Yamato 2199 1/1000 WIP #3 ‚Äď 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 ūüôā

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Yamato 2199 1/1000 WIP #2 ‚Äď 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 ūüėČ

Academy 1/35 M113, Portuguese BiMec APC WIP #2

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And after a bit more work on this kit representing the BiMec 403 car, I got it to look a bit like the real deal.

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After painting the base colour with ZModels Olive green I added the markings. Some of the decals didn’t turn out that good, with some silvering here and there. I am not completely pissed with it because the real car¬†actually¬†shows some as well, it seems some of the markings are stickers. Still I’ll have to cut some more of the transparent film next time.

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For the optics I painted the¬†infra-red¬†ones with Tamiya gloss black and used AK 2.3 mm optics for the others. It’s a simple addition but it really gives a nice look.

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With the markings in place time for some Tamiya flat clear to cut some of the shine. After drying I gave it a good wash of burnt umber. It’s somewhat discreet but you can see some dirt where the wash accumulated. I kinda like the effect.

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Time now to paint some more bits and bobs like the stop light and the tracks in the front as well as the periscopes. At my eyes at the time they looked fine but seeing the pictures I noticed that I definitely should have made a better work out of them.

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Previously I had also added some photo-etch to the engine grills on top. Again it is a simple addition that gives an instant boost to the looks of the model.

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With most of the painting done it was now a matter of adding a couple more touches by drilling the machine gun nozzle and making an antennae with stretched sprue.

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It’s almost done. I plan on adding just a touch more wear with some more oils and pigments as well as making a small terrain.

Thank you for watching.

HMM RZ-046 Shadow Fox ‚Äď WIP #4

This will just a small update as I’ve been unable to put any work on the fox for a while. Even what I’m going to show here is a couple of weeks old.

But anyway, the base coat for the main gun is complete and I am extremely happy with the result. The custom shade I asked Plamo Colour is spot on. The paint was a bit tougher than my usual Mr. Color to paint but I think that with a bit of retarder it will work almost the same. Regardless the finish is beautiful.

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I had to redo the seams and prime a couple of times but in the end it was worth it. There is just a hint of the seam line in the peg but since that will go into another part that doesn’t worry me one bit ūüôā

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When I have the whole fox assembled I’ll try and detail this further so I hope that it will look even better when I’m done, but for now I’m really quite happy.

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Slow but steady the fox keeps moving along.

Got some sections of the gun together with several bits in a lighter metallic colour than what I’ll use for the frame, in this case Alclad Aluminium.

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The hydraulics also had their basecoat complete,

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Next I painted the n caps, which are, well caps that cover many of the joints. These where painted Alclad Gunmetal and the inner bar MM Gold. Still need to retouch the gold in some of them but pay in mind that these are tiny with less than half a centimetre of diameter.

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Also have the support sections for the gun ready for painting. There where a few seam lines to fix which also had to get some putty since they didn’t join perfectly flush, making it hard for the glue to completely seal some parts.

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And that’s it for now. Next update I’ll have the gun assembled .

Thanks for watching.

HMM RZ-046 Shadow Fox – WIP #1

Here’s my next challenge, a giant mecha fox from Kotobukiya’s Highend Model Master line of model kits ;D.

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Without further ado let’s take a look at the parts.

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It’s not a big kit, I would say that it’s more or less the equivalent of a small master grade for those that are familiar with those kits :P, still it has quite a bit more detail and intricacies than most gundams, which obviously comes with a cost.

Leg axles
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All these parts make the axles where the legs will attach with the body. Even though they will never be seen those “disk brakes” (or whatever they are) are quite detailed. The torso is made in a somewhat smart way since it doesn’t have any seam line, which I find curious as most of it will be covered by the armour and the rest of the body and legs. Regardless this means that the blue section on top, where the gun will attach can be painted without worrying with masking when it comes time to paint the body.

The cockpit
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The poor guy doesn’t have a proper chair but it does have a sort of console. The figure comes pre painted and I’m not going to bother with him. For now, figures (specially such tiny ones) are out of my league.

Left side of the head
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The head is sexy and certainly foxy :D. One thing I don’t understand is why Kotobukiya bothered moulding the inner section of the ears separately.To have the inside of the ear in the proper colour masking is still needed so this strikes me as useless.

Right side of the head
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The fit for the pilot is incredibly tight, I would certainly not want to pilot that thing is such a cramped cockpit.
Some care is needed to have everything going in the right place in the right way or else the halves won’t join properly. For some places of this assembly I will certainly be using some glue as they don’t give me too much confidence.

Front Leg
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Sexy leg, but it’s possible to see here some of the most annoying seam lines, in the armour below the vent and in the frame at the joint area. Though I didn’t take a picture of the back side, it suffers from the same problem, also the feet and the anchors also have seam lines that will need to be filled. The fit is tight and very precise so a little bit of tamiya extra thin will do the trick but for the armour, masking will be required.
Also note that the knee disks are moulded in blue and will also need to be painted in the appropriate colour. This happens on all four legs.

Front Body
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The only place where we are given separate parts for the meshed areas

Gun
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The fox is not heavily armed but that is one cool looking weapon. Not clear in the picture but the main part of the barrel, behind the 4 tubes, must go in before closing the light blue halves that make up the support structure. Unfortunately these blue parts have seams to fix, so I will have to either use a lot of masking or I’ll modify the part in order to be able to slide the gun inside the structure. I will most likely mod the piece, it’s not a complicated procedure in this case.

The neck
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Good range of motion, no visible seam lines, but those disks need to be gold, while the inside is still blue. That will be fun, I like masking circular areas.

Some details more details
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To finish just a close up on two parts that show two of the main characteristics of this kit. One of those is the detail, there is allot that one can do to bring more life into this plastic. On the other hand some of those details really need to be worked on to have the proper look like the disks in the leg armour and the mesh that exists all over the body.

Next steps will be painting the piping as well as the golds and silvers before tackling the main body sections and armour as well as start fixing some seams in the inner body parts.

Thanks for watching.

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.