Gaijin Gunpla

I had thought that I would be painting on December 26th and then realized the night of the 25th that I wasn’t prepared. There are quite a few things I need to take care of before the painting can start, such as scribing panel lines. But before I get to that…


More skirt butchery!

The Iron Man does not have these long pieces on it sides so I decided to shorten the ReZEL’s considerably. After cutting them in half I was left with the piece looking like this:

This still doesn’t look right. So I took the knife to it again.

That’s better. I’ll have to clean it up with some sandpaper before putting on the paint.

Now the elephant looks nothing like an elephant.

Now to the scribing. To be honest I was nervous about it. Last time I kind of half-assed it and although the result is pretty good for my first try on one of my early kits, The MG F91, I wanted to be able to produce a more polished look to show that I’ve come far from where I was when I built the F91.

To make smooth panel lines I needed a guide of some kind. Several people online mention a specific kind of tape that I have yet to find in Japan so I reached out to Gundam Guy and he sent some right over.


Pic doesn’t really show much, does it?

Neither does that one, so I’ll have to try to explain it in words.

Firstly, here’s what I brought to the table (literally) when I set about scribing panel lines into the ReZEL

That small piece is part of the Hasegawa Saw Scriber set that I picked up back when I was working on the F91 and the knife looking thing is a cutter I picked up at a home center near to my house. The plan of attack is to lay the tape down where I want the line to be, slowly use the serrated edge of the scriber saw to create a groove then widen it using the cutter. That’s the plan anyways…


Here’s the first piece with tape on.

By following the procedure I just described here is the result I was able to get.

I thought it looked pretty good so I set about doing the majority of pieces I had already penciled in.

Here’s the back of the torso. Yes, it occurred to me that this won’t be visible with the backpack on, but I thought I should do it anyways because Iron Man doesn’t have a backpack and if I want to show the ReZEL without one I should have at least done a proper job.


Cockpit hatch. Behind here will be the Palladium Core LED (hopefully).



Here are the two other pieces for the torso. I also did a couple lines in the head/face but failed to take a picture.

I was going to do the lines in the arms but after comparing the ReZEL’s arms with those of Iron Man I realized I need to do more than just scribe panel lines. I need to add plastic. So I will be working on that soon. The plan is to be painting starting on December 30th which is the first day of my week long holiday.

I hope.

Categories: Builds, MG, ReZEL

9 Responses so far.

  1. sonar says:

    Haha it’s funny you couldn’t find dymo tape there. We just had a Disney label maker madfe by Brother (Dymo’s competition in label makers I guess) sent over and it came with about 5 packs of the stuff, of which if I am lucky I may be able to appropriate one for myself ^^ This is a serious project mate. I’m very interested to see how it pulls together and I dare say it will leave the rest of us in the GB for dead in terms of advanced mods.

  2. Busterbeam says:

    hm… the scriber looks like a worth while tool to have. the tool i used to use broke. rusted in the summer humidity.

  3. Dennis says:

    Looking good so. Going to be sick looking when you’re done!.I see where your going with the scribing. I can’t wait to see the metallic red, then it will really llook like Iron Man. What are you doing about the red/maroon color? Are you painting it in Tamiya Silver Leaf first then clear red or did you find a metallic red to do the job?

    • syd says:

      Hi Dennis,

      I can’t find a red the right color/tone so I am going to go the Extra Finish Route if possible, with some slight changes. I’ll post about that when the time comes.

  4. Tom says:

    Are you making the panel linings similar to the Iron Man suit’s lines?

    • syd says:

      Hi Tom,

      That’s the objective. I want it to be noticeable where the inspiration came from without overdoing it and making it un-Gundamish (is that a word?)

  5. Priza says:

    First time I heard using a tape as a guide to scribe a panel lines,I always thought they make a line using a pencil first the scribe it.what kind of tape did you use?by the way, are you gonna use the led from HiQParts or are you going to make a DIY(Do It Yourself) Led circuit?This is gonna be awesome when it’s complete!

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