Author Topic: 1/72 G-System Gerbera Tetra - comission project  (Read 9694 times)

January 03, 2008, 11:51:58 PM
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Yes, you are seeing that correctly.  :twitch: I am working on the 1/100 Deepstriker AND the 1/72 Gerbera Tetra at the same time. Started basic cleanup and pinning of this tonight, and made really nice progress. The kit is mostly several large pieces, which made initial assembly a breeze. The spheres at the top of the legs will be replaced with much nicer acrylic versions. I used the supplied resin ones so that I could figure out where I needed to drill and pin before doing it on the acrylic ones. This way I know where I need to drill without messing up the acrylic spheres. I also drilled out the exisiting hole in the torso for the leg connections to 5/16" and the added a solid acrylic rod that goes into the spheres. This made for a much sturdier connection of the legs to the torso.

Enjoy!  :razz:





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January 04, 2008, 04:30:52 AM
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Those old G-System kits are great no frame easy to build and paint, only few parts. What a 2008 start Mr !  ^_^

January 04, 2008, 10:00:22 AM
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Doing both big projects at the same time?? :twitch:

You sure got alot of time on your hands... ^_^
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January 04, 2008, 03:31:25 PM
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Here's another update for today:

The kit has been cleaned of all flash and mold nubs, and everything has been pinned and rough assembled (only thing left is the gun). Next step will be cleaning up the surfaces and sanding everything smooth, adding all of the requested detail parts and removing existing molded in details to replace with aluminum bits.






January 04, 2008, 09:51:21 PM
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Ooooo now that looks like one heavy kit. You can def tell the diff between the old G-System kits and the new ones. I would love to see an updated kit from someone, but more importantly, I can't wait to see how you detail and finish this one up. One of my fav mobile suits this is.

January 04, 2008, 10:00:09 PM
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Another update! Started working on the feet. The top had a round detail molded in and it looked horrible, so I drilled it out and replaced it with some kotokukiya option parts. The undersides also had some horrible molded in details that just had to be replaced. So I sanded them down, and re-made the pieces out of styrene. I also added two little kotobukiya option parts. You can see the before and after in the pics. The center booster in the foot with be replaced with aluminum parts from mechaskunk.com.








January 05, 2008, 11:31:34 AM
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I can see it will be a great model!  :-)
I'm not a Gundam fan but I like the Gerbera Tetra mecha design, particularly legs, chest and head.

I think it is a well proportioned model, despite being Gundam and with intriguing shapes.

You will add mechadetails everywhere or you will leaved it in its "back from the '90-plain surfaces look"?

Ah, if ZLuca will spice up a Gerbera Tetra in the future  :twitch:

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January 05, 2008, 01:11:07 PM
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I can see it will be a great model!  :-)
I'm not a Gundam fan but I like the Gerbera Tetra mecha design, particularly legs, chest and head.

I think it is a well proportioned model, despite being Gundam and with intriguing shapes.

You will add mechadetails everywhere or you will leaved it in its "back from the '90-plain surfaces look"?

Ah, if ZLuca will spice up a Gerbera Tetra in the future  :twitch:

Bye ^^

Per the clients requests, there will be aluminum bits all around. Thrusters, beads, balls, etc. :)

January 07, 2008, 07:41:29 PM
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New update for tonight! I started working on detailing up some of the bland areas, and replacing more of the molded in details with option parts. I have also replaced the hoses on the sides of the arms with springs from mechaskunk. Progress is moving along nicely!






January 08, 2008, 01:56:32 AM
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Are you going to make this kit a static one, or a posable one? So far the details look really good, looking forward to the booster replacements!  :lol:

January 08, 2008, 10:10:45 AM
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Are you going to make this kit a static one, or a posable one? So far the details look really good, looking forward to the booster replacements!  :lol:

It's a static kit from G-System. There really is no option to make it posable. It would take quite a bit of carving and resin removal to make it posable.

January 12, 2008, 08:44:27 PM
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New update!

I finished the additions to the hip joints. I replaced the existing resin ball with an acrylic one, then thermoformed some styrene sheet over the acrylic ball. I then cut out the newly made sphere and made some armor to add detail to the otherwise very plain spheres.

I also have about 75% of the kit primed now. I need to go back and re-sand some spots and prime again, but this bad boy is almost ready for paint.




January 14, 2008, 12:02:19 AM
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No update on the actual kit tonight, instead I started working on some potential color schemes. The hardest part in all of this was finding line art of the tetra that could be used for coloring. This is what I found, and had to make it work for now. Here are some ideas so far:










January 14, 2008, 02:15:00 AM
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I really like the first blue one.

January 14, 2008, 03:02:11 AM
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I like the second and third ones. The others are too ... plain.

January 14, 2008, 07:30:40 AM
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I like the first one. It seems the feet or legs need a touch of red to bring it together.
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February 16, 2008, 07:00:42 PM
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Quick status update:

This is currently on hold. I am waiting on some aluminum parts to arrive, and for the client to decide on a color scheme.

February 16, 2008, 08:38:42 PM
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The second image looks nice, white stripes add a nice touch to the blue paint.
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February 17, 2008, 01:20:58 PM
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As far as color schemes, I like the direction you went with the white and grey one (with the wacky grey strips). Some digi-camo, maybe, with a more subtle shade of grey (or two)?
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Update!!

The parts I had been waiting on to arrive finally have! These are probably the largest, and coolest metal option parts ever made. Now that I have these, I can move on and begin getting it finaled for paint.







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