Monday, November 7, 2011

HG 1/144 Gafran Part 2

Missing black

Working on HG 1/144 Gafran after the introduction in the previous posting. ^^

The waist and abdomen areas need to be painted black.

Optional paint work: the gap between the diffuse beam cannon and the body armor's interior will be painted black as well, to give greater depth to the weapon.

All the mentioned areas are painted black using Tamiya Color Acrylic Paint XF-1.

The matte finishing of the bottle paint looks pretty good on the parts. ^^

The interior of the diffuse beam cannon part is painted silver using Pilot marker to reveal the clear green part more when it's inside the abdomen.

The palm area of the four hand units needs to be painted black as well.

Painted using the same Tamiya bottle paint.

Result of the paint work, plus panel lining for the joints between the claw segments.

Foil stickers will be used for the soles, but just to ensure that no gap exists between the protruding round part and the sticker later on, the edge is painted black using normal marker.

Leaf motif behind the waist armors (the wing parts) is pretty unique. ^^

The vents on the wings are painted black using normal marker.

The beam rifle's nozzle is painted black as well.

(Left) Parts with the most amount of panel lining work I believe - the cell pattern on the tail's connectors. ^^
(Right) The interior of the three small spikes on the tail is painted black by dripping black whiteboard marker ink into the space to give it more depth. ^^

The two diamond-shaped vents on the cheeks are painted black using Gundam Marker.
Tamiya bottle paint is not used here since the area to be painted is rather small but flat. Gundam Marker is more suited for the work for its flat tip.

Like the abdomen, the interior of the lower jaw is painted black using Gundam Marker as well.

And that's pretty much it for HG 1/144 Gafran. ^^ Simple paint work is required for a few parts, since it's only one color involved, and quite a handful of the work is optional too. Panel lining is very minimal as well. The arms and legs have streamlined designs to make Gafran look as organic and creature-like as possible (in my opinion), so the mechanical details on them are pretty limited, not to mention there are many polycaps used for all the components, which don't need any panel lining work at all obviously. ^^

Will be coming back to assemble this kit soon. ^^

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