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More Gunpla: building an MG Astray Red Frame Kai

With my HG Gouf Custom built and tucked into the toy display on my desk, I returned to my first MG kit, the lovely Astray Red Frame Kai my wife got me last Christmas.

Nestled inside its chest is its tiny pilot.

Pilot Lowe Guele

The undergated parts make this kit a dream to get off its runners. Most parts have their nub protruding from an internal surface, almost like it’s been slid up alongside it, rather than attached to it or on an external area. Just nip, trim, and move on — it’s awesome.

Undergated parts

After 90 minutes of work on my second night (first since late December 2019), I had a finished torso. So. Many. Parts!

This kit is going to look so cool when it’s done
Working on the arm inner frames and joints

The Google Translate app makes assembling Gundam kits a lot easier — and sometimes it adds a dash of humor, too.

Words to live by
This right here is a really neat arm
Look at that bend!
One arm down

I love the use of a reflective foil sticker underneath the clear plastic element on the head. It really pops, and it’s such a clever approach.

Now we’re cooking with gas
Still needs hips, thighs, and ankles, but I’m starting to get a feel for how tall he’ll be

By the time I got to the legs, I was back in the groove and moving more quickly. But between the weapons and the rest of Astray’s body I’ve still got several hours of building to do.

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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!