Hello, I am Duck, the administrator of this site.
It has been more than two months since I started working on this project, and I haven’t had much time to work on it recently. I have been working on it little by little at night.
This time, we are going to paint the main body. This may be the most important point to make the theme of this project, the three-star Zaku, exclusive for Char.
This time the painting is gradation painting. I looked at images of the settings on the web and decided to make it a little more to my liking.
The red color of the Gundam from the origin version is quite deep, so I chose the color with that in mind this time. However, because of the gradation painting, the finish was quite deep. It might have been better to choose a brighter red.
Gradient paint is applied.
The base is made of surfacer mabogany, then finished with red paint and coated with matte clear.
It is hard to see in the photo, but some of the red painted parts are partially accented with clear yellow. I did not want it to stand out too much, so the difference in color is understated. The clear yellow paint is sprayed on like a solid, just like normal paint.
This is how it looked when it was previously painted as a sample.
The paint is applied from the center outward.
A total of five different types of paint were used for the body.
Red gradation paint is based on the surfacer mabogany, with azuki for the body part, and Gundam color MS Red for the limbs, which is used for the gradation paint. Gray violet on the backpack, this is gradation paint from surfacer black.
The inner frame is painted in solid burnt iron color, and the vernier is accented with copper. The inner frame is painted with metallic paint, so the surfacer is black.
Paint the lines on the parts using enamel paint. This process makes it look more crisp and cool. Any overspray can be wiped off with a cotton swab dipped in enamel solvent.
It is recommended that the paint used for this work be lacquer-based.
DecalsI have lines on the left arm and waist armor, so I’m going to reproduce those with decals, and also add some Zeon and Char marks.
I will scatter small things all over.
Adjust the position properly and adhere firmly with a mark softener. Even a very curved surface can be applied neatly by softening it with the mark softener and pressing it down with a cotton swab.
Clear with matte finish
After this work is completed, weathering will be done, so the decals will be peeled off. Since the decals were sprayed with matte clear once before painting, the coat is only a light protective coat.
The painting is now complete.
I thought I accented some parts with clear yellow, but you can hardly see it in the photo… If the color had been a little brighter, it would have had a little more presence.
Overall, there are only a few colors, so I feel that it took relatively little time and effort. The lines on the waist and left arm are really cool. I used decals to add the lines, but I think it could be done by painting.
Although not shown in the photo, a brass pipe was inserted into the hole of the Vulcan in the chest section after the painting was completed. Since this is a detail-up part that is not used very often, I cut it by rolling it with a cutter. I was able to cut it relatively cleanly just by rolling it back and forth a few times.
The painting work is now finished. Next is the weathering process, and since it is a Shah, it will not be exposed to many bullets, so I will stain it sparingly.
Thank you very much for your understanding.