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V0LTES-V01
December 7, 2012, 2:20 PM
Comrades, this novice pilot would like to share with you his pride and joy. I am quite proud of what I accomplished, being a beginner at this fantastic art form.


Link 1 (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7122/8156647501_4e7d831d4b_z.jpg)
Link 2 (http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8065/8156650802_8d8f990468_z.jpg)
Link 3 (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7259/8156618257_fe7abcaf25_z.jpg)
Link 4 (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7254/8156617939_f7dffba196_z.jpg)






After gathering some information and inspiration from fellow pilots on this forum and Gunpla pilots across the globe, I started to work on a specific goal. That goal is details application. It's amazing how panel lines and decals enhance the overall quality of a model. My comrades, this is the result of your contributions:


Link 1 (http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8338/8253065442_e9d6c8c4e4_z.jpg)
Link 2 (http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8480/8253279332_35621200ba_z.jpg)


Progress is slow and steady, a speed befitting a rookie LOL. But rest assured, this project will cross the finish line.



LET'S KEEP OUR EFFORTS ROLLIN'!

TheMeatheadGeek
December 7, 2012, 2:32 PM
looks great man!!!! you say you are a beginner? doesnt look like it

thwalker13
December 7, 2012, 7:09 PM
Truly impressive good sir. Looking very good. Did you paint the kit or just panel line and decals so far?

V0LTES-V01
December 7, 2012, 9:40 PM
@TheMeatheadGeek: Thanks comrade! But I kid you not, I'm just a beginner.

@thwalker13: Thanks comrade, that means a lot! Your MG 00 Raiser inspired me to share mine as well. The kit is devoid of paint. The goal of the project is to get acquainted with panel lines and decals. I've learned the importance of protective coating, so a Matte Finish has been applied as well. I'll focus on painting on the next project which will be the MG Unicorn I recently purchased.

thwalker13
December 7, 2012, 10:06 PM
Nice man. I can't wait to see what you can do with the MG Unicorn.

Deathscythe!
December 8, 2012, 12:39 PM
You don't seem to be a beginner ? (Implying your kit looks magnificent.)

When did you begin assembling gunpla and how many have you built already :S ?

V0LTES-V01
December 8, 2012, 6:37 PM
You don't seem to be a beginner ? (Implying your kit looks magnificent.)

When did you begin assembling gunpla and how many have you built already :S ?
LOL XD

Well first and foremost, I'm glad you're back in the pilot seat comrade.

Alright, now for your questions. I embarked on my Gunpla quest just this late summer. I had YouTube as my tutor. I browsed through countless videos learning about the art as much as I can. It took me a long time to select a model because of the extensive list of candidates. MG 00 Raiser became the chosen one on September. I debated wether to paint the model or not since I'm quite void of experience. Then I finally decided to take on the aspect of Gunpla that is within my reach which is details application. I found that they are quite manageable to apply (panel lines and decals) when the model is still in its original state.

And as for how many kit I've built? MG 00 Raiser is the first. MG Unicorn will be second and MG 00 Quanta, which just arrived recently, will be third.

Oh, and thanks for the compliment comrade, it's very much appreciated. I've liked mecha since I was a shorty. The problem then was we couldn't afford the toys as they were too expensive. But I can now (thankfully) LOL. Mecha toy deprivation is to blame for the quality of my work.

V0LTES-V01
December 14, 2012, 7:49 PM
Just a quick update. I managed to apply the details on its Back Pack and Twin GN Drives.
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8212/8273889128_dc89cdd5c3_n.jpg http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8062/8273889272_08f9c3bebd_n.jpg


Nice man. I can't wait to see what you can do with the MG Unicorn.
I'm quite anxious about it. I have seen the Titanium finish version of the model, and wow, it's quite the color scheme. I thought of going that route as well.

thwalker13
December 14, 2012, 8:31 PM
That it is. The extra detail you've added to the backpack there really looks great man.

V0LTES-V01
December 15, 2012, 11:33 AM
That it is. The extra detail you've added to the backpack there really looks great man.
Thanks brotha. The kit is really giving me a lot of practice with panel lining. I think this is a good time to get carried away with panel lines lol... at the early stage of learning.

jayhat100
December 20, 2012, 10:06 PM
OO is coming out looking real good. i will building OO quant some time this year. can't wait to see how your unicorn comes out.

V0LTES-V01
December 21, 2012, 4:16 PM
OO is coming out looking real good. i will building OO quant some time this year. can't wait to see how your unicorn comes out.
Thanks jay! Progress is slow at the moment but I'll increase the speed a little bit soon. I also have the MG 00 Quanta, but it will be a while before it gets deployed. I am very excited about the Unicorn project as well. The color scheme has been selected, it's just waiting its turn after 00 Raiser.

thwalker13
December 21, 2012, 9:08 PM
I can't wait to see the finished 00. And I'm anxious to see what you have planned for the Unicorn.

V0LTES-V01
December 26, 2012, 10:43 PM
Just another quick update. I managed to work on the body and head unit.
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8220/8304524484_5a4b851827_n.jpg http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8360/8303473217_1088cae635_n.jpg
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8080/8304525018_fec5308934_n.jpg http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8073/8303473687_ecdd17244d_n.jpg



I can't wait to see the finished 00. And I'm anxious to see what you have planned for the Unicorn.
You and me both comrade! I'm trying to pick up the pace a little but at the same moment taking my time as well... enjoying the Gunpla experience. I'm very excited about the Unicorn project as well.

thwalker13
December 27, 2012, 1:57 AM
Looks like it's coming along very nicely. Your lining is extremely good man. Very clean and precise.

Deathscythe!
December 27, 2012, 2:29 PM
That looks fantastic.

Create a manual how to do this, please :S

V0LTES-V01
December 31, 2012, 12:11 AM
Looks like it's coming along very nicely. Your lining is extremely good man. Very clean and precise.
Thanks brotha. My hands weren't so clean afterwards lol, especially my thumb. I had to rub quite a few lines to make them thin and crisp.


That looks fantastic.

Create a manual how to do this, please :S
Thanks comrade, much appreciated. And I'll be glad to share with you the technique that I utilized, and continue to do so, on this project.

I have learned from Gunpla adepts that panel lining is quite manageable when the kit is in its original state. You can make a lot of mistakes (it's encouraged) and be able to correct them at will.
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Tools:

Gundam Marker GM01 (Black)
Gundam Marker GM02 (Gray)
Gundam Marker GM03 (Brown)
Q-Tips
Isopropyl Alcohol
Fingers
Krylon Matte Finish


Steps:

Take the part that you would like to panel line and the Gundam Marker (I chose a subtle panel line theme thus the variety of markers listed above. Black for Gray and Blue/Gray for White/Brown for Yellow and Red) of your choice. Examine the crevice that you would like to line and envision a marker direction. Panel line away once you are settled with a marker direction. Don't worry if by any chance, while you are lining, the marker strides off from the crevice. It can easily be remedied with finger rubs (your choice of thumb, index, middle, ring, pinky) and/or with a Q-tip dampened with Isopropyl Alcohol.

Apply the decals. (You can reverse Step 1 and 2 if preferred)

Seal all the details that you have applied with a top coat of your choice (I chose a matte finish). Spray the finish in a combing fashion with a distance of at least 6-8 inches away from the part that is being coated.

Set aside the coated part(s) to cure.

Assemble.

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V0LTES-V01
December 31, 2012, 4:42 PM
I had the chance, thankfully, to work on its leg. And here's the progress.
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8492/8328526192_c8fb86689a_n.jpg http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8072/8328526492_af7798425e_n.jpg
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8355/8328526746_6cbc9aa5e3_n.jpg http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8498/8328526958_66a3476303_n.jpg
I have taken a great liking to those transparent green lens and foil sticker. They accentuate one another.


Oh and, since a new beginning is almost upon us, I wish you all my Gundam comrades a HAPPY NEW YEAR! :D

thwalker13
December 31, 2012, 8:37 PM
Happy new year to you as well good sir. And it's nice to know that I'm not the only one who removes unwanted lining with my finger.

V0LTES-V01
January 8, 2013, 8:28 PM
I'm glad to have set aside some time to resume this project. I managed to work on the shoulder guard and arm to complete that unit.
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8474/8363194938_2511be6cd7_n.jpg http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8233/8363195146_9a1e12c4d6_n.jpg

And with that, 00 Gundam takes the stand.
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8073/8362132887_c172327122_n.jpg http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8511/8363195604_f563db33b0_n.jpg

The project is nearing its completion. All that is left is the main body of 0 Raiser and the action base.

jayhat100
January 8, 2013, 9:20 PM
It is looking sharp. Can't wait to see it complete.

thwalker13
January 8, 2013, 9:22 PM
I'm with Jayhat, it's looking great.

V0LTES-V01
January 27, 2013, 2:25 PM
It is looking sharp. Can't wait to see it complete.

I'm with Jayhat, it's looking great.
Thanks comrades. The project is nearly finish!

So back from a short hiatus from the project, I managed to work on the last remaining unit of the MS which is the 0 Raiser core.
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8509/8421093776_1a34067f77_n.jpg http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8219/8421094058_782e30af82_n.jpg


And this is the very last piece of the project, the action base. I borrowed the idea from thwalker13 when he showcased his MG 00 Raiser with a colored action base. I never thought about details application on an action base until I saw one.

The only procedure left on the action base is to panel line the letter engravings. Gundam markers would take quite a punishment from it since a portion of the engravings are narrow and tiny. I would rather not force and waste the Gundam markers. The only solution is a panel line wash. I am excited to apply the technique since it will be a first time.
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8517/8400393926_10933f83c5_n.jpg

thwalker13
January 27, 2013, 2:53 PM
That is one awesome looking 0 Raiser core man. The details look awesome. And the action base is looking good. Are you planning on painting it?

jayhat100
January 29, 2013, 4:12 PM
The o riser is coming out fantastic.

V0LTES-V01
January 30, 2013, 6:10 PM
That is one awesome looking 0 Raiser core man. The details look awesome. And the action base is looking good. Are you planning on painting it?
Thanks man! It took quite some time to panel line because it has a lot of sectons that can be detailed; even the inner frame as well. I just couldn't pass the opportunity; practice always yield benefits. In regards to the action base, since my main goal is to learn/improve panel lining technique with markers, I opted the idea. But I'll keep that option open for future projects when I get acquainted with paints.


The o riser is coming out fantastic.
Thanks brotha! It was a challenge but fun at the same time. It has lots of panel lining opportunities and so I took it slow and easy.


Well comrades, the project is finally complete! I'll post the images soon! Please stay tuned!

cellastra
March 12, 2013, 1:05 PM
Wanted to ask about your panel lining techniques. Missed the 2nd page :p
Really good job with it btw :)

V0LTES-V01
March 14, 2013, 8:40 PM
Wanted to ask about your panel lining techniques. Missed the 2nd page :p
Really good job with it btw :)
Thanks! It's very manageable to panel line when the kit is unpainted. The trails of Gundam panel line marker fades with ease because of a true smooth surface. I hope the mini manual helps your Gunpla adventures!