Operation Meteor: Part 1

Summer’s rolling in, which of course means Anime Expo is too. It feels like we barely got a break from building cosplay armor since we had a little commission project this last winter, but the regularly scheduled show still rolls on as we get to our next Gundam armor – this time from the After Colony era.

We considered doing Wing (the T.V. Version of course, sorry Katoki) even last year when we built the Quanta. Ultimately we decided to do 00 because it was the ten-year anniversary (that was totally glossed over at the actual Expo, mind you), so this year we decided to cash in on the nostalgia and street cred Wing would bring for those of us who grew up watching the first mainstream North American Gundam series on Toonami.

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Jada 1973 Datsun 510 (Widebody) Jonsibal Custom

Diecasts and Jada aren’t really my thing – I’ve worked with them before, when I was just getting into model cars, but I realized they didn’t really fit in with the rest of my plastic collection because of their scale. They’re marketed as 1/24, but in reality are slightly larger, probably closer to 1/20. I like a lot of the designs they put out, especially for cars that I can’t get as plastic kits from Japan (like the new Toyota FT-1), but being a stickler for consistency in my collection means I won’t allow myself to work with them.

I’m also not really big on older retro cars – a quick glance at my current model lineup right now is enough to confirm that I don’t really tread on cars older than the early 90’s. So that makes this Jada diecast Datsun 510 an outlier – the epitome of something I would never normally pick up. But there’s a contest being run, and these diecasts aren’t expensive, so I thought it would at the very least be a learning experience for working with pre-built metal cars instead of the usual plastic.

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Aoshima Nissan GT-R (R35) ’14 Pure Edition

Finally getting around to an R35 – I’ve been meaning to build the current GT-R for a while now, but kept getting sidelined by Skylines. Ironically, this isn’t a kit for myself – the president of my university’s car club drives a black 2013 R35, and he just so happened to have a lot of parts on his car that were conveniently available on the model car aftermarket, like Voltex aero and genuine Advan GT’s. Just for fun, I asked if he wanted his car built, since I so rarely get the chance to build a car off a reference with so many parts off the shelf – and surprisingly he was down, so I suppose this is a commission build.

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Tamiya Nissan Fairlady 300zx Turbo (Rebuild)

I already mentioned before how I don’t like to have variants of my car kits on display unless the old kit is being scrapped – which is very much what’s happening here. The big difference this time is that when I build a new version of a car, I’ll usually go with a different kit or manufacturer (like my latest Aoshima R34 that replaced my older Tamiya kit), though I’m building the exact same Tamiya 300zx Z32 this time that I had built before in gunmetal gray.

No matter how I sliced it or tried to look at that kit, I wasn’t happy with it now that I’ve improved significantly building cars – and since I had an entire spare Z32 kit lying around, I figured hey, why not – the kit’s already here, I might as well do it better this time.

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Fujimi Honda CR-Z Mugen

I’ve always liked the CR-Z’s styling as a sporty and stylish little hatchback – even if its performance credentials couldn’t quite cash the check its looks wrote. I didn’t plan to build it so soon, but I happened to stumble across the Mugen model in person at a hobby shop around L.A., so I figured why not – beats having to wait a month for it to come from Japan.

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