Sunday, September 26, 2010

1/60 GN-001 Gundam Exia Build Part III

1/60 GN-001 Gundam Exia

Previous post could be found here. Great weather to start a build, bright and sunny, a bit windy though. The 1/60 GN-001 Gundam Exia Build started at the chest area.


1/60 GN-001 Gundam Exia

Was thinking of using the Airtex Beauti 4 Airbrush that I got from HobbyLink Japan but thumbed down on that prospect because I couldn't find any Tamiya Flat clear. Been loving the flat coat so much that this is going to be the staple for all my future builds.


1/60 GN-001 Gundam Exia

After sanding with some sandpaper, in order to make scratches that the paint can cling to, next step was to wash it in a tub of water. Afterwards let it dry. Then of course I couldn't wait because I wanted to get some painting done today so I wiped it down with some tissue. In order to get rid of the water that usually gets stuck in the recesses of the parts I did the time tested technique of blasting it away with a quick blast of air from my mouth. It has to be a quick blast so that the quick movement of air dislodges the water. It helps too that I'm not a spitter *snicker* If you find this gross, you can always use the air from your air brush compressor... hehehe

1/60 GN-001 Gundam Exia

Next was some TOA Plastic Primer. Ever since the paint stripping issue with my first model kit build (the Rick Dias) I never built a kit without first using a primer. Primers are formulated different from regular paint because they are designed to adhere to the surface and allow the paint the easily adhere to them. Makes you think; why don't the paint companies just design paint to adhere better? hehehe

1/60 GN-001 Gundam Exia

An hour after applying the plastic primer I then proceeded to apply the Lacquer based spray can paints. Paints used where Pylox Pure White Flat, Bosny Blue, Pylox Metallic Graphite and Pylox Fire Red.

1/60 GN-001 Gundam Exia

That's it for today, continue again tomorrow, weather permitting. Part IV of this build can be found here.