Friday, July 15, 2011

MG Johnny Ridden's Customized High Mobility Type Zaku II Ver. 2.0 Part 10

A standing figure should be able to stand easily

Returning to MG Johnny Ridden's Customized High Mobility Type Zaku II Ver. 2.0's crazily details high mobility parts for the legs' inner frame after the initial work last Tuesday. ^^

The paint has now dried enough to not be rubbed off easily - the ones done with normal pens excluded that is. ^^; Those parts need a very, very l-o-n-g time to be able to completely dry, which is why I only painted components or areas that are either very small, or the ones that won't be touched easily with normal pens, and that applies to all model kits. For the rest, I always go with other painting tools including normal markers, Gundam Markers and brush.

So, for all the painted parts carried over from the previous posting, the work in this particular posting is just about cleaning up all the excessive paint and reapplying panel lines to certain parts to cover up some spilled over paint. Nothing fancy really.

All the said parts.

Both components are left in a dedicated paper box to prevent the paint from being "disturbed" by other parts, or the other way round. ^^

And all done for the leg parts. ^^

Mentioned after painted the standing figure in Part 7 that I wasn't too pleased with it not being able to stand properly, which isn't something unexpected or special. The problem is shared by almost all the standing figures from other kits in my collection that didn't come with display bases. That said, the solution is really simple actually - just add a little base for Johnny Ridden and done. Then again, how to get a display base for the figure with the most minimal of effort? ^^;

Here's what I did for Johnny Ridden:

Getting a mini display base? A small portion from the label on a model kit's runner will do.

Test to see if the size is suitable for the figure to stand on.

Sand off the rough edges of the part and some text that is molded on top of it using metal file tool and paper files.

(Left) After first round of sanding, some text engravings can still be seen.
(Right) After a few more rounds of sanding, the whole part becomes much smoother. The "slope" is deliberately done to show that side of the part as the front of the base. ^^

Comparison with the figure again.

Slice a bit off the bottom of the figure's sore so that the feet can touch the surface of the base better.

The figure now stands nicely on the base.

While he wasn't aware of the "trap", land a drop of cement for plastic kits on each foot of the figure and set the whole thing aside for it to dry.

When the cement has dried (very fast), the figure will have its own display base to stand on, allowing it to pose ever so steadily and firmly "like a boss" XD
On the other hand, "Ye never gonna escape this little tab forever dude~ Muahahahahaha" XD

Can't remember which model kit contributed that small portion of the runner's label as Johnny Ridden's display base really - I just clipped off the little part and totally forgot where it was from. ^^; It's definitely not from this kit itself, because I discarded the empty runners the moment all the parts are off them, back in late May. I picked this particular one instead of some others because of its color - grayish black, which won't be too obvious when the figure is placed on the model's palm when it's to be displayed. Also, it's not too bad as a color for a display base on its own.

One last component to finish off before ending the work on MG Johnny Ridden's Customized High Mobility Type Zaku II Ver. 2.0 is (ceremonially) the head. ^^

All the parts for the head.

The same treatment for the mono-eye camera as the clear targeting sensor parts for the weapons - clear red for the scope and silver for the base. Both colors are from normal markers.

Four fixed hydraulic pipes on the neck parts are painted with gold (from normal pen) and silver (from Pilot marker).
Following the color scheme of this particular Zaku II variation, the base of the blade antenna is painted black.

(Left) Panel lining for the head's inner frame parts.
(Right) Testing out the blade antenna on the helmet part.

Shin Musha Gundam done, Gundam Mk. II Ver. 2.0 done, and now Johnny Ridden's Customized High Mobility Type Zaku II Ver. 2.0 as well. ^^ Only Force Impulse Gundam remains on the list now. ^^

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