One of the great things about the Gunpla is the opportunity to modify the kits.
Especially the SD kits are good kits to mod.
The inspiration came from my brother which started with Gunpla at the same time. His first mod was the SD Strike Gundam. Since he already owned a normal version of the SD Strike and purchased the SD Strike + Striker Weapons System, he didn't know what to do with the extra Strike at first.
After a good brainstorm, he decided to make a rarely seen SD Strike Rouge. He has turned into a SD mod specialist ever since.
The first kit I've had modified was the SD Gundam Astray Red. I've had a SD Astray Red already build, wondering why Bandai didn't milk this one out, I made a recolor and the SD Gundam Astray Blue Frame was born.
To find a fitting color wasn't that hard. I decided to use the Tamiya Spray TS-44 Brilliant Blue. Now the hard thing was to get the details also in the same color.
Since there is no acrylic version of the TS-44, I had a solution that was just as easy as brilliant.
I took an empty acrylic bottle and sprayed a couple of ml in the bottle and made sure that it was well closed after every use.
I could have even the polycaps painted. (See all above)
After the release of the SD Gold Frame, the Astray Team was complete.
My second mod was a very good one, almost a masterpiece. This was the SD Blaze Zaku Phantom (Rey version) turned into worlds first SD Blaze zaku Phantom - Dearka Elthman Custom.
Below the results.
This is one of my better works. The irony is that, again, my brother started to mod his Rey version into a Heine Westenfluss version.
8 months later Bandai had released such a version themselves.
I wonder whether Bandai releases my SD mod.........
Do you moderate your SD kits?