Priming the Zaku II’s internal frame and weapons took two days. There are tons of tiny parts and a lot of Mr. Surfacer was wasted spraying onto nothing. It’s a strain on my thin wallet.
I went on to mix the first colour on Saturday. Used up quite a bit of Neutral Gray and Black to achieve the 85% Neutral Gray + 15% Black colour. I filled up a glass bottle almost to its brim and was a little worried that the paint wasn’t sufficiently thinned. It turned out okay, but disaster struck. I didn’t screw on the bottle properly and paint started dripping all over the place without me noticing. I found out when I saw splatters of gray paint on my window ledge, then noticed that my table, cutting mat, floor and floor mat were all stained.
The stains on the window ledge were taken care of with lots of thinner, but it still isn’t completely clean because the ledge isn’t covered in gloss top coat heh. It was impossible to remove the stain from my floor mat. I guess it will stay there its entire lifetime. I’m wearing a shirt that was splattered in clear blue paint from many years ago and the spots are still there. The markings on my cutting mat were faded after I wiped it with thinner. Of course, my gray hands were even dirtier after the ordeal.
On the bright side I managed to get the parts painted in one session. Phew! I think I spent 6 hours doing it.
This is a pic I took when I finished painting the first colour. Pieces were sorted out into paper trays.
This was taken yesterday when I was in the midst of painting some of the pieces and ran out of gloss so I had to halt my progress until I bought supplies.
Today I spent the equivalent of almost two Nendoroids on the following stuff:
- Tamiya Fine Surface Primer (instead of Mr. Surfacer, I got this because the shop owner advised that it was safer to use this on metal pieces)
- Mr. Color Clear in a bottle (cheaper than buying cans of Mr. Super Clear gloss)
- Pin vise and set of 14 drill bits (to replace my only pair of 2mm and 3mm Daiso tools)
- Brass micro rivets (pack of 50) (decided to buy these and paint them silver since none of the shops have silver ones)
- Aftermarket thrusters (pack of 4)
- Tamiya Weathering Master Set A
- Mr. Super Clear UV Cut x 2
then realised several minutes ago that instead of 2 cans of flat, one of them was gloss. Sigh…The reason why I compared this purchase to Nendoroids was because I saw Nendoroid Akiyama Mio on sale and held back.