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FM 1/100 BLR WIP 7: Leg day!

Aaaaand we’re back! I hope everyone is taking COVID-19 seriously and is staying safe for both themselves and vulnerable people out there. Since I’ve found myself with way more free time during the weekend and week, I’ve been really grinding away on my projects.

First up is the Miria Rex. The leg frames didn’t take too long to get done, makes me wonder why I waited so long to do them in the first place. Since doing those went so well I kept the momentum going:

Getting really really excited about this kit now- I’ve still gotta do the semi-gloss topcoat for the leg parts but as usual I am just too excited to see how it’s shaping up. I’ve got the feet parts up on skewers now for painting and I’ve drilled out holes for the feet parts that I accidentally ruined.

For those of you who don’t follow the twitter: I’m a dunce who, in the interest of getting the heel to stop falling off, glued it in place…which made it so the feet/ankles had zero rotation. Sigh.

So since I’m able to get model kits literally directly across the street from where I live, I figured it was a good time to try out Bluefin’s Replacement parts service. That was back on March 6th, so we’re still minimum 4 weeks or so away from seeing the replacement parts I ordered showing up. While it’s unfortunate, better nate than lever.

I also brainstormed the basic idea for the Ultra-Large mace…and I think y’all are gonna love it when it’s done. 😉 That’s all on the Barbatos for now.

This isn’t the only kit I’m working on though!

A friend asked if I’d build/paint a custom Moon Gundam for them and here we are- finished with a good chunk of the upper body! There’s still some touch up and tweaks to make on this kit but it’s coming along well and I’m excited to show off more of it.

Take care of yourselves til next time! Stay inside, wash your hands, and practice social distancing! Best of luck out there and be safe!

FM 1/100 BLR WIP 5: im a liar

Remember when I said I wasn’t going to do much about the too-dark shading on the left arm and waist?

Turns out I’m not actually okay with leaving something looking sub-standard which means I sucked it up and re-did these. It was actually super easy after realizing what I did wrong the first time. I took the base ghost grey and went over the whole part again lightly, mixed up and thinned more of the shading color and made sure to just make one light pass. Perfect! Much happier with all of these parts now. Gonna give them their panel line wash and semi-gloss topcoat tonight.

Test fit the legs and backpack together so I can figure out how I’m going to approach what’s left! For starters, I’m going to create some space on the upper thighs between the two armor halves so the frame shows through more.

I want to do something extra with the knee booster/armor section as well as the top of the knee but don’t know what exactly that would be yet, aside from adding an edge to give the parts a little more depth. The entire shin/knee armor is all one part there so with the way I’m looking at the kit right now my options are limited.

The backpack/tail blade holder is going to be nice and straightforward, just some seam line removal and then some masking to give the part a little more color so it pops and goes with the rest of the suit.

With any luck I’ll have something to show for this after this weekend! There’s still a long way to go with these parts now since they haven’t been touched at all so far.

Til next time!

HiRM Wing Gundam Zero Custom WIP: The finish line is in sight!

Made plenty of progress on this since the 20th:

But wait, there’s more:

But wait, I got even more done:

Glad I started with the wings, weapon and shield. I still need to take this apart and paint all of the grey armor parts but with the holidays fast approaching I just wanted to have the kit together and up on a stand so I didn’t have to pack it up and risk losing more parts. Of which there are many because I managed to lose 3 parts for the buster rifle, 2 for the shoulders and managed to break one of the parts on the hip frame. I’ll likely be picking up an MJH Wing Zero Custom to pilfer some replacement parts from.

Once it’s done, I plan on taking pictures of the kit and then taking another small break before I launch full tilt in to working on the HMM Liger Zero “Knifecat”.

HiRM Wing Zero wisp

So excited to see the head and torso complete! I’m really glad I started with the wings and weapons because these candy coats are e x h a u s t i n g.

Still plenty of panel lining to do on the white parts of the head. Too excited to see it all together. The chest ran in to a few issues- I had to re-do the two main chest parts that the gold vent and clear green parts go in to as they got chipped the first time around. Thankfully, isopropyl alcohol rubbed the marred layers right off and priming and painting them a second time went off without a hitch. Super happy with the way the colors work together here! Just the right amount of pale gold and orange. I went with pale gold over candy yellow for the chest vents and went with candy orange instead of pale gold for the parts under the chest vents and I think those choices work very well with the kit.

Still need to put the LEDs in the wings. It’s daunting. But they’re painted and they sure do look nice, don’t they?

I already know it’s going to cost me some chipped paint but damn if I’m not excited about putting this in to it’s neo bird mode. The shield and rifle turned out beautifully (though the rifle has some imperfections where some nubs used to be- I coulda cleaned them up a little better and might still go back to touch it up more.)

Everything so far! What do you think? I don’t have too many opinions about the kit itself yet, though one of the bits on the side of the head is already showing a habit of falling out if I bump it the wrong way. The main wings could be a little tighter too but we’ll see how they hold once I’m trying to pose the kit. Maybe those feelings will change once I get the arms and waist and legs further along, we’ll see!

Til next time!