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3 Apr 2012

PG Aile Strike

Hello everyone!
Here are some pictures on Bandai 's Gundam PG GAT-X105 Strike Gundam that I finished last year.

I touched this kit up with Tamiya Weathering Master C Set, panel lines and flat topcoat-ed.
As you probably can pick up, I picked and spray painted the grey inner frame parts with Gun metal and Light Gun Metal to create a more complex visual taste. (some are left original colours, make it a total of 3 different colours)

Also added some mechanical details in the inner frame. (u don't always see them though) =/
I always wanted to see this pose right after i finished this kit. =D





This is what i mean.... You only get to see details this close...


 















I'm obsess in this view...
There you go.. here is my PG Aile Strike, will upload Skygrasper next too!
Feel free to comment! any ideas to make me improve!






66 comments:

  1. Good job. Very nice details and looking forward to see more! Keep it up :)

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  2. very nice blog. i'm not a gundam beginner since i already assembled 5 or 6 MGs......but.....i don't even know how to do weathering and AB =_="

    but one thing i can suggest, maybe u can try get a black background for the photos :D

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    1. thank you! I don't know how to do Air brush too.
      I've only spray painted some grey parts and left all other colours original.

      I'm still learning Weathering too! I need to try Dry brushing in my upcoming MG Qan[T].
      hope it will be alright.

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  3. v nice perspectives on your photo shots! really shows off the strikes edges and shows how bad-ass it can be!!
    never tot of getting strike but after this....ooo boy...

    nice inspiring work :)

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    1. =) thank you for the comment!
      I really like this PG. It will not disappoint you in any aspect; poses, articulations, proportions, etc. if you really thinking about getting one.. just go with it!

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  4. Awesome job! I bet nobody believes you are a beginner though, with such a beautifully built PG and excellent photo-taking skills. Seriously this kit looks like one of those contest winners already.

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    1. Wow.. that's one big compliment! Thanks! I never hope I can win anything, but I'll keep improve myself and help others do the same =D

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  5. I agree =)
    The ones you have finished exceed that of a "beginner" level. Your attention to detail and patience really show up in those photos you took, even if you've only made like 5 or 6 kits.
    And you are being very modest about it, which gives a lot of positive character to your creations. =D
    Love your work, and hope you don't mind me bookmarking this so I can come back again to refer to your future projects!

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    1. wow, Thank you Ron. really encouraged me for doing more kits for this blog.
      Go ahead and bookmark it! or if you have any ideas on how to make me improve, feel free to comment on them too!

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    2. Hello there, GB. Been awhile since I stopped by your blog. Hope your Gunpla force is as strong as ever!
      Anyway, I want to share your blog on PG Strike to my fellow Gunplars in my fb page as I admire your work a lot. Hope you don't mind. =)

      Anyway, if you have fb, feel free to add me to your flist.

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    3. Hi Ron, oh yea, that's fine. I'm honoured to have my PG Strike shared. =D
      I have a facebook page too, you can find it up at the sidebar.

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  6. This is amazing. Are you sure you're a beginner?

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    1. erm... sort of. This is my 5th Gunpla kit. =]

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    1. Yup~! its my favourite of all PG designs. =D

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  8. Nice build, I like the effect you made on the underside of the feet. This is one kit I still have to get, gonna be my 3rd PG I hope, so far I have 2 PG's and 2 MG's and nothing else. Hope this will be an as fun build as my PG Strike freedom and PG GP01/fb.

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    1. Thanks Laurent, PG SF and PG Strike shares a similar inner frame. and it is less back heavy. I can guarantee you won't be disappointed on PG Aile Strike. Go get it. ask me any question along the way, I'll try and help you as much as I can.

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    2. yeah the PG SF frame and astray red frame are similar to the strike I hear in vids, and I am gonna go for the aile strike yes, the empty strike without the aile pack is too empty to look at lol. I am gonna paint it into the original colours when I get it though. btw did you start right away with gunpla or did you have the experience from building other plastic models?

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    3. wow.. looks like you gonna be busy with 2 PGs! (Blue Frame and Aile Strike) both shouldn't be a problem for you. and I'm sure you gonna enjoy them.

      hmm, I have experience in building architectural models, but as for hobbies, I started straight away with Gunpla. I have a "before blog" page at the top if you wanna have a look. I started this hobby with an MG Exia last year.

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    4. I plan on being busy but can still happen that the PG's will be like months apart, the blue frame is just a plan atm. But I think you already guessed I am in favor of the bigger models like PG's.

      wow then you made big steps, I used to build plastic models of planes and cars. which I mainly left grey(which is no problem with the planes) and only painted 1 model ever in that time, the model I am still proud off as it still looks awesome even due I brushed it. I had only 2 non grade gunpla before which I dont even countt anymore nowadays cause they are nothing much really, I use one to test some paints and those big sticker decals and coat them to see the effect before putting it on a real model. so my PG strike freedom was my first proper gundam I build. and then had 2 MG where I started panellining and now I went full out when I got my PG GP01 almost 4 weeks ago. Next thing to try is the shading.

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    5. Yup, we have similar taste. I will only get PG / MG / RG. Just recently got into RG because of its awesome details! But I'll still say PG is the best grade to build.

      Looks like you have more experience up your sleeves, Laurent. My architectural models will never require any painting or whatsoever. Just cut and glue for presentations in Uni. Its a good idea to test painting on cheaper models beforehand, I should have done that before doing this PG Aile Strike! (This is my first painted kit also) I would have ended up with a better looking PG Aile Strike!

      Shading has Pre-shading or Post-shading.
      Airbrush-er normally will go for Pre-Shading. As for me, I found Tamiya Weathering Sets are a fast and easy Post-shading method! yea, I'm pretty much a lazy modeller. LOL

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    6. I still have to touch a real grade but I have been thinking of getting the RG gundam mkII. It looks cool, but so far its not really a gundam I need in MG or PG, but I like that the RG has more detail then HG kits, But mostly I think that 1/144 are just to small lol. Whenever I built a model in the last few years(not much it dialed down abit) it were those big plane models. the bigger the better lol. But yeah the experience, and leftover materials from earlier builds like glue came in handy with one of my models.

      I still have to see what type of shading I preferr, just have to try things and see what gives the result I like.

      But I'll say, that strike of yours looks much better then my first painted kit.

      I have been thinking now, I think I will make a simple blog too to show my gunpla too so that more people can see them since atm I only have the pictures on facebook.

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    7. Oh yes! you'll never stop buying RG when you started just ONE. You gonna be amazed in all my RG backlogs now in my shelf! I think I got 3 limited edition RGs. I should stop buying them. haha

      Yea, everyone have their own method in doing shading. pick one that works for you.

      Wow, thanks for the commend! and yea, make a blog! then I can get to see all your massive big planes.. Do you happen to have TomCats? I like that plane..

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    8. Wow I can only hope to ever get hold of limited editions of kits lol. And especially since gunpla is expensive over here.

      Lol, I dont really have pictures of my planes, and only got like a few left after moving years ago. I probably have done a tomcat in the past, didnt really look at what planes I built, just built them cause I just picked ones that looked cool on the box etc. but I can make some pictures of the planes I have left(like a B52 that about 80 cm long and has about the same wingspan)I already made a blog now with 2 posts so far, gonna update over the week more what I have. http://gunplaoflorri.blogspot.nl/

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    9. haha, they are not hard to get nowadays, head on to www.genteikits.com! but the shipping might cost you a fortune from Japan to Netherlands. =/

      went to your blog! cant wait till more posts are up. I don't know much about planes but B52's canopy looks nice. but 80cm long?????? that's huge.

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    10. The shipping isnt really the problem, its the problem that if my package gets picked out of all of them(which appereantly happens more frequent with the shipment methods that stores like HLJ use)I have to pay dutch taxes over them, without those I would be cheaper anyway, but like my GP01 was actually cheaper to buy from a shop in the netherlands that had it than to buy it from HLJ, I admit this depends on the price and weight of the model, but when importing a model, the price of the kit and the shipment costs are seen as the price and I have to pay 4.7% customs fee over that, and over the total ammount(kit+shipment+customs fee) I have to pay 19% taxes. Somehow my GP01 was about 30 euro's cheaper in a dutch store then getting it from HLJ.

      And lol, that B52 isnt even the biggest, I have a model of a B1-B bomber thats almost 1 metre long I estimate, and that has retractable wings. And its not really a plamo but I also have a lego star destroyer counting 3404 pieces(kit number:10030 which fell apart years ago and still need to rebuild it which is just something I need to take time for and means getting painfull hands lol) that is I believe by head 94 or 96 cm long. This lego kit is not meant to play with(not that that is really possible with the weight and size of it, its one of those models they have like the Taj Mahal to just stand somewhere) Guess for me it really means the bigger the model the better. And when I say years ago I mean like 7 years ago, that lego star destroyer is 7 years old and I bet that B52 is about the same age, only the B1-B is newer, but still over 5 years old.

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    11. Oh that's expensive. I guess you better off buying kits from local store then. saves a lot from the taxes. Good that I don't need to worry about any taxes! HLJ provides really good deal in price.

      1 metre long?! you are crazy man! and wow, you got lots of collections i see.. Put them on your blog! would be nice to see that massive 1 Metre wide monster.

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    12. Yep it is expensive, on some kits I can safe a few euro's so thats not really worth it if I can order it here and have it faster then waiting for HLJ. Taxes are bad for importing stuff here. And for master grade kits it doest matter if I import or buy here, they stay the same price, I am still waiting for a MG deathscythe EW I ordered together with my PG GP01 though.

      Lol, I am not that crazy. But as it happens I just posted pictures of those models on my blog lol. Sadly those bigger models have gotten more expensive nowadays, I think I even got one of the big monsters I think the B1-B for like 25 euro's where as it would be atleast double that price now.

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  9. A reply to Gundam Beginner. Do I have to pay for tax if I live in Australia if I buy from HLJ? This question has been haunting me from the day I started gunpla building and I hope you can destroy this haunting question(so I can sleep better =D).

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    1. congratulations! I'm from Australia too.
      the answer is NO. NO tax no nothing... just click and wait for your kits to arrive
      LOL!

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    2. finally, I can pay for gunplas at a lower price!!! Thanks a lot financially.

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    3. HLJ just got renovated, and you now can't see the shipping costs. Such a downfall for HLJ.(So now I am scared of the mysterious shipping costs)

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    4. Yes you can! this time, HLJ made it even easier for us! now you can get shipping quotes straight away from the shopping cart! Its really cool!

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    5. are the decals stickers or waterslide?

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    6. Most of them are waterslides, some (left leg) additional are stickers.

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  10. Where did you buy the waterslide decals?

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    1. Hi there, I bought the decals from samueldecals. His website is down now, but head to his facebook. you can contact him via email.

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  11. After going thru ya blog here, i went and purchased PG Aile strike. Will be starting it next week. Any advise cos Im just a novice in gunplay.

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    1. Hey Edmund, This was my first ever PG when I built it. May I ask, What sort of level are you seeking to achieve? Will you be doing any painting or just panel line it?

      The whole kit is amazing, the only thing you need to worry about is the waist joint. the whole upper body (and aile pack) is supported by only One peg. That one peg broke when I play around it to much.

      Fear not, It could be fixed easily by just adding some Epoxy Putty in it. Refer to my PG Astray WIP3

      http://gundambeginner.blogspot.com.au/2012/06/pg-astray-red-frame-wip3.html

      Have fun! PG Aile Strike is the best PG in my opinion.

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    2. I think I'm gonna do panel lining and weathering it with tamiya. Painting will be out of my current level. Thanks for the heads up on the waist joint. Will keep an eye on it closely. Any panel lining tutorial?

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    3. I've only got 3 tutorials for now,
      http://gundambeginner.blogspot.com.au/search/label/Tutorial

      But the Real Touch marker is similar with the GM01 or GM02 fine Gundam marker. Just that Gundam Markers dries slightly faster, so you need to rub it faster with cotton buds.

      I'm still working on the Weathering master set tutorial post. Gaijin Gunpla really wanted to know how I weathered the RG Launcher Strike.
      http://gundambeginner.blogspot.com.au/2012/09/rg-strike-trinity-build-off-finale.html

      Do you need a tutorial with GM01 / GM02?

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  12. indeed i need the tutorial. i need every tutorial to polish up my skill. thanks alot for all these advise. appreciated but 1 more stuff, do u have any problem with the stand? i came across a few guys which they claim the stand are giving problem. do youi send your tees to malaysia?

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    1. Nope, the stand hasn't give me any problem so far. It's still holding the same pose for about a year now.

      Which Tee are you looking at ? the GB Studio's? The studio sends internationally, with AUD12.00 (1~4 tees).

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    2. I'll try to make a tutorial on panel lining. Not sure when, I'm working on RG Skygrasper at the moment, will use that to do it.

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  13. when do you do your spray painting?? In the morning / afternoon or evening? and how long shall we wait for it to totally dry up? (i messed up a lot on the nub sanding so need to repaint it)

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    1. I always do my Spray Paintings on Sunny days, under the shade. Humidity will make the paint frost, and prolonged direct sunlight will melt the plastic slightly.

      Its recommended to have 24 hours between coatings, but depend on weather, 3~5 hours should be enough during bright sunny days for thin layer coatings.

      Its always better to leave it sometime than to rush your kit. Especially for PG. I'd give it more patience.

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  14. should i gross coat the kit 1st before painting? than paint it, decal it,panel lining and lastly coat it with matt coating. can it be done this way?

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    1. I think Primer should be used instead of gloss coat pre-painting. if you want to eliminate some scratches from sanding. Primer works better in covering minor scratches and making the paints stick on plastic better.

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    2. Got it. Thx a lot GB for all your advises. Will work on it and will email you my final work on it. Regards to the tees, still deciding.

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    3. You're very welcomed. If I have your permission, I can post a blog post about your work here in my blog. Just write a few words or so along with the photos. I'm glad I could help you a little along your PG progress.

      Its ok, take your time about the Tee.

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  15. Hello Gundam-beginner! your blog is really wonderfull! A real bible for beginner like me who likes the "keep it simple" way of doing thing without sacrifying the appearrance^^ At the end of the month, I will be going to Japan and when I saw your PG Aile Strike I understood I had to bring one from there! (by the way i really like the pose of your Aile Strike, it is even more beautiful without weapons!)
    Ok, so as you must guess I have quite a few questions for you. I am currently practising on a no grade exia. I then have a Unicorn ver Ka waiting. next would be the Aile strike obviously. Regarding , the Exia, I am to the step of top coating, so my 1st question will be about that.
    - what is the best way to Top coat a Gundam? Should I spray the whole figure, or arms, legs, body separated or even each pieces separeted? What's your experience? If I spray say a whole leg, I am afraid some part of the mecanism where the leg rotates will not be top coated because it is hidden and then if I move the leg, bare plastic will appear...

    Ok, I will do the stock of Real touch markers and Weathering master sets in Japan also. I would love to see a more detailed tutorial about using those tools from you. that would be my next questions^^

    Keep up the good work!

    Pierre (France)

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    1. Hi Pierre,

      Thanks for stopping by my humble blog, and thanks for liking it!
      PG Aile Strike is so far my favourite Gunpla, with all pros and no cons whatsoever.

      As for your question,
      - for a kit large as PG, I would separate all body parts, and topcoat them individually. Same goes to MGs.
      - good finding! I always bend the arms/legs all the way, topcoat it; then stretch it and topcoat it. Each step with two thin coats of topcoat. This will ensure you won't miss any part.
      - (additional info) topcoat during sunny day and under shade. Topcoat doesn't like humid nor direct sunlight.

      More tutorials will come, and don't hesitate to ask any questions! I'm happy to help out.

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  16. Thank you! Truly inspiring work you've got there, so much that i modeled my PG Strike after yours! Maybe you can check it out and offer some advice haha. Looking forward to more builds of yours in the near future! More power!

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  17. nice kit!! May I ask what are the colors do you used to paint this kits? also the detailed parts thanks !!

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    1. Thanks! I did not spray paint this kit. Only flat topcoats were used.
      The detailed parts however, I used little bottles of Tamiya acrylic paints. Pretty handy.

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  18. Hi I understand that you didn't spray paint the white, blue and red parts (body, shield and aile strike pack) and yet looks so amazing! Which top coat brand did you use?

    I've just built a PG Strike last week and by seeing you only applied top coat and weathering makes me wondering whether spray paint is still necessary hahaha.

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    1. Hi there thanks for dropping by my humble blog. =]

      There are 3 types of topcoat you can use:
      - Mr Hobby Topcoat (Matte / semi-gloss / gloss)
      - Mr Super Clear (Matte / semi-gloss / gloss)
      - Tamiya TS-80 (Matte)

      So depend on which product you can find in your location. any 3 of them works.
      Also, good to note, generally Mr Super Clear seem to be slightly chalkier and overall tougher protection.. If you want smoother finish, go for Mr Hobby (just be careful as it scratches easily as compared to Mr Super Clear)

      This was my first PG. I liked the original colours and chose only to paint some inner frames parts.
      If you like the colours and sand the nubs carefully, you don't really need to paint them.

      Happy modelling.

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    2. Yeah I really like the original colours too! Just not the plastic swirl look. So for this did you use the Mr. Hobby Topcoat or the Super Clear?

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    3. I used Mr. Hobby Topcoat for this one.. for a PG, I think I used 4-6 cans (not sure)... =)

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    4. Yikes I've only bought 2 cans, guess I'll have to top up more > < ... Thanks for the advice!

      Here's my current PG Strike, hopefully it look less plasticky after the treatment:
      https://m.ak.fbcdn.net/sphotos-b.ak/hphotos-ak-xpf1/v/t1.0-9/11902238_10153106075137551_1242811866260728766_n.jpg?oh=c3a9a9bc9e0d024ebd9c3fb5b2c84f00&oe=5683A05F&__gda__=1451437344_d4fd1fddd353d0a30fa25970587b6376

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  19. Did you top coat after applying decals and stickers?

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    1. Yes, matte topcoat after everything done.

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    2. Will the stickers be fine after top coating? Because I'm scared that the edges will be very obvious. It's gonna be my first time trying to paint and top coat :)

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    3. Topcoat over stickers would look not much different. overall, you would like the look of matte top coat..

      Trust me. ;)

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