[Since my last Reader Submission I have received quite a few emails from Gunplars looking to submit their own works. More than expected. It was my desire to keep a Reader Submission post, in its own special spot, for a longer period of time so that it gets maximum exposure for the person who generously shared it with us. Up until now this wasn’t a problem as the submissions were sparse but as they started coming in at a faster rate I realized that I need to change my approach and so I have put the RS section in the right column so that as newer RS posts go up the prior posts are still accessible.
Which brings us to Mark. He first emailed me some time ago and even sent the pictures and everything (60 MB worth!) so now he will be the first RS post in the new format. The floor is yours, Mark.]
Well, i’m still new to gunpla although i started when i was like 10 years old, but all i did when i was younger was build, play with it, put back into box and forget. It wasn’t until the start of last year when i was 14, that i saw a model(can’t remember where) beautifully built with the awesome paint job, the decals everywhere, custom built parts and all the awesome stuff and i stared at it like this 0__0. I was shocked, actually, back then i didn’t know you could do that with gunpla -__-” After seeing that piece of awesome work, i wanted to do more then just build it and play with it, i wanted to take it to the next level, to bring the best out of it. With that in mind, i scoured through the internet for tutorials, coming across Danny Choo’s tutorial and Gaijin Gunpla and many others. And after a year, i can say i have progressed a lot through many failures(especially with the flat topcoat, even with this model), but enough of the boring history of a beginner and on to the model(about time -__-)
For this model, i wanted to try out some new stuff i learnt ^^ This build was not painted except for the tiny details missing and the GM rifle which i spray painted tamiya gunmetal(learnt spray painting through Syd ^^). For the decals, i used leftover decals from the RG strike gundam and some form Sammuel Decal(good stuff ^^), i also used the metallic green foil stickers for the camera lens on the rifle, the head and the legs as i do not have any metallic green paints(have to remind myself to get some).
The build was very basic and easy, but painting the details on the legs was a pain in the ass for some reason i don’t know. I then topcoated it with Mr Super Clear Flat and the result was that it frosted again T__T but thankfully, not everything frosted ^^ tried my hands at seam line removal, masking the clear visor, i had fun ^^ I wish i could have done better, but it’s done already, that means my next model will be better?