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goosevf187
July 17, 2013, 11:38 AM
So currently I am hand painting my HG Exia using Testors enamels, The results are actually pretty good, I will post up some pics once I get home to show you whats been done so far. I haven't gotten my airbrush yet due to some financial issues but next Friday is payday and im getting a bonus so that means new Gunpla and my airbrush. I also have my HGUC Jesta Cannon waiting to be built as well.

thwalker13
July 17, 2013, 12:18 PM
Sounds like you've got some nice plans going. Planning on a color scheme for the Jesta?

goosevf187
July 17, 2013, 12:42 PM
I want to build it, then maybe paint it as close to the original colors as possible. Hopefully with that bonus I can pick up a GM a paint it white dingo colors.

thwalker13
July 17, 2013, 12:49 PM
That would be pretty cool. I'm interested to see what you have gotten done on Exia.

goosevf187
July 17, 2013, 12:54 PM
Ill post up the pics tonight. It's my first time painting with a brush so be gentle.. overall im happy but i got a lot of painting to do still

thwalker13
July 17, 2013, 12:58 PM
Hand painting is an art. It takes a lot of practice to get the hang of it. I've been hand painting stuff for years and I still don't know everything there is to know. It just takes practice and a steady hand.

Dlinker
July 17, 2013, 1:18 PM
Testor's enamels are those little bottles right? If you think those are nice, wait until you try out their Model Masters line. Really good stuff.

goosevf187
July 17, 2013, 2:26 PM
Yeah the little bottles, I saw some of those model masters at hobby lobby. Im going to start saving up to buy paint from hobbywave.com, but in the meantime im just gonna build my kits. I have some nice kits that are begging to be built.

Dlinker
July 17, 2013, 3:48 PM
That's a good idea, build up the kits first and then doll them up later. I do that during the winter since the cold weather prevents AB use for me.

goosevf187
July 18, 2013, 2:00 AM
Progress on Exia
http://i1176.photobucket.com/albums/x340/Cd7n1nja/IMG_20130717_231230_221.jpg (http://s1176.photobucket.com/user/Cd7n1nja/media/IMG_20130717_231230_221.jpg.html)
http://i1176.photobucket.com/albums/x340/Cd7n1nja/IMG_20130717_223106_072.jpg (http://s1176.photobucket.com/user/Cd7n1nja/media/IMG_20130717_223106_072.jpg.html)
http://i1176.photobucket.com/albums/x340/Cd7n1nja/IMG_20130717_222950_758.jpg (http://s1176.photobucket.com/user/Cd7n1nja/media/IMG_20130717_222950_758.jpg.html)

I need some grey paint to get rid of those stickers.

Here is the beginning of my HGUC Jesta Cannon Build
http://i1176.photobucket.com/albums/x340/Cd7n1nja/IMG_20130717_231550_6001.jpg (http://s1176.photobucket.com/user/Cd7n1nja/media/IMG_20130717_231550_6001.jpg.html)
http://i1176.photobucket.com/albums/x340/Cd7n1nja/IMG_20130717_234609_1641.jpg (http://s1176.photobucket.com/user/Cd7n1nja/media/IMG_20130717_234609_1641.jpg.html)

exia-7
July 18, 2013, 3:17 AM
Looks like a fun project! Btw, you might wanna take a blade to those leftover runner nubs that are on the Jesta's chest panels for a better fit. I just finished my RG Zaku II about an hour ago and I ran into a problem with a similar chest piece. However, they were a lot smaller and it was a challenge to shave off the nubs. Looking forward to seeing the final product of the Jesta and Exia!

Dlinker
July 18, 2013, 11:01 AM
Looking good so far. For the Exia, are you painting the entire kit, including the white parts?

goosevf187
July 18, 2013, 11:49 AM
Thanks for the kind words guys.
@exia-7 I saw the nubs in the pics and how bad they looked, ill take a exacto knife to it tonight and some 2000 grit sandpaper.
@dlinker - its hard to tell but the white is painted, the only thing not getting painted is the grey parts of the "frame". I need to get a light grey color to paint the part where the decals go on the legs

thwalker13
July 18, 2013, 12:32 PM
Looks really great so far man. I would have never of known that you had painted the white if you hadn't of mentioned it. Great work man.

Dlinker
July 18, 2013, 1:24 PM
Wow, brave of you to paint the white parts also. That color is such a hassle to paint that sometimes it's just not worth it (even when using an AB).

It's probably just the photo, but it looks like the blue is painted on a tad heavily.

goosevf187
July 18, 2013, 2:20 PM
Wow, brave of you to paint the white parts also. That color is such a hassle to paint that sometimes it's just not worth it (even when using an AB).

It's probably just the photo, but it looks like the blue is painted on a tad heavily.

Yeah I believe I did go a bit heavy... Its my first go and I figured If I messed up Exia It wouldnt be to bad

Dlinker
July 18, 2013, 3:12 PM
Oh, okay, it's all cool. I'm guilty of doing the same thing at times, mostly whenever I decide to paint Tamiya acrylic right out of the bottle, haha.

goosevf187
July 20, 2013, 4:15 PM
Ok, so after watching a few youtube videos I decided to experiment with my airbrush and regular acrylic paints. I mixed it with water to get it to about the consistency of milk.

Here is what I was working with
http://i1176.photobucket.com/albums/x340/Cd7n1nja/IMG_20130720_141012.jpg (http://s1176.photobucket.com/user/Cd7n1nja/media/IMG_20130720_141012.jpg.html)

Now, the part I painted was like a dark green color and this was only one coat.
http://i1176.photobucket.com/albums/x340/Cd7n1nja/IMG_20130720_140902.jpg (http://s1176.photobucket.com/user/Cd7n1nja/media/IMG_20130720_140902.jpg.html)

I don't think it turned out bad, plus the coverage was nice.

thwalker13
July 20, 2013, 6:54 PM
My wife has a sh!t ton of that stuff. She uses it it alter Magic Cards. My question is, does it adhere to the plastic? And what affects would other forms of paint have on it?

exia-7
July 21, 2013, 1:10 AM
I saw that folk art paint at HobbyLobby today. I'm not a painting expert, but it sounds like a good price - around $1 a bottle. Does it hold up well on the plastic?

goosevf187
July 23, 2013, 12:18 PM
I saw that folk art paint at HobbyLobby today. I'm not a painting expert, but it sounds like a good price - around $1 a bottle. Does it hold up well on the plastic?

I just sprayed some blue yesterday on my exia and hit it with a clear. Ill let you know how they are tonight. On another note I lost one of the essential polycaps on my Jesta cannon. Its PC5, for the hand to attach. I only saw one, im guessing it fell off somewhere. Anyone know where I can source that from?

goosevf187
July 23, 2013, 12:19 PM
I saw that folk art paint at HobbyLobby today. I'm not a painting expert, but it sounds like a good price - around $1 a bottle. Does it hold up well on the plastic?

I just sprayed some blue yesterday on my exia and hit it with a clear. Ill let you know how they are tonight. On another note I lost one of the essential polycaps on my Jesta cannon. Its PC5, for the hand to attach. I only saw one, im guessing it fell off somewhere. Anyone know where I can source that from?

thwalker13
July 23, 2013, 12:31 PM
Double post! lol

I'd look and see if you might have any extra from another kit that work in it's place. It would be a lot easier to slightly modify a polycap from another kit than to try and order one.

goosevf187
July 23, 2013, 12:42 PM
Thank you so much thwalker! Sorry, is there a way to delete the double post?

thwalker13
July 23, 2013, 1:02 PM
I can do it. Or you can just edit it for something else. It's no big deal.

goosevf187
July 31, 2013, 11:19 PM
So I kinda gave up with the airbrushing and decided to polish up on my basic skills first such as removing nubs, applying decals, and panel lining. I found some real touch markers for $18 shipped so ill be picking those up. Here is what im going to be working on.
http://i1176.photobucket.com/albums/x340/Cd7n1nja/temporary-11.jpg (http://s1176.photobucket.com/user/Cd7n1nja/media/temporary-11.jpg.html)

Zeta
July 31, 2013, 11:35 PM
Ooooohh... Full Armor Unicorn Gundam.

exia-7
July 31, 2013, 11:54 PM
so many weapons!!!

thwalker13
August 1, 2013, 12:14 AM
A very nice choice. I have that exact same action base sitting downstairs at this very moment. I'll be looking at the this thread, I plan on picking up that HGUC F/A Unicorn some day soon.

Dlinker
August 1, 2013, 12:27 AM
Nothing wrong with improving the basics. You'd be surprised how a nice OOB build can be, too.

Looking forward to your progress with this.

goosevf187
August 2, 2013, 10:46 AM
I finished up the backpack, head, torso and shoulders yesterday. Ill post up pics when I get back home. But I have a few questions to ask.. First should I line this kit with a black or grey gundam marker? As far as nubs go, i have 1000 and 2000 grit sandpaper, will that remove it ok and do i need real touch markers to get it looking right?

goosevf187
August 16, 2013, 7:09 PM
I began working on my HGUC 1/144 Jegan ECOAS type, I finished the build on the MS, and applied some decals, but I have to say im a bit disappointed with the colors. Its all that grey greenish color, hardly any grey or tan color. Most of the tan color on the ms that are shown in the pictures have to be painted on. Overall the design is nice and was a lot different build than what ive worked on previously.

Wiz33
August 16, 2013, 7:52 PM
Get a set of this for nub removal. If you don't cut too close to the part so you don't stress and dis-color the plastic. You can just sand it down and then polish it back to almost the original shine without touch up.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000CDR5K8/ref=pe_385040_30332200_pe_309540_26725410_item

Watch this video on nub removal.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GNE7LNdwcGo

goosevf187
August 16, 2013, 9:50 PM
Thanks wiz, I watched that video and ill invest in those

Dlinker
August 16, 2013, 11:56 PM
I finished up the backpack, head, torso and shoulders yesterday. Ill post up pics when I get back home. But I have a few questions to ask.. First should I line this kit with a black or grey gundam marker? As far as nubs go, i have 1000 and 2000 grit sandpaper, will that remove it ok and do i need real touch markers to get it looking right?

Somehow I missed your question about panel lining. Are you referring to the Unicorn or a different kit?

goosevf187
November 28, 2013, 9:15 AM
I began working on panel washing the Gerbera Tetra, last night and wound up breaking 2 pieces.

The more difficult section to repair since the piece is so small, I used Mr. Cement and wound up gluing the poly cap direct to the joint pice
http://i1176.photobucket.com/albums/x340/Cd7n1nja/broken.png (http://s1176.photobucket.com/user/Cd7n1nja/media/broken.png.html)

I also broke the pegs off on the shoulder covers when seperating, this isnt a big deal to fix
http://i1176.photobucket.com/albums/x340/Cd7n1nja/Untitled.png (http://s1176.photobucket.com/user/Cd7n1nja/media/Untitled.png.html)

I used a flay gray for the pink pieces on the body and flat black on the grey pieces, overall im happy and will post up pictures soon. My only issue with the wash is not being able to tell if I have it thinned enough or too much, that part is a bit tricky.

other news: I just purchased an airbrush
http://www.harborfreight.com/deluxe-airbrush-kit-95810.html

I decided to give it a go again. Im just curious about the paint, as mentioned previously I do have access to that Folk paint but as far as other acrylics there is only Model Masters and Createx here in my city. What would you recommend?

Last piece, what should I work on next

HG Zogok
MG Wing Endless Waltz
HG Geara Doga
HG Hy-Gogg

thwalker13
November 28, 2013, 11:20 AM
Man, you're not having it easy with the Gerbera Tetra are you? Sucks that those pieces broke. Hopefully can you can get them repaired. As for which kit to build next, how about the Wing?

goosevf187
November 28, 2013, 1:55 PM
I have had some bad luck, I wasn't able to get that little piece to stay so trying to get the polycap to stay but that might now work either so I'm running out of ideas. I'll try anything to salvage it . I think the wing is a good choice.

Dlinker
November 28, 2013, 3:05 PM
Seems like you're on your way to getting the GT presentable in some form, though it does suck to have pieces like that break on you.

Regarding the paint, is that Model Masters enamel you have readily available or the acrylic version? If it's the enamel, it might not be an easy paint to start airbrushing with since enamel can be tricky. If it's the acrylic, then go for it.

goosevf187
November 28, 2013, 6:11 PM
I just top coated the tetra. It looks good, minud the arm. Yeah its MM acrylic

Dlinker
November 28, 2013, 7:11 PM
Cool, MM acrylic is water-based so cleaning and thinning should be a breeze for you. Another member here, Jfl0, uses MM acrylic via AB also. I think his WIP thread has some good info on about it.

goosevf187
November 29, 2013, 1:56 PM
I promise when I get home today, Ill post picks of the G. Tetra

goosevf187
December 3, 2013, 11:44 PM
I have to buy a adapter to get the airbrush working, so that will be on hold till possibly my next pay. I also never bought the paint due to the lack of funds. However I do have the paint needed for my HGUC Sinanju, so im not sure if I should work on that next or MG Wing Ver. EW.
I spent part of the weekend working on my garage and getting my hobby bench area fixed up so im not working on the dinning room table.

It was my bday yesterday so I got some good stuff, MG Johnny Ridden's Zaku II 2.0, a black action base 1, Metal Gear Legacy collection, and a xbox one with battlefield 4.

Dlinker
December 4, 2013, 12:44 AM
That's a quite a nice haul of stuff for your birthday, man :)

I think it was a good decision to get your stuff ready in the garage. One less thing to worry about.

Bossguy
December 4, 2013, 1:08 AM
Sorry about missing your birthday. Getting your airbrush set up before is a smart move.

thwalker13
December 4, 2013, 8:53 AM
Happy late Birthday man! You got some really great stuff. And yes, a nice clean work area is a great way to start a new project. You'll love the HGUC Sinanju. It's the best HG kit I have ever built.

goosevf187
December 5, 2013, 3:02 AM
Thanks for the b-day wishes!

I still havent finished cleaning and setting up the garage. Im going to be putting up some pegboard and a paint rack up next weekend.

Im going to be working on 2 kits simultaneously, HGUC Geara Doga and HGUC Sinanju. The GD will be more of a OOB build with minor hand painted details, while the sinanju will be a Fully painted kit.

http://i1176.photobucket.com/albums/x340/Cd7n1nja/20131204_235539.jpg (http://s1176.photobucket.com/user/Cd7n1nja/media/20131204_235539.jpg.html)

RX-78-2
December 5, 2013, 7:59 AM
Oh man I cannot wait to see that Sinanju. I absolutely love ALL sinanjus!! Do you know how you're gonna paint it yet? Normal colors or new colors I would say normal judging by the paints you have there.

thwalker13
December 5, 2013, 9:04 AM
Mmmmm I love me some Sinanju. You'll have some fun with that kit. Mine is still my all time favorite HG kit. How are you going to go about painting the gold trim?

Bossguy
December 5, 2013, 11:53 AM
Very nice. The Sinanju is one of the most popular mono-eyed designs out there. I'm sure you'll do it justice.

Dlinker
December 5, 2013, 12:46 PM
Good luck with the projects, man. It looks like you're all prepped and ready, especially with the GD as the first kit.

goosevf187
December 5, 2013, 4:13 PM
Thanks guys im going to work hard on both kits but the Sinanju is a very nice kit and I dont wanna mess it up so im going to work extra hard on it.

@ thwalker13 - Your Sinanju is actually inspiration for this kit, I love what you did with yours and gave me that courage to finally tackle the kit. I plan on using that technique you told me about. Im going to paint everything with a gold enamel and them paint everything with a black acrylic and remove the black of the trim, hopefully leaving behind the gold.

@ RX-78-2 - Im going to do a normal paint job, im not a huge fan of custom paint jobs. I like things to be as close to the anime as possible.

@ Bossguy - Ill try my best to do it justice, Ive seen lots of really nice Sinanjus out there

@ Dlinker - The GD will be more of a test bed for detail work and painting thrusters, Im ready for this just nervous of messing everything up

Dlinker
December 5, 2013, 4:22 PM
I feel ya, man. Paint jobs like this are always filled with anxiety. Don't be afraid to strip the paint off if it's not meeting your standards, though. Learn two things for the price of one, haha.

Bossguy
December 5, 2013, 4:27 PM
Don't fret. Just think of it as a major learning experience.

thwalker13
December 5, 2013, 5:24 PM
Gold Enamel and black acrylic? Dlinker might be able to give a bit more info, but you might run into trouble with that method. I used Testors One Coat Lacquer gold and Gloss Black Enamel on mine. Going with gold enamel and black acrylic, I think you might have difficulty removing the black without affecting the gold. Unless you put a few lacquer gloss coats over the gold 1st.

But I am glad that my Sinanju inspired you. It was one of the 1st kits that I did that much work and detail on. It also inspired me, to get a MG version one day.

Dlinker
December 5, 2013, 6:06 PM
As long as you let the gold enamel cure long enough (two days to be on the safe side, though some people give it more than that), you should be okay with putting an acrylic on top. If you can, you should test and see if the thinner you're using for the acrylic will have any adverse effect on the gold enamel. If no adverse effect, then you're golden (no pun intended).

goosevf187
December 5, 2013, 6:32 PM
Thwalker13, did you spray paint it on,ab, or handpaint? Did you purchase the lacquor at Hobby Lobby?

I want to make it as easy as possible

thwalker13
December 5, 2013, 8:26 PM
I used a spray can I got from Hobby Lobby. The black enamel was also from a can that I got from Hobby Lobby. You can, do what I did for practice. If you have an old runner laying around. Spray the name plate with the gold. Then spray it with the black. After about a day, use some lighter fluid with a q-tip, and ever so gently rub it on the raised lettering. You should start to see the gold coming through pretty quickly. You'll have to be gentle and not apply to much pressure, other wise you'll take off to much black. But that's how I practiced it. Practice makes perfect!

goosevf187
December 5, 2013, 9:48 PM
Thanks for the tip, I will do that

thwalker13
December 5, 2013, 11:13 PM
Not a problem good sir.

goosevf187
December 7, 2013, 6:03 AM
Began work on the Geara Doga, have to say its an awesome build so far and am really impressed with it so far. I began painting some of the thrusters, not to happy with how they are coming out but I will try another coat tomorrow

http://i1176.photobucket.com/albums/x340/Cd7n1nja/20131207_025928.jpg (http://s1176.photobucket.com/user/Cd7n1nja/media/20131207_025928.jpg.html)
http://i1176.photobucket.com/albums/x340/Cd7n1nja/20131207_025826.jpg (http://s1176.photobucket.com/user/Cd7n1nja/media/20131207_025826.jpg.html)
http://i1176.photobucket.com/albums/x340/Cd7n1nja/20131207_025846.jpg (http://s1176.photobucket.com/user/Cd7n1nja/media/20131207_025846.jpg.html)

Btw im using a enamel for the red

Kenico
December 7, 2013, 9:55 AM
You wont be disappointed with the final result sir. Trust me, best Zeonic Design ive ever seen lol

Bossguy
December 7, 2013, 11:14 AM
The body looks great. What paint are you using for the thrusters? Enamel? If so, you can do what I did. When the paint has dried for about a day, take a Q-tip that has some lighter fluid on it and carefully rub off the excess. The reverse wash technique makes an appearance again!

thwalker13
December 7, 2013, 1:18 PM
I was actually going to suggest the same thing Bossguy did. Use a q-tip with some lighter fluid and clean up what you want.

Dlinker
December 7, 2013, 3:08 PM
Looks good so far. That red for the thrusters gives it some realism.

goosevf187
December 7, 2013, 7:53 PM
Thanks guys, will thinner work?

Bossguy
December 7, 2013, 7:55 PM
Enamel thinner?


*edit*


I don't think that's a good idea. Enamel thinner eats away at the plastic, which could make you thrusters brittle. It also might take off more paint than you really need.

Dlinker
December 7, 2013, 10:22 PM
You can give mineral spirits a try. I don't think that stuff does as much damage (if any) to plastic like normal enamel thinner.

thwalker13
December 7, 2013, 11:06 PM
I used enamel thinner to clean up lining on my Epyon when I 1st got back into the hobby. (when I didn't know much about the whole painting thing) and it didn't hurt the plastic at all. But I used very very light amounts on a q-tip, and wiped it all away with the dry end right after I cleaned up the panel line. So doing that might reduce the change of damaging the plastic.

Dlinker
December 7, 2013, 11:30 PM
Wait, we're forgetting lighter fluid too. That can be used as well in place of any kind of thinner.

goosevf187
December 7, 2013, 11:32 PM
Ill go grab some lighter fluid since its available at my local wal-mart

Bossguy
December 7, 2013, 11:50 PM
Excellent. I suggest getting the big Zippo bottle. It lasts a while.

thwalker13
December 8, 2013, 12:09 PM
That is true, I'm still using a small can of the stuff that I've had for years.

goosevf187
December 14, 2013, 5:25 AM
Here is some progress. Painted thrusters red and bottom of skirt red, just needs to be touched up. I did buy lighter fluid but couldn't find the zippo brand, so I bought ronsonol.

http://i1176.photobucket.com/albums/x340/Cd7n1nja/20131214_022043.jpg

Bossguy
December 14, 2013, 12:08 PM
Very nice! The thrusters look much improved.

Dlinker
December 14, 2013, 8:43 PM
Ronsonol works just as good as Zippo. The thrusters look like the real deal now.

Okiera29
December 14, 2013, 10:32 PM
Thrusters do look very nice and yeah, naptha is naptha(lighter fluid) It also has great grease cutting powers as well. I use it when I work on my cameras... the film kind, not digital. With all you guys painting stuff, I need to get off my duff and break out the paints again.

goosevf187
December 14, 2013, 11:07 PM
Thanks guys, Ill finish it up tonight or tomorrow, So I can begin work on the Sinanju

thwalker13
December 14, 2013, 11:12 PM
I'm looking forward to seeing your Sinanju man. The thrusters are looking good man.

Okiera29
December 14, 2013, 11:15 PM
Second on the Sinanju, it is easily one of the, if not the best HG kit that Bandai has done. Nice and easy to put together. No finicky parts to fall off. Looks the part when finished. You will totally enjoy that build.