Gaijin Gunpla

With the weather still wet I thought I would work on the fuel canisters for something to do.

I wanted to do something with the two ribs. After pondering for awhile I came upon a plan.

Step 1: mask on either side of each rib.
Step 2: Take my .5 copic marker and colour all over da place.
Step 3: remove masking tape and touch up the marker
Step 3.1: apply decal. I also had to glue the gold part back in because it was moving slightly.

Step 5: Profit

I also decided to decal the shield while I had the decals out and immediately was presented with a dilemma. The big decal for the shield is silver, and I painted the shield gray so it would be hard to see it.

I decided to break the decal up into sections and apply them in different places. But the waterslides were being a bitch and started folding over on themselves. I got the Amuro symbol back into a presentable condition but the 01 was a lost cause. So I opened up the decals that came with the kit. They were stickers (sigh). So I cut the sticker up into sections and placed them around the shield. It is pretty much finished except for a top coat. BUT I will definitely wait for good, dry weather.

This evening was rather warm so I thought I would try to paint the white pieces. I picked up a white lacquer spray at a local hardware store for 198 yen. I wanted to give it a try. If it works well I will save money on paint.

It comes out very thick though and doesn’t coat evenly. I sprayed from quite a distance so I wouldn’t have build up in some places. I will have to do at least one more coat though.

Some other odds and ends that were accomplished:

Separated and painted the fingers.
Made a pair of eyes and painted them.
Painted all the silver pieces with my Mica silver.

If my parts from Bandai get here soon I may actually finish this thing!

Categories: Builds, Hi-Nu Gundam, MG

5 Responses so far.

  1. G.G. says:

    Don't you just hate it when the weather doesn't cooperate with ya…. Nice job on the canister and good idea with the masking tape so that your marker wouldn't smear out of place.

    As for the decal, yeah I hated the stickers too.

  2. Gaijin Gunpla says:

    I really like waterslides. I mean, I REALLY like waterslides. Due to me being a perfectionist I spend a lot of time placing decals and making sure of symmetry, etch. Waterslides allow me to get it right.

    G.G. I am starting to get excited about our Sinanju Project. We need to come up with a cool name. "Operations Sinanju G4" or some nonsensical thing. I will be picking up the supplies (paint, parts, etc) around July 1st and after that, it's go time, baby.

  3. G.G. says:

    Yeah I love spending time to put on decals too, is a process that is not too let say airbrushing where there are lots of room for errors.

    I am excited about our Sinanju Project too. Currently I am pretty much bogged down by my Astraea project…and I've set a even more higher goal for it. Hopefully I am not creating too much work for myself, I tend to do that very often.

  4. Gaijin Gunpla says:

    Take your time and get it right! There is always something else I can work on to make my Hi-Nu look better. I have been kicking around some ideas I might want to try on it and if you need more time to work on the Astrea, I won't be left twiddling my thumbs 😉

  5. G.G. says:

    I think I am on schedule, unless the weather doesn't coorperate. =)

    Temp is going to be in the 90s next week. Since I usually paint outside in my back yard (cuz I don't want to die by inhaling fumes), it might get very hot. Gosh I hate hot weather. But then I hear that is best to paint in hot dry weather.

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