Sunday, December 28, 2014
Model Number: LGZ-91[HWC] Lightning Gundam [Heavy Weapons Custom]
Designation: Gunpla Fighter Kousaka Yuuma's Custom Made Mobile Suit for Long Range Heavy Assault
Designed primarily for Gunpla Battle instead of the Artistic Grand Prix, Yuuma's titular mobile suit is equipped with the Lightning Back Weapon System (itself armed with a beam cannon in the nose and a pair of medium missile launchers), a duo of heavy anti-mobile suit guided missiles and an auto-tracking grenade launcher for shredding enemy armour, in addition to a pair of beam cannons mounted on the side armour panels.
It also retains the Long Beam Rifle and its beam sabers, giving the Lighting far more combat versatility and flexibility in addressing tactical situations.
With this, Team Try Fighters would probably have blazed through the qualifiers more easily.
Thursday, December 25, 2014
Sunday, December 21, 2014
Model Number: MSZ-010 ZZ Gundam
Designation: AEUG Variable Attack-Use Mobile Suit
A reimagination of the titular mobile suit piloted by Judah Ashta in the ZZ Gundam series, this sleeker, slimmer and far sexier version eschews heavy armour for superior agility, mobility and speed. The design however, may be a tough pill to swallow for some.
But not for me.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Model Number: "G-Valkeyrie"
Designation: Single Production High Performance Close Combat Mobile Suit
Out of all the mobile suits introduced thus far in the G-Reco series, the G-Arcane is one of the few that doesn't want to make me pull my hair out (no, the G-Self is not amongst the few). Seeking to create a "girly" mobile suit modelled after my Dark Valkyrie in mobile game Kiritika, the original plan to use a HGFC Nobell Gundam was abandoned after checking its size and specs; something bigger and more substantial was needed.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Monday, December 8, 2014
A weapon pack for your HG 1/144 scale Gunpla, the Ez-ARMS support weapon is a combination of the equipment from the Ez-SR Intruder and the Ez-SR Eliminator, namely the arm guards (minus the electromagnetic knuckles) and backpack equipment switchable between the Intruder's hi-mobility boosters and the Eliminator's 180mm cannon and missile pack.
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
The Hyaku Shiki is one of the first ever HGUC kits to be released, as such, the construction is basic, rudimentary but surprisingly sturdy and solid with the end product looking beautiful, The theatrical clear version of the Hyaku Shiki accentuates the colour and overall look of the kit, in certain areas even more so than the chrome gold limited edition.
Here's hoping that the upcoming HGBF 1/144 Mega-Shiki will use an updated mold, preferably from the HGUC Delta Plus or even a whole new mold entirely (fat hope).
Sunday, November 30, 2014
[Kit Insight] HG Gundam Seed 1/144 MBF-P01-Re2 Gundam Astray Gold Frame Amatsu Mina Custom (Gunpla Expo Exclusive) (Light Build)
The pee gold of non-plated kits are just sub-par as compared to the shiny-ass awesomeness of chrome gold. It just accentuates the sexiness of the kit to dizzy heights. Coupled with the clear black parts of this limited edition Amatsu Mina, the completed kit just looks superb.
But an Astray still needs its katanas.
Friday, November 28, 2014
Limited edition version of the HG Gundam Seed Destiny Gundam, with glittery wings of light! The stickers however, are from the original version, so do not really mesh well with the clear version.
As with the normal version, the Destiny still suffers from balance issues stemming from those massive wings. Nevertheless, it is still a beauty.
[Kit Insight] HGUC 1/144 MS-06F Zaku II (Mass Production Type) & RX-78-2 Gundam [Gundam Breaker Ver.] (Straight Builds)
Sunday, November 23, 2014
Model Number: MS-15-2C Gyan Mass Production Type [Commander Custom]
Designation: Zeon Command-Type Mid Range Support Mobile Suit
Not overly outlandish for UC engineering standards, the Gyan Vulcan developed by Susumu Sazaki in Gundam Build Fighters Season 1 represents a rational development pathway for the original prototype Gyan. Had the Gyan been slated for mass production over the Gelgoog, the final outcome of the One Year War might have been different.
Friday, November 21, 2014
Thursday, November 20, 2014
Big mean deep striking machine.
Or so it was envisioned.
The concept and design is good and all, but the execution failed to do this giant any justice. Non-fitting parts, loose components, poor colour separation, absence of foil stickers (even for the eyes), an imbalanced frame and many more building and design issues mar an otherwise impressive kit.
Such a pity.
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
After teasing us for an agonising two months, we finally get a proper look at an honest-to-God actual product model and box art of the upcoming Perfect Grade Unicorn Gundam, with decals and all. Bandai also released a number of photos showcasing the gimmicks and features of the kit.
|Pictures from Gundam Guy|
That [Destroy Mode] Unchained.
Seriously, just watch the 5-minute long promotional video for the Gunpla. If you haven't had a reason to buy this bad boy, this is it.
Saturday, November 15, 2014
Thursday, November 13, 2014
Sunday, November 9, 2014
[Kit Insight] HGBF 1/144 Star Build Strike Gundam Ver. RG Mode (P-Bandai Hobby Online Shop Exclusive) (Straight Build)
Sunday, November 2, 2014
Sunday, October 12, 2014
[Kit Insight] HGUC 1/144 MS-06R-2A[C] Zaku II Hi-Mobility Commander Type (Johnny Ridden Custom Machine) (Customised Build)
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
After a dry spell of more than three months, we finally got a full dose of Gundam Build Fighter action! Already, the first episode shows a lot of promise, with new characters and developments while still referencing events of Season 1. Where else would you find a protagonist Gundam bursting out of a Dom!
From the release schedule of GBFT model kits thus far, the focus seems to be more on Universal Century mobile suits as opposed to the other timelines, although that might change once we get the main premise underway.
So in the meantime, set damage level to A and please set your GP base!
A C3 2014 Hobby Fair Exclusive, this version of the Exia Dark Matter is molded similarly to any of the other TRANS-AM kits, albeit with improvements and slight modifications. One of these changes are the glittery stickers - yes, the stickers themselves are given the glittery treatment to enhance their sparkle and shine. The clear parts have also become clear blue, which contrasts really well against the maroon-purple palette.
Each runner is molded in a TRANS-AMed colour, which means little to no work is to be done before snapping this kit together. This kit is an excellent addition to any Exia collection.
Sunday, October 5, 2014
Model Number: GAT-105E-3[Ex] Gundam Exceed Strike
Designation: OMNI Limited Production Black Operations Use Hi-Mobility Mobile Suit
- 4 X head-mounted "Igelstellung" 75mm Multi-barrel Anti Air CIWS
- 2 X MA-M02G "Super Lacerta" beam sabers
- 2 X MA-M1171 "Gemina" Beam Assault Carbines
- 1 X AQM/EX-1 "Exceed Binder" Multi-Role Assault Platform
- 2 X MGX-1904 "Solidus" Beam Cannons, mounted in lateral thruster sections of Exceed Binder
- 1 X MGX-2235 "Calidus" Multi-phase Beam Cannon, mounted in main body of Exceed Binder
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
[Kit Insight] HGUC 1/144 RX-0[N] Unicorn Gundam 02 Banshee Norn [Destroy Mode] Theatrical Limited NT-D Clear Ver. (Straight Build)
Surprisingly, the parts also come in a plethora of different colours, more so than even the regular HGUC kit, making for a very delightful and beautiful build.
Sunday, September 28, 2014
Model Number: AMX-101E[G] Schuzrum Galluss [Ground Commander Type]
Designation: Neo Zeon Limited Production Heavy Terrestrial Combat Mobile Suit
The original Galluss was a high performance combat machine, able to hold its own against high end Federation mobile suits quite decently. The Schzurum Galluss that appeared during the final episode of Unicorn was in a word, underdeveloped. It didn't kick much ass before taking a booster to the face, what a tremendous waste that was. A ground combat variant of the Schzurum Galluss, this limited production mobile suit combines the best of modern and past technology. Incorporating features that made the Zaku so formidable during the One Year War, the ground type Galluss features substantially more armor, many more weapons and of course a proper thruster-equipped backpack that was curiously missing on the original.
Outfitted for heavy terrestial combat, the Schzurum Galluss Ground Type is able to stay on the battlefield for a lengthy period of time before requiring resupply. Issued to veterans and mobile suit team commanders, the Galluss is able to outperform most of its Neo Zeon and Federation contemporaries in terms of armament, armor or maneuverability. One striking feature of the Galluss is the lack of beam weaponry, armed almost to the teeth with solid weapons. This is due to the proliferation of I-Fields and other anti-beam technology, choosing to focus mobile suit resources on reactor power and speed than on the megawatts of beam weaponry. Therefore, the Galluss is a nightmare for mobile suits that have no answer to its speed or anti-beam coated armor, quickly reduced to shrapnel from the Galluss' machine guns and bazookas.
[Kit Insight] HGUC 1/144 RX-0 Unicorn Gundam 03 Phenex [Destroy Mode] Ver. GFT Color Clear Ver. & Limited Gold Coating Ver. (Straight Builds)
Monday, September 22, 2014
Model Number: MSN-06F Sinanju Schwarz "The Black Death"
Designation: Neo Zeon Custom Newtype-Use Psychoframe Mobile Suit
Designed with long range assault and siege warfare in mind, the Sinanju Schwarz features an astonishing loadout of ranged weaponry to decimate foes from afar. It doesn't help that the mobile suit is best used with a Newtype to take advantage of its psychoframe's deadly properties.
One of the more puzzling features on the original Sinanju is the absence of psycommu weapons to take full advantage of the psychoframe embedded into the mobile suit. The Schwarz addresses this deficiency, featuring a pair of somewhat Sazabi-style Funnel racks housed on top of the boosters, for a total of six medium funnels. In addition, the Schwarz also mounts two fin-like salvos of Funnel Missiles on its legs, for a total of 20 missiles to obliterate foes.
In the age of beam dispersal screens, I-Fields and beam-resistant coatings, the need for solid-based weaponry has been revisited. Even though such munitions deal lesser damage than beam weapons, they still pack a wallop, and can be a force to be reckoned with in the right hands. The Schwarz mounts two rocket bazookas as standard equipment, one under the beam rifle and another under the shield. This gives the mobile suit an all-encompassing style of attack, blending solid and beam weaponry into a vortex of destruction that few can escape from. The only downside is that each bazooka only holds a total of five rounds, but the weapons themselves can be ejected once ammunition has been spent to avoid becoming deadweight.
Sunday, September 14, 2014
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
First of all, I would like to thank all for the support shown to Gunplanerd. It is truly heartening to see page views to each of my posts, however low they may be. As long as people are visiting the Gunplanerd blog, I will continue to publish posts.
On this note, I am pleased to announce that I will refining the theme and style of Gunplanerd. Rather than focus on model kit reviews, which are actually very commonplace online, I have decided to shift the blog’s focus to my customs, placing emphasis on the real-world applications of my modified model kits.
This objectives of this renewed thematic approach is twofold. Firstly, it serves as an anchor and focal point for my modifications: to always try to get the most grounded, most realistic approach to model kit customisation. Military applications of mobile suit technology are broad and varied, with multiple tracks of technological development presumably in progress during any of the conflicts in the Gundam metaverse. For example, the Jesta Plus, which is a logical progression that will not be out of place in the continuity of Gundam Unicorn, a “what if” scenario.
Secondly, this theme will make full use of my creative juices, fleshing out would-be scenarios for my customs, throwing them into “real” combat situations. This would give everyone a better idea of this particular modification, what was the motivation behind its development and what role it is supposed to fill.
Once again, thank you for all the support and stay tuned for more updates from the Gunplanerd!
Sunday, September 7, 2014
Sunday, August 24, 2014
Model Number: MSN-006A1-C Zeta Plus Commander Type
Designation: EFSF Limited Mass Production Transformable Mobile Suit
An increased-performance Zeta Plus, the Commander variant is issued to veterans, working with two other standard Zeta Pluses in a high speed asault fireteam of three mobile suits. Designated as a command unit, Zeta Plus-C is equipped with a simplified Hyper Mega Launcher from the Zeta #Gundam, allowing it to attack targets from a far greater range with a more encompassing field of fire. Zeta Plus teams are usually deployed with the Delta Destroy to tackle GUNDAM-level threats, clearing the battlefield of grunts and mid-level enemies to create situations for the Delta Destroy to directly confront enemy GUNDAM type machines.
Monday, August 18, 2014
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
The Hyper Beam Javelin has always been a favourite weapon, right from the spiked-ball shape version that appeared in the every first Mobile Suit Gundam. It is a weapon that seemed to be stuck in two timelines, having an exceedingly ancient and dated shape, form and function that combined beautifully with Gundam-timeline technology. The damned thing was even thrown around like the pointed javelins of old!
The gloss injection finish on the plastic gives it a nice metallic sheen that is usually achieved by airbrush painting, and the clear greenish-yellow parts for the GN Condensers really convey the ‘powered-up’ sentiment of the Exia.
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
The NZ-999 Neo Zeong is a beast of a mobile suit/mobile armor.
When it first appeared in the final episode of the Unicorn Gundam OVA, it messed shit up right from the get-go, taking control of ECOAS Jegans and turning them on each other. And that was when the full machine was still concealed. Suffice to say, the Neo Zeong was a badass machine, and the HGUC version is the largest HGUC kit ever, with the box itself larger than the packaging of any known Perfect Grade Gunpla.
While I save up for my own HGUC Neo Zeong, I decided to take a trip down memory lane with the construction of a SD-scale Gundam, the scale that triggered the entire hobby. Even as a SD, the Neo Zeong is still a goddamn beast.
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
By now, you should already know that I have a thing for grunt units. The past few Kit Insights have been on grunt kits and my latest customised project is the Ultra GM, the epitome of an awesome grunt unit. The RGM-79 GM is the predecessor to all grunt units bearing a compound sensor, that is, the visor that is fixated on the head unit in place of two individual Gundam-type optical sensors. Therefore, when the souped-up, Thunderbolt-style version appeared, I knew I had to get it. It just looked too right to pass up.