Photographing the Neo Zeong

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I finally got to use my bigger studio set up for the massive Neo Zeong. I wanted to get the psycho shards to have a glowing effect, hence I placed a flash behind it.

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However the skirt of NZ casted a big shadow on the ring, so I had to compensate by using another flash to fill that section.

Another thing was that the clear pipe didn’t work too well to support the big guy without the booster legs, the Kit tends to lean backwards. I’m not sure the psycho shards have anything to do with it or not, but it wasn’t good. The Big guy actually fell in the ground from a chair at one point, but it managed to survive with minimal damage… That was scary.

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I didn’t update the last bits of wip, but I did some more detailing on the weapons container and added some hydraulics to support the opened hatches. These came from spare the Millenium Falcon again… Without the hatches seem like they just popped open without some support.

Full Armor Unicorn MG 1/100

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This was one of the big kits I built last year, but I had to wait for the couple of Armor DE before I could complete it. Now that the PG Unicorn is out with the Full Armor add on, I want the MG version to look different, and the Armor DE was a perfect fix for that. Its massive size is also more suitable for the name Full Armor.

Anyway this was the 4th MG unicorn I’ve built so it’s gotten a bit boring. I had some serious disaster with enamel wash melting the plastic, the gatling guns were in pieces… alas. managed to put them back together though. Also I treated this as a fixed pose kit… really how the heck do you play with all that frigging armaments attached to the beast? Moreover the shoulders are not going to be able to hold all that weapons! So I just superglued the shoulders to this final configuration. I actually wanted the beam javelin to go in as well (it can!), but while I could manage to do that with the regular shield, it failed with the Armor DEs so bye javelin. I didn’t like it that much anyway :-/

I played with the photography a bit this time. The clear green plastic responded to the blacklights as I’ve tried before with my Nu Gundam, so it gets a couple of seconds of black light exposure here. But I also tapped my lens lightly to make it slightly diffused, which looks more like it’s glowing. I love it.

 

What is Mr. Color Thinner?

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For as long as I’ve used Mr. Color, I always wonder what the composition of its thinner is. After all, they are so dang pricey, and we all know paint manufacturers just love to repackage common chemicals and resell them for ridiculous prices (e.g. enamel thinner = mineral spirits, Tamiya X-20A = alcohol). But Mr. Color is different. True you can thin it with hardware store lacquer thinners, but it is actually hotter than Mr. Color’s, because the latter doesn’t melt styrene plastic that all model uses.  Also it dries wayyyyy to fast and crazed my kits.

After a bit of browsing today, I found the  chemical composition of Mr. Color sheet.  To read off the pdf, it says 2-Pentanone, 4-hydroxy-4-methyl- + 2-Propanol + isobutyl alcohol + 2-Pentanone, 4-methyl + Ethanol, 2-butoxy-

Ummm, ok.  Apparently 2-Pentanone is called MPK which is related to MEK, and that mixes up with alcohol is what Mr. color thinner is. May be I’ll try it when I’m short on the expensive stuff.

Neo Zeong details

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I forgot exactly when I started building NZ, but from my posting history it’s a bit over 2 months ago. I have been working on this pretty constantly so it felt like a long process.

The weapon container is one of the more detailed parts on NZ so I gave it a bit more spice. The found openings I added a couple of builder’s parts to it to give it more dimensions, and the hatches are given Kotobukiya square molds (2).  I opened up all the depressions on the edges and added some missile-like details from underneath, using my Macross weapon sets. This photo was taken a while ago, the 4 “division” sign details were removed in favor of exhaust etch parts.

Some skirt details below. This is the area aounr the I-field generator, and it’s a bit barren so I thought it could use some detail up, which was done using Kotobukiya pistons and springs.

NZ has its hidden sub arms that wasn’t available in the original kit. Here I got Kit’s Power resin kit for it. I saw the kit photo with two arms and thought it’d come with two, but ended up with only one, and now it’s sold out. Alas. One arm it is.

The kit came with resin joints… obviously they recasted bits of Kotobukiya’s joint systems in resin. The instruction told you to replace these with the regular Koto ones for more sturdy joints, but since I didn’t want to wait yet another month for them, I used my spare Volks MM units… much sturdier :) Also got 4 of the smallest HobbyBase joints for the fingers.

I spent 1.5 days over the weekend to decal the dude… now ready to coat.

Neo Zeong arms II

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While moveability of NZ isn’t one of its forte, I was quite taken to its pose in the mechanic file, where it has its arms outstretched. The kit wouldn’t do it as one of the parts was obscuring the movement.

I opted to convert the part to a double ball joint…

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And now the arm can almost stretch out completely!

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The last details I wanted to do are the weapon containers.

Neo Zeong arms

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Getting closer! Detailing the arms is a real chore since you have to do it six times. That’s the beauty of this beast.

Following the mechanic file image, added these details…

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Realized that I can use the kotobukiya pistons for the funnels, I think I’ll go with this

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Exhaust details for Neo Zeong

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Continuing on NZ, with exhaust flaps from photoetch parts.

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I was debating whether to detail the bowl in the tail, but found a satisfactory configuration of parts so here we go.

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I have a hard time mixing a red that I like since I can decide between the original dark red vs a lighter more Char red. Wish I just went with the Gundam Color but I didn’t know they have a NZ red available.

No best of both worlds

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I installed the WordPress app which allows me to create a post and use my phone to snapshot my WIP photos at the same time, which is awesome. This means I’ll have more updates in the future now that posting isn’t super painful.

However one disappointing aspect is the inability to photo edit. Just simple operations like contrast and sharpen is essential to having non-blurry photos. I used to wonder why Google+ would have an online photo editor, now I know. I searched for something like this in WordPress but nothing free out there, alas. So bear with the blurry photos for now :-/  I wish I could easily embed G+ photos into my posts, but that seems difficult as well.

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