HGUC RX78 Kiva WIP01 -Weaponary: Zanbat Sword-

I am back with camera in hand, my bro is done using it! Wanted to make a figure story post on this occasion but as you can see:

the desk has been a mess from scratch building XD

Okay first WIP for my Kamen Rider Gundam. I have been working on and completed the sword without camera to document the steps but i made diagrams for those interested. Also the kit was snap fitted and for some weird reason i panel lined it all out of boredem lol. First here is one reference of the sword, i am aiming for the SIC figure design/look. This is what i created:

Watch this video to see the swords first appearance in Kamen Rider Kiva:

Not to go into detail, but the Bat on the blade is acting as a seal. The sword is powerful and evil, sliding the bat temporary unlocks its power for an attack. Of course my sword can do that too!

click pic for hot *animated* action! ๐Ÿ˜›

The completed sword is a little heavy, which makes holding it a problem. His hand popped off and exploded a few times lol

Heres the steps i took in cutting pla plates to make it:

The sword itself. Each part was glued as labeled, then sanded. Shapes not exaggerated i really did cut them badly lol Notice the slots to help attach each piece together.

The bat. Make sense? Put the base under the sword, glue the support plates to hold it in place. Then glue the bat detail parts on top to add function.

Overall it turned out okay but i was planning to make it way more detailed, just didnt really know how approach doing that XD Also i slacked on the clean up and started cutting without being 100% positive on the design, so later i found out i made the bat ears wrong. For now ill leave it as-is and continue with the armor, after that i might redo the sword with more dedication! ^_^

some to-do’s:

scratch build sword -check

scratch build hands

scratch build armor piece

make cape

mod original armor to fit pieces



~ by rockleelotus on January 17, 2010.

30 Responses to “HGUC RX78 Kiva WIP01 -Weaponary: Zanbat Sword-”

  1. […] rockleelotus: HGUC RX78 Ver. 30th = “Gundam Rider Kiva RX -Emperor Form-” WIP:ย  01 […]

  2. Cool blade. *eyes the materials* Mmmmm….
    So, RX-78 will have a cape, eh? A nice touch. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Looks like the custom sword got off to a good start. XDD Really like what I’m seeing. I’m looking very much forward to Ver 2.0. =P

    And that gif, I can stare at it for hours. XDDD

  4. cool blade, built from pla-plates?
    Never finished watching Kiva though, so I don’t even know Emperor exist before he appeared in Decade.

  5. Very good work. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Details are really well made.

  6. Fwah dude you are a fast worker ๐Ÿ˜€ Great start on the scratch build sword!! I snap fitted my kit already now working on the details of that cannon ^^ Man I am so fired up for this and also the stop motion vids too!

    And finally you are back with your camera ๐Ÿ˜€

    • lol not so fast, this took about a week? all done behind the scenes ๐Ÿ˜› cant wait to see how you approach building that cannon and seeing your next stop motion videos ๐Ÿ˜€

      yea, i have lots of stories on backlog lol!

  7. eh I don’t know you are serious make Rx-78 kiva emperor form @_@ awesome sword but I am looking forward for your Rx-78 kiva emperor form
    ps I am looking forward for bling2 shiny golden *_* RX-78 emperor form

  8. Tatsulot! Hahah, cool SB zanbat sword, even the bat can slide!
    Seems like you are also into stop motion ๐Ÿ˜€

    can’t wait for the 78 emperor! SB a violin also? ^^

    • wake up fever! lol yea i studied 2D and 3D animation in school, need to touch up on my skills ^^ dude you reminded me of the violin! yep i must SB that too ๐Ÿ˜€

  9. looks awesome. Well, this reminds me.. how about a Decade-styled RX-78?

  10. Wow! Cool blade!

  11. already starting eh?
    It’s very out-of-the-box idea you’re having ๐Ÿ˜€
    how about the color scheme? is the RX-78 gonna be in the same color scheme with the sword or the sword that will match RX-78 original color scheme?

    I’m still sanding my RX-78..soo boring…

    • lol yup been in the building mood but trying not to rush. i really wanted to try something different for my first major mod ๐Ÿ˜€

      i think i will use the Kiva color scheme; lots of black, gold, red, and silver. i considered the original rx78 colors but it doesnt have an emperor feel to it… so far its turning out more like an rx78 cosplaying a kamen rider Lol

      i skipped sanding as well as removing seam lines. it is boring just thinking about it, well more like messy and tedious XD

  12. Good to hear you are back with camera. That’s a nice big sword! Cool!

  13. That’s a lot of mod to do. Can’t wait to see the final result :D.

    • i really wanted to challenge myself, will be attempting a lot of new things with this build ๐Ÿ˜€ hope it turns out well, cant wait to see yours too once you get a chance to start! ^^

  14. Dude! THAT’S FUCKING AMAZING!!!!!!!! Like wow, props seriously. I have like crazy mad respect for you right now ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Looks good for your first scratch build though still needs more work.. Though I must say I’m kind of surprised ๐Ÿ˜€

    • yep needs ton of work lol ive found some more reference pics and know how to improve on the design. just not sure on the best way to go about building it, but ill definitely tackle that again later on, thanks ^^

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