Now I have to say that this method worked very well for us newbie Gundam kit collectors. And since this is only our 4Th MG Kit, I would have to admit that this method has worked for us, despite the long assembly time.
Now here is a detailed step by step approach to how we built our Strike Noir, plus the little things we learned along the way which I like to share to you guys!
- Thanks to the guys from mechapinoy and hobby fanatics, I learned that its better to paint in short quick sprays, rather than our old method (long continuous sprays) because it covers the parts evenly.
- In spray painting on flat surfaces, we learned to use tape (masking tape) to keep the parts for painting in place, especially the small ones.
- In the absence of putty, clips and holding sticks, I used masking tape plus toothpicks to hold the parts for painting!
- In drawing panel lines, its advisable to draw them thick, then wipe it away after with a cotton bud. This gives it a faded look. Don't worry of painting them after, the spray paint will not cover the panel lines!
- Spray paint still seeps through masking tape, so be careful with it when you use it to cover up parts when painting.
- Tamiya's acrylic bottled paints are so damn thick so its advisable to add just a few drops of thinner (1:5 ratio).
So there you have it, all the things I have learned in Gunpla with our MG Strike Noir Project!
And I have to say, correct me if I'm wrong, that except for the yellow parts, this project is the best we've had so far!! Take a look:
Nice whip you got there!!