MG Shin Musha Mk. II [Fang Musha]

Well ladies and gents, here we are. It’s been awhile since I last started this project and it’s been one of the bigger ones I’ve done since my Sinanju. I wanted to try to go for something that would top that in terms of sheer ‘holy crap look at what he did’ and I think I managed to reach that…to a degree. I don’t think it’s better than Sinanju, but it’s definitely a work I’m proud of.

Before we do anything too in depth, let’s look over the basics of the kit. The frame is the same as the Gundam Mk-II, the Musha using the Titans-esque colors for the armor. The gold parts are done like the special Shin Musha Mk. I, though with undergates to prevent the finish from getting marred by clip marks and the like though a few areas aren’t so fortunate to escape this like the parts on the outside of the lower leg. By and far though, I was pleased with how Bandai approached the gold parts.

Weapons

I tried some new things with the weapons on this, with somewhat mixed results. For the first time I tried to remove the seam lines on something, with the top of the rifle (not pictured) and the scabbards. This worked out fairly well but due to other circumstances the rifle doesn’t look as nice as it should. Still, all the weapons for the Musha are nice and look plenty nice enough on their own. More than anything, I’m proud of how the swords turned out.

Frame

As stated, this gundam shares the same frame as the Gundam Mk. II and as such it’s a really solid and poseable frame. A slight problem with my kit (as I can’t say it’s about all of them) is that the hip part is extremely loose to the point that it’s taken more than it’s share of falls, albeit they’ve been small ones. The upper body feels plenty solid but the lower leaves something to be desired.

Fang Musha

The finished model looks really nice. I’m very much a fan of the end result, especially since the biggest thing I had to do for this was split the colors down the middle and divide things up in a good manner. The biggest problem with painting this kit was I tried to branch out and use the Krylon type of paint, which is much cheaper than the Tamiya brand. The lesson learned here is that it’s cheaper for a reason, as after spraying I was left with a rather funky rough texture on some of the parts likely due to the primer aspect of the krylon fusion paint. Other people have gotten decent results with it apparently, but I’m not one of them. Another problem with painting white on this kit is that even with primer, I had to use a good number of coats to get even decent coverage. As such the right shoulder’s mobility is actually hindered by the layers of paint on the part. As you can see, I took the split/yin-yang motif to everything on the kit, going down to the frame and painting over the plated parts to unify the look as best I could.

The extra effort that went in to splitting the smaller details like the head crest, chest crest and the waist and frame parts. However, I think that attempting to branch out in to different and more cost effective options for paint really kinda hurt me on this one. It doesn’t help that I had to use too many coats of white paint which hinders the articulation of the kit. I won’t be trying to paint white again until I have myself an airbrush to allow for finer control over paint and for a thinner more even coat.

As for the kit itself, It’s not as fantastic articulation wise as the original Mk. II kit but design wise and bang for your buck it definitely comes through like a champ. With any luck, other people out there don’t have the looser legs/hips like mine does which will give them the ability to have a whole lot more fun posing this kit than I could really have.

  1. #1 by Gaijin Gunpla on July 11, 2010 - 06:43

    Awesome job, Lupes! Why did you leave the purple in, though? I am also impressed with how the swords came out. Now, I feel lazy and need to ramp up my effort on mine. Thanks!

  2. #2 by lupes on July 11, 2010 - 19:59

    The look that inspired me to do this, Kamen Rider W’s Fang Joker form, has a bit of purple on the black side. I had wanted to use some on the shoulders to so it wasn’t quite so isolated but turns out I didn’t have the purple paint I’d need to pull it off. Thanks though! Just judging by how yours is starting off it’s going to be extremely awesome.

  3. #3 by Z on July 12, 2010 - 00:01

    This is… awesome beyond words, Lupes. You’ve surpassed your other beauty that is your Sinanju. This is officially my favorite model from you ^^. The asymmetrical color scheme just kicks ass. When I saw it, I immediately thought “FANG JOKER!” so your inspiration was well applied. The “split face” is my favorite part! Would you happen to be able to take a macro shot of its head? ^^;

    Really awesome job man!

  4. #4 by Z on July 12, 2010 - 00:05

    Oh and I know what you mean by that funky texture that Krylon paint leaves behind. I never used their paint but I tried their top coat before. After testing it on the bare plastic of my PG Skygrasper, I was disgusted with the result and immediately returned it. I think I’ll stay safe and just fork out the extra money for the stuff that has been tried and true.

  5. #5 by lupes on July 12, 2010 - 00:07

    Thanks a ton Z! I’m pleased to hear you think it’s surpassed Sinanju since it’s something I’ve been constantly striving (and falling short of) for almost a year now, haha. I’m really happy with how the split face turned out, since it was a rather tiny bit to work on.

    The lighting is a bit low but it’s a fairly high resolution! And yeah, I’ve had it proven time and time again that the reason the good stuff costs more is because it’s the good stuff. I won’t be branching out to other stuff save Mr. Color again any time soon.

  6. #6 by divinelight on July 12, 2010 - 08:01

    simply great!
    I like this color scheme as well as I like Fang Joker as the only form of W that I like

  7. #7 by rndm on July 12, 2010 - 08:06

    Woah! This is fantastic stuff! o.o
    Really like what you did there (since I like Fang Joker too). XP

    And, good luck with the HLJ/Tomopop contest! ^^

  8. #8 by Zeon_Two_Six on July 12, 2010 - 09:22

    Absolute madness, dude. Twin kudos for the Fang Musha…

    I just hope that two-face doesn’t pilot this bastard… (maybe Zetso… XD)

  9. #9 by GUNPLAITE on July 12, 2010 - 15:04

    “holy crap look what he did” :) hey im new here and I just wanted to say great job on the fang musha!

  10. #10 by Model Zero X on July 13, 2010 - 12:59

    Very, very nice work here Lupes! ^^ I especially like your attention to little details like the eyes and such.

  11. #11 by B-Mecha on July 14, 2010 - 20:49

    O.o AMAZING! The MK-II looks like Date Masamune. Great work and u deserve the ‘holy crap look at what he did’ level :D

  12. #12 by gnsquacker on August 13, 2010 - 11:46

    Hey Lupes.
    Seeing as your paintjobs have a fantastic result,
    which brand of spraypaint would you reccommend?
    also what about topcoat brands?
    and where would be the best place to buy them?
    because i’m considering using rustoleum as testors isn’t really cutting it.

  13. #13 by lupes on August 14, 2010 - 16:25

    I use tamiya paints almost exclusively, the spray TS series and the X acrylics work wonderfully. The downside is that the spray cans are 6.50 a pop so they aren’t exactly cheap. For topcoating, mr. Hobby is top notch imp but acquiring it is harder nowadays. You can use tamiya’s ts-80 for flat and ts-13 as a suitable substitue, though. You can order all of the tamiya paint from their website, but I don’t know where you’d grab mr. Hobby from nowadays.

  14. #14 by Kefkaownsall on August 18, 2010 - 22:41

    That is a great paint job. Sadly I’m not a fan of the Mark II inner frame so I’ll stick to regular Shin Musha

  15. #15 by Kefkaownsall on August 18, 2010 - 22:44

    Also Vegeta 8259 has good luck with Krylon topcoat but to be fair his house is in a dry area.

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