In this article, I wanted to quickly focus on the subject of the build, the "Press Use Ball." This is a concept I came up with specifically for this contest. I drew inspiration from war journalists along with a variety of television news vans.
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After straight building the HGUC Ball Twin Set, there was life. The project was put down for the next two months. Other than playing around with some parts, no major progress mas made until about a week ago.
I finally took the time to paint the parts of the first Ball and put it together! The camera is attached via a joint found on the Kurenai Weapon which is attached to the Ball's original gun mount. On the other side is a radome-like object that I had concocted after playing around with a bunch of spare parts I had collected over the years. It is mainly composed of a Gatling gun body (Customize Campaign 201X - Set A) with the Hi-Mock blank head from the HGBC Mock Army Set connected via PC06 (the neck joint). The upper handle reminds me of larger professional cameras that would have a similar handle position, and the fit of the Hi-Mock head was such a happy coincidence. I was originally going to grab a Builders Parts Radome to mount on the Ball, but this worked so much better.
The general colors involve RustOleum gloss blue and gloss white with a topcoat of Mr.Hobby flat topcoat. The flat top coat really softens the colors and makes for a much better looking surface. Something I haven't been taking advantage of in recent builds.
The "PRESS" Decals are from the Outline Letter set from Ocean Spirit (purchased from the USA Gundam Store). I decided to position each label on a different angle as if it were view-able from different angles.
Unfortunately, any of the current labels are not seen from the front and back, so it'd probably be best if I added more. I'm currently on the fence about adding more since it'd be time taken away from making progress in other parts of the build: will probably come back to this after I make enough progress on the diorama that I want to make.
Overall, with the lack of moving parts, the build was pretty simple. Let's just hope I can make enough time to finish the rest of the build.