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Model In-Progress / Re: 1/8 Seras Victoria
« on: May 21, 2009, 09:19:13 AM »
The red was not from either the OVA/manga or the anime. The original PVC figure came in red and I'm really not sure why they didn't go with the blue from the anime or the yellow from the manga.

I think it's easier to get a better result with a thicker layer of plaster to work with. In order to get a thicker layer I built the cardboard box around the base. It wasn't that accurate - I basically cut the cardboard to about the right length and just taped it together using regular scotch tape. Then I just poured in the plaster and let it dry. I took the cardboard off after about an hour since I didn't want the plaster sticking to the cardboard. It turns out the plaster didn't stick to the base either so I had to use a few drops of superglue to secure it.

I ended up spraying another coat of the flesh tone to lighten up the shading and make it a little more subtle.

Model In-Progress / Re: 1/100 MG Kampfer
« on: May 20, 2009, 06:25:37 PM »
Wow, very shiny. My goal is to be able to get a paintjob as smooth as that. The only thing I noticed is that the stripe on the antenna doesn't look like it was masked very sharply. Other than that great job with the paint job so far.

Model In-Progress / Re: 1/8 Seras Victoria
« on: May 20, 2009, 12:30:11 PM »
The shading looks harsher in the picture than in person. I might do another coat of flesh tone to blend it together though.

I've been watching your figure builds and noticed that you were also using the same type of base (square with some plaster on top). I really wanted the end result to look good so I spent about an hour already on the plaster getting all the grooves and stuff.

What color are you going to paint her uniform? Anime blue or OVA yellow?

I'm definitely going with the OVA colors. Yellow uniform, white stockings, and brown gloves. I didn't really care much for the anime after reading the manga. The OVA does a much better job following the story so I'm partial to the manga/OVA color scheme  :D

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

Model In-Progress / Re: MG Sinanju Type Ka
« on: May 10, 2009, 07:12:06 PM »
The shading on the fuel pods are a bit heavy for my tastes. I prefer the shading that is blended in a bit more to make it more subtle. But hey, it's your model so do whatever you want.

Model Gallery / Re: SD Guncannon
« on: May 06, 2009, 11:31:36 PM »
The streaks of light look like reflection off the surface of the backdrop. I assume it's some sort of semi-glossy paper. Think of the Fimly style photography except swap out a darker color for the paper.

Wow, did you scratch build all of those from your own designs? If so, I'm even more impressed. I really like the painting, the color choices are good and the weathering is just the right amount.

Model Gallery / Re: MG Kampfer - BAKUC Grand Champion 2008
« on: March 07, 2009, 03:20:12 PM »
Great attention to details! I love all the little posters such as the Art of War and I Want YOU for Zeon. My only suggestion would be to have sharpened the spikes a bit. Just curious, what was the inspiration (if any) for the color scheme?

Model In-Progress / Re: HG Wing Gundam Zero Custom 1/100
« on: February 10, 2009, 07:11:15 PM »
Actually, it looks like there is still a seam on the second leg piece from the left on the bottom picture. It's right in the middle.

Model In-Progress / Re: HG Wing Gundam Zero Custom 1/100
« on: February 09, 2009, 02:51:48 PM »
From what I can tell it looks like there are still some seam lines. Any plans to remove them or did you maybe just miss a few?

You can get good results with hand painting, but I think the rule is that you need to make sure the paints are sufficiently thinned (this applies to airbrushing as well so it is not exclusive to hand brushing). This means that it will take several coats to cover the part. Did you think the Tamiya at all when you brushed it on? I've used Tamiya before and it's a little thick for brushing on so I would suggest thinning the paint next time. You should also try to skewer the parts so that you can minimize touching it with your hands.

Model Gallery / Re: Musha Gundam First MG Kit
« on: January 10, 2009, 04:14:26 PM »
The colors used make this look like something from LEGO  :razz: ....especially the rifle.

Model In-Progress / Re: SD Freedom Gundam
« on: December 31, 2008, 09:42:28 PM »
Just curious....are you planning on smoothing out that piece you have that's masked? It looks like the surface is not too smooth.

Model Gallery / Re: schnabelgun
« on: December 20, 2008, 05:13:20 PM »
Great job on this MAC. Congrats on winning the E2046 contest.

Model Gallery / Re: 1/35 Zeon Mobile Scout
« on: December 04, 2008, 02:17:49 PM »
Not bad...paint job looks pretty good. It would be nice if you could post some closeups showing the weathering and other details. The weathering on the fin blades looks nice.

Model Gallery / Re: 1/35 Tamiya Willy's Jeep
« on: November 02, 2008, 04:45:52 PM »
Great attention to detail! I love the inclusion of the map. You should get some dirt on the wheels and put it in some diorama or at least on a wooden display with some mud and dirt tracks.

Model In-Progress / Re: MG Gundam Wing KA -- Custom colors
« on: October 27, 2008, 01:29:29 PM »
I have had some troubles with changing the base color to something else

That sounds like you should try priming the kit even though in your first post you said that the kit was primed. I really like the red for the kit...the clear over the metallic really makes it stand out. Very precise masking, good job!

Model Gallery / Re: MSZ006 Ver.Ed -Kai-
« on: October 16, 2008, 04:20:19 AM »
Wow....I'm always so impressed by your work. You are so skilled at scratchbuilding, it still amazes me that a lot of the time you're working with HGUC and not MG kits. I really like the gun and the overall slimmed down look - it really makes it look a lot sleeker. Great job on the backpack and as usual the paintjob is perfect. You think you can show a more detailed process of making those pistons and internal rods, etc.? I have a feeling it might be easier than I think it is...

Model In-Progress / Re: Marasai
« on: August 03, 2008, 12:44:13 PM »
I really like the picture of the shoulder. The red looks really nice, glad it worked out in the end. Are those the Adler Spikes?

Model In-Progress / Re: Ryo-Ohki!
« on: June 01, 2008, 08:29:47 AM »
I just did a google image search of "Ryo Ohki ship" and came up with a decent image on the first page (it's actually of the transformation process, but the last part of it would be what you would be interested in.

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