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V0LTES-V01
November 8, 2013, 12:54 AM
Welcome to my new Gunpla project!


This is what the project entails thus far:


A slight color variation from the original scheme.

A combination of flat and gloss finish.

A detailed frame.

A high possibility of taking the Full Saber route (To enhance the already badass feature of the Gundam further).

A detailed base stand.



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thwalker13
November 8, 2013, 1:15 AM
I'm looking forward to seeing this, though I'm not a huge fan of the Qan[T], the painted builds that I have seen of it are awesome. So I'm looking forward to seeing what you're going to bring to the table.

Dlinker
November 8, 2013, 3:24 AM
You already know I'm a fan of the Qan[T] so I'm keeping an eye on this project big time. In particular, the mix of flat and gloss finish and a detailed frame pique my interest the most.

Supposedly the Full Saber isn't as great as the HG version, though I don't exactly know why; I think the MG version is leaps and bounds better in the looks department at the very least.

Bossguy
November 8, 2013, 11:31 AM
I am very excited to see where this project goes.

V0LTES-V01
November 8, 2013, 4:59 PM
I'm looking forward to seeing this, though I'm not a huge fan of the Qan[T], the painted builds that I have seen of it are awesome. So I'm looking forward to seeing what you're going to bring to the table.
While I was putting the Qan[T] together, I looked at the works of others as well. And indeed yes, they are awesome. Their work helps me shape the ideas for the project.



You already know I'm a fan of the Qan[T] so I'm keeping an eye on this project big time. In particular, the mix of flat and gloss finish and a detailed frame pique my interest the most.

Supposedly the Full Saber isn't as great as the HG version, though I don't exactly know why; I think the MG version is leaps and bounds better in the looks department at the very least.
Your Qan[T] was an inspiration! After working and investing some time on the Unicorn, I feel that I have gained the skill to take the next level. Even though it was just only through one recent project, I am very confident that I can manifest this new ideas.

And in regards to the Full Saber, I believe it was the transformation gimmick that was installed on the 1/144 that topped the 1/100. Like for instance, the 1/144 can transform into a rifle and its GN blade bits can transform into pistols. Unfortunately the 1/100 do not have those options :(.



I am very excited to see where this project goes.
I am very excited too Boss!

When I think about ideas for the project, I feel like Sei from Build Fighters during Episode 5.

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LOL..
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Oh yeah, since our glorious forum is taking quite a while to be fixed, I decided to lift the veil on Unicorn and showcase it. Those who have been anticipating it has waited for too long. And I have been waiting as well to show it. We deserve to be rewarded LOL. If I'm not able to do it tonight, then expect the showcase tomorrow. :D

Bossguy
November 8, 2013, 5:48 PM
Haha! That scene was hilarious. I've seen pictures and reviews of the Full Sabre, and it looks really nice. Shame about those lost features, though.

Dlinker
November 8, 2013, 6:13 PM
Good luck on this project, man. I doubt you'll need it, though; You don't seem to be plagued with the mistakes and mishaps we have whenever we do something that's a bit more advanced than our work on a previous kit. Let that imagination soar (or in the case of that pic, reach the depths of the universe, haha).

Looking forward to the unveiling of the Unicorn too. I still haven't forgotten that pretty thing :)

cellastra
November 9, 2013, 7:39 AM
Oooo Qan[t]~

I am filled with anticipation for this kit..
Can't wait to see how it comes about~ :D

jayhat100
November 12, 2013, 10:12 PM
It is a fun build, and can't wait to see what you do with it, one word of advice be careful with painting the joints my came out super stiff after paint

V0LTES-V01
November 14, 2013, 12:11 AM
Oooo Qan[t]~

I am filled with anticipation for this kit..
Can't wait to see how it comes about~ :D
Stay tune my friend! :D


It is a fun build, and can't wait to see what you do with it, one word of advice be careful with painting the joints my came out super stiff after paint
Noted. I'll definitely keep that in check, thanks man. This new project might top the Unicorn. :cool:

thwalker13
November 14, 2013, 9:00 AM
Oh man, topping that Unicorn will be a feat alright. If you're thinking that, then I'm super excited to starting seeing some more WiP pics.

Bossguy
November 14, 2013, 12:08 PM
:shock: It might top the Unicorn? I am officially hooked.

V0LTES-V01
November 14, 2013, 2:34 PM
Oh man, topping that Unicorn will be a feat alright. If you're thinking that, then I'm super excited to starting seeing some more WiP pics.

:shock: It might top the Unicorn? I am officially hooked.
I'm afraid so Gents... I'm afraid so. I just painted an armor piece for the right foot... and well... the outcome gave me a "Sei moment." You know, where he had like sparkles in his eyes and a big grin on his face while floating across the cosmos LOL. :lol: To me, it's a confirmation that I can manifest the Qan[T] color scheme that I envisioned.

Hopefully I'll be able to show you an image of the piece that I recently painted tomorrow. I'll mount it on the leg itself to give you an overview of the progress.

thwalker13
November 14, 2013, 2:38 PM
Holy balls man. You have officially peeked my interest on this kit. I must see!

Bossguy
November 14, 2013, 3:07 PM
Oh, man. I need to see that piece NOW.

Dlinker
November 14, 2013, 4:01 PM
Haha, you're building up a lot of hype for this kit. You better deliver the goods :)

V0LTES-V01
November 15, 2013, 3:19 PM
Haha, you're building up a lot of hype for this kit. You better deliver the goods :)
LOL, I know right. Otherwise I might get the airlock treatment.


Holy balls man. You have officially peeked my interest on this kit. I must see!


Oh, man. I need to see that piece NOW.
LOL :lol:

Alright gents, here you go. The very first official WIP.

http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2825/10873240965_38b2de19b5_t.jpg (http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2825/10873240965_38b2de19b5_z.jpg)

It's not much since I just started, but it's progress. I took a picture of the WIP beside the OOB so that you can distinguish the new custom color that I applied. The only parts I had the chance to work on so far is the small piece on the upper knee, the circular piece in the middle of the knee, and the foot pieces that used to be red.

Bossguy
November 15, 2013, 3:40 PM
That is brilliant! So wonderful...

Dlinker
November 15, 2013, 4:13 PM
Oooh, even though it's a simple change, it actually looks rather nice. Kinda getting some royalty vibes now when I look at it.

thwalker13
November 15, 2013, 4:58 PM
I love that blue man, it looks simply awesome. What shade is it?

V0LTES-V01
November 16, 2013, 12:27 PM
That is brilliant! So wonderful...
Thanks Boss!


Oooh, even though it's a simple change, it actually looks rather nice. Kinda getting some royalty vibes now when I look at it.
And it's only just begun :cool:. But yeah, it's just a minor color scheme change that will still resemble the original colors.


I love that blue man, it looks simply awesome. What shade is it?
That is Tamiya Metallic Blue coated with Tamiya Clear Blue. It's an experiment gone horribly right :D. At first I was going for a candy finish (silver coated w/ clear blue), but then I had the impulse to experiment.

Bossguy
November 16, 2013, 12:28 PM
That works extremely well. Much better than a traditional candy coat.

Dangerous_D
November 17, 2013, 7:26 AM
for all my Exia, 00 Gundam and 00 Qan[T] I displayed them on the sparkly green action base 1 stands, I was kinda pissed they didn't make a action base 1 in sparkly red, soo wanted that for my GN-x

jayhat100
November 17, 2013, 7:55 PM
Looking good can't wait to see more.

V0LTES-V01
November 22, 2013, 1:00 AM
Looking good can't wait to see more.
Thanks man! Here you go...

GN Sword IV
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7408/10988943914_a814e3a17d_t.jpg (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7408/10988943914_a814e3a17d_z.jpg)

00 Qan[T] Full Saber... partially LOL
http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2868/10988943464_45d20ec638_t.jpg (http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2868/10988943464_45d20ec638_z.jpg)


for all my Exia, 00 Gundam and 00 Qan[T] I displayed them on the sparkly green action base 1 stands, I was kinda pissed they didn't make a action base 1 in sparkly red, soo wanted that for my GN-x
If you want a red action base, you can just obtain a clear base and coat it with a clear red paint. Give it a try :cool:.

Bossguy
November 22, 2013, 1:08 AM
Looking good so far.

Dlinker
November 22, 2013, 1:37 AM
Whew, that thing looks way more beautiful the HG version. I'd say that alone is worth not having as much usability. No paint on that thing at all or did you paint it already?

thwalker13
November 22, 2013, 8:45 AM
That is one crazy big sword. But the overall look and appeal of it is most definitely worth the extra cost. Can't wait to see more man.

V0LTES-V01
November 22, 2013, 1:22 PM
I finally got the chance to coat the remaining designated blue pieces for the right leg. I took a picture of it with the OOB left leg to distinguish the change and progress.

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5481/10995806715_ae6ffc3420_t.jpg (http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5481/10995806715_ae6ffc3420_z.jpg)

I managed to obtain a can of Tamiya Gun Metal and other Tamiya jars. Now I can finally work on the inner frame and apply the details :cool:.


Looking good so far.
Thanks! Slowly but surely.


Whew, that thing looks way more beautiful the HG version. I'd say that alone is worth not having as much usability. No paint on that thing at all or did you paint it already?
It's a beauty indeed. I goggled at the piece after it was built cause it looks so awesome LOL. Even though it doesn't have the transformation gimmick of the HG version, I still like it... a lot :D. And no, it's not painted yet. It will be a while before it's painted since I'm still working on the right leg.


That is one crazy big sword. But the overall look and appeal of it is most definitely worth the extra cost. Can't wait to see more man.
It is a hefty sword. The size is slighty in league with Red/Blue Frame's sword :cool:. It is definitely worth the purchase. It completely doubled the appeal of the kit.

Bossguy
November 22, 2013, 1:25 PM
That blue looks spiffier every time I look at it. What are you using to prime the inner frame?

thwalker13
November 22, 2013, 2:03 PM
Damn that blue looks even more amazing with the clear coat on it.

Dlinker
November 22, 2013, 2:42 PM
That second leg desperately needs the same treatment, man. Really nice finish on the paint.

V0LTES-V01
December 2, 2013, 2:13 PM
It's getting dusty up in here. :lol:

The progress on the right leg was stifled because I decided to change the base color of the inner frame. At first I thought Gun Metal would be ideal, but after I re-imagined the color scheme, I realized that a lighter shade would be more appropriate. I managed to acquire the base color, and it will be revealed on the next WIP :mrgreen:. Now the only thing missing is the Gaia Notes Star Bright Gold that I ordered, which is on the way and should be here soon (I hope LOL), that will highlight the exposed inner frame of the limbs.

Since I miss working on the project, I decided to color pieces of the torso that I originally wanted to change. You can distinguish the change if you cross reference with the splice provided.

http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2820/11175436235_5729b5e466_t.jpg (http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2820/11175436235_5729b5e466_z.jpg)

Dlinker
December 2, 2013, 2:21 PM
Wow, very nice. A minor change to the color scheme, but one that works great. I'm getting Astrae Type F vibes from those red parts, haha.

Lighter color for the frame sounds intriguing.

Bossguy
December 2, 2013, 7:45 PM
Glad your project is going well. It looks great.

thwalker13
December 2, 2013, 11:03 PM
Looking really great man. That red almost looks mirror like.

V0LTES-V01
March 1, 2014, 7:11 PM
This WIP is starting to decay LOL! Let me infuse it with life by giving some updates. And it seems that I'm also a lucky recipient of data loss LOL. Oh well, let's move on forward.

Alright, so I've been getting acquainted with the airbrush and having a blast learning the essentials. After getting familiar with the basics, I decided to retrace my steps and get back to working on the right leg. This is the result that I got from learning the basics... that and exercising some patience (it's mandatory LOL):

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7452/12863701955_71c6ef12a0_t.jpg (https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7452/12863701955_71c6ef12a0.jpg) https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3797/12863700965_1ccc678936_t.jpg (https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3797/12863700965_1ccc678936.jpg)

I managed to salvage a picture from the first trial run that I did with spray cans of Tamiya Gun Metal (TS-38) and Tamiya Gold (TS-21). I decided to splice the images and layer it with the current update so you can see the changes. On the first trial run, the result came out dark which I did not like at all. I wanted a much livelier shade of gold and so I made some searches and found Star Bright Gold made by GAIA. And as for the base of the inner frame, I went along with Tamiya Titanium Gold. It complements the highlights of Star Bright Gold so well. I am now pleased with the new color scheme of the frame :D.

I also decided to color the front and back of the waist unit which was not part of the original plan. I had a "What if" moment when that happened. I forgot to take a picture of it when it was placed on the frame for an overall look. I really like the result of that spur of the moment creativity. Although at the moment, I am undecided if I should do the same thing to the side skirts or just leave it. Maybe I should do a trial run and see how it looks?

https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2840/12863780303_b12882d6a7_t.jpg (https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2840/12863780303_b12882d6a7.jpg)

Alright my Gundam homies, this concludes the update. ˇAdiós amigos!

Bossguy
March 1, 2014, 8:27 PM
That frame detail. That blue. Looks crazy good.

thwalker13
March 1, 2014, 8:31 PM
By the gods! I'm loving that frame. The gold just compliments the joints so well. And you are right, the Tamiya gold really goes well with that start bright gold. It looks amazing!

Dlinker
March 1, 2014, 9:20 PM
The new gold is so much better and the whole joint just looks spectacular put together. Goes to show that using the same color from different brands can lead to great results.

thwalker13
March 2, 2014, 1:19 AM
I love the metalizer line. I've just recently used the Gunmetal for airbrushes, and I love the stuff. Looks like I need to pick up some Titanium as well, cause it's looking awesome on that frame.

V0LTES-V01
March 4, 2014, 1:46 PM
That frame detail. That blue. Looks crazy good.
Thanks Boss!


By the gods! I'm loving that frame. The gold just compliments the joints so well. And you are right, the Tamiya gold really goes well with that start bright gold. It looks amazing!
Thanks man! Yeah, the result of the first trial didn't look too well. I just really had to switch it up and try again.


The new gold is so much better and the whole joint just looks spectacular put together. Goes to show that using the same color from different brands can lead to great results.
Thanks bud! Indeed, the star bright gold really is much better than the first. When I looked at it after the first trial, it didn't look gold at all... it was more like a dark brass. I suspect that it was partly due to the gunmetal combination. And you are definitely right about different brands; trying them can yield to desirable outcome.


@ V0LTES-V01 I have a good suggestion.

I used Model Master Metalizer on my MG 00 frame and it worked wonders. I suggest picking some up and trying it. Mine was titanium buffering type.

Thanks for the suggestion man, much appreciated! Testors makes awesome stuff. I will definitely check it out when I stop by at the local hobby shop.

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http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7428/12930809733_c9213e1341_t.jpg (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7428/12930809733_c9213e1341.jpg)

So I managed to prime the remaining parts of the inner frame for the right leg. I'm still astounded of the smooth results by Mr. Surfacer 1200. But the majority of the credit goes to the airbrush. Who made this incredible device?! Give that man a peace prize, a lifetime supply of the finest beers, and lifetime copy of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition.


*No offense to my ladies out there, I love y'all, but I highly doubt you invented the airbrush. :mrgreen:

Dlinker
March 4, 2014, 2:17 PM
^ Somebody arrest this man. He just made a sexist comment :lol:

Got to love Mr. Surfacer 1200. Even 1000 works pretty good too even when applied with a toothpick.

V0LTES-V01
March 4, 2014, 6:25 PM
^ Somebody arrest this man. He just made a sexist comment :lol:

Got to love Mr. Surfacer 1200. Even 1000 works pretty good too even when applied with a toothpick.
LOL, I'm lucky my girl has a sense of humor. She has an array of pretty good comebacks. Otherwise she'd go Bruce Lee on me. Then I'd definitely won't get any sandwiches.


Hey, since I have an airbrush now, I'm looking into utilizing it for topcoats. What brands would you recommend??

Dlinker
March 4, 2014, 10:33 PM
For gloss coats, I've only used one brand often so far and that's Alclad Aqua Gloss Clear so that's my recommendation. They make an enamel version also called Alclad Klear Kote, but I haven't tried it yet. For flat coats, you can try out the bottle version from Model Masters. Thwalker13 has been using it and had great success.

thwalker13
March 4, 2014, 10:43 PM
I still need to get a bottle of that Alclad stuff and try it out.

Voltes, I use the Model Master Flat Clear. I thin it with Iso Alcohol 2:1. Paint:Thinner. Watch out though, it clots very quickly. And will stop up the airbrush pretty quick. But it does a great job at flat coating, smooth, uniform, and pretty durable as well.

Zeta-G
March 4, 2014, 11:17 PM
^ Somebody arrest this man. He just made a sexist comment :lol:

I looked it up. The airbrush was invented by a man in the latter half of the nineteenth century. If politically correct feminists want to arrest Voltes for speaking the truth, I suggest they find something better to do with their time. Also if the dude were still alive, I'd say give him Playboy over SI swimsuit. Tasteful nudity and well written articles on a variety of topics beat bikini-clad anorexics and sports writing anyday. ;)

On topic, I'm looking forward to seeing more, Voltes!

thwalker13
March 5, 2014, 10:06 AM
Haha. At least I'm not the only one to actually look that up.

V0LTES-V01
March 9, 2014, 1:16 PM
For gloss coats, I've only used one brand often so far and that's Alclad Aqua Gloss Clear so that's my recommendation. They make an enamel version also called Alclad Klear Kote, but I haven't tried it yet. For flat coats, you can try out the bottle version from Model Masters. Thwalker13 has been using it and had great success.

I still need to get a bottle of that Alclad stuff and try it out.

Voltes, I use the Model Master Flat Clear. I thin it with Iso Alcohol 2:1. Paint:Thinner. Watch out though, it clots very quickly. And will stop up the airbrush pretty quick. But it does a great job at flat coating, smooth, uniform, and pretty durable as well.
Thank you very much gents! I'll definitely look into those recommendations.


I looked it up. The airbrush was invented by a man in the latter half of the nineteenth century. If politically correct feminists want to arrest Voltes for speaking the truth, I suggest they find something better to do with their time. Also if the dude were still alive, I'd say give him Playboy over SI swimsuit. Tasteful nudity and well written articles on a variety of topics beat bikini-clad anorexics and sports writing anyday. ;)

On topic, I'm looking forward to seeing more, Voltes!
LOL! Nice one Zeta-G! I'd buy you a pitcher of beer for that awesome comment.

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http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7346/13024218935_05c690fa8f_t.jpg (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7346/13024218935_05c690fa8f.jpg)

Okay, I finished layering the rest of the right leg frame with the Titanium Gold. Now I just have to apply details on the exposed sections.

Dlinker
March 9, 2014, 1:59 PM
Still looking good there. I see that you're masking the peg areas too. Smart move, man. I remember the first time I fully painted an inner frame, I didn't mask those areas and it was a nightmare to move the frame after.

Bossguy
March 9, 2014, 3:40 PM
That frame looks awesome. Very smooth finish. Masking those peg areas will help greatly for assembly. Putting the joints together on my Freedom were stressful to say the least.

jayhat100
March 9, 2014, 7:12 PM
Man this thing is looking good. Can't wait to see it finished

V0LTES-V01
March 15, 2014, 2:19 PM
Still looking good there. I see that you're masking the peg areas too. Smart move, man. I remember the first time I fully painted an inner frame, I didn't mask those areas and it was a nightmare to move the frame after.
Thanks bud! It's something that I learned from the Unicorn project LOL. I was not quite aware of a lot of things such as friction resistance. And plus I used industrial grade spray paint; a thick layer yield. Well the result is a stiff frame LOL. But now that I have one of humanity's greatest invention, I feel that the Unicorn deserves a second coming. It will be a complete rendition this time; armed with shield booster and twin beam gatling guns.


That frame looks awesome. Very smooth finish. Masking those peg areas will help greatly for assembly. Putting the joints together on my Freedom were stressful to say the least.
Thanks Boss! Yeah it will definitely aid the reassembly process. The technique should ease the movement of the frame as well.


Man this thing is looking good. Can't wait to see it finished
Thanks man! I fired up the airbrush so progress is now faster than before. I'm excited to see it finished too. It'll make you proud :cool:.

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http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3709/13171175064_34804936e6_t.jpg (http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3709/13171175064_34804936e6.jpg) http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2377/13171174184_5f57825d70_t.jpg (http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2377/13171174184_5f57825d70.jpg)

This is just a teaser of what I have done so far in regards to the details. Masking took me an hour and a half for those 2 piece LOL. I was watching [Patlabor] (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9UtUzjUA5Q) while masking so I think that slowed down the pace a little.

More to come!

jayhat100
March 15, 2014, 4:24 PM
Good job on the masking. Makin me want to redo mine

Dlinker
March 15, 2014, 5:27 PM
Wow, that looks spiffy. I love that combo of copper and gold. How was it masking a circular area?

Bossguy
March 15, 2014, 5:40 PM
I love it. Same, awesome finish as always.

thwalker13
March 15, 2014, 9:48 PM
The contrast of the metallics is great man. I love it.

Gundam Fancritic
March 20, 2014, 3:11 PM
I take it this model doesn't come with flowers to glue on?

V0LTES-V01
March 23, 2014, 2:28 PM
Good job on the masking. Makin me want to redo mine
Thanks man! Took me a while but I pressed on LOL! Ohhhh re-doing the Qan[T]?? I'm all eyes on that one man!


Wow, that looks spiffy. I love that combo of copper and gold. How was it masking a circular area?
Thanks bud! Masking is a pain LOL, but the reward is immense. The way I masked the circular area is I cut narrow strips of tape and just place (overlap technique) it along the circular contour.

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I love it. Same, awesome finish as always.
Thanks Boss! Your awesome comments are always appreciated!


The contrast of the metallics is great man. I love it.
Thanks man! I did like the result the first time around. But after a long inspection, I decided to change it.


I take it this model doesn't come with flowers to glue on?
I believe that only apply to the ELS Qan[T] ol' chap!


...LOL

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Alright mates, I got some fresh updates here for you all. This update is a very special one too for the reason being that I finally learned how to shade LOL! And I succeeded on my first try (no previous practice)... well I think I did LOL. This [instructional video] (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yHsl3bVihDA) helped me learn so quick because of its clear presentation. This achievement is quite a monumental step for me :D.

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3704/13356462925_783fc625f5_t.jpg (https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3704/13356462925_783fc625f5.jpg)

I decided to change the color of the circular highlight from the last update. After a careful inspection, I thought that a darker (Tamiya Bronze) highlight would be more compatible rather than a lighter one. And to my liking, the new result proved to be so.

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3790/13356623233_008af06bea_t.jpg (https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3790/13356623233_008af06bea.jpg)

Alright my fellow Gundam maniacs, until the next update... Volt out!

Bossguy
March 23, 2014, 2:34 PM
Absolutely FABULOUS! Those pre-shaded pieces look like you've been doing that for years. The new colors on the joints look much better together.

Dlinker
March 23, 2014, 4:46 PM
The pre-shading is done perfectly, I think. Subtle, but still visible enough that it makes your eyes wonder why some areas seem to be darker than others. Can't believe I never saw that pre-shading tutorial. Pretty darn nifty.

Regarding the masking, I've only done it with cutting small triangular strips and even then it was tough. Patience pays off, though, as seen by your results!

By the way, the darker bronze looks just fine and dandy.

V0LTES-V01
May 22, 2014, 2:23 PM
Goodness gracious! How long has it been?! LOL. I've just been occupied with a lot of activities lately thus the lack of timely updates. And plus summer is here, so I'm always outside having a great time taking advantage of the season.

Thanks to the previous feedback fellas, they're always appreciated!

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I managed to slap on the waterslide decals for the white armor pieces of the right leg. I was very much excited about the process since it was my first time applying them. And I think they came out pretty well, If I say so myself... not bad for a first timer. I also panel lined a few pieces with a .3mm mechanical pencil. I really wanted a super subtle panel line and so I shaved the tip of the lead to a very fine point. After all the details were applied, I finally sealed it with Mr. Hobby/Color flat clear. It blended and meshed all the details so perfectly, especially the shading aspect. I'm amazed by Mr. Hobby/Color flat clear. And I only mixed and thinned it with iso alcohol.

https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2909/14265321903_04624f3daa_t.jpg (https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2909/14265321903_04624f3daa.jpg)

The inner frame for the right leg is almost finish. It just needs some minor touch ups on a few pieces and it should be all set.

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This is a product of an experiment. When I work on the project, I get flooded with new ideas. I thought that going along with this variation will really set it apart and give it a very unique look. I decided to take on the dual tone route.

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Alright my fellow enthusiasts, that's all for now. Until next time... keep on building!

Wiz33
May 22, 2014, 2:29 PM
Can't wait for the final product. Looks to be an amazing build.

Bossguy
May 22, 2014, 2:34 PM
Hoo, boy. Those frame parts plus the white armor parts look fabulous. The metallic blues look delicious as well.

Dlinker
May 22, 2014, 2:56 PM
I'm anxious to see how the legs will look once built-up. Everything is looking so nice, especially the different gold tones on the frame.

thwalker13
May 22, 2014, 3:11 PM
That frame is looking fantastic. I can't wait to see it all built up and together.

extend
May 23, 2014, 8:54 AM
I'm subscribing now. Wonderful work!

jayhat100
May 26, 2014, 6:47 PM
Looking good man, this thing is looking beautiful.

V0LTES-V01
August 12, 2014, 11:38 AM
Thanks a bunch to the previous awesome comments y'all, it's always appreciated... even though I do not get to reply in time LOL. I've been lax in regards to the project due to summer, it's my favorite season. But I'm inspired once again, thanks to the Hi-Nu Ver.Ka, to re-ignite the engine and get back to the grind.

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https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5589/14700652370_70c64660d7_t.jpg (https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5589/14700652370_70c64660d7.jpg) https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3892/14886994652_178e415e31_t.jpg (https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3892/14886994652_178e415e31.jpg) https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5557/14893864131_43236715b6_t.jpg (https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5557/14893864131_43236715b6.jpg)

After I detail the sole of the feet, I'll slap on the armor and take another update photo. And that should complete the right leg. Then I'll move on to the waist unit after.

Alright y'all, until the next update... Volt out!

Dlinker
August 12, 2014, 11:45 AM
You know, if it was me, I'll be tempted to leave one leg with no armor on to show off that inner frame. Amazing stuff.

thwalker13
August 12, 2014, 12:45 PM
I agree with Dlinker, that inner frame is amazing!

Sazabee
August 12, 2014, 3:25 PM
Ooooooh.

I'm going to be working on the Quanta after this Bust that I need to finish and I'm definitely going to take some ideas from you if you don't mind :P

V0LTES-V01
August 12, 2014, 6:33 PM
You know, if it was me, I'll be tempted to leave one leg with no armor on to show off that inner frame. Amazing stuff.

I agree with Dlinker, that inner frame is amazing!

Thank you gents!

Dlinker, funny thing about your comment is that when I was typing the update, picture of the Qan[T] with half of its body without armor on its limbs just started projecting itself in my thoughts LOL. And then I read your comment, which cracked me up due to how connected it was LOL. But yeah, I'll definitely consider that idea.


Ooooooh.

I'm going to be working on the Quanta after this Bust that I need to finish and I'm definitely going to take some ideas from you if you don't mind :P
LOL, hey man I say barrow away! In this art, I learn by observing and admiring the work of others... so how can I mind LOL. I'm intrigue on what you can manifest. I'll be looking forward on your Quanta project.

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So I got a package today. I wanted to do some color separation for the GN bits so I ordered 2 scribes from Tamiya and Starrett. I am so pumped to try out and learn how to scribe. It will be a simple panel line. I would just basically follow the contours of the angles. And I also ordered Tamiya's File Set. Now I don't have to heavily rely on nail files for heavy grinding LOL.

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Sazabee
August 12, 2014, 6:46 PM
Thank you gents!

Dlinker, funny thing about your comment is that when I was typing the update, picture of the Qan[T] with half of its body without armor on its limbs just started projecting itself in my thoughts LOL. And then I read your comment, which cracked me up due to how connected it was LOL. But yeah, I'll definitely consider that idea.


LOL, hey man I say barrow away! In this art, I learn by observing and admiring the work of others... so how can I mind LOL. I'm intrigue on what you can manifest. I'll be looking forward on your Quanta project.

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So I got a package today. I wanted to do some color separation for the GN bits so I ordered 2 scribes from Tamiya and Starrett. I am so pumped to try out and learn how to scribe. It will be a simple panel line. I would just basically follow the contours of the angles. And I also ordered Tamiya's File Set. Now I don't have to heavily rely on nail files for heavy grinding LOL.

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Make sure that you got some of the Dymo Tape since I didn't have one did a somewhat sloppy job using the Scriber the 1st time lol.

I too can't wait to start on Quanta x.x

Keep it up tol!

Shponglefan
August 12, 2014, 11:32 PM
How did I miss this build until now? Nice choice of colors and that inner frame looks like a work of art! Can't wait to see how this one turns out!

V0LTES-V01
August 13, 2014, 4:03 PM
Make sure that you got some of the Dymo Tape since I didn't have one did a somewhat sloppy job using the Scriber the 1st time lol.

I too can't wait to start on Quanta x.x

Keep it up tol!
Thanks for the reminder pare about the dymo tape. But I won't be doing any intricate panel design... too soon I think LOL. I just want some clear isolations on the GN bits. I got so pumped to try out the new scribes that I tested it right away LOL.

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How did I miss this build until now? Nice choice of colors and that inner frame looks like a work of art! Can't wait to see how this one turns out!
It was buried... heavily :lol:.. under current WIPs. I started the project a long while back. I finally got the inspiration to work on it again. Thanks for the awesome comment friend. Another update is coming soon, so stay tuned!

Dlinker
August 13, 2014, 5:09 PM
Those scribed lines look nice. Did you have to sand them afterwards? I always had to sand the area after I scribed anything. Sometimes even the lines themselves.

V0LTES-V01
August 14, 2014, 10:45 AM
Those scribed lines look nice. Did you have to sand them afterwards? I always had to sand the area after I scribed anything. Sometimes even the lines themselves.
Thanks man!

No, I didn't sand the newly scribed lines. I only brushed it off with a toothbrush after I scribed just to show the results. But I'll definitely sand it when I officialy move on to the GN bits.

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Right leg finally finished! :D

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https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3886/14726499039_cdc57b7dc0_t.jpg (https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3886/14726499039_cdc57b7dc0.jpg) https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5596/14913144515_dd016e5b66_t.jpg (https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5596/14913144515_dd016e5b66.jpg) https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5584/14726544248_4c97e4035d_t.jpg (https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5584/14726544248_4c97e4035d.jpg) https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3842/14726543778_079b1e96b7_t.jpg (https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3842/14726543778_079b1e96b7.jpg)

I didn't bother adding the supposed decals for the knee armor yet, as I feel that it's not important at the moment. I just wanted to show the long overdue progress :lol:.

Now on to the waist unit I go!

Dlinker
August 14, 2014, 11:10 AM
This is turning out to be a kit with tons of bling-bling factor. Just look at that leg... It's drool-worthy.

V0LTES-V01
August 15, 2014, 8:30 AM
This is turning out to be a kit with tons of bling-bling factor. Just look at that leg... It's drool-worthy.
Thanks man! A powerful Gundam definitely deserves to shine with bling-blings. I'm very happy on how the leg turn out. It's only my first time doing such details on a frame. I'm very humbled by the experience.

thwalker13
August 15, 2014, 9:00 AM
Damn dude, that is one sexy leg. That gold is just the perfect color to put with that metallic blue. And speaking of the blue, it's smooth and rich with color. Man you're killing me, I want to see the whole kit!

Shponglefan
August 15, 2014, 2:42 PM
Sexiest Gundam leg I've ever seen. If the rest turns out even half as good, this is going to be a spectacular build!

V0LTES-V01
August 15, 2014, 8:28 PM
Damn dude, that is one sexy leg. That gold is just the perfect color to put with that metallic blue. And speaking of the blue, it's smooth and rich with color. Man you're killing me, I want to see the whole kit!
Thanks dude! Good thing I took my time and messed around with experiments to find the perfect color combo for the metallic blue. And I'm with you man, I want to see it finished as well LOL. But we must be patient and not force art LOL.

Oh yeah, something I noticed and learned about metallics, for instance that metallic blue, is that its sheen is degraded when it is gloss coated. I had to re-do :sad: it and cancel the top coat to keep the metallic quality.


Sexiest Gundam leg I've ever seen. If the rest turns out even half as good, this is going to be a spectacular build!
Thanks man, much appreciated! Gotta thank those previous 00 Qan[T] projects that I've seen from other builders. Their work helped inspire creativity and aim. This project will be joining theirs soon :cool:.

V0LTES-V01
October 6, 2014, 9:20 PM
Where has this project gone?! LOL

Well folks, I just recently discovered Alclad Chrome. And after giving it a test run, I was awestruck by the result :shock:. My dome was just over-flooded with ideas. I couldn't help myself, I must incorporate it to the project. I already dismantled and cleaned the previously finished leg. I do not mind starting all over again. I just take it as an opportunity to learn and refine :mrgreen:.

Dlinker
October 7, 2014, 1:24 AM
Oh, you're just scratching the surface of hi-shine finishes. The possibilities are indeed many, haha.

Make sure you get the base color as shiny as humanly possible for that Chrome. Without it, you'll just get disappointed.

thwalker13
October 7, 2014, 7:48 AM
Welcome to the world of Alclad sir! I love their chrome. I've used it on a few kits already and it's great just.

V0LTES-V01
October 7, 2014, 11:03 AM
Oh, you're just scratching the surface of hi-shine finishes. The possibilities are indeed many, haha.

Make sure you get the base color as shiny as humanly possible for that Chrome. Without it, you'll just get disappointed.
LOL I was overwhelmed! I heard angelic sounds while I was admiring the mirror finish :lol:.

And yeah, the base is definitely a factor on the quality of the finish. I've seen the test runs of other hobbyists with their Alclad Chrome on different brands of black base. I went with Aclad's own black base as recommended by them, and I can see why, the finish is so shiny and smooth like plexiglass... it's ridiculous!


Welcome to the world of Alclad sir! I love their chrome. I've used it on a few kits already and it's great just.
I feel quite right at home with Alclad, and so much so that I purchased three of their varnishes: gloss, flat, and aqua gloss for chrome. They truly make wonderful stuff.

Shponglefan
October 7, 2014, 9:40 PM
Pics! Pics! Where are the pics? :D

V0LTES-V01
October 8, 2014, 12:24 PM
Pics! Pics! Where are the pics? :D
LOL! i know, i know!

The pieces that will get chromed is already primed and ready for the gloss black base. Since I'm working on an OOB of the Hi-Nu Full Armor, I'll most likely have something to show toward the weekend... or sooner if I get the chance. I'll only be able to show the chrome finish unfortunately. For this newly found technique to work, I was told it requires an enamel based clear color. And so I searched for a vendor and found one through eBay... based in Taiwan :(... tis the only option. I'm hopeful the package will arrive next week.

Zaku
October 9, 2014, 3:17 PM
Wow. This thing is pimp. Very impressive

V0LTES-V01
October 16, 2014, 3:11 PM
Wow. This thing is pimp. Very impressive
Thanks Zaku!

Coming from a dedicated UC fan such as yourself, receiving a praise for 00 means a lot LOL.

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Oh and folks, I couldn't do and post updates on the Qan[T] like I wanted to because I've just been so occupied lately. Although I did manage to snap some parts for the Hi-Nu and it's coming along nicely. Instead of doing a WIP for it, I'll just showcase it when it's complete since it's only an OOB. And good news, fresh off from Taiwan, the enamels finally arrived!

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Now I'll definitely have to make time and get back on the grind!

Dlinker
October 16, 2014, 5:16 PM
Tamiya enamels, eh? I rarely see those around where I live. Maybe Model Masters has the enamel paint market dominated because that's all I see.

V0LTES-V01
October 17, 2014, 10:00 AM
Tamiya enamels, eh? I rarely see those around where I live. Maybe Model Masters has the enamel paint market dominated because that's all I see.
Yeah man, they are quite rare indeed. Luckily, eBay is there to come through when you really need an item. It's quite puzzling Testors do not have a line of bottled color clears. I would've settled for Testors if they had those color clears.

Dlinker
October 17, 2014, 11:55 AM
Testors have their clears in their Model Masters line, but it's not the same kind of clear as Tamiya or lacquers. Heck, I think only lacquers and Tamiya have those shiny clears when it comes to bottled paints. Which isn't a bad thing; They happen to be really good clears, haha.

Lastly, go eBay! If it wasn't for them, we'd all be missing so much good stuff.

skulblaka-ven
November 2, 2014, 11:58 AM
Those legs are jaw-dropping, man! Very sexy!
Never though that shade of blue will works with gold, but you convinced me.

You gotta post more pics.. ;)

extend
November 9, 2014, 6:21 PM
Thanks Zaku!

Coming from a dedicated UC fan such as yourself, receiving a praise for 00 means a lot LOL.

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Oh and folks, I couldn't do and post updates on the Qan[T] like I wanted to because I've just been so occupied lately. Although I did manage to snap some parts for the Hi-Nu and it's coming along nicely. Instead of doing a WIP for it, I'll just showcase it when it's complete since it's only an OOB. And good news, fresh off from Taiwan, the enamels finally arrived!

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Now I'll definitely have to make time and get back on the grind!

You're a Filipino too, right? I'm not sure, but I think I saw a couple of Tamiya enamels on some local stores around Metro Manila.

V0LTES-V01
November 12, 2014, 1:59 AM
Those legs are jaw-dropping, man! Very sexy!
Never though that shade of blue will works with gold, but you convinced me.

You gotta post more pics.. ;)
Thanks man! Color experiments work wonders! :D

I'll most definitely post more pictures, it's just at the moment this faux chrome scheme I'm aiming for certain parts is proving to be a challenge. :lol:


You're a Filipino too, right? I'm not sure, but I think I saw a couple of Tamiya enamels on some local stores around Metro Manila.
Yep, born and raised in the motherland brother. But I no longer reside there, although good looking out for the paint referral. Speaking of stores, I'd like to check out Greenhills Shopping Center in San Juan the next time I come to visit. I heard there are tons of Gunpla there.

Have you been to Greenhills?

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Alright, so unfortunately the clear color over Alclad Chrome idea did not yield a desired result. As phenomenal as Alclad Chrome is, its reflective finish is not quite definite; I still love the product nonetheless and highly recommend. And so I researched for an alternative "chrome" finish and discovered graphite powder. Yes, graphite, the mineral used in pencil to take stupid tests with in institutions to prove your intelligence LOL.

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If you inspect closely, the finish is quite reflective, definite, and mirror-like. I love the result; it's what I aimed for - mirror-like quality. My only concern is the dark shade. Next to a true chrome finish of the paint stirrer, the shade is very light. I very much would like it to be just like that. And so I'm in search of a white reflective high gloss paint to serve as the base for the graphite. If you know of such a paint, please be a friend and help me progress. :lol:

Dlinker
November 12, 2014, 12:32 PM
I replied to your post in the paint thread of possible white paints that may work for you. Maybe add in some polishing compounds and you can get it looking super shiny. Metallic polishing powders work wonders and that spoon is a good example. Personally, that darker tone looks darn great, but that's just me, haha.

extend
November 12, 2014, 4:47 PM
Yep, born and raised in the motherland brother. But I no longer reside there, although good looking out for the paint referral. Speaking of stores, I'd like to check out Greenhills Shopping Center in San Juan the next time I come to visit. I heard there are tons of Gunpla there.

Have you been to Greenhills?



That explains ordering online. IIRC, there is an abundance of Tamiya enamel paints in here.

Of course, I had been to Greenhills. That's where I got my HGUC Unicorn Destroy Mode and my HGAC Wing Gundam. The prices there are just right - just a few Philippine Peso on top of its original price.

Mainstream malls and toy stores almost sell as twice as the original price. I'd never buy from them.

V0LTES-V01
November 13, 2014, 12:15 PM
I replied to your post in the paint thread of possible white paints that may work for you. Maybe add in some polishing compounds and you can get it looking super shiny. Metallic polishing powders work wonders and that spoon is a good example. Personally, that darker tone looks darn great, but that's just me, haha.
LOL oh I'm with you on that dark tone; it looks great indeed. I'm so well acquainted with regular candy finishes that when I saw this mirror finish, it overwhelmed me. That dark tone is something I would use on Sinanju *hint, hint. But for the Qan[T], I want it to be light.

I think I may have figured out how to make the finish lighter without changing the black base. I'll share the findings after further experiments.

Oh and thanks for the suggestions man!


That explains ordering online. IIRC, there is an abundance of Tamiya enamel paints in here.

Of course, I had been to Greenhills. That's where I got my HGUC Unicorn Destroy Mode and my HGAC Wing Gundam. The prices there are just right - just a few Philippine Peso on top of its original price.

Mainstream malls and toy stores almost sell as twice as the original price. I'd never buy from them.
Maaan, you ain't kiddin about the mainstream malls! Toy prices there are ridinkulous!

Let's stick with Divisoria and Greenhills where we can get more for our money LOL.

extend
November 13, 2014, 12:24 PM
Speaking of Divisoria, I think they only sell bootleg kits. I'm yet to see Bandai kits from there.

Greenhills has legit items though.

V0LTES-V01
December 11, 2014, 2:27 PM
Hey Qan[T], you're still here?! http://emoticoner.com/files/emoticons/crazy-monkey/crazy-monkey-emoticon-028.gif?1292792386

...LOL

Alright, after further research, I finally found a paint (lighter shades) that rivals the mirror-like finish of Alclad Gloss Black Base. This paint that I discovered through countless hours of typing, inspecting information and images is called Humbrol. It dries to a smooth and reflective finish. I'm quite relieved and very satisfied that the labor of research paid off LOL.

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And here it is polished with pencil graphite.

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If you are interested in checking out some Humbrol paints, I can lead you to the right direction on where to acquire it with reasonable price.

Alright my ninjas, I'm out! Gotta get back on the Gunpla grind! http://emoticoner.com/files/emoticons/crazy-monkey/crazy-monkey-emoticon-129.gif?1292792413

Dlinker
December 11, 2014, 4:31 PM
Ooooh, very nice. The middle spoon is my favorite. Humbrol behaved like other enamel paints?

Bossguy
December 11, 2014, 4:33 PM
Darn nice. The shine is incredible.

skulblaka-ven
December 11, 2014, 4:38 PM
Wow, really love the shine. I never used enamel for larger surface like that before. Does it sturdy enough? Not prone to scratch?

Man, your Qan[T] is killing me, can't to see the finished kit.

thwalker13
December 11, 2014, 5:06 PM
I'm with Dlinker, that center spoon is awesome looking.

V0LTES-V01
December 12, 2014, 1:00 PM
Thank you lads, the shine is indeed incredible. Humbrol is a great find. No need for hard to acquire specialized chrome powder. Humbrol enamel polished with pencil graphite will suffice LOL.


Ooooh, very nice. The middle spoon is my favorite. Humbrol behaved like other enamel paints?
I very much like the finish of the gray base as well. It's what I've been chasing all this time LOL. And yes, Humbrol has the character of other gloss enamels; it takes quite a while to dry. I used lighter fluid to dilute and it took 2 hrs to touch without imprint. I'm under the impression that it could take more with just a regular enamel thinner. Although Humbrol has its own specialized thinner, I don't intend to find out its influence on the paint; lighter fluid works just fine.


Wow, really love the shine. I never used enamel for larger surface like that before. Does it sturdy enough? Not prone to scratch?

Man, your Qan[T] is killing me, can't to see the finished kit.
Yes, it is very shiny. The images do not do it justice; it's so smooth and reflective. http://emoticoner.com/files/emoticons/crazy-monkey/crazy-monkey-emoticon-089.gif?1292792402

When you get the urge to do a project that requires a super duper gloss, definitely consider Humbrol. From the results that I got from Humbrol, I consider it a quality product.

I think all kinds of paint are prone to scratch. We just have to exercise caution so that we can somehow prevent a heart attack LOL.

I started this project quite a long long long while ago. Thanks to imagination and the drive to pursue it, I managed to refined the original paint scheme to something much more. And in the process, I learned a lot of things which helped improve my skills. The faux chrome is the last hurdle for the Qan[T] project. It will be smooth sailing from here on out.

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Here's a quick update on the spoon test for the lighter shades of base. White is on the left and Gray is on the right. If you inspect the White base, it seems more yellowish - that is because this dummy didn't notice that the airbrush trigger is only pulled midway. Therefore it has more color build up. The Gray base on the other hand had the proper technique, for the airbrush trigger was pulled all the way to unload more paint and less build up. The Gray base retains more of the faux chrome.

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Alright my ninjas, this dummy have to go practice some more! http://emoticoner.com/files/emoticons/crazy-monkey/crazy-monkey-emoticon-080.gif?1292792400

Dlinker
December 12, 2014, 2:02 PM
I might just try some of that Humbrol myself one of these days. Those are some fantastic results, especially with lighter fluid as the thinner.

As for which spoon is better, the right one for me.

V0LTES-V01
December 12, 2014, 4:57 PM
I might just try some of that Humbrol myself one of these days. Those are some fantastic results, especially with lighter fluid as the thinner.

As for which spoon is better, the right one for me.
You should definitely consider Humbrol for some super shiny gloss. You can purchase it [here] (http://stores.ebay.com/tnrkartsportsinc/?_dmd=1&_nkw=humbrol), it's where I got mine. The merchant is located in your west coast hood; Mojave, Ca to be precise.

Dlinker
December 12, 2014, 6:07 PM
Oh, excellent, much appreciated, good sir. Always nice to find out that an ebay vendor is from CA.

gundammonkey
December 14, 2014, 8:42 PM
I have a tube of graphite I use for locks and what not it is just graphite all ground up you can get it at any local hardware store. Any way, what do you do to polish with it? just rub it on gentile like or do you mix it with water or something. This has me intrigued as to how you are doing this shine. It just looks so damn cool.

V0LTES-V01
December 14, 2014, 11:12 PM
I have a tube of graphite I use for locks and what not it is just graphite all ground up you can get it at any local hardware store. Any way, what do you do to polish with it? just rub it on gentile like or do you mix it with water or something. This has me intrigued as to how you are doing this shine. It just looks so damn cool.
Yeah it's just regular graphite I got from a pencil. I'm not sure if it is any different from the hardware store lubricant graphite. But hey, I got this far because of experiments; would like to see the results with the graphite you already have.

Another key ingredient is the paint. For the scheme to work, you need a paint that has a super shiny and reflective finish. If you look at Page 7 of the WIP, you'll see the results of the Humbrol brand that I posted. That's the kind of finish it needs.

So once you have the key ingredients, it's time to put it to the test. Get a disposable spoon and coat it with the shade of your choice. Grey and White gives a light shade of faux chrome, while Black gives off the opposite ;). So after you coated the spoon, let it dry to a point where you can't leave a fingerprint (mine took 2 hours). By all means, do not let it cure. The paint must retain a little bit of moisture for the graphite to stick.

After the paint dries, grab a little hobby brush and dip it to some graphite powder and evenly coat the spoon. Once that's over, grab a disposable soft facial pad, dab some graphite powder on it and gently buff the spoon.

And finally, grab yourself a beer and tell your woman to make you a bangin' sandwich. You just did something awesome, it's time to celebrate.

gundammonkey
December 15, 2014, 12:36 AM
cool beans I will have to try that out. I have a large selection of the alclad and other shinny paints, will this process work on acrylic paint too? I will have to try and find out. Also by "soft facial pad, do you mean like a micro fiber cloth would that work I have a bunch of those.

V0LTES-V01
December 15, 2014, 5:01 PM
cool beans I will have to try that out. I have a large selection of the alclad and other shinny paints, will this process work on acrylic paint too? I will have to try and find out. Also by "soft facial pad, do you mean like a micro fiber cloth would that work I have a bunch of those.

I think it might work on an acrylic, but I've never ever encountered a super reflective gloss acrylic... if you have, I say go for it. And about the soft facial pads, [this] (http://i5.walmartimages.com/dfw/dce07b8c-52be/k2-_65b59c80-6994-410d-a111-505b34691b3e.v1.jpg) is what I meant.

V0LTES-V01
December 20, 2014, 8:52 PM
I finally had the opportunity to test Humbrol on an actual part - knee armor. And the result still remained the same as it was on the spoon; ridinkulously smooth and reflective.

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And here it is polished with pencil graphite.

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At the moment, I'm on the grind to mix clear colors to concoct cyan clear, which I will be using for the knee armor and other various parts. No fruitful results yet unfortunately. I think I need a [Tamiya Enamel Clear X-22] (http://unicorn-toys.com/1625-3538-thickbox/tamiya-enamel-x-22-clear.jpg) to soften the intensity of the clear colors.

http://emoticoner.com/files/emoticons/crazy-monkey/crazy-monkey-emoticon-129.gif?1292792413

skulblaka-ven
December 20, 2014, 11:10 PM
Wow, it's nice and shiny, mate. Just dont put it under direct sunlight, you might blind someone with it.

Dlinker
December 22, 2014, 1:23 PM
Seeing these results is making me more and more anxious to get my workstation up and running again. Those enamels are working great for a glossy finish.

gundammonkey
January 7, 2015, 8:13 PM
Man I'm gonna finally be able to get that great shine like you have. My hobby shop now stocks the full line of HUMBROL paints! Sweet! I have the graphite and now I will have the paint next I will have that great shine. Thanks for your idea.

V0LTES-V01
January 8, 2015, 10:04 AM
Man I'm gonna finally be able to get that great shine like you have. My hobby shop now stocks the full line of HUMBROL paints! Sweet! I have the graphite and now I will have the paint next I will have that great shine. Thanks for your idea.
Nice! Humbrol Gloss is just too awesome. The quality and level of shine is ridinkulous. Just refer back to the tips for help if you need it. Have fun testing it out bro!

gundammonkey
January 8, 2015, 11:47 AM
I finally had the opportunity to test Humbrol on an actual part - knee armor. And the result still remained the same as it was on the spoon; ridinkulously smooth and reflective.

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And here it is polished with pencil graphite.

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At the moment, I'm on the grind to mix clear colors to concoct cyan clear, which I will be using for the knee armor and other various parts. No fruitful results yet unfortunately. I think I need a [Tamiya Enamel Clear X-22] (http://unicorn-toys.com/1625-3538-thickbox/tamiya-enamel-x-22-clear.jpg) to soften the intensity of the clear colors.

http://emoticoner.com/files/emoticons/crazy-monkey/crazy-monkey-emoticon-129.gif?1292792413

IS that just the graphite or did you go over it with the chrome also? If the graphite changes the paint that much wow! It took shinny gray and made it shinny steel.

V0LTES-V01
January 8, 2015, 12:27 PM
IS that just the graphite or did you go over it with the chrome also? If the graphite changes the paint that much wow! It took shinny gray and made it shinny steel.
All testing are done with just regular pencil graphite to get the chrome look. I suggest using Gloss White and Gray for a lighter shade of chrome. And use Gloss Black for a dark chrome/steel look.

Yeah, I'm with you man, quite surprised myself - pencil graphite... really??!! And then I tested it... http://emoticoner.com/files/emoticons/crazy-monkey/crazy-monkey-emoticon-089.gif?1292792402

gundammonkey
January 8, 2015, 9:01 PM
I notice that the cans of Humbrol are really small. Did you AB the pieces or did you use a brush? If you used an AB what thinner did you use. Yes I'm completely stealing your idea. :o I was going to get a few cans but I will have to wait till next pay day I have already spent too much on Gunpla this week.:rolleyes:

V0LTES-V01
January 9, 2015, 2:07 PM
Yeah them cans are tiny, though looked quite hefty in the picture LOL. But hey, the stuff is still quality. And I airbrushed the paint and thinned it with lighter fluid. Hey man, I say steal away LOL. In Gunpla, we go far by being thieves with honor LOL. And I saw a pic of your backlog. You might as well open a shop.

gundammonkey
January 9, 2015, 11:40 PM
V0LTES-V01 that back log pic was then, it has grown a bit. I added about 20 more kits. :) stupid sales and what not. Well in all reality 6 kits I got purely for a kit bash kit that I have an Idea for. I will add that to my WIP when they all get here and I have the drawings done and what not.

V0LTES-V01
April 26, 2015, 4:34 PM
The Qan[T] project is alive once again! :lol:

I decided to equip the kit with another weapon. Let's face it fellas, there's no such thing as too much swords; swords are damn cool.

http://i.imgur.com/4LonQ7Gs.jpg (http://i.imgur.com/4LonQ7G.jpg)


Here it is built along with its various forms. I do not like the design of the hilt, and so I will construct my own.

http://i.imgur.com/GjMtgd9s.jpg (http://i.imgur.com/GjMtgd9.jpg) http://i.imgur.com/clQf5z1s.jpg (http://i.imgur.com/clQf5z1.jpg) http://i.imgur.com/OxWoNMCs.jpg (http://i.imgur.com/OxWoNMC.jpg) http://i.imgur.com/i6MqWB0s.jpg (http://i.imgur.com/i6MqWB0.jpg) http://i.imgur.com/qd0Bkrgs.jpg (http://i.imgur.com/qd0Bkrg.jpg)


And while I was admiring the new weapon with its various forms, I was inspired to add a new form to the GN Sword IV. I decided to incorporate a blaster mode. This idea also requires a new hilt design.

http://i.imgur.com/dd0KNDms.jpg (http://i.imgur.com/dd0KNDm.jpg)


Wish me luck y'all, it's a first for me! :lol:

Dlinker
April 27, 2015, 11:36 AM
Haha, reminds me of the commission kit that TR13 recently did with a 00 Raiser base kit. I think it will make for a fantastic addition to the Qan[T]

Is that blaster mode for the GN Sword IV something original or was it capable of it already? Don't remember seeing it when I worked on the 1/144 version.

V0LTES-V01
April 27, 2015, 8:18 PM
Are you referring to our good friend Walker? or is it a different individual from another forum?

This form of blaster mode is somewhat original, even though the mode is already embedded in the HG grade. It's original in a way that it will not completely resemble the HG grade's blaster mode. The GN Bits of the HG can transform into pistols and serve as a trigger for the blaster mode. I have not yet attain the skills to do such a mod LOL. Therefore, what I planned to do is to just create a gun-blade hilt to replace the original sword hilt and invert the GN Bits.

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HG Full Saber blaster mode

Dlinker
April 28, 2015, 11:42 AM
It's another individual that's part of that Team Nexus modeling group and I'm not sure if he's on a forum at all. Dude does some impressive work, although his color scheme choices lately haven't been too appealing.

I think I remember seeing that Blaster Mode before. Personally, I think your version looks better. Inverted GN Bits are so much cooler, haha.