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RGAT-131C "Echo" Mobile Suit (Old version)
My first attempt at a Mobile Suit from the Gundam Universe.
About this creation

INTRODUCTION:

Well, first off, this is sort of an informal challenge of sorts between me and Thomas Z. I mentioned interest in his mobile suits, especailly since he shows much more skill at them than me. He's been at me ever since, saying I should try one, so I finally did.

Not sure what to make of it myself, since I'm not accustomed to building this style, but I'll leave that up to you viewers.


BACKSTORY:

The RGAT-131 Mass Production Mobile Suit is an independant venture by a lesser known, and as of yet, unknown corporation that has maintained its anonymity in order to preserve its nuetrality.

Built from the ground up, the Echo Mobile Suit, as it's come to be called, is a very sturdy piece of hardware, featuring a level of durability almost on par with most of the major factions. A good amount of armor protects the mobile suit, while maintaining the speed and agility necesary for combat. Keep in mind, it's no Gundam, but against standard infantry mobile suits, it can hold its own.

Unfortunately, as this was the corporation's first mobile suit to be mass produced, the addition of onboard weaponry was neglected, meaning that a default Echo came with absolutely no weapons. This is offset however by the modularity of the equipment packages that could be mounted to the Echo.

The RGAT-131C is a Close quarters combat mobile suit variant, which mounts a left pauldron with a machine gun, and a right shoulder harness for an Anti-Armor energy sword. Beam sabres can be issued but are not currently considered mandatory. This mobile suit variant is light to maintain necesary mobility for close quarters battle.




















PRODUCTION NOTES:

Since I mostly use the basecoat red, as I call it, while building. I then add the appropriate colors later. Here are two production photos while I was working on the Echo.






CREDITS:

Credit to Thomas Z, to whose mobile suits I drew the initial inspiration, and a few of his techniques.

Credit to Gundam SEED for the Strike Dagger, of which I used as a reference for the shaping and design.


CREATOR'S NOTES:

Yes, I'm aware the head looks big. I tried, but I couldn't make a smaller one that satisfied me like the shape of this one.

The feet are of my own design, being adapted from the feet I used on my upgraded Maksis AEGAKS, which I'll be posting soon.

Also, since I'm running the LDD 4.0 version, posing is very difficult for me to do, so I may add another post soon with some poses.

I am including the file so that you all can get a better look at it, but I DO NOT wish for that file to be used for re-posting. I would appreciate it if you would not alter my work.

Well, that wraps this challenge up. Now, no one can say I've never built a mobile suit. And Thomas Z, I expect an AEGAKS out of you. It's your turn.


Building instructions
Download building instructions (LEGO Digital Designer)

Comments

 I like it 
  November 30, 2011
I first originally saw your verision 2 which I love. I think this is a great build too. I see now how you refiend this build in Verision 2. But you still did a great job on this build. Two thumbs up from me .
Rabid Goldfish
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Andrew AKA Hump-Free
  November 29, 2011
Alright, let's see what I can find here... Okay, well, as I stated earlier, as I said, it's clear that this is out of your comfort zone, but in all honesty that is mainly due to the head aspect, when one takes that out of the equation, the unit overall is very nicely designed. But back to the head, while nicely designed, you have already indicated that it is rather large. In all honesty, I'm surprised you didn't make the rest of the MOC larger, since you feel the head was the most difficult to work with, I thought you would have gone with working the body around it a little more than what you did, seeing that your skill set would allow that. The only design issues other than that I have are the feet, in all honesty it's mainly due to the size of the feet, they look great but feel slight large for the legs. The only other issue I have is the color scheme, there's too many gaps of white, I feel that Gundam style mechs have more segmented color schemes. Also, don't worry about red in Gundam Style units, there are plenty of Gundam Style units, even Gundams as well, that lack red, so I suggest instead of following a non-existent rule, make the color scheme flow more. So, overall, it's a great first attempt and you should feel like you accomplished something despite the drawbacks with proportions.
 I made it 
  November 28, 2011
Quoting CEO Luiz Camargo Very well done my friend, you surely nailed it. The sword is magnificent. The only thing I'd change are the colors, they are not bad, but maybe a bit more of red in the upper body?
I'm not fond of the fact that almost all the gundams have red. I debated whether the feet should be red, but sake of it being a first time, I went ahead and did it.
 I made it 
  November 28, 2011
Quoting Thomas Z. For a first attempt I must say that this has a very nice shape altough the legs look really short! Little advice, start out with the head and after it has the desired shape adjust the body and limbs accordingly. Upper body and arms look good but the legs definately need to be at least 2 or 3 studs longer. Also the Strike Dagger was a very good choice for a first. The feets are pure genious, I think they look very good along with the weapons and the shoulders! You might have more talent in this than you realise...And for your call, I always wanted to try an AEGAKS, so I'll definately try one myself! :P So all in all, this is a fine mobile suit design for a first and needs only minor improvements! Nice job!
Actually, I just lengthened the legs by 4 studs and it put most of the rest of the suit back into proportion. In fact, the head seems to fit better. As for starting points, I can't start at the head. For some odd reason, I always have to start with a foot, or a knee. The only exception would be the AEGAKS, which start with the pilot block. And yes, I want to see you make an AEGAKS. I am certain it will be very interesting.
  November 28, 2011
For a first attempt I must say that this has a very nice shape altough the legs look really short! Little advice, start out with the head and after it has the desired shape adjust the body and limbs accordingly. Upper body and arms look good but the legs definately need to be at least 2 or 3 studs longer. Also the Strike Dagger was a very good choice for a first. The feets are pure genious, I think they look very good along with the weapons and the shoulders! You might have more talent in this than you realise...And for your call, I always wanted to try an AEGAKS, so I'll definately try one myself! :P So all in all, this is a fine mobile suit design for a first and needs only minor improvements! Nice job!
 I like it 
  November 28, 2011
mmm, Chunkeh! (Chunk Likes em Chunkeh XD) Dude this thing is hot. I agree with Thomas that the head is a bit large, but it's definitely a mobile suit! I love how you did the arms, the pauldrons are very nice, and the rear end looks nice too! I might have to try one of these man!
  November 28, 2011
oh wow, nice work! the proportions are a little bit off (make the head slightly smaller and the rest of it a bit wider and it'd be perfect) but otherwise this is amazing. hmm, perhaps a little more detail would be nice on the upper arm and upper leg sections. I love the head (is it just me or does it kinda look like Optimus Prime's head? :P) and the shoulder design is plain, flat-out genius. great work.
 I like it 
  November 28, 2011
Very well done, especially for someone who doesn't specialize in mobile suits! While I prefer your main style of building, this is a very interesting build.
 I like it 
  November 28, 2011
Sincerely man, that's really amazing. The shoulder design is my favorite part, it's pure genius to me. The sword is great too ( and I know how difficult it could be to build one looking good as this one) Hope to see more stuff like this from you, keep up!
 I like it 
  November 28, 2011
Very well done my friend, you surely nailed it. The sword is magnificent. The only thing I'd change are the colors, they are not bad, but maybe a bit more of red in the upper body?
 I like it 
  November 28, 2011
Nice start to you! The more Gundam you build, you'll realize that its really a good design!
 I like it 
  November 28, 2011
Aside from the head, it's very well done. I'd love to download the file to learn a thing or two about building techniques for my SHIP mecha, but I don't think I can actually run LDD.... Anyway, again, very nice job for a first attempt! :)
 
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