a set of 3 Master Grade GN-X’s, another design mobile suit design which I really like.


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Paint Change

I painted it and the previous three models with Tamiya acrylic paints. However I noticed a bad tendency for it to chip and mark after it had dried but before and sometimes even after it cured. Reading more on Hobby Fanatics I decided to change over to a brand more people were using called Mr Color/Hobby from CSI Cero. When I waltzed down to the main hobby store in Perth, they only sold the acrylic type, Mr Hobby. Which I then happily and mistakenly purchased instead of the more durable lacquer type the pros were using called Mr Color. Rookie Mistake! However when painting my models I did notice a marginal improvement in durability over the Tamiya paint. I used Mr Hobby on the next 4 models which I completed from November 2009 to December 2010. It still does have a tendency to chip and mark which I am not completely satisfied with it.


Evangelion Unit 0


With Neon Genesis Evangelion being my second favourite anime series of all time it was only natural for Eva unit 0, to be my next model. This was decision was made on the basis that Rei was my favourite Evangelion pilot. Unfortunately I failed to take into account that this was 15 year old model and I had probably done Rei a disservice in the assembly of her unit. After assembly glaring seam lines in the paint job appeared right down the front of its leg armour and Eva fins. I painted the formerly grey Lance of Longinus red to re-enact the episode where Auska gets her mind violated which (replaces a more explicit word). Compared Gundams these days, the Evangelion models lack a lot of articulation. As a result I usually pose it so it holds the lance in front of it with both hands in a horizontal manner. I also gave it a high gloss after coat instead of the matt coat for some insane reason. I worked on it from December 2008 to January 2009.


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Qubeley

Qubeley from Zeta Gundam was actually the first 1/100 and Master grade Gundam which I acquired back in 2007 when it was assembled unpainted. I had fallen in love with its white, curvy, alien like design combined with the fact that it used “Funnels” to attack its enemies with. “Funnels” are small drones, which are controlled by the pilot’s physic power, which separate from Qubeley to attack opponent mobiles suits with, think aircraft. I also liked the design and character of its pilot, Haman Karn. Originally I had just planned just to assemble and leave it in straight out of the box build. However after browsing the net I stumbled upon this professional Gunpla video.

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Basically the presenter made the same Qubeley model have a very, very shiny finish, which I wanted to replicate on mine. In fact it was the deciding factor in my decision to purchase the airbrush, compressor and a range of hobby paints to go with them. Between December 2009 and January 2010 I painted Qubeley, a time at which I thought my skills of using the air brush had developed to a point where I could competently replicate what I had seen in the video. While it is very hard to judge, I believe that my Qubeley only ended up half as shiny as the one in the video a fact which I am still very happy about.

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Freedom Gundam

The next Gundam I built was from January 2010 till April 2010. Master Grade Freedom Gundam was a birthday present from my friends so I was waiting to do it justice. Who could argue against how cool it was and therefore essential it was for my collection. It was the machine of the main character for the better half of the series, looked like an angel and had a lot of hidden guns as well as the traditional beam sword and shield.

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Anyway I thought I did a very good paint job with this Gundam. Its only fault is that I had to mix a custom blue paint together as Mr Hobby didn’t come in the correct colour. As a result the blue appears slightly darker than it should. I stuffed up painting the shield, with multiple disasters involving model cement and not providing proper masking tape resulting in parts being smudged with an airbrush. When I tried to fix one of the mistakes I would create another one which I would have to fix, being the perfectionist that I am, leading to a blow out in time. Also if you look closely there are visible seams along the top and bottom of its guns. Freedom Gundam is of course displayed in its “burst mode” where it has all its guns activated and ready to fire.

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Pest-X san

My last model I put together was Pest-X by Kotobuyukia during December 2010, a point in time which was when I was halfway through my university final year project. Pest-X San’s character designer was very clever taking the clichéd idea of a ninja in a trench coat, wielding swords and knives, and somehow turns it totally awesome. Somehow all the feature; the hair tied back in a big red pony tail, the axe-crazy grinning face, the white billowing scarf and Black Trench coat all work together and really complement each other. In my opinion the sum is definitely greater than the parts. Anyway Kotobuyukia are not quite as skilled as Bandai when it comes to snap fit model kits. She is very stiff and hard to pose correctly compared to that of a master grade Gundam. I have just painted her as accurately as possible however chose to use a gloss coat on her hair.

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I now display all of my Gundams in an Ikea Deltof Cabinet. It provides adequate protection as they rarely get dusty. I like how it is cheap and can have a light installed enabling the Gundams displayed on the lower level to be illuminated. Having recently moved my anime figures to another Deltof the Gundam cabinet looks rather empty. Recently I have bought Action Stands to display my Gundams with more dynamic poses than if they were standing. However I find they do take up lots of room. Protip: buy clear action bases, not opaque ones, this way the light produced from the light at the top of the cabinet can reach and illuminate what is on the lower levels.

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Finale

Having just recently started just started a full time job I hope to find a bit of stable time in my life and spend an hour or so each night working on this hobby, hence increasing overall production rates. At the moment I have started building the original versions (from the series not the movies) of Evangelion Units 1 and 2 to go with my Unit 0 which would complete my Evangelion collection. I also have started a Combat San tactical suit version to keep Pest-X San company. After that a rough order and very optimistic list of models I would like to build after that would be 1/100 Kyrios, Providence, Justice Gundam, MG Zeta Version 2.0, Virtue Gundam, Gundam Exia and then MG Sazabi, probably followed by 3 X MG GN-X being hopelessly optimistic.

Maybe one day I will put my skills into painting garage kits of anime characters, or even sculpting then painting them myself. Anyway if you got to the end of this article I hoped you enjoyed the photographs and thank you for reading and viewing. Feel free click, inspect and comment on anything at all from the paint job to posing positions.
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Would you please check my pictuers
i have no idea how to link or upload a phohto in here its too complicated
i only have 1 picuter uploaded.
thank youSazako (4年前) #3172934Hi, Perhaps look if there is an identify this robot thread/article here, if not you are more then welcome to link the photos here and i will try my best to identify them.
4年前
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cereverus (4年前) #3146184hey everyone
i have a couple of gundam figures/kits i wana identify where should i post ?


Hi, Perhaps look if there is an identify this robot thread/article here, if not you are more then welcome to link the photos here and i will try my best to identify them.
4年前
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hey everyone
i have a couple of gundam figures/kits i wana identify where should i post ?
4年前
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Sazako (4年前) #2878418Hey Moro, I saw you completed your LM-HG MP Eva. I want to panel line mine just like yours now.
As for Aegis Gundam learning experience which is never a waste imo as your next kit will just be better.
It was fiddly and time-consuming but I think the end result is definitely worth it.
Yeah, it means I know what not to do at least. I just finished a (fairly) quick build of HG Blitz Gundam, which I also repainted extensively, but in a way that didn't prevent it from being assembled this time XD
4年前
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Ander (4年前) #2859417Nice work. I wonder how the evangelion 00 is without painting it? .The Blue parts came blue ?. The details in black came black ?. And the gray face, red eye and green detail in the head? You had to paint all these details? which yes which do not?

Hey Thanks Ander,

To Answer your question yes the blue parts come blue, a lighter blue then what I had painted. The kit comes with some stickers but other parts have to be painted such as the black parts on its Eva Fins. The face comes grey, you can easily mark the shadows using a gundam marker or a fine liner type pen. The eye is red and the green detail on the head comes with the kit. In general I try and copy what is shown on the side of the model box/instruction mannuals which looks a bit more complex then if you just put stickers on the kit. Do take in mind that LM-HG eva kits are very primitive models by Today's standards, but they are the best you can get from the classic Evangelion Model Kits. Good luck!

Moro (5年前) #2111022I haven't gotten any of the recent Eva model kits either, although it's mostly because I've fallen off the modeling wagon. The last thing I did was a HG Nobell Gundam that I customized into "Nightmare Moon Gundam" and that was quite a while ago. I bought the MP-EVA to try and get back into it. You should definitely post pictures of the EVA-01 and EVA-02 models though, I always like to see other people's modeling work.
I'll definitely post pictures! Not many people on here seem to have that kit, come to think of it.
As to the Aegis Gundam... well, the kit is molded in this awkward salmon pink color that I really didn't like, so I decided I wanted to paint it red instead. This sounds simple and fine, but it did not turn out well I was able to get a nice even red shade after several coats, but I didn't realize that in the process I was making the plastic thicker and thicker with layers of sprayed-on paint. This wasn't an issue until it was time to actually put the damn thing together--and then I had to go at the seams with a knife, scraping away at them over and over (and in the parts inside that snap together!) until they fit again. Which went about as well as you would expect--some parts I got to fit but only by gouging too much and thus the seam is REALLY conspicuous, and others I just sort of jammed together but they don't go together all the way and then they got stuck together so I couldn't fix it... I still have the kit, can't bring myself to throw it away after I spent so long on it, but the end result is really a mess.
Moro (5年前) #2111022I haven't gotten any of the recent Eva model kits either, although it's mostly because I've fallen off the modeling wagon. The last thing I did was a HG Nobell Gundam that I customized into "Nightmare Moon Gundam" and that was quite a while ago. I bought the MP-EVA to try and get back into it. You should definitely post pictures of the EVA-01 and EVA-02 models though, I always like to see other people's modeling work.
I'll definitely post pictures! Not many people on here seem to have that kit, come to think of it.
As to the Aegis Gundam... well, the kit is molded in this awkward salmon pink color that I really didn't like, so I decided I wanted to paint it red instead. This sounds simple and fine, but it did not turn out well I was able to get a nice even red shade after several coats, but I didn't realize that in the process I was making the plastic thicker and thicker with layers of sprayed-on paint. This wasn't an issue until it was time to actually put the damn thing together--and then I had to go at the seams with a knife, scraping away at them over and over (and in the parts inside that snap together!) until they fit again. Which went about as well as you would expect--some parts I got to fit but only by gouging too much and thus the seam is REALLY conspicuous, and others I just sort of jammed together but they don't go together all the way and then they got stuck together so I couldn't fix it... I still have the kit, can't bring myself to throw it away after I spent so long on it, but the end result is really a mess.


Hey Moro, I saw you completed your LM-HG MP Eva. I want to panel line mine just like yours now.

As for Aegis Gundam learning experience which is never a waste imo as your next kit will just be better.
4年前
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Nice work. I wonder how the evangelion 00 is without painting it? .The Blue parts came blue ?. The details in black came black ?. And the gray face, red eye and green detail in the head? You had to paint all these details? which yes which do not?
4年前
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Sazako (5年前) #2110845Hey Moro thanks for reading and, Long posts are good.
Thanks for that. When painting the Eva-00-Kai I had just finished 2 Master Grade Bandai Kits so was really surprised to see how backwards the old Eva LM-HG kits were. Unfortunately i am not tempted to get a more up to date Eva Kit from the movie, Only if Mark 6 had been awesome in the 3rd movie after all its hype build up or they released a Mark 9 in its second form I would have been excited to get a kit. Oh well can only wait to Movie 4. Maybe if I get time I will take up your suggestions and repaint MP-Eva's Swords and wings. Yeah i remember i was just starting to use an air brush then and was making all types of rookie mistakes one was not knowing how to clean it properly and stuff so i had paint mixing problems and everything. I have actually completed the HG-LM EVA-01 and EVA-02 but i have yet to post pics of them here. I think i had improved a lot since them.
Good luck with your Mass produced Eva Kit, would you share photos when you finish it?
Oh really your HG Aegis Gundam I suppose things like that happen when you play around with the colour pink. Did you mix colours together or use an airbrush for this?


I haven't gotten any of the recent Eva model kits either, although it's mostly because I've fallen off the modeling wagon. The last thing I did was a HG Nobell Gundam that I customized into "Nightmare Moon Gundam" and that was quite a while ago. I bought the MP-EVA to try and get back into it. You should definitely post pictures of the EVA-01 and EVA-02 models though, I always like to see other people's modeling work.

I'll definitely post pictures! Not many people on here seem to have that kit, come to think of it.

As to the Aegis Gundam... well, the kit is molded in this awkward salmon pink color that I really didn't like, so I decided I wanted to paint it red instead. This sounds simple and fine, but it did not turn out well I was able to get a nice even red shade after several coats, but I didn't realize that in the process I was making the plastic thicker and thicker with layers of sprayed-on paint. This wasn't an issue until it was time to actually put the damn thing together--and then I had to go at the seams with a knife, scraping away at them over and over (and in the parts inside that snap together!) until they fit again. Which went about as well as you would expect--some parts I got to fit but only by gouging too much and thus the seam is REALLY conspicuous, and others I just sort of jammed together but they don't go together all the way and then they got stuck together so I couldn't fix it... I still have the kit, can't bring myself to throw it away after I spent so long on it, but the end result is really a mess.
5年前
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Moro (5年前) #2105982HERE COMES A LONG COMMENT OH BOY
Really I don't think your MP-EVA or EVA-00-Kai kits look that bad. Sure, they've got imperfections, and I can see the paint issues (especially with MP-EVA since it has so few colors, the biggest thing I notice is the uneven shade of black on the underside of its wings) but they aren't that awful for an inexperienced builder. Actually, the paintwork on your EVA-00-Kai looks nicer than the paintwork on the old Revoltech. For the MP-EVA's sword, I would have mixed a slightly metallic gloss agent into the paint, to give it a bit of a sheen. Not really visible in the original film, but I think it'd add a nice touch.
I'm finicky, so I would have painted a lot of these details by hand with some of my incredibly tiny brushes. But airbrushes frequently don't seem to have enough control for my liking. I actually just ordered that MP-EVA kit and I know it's very bare-bones, so I'm planning to give it a custom paint job.
You should see the hilarious disaster that is my HG Aegis Gundam. And that wasn't even my first kit. It will make you feel better about all of yours, I'm pretty sure. God that was terrible. I tried to correct its colors and, well, I DID, sort of, but.... wow.


Hey Moro thanks for reading and, Long posts are good.

Thanks for that. When painting the Eva-00-Kai I had just finished 2 Master Grade Bandai Kits so was really surprised to see how backwards the old Eva LM-HG kits were. Unfortunately i am not tempted to get a more up to date Eva Kit from the movie, Only if Mark 6 had been awesome in the 3rd movie after all its hype build up or they released a Mark 9 in its second form I would have been excited to get a kit. Oh well can only wait to Movie 4. Maybe if I get time I will take up your suggestions and repaint MP-Eva's Swords and wings. Yeah i remember i was just starting to use an air brush then and was making all types of rookie mistakes one was not knowing how to clean it properly and stuff so i had paint mixing problems and everything. I have actually completed the HG-LM EVA-01 and EVA-02 but i have yet to post pics of them here. I think i had improved a lot since them.

Good luck with your Mass produced Eva Kit, would you share photos when you finish it?

Oh really your HG Aegis Gundam I suppose things like that happen when you play around with the colour pink. Did you mix colours together or use an airbrush for this?
5年前
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HERE COMES A LONG COMMENT OH BOY

Really I don't think your MP-EVA or EVA-00-Kai kits look that bad. Sure, they've got imperfections, and I can see the paint issues (especially with MP-EVA since it has so few colors, the biggest thing I notice is the uneven shade of black on the underside of its wings) but they aren't that awful for an inexperienced builder. Actually, the paintwork on your EVA-00-Kai looks nicer than the paintwork on the old Revoltech. For the MP-EVA's sword, I would have mixed a slightly metallic gloss agent into the paint, to give it a bit of a sheen. Not really visible in the original film, but I think it'd add a nice touch.

I'm finicky, so I would have painted a lot of these details by hand with some of my incredibly tiny brushes. But airbrushes frequently don't seem to have enough control for my liking. I actually just ordered that MP-EVA kit and I know it's very bare-bones, so I'm planning to give it a custom paint job.

You should see the hilarious disaster that is my HG Aegis Gundam. And that wasn't even my first kit. It will make you feel better about all of yours, I'm pretty sure. God that was terrible. I tried to correct its colors and, well, I DID, sort of, but.... wow.
5年前
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Wow I like how you've documented your Gundam building experiences in such detail! Not only has this post got that personal, autobiographical feel but it's also got kind of a mini review of the kits described which makes it a very comprehensive/informative read :D
7年前
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