Tiny robots and their human masters got to dress up as their imaginary counterparts for ROBO-ONE GATE’s “Sunrise Heroes Robot Battle”. You might think it would be primarily Gundam robots, but actually there were a number of other series represented (SPT Layzner, Brave Express Might Gaine, Brigadoon: Marin & Melan), leading some to call it the real-life version of Super Robot Wars (a video game wherein players take control of a encyclopedic armada of giant robots from the world of anime and manga).
Ten robots competed, with the winner taking home the highly coveted Sunrise Chronicles 1977-2007, a book detailing the 312 works made during that period, first printed to celebrate Sunrise’s 30th Anniversary two years ago. Some hobbyists decided to dress their robots in detailed paper-craft exoskeletons (which proved a bit flimsy in battle), while others wore elaborate aluminum or plastic armor. You can see the process used to give Automo (the larger Gundam) his armor at Holypong’s blog.
[source: Impress Robot Watch (JP)]