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WAVE 1/144 Last Junchoon

Postby Jinnai » Tue Jun 12, 2012 9:08 am

My first modelling love is always Sci-Fi.

Back in 1995 I discovered an anime series called Gundam. I also discovered there were a bunch of awesome model kits made based off the designs from the series. I never knew these things existed.

In early 2001 I was introduced to a manga (comic) series called "Five Star Stories". The guy who writes and illustrates the story used to be a fashion designer, so all of his mecha designs have high heels and narrow torso's. But I instantly fell in love with the designs.

I used to have quite the collection of kits from this series. They're all resin, only recently has Volks (one of several companies that produce resin kits from this series) branched out to make plastic kits from this series.
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One design, the Jagd Mirage, when fully equipped (known then as the Twin Tower), has a 1/100 model that proudly stands 1.5 meters tall when completed.
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Unfortunately I had an incident back in 2007 where the guy I was living with stole most of my personal belongings. So I wasn't left with much in the end.

This is one kit I still have to this day, and one I decided to build to break my lack of completed model drought. :)

As this is 1/144, it's actually quite small. Originally this kit was made as a limited festival exclusive kit in which myself, and two online friends managed to bag from Yahoo!Japan auctions for quite the tidy sum, in the hopes of recasting it for ourselves. However, years later, the same sculptor found work with WAVE and produced this kit.

Here are the parts breakdown for the head and torso.
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I've cleaned all these parts up using multiple grits of sandpaper (400, 600, 1000), and pinned them together using two gauges of brass rod. (0.5mm and 1mm.)
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And here's the head and torso pinned together.
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I'll be working on this in between the Hood and the Victory, as well as a couple of other kits if time permits. :)
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Re: WAVE 1/144 Last Junchoon

Postby casper » Tue Jun 12, 2012 1:12 pm

interesting build jinnai
The Jagd Mirage Demon is a huge model. do you have build pics
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Re: WAVE 1/144 Last Junchoon

Postby Mark » Tue Jun 12, 2012 5:14 pm

I shall look forward to this with interest. The Jagd Mirage Demon is brilliant. Lots and lots of detail there.
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Re: WAVE 1/144 Last Junchoon

Postby Jinnai » Tue Jun 12, 2012 10:03 pm

casper wrote:interesting build jinnai
The Jagd Mirage Demon is a huge model. do you have build pics


Hi capser.

I searched through my other PC for my old build pics, and managed to find all the ones I took. I no longer have this kit sadly, just bits and pieces.
http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v317/ ... n%20Tower/

Mark, I always loved the Jagd design from the moment I saw it. I am looking at purchasing another one in the future, but originals tend to go for at least $2000 (the retail on the Twin Tower when it was originally released was 240,000yen) and the kit itself is long out of production. Recasts sadly are the only legitimate way of obtaining one, unless you get really lucky with Yahoo!Japan Auctions.
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Re: WAVE 1/144 Last Junchoon

Postby Mark » Tue Jun 12, 2012 11:49 pm

Ouch, that's way beyond my budget !
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Re: WAVE 1/144 Last Junchoon

Postby Mark » Wed Jun 13, 2012 1:48 am

I found this recast on Ebay. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/ws/eBayISAPI. ... OC:GB:1123

I made a cheeky offer of £20. Any bets on whether he accepts it :laughing-rolling: :laughing-rolling: :laughing-rolling:
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Re: WAVE 1/144 Last Junchoon

Postby Jinnai » Wed Jun 13, 2012 2:37 am

Mark wrote:I found this recast on Ebay. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/ws/eBayISAPI. ... OC:GB:1123

I made a cheeky offer of £20. Any bets on whether he accepts it :laughing-rolling: :laughing-rolling: :laughing-rolling:


That one is actually 1/220. :)

Kaiyodo made a 1/220 Jagd years ago (the first attempt of a Jagd on the market), and back in 2006 (I think) for Wonder Festival Summer someone made the Buster Equipment to fit the 1/220. :)

It's not as tall as the 1/100 obviously, plus I would steer clear away of e2046 recasts as they tend to be quite below average. Their casting houses don't cast mecha very well, but their figure kits are top notch.
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Re: WAVE 1/144 Last Junchoon

Postby casper » Wed Jun 13, 2012 7:23 am

Thanks for showing us jinnai, photos are great. You can see the fashion designer influence.
Do the wings fully extend on the twin tower
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Re: WAVE 1/144 Last Junchoon

Postby Jinnai » Thu Jun 14, 2012 2:15 am

casper wrote:Thanks for showing us jinnai, photos are great. You can see the fashion designer influence.
Do the wings fully extend on the twin tower


No Casper, they just sit there on the underside of the Buster carriage. Even when the Busters rotate for firing they still stay put.

I've done some work on the right arm over the past couple of days.
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As you can see, some of these parts are quite small. The fingers are only 5mm long. Thank god I wear glasses. :laughing-rolling:

Included with the kit is a Spaad (what they call swords in FSS) made of white metal. Initially I wasn't going to include it, but I decided I would.

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Observe the shoulder size in comparison to the skinny arm. :)

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Currently working on the left arm.
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Re: WAVE 1/144 Last Junchoon

Postby casper » Tue Jul 24, 2012 7:13 am

Does look big compared to the arm and hand jinnai.
Do you fix all the parts with brass rods or brass threaded rods or is it just in certain areas
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Re: WAVE 1/144 Last Junchoon

Postby Jinnai » Tue Jul 24, 2012 10:54 am

casper wrote:Does look big compared to the arm and hand jinnai.
Do you fix all the parts with brass rods or brass threaded rods or is it just in certain areas


I fix everything with brass rods. Helps with stability. :)

I have been working on this! I will get pictures back up soon.
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Re: WAVE 1/144 Last Junchoon

Postby Jinnai » Thu Aug 02, 2012 1:01 pm

Small update. :)

The pieces for the left arm and shoulder are pretty much exactly the same as the right, with the exception of the hands, plus a holder for the spaad (the term for a Mortar Hedd's sword) sheath.

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I cleaned them up and pinned them same as before, using 0.5mm and 1mm brass rod. With the spaad sheath, I cut off the molded on hilt and carved out a hole in the top to show that it's hollow.

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Temporarily held together. The spaad sheath is held on with blu-tac.

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Next up were the legs. Back in 2006 when I first got this kit I had started working on her here. Fast forward 6 years, and I realise I had pinned some of the parts from the left leg with the right! Thankfully I spent some time sorting out which part was which.

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Cleaned and pinned.

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And assembled. The PVA bottle is helping it stand, without the other leg and the waist to support it won't stay up on it's own. :)

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I will finish cleaning this over the weekend, as I'm eager to prime and start painting. This provides a nice break from in between gluing down the brass work on my Hood!
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Re: WAVE 1/144 Last Junchoon

Postby Jinnai » Sun Oct 14, 2012 7:03 am

Finally got to lay some paint down. Summer is coming and now it's time to finally finish some things.

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Re: WAVE 1/144 Last Junchoon

Postby casper » Sun Oct 14, 2012 12:55 pm

Be great to see the junchoon coming together jinnai.
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Re: WAVE 1/144 Last Junchoon

Postby Jinnai » Sun Nov 18, 2012 6:18 am

Managed to get some painting done today.

First I applied a pearl coat to the inner armours. This was Volks blue pearl powder, mixed with gaia notes clear gloss.

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I painted some of the white armour areas, then covered it with another clear pearl coat. This time Volks green pearl powder, mixed with gaia notes clear gloss.

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I then did a test fit of the head, chest and torso to see how it all looked. There's some masking bleed that I need to fix, aside from that it's not a bad effort, given how out of practice I am with painting.

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The pearl is very difficult to photograph. Hopefully I'll have a better chance of getting decent photos once it's all finished.

I'm currently working on masking and finishing off the white areas. There are some problem areas where my prep wasn't as good as I had thought it was, and there are still some mold lines and surface bubbles that need fixing before I continue.
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Re: WAVE 1/144 Last Junchoon

Postby steve131 » Sun Nov 18, 2012 11:03 am

good work k :clap:
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Re: WAVE 1/144 Last Junchoon

Postby casper » Sun Nov 18, 2012 11:59 am

Looking good jinnai
the Volks green pearl works really well. :)
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Re: WAVE 1/144 Last Junchoon

Postby Mark » Sun Nov 18, 2012 9:14 pm

Nice to see this one coming together Jinnai, it's looking very good.
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Re: WAVE 1/144 Last Junchoon

Postby chill » Sun Nov 18, 2012 10:15 pm

Looking great there . I wouldn't mind one of these in my stash
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