Monday, December 28, 2009

Mg Acguy ver DC23 WIP part III





UPDATE 12-28-09: Wet sanding

Phew! I am so tired right now sanding the armor parts of this kit. As most of you know that sanding is one of the most boring parts of doing gunpla...and alas! it is over. I have been cleaning up the holes with art knife and files since 9 am today and have been sanding the armor parts since around 1 pm. We don't see much pics on sanding in the net, coz maybe...one, your hands are dusty and you don't want camera catching dust...second, it is just so boring to take photos of the sanding process.

However, I figured that showing snippets of how we usually sand could be beneficial for newbies or people who have plans of painting there gundpla for the first time...so here is how I sand and prep the kit before pla plating...

FIRST, I sand the parts with 400 grit ( I think ) sanding sponge...400 grit is super coarse for gunpla, but I like using the sponge, and 400 grit easily removes minor scratches from panel line scribing and removes sprue / cut marks faster. PLUS, the 400 grit softened the sharp edges of the corners of the holes...after wet sanding the edges will look soft and part of the mold...



SECOND, I wet sand it with 800 grit sandpaper, basically sanding it with wet sandpaper...hihi, I mean sandpaper soaked in water...keep it wet during sanding...





THIRD, I wet sand with 2000 grit sandpaper...Notice in the pic below that most of the scratches has been removed already...I am ok with the minor very very shallow scratches, it gives the primer a nice surface to hold on to...


Tadah!!! all of the armor parts are sanded already...I will do simple pla plating next session and add a few holes...Basically the hardest, most tedious and boring part of this build is done! which is the cleaning up of the holes and sanding...I will surely finish this very soon! Anyways, here are some pics...








Stay tuned! up next is simple pla plating, bore some holes, and priming...this will be done soon.THANKS for viewing!!!



UPDATE 12-30-09 : simple pla plating

Hello guys, I have been doing simple pla plating with the kit for a couple of hours now...but I figured that it is enough already...unlike my usual overkill builds...the focus of this build is the underwater camo pattern and the exposed internal mods. thus, I will not pla plate this kit further. Pla plating this kit further will be just a waste of time, coz the semi complicated camo pattern will just distort the surface. Instead, i will just add small rivet holes later after priming. Note that I will add the rivet holes after priming, coz I like using the layer of primer as my guide as to how deep the rivet holes are going to be...unlike directly boring small holes on the dark brown plastic, which will be harder to see. Below is a pic again of how more or less the kit will look like after painting...however, I plan to do a matte version of the study.





And here are some pics of the pla plated kit...I will be wet sanding this with 2000 grit sandpaper and will be priming it later...

























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