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 3: COLOR SPRAY PAINTING

HGUC Schuzrum Galluss armor plate shields primed and color spray painted using Taimya Light Blue.

HGUC Schuzrum Galluss armor plate shields primed and color spray painted using Taimya Light Blue.

I’m using Tamiya’s light blue spray paint for the main armor plates of the HGUC Schuzrum Galluss model kit. You could see the color above on the kit’s shields. All I’ve got left to do with the main armor plates is some top coating and that group is done.

I also spray painted the secondary armor using Model Masters Blue Angel Blue (similar color to Navy), and the first group of inner frame parts using Taimya’s gunmetal grey.

With the secondary armor, I will have to some masking for the red parts of the kit, specifically the front end of the feet and two small lower parts of the front skirt. Also I’ll be doing some masking on the tubing on the knees.

The last group, the mine weaponry, will hopefully be primed and ready to paint by Wednesday.

HGUC Schuzrum Galluss back skirt spray painted using Model Masters Blue Angel Blue spray paint.

HGUC Schuzrum Galluss back skirt spray painted using Model Masters Blue Angel Blue spray paint.

Some inner frame and secondary armor plates for the HGUC Schuzrum Galluss.

Some inner frame and secondary armor plates for the HGUC Schuzrum Galluss.

HGUC Schuzrum Galluss armor plates spray painted using Tamiya's light blue spray paint.

HGUC Schuzrum Galluss armor plates spray painted using Tamiya’s light blue spray paint.

Some inner frame parts for the HGUC Schuzrum Galluss and additional weaponry for the kit that includes two panzerfaust from Kotobukiya.

Some inner frame parts for the HGUC Schuzrum Galluss and additional weaponry for the kit that includes two panzerfaust from Kotobukiya.

HG Gabthley – Part 3 Painting & Top Coating

High Grade Gabthley armor plates painted.

High Grade Gabthley armor plates painted.

Painting and top coating on the High Grade Gabthley is finished after two days of work.

For the main armor plates for the model I used a lighter paint tone than the recommended colors for the kit.

Here’s the paint and top coat I used for the kit: Model Masters Bomber Tan, Model Masters Medium Green, Model Masters Flat Sand, Model Masters Wet Look, Model Masters Dullcote, Tamiya Mica Red and Tamiya gunmetal grey.

Model Masters Medium Green used for the green armor pieces of the HG Gabthley.

Model Masters Medium Green used for the green armor pieces of the HG Gabthley.

Tamiya Light Gunmetal Grey used for Hobby Base mechanical hands that I'm planning to use

Tamiya Light Gunmetal Grey used for Hobby Base mechanical hands that I’m planning to use for the HG Gabthley.

Top Coating in process for the HG Gabthley.

Top Coating in process for the HG Gabthley.

 

MG PMX-003 The-O Part 5: Top Coat & Clean Up

MG PMX-003 The-O back skirt armor with decals and Semi Gloss Top Coat from Tamiya Spray Paint.

MG PMX-003 The-O back skirt armor with decals and Semi Gloss Top Coat from Tamiya Spray Paint.

The first group of yellow armor parts for the MG PMX-003 The-O is finally done! As you can see from the pic above I’ve painted, decaled and top coated the first group of yellow armor plates (I decided early on that I would divide all the yellow and enormous parts into 2 groups to make it much easier to work on). I used Tamiya’s Semi Gloss Spray Paint and it looks fantastic on the parts.

Also finished are the inner parts and hands which you can see below in the pic. Now the only thing left, aside from construction, is work on the second group of yellow armor plates which aren’t as large as the first group that consisted of the leg armor and front and back skirts.

The second group of plates have already been primed and about a 1/3 of which have been painted. Hopefully by mid-week I’ll have those parts painted, decaled and top coated then a little bit of some clean up paint and sanding work and finally construction!!

Giant hands for The-O. I used Testors Dull Cote for the finish.

Giant hands for The-O. I used Testors Dull Cote for the finish.

First group of yellow armor plates painted, decaled and top coated! Next on to the 2nd group.

First group of yellow armor plates painted, decaled and top coated! Next on to the 2nd group.

Second group of yellow armor plates that need to be painted, decaled and top coated.

Second group of yellow armor plates that need to be painted, decaled and top coated.

Shoulder armor plate painted from the 2nd group of armor plates.

Shoulder armor plate painted from the 2nd group of armor plates.

MG PMX-003 The-O Part 4: Leg Armor Decals & Mono Eye Painting

One of The-O's giant front leg armors with decals. Some minor fixing needed.

One of The-O’s giant front leg armors with decals. Some minor fixing needed.

I’m still working with the first set of yellow armor plates as I await more Tamiya Chrome Yellow spray paint to finish the 2nd round of yellow armor plates. I’ve put the majority of water decals and dry transfers to the first group of yellow armor plates.

It’s been a while since I’ve used dry transfer decals, but I don’t remember them being so easy to use. Maybe, I’ve just forgotten, but it was very simple to place on The-O. I did have some errors, as you can see above, but I’ll fix that pretty quickly tomorrow.

The inner frame is completely painted, with just some top coating left on half of those parts left to do. Hopefully by the end week I’ll have the kit fully painted and decaled.

I also worked on painting the mono eye of the kit, since it didn’t come with a sticker. I used Tamiya’s clear red to paint on the clear plastic. I’m enjoying the process of building the kit and can’t wait see how big this monster is given the size of all its armor plates that I’ve been working on for the past few days.

The-O's clear mono eye painted with Tamiya's Clear Red.

The-O’s clear mono eye painted with Tamiya’s Clear Red.

Majority of the first group of yellow armor plates that have been painted and decaled. Next is top coating with Tamiya's semi gloss

Majority of the first group of yellow armor plates that have been painted and decaled. Next is top coating with Tamiya’s semi gloss clear coat.

Nice giant "The-O" dry transfer decal for the side of the leg armor.

Nice giant “The-O” dry transfer decal for the side of the leg armor.

MG PMX-003 The-O Part 3: Painting & Paptimus Scirocco

Tiny Paptimus Scirocco figure included with the MG PMX-000 THE-O.

Tiny Paptimus Scirocco figure included with the MG PMX-000 THE-O.

As I continue to paint (and buy more & more paint) the MG PMX-000 The-O, I’m beginning to notice all the detail on the armor and the inner frame as well as the extras included such as the two tiny figures of Paptimus Scirocco.

The figures, which are one of Scirocco seated and another of him standing, are pretty detailed. I usually just chuck the figures that come with model kits in the garbage, but this figure looks pretty good. I may try to paint it in the future, but I have very little experience hand painting tiny figures. I may do a test run on something else and then tackle Scirocco.

Scirocco’s my favorite villain from Zeta Gundam and one of my all time favorite villains period. He doesn’t have that much screen time in the anime series, compared to other characters, but when he does appear, he’s a very imposing, conniving and deliciously evil lieutenant of the Titans. Women fall over him, well most of them, and he’s a backstabber, but with a specific purpose in mind; total domination of the Titans and the Earth Sphere.

As for my progress on the MG The-O, I’ve used more spray paint cans on this kit than any other model I’ve purchased and I’m not finished yet! The first group of yellow armor plates is done, but I’ve still go another group that I have to paint and I’ve been through about 4 cans of paint already. I’ve got a 1/3 of the inner frame painted and most of the tubing and weapons done.

First group of yellow armor plates, nearly all painted.

First group of yellow armor plates, nearly all painted.

Second group of yellow armor plates that need to be painted.

Second group of yellow armor plates that need to be painted.