Friday, November 8, 2013

BB Senshi Sangokuden Sonsaku Physalis Gundam Part 3

Extra part, extra work

Continuing the work on BB Senshi Sangokuden Sonsaku Physalis Gundam after the previous posting:

Painted the blade of Koteitou (虎錠刀) silver using Gaia Metallic Color No. 9 Bright Silver. However, the paint result seems poor, and the added thickness to the weapon due to the paint layers makes it look goofy too. ^^;

The silver paint is removed using a combination of paper files and knife. The edge and tip of the blade is sharpened.

Even more plastic bits removed from the part to sharpen the edge.

Closeups on the refined blade after a couple rounds of intensive scratching and sanding. ^^
The missing paint on some of the golden parts will have to be patched up as well. ^^;

Repainted the blade segment using the same bottle paint.

Sharper and fiercer-looking edge on Koteitou. ^^

The blank sunken areas on the cross guard are panel lined using Tamiya's Panel Line Accent Color (Black) first to fill the sharp, tight corners with black paint. ^^

The wider flat areas are painted using normal marker.

The curvy details on the blade are painted using normal red marker.

Excess red marker paint is wiped away using cotton swab soaked with thinner. ^^

The sunken stripes on the helmet, skirt and shoulder armors are painted red using Gundam Marker Red. The stripes themselves weren't panel lined beforehand since the spilled over red paint can be covered up by subsequent layer of gold paint. ^^

While waiting for the painted parts to dry, limb parts that need no paint work are panel lined using normal panel liner and Tamiya's Panel Line Accent Color (Black).
The details of the two round spots on the fixed elbow joints (or lack thereof to be more exact ^^;) will be enhanced using extra parts.

Found the extra parts I need from this upgrade set: Kotobukiya's Modeling Support Goods (M.S.G.) P-114 Round Mold II.
This upgrade set was purchased together with H-Eyes 1 Green from Wave (previously featured on another BB Senshi Sangokuden kit, Tenshouryu Koumei Nu Gundam for its sword, Ryuento (龍焔刀)). The small plate-like parts are meant as "placeholders" for clear parts from H-Eyes 1 Green and Pink to form mono-eye cameras for model kits that need such special treatment. ^^

Front view of the runner.

Rear view of the runner.

Closeups on the different parts.

(Left) Comparing the elbow joint with the runner to pinpoint the part with the right size.
(Right) A preview of how the slightly enhanced elbows are going to look like when completed.

Removed from the runner, the super tiny size of the parts is pretty amazing. ^^

The joints themselves are painted gray using Gundam Marker.

The extra parts are then attached to the elbows with a bit of plastic cement, and panel lined using Tamiya's Panel Line Accent Color (Black).

Not exactly a serious or super special upgrade, the idea just came up when I saw the upgrade set as I was getting the paper file to work on the blade of Koteitou. ^^ I'm glad that there's one part on the runner that fits the elbow slot very accurately, can be used without the need of any modification, and there are multiple pieces of it to suit all the slots. ^^ The total compatibility makes the work simple and pretty enjoyable I would say. ^^

Moving on to the detailing work of a few other parts:

(Left) The sunken details on the backpack are painted using Gundam Marker.
(Right) The slot to mount the handle segment of Kyoshu Gekikokon (強襲激鋼棍) is painted gold using Gaia Metallic Color No. 122 Star Bright Gold.

(Left) Excess red paint on the part is cleaned off using cotton swab soaked with thinner.
(Right) With panel lines added to the entire part.

Refinement methods similar to that used on the backpack part are repeated for the body parts and chest armor.

Even more painting and detailing on selected parts from this kit coming up in the next posting. ^^

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