Although labelled as 1/5, this kit is bigzzer than that (compared with my Realize 1/5 Nanami). She’s the same size as my Realize 1/4.5 Misato so that’s what I think it is. She is so cuuuuuuuuuuuute! The only problem I have is the way the navel area is sculpted – it’s too stylized and the lines are too harsh, but a little dremeling would fix that. The kit comes with the base.
|Kit Review Seam lines: 3/5 Pinholes: 3/5 Casting: 5/5 Fit: 3/5 Part Break: 2/5 Help
The kit I got is riddled with pinholes… yikes! Eventually I tried duplicolor sandable filler/primer… not enough patience to fill each of those holes. The part division is quite bad… one mid-calve, one mid-arm and one mid-elbow… a lot of filling and sanding. The head is also detached from the neck – would be a disaster to fill except its fit is pretty good, and if you glue in the right position it won’t be noticable. I wish they mold the face with the main body though, since the thin neck is supporting a huge piece of resin (head + hair)!
|BuildingPreparation – Using the filler/primer, I sprayed a few heavy coat so that all holes are covered. Then I use 400 grit sandpaper to smooth the surface and remove filler that obscure details, all in all works pretty well. On the mid-limb parting lines, I cover the mating surfaces with epoxy glue and squeeze the part together so that the glue oozes out, and when they harden I can sand them away, so that less puttying is needed. However I found that my epoxy mixing is sometimes uneven, so a few areas don’t cure and are extremely soft, and got sanded away all the time. So I took all the soft ones out and fill the gap with superglue. It’s really not too bad. I also tried SSP-HG II for the mating surface between the right leg and the body, since I was planning to glue this after I paint everything. I tried epoxy and bondo for this kind of filling but they don’t stick to resin well enough to withstand sanding, but SSP-HG does. I think this stuff is actually superglue + filler powder. It is works like polyster putty except it has better shaping and sticking properties, and it doesn’t stink as bad.
Painting – Painting large kits with artist acrylics is a pain since they don’t stick well, well I had to spray overcoat (Krylon matte finish) quite often. I also resist the temptation to paint parts completely in one pass, so that I have something to hold on when I paint – it is difficult to hold on to this large parts with just a stick. This time I use a very light flesh tone, and it turns out great and very anime-like. The base I painted with silver with clear red on top, but it doesn’t look too reflective; may I put on too much clear red. I also tried to paint in hair grooves with a deeper hair color first, and later spray on the hair color. I thought this turns out quite well too, accentuating hair flow quite a bit. Finally I was going to paint in the anime hair reflection with oil, but it was just too harsh;eventually I settled with a little blending. The bikini top was also giving me some grief; I didn’t want to settle on pure white, but grey doesn’t work either. So I tried a little flesh color for shadows and then top coat with white to give a little transparent effect. It kind of works. Would’ve done better if I planned this in advance. I also change the shape of the eye after the first try, since I don’t have a big photo to copy this time. Finally I spent quite a few hours on the cleavage to get the shade just right… it was frustrating but well worth it 🙂 The Krylon matte finish isn’t matte enough so I sprayed some Gunze super clear flat… viola, the skin looks really soft! The bikini piece I just leave them in the matte finish and it looks semi-glossy.
Disasters – 1. Joining the figure with the base is a huge pain – it doesn’t balace well at all even with 2 pins. In retrospect I should use thicker brass rods than 1/16″ ones. I used SSP-HG, epoxy and superglue to make the bonding and after a lot of work and ruining the base with glue, it seems to hold the figure. Time to fix the base now! 2. I think I either put too much glue in the neck/head joint or something just went terribly wrong, the head didn’t get into the neck like itdid in the prep-assembly. So I had to dremel away the dried epoxy and remove some resin from the head for a better fit. This isn’t too bad and no too much paint was scratched off. 3. The sideburns almost touched the body – I was foolish not to prep-assemble these! Eventually the side burn scratches off quite a bit of paint and left 2 depressions. After a few hours of moaning, filling and repainintg, it looks ok again and this time I’m a lot more careful with the sideburns.
In summary this kit isn’t really as painful as some of my earlier ones in terms of disasters, and by using the filler/primer the pinholes didn’t take me as long to fill as the Tira Misu kit. This is the bigzzest kit I’ve built yet and it’s a lot of pressure, but I think it’s worth it! Takes about 2 1/2 weeks.