SD Musha Gundam (Ganso Bandai HK)
Name: SD Musha Gundam
Series: Ganso SD Gundam
Number: R015 (Hong Kong release)
Started: 20th March 08
Completed: 21st June 08
It seems like I took ages to finish this SD Musha Gundam but I had a little hiatus half way through after the assembling and sanding- only started the painting a few weeks back. This is another SD Gundam from the Ganso line and so it's quite rare and slightly bigger than the other SD kits out there. The quality sucks big time and so lots of sanding was required and painting is a must. I took more photos of the progress so you'll be able to see the transformation from a 3rd-grade cheapo toy to a decent SD Gundam model:)
As you can see, the assembled SD Musha Gundam looks depressing. The yellow parts (the spear and V-fins) are made from some really rubbery and flexible plastic giving the paints an impossible time to stick onto (despite of the primer). The spear is irreversibly bent so I decided to mod it using a satay stick instead. I also filled in the back of the shield with putty.
This was the first time priming my kit after the filing and sanding step. I used Mr. Base White 1000 which I heard, does the same job as Mr. Surfacer but in white. It stunk real bad and fine white dust went everywhere. Respirator is a must.
Fast forward a few steps: finished masking (a real pain) and airbrushing. Small touch-ups were done by hand. The yellow dots on the helmet took a while to do.
Gloss Mr. Top Coat was applied before the panel lining step. I used the given sticker for the eyes coz I doubt I'll be able to paint the eyes properly by hand and I'm afraid the Gundam will end up retarded.
Black enamel wash was used for panel lining. The paint was left for a minute or two before cleaning the excess paint with cotton bud and thinner.
This is the finished product after spraying matt Mr. Top Coat.