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Zaku II RG Custom “Koi” WIP 2 : Scratchbuilt shield

To help the process of scratchbuilding the Zaku II RG “Koi” shield i’m testing a new method, drawing it in 3d using the Opensource modeler “Blender” (

The idea is to “prototype” the shield in full 3D, and then to “unwrap” the object and print the unwrapped image on a adhesive paper sheet.

To unwrap the object, i’ve used the “Export Paper Model From Blender” plugin (, that generates an SVG file with the object totally unwrapped.

The SVG file was then edited with Inkscape, to correct the size and printed on adhesive paper.

The paper was then applyed to a sheet of plasticard, cut out and glued togheter…

This is the result:

And here the complete process resumed:

If the piece to create is simple enough to be designed with Blender, the complete process is quite easy, and the result in, on my advice, really interesting!

What do you think about it? Let me know… :)

Zaku II RG Custom “Koi” WIP 1

This is my first attempt to customize a Bandai Gunpla, basing this work on the RG 1/144 Zaku II kit.

First impression is that the Real Grade series is not the best option for a custom work, cause the kit is ultra detailed by himself and his made by a lot of small pieces, so there’s no so much space for cut&paste.

But it’s just an experiment, so go on…

First i’ve used a basic vector drawing to evaluate how to proceed (the original file is downloadable here: Zaku II vector file):

Sketching base ideas.

First i’ve done a quick dry build to evaluate the kit:

MS-06 Zaku II

And it’s really small 😐

MS-06 Zaku II

First some small adjustments to the elbows, just to check some tecnhiques:

Arm and hand

Arm and hand

Arm and hand

The work is in a more advanced state, here you can find the complete gallery:

I’m planning to fill the gap ASAP, documenting also the others steps.