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Resident Eric
October 24, 2014, 10:17 PM
I've always wanted to build a white Zaku. Between this and "white ogre", I've decided this one looks more interesting and differ from a normal Zaku. I'm going to concentrate on detailing and weathering instead of painting. After my previous Sazabi build, I will need a long break from painting :D

http://erictong.com/zaku/whitewolf.jpg

Zaku
October 24, 2014, 10:45 PM
Very cool. Do it justice man.

Chaser90EK
October 25, 2014, 6:21 PM
Restore my faith in the Zaku! I'll be ordering one in the near future since the Ver 1 made me want to cry

Resident Eric
October 28, 2014, 11:43 PM
http://erictong.com/zaku/heathawk.jpg

While waiting for some parts to arrive, I started painting the heat hawk. I wanted to mimic the "glowing" look. It took a few tries to airbrush in gradient colors but I like the result.

gundamENGR
October 29, 2014, 12:31 AM
Nice, curious why yellowish and not a reddish glow?

Zaku
October 29, 2014, 1:08 AM
Looks very good. And i think you accomplished the glow effect pretty well.

Resident Eric
October 29, 2014, 1:36 AM
Nice, curious why yellowish and not a reddish glow?

Red wouldn't have the same effect. You need some really bright colors like yellow, orange or even white.

Zaku
October 29, 2014, 2:00 AM
I think the color is perfect. The little round parts on the blade would look better filled in with black i my opinion.

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Well maybe not black but filled in darker.

MechaEevee
October 29, 2014, 4:07 AM
That heat blade is looking nice. I've always loved heat weapons just from a painting standpoint. Try adding a thin edge highlight on the blade edge to make it appear to be the hottest part.

thwalker13
October 29, 2014, 7:27 AM
I think that you picked the right color, and you nailed the glowing effect perfectly. Was the very 1st thing I thought of when I saw the picture.

gundamENGR
October 29, 2014, 9:59 AM
You know after looking at some actual pictures of heated metal the yellow definitely looks more realistic. Nice glow, don't think I could do that yet XD

Dlinker
October 29, 2014, 11:31 AM
Ooooh, always cool to see glowing effects. So easy to do with an airbrush too. Not that you can't do it with a normal brush; It's just more difficult and time-consuming.

Resident Eric
October 29, 2014, 11:37 AM
How is this done with a brush? Mine was airbrushed with a large head because I don't have a small one. So it was a little hard for a small area.

Dlinker
October 29, 2014, 1:33 PM
It's similar to OSL for miniatures painting. Kinda hard to describe because I haven't done it yet, but here's one video I found that talks about it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQThB0dVs1E

Resident Eric
October 30, 2014, 7:37 PM
Oh he's referring to dry brushing.

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So this is another obstacle I've been thinking about. All the pictures they provided you on this part has red trims and black centers, but yet the parts they give you are all white. No extra parts, no stickers nothing. Doesn't help the fact that this is a very small part to paint. :mad:


http://erictong.com/zaku/zaku4.jpghttp://erictong.com/zaku/zaku5.jpg

Wreeper007
October 30, 2014, 10:53 PM
Paint the entire inside red. Then thin black some and load up a brush. Touch the brush to the bottom and the paint will fill it.

Let dry then repeat as needed.

thwalker13
October 30, 2014, 11:51 PM
Wreeper nailed that one. That's the best method. Unless you want to do a ton of pain in the ass masking.

Resident Eric
October 31, 2014, 10:11 AM
Paint the entire inside red. Then thin black some and load up a brush. Touch the brush to the bottom and the paint will fill it.

Let dry then repeat as needed.

Good tip. Only issue i have is to get the right amount of paint on the brush so it doesn't fill up the whole circle.

Wreeper007
October 31, 2014, 6:46 PM
Keep some paper towels around. Rip off a bit, roll it up and use it to
Wick away any excess

Resident Eric
October 31, 2014, 10:16 PM
http://erictong.com/zaku/zaku6.jpg

This is as close as I can get I think. They look worse in the picture because it's enlarged, but the red trims look more rounded in person. Think I should have used a dark gray versus black though.

thwalker13
November 1, 2014, 10:21 AM
Looks pretty good to me man.

Zaku
November 1, 2014, 12:43 PM
Likewise. Not bad at all.

Dlinker
November 1, 2014, 1:52 PM
Indeed, those look pretty good. I'm sure any mistakes won't be prominent once they're on the kit.

Resident Eric
November 3, 2014, 12:06 AM
http://erictong.com/zaku/zaku7.jpg

Am I the only one who hates cleaning up the nub marks because it takes so long? :oops: The huge backpack makes it impossible to hang the bazooka in the back like this. I can only do this without putting the thrusters on.

Squee
November 3, 2014, 12:38 AM
i honestly don't think that design is meant to hold the bazooka there anymore. Was looking at Dalong, and even the Black TriStars version didn't do that with the larger bazooka. Most likely a lazy leftover part/design from the regular zaku.

Resident Eric
November 3, 2014, 1:29 AM
http://www.gundamplanet.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/370x370/d1e45073b049284d4096233a1fa94db5/h/g/hg-ms-06r-1a-zaku-ii-shin-matsunaga-custom-04.jpg

The HG version has an extra piece to hold weapons to the shield. MG doesn't, makes no sense :sad:

Squee
November 3, 2014, 2:04 AM
The HG came out more recently so its probably added. That looks pretty weird hanging weapons on the outside of a shield. The HGUC also doesn't come with the larger bazooka. Just a regular Zaku II bazooka. It also doesn't allow the bazooka to go on the backskirt.

Zaku
November 3, 2014, 2:44 AM
The weapons on the shield looks so bad. Not only that but its a shield. Why strap ordinance to a shield. It makes less sense than the thunderbolt weapons mounts you cant reach.

Resident Eric
November 3, 2014, 10:19 AM
Do you do panel lines first or decals first?

thwalker13
November 3, 2014, 10:41 AM
I normally panel line 1st then do decals. But the Zaku looks really clean man. You did a great job on the heat hawk.

Bossguy
November 3, 2014, 6:59 PM
Clean and sharp. I especially like what you did with that heat hawk. Panel lining first is generally the way to go, because sometimes the ink or remover bleeds into the decal, creating a mess.

Squee
November 3, 2014, 7:07 PM
Decals, topcoat, panel line. Maybe i'll do some light panel lining first, but generally i do it after as some decals go over panel lines.

Resident Eric
November 3, 2014, 9:28 PM
http://erictong.com/zaku/zaku8.jpg

http://erictong.com/zaku/zaku10.jpg

http://erictong.com/zaku/zaku9.jpg

I got these metal thrusters today. And with a little modification, they go on pretty easy. 6 more to install after these.

Wreeper007
November 3, 2014, 9:33 PM
From where?

Squee
November 3, 2014, 9:41 PM
Man those look awesome. I was eyeing the metal can ones from Hqo parts, these look much nicer! Do they come prefitted like that with the PE parts put in? Or did you assemble them yourself?

Resident Eric
November 4, 2014, 10:13 PM
http://www.ebay.com/itm/CJ-Hobby-Metal-Details-up-Luxury-Thruster-Sets-MT2-For-1-100-MG-Gundam-Model-Kit-/121388691113

This was the seller I bought from. Looks like he raised the price after I bought them. The pieces came seperate like in his picture and a little bit of superglue was all I needed to assemble them.

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http://erictong.com/zaku/zaku11.jpg

Using a micro drill to drill tiny holes for these metal screws...only 30 more holes to go :roll:

Wreeper007
November 4, 2014, 10:28 PM
How did you secure them in?

Resident Eric
November 4, 2014, 10:40 PM
How did you secure them in?

The hole you drill needs to be slightly smaller so you can push it in and stays in there. I tested with different drill bits for the right size.

Zaku
November 4, 2014, 10:47 PM
Nice progress. I love seeing the R-1 getting so much love lol.

thwalker13
November 4, 2014, 10:52 PM
Very nice progress, those metal parts look right at home on the Zaku.

Zaku
November 4, 2014, 10:54 PM
I didn't even know anyone made metal thrusters that fit 2.0 Zakus. This pleases me greatly lol.

Resident Eric
November 6, 2014, 12:06 AM
http://erictong.com/zaku/zaku12.jpg

These small holes took forever to drill but finally got them all in. I need to modify two more thrusters to fit then I can do the panel lines.

thwalker13
November 6, 2014, 12:38 PM
This kit is certainly coming together extremely well. The added metal detailing and the thrusters looking amazing man .

Rxslinger
November 6, 2014, 11:51 PM
Hello could you please tell me what size the metal screws and beads/micro thrusters in the head are? I've been eyeing those on ebay but i wasn't sure what size to order for my MG kits. This looks great you've done exactly what I wanted to do with my R-1A kit.

Resident Eric
November 7, 2014, 2:55 PM
Hello could you please tell me what size the metal screws and beads/micro thrusters in the head are? I've been eyeing those on ebay but i wasn't sure what size to order for my MG kits. This looks great you've done exactly what I wanted to do with my R-1A kit.

The screws are 1.6mm and thrusters are 11mm wide.

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I can't decide if i should leave it a clean look or weathered look.

Dlinker
November 7, 2014, 3:37 PM
Hmmm, I vote for a slightly weathered look. That shade of white is just asking for it.

Zaku
November 7, 2014, 6:12 PM
another vote for a slightly weathered look. just a bit.

Resident Eric
November 9, 2014, 4:47 AM
http://erictong.com/zaku/zaku13.jpg

So with the blue stripes decal completely destroyed because it wouldn't stick on the curvy shoulder pad. I have to hand paint it with a brush. I got the center big line drawn. The real challenge is the paint the two thin ones next to it. The distance and thickness of the lines have to match or they won't look right. It's going to be a pain to mask.

Zaku
November 9, 2014, 4:55 AM
this thing is looking kick ass so far man

skulblaka-ven
November 9, 2014, 5:53 AM
That kit is super clean, sir. Very nice!
Hope you get that decal issues right, why don't you jusy strip the decal out and spray it with paint?

Resident Eric
November 9, 2014, 2:02 PM
That kit is super clean, sir. Very nice!
Hope you get that decal issues right, why don't you jusy strip the decal out and spray it with paint?

The blue was sprayed painted. Just masking on curve surface is hard because you can't really tell if it's a straight line. The color is too dark too so I have to re-do it with a different blue.

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Is there a way to get rid of the edges off a regular sticker? Not waterslide or dry transfer ones. I put setting solutions on them, didn't seem to do anything.

Wreeper007
November 9, 2014, 11:44 PM
Nope

Squee
November 9, 2014, 11:52 PM
The blue was sprayed painted. Just masking on curve surface is hard because you can't really tell if it's a straight line. The color is too dark too so I have to re-do it with a different blue.

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Is there a way to get rid of the edges off a regular sticker? Not waterslide or dry transfer ones. I put setting solutions on them, didn't seem to do anything.

I am pretty sure he asked why not spray paint it because in your post you said "I have to hand paint it with a brush."

As for the edge problem on the decal, i've noticed if you apply them to a glossed topcoat, and then add setter it helps. Then another coat of gloss over it to build up to the edges, and then whatever finish coat you are going with.

You can also trim off as much of the excess as possible, this also helps.

Resident Eric
November 9, 2014, 11:59 PM
Yeah it was 5 in the morning, i didn't know what i was typing lol Why don't they stick with one type of decal versus 3 different kinds? I like waterslide the best.

Squee
November 10, 2014, 12:04 AM
Waterslides are the ones that came last. I think its a cost thing. Some people just don't know how to use them, and never will. I wish thats all they would give. I normally just throw the others away. :/

gundamENGR
November 10, 2014, 3:45 PM
Dude clean looking kit so far sucks to hear about the water slides

Resident Eric
November 11, 2014, 12:57 AM
Dude clean looking kit so far sucks to hear about the water slides

Yeah i think i needed to use decal softer which i don't have.

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Some small details painting done. Red trims and dark chrome in a couple areas.

http://erictong.com/zaku/zaku14.jpg

http://erictong.com/zaku/zaku15.jpg

http://erictong.com/zaku/zaku16.jpg

skulblaka-ven
November 11, 2014, 1:59 AM
I am pretty sure he asked why not spray paint it because in your post you said "I have to hand paint it with a brush."
Thanks for clearing that up, Squee

Great job so far, man. Small detail especially on the backpack look very nice. I notice nice weathered look on the knee and the feet, do you gonna weather the white part as well? I vote for that..

Resident Eric
November 11, 2014, 2:52 AM
Yes, that will be the last step. Right now I'm more worried about painting those two blue thin lines.

thwalker13
November 11, 2014, 12:09 PM
All of those red details, coupled with the warning labels is looking fantastic man!

Bossguy
November 11, 2014, 12:12 PM
Down right sharp. Those red details look excellent.

eljanitor
November 11, 2014, 7:40 PM
Lookin good so far, can't wait to see it when you're done!

Resident Eric
November 12, 2014, 1:30 AM
http://erictong.com/zaku/zaku17.jpg

The edge needs a bit of cleaning up, but I think it came out better than I thought. Wish I can find a second set of decal somewhere though. I also found some metal buttons from previous build which I can use for under the feet. I'm going to try painting it candy red. It might not stick because it's metal.

Squee
November 12, 2014, 1:59 AM
You could lay down some metal primer first. Tamiya makes a brush on kind. The stuff from a hardware store might be too thick.

Really enjoying this build.

Zaku
November 12, 2014, 2:56 AM
A button. Huh thats an interesting idea. And the shoulder looks like its turning out well.

Wiltonican
November 13, 2014, 5:44 PM
I like the metal bits. Makes it look pro.

Resident Eric
November 13, 2014, 7:47 PM
Metal mono eye


http://erictong.com/zaku/zaku18.jpg

http://erictong.com/zaku/zaku19.jpg

thwalker13
November 13, 2014, 8:26 PM
That metal Mono-Eye looks great man.

Resident Eric
November 13, 2014, 11:17 PM
As it stands right now....

http://erictong.com/zaku/zaku21.jpg

Squee
November 13, 2014, 11:45 PM
Love that axe!

Zaku
November 14, 2014, 2:23 AM
That metal monoeye looks so good where did you get it?

Dom Tropen MS-09D
November 14, 2014, 2:35 AM
Really great work here.
Both uplifting and depressing.
Uplifting to see kit this well made, depressing cause I'm no where near this good. :(
But keep up the good work.

skulblaka-ven
November 14, 2014, 6:21 AM
Looking great, man! Love that exe too! The Blue strip turn out not so bad.

Resident Eric
November 14, 2014, 7:27 PM
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Got these waterslide decals to replace the ugly thick ones came with the kit. Really Bandai? You make people pay extra for these?

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That metal monoeye looks so good where did you get it?

got them from the same seller whom i got the metal screws from. He sells stuff like that.

Wreeper007
November 14, 2014, 9:16 PM
I understand why they do.

Bandai markets their kits as uber friendly and not needing paint. Stickers make sense for those modelers.

There are some that want water slides for their kits and paying $5 for a nicer, high quality set is easy for them.

That's over there. Over here you have markup so they are $7 with $10 shipping.

Zeta-G
November 15, 2014, 3:40 AM
That Zaku looks fantastic, man! I especially like the heat hawk.

As for the waterslides go, it's probably best to just ship them as part of a model order. My buddy does it all the time with HLJ's private warehouse. Beats paying for separate shipping from Japan for just a couple of waterslides.

Resident Eric
November 15, 2014, 10:56 AM
They could have included it with the kit to save us the hassle of buying separately. If they did it to cut costs, I think most people won't object of paying a few bucks more when buying the kit.

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Btw does anyone know if there is a way to cover up hairline cracks? Painting thinners always crack my gundam models. They're evil

thwalker13
November 15, 2014, 12:45 PM
You could use some microfiller primer, that might work. Otherwise you could use a little putty. That might work.

Resident Eric
November 15, 2014, 3:32 PM
doesn't putty require repainting? Or can i get away with using white putty like tamiya?

thwalker13
November 15, 2014, 4:01 PM
Actually, I know a way that you can fix it.

Take a few pieces of runners, the same color as the parts. Put them into acetone. The acetone will reduce the pieces to putty, after that you should be able to get the newly formed putty out, and fill the cracks. It'll eventually dry and harden. Afterwards, you can sand it smooth.

There may be more to this, but I don't remember off the top of my head. I'll try to find a reference for you.

Edit: I found this, it might be of some help.

http://cs.finescale.com/fsm/tools_techniques_and_reference_materials/f/23/t/21787.aspx

Wreeper007
November 15, 2014, 9:04 PM
You could take runners, and using a file make a punch of shavings. Put some plastic glue in the area, sprinkle the shavings in, let dry, rinse repeat

Resident Eric
November 19, 2014, 10:27 PM
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A bit weathering done.

Zaku
November 19, 2014, 10:42 PM
man that looks really good. very nice work. this thing is going to be wonderful.

skulblaka-ven
November 20, 2014, 1:11 AM
Great job on the weathering, man. Can't wait to see the finished kit.
Did you drybrushed it? or any particular methods you're using?

Resident Eric
November 23, 2014, 10:23 PM
Yeah drybrushing is the best method. White is a bit hard to weather because it shows everything.

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Two quick pics. Almost complete then i can load him up with some weapons!

Zaku
November 23, 2014, 10:27 PM
Damn thats a nice Zaku. Man if your photography skills are on the same level of Bossguy's when you take the final finished pics i very well may have found a new home screen pic lol. Awesome work so far. Seeing this is motivating.

Squee
November 23, 2014, 10:32 PM
I still can't get over how awesome those thrusters look!

skulblaka-ven
November 24, 2014, 7:55 AM
That's a astoundingly great Zaku, sir. The weathering is perfect, which I envy a lot, the rusty effects look very realistic, especially on the shield.
The finished kit will definitely mind-blowing.

Chaser90EK
November 24, 2014, 8:41 AM
Love the weathering... I'm wary of white suits but solid execution.

Resident Eric
November 24, 2014, 10:59 AM
White starts turning yellow if you start to weather too much. I had to restrain myself into over doing it.

thwalker13
November 24, 2014, 12:07 PM
Man you did an awesome job on that Zaku, I love how it turned out. You applied the absolute perfect amount of weathering, and those thrusters, man those thrusters.

Resident Eric
November 25, 2014, 12:44 AM
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Weapons haven't been weathered yet. I need to modify the length of the sturm faust somehow, it's too long for him.

Zaku
November 25, 2014, 12:55 AM
damn man. i really dont think you could have done a better job on this. its so perfect.

Resident Eric
November 25, 2014, 11:25 AM
What's the trick to keep the weapons stay in the hands? These knuckle joints are always so loose to hold any weight.

Zaku
November 25, 2014, 1:10 PM
The little pegs in the palms of the hands are a life saver. And if that isnt enough you can tighten up the fingers with paint or glue.

Riah
November 27, 2014, 9:42 AM
Even if you haven't done the weathering on the firearms yet, it already looks great on the mobile suit itself and ESPECIALLY that heat hawk. Just the way it's painted looks like it's really activated.

Zaku
November 27, 2014, 3:10 PM
I love that heat hawk so much.

Resident Eric
December 2, 2014, 12:52 AM
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Gem stone from a craft store works as a scope lens. 7mm fits nicely in case you're wondering.

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A few weapons weathered.

skulblaka-ven
December 2, 2014, 5:50 AM
That gem idea was genius, man! And it came out really well.

Resident Eric
December 2, 2014, 11:43 AM
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Everything put together. I have a few more weapons to give him. :rolleyes:

Zaku
December 2, 2014, 4:59 PM
damn that looks so good man. plucking awesome work man

Resident Eric
December 2, 2014, 10:09 PM
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Testing out a new gradient background i got today. Pretty good but I would like a lighter shade of grey near the top. Excuse the weird iphone distortion.

Zaku
December 2, 2014, 10:21 PM
Looks good. Aside from the Iphone quality.

Resident Eric
December 2, 2014, 10:26 PM
Yeah I'll break out the DSLR on final pictures. Iphone camera is very wide so it creates a distortion the closer you get.

Zaku
December 2, 2014, 10:40 PM
Huh ok i didnt know that was the cause of the distortion. I have one as well. Good info.

Resident Eric
December 6, 2014, 4:13 AM
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Machine gun and cracker grenades.

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pics will be here from now on
http://www.gundamforums.com/showthread.php/45082-MG-White-Wolf-Zaku-2-0?p=186940#post186940