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October 08, 2016
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MODELER: Chemicalist (IG chemicalist_gunpla)
MODEL TITLE:
OZ-15AGX Hydra Gundam [Detailed]
MODIFICATION TYPE: Custom parts, custom panel line, custom paint job, custom decals
KIT USED: HG 1/144 Hydra Gundam

FROM THE MODELER:

"This has to be the most challenging build I've done to date. I started work on this last June 22, 2016, and finally wrapped up on October the 3rd. Older kits have the unfortunate distinction of having more rudimentary engineering, unimpressive articulation, horrible-looking seam lines, and very minimal parts separation. Add to this the fact that I performed a number of modifications to it and tried out new painting techniques on it, it's no mystery how long this build took while I was juggling real life alongside it.
It would do good for a lot of modelers today to experience kits like this. Today, we're very spoiled by how good Bandai engineers new kits (particularly the Revive and Iron-Blooded Orphans lines) that we can churn out completed builds in days. This 19-year old kit needed masking upon masking, copious amounts of handpainting, and plenty of sleepless nights. Even now as I show it to you, it isn't perfect by any measure, and I don't even think the techniques I applied are all that apparent.
I'm just happy it's over. The journey has been an absolute pleasure.
Hail Hydra."



















1 comments:

  1. Awesome job. I've always thought this was one of the most epic Gundam designs ever. The best of Bandai's modern engineering is wasted on comparatively mundane designs such as those found in IBO and AGE, as well as the endless influx of Build Fighters. And then there's the occasional inexplicable garbage like the Tristan.

    Too bad it's such an old kit, I'm not sure I'm up to the challenge of making it decent, let alone as good as you've done.

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