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GP04 Gundam Gerbera


11 comments posted
Sturm Booster looks like the Hazel 2

Kind of neat that they're holding to that particular bit of Gundam continuity!

RobotBastard's picture
Posted by RobotBastard on 16 March, 2016 - 14:59
Time of the Titans

Don't forget the Hazel was a Titans prototype, so naturally it would follow the GP04's design specs.

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Posted by Rob on 16 March, 2016 - 15:24
Gorgeous work as always

This is one of those designs I've wanted a kit of ever since I was a kid, and it's great. I still need to paint mine up in order to do it justice, but your work goes a long way to motivate me to finally get started on it.

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Posted by Dkun on 16 March, 2016 - 18:03
Testors Model Masters acrylic

Testors Model Masters acrylic Gunship Gray is my default "Gundam Gray" too. Ugh to painting the inside of all those verniers.

Heavyarms's picture
Posted by Heavyarms on 17 March, 2016 - 19:21
Local and Mixable

Testors is my go-to paint period, especially acrylic. I've never had much luck with Tamiya brand other than buying their spare empty bottles.

Rob's picture
Posted by Rob on 18 March, 2016 - 13:17
Nice build!

Man! Every time you post in progress pics your paint looks awful, but when dried up and assembled it looks immaculate! What is your process?

Astronopolis's picture
Posted by Astronopolis on 18 March, 2016 - 16:39
Work in Progress

That's why they're work in progress shots! It can be very deceiving but the results speak for themselves.

When I hand brush, I like to work in thin, level coats instead of just trying to get it done all at once. Even if it's acrylic I still like to give the paint a few hours to maybe a day or so to dry before I come back and do more work.

Where you see the sloppiness and spilled over paint, that's just par for the course. When everything's dried and finished, I come back over that area and wipe away the excess paint with some cleaner and then redo my panel lining and borders.

Rob's picture
Posted by Rob on 19 March, 2016 - 09:24

Can't make an omelette without breaking eggs, eh?

Thanks for the insight. What do you use to clean off the testors acrylic? Is there a thinner type product or do you scrape it away?
Can't wait to see your next model review, keep up the great work :)

Astronopolis's picture
Posted by Astronopolis on 19 March, 2016 - 21:35
Testors works

Testors makes thinners and cleaning solvents that I use and the acrylic is water soluble anyway. Some cases it's easier to let the paint dry and chip it away but you can accidentally take off too much.
If you look closely at some of my pictures, you will see a small jar with a clear/cloudy liquid in it. That's a mix of acrylic thinner, acrylic cleaner, and dried paint solvent with a little bit of water. I usually dip a cotton swab or a toothpick in it, and dab it against the spilled edges until the paint starts to break off then wipe the part down with a clean dampened piece of paper towel.

Rob's picture
Posted by Rob on 20 March, 2016 - 00:53
Amazing job on the boosters,

Amazing job on the boosters, Rob! The official colored build looks so bland by comparison.

ArshadAA's picture
Posted by ArshadAA on 22 March, 2016 - 04:45
Missing the decals

Thanks, I wanted to do something special with this model since I was debating on what to do about the decals besides not using them.

Rob's picture
Posted by Rob on 22 March, 2016 - 10:06