Tuesday, May 29, 2012

The Catapult: GAF Member Feature - Falldog's Clear PG Zaku

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Ah, the kit that welcomed me this morning in The Catapult. Long overdue? Perhaps, but to have the courage to execute this project, Falldog has got balls (a current GAF in-joke).

The kit, 1/60 PG Zaku with custom clear kits, that unfortunately came separately in the form of Set A and Set B. In buying both, you get a complete clear armour two bazookas, one light up heat hawk (from set B - the Chars Zaku cover) and a smorgasbord of other ammunition.

I've always wanted clear armour kits which prompted me to get the Expo RG 1/144 Gundam RX-78-2, the special clear armor set for the MG Red Frame and the 30th clear MG Ball, I have a 'clear' (haha, geddit?) idea of what to do with them but never just a clear coat to give it a frosted look.

He painted the inner frame and with the top coated translucent armour, lets enough detail through. If I am not mistaken, he used silver to panel line the internal frame, which made the detail 'pop'. However, one issue with clear parts that haunts me is the nub marks, which really can't be fixed, so kudos to falldog for keeping it as minimal as possible.   

All in all, this is a really beautiful kit and an inspiration for me!

Sieg Zeon!!!

Saturday, May 26, 2012

The Grunt MS Group Build:Ex Challenge #3 – Shattered Century

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Shattered Century
The Grunt MS Group Build:Ex Challenge #3

You’re a lucky pilot. All the other pilots hate you. You don't mind. You get all the fun. You get to pilot a suit that has been stolen from your enemy. Or from an enemy you've never met...
That abandoned Cold Districts GM was just sitting there, waiting for a new pilot. A daring clandestine raid on the Anaheim Electronics Research Division netted you a few Zeta Plus C1s for the Zeon army. Stolen plans allows your AEUG factories to produce shiny new Geara-Dogas’. Rewrite the history books!

Welcome to the Grunt MS Group Build:Ex Challenge #3!

The challenge:

Your challenge? Take any grunt suit from the UC timeline. Then give it to the other team.

Your grunt suit MUST be built as a member of any U.C. faction APART from its actual U.C. faction. Basically, a Federation suit should be built as a Zeon suit, and vice-versa. The faction you build it for DOES NOT have to be from the same period of the U.C. timeline. This means the Titans could be fielding a blue/orange ReZEL, or Neo Zeon could be rocking a nice new RX-79[G]. Or maybe the Zeon Remnants could get some Balls...

Because of the nature of this build, and the difference in outcomes based on a builder's skill, there are two judging categories:

General - OOB/Snap builders
Can't paint your kits due to various reasons? Not interested in painting even if you could? This category is for you! Due to what this build is about, you'll have to do some extra things, though!

Your kit must have some connection to a faction other than the original. Weapons, decals/stickers, or even random spare parts from the new faction's other suits. Grunt suits do need repairing at times. Who doesn’t want to see a RX-178 with a Zaku II’s head? The factories back at home are low on parts, and your Hi-Zack needed new legs; so why not salvage that Guntank? Please note that this is still a grunt suit build, and keep additions to parts from other grunt suits.

Assembled out-of-box.
Decals/stickers or accessories from the new faction's armoury to show it's 'changed sides'.

Allowed extras:
Clear coats.
3rd party addon sets - (Kotobukiya weapon sets, HiQ metal thrusters)

Not allowed:
(any of these will push you into the Painters/Customisers category)
Scratch building.
Weathering / battle damage.

Judging guidelines:
I want to see some well-built OOB grunts here, but more importantly I’m looking to see how clever you can be with your customisations.

Advanced - Painters/Customisers
Got 12 airbrushes primed and ready? Enough plasticard to build a house? Yeah, me too!
This category is the real thing. I want to see how much you can make me believe your kit is from the faction of your choice.

Custom painted suit in the colours of a  U.C. faction of your choice. See Rule 4 for more information.

Allowed extras:
Anything. Your build can be painted and coated, all the way through to a weathered, trashed  scratch built monstrosity. Just keep in mind these are meant to be grunt suits. Other than that, it’s open slather.

Judging guidelines:
This one is all about creativity! Go nuts on your suit. I’m judging based on both the quality of the work, and the creativity of the work. Surprise me!

The good bit:
There will be a first place and a second place for each category. There is also a prize pool of four prizes. Winners will be able to choose a prize from the pool in the following order:

Winner - Advanced Category
Winner - General category
Runner up - Advanced Category
Runner up - General category

What’s in the prize pool?
MG RMS-108 Marasai

The Marasai is confirmed, as I’m donating it. Wink The other three prizes will be revealed as soon as they’re confirmed. Trust me, though, they’re good prizes.

(Thanks to thegunny for allowing me to shamelessly steal from his rules. He did such a good job writing the rules and requirements that I’m not going to reinvent the wheel.)

Start date: 7am (0700) Friday the 8th of June 2012 [AEST]
Finish date: 7pm (1900) Monday the 23rd of July 2012 [AEST]

1. Entries must be based on a Bandai or B-Club kit. Any scale/grade is allowed. If you want to repaint a PG kit I won't stop you; just remember this is a 6 week build. Resin conversions from B-Club are also allowed. Limited non-genuine plastic, metal or resin parts such as weapons, heads, hands, shields, nozzles or other small parts are allowed. If in doubt, ask. Scratch building is allowed as are the use of any type of decals (it’s hard to find official Bandai decal sets sometimes). As there are a multitude of pirated B-Club kits around these days if you plan on using some B-Club parts or kits please include pictures of the box top as mentioned in rule 4.

2. Allowable entries. Models must have appeared at some point in the Universal Century timeline. The suit MUST be considered a grunt suit. Generally, this will mean it’s classified as a “Mass Production” suit. If in doubt, ask!
The suit MUST be built as a member of a U.C. faction OTHER THAN ITS ORIGINAL FACTION. Variants of grunt suits are also allowed, even those that may not have appeared in kit form. But for those contemplating scratch building a rare grunt variant, I’ve included thegunny’s comments on scratch building from Grunt:EX2, and I will be following his standards in the judging of scratch builds.

Quote thegunny (EX:2)
"While it's nice to see some unusual MS being chosen you have to remember this is only a (6 week) build. I'm not sure how much scratch building experience all of you intrepid souls have but some of the chosen subjects IMHO would push the skills of seasoned scratch builders."

I'm not trying to put a downer on your enthusiasm but you are putting yourself at a distinct disadvantage to those who are going to do a stock kit. I will be researching all the chosen scratch builds and I'll say right now that close enough is not good enough. If they do not accurately represent your chosen subject they will not fare well in the judging.

As I have said I don't want to hit you with a cold spoon while you're all excited   but I also don't want to see anyone biting off more than they can chew and coming away from this challenge feeling pissed off and let down, so I'd ask all the scratch builders to carefully consider their entry and if you truly feel you can deliver than go for it   otherwise switch to a tried and true kit and go to town on it.

3. Allowable techniques. Please see the definitions of Requirements and Allowed Extras for the two categories specified earlier in the post. On top of that the basic building techniques are completely open. Glue, nub removal, panel lining, scribing, and panel washes, and clear coats are allowed in both categories, as well as 3rd party detail sets/weapons..

4. The dirty details on faction changes. The faction you build your grunt for is completely up to you. It must, however, not be the suits original faction. For the General category, you’re obviously not going to be changing the suits colour scheme. Equipment/decals/markings are the easy way for a faction change here. For the Advanced category the colour scheme must be one that was used by the faction you’re building it for, and it has been used on a grunt suit. If in doubt, ask!
What’s a faction? Here’s some examples: The Earth Federation (EFSF/EFGF), The Principality of Zeon, AEUG, Titans, NeoZeon, so forth. I’m also going to point this out here: I consider Londo Bell to be a faction all on its own, and not part of the Earth Federation.
The faction you choose doesn’t need to be from the same period of the U.C. As examples: You can do a U.C.79 Zaku II in the ReZELs colours, and you can do a JEGAN as a EFGF Guntank (or vice-versa...) if you want. One note on this, though, is that you MUST change the colour scheme for the suit if you’re doing an Advanced Entry. I’m after creativity here, folks!

5. Entry requirements. To be considered as an entrant you must make a post in the Grunt MS Group Build:Ex Challenge #3 – Shattered Universe thread including the kit you will be building, what faction (and faction colours if applicable) it will be built in, and at least one photo of the kit sometime between the start & finish times. The photo must show the kit before any work is done and it must have a timestamp no earlier than 7AM (0700) Friday the 8th of June 2012 [AEST]. Feel free to post more as your build progresses. If you wish to keep your choice of faction to yourself, but aren’t sure it’s a valid choice, you can send me a PM.
Once you have finished as with the previous challenges please start a new topic in the Mobile Suit Hanger showcasing your finished kit as outlined in rules 6 & 7. Your final presentation must be posted no later than 7PM (1900) Monday 23rd of July 2012 AEST.

6. Presentation. Finished kits can be presented as stand alone figures or in a vignette (no full blown dioramas). Stands may be used to display the figure. There are some good Bandai stands around but there are also pretty good stands from other manufacturers as well. As an example of a stand you could use the Zeon or Federation Bandai action base. If you wish to do a small scene (vignette) you could for example use the Kotobukiya Chain Bases to depict repairs or re-arming. If you are going to do a vignette just remember they are only intended to be a small scene that complements the centre piece. No Cecil B DeMill productions of Ben Hur. For example if you choose to use a chain base then make it only one panel wide by one panel high. Judging of results will be focused on the suit itself. Bases might get you a few bonus points, but it’s the suit itself that is the important part.

7. Photgraphs. As the final products will be judged from photographs I feel that a few guidelines need to be in place. This is not a photography contest so no Photoshop trickery will be tolerated. You may resize and colour correct and that is it. No fancy titles, names, fades, light effects on weapons, lens trickery to hide a poorly made model, nothing! Please photograph the model against a plain background as to prevent the background from distracting the model. If you wish to present your model AFTER the judging has been completed with a bit of photo trickery that’s fine but if any shopping is detected in photos submitted for judging apart for what was mentioned above then the entry will not be judged. Also do not include any props in the photos that are not part of your finished entry. As a minimum requirement you must submit 4 shots of your finished model; front, back, left & right sides. Minimum resolution is 1000 pixels high bearing in mind that if you choose to use the forum based attachments the pictures can be no bigger than 3200x1800 to avoid any problems with displaying the images. Feel free to highlight any mods, assembly or painted effects you have done with extra close ups.

8. Points arising from previous builds.
  • A. As this is a group build all kits must be started on or after the start date of Friday the 8th of June 2012. As part of the build requirements at least one date stamped picture must be posted in the build thread showing the kit before you start building it.
  • B. As this is an Australian forum all times and dates are in AEST. There are plenty of websites that can convert AEST to whatever time it is in any other country.
  • C. The closing time is just that, the closing time. If you wish to keep your entry close to your chest and not post it until the death knock that’s up to you but if you experience difficulties in uploading your entry and the difficulties are not forum related and you miss the deadline then bad luck. 
  • D. My say on allowed kits and whether something is a valid faction is final. If I say you can’t enter with a build of a Ball as Char’s personal mobile suit (as cool as that would be), then you can’t build it. Don’t try to convince me otherwise.

If you’re in doubt about any part of the rules, ask! I might’ve missed some important things.

You've got two weeks to organise your troops! Good luck everyone!

zenma5ter's note: This is by far the most interesting Grunt GB, I sure hope some of big guns from the forum come grunts ablazing and we get to see some amazing recolour/OOB.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Gundam Australia x Gentei Kits 5th Birthday Photo Hunt WINNERS!

Gundam Australia 5th Birthday Photo Hunt Comp Winners! Officially Sponsored by Genteikits.com!

Class of 2012 I have completed grading your papers.

Excellent efforts. Thank you for your participation!

Without further ado, may I present your graduates of the Gundam Australia 5th Birthday Photo Hunt!

4th Place: QuangVuong

You have won a Gundam 00 Cutting Mat courtesy of Gundam Australia.

3rd Place: Fury-S12

You have won a HG Hi-Zack kit courtesy of Hemish and Gundam Australia.

2nd Place: Zenma5ter

You have won either the HG Strike Freedom Ver. GFT or a HG RX-78-2 GFT Exclusive 7-11 Ver., as remains unselected by the winner, courtesy of Genteikits.com!.


1st Place: Flamingeyebrows

You have won either the HG Strike Freedom Ver. GFT or a HG RX-78-2 GFT Exclusive 7-11 Ver., whichever you prefer, courtesy of Genteikits.com!.

Additionally, you have won a Master Grade Zaku II ver. 2.0 kit, built and customized to your own choice of colours commissioned by Hemish!


Now you must choose!


 Thank you for participating! I hope it was as much fun for you as it was for me! Congratulations guys, enjoy your prizes. 


For a full list of the answers including the original pictures and links to the threads they originated from, click the above image.


1.   Leokcng’s Zaku

2.   USMCMorlock’s Zaku

3.   Gundampro’s 1/35 Zaku

4.   Hemish’s Zaku Sniper Diorama - 9 of 20 (EASTER EGG: The Big Hurt)

5.   BAKUC 2010 Winner Powered GM

6.   Vandalier’s MG Blue Frame with Lohengrin Launcher

7.   LordCastigator’s Drop Beargguy Attack!

8.   Zenma5ter’s HG Zudah L’Zudah Cuivre

9.   Zenma5ter’s ANA 00 Raiser

10.   Goodguydan’s 1/48 Sinanju Bust

11.   Vandalier’s HG Sinanju

12.   Ghost Of Zeon’s Agguguy!

13.   Curtiusm’s SD Nightinggale

14.   Shifty’s Damaged Ball (Don’t worry, he still has one good one)

15.   Gunny’s Dom, Confirmed Kill: The Reaper’s Last Harvest Dio (EASTER EGG: Gravity Sux!)

16.   Falldog’s Delta Plus – Delta Plus Recolour Comp winner

17.   Straitstealth’s Basilisk Epyon

18.   Curtiusm’s EX-S

19.   Hoardz’ HG Acguy Mars Camo – QHME 2011 Runner Up

20.   Hemish’s Purple HG Acguy

21.   Kriz’s Slacking: A Hazardous MS repair Base Diorama (EASTER EGG! Trick question: Not a Gunpla!)

22.   Anazasi’s VP Hi Nu

23.   FuryS12’s SD Kshatriya Fury of the Unicorn

24.   Sonar in a rubbish box full of gunpla runners and empty coke cans at Gold Coast Supanova 2012 (Easter Egg!)

25.   Falldog’s PG Strike Freedom – Gauntlet Of The Apocalypse

26.   Jnhchan’s RX-178, G Defensor & S-Gundam.

27.   Freya’s RX-78 Shield & Gouf Heat Sabre Odessa’s Struggle - GBWC 2011 Entry

28.   Shifty’s Lime Green Kämpfer, War Machine Hangar

29.   Busterbeam’s PG Strike Freedom – Gauntlet Of The Apocalypse (Easter Egg: Photo 1 of 2)

30.   ZETA NEWTYPE’s Char’s Gelgoog (Easter Egg: Photographer’s Reflection)

31.   Potchips Light Armour GM – GGB:Ex 2 Winner

32.   Gaijin Gunpla’s PG Strike Freedom – Courage – Gauntlet Of The Apocalypse (pic flipped)

33.   Gunny’s Zaku I - Ye Olde warhorse

34.   Waylander’s War Machine Bear (Easter Egg: Photographer’s reflection)

35.   Ghost Of Zeon’s SD Baund Doc – GBWC 2011 SD category Winner

36.   Tonghoo’s Safety Bear (pic flipped  )

37.   Tankboy’s RG Zaku Ground War Diorama – Gold Coast Supanova 2012 GBWC Heat Winner

38.   Hemish’s Tieren

39.   QuangVuong’s Deatscythe

40.   Shifty’s FA RX-78

41.   Shaid’s PG Strike Freedom – Gauntlet Of The Apocalypse (Easter Egg: Party hat)

42.   GBWC 2011 Winner Lava Camo Dom

43.   Adrian’s Grapenanju

44.   Busterbeam’s PG Strike Freedom – Gauntlet Of The Apocalypse (Easter Egg: Pic 2 of 2)

 45.   Waylander’s Ironbear (Easter Egg: Tony Stark Sux!!)

46.   Ghost of Zeon’s SD Kshatriya

47.   Gunny’s Z’Gokk – GGB:Ex1 Winner

48.   Hummingbird’s Nataku

49.   Ghost Of Zeon’s GP01 – Hillside Hanagr Dio GBWC 2011 Runner Up

50.   Iversenboy’s Ichigo GM

51.   Zee’s MG ReZEL – MG ReZEL GB

52.   Falldog’s Nemo’s – Night Of The Living Nemo

53.   Mokana Man’s 1:20 Lalah Suhne

54.   MatX’s PG Red Frame – The Dragon Ronin

55.   Beckylaw’s PG Wing Zero Custom

56.   DC23’s The-O: Hauer

57.   Xenomorph’s MG ReZEL – ReZEL GB

58.   Curtiusm’s PG 00 Raiser

59.   KungFuPanda’s PG Char’s Zaku II

60.   Gaijin Gunpla’s Ironman ReZEL – ReZEL GB

61.   ASM’s ReZEL – ReZEL GB

62.   Falldog’s Purple Nemo – GGB Winner

63.   Falldog’s Unicorn (From ReZEL GB Thread)

64.   Toymaker’s MG AGE 1 Zethus

65.   Lupes’ ReZEL – ReZEL GB

66.   Randomguy’s RG Strike Commission

67.   Senpriw’s Johnny Ridden’s Zaku

68.   Filmech’s Exia R3 Awakening

69.   Falldog’s RADGoK

70.   Mokana Man’s Kappool

71.   Waylander’s MG AGE 1 Titus Juggernaut

72.   Hemish’s MG Gouf, Zaku II, and ReZEL – Something Green

73.   Ghost Of Zeon’s Zaku & GM “Kneel Before Your God” Diorama – BAKUC 2010 Runner Up

74.   Freya’s MG Zeta 2.0 Custom

75.   Shadow’s MG The-O

76.   Mokana Man’s 1/288 Z’Gokk – Alan’s 1/288 Kits

77.   ZETA NEWTYPE’s MG Turn A

78.   Eddylai’s MG Turn A Diorama

79.   Alphabeta’s Mk.II Titans – QHME 2011 Runner Up

Thursday, May 17, 2012

GAF party crashes the 51st Shizuoko Hobby Show.

The most anticipated Hobby show is here and will open its gate on 10.30 am AEST. I have a day off, so I have my sources page open and ready for any first sight of Bandai's announcement. As I am not personally in Tokyo, there might be a slight delay in updates as I compile images and info from various sources.

After the Show, I will do a write up. In the mean time, click on the banner above for the latest update.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Gundam Australia 5th Birthday Photo Puzzle Competition Sponsored by Genteikits.com!

Gundam Australia 5th Birthday Photo Puzzle Competition

Now Officially Sponsored by Genteikits.com!

This week marks 5 years since our humble beginnings here at Gundam Australia. From starting out as a sub forum of an unrelated site, to becoming one of the highest ranking Gunpla forums and premier destinations for Gunpla fans, the road has been a really fun one to travel. We’ve hit the occasional pothole, run out of fuel, and travelled under a heavy load, but every second of the journey has been worth it and we have YOU to thank for that.

As I always say, Gundam Australia would be nothing without YOU, our loyal members. YOU guys and gals are what make this place great. YOU are the ones who provide the friendly and welcoming atmosphere we have been renowned for since our beginning and continue to be known for to this day. YOU are the reason we’ve grown to become one of the most popular Gunpla destinations on the net.

Once again, Thank you!

So to celebrate, and give something back to YOU: Our members, mods, staff, and everybody that has contributed to making this place great, we present the

Gundam Australia 5th Birthday Photo Puzzle Competition

Here’s the skinny:

There are 79 photos in this puzzle.

Whoever can name the most by build (kit or build/diorama title) and by modeler will win a special Gentei kit prize from my personal backlog.

Eg: "MG ReZEL by Sonar" etc.. Grin

Nobody is exempt. Since it is an level playing field, any GAF member can join the hunt including Mods and staff!

Most of the images come from the catapult, but a few of them are from different areas of the forum.

All images have been taken from the forum today.

The winner will be he (or she) who guesses all 79 (or closest to) by build and by builder

There are a few easter eggs as well. Wink

Entries to be submitted TO ME VIA PM on the forum only please. I will post your entries after submissions have closed.

Thanks to the great folks at Genteikits.com we have sponsorship for our 5th Birthday competition!

Thanks to Gentei Kits, one lucky person will win themselves the choice of either a HG Strike Freedom Ver. GFT or a HG RX-78-2 GFT Exclusive 7-11 Ver.!

The runner up will receive whichever kit the winner doesn’t take.

So be sure and go and check out Genteikits.com!

Specializing in event limited and otherwise unattainable outside of Japan Gunpla kits!

The site layout is great, and their prices seem very reasonable.. I would go as far as to say cheap! Go ahead and price some of their stuff elsewhere.. If you can find it!
Thanks very much to Genteikits.com for agreeing to sponsor our comp!

I know we’ve got some keen Gentei hunters here at GAF, so this is a great opportunity for you guys to get your hands on some of the Gundam Front Tokyo event limited kits!

Read Gaijin Gunpla’s post for additional info about Genteikits.com

Plus!! Hemish will build and custom paint an MG Zaku II 2.0 kit to the winners specs!

Have fun!

You have until midnight on Sunday to submit your entries.Deadline extended to midnight Wednesday 16/05/2012 AEST. The comp was launched at short notice and many of us had obligations for Mother's day. The people who got it together and made the deadline will hold an advantage, and will only be beaten by a substantially larger and more correct submission. Late entries may not be eligible to win, but may be eligible to be the runner up.

You still have chance if you haven't been able to get to it, and if you've guessed a few more since, you can resubmit your list but you forfeit your deadline advantage. The choice is yours.. Grin

We will announce the prize over the weekend. Prizes Announced!

Happy hunting Grin

Additionally Fury has offered some of our neat Gundam Australia promo cards to anyone who would like to have some to pass around. If you would like some please see here

Ready... Set...


Happy 5th Birthday Gundam Australia Forum!!

The Catapult: GAF Member Feature - Zenma5ter's Juaggu

Being the proud and bashful type he is, I didn't think Zenny would take to the idea of featuring his own build on the GA Blog but I say to hell with that. It's cool and interesting and its going on the blog :P

The HG Juaggu is a freak of a kit. There's just no two ways about it. Some people scratch their heads and try to make sense of it. Some hate it outright. I personally love the freaks of the Gunpla kingdom, and I imagine this as the result of a herd of elephants colliding at great speed with an Acguy. PaWoo!

Add to that the speed with which Zenma5ter has painted this guy (Didn't it come out like, last weekish?)and it makes for a blog worthy feature, in my obtusely inflated opinion. xD

Simple reds, blacks, and whites working in harmony together, yet an altogether unconventional pallette for an amphibious suit. Zenma5ter does note this was a speed build and thus has not removed any of the seams (tsk tsk! For shame! Shock! Rabble!)

The colour scheme reminds me of, and would not look out of place alongside Hoardz' Mars Camo Acguy

Nice one Zenny. Embrace the freaks of the Gunpla multiverse!

More pics at Gundam Australia Forum

Friday, May 11, 2012

The Catapult: GAF Member Feature - StraitStealth Epyon Wyvert Basilisk

First he gave us the gorgeous Gundam Wing, then he dropped the menacing Gundam Deathscythe Hell on us. Today it will all be about the Gundam Epyon - the Wyert Basilisk - the 5 headed dragon.

The base kit is of course the MG Gundam Epyon, with the most outstanding kit bash and scratch build. As this is a rather build, we, at the G.A.F had the privilege to view his WIP. So do check it out and you will be amazed at the amount of work done on the Basilisk.

Green, oh the wonderful flat, different shade of greens is one of the best I've seen on a Gundam kit (mind you Zaku green is for Zakus). Not to mention the complementary orange eyes and chest orb. Colours aside, take a look at the wonderful wings. It is sharp and layered. I mean, look at it! The most prominent feature of this kit is of course the 5 heads of the dragon. 1 Epyon head, check. 1 dragon head on the tail, check. 1 dragon head arm blaster, check. 2 dragon head feet. The whole thing is designed to tear giant robots apart.

There is nothing more I can say to really describe the pure win of this kit. Check out the Basilisk in the Catapult and, please please please do check out his WIP to appreciate the work done on this build.

That is all for now. Adios!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Happy 5th Birthday G.A.F!!

It is the 5th anniversary of G.A.F since 1.0 (2007) and we are now in 2.0 with 600+ members. Growing stronger everyday as a community with wonderful administrators, moderators and members.

May you age well!! Happy Birthday!!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

The Catapult: GAF Member Feature - Waylander MG AGE-1 builds

One a force regarded as mercilessly destructive and unstoppable, the other a BFG [Big F#*+ing Gun]-wielding Gundam (with a sword-wielding twin a-la Toymaker).

Lets start with the Amphion, the base kit is the MG AGE-1 Normal and the weapon set of MG Launcher/Sword Strike Gundam. The first thing that drew me in would be the muted colour tones. The pastel blue and yellow gave the [A] on the chest the chance to really 'pop', which in my opinion is one of the most prominent feature of the AGE series Gundams. The kit bash of the MG Strike Launcher set is flawless and decals from the 00 line seems oddly at home with Amphion. Brown panel lines adorning the whole kit is part of the charm that gives the Amphion a weathered look without going overboard.

Now the big guy, Titus Heavyarms aka the Juggernaut, MG AGE-1 Titus with gattling guns from Kotobukiya. This kit gave a whole new meaning to heavy arms, big shoulder, big arms, big fists, big gattlings on the side, heavy is an understatement. Waylander's attempt to give this kit a more aggressive look works for me (and most of the GAF community). He covered the kit with a more subtle grey and muted red, which in my opinion makes it look less bulky. A humble amount of decals fits perfectly with his concept

Clickety to check out his Amphion and Juggernaut. Other than that, have a whirl around The Catapult to see what our members have been up to.

That is all till the next post!!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

News on the Drop - May 2012

This is a new and ongoing topic where every beginning of the month, I will update a list and images of kits that are due to release. What will appear in this topic? For now, I think Mega Size, High Grades, Real Grades, Master Grades and Perfect Grades (and yes, that is the hierachy of Gundam Model Kits at this moment in time). Do let us know if you want Special Deformed, No Grades, First Grades and Advanced Grades in the mix.

Alright, May-Mayhem they say, I say "blergh!!". After months of heaven dropping plastics on us, I would say May is the time where most gunplar will stuff their wallet into the deepest hole they could find. How can one build up any excitement after the MG Banshee, the AGE-1 MGs, two RGs Mk II and a bunch of new HGs (not to mention some really good looking but recoloured HG kits).

To the list!!

10th of May 2012:

1. HG 1/144 Gundam AGE-3 Normal ( ¥ 1600  ¥ 1280 @ HLJ )

 2. HG 1/144 Danazine ( ¥ 1500  ¥ 1200 @ HLJ )

24th of May 2012:

1. HGUC 1/144 Anksha ( ¥ 2600  ¥ 2080 @ HLJ )


2. MG 1/100 Marasai ( ¥ 4000  ¥ 3200 @ HLJ )

That is all for now folks, till next time!

Images and info sources: Bandai Hobby Site, AE Media, Gundam Guy