Fumina-Ziel | 1/144 HG Super Fumina | Customized Build

My entry to Mechapinoy’s in-house contest, in which I got the top spot amongst other awesome builds. The parts are from the HG Mechanics Neue Ziel and HG Gundam Double X. The armor and backpack are painted with metallic candy orange, dark stainless silver, brass trims, and varnished in gloss. The human parts are a simple gray and white scheme accented with purple hair, top-coated with flat clear for contrast.

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1/144 HG Grimoire High Mobility Type – Custom Build

Base Kit: 1/144 HG Gromoire
Builder: Danilo Tumbaga Jr. (PinoyGunplaModeler)
Awards: 2nd Place, Mechapinoy/GMMC In-house Competition “Grimoirein Mo! Mock-ha Mo!”

Colors Used:

  • Gaiacolor 020 Gun Metal
  • Gaiacolor 1002 Dark Stainless Silver
  • Gaiacolor 001 Pure White
  • Gaiacolor 003 Bright Red
  • Gaiacolor 003 Bright Red (80%) + Gaiacolor 001 Pure White (20%)
  • Gaiacolor 001 Pure White (90%) + Gaiacolor 005 Sunshine Yellow (10%)
  • Gaiacolor 004 Ultra Blue (60%) + Gaiacolor 001 Pure White (40%)
  • Gaiacolor 013 Viridian Green (60%) + Gaiacolor 001 Pure White (40%)
  • Gaiacolor 002 Pure Black (70%) + Gaiacolor 004 Ultra Blue (20%) + Gaiacolor 001 Pure White (10%)
  • Gaiacolor 013 Viridian Green (60%) + Gaiacolor 014 Natural Brown (20%) + Gaiacolor 002 Pure Black (20%)
  • Gaiacolor 041 Clear Red over Gaiacolor 1002 Dark Stainless Silver
  • Primer: Mr. Finishing Surfacer 1500 (Gray)
  • Top Coat: Gaiacolor Ex-04 Flat Clear

Weathering Effects Used:

  • Ammo Engine Fuel & Oil – Fresh Engine Oil
  • Ammo Pigment – Dark Earth
  • Ammo Pigment – Track Rust
  • Ammo Streaking – Streaking Grime
  • Ammo Streaking – Streaking Rust Effects
  • Chipping on Light Green: Gaiacolor 014 Natural Brown (50%) + Gaiacolor 002 Pure Black (50%)
  • Chipping on Dark Green: Gaiacolor 001 Pure White (50%) + Gaiacolor 002 Pure Black (50%)

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1/144 RG Wing Gundam Zero EW Pearl Gloss Ver. + Drei Zwerg + Expansion Effect Unit “Seraphim Feather”

This is practically a straight build except for the painted Drei Zwerg, since the plastic doesn’t go with the pearl finish of the RG Wing Gundam Zero EW kit.

  • 1/144 RG Wing Gundam Zero Pearl Gloss Ver. (straight build)
    • Panel Lines: GM302 Pour Type Panel Line Marker (Gray)
    • Top Coat: Gaiacolor 007 Clear
  • Drei Zwerg (painted build)
    • Primer: Mr. Finishing Surfacer 1500 (Black)
    • Gaiacolor 122 Star Bright Gold
    • Gaiacolor 020 Gun Metal
    • Gaiacolor 1001 Light Stainless Silver
    • Gaiacolor 1002 Dark Stainless Silver
    • Top Coat: Gaiacolor 007 Clear
  • Expansion Effect Unit “Seraphim Feather” (out of the box build)

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Make a Reusable Drying Tray for Your Painting Sticks

Paint takes time to dry and you do not want anything touching your paint job. That is why we use alligator clips attached to barbecue sticks to hold the plamo as we paint—either by brush or spray. To keep it untouched, you stick it in a piece of Styrofoam to keep it suspended while waiting for it to dry. There is just one problem when using Styrofoam—you can easily run our of space into which you can pierce your sticks. That makes it less reusable.

Browsing around the Internet, I found a better alternative made out of bundled corrugated cardboard strips. The corrugation on the cardboard provides you with holes where you can insert your painting sticks.

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This cardboard block worked very well, but I thought it can be better. I tweaked it a little and came up with something that is more durable.

Here is What I Came Up With

I brought this tray from a department store. You can probably find a similar item from a school and office supply store. You can also use an old shoe box. I preferred this tray because it is metal and will hold the cardboard strips together tightly. Plus, the weight provides stability that prevents it from toppling over.

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Next, measure the dimensions of the tray and cut strips of corrugated cardboard that will fit into the tray. You do not have to buy these corrugated boards. If you have carton boxes just lying around, use those. Recycle.

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Pile up the cardboard strips in the tray with the holes facing upward. Fit as much cardboard strips as you can. The advantage of using a tray or box, as opposed to binding the cardboard strips with packaging or duct tape, is that it can hold the cardboard strips very tightly.

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Here is what you will end up with. If ever any of the cardboard strips deteriorates or becomes damaged for whatever reason, you can just pull them out and replace them. You do not need to make another cardboard block.

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I am still using the first ones I made and I have been using them for more than a year now.

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