GUNDAM WORK IN PROGRESS PT2 PRIME FIRST COAT: PROTOTYPE GOUF [MOBILITY DEMONSTRATOR BLUE COLOR Ver.]

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For my kits I usually do more than one coat of primer, with the first a very thin and rough coat.

You could see the original colors of the Prototype Gouf in some of the parts and some excess paint in others which I usually clear up during or before the second coat of primer.

One thing that I really like about High Grades is the very little painting and time it takes to clean the parts up and get straight to painting.

Don’t get me wrong, the Master Grades kits are wonderful and are worth it when the end product turns out to be spectacular, but it just takes so much time and money to do.

I think from here on out, I will be concentrating on High Grades especially since the most recent ones, specifically The Origin kits, are a bit of a step up compared to previous High Grades. The advancements in the articulation, and the inclusion of some really nice stickers has me hooked.

Ever since I started building the kits, I’ve started to watch the original Mobile Suit Gundam series. I first attempted a while ago to watch it, but the animation was just a distraction. It’s very old and rough but what do you expect for a series that debuted in the late 1970s. Watching Gundam: The Origin before I delved in the original series (Not recommended) had me curious as to who these characters were. I also watched the movie versions of the original series which helped tremendously get me into the series as well as form my interest into the Zeon mobile suits like the Zaku and Gouf.

This prototype Gouf kit is my first Gouf and won’t be my last.

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Prototype Gouf’s included machine gun. You could see the small bit of putty around the connection areas for the hand and the secondary handle. I’ve learned the hard way NOT to paint these. I have had some moving parts that just stick forever or won’t move since they’re painted.

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The base part of the Prototype Gouf’s shield. First coat of primer with some cleanup work left to do.

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HGUC SCHUZRUM GALLUSS – PART 4: MASKING & PAINTING CONTINUED

HGUC Schuzrum Galluss inner knee and tubing plate masked to divide inner frame color and tubing color.

HGUC Schuzrum Galluss inner knee and tubing plate masked to divide inner frame color and tubing color.

Work on the HGUC Schuzrum Galluss is going pretty smoothly and quickly. On the third day of work I masked all the parts that weren’t color separated that includes the knee tubing which is molded with the inner frame, the front ends of the feet which are supposed to be red, and two exterior frames that jut out of the front skirt.

As you can see from the pics, I used a pretty thin model tape to mask the parts, since I needed some precision when it came down to the actual divide between two colors in some pretty hard to get to spots. And since this was the only masking tape that I had on hand, I also used it to cover the remaining parts that had already been spray painted.

I used Tamiya’s red spray paint for the feet and skirt portions, and Model Masters intermediate blue for the tubing, which I will also use for the rest of the tubing pieces and the mine weaponry.

In addition, I primed the last group of parts that includes the mine weaponry, some tubing and chest plates.

Finally, I color spray painted the extra weaponry and remaining inner frame pieces. I’m pretty excited to see how the Kotobukiya Panzerfaust will look with the kit. With the dual Panzerfaust I was going with a look similar to the Kampfer which this model, specifically with the magnetic chain mine, has some influences.

Hopefully, I’ll be able to finish color spray painting the last group and do some top coating for the next day of work.

A few pieces of two of Kotobukiya's Panzerfaust purchased for the HGUC Schuzrum Galluss kit.

A few pieces of two of Kotobukiya’s Panzerfaust purchased for the HGUC Schuzrum Galluss kit. Background pieces are hands and inner frame pieces for the model. 

Four inner frame plates of the HGUC Schuzrum Galluss that have the inner tubing molded into them. Used masking tape to color separate them.

Four inner frame plates of the HGUC Schuzrum Galluss that have the inner tubing molded into them. Used masking tape to color separate them.

Masking then color spray painting the front ends of the HGUC Schuzrum Gallus' feet.

Masking then color spray painting the front ends of the HGUC Schuzrum Gallus’ feet.

Two pieces of the mine weaponry backpack for the HGUC Schuzrum Galluss primed and ready to be color painted.

Two pieces of the mine weaponry backpack for the HGUC Schuzrum Galluss primed and ready to be color painted.

HGUC SCHUZRUM GALLUSS – PART 2: PRIMING

Back armor of the HGUC Schuzrum Galluss primed.

Back armor of the HGUC Schuzrum Galluss primed.

I broke down all the parts for the HGUC Schuzrum Galluss into four groups which I will work on separately throughout the construction of the kit.

The four groups are main armor plates, secondary armor plates with inner frames, mine weaponry, and extra weapons with leftover inner frame.

As you can see above I’ve already finished priming, using Taimya’s gray surface primer, the back skirt armor of the kit which belongs to the secondary armor plates with inner frames group. I’ve also primed the main armor plates.

I’m hoping to finish spray painting those two groups with light blue, dark blue and gunmetal grey paint sometime early this week.

Foot of the HGUC Schuzrum Galluss primed. The front portion of the foot is supposed to be red while the rest is blue. This is accomplished by using a red sticker which I'm not exactly thrilled about, and will be doing some masking in order to paint the portion red.

Foot of the HGUC Schuzrum Galluss primed. The front portion of the foot is supposed to be red while the rest is blue. This is accomplished by using a red sticker which I’m not exactly thrilled about, and will be doing some masking in order to paint the portion red.

In addition, I’ll also have to do some masking on the main and secondary armor plating for a few parts, specifically the red parts and light bluish-gray tubing. The color separation for a few parts of the kit is a bit disappointing since the red colored armor parts of the kit use stickers. Now I’ve used stickers before to do color separation on Gundam kits, but this time around it feels a bit lazy on Bandai’s part.

The front portion of the feet is red and the model comes with red stickers in order to achieve the color separation between the rest of the foot which is blue.

The tubing on the knee is also molded with the inner frame. Perhaps I’m asking a bit too much since this is only an HG kit, but nevertheless it means more work on my part which I’m fully invested in doing since the end result looks terrific, but it would have been nice if Bandai had color separated the kit a bit more diligently.

Other than that I’m not seeing any other problems so far.

As I’ve stated before I’ve purchased two Panzerfaust from Kotobukiya to beef up the weaponry on the Schuzrum Galluss, and I just recently got in some decals to make the kit a bit more detailed.

My next step will be color spray painting the main and secondary armor plates with some inner frames, and priming the mine weaponry (which comprises of a lot of parts due to 14 mines included with the kit) and the rest of the inner frames and additional weapons(the Panzerfaust).

HGUC Schuzrum Galluss main armor plates primed.

HGUC Schuzrum Galluss main armor plates primed.

HGUC Schuzrum Galluss secondary armor plates and some inner frame pieces primed.

HGUC Schuzrum Galluss secondary armor plates and some inner frame pieces primed.

HG Gabthley – Part 2 Primer & Hands

Hobby Base's mechanical hands purchased for the HG Gabthley model from Zeta Gundam.

Hobby Base’s mechanical hands purchased for the HG Gabthley model from Zeta Gundam.

Putting primer on the HG Gabthley parts was pretty quick compared to my past projects. I finished under about an hour and a half; it’s probably the fastest I’ve ever done a model.

The armor pieces look pretty good in white but I’m quickly going to paint over them and hope to put a wet metallic finish to the completed model.

As you can see from the above picture I also primed some hands from Hobby Base’s mechanical hands for 1/144 Gundam models.

These are incredible!

They’re like Perfect Grade hands except smaller and a LOT tougher to put together since there’s small pieces involved and you’ve got to have some good dexterity in order to put it all together.

But, it’s definitely worth it considering the enormous amounts of poseability they have. How they’ll hold up handling the Gabthley’s weapons? That I’ll come to soon enough and report on that.

I’m pretty excited to have the parts all primed and ready to paint. A few pictures below of the progress.

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MG PMX-003 The-O Part 2: Priming Parts and More Paint

Back skirt armor of The-0 primed with Tamiya gray primer.

Back skirt armor of The-0 primed with Tamiya gray primer.

I am definitely going to need more primer and paint for the Master Grade The-O kit. Today I primed the first group of yellow armor plates using 2 Tamiya gray primer 180 ml cans. I bought three cans of primer and was under the assumption that would be all I would need for the armor and weapons, but I’ve still got another group of yellow armor plates which include the shoulder armor and head and it doesn’t look like my 3rd can is going to make it.

I’ll also plan on purchasing a 4th can of Tamiya Chrome Yellow, given those cans carry less paint than the primer cans.

After all the armor and weapons are done, I’ll move to the inner frame which looks like at this point may not need as much primer as the armor.

Some back and front skirt armor primed and ready to get painted.

Some back and front skirt armor primed and ready to get painted.