Tuesday, December 29, 2015

MG V Gundam Ver. Ka Part 5

Normal tricks

Finishing up with the work on Master Grade V Gundam Ver. Ka after the previous posting. ^^



The hip and waist parts are detailed using a combination of normal panel liner and Tamiya's Panel Line Accent Color (Black).


Consistent with the thrusters and vents painted in the previous posting, the bottom vent of the waist is painted black using normal marker.


For the front and rear skirt armor parts, there are "openings" where the base color would be exposed when connected with the frame parts. ^^;


All the exposed areas area are painted gray using Mr. Gundam Color UG09 MS Gray Zeon Semi Gloss.


With excessive gray paint on the edges scratched away using a knife



Normal panel lining for the rest of the armor and corresponding frame parts.


Test fitting the painted parts to see how the skirt armors would turn out when assembled. ^^


The protruding white tab behind the knee armor is painted gray using Gundam Marker to hide it when the component is assembled later on.
The same treatment was applied to the shoulder armors in the previous posting.


Tamiya's Panel Line Accent Color (Black) is helpful in simplifying the detailing work on the many leg parts.


With excessive panel liner solution rubbed away using cotton swab soaked with thinner, and with additional line details added the usual way. ^^


(Left) The most noticeable details on the inner frame parts of the leg are actually the molded slits, with the line details being secondary. ^^
(Right) The details on the bottom side of the parts are panel lined as well.


Repeated the detailing on parts of the other legs.


A pair of tiny sunken slots on the chest armor part are going to be painted gray.


The targeted areas are painted using Gundam Marker Gray.


Test fitting the painted parts to see how the chest would turn out when assembled. ^^


Normal panel lining for the rest of the chest parts.


Small as they are, the Hexa type head parts are detailed using a combination of normal panel liner and Tamiya's Panel Line Accent Color (Black).


The forehead area of the helmet part is painted black using normal marker to emulate depth for that part.
I've been applying this trick to all my Gundam and non-Gundam kits I thinks. ^^


The tiny slits on the red and white face parts are detailed using normal panel liner.


The same detailing method is duplicated for parts of the normal type head.


The forehead area of the helmet part is also painted black.

And with that, the entire work on MG V Gundam Ver. Ka is done. ^^

All things considered, this kit is deceptively simple in terms of detailing and paint work - deceptive given its Master Grade label, high number of parts and complicated transformation gimmick. ^^ The amount of molded details just doesn't seem to match the sophistication of the completed model I think.

It feels a lot like a High Grade kit with tons of frame parts, which is somewhat true I suppose given how small V Gundam is as compared to other 1/100 scale Gunplas. ^^

Still, the design of having simple details is a good feature nonetheless, as the transformation gimmick is the real attraction. Also, for such a small-sized kit, more details would just distort its overall appearance I think. As such, I think the amount of details incorporated for V Gundam is just right.

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

2 comments:

Kelvin said...

Hi, I would like to ask if you buy the required paints according to the model kits you are going to build? Thanks

Ngee Khiong Chang said...

>>Kelvin

Only the special colors if required, like purple or light brown. For other more standard colors like gray, red, white and gold, I usually have them ready among my paints and would restock if the supply is low.