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Dipping back into Gunpla with an HG Gouf Custom

I haven’t built any Gunpla kits since I started on the — rather intimidating! — MG Astray Red Frame my wife got me for Christmas, mostly because miniatures swallowed my hobby time whole (in a good way). But on Sunday night, unable to sleep, I was in the mood for Gundam.

The Astray is my first MG and I was feeling a bit rusty, so I jumped into one of the other two kits I currently have on hand instead — an HG Gouf Custom. HG kits are super-relaxing to work on, simple but rewarding, and this was just what the doctor ordered. I popped on Community in the background and tucked into it.

HG Gouf Custom waist, torso, and head done so far

I’m still a Gunpla newbie; the Gouf is my fourth kit, all HGs (Leo, Barbatos, and Astaroth Origin are the other three). After working on plastic miniatures, I have to switch grooves a bit — double-nipping, multi-stage sanding and polishing, no glue, no painting, etc. It’s a fun mental shift.

Sunday night’s stopping point, before I realized I had the shoulder joints on upside down

I started making mistakes around 1:00 am Monday, so I went to bed and picked up the Gouf again at a more reasonable hour.

The combination shield / scabbard / 35mm cannon / gatling gun
Such a cool feature of this kit
Done except for panel lining

After finishing the kit, I grabbed my trusty black Gundam marker, pulled off the arms, shoulders, head, and gun, and set to panel lining. Come Monday night, I had a finished Gouf.

Finished and posed

I figured I’d stretch the capacity of my little lightbox and get a shot of him in there, too.

HG Gouf Custom

This was a fun kit to build, and now I feel like I’m back in the groove. Time to start working on the Astray!

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