Most of the more difficult masking on this project was done but as you can see it wasn’t a huge success. The bleed over is pretty easy to fix but the paint that peeled up is a whole other problem. I’m going to try some touch-up but I have a feeling these are going to have to be stripped/sanded and repainted. If it does come to that, I’m definitely rethinking my masking strategy.
The Hazels are coming along pretty nicely. It's been a little while since I've done a straight build of a Bandai kit and I'd forgotten just how easy it is. As you can see, the colors aren't going to be identical on both kits but they will end up looking distinctly Titans Test Team. The major issue I'm dealing with right now is jut how much modification I'm going to to. The rules for Dan's contest are that I can't modify any plastic for one of the two builds and I'm not deviating from that. On the other hand, there are some details that could really use some enhancement. The problem is that I still have the Shining Gundam in progress (And there are some really awesome updates for that that I'm holding back on for now) and that I really need to start my GBWC entry sometime in the next week or two if I'm going to have any hope of getting it done in time for Otakon. I may end up abandoning my plans for both of these kits and end up finishing them as mostly vanilla builds. We'll see what the next few days bring.
It took cutting my own decals, but I can finally say this kit is complete. There are a few things I don't like (namely the awful joining of the two shield parts and some of the roughness in the decal curves), but overall I think it turned out pretty well. Read More
As you can see, the nightingale is pretty much done, except for a missing left skirt and shield.I've kind of hit a snag there and I'm not yet sure how I'm going to address it: the emblems for the Nightingale are typically yellow but my build requires white. I tried freehanding them but that was an awful failure and Samueldecal doesn't appear to have what I want. I think I'm going to have to shop around a bit but ultimately this kit may just go without.
So, my next build is going to be a set of Hazels for the Out of Box Blastoff over at GoodGuyDan's Blog. Well, that's actually only half true. Only he Hazel II on the left is going to be entered in the contest but due to the rules and my own preferences, both kits are going to have to be built at the same time for the sake of consistency. Dan's rules forbid any kitbashing or modifying of the base kit, but the version of the Hazel that I want to build doesn't exist as a model. It's basically the head, legs, and backpack of the Hazel Custom with the torso and waist of the Hazel II , with a two shield/beam rifle loadout.. In short, it looks like the Custom on the right but with the less chunky cockpit and crotch areas and the TTT color scheme. So the current plan is to build and paint both at the same time, take the pictures for Dan's contest, then do some part swapping and take some more photos of the final configuration. Also, I haven't forgotten about the Shining Gundam. My belt sander came in and I've been messing around with it a little. Unfortunately, I live in an apartment and it's really inconsiderate to operate that kind of machinery at night, so it's going to have to be relegated to a weekend project for the moment. But now that I have the tools, progress on it should start to move quickly.
I'm getting close now! The major painting and shading is done. All that remains is some minor detailing, clear coating of some parts and the final assembly. I'm probably going to have to wait another 3 or 4 days before the paint is ready to be handled, but there's no reason not to share the parts that are ready to go. Read More