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Korean Gundam fan Kunho Noh enjoys putting together Gundam models, but with a twist. Instead of following the given instructions, he’d rather his models were one-of-a-kind. And his approach is to add Gundam-inspired motifs and flourishes to the armor of Star Wars’ Imperial Stormtroopers.

Not only does Noh regularly share photos of his completed projects, he also posts videos showing the extensive production process involved. This video details a Stormtrooper based on the series’ original RX-78 Gundam.

There’s actually a little bit of historical precedent for this crossover. Rumor has it that Yoshiyuki Tomino, creator of the Gundam franchise, saw Star Wars: Episode IV while the first Gundam series was still in the planning stages. He was so impressed by the stark contrast of the Stormtroopers’ uniforms that he wanted a similar black-and-white color scheme for his anime’s titular robot. The idea was reportedly nixed by toy manufacturer and sponsor Bandai, preferring brighter hues in order to help move merchandise, but the pre-painted stages of Noh’s model give a peek at what the two-tone RX-78 could have looked like.

While the heroes of the series each pilot a Gundam of some variety, it’s often the villains’ mecha that steal the show. Having fallen under their spell, Noh has crafted a Stormtrooper that takes cues from Gundam’s long-standing low-level suit series, the MS-06 Zaku II.

And of course, you can’t talk about advanced mobile suits without mentioning one of anime’s most charismatic villains, Char Aznable, and his "Char Custom"—the blood-red, horned MSN-04 Sazabi.

Speaking of charismatic villains, Noh also produced this mashup of Darth Vader and the MSN-04 Sazabi.

On the other end of the hero/villain spectrum, this Nu Gundam Stormtrooper looks positively stalwart.

And finally, as we bid farewell to these awesome models, let’s take one last look at the MS-05 Zaku I Stormtrooper, the predecessor to the Zaku II seen above.

With hundreds of mobile suits left in the Gundam franchise, it’s highly doubtful that Noh is finished painting on Stormtrooper canvases. We can’t wait to see what he builds next!

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