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WIP : Bandai 1/144 RGC-80 GM Cannon Pt.3 – Painting & Finishing

Painting begins with a base of black using both Tamiya XF-1 Flat Black and Gunze Surfacer Black. Surfacer gives a smoother finish especially when thinned with Mr Leveling Thinner. Unfortunately the smell is a lot stronger. For the joints and other gray parts I used Mecha Color Grey Z. The black parts were given a …...

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WIP : Airfix 1/48 Defiant Mk.I Pt. 3 – Painting

Painting begins with a base coat of black. Then the usual marble coat with white. The first color on is AK Interactive Dark Earth. The paint was thinned and had Vallejo Glaze Medium added. With the reduced opacity the marble coat still shows through. I then masked off the dark earth sections with blutack to …...

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WIP : Bandai 1/72 Cosmo Zero

This was to be my ‘easy build’ that I like to do while tackling more complicated ones. A Bandai kit is as straightforward as it can get with the usual easy to assemble snapfit construction. I’ve never watched Yamato 2199, the remake of the original 1974 TV series but I’ve found their re-imaging of the …...

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WIP : Hasegawa 1/72 VR-1D Valkyrie Pt.4 – Finishing

Before weathering can begin, I needed to close up the cockpit. So first I installed the ejection seats. The pilots were then cemented into place with CA glue. At this point I noticed that there’s a spot near the port side of fuselage (near the instrument coaming) that didn’t get painted due to my masking. …...

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WIP : Hasegawa 1/72 VR-1D Valkyrie Pt.3 – Painting

Unlike more recent Macross kits, the VF-1 kit has quite a few obvious seamlines that require filling. The joint between the nose and the fuselage in particular required some sanding down and re-scribing. It took awhile but it’s time to put paint to plastic! First on as usual is a basecoat of Tamiya Flat Black. …...

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WIP : Hasegawa 1/72 Crusher Joe Fighter 1

As a kid, I had built the original release of the Takara Crusher Joe Fighter 1 so it’s a pleasant surprise that Hasegawa managed to get the license for a newly molded version. I was also surprised that the kit is snapfit, which I think might be one of the first for Hasegawa. The parts …...

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WIP : Hasegawa 1/72 VR-1D Valkyrie Pt.2 – Construction

Work continues with prepping the pilots. The co-pilot doesn’t fit so his lower legs were chopped off. These were quickly painted up, given a wash, then set aside. With the exhausts pre-painted, it’s time to assemble the legs/engines. The challenge here of course, is to close the gear doors. The kit is designed for lowered...

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WIP : Hasegawa 1/72 F-14A+ Kai Tomcat Pt. 7 – Finishing

I prepped the missiles with colors based on their real-life counterparts. In the anime the AIM-120s were all white with 3 blue bands although the AIM-9s looked to be accurate. As per usual, the first coat is a gloss coat using AK Interactive Gauzy. What set this build off was me finding a copy of …...

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WIP : Hasegawa 1/72 VR-1D Valkyrie Pt.1 – Construction

Due to life basically going to shit the last few months, I’ve found myself a bit more time for modeling. So it’s not all bad? Anyway, next up is a slightly modified VF-1 Valkyrie based on the VF-1D. The base kit will be limited edition ‘Virgin Road’ VF-1D that Max piloted during his wedding to …...

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WIP : Bandai 1/144 RGC-80 GM Cannon Pt.2 – Construction

It has taken awhile but here we are with more work done on the GM Cannon. I replaced the left fist with a clenched one from a Builders Parts set. The cover for the back of the hand is the kit part modified to fit the new fist. I added a Kotobukiya nozzle to cover …...

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