RX-0 Unicorn Gundam (Destroy Mode) - Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn

In Progress




This is pretty much a dream cosplay and it will probably be a 2 or 3 year project.

I want it to be perfect, and I want to include lights in every part of the suit.

I'll probably go with a different construction method with this one, which will probably mean the whole suit will be heavier, but much much stronger than my Strike Noir.

Edit 31/10/2010. This has now been pushed forward. I have been working on this during the buildup leading to October Expo hence why I wasn't cosplaying. Still deciding what materials to use for some of the parts, but i have the base shield almost done, and have some nice ideas about the helmet. Gonna aim to get this done for May Expo 2011 for DWG3.
At the same time doing this, i am also making something for my wife as well and hopefully will have a 2nd Gundam cosplayer joining us, I'm looking at you Shiro-Hana :p

Edit 15/11/2010: As you can see, I've been building the torso as if it was going to be in Destroy Mode. However, I've come up with a devious plan. I'm making the helmet and arms at the moment, and once I get a base done, I will indulge you all with what I have in mind. ;)

Edit 11/03/2011: Due to work commitments, there's a good chance that I won't be able to attend any Cons/Expos this year. I'll continue to make this and the Unicorn Girl anyway, so perhaps I may still be able to take some completed photos as and when.
Apologies for those who were looking forward to this. :(


Odd-One-Out posted on 3 June, 2010 - 18:02
Shakes fist I was planning on making this in a few years time! Good luck!

Ragepotato posted on 3 June, 2010 - 18:39
Oh, my, fooking, GAWD. *Spazes on floor and foams at the mouth* I'm sorry but some Unicorn leg humping will be in order <3~ -Phi

k4tt posted on 4 June, 2010 - 16:49
@Pheebs - This one is only in the planning stages, and it won't be for another year at least. I'm going to try and go all out on this one as well, will all the lights etc. Probably going to go the resin route as well to make it as strong as possible and try to design it with better movement @Phi - lol, leg humping will be fine, if you can wait for a year or so :p

Odd-One-Out posted on 4 June, 2010 - 17:07
Using EL wire in between the grooves?

k4tt posted on 4 June, 2010 - 17:12
EL wire. now THAT's an idea!! I was thinking originally making those panels out of perspex, spraying the front with red glass paint, and the back with matt white then reflecting a light (could use the EL here) so that if gives it that glowing effect, a bit like my Noir eyes. I'm gonna have to think about my budget on this one. don't want to over spend, but at the same time, I wanna make it my perfect dream cosplay.

Odd-One-Out posted on 4 June, 2010 - 17:17
Yeah, EL wire would work well for that plus you could have the wire running through the arms and leg. They will bend too so that's not a problem to construct.

TheInkOfDoom posted on 4 June, 2010 - 17:49
Oh wow. Even if it will be a while, this is going to look amazing! Best of luck, I can imagine it will be a beast to make. *__*

Annadill posted on 5 June, 2010 - 10:50
good luck with this one its going to be hard :S lol

Defrain posted on 19 June, 2010 - 08:22
awesome choice

Ichigo-Chan posted on 31 October, 2010 - 21:36
This is looking AMAZING! Can't wait to see this all completed

k4tt posted on 5 November, 2010 - 21:00
I know it's late, but thanks for the comments people ^^; As you may already be aware, I started journalling this and I actually started on the shield two weeks before Expo as I wanted to get Goldy to christen it ^__^ I'll be trying to update this one regularly, because it MUST be complete for May Expo 2011. *sigh* Wish me luck...

vonn_perkins posted on 12 November, 2010 - 15:18
Good Luck cant wait to see it

Hobo-Hitsugaya posted on 12 November, 2010 - 16:09
wow this is immense, good luck with finishing all this ^^ gundam UC is awesome~

CosMech posted on 21 March, 2011 - 12:47
Hardest Gundam design i've seen in a long time, i look forward in a few years time to see this complete :] Hopefully my Deathsycthe Hell EW will be done by then :] i aim for this year for it to be complete :]

Progress Journal

1st June 2011

Build Commences

I've compiled my work schedule for this year, and it seems that I CAN go to the Expo this October. This means, I have only 4 1/2 months to get this done. If anything, I'll be getting the basics done, and then maybe later in the year, I'll improve on some of the minor details.
I'm keeping the build of the Shield the same (foam/mountboard) but will be trying a new construction method for the rest of the body.

11th March 2011

Not cosplaying Unicorn this year

Due to work commitments, there's a good chance that I won't be able to attend any Cons/Expos this year. I'll continue to make this and the Unicorn Girl anyway, so perhaps I may still be able to take some completed photos as and when.
Apologies for those who were looking forward to this. :(

23rd February 2011

Back on track - kinda

Okay. I'm going to be remaking the whole torso on this one, and will start getting the limbs all measured out. I know that I'm probably going to end up rushing this, but the materials I'm currently using are much more manageable than what I used for my Noir, so all in all, it should be a little easier and quicker to make :)

12th November 2010

Torso - In progress - Red

Painted some of the torso to give a better indication of what it might turn out like. The red lines will be cut out as mentioned before, and the red front chestpanels will be extended to cover the gap leftover from the red lines. The front red chest panels will also be mounted to the inside edges of the torso as I have plans to make the suit have the ability to go in and out of destroy mode

11th November 2010

Torso - In progress

Torso is coming along okay. I've emphasised the outline of where the red "phase armor" should be.
For the moment, I will be painting on all the sections of phase armor on the torso/shoulders, then later on, will cut out the panels and put frosted acrylic (or which ever material i can find that suits it) behind, to give it the "sunken" feeling, and as close/accurate as i can get it. I'll upload more (progress/angles) later this week when I have time

31st October 2010

Shield Extended Progress

This is the shield extended (but not secured yet). Bottom slides down to reveal the panels which are spring loaded and should automatically open up when the shield is fully extended. Took about 2-3 evenings for the spring pivot mechanism and the base panels. The insides of the panels will be replaced with semi transparent or frosted acrylic with a hint of red paint and maybe EL wire
Embedded picture shows actual Gunpla Shield Extended as a reference

Edit: Metal Ruler in the Photo is 44cm from tip to tip

31st October 2010

Shield Normal Progress

This is the rough base for the shield. Top and bottom pieces will end up slotting in together. Took about 2-3 evenings for all the basic measuring, cutting, shaping etc.
Embedded picture shows actual Gunpla Shield as a reference

31st October 2010

Shield Update

Will upload pictures in my next journal. Tower shield is currently in three parts, top section, rotating "wings" (spring loaded) and the bottom extending section. I need to mount everything together but the end result will be that when the bottom of the shield is extended, the wings will rotate out automatically, and should light up once I have the electronics sorted out.

10th June 2010

Prepping for Launch

Okay, I have a source where i can purchase Red EL Wire/Tape. It's not too expensive so I need to measure out how much I need for each parts of the body.
I may go the resin/fiberglass/filler route with this. I will primarily make the base frame and shell using plumbing pipe and foamboard, but I may coat a layer of resin/fiberglass/filler to give it added strength. I want this thing to withstand leg humping!!!

I have enough plexi for all the transparent red parts, so I might get started on that in the coming months.
The Shield will be GREAT fun to do!!
AND NO WINGS means I'll be able to make the torso fit better.