First off, yes I'm still working on the MG Psycho Zaku Ver Ka, it's just slow going right now because I'm priming and sanding. I decided to do a little scratch build project for fun. A few weeks ago I watched Adam Savage's video about scratch building/kit bashing a model. That got me thinking. Then I was watching one of Tim Harkin's live streams on YouTube late one Friday night and I decided it was time. I started by challenging myself to build a cube.
I started by cutting 6 squares of plastic sheet, then some supports. I glued the supports to the base, to give support for the walls.
Next, I put the walls up.
After the walls were glued in place I put the top on and let it set overnight.
I came back to it the next day and cut off some excess, then shaped it with a file and some sanding sticks. I had to glue on a few strips to fill in gaps, but it came out pretty even in the end. At this point I was stoked with my little cube! This was the first thing I've ever built fully from scratch, and holding it in my hands, tossing it around and running my fingers over the smooth corners was gratifying. But I couldn't just leave it as a plain cube. So what to do?
Lets take a step back real quick; I want to talk about the Ver Logic meme.
When I started building Gunpla about 3 years ago, I looked at a lot of custom kits online, and that's what got me into the hobby. I didn't come at it as a fan of the anime, I came at it as a fan of making models that looked awesome. The now defunct Gundam Guy blog was my main source of inspiration at first. Then I got turned on to Gunpla Talk on Zakuaurelius' YouTube channel. Thats where I discovered Joshua Darrah. He is a talented Australian artist who has represented Australia in GBWC and he's built some astonishing pieces. On an episode of Gunpla Talk, he mentioned a coverrsation he had with a friend about the idea of a Gundam "Ver Logic". It would be the most basic of Gundams; simply a cube with a cannon and a booster, and the pilot sealed inside for life. It was funny amd rediculous, but the idea caught on in the Gunpla community and several modelers ran with it, making some amazing creations. The Facebook group he made has some pretty wild builds that you should REALLY check out.
I thought it would be fun to try a Very Logic build and now that I had a pretty good cube to play with i thought I'd give it a go.
I started with a piece of a Zaku cannon, and some extra parts I had lying around. I realized I had a skull and bones trinket, and then remembered that there was a Crossbone themed competition coming up, and it just so happened the contest was in Dallas the weekend I would be in town for a business trip. That's how I decided to theme it Crossbone. A quick trip to Hobbytown here in Boise and I had an SD Crossbone kit to kitbash from.
A little glue, masking, a bunch of drilled holes, paint, decals, top coat and it came together! Because it is so small I wanted to give it some height so it would be easier to see.
For the base, I used a cone shaped piece of styrofoam wrapped in cloth and some skull shaped LEDs I found at a craft store. I had to laugh at how silly and audacious it was. This unholy monstrosity really brings a smile to my face :) I should mention I finished the model at home, but I did the base all in my hotel room in Dallas. The base is held together with sewing pins!
I entered the competition purely as a joke, but ended up winning "Best Diorama"! I think I won because there were only 5 entries in the competition. Also the judge said "I guess this is the only one that's a diorama, so here ya go!" But hey, a W is a W! Here are the other entries:
I had a lot of fun putting this ugly little beast together and it was good seeing the Texas Gundam Club guys again. Now, back to work on the MG Psycho Zaku! I'm still priming and sanding, and I think its gonna take until 2019 to finish. I really wanted to finish it sooner, but I'm taking my time with this one. Until next time, keep building!