Friday, September 13, 2013

Kotobukiya's MSG MW-26 Dynamic Chain Saw Part 2

Repetition is complication

Starting the detailing work on Kotobukiya's M.S.G. Weapon Unit MW-26 Dynamic Chain Saw after the introduction in Part 1. ^^

As mentioned in the previous posting, the repetitive work on the chain pieces is quite a challenge. ^^;

Excess gates from all the removed chain pieces are nipped off one by one. Since I'm working on two sets of this kit in one shot, the workload is 80 pieces in total. ^^;

(Left) Cut areas of the chain parts need to be painted to conceal the trim marks that are in either white or black.
(Right) With a pair of tweezers, the chain parts are picked up one by one, and the cut areas are painted using Tamiya Paint Marker X-11 Chrome Silver. ^^

The parts are placed away from one another to allow the paint to dry.

A look at the parts when the paint has dried.
Looks like the paint matches the base color of the chain parts very well. ^^

The entire process of trimming and painting is repeated for the second set of chain parts. ^^;

Tamiya's Panel Line Accent Color (Black) is used to deal with the minute molded details and super narrow spots on the chain saws' body parts.

Elaborate but tiny mechanical details near the head are done very easily using the panel liner solution. ^^

Done for the body parts' panel lining work.

Tamiya's Panel Line Accent Color (Black) blends well with normal panel liner to show off all the line details. ^^

The "tracks" behind the guide bar parts might be narrow, but they are realized very easily using Tamiya's Panel Line Accent Color (Black). ^^

Test fitting the large body parts to see how the components would turn out when assembled. ^^

The same mixture of panel lining methods is applied to all the smaller parts of the kit.

"Inversely" molded line details of the handle parts are panel lined very easily using Tamiya's Panel Line Accent Color (Black).

The straight peg on the main handle part is painted gold using Gundam Marker to give it a minor upgrade in appearance when the parts are assembled. ^^

The low part count of the kit (even with two sets involved) should equate to simple workload and fast completion, but I found myself exhausted from working on the chain pieces halfway through the first set - about a quarter of all the parts. ^^; It wasn't due to the complexity of the work - it was quite simple actually, but the boredom from repeating the same steps instead. ^^; I actually stopped a couple of times during the entire process to get away from the "are we there yet?" feeling (XD) so that I wouldn't rush through the work, and risked damaging any of the parts. ^^; You can imagine the great relief I felt when the work on all 80 pieces of the chain parts was done. ^^

With regards to the chain parts, I'm glad I didn't pick up more than two sets and work on three like what I did with MW-20 Gatling Gun. ^^; If 80 is giving me this much trouble, 120 would be an even bigger problem no doubt. XD

As usual, there'll be a bit of offset time between now and when I revisit all the parts again for the final assembly. ^^

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