Tuesday, November 30, 2010

MG Infinite Justice Part 5

Back to the usual panel-lining a bit

Working on all the weapons of MG Infinite Justice Gundam this time. ^^

Most of the parts are panel-lined using my usual method actually. The details involved are either much easier to handle (so I didn't bothered using paint and thinner in Part 3), or they are on white parts that I don't want to risk messing up with the black paint. ^^;

Parts for the shield.

Rather straight lines on the bigger parts that are much easier to panel-line.

Parts for the beam boomerang.

Rather simple details that aren't too hard to panel-line as well.

Gold and silver hydraulic pipes on the edges of the middle part of the shield using a normal pen and Gundam Marker Silver respectively.

The details will be shown when this part is raised to launch the grasper.

Crazy details on the interior of the beam rifle parts.
Done using paint and thinner in Part 3.

Painted the pipes in gold and silver using normal pens.

Some line details on the top portion of the beam rifle.

Very simple details on the exterior parts of the beam rifle.

Another paint - Mr. Color Clear Blue for the targeting scope.
Just to try out the color since I just acquire it recently. ^^

Going for the shoulder armors and arms in the next posting. ^^

MG Infinite Justice Part 4

Black lines on black parts? You got to be kidding me

Moving on with the work on MG Infinite Justice Gundam, which resumed yesterday, and this posting is almost like a continuation of the work done in that particular part too.

All the parts panel-lined previously were either in gray, silver, pink or maroon, where the black paint would visibly stand out very clearly on the details. Infinite Justice Gundam does have a number of black parts, mainly its body and wing units. I have no problem of having black panel lines on these components, but in terms of feel, I'm thinking of something a bit special. ^^

Again, another point that link this particular part of the work with yesterday's posting: something out of the ordinary. ^^

Since all the visible joints of Infinite Justice Gundam are in silver, I thought, "Hey, why not have silver for the details on the black parts?"

And I have just the right paint for this task. ^^

Mr. Hobby's Mr. Metallic Color Silver, the same color I used to paint all the GN Swords for my Gundam Exia in various scales.

Same method as yesterday - dissolve the paint with thinner and drop it onto the lines using paint brush, followed by cleaning work using cotton swap soaked with thinner or toothpick.

However, this metallic color is a bit harder to clean than the black paint used yesterday. While the paint comes off, some silver glittering particles will still be left on the spot. I'll have to spend more time cleaning the parts over and over again until I get the result I want. Some of the panel lines may not turn out to be as accurate as how using a pen would.

Luckily, there are not too many black parts for MG Infinite Justice Gundam. ^^

Parts for the wings and backpack - silver paint is great to get to the interior of the tiny vents (picture on the bottom right above).

Parts for the body. Tons of tiny lines on the chest vents that are taken care of immediately. ^^

Backpack thrusters after the excessive paint is cleaned.

Painted part of each thruster, including the interior of the thrusters in gold using Gundam Marker Gold.

With some "regular" black panel lines using pen.

I never realize that much of details on the thrusters until going through each one of them. That's just one of so many crazy detailed parts on this kit. ^^;

Monday, November 29, 2010

MG Infinite Justice Part 3

Taking a shortcut

It's been almost one month since I last worked on MG Infinite Justice Gundam. Time to resume. ^^

One of great features of this MG kit, or rather Gundam SEED or SEED Destiny MGs in general is the excessive details on all its parts, especially the mechanical details of the inner frame or the interior of the armors. I've already decided not to panel-line the latter except for the ones that will be exposed on the completed model, but looking at the inner frame of this kit, I'm betting myself unable to finish everything in 10 months if based on the same method from the work on MG Gundam F91 or the earlier Destiny Gundam. ^^;

That's of course quite a discouraging thing to realize, so I'm going to try on something else this time to get around all the tiring panel-lining work.

The truth is, this is the actual method of panel-lining that you will find in most tutorials or guides. This is the original idea of panel-lining instead of my usual method of drawing the lines on every single piece of parts. In Chinese, panel-lining is 渗线 - literally "infiltrating lines". My usual method would be 画线 ("drawing lines") instead. ^^;

The tools used are:

Tamiya Color Acrylic Paint XF-1

Mr. Color Thinner 250

Tamiya Modeling Brush HF Super Fine

The idea is to dissolve the black paint with thinner, ...

... and then land drops of paint onto the parts using the brush, basically letting the paint to run free on the parts and infiltrate the various details on them.

The result on one of the backpack parts:



Very simple, and it's super fast too. ^^ Most of the line details are taken care of very quickly, which would probably take quite a while if done otherwise - my usual method of drawing the lines one by one. ^^;

What come after this is to clean off the spilled over paint with cotton swap socked with thinner or just toothpicks.

While the method is very simple and fast - as you can see from how much details done above, there are quite a few drawbacks - maybe just for me though:

(1) To not waste the paint and thinner, I have to complete most of the parts, if not all of them in one go. This means quite a change to my usual method of modeling. ^^; I prefer the freedom of choosing a few parts to panel-line from time to time depending on my schedule (or mood XD). So it could be more parts done on one night, fewer on another night, vice-versa. For this particular posting, the work is still tiring for me, not from the amount of details to deal with, but to try to get as many parts done as possible to make full use of the paint. So, on the "tiring" part of the work that I'm trying to avoid as mentioned at the beginning of this posting, somehow I didn't get to enjoy that benefit anyway. ^^;

(2) The panel-lining work is easy, but cleaning up on the unwanted spilled paint is going to be quite a hassle. The controlled accuracy using a pen in my usual method of work is lost since there's no way to control the flow of the paint.

(3) From (2), cleaning up the paint must be completed in one go as well so that the paint won't dry off and become hard to clean with the cotton swaps. Ultimately, I believe I'll need to clean off the paint with toothpick instead since I couldn't finish all the parts done in this round.

On the other hard, the good thing about panel-lining in this style is that since it's done directly on the plastic parts - unpainted parts to be exact, the paint doesn't stick to the surface. I suppose that's all thanks to the glossy finishing on all the parts. So the paint would come off like cleaning dirt off glass windows. All the panel-lines would stay since they are deep in their valleys. Just the spilled over painted would be cleaned off.

In a way, that makes it manageable for me to not finish all of the panel-lined parts in one go. ^^ So the next few round of postings would be about my odyssey of cleaning up the parts and panel-lining some other parts that I didn't want to get done through this method and some parts. ^^