Gaijin Gunpla

First of all…

That’s awesome!

Zeta Newtype from GAF has put a unique spin on this Group Build. Check out his post on the Gundam Australia Blog. With hype this awesome, it’s difficult not to be driven to produce a superior result.  Now the pressure is on and I will have to 一生懸命頑張ります! (try my hardest.)

So, in between building an MG 00 Raiser and making up for lost time with my family and on COD with ASM, I’ve managed to find a couple days of good weather and spray the remainder of the frame, with the exception of the Dragoon frame parts. That’s a whole other ball game, right there.

As I did in the last post I’ll post some before and after pics. To paint the lame gold parts that are visible for the shoulders you will need to paint this piece.

Painting the large square part is a must and painting the under side might be a good idea but I didn’t deem it that important. I did, however, paint the small frame piece that supports the red armor piece that pops up.

So…

Before:

After:

Trying to get a shot of the small piece is difficult though.

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For the arms, you will need to paint these pieces.

The parts that are used for the joints in the elbow you can get away with just painting the front and back, leaving the sides alone. For the rest it’s best, and easiest, just to paint the whole thing.

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After:

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(Yes, there are some nubs there. I don’t really mind, though. I don’t really want the focus of this kit to be on the frame.)

When you bend the joint the painted gold is visible as well.

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I even painted the parts of the frame which extend holding the shield.

And because I had some time I thought I would get started on what will surely be a long endeavor; the Dragoons.

I cut the remainder off of the runners, assembled the latch (for lack of a better term) and then took sandpaper to them to remove the nubs. When I was doing this it occurred to me that I used to use sandpaper on every kit but now, more often than not, I just use the knife to remove nubs. It’s those kits that I want to put the extra effort into that get the sandpaper treatment now. I will be priming these over the weekend if the weather co-operates and then will be starting to turn them into Dragoons of Courage (I just made that term up right now.)

I also assembled the gimmick and won’t be painting these as they are tucked away inside the Dragoons.

Other than the Dragoons, I think the next step will be evaluating the kit after reassembling it compare it with the HG kit and start plotting paint strategy. In fact, I have already reassembled it. Check out the Group Build thread to see the newest pics. However, I may have to alter my original idea somewhat now that I have spent more time thinking about it but not enough that I am changing the initial idea.

With the rainy season on the way, if I really want to complete this on time and do the job I intend, I have decided that I may have to put aside some other projects to focus on the Perfect Grade. This might mean that the content on Gaijin Gunpla will be very PG heavy, but I will still try to get some other stuff done so that everyone doesn’t suffer from PG overload.

Categories: Builds, Courage

7 Responses so far.

  1. sonar says:

    I’m not mad at PGSF heavy content 😉 beating the wet has got to be a priority if you are to make the deadline.

  2. Dennis says:

    I like the gold paint your using to cover the “lame gold”. Who makes it?

  3. Zeta Newtype says:

    This is definitely some exciting stuff to be apart of, thanks for the support Syd!

  4. ChopperDave says:

    Question, I just ordered my PGSF and I want to paint the lame gold runners, I was planning on using Tamiya TS-84 and some Tamiya TS-79 Semi-Gloss clear, but was unsure if one can of each would be enough, should I order two cans or just one of each?

    • syd says:

      The Tamiya cans of topcoat are fairly small so you will probably need more than one can.

      • ChopperDave says:

        I assume you mean both are small since both cans are 100ml. So I’ll go with two of each. Thanks for the quick reply!

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