After completing the build of the Bandai RG Sazabi, I’ve started taking it apart.
As I’d only built one other Real Grade gundam, I wasn’t too sure about the fit, how it should look, the colour, basically most of the build. So I have been assembling it as the instructions show to get a feel for it.
Now it’s all together I can see how the articulation works, the colour separation on the armour, how much of the inner frame is going to be visible, and everything now works perfectly in my mental picture of it. (Yeah, right)
So, time has come to strip him back down.
I’m basically dismembering him and taking the skin off. I hope this post doesn’t get me in trouble……
I started with pulling him apart into the component sections- arms, legs, waist, etc. Then I started the armour removal. I’ve done a leg so far.
I did film the process, and it will become a part of the build series. It’s also there so I can check how it goes back together……
When I’ve got it all apart down to the frame I’ll be priming and painting it, then it will be time to see if I remember how it goes together…..
As you may know, I am currently subscribed to 2 partworks- the Deagostini X-Wing and the Hachette Terminator.
I’ve seen a lot of hate for partworks online over the last few years, but I quite like them. The chance to build a large kit is out of most people’s reach but paying as you go is more affordable. People also complain that you have to wait for the next issue instead of just motoring through to the end.
The cost of a partwork does seem to put people off. When you work out the total it can be daunting, several hundred pounds for a single model. But, the models are BIG. The R2 I recently completed is 1/2 scale. With working electronics for lights, sounds and movement. The best thing is that you don’t have to pay up front. It worked out to around £1.28 a day. Many people spend much more than that on a morning coffee and have nothing to show for it at the end of a year.
The “Waiting” is a different argument, and one that I find works for me rather than being a detriment. If I am building a ‘normal’ modelkit I usually only do one at a time: from opening the box, building, painting, weathering. With the weekly/monthly schedule I can do the parts that come along then put is all aside and carry on with my other project.
I look forward to sharing my partworks with you, I’ll leave you with some pictures of R2 and the modifications I made to him.
The build of the Bandai Sazabi is progressing well, I have just released the 3rd video of the build to my patrons.
As I’m building him from the feet up, I have now done his feet and legs. Next is the waist unit, then the chest, arms and head. Then painting and weathering.
All of these videos will be exclusive to my Geeks tier and above, where you will also find other perks!
Take a look at http://Patreon.com/grossmodels to see if you’d like to help support my habit! (it’s thanks to my lovely patrons I have been able to start this site, as well as keeping me in paint and glue…)