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MG Jesta Custom by enc86 MG Jesta Custom by enc86
Here is my Finished 1/100 Master Grade Jesta model. Hand painted and weathered, with the exception of flat black, primer (krylon) and spray top coat (testors dull) I built this kit as a nice diversion from 1/35(and a procrastination project, as I should of been building a diorama) This kit was pretty dang incredible and allot of fun to paint, put together, and of course play with XD  For the most part I built him "outta the box" swapped beam saber color and gave him old MG handguns and a knife.   

MG gundam kits have always been a bit intimidating to me. They contain allot of parts (moving parts too) are pretty complex and there is allot to screw up. Years ago I built a few MG's without paint and thought I would never reach a level where  could paint one. Anyways with this build I wanted to keep it simple and not take too much on. While I had a bunch of smaller mistakes and I am not incredibly impressed with some of my effects, I am pretty proud of what I was able to accomplish on this one. Being a bit unsatisfied is a good thing as it will make me want to do even better on the next one of these I build.

Anyways I built this guy in the hopes of getting tons of pictures of him. This weekend I hope to see how he does outside and do a bit more of a goofy photo shoot. I got a few more "accessories" I am working on for him that will be done this weekend if the weather is good......

Questions, comments and suggestions welcome!
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cronevald Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Great job.  I've started building robot kits and I'm definitely think about getting one of these.  Out of curiosity, about how tall is he?
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enc86 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2015
Thanks!
this is a really nice kit, i highly recommended this one. this kit stands about 20cm(8inches) tall. it might sound small but its a pretty good size. most of the MG(master grade) bandai kits are a blast to put toghter.
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cronevald Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
That's sound just right.  I built a crap-ton of the Revell Robotech kits as a kid, but I'm only just returning to model making now.  (Though I do have a couple decades experience with wargaming models.)  So far I've built and am painting two Kotobukiya Frame Arms kits and an HGUC Sinanju.  I really want to try my hand at some of those spicy looking Master Grades like the Ver.KA Nu-Gundams or the massive Sazabi, but I want to try a simpler one to get my feet wet.  It looks like the Jesta here fits the bill nicely.
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enc86 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2015
ahhh cool! i built loads of kits when i was a kid too but took many many years off from it. was about 4-5 years ago i picked it up again and was hooked!

The MG line of gundams are a real treat and blow Kotobukiya out of the water IMO. some of the older MG are not that great but anything bandai has made in the last 5 years or so are mind blowing. a bit $$$ but really worth it and really do feel/look/build like extremely high quality models. if you paint and weather them, you really get your moneys worth.

you got nice taste in mecha! i have build/painted the Sazabi ver.ka(just haven't got around to decals, thus it not being posted here) that kit is really epic but pretty intemading if you plan on painting it as it has loads and loads of moving parts and gimmicks.  i have Nu-Gundam ver.ka in my stash and that ones a beast as well. really nice looking kit but it doesn't look that hard.

yea the Jesta is a great kit and a good choice to start with. it really has some great proportions,gimmicks and high level of detail. it might be the most posable MG i own too, so its loads of fun when its done too.
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ALFurrix Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ever tried 1/144 scale? That's what I collect.
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enc86 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015
i have, when i first got into models about 5 years ago, i built up a couple 1/144 and a couple years ago painted up a HG as well German Geara
i like that scale but i tend to collect MG 1/100 as that's what i have the most parts for and is what most of my gunpla collection is/will be in. this really reminds me i gotta get off my duff and finish my MG sazabi!
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dciusa Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2015
wow desert color jesta.....
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enc86 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2015
thanks! for just throwing on left over paint, the color scheme worked out alright.
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LEgGOdt1 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2015
So this is what the USMSC(United States Mobile Suit Core) units would look like if they built Mobile suits during WWII? 
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enc86 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015
almost! it is painted in usa colors but more of the Vietnam time period, tho it was more about having the paint on hand than any kinda theme.

i do have a gundam kit, that is awaiting a proper usa ww2 paintjob/details.
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LEgGOdt1 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015
Ah I see well it still really cool and if we had this during the Vietnam War we would of won it. 
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kingspacegodzilla94 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014
Awesome :D the head looks a bit like master chief ( halo )
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:iconenc86:
enc86 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014
lol yea it kinda does, maybe they are related XD
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kingspacegodzilla94 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014
Think that he will help chief to save the earth from the covenant :D
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enc86 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014
i almost think he does not even needs chief XD
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kingspacegodzilla94 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014
Ha lolz :D
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ARRD-ART Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Love that gun. Great work!
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enc86 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014
thanks i think i did alright but next time i hope to do so much more XD
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ARRD-ART Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I think you done perfect. :)
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Deamand Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
looking like a bad ass are you talking to me? are you talking to me? ill bust a sabot round in yea lol
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enc86 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014
ahahhaha LOVE that movie, would be scary cool to hear bob's voice coming from a GIANT robot XD
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Deamand Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yup
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VictoriadeArdum Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
+fav 
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enc86 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014
thanks!
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ShiroiZaku Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Student General Artist
Cool jesta, im gonna get one . Right now still thinkin which custom color i should use :)
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enc86 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014
thanks! this was a aweosme model kit and i think would look great in tons of colors!
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Duo36 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Looks great, kind of reminds me of Gundam Wing's Maganac corps color's
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enc86 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014
thanks dude! (quick Google).....yea it does look similar! i didn't really plan that XD
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StyreneRobot Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014
Looks great man. Killer pose. I like the subtle paint chipping effect, really make him look heavy and gives him a good sense of scale.  
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enc86 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014
thanks buddy! honestly i was a bit scared and worried, it being my first painted MG. so i went really light on the weatherizing, i think it looks alright but next time i am gonna have to go real dirty.
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StyreneRobot Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014
No problem. I understand, Gundams are definitely a little harder to weather and keep it looking realistic. I think its because if you're used to working on kits in the 1/24-1/48 scale range, that 1/100 scale or 1/144 scale can throw you off for sure. 
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enc86 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014
yea i was a little lost as i am still pretty new to them. 95% of my builds are 1/35 so alot of my habits were hard to break, i completely agree and get what you are saying.  anyways i am not like 100% happy on it but i think i did ok. just means ill really have to bring it on the next one.
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EricSellers Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014
awesome!
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enc86 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014
thanks, was a pretty fun one to do.
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Whitevoid43 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
nice wreathing and i see you gave it strike noir's beam pistols
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enc86 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014
thanks dude!
yup there are his handguns, i just had them sitting in a box and figured jesta would look cool with them. thats one of the smaller gripes i have against this kit, did not come with enough weapons.
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SarienSpiderDroid Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014
The flat thing on the right side of the picture: is it a shield?
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enc86 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014
it is a shield. its kinda neat, it has this weird muli jointed mechanism that lets it be posed independently .
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SarienSpiderDroid Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014
Cool!
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henrykhaung Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
EPIC AND HARDCORE!!!! :D
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enc86 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014
XD
thanks a ton!
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MetalSnail Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The paint job looks great to me, nice work!
I've got a couple of Gundams I never painted too :)
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enc86 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014
thank you.

they are pretty cool! i have built alot of models and i was really impressed with this one. you should give one a shot, they really are not that bad to build up, sure you could fully paint one no problem.
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MetalSnail Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've built 3 but so far don't have the nerve to paint one :)
Maybe I'll give one a crack soon as they are really neat!
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enc86 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014
yea when i built them years ago, i was the same way. i was pretty intimidated when i first started this one but really wasn't as bad as i had expected.
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petshop00 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014
nice dude…still can't wait to see the Sazabi!
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enc86 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014
thanks dude!

lol yea i think there are a few people here on DA that are just wanting me to do that one. gonna be a few months, gotta get better at alot of things before i tackle that monster.
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GeneralMechanics Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Version Ka? Awesome! Working on mine now .

Nice job on the Jesta. The colors are amazing!
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enc86 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014
yup ver.ka, the massive box in my stash that the idea of painting still seems scary. cant wait to see yours, hopefully you do a review too, love to read your thoughts on the kit(as they are so detailed, i can lean alot of what i am in for!)

thanks, this was soo much fun. call me hooked, after a few 1/35 projects, ill be back for more!
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GeneralMechanics Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I can see how it would be intimidating but half faith, it is not as scary as it looks. Like the first MG Sazabi kit, there is not much under the hood. The inner frame is structural but there are some ventilation details only where it is exposed when the panels are open. I haven't applied the armor yet but let's just say that I got the core of Sazabi's torso and waist built in an hour. 

I'm starting on the kit by getting my detail painting done first and then moving up the assembly. I really like the design of the color pattern, where the movable plates are a different color from the fixed armor. I'm doing something like I did with my Nu Gundam by painting over the areas that would be using those paneling decals (open the box, gunplarar.... gundammit kirara moment) with a matching mixture and adding more of that same color to more areas: across the chest, the forehead crest, etc. 

Also: MP-2 manipulator parts, I feel are much better than the ones that came with the Nu Gundam (and your Jesta). the joint parts are slightly bigger to make up for the proportions of the fingers.

Good luck on your next Gunpla! Which one is it?
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