UPDATED: The secret behind the beam sabre's lighting is revealed (updated at the end of the post)!
One can really make something shine when effort and passion is put into it.
This is the 1/144 scale Victory Gundam 'enhanced' by a ToysDaily forum member tom0083. And yes it is a 1/144 one, not the 1/100 MG (Master Grade) ver. Ka that was released 2 months ago. This is no Master Grade, boy. No Master Grade!
According to what is said on the forum, the modeller has made a few subtle changes to the model in addition the decals for outward appearance. This includes but not limited the usage of double ball joints on the shoulder, increased height on the waist and legs, as well as added articulations.
Since the original height of Victory Gundam is supposed to be around 15.6m, this makes the 1/144 version to be a mere 10.5cm only in height!
Original gunpla box. This one is originally released way back in 1993, and that is more than 15 years ago!
In comparison with Revoltech AR-7 Arbalest and HCM-Pro Sazabi (1/200 scale)
In comparison with straight built V2 Gundam of the same scale. Victory is a bit taller than the V2 here because the modeller has increased its height on the legs (as well as on the waist).
tom0083 has implemented lighting inside ths tiny Victory Gundam: He uses a connector of some sort to complete the circuit, and hides them wires away with the chest part. Very nifty I must say!
To change batteries, he simply removed the backpack to reveal the battery that is installed inside the torso. You can see the wires that are going to the head unit.
Victory Gundam lights up!
It's a bit faint, but you can see the light at the back camera on the head too.
Even in normal lighting you can still see a bit of light coming from the Gundam's head!
If you think that the lighting within the Gundam itself is awesome already, tom0083 throws in this self-lit beam sabre. The beam effect part is removeable. With something so small I really do wonder how the wiring works there since it's independent to the Gundam itself.
Beam sabre ready...
The beam effect part is mixed with 2 different material, hence the difference in colour from one end to the other.
Beam shield activated with lighting too! o_O
My hats off to tom0083 for his passion to rework an old model into this little "masterpiece". Imagine having to install the lighting into the small torso, changing simple joints with the better ones, as well as the repaint and decals. This is no ordinary modding especially for this scale! And since I am a fan of things in 1/144 scale in general, it makes me admire his work more than people who work on, say, 1/100 MG models.
Some of you may wonder by now already: Why did he not just buy a 1/100 MG model instead in the first place? The modeller's answer is quite simple actually - he doesn't like how the waist the the legs being too thick for his taste on the MG version ^^;
The secret behind the beam sabre's lighting is revealed!
EDITED: The lighting device he used are small LED fishing floats with some kind of pin type battery, possibly CR435 or CR535 :o
Apparently the LED lights he got have no switches - it's just a simple connect-the-circuit kind of thing. Remove the outer casing for the LED lights to reveal just the LED light and the power source, and you can stick it on a beam sabre and add a beam effect part to make your very own self-lit beam sabre! Very interesting there~ ^^
Source from ToysDaily forum