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    PG Strike Freedom Gundam WIP

    Post by epsilondelta24 on Sat 05 May 2012, 8:23 pm



    the first update on my first PG's WIP :

    the action base Laughing



    too lazy to sand down the nubs (quite a lot of them, I noticed), so I just trim the nubs with knife and cover it with black gundam marker. Razz

    that's it for the base (nothing special)

    I'll continue with snap fitting the inner frame, before painting the crap gold parts.


    probably next week I'll be hunting paints, the bad news is most shops I contacted no longer have Tamiya TS-21 gold, so I might have to use other brands (Mr Color is quite difficult to get here, so maybe I wouldn't be able to find it).

    I'm going to build this slowly and peacefully over two-three months (otherwise I might die out of boredom in this vacation period) Laughing

    the goal is to make something similar to Waylander's PG SF, with extra panel lines and pla plates (probably somewhere close to VP's MG SF resin conversion). it's tentative, depending on my skills. Embarassed

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    Re: PG Strike Freedom Gundam WIP

    Post by epsilondelta24 on Sat 05 May 2012, 10:54 pm

    next update :

    the inner frame of the feet was snap fitted, then I decide which parts I would paint, disassemble, then put masking tapes to cover areas which will be exposed to a lot of friction.



    sorry for the slow progress... and thanks for reading.

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    Re: PG Strike Freedom Gundam WIP

    Post by sliver on Sat 05 May 2012, 11:29 pm

    2-3mths to complete a pg.... u have a very long hoilday.. if only i have a 2-3 mths hoilday to do my gunpla....

    the chrome hydraulics of your 2nd post is painted or comes w the pg sf? if painted, wat paint did u use?


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    Re: PG Strike Freedom Gundam WIP

    Post by epsilondelta24 on Sat 05 May 2012, 11:33 pm

    it comes like that... the chrome ones are the best.. even the plate gold parts are poorly painted, the painting is uneven (maybe you can browse some reviews out there mentioning this).

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    Re: PG Strike Freedom Gundam WIP

    Post by epsilondelta24 on Sun 06 May 2012, 4:39 pm

    tried the krylon metallic gold (it's branded with the name of the shop selling it, but I've confirmed that it's from krylon), I quite like the metallic finish, but it doesn't mix well with gloss topcoat. maybe I should wait longer for it to cure, since it's enamel... Rolling Eyes

    still unable to find TS-21 here... wish me luck guys. Smile

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    Re: PG Strike Freedom Gundam WIP

    Post by GUNewb on Sun 06 May 2012, 7:22 pm

    Where did you find the krylon gold? can u post a pic of the painted part?

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    Re: PG Strike Freedom Gundam WIP

    Post by epsilondelta24 on Sun 06 May 2012, 8:24 pm

    at a local hardware store in Jakarta... hmm I already disposed the plastic spoons used for sampling, sorry... maybe tomorrow I'll get some more plastic spoons if time permits.

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    Re: PG Strike Freedom Gundam WIP

    Post by epsilondelta24 on Sun 06 May 2012, 11:10 pm

    update :

    parts photo for upper and lower leg (up to ankle)

    both the right and left legs have the same parts, so I just take photos from one.





    I'll probably start painting on tuesday, tomorrow I might be a little busy.. Razz

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    Re: PG Strike Freedom Gundam WIP

    Post by chocofalcon on Sun 06 May 2012, 11:22 pm

    OMG so many parts just for one leg... confused

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    Re: PG Strike Freedom Gundam WIP

    Post by epsilondelta24 on Mon 07 May 2012, 9:43 pm

    it's raining the whole afternoon, so I couldn't paint anything... so I just separate the parts which I would paint later.



    still trying to imagine what kind of mods I'm going to do (well it's still a long way to go, so I'll take my time).

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    Re: PG Strike Freedom Gundam WIP

    Post by epsilondelta24 on Wed 09 May 2012, 12:35 am

    trying to copy waylander's feet extension mod... I wonder how it would turn out, since it's my first time playing with putty.. Laughing



    just applied it an hour ago, will wait for 24 hrs before sanding, then I will scribe lines, probably add pla plates, prime, wet sand, then paint with TS-44... hopefully everything goes well. Very Happy

    my first impression on epoxy putty : it feels like playing with chewing gum lol... and it's very sticky. Razz

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    Re: PG Strike Freedom Gundam WIP

    Post by dalvinho on Wed 09 May 2012, 2:27 pm

    There's always a first Smile. Gambate!

    Jus a note. I dunnoe if it's the camera angle or what, but the putty at the feet closer to the camera seems to be slanted alittle bit at the end.

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    Re: PG Strike Freedom Gundam WIP

    Post by epsilondelta24 on Wed 09 May 2012, 3:05 pm

    hmm probably... I'll sand them today, and if something goes wrong I can simply add more putty. (rather than having the left and right feet different?) Laughing

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    Re: PG Strike Freedom Gundam WIP

    Post by sliver on Wed 09 May 2012, 3:57 pm

    1st pg and u doing mod... nice!!
    my 1st pg was jus a oob Sad


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    Re: PG Strike Freedom Gundam WIP

    Post by epsilondelta24 on Wed 09 May 2012, 4:13 pm

    sliver wrote:1st pg and u doing mod... nice!!
    my 1st pg was jus a oob Sad

    well that's "if" I can do the mods properly... wish me luck.. Very Happy

    I'll ask anything should I need it later. Smile

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    Re: PG Strike Freedom Gundam WIP

    Post by epsilondelta24 on Wed 09 May 2012, 5:26 pm

    here's my first problem with Krylon's metallic gold, the surface is uneven... didn't use any primer.



    anyone knows what went wrong? maybe I'll need to switch back to Tamiya if I could find them... surrender

    the other painted parts (left and right legs only, will continue with waist and railguns tomorrow).



    and now the feet extending mod, after sanding for half an hour



    still not satisfied, sanded more and more



    now I'll proceed to fill the gaps with basic putty, and add pla plates and panel lines, then prime... still a lot of things to do.

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    Re: PG Strike Freedom Gundam WIP

    Post by sliver on Wed 09 May 2012, 6:06 pm

    nice wip!
    the krylon gold looks gd!

    i am not sure abt the uneven surface but it mayb due to the paint particles when coming out from the nozzle are not regular in size? might wan to consider shaking your spraycan more for a longer duration b4 spraying it?
    could also be due to some of the paint particles drying up even b4 they land on your surface as your spraying distance is too far away from the parts? so when they fall upon the surface you might get little bumps? might consider adjusting your spraying distance?
    having said the above two point, i am not very sure if those are the reasons, mayb some of the bros here could offer their input?

    was thinking mayb u can consider priming and gloss black your parts 1st b4 spraying the krylon gold? might get even blinger gold.

    oh and one minor input, not sure how many coats of gold u have sprayed but shld you be spraying on the joint area, try to mist coat not too many coats, reason being joints area subjected to more movement and hence, more likelyhood of abrasion from other parts' joint, paint might be scratched off as a result, esp if the joints after snapfitting is oreadi very tight prior to painting. alternatively, some people do sanding the joints area abit before spraying to make allowance for joint movement after painting is done.

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    Re: PG Strike Freedom Gundam WIP

    Post by epsilondelta24 on Wed 09 May 2012, 7:53 pm

    sliver wrote:nice wip!
    the krylon gold looks gd!

    i am not sure abt the uneven surface but it mayb due to the paint particles when coming out from the nozzle are not regular in size? might wan to consider shaking your spraycan more for a longer duration b4 spraying it?
    could also be due to some of the paint particles drying up even b4 they land on your surface as your spraying distance is too far away from the parts? so when they fall upon the surface you might get little bumps? might consider adjusting your spraying distance?
    having said the above two point, i am not very sure if those are the reasons, mayb some of the bros here could offer their input?

    was thinking mayb u can consider priming and gloss black your parts 1st b4 spraying the krylon gold? might get even blinger gold.

    oh and one minor input, not sure how many coats of gold u have sprayed but shld you be spraying on the joint area, try to mist coat not too many coats, reason being joints area subjected to more movement and hence, more likelyhood of abrasion from other parts' joint, paint might be scratched off as a result, esp if the joints after snapfitting is oreadi very tight prior to painting. alternatively, some people do sanding the joints area abit before spraying to make allowance for joint movement after painting is done.

    my 1 cent Smile

    thanks... maybe I'll try heating the can a bit and shake more... I don't think it's about the distance, since I've tried several distances and directions.
    as for joints, I sanded the tight joints before painting (might need some coats of power glue later if it's too loose, or sand more if it's still too tight). but thanks for the advice.

    next, I'll stop working on this for a few days. I tried cutting pla plates, and carelessness made me cut my finger (quite a deep cut, I think), so it might hinder me for a few days... Sad

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    Re: PG Strike Freedom Gundam WIP

    Post by epsilondelta24 on Wed 09 May 2012, 8:06 pm

    on a side note, can we use 70% alcohol for thinning tamiya acrylics? I tried, but they won't mix well (they keep separating after a few seconds, which means the paint didn't dissolve). but many internet sources say that we can do that... confused

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    Re: PG Strike Freedom Gundam WIP

    Post by chocofalcon on Thu 10 May 2012, 12:50 am

    take care of the cut dude... how u cut the pla-plate? use alot of strength for a single cut?
    I usually cut slow and gently for a few time to avoid cutting my fingers... especially if I need to cut a very long length.

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    Re: PG Strike Freedom Gundam WIP

    Post by epsilondelta24 on Thu 10 May 2012, 9:05 am

    yeah I was careless... maybe I can still continue with painting parts with spray cans, but I don't think I can sand/cut pla plates/hand paint today... surrender

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    Re: PG Strike Freedom Gundam WIP

    Post by epsilondelta24 on Fri 11 May 2012, 2:25 pm

    the feet extension mod...



    after epoxy putty, sand, add basic putty to make it smooth, sand, more basic putty, sand, add pla plates, prime with tamiya light grey primer, add more basic putty (still many minor holes and cracks)..

    probably because it was my first time, I couldn't notice the small errors well, so I'll have to fix them, and prime again (hopefully it would turn out well next time I prime).

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    Re: PG Strike Freedom Gundam WIP

    Post by epsilondelta24 on Fri 11 May 2012, 9:08 pm

    does anyone have any idea on how to clean the seam lines on PG SF's wings? especially the dark blue parts?

    I haven't reached that part yet, but from reading the manual, I expect tons (yeah, tons) of seam lines there... should I assemble them first, then use cement, mask the gold parts, then sand? or should I modify the parts so that I can attach the gold parts later after removing the seam lines? (I doubt this is possible, with all the sliding and rotating mechanisms of the gold parts)... or lastly, should I just ignore the seam lines? Laughing

    ah, and similar, but probably simpler problems would be seen on the dragoon bits (the large blue parts).. I really need some enlightenment here.. surrender

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    Re: PG Strike Freedom Gundam WIP

    Post by epsilondelta24 on Sun 13 May 2012, 4:31 pm



    update!

    the feet extension mod is done... still have some minor (very minor) scratches and holes, but I don't think they're visible unless you put them under very bright light.

    painted with Tamiya TS-44 Briliant Blue over Tamiya Light Grey Primer.. the paint is pretty satisfactory for my standards.

    all in all, I'm pretty satisfied with my first work with putty. hoping to get better so I can produce something better. Smile

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    Re: PG Strike Freedom Gundam WIP

    Post by epsilondelta24 on Sun 13 May 2012, 7:30 pm



    metal thrusters for the backpack... got them from HLJ, it's from HiQ Parts.

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