As I had mentioned in my last update, I had pretty much finished modifying the core body and now working on the details & accessories. Since mods takes up lot of time to do, I thought it would be wise to sketched some ideas on a print-out and see how it looks before I do the actual mods.
After I drew down a few ideas, I sat back and thought about it.
BOOSTER EXTENSION: Originally I had wanted to add the wing extension to the boosters, but now I've decided to scrape this idea. It just doesn't seem to look all that great, and I don't want to end up with something that look like aile strike / freedom gundam.
WEAPON HOOK LOCK: This idea is still a GO. I want to have a hook at the back of the waist to hold the beam cannon. Again the FA theme requires this Astraea to be fully armed. But I have yet to start this mod.
GN BLADES: As I had previously mentioned that I am a big fan of the 00 Gundam Seven Sword, and adding modified blades to this kit would be awesome. This mod is 85% completed.
LEG BOOSTER: Although I didn't sketch this in the drawing, but I thought this would also be a good addition to the FA theme of the kit. This mod is 70% completed.
Here are a couple of images showing the WIP leg boosters. This mod requires that I saw out a piece of the back leg armor to insert the booster and have the cutout piece to serve as cover of the bootser.
Here is an image of the WIP GN Blades. Yup...is all pla-plates, except for the handle. Will apply epoxy putty soon to fill in the gap & smooth out the surface of the blade body.
I just can't say enough just how I love the look of the 00 Gundam Seven Sword, and I am glad to be able to add the GN Blades to the knee on my own modified Astraea.