Zaku Shiki

The finish came out nice and I would say except for the 00 Raiser this is the best paint job I ever did, and it would have turned out even better if it wasn’t for just one incident.

The incident being that I ran out of clear yellow paint. Like I mentioned before this was for a contest and I managed to run out of paint just before the context deadline was approaching. I don’t have anywhere local I can get Mr.Hobby goods so I had to order it online but the order took much longer that I was used to from the place I normally get paint. so I panicked and bought some Tamiya clear yellow acrylic. Funnily enough the Mr. Color paint arrived just before the contest deadline but after I already used the acrylic.

Basically every part of the gold that looks darker than the rest is the acrylic. The worst thing is after the contest the judges were giving feedback on the entries and the main reason I lost was because of the different shades of gold.

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Unexpected

I first bought this Char Zaku in order to kitbash him with the Nu Gundam and make some sort of pieced together junkyard Gundam. But I started realizing that not only are all the joints for both of these models complete opposites of each other, but that with the Nu Gundam’s huge size the proportions would be completely off. Now with no purpose I really struggled to figure out what to do with it since I am really not a fan of Zeon suits. Luckily around that time there was a gunpla contest by the Gundam Eclipse forums so I thought why not try to combine the zaku with another char suit the hyaku shiki.

I tried a few new techniques with this one from using metal after market parts, and acrylic gems, to molding epoxy to reshape parts.

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