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Model Making

Everything I own, have built or have on-order. With links to in-progress and completed images of the kits.

I did the stereotypical Airfix Spitfire, BF109 and Hurricane kits as a young boy - put together with horrible superglue that always oozed everywhere, painted with those dreadful tins of Humbrol enamels and with paint brushes that may as well have not bothered having any bristles at all. Wow, thinking back, those things were terrible, but it definitely got me started early with 'making things' from kits and I always kept my hand in at 'arty' things - ultimately almost going the creative route at college (art and design), but eventually deciding I simply wasn't good enough to make it as a career.

I still dabbled, from time-to-time with various hobbies and model making and/or miniatures were something that have been common ever since.

This page tries to catalogue of the things I've built in modern times (i.e. since having a consistent website, email address, the dawn of Youtube etc), as well as progress updates on the various things I'm on with at the moment.

Generally, if the image for a particular kit listed below is just a box cover, I probably haven't built it yet….

Kits from the various Gundam shows; I mainly prefer the U.C (Universal Century) timeline, as it's a bit more gritty and a bit less superhero, compared to the other versions. So the stuff I tend to get kits from includes:

  • Gundam (0079)
  • Gundam 0080 & 0083
  • Char's Counterattack
  • Zeta Gundam & ZZ Gundam
  • Gundam Unicorn
  • etc.

But not Gundam Wing, Seed, etc, as they're all a bit silly and deviate from the hard-scifi of the original series.

Oh, and the bad guys and the cannon fodder designs are the most interesting to me.

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Image Figure Name Gundam Model Number Scale Series Kit Type Link Original Price Owned /Wanted? Delivered Built Painted Detailed
Acguy MSM-04 1/100 Gundam 0079 MG HLJ $33.00 Owned Y Y Y N
Astray Blue Frame Second Revise MBF-P03R 1/100 Gundam Seed vs Astray MG HLJ $40.00 Owned Y N N N
Char’s Rick Dias RMS-099 1/100 Zeta Gundam MG HLJ $30.00 Owned Y Y Y N
Char’s Rick Dom MS-09RS 1/100 Gundam M.S.V MG HLJ $37.00 Owned Y Y Y Y
Char’s Z’Gok MSM-07S 1/100 Gundam 0079 MG HLJ $25.00 Owned Y Y Y Y
Char’s Zaku II MS-06S 1/144 Gundam The Origin HG HLJ $14.00 Owned Y N N N
Char’s Zaku II v2.0 MS-06S 1/100 Gundam 0079 MG HLJ $29.00 Owned Y N N N
Dom Test Type YMS-08B 1/144 Gundam The Origin HG HLJ $16.00 Owned Y Y N N
Dreissen Unicorn ver. AMX-009 1/144 Gundam Unicorn HG HLJ $16.00 Owned Y N N N
Dwadge MS-09G 1/100 Zeta Gundam MG Premium Bandai Gundam wikia $57.00 Owned Y N N N
Dwadge Custom MS-09H 1/100 Zeta Gundam MG Premium Bandai Gundam wikia $65.00 Owned Y N N N
Geara Doga (Heavy Armed Type) AMS-119 1/100 Char’s Counterattack MG HLJ $40.00 Owned Y Y In Progress N
Geara Zulu AMS-129 1/144 Gundam Unicorn HG HLJ $14.00 Owned Y N N N
Geara Zulu Angelo Sauper AMS-129 1/144 Gundam Unicorn HG HLJ $18.00 Wanted N N N N
Geara Zulu Guards Type AMS-129 1/144 Gundam Unicorn HG HLJ $16.00 Wanted N N N N
Gelgoog v2.0 MS-14A 1/100 Gundam 0079 MG HLJ $37.00 Owned Y Y N N
Gelgoog v2.0 Uma Lightning MS-14B 1/100 Gundam 0079 MG Premium Bandai Gundam Wiki $75.00 Owned Y N N N
GM ver 2.0 RGM-79 1/100 Gundam 0079 MG HLJ £21 Owned N N N N
GM Cannon II RGC-83 1/144 Gundam 0083 HG HLJ $12.00 Wanted N N N N
GM Custom RGM-79 1/144 Gundam 0083 HG HLJ $10.00 Wanted N N N N
GM Command Colony Type RGM-79G 1/100 Gundam 0080 MG HLJ $29.00 Owned Y N N N
GM Dominance RGM-79DO 1/100 Gundam Blue Destiny MG Premium Bandai Gundam Wiki $60.00 Owned Y N N N
GM Kai Space Type RGM-79C 1/100 Gundam 0083 MG HLJ $20.00 Owned Y Y Y N
GM Powered GM RGM-79 1/144 Gundam 0083 HG HLJ $10.00 Owned Y Y Y N
GM Sniper Custom RGM-79SC 1/100 Zeta Gundam MG HLJ $39.00 Owned Y N N N
GN-X GNX-603T 1/144 Gundam 00 HG HLJ $10.00 Owned Y Y Y N
GN-X GNX-603T 1/144 Gundam 00 HG HLJ $10.00 Owned Y N N N
GN-X III EFSF Type GNX-609T 1/144 Gundam 00 HG HLJ $10.00 Owned Y N N N
Gundam GP03 RX-78GP03S 1/144 HGUC HG HLJ $13.00 Owned Y N N N
Gundam Mk II Titans v2.0 RX-178 1/100 Zeta Gundam MG HLJ $29.00 Owned Y Y Y N
Gundam Revive RX-78-2 1/144 Gundam 0079 HG HLJ $9.00 Wanted N N N N
Gundam v3.0 RX-78-2 1/100 Gundam 0079 MG HLJ $37.00 Owned Y Y N N
Guntank Early Type RTX-65 1/144 Gundam The Origin HG HLJ $13.00 Owned Y N N N
Hazel II RX-121-2 TR1 1/100 Advance of Zeta MG Premium Bandai Gundam Wiki $57.00 Owned Y N N N
Hazel Custom RX-121-1 TR1 1/144 Advance of Zeta HG HLJ $10.00 Owned Y Y Y Y
Hazel Custom RX-121-1 TR1 1/100 Advance of Zeta MG Premium Bandai Gundam Wiki $75.00 Owned Y Y Y N
Hi Nu Gundam RX-93-ν2 1/100 Char’s Counterattack MG Ver Ka. HLJ $58.00 Owned Y N N N
BAN958762 Hi Nu Gundam RX-93-ν2 1/144 Char’s Counterattack HG HLJ $18.00 Owned Y Y Y N
Jesta RGM-96X 1/100 Gundam Unicorn MG HLJ $33.00 Owned Y N N N
Jesta Cannon RGM-96X 1/144 Gundam Unicorn HG HLJ $16.00 Owned Y N N N
Marasai RMS-108 1/100 Zeta Gundam MG HLJ $33.00 Owned Y N N N
Marasai Unicorn ver RMS-108 1/144 Gundam Unicorn HG HLJ $13.00 Wanted N N N N
Nu Gundam RX-93 1/100 Char's Counterattack MG Ver Ka. HLJ $59 Owned Y N N N
Polypod Ball RB-79PP 1/100 Gundam Build Divers MG Premium Bandai $36.00 Owned Y N N N
Sazabi MSN-04 1/100 Char’s Counterattack MG Ver Ka. HLJ $75.00 Owned Y N N N
Seravee GN-008GNHW/B 1/144 Gundam 00 HG HLJ $13.00 Owned Y Y Y N
Sinanju MSN-06S 1/100 Gundam Unicorn MG Ver Ka. HLJ $58.00 Owned Y N N N
The-O PMX-003 1/144 HGUC HG HLJ $20.00 Owned Y Y Y Y
Throne Zwei GNW-002 1/144 Gundam 00 HG HLJ $13.00 Owned Y Y Y N
Zaku II F2 EFSF Type MS-06F-2 1/144 HGUC HG HLJ $12.00 Owned Y Y Y Y
Zaku II F2 EFSF Type MS-06F-2 1/144 HGUC HG HLJ $12.00 Owned Y N N N
Zaku II FZ Kai MS-06FZ 1/100 Gundam 0080 RE100 Wanted N N N N
Zaku II Johnny Ridden v2.0 MS-06R-2 1/100 Gundam M.S.V MG HLJ $37.00 Owned Y N N N
Zaku II Type C MS-06C 1/144 Gundam The Origin HG HLJ $14.00 Owned Y N N N
Zaku II v2.0 MS-06F 1/100 Gundam 0079 MG HLJ $29.00 Owned Y Y Y Y
Zaku II v2.0 MS-06F 1/100 Gundam 0079 MG HLJ $29.00 Owned Y N N N
Zaku II Shin Matsunaga v2.0 MS-06R-1A 1/100 Gundam M.S.V MG HLJ $37.00 Owned Y N N N
Zaku III AMX-011 1/144 Gundam ZZ HG HLJ $6.00 Owned Y N N N
Zeta Plus A1 MSZ-006A1 1/100 Gundam ZZ MG HLJ $25.00 Owned Y Y Y Y
Zeta Plus Unicorn ver MSZ-006A1 1/144 Gundam Unicorn HG HLJ $20.00 Wanted N N N N

I was introduced to Robotech as a child, so interest in the expanded Macross universe was inevitable (and of course, its a far more cohesive story that the Americanised version of Macross that Robotech resulted in). These are the kits and models from the various Macross related anime series and films that I own or have built:

  • Macross
  • Macross Plus
  • Macross II
  • Macross Delta, 7, Frontier, etc.

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Image Name Series Type Scale Manufacturer Wanted/Owned Built Painted Detailed
Thuverl-Salan (standard battleship) Macross N/A (fixed pose spaceship) 1/20000 Arii Owned N N N
Nupetiet-Vergnitzs (fleet flagship) Macross N/A (fixed pose spaceship) 1/20000 Arii Owned N N N
Quiltra-Queleual (landing ship) Macross N/A (fixed pose spaceship) 1/20000 Arii Owned N N N
Queadol-Magdomilla (fleet command battleship) x2 Macross N/A (fixed pose spaceship) 1/20000 Arii Owned N N N
VF-0A/S Battroid Macross Zero MG/HG (articulated battroid mode) 1/72 Hasegawa Owned Partial Partial N
VF-1A Super Battroid Macross MG/HG (articulated battroid mode) 1/72 Hasegawa Owned N N N
VF-4 Lightning Macross N/A (fixed pose fighter mode) 1/72 Wave Wanted N N N
VF-11B Thunderbolt Macross Plus N/A (fixed pose fighter mode) 1/72 Hasegawa Owned N N N
VF-25F Messiah Valkyrie (Alto custom) Macross Delta MG (transforming) 1/72 Bandai Owned N N N
VF-25F Super Messiah Valkyrie (Alto custom) Macross Delta MG (transforming) 1/72 Bandai Owned N N N
VF-31S Siegfried Valkyrie (Arad Melders custom) Macross Frontier MG (transforming) 1/72 Bandai Owned N N N
VF-31J Super Siegfried Valkyrie Macross Frontier MG (transforming) 1/72 Bandai Wanted N N N

This is a really cool retro-futuristic sci-fi series from the Japanese artist Kow Yokoyama in the early 1980's. Unlike most model ranges, the models and art came first, with 'official' back story and related works like games and novels later.

The visual style is a mish-mash of retro (think dieselpunk or WW2-what-if type scenario) crossed with a blend of utilitarianism and curvy, bulbous lines. There's not much else like it.

The main things that the series is recognised for include:

  • The Super Armored Fighting Suits - a cross between a deep-sea diving suit and a powered exoskeleton
  • Realistic looking figures, designs and proportions
  • Designs that look as if they may have come from Space 1999 or Gerry Anderson's U.F.O, crossed with WW2 experiments

It's not massively known outside of Japan, but there are a range of (large and small) manufacturers producing the figures and models under license. The original manufacturer was Nitto, with their models having been out of production for at least 20 years. The modern 'big names' are Wave and Hasegawa, with Wave concentrating more on the 1/20 figures and powered suits, and Hasegawa producing more of the vehicle designs (though not exclusively so). Many other smaller manufacturers make some of the variants and lesser-known designs mostly in resin.

I've also printed models from resin myself, as listed under the 3D Printed Models section below.


Image Name Series Type Scale Manufacturer Built Painted Detailed
Fledermaus Maschinen Krieger Fixed-pose scale model 1/20 Nitto N N N
Grosser Hund 'Altair' Maschinen Krieger Articulated scale model 1/20 Hasegawa N N N
Grosser Hund Maschinen Krieger Articulated scale model 1/20 Hasegawa N N N
Jerry Maschinen Krieger Fixed-pose scale model 1/20 Nitto N N N
Kauz Maschinen Krieger Articulated scale model 1/20 Wave N N N
Krote Maschinen Krieger Articulated scale model 1/20 Wave N N N
Lancelot Robot Battle V Fixed-pose resin kit 1/48 N/A N N N
Nixe Maschinen Krieger Articulated scale model 1/20 Wave N N N
Melusine Maschinen Krieger Articulated scale model 1/20 Wave N N N
Rapoon Maschinen Krieger Articulated scale model 1/20 Wave N N N

Either really old stuff, things that I've let the kids paint, or stuff that really doesn't fit in to any other category….

Image Name Series Type Scale Manufacturer Built Painted Detailed
Mobile Ginn Gundam Seed Limited articulation no-grade 1/144 Bandai Y Y N
Zoloat Gundam Wing Limited articulation no-grade 1/144 Bandai Y Y N
Extlabor Patlabor Articulated scale model 1/35 Bandai N N N
Kobu F Sakura Wars 3 Articulated scale model 1/24 Wave N N N

I bought an entry-level 3D SLA (resin) printer in late 2020 (an Elegoo Mars Pro) and started my adventures in printing my own models and miniatures in mid 2021. Here are some of the things I've made:

Image Name Series Scale Type 3D Model Cost Printed Built Painted
Glaug Battle Pod Macross 1/100 Fixed pose, multi-part sci-fi model Free N N N
Ma.K Friedrich Maschinen Krieger 1/20 Fixed pose, multi-part sci-fi model £2.63 Y Y Y
Ma.K Luna Gans Maschinen Krieger 1/20 Fixed pose, multi-part sci-fi model £9.04 Y Y N
Ma.K SAFS Space type Maschinen Krieger 1/20 Fixed pose, multi-part sci-fi model £2.63 N N N
RX-78-2 Gundam Gundam 0079 ~1/60 Fixed pose, multi-part figure bust Free Y N N

Some other things relating to my model making / painting hobbies:

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