Definetly, I love this model kit. So I take my time to obtain the best result I can. For this post, I will speak about the custom base coat paint and the panel lines work. I don’t like the base plactic aspect of the model kit. So I prefer a custom paint gunpla.
A good way to improve the general aspect of the gunpla, for me, it’s to use the black and white technic before to paint the main color.
Technic : the black and white in action
Like on my previous work on the MG Exia, I painted a black primer coat first (ref : vallejo mecha primer black 70.642) . Then I highlighted the parts with white paint (ref Mr. Color : C1). To finish, I applied the base coat with the desired color.
I used this method for all the pieces, It’s long but I like the final apparence of the gundam.
Did I say I love this Cobald Blue (ref Mr. Color : C80) ? 😍😍😍
Final painted result
After several hours of painting, this is the finish work. I’m really happy of the final result. I think the paint imprive the volumes … isn’t it ?
After that, I put a gloss varnish coat (ref : Mr Color. C46) which is very important to protect the previous work. It was ready to receive the enamel juice to improve the panel lines. Like usual, I used the panel line accent color product from Tamiya which is a perfect product for me. When I have more time, I made it myself with a classic black enamel paint thinned with white spirit. To clean it, I used zippo lighter fluid 😉 with cotton sticks or a little brush.
material used for the panel lines
I don’t finish all the mecha for the moment but this is some photos without and with the product applied on some parts.
Before panel linesAfter panel lines1st step : black primer2nd step : base coat paintfinal step : after gloss varnish, the panel line accent color
I hope this post will be useful to improve your gundam and to work on a custom paint gunpla. Don’t hesitate to write a comment and to share of you like 👍.
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I begin a new gunpla. This time, it’s the MG Aegis from the Gundam Seed Serie. For this mecha, my new exercice is to add new panel lines and to change the colors. You will see below the comparaison with and without panel lines.