Tuesday, August 26, 2014

RX 78-2 3.0 WIP part 2

I finished the painting the white, red and light red colors over the weekend. Last night I finished lining the white parts. Interestingly there are two sets of detail parts included in this kit. The current version of the 1/1 Gundam in Odaiba has the upgraded magnetic components.  

The central replacement core was masked to replicate the color scheme of the core fighter.

I performed a bit of masking to create grey backing to the shield. This is carried over red section of the shield as well.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Weekend WIP RX 78-2 3.0

Now here's something I haven't done in a while; a Weekend WIP. We've had a beautiful run of weather in my region over the last week, sunny skies and temperatures in the high 60s to low 70s (perfect painting weather in my opinion). It should be no surprise then that I've managed to get off my butt and get some painting done.

This is my first time building the RX 78-2 3.0 and I have to say it's a lovely detailed and complex model, but it's also fiddly and has way more parts that I would consider appropriate for a 1/100 model. This kit is currently about 30% painted.

I started by painting the frame the inner most areas are Star Bright Iron and the more outer structural components are Neutral Gray. I wanted to have a contrast of colors where-ever the armor splits to reveal the frame.

Aside from the frame I've finished the two different blue colors, some Star Bright Brass for the joint details and thruster interiors and I've started to paint some of the details of the kit by hand with gold enamel.

I even used a tooth pick to paint the little screen this section of the core fighter.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Completed Models up for sale or trade

Every so often I find myself in the position of having more models than space, when this happens I sell off a few of the kits to make room for new additions. That being said the time has come once again to sell off a few models.

If  you're interested in giving one of the models listed below a good home send me an email or leave a comment with an offer. I'm open to new gundam models hg, mg or rg or good ole'fashion cash. Shipping will be free to any buyers in the lower 48 states.

Kits for sale

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MG Age 2 Normal "Woolf Colors"

MG Astray Red Frame Kai

RG RX 78-2 Amuro Custom Color

Monday, August 11, 2014

MG Strike RM Complete

Considering how popular Gundam Seed was its surprising that this is the first time I've ever built a 1/100 scale Strike Gundam. The Strike RM is a fine kit with a good level of detail, a sturdy design and excellent pose-ability. I also really like the fact that the old Launcher and Sword packs still work for this design and can even be combined with the Aile pack to make the Perfect Strike. 

Kit Links

  If you're interested in picking up this kit or any of the add-ons I used to enhance it, consider using the Amazon links posted above. Anything you purchase from Amazon through my links helps me out tremendously and it doesn't cost you any extra!

Modeling Process

This Strike RM is fairly simple in terms of modification. Most of the detail work on this kit was accomplished with masking to add color separation, detail brush painting to highlight certain features and use of an option part behind the clear head camera for added detail. I also flipped the shoulder armor around to show off the side with more panel lines and other details. I also made some changes to the decal layout of the kit by taking the less is more approach. My opinion of the stock layout is that it's simply too busy. 

Strike 360

Aile Strike 360

Detail Shots

Action Shots

I recently received the Duel in a trade on Reddit, It's only decayed, line and top coated by it's  previous owner. I plan on stripping and painting it eventually.