Edit (05/08/2005): Shiori remains one of my favorite figures, so she gets an early update from my new photo rig. Now her grace is more prominent!
The most popular girl from the game Tokimeki Memorial. And what a pose! She looks so dynamic yet relaxed, and in swimsuit nonetheless. I love Masahiko’s faces… round cheeks and delicate mouth – this kit has it all! Well almost…
| Seam lines: ?/5 Pinholes: ?/5 Casting: ?/5 Fit: ?/5 Part Break: ?/5 Help
Parts: arms left & right, body, legs left & right, back & front Hair, base top & bottom, stray hair strand.Casting is good but CAN THEY BREAK OFF THE ARMS AT A BETTER LOCATION?! The arms are separated from the body at just below the shoulders, and that’s really difficult to fill and smooth out.
| I thought the bikini bottom was too conservative… and it doesn’t look right, so goes a lot of reshaping to redefine the bikini line. I reshaped a lot at the front and just a little bit at the back. I thought it looks decent for a first time 🙂
The arms. It was a lot of work and at that time I didn’t have the skill to do a good job, so even now there’s still a little bit of parting line visible. I had some uncured epoxy left in the gap which I used to bond the arms, so I kept sanding off the epoxy and left a depression. It was horrible – hot air from hairdryer can cause some epoxy ooze up! Finally I went with superglue to fill the gap, but then it was too late…
Painting – the skin tone is darker, but it kind of work as a sunburnt skin. I didn’t do too well on the white bikini; the blue gray shading just didn’t work as well as I thought. Some of these lessons I learnt from this kit applies later to the Nuku Nuku kit. The base I mixed white with cobalt blue, but the shade was still too dark. The whole kit is affixed on a Wave D-base round.
This kit took more than 100 hours I think… but I really love it!