Sunday, October 18, 2015

HMM Zoids 1/72 Red Horn Part 10

Screws, buttons and dots

Continuing with the work on Kotobukiya's HMM Zoids 1/72 Red Horn after restarting the work in the previous posting. ^^

Starting with the leg parts.


Various sunken panels and slits are to be painted black to emphasize their gaps between the parts.


Excessive panel liner solution on all the leg parts is wiped away using cotton swab soaked with thinner.
Additional line details are added to the parts using normal panel liner as well.



The base areas of the painted pipes are painted black using normal marker to give the pipes a more striking appearance.
A "lazy" benefit from this paint work: the black paint totally covers up the excessive silver paint on the parts from the previous posting. ^^



Closeups on the many painted panels and gaps.


As mentioned in the previous posting, the connectors between the inner frame and armor parts touch none of the painted details, so the final assembly would not affect the paint work. ^^


Four sets of multi launchers for the four legs warrant a grouped treatment. ^^
A pair of tiny screw-like dots on each of the eight parts are going to be painted silver as extra details.


Touchup on the panel lining work of the eight parts.


The muzzle points of the multi launchers are painted black using normal marker.


The screw-like details mentioned earlier on are painted using Sharpie marker.


These four buttons form the middle section of the legs.
Since they are located in the middle of the legs, some additional paint work can really make them the centerpiece of the legs' details, literally. ^^


The sunken areas in the middle of the buttons are painted silver using Pilot Super Color Silver Extra Fine.
Since the part can be seen on both side of each leg, the silver paint work is repeated for the other face of the button as well.


The edge is painted gold using Sharpie marker.


Test fitting the painted parts to see how the button would look like inside the leg when it's assembled. ^^
Keeping the buttons inside the legs seems like a good way to prevent their paint work from being scratched by other parts before the final assembly. ^^


Vent parts behind the hind legs, which feature elaborate molded mesh-pipe details for its interior are treated the same way as the backpack parts in the previous posting: the details are treated using Tamiya's Panel Line Accent Color (Black) first, ...


... and the mesh pipes painted using normal silver pen when the panel liner solution has dried.


Simple panel lining for the other hind leg parts.
Since most of the parts were picked out to be painted/detailed earlier on, the number of "leftovers" is very few. ^^


Tiny protruding dots that would stick out besides the gray part on top the hind leg is painted silver using Sharpie marker.


The detailing is repeated for the same set of parts from the other leg.


Simple panel lining for the front leg parts not painted/detailed in previous postings.


Looking at the instruction manual, a small section behind the top armor plate is going to be exposed when the front leg is assembled it seems.


(Left) The rear section is painted black using Gundam Marker.
(Right) The rear face of the armor is painted black using the same marker to emulate depth.


Test fitting the painted parts to see how the front leg armor would turn out when assembled. ^^



The detailing is repeated for the same set of parts from the other leg.


Plenty of parts for the rear feet, but since there's no need for any special paint work to be applied to them, their detailing work turns out to be pretty smooth and fast. ^^


Closeup on some of the parts with the most elaborate of molded details. ^^


Two backward-facing parts have vents that could be exposed when the feet are assembled.


The interior of the vents are painted silver using normal pen.


A pair of sunken dot details on the ankle guards are painted silver using normal pen as well.


Tiny sunken dots on the feet are painted black using panel liner.

Not many components left to be treated for this large HMM Zoids kit after this round of work - I've moved into the final stage of the overall work it seems. ^^

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