View Full Version : Wiz33's WIP thread

August 4, 2013, 3:35 AM
I figure that I should start one of this like everyone else instead of doing a new topic on each new build. As I mention in my VF-25 thread. I'm done with the initial build of the VF-25 and the Superparts but I can't start the painting as I don't have access to all my airbrushing stuff. I decided to start on the Yamato 2199 kits. Space Battleship Yamato was the first serious anime that got me hooked. I still have a bunch of the original Bandai kits from the 1st couple series and I have been picking up the new kits from 2199 as they comes out. I just got done with the initial build of Comso Fleet Set 1. I'm actually surprise that some pieces needs to be glued together but most of those are not installed as I'll do that after painting.




This was a fairly enjoyable build after building 3 Mecha related kits. No more repeating the same steps (right and left side) for half of the build. It's kind of amazing how they manage to give you pretty much all the right color pieces right out of the box (unfortunate, it also make for some really tiny pieces). But by having the hull being made up by all those different color pieces present another problem. Despite their best effort, there a some pretty large gaps between the different color section in some places (while it almost seamless on another section).



This means that if you want a nicely painted model. You can't take it apart and paint the individual pieces and put them back together. I'm probably going to have to glue most of the sections to lock them down, putty over the gaps and then paint it using tape and mask as a whole.

August 4, 2013, 2:08 PM
Very interesting build and something we don't see often here.

I was following another person's Yamato kit build a month or two ago and he went through the same thing. Ended up having to handpaint the really small details because masking them was just too much work.

Kinda funny how the different sections have McDonald's colors, haha. I don't understand the need too, since it should be the same thing if the sections are all one color, unless you can mix and match.

Also, is it just me or are those white sections looking rougher than the colored sections?

August 4, 2013, 2:28 PM
The rough white on the small ship is the result of filing. I'll have to smooth that out. What you may not realize is that these ships are small. Here's a pic with them in relation to the VF-25.


The smallest one is just a bit over 3 inches in length.

I would like to see the other person's build if you can remember the link. Thanks,

August 4, 2013, 6:12 PM
Oh wow, they're smaller than expected. Building and surface prep may be quick, but the painting will take a long time.

Unfortunately, the build was from a thread on 4chan and it moves pretty quickly so it's gone, but I was able to find an archive of the person's posts here: http://archive.heinessen.com/toy/?search_tripcode=!ipCR4eGOD6&task=search2&offset=240

It starts on that page, then just click on the [-24] at the bottom page navigation link to move forward.

August 4, 2013, 7:48 PM
It's kinda amazing how much detail Bandai managed on such small parts but that also mean a big headache when it comes to painting. Just the thought of putting down a silver coat then clear green all the windows on the bridge area does not make me happy.

August 6, 2013, 3:32 PM
Been looking at picking up the new 1/72 Zero Alpha and Zero Alpha 2 fighters that Bandai have just released. Yamato/Starblazers is one of my favorites from my childhood. One day, I would love to be able to afford the 1/350 scale Yamato. Your smaller ones should turn out great!

August 6, 2013, 4:30 PM
I'm going to see if I can pick up a 1/350 in Asia at a reasonable cost this Xmas and hand carry it back. I have the Zero Alpha 2 but I may pick up the other one so I can build one in Flight mode and the other in Storage mode.

August 12, 2013, 2:50 AM
Given that I still do not have my Airbrush setup back and won't for a couple more days (friend's son finishing up on one of his old kits). I did the initial build on Cosmo Fleet set 2 last week.

http://i1276.photobucket.com/albums/y470/Wiz13688/Models/P1000263_zps2c36eebe.jpg (http://s1276.photobucket.com/user/Wiz13688/media/Models/P1000263_zps2c36eebe.jpg.html)

The I went and did the initial build on this:

http://i1276.photobucket.com/albums/y470/Wiz13688/Models/P1000264_zpsd07ff271.jpg (http://s1276.photobucket.com/user/Wiz13688/media/Models/P1000264_zpsd07ff271.jpg.html)

This is my first RG kit. I was a bit worried as many people have said that some parts are small and fragile. Well yes, there are some fairly small pieces but coming off the Cosmo Fleet kit. They are not that bad. I did nick a couple pieces taking them off the tree but luckily they are in area that's being covered up. The build was quite enjoyable and took under 10 hours.

Now the question is should I go ahead and build the GP01 Zephyranthes also before paint so I don't have to worry about mixing paint twice and have them not matching (guess I can just mix enough for both and store the rest) and save some time paint both at the same time.

August 12, 2013, 8:05 AM
Your Yamato fleet is really cool man. Great work.

I'm also jealous of the GP01. I'm really wanting to get those kits. If you're wanting to paint them, I can't wait to see what you have in store for them.

August 12, 2013, 10:42 AM
First, your fleet is looking nice and I'm still surprised many of them are so darn small.

Second, I'm interested in your progress on the GP01. Even though I've never watched the anime, the design of the suit is really appealing to me. Does the kit feel solid?

Lastly, if you're not burned out yet on building such a small kit, I say go and build the Zephyranthes. Best to get that part out of the way early so you can focus on painting later.

August 12, 2013, 12:02 PM
Gunpla TV just did their comparison review on the GP01s


I'll gather my thought and write my own later.

August 12, 2013, 5:39 PM
I posted my review on this thread.


August 12, 2013, 9:01 PM
Just read your review. Great review man.

August 16, 2013, 12:57 AM
Well. Not a lot of progress but I got my Airbrush stuff back and I took the GP01 apart to get ready to paint. Now I'll have to wash the parts tomorrow evening and then start painting on the Weekend. Here's a few pic:

My Air Compressor and Airbrushes

http://i1276.photobucket.com/albums/y470/Wiz13688/Models/P1000284_zps4dc636be.jpg (http://s1276.photobucket.com/user/Wiz13688/media/Models/P1000284_zps4dc636be.jpg.html)

http://i1276.photobucket.com/albums/y470/Wiz13688/Models/P1000285_zps083ef305.jpg (http://s1276.photobucket.com/user/Wiz13688/media/Models/P1000285_zps083ef305.jpg.html)

GP01 in pieces with my Spray Booth

http://i1276.photobucket.com/albums/y470/Wiz13688/Models/P1000287_zps8ea43943.jpg (http://s1276.photobucket.com/user/Wiz13688/media/Models/P1000287_zps8ea43943.jpg.html)

August 16, 2013, 1:04 AM
Is that a twin piston compressor? Niceeee!

August 16, 2013, 1:06 AM
mother of god... I have to get this setup. What is the part that allows you to connect two airbrushes like that? I could get the patriot I wanted and use my 200NH for clear coat applications. .____. brilliant.

August 16, 2013, 1:10 AM
Is that a twin piston compressor? Niceeee!

That was luck. I ordered the Single but TCP shipped me the Twin and they let me keep it with no additional cost.

August 16, 2013, 1:13 AM
mother of god... I have to get this setup. What is the part that allows you to connect two airbrushes like that? I could get the patriot I wanted and use my 200NH for clear coat applications. .____. brilliant.

Got it here:


August 16, 2013, 1:48 AM
Wow, an amazing setup you got there and it looks like you're ready for some productive paint sessions.

August 16, 2013, 8:15 AM
Very nice sir. Looks like you're ready to rock and roll.

August 17, 2013, 4:22 AM
Got it here:


excuse me while I go wash my pants. Thanks for the link :)

August 19, 2013, 1:24 AM
Got done with all the priming finally. Didn't do much yesterday except to put the dark color parts (Dark grey, Med grey, Blue and Red) on skewers. Did them this afternoon with Mr Surfacer grey and the then did the light color parts (Light grey, White and Yellow) in Mr Surfacer white this evening. Once again, it proves that you can never have too many skewers and clamps as even with over 200, I was running out at the end. Luckily, the first batch of grey parts have been on the skewer for 8 hours so I can take them off.

This was taken after the dark color parts except blue.

http://i1276.photobucket.com/albums/y470/Wiz13688/Models/P1000288_zps29d25cd9.jpg (http://s1276.photobucket.com/user/Wiz13688/media/Models/P1000288_zps29d25cd9.jpg.html)

P.S. I broke my first part on this kit. When I was removing the beam rifle from the hand that had the peg to key into it. The Peg broke. Not a big problem. I figure that I'll either glue the beam rifle into that hand or hold it in place with some blu-tak for display.

August 19, 2013, 7:57 AM
Wow, 200 rods. That's crazy. I think I have around 100. Sucks to hear about the little peg in the hand. But at least you've got a plan on how to fix it. Sounds like the project is coming along really well though.

August 19, 2013, 12:49 PM
Progress is looking good, despite the minor setback with the peg.

I often wonder how some modelers handle working on several kits at once. They must have thousands of skewers and clips, haha.

August 19, 2013, 12:57 PM
I couldn't work on 2 kits at once. I'd get confused and paint one kit the wrong colors.

August 19, 2013, 8:11 PM
Me too, unless I had plenty of time and plenty of space to store stuff in. As is, I have a hard enough time dealing with an MG kit.

Wiz33 seems to have plenty of space, though. At least based on that pic.

August 19, 2013, 8:46 PM
I'm taking over the whole dining room which does not make the rest of the family happy ;-P. But since we hardly ever use it except when we have guests, I might as well get some use from it. But it was a pain to setup in a way. Out of all the windows in the house. The only non-sliding window was there (it's a swing out). I can't just open a small gap and stick the spray booth exhaust nozzle into it and tape up the rest. It was OK when I was using acrylic just to have the window opened for ventilation since it's just alcohol fumes and I just want to capture the paint particles with the spray booth so they don't get onto everything.

But using Lacquer is a totally different matter. I have to get the fumes out or it stinks up the whole house (not to mention it being bad for you). I ended up going to the store to have them cut me a couple pieces of lexan to cover up most of the window which leaves a gap at the bottom for the exhaust nozzle and then I tape up the rest of the gap. I now have a different problem. Once I hooked up the exhaust duct and hose, it reduce the amount of airflow/suction on the spray booth (the manual say to remove one of two layers of filter but it's still reduce the airflow quite a bit). I really have to spray in small burst now or the booth does not have the airflow to remove most of the fumes.

What PSI are you guys running your airbrush on? I'm on 15. If I can go lower, it may help.

I may need to take the thing apart and see what size fan is in it and see if I can get a higher CFM fan (current one is about 100CFM) but since it only have a 25W PSU, I may need to upgrade that to a 40W one also. I see some 150CFM fans will need about 36W but I found a small 110V AC to 12V DC 40W PSU on Newegg for under $15 and if it's a 80/92MM fan, I can get a 150+ CFM for about $35.

August 20, 2013, 11:04 AM
Wow, it sounds like your setup is hard-fought and well-earned. Very interesting for me since I have to start thinking about that next year when the fiance and I move to our own house.

Regarding the PSI, I find myself sticking to around 15 PSI (the needle on the regulator is in between 10 and 20 so I'm assuming it's 15), maybe a couple PSI lower on some paints (like lacquers), but never below 10. 10 PSI already feels too weak for me so I don't go there unless I'm pre-shading or trying to save primer.

August 20, 2013, 12:35 PM
Dang man. Sounds like you have a lot to tackle with your setup. But it looks great, plenty of open space. I hope you're able to get fixed up soon.

As for PSI when I used my airbrush a bit back I had it at 15 PSI using some acrylic matte finish.

August 20, 2013, 1:50 PM
Got half the parts painted last night (Red, White, Blue, Yellow and Light Grey). Only the medium, dark grey and clear parts left to be done. I hate spraying White on White primed parts. Really hard to see if you got good coverage. I went a bit darker on the light grey parts as the original is hard to notice against the white unless the kit is well lighted.

http://i1276.photobucket.com/albums/y470/Wiz13688/Models/P1000299_zps8b70e183.jpg (http://s1276.photobucket.com/user/Wiz13688/media/Models/P1000299_zps8b70e183.jpg.html)

I took a closer look at the spray booth. Turns out the fan is a 120mm and I found a 190CFM that is under 25W (rating for stock fan according to spec) so I just put in an order. Hope it works out. It's going to be noisy though as it's 55db vs 47db of the original.

August 20, 2013, 2:03 PM
Wow, it sounds like your setup is hard-fought and well-earned. Very interesting for me since I have to start thinking about that next year when the fiance and I move to our own house.

Regarding the PSI, I find myself sticking to around 15 PSI (the needle on the regulator is in between 10 and 20 so I'm assuming it's 15), maybe a couple PSI lower on some paints (like lacquers), but never below 10. 10 PSI already feels too weak for me so I don't go there unless I'm pre-shading or trying to save primer.

Yea. Stinking up the house does not make family happy ;-P. I bought this spray booth since it was readily available and cheap. If I have to start over again (and I may if I pass this off to my friend's son). I would get this from HLJ (especially since the exchange rate is quite favorable compare to the beginning of the year):


Hobbywave also stock the the filters at a decent price so you can get local replacement without having ot wait for a HLJ shipment.

August 20, 2013, 3:04 PM
Hmmm, that's an interesting product. From the looks of it, it doesn't seem to be more effective than what you already have, but looks can be deceiving, haha. I'm still on the fence on whether or not I should just build my own spray booth.

Glad to see things are still working out well, though. I agree about painting white; doing it on top of white primer is one of the most annoying things out there. When I had to do it, I relied on the sun to tell me where I should paint more.

August 20, 2013, 3:47 PM
Hmmm, that's an interesting product. From the looks of it, it doesn't seem to be more effective than what you already have, but looks can be deceiving, haha. I'm still on the fence on whether or not I should just build my own spray booth.

Glad to see things are still working out well, though. I agree about painting white; doing it on top of white primer is one of the most annoying things out there. When I had to do it, I relied on the sun to tell me where I should paint more.

The main difference on this unit is that it use a blower unit instead of a fan so the motor and all electrical stuff is isolated from the exhaust airflow. This makes it much safer to use with flammable fumes. This is the same unit used at the Tamiya store in Japan in their workshop area where they hold model building tutorials.

Damn, shipping from HLJ is $65 which makes it just $15 more to get from Hobbywave. May do that instead if my fan modification does not work out.

August 21, 2013, 2:08 AM
Got done with the Dark/medium grey and the clear parts. Started a bit of hand painting on some of the area that requires metallic stickers, then the inside of the thruster nozzles, etc. Don't really know what to do with the canopy. leave it clear and just paint the frame or give it a light clear smoke coat and then paint the frame. Any suggestions?

http://i1276.photobucket.com/albums/y470/Wiz13688/Models/P1000303_zps251764f0.jpg (http://s1276.photobucket.com/user/Wiz13688/media/Models/P1000303_zps251764f0.jpg.html)

Strange the 2 pieces came out as different color in the photo but they are they same to eyes (maybe the lights). I may spray on a quick coat of clear red tomorrow and see it give a better shine.

August 21, 2013, 7:58 AM
Yeah I'd say the lighting hitting the forefront part is making it look more orange. Everything is looking good though.

As for the canopy, you could try to tint it a bit. Dlinker told me of a method of using food coloring and Future to add a bit of color to things like that.

August 21, 2013, 10:40 AM
I say go for what you feel looks best. I'm a fan of plain clear canopies (coated with Future to give that extra shine) so that's my choice. But, giving a light tint does look a bit better.

Considering the kit's rugged design, perhaps a tint might be more appropriate.

August 25, 2013, 2:33 AM
Progress was slow the last couple days. Decided to paint the inside of all the Thruster Red and outside Stainless. Since I already painted all the pieces. I thought I'll just hand brush it red. My skill s**ks or I did not thin the paint right or both ;-(. So I just basically wash all the paint & primer off ( it's good that alcohol will soften Lacquer paint if you let it soak but it won't damage the plastic). Re-prime all the pieces, Spray the inside Red and then stick a glob of Blu-Tak in it and then spray the outside. Also use some liquid mask for a couple pieces where the thruster is part of a large piece. Got all that done this afternoon and put on the first coat of Future. Let it sit for a few hours and then put all the pieces back together. Here's the result:

http://i1276.photobucket.com/albums/y470/Wiz13688/Models/P1000304_zpsfb19edcb.jpg (http://s1276.photobucket.com/user/Wiz13688/media/Models/P1000304_zpsfb19edcb.jpg.html)

http://i1276.photobucket.com/albums/y470/Wiz13688/Models/P1000305_zps1c2cc16a.jpg (http://s1276.photobucket.com/user/Wiz13688/media/Models/P1000305_zps1c2cc16a.jpg.html)

http://i1276.photobucket.com/albums/y470/Wiz13688/Models/P1000306_zps30b8e8cf.jpg (http://s1276.photobucket.com/user/Wiz13688/media/Models/P1000306_zps30b8e8cf.jpg.html)

http://i1276.photobucket.com/albums/y470/Wiz13688/Models/P1000307_zps6fa4c2f0.jpg (http://s1276.photobucket.com/user/Wiz13688/media/Models/P1000307_zps6fa4c2f0.jpg.html)

And I also tried a short Video:


In a way. I hate the new way that Bandai is now putting un-painted image on all the newer kits box and manual. Sure, it's nice to see what the kit would look like OOB but you can't tell if there are or color detail on larger molded piece without access to the Anime or some other image. I actually went and looked at the coloring of Vegata's PG kit to figure out what was missing.

August 25, 2013, 1:01 PM
Regarding the thrusters, you can also just use masking tape to get a two-tone effect. First spray the inside as is, then when it's dry, put it face down on some masking tape, then spray the outer housing. The insides and a bit of the tip remains one color, while the outside is another.

Kit looks gorgeous, though. Even though it's original colors, it certainly looks much better than OOB. I bet it will look smashing once panel lining is complete.

Regarding the box, I thought Bandai includes an anime-accurate pic of the completed kit? I know a few of my HG kit boxes had one or two.

August 25, 2013, 2:42 PM
I thought of that but the thruster have a fairly thick lip that would need to be touched up if I use tape. take a closer look at the thruster on the right Burnerm unit and you will see a light color ring on the lip. This is where I formed the Blu-tak to much and it covers park of the lip and the white primer is showing through.

I'm not a very imaginative person so it's not going to be easy to come up with custom color variation. This is also ONLY my "2nd" fully painted kit so I figure I'll stick with the basic color and work on my techniques. Give me a few more kits under my belt and I'll see about trying some color variations ;-P

One of the thing I did find out after trying to hand paint is that although the result was not good. I did notice that the hand paint parts have a higher gloss factor than the sprayed parts. It seems that my spray have been on the dry side. I'm always worried about over spraying and covering the details. So I tends to back away as soon as I begin to see a wet reflection on the plastic. As a result, it seems some of my paint are almost dry by the time it hits the piece. Although it sticks fine, it did not have a chance to smooth out so although I'm using semi-gloss paint .I get like a almost matted finish and it's not very smooth to the touch.

I'm probably going to do the GP01 Zephyranthe next since I mixed up enough paint for both. I'm going to try spraying on a wetter coat and see if the painted surface comes out with a higher gloss factor.

August 25, 2013, 6:21 PM
Yeah, it can take a few coats before a gloss paint really looks glossy. It should be pretty easy with lacquer, though. Assuming you're using lacquer for this kit.

I see what you mean regarding the thrusters. You don't want the lip to match the internals and that is difficult to achieve with the tape method unless you carefully make sure it covers the lip, which can take more time than doing it with Blu-Tak.

I'm a fan of original colors myself. The only time I do a different color scheme is when I either have a duplicate of the kit or it's one where I'm fine with switching up the colors (for example, I didn't do it on my Dynames because I wanted the original colors).

August 25, 2013, 9:57 PM
Nice looking FB man. I just finished watching Rrobbert184's review of it, and I have to ask. Did you have any issues with the top half of the kit?

August 26, 2013, 6:49 PM
The top attachment onto the core fighter is not that secure but workable in most cases. The arm attachments will loosen the top and bottom half of the top assembly if you play with it too much. Nothing that a bit of glue between the 2 main piece shouldn't fix though. I'm probably going to do that.

I got all the stickers on yesterday. A few were maybe a hair off center or tilted but not too noticeable. Also got most of the pieces panel lined but have not finish the cleanup. Should be done later tonight and I'll post some new pictures.

August 27, 2013, 2:39 AM
OK. Here it is:

http://i1276.photobucket.com/albums/y470/Wiz13688/Models/P1000308_zpsc99cdf66.jpg (http://s1276.photobucket.com/user/Wiz13688/media/Models/P1000308_zpsc99cdf66.jpg.html)

Total time between 25-30 hours. Probably would be faster if I didn't have to go back and redo some paint details and some panel lines that I missed on the first pass. I also missed a couple small spots on the panel line cleanup that I did not notice till I was spraying the final top coat but luckily they are not too noticeable.

I'm going to start a thread in the Gallery section. I'll put more pictures and another video there.


August 30, 2013, 5:47 PM
Ok. Took a couple days rest and I'm going to do the GP01 Zephyranthes next before going back to paint the Cosmo fleet and VF-25F. I figure that having done the Fb, I can do this one without a pre-built and go directly from de-nubbing to prime and paint (since I mixed enough custom color for both). Hopefully, this mean I can get this one done this long weekend. I will post some pictures once I get going.

August 30, 2013, 9:01 PM
Here's to another successful build and paint process for you. Perhaps keep the completed kit close by so you can always make sure you got the right colors for the parts, haha.

August 30, 2013, 9:15 PM
Good luck!

September 1, 2013, 10:57 AM
Excellent work with the Full Vernian Wiz!

September 2, 2013, 6:28 PM
Less progress than I hope this long weekend (RL got in the way ;-P). Manage to de-nubbed all the pieces and got them primed by Sunday night.

http://i1276.photobucket.com/albums/y470/Wiz13688/Models/P1000313_zps95a5860f.jpg (http://s1276.photobucket.com/user/Wiz13688/media/Models/P1000313_zps95a5860f.jpg.html)

http://i1276.photobucket.com/albums/y470/Wiz13688/Models/P1000314_zps9dc11cfa.jpg (http://s1276.photobucket.com/user/Wiz13688/media/Models/P1000314_zps9dc11cfa.jpg.html)

Then I decide to try this today:

http://i1276.photobucket.com/albums/y470/Wiz13688/Models/P1000315_zps454ec3a6.jpg (http://s1276.photobucket.com/user/Wiz13688/media/Models/P1000315_zps454ec3a6.jpg.html)

http://i1276.photobucket.com/albums/y470/Wiz13688/Models/P1000316_zps53d8c119.jpg (http://s1276.photobucket.com/user/Wiz13688/media/Models/P1000316_zps53d8c119.jpg.html)

http://i1276.photobucket.com/albums/y470/Wiz13688/Models/P1000317_zpsffb0894b.jpg (http://s1276.photobucket.com/user/Wiz13688/media/Models/P1000317_zpsffb0894b.jpg.html)

This is my first attempt at pre-shading. I change to a 0.2mm needle on the airbrush but I seem to be still getting too wide a pattern or it's just that the pieces are so small on a 1/144 kit. Well, going to let it sit for a few hours and then try to put on a coat of paint and see how they turns out. Wish me luck. ;-P

September 2, 2013, 6:43 PM
Pre-shading on a 1/144 kit can be pretty difficult so what you're experiencing is normal. Everything looks to be going well, though.

September 2, 2013, 7:03 PM
thanks. That's reassuring. Let's hope it turns out OK.

September 3, 2013, 12:55 AM
Haha, I'm hoping as well. If in doubt, darken the pre-shade more since it's easy to paint over a dark area to fix a boo-boo.

September 3, 2013, 1:27 AM
OK. Here's the first batch of results. This is the off white/light grey pieces of the kit. I used dark grey as a pre-shade and not black as I don't want too much of a contrast. Turns out this is cutting it pretty close and the result is real subtle but it means that it should work fine for the white pieces. But that also means that I may have to go back over the darker color pieces with a black pre-shade.

http://i1276.photobucket.com/albums/y470/Wiz13688/Models/P1000318_zps37a4a770.jpg (http://s1276.photobucket.com/user/Wiz13688/media/Models/P1000318_zps37a4a770.jpg.html)

Close up on some pieces. Tell me if you can see the pre-shade is too subtle:

http://i1276.photobucket.com/albums/y470/Wiz13688/Models/P1000319_zps7376395c.jpg (http://s1276.photobucket.com/user/Wiz13688/media/Models/P1000319_zps7376395c.jpg.html)

http://i1276.photobucket.com/albums/y470/Wiz13688/Models/P1000320_zps8bff264a.jpg (http://s1276.photobucket.com/user/Wiz13688/media/Models/P1000320_zps8bff264a.jpg.html)

http://i1276.photobucket.com/albums/y470/Wiz13688/Models/P1000321_zpsa028f701.jpg (http://s1276.photobucket.com/user/Wiz13688/media/Models/P1000321_zpsa028f701.jpg.html)

September 3, 2013, 11:30 AM
The 2nd and 3rd pics have the pre-shade just right, in my eyes. The 4th pic is too subtle in that I had to stare at it for a bit and look closely to notice the effect.

Good choice in using a dark grey for pre-shading the white parts. Using a darker shade instead of black seems to be the rule of thumb so far when pre-shading bright colors, at least from what I've been reading on the technique.

September 3, 2013, 3:54 PM
Yea, I may have over sprayed the color paint on a few pieces. What do you do then if the pre-shade is no longer noticeable? Just repeat the process as is or do you clean everything off and re-do?

September 3, 2013, 5:05 PM
I do one of two things: I leave it as is and just make do with the other pieces or get a really thin mixture of the pre-shade color and do a post-shade. If I'm constrained for time, I do the former. Plenty of time, I do the latter.

However, you're using lacquer paints so perhaps sanding it down and re-doing works just as well.

September 6, 2013, 2:49 PM
Not getting anything done ATM. Out in Austin, TX visiting relatives. Just heard a sad news. Hobby Lobby (which is in Austin and also online) is closing their door. While I have not bought anything from them in a long time (I used to during my R/C days). It's still sad to see some of the long time local shop going out of business.

September 14, 2013, 4:31 PM
Ok Been back a few days. Rested up a bit and finally got all the pre-shaded pieces painted last night. Assemmbly will start in a bit and hopefully the first clear coat will be on today. Then decal and panel lining tomorrow.

http://i1276.photobucket.com/albums/y470/Wiz13688/Models/P1000328_zps5ec1b2b7.jpg (http://s1276.photobucket.com/user/Wiz13688/media/Models/P1000328_zps5ec1b2b7.jpg.html)

http://i1276.photobucket.com/albums/y470/Wiz13688/Models/P1000327_zpsb3cbc6d2.jpg (http://s1276.photobucket.com/user/Wiz13688/media/Models/P1000327_zpsb3cbc6d2.jpg.html)

http://i1276.photobucket.com/albums/y470/Wiz13688/Models/P1000326_zps674fb29b.jpg (http://s1276.photobucket.com/user/Wiz13688/media/Models/P1000326_zps674fb29b.jpg.html)

Things got a bit easier as I move along. the pre-shade was a bit over done on a few pieces and it hard to cover up. Learn that you need to thin the paint a bit more if you are using a 0.2 needle.

September 14, 2013, 5:02 PM
Looks like a Gundam version of Vlad the Impaler's schtick... creepy.

September 14, 2013, 6:00 PM
Parts are looking good so far, man. Are those few pieces with the stronger pre-shade in your pics? Nothing really wrong with a few pieces that are darker than others, at least to me. Adds some variety.

I haven't had to use a .2mm needle in a long time, but it did allow some fine lines.

September 15, 2013, 7:52 PM
Damn! Damn! Damn! Looks like I lost a part. Putting the kit together and I was missing 2 parts. A careful look at the trees found one that I forgot to cut out but the other is proving hard to find. It's the backing piece for the front skirt armor. I swear I remember spraying 2 of them all the way through but now I can't find one of them. Does not help that I've been away for a bit and had the house cleaning service came through last week. I'm going to do a cleanup of the work area later and see if it turns up. If not. Guess the only option would be to order the whole tree from Gentei parts service (thanks god they exist). I can probably use some blue tack to hold the front piece on in the mean time and if I'm careful with the camera angle. It may not be too noticeable. ;-(

September 15, 2013, 10:20 PM
Ouch, sorry to hear that. Nothing's worse than having a part be MIA during a paint job, especially on an RG kit. Hopefully it turns up, but it's understandable if you have to set aside the kit until you can get a replacement part.

September 15, 2013, 10:45 PM
Guess taking WIP pictures helps. Looking at the my 9/2 pictures. I only see one of them on the sticks after priming so it's been missing since then. This may give me a chance to find it. If it has fallen off the table or popped off the stick and landed on the floor. It might have been vacuumed up during during the house cleaning. Going to dump everything back out of the vacuum bag and see. Wish me luck.

September 15, 2013, 10:59 PM
Good luck on finding the part man. I hope that you find it.

September 17, 2013, 2:23 AM
Well. Bad news and good news. Bad news is that the missing piece remains missing. Good news is that Gentei part already responded to my order will a Payapl payment link so hopefully I'll see the part in 2-3 weeks. Meanwhile, here's a few pics with the varies parts assembled.

http://i1276.photobucket.com/albums/y470/Wiz13688/Models/P1000333_zps307bbeb9.jpg (http://s1276.photobucket.com/user/Wiz13688/media/Models/P1000333_zps307bbeb9.jpg.html)

http://i1276.photobucket.com/albums/y470/Wiz13688/Models/P1000334_zpsca73a5c0.jpg (http://s1276.photobucket.com/user/Wiz13688/media/Models/P1000334_zpsca73a5c0.jpg.html)

http://i1276.photobucket.com/albums/y470/Wiz13688/Models/P1000332_zpscf4985c8.jpg (http://s1276.photobucket.com/user/Wiz13688/media/Models/P1000332_zpscf4985c8.jpg.html)

The pre-shading is a bit uneven but I think it turns out OK for a first try. The surprising thing is that while all the pieces were pre-shaded with dark grey. It seems to blends better with the light grey and white pieces while the red and blue piece does not seems to blend as well.

September 17, 2013, 2:58 AM
Wiz- sorry that happened. I was missing a RG MK-II booster for weeks and got lucky and found it. Lost shins to MG D-Hell too. I've been there. Hope the new part is up to your expectations. They like to go for a walk yes? :P

September 17, 2013, 7:48 AM
Pre-shading looks really good man. Everything is looking good. I hope that you get the replacement part really soon.

September 17, 2013, 10:45 AM
Good stuff so far. For red and blue pieces, a pre-shade color of black for blue and maroon for red seems to work best. I had the same results as you when I tried it with a dark grey. I could barely make out the pre-shade in the end.

Curious to see how long Gentei will send you your parts.

September 17, 2013, 10:49 AM
Very nice! I hope you get your parts quickly.

September 17, 2013, 1:49 PM
I may have over sprayed some of the white and light grey parts so you have to look closely before you see the pre-shade but I kinda like the subtle effect. I actually thought that the pre-shade on the red and blue may stand out too much. I would have thought it would be easier to cover the dark grey with red and blue than with white and light grey.

September 17, 2013, 3:23 PM
It's a good first try, especially considering this is on an RG kit.

September 30, 2013, 1:54 AM
Progress have been slow as RL got in the way again. I got asked by another friend to teach his 12 years old son how to build model. Since he's never build one before. I figure we'll start easy so I sacrificed one of the 1/72 Cosmo Zero from Yamato 2199. We're not going to do a fully painted kit for his first build. We're just going thru the basic: cutting, de-nubbing, and assembly. I do want it to look decent so I clear coated it and had him do a panel wash with me doing the detail cleanup. We put in about 2 hours on Friday and another 3 hours today and here's what it looks like at the end of the weekend:

http://i1276.photobucket.com/albums/y470/Wiz13688/Models/P1000458_zps6604d390.jpg (http://s1276.photobucket.com/user/Wiz13688/media/Models/P1000458_zps6604d390.jpg.html)

http://i1276.photobucket.com/albums/y470/Wiz13688/Models/P1000459_zps2983ac92.jpg (http://s1276.photobucket.com/user/Wiz13688/media/Models/P1000459_zps2983ac92.jpg.html)

http://i1276.photobucket.com/albums/y470/Wiz13688/Models/P1000461_zpsaa959e83.jpg (http://s1276.photobucket.com/user/Wiz13688/media/Models/P1000461_zpsaa959e83.jpg.html)

He'll come back next weekend and we'll do the decals and a final top coat.

I did get some work done on the GP-01 during the week. I got the first top coat, stickers on and panel lined all the parts:

http://i1276.photobucket.com/albums/y470/Wiz13688/Models/P1000462_zps58595a17.jpg (http://s1276.photobucket.com/user/Wiz13688/media/Models/P1000462_zps58595a17.jpg.html)

All I need is the final top coat (sometime during this week). I got in a little something from the latest HLJ shipment that may let me show it off without the missing part. We'll see if that works out.

September 30, 2013, 2:27 AM
looking good!

September 30, 2013, 7:40 AM
The GP01 is looking really good sir. can't wait to see it built. I'm also intrigued as to what you got in from HLJ.

September 30, 2013, 10:44 AM
Wow, that Cosmo Zero has an amazing amount of detail. Even with the minimal amount of work that's been put in, it looks pretty darn nice.

Glad to see your GP-01 is still chugging along. Looking forward to its display.

September 30, 2013, 10:59 AM
Wow. It looks great!

October 7, 2013, 1:27 AM
Finished the Cosmo Zero this weekend. I was foolish to tell my friend's son that I'll paint the pilot for him. That was probably the hardest painting job since I returned to the hobby. ;-( Wouldn't call it anywhere near a decent job but at least it's not a unpainted figure sitting in the cockpit.

http://i1276.photobucket.com/albums/y470/Wiz13688/Models/P1000465_zps5c95c44d.jpg (http://s1276.photobucket.com/user/Wiz13688/media/Models/P1000465_zps5c95c44d.jpg.html)

And the finished kits. I decided to try a flat top coat. Think it turns out OK.

http://i1276.photobucket.com/albums/y470/Wiz13688/Models/P1000463_zpsb8050ded.jpg (http://s1276.photobucket.com/user/Wiz13688/media/Models/P1000463_zpsb8050ded.jpg.html)

http://i1276.photobucket.com/albums/y470/Wiz13688/Models/P1000464_zpsf49291b0.jpg (http://s1276.photobucket.com/user/Wiz13688/media/Models/P1000464_zpsf49291b0.jpg.html)

Then today I started on this. This was my little something that I was hoping to let me display the GP-01 in a partially dis-assembled state thereby hiding the missing back piece of one of the front skirt. But now with the Gentei shipping notice, the part may actually get here by the time I finish this.

http://i1276.photobucket.com/albums/y470/Wiz13688/Models/P1000466_zpseab2d8fb.jpg (http://s1276.photobucket.com/user/Wiz13688/media/Models/P1000466_zpseab2d8fb.jpg.html)

Never build any structures before so this will be interesting ;-P

October 7, 2013, 2:36 AM
The finished Cosmo Zero looks even better now and the painted pilot adds that extra bit of detail. I still have yet to attempt painting a pilot figure, haha.

Can't wait to see the GP-01 finished. I'm also curious to see how you'll doll up that System Base.

Lastly, that's a mean-looking container of skewers you got there :)

October 7, 2013, 2:47 AM
Thanks. You'll notice that I have not painted the cockpit frame. That's probably more scary for me than the pilot as I have no idea what lacquer thinner may do to the transparency if I messed up.

October 7, 2013, 7:45 AM
Great work on the Cosmo Zero sir. All the detail work you did looks awesome. And like Dlinker I'm also anxious to see the GP01 finished up. Got any ideas on the hanger display?

October 7, 2013, 1:27 PM
Going to follow the box act for the most part but may steal some of Squee's color schemes. I wish there was some manipulator or crane attachments so you can have pieces hanging in mid air or show the upper torso in the process of being lower onto the core fighter. That would be neat.

October 13, 2013, 10:12 PM
Another slow week. I got the pieces primed and I went and selectively spray some of the detail area. My plan was to then cover them up with masking tape and liquid mask and then spray on the main color. This turns out to be a problem. I thought I could wait for the liquid mask to dry and then just cut off the excess and peel them off. Well, that didn't work as even with a new X-Acto blade. It just would not cut through the soft mask reliably and you end up pulling the mask off area that you want to protect. So I ended up peeling all the soft mask off and now I have to masking tape the same area and trim off the excess with a blade. We'll see how that goes during the week.

October 13, 2013, 11:46 PM
I've heard liquid masking is difficult and that sentiment seems to be spot on. Did you have to fix any scarring of the plastic when you were cutting through?

October 14, 2013, 1:41 AM
Not yet. I only tried a couple spot before I gave up. The X-Acto blade did cut into the plastic in a few places so I might have to liquid putty it and sand it down again. I may give the liquid mask another go though since I was using the thick brush and it was overspilling all over. I may try a smaller brush and see if it will give me more precise control. The only other way will be trying to do this with tape but triming off the excess is going to leave cut mark on the plastic also. I'm going to ask Squee how he mask his base sets.

October 14, 2013, 2:00 AM
If you're not that good at cutting the tape on the part, try cutting the pieces into smaller squares and applying them little by little.
I'm posting this pic because you asked in my thread, this might help. You can see that i used a bunch of small pieces.
http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b128/Grifith/models/th_IMG_5289_zps815ad454.jpg (http://s18.photobucket.com/user/Grifith/media/models/IMG_5289_zps815ad454.jpg.html) http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b128/Grifith/models/th_IMG_4975_zpse61f5702.jpg (http://s18.photobucket.com/user/Grifith/media/models/IMG_4975_zpse61f5702.jpg.html)

However, if you want to lay the tape on a part where there is raised detail. You lay it on, take something dull like a putty blade or soft tipped toothpick, and lightly score the corner making sure it's in there nicely. Then just lightly go over the corner with your hobby knife.

November 12, 2013, 1:54 PM
Just a short status report. I hurt my back a couple weeks ago and it was hard to sit still for a long period so even though I was lucky enough to get my replacement parts from Gentei before the stop doing parts replacement. I still have not finish my GP-01. I'm getting better though so should be able to get it finish up this week and then get on to the MS Cage.

November 12, 2013, 2:58 PM
Whoa, that sucks to hear. It's good that you're recovering well, though. Kits can wait, seriously. A recovered back is much more important.

December 16, 2013, 11:54 AM
Well. Just to show that I have not been slacking off (although having to clean up the dining room for Thanksgiving didn't really help '-(). I have been helping my friend's son in building his second model. Here's a few pics.

http://i1276.photobucket.com/albums/y470/Wiz13688/Terence%20Cosmo%20Tiger/P1000473_zps8d752f50.jpg (http://s1276.photobucket.com/user/Wiz13688/media/Terence%20Cosmo%20Tiger/P1000473_zps8d752f50.jpg.html)

http://i1276.photobucket.com/albums/y470/Wiz13688/Terence%20Cosmo%20Tiger/P1000476_zpsf2afa744.jpg (http://s1276.photobucket.com/user/Wiz13688/media/Terence%20Cosmo%20Tiger/P1000476_zpsf2afa744.jpg.html)

So far we got it build and stickered. It's an older kit that his father bought for him a couple years back and it's been sitting in the garage. I think it must have gotten a bit hot during summer as bits of the dry transfer was stuck to the waxpaper so we lost a couple of them and some have little bits missing. Next week, we are going to clear coat it and do the panel lines.

December 16, 2013, 12:10 PM
Sweet man. It's always cool seeing younger kids getting into building models in general.

December 16, 2013, 12:31 PM
Sweet! Glad that you're spreading the model craze!

December 16, 2013, 1:29 PM
That's a good kit for someone just starting out (at least design-wise) and the results are looking nice.

February 21, 2014, 8:49 PM
Ok. Here's what's been going on since the forum went down. We finished the Gundam with my friend's kid. I started the Hesagawa 1/72nd VF-25

http://i1276.photobucket.com/albums/y470/Wiz13688/Models/Hasegawa%20VF-25F/10242338p_zps8adc4436.jpg (http://s1276.photobucket.com/user/Wiz13688/media/Models/Hasegawa%20VF-25F/10242338p_zps8adc4436.jpg.html)

It was going pretty good. Got all the parts snipped and sanded. Was test fitting everything and gluing some small pieces that needs to go together before painting and I ran into this:

http://i1276.photobucket.com/albums/y470/Wiz13688/Models/Hasegawa%20VF-25F/10242338z5_zps0d129b16.jpg (http://s1276.photobucket.com/user/Wiz13688/media/Models/Hasegawa%20VF-25F/10242338z5_zps0d129b16.jpg.html)

If you look at step 14. This is the Missile rack and L1, L3 and L4 compose the swivel that would allow the rack to turn when you swipe the wing back and forth. Looks good on paper except that the parts are so small that the actual L1 part is smaller than the one in the drawing. Even using a pin to apply plastic cement will likely result in all 3 parts being fused. I'm still thinking of a way to make it work but haven't so far so I put this kit aside and started this one.

Bandai 1/72 Cosmo Falcon from Yamato 2199

Parts are all snipped, sanded and washed.

http://i1276.photobucket.com/albums/y470/Wiz13688/Models/Cosmo%20Falcon/P1000483_zps5f63417b.jpg (http://s1276.photobucket.com/user/Wiz13688/media/Models/Cosmo%20Falcon/P1000483_zps5f63417b.jpg.html)

http://i1276.photobucket.com/albums/y470/Wiz13688/Models/Cosmo%20Falcon/P1000484_zpsc4e6fb37.jpg (http://s1276.photobucket.com/user/Wiz13688/media/Models/Cosmo%20Falcon/P1000484_zpsc4e6fb37.jpg.html)

Got it on Sticks, primed and painted:

http://i1276.photobucket.com/albums/y470/Wiz13688/Models/Cosmo%20Falcon/P1000487_zpsf696643a.jpg (http://s1276.photobucket.com/user/Wiz13688/media/Models/Cosmo%20Falcon/P1000487_zpsf696643a.jpg.html)

http://i1276.photobucket.com/albums/y470/Wiz13688/Models/Cosmo%20Falcon/P1000488_zps4fc44e76.jpg (http://s1276.photobucket.com/user/Wiz13688/media/Models/Cosmo%20Falcon/P1000488_zps4fc44e76.jpg.html)

Started painting some details, clear coat and panel lined all the parts.

http://i1276.photobucket.com/albums/y470/Wiz13688/Models/Cosmo%20Falcon/P1000489_zps53e39e2b.jpg (http://s1276.photobucket.com/user/Wiz13688/media/Models/Cosmo%20Falcon/P1000489_zps53e39e2b.jpg.html)

Will start assembly this weekend. Hopefully will have it together and apply all the water slide decals by Sunday night.

February 21, 2014, 9:20 PM
Nice to see bigger pics again. Your progress is looking good on this.

For the Hasegawa kit, I guess there's no escaping their difficulty, regardless of whether they're real-life aircraft or sci-fi.

February 21, 2014, 9:24 PM
That is some nice detail on the pilot suit man. Can't wait to see it put together man.

February 22, 2014, 4:08 PM
Got it basically together but realize that I should have done thing differently:

http://i1276.photobucket.com/albums/y470/Wiz13688/Models/Cosmo%20Falcon/P1000490_zps90d26871.jpg (http://s1276.photobucket.com/user/Wiz13688/media/Models/Cosmo%20Falcon/P1000490_zps90d26871.jpg.html)

http://i1276.photobucket.com/albums/y470/Wiz13688/Models/Cosmo%20Falcon/P1000490_zps90d26871.jpg (http://s1276.photobucket.com/user/Wiz13688/media/Models/Cosmo%20Falcon/P1000490_zps90d26871.jpg.html)

http://i1276.photobucket.com/albums/y470/Wiz13688/Models/Cosmo%20Falcon/P1000493_zps0fd6a609.jpg (http://s1276.photobucket.com/user/Wiz13688/media/Models/Cosmo%20Falcon/P1000493_zps0fd6a609.jpg.html)

Should not have clear coat and lined this kit until I put it together. Since some parts require gluing. You can get left with some plastic cement residue and such at the end. Would be a lot easier to touch it up if you don't have a clear coat in the way like this:

http://i1276.photobucket.com/albums/y470/Wiz13688/Models/Cosmo%20Falcon/P1000492_zps09ce0cfa.jpg (http://s1276.photobucket.com/user/Wiz13688/media/Models/Cosmo%20Falcon/P1000492_zps09ce0cfa.jpg.html)

Masking it up so I can spray a light coat of paint over the wing roots and between the wing leading edge (which is a separate piece) and the wing.

February 22, 2014, 5:23 PM
Thanks for posting this. I've been debating how i want to remove the seams, if i should glue the yellow parts on the zero then must mask and paint, ant the huge seam down the whole craft. I think i'm going to do some more mods to the pegs so thing separate more easily.

Is that blue a custom mix? Or just intermediate blue?

February 22, 2014, 5:30 PM
This is suppose to be the Grey and White one. According ot the !/1000 Yamato translated color chart. It's suppose to be 70% White, 30% Blue Grey and a pinch of Maroon. When I mixed that ratio. It does not come close to the spruce color so I added more intermediate blue and since I did not have Maroon. I added a few drops of Hull Red. I think I got it too dark especially over a grey primer coat but it's too late to fix now.

February 22, 2014, 5:59 PM
Damn! If it's not one thing then it's another. Did the touch up and thought that while I was at it. I'll spray the edge toward the end of the hull White since there's a White decal that will go over it (in case the decal is thin and the Grey underneath shows through). That went pretty well.

http://i1276.photobucket.com/albums/y470/Wiz13688/Models/Cosmo%20Falcon/P1000494_zps23271fad.jpg (http://s1276.photobucket.com/user/Wiz13688/media/Models/Cosmo%20Falcon/P1000494_zps23271fad.jpg.html)

http://i1276.photobucket.com/albums/y470/Wiz13688/Models/Cosmo%20Falcon/P1000495_zps46752a0e.jpg (http://s1276.photobucket.com/user/Wiz13688/media/Models/Cosmo%20Falcon/P1000495_zps46752a0e.jpg.html)

After giving it an hour to dry. I start to remove the tape and this happens:

http://i1276.photobucket.com/albums/y470/Wiz13688/Models/Cosmo%20Falcon/P1000496_zps39bc8c86.jpg (http://s1276.photobucket.com/user/Wiz13688/media/Models/Cosmo%20Falcon/P1000496_zps39bc8c86.jpg.html)

I made sure to wash my hands before putting the washed pieces on stick for priming so either I didn't wash the pieces good enough or I touch something with oil/thinner/residue when I was putting them on sticks (maybe some of the sticks are dirty).

Well. Guess it as good a time to break this out as ever (got it a couple weeks ago but have not set it up):

http://i1276.photobucket.com/albums/y470/Wiz13688/Models/Cosmo%20Falcon/P1000497_zps93e798b2.jpg (http://s1276.photobucket.com/user/Wiz13688/media/Models/Cosmo%20Falcon/P1000497_zps93e798b2.jpg.html)

http://i1276.photobucket.com/albums/y470/Wiz13688/Models/Cosmo%20Falcon/P1000498_zpsa5b1e43b.jpg (http://s1276.photobucket.com/user/Wiz13688/media/Models/Cosmo%20Falcon/P1000498_zpsa5b1e43b.jpg.html)

Hopefully. This will spray a small enough pattern that I can cover up those 2 peeled spot without having to mask again.

February 22, 2014, 6:28 PM
You are in for a treat!

February 23, 2014, 2:44 AM
OK. The touch up worked and it's hardly noticeable. Started putting on the water slides before 6PM. The big one on the wing and tail is going to be a pain. Even with repeat application of Mark Softer over the last 5 hours. It's slow to conform to all the raised area. May have to take a pin to some of those area in the morning. We'll see:

http://i1276.photobucket.com/albums/y470/Wiz13688/Models/Cosmo%20Falcon/P1000499_zpsb0964824.jpg (http://s1276.photobucket.com/user/Wiz13688/media/Models/Cosmo%20Falcon/P1000499_zpsb0964824.jpg.html)

http://i1276.photobucket.com/albums/y470/Wiz13688/Models/Cosmo%20Falcon/P1000500_zps2f53e4a1.jpg (http://s1276.photobucket.com/user/Wiz13688/media/Models/Cosmo%20Falcon/P1000500_zps2f53e4a1.jpg.html)

http://i1276.photobucket.com/albums/y470/Wiz13688/Models/Cosmo%20Falcon/P1000501_zpsf06f8515.jpg (http://s1276.photobucket.com/user/Wiz13688/media/Models/Cosmo%20Falcon/P1000501_zpsf06f8515.jpg.html)

February 23, 2014, 3:42 AM
That looks awesome dude! I don't even see the boo boo anymore! Are the black and red areas full decals?! I hate huge decals like that, kudos to getting them setting right! I'd definitely leave them be for now, if you keep messing with them you risk ripping it.

This design is growing on me.

February 23, 2014, 1:30 PM
Yea those are one decal. Then there are other smaller decals that goes on top of the wing decals. The decals on the zero is mostly fairly small and conforms well. Had no problem with that one.

February 23, 2014, 2:15 PM
Man that fighter is looking amazing and that pilot! You had to have had lots patience to get that looking so good.

February 23, 2014, 3:08 PM
Thanks. The pilot did take about an hour as the eyes are not as good and hands are not as steady as they used to be. For you younger guys. start doing it now. It takes some patience but doing it while you have better eyes and steadier hands is much easier. Same with working with decals. I sat down for an hour and a half this morning to work on the rest of the water decals and by the end my eyes were watering ;-(

February 23, 2014, 3:37 PM
That looks awesome dude! I don't even see the boo boo anymore! Are the black and red areas full decals?! I hate huge decals like that, kudos to getting them setting right! I'd definitely leave them be for now, if you keep messing with them you risk ripping it.

This design is growing on me.

The touch up on the peeled paint was not on that side. Here's a pic:

http://i1276.photobucket.com/albums/y470/Wiz13688/Models/Cosmo%20Falcon/P1000502_zpsc3bff07a.jpg (http://s1276.photobucket.com/user/Wiz13688/media/Models/Cosmo%20Falcon/P1000502_zpsc3bff07a.jpg.html)

February 23, 2014, 3:39 PM
Got pretty much all the decals on the kit now except for those that overlay on the large decal on the wing. Going to give that another day to dry before overlaying more decal on top.

http://i1276.photobucket.com/albums/y470/Wiz13688/Models/Cosmo%20Falcon/P1000505_zps3fe4dc19.jpg (http://s1276.photobucket.com/user/Wiz13688/media/Models/Cosmo%20Falcon/P1000505_zps3fe4dc19.jpg.html)

http://i1276.photobucket.com/albums/y470/Wiz13688/Models/Cosmo%20Falcon/P1000506_zps3a39aea4.jpg (http://s1276.photobucket.com/user/Wiz13688/media/Models/Cosmo%20Falcon/P1000506_zps3a39aea4.jpg.html)

February 23, 2014, 6:28 PM
^ Mmmm, those two pics are just tasty. Decal work is done well, everything looks aligned. The touch-up work looks fine, I think. Maybe consider it as some form of weathering or just off-the-assembly-line blemishes.

February 23, 2014, 8:36 PM
A few of the "NO STEP" seems a bit off on the left wing. I have a few spares and will redo them if it stills bothers me in a day or 2.

Well. I'll be doing the same kit with my friend's kid next week. I'll probably add some white to the hull color so it'll come out closer to the box art. And this time we'll do all the stuff that needs to be glued before ssembling the kit. Then clear coat, decal and panel lines. I'll also put pin holes on the large decals early so they should conforms better. Wouldn't it be funny if his kit turns out looking better than mine ;-P Not looking forward to doing another pilot figure though and imagine that I still have the 2 different Zero and the other Falcon to do eventually ;-(

February 24, 2014, 2:04 AM
Manage to do another decal session after dinner and all the decal work is now complete. Still needs to do come cleanup/touchup around the raised area where the decal did not conform well or cracked. Turn out the red use in the decal on the wing is almost the same as Mr. Color MS Red so I will be able to cover up the cracks and the wing edges where the decal did not fold over.

http://i1276.photobucket.com/albums/y470/Wiz13688/Models/Cosmo%20Falcon/P1000507_zps335a1846.jpg (http://s1276.photobucket.com/user/Wiz13688/media/Models/Cosmo%20Falcon/P1000507_zps335a1846.jpg.html)

http://i1276.photobucket.com/albums/y470/Wiz13688/Models/Cosmo%20Falcon/P1000510_zpseefffcdf.jpg (http://s1276.photobucket.com/user/Wiz13688/media/Models/Cosmo%20Falcon/P1000510_zpseefffcdf.jpg.html)

http://i1276.photobucket.com/albums/y470/Wiz13688/Models/Cosmo%20Falcon/P1000511_zps6e94c57a.jpg (http://s1276.photobucket.com/user/Wiz13688/media/Models/Cosmo%20Falcon/P1000511_zps6e94c57a.jpg.html)

March 2, 2014, 7:42 PM
Finished it the best I can but the decal just will not conform right (see pictures in the finished work forum). Started building the 2nd Falcon with my friend's son. Got it all cut and sanded. Washed it throughly this time and got them on sticks. Will see how this one turns out. Did drop by local hobby shop and picked up some Micro Sol and Set so maybe they will work better

http://i1276.photobucket.com/albums/y470/Wiz13688/Models/Cosmo%20Falcon/P1000521_zpsc0293fd6.jpg (http://s1276.photobucket.com/user/Wiz13688/media/Models/Cosmo%20Falcon/P1000521_zpsc0293fd6.jpg.html)

March 2, 2014, 7:49 PM
Maybe add a few drops of micro set or sol, i forget which to the water you're dipping them in. Sometimes it helps.

April 4, 2014, 11:40 PM
Been a few busy weeks. Tried to put the Big decals on the wings and tail before I assemble them. The tail decal works OK with Micro Sol and Set. Maybe a bit better than Mark Softer but it still did not reach the really soft state. Same with the Wing decal, repeat applications of Micro Sol right after I put them on and every 15 minutes afterward for the next 2 hours. Let dry overnight and then went back at it for multiple applications, all along trying to push it down into the lines and around the raise area with a wet Q-tip did not do any better than on the last kit.

After 2 days of this. I finally gave up and soften them up with Micro Sol and stripped them off. Then I proceeded to do this:

http://i1276.photobucket.com/albums/y470/Wiz13688/Models/Cosmo%20Falcon/P1000523_zpse8864784.jpg (http://s1276.photobucket.com/user/Wiz13688/media/Models/Cosmo%20Falcon/P1000523_zpse8864784.jpg.html)

http://i1276.photobucket.com/albums/y470/Wiz13688/Models/Cosmo%20Falcon/P1000524_zpsa08a61f4.jpg (http://s1276.photobucket.com/user/Wiz13688/media/Models/Cosmo%20Falcon/P1000524_zpsa08a61f4.jpg.html)

I also decide to go to a lighter grey for the main fuselage so I put the first kit in the pic for a comparison.

April 5, 2014, 12:54 AM
Sounds like those decals could use something stronger to soften them up, like Solvaset. Sucks to hear those issues, though. Decal issues can be disappointing.

What's going on in the third pic? Creating your own lines?

April 5, 2014, 2:32 AM
The original decal have a white border around the red . Once this fully dries, I have to mask and do the short corner side.

http://i1276.photobucket.com/albums/y470/Wiz13688/Models/Cosmo%20Falcon/P1000526_zps75fdac78.jpg (http://s1276.photobucket.com/user/Wiz13688/media/Models/Cosmo%20Falcon/P1000526_zps75fdac78.jpg.html)

April 5, 2014, 4:31 PM
Reminds me of when I had to replace the decal stripes on my Valkyrie with ones that were actually painted on. Looks good so far.

August 4, 2014, 2:11 AM
Well. It's been a while since we got the 2nd Falcon built. Finally had an open weekend so I started on this (I was going to build the RG Exia except my repair kit is still sitting at my friend's house overseas and I won't see it till the end of the month):

This is the 1/1000 kit. I figure I'll use this to test out the paint mix and details before doing it on the much more expensive 1/500th kit.

http://i1276.photobucket.com/albums/y470/Wiz13688/Yamato%202199%201000th/P1000643_zps2bdc3c9c.jpg (http://s1276.photobucket.com/user/Wiz13688/media/Yamato%202199%201000th/P1000643_zps2bdc3c9c.jpg.html)

After about 10 hours. I got most of the parts cut and sanded (except some small guns and the fighter bay), also did some minor assembly like gluing small parts onto the bridge structure and such. Hopefully another 2-3 hours should see everything cut, washed and ready for priming.

http://i1276.photobucket.com/albums/y470/Wiz13688/Yamato%202199%201000th/P1000644_zps207c0a59.jpg (http://s1276.photobucket.com/user/Wiz13688/media/Yamato%202199%201000th/P1000644_zps207c0a59.jpg.html)

http://i1276.photobucket.com/albums/y470/Wiz13688/Yamato%202199%201000th/P1000645_zpsbccfbe5c.jpg (http://s1276.photobucket.com/user/Wiz13688/media/Yamato%202199%201000th/P1000645_zpsbccfbe5c.jpg.html)

August 4, 2014, 2:52 AM
Did you ever get the official paint set for this? I was at Gundam Planet on Saturday, and they had about 8 of the sets instock.

August 4, 2014, 11:18 AM
That's a good amount of small parts there, especially the little fighters.

August 4, 2014, 12:04 PM
Did you ever get the official paint set for this? I was at Gundam Planet on Saturday, and they had about 8 of the sets instock.

Do you mean the other official sets? I got the set for the Cosmo Zero and Yamato from Hobbywave. I'll have to get the rest of them if Gundam Planet have them. Thanks for the heads up.

August 4, 2014, 12:52 PM
No they just have the yamato set. I meant in case you needed more paint.

August 4, 2014, 1:14 PM
No they just have the yamato set. I meant in case you needed more paint.

Ah. I got 2 sets of the Yamato paints from Hobbywave. Hopefully, that should be enough for both kits. No idea why the other sets have not made it to the U.S. yet though.

February 28, 2016, 1:43 PM
Well. It's been a while. Been busy but watching the New Star Wars movie got thing moving again (abit slowly). Here's what I've been working on for the last few months.

http://i1276.photobucket.com/albums/y470/Wiz13688/Models/Star%20Wars/IMG_1952_zpsbvcmr5yn.jpg (http://s1276.photobucket.com/user/Wiz13688/media/Models/Star%20Wars/IMG_1952_zpsbvcmr5yn.jpg.html)

http://i1276.photobucket.com/albums/y470/Wiz13688/Models/Star%20Wars/IMG_1951_zpsak33b1xx.jpg (http://s1276.photobucket.com/user/Wiz13688/media/Models/Star%20Wars/IMG_1951_zpsak33b1xx.jpg.html)

http://i1276.photobucket.com/albums/y470/Wiz13688/Models/Star%20Wars/IMG_1950_zpsqs29147k.jpg (http://s1276.photobucket.com/user/Wiz13688/media/Models/Star%20Wars/IMG_1950_zpsqs29147k.jpg.html)

Need to do one more round of weathering, put some nicks and scratches to the decals and finish painting the pilots an crew then final top coats.

After that, I'll finish up the Yamato and start his one:

http://i1276.photobucket.com/albums/y470/Wiz13688/Models/Thunderbirds/IMG_1953_zpsgwvxm1uz.jpg (http://s1276.photobucket.com/user/Wiz13688/media/Models/Thunderbirds/IMG_1953_zpsgwvxm1uz.jpg.html)

August 23, 2017, 12:59 PM
Just a few progress pics on the RG Unicorn.




Been quiet for a while but I've actually been building kits with my friend's son but his interest is in Star Wars and Yamato 2199, 2202. We're in the process of building the Bandai 1/1000 Andromeda with full LED and sound and the 1/1000 Dreadnaught with LED. I've also been building a few Mecha Collection kits on the side (Macross Delta, Star Wars, old Ultraman). If anyone is interested, I'll post some detail pics.