HGBF Mega Shiki

May 7, 2019 at 22:09 | Posted in 1/144 scale | Leave a comment
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Introduction:

The 10 day break for this year’s Golden Week in Japan was a perfect time to complete some of my in-progress builds.
I wanted to paint something in gold during the Golden Week, so I chose the HGBF Mega Shiki.

Materials & methods:

I forgot to take photos of the work in progress, but it’s basically a simple kitbashing project using the following parts:
Backpack & feet : HGBF Luna Gazer
Rifle: HGUC Delta Kai
Unicorn beam javelin: Came free with a magazine
I also added some detail parts on the crotch and shins.
Unlike previous builds, I primed all parts with black surfacer instead of the usual grey. For the gold parts, I used Super Gold (Mr. Color Super Metallic) thinned with Gaianotes metallic master thinner.
For other parts, I used different shades of grey, red and blue. After airbrushing the main colors, I hand painted some parts using enamel paints.
Decals were kept to a minimum, mostly on the non-gold parts. I only added two decals on the gold shoulders. Because I liked how the gold color looked like, I didn’t use any topcoat for this build.

Results:

Discussion:

This is my first build of the 令和 (Reiwa) era, and the first kit that I painted with gold using an airbrush. I had mixed results using a gundam marker and spray can previously, so I’m quite pleased with how this turned out.
I really like the tone of Mr. Color’s Super Gold; it’s not too yellow and it’s closer to the gold tone of the MG Hyaku Shiki 2.0 kit.
As for the Mega Shiki, it’s not really fun to play with due to limited range of movement. There’s several obvious seam lines too, namely at the head, shoulders, knee joints, and forearms. Part separation is generally OK, but some masking is required for some parts.
Because of that, the Mega Shiki feels slightly outdated. Or maybe I’m a bit spoilt by the recent GM kits. The good thing is that the Mega Shiki has really nice proportions so at the very least, it looks nice just in a standing pose.

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