**Drumroll...and the winners are......
I envisioned some wild departures from the stock standard grey, and what I got was a couple of shades on the colour wheel at most.
When I initially launched this idea I thought that the design of the kit and the close-to-primer grey that the original images portrayed was a relatively blank canvas begging for some wild alterations. I thought it was a real imagination exciter. Something to get the creativity burning.
As you will see below, all of the completed entries were of a very high standard, not deviating more than two shades away from grey. Silver. Gold. Black. Light grey. We almost had a pink one but it wasn't to be. We almost had a bright yellow as well but that came unstuck as well. Perhaps it is the curse of the Delta Plus?
In discussing the Delta Plus it is pertinent to mention there are issues with the kit. Yes, it has it's flaws. The glaring ones being the fairly unstable ankle joints (easy fix)
, and the inability to hold the rifle unaided (WTAF Bandai?).
To a lesser extent I heard complaints about the shield seperating but I didn't have any such issues but I can see why someone might. [rant]What I struggle to understand is how some of you guys out there in Gunpla land with all your experience building gunpla can make such fundamental mistakes in assembling your kits? If you prepare your kits properly during assembly and follow the instructions to the letter you might not have had some of the issues you had. Jussayin.[/rant]
The not-so-evident flaws are hidden in the disassembly/reassembly and painting of the kit. By several accounts this was a difficult kit to paint. Many of the entrants had to strip/redo parts due to scratching, poor leveling, and other fit/design related issues. A challenging kit to customize to say the least.
On the plus side, and this is the hugest win factor for me personally and outweighs ALL of the flaws, is that the design and proportions are KILLER. Gotta love Zeta era MS Design and this has all the sharp and lithe charm of the Hyaku Shiki with the lower body kick-you-right-in-the-guts bulk of the Zeta. Most of all it looks decidedly bad ass towering over most of my other MG's, and has detail for days.
The Delta Plus hype wagon was unfortunately not really helped along by GaiGun's lambasting of the kit right on release IMO. I could be wrong but I imagine this somewhat removed the motivation to buy the Delta Plus for some of his readers. After reading that I would not actually have bought the kit had I not already had it on preorder. I'm glad I did however because it is a great looking kit.
I personally didn't experience close to the trouble GaiGun experienced and mentions in his review probably because
of the review forewarning me. It was indeed quite useful insofar as I was able to add a dab of superglue to tighten the ankle joints and blu tack the rifle into the hand, and mine has been standing there holding his rifle without falling ever since. There is a slightly less harsh review at Otaku Revolution
for anyone who is still considering buying the kit.
Fact of the matter is that it was an honest review that shone a great bright light on the kit's massive flaws. This deflated me a bit because I'd invested a fair amount of energy building hype for the kit and the GAF recolour comp. I'd like to say I'll box it out with GaiGun next time I see him but with him having trained in martial arts for as long as I have been driving a car I am fairly confident that would be an unwise decision from me. Perhaps we'll discuss it over a drink or three
What I really do admire is his commitment to honesty with his site and review given his connection to HLJ, and I remain a fan of his writing and a regular visitor to his site.
On to the competition:
As with all competitions we have more starters than we do finishers so let me first congratulate everybody who finished and secondly thank all of you who attempted an entry. I still would love to see those who did not make it to completion do so.
By your accounts this was a difficult and trying kit to complete. Well done on making it happen.
All of the completed entries are of a high standard. I would go so far as to call some of them exceptional.
So let's have a look at the entries shall we?
...and the winners are...... 1st Place: Falldog! Winning a MG Full Armor Unicorn courtesy of Hobbylink Japan
Smooth, fresh, and clean. The Big Boi of the Delta Plus recolour comp. For my liking the most imaginative and professionally executed paint job. Light colours are difficult to apply smoothly and evenly, and the yellow compliments the grey so well. Metallic red pistons for some pop and the medium and darker tones to tie it all together. Bonus points go to Falldog for the awesome base which I really like a lot, for going to the trouble to take 15 good photos, and for transforming the kit once painted. I also enjoyed the addition of the ReZEL Commander's BFG and the extra ReZEL rifle added to the backpack. None of these things influenced my decision however. Solely looking at colours and application.
Falldog you mention having enough MG Unicorns to start a small army. If you wish to swap your FA Unicorn with one of the other guys for one of their HG Banshees that's your call mate. 2nd Place: Wolfman X! Winning a HG Unicorn Gundam 02 Banshee - Destroy Mode courtesy of Hobbylink Japan
For a smart and subdued shift in pigmentation
The differences in tone that you have achieved are subtle and really very complimentary to each other. The chrome frame and bazooka bring it to life, and the gold highlights on the pistons, beam saber handle, and shield barrels make it sparkle. I'd love to have seen that gold used somewhere on the upper body and pehaps as a highlight on the bazooka as well. This is pretty close to the ReZEL colour scheme which is something I was really hoping to see. Great to see you advancing with the Airbrush at such a steady pace mate. Props to you for being consistent throughout and making it by the deadline.3rd Place: Zenma5ter! Winning a HG Unicorn Gundam 02 Banshee - Unicorn Mode courtesy of Hobbylink Japan
Chrome, black, and grey. Simple, dark, stealthy. I imagine this Delta Plus arriving from nowhere and departing just as quickly, leaving half a dozen pieces of dismembered mobile suit in its wake. It is the contrast here that excites me, backed up with some very clean application. Props to you mate for scrapping your original idea and coming through in the clutch with only moments to spare. A mid court buzzer beater if ever there were one! I would have loved to have seen the Bumblebee yellow version. Congratulations guys! Thank you for participating in the Gundam Australia Delta Plus Recolour comp! Your prizes will be forwarded directly to you from HLJ. Please now contact me via PM to ensure I have your current address on file.
My decision was solely based on how well I thought each entrant applied a different colour scheme to the Delta Plus both in terms of palette selection and paint application. It was a difficult decision and entirely came down to my personal preference
I liked each of the entries for different reasons, but winners must be chosen.Yami: I loved your Hyaku Shiki Delta Plus. Very smoothly applied and faithfully replicated. I wish you had included more shots with the backpack!
Shauno: Beautiful application and great selection of colours. Some very, very nice metallics ever so slightly let down in the prep of some areas.
You guys both score a 10% off discount code for a HLJ order. Please PM me to claim your prize.
Please also allow me to extend my apologies that I was unable to acquire the spare rifle parts prior to closing the comp. The spare parts shipment has been at a waypoint for some time and will arrive in the next few days for those of you who are still interested. I did reduce the number of rifles from 10 to 3 as I couldn't imagine selling all of them at what will probably be closer to $15 each than $10.
Furthermore my apologies for the delay in the announcement. My wife and I just had a little baby boy so I think that is a good enough excuse
A special thank you to FuryS12 for your Delta Plus Recolour App, and your ongoing help with the site. You are invaluable to us mate. My sincere thanks.
Finally I would like to say a very special thank you to Syd and Ryan at HLJ for providing the prizes for the competition, for being great to work with, and for their ongoing support of Gundam Australia. You guys rock.
Thank you Hobbylink Japan!