1/35 GunHed 2025 Special Edition part 1

I bought the GunHed kit quite a while back in the Hobby Link Japan sale. It’s taken me a while to figure out what I wanted to do with it, and when I finally got the inspiration, I also had to develop the techniques I’d need, hence the Muv Luv kit.

DSC01780 I was a bit disappointed with the DVD being a new short rather than the classic movie itself. Ah well…DSC01760 This is a very detailed kit and priming and assembly took a while. It goes together well, but there’s a fair few seam lines to fill and sand. I also wanted to be careful not to over-glue things so that I could disassemble for painting.DSC01761 The first stage of the painting is to do some pre-shading. I started out with black, along edges and lines. I used the pre-thinned Rowney black. You only need a few drops to paint all the pieces.DSC01762 I was able to reasonably easily disassemble the main body this far. It’s a bit heavy still to put on the alligator clips, but it’s not too bad to just paint one side, dry, flip and do the other.DSC01763 These pieces join directly onto the main section, but I was able to take them off for ease of painting.DSC01764 DSC01765 I find the black always looks a bit splattery, but that doesn’t matter because I’ll refine the shading with the grey and white.DSC01766 Lots of sub-assemblies hanging out to get painted.DSC01767 DSC01768 DSC01769 DSC01770 Next stage is to start adding the light grey. I aim that at the centres of any panels and can also use it to tidy up any black edges that didn’t work right.DSC01771 DSC01772 DSC01773 DSC01774 DSC01775The underside of the main section was not only edged with the black, but darkened down too.DSC01776 Once the grey was dry, I went back in with the white paint (again, from the range of Rowney pre-thinned airbrush paints) to add highlights and to brighten up the upper surfaces of the pieces.DSC01777 DSC01778 DSC01779Finally I put on a coat of Future Finish to give a nice gloss surface ready for the next stage…

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