Starting to work on BB Senshi Sangokuden Kochu Gundam after the introduction in the previous posting. ^^
As usual, gold is the first color to be painted for the kit. A list of selected parts to be painted in that color:
The headgear, sensor, V-fin, and shoulder armor parts.
The sensor, and V-fin have other minor colors that need to be added after the gold paint.
Gold frame to be painted on the chest and waist armors.
The handle of Eishinkyuu (鋭真弓) needs to be painted in gold.
Surprisingly, accordingly to the box art, the more visible protruding frame of the front right skirt armor should be left in plain white, ...
... while the frame on the rear part, which isn't obvious in normal view needs to be painted instead. ^^
It certainly is part of Kochu Gundam's unique armor design pattern. ^^
Gold is also needed for the heel area of Zankuutou (斬空刀), among many other colors.
The three white parts are panel lined using a combination of normal panel liner, and Tamiya's Panel Line Accent Color (Black) before the paint work.
Tiny dots at the edge of the V-fins, which were put there to decrease the sharpness of the tips for safety measure are trimmed away using a knife.
The cut areas are then smoothed using paper file.
All the selected parts are ready to be painted.
The parts are painted using Gaia Metallic Color No. 122 Star Bright Gold.
An exact repetition of the mistake I made when painting the headgear of Koshin Gyan: tiny plastic bit that exists between the spikes on either side of the headgear that should be removed was painted indiscriminately with the main part itself. ^^;
A repetition of the remedy applied to the same part on Koshin Gyan then: ^^; the extra bit is first cut away using a knife.
The cut surface is then smoothed using paper file.
The entire part is repainted with Gaia Metallic Color No. 122 Star Bright Gold.
Rear sides of the shoulder armors are to be painted black, but before that, the peg slots are chipped to prevent the the painted parts from getting stuck on the shoulders of Kochu Gundam in the future.
(Left) Apart from the four shoulder armor parts, the rear face of the shield, and interior of the skirt armors are going to be painted black as well.
(Right) Areas near the edges of the shoulder armors, and sharp corners beneath the skirt armor parts are painted using normal marker first to make the hand painting process simpler. It helps to minimize the risk of spilling black paint onto the golden edges as well.
Painted all the parts using Gaia Color No. 002 Pure Black Gloss.
Black paint that is spilled onto the edges of the shield is scratched away using a knife.
Panel lines on the shield's surface reveal its awesome molded details. ^^
Finding the excess plastic bit on the headgear part after it was completely painted was somewhat embarrassing for me. ^^; The moment I saw it, I was thinking to myself, "Hey, didn't I forget about these when I was working on Koshin Gyan? Didn't you vow to be more careful about handling such details after that first experience? Someone didn't do his studying well." ^^; It seems that the more I try to remember not to commit a certain mistake, I'm bound to forget about it. Maybe I should tell myself to completely forget about the possibility of meeting similar part in the future, just so that when I didn't remember to cut the excess bit away before the paint work (again), I won't feel too bad about that mistake anymore. XD
More paint work and detailing for Kochu Gundam next. ^^