Not enough custom BuCUEs out there. Seriously guys. As usual, this unit was made under the Pure Kitbash philosophy--no glue, no trimming parts. Some modifications to note: the standard BuCue torso has been inverted to give the custom more muscular looking shoulders to aid in the feline appearance. The hip piece is actually that of a LaGOWE to make use of the slot in the rear for the tail, which features an internal length of pipe wire to give it flexibility.
I started this one just after the finale of Build Fighters, but got bogged down trying to mount the sniper rifle. Amazing how easily things literally click into place after you step away for a few months. On the less-positive side, never try to paint a custom during a rainstorm. It just makes the coloring job look sloppy.
I decided not to paint the sniper rifle since making it black would break up the sleek profile of the BuCUE, and any of the additional colors would be just plain gaudy. My favorite outcome is how well the blue nail-polish worked for the eye sensors.
Backstory:"The BuCUGAR was developed by ZAFT with the new technology from the stolen Gundams. This specialized sniping unit sports both the Mirage Colloid Stealth System and an enhanced sensory unit capable of calculating shooting variables including, but not limited to: wind, humidity, thermal updraft, and gravity.
In addition, the fuselage has been heavily retooled to the point of almost being a new unit. It completely outclasses the standard BuCUE in agility and power output, while still retaining most of its original speed. These improvements also translate into its tank mode, which rides lower to the ground, giving the BuCUGAR greater cornering and strafing capabilities.
The primary weapon--a long-range beam sniper rifle, is capable of pin-point accuracy even without data from the sensory unit, and the mount possesses horizontal rotation as well as vertical inclination to give the BuCUGAR the most optimum sniping angle. A 50mm beam gatling gun serves as an alternative against opponents that manage to outflank the BuCUGAR. This tail-mounted weapon, while small in calibur, features high penetration, and has nigh-omni-directionality. Finally, the BuCUGAR retains the beam sabers of the standard model, as a response to melee situations.
The very nature of this mech makes it difficult to determine how many were ever put into production, but the extreme sophistication of this machine and the low number of adequate pilots, even amongst coordinators, makes a high figure unlikely. Just as well. Between its stealth capabilities and its sniping prowess, a well-piloted BuCUGAR is more than a match for an entire division enemy units suits."