So for awhile I know at least I personally have wanted to make a HGUC-esque GM Ground Type. At first I thought it would only be a matter of time until the GM Ground Type was HGUC-ified due to the recent release of the 08th MS Team stuff. But ever since the Gundam Ground War set came out with two "HGUC" GM heads, I seem to have taken the hint at the fact that it might be a longer wait for such a release.
That being said, I've been trying to muster together ideas to make a HGUC-style GM Ground Type by way of a kitbash between the old GM Ground Type 1/144th kit
and the Gundam Ground War HGUC set
. I suppose you could just go with the HGUC Gundam Ground Type, but the inclusion of a more accurate GM Head seems like a better basis for such a project.
So I guess first you'd have to pick out the parts of the GM that are idenical to the Gundam. The arms are cut and paste, as with several parts of the legs and skirt armor with minor adjustments. The main differences are the torso, head, and backpack. In order to have a successful kitbash between the two, I think it'd take a little more than parts swapping.
The Gundam's legs are different from the GM's in that they have a small intake on the bottom of the knee armor and protrude out more than the streamlined GM's knees. Saber storage in the sides and all that is identical. The Torso differences start with the cockpit and then change a little more with the vents/upper torso armor. Then you'd have an entirely different head and backpack unit.
My question is what methods would be best in making an easy kitbash of the two? Obviously to make this "HGUC-ified", you'd want to retain as much of the articulation and detail of the HGUC kit as possible. Any ideas as to how you would go about this?