View Full Version : My First Airbrush Project. 1/144 Sumo Gold Type Gundam.

February 18, 2016, 4:27 PM
I've completed the project with many imperfections, some of which are serious.

Process Videos

Part 1: Preparation, gloss black and chroming. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qKnafDBtXa0
Part 2: Gold plaring, airbrush breakdown, masking, putting it together, mistakes/challenges, top coat. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_SRHdwvOxh8
In the sun with top coat. ALC310 Klear Kote.

In the Sun without top coat.

The Sumo is larger than the Zaku

Many imperfections, some caused by the airbrush breakdown while others due to imperfect sanding and preparation.

The final model on my shelf.

After the top coat Alclad ALC310 Klear Kote

February 18, 2016, 5:43 PM
Ooh that looks good :3
I love Harry Ord and Turn A Gundam as a whole but the sumo really does have ugly weapons though xD.

February 18, 2016, 6:44 PM
nice job. it would have been better if you welded up all those seams. but other than that nice work.

February 18, 2016, 7:02 PM
Iris_Aznable The weapons are weird, especially the "fan-sword". I was surprised the gun turned out ok. :D The fan-sword did not turn out good because i hand painted. I wanted to give Real Grade Zeta's gun to the Sumo but sudddenly, that gun fell apart! Perhaps, Kamille does not want to lend Harry his gun. Char's Zaku has an extra gun that Harry's Sumo can use. I won't worry about weapons for the Sumo, i was more concerned with securing privacy for the cockpit. The red tinted glass was applied with careful consideration, tinted like Harry Ord's glasses, people from inside the cockpit can look out but people from outside cannot look in. :oops:

Zaku I could not assemble the model after painting, the parts won't snap together creating large seam lines, a lot of pegs (connectors) broke but the model was able to hold together without the use of glue. The top view of this model is a failure because i was not able to snap the parts together. When I pressed hard, it made cracking sounds. The plastic is very brittle after painting. This is presented in part 2 of the video. In future, i will assemble the parts from start, sand and fill the seam lines so that the seams don't show. I would have to mask though. Working on the parts un-assembled is a mistake. I am very angry with the airbrush fiasco, most of the roughness is caused by the breakdown.

I cannot take apart the parts and I cannot push it together, it's stuck because of the paint. It makes cracking noise when I press hard to close the gap. i wanted to take it apart to cut off the problematic pegs (connectors) but the parts are stuck.......sigh. I avoid top view when photographing the model.


February 19, 2016, 10:47 AM
I really like the fine details you did. I never got how the monoeye looked on SUMO, it's kind of a weird design but I like how you brought it out.

February 19, 2016, 1:59 PM
Nice job on your first kit. It seems like you know what needs to be improved upon so i won't mention anything. I had the same issue with mine, the plastic is very brittle, and becomes even worse if you strip the plating. Going forward, to avoid your issue of parts not going together, should avoid getting paint on any male pegs or in any female connectors.

February 20, 2016, 9:29 PM
Squee Thanks. The plastic was brittle even before painting. The parts were very rough, many nutmarks, rough spots, rough edges and holes. These imperfections are not visible to the eye upon unwrapping the box, they became very apparent after chroming. Perhaps, my eyes did not catch these bumps and holes. Surely, the breakdown of the airbrush was responsible for big blemishes like the knee cap but the plastic parts themselves were originally rough. It's a test of skills in preparation, sanding and filling of holes. This kit requires a lot of preparation. It was released in 1999. I wonder if they will release a newer kit with better quality plastic.

The Sumo looked alright on the shelf along with the others. I felt tempted to get another kit and replace those shoulders but I'm too frustrated by the airbrush, I'm taking a break from airbrushing Gunpla for now, perhaps, in the future, I'd redo this kit.

Iris_Aznable In all this excitement of airbrushing, I forgot about Harry Ord. :cool: I like him. He's Char minus vengeful ambitions.