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MG Destiny Gundam Build Log Part 1

I’m pretty sure it’s been made clear over the years that I’m not a very big Gundam Master Grade person. I enjoy building them and whatever, but they aren’t really my thing because they don’t usually have the suits I like. However, I’ve pretty much come upon a “system” for how I do my model kits now. In a way, it’s like a pyramid structure.

At the base of the pyramid I have my 1/144 kits. For me, this is almost entirely Universal Century stuff. In this scale, I’ll build anything from the lowliest grunt to the most overpowered main character’s unit, but again, only in UC.

In the middle I have my Master Grades and other 1/100s. This is the kind of stuff the casual fan knows; main character units, the main antagonist’s unit, the main supporting characters, and maybe the most prominent grunt enemy. An example would be if I wanted to do Zeta Gundam, I would build the Zeta Gundam, Gundam Mark II, the Hyaku Shiki, the Qubeley, and the Hizack. That’s probably it, aside from maybe The-O. This is also the scale where I’ll do my non-UC works, since I’m really only interested in the main Gundams from those shows, and well, those are pretty much all that gets made.

At the top of the pyramid is the 1/60s and Perfect Grades, the latter of which I still haven’t done yet. Here I’d do suits that EVERYBODY knows, even people who aren’t into Gundam. I would build the RX-78, the Zeta Gundam, or the Gundam 00, but not something like Astray Red Frame or GP01.

Okay, so why is all of that relevant here? Well, because I’ve now started my first kit from the SEED Universe in Master Grade form: Destiny Gundam. As the main character’s ultimate mobile suit, I figured this would be a suitable entry into that era for me, and will help out with my goal to one day own every star Gundam in 1/100 scale. I also wanted to do a visually impressive Master Grade, and well, this one certainly fits the bill.

This is the “Extreme Blast Version” of the Destiny Gundam, which is by and large the same kit aside from a few changes: one of the joint runners is now chrome silver, some of the inner mechanical parts now have a swirly plastic look to them, some extra effects parts are included along with two 1/20 scale figures of Kira and Shin, and enormous parts for the Wings of Light are included. Really, the last bit alone makes this version the one to buy.

So far, all I’ve assembled is the upper body sans wings and weapons. The construction thus far has been largely straightforward (it IS a five year-old kit after all) but I’m enjoying it nonetheless. The chrome parts are a bit frustrating, since there’s no way to avoid scarring because the parts weren’t designed to be chrome. Continue reading

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The Return from Otakon 2012

Well everybody, I’m back from Otakon! It was quite an awesome adventure, and definitely one of the best cons I’ve had this year, and perhaps ever. I’d say the only really detracting factor for me was being in a room with a horribly loud snorer that made sleeping the first night… quite difficult. But hey, earplugs were invented just for this occasion. But anyway, enough rambling about that crap, let’s get on to the real reason why we’re here: the Gunpla contest and all the stuff shown at the Tamashii Nations/Bluefin booth!

Oh, remember how in one of my previous articles, I was talking about how I was going to enter a ton of kits this year? Well, it turns out there was a limit of only three entries. I’m glad I filled out the entry form online, because otherwise I would’ve brought about seven kits for nothing. Because of this, I decided to narrow things down to just the F91, Delta Plus, and the Qubeley, because despite all the problems I had with that thing, I’ll be damned if it wasn’t coming along.

I was one of the first people to get my kits put in the case, so I was able to land myself some prime real estate. I stuck my three kits in the top of the front case, with the Qubeley front and center just being fabulous.

The competition was pretty good this year. I was happy to see people bringing all sorts of well-assembled kits. It was nothing like New York Comic-con though… seriously, I’m afraid to enter there. However, for some reason, there was no Otakon competition this year, just GBWC. Even the people running the competition were confused about the lack of an Otakon competition. Apparently the Otakon people just never got back to them. As a result, the contest was limited to just Gundam stuff this year.

I can’t remember everyone’s names, so I’m going to list of the kits that won each category. Continue reading

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Master Grade Qubeley Review

By Loran

I don’t know why but I’ve had the urge to build Gundam Master Grades lately. Last week I got this bizarre urge to paint up the F91 I’ve had built for 5 years, and the other day, I decided hey, I should slap together the Qubeley my friend gave me years ago. This was brought on by seeing some beautiful customized MG Qubeley on tumblr, and I thought, “great, now I want to do mine.” I guess seeing pictures of beautifully-made Gunpla is a pretty good motivator. Too bad whatever I come up with in the end won’t be half as pretty…

Honestly, who doesn’t love the Qubeley? Even if you don’t like Haman, you can’t deny how damn pretty this suit is. Back in 2001, I had the HGUC of the Qubeley Mark II, but sadly, well, the years weren’t too good to it. It doesn’t help that I wasn’t the best painter back then, but I digress. The Master Grade Qubeley came out only two years after the HGUC, so there are a lot of similarities in design and aesthetic between the two, for better or for worse. Personally, I think they made it too early. They should have waited until the Zeta movies were out, but I guess that would’ve been quite a long wait…

I always forget how big this thing is. The shoulder binders make it a huge shelf space eater. See, and people wonder why I don’t normally do Master Grades. But, that only makes it all the more impressive. Being big only accentuates the beauty of the Qubeley.

There isn’t too much to the Qubeley’s articulation. It’s a case of “beauty has a price”; because of its design, it can’t really get many functional joints. It just has so much going on. The Gelgoog has a similar problem. It’s all looks, but no functionality. If the articulation were to be enhanced, the design would have to suffer…

One thing I really like about this kit is the cockpit. The “cover” is mounted on polycap joints, which is far superior to the HGUC’s fragile plastic-on-plastic, which I recall breaking…

The binders on this kit can actually lock together, though I can’t exactly remember what configuration closed binders were used for? Still, it’s a nice touch, even if they’re a bit finicky.

And speaking of finicky, my god, the Funnels on this kit are a huge pain. Each one is mounted on its own polycap joint, and the joints love to move around. I personally liked the plastic joints the HGUC had more, even if it made the funnels easier to lose. Continue reading

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