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Odds are this thread may be a tad slow at times due to a variety of factors, but probably also because of the fact it's not only a resin conversion kit, but a recast one since you can't get the original one anymore.

 

Right off the bat, I have to say this: No, I won't be painting it in Kirk's colours.  They're nice, but I'm not one to always do the "canon colours" or "factory paintjob" thing.  I'm actually kind of thinking of some sort of patchy and "muddied" scatter camouflage based off of some sort of combination of Spotted Hyenas, Dalmatians, and even Great Danes.

 

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^Obligatory "glory shot" of what I suspect will wind up being used.

- Master Grade MS-06S Zaku II Ver 2.0 Char Aznable's (will mainly be used for the frame)

- Universal Century MS-05L Zaku I Sniper resin conversion kit

- SIMP/EVO Studio Zaku II (Ver 2.0) Grunts decal sheet

- CJHobbies metal detail up parts kit (will mainly be used for leg thrusters as well as the mono-eye)

 

Yeah, it'll be a bit of a situation of not really using everything in that detail up kit, but such is life.  I don't want to try and figure out what size thrusters to get to work with the kit.  And yes, I know the Zaku I doesn't have the leg thrusters, but oh well.  Resin kit has them, and I kind of like that it's almost like it's a slightly modified Zaku I for better mobility.

 

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^So uh, where's construction so far?  Well, truthfully?  This is where things left off, but will be seeing a decent amount of progress in the very near future.  Yup, you build the initial kit only to then take three quarters of it apart, whee!

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It's been a little while, but...  It's done now, at least the initial build.

 

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I took one other pic, but I suspect "creative use" of those fully posable hands probably would be a violation of the forum rules. ::P:

 

Now to take it apart and wind up having a bunch of the parts I spent a long time sanding nubs so they'd be hidden sitting in the parts box when it's all said and done.  Looking forward to finally starting on the resin kit!

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So I figured I'd start with a bit of test fitting, and figured the head would be the battle I didn't have to worry about the most.  Well, I've already disregarded some of the directions on the sheets, because they didn't make much sense, plus things didn't fit, even after an hour of oh so slowly trying to make an area larger...

 

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^So I did the second best thing, and started sanding the spare helmet that was in the kit.  I plan on ordering some styrene in hopefully tomorrow, so I'll just work on rebuilding what's missing from the resin part.  Couple of reasons why....  First, things just didn't really fit all that well with the resin parts.  Secondly, they put the tab/runner/vent across a relatively large detail area, so I wound up inadvertantly chopping most of that off the front part...  And third, after all that fiddling around I figured I'd just go with parts that more or less fit.  I'll have to build up the lower half of the camera housing to match, but such is life.

 

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So then I moved on and wanted to see a few things, namely how some of the parts would look with a test fit, and how much additional work is ahead.  Short answer?  Depends on the part.  Some will need a lot of work, while others seem like just a little bit of tweaking and they'll go together fine.  Definitely going to have to do a bunch of rescribing of lines though!

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Been working on various things so this hasn't seen any progress other than splitting the parts into various component bags (so all bits for left arm in one, left leg in another, etc), but I know the following is happening...

  • I'm going to modify the stock head cap to have the upwards eye aspect, and maybe add in some extra panel lines.  Overall it just fit better, and just worked.
  • I want mine to be a little bit different compared to others out there, so I'm going to make mine a left handed gunner, which will entail having the deployable knee pad on the left
  • Odds are I'm going to look into sleeving the wires, as well as the spring, because I want those elements to look a little nicer
  • Odds are pretty good I'm going to keep the shoulder shield.  Some might argue the Zaku 1 didn't have those, I argue that the official HG GTO Char's Zaku 1 kits have such, and therefore they could very well be an option.  Besides, I like it.  Shield will also definitely see some styrene added in, because I want to add a bit of a design on top of it, and I have some styrene in now.
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