Nah, apart from some minimalist panel lining. Maybe it’s because I’m relatively new to the hobby, but I really don’t see the point in painting the armour, unless the idea is to completely change the colour scheme. The only exterior pieces I’ll be painting are the parts of the beam rifle that they give you stickers for (I hate stickers that substitute for coloured plastic. On a MG kit, you should get separate pieces in the proper colours.)
Anyhow, as promised, I have the frame completed:
I’m really happy with how it turned out. The extra time and effort was worth it to end up with a frame I won’t have to be embarrassed to show. The spray paint I selected was perfect for the job, much better than just going over the parts with a gold paint marker.
As you can see I have the head assembled too, minus the V-fin. I think I’m gonna attach the armour going from the right side to the left (purely because it’ll look cool to photo, as if the gundam is ‘under construction’. Well, it is, but you know what I mean.) I’ll try to get the tiny Kira Yamato pilot figure painted and in the cockpit in the next few days too, since I’l have to put him inside before I put on the chest armour.
So far I’m really impressed by this kit. The level of detail on the frame parts is astounding, especially the legs. The mechanism to split the armour plates when you bend the knee is ingenious and the whole thing has been really fun to put together. Definitely my favourite kit so far, at least until my Exia arrives.
BTW, any tips for lining the side vent fins on the head? The lining markers I have don’t make a thin enough line, and it’s hard to get a cotton swab into the nooks and crannies to erase my mistakes.