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Model Gallery / Re: MG GN-X
« on: December 11, 2011, 05:30:34 AM »
A final pose and better lighting. Well, I think it deserved the effort to set up a mini studio. Enjoy.

That is all folks.
Somehow the photo cannot show how the pearl colour's "true colours". It is beautiful and hard to describe in words or take in a photo.  Nice kit try on the pearl colours from Origin Shop.

Model Gallery / MG GN-X
« on: December 11, 2011, 05:27:44 AM »
My 2nd model kit this year. Production was slow because of job commitments and family responsibilities.
Nevertheless, time was squeezed out from these during my recovery from piles operation to finish up one of the most interesting subject in gundam enemy series: The GN-X (Pronounced as "jinx").

Less talk, more pics.

And of course, my gundam girl.

Overall the kit is a fantastic getaway from monoeye and/or fin-heads. But I really dislike its articulation limitation because of:

1. The "X" binders
2. Loose joints especially at the shoulders

Also, this is not the final pose I want as I just wanna test out the lighting, which seems not too good probably because of bad weather today.

The colour used are mainly from pearl colours bought from HAG.

Enjoy and comments.
Forgotten to mention that it is pearl colours wih flat coating. First time trying this out and it seems to be better than pearl with gloss finish. It looked more "real", in a sense.

Model Gallery / Re: MG Wing Gundam
« on: April 02, 2011, 07:04:50 AM »
VERY NICE!  It looks awesome!  I really like how the colors look animation quality, good job!

Can I ask though, how did you panel line the face? I'm really starting to like that very light, highlighted look.  It almost looks like you used a wash, but I can't tell.

Great job!

Thanks. I do like this kit very much and I love to do my kits in animation style, instead of "realistic" style.

The face panel lines are "washed" with Tamiya enamel XF-10, thinned to a ratio of about 1:5 paint to thinner. But before painting, use a scriber to lightly and carefully scribe the lines a little bit deeper. Then, after painting (and gloss coated), apply the panel line with the "wash" and let dry. After 1 hour or so, (can do other parts first and by the time you are done with the rest, it should have dried) use a sharp cotton bud  (really sharp type from GaiaNotes) soaked with enamel thinner and carefully wipe off the excess paint. This is how I did it and I am glad you saw it, because it was just another piece of small little "work" that adds up to the overall quality. There are many "small work" all around, which eventually adds up to what you saw.

Model Gallery / Re: MG Wing Gundam
« on: April 01, 2011, 07:12:12 AM »

That is all for now.. Hope you bro like it.

Model Gallery / MG Wing Gundam
« on: April 01, 2011, 07:08:43 AM »
First kit of the year 2011. I have no idea why I decided to buy and do this kit as it is the earliest wing gundam and has no frills. Just a pure transformable MS with no complex gimmicks and extreme firepower and stuffs. Perhaps it is the simplicity that attracted me.

Well, the kit itself is of good quality, easy to paint with no seam lines to fill and extremely easy to paint and assemble.

I decided to put it in an "angel descent" pose as it simply looked fabulous.

Here it is for your comments and enjoy:

Model Gallery / Re: MG Gundam Exia
« on: December 09, 2010, 01:35:09 AM »
A new pose..

Model Gallery / MG Gundam Exia
« on: December 08, 2010, 06:31:52 PM »
My first and probably the last gundam this year: the MG Gundam Exia.  Despite mixed reviews of this beautiful kit, I love the design, gimmick as well as the overall proportions of the gundam.

Posing gundams are also one of the major challenges to me. In one hand, I do not wish to move it too much and risk scratches, but at the same time, if it is not in a dynamic pose, then it loses its appeal. So I will first put it up in a "shud" pose, displaying its elegance and technology advancement beyond its time. Later, I will probably try an "angel descend" pose.

Ok here are the pics and hope you like it as much as I do.

The LED has been turned on for like 16 hours now and is still going. I will want to see how long the battery will last.

Words of advice to those who are doing this kit:
. the shoulders are not symetrical. Be careful of its orientation
. The GN drive turning mechanism has orientation (the one that snaps back to back onto each other), be very careful or the GN drive will be inverted.
. The shinning strip has clear and rough surface. Make sure all rough surface are shown outside.
. Sharpen all fins and blades. It makes a big difference.
. trim decals to fit the parts, especially those near the edges.
. decide before hand if you want to do a Exia repair or just Exia. It is difficult to change after that as most joins are very tight especially after painting.
. Dun leave finger prints on clear / green clear parts. Use gloves.
. There is no need to paint the black part of the GN drive, or risk getting stucked inside the chest. (like mine, I have to use pliers to pull it out)
. Get the Celestial Being stand. It rocks!

Ok enjoy and comments are most welcomed.

Model In-Progress / Re: MG Gundam Exia
« on: December 07, 2010, 09:21:46 PM »
Well, another disaster happened! While putting on the stickers, I did not realised that the shoulders are NOT symmetrical! So as a result, I place the right decals at the wrong place. What is suppose to be at the front left shoulder now goes to the right back shoulder!! But what the hell.. just let it be.. after all it is still beautiful!!

Model In-Progress / Re: MG Gundam Exia
« on: December 07, 2010, 07:14:40 PM »
Disaster do happens. Out of nowhere, the joint at the right arm decides to crack in my face! (denoted by the red line)

I tried to use CA glue to join it back but even after left overnight to cure, it did not stick well and "burns" into the ABS instead. So out of desperation, I decided to fix the arm position.

I first put the lower arm back into its position. This will reveal the crack as the tension is high. Then using plastic glue, I apply into the joint. Then use CA glue to fill the crack just in case and finally putty the crack up. All this is covered with paint of cos, to hide everything.

So hope that tonight I will be able to assemble it up and light up the GN drive!!
Lower body assembled...

Front Hip

Back side

Front groin closeup. See the reflective strip effect? WOW!

Amazing leg effects!

The inside of the leg

Model In-Progress / Re: MG Gundam Exia
« on: December 06, 2010, 06:19:00 PM »
Very nice!  Can I ask what red you're using?  I'd like to use that for my GP04 (when I get to it).

It is Mr. Color Red Madder spray on top of GX-01 Cool White (with lightly shaded gray)

Model In-Progress / Re: MG Gundam Exia
« on: December 06, 2010, 07:22:55 AM »
Cant really wait.. assembled part of body...

This is the first time I made use of given stickers.. but hidden inside the green lens.

No GN drive yet.. so just put on the cover for test fitting. Looks good

Painted the eye as well.. Now waiting to let it dry

Model In-Progress / Re: MG Gundam Exia
« on: December 06, 2010, 02:05:56 AM »
Managed to find time to flat coat everything...

Also assembled the weapons and legs...

GN Shield

GN Sword - front

GN Sword - back

Finally, the GN long and short blades..

Will wait for flat coat to cure and then it will be assemble time!!

Model In-Progress / Re: MG Gundam Exia
« on: November 29, 2010, 07:39:08 PM »
Finished the default decal placement.. and managed to snap up the shields for flat coating..

The final few parts of decal placement

The GN sword parts...  looks like the 2x gloss coat is necessary

The shields.. looked a bit.. blank.. maybe consider to place some more decals hmm..

The GN blade hilt..

Now is to start placement of "non default" decals to look even better..

Model In-Progress / MG Gundam Exia
« on: November 29, 2010, 07:38:29 PM »
Been a while since I did a gundam kit. Having bought this kit for almost a year, I finally decided that perhaps I should not leave my year 2010 with 0 output.

After so many unfinished armours, this is my first gundam kit for the year and I must say it is comfortable to be back to what I can do best. Really enjoyed this kit and cant wait to see its final result!

Here are some pics to show the various colours I have done up.

The few selected parts to show off the colours, wash and decals. Yes, I have the very hard to get exia decals!

The 2 x gloss coated GN sword, ready for decals!

The blades of the GN swords. Note that although I have the ignition mode version that comes with bling bling parts, I did not use them. Instead, I bought another normal version MG Exia and exchange its blades, so that I can colour on my fav SM03 - super iron. I gave the other Exia to my brother. But somehow this pic does not do it justice as it looks like a little fogged. But if you looked closer to the tip of the blade where the red part is being reflected, that is how it looked actually!

The decals and colour of the GN shield. I have to trim the edge of the decals to let them fit the outer edge, so that no decals edges lies "outside" the plastic.

The knee part and the blue parts. Learning from armour, I used oil paints for the panel lines and they seems to be better than enamels in that it leaves a very nice and natural effect that enamels cant give!

The other parts I kept.

Also, all the blade edges and V fins are sharpened and flash lines are trimmed down as well. All this was learnt from the skills in armour making!
So doing armour DID improve my skills in gundam as well!!

Will be completing this kit soon as you can see. So just let me complete a few more decals, a final flat coat and ...

Model Gallery / Re: MG Infinite Justice
« on: October 12, 2009, 05:36:26 PM »
A few more shots of a different pose.

Model Gallery / MG Infinite Justice
« on: September 24, 2009, 07:47:04 PM »
Finally able to get some time to take some photos.

After considering and tweaking with the beams at the wings and legs, I finally decide to just let the beams at the wings stay. Somehow, my coat of flourescent clear pink + red wash did not manage to bring out the beam's "beam".

Here it is for your viewing and comments:

I am very particular about the final finish. That is why I made sure there is no silvering in all my decals. This is one of my best finishes I have done and I personally take pride in it.

To my surprise, the Infinite Justice looked very menacing! It is much better than I have expected! Perhaps it is the new proportions that made it looked sexy.

Ok that is all for now. Hope you guys like what I did for the red.

Model Gallery / MG Unicorn Gundam
« on: May 10, 2009, 08:49:25 PM »
Finally took some decent photos..enjoy..

With that much of firepower, who needs Destroy Mode?? :bao_18:

Model In-Progress / Re: MG Unicorn Gundam
« on: May 03, 2009, 06:49:03 PM »
Wow, never knew you guys would like it that much..

Anyway to answer the questions:

1. Those Q-tips are from Pigeon brand, one of those high end for baby usage. Tip is to go to baby section and you may find some very neat q-tips

2. I use the gundam color dark blue (which I cant remember the number sorry) for the backpack and the legs. For the weapons, I used Phantom Gray and Gundam Gray as highlight. For the ammo clips, I used Mr. Color 306 Gray.

3. For the decal sheet, I used the original bandai Unicorn decals. For the decals on the additional weapons, I used a few of the samuel decal sheet which I bought. It is a sheet with lots and lots of symbols.

Model In-Progress / Re: MG Unicorn Gundam
« on: April 28, 2009, 08:42:54 PM »
Some more shots on the twin gattling guns before fixing the pose and moving to completed thread...

Twin-twin gattling guns! Yeah!

Fire away!!

I shud or not shud?? huh??HUH?

kneel before my power!!

With these firepower.. who needs destroy mode??  8)

Model In-Progress / Re: MG Unicorn Gundam
« on: April 28, 2009, 08:41:18 PM »
At the bottom of the inside of the knee joint as marked in red...  broken off, but cannot be extracted becos the other part's joint is stronger.. so his leg is loose and dangling..

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