A 1920 x 1200 wallpaper in the style of the professionals. (heheh)
After deciding not to procrastinate further, I spent just one day applying all the decals onto the kit. They weren’t as numerous as my previous Exia (which was GFF-style), but the ones on the Shield Bits were huge. This morning, after going home from a 2-hour lecture, I managed to quickly give all the parts a layer of flat top coat. The above photo was taken during the day when I rushed to snap a picture before leaving for another lecture in school. The wire from the head was erased in Photoshop.
Front and back views. My failure at an attempt at shading was masked by the decals.
Accessories include a GN Sniper Rifle II, Holoscreen attachment, one pair of extra hands (fist), one open left palm, attachment for Action Base 1, and 2 GN Beam Pistol IIs…
As well as 9 GN Shield Bits.
I didn’t know my attempt at a close-up was so bad until I uploaded the picture. At least you can still make out the nice shiny head sensor.
Holoscreen deployed for some Trans-Am Mode awesomeness.
The Sniper Rifle mounts onto the shoulder hard point via a peg that unfolds from the back of the rifle. The shoulder hard point is capable of swiveling 180 degrees front and back but I don’t see any point in that.
The GN Drive mounted on the backside. I used the hologram sticker that came with the kit.
The clear green bits on the elbows, Holoscreen arms and knees.
Time for some action.
Sniper Rifle in 3-barrel vulcan mode. The chest sensor is shining so brightly because I used a piece of silver tape on the back. If I did the same for the eyes, they probably could have shone as brightly too.
Some Strike Noir-esque action.
Beam Pistols in axe mode.
The bandage-y mess comes into place when the Shield Bits are deployed in formation.
In the AD universe, you don’t need Newtype powers of doom or 3 times the speed to control a bunch of Bits.
Pathetic attempt at motion blurring the Bits.
Double team of justice. My 00 Raiser happens to be my first airbrushed model and back then the Gundam Decal sheet for it was either unreleased or sold out. It still isn’t in stock now.
In line with my previous reviews, I shall list the work process for this kit.
- Straight assembly and sanding to remove sink marks, nubs etc. (link)
- Modifications to head for accommodating LED and implementation of waist joint (link)
- Mr. White Surfacer 1000 (link)
- Sequential painting/seam filling for areas such as Sniper Rifle, lower legs, Beam Pistols
- Mr. Super Clear Gloss
- Panel lines
- Decals (Gundam Decal for Cherudim Gundam)
- Mr. Super Clear Flat UV Cut
- Painting and affixing of clear parts
- Soldering work on LED, battery and switch
The colour scheme was almost exactly a copy of the manual except that the colours for the joints and Sniper Rifle were mixed up.
White: Flat White + Neutral Gray
Green: Daytona Green + Flat Black + Flat White
Red: Red Madder + Flat White + Fluorescent Pink (small amount)
Gray (joints): Neutral Gray + Intermediate Blue + Black + Purple (tiny bit)
Gray (rifle): Midnight Blue + White + Intermediate Blue + Neutral Gray (my own addition)
Purple: White + Intermediate Blue + Purple
Clear Green: Clear Blue + Clear Yellow
Clear Red: Clear Red + Super Clear Semi Gloss
Clear Blue: Clear Blue + Super Clear Semi Gloss
As with the 00 Gundam, I skived and skipped painting the yellow parts.
Panel lines: Tamiya Enamel Paint Black
All colours used were from GSI Creos Mr. Color line. The company adopted a new packaging and has done away with the tab on the caps which made them so much easier to open.
The LED was purchased as a parts kit consisting of a 2mm square LED, a pair of leads, a CR1220 battery and its holder and a switch measuring around 5mm x 5mm x 8mm (including the leads). Plastic was gouged to make space for the parts. The battery is mounted underneath the head while the switch is in the underside of the backpack.
Bad news – now that school has started, I might not have sufficient time to continue my hobby of modeling. This could very well be my last model in a while, and if you do not see any updates, it means my hobby has gone on hiatus. It’s a difficult thing to do, but the course of life I’ve picked decrees that I have to do so. Despite having not airbrushed as many kits as I thought, I’ve still managed to complete many Gundam kits over the years and that itself brings more than enough satisfaction to me.