Just realised today that the forum that hosted my masterpiece is gone, and now that I have my own blog, I thought it would be much better to host it here instead.
Ok, some background on this model. This is initially an original 1/48 scale (approximately 37.5 cm tall) 30th anniversary version of the RX-78-2 , but I didn’t build it according to the original box, but instead according to another version of the gundam which is the 0 Gundam.
A size comparison of the model
size comparison with a person
for those who want more info on the 0 Gundam you can read it up here:
The whole modification took me approximately 1 full year and 7 months to complete. I will try my best to document the process here. so be prepared for a long post.
STEP 1: Identify differences
this was tough, although both models look similar, but there were a lot of minor differences. believe it or not I had to modify EVERY single piece of the original kit.
STEP 2: Build the kit
this is quite simple, you just follow the instructions and built it accordingly.
STEP 3: modify : hollowing out the kit and adding hatches.
This is where all the hard work starts. the way I approached it was I started hollowing out the kit where I have identified where I wanted to add internal parts, then I start working on the hatches and openings.
STEP 4: modify : sculpt the external shape differences
once I am relatively ok with the hatches, I use bondite to sculpt the external shapes and sand it down to a smooth finish. the changes I did was to extend the hip joint, extend the feet and some body work.
STEP 5: modify : work out the internal parts and embellishments
once the structure is done, I started fleshing out the internal structure and also added the extra details to make the model more realistic. this included filling out the under side of the internal panels, adding leg thrusters, a full cockpit, adding rivets and screws, plus LED lighting for the eyes as well as for the cockpit.
details on the underside of panels, the details no one will be able to see.
internal parts and rocket thrusters on the soles of the feet and details on the modified GN drive backpack. also details that will be easily missed.
Cockpit and LED lights
STEP 6: prime model and error checking
once all the modification is done, I prime the whole model into one colour, in this case grey so that errors and rough surface can be easily identified. I usually use Mr Hobby’s grey primer for this purpose.
STEP 7: paint, apply decal, seal and assembly.
once I have corrected all the mistakes, I start to paint the model, then I apply the decals and seal it when done. once all of that is done and left to dry for a bout 1-3 days, I start to assemble the final model.
Finally, I present to you the full completed model :
Hatch open :
some detailed shots
some action shots:
finally some photoshop pictures: