This model started as a Bandai MG GM kai. I added to it the styrene conversion kit offered from Akohobby to make it into a Powered GM. This is quite a popular conversion so I wanted mine to stand out a little from the crowd. This meant incorporation a few simple mods, and creating a custom paint scheme.
I have not documented the build too well with pics. I did try to find the infamous GM visor material everybody seems to want these days. Upon the idea from a fellow CoM member, I found myself at a party supply store. I was very happy to locate this
I wanted to do something different, as I try to learn something new with each kit I build. It took a while for me to decide on a paint scheme for this bad-boy, but I finally settled on a sort of tiger-camo jungle-safari thing. Now I just had to figure out how to recreate the lineart I made with paint. How to approach the masking and order of color application. I've got to thank a fellow CoM member here, FichtenFoo. His use of Sticky-tak as a masking material got me to thinking about how I could use it to achieve the patterns I was going for. The end result is actually a very easy process, a little tedious, but what about modeling isn't a little tedious anyhow?
-I begin by painting the pieces a darker shade of the base color I'll be using. I then grab a tiny pinch of sticky-tak and roll it against my leg, or an otherwise flat surface to get the shape you see. It is then placed on the piece in mostly random places.
-I am planning on using threee color for my patterns, one above the and one below the initial sticky-tak piece. I then paint the secondary color (orange in this case) in a line right above each sticky-tak piece.
-More sticky-tak pieces are rolled and applied directly above the first pieces.
-I then spray the third color (dark green here) in a line below the initial sticky-tak pieces.
-Once again, more sticky-tak is rolled and placed below the initial pieces.
-Now, the entire piece is sprayed the base color of your choosing. I used a light shade of the undercoat in this case.
-Now the fun part. I removed all the sticky-tak blobs and this is the resulting effect.
©2005 Andy Wacht