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PG Red Astray 03 by STR1KU PG Red Astray 03 by STR1KU
My first PG kit, was given as birthday present from my friends. Took me quite some time to finish this guy, it's the biggest gundam I've ever built so far.
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kyuuketsuki79 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011
greeeat looking kit! Question, when you cut the blade off the sprue, and since it is chrome coating, i believe the chrome at the cut will be stripped off. How/ what did you use to remedy that?
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STR1KU Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011
Thanks! I painted those small sprue cut with Silver coat marker using small brush. I did sand it with fine sandpaper to get that small area smooth. Its a shortcut since I don't want to waste time stripping, sanding and repainting the whole blade.
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keyhunt3r Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011
Great job, haha, it looks sick =DD
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STR1KU Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011
Thanks!
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LordCastigator Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010
Ah, gotta love Red Frame. I think this is from later in the time line, considering the modified scabbards...
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CharTeam Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
this si awesome. i am liking your paint job. silver is a good look for it
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STR1KU Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010
Thanks! Glad u like it :D
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CharTeam Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
so is the sword metal or just really shiny plastic
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STR1KU Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010
its not metal. Its plastic coated with chrome paint.
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CharTeam Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
hmm ok. it would be cooler if it was metal
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Juno-Uno Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010
:wow: You did a wonderful job on this one. I really like this color scheme much better than the original. I'm currently working on the HG Zabanya from the Double O movie, and I was actually looking for some pointers.
From my previous attempt at painting a gunpla, which was a NG1/100 red frame astray, the painted elbow and wrist joints would get scratched by the armor around it whenever I move the arm to pose. I was wondering what would be the best way to avoid painted parts such as that from getting scratched?
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STR1KU Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010
Thanks alot! :D U got zabanya already? I haven't seen anybody I knew got their hands on it :P
The best way is not to move ur kit so much after painting. Use primer before painting the colours to help the paint adhere more to the surface, really helps to prevent ur paint from chipping off. Use gloss coat to protect the paint especially the frames, it helps to prevent the paint from scratches. Most importantly u have to sand abit of the surface which cause friction, such as the knee joint and elbow joint. Fortunately I saw someone on internet doing PG astray, his paint scratched badly after bending the leg the first time. Really made me well prepared for mine, my PG astray didn't have to experience the same thing :D Still I try my best not to move it so much.
Hope my poor explanation can help u in anyway :D
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Juno-Uno Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010
Oh I have another question regarding panel lining. Right now I'm about to do an ink wash highlight the panel lines on my zabanya instead of using a fine point pen. I tested it out on a small painted(white) part but it seems that it leaves smudge marks whenever i try to wipe off the excess ink.

Any advice on what's the best way to panel line? :O_o:
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STR1KU Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010
The best way to use is enamel paint, using wash method. Dilute small amount of enamel paint with liquid zippo, ratio about 1 paint :10 liquid zippo. Apply to the panel lines using fine brush,the paint will flow inside panel lines. After 10 minutes or so, wipe the excess paint using cotton bud dipped with small amount of liquid zippo. Liquid zippo is ur best friend with enamel paint.
Fine point pen is also usable, but it would alot work than enamel wash. Just make sure u don't use permanent ink. I think ur wash leave smudges due to the rough or matte paint surface. To do washing you have to apply clear coat ( gloss ) first, to make sure the wash will not leave smudges and protect the paint.
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Juno-Uno Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010
Ahhh I see. That's really good to know, all these times I thought panel lining comes first then clear coat. Now I know its the other way around! :D
Do Zippo fluid work much better than enamel thinner?
I've heard of the zippo method but I've never really tried it out, I've always used paint thinner whenever I tried to do ink wash.
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STR1KU Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010
Yes it is better to use liquid zippo, I never have any problem with it. From what I heard, some people experience their painted parts cracked after washing with enamel thinner or mineral spirit. And they say the solution is to use liquid zippo which is safe for the plastic. I think it happens depend on the plastic and types of thinner they are using.
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Juno-Uno Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010
Yeah I just finished doing the initial assembly today, so far all i did was remove any flash marks and did some minor sanding in some areas. I still need to get rid of the seam lines and putty some of the hollow areas and then more sanding -__-'

:highfive:Oh and thanks for the advice! I usually primer and clear coat my plamo kits but I think with the red astray I painted, I don't think i gave it sufficient time to completely dry. And yeah I was debating if i should have sanded it down first so that it doesn't rub against the armor pieces as much.
Anyways, I'll try to remember to show you my end result with the Zabanya once I'm finished. School work is kinda delaying it at the moment ^^;
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