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Model Gallery / 1/8 Seras Victoria
« on: May 27, 2009, 08:08:18 PM »
It's finally finished. This is my first figure kit and I've been working on it for a long time since I've been trying to learn a lot of techniques, mostly from everything FilmMkr shows on here.

I got this kit from e2046 and it was a decent recast, but the wing part was a pain to clean up. The painting went fairly smoothly, but there were a few mistakes that required me to strip a part and repaint. I tried to emulate the techniques that FichtenFoo used on the lighthouse for my base.

Overall I think it's not too bad for a first figure kit. I've built two gundam kits before this, but I think this is the first kit I'm relatively satisfied with.

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Model In-Progress / 1/8 Seras Victoria
« on: May 19, 2009, 09:57:29 PM »
This is my first resin kit, and a lot of firsts for other things too. I've built two gundam kits in the past, but I wasn't completely satisfied with the paint job so I was hesitant on posting it on the forums. Hopefully I'll be able to get some feedback on this as I go. I hope to improve and pick up new techniques with each kit.

The full write up is on my blog:
1/8 Seras Victoria WIP 1

Dioramas / Rods for displays
« on: June 28, 2006, 09:38:24 PM »
So ummm...I was thinking of making a base for a Gundam model I'm working on but I'm not quite sure about the rod. It appears that the most common to use are brass and plastic rods. I can find brass rods (hollow), but I'm not quite sure on what type of plastic rods (specific type of plastic?). Also, are most of the plastic rods able to be bent upon heating so that you can create a rod like what FF did for the Reginae? One last thing - about what diameter rod would be needed to support the weight of a Gundam model (1/100 HG for mine right now, but also MGs for future reference)?

Painting/Priming / Airbrushing and paint
« on: June 27, 2006, 06:04:43 PM »
I was airbrushing today (my first time airbrushing a model) and pretty much used up 2/3 a bottle of Tamiya flat white (23 mL size) on half a model  - the HG 1/100 Tallgeese III. I'm painting it based off the colors on the box, so more than 1/2 the model is white. I was wondering if I am wasting too much paint or something when I'm airbrushing. I skewered all the pieces, but when I paint I pick up each individual skewer so that I don't get overspray on the other pieces. I'm trying to follow the FF airbrush guide and apply it on in layers with the ratio of 3 parts paint: 2 parts alcohol. I was only able to get like 2 coats on the pieces using 2/3 of the bottle. I have a feeling that I may be doing something wrong.

Tools / Tools for sanding
« on: June 25, 2006, 06:22:04 PM »
Hi, I'm new to building Gundam models and I ran into some trouble during the sanding. I am currently working on a HG 1/100 Tallgeese III (I decided to start out with a simpler, cheaper model). I did not have that much trouble using a sanding stick with 400 grit sandpaper and Tamiya basic putty for most of the seams. However, on the bottom of the foot is where I had trouble with sanding down the excess plastic when I glued the two halves together. The places that I am trying to sand have a lot of detail around them such as raised or recessed areas. I am wondering if there are any good tools or ways of sanding those areas.

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