Several weeks ago, I had started the most ambitious project yet on this blog. The rather epic PG Unleashed RX-78-2 kit! Progress was surprisingly steady and I was thoroughly enjoying the build.
Work had been pretty hectic for a few days so the kit had to be shelved for a short period. After getting back at it, something horrifying had occurred to me… I had glossed over a step, the pair of metal 60mm Vulcan Guns were missing! I had either thrown them out or misplaced them.
How did I not notice them missing and what is a builder based in the UK to do about a missing part in a Gunpla kit! The hobby is surely on the rise here at the moment but not enough for UK or even EU-based replacement part services. Hopefully, in the near future, someone will take the plunge and start one…
Slightly disheartened by the loss, I took to the chat on Atymisk’s Twitch channel in an attempt to find a solution to this problem. Quite a few viewers suggested the same place, let’s take a look.
US Based online retailer Mecha Parts Guy. The amount of parts available here is actually mind-blowing! They even have a Blog with PDF files of instruction manuals right there for anyone who needs a quick reference or replacement.
As I mentioned before, Mecha Parts Guy is based in the US. Shipping from there to the UK is just a little steep at the moment and as of the date of publishing this post, there are no UK/EU-based replacement part services.
I carried out a small amount of research into alternative parts and even pondered on the idea of fashioning them from scratch. However, the PG Unleased RX-78-2 has been the largest and most expensive kit purchased to date. This guy had to be finished correctly!
After a little chat with the site’s proprietor and under three weeks later, the replacement metal Vulcans arrived.
Nicely packaged and a little note, I cannot recommend this site enough. Really pulled me out of a hole with this PG build.