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Gundam Neptune Astray MG by Tekka-Croe Gundam Neptune Astray MG by Tekka-Croe
Okay, so. I actually finished this beasty three months ago, but school and other things resulted in me putting off photographing and posting this until now.

This is a conversion in the same vein as my other Master Grade SEED variation, the Strike Venus. This time it's a conversion of the MG Gundam Astray Red Frame Kai. Unlike the Venus, however, this is far more than a simple re-color. Not only is the whole kit painted, it has involved a fair amount of physical modification.

For your viewing pleasure: Throughout the description, I've added links to detail photographs.

Head- Some mods are pretty basic: The V-crest sits a little flatter against the head, and the chin is shaved down so it doesn't protrude as far forward.
Feet- [link] The feet are a combination of the Red Frame's ankle joint and top cover, with the unused sole and heel of the blue frame's foot, included in the kit as spare parts (since the Red Frame and Blue Frame share most of their sprues). This involved not only adding paneling to sides of the top covers so they fit on the Blue Frame soles, but also chopping out the guts of the heels and shaving down the back of the ankle joint so they fit together. I then proceeded to seal up the gaps so they look all pretty.
Shield- The shield is just the re-painted shield from my MG Strike Gundam.
Rifle- [link] The Beam Rifle is a mod of Kotobukya's "Freestyle Gun" kit. I fabricated a scope and muzzle to give it a more "Gundam" look. I also modded a little connector peg that came with the gun set so that the rifle can be stored on the rear skirt armor.
Knives- These aren't really a mod, per se, but they, like some of the parts in the feet, were leftovers from the Blue Frame. I love knives too much to pass up such an opportunity.
Backpack- [link] The backpack is a combination kitbash/scratchbuild using parts from an old SD Astray kit, the MG Strike's AILE pack, and a couple spare polycap gaskets. I started with the backpack from the SD Astray, and filled in the gaps in it. I then started to build it up around the sides, and built in a housing for two polycap sockets. The polycaps hold the Beam Sabers and their attachment points from the AILE Strike. The backpack connects to a port on the Astray's upper back, with no need for glue.

This is certainly my most involved build yet, in terms of customization. It actually took longer than my PG 00 Raiser. I enjoy doing these SEED variations. There are so many Gundams running around the SEED universe that you can add your own variants to the pile without any issue. It's quite liberating. Next summer, be on the lookout for "Mars Impulse Gundam" ;)
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ionselat Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014
This is a stunning piece of work man, I can't imagine the amount of time it took you to put that together.  I'm in the process of a Red Frame build custom painted metallic blue, chrome silver, dark metallic gray and leaving the red base frame it's base color.  I'm using a combination of Tamiya acrylics and I'm disappointed with how easy the clear coat scratches when any of the frame parts touch.  I'm kicking myself for not using primer but wonder if I can salvage the work I've put into it, what do you suggest for a stronger clear coat?
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UnicornKnight321 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012
This has got to be one of the Astray models I've ever seen
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talongman Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
nice shade of purple i like it :D
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Janemba-Sama Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
awesome
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ArbyMaster458 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Coolest Gundam Ever
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ThirdEcho Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Set my eyes on my first Perfect-Grade today (they're almost IMPOSSIBLE to get here since I'm 9 hours from what Canada would call a "major city," meaning, "has more than major retailers and one comic book store".


It was... it was..... it was.... Ohhhhhhhhhhh baby.
My friend has the Red Frame and the Strike.
I was... euphoric.
The Master-Grades she had of the Wing Zero and the Epion... were..... uugghhhhhhh.
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Tekka-Croe Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Perfect Grade is bliss, that's all there is to it. I just never have the money to buy any, let alone enough to pay for the shipping. I was lucky enough to receive the PG 00 Raiser as a graduation gift from my parents. Apart from that, it's all High Grade and Master Grade for me. In fairness, though, I do love me some Master Grade.
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ThirdEcho Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I WANT A PERFECT GRADE BLITZ.... it's non-existent. Did you hear about the model re-releases? They're redoing some and re-releasing them to the world. GS is first, GW is in February. Limited shit, bro. Limited shit.
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Tekka-Croe Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I'm holding out for a Perfect Grade release of the Unicorn Gundam. I've actually started saving money on the side on the off-chance that they might come out with it in the next few years.
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ThirdEcho Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I just.... DO WANT.
Fuuuu.... just gunna sit in their house and stare at them.
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