Finishing up the work on HG 1/100 Gundam Heavyarms Custom after the previous posting. ^^
Looking at the completed shoulder missile hatches in the previous posting, the vibrant color of the armors' edges doesn't seem to match the gray parts. ^^;
The edges are shown to be in gray in the instruction manual.
The rear edges of the chest panels are to be painted to match the color of the torso as well.
The four shoulder parts are painted using Mr. Gundam Color UG09 MS Gray Zeon Semi Gloss.
The chest panels are painted using Gundam Marker Dark Gray from the Gundam SEED Basic Set.
Test fitting the repainted parts to see how the shoulder missile pod and torso would turn out when assembled. ^^
All the vents on the legs, side skirt armors and chest panels are painted black using normal marker.
As for the head, which is the last component to detail before the entire work is done as mentioned at the end of the previous posting, there are many parts that need to be painted:
The base of the neck joint needs to be painted gray.
As with the tiny vent on either side of the helmet.
Amazingly, no foil sticker for the front and rear forehead sensors. ^^;
They would need to be painted then.
The neck joint and side vents are painted using Gundam Marker Gray.
The front forehead sensor is painted orange using normal marker.
The edge of the eye area is highlighted using normal black marker.
The rear forehead sensor is painted gold using normal pen.
The forehead area of the helmet parts is painted black using normal marker to give it more depth when it's completed later on.
Simple panel lining for the side antenna pieces.
The V-fin that was painted gold in Part 2 is panel lined using Gundam Marker GM03 for Panel Lining Super Fine (Brown) .
Test fitting the detailed parts to see how the helmet would turn out when assembled. ^^
The fine line details on the two faceplates are done using Tamiya's Panel Line Accent Color (Black).
Many different colors are needed to detail the option half-clown-face faceplate. ^^;
The half-chin/goatie is done using a paint mixed from Gundam Marker Blue from the Gundam SEED Basic Set and Gundam Marker Zaku Light Green from the Zeon set.
The details on the half-clown-face are painted using normal red marker and purple pen.
Minor touch-up on the fine line details of the two small parts using normal panel liner to complete the work. ^^
The head is always the "ceremonious" last component to be completed in my Gunpla work. ^^
Overall, despite the need to paint many parts, especially the missile pieces and quite a few from the legs, the work on HG 1/100 Gundam Heavyarms Custom is not very difficult per se. Most of the parts are large, so holding them to be painted or detailed is pretty simple. ^^
The whole kit feels a lot like a 1/144 scale kit that has been up-sized to 1/100. ^^
By today's standards, many of the releases from the High Grade 1/144 scale line are able to beat this fella in terms of part and color separation engineering. ^^; However, back in the old days when releases from the 1/144 series are very much just basic representations of their MSs as seen in the anime, the HG 1/100 scale series is amazing in terms of size, details and gimmicks. ^^ With a bit of nostalgia thrown into the mix, those aforementioned charms of the series still work on me like magic. ^^
As usual, there'll be a bit of offset time between now and when I revisit all the parts again for the final assembly. ^^