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ChapelMkII
December 7, 2012, 9:30 AM
Okay, so having started on yet another build, I decided to keep things tidied up and have all my WiPs in a single spot. Going forward, all new updates will be here. If you want to see the old WiPs though, I'll include links in the related kits below:

MG 1/100 Shining Gundam - 90% complete
MG 1/100 Qubeley Restoration (http://www.gundamforums.com/showthread.php/10478-Chapel-s-WiPs-Qubeley-Restoration-WiP) - Indefinite Hold
MG 1/100 H-Arms EW (http://www.gundamforums.com/showthread.php/11080-MG-H-Arms-EW-WiP) - 78% complete
MG 1/100 Crossbone Gundam X-1 Ver.Ka - 15% Complete, ON HOLD until I learn how to cast metal
MG 1/100 Blitz Gundam - 30% Complete
NG Giroro Robo Re-Design - 20% Complete
HGM 1/550 GP-03D - 65% Complete
MG 1/100 Strike E "Chapel Custom" - 20% Complete

ChapelMkII
December 7, 2012, 10:14 AM
So after receiving my new kits the other day, I was ecstatic at the idea of building the Crossbone Gundam. Apart from being one of my favorite UC designs, the inclusion of the cape was one of the biggest draws for me to buy the kit. So I was very disappointed to see the quality of said cape when I opened up the kit for inspection Wednesday night. There was no way this thing was going to hold up to the weathering plans I had for it, so the only option I could see to make make my rendition of the cape a reality was to actualy start from scratch.

I used the actual cape as a template, and selected some dark brown and tan suede material. In order to make sure that clasps on the suit actually still work, I reshaped the inner lining so that there's only one layer of material to get through, and fortified the single-layered areas with thread glue.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/0803/Chapel/IMAG0703-1.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/0803/Chapel/IMAG0705-1.jpg

In addition to the inner lining, I strategically positioned some sturdy floral wire along various points of the cap, allowing it be poseable.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/0803/Chapel/IMAG0706-1.jpg

As of now, the cape is fully assembled. Once I have the upper torso and shoulders of the kit assembled, I'll do the weathering.

thwalker13
December 7, 2012, 7:13 PM
I can already tell that cape is going to look awesome on your crossbones Gundam.

ChapelMkII
December 27, 2012, 4:54 PM
I can already tell that cape is going to look awesome on your crossbones Gundam.

It was looking pretty good, but sadly, it is not meant to be. That one has been a mess. I was trying to replicate the look from the Robot Damashii and Vs. Arcade versions and have the boosters on the outside of the cape, but I botched my cut for the opening in the back. Also, the seude was actually too stiff a material, meaning it would not sit properly. To add to the frustration, I actually managed to crack one of the shoulder clasps during the test fitting, so it's back to the drawing board for me while I completely re-evaluate this one. :\

In the meantime, here's something else I've been working on (another one?!). If you can't tell by my Avatar, I like me some Keroro Gunsou, and more specfically, Corporal Giroro. I was fortunate enough to secure the v.1 Giroro Robo kit from online, and I must say, I was a bit disappointed. Not because of the construction of the kit mind you, but rather, the complete punking out of the Corporal! The guy is one of the most physically active characters in the show, and the best they could muster for him mech-wise was a crude nod to the Zentradi Battlepod? This, I will not stand for!

Base part of this reconstruction is pretty straight forward: I swapped the arms and legs(left is now right and vice-versa) so that the joints are postitioned more like a mobile suit, and I modified the included cannon hand to be able to articulate by flexing at the "wrist" of the mech. In an attempt to keep things symmetrical, I made a cast of my newly modified weapon so that the mech is now dual-wielding the cannon as his primaries. I plan to keep the included missile pod as part of the design, but I haven't quite figured out how to integrate that in just yet.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/0803/Chapel/2012-12-27153126.png
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/0803/Chapel/2012-12-27153018.png
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/0803/Chapel/2012-12-27152844.png

ChapelMkII
December 28, 2012, 9:20 AM
Okay, pics added now.

Dlinker
December 28, 2012, 11:14 AM
Impressive stuff so far, especially with casting another accessory (which looks better than the original). What's the picture of the pink blocks for? Was that the molding material you used?

ChapelMkII
December 28, 2012, 12:00 PM
Impressive stuff so far, especially with casting another accessory (which looks better than the original). What's the picture of the pink blocks for? Was that the molding material you used?

Thanks! Yeah, I probably should've mentioned that it is a picture of the silicone mold I made before I poured the resin in.

Dlinker
December 28, 2012, 2:43 PM
Man, that makes me wish I knew how to cast my own pieces. Beats the pants out of having to order replacements or carefully welding broken pieces together with plastic cement. I know this may be too early, but are you going to making more additional parts for this kit?

thwalker13
December 28, 2012, 3:46 PM
That is very impresive good sir. Have you thought about making a tutorioal thread about making your resin molds and parts?

Jfl0
January 6, 2013, 7:19 AM
Where did you get that Sgt. Kerero kit? I'd assume Bandai makes them, so that's a plus. I want one now >:|. Can't wait to see where this one goes.

ChapelMkII
January 7, 2013, 3:07 PM
Man, that makes me wish I knew how to cast my own pieces. Beats the pants out of having to order replacements or carefully welding broken pieces together with plastic cement. I know this may be too early, but are you going to making more additional parts for this kit?

Don't sell yourself short, Dlinker! Admittedly, this is a pricey aspect of the hobby, but it's one that, as you have pointed out, can be a worthwhile one. I do plan to do a lot more to this kit, but at the moment, I don't know what yet. This kit is a bit on the small side, and i'm trying to figure out ways to incorporate the parts I want without compromising the stability of the kit. If I can figure out a way, I'll definitely be duplicating the functioning missile pod the kit came with.


That is very impresive good sir. Have you thought about making a tutorioal thread about making your resin molds and parts?

The thought has crossed my mind, but for the time being I'm holding off. For some weird reason, a bunch of my recent two part molds have inexplicably ended in disaster, and I'm still trying to figure out why. I wouldn't feel comfortable offering advice on a subject matter when said advice has the potential to turn into a costly mishap.


Where did you get that Sgt. Kerero kit? I'd assume Bandai makes them, so that's a plus. I want one now >:|. Can't wait to see where this one goes.

I manage to luck out on Ebay and find this one for $20. BanDai does make them, but this particular kit is out of production right now. They re-colored it recently into "real-type" colors, but even those have been a bit hard to track down lately. There are way nicer ones though that are actually going to be-reissued this month that are based off the Mk II mechs that combine to make the God Keron Gestalt from the anime. Those have variable modes (in Giroro's case, a Tank mode) and will be listed for about $8 each on HLJ when they arrive.

Dlinker
January 7, 2013, 3:24 PM
Here I thought you went and joined the ranks of the disappeared. Good to know your project is still in progress. Sucks to hear what happened with your recent molded parts and you're a scholar for holding back on instructions until you sort out the issue. Hopefully it's not too bad and that the issue is something simple.

ChapelMkII
January 8, 2013, 11:27 AM
Here I thought you went and joined the ranks of the disappeared. Good to know your project is still in progress. Sucks to hear what happened with your recent molded parts and you're a scholar for holding back on instructions until you sort out the issue. Hopefully it's not too bad and that the issue is something simple.

I'm far from gone, but the holiday was definitely a proverbial shot to the leg. My roommate's girlfriend moved in last month, and the two of them have taken their love of Legos to the extreme. I couldn't work on H-Arms at all during the holidays because the shared workspace at home was covered end-to-end in Lego kits. And then the guy I scratchbuild with shut the doors to his workshop while girlfriend was in town for the holidays, so I couldn't get anymore casting or painting done. Relationships have been my enemy this season, it seems :D

As for the 2-part molds, it's been a frustrating issue. My friend and I recently began degassing our mixtures, which helps to keep molds and casts bubble-free, but since then all my attempts at 2-part molds result in the halves fusing together, and I keep losing all the keyholes needed to lock the mold securly in place for casts.

thwalker13
January 8, 2013, 11:39 AM
I can see that being a really good reason for putting off making a tutorial.

Dlinker
January 8, 2013, 1:54 PM
At least one of your obstacles isn't something stupid. Unless you find Legos to be stupid, haha.

The casting issue sounds like a complete pain. Very interested in seeing how this plays out for you.

ChapelMkII
January 8, 2013, 3:23 PM
At least one of your obstacles isn't something stupid. Unless you find Legos to be stupid, haha.

The casting issue sounds like a complete pain. Very interested in seeing how this plays out for you.

Legos are actually quite awesome. I'm not the least bit afraid to admit that their glut of Lego product prompted me to grab that kick-ass halftrack tank that they just released from their new Galaxy Squad line. If I wasn't spending my money on this and/or dating, I'd probably be just as inundated as they are right now, lol.

thwalker13
January 8, 2013, 9:18 PM
Legos are amazing. I used to be a Lego freak. I had tons of the things. Just sucks they are so expensive now.

Dlinker
January 8, 2013, 9:34 PM
Glad to know we got some Lego fans here :) Always loved them ever since I was old enough to build them. Soooo many sets I wanted growing up and now, each time I see a picture of them I get some serious nostalgia. Still yearning for that big monorail train set, but as thwalker13 said, they truly are pricey. I bought a Lego Technic crane set last year and still haven't gotten around to building it.

ChapelMkII
January 14, 2013, 1:04 AM
So things are somewhat starting to move again. I was able to resume panel lining the leg details on H-Arms, and I took some downtime over at my friend's place to work on the Dendrobium. For the most part the kit has been assembled. Now it's just onto the somewhat daunting endeavor of panel lining the ever-loving crap out of this kit. Like my H-Arms though, I have been painting the entirety of it, so there will be a distinct difference between the Orchis and Stamen components.

As far as painting goes, most of the kit is primered, and so far one of each manipulator arm has been painted and panel lined.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/0803/Chapel/2013-01-14004545.png
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/0803/Chapel/2013-01-14004834.png

Please forgive the pic quality. One of my Christmas gifts was a new phone, but I'm still trying to figure out all the nuances of the camera portion.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/0803/Chapel/2013-01-14004644.png
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/0803/Chapel/2013-01-14004739.png

Kenico
January 14, 2013, 1:11 AM
Was a lego fan at one time...heck after watching OO me and my bro temproary got back into the hobby and made some cool mechs with it...ahh to be young agian...well Gunpla came around and finding them more enjoyable (and sometimes more affordable) than Lego, i put my Lego past in the rearveiw mirror. doesnt mean i threw away my collection i just havent touched it in a while...


As for that Dendrobium...nice gift man...what plans do you have for it?

ChapelMkII
January 14, 2013, 1:31 AM
As for that Dendrobium...nice gift man...what plans do you have for it?

Well, it's definitely going to get a little bit more color in it than the original design had. As you can see, I've already broken up some of the monotony by including some red panel lining just to "Katoki" things up a little. I've also got something special planned for the Gerbera Tetra that was included, but I'm still waiting for the Apoxie Sculpt I applied to that to dry before I take pics.

Kenico
January 14, 2013, 1:33 AM
Wait...that came with the Gerbera? SUPER JELLY! awesome dude!

ChapelMkII
January 24, 2013, 1:28 AM
So, some updates:

H-arms: As stated in an another thread, I made some screw-ups during the panel-lining that may force me to postpone the completion of this one. I'm so annoyed with the development though I'm going to take a step back from it for a few weeks before I make my final decision.

Dendrobium: Forgive the lousy pic. If you can make it out clearly, almost all of the bottom of half of the Orchis is painted and panel lined, and I've begun work on the cannon, I-field generator, and missile pods.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/0803/Chapel/2013-01-22101119.png

ChapelMkII
January 24, 2013, 1:45 AM
So now that my Lukas Strike E has arrived, I've slowly but surely started the foundation work of what will be the final product of this particular build. My intent is to fabricate a lot of parts on my own, and to do so I will soon be learning CAD and using a 3D Printer to get the desired results I want. In order to hone my skills with the program though, I'm going back in time to earlier this year to fix a problem that has been irking the ever-loving crap out of me.

I was commissioned back in the spring to scratch-build Sawa's Red Club pistol from Kite. It was a fun build and it was one of my favorite gun designs in any type of media, but during the build I learned that the design of gun's underside is a nightmare to simply sculpt by hand. With the master still in my possession, I intend to re-make that part of the gun and recast the whole thing into what I hope will be a good 3D representation of the weapon. In the meantime though, check out the process from beginning to end.


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/0803/Chapel/IMAG0599.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/0803/Chapel/IMAG0600.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/0803/Chapel/IMAG0603.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/0803/Chapel/IMAG0610.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/0803/Chapel/IMAG0622.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/0803/Chapel/IMAG0624.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/0803/Chapel/IMAG0626.jpg

Dlinker
January 24, 2013, 2:33 AM
Man, that inner frame is looking kinda boring, haha. Design-wise, I mean, compared to something like the MG Infinite Justice or even the Sword Impulse, which have just a bit more detail in the frames.

Seems you're going for some ambitious stuff now. I'll be following your thread with keen interest.

ChapelMkII
November 12, 2013, 12:52 PM
Long time, no see everyone! Sorry for the absence. Work got stupid, and I had to turn my attention to some other projects, so Gunpla was not on the agenda for a while. The release of Build Fighters though has awakened my creative side again, so with the bonus of a day off from work thanks to Veteran's Day, I was able to give the "Chapel" Strike-E some attention this weekend. I bought Lukas's Strike-E IWSP to take advantage of the plethora of weapons, and as such the end product will focus more on those than anything. I plan to recolor the entire. Mods on the actual mobile suit will be limited to the head (as shown below) and the shoulders, which will be getting a much-desired re-design.

So far, I've assembled the inner frame of the Strike-E and all of the IWSP and hand weapons. The IWSP will be set aside for now, since assembling only re-affirmed my my hatred of the SEED-type fastpack boosters. Once I find a configuration I like for a weapons pack, I'll frankenstein the shoulder cannons and boosters for the final version. In the mean time though, I've started the mods to the weapons and the mobile suit itself.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/0803/Chapel/20131112_121045-1_zps25e6c85a.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Chapel/media/20131112_121045-1_zps25e6c85a.jpg.html) http://img.photobucket.com/albums/0803/Chapel/2013-11-12121240_zps5ed1f3d1.png (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Chapel/media/2013-11-12121240_zps5ed1f3d1.png.html)

As you can see, I've removed one set of V-fins, and if you squint hard enough you'll notice I completely filed off the left optic. The suit won't have a glaring blind spot, but the raised detail had to go so I can put my own stuff in. I've also started work on the weapons. The assault shield has been stripped of many of it's detailing (not shown), and the beam boomerang has been completely removed from that setup. As for the rifles below:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/0803/Chapel/20131112_112924-1_zps3f4bb13f.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Chapel/media/20131112_112924-1_zps3f4bb13f.jpg.html)

The Top is a stock rifle from the Duel Gundam. Immediately below it is my mod with the snubbed barrel, and below that is my overhaul of the Strike's primary beam rifle. I completely cut off the barrel and reshaped the remaining tip, along with reshaping the front iron sight. The handle guard was removed, and I flipped over and reshaped the rifle grip.

Dlinker
November 12, 2013, 1:02 PM
Glad to see you're still with us. Been a loooong time since you last posted, haha.

Mods are looking good and I like the shorter barrel on the top rifle. The trimmed barrel on the bottom rifle reminds me of Warhammer 40K barrels, which I happen to like.

thwalker13
November 12, 2013, 1:20 PM
Great to see you back man. I'm glad the issues with the forum didn't scare you off.

The Strike-E is looking good. The subtle mods are well thought out and will look great once the whole kit is presented.

ChapelMkII
November 12, 2013, 3:10 PM
Great to see you back man. I'm glad the issues with the forum didn't scare you off.

The Strike-E is looking good. The subtle mods are well thought out and will look great once the whole kit is presented.

I will admit, it was a minor setback last week when I tried to see how things were going, but I'm not sweating it. Stuff happens. And thanks! Hopefully I can translate what I have in my noggin effectively in 3D.


Glad to see you're still with us. Been a loooong time since you last posted, haha.

Mods are looking good and I like the shorter barrel on the top rifle. The trimmed barrel on the bottom rifle reminds me of Warhammer 40K barrels, which I happen to like.

Too long, I know. Just a giant rollercoaster of stupid starting around February for me, lol. It's funny that you mention 40k. My roomie recently got into Warmachine, so he let me build up one of his pieces for giggles. Messing with miniatures , I managed to obtain a better appreciation of fine detail painting that I am optomistic about applying to my Gunpla

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/0803/Chapel/2013-09-02221339_zpsc9008711.png (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Chapel/media/2013-09-02221339_zpsc9008711.png.html)

ChapelMkII
November 25, 2013, 10:42 AM
Minor Update. With the impending holiday later this week, I intend to take advantage of the 4-day weekend and get some progress hammered out with the mobile suit portion of the kit. In the meantime though, I did some painting with the snubbed Duel rifle and the assualt shield's mini-gun:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/0803/Chapel/2013-11-25102037_zps27dc11fc.png (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Chapel/media/2013-11-25102037_zps27dc11fc.png.html)
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/0803/Chapel/2013-11-25102443_zpsbf9f6950.png (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Chapel/media/2013-11-25102443_zpsbf9f6950.png.html)

Panel lining needs some cleanup, but the application of the grey paint was some of the smoothest paintwork I've done in a while, and credit is owed to a paint tutorial I found here through the forums. I also did a primer spot-check on the primary beam rifle to make sure I had not missed any excess glue from the cleanup of the styrene additions... That said, there is still some work that must be done, lol.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/0803/Chapel/2013-11-25102305_zps049adf85.png (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Chapel/media/2013-11-25102305_zps049adf85.png.html)

ChapelMkII
December 3, 2013, 10:27 AM
The weekend ended up being a lot busier than I had hoped, but on the plus side I ended up with a new 2DS, so I'm not complaining too much :D I was at least able to to settle on a color scheme and hammer out the largest cosmetic changes to the Strike-E's head. Forgive the pics, I was trying to get as much of the detail to show up with my phone's camera as I could:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/0803/Chapel/2013-12-03010158_zpsbec9fd46.png (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Chapel/media/2013-12-03010158_zpsbec9fd46.png.html)
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/0803/Chapel/2013-12-03010549_zpse704742d.png (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Chapel/media/2013-12-03010549_zpse704742d.png.html)

Of all the aesthetics over the years, the elongated "chin" from Sentinel has always been a favorite, so I resculpted this one to reflect that. I wanted the Gundam of my namesake to reflect some of my real life, so I added some "minor" cosmetic damage to his left eye to reflect my close call with a hobby knife a few years back (long story short: never work angry!). I carved out part of his helmet and facemask to reflect his scar, and I sculpted a camera in the area I filed down earlier to make it look like the eye covering was no longer present.

And here's everything assembled right now. I'm not digging the long skirt plates for the hip, so I'm going to either shorten the plates or replace them entirely. The blue tips that would normally be on this kit's shoulders are not going to be added, and I'm going to scratch build some shoulder verniers in place of those. You can also see early progress of my color selection on the thigh and arms (Model Masters Dunkenblau and Deep Sea Navy).

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/0803/Chapel/2013-12-03085940_zps43f8c388.png (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Chapel/media/2013-12-03085940_zps43f8c388.png.html)

Seeing everything together with the new head alterations really has me pumped to finish the mobile suit portion of this project. The weapons pack and assault shield are still a ways off.

Jfl0
December 3, 2013, 10:43 AM
Freaking sweet. LOVE the camera eye idea. I've never seen it pulled off, or this well for that matter.

thwalker13
December 3, 2013, 11:11 AM
That is some great looking detail you put into that eye man. It looks awesome!

Bossguy
December 3, 2013, 11:38 AM
That looks awesome! That chin is spiffy.

ChapelMkII
December 3, 2013, 2:30 PM
Thanks, everyone!


Freaking sweet. LOVE the camera eye idea. I've never seen it pulled off, or this well for that matter.

Thanks for the vote of confidence, but I'm far from from calling that one part "finished". The thing that drives me crazy with 2-part epoxies is the limited sculpting window many have, and with the size of the eye, I had to do the barebones minimum on detailing so as not to lose the shape of camera/iris (which, interestingly, was made using the head vulcan barrel to make an impression). Now that it's fully cured, I can score in a bit of additional detail and hopefully it won't look like a weird SD eye.

I also noticed something that I want to get everyone's opinion on: the spot where the scar starts implies that the weapon would've struck some or all of the V-Fin. I'm debating how to represent this, and I've narrowed it down to four possibilities:

I ignore it and leave it the way it is.
I break the fin where the cut should be and make him a sideways unicorn, so to speak.
I cut a break in the fin and make it look like a repair was made, but that section was never repainted.
I approach it as an upward slash, and instead have a noticeable knick in the V-Fin, but still have it whole.

Thoughts?

Dlinker
December 3, 2013, 3:06 PM
Hmmm, I think the knick in the V-Fin sounds good. Makes it look like the hit to the head was dodged at the very last minute, but not quick enough that some damage happened (hence your scar and the knick).

thwalker13
December 3, 2013, 4:11 PM
I'd also vote for the knick. It would give it a bit more character I think.

Squee
December 3, 2013, 7:55 PM
Are you done with that chin piece? It seems like it could use some more fine tuning to make it look a bit more fluid/proportioned to the rest of the face. Love the eye idea!

ChapelMkII
December 4, 2013, 10:02 AM
Are you done with that chin piece? It seems like it could use some more fine tuning to make it look a bit more fluid/proportioned to the rest of the face. Love the eye idea!

Good eye, Squee! The pics were taken after I had just finished the rough shape with my rotary tool. I've been slowly doing some additional hand-filing to to get the right taper on the chin and clean up the blending point where the epoxy meets with the plastic.

And Thanks to the feedback, I went with option #4. It definitely is giving it some more character :)

jayhat100
December 4, 2013, 8:16 PM
Looks great man, I want to see more.

B6Drew
December 4, 2013, 8:34 PM
that looks badass love the scar idea

ChapelMkII
December 11, 2013, 10:00 AM
Yeesh. Things got out of hand quickly. I went to remove the faceplate for painting, and the damn thing just crumbled. The only thing I can think of is that I cracked it originally when I was shaping the chin. Ever since, the mask doesn't line up properly, even though I filed the chin down to the dimensions of the original. I'm also learning the hard way that Tamiya and Model Master paints do not like the epoxies I used, as both the eye and chin have had paint rub off just by touching it. A LOT of touch-up work on the head is in the immediate future, and all of my current efforts will go to fixing the mask/chin. I'm looking at a few possible solutions:

Extend the scarring to include the damage.
Remove the section near the exposed eye and scratch build more exposed components.
Patch up the unintentional damage.
Scratch build a new faceplate.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/0803/Chapel/2013-12-11075523_zps14449163.png (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Chapel/media/2013-12-11075523_zps14449163.png.html)

And a current in-prog pic.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/0803/Chapel/2013-12-11074958_zpsc150db91.png (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Chapel/media/2013-12-11074958_zpsc150db91.png.html)

Bossguy
December 11, 2013, 10:08 AM
Ooh, man, that hurts. I'm sorry to hear that. Did you prime beforehand? That might help eliminate the paint rubbing off.

ChapelMkII
December 11, 2013, 10:36 AM
Ooh, man, that hurts. I'm sorry to hear that. Did you prime beforehand? That might help eliminate the paint rubbing off.

In fact, I did. They spent the same amount of time drying as the newly painted components on the leg as well -- but those are the only ones reacting negatively. It's entirely possible though because of the small surface area of the piece that the freakishly corrosive oils in my fingertips are being difficult again.

Dlinker
December 11, 2013, 11:27 AM
I've noticed that smaller areas and parts tend to be the most difficult in terms of getting paint to stick. Had a few cases of that happen with my Evil Qan[T].

Sucks to hear about your current predicament. Who would have thought a head mod would be so tasking, haha.

thwalker13
December 11, 2013, 12:18 PM
To be honest, I think you should leave the break there. I think it actually looks pretty good that way. I know it was unintentional, but it does kinda go with the theme you are working towards.

Bossguy
December 11, 2013, 12:51 PM
I agree with Thwalker. While the loss of the other faceplate is painful, the addition of a cracked mask goes along with the nicked V-fin.

ChapelMkII
December 12, 2013, 8:27 AM
Thanks all, for the input. Sadly, things have gone from bad to worse. I don't think I've ever had this much problem with a kit before! I noticed some plastic around the groove that the faceplate connects to on the chin/upper cheek piece was deformed, so I started to do some light filing in hopes of restoring the plate as close as possible to how it looked originally. The filing went without a hitch, and I even narrowed the chin a little bit more. But when I went to test fit the broken halves of the facemask, part of the cheek snapped right at where I had created its part of the scar. The part was too small and thin to glue back to the main piece, so I have been forced to glue it onto the actual eye piece.

The development forced me to go to Plan B, which entailed sculpting new detailing over the existing pieces, but that didn't work either. The epoxy was sculpted on too thinly to maintain a hold, so the part broke again once the epoxy cured and I attempted a test fit. So now I'm stuck with Plan C: scratchbuild an entire facemask. This will result in a more solid piece in the long run, but I'm just annoyed that it even got to this point >_<*

Bossguy
December 12, 2013, 10:09 AM
Wow, that sounds horrible. It seems to be giving you endless trouble.

ChapelMkII
December 12, 2013, 10:39 AM
Yeah. In hindsight I realize my mistake was taking apart the face once I did the scarring. The modifications structuraly compromised the parts individually, but they were all kept in place by each other.

Dlinker
December 12, 2013, 10:51 AM
At least you learned something about head/face mods from it, haha.

ChapelMkII
December 12, 2013, 11:22 AM
At least you learned something about head/face mods from it, haha.

Trial and error, while frustrating and expensive (at times) has been the best learning tool for me in life, lol.

Lesson learned. If I ever do something like this again, I'm going to back-fill these parts with some resin or epoxy to bulk them up to take the abuse beforehand.

ChapelMkII
December 17, 2013, 8:58 AM
I'm almost in the clear with the whole head fiasco. I just need to make a few adjustments cleanup-wise, and get some input from you all regarding color selection. Before the facemask incident happened, I was actually planning to scrub this, since to my surprise, the standard Strike-E faceplate worked with what I was doing. The plan was to give the head a faceplate with a skull motif to go with the "Chapel" theme, and looking at it now, I'm almost glad the accident happened, because this thing just looks sinister.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/0803/Chapel/2013-12-17082930_zpsdbd1a673.png (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Chapel/media/2013-12-17082930_zpsdbd1a673.png.html)
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/0803/Chapel/2013-12-17083501_zpse7e485f6.png (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Chapel/media/2013-12-17083501_zpse7e485f6.png.html)

I'm debating the color choices though. I'm thinking of switching the Navy out for the Dunkenblau so that the lower part of the faceplate doesn't disappear into the shadows of the helmet, and if I stick with the bone color for the skull, I'll have to switch out the eye color for something that shows up better, since the yellow has been muted out even to the naked eye. Thoughts?

Also, the Strike-E is getting a reduction in his glutes. Knocked off a good chunk of the back plates to something akin to the 00 plate designs.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/0803/Chapel/2013-12-17083124_zps2f83dbab.png (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Chapel/media/2013-12-17083124_zps2f83dbab.png.html)

thwalker13
December 17, 2013, 12:05 PM
A pretty cool idea with the faceplate. I'm liking the look of it.

Color wise, if you're going to go with that dark blue, and a bone color. Why not do the eye in red? It would certainly match the skull motif. Green would also be a good choice.

Bossguy
December 17, 2013, 12:34 PM
Crossbone! Haha, that's pretty awesome. Skull Gundam's rock. Red eyes will probably work the best for a skull-faced Gundam.

Dlinker
December 17, 2013, 2:43 PM
I second using red for the eyes. It's the most contrasting and conveys the best impression for a skull-like face.

Great work on it, too. The red chin part is like the skull's tongue, haha.

ChapelMkII
February 24, 2014, 8:52 AM
I am elated to see the forums are back up and running! Just in time for me to post some WiP updates too!

As discussed over at the back-up board, I'm putting the KA build on hold until I can finish necessary kits for the Build Fighter cosplay I'm doing with some friends. My Sniper K9 is en route via SAL, so I figured I'd utilize the time spent waiting on the kit to build the Star Build Strike to accompany my friend's Sei costume. This is the first HG Gundam I've built since the RX-78-2 came out in the early '00s, so I was bit awestruck by what these later HGs are capable of. I've already started painting. The right arm, upper torso and head have all been painted and are awaiting additional details. The eyes were a ***** to paint. You get so used to doing 1/100 kits for so long that you can become a bit complacent, lol.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/0803/Chapel/2014-02-24%2008.14.24_zpsztskrack.png (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Chapel/media/2014-02-24%2008.14.24_zpsztskrack.png.html)
I've also included an armored up pic. Lemme know if you can see a difference between the largest wings and the smaller ones. I did a light wash to bring up the flame details, then sprayed on a clear pearl coat to give it some sparkle.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/0803/Chapel/2014-02-24%2008.30.18_zpszil7srbe.png (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Chapel/media/2014-02-24%2008.30.18_zpszil7srbe.png.html)

Dlinker
February 24, 2014, 10:33 AM
Hmm, I can't really see a difference between the big wings and smaller wings even with the pic at its largest. I bet the articulation on this thing wowed you. HG kits have come a long way indeed.

ChapelMkII
February 24, 2014, 10:55 AM
Hmm, I can't really see a difference between the big wings and smaller wings even with the pic at its largest. I bet the articulation on this thing wowed you. HG kits have come a long way indeed.

My camera fails me once more, lol. I'll get a better pic up at some point. And yeah, it did. The old RX-78 was already impressive, but I was surprised to see the poses I was getting out of the Strike. The Star Build has really grown on me, so much so that I ordered the booster kit to get the power gate parts.

Dlinker
February 24, 2014, 1:04 PM
Nice, I hope the effect parts look good on it. You thinking of getting the MG version later on too? I'm not a huge fan of the design of the SBS, but the MG kit looks spectacular and is just begging for a different paint job.

ChapelMkII
February 24, 2014, 1:53 PM
That's a tough call, honestly. Given the way the Build Strikes were designed, It made sense to make the Ultimate Booster by itself for MG release, but that means I get stuck with paying the extra money to be stuck with the Full Strike Booster which I didn't much care for. And with the Plavsky Wings being separate from the other two kits, I seriously question the amount of money I'd drop to make the kit the way I want it.

EDIT So I just saw that the Plavsky wings DO come with the MG Ultimate Booster... Possibility of MG just increased, lol.

ChapelMkII
February 26, 2014, 7:36 AM
During that span of downtime last year, I forgot a step in painting panel lines. I finally remembered what I was doing wrong last night, and this is the result.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/0803/Chapel/2014-02-26%2007.04.12_zpscukup0sa.png (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Chapel/media/2014-02-26%2007.04.12_zpscukup0sa.png.html)
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/0803/Chapel/2014-02-26%2007.11.21_zpsv7zwwiap.png (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Chapel/media/2014-02-26%2007.11.21_zpsv7zwwiap.png.html)

Dlinker
February 26, 2014, 11:35 AM
Holy crap, I didn't notice the head was missing panel lining until now. Maybe it was those particle wings, haha. Looks way better with the panel lining.

ChapelMkII
February 26, 2014, 12:22 PM
Holy crap, I didn't notice the head was missing panel lining until now. Maybe it was those particle wings, haha. Looks way better with the panel lining.

Yes, I distracted you with pretty shinies!

But seriously, it never ceases to blow my mind how astronomically different a kit looks with panel lining. I can't wait to have this whole kit painted up!

ChapelMkII
March 6, 2014, 10:32 AM
All the base colors have been applied to the Build Strike, and I'm in the process of applying details and panel lining. Should have something to show for it by the week's end. But the main reason I'm posting is the Sniper K9. After seeing Episode 18 and seeing BanDai hype the option for the EXAM system, I was incredibly disappointed to open up the kit yesterday and learn that the feature is only being represented in sticker form. Annoying, especially since the visor and sniper camera lens exist separately on their own special runner from the rest of the kit >___<* I mean, really, would it have been THAT difficult to include another runner cast in clear red???

"Well, that's an easy fix Chapel, just paint it." Yes, I could take care of this just fine with some aluminum tint paint and Tamiya clear red, but those of you who own an HG 0080-type GM know that the detailing under the visor is friggin' awesome. I loved the effect I created with my regular GM Sniper II, and I was hoping to repeat that again in this build. The question is: Can I have my proverbial cake and eat it too?

UPDATE: My friend took a pic of the Star Build as of this morning. You can tell he doesn't take pictures of these very often, lol!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/0803/Chapel/2014-03-06%2010.58.57_zpsinlmh0kn.png (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Chapel/media/2014-03-06%2010.58.57_zpsinlmh0kn.png.html)

Dlinker
March 6, 2014, 11:10 AM
If I'm understanding you correctly, you want to re-color the existing clear piece so it's a clear red and thus able to show off the detailing under the visor?

ChapelMkII
March 6, 2014, 11:36 AM
If I'm understanding you correctly, you want to re-color the existing clear piece so it's a clear red and thus able to show off the detailing under the visor?

Yes. Crazy, right?

I mean, worst case scenario I can roll the dice and try casting the entire runner in clear resin, but with pieces this small I don't want to chance losing or destroying them.

thwalker13
March 6, 2014, 12:22 PM
I also want to be able to do this on a few future projects I have in mind. One actually includes, a custom Blue Destiny. So I'd really like to know how to go about doing this.

Bossguy
March 6, 2014, 12:24 PM
You certainly have a dilemma here. I don't think it's possible. At best, the visor will probably turn purple or brown. If worst comes to worst, then cast a clear resin piece. I honestly think that you should just paint the visor a solid color and save yourself some time.

ChapelMkII
March 20, 2014, 9:45 AM
So, no time to address the visor. Gonna have to go with the standard visor for now. I took the airbrush for a spin, and while I've made a few goofs here and there, and This is still looking worlds better than some of my more recent endeavors.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/0803/Chapel/2014-03-20%2009.07.26_zpssddtik8e.png (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Chapel/media/2014-03-20%2009.07.26_zpssddtik8e.png.html)
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/0803/Chapel/2014-03-20%2009.11.10_zps8gq48bop.png (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Chapel/media/2014-03-20%2009.11.10_zps8gq48bop.png.html)

thwalker13
March 20, 2014, 10:40 AM
It's looking pretty darn good to me man. Are those scratches on the back pack? Or is that from the lighting?

ChapelMkII
March 20, 2014, 10:47 AM
That's actually the steel paint I drybrushed on for the start of the weathering. I really need to get a better camera, lol.

Dlinker
March 20, 2014, 11:35 AM
I agree, that looks really nice. Smooth, uniform coat of a shade of a vibrant green. I was thinking about that area on the backpack too. Looks like the start of some good weathering.

Bossguy
March 20, 2014, 11:38 AM
The paint work looks nice and smooth. The dry brushing on the backpack looks a little strange (probably the lighting), but it's undeniably a good start.

thwalker13
March 20, 2014, 12:33 PM
Ah ok. In that case, awesome start good sir. Can't wait to see it all weathered up. You should do a diorama. K9 vs Kampfer.

ChapelMkII
March 20, 2014, 2:52 PM
Ah ok. In that case, awesome start good sir. Can't wait to see it all weathered up. You should do a diorama. K9 vs Kampfer.

My friend and I are kind of doing that, actually. Once MegaCon weekend is over, we intend to clean up/refine our kits and costumes and build a GP Table to do a photoshoot.

ChapelMkII
March 31, 2014, 11:57 AM
I decided to take my Dreissen for a spin over the weekend. I gotta say, I love this kit. This might have been one of the most relaxing builds I've had in a while. Very few seam lines, sprue placement on the parts were really simple to cut and clean. After building it I've got some ideas for paint that I can't wait to try out later down the road, but I'm already looking at one problem with the kit I'm not so sure how to resolve. This is admittedly, my first Dom-type kit I've ever built, so I'm sure how to go about preventing paint rub on the ankles where the thrusters are hidden. There is little to no clearance inside that space, and sanding the effected areas will not do anything to improve clearance... Any suggestions on how to protect those parts?

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/0803/Chapel/2014-03-30%2021.29.40_zps6xlw2zmb.png (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Chapel/media/2014-03-30%2021.29.40_zps6xlw2zmb.png.html)

Dlinker
March 31, 2014, 1:20 PM
If friction is inevitable, maybe paint those areas using lacquer instead of acrylic?