Now presenting the no grade 1/100 Seed, Astray Blue Frame Second L. This is a MSV design from a side story which exists only on paper medium, which means it was never intended to be animated and it certainly shows.
Building the Blitz, I learned that no matter how well you think you studied the parts and manual, snap fitting is still important, so I took the chance to put together a small post to talk about the kit itself and not the building process, so if you want to see this one painted you will have to wait some months (my last one was only 6 hehe).
The box is quite fat, promising a lot of parts. One interesting detail is the inclusion of a clear part for the eyes, which is rare on non graded kits (and on high grade ones as well).
As I mentioned before, this design was never meant to be animated which means it could have as much surface detail as it could fit. Indeed this mecha makes the usual animated gundams look plain with its complex surfaces.
This is not enough, of course, and even though the he has big, though looking, arms and legs the poseability is far beyond anything under Master Grade that I ever saw, specially the waist which has a double ball joint.
The backpack is quite heavy and big, but the intelligent design of the support on the back together with the part dense and heavy legs, make sure that not only he can stand reasonably well but also that the flexible waist won’t lean back all the time.
Of course, it can’t be all good. There are a few alignment issues and a ton of detail that needs to be painted as well as quite a few seam lines that will have to be fixed, some of them quite nasty.
Still this is no doubt a kit that looks good straight out of the box, and has the potential to look superb with its sharp mold and complex surface, if you are willing to put the work into it. I will certainly try to bring out its full potential.
And now after seeing how everything goes together, it’s to lay some paint on it.
- Getting Blue
This guy is a looker, even though the meanwhile released master grade version, is a considerable improvement, this version is not a total slouch, being that its main problems in the looks department are, in my opinion its proportions.
As you can see above this kit doesn’t lack detail, but it does have some parts (allot) moulded in the wrong colour and that, needs to be corrected.
There was a considerable amount of tough masking to get this guy right, just check how it looks in a first phase of painting his fingers.
- Masking this was a challenge.
And since absurd amounts of masking weren’t enough I had to make it even more interesting by losing the piece for the eye and had to scratch build a replacement.
Well, I wouldn’t call it quite a scratch built part, but I cut the eyes sticker to serve as a template put them on some pla plate and trimmed to size. Then it as a matter of sticking the pieces in place and filling the space with a bit of putty.
- I can see again !!
I also tried paint the sensors by hand with some silver and clear green but that didn’t go as well as I expected. I have to get an alternative method to get better results. If anyone has advice please, I would appreciate it very much.
- Now with a stylish hat
And finally, after a very long time in progress, the no grade 1/100 Astray Blue Frame Second L from a Gundam Seed side-story is finally complete. Don’t have much else to add from what I already written, so all that is left is to show his complete form.