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September 01, 2008, 01:50:29 PM
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Hello, i am on a course in model design at the university of hertfordshire. I am starting on my final project and have decided to scratchbuild a rather large gundam model. inn the ballpark of 1/24 (70-80cm)
 Because this is a school project there is alot to consider, my teachers are really "hard to please" they want us to invent the wheel  for every assigment we get, so i cant plain copy a exsisting design. I wanted to make a RX-78, but there is thousands of kits avalbale so that is completly out of the question.
i have tried to design my own, but it turned out to be a turkey so i am more onto the idea of doing an interpretation of a existning design.




to make it short, i have ended up with: exia/astraea or the GN-X from the Gundam 00 series. Both designs have substantial pros and cons.
like The exia is easy to make with lots of flat surfaces, the gnx has lots of curves and ovals. The exia has the classic gundam feel, but the gnx has the potential of some serious modification.

I cant decide, will you help me with my decision? what would you do?

September 01, 2008, 01:56:57 PM
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Marc

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What kind of material are you going to use for this?

September 01, 2008, 02:07:36 PM
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It would be mixed techniques. we have a awesome workshop with everything.
But i think primary it will be lasercutted styrene and acryllic. the curved parts would be in chemiwood and/or vacuumformed.

September 01, 2008, 02:14:29 PM
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Then I'd go for the GN-X, or a greatly simplified version of it.
It's more interesting visually. And too many flat surfaces will make people think you're lazy :D
Get rid of the GN-Drive though, it'll be a pain.

September 01, 2008, 02:28:51 PM
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i forgot to mention something very important, it is a 16 week project, so i am going to be very ambitious, with articulated joints, lights and everything. and the gn drive is just a simple tun on the leigh.
And yes, the GNX is more interessting. but it is no "real" gundam?
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September 01, 2008, 03:50:03 PM
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don't you mean 'turn on the lathe' and not tun on the leigh?

September 01, 2008, 08:49:22 PM
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hehe, yes i mean turn on the lathe.

September 04, 2008, 11:31:06 AM
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does anybody here know if there is a kit avalibale of the advanced gn-x?

this is a link to what seems to be a mod to the 1/144 gnx kit
http://photo.163.com/photos/xiaot.com/159931876/4909539523/

September 04, 2008, 12:24:51 PM
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does anybody here know if there is a kit avalibale of the advanced gn-x?

this is a link to what seems to be a mod to the 1/144 gnx kit
http://photo.163.com/photos/xiaot.com/159931876/4909539523/

I don't thinks the Advanced GN-X is available, at least not yet, if you want to build one you will have to covert a existing kit into the Advanced GN-X. If you want to do something unique, have you consider a Gundam AOZ Mobile Suit, you can make some very interesting Gundams.

My 1/35 Hazel is going on 1 year now and it is still not close to completion. So be aware that it will be a very ambitious undertaking, but most of the work is not hard at all, it is just time consuming.

Well, happy modeling, enjoy...
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September 04, 2008, 01:05:58 PM
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awesome blog clee, it is not too many huge scale gundams out there.

i have alot of time, 16-19weeks, full time.
this is my final projevt from the first year, a fully articulated 1/24 at-st scratchbuilt in 4 weeks.
and the tank is a 6 week project from my second year, 1/16th scale T-55 tank.
   

September 04, 2008, 01:24:08 PM
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Very nice... love the ewoks!

September 04, 2008, 01:29:16 PM
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Damn, those are awesome, can't wait to see what you'll make of the GNX design!
Make sure to make a wip here ^_^

September 04, 2008, 03:09:26 PM
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Wow, You did a Great job with both models, the AT-ST and the T-55 are both nice models.

My best advice is plan carefully before start contruction, you will have to remember that building a 1/24 Gundam is just like building a 1/32 scale jet fighter vs a 1/72 scale jet fighter, what I mean is that detail will be visible in 1/24 scale as oppose to 1/72. Things like small access panels, rivet holes, spill marks from leaking fluid, and small hoses will be more visible in 1/24 scale as oppose to a 1/144 model kit.

Draw some plans on yourself, this will help you understand how the model will be constructed and save you lots of extra work.
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