I was at a Gunpla panel at A-Kon 2017 and the presenter gave an interesting challenge: make a Gunpla kit that looks as close to the images on the box as you can. We all know the feeling: you see the box in the store and it look AWESOME so you buy it. But when you get it home and snap it up, it looks... well, disappointing. That’s because the images on Gunpla boxes are photos of a kit built and painted by professional modelers.
So for this kit I wanted to see if I could get professional results. That’s different than the artistic approach unusually take, which is to imagine completely different colors and modifications to make something more original. With this model instead of turning a kit into something that looks completely different, I’m reverse engineering it to look like the reference images. This takes considerably more work than I anticipated. Here’s where I am so far, after 3 weeks of work.
Next will be cleaning all parts in water with dish soap. I do this to get all the dust from sanding and oils from my hands off the parts so when I paint them they’re clean. Next up: prime and check for irregularities!
Until next time, keep building!