MBF-P03 Astray Blue Frame Second L completed

After a very long time in progress the no grade 1/100 Astray Blue Frame Second L from a Gundam Seed side-story is finally complete. Don’t have much else to add from what I already written in previous posts, so all that is left is to show his complete form.

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MBF-P03 Astray Blue Frame Second L [WIP] : Final Update

This guy has been far too long in progress so lets give an update on its adventures.

Getting Blue

This guy is a looker, even though the meanwhile released master grade version, is a considerable improvement this version is not a total slouch, being that its main problems in the looks department are, in my opinion its proportions.

As you can see in the Snap Review I did previously this kit doesn’t lack detail, but it does have some parts (allot) moulded in the wrong colour and that, needs to be corrected.

There was a considerable amount of tough masking to get this guy right, just check how it looks in a first phase of painting his fingers.

Masking this was a challenge.

And since absurd amounts of masking weren’t enough I had to make it even more interesting by losing the piece for the eye and had to scratch build a replacement.

Well, I wouldn’t call it quite a scratch built part, but I cut the eyes sticker to serve as a template put them on some pla plate and trimmed to size. Then it as a matter of sticking the pieces in place and filling the space with a bit of putty.

I can see again !!

I also tried paint the sensors by hand with some silver and clear green but that didn’t go as well as I expected. I have to get an alternative method to get better results. If anyone has advice please, I would appreciate it very much.


Now with a stylish hat

With the body assembled painted and detailed, now all that is left is to wait for the first opportunity to top coat it. I’m planning on top coating with semi gloss clear, so its final paint job look won’t be much different from what you can see in these pictures, but stay tuned and tell me what you think.



The Iron Keep is back !

Indeed, after years of inactivity, I resurrected this blog and cleaned it up a bit. No longer will it be a generalist blog as before but it will now be 100% dedicated to my model kit building hobby.

In this time, I have not dedicated much time to my models, due to this or that stepping in the way, but I plan to make a good dent on the huge to do pile of kits that I collected over the years, starting now.

Although not much, my model building was not completely in stasis, having recently finished the long in progress, Astray Blue Frame and the White Glint, from Kotobukiya’s Armored Core line. I’m also currently assembling the original Gundam, RX 78-2 in its real grade form, and I must say, that it’s awesome.

I’ll be posting WIP posts for both the Blue Frame and White Glint before I show their completed forms, but for now I’ll be leaving a couple of teaser pictures:

MBF-P03 Astray Blue Frame Second L : Snap Review

My next kit, the 1/100 Seed, Astray Blue Frame Second L. This is a MSV design from a side story which exists only on paper medium, which mean it was never intended to be animated and it certainly shows.

Building the Blitz, I learned that no matter how well you think you studied the parts and manual, snap fitting is still important, so I took the chance to put together a small post to talk about the kit itself and not the building process, so if you want to see this one painted you will have to wait some months (my last one was only 6 hehe).

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