Let me start this off by saying while the title says Red Frame, the majority of this kit used Blue Frame parts (the shoulders, Tactical Arms) as well as the head parts from the 1/100 NG Gold Frame Amatsu. This kit was a commission build just like the Banshee and the chief directive was to give it a paintjob that was similar to the Armor of Inferno from Ronin Warriors. Luckily for me I have the Armor Plus sitting around for easy reference. The other objective was to use the head of the Gold Frame Amatsu and with a little masking I think it manages to fit well enough with the rest of the suit though I think the head is a bit short length wise. Just for funsies I painted the standard Astray head as well because everyone loves having options.
Overall I really love the way this kit came together, It took a little bit of doing to finally get it to where I wanted but the end result was well worth the effort. I went the extra mile (as I often do on commissions) and painted up all the whites on the kit and that made everything look that much more solid on the final product since it lightened up the panel lines. There were (are) some issues with paint scraping due to the way the kits limbs move but that is always going to be an issue when posing a painted kit around. I was extremely generous when using the Future floor polish for it’s final gloss coat so for the most part the paint is well protected except in areas where there’s a lot of contact.
Due to the aforementioned paint issues, I really didn’t take very many action shots of this thing but the ones I did take turned out pretty nice. I coated the blades with a layer of Aclad II chrome but didn’t put the black base down, giving them a somewhat flattened shine that I think looks damn nice with the rest of the kit.
Better pictures of the blades as well as the Amatsu head. Masking that thing was tough since I had to redo it three times due to paint issues but I really like the end result.
The tactical arms were a bit tricky to figure out how to paint but the final product is pretty spiffy. I really didn’t spend long taking pictures of it though because I felt extremely uncomfortable posing the kit with it because I didn’t want to chip the handle’s paint or scratch areas on the kit.
Final verdict: Everyone already knows the MG Astrays are great kits but finishing this build has given my a lot of ideas for my own MG Red and Blue Frames, as well as finally giving me the perfect idea for my PG Red Frame as well.