Gunpla Builders World Cup (GBWC) 2014 North America - Top 3 Entries & North America Representative Selected for GBWC 2014 Championship Final!
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N. American Representative: Legendary Mobile Suit DLMS 00 Pangu
by Kevin Yi Zhang (Connecticut USA)
*CONGRATS TO KEVIN YI ZHANG TO REPRESENT NORTH AMERICA IN GBWC 2014 CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL!*
Kevin's Pangu fought in the New York regional competition against other numerous professionally built GunPla and won Best of Show. An original Gundam creation born from his own modeling style, the Pangu is composed of a 1/100 MG RX-78-2 Ver OYW as a base and bears a massive backpack that utilizes the 1/48 Mega Size Gundam's arms along with parts from various other models. Focusing on close combat, its weapons include a double edged sword, and several bladed weapons on its back. Tribal markings accent its heavy armor, and its midsection features a leopard skinned pattern. His model also features custom printed decals bearing the mighty name "Pangu."
Runner Up: Los Angeles Best of Show 1/35 Core Fighter
by Dan Salas
Dan Salas' corefighter competed in the Los Angeles qualifier, besting traditional Gundam subjects with its intense level of detail inspired by real life aircraft and custom markings. Wiring, door actuators and other details have been added to landing gear. Anti-corrosion touch-up paint and exhaust and grime effects have been delicately applied to the engines and various ports surrounding the fighter. The cockpit has been heavily altered with an LED powered detailed flight instrument panel and new pilot's seat from a F/A-18C Hornet.
2nd Runner Up: Best Online Entry 1/100 Sazabi Ver. Ka Titanium
by Eric Tong
While most mecha in the Gundam universe are military vehicles, the nature of GunPla's customization potential allows the possibility for these war machines to be portrayed in the same light as a sports car or motorcycle. Eric's Titnaium Sazabi Ver Ka features a metallic gloss sheen that accentuates the Sazabi's mix of curves and flat surfaces and is designed to emulate Bandai's own Titanium finish releases.