Thursday, January 26, 2012

HG 1/144 Cherudim Gundam Part 4

Colorful wrap

The last part of the work on HG 1/144 Cherudim Gundam already. ^^ Just parts for the body, head and a few miscellaneous components remain after Part 3.

Simple panel lining for the less cumbersome parts first. ^^

Black paint with thinner method took care of all the thrusters' narrow slits. ^^

Like the ankle guards in Part 2, shoulder and skirt armors in Part 3, the rear face of the chest plates are painted gray using Tamiya Color Acrylic Paint Mini XF-53 Neutral Grey.

As shown in the manual, the collars are supposedly yellow - a rather conventional design for such part on a Gundam. Unfortunately for this HG kit, there's no more room on Runner A's yellow segment to contain the collar pieces molded in that right color. ^^;

(Left) Painted using Gundam Marker Yellow.
(Right) Scratched off excessive paint and reapplied panel lines to the collars.

Simple panel lining for the hip, waist and GN Drive's parts.

Panel lining for the beam rifle's parts.

Instead of using the silver foil sticker given, the targeting scope on the V-Fin is painted using Gundam Marker Light Blue from Gundam SEED Destiny set.

Much like the targeting scope, I chose to paint the cover instead of using the special PET sticker included. From the experience of painting mono-eye cameras on Zeon Gunplas, I know the glossiness of a normal red marker's paint makes it the perfect tool to show off the cover's quality of being both clear and shiny. ^^

Trying out the parts once the paint has dried to have a preview of how the completed V-Fin would look like. ^^

The "toothbrush" bits on the secondary fins are chipped off using and nippers.

Referring to the completed kit shown in the manual, two round protruding parts on the cheek should be painted gray.

Painted using Gundam Marker Gray.

Panel lined the really delicate line details on the mask part. ^^

And with the completion of the head, the work on HG 1/144 Cherudim Gundam is all done. ^^ It's certainly easier than the previous Gunpla project of 1/100 scale Zaku Warrior with Blaze Wizard and Gunner Wizard pack, not merely because of lesser part count for Cherudim Gundam, but most of its parts are molded in their intended colors. A lot of the paint work applied all this while were purely optional. ^^ Looking at the difference in terms of the amount of work needed between the two kits, instead of showing the difference between Gunpla lines, I think it's more about the improvements of part separation between new and old kits. ^^

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

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