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Title: Ako Hobby Refined Barzam
Post by: Mrex-sgundam on September 10, 2020, 12:07:23 PM
Hello! Glad to see this forum still up and running.

It has been such a long time since I've visited the FichtenFoo Forums, but I'm glad that I am able to necro-bump an old thread of mine.

With working from home, I've somewhat renewed my interest in finishing this kit (something nice to add to my desk); as well as keep me from going insane with boredom.

Here you can see most of the kit primed and ready for primer.

https://imgur.com/jFsfmmN

Certain parts I'm slightly cleaning up and will paint separately. I also had to rebuild the pistons as I lost those  :(, but the new pistons worked out a lot better.

https://imgur.com/ScDxHxQ

https://imgur.com/V7Asiop

https://imgur.com/cl1gbzZ
You can also see in the previous picture, I ruined one of the feet, so there's some recasting in my future haha.



Lastly, I bought an MG Advanced Hazel to be the brother kit to this. Will create a new thread once this is 80% painted.
Title: Re: Ako Hobby Refined Barzam
Post by: FichtenFoo on September 10, 2020, 03:27:58 PM
Welcome back! Coming along quite nicely. Shame about the foot, but these things happen. :lol:
Title: Re: Ako Hobby Refined Barzam
Post by: Mrex-sgundam on September 14, 2020, 05:09:07 PM
True, there's always something that goes wrong. I've been away the past few days on vacation, but returned to a nice delivery of paints. I also have started building the Advanced Hazel as I just couldnt resist.

(https://i.imgur.com/turBhBy.jpg)


Added some fresh Light Gun Metal to the frame

(https://i.imgur.com/o8eBlFP.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/0iYruBc.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/uc9sVzU.jpg)

And lastly, I am planning on hand paintng this kit, as my partner is not big on me having a spray booth in the house, but maybe I can persuade her into letting me get an airbrush around Christmas.

(https://i.imgur.com/usyEbIX.jpg)

Can't wait to see how this turns out.
Title: Re: Ako Hobby Refined Barzam
Post by: Marc on September 15, 2020, 03:50:10 AM
Hand painting a MG, that's a project! I'm also planning on hand painting my current project, partly due to my compressor dying, and mostly because I crave the Kobayashi/Mak dirty laquer look (for which I think Mr Hobby paints are recommended), so I'll be following your progress!

Are you going for a clean finish or something weathered?
Title: Re: Ako Hobby Refined Barzam
Post by: Mrex-sgundam on September 15, 2020, 05:35:13 AM
To be completely honest, Im not 100% set, but preferably a clean look, but since its hand brushed, I may incorporate weathered elements to cover up any mistakes haha.

At the moment, I'm fleshing out a Diorama between the Refined Barzam and Advanced Hazel (something about them being mono eye suits held by Titans, but never actually being in the same Manga or OVA.)

I started painting the internals with Tamiya X-12 Gold Leaf.

(https://i.imgur.com/B4uiO4D.jpg)

I love it so far. I think the Mr. Color Red #3 will definitely make the leg internals pop on the pistons.

The suit armor will be the standard Titans Mk.II color scheme.
Title: Re: Ako Hobby Refined Barzam
Post by: Mrex-sgundam on September 16, 2020, 01:03:55 PM
So I started hand painting and may I see its quiet frustrating haha. So many coats I have to complete and I become OCD to try an obtain the smoothest finish.


(https://i.imgur.com/pp5znf9.jpg)



Here's the resin laser beam I purchased many years ago haha.

(https://i.imgur.com/Wj7Sfnw.jpg)


Also patching up the empty backside of the front skirts.

(https://i.imgur.com/WJJdFfb.jpg)
Title: Re: Ako Hobby Refined Barzam
Post by: Mrex-sgundam on September 21, 2020, 01:07:29 PM
So this concludes most of the progress. I have to cast a new foot, hunt down water decals, find "piping" for the  hoses I lost and lastly add a rust like wash to the kit to call it complete. Oh and I guess look for a nice wooden platform and shaft to display the piece.

Overall, I will say that I had a great time de-stressing while working on this kit. I will be purchasing an airbrush for the next kit, as I realize I am too impatient for hand-painting.


(https://i.imgur.com/hfBOIiZ.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/YNRfNT8.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/MXpS8G9.jpg)
Title: Re: Ako Hobby Refined Barzam
Post by: Marc on September 22, 2020, 12:42:10 PM
I'm wondering how the decals will react with the brush strokes? Some softener may help if you have trouble there.
Title: Re: Ako Hobby Refined Barzam
Post by: Mrex-sgundam on September 23, 2020, 05:47:54 AM
Not sure, I hope it holds up. Im also not sure who makes custom decals anymore.
Title: Re: Ako Hobby Refined Barzam
Post by: Marc on September 23, 2020, 08:48:53 AM
I know you can buy some special paper to do it yourself on a regular printer. I still have a sheet of AoZ decals I bought from someone here (Bawoo?).
Bandai makes AoZ decals though, that may be your safest bet.
Title: Re: Ako Hobby Refined Barzam
Post by: Mrex-sgundam on October 20, 2020, 04:09:58 AM
Took a little break after I finished hand painting most of the kit. I bought an airbrush in that time. Part of me wants to air brush it, but also likes the hand-brushed style. Very torn here.

As you can see there are still errors in the coat and I definitely want to learn from them, but it's my first painted kit.

(https://i.imgur.com/qf2kR0W.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/5uno1Hc.jpg)



I'm probably putting too much emphasis on "first kit", but Ill see how I feel after I air brush the Advanced Hazel.