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Monday, September 25, 2017

Gundam the Origin HG Zaku 2 High-Mobility-Type Black Tri-Stars


Introduction:


This is the second kit that I have given away as a free commission to one of my patrons on Patreon since I started it back in May. I've decided that I will randomly give away free commissions to my Patreons at completely random intervals.

I was excited to hear that the winner David chose this kit. The Ortega version of  the Zaku Origin comes with some really interesting parts and I knew that this kit would be both rewarding and challenging!

Kit Talk:


During the lead up to a new project I usually complete some 'homework' before diving into a new build. usually this involes checking out Dalong.net to review the manuals and runners and looking at completed example images on Google. I was surpised at first that there are not a lot of completed examples of this kit online. After building it however, I think I know why... This kit has really ackward seamlines running down both sides of the legs. Fusing and filling these seams was a total pain in the butt! My process for fixing this isn't ideal, but it did work.
  1. Prime and paint the inner frame
  2. Prime and paint the outer armor
  3. Assemble all parts of the lower leg
  4. Mask the inner frame
  5. Fuse the outer armor
  6. Apply putty if needed
  7. Prime and paint the outer armor
  8. Touch up the inner frame if needed
This seamline wouldn't stop me from building this kit again. But, it would definitely frustrate me just as much.

Aside from the area the only other element that needs to be modified are the forearms, machine gun and super heat hawk.

I opted to use a more subdued color scheme on this kit compared to the Black Tri-star custom completed last week. I think the colors chosen on this build make it look more realistic by comparison.




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Photos:




The white pin striping on the feet and spikes are not canonical but they add a lot to the design and help to break up the large navy blue areas.


















The details on both sides of the legs were carefully hand painted.