Monday, February 25, 2013

HGUC Black Tri Star's Customized Zaku I Part 3

Just one little extra effort

Very simple panel lining work on the rest of HGUC Black Tri Star's Customized Zaku I's parts after the paint work and detailing done in Part 2. ^^

[Left arm]

[Right arm]



Instead of using the large piece of foil sticker included, the goggle area of the mono-eye camera is painted black using Gaia Color 022 Semi Gloss Black.

A look at how the eye part would look like inside the helmet.

(Left) The tiny "toothbrush" bit near the tip of the blade antenna is trimmed using nippers.
(Right) The entire rear edge of the antenna is sharpened by scratching off as much plastic bits as possible on both sides of the part.

[Waist and skirt armors]

The connected front skirt armor joints are split so that each piece can move independently on the completed model.

(Left) Using a lighter to fuse it is the speediest way to deal with the cut joint.
(Right) The armor pieces can indeed move independently now, but their actual range of articulation will depends on how fast the parts are going to be stopped by the waist. ^^;

Done with all the panel lining and detailing work, clear stickers will be applied to all the targeted parts so that I can focus on (and enjoy ^^) just assembling the parts to complete this kit in the end. ^^

The main shield part and the clear sticker sheet included.
The Zeon emblem to be placed in front of the shield is the single largest clear sticker sheet for this kit.

The cut sticker piece is soaked in water first before it's placed on top of the shield. Water is helpful to prevent the sticker from adhering to the surface completely before the final location is confirmed.

The left shoulder armor parts are examined carefully to confirm on the frontal part before applying the unit rank insignia onto it.

The small Zeon emblem on the backpack is from the sticker included for Action Base 1 Char Aznable Color Type. I used it to fill in on the emptiness above the unit code. ^^

All the parts with clear stickers. ^^

And all is done for the work on HGUC Black Tri Star's Customized Zaku I. ^^ I personally feel that since black is its main color scheme, simplicity in details would be more relevance to the overall image. ^^

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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