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ace
February 22, 2014, 12:57 AM
Ok quick recap

Gouf 2.0 with fully painted inner frame

http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d78/ayane_doa_1/gouf%20wip/100_2051_zps1ba2959f.jpg (http://s33.photobucket.com/user/ayane_doa_1/media/gouf%20wip/100_2051_zps1ba2959f.jpg.html)

http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d78/ayane_doa_1/gouf%20wip/100_2054_zps4be8642a.jpg (http://s33.photobucket.com/user/ayane_doa_1/media/gouf%20wip/100_2054_zps4be8642a.jpg.html)

http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d78/ayane_doa_1/gouf%20wip/100_2056_zps6d752658.jpg (http://s33.photobucket.com/user/ayane_doa_1/media/gouf%20wip/100_2056_zps6d752658.jpg.html)

http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d78/ayane_doa_1/gouf%20wip/100_2058_zps4604b2e4.jpg (http://s33.photobucket.com/user/ayane_doa_1/media/gouf%20wip/100_2058_zps4604b2e4.jpg.html)

http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d78/ayane_doa_1/gouf%20wip/100_2060_zps38a0c6bd.jpg (http://s33.photobucket.com/user/ayane_doa_1/media/gouf%20wip/100_2060_zps38a0c6bd.jpg.html)

http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d78/ayane_doa_1/gouf%20wip/100_2064_zpsd92d267a.jpg (http://s33.photobucket.com/user/ayane_doa_1/media/gouf%20wip/100_2064_zpsd92d267a.jpg.html)

Dlinker
February 22, 2014, 1:59 AM
This was the one in the background, wasn't it? Whoo, it looks great in these recent pics. Very clean details.

Squee
February 22, 2014, 2:11 AM
This looks great! Might i suggest sticking to taking pictures at the distance for your first and last picture? Seems if it's not that far away, it's blurry. :/ I really like the different tones on the thighs, I REALLY need to try building a 2.0 zaku.

thwalker13
February 22, 2014, 9:56 AM
That is a great looking inner frame man. The color differences and all the metallic details really looks awesome!

ace
February 22, 2014, 11:20 AM
@squee your right about theics coming out blurry. It is annoying. Im thinking about buying a tryptic to use for photo shoots.

Thanks for the positive feedback guys!

ace
February 22, 2014, 1:57 PM
Here's a quick pic of the completed gouf. Ask questions and leave feedback positive or negative please! I had lots of fun experimenting with this kit and im pretty happy with the results. I basically used this kit to learn my airbrush and practice some weathering. I will do a proper photo shoot tomorrow.

http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d78/ayane_doa_1/gouf%20wip/100_2085_zps39a08edb.jpg (http://s33.photobucket.com/user/ayane_doa_1/media/gouf%20wip/100_2085_zps39a08edb.jpg.html)



I'll start painting sinanju's frame tomorrow. Im not going to worry about details to much since the frame will be mostly covered. The majority of the frame will be done in vallejo's oily steel, some gunmetal in small areas such as vulcans etc. I plan on detailing the thrusters on his back and the knees where all those moving parts are.

stay tuned guys and please leave feedback.

Dlinker
February 22, 2014, 5:04 PM
It looks great and the weathering itself is done well. My only gripe is that perhaps the weathering should be a bit less from the waist up? Just from a realistic perspective because of how tall it is. Of course, it's not an issue if the suit has been doing a lot of rolls and tumbles.

ace
February 23, 2014, 1:02 AM
Yeah your right. I kinda got to happy with the weathering and its not scaled well. I feel like I put too much mud on the feet and ankles..... If a dirt wad falls off of his leg onto someone it will surly kill them!

Dlinker
February 23, 2014, 2:09 AM
Haha, that's an interesting way of putting it. Crush a platoon of infantry by kicking some of that mud off.

Scaling issue aside, it bears repeating that it's still well-done. Got that look of a relic.

ace
February 23, 2014, 11:09 AM
Got that look of a relic.

Remnant from the one year war

Dlinker
February 23, 2014, 1:51 PM
Mission accomplished, then.

Zaku
February 23, 2014, 1:58 PM
Damn that Gouf looks good. Id fight side by side with that experienced veteran. SIEG ZEON!!!

Zenki_Style
February 23, 2014, 8:50 PM
Looks like he's rolled a gundam or two now. As with Zaku, I'd gladly let my Zaku II fight along side it.

Great job for sure!

ace
February 23, 2014, 8:56 PM
If you guys notice there is no visible damage on the suit. This guy had an ace pilot for sure!

ace
February 23, 2014, 9:39 PM
Alright my next project is mg sinanju ver ka. Got this kit about 3 months ago off mandarake for 3500 yen! After the paying the same amount for ems shipping I really didnt save much but oh well. Any ways ive already built the frame and removed seamlines from the white thrusters. Other than that nothing.

http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d78/ayane_doa_1/Sinanju%20WIP/100_2081_zps56fe81f9.jpg (http://s33.photobucket.com/user/ayane_doa_1/media/Sinanju%20WIP/100_2081_zps56fe81f9.jpg.html)

http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d78/ayane_doa_1/Sinanju%20WIP/100_2071_zps267f1c7b.jpg (http://s33.photobucket.com/user/ayane_doa_1/media/Sinanju%20WIP/100_2071_zps267f1c7b.jpg.html)

http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d78/ayane_doa_1/Sinanju%20WIP/100_2084_zps3bf29645.jpg (http://s33.photobucket.com/user/ayane_doa_1/media/Sinanju%20WIP/100_2084_zps3bf29645.jpg.html)

http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d78/ayane_doa_1/Sinanju%20WIP/100_2083_zps777ec8dc.jpg (http://s33.photobucket.com/user/ayane_doa_1/media/Sinanju%20WIP/100_2083_zps777ec8dc.jpg.html)

http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d78/ayane_doa_1/Sinanju%20WIP/100_2082_zps665587a1.jpg (http://s33.photobucket.com/user/ayane_doa_1/media/Sinanju%20WIP/100_2082_zps665587a1.jpg.html)

Bossguy
February 23, 2014, 9:56 PM
Sweet. The Sinanju is one of the coolest suits out there.

Zenki_Style
February 23, 2014, 11:00 PM
That sinaju looks like it dwarfs everything on that shelf!

ace
February 24, 2014, 3:28 PM
That sinaju looks like it dwarfs everything on that shelf!

Haha. although it is taller part of this is due to the angle of the picture. I cant wait to see how big this kit is when I get all the armor on.

ace
February 24, 2014, 4:26 PM
http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d78/ayane_doa_1/Sinanju%20WIP/100_2120_zps6f273e70.jpg (http://s33.photobucket.com/user/ayane_doa_1/media/Sinanju%20WIP/100_2120_zps6f273e70.jpg.html)

this is the color i'll be using for most of sinanju's frame. Vallejo's oily steel. Took me a while to get the thinning down for vallejo to spray properly but I think I finally got it. Im using a windex/distilled water mix as thinner. The straight windex seemed to make the paint form small clumps that kept clogging my airbrush. I was hoping to use oily steel in combination with tamiya's gunmetal using gunmetal for smaller details and the umbilical but the colors are so similar I cant really tell a difference.

Does anyone have any suggestions for a metallic I can use. I want it to be darker than the oily steel but not black. Tis will give me three tones of grey to blck metallics. The black metallic being around the crest's the oily steel for the exposed area's of the frame and the color in question will be used on umbilical's and the small hoses on the forearms.

Let me know what you guys think.

Dlinker
February 24, 2014, 4:50 PM
Hmmm, what about Alclad Gunmetal? I hear that's pretty dark while still having a noticeable metallic sheen. I was going to also suggest mixing in a bit of black to the Oily Steel, but it might make it too dark.

ace
February 24, 2014, 5:08 PM
@dlinker Im tempted to order some alcald gunmetal and just do most of the frame in that. Then do the detailing with the oily steel. I could do some nice detailing with vallejo and a brush!

Im guessing the gunmetal doesnt require the gloss black base coat since its already dark...???

Dlinker
February 24, 2014, 6:55 PM
It's worth a try. Looking at the bottle, it does look pretty dark as is, but personally I would do the gloss black undercoat just to be on the safe side.

Zenki_Style
February 24, 2014, 9:55 PM
I think that's a really good idea with the multiple shades,I'm tempted to get some alclad mettalics myself. they look so nice.

ace
February 24, 2014, 11:29 PM
Im not sure what route im going to take yet. As of now I do know that I get paid friday and I need some primer (god that citadel was crap). Im just going to order a good bit of different shades of greys and experiment before I do anymore to this.

Also I tested out the vallejo liquid gold I was going to use and thats a no go. It wipes right off with paint thinner and I planned on doing the reverse wash on the crests. So with that said im going to try a couple golds out too. Im thinking ill oreder alclad's gold and mr color's gold and see what I like better. I already have a pot of tamiya's gold leaf so thats also an option. GRRRRRRRRRR

Dlinker
February 25, 2014, 12:51 AM
Tamiya Gold Leaf is pretty good, but its metallic particles are kinda thick. Haven't tried Alclad Gold yet, but another option you can try is Alclad Pale Burnt Metal. It's like a lighter shade of gold.

ace
February 25, 2014, 10:58 AM
Now with that gloss black base does that act as a primer or should I prime before using it? I think its an enamel.

Dlinker
February 25, 2014, 2:40 PM
It would be a good idea to still prime first for the protection aspect, but Alclad themselves don't say that you need to prime first when using their Hi-Shine paints so spraying without primer should work too. If the paint you're using is not of the Hi-Shine variety, then yeah, prime first.

ace
February 26, 2014, 1:15 PM
Things ive got on the shopping list are as follows

alclad
2 chrome
1 pale gold
1 steel
2 gunmetal
1 gloss black base 4 oz

vallejo
gunmetal blue (gonna experiment with this)
200 ml grey surface primer
natural steel

tamiya
smoke
clear red
clear blue
masking tape
triangular cotton swabs

And im thinking about grabbing a pair of citadels side cutters. Im just kind of scared because their products seem to be hit or miss.

Im thinking this should be everything I need for sinanju giving me plenty of shades of metal like shades to play around with for this and future projects.

ace
March 2, 2014, 2:52 PM
While waiting for my shipment of paints to arrive ive been busy denubbing everything and detailing the sinanju's wings. I decided to leave them base coated in oily steel and detailed in with some bronze, copper, gold, and gunmetal blue. I think im going to chrome out the thrusters then go over them with tamiya's smoke. Once I top coat the wings im going to do a panel wash then I'll post some pics.

Dlinker
March 3, 2014, 12:11 AM
Looking forward to how the thrusters come out, if you do go with chrome --> Tamiya Smoke. Been wondering how that combo will appear.

Baufrin
March 3, 2014, 12:41 AM
hold off on the citadel side cutters they are going to be over priced. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000IBOOWQ/ref=oh_details_o02_s01_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 nice price and cuts good.

ace
March 3, 2014, 12:22 PM
hold off on the citadel side cutters they are going to be over priced. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000IBOOWQ/ref=oh_details_o02_s01_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 nice price and cuts good.

Ah crap to late. I paid 15 bucks for them. They seem to work pretty good. A step up from what i was using (cheapo's from michaels)

ace
March 5, 2014, 8:14 PM
Ok everything is sanded finally. That took couple of day's to do
http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d78/ayane_doa_1/Sinanju%20WIP/100_2121_zps01ad2fce.jpg (http://s33.photobucket.com/user/ayane_doa_1/media/Sinanju%20WIP/100_2121_zps01ad2fce.jpg.html)

And here is what ive got for the wings.

http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d78/ayane_doa_1/Sinanju%20WIP/100_2122_zps7c8e3cb5.jpg (http://s33.photobucket.com/user/ayane_doa_1/media/Sinanju%20WIP/100_2122_zps7c8e3cb5.jpg.html)

Paint should be here tomorrow. Hopefully I can get some stuff primed before I go to work. Weather has been bad lately so I might have to wait till next week.

Zenki_Style
March 5, 2014, 8:47 PM
That detail work is awesome...Don't forget to do a full photo shoot of this frame without armor this time!

ace
March 5, 2014, 8:49 PM
Will do. Progress has been really slow for this kit thanks to crappy weather and slow shipping. I cant wait to move and set up my workshop!

Zaku
March 5, 2014, 11:41 PM
Looks damn good man.

Dlinker
March 6, 2014, 1:00 AM
That wing/thruster assembly looks great. The addition of copper brings a more realistic feel to it. Did you ever get tired of sanding so many parts?

thwalker13
March 6, 2014, 8:11 AM
I'm loving the detail you did on that. I remember building my HG Sinanju. Was a ton of fun, still my favorite HG to date. Take your time and enjoy that kit. I can't wait to see more.

ace
March 6, 2014, 10:54 AM
@dlinker yeah dude it took me a couple days to sand everything. It was a bot exausting but the results will be worth it.

Thanks guys. I am taking my time on this kit and hoping for everything to come out nicely. Im dreading doing the decals. Im considering ordering the waterslides for this guy

Dlinker
March 6, 2014, 11:11 AM
I would want the water slides too. Just less of a headache overall in terms of positioning and overall appearance.

ace
March 6, 2014, 11:41 AM
^my thoughts exactly

ace
March 7, 2014, 12:28 PM
Im in business now. Just gotta wait for the weather to clear up


http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d78/ayane_doa_1/100_2123_zpsd6feb794.jpg (http://s33.photobucket.com/user/ayane_doa_1/media/100_2123_zpsd6feb794.jpg.html)

Dlinker
March 7, 2014, 12:57 PM
Nice haul of Alclad you got there. I was about ask if something was inside the box when I noticed the flap covers, haha.

thwalker13
March 7, 2014, 2:51 PM
That is a ton of Alclad. You'll be painting everything in sight with that lot.

ace
March 7, 2014, 3:42 PM
Just got done spraying some spoons and man im impressed. This is my first time using alclad and I definitely will be buying more. Thanks for the recommendation dlinker.

Zaku
March 7, 2014, 4:30 PM
I cant wait to see what you can do with it.

thwalker13
March 7, 2014, 4:35 PM
Alclad is some awesome stuff. I try not to use it that often though, as it's extremely expensive.

Dlinker
March 7, 2014, 5:35 PM
Glad to see it's giving you great results, man. And yeah, the stuff is pretty expensive, but well worth it. I kinda feel like I'm throwing away money whenever I'm experimenting with their chrome, haha.

ace
March 8, 2014, 12:25 AM
I kinda feel like I'm throwing away money whenever I'm experimenting with their chrome, haha.

Thats exactly how i felt today. I was trying to conserve every drop haha. The chrome does look awesome over the gloss black. Though you do have to follow the instructions and use light coats or it will look like plain silver. Im going to practice a little more before i paint any models with it. I wish I had a work shop in doors. It sucks having to work around weather conditions.

Bossguy
March 8, 2014, 12:29 AM
Kept forgetting to comment here. The thruster look great. The details are just fabulous!

With the chrome, yeah. It's pretty darn expensive.

ace
March 8, 2014, 12:46 AM
^haha its cool. Yeah that alclad stuff is expensive but seems to be good quality so its worth it.

That big bottle of gloss black reminds me of a medicine bottle for some reason.....

thwalker13
March 8, 2014, 9:45 AM
It actually reminded me of the same thing when I got my bottle.

ace
March 9, 2014, 2:47 PM
Alright the weather has finally cleared up and I was able to get some pieces primed today. The inner frame arms and torso and also all the black pieces have been primed. I hit everything with 2 light coats. Still need to do another coat on the yellow pieces and start the legs. Tomorrow I plan to do all the gold and paint the torso and arms with the alclad steel I have. I think the gunmetal is a little to dark for my taste but it will look awesome on weapons and small pieces.

Im really happy with the vallejo surface primer. Sparys evenly and smooth and it looks like its adhering well and not covering up detail. Thanks again dlinker for recommending this to me. You seem to be a man who knows his tools.

I really need to get more alligator clips also. The 25 or so I have just arent enough for painting master grades. If I had more I it would really speed things up for me!

http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d78/ayane_doa_1/Sinanju%20WIP/100_2125_zpsdac076f3.jpg (http://s33.photobucket.com/user/ayane_doa_1/media/Sinanju%20WIP/100_2125_zpsdac076f3.jpg.html)

http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d78/ayane_doa_1/Sinanju%20WIP/100_2124_zps73e83404.jpg (http://s33.photobucket.com/user/ayane_doa_1/media/Sinanju%20WIP/100_2124_zps73e83404.jpg.html)

PS got this in the mail last night too. I have alot of catching up to do on this series.

http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d78/ayane_doa_1/100_2126_zps592efdd5.jpg (http://s33.photobucket.com/user/ayane_doa_1/media/100_2126_zps592efdd5.jpg.html)

Dlinker
March 9, 2014, 6:06 PM
You're welcome, man. Always glad to see tools/materials working out for people :)

Just a word of caution regarding Vallejo Surface Primer: the stuff isn't as thin as something like Mr. Surfacer or Tamiya Surface Primer and it's not really sandable so be on the lookout if it gets to any joint areas because it will stiffen them a lot.

Congrats on getting the first volume of The Origin too. I still need to get the latest one and continue reading the first...

thwalker13
March 9, 2014, 7:24 PM
The Sinanju is looking really good man. I'm anxious to see what the Alclad looks like.

I have Vol. 1 of Origins. But I still have not gotten the other Volumes yet. I so need to do that.

ace
March 9, 2014, 11:23 PM
Just a word of caution regarding Vallejo Surface Primer: the stuff isn't as thin as something like Mr. Surfacer or Tamiya Surface Primer and it's not really sandable so be on the lookout if it gets to any joint areas because it will stiffen them ..

thanks for the heads up. I will let ya'll know if I have any problems.

@thwalker yeah man im really anxious to check out the alclad myself. Hopefully I can get some more progress down tomorrow before work.

thwalker13
March 10, 2014, 7:47 AM
My experience with it only goes as far as the Chrome. I've tried the Gunmetal out as well, but it honestly looked black to me.

ace
March 10, 2014, 3:57 PM
Laid down some steel and pale gold today. Also did more priming. I plan to keep the frame pretty simple and might even skip focusing mostly on the spots that will be peeking through armor. I plan to hit the gold pieces with enamel black tomorrow for reverse wash. Im letting the gold cure over night. The alclad steel is almost an exact match to the frame color in the manual. Alclad paints are a pleasure to spray. They look awesome. Very smooth and easy to use. And they dry to the touch fast. I think im going to try to paint that little tiny neo zeon crest on the upper torso with silver (if I can). Its so small you cant see it in the pic.

Base coat of alclad steel. Still plan on detailing this piece:

http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d78/ayane_doa_1/Sinanju%20WIP/100_2131_zpsc294cc2d.jpg (http://s33.photobucket.com/user/ayane_doa_1/media/Sinanju%20WIP/100_2131_zpsc294cc2d.jpg.html)

http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d78/ayane_doa_1/Sinanju%20WIP/100_2130_zpsb47e4809.jpg (http://s33.photobucket.com/user/ayane_doa_1/media/Sinanju%20WIP/100_2130_zpsb47e4809.jpg.html)

Alclad pale gold. Going to go over it with mm metallic black enamel and use reverse wash.

http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d78/ayane_doa_1/Sinanju%20WIP/100_2129_zpsaed23493.jpg (http://s33.photobucket.com/user/ayane_doa_1/media/Sinanju%20WIP/100_2129_zpsaed23493.jpg.html)


The pictures dont do this paint justice as they look so much better in person.

Zaku
March 10, 2014, 4:39 PM
Man that gold looks good. And as far as the origin. When youre done with the first book go to mangareader.net they heave the rest. Im reading MSG MSV-R the return of Johnny Ridden.

Zaku
March 10, 2014, 4:40 PM
I just clicked the picture for the inner frame part damn that thing looks good. Very nice brother.

thwalker13
March 10, 2014, 4:46 PM
So, you just shot the Alclad over your primer? Was there any ill reaction on any of the parts?

Dlinker
March 10, 2014, 5:17 PM
I'm curious as well if you gave those Steel-painted parts any undercoat. It looks pretty good regardless, though.

ace
March 11, 2014, 12:14 AM
Everything went on smooth. I didnt notice any issues with the parts but i will look over them more thoroughly tomorrow. Should I have used a base coat. I only thought it was required for the high shine paints.

Dlinker
March 11, 2014, 12:41 AM
Not really, but the usual saying is that an undercoat determines the kind of sheen you get at the end, and you're right, it's only ideal for the Hi-Shine line. I've sprayed their Jet Exhaust and Pale Burnt Metal with their gloss black base and Mr. Finishing Surfacer 1500 Black, respectively. One is obviously blacker than the others, but the sheen is the same. Black is black when it comes to their normal line so it's just a matter of whether you want the sheen dark or light.

How was the clean-up for the Steel? Chrome is kind of a pain to clean up.

thwalker13
March 11, 2014, 7:48 AM
I'll be keeping this thread in mind down the road. I'd like to use that dark coloring for my Stein. I really need to start practicing primer.

Bossguy
March 11, 2014, 10:46 AM
Glad everything worked out smoothly.

ace
March 11, 2014, 11:17 AM
After inspecting everything today the parts seem to be flawless. I sprayed the alclad over vallejo's grey primer (which looks almost white) and no issues. I will keep in mind what you guys are saying about the base coat and expeiment a little bit to see what kind of results I can get. That steel is a pretty dark anyways. As far as the sheen it looks more metallic in person than it does in the photos. I think when I spray the gunmetal i'll try it over a white base coat. Gunmetal doesnt seem to have any metallic bits in it and like thawalker said almost looks black. It does have a hint of dark purple to it also.

As far as clean up it wasnt to bad. Im just usong laquer thinner I got from home depot. It did kind of gum up at the bottom of the cup on my airbrush. I also had to keep a q-tip handy because it kept drying on the tip of my needle and causing poor paint flow.

Bossguy
March 11, 2014, 11:28 AM
I'm surprised the Alclad worked over Vallejo's primer. I'm very intrigued.

thwalker13
March 11, 2014, 12:08 PM
When I tried out their Gunmetal, I sprayed it over their gloss black base. I'm thinking of going back trying it again. Maybe on a plain white spoon. just to see what it does.

I also find it interesting that there was no reaction between the Alclad and primer. Figured the Alclad would have devoured that primer.

Dlinker
March 11, 2014, 1:20 PM
Even though Vallejo Primer is acrylic, it's actually pretty tough and resilient once it's given a day to cure, especially if it's a good coat so I'm not surprised it worked out well. I will admit that I was expecting disaster, though, haha. Alclad metallics seem to be pretty thin stuff too so there was probably not enough of their lacquer medium sprayed on to cause damage.

As afraid as I am using acrylic primer with lacquer paints due to their conflicting nature, if it works out for someone, then by all means keep using it.

Lastly, I'm going to join the Alclad Gunmetal experiment bandwagon too. I want to see how it goes for me.

ace
March 11, 2014, 1:52 PM
I thought about the same thing with the lacquer paint over acrylic and after googling it came to the conclusion that it works as long as you let the acrylic primer cure before hand. I did test this on some spoons before hand as well. This is with a 24 hour cure time like dlinker said. In conclusion it worked fine for me so have no fear. I did build up the alclad with light coats so this probably helped.

About to go apply my black enamel, try to finish the arms and torso and start priming the legs!

@thwalker. I tested the gunmetal on a white spoon and I can see the purpleish tent. I did notice however if you go to heavy it starts to look black. So use thin coats.

thwalker13
March 11, 2014, 2:13 PM
I'll give it a shot some time in that case. Been trying to find a suitable color to use for the inner frame of my Stein. Seems like what you have there with that steel might be a good option.

It's also good to know about the primer. Glad that it didn't give you any issues.

ace
March 11, 2014, 3:03 PM
You should definatly try the steel. Like I said it looks better in person.

ace
March 14, 2014, 3:47 PM
Progress has been kind of slow, but here is a small update. doing the reverse wash on the shield has proven to be a challenge. I got it looking alright but not as good as I would have liked. Basically I had to go back and touch up some of the black enamel that got rubbed off during the reverse wash and it is pretty noticeable. The touched up areas are darker than the surounding areas so I think im going to mask the gold spots and hit it with another coat of black. Hopefully this will smooth out the shield.


http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d78/ayane_doa_1/Sinanju%20WIP/100_2139_zps6e02f1f6.jpg (http://s33.photobucket.com/user/ayane_doa_1/media/Sinanju%20WIP/100_2139_zps6e02f1f6.jpg.html)

http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d78/ayane_doa_1/Sinanju%20WIP/100_2140_zps697cff9d.jpg (http://s33.photobucket.com/user/ayane_doa_1/media/Sinanju%20WIP/100_2140_zps697cff9d.jpg.html)

Those hinges where the arms connect are the chrome. Im chroming out alot of the movable areas.

Zaku
March 14, 2014, 5:27 PM
Ooh hello there. Hey sexy chest what are you doing later tonight?

Zaku
March 14, 2014, 5:29 PM
That crome looks damn good how did you do it? It looks like actual Crome plating. Instead of silver paint on plastic.

Dlinker
March 14, 2014, 5:44 PM
^ Pretty sure that's Alclad Chrome, man. Really good stuff, provided you don't spray too much of it on lest it become more of a bright silver.

Sucks to hear about the reverse wash giving you trouble. Looks great on the chest, though.

Bossguy
March 14, 2014, 5:53 PM
Ah, the reverse wash. It looks good. I hear you, it can be a major pain in the butt. The paint work looks smooth, and the shine the chrome gives off looks excellent.

jayhat100
March 14, 2014, 8:35 PM
Looking real good so far, the shield is the hardest part a lot of masking and reverse wash and more masking. But well worth it in end.

ace
March 15, 2014, 1:06 AM
Yeah the chrome is alclad. Im still not great with it like dlinker said if you use to much it starts to look silver. Im pretty happy with what its looking like so far. I think i nailed it on these pieces.

thwalker13
March 15, 2014, 12:35 PM
The chest is looking great man. Great job, and I know exactly what you mean about the shield. The lines aren't raised up like the rest of them. I found it easier to mask them with the actual stickers on my HG.

V0LTES-V01
March 15, 2014, 1:27 PM
Good job on the reverse wash. It looks very clean and crisp. Keep it up!

ace
March 15, 2014, 1:49 PM
The chest is looking great man. Great job, and I know exactly what you mean about the shield. The lines aren't raised up like the rest of them. I found it easier to mask them with the actual stickers on my HG.

Thats a really good idea and I think thats exactly what im going to do

thwalker13
March 15, 2014, 9:46 PM
It worked pretty well. I still had areas that bled and needed cleaning up. But it was a lot easier.

ace
March 16, 2014, 12:25 PM
Thanks for the tip man. I cant wait to give it a try. I should have the frame finished in a couple of days. Ive really been getting my ass kicked at work. Not getting off till around 2 am and sleeping all day due to exhaustion. Monday should be the last day of this St. Patties day madness, then I should have time to work on sinanju. On the bright side all the over time im getting this week means more money for gunpla and supplies!

ace
March 20, 2014, 4:38 PM
Alright I finally got some more work done. Base coated the beam rifle with gloss black, primed all thrusters and fuel tanks, and started priming some leg pieces. I had to go in and shave down some areas in the arm with a hobby knife because the joints were so tight it scratched the paint right off when I bent the arms. Got those scratched areas touched up and now all is well. This is what im afraid of happening with the movable parts in the knee, so if anyone has any suggestions of how they did it please help me out with this. Im going to do the fuel tanks in either chrome or chrome with smoke, havent decided yet. Im also having issues priming white pieces with vallejo grey primer because the primer looks basically white. This could be annoying later when I paint a gundam that has mostly white arms and legs. ARGH. Sinanjus beam rifle is going to be three tones. Chrome, gunmetal, and probably the steel ive been using.

http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d78/ayane_doa_1/Sinanju%20WIP/100_2146_zpsa3a7cd03.jpg (http://s33.photobucket.com/user/ayane_doa_1/media/Sinanju%20WIP/100_2146_zpsa3a7cd03.jpg.html)

http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d78/ayane_doa_1/Sinanju%20WIP/100_2145_zps5bfb3788.jpg (http://s33.photobucket.com/user/ayane_doa_1/media/Sinanju%20WIP/100_2145_zps5bfb3788.jpg.html)

http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d78/ayane_doa_1/Sinanju%20WIP/100_2141_zps18702f9e.jpg (http://s33.photobucket.com/user/ayane_doa_1/media/Sinanju%20WIP/100_2141_zps18702f9e.jpg.html)

http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d78/ayane_doa_1/Sinanju%20WIP/100_2142_zps1e4288fa.jpg (http://s33.photobucket.com/user/ayane_doa_1/media/Sinanju%20WIP/100_2142_zps1e4288fa.jpg.html)

Dlinker
March 20, 2014, 5:14 PM
Unfortunately, your only solution with the joints and tight areas is to sand or shave them down to allow more clearance. Or use a solvent-based primer which dries much thinner and is more resistant to scratching. That's the main reason I switched from Vallejo Primer to Mr. Surfacer.

I had the same issue you did with priming white pieces using Vallejo Grey primer. I had to constantly check my parts under a different light to make sure it's not as white as before. Of course, I didn't think about that until halfway through; I took the safe route and ended up with a primer layer that was really grainy on half of the parts. Sucked big time.

ace
March 20, 2014, 5:17 PM
^im thinking about mixing a little bit of black primer with the grey primer to darken it up a bit. Not sure how this would work.

ace
March 21, 2014, 12:14 PM
I got the joints shaved down inside the elbow. The paint is not being scratched off anymore. Hooray. I think im going to detail those pistons with a little copper around the outside but here is part of the arm frame with chrome gunmetal and steel.

http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d78/ayane_doa_1/Sinanju%20WIP/100_2151_zps0464342e.jpg (http://s33.photobucket.com/user/ayane_doa_1/media/Sinanju%20WIP/100_2151_zps0464342e.jpg.html)

http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d78/ayane_doa_1/Sinanju%20WIP/100_2147_zpsc83180ad.jpg (http://s33.photobucket.com/user/ayane_doa_1/media/Sinanju%20WIP/100_2147_zpsc83180ad.jpg.html)

Bossguy
March 21, 2014, 12:21 PM
Awesome, man. Sanding the joints always provides some much needed clearance for painted joints. That chrome is looking better than ever.

ace
March 21, 2014, 12:48 PM
Awesome, man. Sanding the joints always provides some much needed clearance for painted joints. That chrome is looking better than ever.

Yeah im learning that. Its something I wasnt used to doing in the past but now that im painting kits it seems required. From now on when im building kits im going to plan ahead for painting and watch out for tight joints.

Dlinker
March 21, 2014, 1:42 PM
Nice contrast on that arm. Really gives the impression that the rest of the frame is meant to take a beating.

ace
March 21, 2014, 7:26 PM
Haha this is going to be a dark frame. Looks like I will be using alclad gunmetal for frame work after all. Not sure about using it on future kits frames but im liking the dark parts on sinanju

thwalker13
March 22, 2014, 12:14 PM
I'm liking the looks of that arm man.

ace
March 23, 2014, 12:41 AM
Thanks for the comments guys.

Im going to try to finish the beam rifle tomorrow. Hopefully i'll start the legs also. Im ready to finish the frame this week so iI can start painting the armor. It sucks only being able to work 2-3 days out of the week.

Dlinker
March 23, 2014, 2:06 AM
^ I can sympathize. Ideally, I can get 6 hours worth of work in during the week, then about 8 hours in the whole weekend if the stars align and I don't feel lazy and not have a ton of real life getting in the way. About six of those combined hours is airbrushing time. Pretty healthy for de-nubbing and prepping parts for priming, but horrible for painting and detailing.

Can't wait to see the rest of the frame together.

V0LTES-V01
March 23, 2014, 1:30 PM
Nice work so far on the arm frame. And good thing you did some shaving work too. It greatly release tension and ease the movements of a painted frame. It's something I realized on my last project but now applying the lesson on the current one.

ace
March 23, 2014, 2:18 PM
Finshed base coating all the thrusters in gloss black today. Wow sinanju has alot of thrusters. Also got some detailing on the beam rifle done. Just need to mask and base coat the rifle. I cant decide whether or not to paint the scope lens with clear green or leave it alone. Its molded in a light clear green already. Also my lid for my bottle of steel broke :/. I need to preder more anyways. Its almost empty. Hopefully i have enough to finish this project.

Dlinker
March 23, 2014, 4:48 PM
Wouldn't hurt to give it a coat or two of clear green.

Bossguy
March 23, 2014, 4:54 PM
I agree with Dlinker. Two coats of clear green should darken them up nicely.

ace
March 24, 2014, 4:38 PM
Chromed out all the thrusters and continued working on the rifle today. I also very carefully drilled out the pistons for the hydraulics on the ankles and sanded/shaved part of the leg frame to allow for movement. I should be set to start painting the legs soon. I can see this frame and weapons wrapping up real soon. Then on to the armor which is going to be alot of work I fear!

http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d78/ayane_doa_1/Sinanju%20WIP/100_2152_zps3e1b8305.jpg (http://s33.photobucket.com/user/ayane_doa_1/media/Sinanju%20WIP/100_2152_zps3e1b8305.jpg.html)

http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d78/ayane_doa_1/Sinanju%20WIP/100_2153_zps9d68ddf8.jpg (http://s33.photobucket.com/user/ayane_doa_1/media/Sinanju%20WIP/100_2153_zps9d68ddf8.jpg.html)

Im also happy to be out of the yard and onto the porch with a decent spray table to work at. Thats making my life alot easier but I still cant wait to move and set up shop indoors.

Dlinker
March 24, 2014, 5:01 PM
Mmmm, those thrusters are looking tasty. Looks like the metal kind you can buy from eBay.

ace
April 5, 2014, 11:07 AM
Its been a quit a while since ive posted any updates. Progress has been slow between working alot of busy late shifts at and going to class in the morning. Between that and alot of skating (weather has been nice) ive been pretty exhausted. But im still pushing forward on sinanju with lots of road bumps in the way. I broke one of the pieces the back skirt attaches to so I have to repair that and im having trouble getting the legs just right. Ive come to the conclusion that i wont be posing this kit much once I finish it. Not only is the paint fragile but now im afraid to move it to much because of the small break I had in the skirt.

Any ways here are some pics of the completed rifle and the completed frame will be up soon.

Ive been priming armor pieces now so this kit is within the relm of completion. Im scared of how long the decals are going to take.

http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d78/ayane_doa_1/Sinanju%20WIP/100_2158_zps931bc32b.jpg (http://s33.photobucket.com/user/ayane_doa_1/media/Sinanju%20WIP/100_2158_zps931bc32b.jpg.html)

http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d78/ayane_doa_1/Sinanju%20WIP/100_2157_zps01cd2b4f.jpg (http://s33.photobucket.com/user/ayane_doa_1/media/Sinanju%20WIP/100_2157_zps01cd2b4f.jpg.html)

http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d78/ayane_doa_1/Sinanju%20WIP/100_2159_zpse9a2a656.jpg (http://s33.photobucket.com/user/ayane_doa_1/media/Sinanju%20WIP/100_2159_zpse9a2a656.jpg.html)

thwalker13
April 5, 2014, 11:11 AM
Wow man! That is one sexy looking rifle. The contrast of the metallics and the black is just gorgeous. Amazing job man.

ace
April 5, 2014, 11:19 AM
Thanks man. One big thing I learned when painting this was never to mask over chrome. The masking tape almost seems to pull the sheen right out of it. So I had to redo alot then clear coated the chrome with future but that also makes it lose its sheen. Im still happy with how it came out though. Alot of work and trial and error has gone into this kit.

skulblaka-ven
April 5, 2014, 12:03 PM
This kind of rifle I like. Very sleek due to appropriate placement the metalic. Also like the torso, excellent work and kudos for that.

Bossguy
April 5, 2014, 1:07 PM
Dude, that rifle is so spiffy. The detail makes it look amazing.

I have a theory about the problems with the frame. You used a lacquer-based paint, correct? Lacquer paint eats away at ABS, and makes it very brittle. Be very careful with moving the frame now.

Dlinker
April 5, 2014, 4:28 PM
Tasteful details on that rifle and a beautiful piece of hardware for your Sinanju. Shame about the broken piece. Was it a clean break?

Zaku
April 5, 2014, 10:52 PM
Nice paint job on that rifle brother.

ace
April 6, 2014, 11:40 AM
I have a theory about the problems with the frame. You used a lacquer-based paint, correct? Lacquer paint eats away at ABS, and makes it very brittle. Be very careful with moving the frame now.

I tried to avoid this by using an acrylic primer, But whats ironic is the piece that broke was actually painted with vallejo's oily steel which is acrylic. I painted that waist section with acrylic on purpose because I have heard so many horror stories of the peg which connects the torso breaking.

Heres a pic of the broken piece. I think im going to just drill out some small holes and use a thin piece of gate and some super glue.

http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d78/ayane_doa_1/Sinanju%20WIP/100_2162_zps7324a87d.jpg (http://s33.photobucket.com/user/ayane_doa_1/media/Sinanju%20WIP/100_2162_zps7324a87d.jpg.html)



Also one leg completed. No paint scratching and joints are not too tight. Mission accomplished. Still have to paint the other leg.

http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d78/ayane_doa_1/Sinanju%20WIP/100_2164_zps0c9c659a.jpg (http://s33.photobucket.com/user/ayane_doa_1/media/Sinanju%20WIP/100_2164_zps0c9c659a.jpg.html)

http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d78/ayane_doa_1/Sinanju%20WIP/100_2165_zpsa4413134.jpg (http://s33.photobucket.com/user/ayane_doa_1/media/Sinanju%20WIP/100_2165_zpsa4413134.jpg.html)

Sorry guys but im kind of afraid to assemble the frame for a picture. Im scared I might break something while disassembling it for decals and armor so no fully painted frame pics. Im pretty sure ive posted pics of each individual piece though.

Dlinker
April 6, 2014, 1:24 PM
Sounds like that piece was just fragile to begin with, not affected by paint or anything. Last couple of pics looks good and a great job on getting that leg built up without any scratching.. I like the mix of darker metallic with gold and silver.

Zaku
April 6, 2014, 6:17 PM
Stuff like that breaking just makes you think they forgot engineering school. "Oog make thin part. Oog think it no break"

Wiz33
April 7, 2014, 5:37 PM
Damn. The weakest link on a lot of Gundam kit is how boring the weapons look compare to the MS. Not this time! Very nicely done indeed!

ace
April 18, 2014, 1:44 PM
Glad to see the forum is back up. anyways here is some more progress on sinanju. Im pretty happy with how this is coming out. Its looking alot better than I had anticipated. I was afraid I would skrew up the candy coating but its alot easier than I thought originally. Also with this being a more complex kit I feel I am learning alot about painting gunpla. I also fixed that broken piece on the hip joint. I just sanded it down drilled 2 small holes and glued a piece of runner inside the ball. The connection into the hip secton is tight enough that I dont have to glue it so I can make adjustments later if need be.

These red pieces look so much better in person. The lighting is hard to get right to show these off.

http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d78/ayane_doa_1/Sinanju%20WIP/100_2169_zpscffdb219.jpg (http://s33.photobucket.com/user/ayane_doa_1/media/Sinanju%20WIP/100_2169_zpscffdb219.jpg.html)

http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d78/ayane_doa_1/Sinanju%20WIP/100_2168_zps82d31e2e.jpg (http://s33.photobucket.com/user/ayane_doa_1/media/Sinanju%20WIP/100_2168_zps82d31e2e.jpg.html)

http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d78/ayane_doa_1/Sinanju%20WIP/100_2167_zpsa6712c2a.jpg (http://s33.photobucket.com/user/ayane_doa_1/media/Sinanju%20WIP/100_2167_zpsa6712c2a.jpg.html)

http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d78/ayane_doa_1/Sinanju%20WIP/100_2170_zps7e5cb601.jpg (http://s33.photobucket.com/user/ayane_doa_1/media/Sinanju%20WIP/100_2170_zps7e5cb601.jpg.html)
Im almost done. I feel like ive been working on this kit forever.

ace
April 18, 2014, 1:56 PM
Also in the midst of all the crappy weather We've been having I went ahead and snapped this guy together. I may paint him next.


http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d78/ayane_doa_1/Strike%20Gundam%20WIP/100_2173_zps2f06401f.jpg (http://s33.photobucket.com/user/ayane_doa_1/media/Strike%20Gundam%20WIP/100_2173_zps2f06401f.jpg.html)

Squee
April 18, 2014, 2:07 PM
Very sexy sinanju! Really like the use of steel and the silver on the gun. Nice contrast. I hope this is getting the full decal treatment!

ace
April 18, 2014, 2:14 PM
Very sexy sinanju! Really like the use of steel and the silver on the gun. Nice contrast. I hope this is getting the full decal treatment!

Thanks man and yes I definitely will be applying the decals. I cant seem to find the water slides in stock anywhere so im using the dry transfers.

Squee
April 18, 2014, 2:20 PM
I grabbed a set at GP a few months back, still instock http://www.gundamplanet.com/gd-57-gundam-decal-mg-sinanju-ver-ka.html

Zaku
April 18, 2014, 3:08 PM
Man that Sinanju is really looking sharp. Good work brother.

thwalker13
April 18, 2014, 3:12 PM
That is one sexy looking Sinanju man. The frame and candy coat is looking awesome.

Bossguy
April 18, 2014, 3:27 PM
That red looks EXCELLENT. I like it better than the titanium finish Bandai produces.

jayhat100
April 18, 2014, 8:34 PM
Man that red is looking gorgeous very well done, also if need be I have an old sinaju that is taken apart if you need pieces, you would just have to sand and repaint.

Dlinker
April 19, 2014, 1:43 AM
You got yourself a huge fan of that candy coat right here. It's shiny and noticeable, but still gentle to the eyes which I think is better than your typical uber-glossy shine.

ace
April 19, 2014, 11:54 AM
I grabbed a set at GP a few months back, still instock http://www.gundamplanet.com/gd-57-gundam-decal-mg-sinanju-ver-ka.html

Haha thanks man. These will make my life so much easier. Order has been placed.


Man that red is looking gorgeous very well done, also if need be I have an old sinaju that is taken apart if you need pieces, you would just have to sand and repaint.

Thanks for the offer. I will let you know if I need anything and we can work something out. So far I havent had any major screw ups that require a replacement part.


I appreciate all the feed back guys. Hopefully I will be finishing this up in the next week or two. I have a mg ball on the way so stay tuned. I plan on experimenting with some led's with that kit.