Yamato 2199 1/1000 – Completed

 

And it’s done. Not the best kit from Bandai but it’s still a very high quality one and no fault at all on the looks. The only really big flaw is the fit on the tower as you can easily see with the big gap. Had I tested it before painting and final assembly it would have been an easy fix. besides that for anyone thinking on building one, I recommend that you assemble the whole hull as well as the decks, because when you snap those in place you need to apply quite a bit of pressure that can damage the work on the seems.

The colours I used :

Lower hull: eye balled mix of Mr Color Red (several tones), dark yellow and a dash of black.

Upper hull: eye balled mix of Mr Color  Neutral Grey, Intermediate  Blue and a dash of red and black.

Observation decks, windows and whatnot: Vallejo Model Air Chrome with Vallejo Model Color Transparent Green on top.

To finish it up I applied some washes with a couple of AK Interactive products.

Tell me what you think 🙂

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Yamato 2199 1/1000 WIP #3 – All Built up

Continuing in my slow pace the ship is all built up and ready for primer and paint. As I’ve said previously I was really not expecting so much work, but this kit has a lot of gaps to fill and a ton of parts with mould lines in inappropriate places that need to be cleaned up. All in all not the best Bandai kit, actually from those I’ve built this is the worst. Still it builds up to a very good looking Yamato on 1000th scale so it’s hardly a bad kit just a bit inferior to what I’m used from Bandai.

Note that the front piece of the tower is not completely in place since I will need to remove it for painting and it would be impossible to do so if it was firmly in place.

Anyway here are a couple of pics. Enjoy and leave a comment 🙂

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Yamato 2199 1/1000 WIP #2 – Filling gaps

     Slow and steady she goes. I’ve been working on the hull, cleaning up and filling gaps, and I can tell you that his is allot more work than I was expecting.

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There are two main problems here. One is that in order to have the colour separation there are allot more parts than would be needed otherwise. The second is that, to make it a snap fit, the actual fit of the parts gets affected in various ways.

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The underside had a considerably large seam that needed filling. Them seam was over 1mm it the furthest. Not terrible to fix.

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This one was much worse, specially since that section is loose without any support, which means that a slight mishandle would ruin all the work. It did happen a couple of times.

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With that out of the way I started on the hangar, which fits nicely in it’s slot. The problem is that the section of the hull that goes over this, needs to be puttied on the upside to cover a seam, but if that is done it will be impossible to uncover this part of the ship closing off the engine and hangar.

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It’s somewhat of a pity but I’ll just display the hangar outside and close the ship to have every seam fixed.

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Still quite a lot of work ahead. I thought this would be a quicker build but that just means that I will squeeze more hours out of it 😉

Yamato 2199 1/1000 WIP #1 – A look at the sprues

 

For certain reasons the Shadow Fox will have to be put on hold for a while, but I’m not keeping still. I have a little 1/24 car on the works and now I’m starting this little beauty, Bandai’s 1/1000th Space Battleship Yamato 2199

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Not a big box but packed. After I took the pieces out to check em I can no longer close it heh.

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The minuscule anti fighter/flak guns, are quite impressive considering the size. I just hope I don’t break or loose any.

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Some Transparent pieces if someone wants to light it up.

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This sprue doesn’t look like the Yamato and indeed it isn’t. It’s a Gamillas carrier that is included as a bonus.

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The main weapons. They look really sharp and detailed and the larger gun barrels are hollowed out. Really nice stuff.

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The underside of the ship. Sharp details should give it a really good look after a wash or two.

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Fighters. Really intimidating. With this size I don’t know how I will paint them … They do look really good.

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The rear of the deck and the base for the bridge superstructure.

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The main sections of the hull, again with some very nice detailing and besides some tide marks (which will disappear after painting) there is no problem with the plastic.

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Antennae, the bridge and assorted pieces that go around with the same consistent quality as previous parts.

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And to finish it off we have the display pieces with the stand, the fighter hangar and engine, both of which can be shown with the removal of a couple of pieces from the hull.

All in all an excellent looking kit. Can’t wait to get started.

 

MSN-001A1 Delta Plus MG WIP #4

With the end firmly in sight the works continues.
Added some decals from Samuel Decal.

Can’t say I’m overly impressed. They smudge all the minor details so none of the text is readable. The film if pretty thin so they don’t look like ugly stickers at least.

I really like the design of the head.

The colar area with the two shades of chrome, though the effect is not a noticeable on this picture as it is live

Get me some legs ;D You can see a bit of the eyes here. They are made in an unusual way having the out side portion smooth and the eyes them selves carved in the inside of the clear piece. I put a reflective tape behind painted the borders of the eyes black in the inside and the outside was airbrushed clear blue.

The feet have almost as many parts as a leg but most of their detail gets hidden.

And now the whole body still without its wings or equipment.

And with everything laid out.

The decals that went on the shield are much better than the other ones. Basically bigger shapes look great while the small warning signs look like crap.

Anyway, all that’s left is to finish the gun and apply some clear in a couple of areas. Will be finished by the weekend as planned.

MSN-001A1 Delta Plus MG WIP #3

I have never painted so much in a single weekend, but the Delta Plus’s armour is almost finished.

I started with gloss black as a primer, which went on quite nicely. On top of this applied Alclad Chrome, doing it a bit lighter in some sections to create different tones.

To protect everything sprayed Alclad Aqua Gloss which did mute a little bit of the Chrome’s shine, but on the positive side in made everything more homogeneous, making small imperfections disappear.

And finally when the clear was cured, I sprayed Alclad Transparent Blue in some parts. It’s pretty amazing the amount of paint needed to get the correct tone. For the Chrome I spent about 1/4 to 1/5 of the bottle for all the pieces, but for the few blue ones I needed almost half the bottle.

Next will be finishing the gun and top coating the blue pieces. Should be finished in a day or two.

MSN-001A1 Delta Plus MG WIP #2

And the Delta Plus saga continues, so far without any incident, let’s see if I can keep this up until the end. Since I’ve been occupied with other stuff, much of the process is, unfortunately, not documented.

The progress has not been bad though. All the parts have been cut test fitted and a good deal of them cleaned. I started by the inner frame which is painted using alclads over a custom mix of surfacer and black Mr Color.

The notable thing about this guy inner frame is that they designed the joints with just enough clearance for a thin layer of paint, and as such moving the elbows and knees does absolutely no damage to the paint. Tough it would not be necessary for the inner frame I feared that I would need to do quite a bit of sanding in the armour in order to avoid scrapping the paint in the joints, but it seems that it shouldn’t be necessary. That said I’ll still sand the armour a bit as precaution.

Next steps are cleaning the remaining pieces of armour, primer, paint the black base and then the fun part. Hope all goes well, or else I’ll no be able to finish this guy in time 🙂