Now that the major work and painting on the armour is complete, I began on the internals. There’s going to have to be some touch-up work, but I find it much easier to paint all the small pieces on the runner, then tidy up afterwards.The verniers are Alclad gloss black, Alclad chrome, then a drop of Tamiy clear blue in the centre to finish them off. I painted the large boosters in the feet the same was as the smaller verniers, although I’m a bit unhappy on the look of the section that joins them onto the sole and I’m not quite sure what I want to do there yet. The runner of hydraulics was painted Alclad gloss black, Alclad chrome then a mix of Tamiya clear red and Tamiya clear yellow on top. The mix produces a nice brass / bronze metallic look that I think will go very well with the metallic look of the inner skeleton and not stand out agains the armour either. While I was on with the Tamiya clear colours I painted the lenses clear red. The internal skeleton parts all had a good base coat of Tamiya gun metal, but I thought it looked a touch plain. I went over with some Alclad chrome, and then started using Tamiya smoke as a wash on the recessed areas. This added a lot of depth to the parts and made the exposed shiny chrome parts look ever more special. The picture above is just the beginning as I went back a number of times to build up the effect I wanted to achieve.This part of the gun also got the same treatment. The darker sections where the smoke has been hand painted in really help the shiny chrome parts stand out and the overall effect is very metallic without looking too “bright”. The Heat Hawk is still going to be purple, but I want the pipe sections to be the Alclad chrome. I’m not sure yet if I’m going to use a flat purple for the handle and head, or to mix up the Tamiya clears and go for a metallic purple. Here’s a lot of runners getting chromed up!And I also painted up the bullets for the gun. I know you’ll never really see this, but this is a PG kit and really deserves the attention. These are the hydraulic sections for the foot and you can see what a difference the Tamiya smoke makes. I thin it slightly with the Tamiya thinner and let capillary action take it along the detail. I was lucky enough to find the necessary LR43 button cells at the local dollar store, so I thought I’d begin with the head and it’s light mechanism. This turned out to be rather a tricky build because you have to run the wires down through the model to the base of the head so as both the head and the eye can articulate independently. At this point I noticed I’d not done panel lines on the ring of detail just inside the clear visor, so I disassembled it and used the Rapidograph to put them in. Here some of the internal parts where I’ve worked on them with the Tamiya Smoke and I’ve used some Tamiya clear red too for the pipes and small details. Finally I got the head built and believe it or not, the LED lit first time. I was pleased I did a nice heavy coat with the Tamiya clear red for the lens as it looks great. On these sections I added some Tamiya clear yellow as part of the detail work. I’ve still to do the clear red for the pipes.And here’s the assembled hydraulics for the feet. They’re chrome as they were not on the runner with the main hydraulics I painted with the yellow / red mix. Perhaps I’ll leave them or perhaps I’ll put a layer of yellow / red on the top section?