Six months ago, I readily accepted DC23's challenge for a Build-Off using Bandai's Master Grade PMX-003 The-O. And only when I started this project recently did I realized that this could well be my most challenging build todate.
Simply because I don't have a "feel" for this mecha. I don't like it at all. It looks clumsy and fat. The more I look at it, the more I want to give it an overhaul. For the past few months, I have been doing some research and have came up with several concepts but I am not satisfied with any one of them. To do something revolutionary is very tough and may not be within my means. Nevertheless, I will never know if I don't give it a try.
On the preliminary, I want a slimmer profile but at the same time, retain it massiveness. Yes, it sounds contradicting but I believe this can be done. I am going to alter the body structure and re-designing the armors making them more streamline (and massive at the same time "duh"). And being a supreme mobile suit, I want to give it a majestic aura. And so, I named it "Odin".
As for weaponry, I will not do the traditional blaster, cannon or "BFG" as some affectionately calls it. Probably some short to mid-range guns or such and maybe a saber or something similar. It got to be unique or at least different for sure.
Anyway, here are some snap shots of The-O OOB (Out-of-Box).
It stands at approximately 25cm, taller than most MGs. And a big surface area for you to work on.
(Screaming out for details!)
I will be breaking up the shape of the rear armor for a more angular look and also to implement more internals.I am also considering re-designing the backpack. I prefer some thruster typepack.
Lengthen the head and alter the shape of the shape to give it a meaner look.
I really need to do something about the boat like feet....
This separation between the torso and hips seems "out of place".
Personally, I find the skirt armor too short. And it looks like it is "squatting" at times.
Overall, I thought Bandai did a good job. They made the O the way it should looked. And the lack of details suits me just fine. The price of this one will turn many off and I think it is normal. This one is like a huge canvas for me to express myself. I am already rubbing my hands in glee although I have not even pass the conceptualizing stage. Oh well.... I am probably going to lose sleep over this! LOL...
I will be posting some updates on the head real soon.
So stay tuned....