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thwalker13
February 21, 2014, 9:59 PM
Since this thread was lost, I have remade it. So post those WiP updates here people!

End date was set for March 20th. There isn't any need to worry about finishing up late. As a few of us will be doing so.

Asterisk
February 21, 2014, 10:06 PM
This is about as far as I've gotten.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v291/Avyrex/SAM_0014_zps90833f1e.jpg

Yeah, mine is in the mail.

thwalker13
February 21, 2014, 10:12 PM
I need to upload my (very few photos) to photobucket. Also need to update my Finished kit thread.

But, I did have a set back. Though not a large one. I was planning on turning the white stripes on the horn and spikes into Black Chrome. By putting down a layer of silver then putting on layers of Tamiya Smoke. However I was met with watery pooling and uneven coats. So, time to strip and repaint those parts when I paint the rest of the blue parts.

Zenki_Style
February 21, 2014, 10:13 PM
That really sucks. I'm still waiting delivery date is set for Tuesday. Just in time for me to buy paint the next day

Dlinker
February 21, 2014, 10:17 PM
Man, I didn't even realize the original thread bit the dust. Anyways, still painting away on mine. Sorry to hear about those issues, thwalker13. Good thing you're airbrushing, haha.

Here's the pic of the Ninja Turtle head again:

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Tonight, it's trying to finish up dry-brushing any metallics.

Okiera29
February 22, 2014, 12:15 AM
First, glad to see everybody back. Haven't gotten very far on mine, just snapped together right now, exploring paint and weapons.
http://i975.photobucket.com/albums/ae239/OkieRA29/Mobile%20Uploads/photo_zps5f567548.jpg (http://s975.photobucket.com/user/OkieRA29/media/Mobile%20Uploads/photo_zps5f567548.jpg.html)

Koto Grenade launcher and sniper rifle. The sniper rifle is a bit too large, but I kind of like the muscle of the grenade launcher. I did get this the other day. 5$...
http://i975.photobucket.com/albums/ae239/OkieRA29/Mobile%20Uploads/photo_zps33fce864.jpg (http://s975.photobucket.com/user/OkieRA29/media/Mobile%20Uploads/photo_zps33fce864.jpg.html)

MG Kampfer, built, but with all the accessories.
http://i975.photobucket.com/albums/ae239/OkieRA29/Mobile%20Uploads/photo_zps37a6ce39.jpg (http://s975.photobucket.com/user/OkieRA29/media/Mobile%20Uploads/photo_zps37a6ce39.jpg.html)

The build is not the best, but it is not hacked by any stretch.
http://i975.photobucket.com/albums/ae239/OkieRA29/Mobile%20Uploads/photo_zps37c7eb29.jpg (http://s975.photobucket.com/user/OkieRA29/media/Mobile%20Uploads/photo_zps37c7eb29.jpg.html)

Should be nice weather this weekend, so I hope to get at least a coat of primer on the KA and start working on a paint scheme

gundammonkey
February 22, 2014, 12:24 AM
I will hopefully be hitting the house this weekend and can start on mine. And I can re-post all my W.I.Ps they seam to have gone by-by. DAMN HACKERS! why don't they just leave us alone for a bit. :)

thwalker13
February 22, 2014, 11:01 AM
Wasn't a hacker time. Just an error with the servers.

Okiera: Looks like you have the same bazooka that I bought for me.

HawaiianJohn
February 22, 2014, 5:16 PM
Happy to see the thread/forum back... and I just received mine. I'll be working on it soon! ;)
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DASkribus
February 22, 2014, 5:30 PM
Parts have been soaked and are now dried. Due to my laziness, I'll be posting pictures on HLTV...

Asterisk
February 22, 2014, 6:16 PM
Wasn't a hacker time. Just an error with the servers.

Okiera: Looks like you have the same bazooka that I bought for me.

Some time back, I'd commented having started a Kampfer similar to the Amazing? I had a pair of those bazookas painted and ready to go. Then they had brake fluid spilled on them, ruined them.

Zenki_Style
February 22, 2014, 10:34 PM
Nice grab on the master grade kampfer okiera! If it did not come with a instruction booklet and you want one too see how the pieces go together, I'll gladly mail you mine. No charge at all. I have a bunch of stamps and envelopes. Interesting stamps,forever stamps from the g/fs dad's business.

badlanguage
February 22, 2014, 10:38 PM
Got my Kampfer last week. I pre-ordered from Hobby Search. When I opened the box, lookie at what I found inside:

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I was wondering what weapons to use, looks like I found one. Hope these images show up, it's the first time I've posted images here.

Dlinker
February 23, 2014, 1:00 AM
Man, I'm jealous of people getting pre-order bonuses with theirs.

Zenki_Style
February 23, 2014, 1:12 AM
I know right! I am going to have to buy gatlings or a whole kit with gatlings for mine. Anyways might as well share my plans as my kit should be here Tuesday. I'm going to base my build off of the heavy arms pretty much. Lots of missiles and as many guns as I can fit on it. With a red/orange/yellow/white paint scheme with a blue stripe or two thrown in somewhere.

The heavy arms was pretty much my favorite gundam wing mech and just the sheer amount of weapons on the kampfer deeply remind me of it. Figured it would make for a good scheme on the amazing.

Dlinker
February 23, 2014, 3:11 AM
Oooooh, I like the sound of those plans. You think you'll find a use for the mount holes on the forearms?

thwalker13
February 23, 2014, 12:09 PM
You're not the only one jealous there Dlinker. You can count me into that boat.

Last night I finally finished de-nubbing all the parts. I'm going to finish detailing the frame and start on the thrusters. After that, it's mostly just armor. Then onto the weapons.

Here are my 2 photos of progress thus far. Now that the forum is back up, I'll be taking a few more.

http://i570.photobucket.com/albums/ss149/txwalker13/HG%20Kampfer%20Amazing/41E5C4B0-62B7-4275-A7E8-5E71291743AD_zpsxohc9myg.jpg (http://s570.photobucket.com/user/txwalker13/media/HG%20Kampfer%20Amazing/41E5C4B0-62B7-4275-A7E8-5E71291743AD_zpsxohc9myg.jpg.html)

http://i570.photobucket.com/albums/ss149/txwalker13/HG%20Kampfer%20Amazing/4892D986-4942-4905-AB8D-FDD097122019_zpsptg3iasv.jpg (http://s570.photobucket.com/user/txwalker13/media/HG%20Kampfer%20Amazing/4892D986-4942-4905-AB8D-FDD097122019_zpsptg3iasv.jpg.html)

badlanguage
February 23, 2014, 5:33 PM
I like the monoeye, thwalker, what did you make the eye out of?

Here are some part pics. I'm going to shoot some metalizer on the black parts, and as you can see the ones that are primed and preshaded are going to get some color on them. I think I'm going to go with a shade of purple on some and grey on some of the others. we'll see what happens.

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Dlinker
February 23, 2014, 7:24 PM
Your pre-shades are looking good, especially the forearms. I'm interested to see how the black parts will turn out. Painting straight from the runners is always a difficult challenge.

badlanguage
February 23, 2014, 9:16 PM
Agreed about painting from the runners. I tried to paint only things where the nubs marks wouldn't be seen once assembled (as in the polycap joints), and in cases where they would I hopefully removed enough of the runner to address the nub and also give me room to get in there to paint. Hopefully I thought enough ahead to get me where I need to go. We'll see...

Zenki_Style
February 23, 2014, 9:28 PM
Preshade does look good!,I'm about to start attempting that myself any tips?

badlanguage
February 23, 2014, 11:58 PM
Thanks! What worked for me was that I made sure to thin my paint well and I have a fine needle for my airbrush, which helps. I used about 12-13ish psi to spray with. I used black for mine preshade color but I've used different colors before to match the topcoat - just depends on the effect you're going for. I sometimes get wrapped around the axle worrying about messing it up, but I've learned to relax and just enjoy it a lot more. It is a hobby after all! I'm sure others will have techniques that work better than mine, can't wait to hear what folks have to say!

Dlinker
February 24, 2014, 1:12 AM
^ That sounds like one of the two common methods of pre-shading (one I've tried myself with the Valkyrie). The other one is painting the entire part with the pre-shade color, then highlighting the areas with the actual color starting from the middle areas. I read about people spraying the preshade at 10 PSI or less, though. Enjoying the process is a really good tip; pre-shading can take time.

Zenki_Style
February 24, 2014, 1:19 AM
Well that's good to hear because I'm totally at peace playing with my airbrush,always enjoyed painting,finding the airbrush to be like my zen calming activity. So pretty much cut down to my small needle and 10-13 psi,monk amounts of patience.

Good thing I've been practicing lines and letters!

Dlinker
February 24, 2014, 1:22 AM
Yep, that's the brunt of it. Practicing with lines and letters will go a long towards making pre-shades easier for you too. AB control and such.

thwalker13
February 24, 2014, 9:37 AM
@Badlanguage: I made my Mono-Eye out of a piece of spare runner. I cut the lower half of the head up and placed in a cut/sanded "T" shaped piece of runner. I painted it up before putting it in. It doesn't move, but I think it still looks really good. And your pre-shading is looking really good as well. Can't wait to see how it turns out.

thwalker13
February 24, 2014, 5:22 PM
Thought I'd give you guys a small update. My wife and I are going to starting some renovations to our house here soon. Possibly today. As usual this is going to eat up a lot of my free time, which means I won't have a lot of it to put into the Kampfer. I'm still going to try and get it finished before March 20th. But that might not be happening. We will see what happens. I will however, continue to check the forum throughout the day.

Dlinker
February 24, 2014, 5:54 PM
^ Yeah, that will take up a lot of your time. I remember when I had to deal with that recently with renovations to our bathrooms. I'm sure very few people will be able to make the 3/20 deadline, haha. I still have to paint the weapons on mine...

thwalker13
February 24, 2014, 10:08 PM
I might be able to get the actual MS done if I hustle. Amy said she isn't starting til Wednesday. I doubt I can get the whole thing done, but I'm going to try.

Bossguy
February 24, 2014, 10:10 PM
That's unfortunate, but the house renovating should be worth it, and it's definitely a higher priority than a model kit.

thwalker13
February 25, 2014, 9:05 AM
I was able to get some extra detailing done last night. And I used Model Masters Metalizer Gunmetal for Airbrush for the 1st time. And I love it. It gives such a more clean and uniform finish than the spray can. And buffed a bit, it looks really good.

Here is a photo of the upper chest piece. My piping inspiration can from Jayhat's Delta Plus.

http://i570.photobucket.com/albums/ss149/txwalker13/HG%20Kampfer%20Amazing/E07134DC-1E46-4A72-9108-95F515003B53_zps8rogdsnu.jpg (http://s570.photobucket.com/user/txwalker13/media/HG%20Kampfer%20Amazing/E07134DC-1E46-4A72-9108-95F515003B53_zps8rogdsnu.jpg.html)

Dlinker
February 25, 2014, 11:40 AM
That looks spiffy, man. I immediately thought of reinforced copper tubing when glanced at the pic.

Darn it, I think I need to start showing off something new too. Got to take a couple of pics tonight of what's been done lately.

Asterisk
February 25, 2014, 1:19 PM
Alright, I'm ready.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v291/Avyrex/KA_zps7c88abed.jpg

Zenki_Style
February 25, 2014, 1:45 PM
He is here!

http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a244/riho_/Mobile%20Uploads/57B5AC18-6B29-4EFF-AA37-A6D121BC1673_zpsxosvo4al.jpg (http://s12.photobucket.com/user/riho_/media/Mobile%20Uploads/57B5AC18-6B29-4EFF-AA37-A6D121BC1673_zpsxosvo4al.jpg.html)

Interesting where did you other yours from asterick? Find it hilarious we got it on he same day. I bought mine through gg infinite.

Zenki_Style
February 25, 2014, 1:48 PM
Also loving that piping walker, your detailing has been really nice on this project!

Asterisk
February 25, 2014, 1:50 PM
I ordered mine, plus a GM Sniper K9 through Amiami last week.

Dlinker
February 25, 2014, 3:31 PM
Finally, more people are getting their hands on it. Get crackin', folks. The thread is starting get lonely again, haha.

Squee
February 25, 2014, 3:38 PM
I know we have a new thread, but we should update the first post again. When does this end again? I'm pretty strapped for cash, at least towards buying any new kits until mid March, if it's still going on, i will try to join in! ^_^

Dlinker
February 25, 2014, 3:41 PM
I think it's still set to officially end on March 20th. I think a number of participants (myself included) will be submitting late so it's no big deal.

thwalker13
February 25, 2014, 3:52 PM
Nice to see that you guys were able to join up. Good to see a few more people getting into the build.

@Squee: I edited the 1st post to say the end date. And for people not to worry about not being able to finish by then.

ChapelMkII
February 25, 2014, 3:52 PM
I ordered mine, plus a GM Sniper K9 through Amiami last week.

This entire post was music to my ears, lol!

Finally, more people are getting their hands on it. Get crackin', folks. The thread is starting get lonely again, haha.

If I finish the Star Build before my K9 arrives, I definitely will squeeze in some work time with mine!

I think it's still set to officially end on March 20th. I think a number of participants (myself included) will be submitting late so it's no big deal.
Yeah. I'm kinda glad we've been so relaxed with this one. I've had my KA a little over 3 weeks now, and it just occurred to me that I never took a picture of the runners still in their bags >__>;;

Squee
February 25, 2014, 4:14 PM
Damn, i probably wont have the kit in hand until like the 19th lol Seems pretty bad to start then. :/

Zenki_Style
February 25, 2014, 5:06 PM
So here is where I'm at right now and all the weapons I've chosen. Trying to figure out how to link the sniper rifles to make dual buster style guns. I plan to give the full armor unicorn gundam and heavy arms something to fear with as many usuable in one burst weapons possible. I don't think this guy will have a hard point left on his body. Yeah about the choice of Gatling gun. Night before last I woke up went to the restroom,when I came back I kicked over my spare parts bin and managed to step on the goufs Gatling gun,breaking several connections. So I decided against the gatlings I was going to buy and I will buy another gouf custom and make a custom gouf custom.

http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a244/riho_/Mobile%20Uploads/C09F393D-EDD8-4087-A2A6-DBFFBB37FB91_zpsfgvn2qyv.jpg (http://s12.photobucket.com/user/riho_/media/Mobile%20Uploads/C09F393D-EDD8-4087-A2A6-DBFFBB37FB91_zpsfgvn2qyv.jpg.html)

Dlinker
February 25, 2014, 6:12 PM
^ That's looking to be a good deal of hardware to attach. Curious to see if you'll pull off combining the rifles. Me thinks it will look rather cool.

@Squee, it's up to you. Personally, if you want to participate, then do so. Even if it's really late, it just means this group build will be in our minds longer, since we'll be checking this thread for a while.

Zenki_Style
February 25, 2014, 7:45 PM
The rifles are the easy part,the rounded missile pods and Gatling in taking some work though... Got everything except the two rounded missile pods placed trying to get a feel for what I need to sand and shave more and I must say he is quite heavy. I'm going to need a GP base for this guy.

Also I've decided to mod the shoulders there lack of movement range is sad.

(Edit) glad I got this on a day I have absolutly nothing to do. Anyways here is my basic idea for my weapon scheme.

Not really liking the missile pods on the legs though I feel like they stick out way too far. Also had to find a different way to mount the large missile pods as I did not realize It only came with one connector per binder. Should have been a no brainer but oh well.

http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a244/riho_/759AD49C-F4AF-41AA-8D6A-B77F088E16B5_zpsl4bqxk70.jpg (http://s12.photobucket.com/user/riho_/media/759AD49C-F4AF-41AA-8D6A-B77F088E16B5_zpsl4bqxk70.jpg.html)


http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a244/riho_/7F3EB2E0-EEFA-4DAC-A175-1ACE62CA32A9_zps1ednneqq.jpg (http://s12.photobucket.com/user/riho_/media/7F3EB2E0-EEFA-4DAC-A175-1ACE62CA32A9_zps1ednneqq.jpg.html)

Amazingly he can stand on his own but I feel safer with a stand under him.

thwalker13
February 25, 2014, 9:47 PM
That is some crazy hardware!

B6Drew
February 25, 2014, 10:16 PM
that looks insane.

its killing me, not being able to work on my KA :mad:

Dlinker
February 25, 2014, 10:33 PM
I see where you're going with this and it looks great. Loving the twin-barreled rifles, especially. Maybe you can shorten the missile pods a bit? Their rounded design kinda fits with the general aesthetic.

Bossguy
February 25, 2014, 10:44 PM
Heavy weapon loadouts are the name of the game for the Kampfer Amazing, haha. Looks great.

ace
February 25, 2014, 11:18 PM
Hells yeah. That thing is the ultimate killing machine. Watching this thread has made me want this kit.....

Zenki_Style
February 25, 2014, 11:21 PM
Thanks guys! @dlinker the overall length of the pod doesn't bother me much Its more in how far it hangs off the leg,I agree it goes with the curvy looks of the kampher. I also ditched the square ransel pack. Wasn't having none of the box on the back instead of those sexy booster covers.


Just finished spraying mettalic out of my airbrush for the first time nervous about that one hoping it dries well and I'll probably take at least 1 or two more pics tonight.

badlanguage
February 25, 2014, 11:42 PM
Those weapons are bad ass. Way to go overboard without making it look overboard. Tastefully bad ass!

Zenki_Style
February 26, 2014, 12:27 AM
@Ace you so should! everyone on this forum should own one of these,very nice little kits i'm honestly impressed with the overall quality and its about as posable as the mg.. which is tons but still decent.

@BadL Thanks man! that is a very unique way of putting it. Looking forward to seeing what you do with yours.

Okay last time I photo bomb this thread tonight I swear!

Got the visor and and some of the mettalics finished.

http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a244/riho_/Mobile%20Uploads/F59A5DB1-A0C1-4823-9D89-4684270E047A_zpseepiglgl.jpg (http://s12.photobucket.com/user/riho_/media/Mobile%20Uploads/F59A5DB1-A0C1-4823-9D89-4684270E047A_zpseepiglgl.jpg.html)

http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a244/riho_/Mobile%20Uploads/7EFB57D5-4708-4971-81F6-5026E9D00BDF_zpsfx1k8nsg.jpg (http://s12.photobucket.com/user/riho_/media/Mobile%20Uploads/7EFB57D5-4708-4971-81F6-5026E9D00BDF_zpsfx1k8nsg.jpg.html)

http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a244/riho_/Mobile%20Uploads/67097F4F-0DD9-4493-8D7B-13DBD3E98BF0_zpsespoyb0b.jpg (http://s12.photobucket.com/user/riho_/media/Mobile%20Uploads/67097F4F-0DD9-4493-8D7B-13DBD3E98BF0_zpsespoyb0b.jpg.html)

http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a244/riho_/Mobile%20Uploads/03AD81CD-A33D-4EC6-9B0A-930D99B3818F_zpsltpxaezf.jpg (http://s12.photobucket.com/user/riho_/media/Mobile%20Uploads/03AD81CD-A33D-4EC6-9B0A-930D99B3818F_zpsltpxaezf.jpg.html)

Dlinker
February 26, 2014, 1:37 AM
Cool, you went with the visor route for the eyes. I think it looks great. I get what you're saying now about the missile pods. They do look a bit awkward with the mount design.

Seeing as I'm done with the majority of the paint work on the main kit, I figured it's time for pics again to show off the milestone on my dear sweet KA:

http://s20.postimg.org/t3b77w1w9/back_beta.jpg (http://postimg.org/image/t3b77w1w9/) http://s20.postimg.org/nmnxzrj4p/front_beta.jpg (http://postimg.org/image/nmnxzrj4p/) http://s20.postimg.org/lgtn59fo9/legs_side1_beta.jpg (http://postimg.org/image/lgtn59fo9/) http://s20.postimg.org/3tbu725qx/legs_side2_beta.jpg (http://postimg.org/image/3tbu725qx/) http://s20.postimg.org/3uls0h7kp/heels_beta.jpg (http://postimg.org/image/3uls0h7kp/)

And a little close-up of the torso details:

http://s20.postimg.org/4y5wcfs7t/up_close_beta.jpg (http://postimg.org/image/4y5wcfs7t/)

I'm really happy with how the metallics turned out. I didn't expect them to be so shiny. Also, I must have laid some pretty thin layers of paint because the areas that weren't primed, but painted over anyway are very fragile. Just a slight touch of the finger nail causes the paint to chip. First time I'm using red for the inside of thrusters and I must say, it does look pretty.

Zenki_Style
February 26, 2014, 1:41 AM
Man you can really tell the two toning on the armor panel in those pics,and that purple and red is like icing on the cake! I'm on my phone so I can't really tell much about the metallics as I can't bring up the large size images but that is looking really good!

ChapelMkII
February 26, 2014, 8:28 AM
D, loving what you did with the two-toning, and metallics came out looking spiffy :D Given the inspiration you were drawing from though, I was hoping you'd get a little bit more adventurous with the paint. You need to work in the hazard striping! XD

thwalker13
February 26, 2014, 8:56 AM
Great job Dlinker! I'm loving the 2 toned armor. And that gunmetal, it looks fantastic! This is making me want to get mine painted up.

Speaking of, I clear coated the thrusters last night. I'm hopefully going to finish up detailing a few things tonight and possibly spraying parts for the feet and arms.

ace
February 26, 2014, 10:17 AM
Im really liking that color scheme. That shade of purple really goes well with the green you chose. And the two toning was a great Idea and the metallics... all around it looks great.

Dlinker
February 26, 2014, 12:22 PM
Many thanks, gents :)

I actually used Natural Steel for the parts that look like Gunmetal. I think it's obvious that I didn't do enough drybrushing to make it look more like Steel, haha. Painting the purple was a challenge. I could have been thinning it too much, but it took so many layers to get the right appearance. Same thing for the red on the thrusters, but I'm certain that was due to over-thinned paint. The two reds I used sounded like thick liquid when I was shaking them in their bottles instead of a thick goop and I should have noticed. Could have saved me from having to paint a few additional layers.

@ChapelMKII, I hear you about the hazard striping, man. I couldn't figure out where to put it that made sense so I ended up scrapping the plan :( Maybe around the shoulder armor, in that strip closer to the body. Hmmm.

badlanguage
February 26, 2014, 12:32 PM
Great job on the paint Dlinker! I love how the metallics came out. The two-tone paint really sets it off!

ChapelMkII
February 26, 2014, 1:32 PM
@ChapelMKII, I hear you about the hazard striping, man. I couldn't figure out where to put it that made sense so I ended up scrapping the plan :( Maybe around the shoulder armor, in that strip closer to the body. Hmmm.

Well, considering where the hazard striping was, I think the ideal spot is awesomely appropriate: The tips of the weapon packs. That way it looks like like the jet engines over the shoulders of the figure, and you get the added bonus of an obvious visual joke :D

Zenki_Style
February 26, 2014, 1:54 PM
Could always do it on the knee pieces too there pretty flat

Dlinker
February 26, 2014, 2:13 PM
@badlanguage, glad you like the work so far, man. I think I can safely say I've improved since my last full handpaint job.

Regarding the striping, somewhere on the knees is a good idea, especially since it's got a good coat of primer underneath. Makes the paint easier to apply. I also like the idea of putting them on the tips of the two weapon binders and it will be easy to do since they haven't been painted yet. Let me mull this over in my head and I'll post up the results when done.

Thanks for the suggestions, guys!

B6Drew
February 26, 2014, 5:38 PM
man that looks awesome Dlinker!

Dlinker
February 26, 2014, 6:10 PM
^ Thanks, man! I had a sort of detachment with the kit during the painting process so I wouldn't feel impatient with the constant re-coats and touch-ups. When I saw it all kinda put together, it was magical.

Bossguy
February 26, 2014, 7:26 PM
It looks awesome. The red and purple really brings out the detail.

Dlinker
February 26, 2014, 7:46 PM
^ Thanks, man. I feel it needs a bit more purple so I'm going to add more with weapon binders.

thwalker13
February 27, 2014, 8:45 AM
I was able to paint a few parts on mine last night. The thrusters are almost done, and if I get the time, tonight I'm going to clear coat the last of the frame work pieces. So after that, I can finally start on the main armor.

I also, stole another weapon from one of my older kits. I plan on seam welding and filling in some gaps with putty before I paint it. I did some tests with it, and it'll mount right up the forearm with a custom mount (piece of runner haha).

ChapelMkII
February 27, 2014, 10:06 AM
Hmmm.... Looks like my build will be on hold a bit longer... This new booster kit (http://gundamguy.blogspot.com/2013/12/hgbc-1144-gunpla-battle-arms-new-images.html) is exactly what I need to solve my loadout dilemma...

thwalker13
February 27, 2014, 1:05 PM
I saw that thing. My first thought was, "I wonder if anyone will use that to increase payload on the Kampfer Amazing".

Dlinker
February 27, 2014, 2:42 PM
That thing certainly does look good and I can see many uses out of it. It looks like the arms can fit in the open slots on the KA's legs and forearms.

ChapelMkII
February 27, 2014, 3:18 PM
I saw that thing. My first thought was, "I wonder if anyone will use that to increase payload on the Kampfer Amazing".

In my case it's not so much to increase the payload as it is to safely modify the kit to display the weapon packs the way I originally wanted.

thwalker13
February 27, 2014, 3:20 PM
That works as well, should be pretty easy. Considering that thing has multiple attachment points.

ChapelMkII
February 27, 2014, 3:33 PM
That was the logic I was running with. The bummer of it though is that I'm going to have an unfinished bald spot on the back of my kit all the way up to the end of April, and even then I run the risk of having another Amazing Booster fiasco where I buy a booster for a specific reason only to learn that it's not compatible straight out of the box.

thwalker13
February 27, 2014, 3:46 PM
That is true. Maybe as it's release date gets closer some better images will be released and you can see better if it will work or not.

Dlinker
February 27, 2014, 3:58 PM
Yeah, might be better to wait for review pics of the thing before settling on it. Curious to see how much weight they can support out of the box.

thwalker13
February 27, 2014, 4:04 PM
Judging by those images, the weapons aren't that big. Probably just 1 piece of molded plastic. So I'm sure they don't weigh that much. Which would suggest they aren't under much stress. So holding up heavier more complex weapons might be a challenge.

Zenki_Style
February 27, 2014, 5:21 PM
Those mounts look like they could probably atleast hold a light shield or something.


Here is some of what I got done last night

Need to respray the red but gives an idea of how the colors will look.
http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a244/riho_/3AEADCB2-DC93-4074-8092-E4FEF0D09845_zpsghwywco7.jpg (http://s12.photobucket.com/user/riho_/media/3AEADCB2-DC93-4074-8092-E4FEF0D09845_zpsghwywco7.jpg.html)


http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a244/riho_/EF259897-119B-4062-A3AC-05E86DC6FADC_zpsese29u5v.jpg (http://s12.photobucket.com/user/riho_/media/EF259897-119B-4062-A3AC-05E86DC6FADC_zpsese29u5v.jpg.html)


http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a244/riho_/7024BA6B-B39E-43B1-BB2D-1A2E5102DD52_zpsf13w38ns.jpg (http://s12.photobucket.com/user/riho_/media/7024BA6B-B39E-43B1-BB2D-1A2E5102DD52_zpsf13w38ns.jpg.html)

Dlinker
February 27, 2014, 6:04 PM
Are those nubs I'm seeing on the front head piece? It kinda looks like it.

Progress is looking steady. The paint looks to have a bit of a gritty texture to it too. Not sure if that's intended.

Bossguy
February 27, 2014, 6:10 PM
A very bright and bold color scheme you're going with here. I can see what Dlinker is looking at. Is that a nub mark?

Zenki_Style
February 27, 2014, 6:50 PM
Yup those are nubmarks. I was in a rush last night just to see what the scheme would look like and missed them.

As for the red it did turn out bad. I'm anning on stripping and repainting. This is my first time spraying gloss out of the airbrush and the results where kind of rough.

Bossguy
February 27, 2014, 6:56 PM
Yep. Gloss colors are a pain to work with. Believe me, I had to work with them for the entire time of my freedom. Nightmare-ish.

thwalker13
February 27, 2014, 8:05 PM
What kind of paints are you using man?

I just clear coated a few parts while Amy is out getting food. I'm hoping to get a few more things done tonight before Hannibal comes on.

Dlinker
February 27, 2014, 8:11 PM
I thought he was spraying Tamiya acrylics, but I could be wrong. It's interesting to see issues spraying their gloss paint though. The white is looking a bit rough too, though not as rough as the red.

Zenki_Style
February 28, 2014, 12:03 AM
I am spraying tamiya acrylics,the whites a pain to thin itself,its already really thin,goes on better than the red though,if worst comes to worst I have flat red i got for my chars zaku i can use instead of the gloss red. I'm really wanting the gloss red to workout. I'm busy denubbing right now so i don't leave any more accidental ones.

Dlinker
February 28, 2014, 3:09 AM
Hopefully you don't have a bad batch of paint with that white. I've used Tamiya acrylic gloss white before and I thought it sprayed just fine, but I was using their lacquer thinner with it. Regardless, I hope your denubbing goes smoothly.

Have you used the gloss red successfully on something before?

thwalker13
February 28, 2014, 8:57 AM
I'm using the same paint as Dlinker mentioned, Tamiya Gloss white thinned 1:1 with their Lacquer thinner, and never had an issue with it. You may have gotten a bad batch.

ChapelMkII
February 28, 2014, 9:33 AM
LOL, dammit Zenki! It appears that we are going with somewhat similar color schemes. This will be very interesting XD

thwalker13
February 28, 2014, 11:46 AM
Ruh roh! It's heating up a bit in here.

Zenki_Style
February 28, 2014, 11:51 AM
Well its possible i got a bad batch of white,it is there flat white,I'm pretty sure i over thinned it though, I'll try it again and if it turns out bad the second time i have two weeks before i have anymore money to get more paint. On the red i actually got it to work really well on just bare plastic but it doesn't come out the right shade on the dark blue. Main reason i think i over thinned the white was because the base coat on the leg armor came out really smooth as to where on the leg itself i was having drips spray from the brush. Might just be time to disassemble the needle and clean it out by hand instead of just spraying thinner,then Windex then more thinner through it.

thwalker13
February 28, 2014, 12:31 PM
The fact that it's the flat white might be the issue. A few people have said that it gives off a chalky feeling. Main reason why I use their gloss paints and just put a flat clear on it.

But as for cleaning the airbrush, I normally clean mine by hand after every use. It helps to make sure that it sprays smoothly the next time. If I'm painting multiple color in one night, I'll run some thinner through it, give it a good q-tip rub, then spray the next color. When Done, I disassemble and clean it by hand. It really helps makes a huge difference.

Baufrin
February 28, 2014, 12:39 PM
With spray primers I clean the spray buttons out. Since I use acrylics I use simple green it kills the paint and leaves the plastic nozzle intact.

outamyhead
February 28, 2014, 1:16 PM
Zenki, I found something that might help, when I was painting up my HG Wing, I needed more white paint, I found when I mixed flat white, with Tamiya's regular white (X-2) got rid of most of the chalkyness, I haven't tried it on it's own, but I don't think it needs much thinner either, probably 1 part paint, to half thinner, seems to take a bit of effort to get it mixed up well.

Baufrin
February 28, 2014, 1:36 PM
another thought on paint you could try shaking the paint for a minute or two. that will mix up the components better. if that is still not good you could add a little lead weight to like for fishing or a BB or pellet. that would act like the ball in a spray can.

Okiera29
February 28, 2014, 2:00 PM
Well, after working a triple in the last few days, I came home yesterday morning and took a nap. When I got up from the nap, I decided to get some paint on the KA. Took a bit to settle on a scheme, but I finally did and then due to lack of sleep promptly screwed it up. I grabbed the wrong color when I went to paint the arm... I actually decided that this scheme is better, so the original color I was going to use will be used as an accent color on my Jesta. Here is the arm I painted yesterday. I painted the other one this morning. I hope to get the majority of the components painted tomorrow(60 degrees... sunday is supposed to be 25 and icy) I still have to decide on a 'frame' color. I am definitely not going with black for the frame. Time will tell.
http://i975.photobucket.com/albums/ae239/OkieRA29/Mobile%20Uploads/photo_zps31a5a89c.jpg (http://s975.photobucket.com/user/OkieRA29/media/Mobile%20Uploads/photo_zps31a5a89c.jpg.html)

Paint is just Valspar Satin in a can stuff from Lowes. Very happy with how it went on and tightened down into the details. I will take some pics of the other arm when I get home and put it together.

Dlinker
February 28, 2014, 2:21 PM
Now that's an interesting color scheme. The paint job looks good, nice and smooth, especially that bicep part.

thwalker13
February 28, 2014, 3:23 PM
An interesting color scheme. One that I think will fit the Kampfer pretty well. Hopefully I can get some paint on mine over the weekend. I'm anxious to show off what I've decided to do.

Zenki_Style
February 28, 2014, 6:57 PM
I really like that paint scheme,it's very unique.

I'm busy stripping parts now. Strip the paint then i am going to tear down the air brush and clean it out and hopefully I can get some better results tonight.

Okiera29
February 28, 2014, 7:35 PM
Thanks guys. I was very surprised how well the paint went down myself. Usually the Krylon etc type paint tends to go on too thick for my tastes. This stuff laid out beautifully. I was originally planning more of a dark brown mustard type color, but this accident turned out pretty good. I may still go with some dark yellow for the chest, but tomorrow will tell. Really getting jazzed about this build now!

Dlinker
February 28, 2014, 8:02 PM
Cool, can't wait to see more of it, especially the torso.

@Zenki_Style, if the AB is really dirty, maybe that's the culprit. You got the Windex, though. That eats through Tamiya like nobody's business. Do you rinse with water after too?

Zenki_Style
February 28, 2014, 8:08 PM
No but it should be worth a try, I've been spraying the thinner through it to rinse the winded out.

Dlinker
February 28, 2014, 10:25 PM
Oh, okay, that's more or less the same thing. I was just suggesting it because I read Windex leaves residue behind that may have an effect on the paint while inside the AB.

thwalker13
March 2, 2014, 1:06 PM
So despite the renovations to the kitchen. I was able to get a layer of paint on the armor parts of the Kampfer. Now I just have find the time to start detailing them.

http://i570.photobucket.com/albums/ss149/txwalker13/HG%20Kampfer%20Amazing/02157E48-5CEA-4611-A303-559FE30CF5EF_zpsnav2p6ep.jpg (http://s570.photobucket.com/user/txwalker13/media/HG%20Kampfer%20Amazing/02157E48-5CEA-4611-A303-559FE30CF5EF_zpsnav2p6ep.jpg.html)

http://i570.photobucket.com/albums/ss149/txwalker13/HG%20Kampfer%20Amazing/2E214FEF-1F5B-464A-8AB4-EAE6B78CE031_zps9apdmmvl.jpg (http://s570.photobucket.com/user/txwalker13/media/HG%20Kampfer%20Amazing/2E214FEF-1F5B-464A-8AB4-EAE6B78CE031_zps9apdmmvl.jpg.html)

Dlinker
March 2, 2014, 3:19 PM
Curious to see what color you'll use for the thrusters. That "built-in" one in the leg was a pain to paint for me. Had to touch up the area a few times when I was done.

Zenki_Style
March 2, 2014, 10:46 PM
I like that dark blue,It looks close to what i would imagine should be the color...as compared to the lighter plastic.

I'm not looking forward to the unpainted area myself. that could have easily been a separate piece too is whats sad

thwalker13
March 2, 2014, 11:07 PM
It certainly would be easier if it were a separate piece like the MG. I'm still trying to decide how I want to paint that.

Dlinker
March 3, 2014, 2:23 AM
Yet another update on mine. I got the weapon binders and missile pods base-coated along with some detail work on the binders:

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It's rough and you can see the mistakes and strokes in areas. And I'm not touching this up anymore. I spent a few hours doing the stripes and man, even with some guides it's tough to handpaint the stripes in without having to touch up after. And basecoating pieces this big while making sure the stripes are untouched? A huge pain in the butt. After several more hours, I must have put in a dozen layers just to get it where it's at now. Maybe I should have gotten a larger brush for it, but it's a moot point now since I decided never to handpaint anything this large ever again. I'd rather spend 5 min airbrushing it and then slave over details after.

I sought to challenge myself by handpainting the binders and the stripes and I succeeded to a point where the results are at least not a big mess, but I'm never taking up a challenge like this again.

thwalker13
March 3, 2014, 8:58 AM
You certainly did a good looking job on the cation stripes man. Certainly better than anything I could have done. The base coat on the Binders looks good and smooth as well. I do have a question, did you use any masking tape to help you paint the stripes?

And I just realized I never answered your question. I used Gunmetal Metalizer on the thrusters.

ChapelMkII
March 3, 2014, 11:20 AM
Those hazard stripes are looking fantastic. I'm glad to see the input from the rest of us was put to some great use :D

I'm curious, how did you go about applying your stripes?

Dlinker
March 3, 2014, 11:44 AM
Glad to see I'm not the only one choosing gunmetal for the thrusters, haha. Well, mine was Natural Steel, but it came out like Gunmetal.

Here's what I did for the stripes. I'm sure there's plenty of room for improvement:

1.) Mask off the area that I was going to paint, then trace the outline so I know my border
2.) Remove that tape, then place a set of thinner strips as a guide. I then painted the non-masked areas with two light layers of yellow
3.) Removed those strips and continue building up the yellow layers, keeping to the borders as much as possible
4.) Fill in the non-yellow areas with gloss black.

My hands aren't very steady and even less so when handpainting with such borders so there were many touch-ups I had to do for the yellow and black. That also resulted in the yellow having a thick coat, but luckily it only shows when viewed up close.

@ChapelMkII, your suggestion made the most sense and I knew it wouldn't be a simple job so I needed a large margin of error. Why mess up any other area that already has a good paint job when I can screw up on the binders that haven't been painted at all, you know? Plus, it does look very appropriate :)

ChapelMkII
March 3, 2014, 12:12 PM
Glad to see I'm not the only one choosing gunmetal for the thrusters, haha. Well, mine was Natural Steel, but it came out like Gunmetal.

Here's what I did for the stripes. I'm sure there's plenty of room for improvement:

1.) Mask off the area that I was going to paint, then trace the outline so I know my border
2.) Remove that tape, then place a set of thinner strips as a guide. I then painted the non-masked areas with two light layers of yellow
3.) Removed those strips and continue building up the yellow layers, keeping to the borders as much as possible
4.) Fill in the non-yellow areas with gloss black.

My hands aren't very steady and even less so when handpainting with such borders so there were many touch-ups I had to do for the yellow and black. That also resulted in the yellow having a thick coat, but luckily it only shows when viewed up close.

@ChapelMkII, your suggestion made the most sense and I knew it wouldn't be a simple job so I needed a large margin of error. Why mess up any other area that already has a good paint job when I can screw up on the binders that haven't been painted at all, you know? Plus, it does look very appropriate :)

I'd just chalk that up to Yellow paint being Yellow paint. It still looks fantastic! I've endeavored in the past to do hand-painted striping and I know it's not an easy feat, which was actually why I was curious about your approach. There's going to be a few details that I have to include on this build that will be done using masking, but I wasn't sure of the best way to approach it. One of my prop buddies suggested an idea that works great on spray-painting and airbrushing, but I have no clue if it will work with hand painting. Basically, the idea entails painting the masked off area with a clear coat first to prevent bleeding under the tape edges, and then once the paint is applied, pulling the masked tape off before the paint fully dries to prevent unwanted excess from being pulled when the masking tape is removed.

thwalker13
March 3, 2014, 12:25 PM
That actually would make sense. The initial clear coat would in theory seal the edges of the tape, and not allow the upper layers of paint beneath it. Hmm, I'm feeling a test coming on. What you do you Dlinker?

Dlinker
March 3, 2014, 2:05 PM
Glad you guys think it looks good, seriously.

I think ChapelMkII's method is worth a try. My concern with it is whether or not it will still create that raised edge. For me, even with just two light layers of yellow, there was still a visible raised edge where the paint touched masking tape after I removed it. Or is this something that will be unavoidable? Paint bleeding under the tape didn't happen to me so I was spared that disappointment.

ChapelMkII
March 3, 2014, 3:07 PM
Sounds like something some 1500+ wet sanding could polish out.

Dlinker
March 3, 2014, 4:15 PM
True, if Vallejo is sandable to any degree. Sadly, it isn't. I tried wet-sanding a sample piece with 3000-grit before and the paint just ended up peeling.

Bossguy
March 3, 2014, 7:34 PM
Whoa, those stripes are impressive. A big pain in the butt though.

Dlinker
March 3, 2014, 8:45 PM
Darn right, they were. It bears repeating that I'll never do that again by hand, haha. It did give me a better appreciation for masking areas for airbrushing, though, so now I'm looking forward to using the airbrush for everything including detail work again. An hour applying a proper mask, then 5 min to paint is nothing compared to a few hours doing those stripes.

Zenki_Style
March 4, 2014, 12:13 AM
I could see how those were alot of work by hand,Good job man!

Dlinker
March 4, 2014, 1:10 AM
Thanks, good sir! I was afraid they'll turn out crappy, but they don't look too bad at all, especially from a distance.

thwalker13
March 4, 2014, 8:54 AM
They do look good. You did a great job man.

I haven't been able to get back to work on mine since Saturday. Been busy on house stuff, hopefully all that will done some time this week and I can detail painting.

badlanguage
March 4, 2014, 3:22 PM
Dlinker, the stripes look good! Thanks for going through that experience - I think I'll stick with the airbrush!

I haven't made too much progress. Here's my monoeye:
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Here are some parts I painted with stainless steel metalizer:
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I painted some with aluminum plate metalizer as well, and I still need to polish more stainless parts and the aluminum ones. After the metalizer parts are all done, I'll get moving on assembly!

Dlinker
March 4, 2014, 4:08 PM
Thanks, man! And I agree, don't do it with a paintbrush if you can help it. Unless you want to kill lots of time, haha.

Those are some nice-looking metallics you got there. Kinda odd that it's so dark, though, but maybe it's just the lighting. It looks almost like Metalizer Magnesium.

thwalker13
March 4, 2014, 4:15 PM
Looks like Metalizer is being used a lot here lately. Which I can understand why. It's awesome stuff.

Parts are looking good man!

Dlinker
March 4, 2014, 6:19 PM
Let's hope nobody encounters the same issue I did with it last year when it started rubbing off easily even after a clear coat... That wasn't a fun discovery.

badlanguage
March 5, 2014, 1:23 PM
Thanks, man! And I agree, don't do it with a paintbrush if you can help it. Unless you want to kill lots of time, haha.

Those are some nice-looking metallics you got there. Kinda odd that it's so dark, though, but maybe it's just the lighting. It looks almost like Metalizer Magnesium.

Thanks! The pics do look dark now that I look at them again. The parts actually do look a lot more stainless-steely in real life. I blame my camera. And the photographer.

Zenki_Style
March 5, 2014, 1:35 PM
Some good progress there Bad. Really like the way that metalizer came out.

J-muss
March 5, 2014, 1:50 PM
I'm gonna be out for this, still don't have the kit and I just don't have time for gunpla right now (still have a backlog to work through anyways). Waiting until summer to learn air brushing, still too cold here in MN to really do anything.

Dlinker
March 5, 2014, 2:25 PM
^ That sucks. I was looking forward to what you were going to do with yours too. Next Group Build then, haha.

Dlinker
March 5, 2014, 4:39 PM
Almost forgot about these. I finished base-coating the rifles and had a much easier time doing it. Even the barrels were relatively pain-free to paint. I found that long continuous strokes helps a ton in making sure the coat is consistent with no sags or thick areas. Did some detailing as well so they're not so boring. I still have to finish up applying purple to that triangular section and clear red on the scopes to complete the look, as well as paint up the handles.

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Also finished with the knives/kukris. Hopefully there won't be any paint scraping when I put them in the holders.

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thwalker13
March 5, 2014, 6:18 PM
Those weapons are looking great man. I especially like the knives.

Dlinker
March 6, 2014, 2:15 AM
Thanks, man. I'm going to try doing the same thing for the bayonets, but with drybrushed Gunmetal instead of Natural Steel. That way the shade won't be too similar to the Chainmail Silver on the blade edges.

After that, it's waiting for a couple of days, then the clear coat and finally panel lines/decals. Hard to believe it's taken me nearly two months to get this far.

thwalker13
March 6, 2014, 9:26 AM
I'm still trying to get the time to start detailing the armor. I found some time to panel line the black parts with my gray lining accent. Which was a failure. The stuff is runny that it just goes everywhere and won't stay in place. Going to have to go by Hobby Lobby today and get some Gunship Grey to do the panel lining with.

And I'd say it'll take me more than 2 months. At the going rate, I'll be doing my Banshee 2.0 project back to back, just like I did the 1st time. As I still have not started the weapons.

Dlinker
March 6, 2014, 11:43 AM
Better late than never, so the saying goes. Plus, you got real life to deal with and that always takes priority. I'd like to get mine done soon so I can start working on the Zabanya again, haha.

Sucks to hear about the panel lining. I'm conflicted with how I'll do mine, whether to try out the acrylic wash again or go with the tried-and-true enamel wash.

Bossguy
March 6, 2014, 11:46 AM
Both types of weapons look great. I agree with Thwalker, those knives look incredible. Be careful with both washes. There's probably a chance the acrylic wash could thin out the Vallejo.

Dlinker
March 6, 2014, 12:17 PM
Thanks, good sir. I'm going to clear coat first, but the concern does still exists because Vallejo isn't as tough as Tamiya. I'm going to test the acrylic wash again, this time on a spoon that was primed first before being painted with Vallejo. I noticed the protection is way tougher with primer underneath so there's still a chance I can get away with the acrylic wash. If it fails, then it's time to get a bottle ready to pre-mix my enamel washes.

I tested before on an unprimed piece that was clear coated with my usual Alclad and it felt like the clear coat weakened. It shocked me since it had two days to cure and I wasn't using any alcohol to clean up the wash.

thwalker13
March 6, 2014, 1:17 PM
I think I'll just stick with the enamel wash for painted builds. I might do an acrylic wash for any OOB builds I do.

Edit: My lovely wife got me a bottle of Gunship Grey while she was out. How awesome is she?

thwalker13
March 7, 2014, 8:44 AM
With the new bottle of grey I was able to line all my black parts. I also lined my blue parts with the black accent paint. All this was done after our new kitchen sink was installed.

But I've kinda come up with a plan. A few of the parts are ready for flat coating once I get the lining cleaned up. So I'll detail a few easy parts, then flat them. Since I don't like using my flat coat on to many parts at a time, this will be perfect. So expect some actual picture progress soon. Hopefully by Sunday.

thwalker13
March 9, 2014, 10:57 PM
Seems like this thread has gotten a bit stale as of late. Luckily, I finally have some updated pics of my progress.

http://i570.photobucket.com/albums/ss149/txwalker13/HG%20Kampfer%20Amazing/35D4C2B5-B574-4AE7-9A24-421FEA63A31E_zpspxu8kbvr.jpg (http://s570.photobucket.com/user/txwalker13/media/HG%20Kampfer%20Amazing/35D4C2B5-B574-4AE7-9A24-421FEA63A31E_zpspxu8kbvr.jpg.html)

http://i570.photobucket.com/albums/ss149/txwalker13/HG%20Kampfer%20Amazing/22B805CA-2832-44F3-B85D-13699E401FC2_zpspkyutswk.jpg (http://s570.photobucket.com/user/txwalker13/media/HG%20Kampfer%20Amazing/22B805CA-2832-44F3-B85D-13699E401FC2_zpspkyutswk.jpg.html)

http://i570.photobucket.com/albums/ss149/txwalker13/HG%20Kampfer%20Amazing/176FD49D-95D9-41DF-B691-C34970D35E56_zps30tqytfo.jpg (http://s570.photobucket.com/user/txwalker13/media/HG%20Kampfer%20Amazing/176FD49D-95D9-41DF-B691-C34970D35E56_zps30tqytfo.jpg.html)

http://i570.photobucket.com/albums/ss149/txwalker13/HG%20Kampfer%20Amazing/7B80D3DE-3EF1-4D85-9AA6-5D5B0BF29322_zpshgguz9xs.jpg (http://s570.photobucket.com/user/txwalker13/media/HG%20Kampfer%20Amazing/7B80D3DE-3EF1-4D85-9AA6-5D5B0BF29322_zpshgguz9xs.jpg.html)

http://i570.photobucket.com/albums/ss149/txwalker13/HG%20Kampfer%20Amazing/7F1E8E48-6AA7-48F0-8BAF-8933D179CD8B_zpsvygo3div.jpg (http://s570.photobucket.com/user/txwalker13/media/HG%20Kampfer%20Amazing/7F1E8E48-6AA7-48F0-8BAF-8933D179CD8B_zpsvygo3div.jpg.html)

ace
March 9, 2014, 11:17 PM
I was wondering when someone was going to post some updates here. Looking good man. I like those thrusters on the feet. Is that clear red over gunmetal?

Dlinker
March 10, 2014, 1:48 AM
Sorry, guys, my lack of updates is due to the KA getting close to the finish so I've been working on getting that done these past few days. I should have been well on my way towards decals/panel lines on the weapons, but I forgot to prep the binders for a clear coat so those will have to wait until Wednesday or so. However, I did manage to decal and flat coat the main kit and tomorrow should be the weathering. I'll post pics of the before/after tomorrow.

@thwalker13, that's some good paint work on the parts. Looks very smooth without any noticeable dust particles. I see you took the red approach too with the thrusters, haha. Might I ask what happened to the red on the shin/knee parts? They don't look as uniform in color as the ones on the shoulders.

thwalker13
March 10, 2014, 7:53 AM
@Ace: It's actually Clear Red over Chrome. I painted the inside chrome and outside gunmetal. With a small dab of bronze in the center.

@Dlinker: Thanks man, and yeah, the red on the knees isn't as uniform. It's the same Dark Red enamel I've used in the past. Which is notorious for giving me a hard time. The shoulders had an extra step though. I painted the whole thing grey before painting the ends red. I figured if any part of that yellow was going to be visible, I wanted it to appear grey as though it were an inner frame. Not a big yellow piece. The parts on the knees, wasn't painted grey. So I think that was the issue.

Asterisk
March 10, 2014, 8:31 AM
Here's my challenge to you, Tom: you obviously are capable of fairly fine detail. Paint the knuckles on your Kampfer's hands silver.

I started doing that a ways back, and I have NEVER seen anyone else do it.

thwalker13
March 10, 2014, 9:03 AM
Hmm, that does sound like a good challenge. Do you mean the whole finger segment or the small areas that I have lined with black?

I also did something similar with my MG Red Frame. Took forever as I had to use a Gundam Marker.

Asterisk
March 10, 2014, 9:17 AM
Like this

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v291/Avyrex/SAM_0001-3.jpg

thwalker13
March 10, 2014, 12:18 PM
Ah!

My next project is the the HGUC Banshee Norn. I say to you Asterisk, Mission Accepted!

Dlinker
March 11, 2014, 12:54 AM
Real life ate my time more than I expected so I don't think I'll be able to finish the weathering today. But, I did put the main kit together so these are the before-weathering shots. I'm really glad that only a tiny bit of the paint got chipped off while I was putting it together. Usually, it's way more than that when it comes to a handpainted kit.

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I went light on the decals, opting for a more realistic approach. Strangely, the kit looks a bit more semi-gloss on the pics, but that's a good thing because I feel like I went a bit heavy on the flat coat. The red on the tubing, for example, is kinda ashy in real life. Are you reading this, Bossguy? I keep telling you a good flat coat isn't just about the materials and this is proof. I still need to improve my eye when it comes to flat coats, haha.

I should mention also that the acrylic wash worked well, no damage to the clear coat. Going to do it again on my next kits.

thwalker13
March 11, 2014, 7:53 AM
The Kampfer is looking great Dlinker. All the colors really go well together. And I don't think anyone could tell that the kit was completely hand painted. You did a great job.

I actually completed the detailing on mine last night. I'll be flat coating mine tonight, and hopefully assembly will be on Wednesday. Then I can finally start the weapons. Hopefully the other set of weapons that Joe mailed to me will be here.

Dlinker
March 11, 2014, 10:45 AM
^ Thanks, man. I can honestly say the end results were worth the time and effort. Hopefully the weapons turn out well too.

Speaking of weapons, I'm anxious to see what you got lined up for yours. I know you got those big Koto freesyle bazookas, but it sounds like there are more.

Bossguy
March 11, 2014, 10:56 AM
Absolutely fabulous. The two-tone affect is nice and subtle, and it blends in very well. The paintwork is smooth, and I can't pick out any imperfections with the flat coat. What topcoat were you using?

thwalker13
March 11, 2014, 12:05 PM
Speaking of weapons, I'm anxious to see what you got lined up for yours. I know you got those big Koto freesyle bazookas, but it sounds like there are more.

Once the weapons show up, I'm going to layout them all out with the Kampfer itself before I start working on them. So as soon as they show up, you'll see what I have planned.

Dlinker
March 11, 2014, 1:27 PM
^ Cool, man, looking forward to it. I'm getting the impression that there are many weapons being used, haha.

@Bossguy, thanks, good sir! Glad to see that you think my paint job is okay, haha. I was using Alclad Aqua Gloss Clear for the protective clear coat, then Vallejo Matt Varnish sprayed as is with no thinning from the AB. Next paycheck, I'm buying some of that Model Masters stuff to try it out. I'm fine with Vallejo, but I'm always open to trying out new stuff.

thwalker13
March 11, 2014, 2:11 PM
On top of the new cannons, two new weapons will be added. Mounted onto the forearms.

And Dlinker don't sell yourself short. Your hand painted scheme looks awesome. If you didn't tell anyone, I doubt they could tell. It's way better than "okay". haha

Asterisk
March 11, 2014, 2:31 PM
Honestly, I have to admit something. I've had my KA for a bit now and, while I've done some mod work and seam filling, I'm having a hard time coming up with a color scheme. Instead, I've been modding and prepping my GM Sniper K9, and have gotten to the point that I'm looking forward to THAT job.

Oh God, have I gone Feddie all of a sudden?

thwalker13
March 11, 2014, 3:12 PM
Traitor! Benedict Arnold!

Haha joking. It's understandable man. It took me awhile to figure out what I was going to do with mine. And hell, even after I had the kit I was still coming up with stuff to do. Like the cannons. And even as I was prepping the parts for paint I found that another weapon I had laying around would work. So I decided to use that as well. It's like it never ends.

And GM K9 was a cool kit. It sparked my interest in the Blue Destiny again. Ironically I found the Manga of the Blue Destiny just a few days after that episode aired at a used book store. It promptly became mine.

Dlinker
March 11, 2014, 3:18 PM
@thwalker13, ooooh, forearm weapons. I think you're the second person in the group build who used those mounts. Definitely good places. Thanks for the kind words about my paint job, too. I'm guess I'm being too critical of myself.

@Asterisk, you've having the same issue I did. Took me weeks and plenty of distressing to settle on a color scheme.

thwalker13
March 11, 2014, 3:55 PM
Still not sure what, if anything I could use the knee mounts for.

And as modelers we are almost always over critical of our own work.

ace
March 11, 2014, 7:08 PM
@dlinker that ka is looking great man. I cant even tell its hand painted.

I cant wait to see everyones kits completed. Ive been watching this thread from the begining and Im always anxious to see everyones progress.

@asterisk im digging your knuckle idea. It seems like it would add that little bit of extra detail and realism to a kit. Mind if i borrow that idea?

Okiera29
March 11, 2014, 10:26 PM
The weather has finally cooperated and this week is beautiful. Plus, I have the week off, so painting has commenced. Actually, I have progressed pretty far in just the last day or so.
http://i975.photobucket.com/albums/ae239/OkieRA29/Mobile%20Uploads/photo_zpsd0cd86dc.jpg (http://s975.photobucket.com/user/OkieRA29/media/Mobile%20Uploads/photo_zpsd0cd86dc.jpg.html)
http://i975.photobucket.com/albums/ae239/OkieRA29/Mobile%20Uploads/photo_zps2d785fda.jpg (http://s975.photobucket.com/user/OkieRA29/media/Mobile%20Uploads/photo_zps2d785fda.jpg.html)

That is the basic paint scheme. Believe it or not, it is all Valspar paint bought at Lowe's. The paint went on nice and thin and snuggled down into the details very well. The colors are sagebrush for the limbs, Burgandy for the shoulders and main torso. Some of the joints were left in bare plastic and others were painted with Tamiya light gun metal for contrast.
http://i975.photobucket.com/albums/ae239/OkieRA29/Mobile%20Uploads/photo_zps11542aa6.jpg (http://s975.photobucket.com/user/OkieRA29/media/Mobile%20Uploads/photo_zps11542aa6.jpg.html)

I have even begun planning some basic weathering. The feet were painted with the Tamiya light gun metal. Then coated with water and kosher salt. They were then top-coated in burgandy. When the burgandy was dry, the parts were then lightly brushed with a scrub brush to remove the salt. I plan to clear coat and panel line tomorrow with some more light weathering.
http://i975.photobucket.com/albums/ae239/OkieRA29/Mobile%20Uploads/photo_zpsd2a8c538.jpg (http://s975.photobucket.com/user/OkieRA29/media/Mobile%20Uploads/photo_zpsd2a8c538.jpg.html)

I do need to detail the insides of the thrusters and figure out the 'backpack' Then it is on to the weapons...

Man, looking at the pics, I need to dust him off before taking any more pictures

thwalker13
March 11, 2014, 11:01 PM
A pretty interesting color scheme man. I can actually see a Zeon soldier piloting that. Well done man.

Okiera29
March 11, 2014, 11:07 PM
Thanks man. Just noticed some more detail painting that I need to get knocked out before panel lining and weathering, but I should be able to knock it out pretty quick. The masking is gonna take longer than the actual painting.

Dlinker
March 12, 2014, 1:36 AM
Nice to see someone doing some weathering under the feet. I don't feel alone now, haha. It looks excellent, man. The paint job looks very smooth and uniform. The paint job reminds me of something involved with either rich people or royalty/nobility. I can just picture it looking better once the detailing is done.

I'd rather take a lot of time doing masking followed by a quick paint job than taking a long time doing the paint job, personally. I envy you people and your spray cans/airbrushes for this group build.

thwalker13
March 12, 2014, 7:56 AM
Masking always does take longer. But it helps out in the long run.

I flat coated mine last night. So tonight, I finally get to assemble my Kampfer. I can't wait.

Dlinker
March 12, 2014, 10:47 AM
^ Already? Maybe it's just me, but that seems like a fast pace, haha. Looking forward to seeing it. The main kit, at least.

Bossguy
March 12, 2014, 11:37 AM
Some excellent results you have there, Okiera.

Zenki_Style
March 12, 2014, 1:52 PM
Gone for like 3-4 days and you guys have me a mountain of pages to dig through,Good jobs,dlinker,Okiera,and thwalker! They all look good in there unique ways.

Also don't stunt it Dlinker,cant tell its hand-painted in the pictures myself.

Makes me sad my Ka,has just sat,gave it a coat of white and its sat since. But I got my gp base ordered today,flat red,and tamiya white spray primer! So i can get back at it. Hoping to wrap it up Sunday.

Also my idea for leg missile pods, 1/100th scale zaku leg missille pods, To go with the 1/100th weapons scheme i blundered in-too. thoughts?

thwalker13
March 12, 2014, 2:44 PM
Thanks Zenki. Glad to have you back in the game. Can't wait to see some progress on your Kampfer.

So you want to put some Zaku leg missiles on it huh? hmm, could be interesting, could be to big and bulky as well.

ChapelMkII
March 12, 2014, 2:52 PM
Honestly, I have to admit something. I've had my KA for a bit now and, while I've done some mod work and seam filling, I'm having a hard time coming up with a color scheme. Instead, I've been modding and prepping my GM Sniper K9, and have gotten to the point that I'm looking forward to THAT job.

Oh God, have I gone Feddie all of a sudden?

You're fine, Asterisk. Remember: The Renato bros. stocked it with ZEON soldiers, so I'm willing to bet even they don't see it as a Feddie suit.

I've been getting my own ready for my Build Fighters cosplay. Can't wait to finish it!

Dlinker
March 12, 2014, 2:59 PM
@Zenki_Style, thanks, man. That means I'm doing something right with my current handpainting methods, haha. 1/100 scale weapons might be too big, but they should work if they're not so big that they're half the length of the entire leg. If you got some pics of the proposition, I'd love to see them.

Asterisk
March 12, 2014, 3:16 PM
You're fine, Asterisk. Remember: The Renato bros. stocked it with ZEON soldiers, so I'm willing to bet even they don't see it as a Feddie suit.

I've been getting my own ready for my Build Fighters cosplay. Can't wait to finish it!


That's a good point. Though, I HAVE been doing a lot of GMs lately. It may just be that I love grunt suits.

thwalker13
March 12, 2014, 10:18 PM
Here is Kampfer Amazing! You all should be able to guess where the color scheme came from.

http://i570.photobucket.com/albums/ss149/txwalker13/HG%20Kampfer%20Amazing/964C4F64-36A0-453D-991E-E01E834037C6_zps9dplzkpp.jpg (http://s570.photobucket.com/user/txwalker13/media/HG%20Kampfer%20Amazing/964C4F64-36A0-453D-991E-E01E834037C6_zps9dplzkpp.jpg.html)

http://i570.photobucket.com/albums/ss149/txwalker13/HG%20Kampfer%20Amazing/4AB1DE1C-A068-46E5-9651-06908D5149DE_zpsr8vpboin.jpg (http://s570.photobucket.com/user/txwalker13/media/HG%20Kampfer%20Amazing/4AB1DE1C-A068-46E5-9651-06908D5149DE_zpsr8vpboin.jpg.html)

http://i570.photobucket.com/albums/ss149/txwalker13/HG%20Kampfer%20Amazing/EC0AFD6A-1F8C-46E7-B0A6-8C8A35BD9106_zpswcwqpdlz.jpg (http://s570.photobucket.com/user/txwalker13/media/HG%20Kampfer%20Amazing/EC0AFD6A-1F8C-46E7-B0A6-8C8A35BD9106_zpswcwqpdlz.jpg.html)

http://i570.photobucket.com/albums/ss149/txwalker13/HG%20Kampfer%20Amazing/CE102F3D-1C15-49C9-810A-59A70CEC1DE2_zpshh8gtwge.jpg (http://s570.photobucket.com/user/txwalker13/media/HG%20Kampfer%20Amazing/CE102F3D-1C15-49C9-810A-59A70CEC1DE2_zpshh8gtwge.jpg.html)

http://i570.photobucket.com/albums/ss149/txwalker13/HG%20Kampfer%20Amazing/8C327E50-4F7E-4992-97AE-366EBBEDAD8A_zpskjuhi1xn.jpg (http://s570.photobucket.com/user/txwalker13/media/HG%20Kampfer%20Amazing/8C327E50-4F7E-4992-97AE-366EBBEDAD8A_zpskjuhi1xn.jpg.html)

http://i570.photobucket.com/albums/ss149/txwalker13/HG%20Kampfer%20Amazing/F7565C3A-36D5-49BB-AC0F-13DF734DC29D_zps7y8wrku5.jpg (http://s570.photobucket.com/user/txwalker13/media/HG%20Kampfer%20Amazing/F7565C3A-36D5-49BB-AC0F-13DF734DC29D_zps7y8wrku5.jpg.html)

http://i570.photobucket.com/albums/ss149/txwalker13/HG%20Kampfer%20Amazing/28429A82-53BA-45DC-9A11-83A33292EB29_zps9psbhz4p.jpg (http://s570.photobucket.com/user/txwalker13/media/HG%20Kampfer%20Amazing/28429A82-53BA-45DC-9A11-83A33292EB29_zps9psbhz4p.jpg.html)

Zeta
March 12, 2014, 10:26 PM
Wow, that thing is just menacing.

Bossguy
March 12, 2014, 10:27 PM
Looks good. Detail is very nice, and the color separation you did on the toes and spike things add an extra touch to it. I'm totally blanking out on where the color scheme came from.

Dlinker
March 13, 2014, 1:20 AM
I can't tell where the color scheme came from too, haha. That looks amazing, and no pun intended. You fixed the red part on the knee, there's detailing work on areas I never would have considered, and the finish is smooth, not to mention the colors being arranged in a way I haven't seen yet. Good stuff all around.

I'm curious, did you mask and then airbrushed the red on the backpack?

Asterisk
March 13, 2014, 4:06 AM
Augh, when I was toying around with color scheme ideas, a lot of the layout choices I made are the same as yours. Looks like I have to change it up some.

thwalker13
March 13, 2014, 7:47 AM
Thanks for the kind words guys. I wanted to try and get as much detail in as possible. There are actually a few places of detail that you can't really see. Like where the piping connects to the back of the chest, I painted that silver, and where the large thrusters attach to the back, I painted that area gunmetal. I also added a few touches of gold to a few of the thrusters.

And Dlinker, I did not airbrush the red on the backpack. Just a steady hand and 2 layers of dark red.

I also cannot believe that you guys can't nail the color inspiration. I'll give you a hint. Think back to Zeta Gundam.

ChapelMkII
March 13, 2014, 8:18 AM
I'm getting a Titans vibe from your Kampfer, Walker. I like it! It's kind of hard to tell in the underside shot, but did you shade the interior of the thrusters to make it look like it's a warmup/cool down?

thwalker13
March 13, 2014, 8:59 AM
Haha! Chapel get's it. The Titans were my inspiration for the color scheme.

And Chapel all I did for the thrusters was a layer of chrome silver, a layer of clear red, then a bronze center. It might be the lighting giving off that affect. Which looks pretty cool.

Dlinker
March 13, 2014, 10:33 AM
Ohhhh, okay. Sorry, the only Titans scheme I'm familiar with is the one from the MK.II, haha. I can see the gold detailing on the thrusters, which I think is a good touch. I had a feeling you didn't airbrush those red parts on the backpack. It looks like it's airbrushed.

thwalker13
March 13, 2014, 12:25 PM
I'll take a picture of the Kampfer next to my RG Mk.II tonight. The Mk.II Titans Colors was inspiration. Thanks Dlinker, I'm glad they came out looking good. I'm hoping the 2 new guns will be here soon. As they will need a dip in Power Purple.

badlanguage
March 13, 2014, 9:39 PM
Nice looking Kampfers so far everyone! Dlinker, did you thin your paint prior to brushing? You can hardly tell you brush painted that bad boy!

Dlinker
March 14, 2014, 12:41 AM
^ Pics of your kit are needed now to continue rounding out the roster, haha. And indeed I did thin my paints. Vallejo is generally too thick right out of the bottle so you have to thin it more often than not, at least when base-coating. There were many times when I thought the paint was too thick even after thinning, but I was always proven wrong once the paint dried.

badlanguage
March 14, 2014, 10:37 PM
Pics will be coming, when I have something to take pics of! Progress has been a bit slow for me due to my daily lack of time.

Dlinker
March 14, 2014, 11:45 PM
I can understand, no rush on the pics. I'm trying to get mine finished by Sunday. Just need to do decals tonight on the weapons, then flat coat tomorrow, then a bit of weathering.

Asterisk
March 16, 2014, 9:48 AM
The more I look at them, the less I like the KA's weapons. Seriously wracking my brain here for ideas for new ones.



Edit- Well, no....I like the pistols, at least.

thwalker13
March 16, 2014, 11:24 AM
I still have not started on mine at all. Been relaxing for the last few days. I think I'll start de-nubbing either today or tomorrow.

Dlinker
March 16, 2014, 11:05 PM
Phew, mine is finished. I held off on weathering the weapons for now, since they look kinda weathered already. Since I'm just using the Tamiya Weathering Master kits, I can apply it whenever I'm in the mood. Pics up tomorrow, thanks to that backpack issue with the polycaps that's causing me a bit of headaches. Chapel.MKII was right; it detaches from the back so easily if you move the binders up and down.

thwalker13
March 17, 2014, 7:50 AM
Sounds like I might end up gluing mine down. Seeing as how I'll have a custom attachment piece made for the Kotobukiya cannons. Speaking of which, I started the weapons last night. I got the weapon binders and 1 cannon de-nubbed. Below is a picture of a size comparison between the weapon binders and the Cannon. The Cannon will get a bit wider, as all the parts isn't attached yet. But that is about how long it'll be.

http://i570.photobucket.com/albums/ss149/txwalker13/HG%20Kampfer%20Amazing/19C16A63-053E-4141-868C-B3C87B47DB43_zps1ubx6a4h.jpg (http://s570.photobucket.com/user/txwalker13/media/HG%20Kampfer%20Amazing/19C16A63-053E-4141-868C-B3C87B47DB43_zps1ubx6a4h.jpg.html)

Asterisk
March 17, 2014, 8:59 AM
The piece for that bazooka that swaps out for the handle? If you lengthen the peg on it, it fits a Kampfer backpack just fine.

thwalker13
March 17, 2014, 9:05 AM
Yeah, that's what I plan on doing. The peg is removable, so for stability I'm going to glue in a piece of runner, sand and do some fill work with some putty. I'll sand on the runner pipe to relieve a bit of stress between it and the polycap in the backpack. I'm going this route cause I'm afraid that simply extending the peg won't be as secure and it'll snap right off if I rotate the cannons.

Bossguy
March 17, 2014, 10:54 AM
Sweet. Bazookas will look really interesting on the Kampfer Amazing.

Dlinker
March 17, 2014, 11:03 AM
Wow, the cannon is almost exactly the same length. Better yet, they can be used in a direct firing positing compared to the binders. I tried doing that on mine yesterday and found it to be not possible thanks to the short mounting piece.

On a different note, do we have a thread to post our completed entry?

thwalker13
March 17, 2014, 12:19 PM
Not yet, but I can make one. And yeah I'm happy that the cannon has a pivot point the attachment piece. So hopefully it can swing down over the shoulder.

Edit: Here it is.

http://www.gundamforums.com/showthread.php/43953-Kampfer-Amazing-Group-Build_Completed-Works

Dlinker
March 17, 2014, 1:10 PM
Cool, thanks, man. Might as well submit mine later today.

thwalker13
March 17, 2014, 1:41 PM
Can't wait to see the whole thing man. I knew I wouldn't be able to make the deadline when mine showed up late. But at least I'll eventually get mine in there. haha

Dlinker
March 17, 2014, 3:23 PM
Just posted it in that thread. I hope I won't be the only one there for too long, haha.

thwalker13
March 17, 2014, 4:29 PM
Just commented on it. I'm hoping to get paint on my weapons this week. And hopefully the other weapons come soon. They still have not shown up. :(

thwalker13
March 18, 2014, 9:47 PM
New weapons came today.

http://i570.photobucket.com/albums/ss149/txwalker13/HG%20Kampfer%20Amazing/94F975FC-4B72-41BE-8686-A48BD9B391A6_zpsvd6d2lph.jpg (http://s570.photobucket.com/user/txwalker13/media/HG%20Kampfer%20Amazing/94F975FC-4B72-41BE-8686-A48BD9B391A6_zpsvd6d2lph.jpg.html)

Dlinker
March 18, 2014, 10:54 PM
Holy crap, those need to be stripped badly. On a another note, those would make a great addition to the KA. How are you going to be mounting them on the forearms?

thwalker13
March 18, 2014, 11:29 PM
All I need is a piece of runner. There is a large enough gap on the backside so that it'll actually fit onto the forearm very well. And I tried stripping them, power purple didn't touch the stuff. So I'm going to primer them with some grey paint before I spray on the gunmetal.

B.T.W. Thanks Joe!

Dlinker
March 19, 2014, 1:04 AM
Simple enough solution. Curious to see how they'll look after that grey base coat.

Asterisk
March 19, 2014, 7:18 AM
If you're really set on getting them stripped, brake fluid works wonders. Just don't let them soak for more than about 15-20 minutes.

thwalker13
March 19, 2014, 7:37 AM
I've read so many times that brake fluid is best to strip paint. But honestly I'm scared to death to use it. Working around cars my dad always said that brake fluid is corrosive when it comes to paint. But it can devour other stuff as well.

Asterisk
March 19, 2014, 10:31 AM
It'll make the plastic super brittle if you're not careful, and let it soak too long. I had an old HGUC Zaku I turn into a crumbled pile of bits due to soaking its parts overnight. Other than that, it's been my go-to for paint removal for years now.

Asterisk
March 19, 2014, 12:35 PM
Wwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwweelllllllllllllllllllllllll, after a freaking MONTH, I finally broke the new airbrush in, and primed most of my KA parts.

Dlinker
March 19, 2014, 1:04 PM
Cool, you've now joined the super-exclusive club that only few can attain (congratulations!). Looking forward to seeing the color scheme planned for your KA. Or are you still on the fence about it?

Asterisk
March 19, 2014, 1:08 PM
I've got a main color, but I'm going to wing it, otherwise.

thwalker13
March 19, 2014, 2:11 PM
Congrats man! I can't wait to see the updates and color scheme you've chosen.

thwalker13
March 19, 2014, 11:23 PM
Got some putty work done.

http://i570.photobucket.com/albums/ss149/txwalker13/HG%20Kampfer%20Amazing/39509AC0-917C-4B16-850C-E6E270D8F801_zpsvjidsv51.jpg (http://s570.photobucket.com/user/txwalker13/media/HG%20Kampfer%20Amazing/39509AC0-917C-4B16-850C-E6E270D8F801_zpsvjidsv51.jpg.html)

http://i570.photobucket.com/albums/ss149/txwalker13/HG%20Kampfer%20Amazing/A74F07C5-C2E1-4F90-99F2-D35A4A921C06_zpso0bjuzjz.jpg (http://s570.photobucket.com/user/txwalker13/media/HG%20Kampfer%20Amazing/A74F07C5-C2E1-4F90-99F2-D35A4A921C06_zpso0bjuzjz.jpg.html)

Dlinker
March 20, 2014, 12:21 AM
Good ol' Tamiya Basic Putty. Unless you used something different, haha. First pic looks like it will take a lot of sanding to clean up.

thwalker13
March 20, 2014, 7:45 AM
Tamiya Basic it is. And yeah, but I wanted to get all the gaps filled in as much as possible. Plus a little around the new peg to possibly give it a little extra support.

B6Drew
March 20, 2014, 11:42 AM
good to see everyone's awesome progress! killing me not to be able to work on mine haha

badlanguage
March 23, 2014, 10:09 AM
I'm still in the tedious seam-filling phase. Here are some primed parts that I'm doing the fill-sand-prime-lather-rinse-repeat on.

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Here's my helper:

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I'll hopefully get down to putting some color on soon.

Bossguy
March 23, 2014, 10:26 AM
The primed parts look great. I can't wait to see your color scheme.

I see your helper is exhausted from the days work.

thwalker13
March 23, 2014, 10:50 AM
Some nice work there man. The primer is looking really good and smooth.

I sized my custom mounting pieces last night. So now I can finally start painting the weapons. I'm thinking I might have glue the gatling guns onto the forearms though. When I put them into the peg holes, they just fell right out.

Asterisk
March 23, 2014, 11:30 AM
Put some unthinned Future onto the pegs going into the arm sockets, Tom, that ought to help.

Dlinker
March 23, 2014, 12:23 PM
@badlanguage, nothing wrong with taking time to weld seams. I know I had to do that process on mine several times. May we request a pic of the finished kit posing with your helper there? Going to be a winner for sure, haha.

badlanguage
March 23, 2014, 1:38 PM
Ha! I'll see if I can coax him out!

ChapelMkII
March 24, 2014, 11:50 AM
As seen in my "Latest acquistions" post, I grabbed the Battle Arms booster at the local comic convention. Now that I don't have to wait on AmiAmi anymore, I can resume building my KA. The big question though: So far, I've only painted the arms. Should I strip the paint and start over now that I've got an airbrush in hand?

Dlinker
March 24, 2014, 1:05 PM
As seen in my "Latest acquistions" post, I grabbed the Battle Arms booster at the local comic convention. Now that I don't have to wait on AmiAmi anymore, I can resume building my KA. The big question though: So far, I've only painted the arms. Should I strip the paint and start over now that I've got an airbrush in hand?

If you have the time, yeah, I would do it so it remains uniform with the rest of the kit's paint job.

thwalker13
March 24, 2014, 9:36 PM
Well, since I had the time tonight. I spray painted, and airbrushed ALL of the parts to the weapons. And yes, I said spray painted. I decided to get in a few more shades on the cannons.

Zenki_Style
March 24, 2014, 9:55 PM
Be interesting to see the use of those shades ^^^^

I'm still here i'm just snail crawling on all my projects right now.

Asterisk
March 25, 2014, 2:09 AM
Spent a good bit of time working on my KA yesterday. The MS sans weapons should be done some time tomorrow, but I'm STILL figuring weapons out.

thwalker13
March 25, 2014, 7:35 AM
It's a bit difficult coming up with what color would look good on certain weapons isn't it Asterisk?

Dlinker
March 25, 2014, 11:13 AM
Glad to see you guys are making steady progress on your kits. Can't wait to see some pics of them.

ChapelMkII
March 25, 2014, 12:20 PM
I've resumed work on my Kampfer (finally). This will also double as a quick review for those curious about the Battle Arms booster pack. Although the kit gives you stickers to make this booster Feddie or Zeon affiliated, most of the included weapons and boosters lend itself more to Federation, while some don't seem to mesh with either. But that's not the important part. The important part is copious amount of manipulator arm extensions this has, allowing for some great add-ons. How does it fit on the Kampfer? I'm happy to report, it went EXACTLY LIKE I HOPED IT WOULD XD

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/0803/Chapel/2014-03-25%2011.47.07_zpsmvsownge.png (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Chapel/media/2014-03-25%2011.47.07_zpsmvsownge.png.html)
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/0803/Chapel/2014-03-25%2011.42.56_zps7c3x1fqg.png (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Chapel/media/2014-03-25%2011.42.56_zps7c3x1fqg.png.html)

One of my friends is giving me the weapons pack trigger handle from his kit so that I can have two to do this up proper:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/0803/Chapel/2014-03-25%2011.31.05_zpsso4db1eq.png (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Chapel/media/2014-03-25%2011.31.05_zpsso4db1eq.png.html)

thwalker13
March 25, 2014, 12:32 PM
Dude, that, is awesome! I love the way that the binders almost look like wings. That is certainly a brilliant idea.

Bossguy
March 25, 2014, 12:36 PM
That is brilliant. It's like a cape. That thing would rock in Build fighters, being extremely versatile.

Dlinker
March 25, 2014, 1:07 PM
An impressive display you got there. The binders look great as wings and those arms just convinced me to purchase that set. I'm looking forward to seeing the third pic again, but with those trigger handles put on.

Asterisk
March 25, 2014, 3:00 PM
Tom: It's not so much a color issue, so much as it's that I don't really care too much for the KA's standard weapons, and I'm not sure what to replace them with.

ChapelMkII
March 25, 2014, 3:17 PM
Tom: It's not so much a color issue, so much as it's that I don't really care too much for the KA's standard weapons, and I'm not sure what to replace them with.

I really think they would have been a lot better if they actually FIT IN THE KAMPFER'S HANDS. Most HG kits nowadays have either a locking guide in the handle/hands or are just designed to fit snugly, but both the pistols and knives do neither.

thwalker13
March 25, 2014, 3:27 PM
It's mainly because Bandai didn't feel like giving us a new set of manipulators for the Kampfer. But I really wish that they had.

I hear ya Asterisk. They do tend to be a bit plain. Hopefully adding some metallics will spruce them up a bit.

thwalker13
March 25, 2014, 11:01 PM
I forgot to post these.

http://i570.photobucket.com/albums/ss149/txwalker13/HG%20Kampfer%20Amazing/E36E00AF-68A3-4303-849B-B05E7457A586_zps83nibkxy.jpg (http://s570.photobucket.com/user/txwalker13/media/HG%20Kampfer%20Amazing/E36E00AF-68A3-4303-849B-B05E7457A586_zps83nibkxy.jpg.html)

http://i570.photobucket.com/albums/ss149/txwalker13/HG%20Kampfer%20Amazing/AE48A632-E783-4911-A49D-55156CEA8475_zpskep65dpq.jpg (http://s570.photobucket.com/user/txwalker13/media/HG%20Kampfer%20Amazing/AE48A632-E783-4911-A49D-55156CEA8475_zpskep65dpq.jpg.html)

And also, Before:

http://i570.photobucket.com/albums/ss149/txwalker13/HG%20Kampfer%20Amazing/A74F07C5-C2E1-4F90-99F2-D35A4A921C06_zpso0bjuzjz.jpg (http://s570.photobucket.com/user/txwalker13/media/HG%20Kampfer%20Amazing/A74F07C5-C2E1-4F90-99F2-D35A4A921C06_zpso0bjuzjz.jpg.html)

And After:

http://i570.photobucket.com/albums/ss149/txwalker13/HG%20Kampfer%20Amazing/4EF0430E-D051-4EB4-AA47-4EC88DB94347_zpscsqdmnp9.jpg (http://s570.photobucket.com/user/txwalker13/media/HG%20Kampfer%20Amazing/4EF0430E-D051-4EB4-AA47-4EC88DB94347_zpscsqdmnp9.jpg.html)

Dlinker
March 25, 2014, 11:48 PM
Huge improvement on those gatling guns. You can't tell at all that they were a mess before. The new mounts on the back are looking good too.

Bossguy
March 26, 2014, 12:10 AM
Those gatling guns look so much better. A huge, almost indescribable difference.

ChapelMkII
March 26, 2014, 7:44 AM
Great job restoring the miniguns, Walker! I can't wait to see what else you do to it :D

thwalker13
March 26, 2014, 7:49 AM
Thanks guys. They came out better than I was hoping for. A good soak in some Power Purple, a bit of sanding/putty work, a shot of grey, a layer of future, and then a layer of gunmetal later and bam! Fresh Gatling Guns. Haha

I worked on detailing the cannons last night. I've decided to work on one part of the weapons at a time. I've noticed that when I start detail painting, if I try to detail everything at one I end up missing something. So I'm focusing on the cannons for now, then move onto the actual Kampfer weapons.

ChapelMkII
March 26, 2014, 9:33 AM
Thanks guys. They came out better than I was hoping for. A good soak in some Power Purple, a bit of sanding/putty work, a shot of grey, a layer of future, and then a layer of gunmetal later and bam! Fresh Gatling Guns. Haha

I worked on detailing the cannons last night. I've decided to work on one part of the weapons at a time. I've noticed that when I start detail painting, if I try to detail everything at one I end up missing something. So I'm focusing on the cannons for now, then move onto the actual Kampfer weapons.

Yeah, I try to work in blocks as well to avoid that same problem.

It would appear I'm back to waiting for parts again. I forgot that the triggers are supposed to connect via the binders for the weapons packs, and those are unfortunately still being used on the back assembly. The booster pack comes with a male/male peg that works perfectly for solving this problem, but it only comes with ONE, so I gotta wait until the others arrive to complete the whole backpack/cannon array :\

Dlinker
March 26, 2014, 11:24 AM
@thwalker13, I tried that approach to detail painting for the first time on my KA and it really does work wonders in keeping you focused and organized. Takes longer, yeah, but like everything else with this hobby, that's not really a bad thing.

@ChapelMkII, all those ideas and not enough parts to realize them all at the moment. Good thing you're patient.

ChapelMkII
March 26, 2014, 11:31 AM
Yeah, yeah. It's okay though. I can still work on the rest of the kit in the meantime, and I still have to get working on scratch building the melee weapons. I imagine the last holdouts of my AmiAmi order will become available at the end of this week, so 3 weeks will fly by quick ^_^

thwalker13
March 26, 2014, 12:29 PM
I know the same feeling Chapel. I have all sorts of ideas in my head and not nearly enough parts to pull them off.

Good to know that you guys approve and use the block method. So I'll probably stick that going forward with future projects.

ChapelMkII
March 27, 2014, 9:18 AM
Stripping the existing paint off my KA has not been going so swimmingly. A soak in denatured alcohol only succeeded in stripping about 40% of the paint on the right arm. The Tamiya primer is just refusing to budge. Should I switch up to stronger stuff?

thwalker13
March 27, 2014, 9:51 AM
You might could try the brake fluid approach that Asterisk mentioned. I'd probably hover over the vat like hawk so your parts don't crumble.

ChapelMkII
March 27, 2014, 11:25 AM
Any brand in particular? And how long should I leave the parts immersed?

Bossguy
March 27, 2014, 11:55 AM
Tamiya primer is some really strong stuff. I managed to strip it all with 99% rubbing alcohol and a toothbrush. It took a very long time and lots of scrubbing, but it got the job done.

thwalker13
March 27, 2014, 12:00 PM
Not sure on the brand. But Asterisk said not to let them soak for more than 15mins. So I'd probably take them out after 5mins and start scrubbing.

Asterisk
March 27, 2014, 1:31 PM
Well, you're actually probably better off soaking them for about 30 minutes, just don't go more than an hour or so. I lost a Zaku I that way.

Anyhow, I've actually been meaning to take pictures of this since Tuesday night, but between work and feeling like crap, I'm only just getting to it.

No weapons yet, but the main MS is done.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v291/Avyrex/KA1_zpsb566c629.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v291/Avyrex/KA2_zps0e8cd4b0.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v291/Avyrex/KA3_zps4ce2ef5a.jpg

Dlinker
March 27, 2014, 1:35 PM
Man, that's a thing of beauty. Love the color scheme too. What did you use for the metallics inside the thrusters? Pretty stuff.

Asterisk
March 27, 2014, 1:39 PM
Games Workshop Chainmail Silver. It's been my go-to for silver paint forever.

Bossguy
March 27, 2014, 1:50 PM
Whoa, dude. That looks fantastic.

thwalker13
March 27, 2014, 2:44 PM
WOW! I love it man! The color scheme and details you added are fabulous. Well done sir!