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Comment by Paperdaniel on January 6, 2012 at 12:34pm

the matte varnish was an exceptional move. keeping the reflective surfaces down to a minimum makes this thing hella real looking. i have seen these done very realistic and also over the top shiny like a badmotorscooter. i like both styles and think modeling in general is super cool. its a definately dieing art in america according to the old dude at my local hobby shop. and he should now dieing artforms - - because i have seen his obsessive train collection and train set-up. peoples gotta keep this stuff alive. its awesome. got kids? pass it on down to them.

Comment by Ben Mininberg on January 5, 2012 at 9:28pm

Thanks for the nice comments, guy.  This was a quickie project while some more important stuff was in progress, but I had a blast with it.  For technique stuff, I assembled and cleaned up the kit as normal to see what would and would not need to be painted, and then broke it back down to armor parts and the frame.  The exposed frame areas were done with a simple treatment of detail painting, drybrushing, and washes to bring out detail.

The armor was all mounted on holders and airbrushed.  The silver areas were originally white.  The dark silver parts were painted with Smoke metallic and then a highlight of gunmetal, while the bright silver parts were a basecoat of gunmetal with a heavier highlight of Silver.  The red was just the Hawaii set red highlighted with regular read, and the blue was painted with a couple oddball pearl blues I had, maybe the micrometallic set color and one of the KotM colors?  The yellow is actually the plastic color with some gold pearl.  From there, everything was glosscoated, and then when dry I assembled everything.  Most of the armor and major parts got glued, so the kit does not come back apart.  Then I did all of the decals, which took a while.  A little bit of weathering and additional detail work was done with acrylics, and then I sprayed the whole thing with matte varnish and was good to go.  The end result looks pretty complex, but it was really just the result of breaking the whole process down into simple steps that anyone could copy.

Comment by Dead Presidents on January 5, 2012 at 9:31am

Ben ! Perfection. Not sure if you posted your process of painting it already . Could you share some of it with us ? 

Comment by Paperdaniel on January 4, 2012 at 3:30pm

mine dont come out quite like this. this is total masterclass. i can almost smell the blaster plasma. and i love the smell of blaster plasma in the morning. 

Comment by Seth Longmire on January 4, 2012 at 1:55pm

Woah, you've been busy.  That's masterclass work.

Comment by Paperdaniel on January 3, 2012 at 12:45pm

whole lot of attitude for something under a foot tall. you actually get the feel of a well armed towering bad-ass robot when you see these models up close. i like to build them for many reasons, and not just because they look freakin awesome next to japanese vinyl(and they sooo do). my fave thing about building the mg gundams, is just to marvel at the engineering and design while i build them up. they are insanely designed with ocd-like attention to detail and component articulation. i was in total awe the first time i built up one of these in the mid 90's, and i still buzz just as hard off them now. a shin musha sits halfway finished on my desk to remind me how much i love these kits. i see you love them too.

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