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« on: March 27, 2006, 04:52:46 PM »
Hey everyone.  I'm working on detailing a Leopard Destroy kit.  Here's his head:


I'm mainly in the construction/seam-filling stage right now and I'm running into all kinds of problems.  Maybe you can give me some suggestions.
How do you sand and fill seams in those tiny deep crevices without destroying the details?


If I must sand off the details, how can I put them back or recreate them?  Maybe hide them?
This Leopard D has vents like this all over the place and that seam is annoying the fool out of me.  Any suggestions would be most appreciated.
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« Reply #1 on: March 27, 2006, 05:02:13 PM »
For seams such as those, it may be easiest to cut out some styrene (plastic sheets) to the size of the internal section, possibly add some details, and place it over the existing detail...

Or, before assembly of the parts, you cut out the internal detail of once side, glue it to the other side, sand down the seam, then put the two pieces back together... if you cut it just right, you won't see the cut on the other side.

Or you can just use some very small files, sandpaper, or hobby knife to scrape the seam away after you glue it together....

One thing I really like about the newer HGUC's is that they remove the seams from internal details as much as they can... one part of a two piece section would have the entire internal detail, instead of splitting and making the modeler work with an internal seam.

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« Reply #2 on: March 27, 2006, 05:37:58 PM »
Doh!  I should have posted sooner.  The legs are already glued together.  :cry:
I may be able to cut out the rear "grill" and glue some sheet styreen from the back.

I'll remember your suggestions for the future.
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« Reply #3 on: March 27, 2006, 06:03:21 PM »
for grilles like that, you should be able to go to your local hobby store, and buy some ribbed styrene sheet, to recreate these details.  Just cut out an appropriately shaped piece, put it in the opening, and viola!

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« Reply #4 on: March 29, 2006, 06:33:34 AM »
Thank guys!  I stopped by the hobby store last night and followed fulcy's advice.  Worked like a charm.  I'll post pictures later this evening and update my In-Progress thread.

From now on, I think I'll try gamerabaenre's before assembly method.

Thanks again!
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« Reply #5 on: March 29, 2006, 07:44:22 AM »
That's one of the reasons why it's so much easier to work on the newer MG and HGUC, it's simply saves headaches such as these.  When I did the Leopard I just left them there... :oops:

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« Reply #6 on: March 29, 2006, 12:31:46 PM »
It's sad when you become spoiled by bandai's snap together ease, new HGUC designs, etc...

Working on my Denon Zon a year or so back, I felt the pains of hard to reach seams....I'm just glad resin is so soft... I can easily scrap away mold lines, rescribe details, for such areas.... damn hard bandai plastics.  Oh the days of not having to do a complete test fit build because... you just knew it was going to fit together nicely.  I still have an old V2 kit and 144 Zugok-E from the first 0080 run - I should just give them away... I'm never going to build those.

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« Reply #7 on: March 29, 2006, 12:46:38 PM »
Quote from: "gamerabaenre"
I still have an old V2 kit and 144 Zugok-E from the first 0080 run - I should just give them away... I'm never going to build those.


I'll take the V2 if you're serious. ;-)
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« Reply #8 on: March 29, 2006, 05:32:18 PM »
i'll second that!
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« Reply #9 on: March 29, 2006, 05:40:04 PM »
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Quote from: "gamerabaenre"
I still have an old V2 kit and 144 Zugok-E from the first 0080 run - I should just give them away... I'm never going to build those.


I'll take the V2 if you're serious. ;-)


Just took a look at the kit.  V2 Assult Gundam, 1/100 scale.  Man I don't even remember when I picked this up, or why for that matter.  Design is decent, but I know I'm never gonna build it.  It's missing the instruction sheet, but I'm sure you're resourceful enough to remedy that via other means.  PM me your info and I'll send this along.

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« Reply #10 on: March 29, 2006, 07:16:16 PM »
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Quote from: "FichtenFoo"
Quote from: "gamerabaenre"
I still have an old V2 kit and 144 Zugok-E from the first 0080 run - I should just give them away... I'm never going to build those.


I'll take the V2 if you're serious. ;-)


Just took a look at the kit.  V2 Assult Gundam, 1/100 scale.  Man I don't even remember when I picked this up, or why for that matter.  Design is decent, but I know I'm never gonna build it.  It's missing the instruction sheet, but I'm sure you're resourceful enough to remedy that via other means.  PM me your info and I'll send this along.


Thanks Gam! I'n your honor, I'll take a pic of it feeling something up when done. ;-) So... anyone got some V2 instrustions to send me? :lol:
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« Reply #11 on: March 30, 2006, 03:13:09 AM »
Depends which V2 I have sitting on my shelf downstairs - I believe it's the same one...

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« Reply #12 on: March 31, 2006, 06:32:44 AM »
Try dalong.net? but maybe the kit is too old that he hasn't reviewed it.
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« Reply #13 on: March 31, 2006, 06:35:25 AM »
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Try dalong.net? but maybe the kit is too old that he hasn't reviewed it.


That was the first place I looked. :wink: It was released in '93 so I doubt he'll do it any time soon. I still need to check 1999.
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« Reply #14 on: March 31, 2006, 10:57:58 PM »
Those are some nifty hints Gammy, I never would have thought of it.


And, is that Zugok-E still up for grabs?  :roll:
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« Reply #15 on: April 01, 2006, 09:51:59 PM »
I can scan my V2A model kit assembly. I should still have it laying around, if you can't find it anywhere.