Before working on this PB Gundam Thunderbolt (TB), I did not like this work too much. Thanks to the water decals, the damage effects are so real. Here is what Gundam TB looks like in its basic, standing pose. The inflicted damages can be reproduced effortlessly even by a novice like me. I have also ordered the Full Psycho Zaku together with Gundam TB. Don’t think I have time to unbox it until June…
Applying the decals to the shield is very challenging to me. The orange part you see is actually a huge piece of water decal. In addition, the surfaces for applying the explosion effect decals are uneven. I had to make multiple cuts such that the decals could extend better. It took me almost an hour to complete the shield alone. Nevertheless, the result is very satisfactory despite there are a few torn tiny pieces by accident. Thinking of topping-off the torn parts with black. Any thoughts?
At first I thought the paper sheets covering the joints would impede joint movement but to my surprise, not even a bit.
I will work on the colony fragment pieces hopefully later this weekend. Hardly can wait to put Gundam TB on the included action base together with the colony effect parts and recapitulate the frontpage of the construction manual.
I hope Bandai will consider at least releasing the Ground Type Gundam in season 2. For some reasons, those Gundams do look stunning in the absence of the signature “v-fin” on the head.