Haven’t written on an unpainted straight-build kit in quite some time – as plain as my All Gundam Project may look, I assure you just about none of them are that color accurate straight out of the box.
This Acguy is only an exception to my paint-everything rule because it’s not my kit, though I confess I actually coveted this kit for a few years because I thought all of its little gimmicks were just so cool. Alas, the missus beat me to the punch and plowed through this in one night before I even finished a painted HG G-Self.
It started as a regular ‘ol MG Zaku II 2.0 – my friend and I picked it up as sort of an impulse buy nearly two years ago (or more, I honestly can’t remember) at our local hobby shop while there was a big sale going on. It should be pretty obvious just by perusing the Gunpla catalogue on this site that I’m normally not a big Zeek guy – I’ve built Zakus before, but the only mono-eye suit in recent memory that I’ve put together is the MG Sinanju.
When I got it I didn’t really know what to do with it – should I straight-build it, custom paint, what? Turns out the answer didn’t really totally come together until quite some time later.
Ironic now that I’m in a period of time when I’m building models less and less frequently that I actually attend my first large-scale model competition. In fact this contest was the sole motivation for me to finish a kit that was rotting away in my backlog for nearly two years.
For those unfamiliar, the SCGMC is an annual model kit competition hosted by Those Gundam Guys – an organization of – well, Gundam Guys. I’d been invited to attend in previous years but never got around to it until now. Previously I had only competed in small contests (held and judged by these guys too) at Robo Toy Fests, with no more than two dozen entries there at best. Needless to say there were plenty more kits at this event.
For the Build Fighters series, it was kind of slippery trying to choose the proper lead Gundams to represent in the All Gundam Project. Ironically I’m starting with Try instead of the original Build Fighters, but at the beginning I was legitimately torn between choosing the Build Burning or the Try Burning.
The original Build Burning was just so iconic when it was introduced (still holds one of the most badass debut scenes for any Gundam in my mind) that I nearly got it instead, but by the end of Try Fighters it’s really no secret that the big hero machine is the Try Burning. It also felt wrong to get both since they’re so subtly different, and I’m simply not rich enough for that.
A custom-painted Gundam Kimaris, hailing from Iron-Blooded Orphans. Not my usual M.O., but that’s because I didn’t buy or own this particular kit. It isn’t a commission build either – rather, it’s probably going to be the first in quite a few random custom-painted Gunpla, unlike my usual trend with going with a theme or collection.