As I promised last time, there were no updates this week. The reason?
As you can see, the lenses did not break (got lucky), but one of the inner ones did fall out of its place. So what else was there to do? Get it repaired by an authorized/experienced shop/whatever? No way! Let's take it apart!
So I carved a new peg from... a Kshatriya runner :D So my camera has now officially a part of Kshatriya inside it ;D
BTW, I had to take the photos above with my cell phone (d'oh), but they turned out suprisingly good - some problems with focus aside :P
The disassembly was over on day 1, but it took me like five days to assemble the whole thing again XD 95% of that time went into reassembling the whole unit containing the lenses (how do you call it?). Eh, the lenses had to be inserted in a particular order, I had to look out not to leave any stains/dust on them in the process, re-align those rings a few times... It was not easy ;) But I finally managed to reassemble the whole thing and, surprisingly, it works just as well as before. Phew.
On to the gunpla stuff:
I've painted the binders with metallic black, but they turned out to light - they look more like burnt iron or something. I will have to repaint them either with a black base (I used just Mr. Surfacer before) or try to darken it with some black. I need the blue "funnel holders" to stand out more.
I've test-fitted one of the legs, just to see at least one part of Kshatriya assembled :D
The armour parts are white because I repainted them with Mr. Base White 1000... But I must say, a white Kshatriya is a tempting perspective... Anyone? :D
The thruster's masking on the feet turned out nicely (finally). The black and burnt iron mix well, too.
I've also started modding the kit a bit (a bit, mind you, I don't want to overdo it, plus I'm still missing some tools)
...and then test-fit some metal beads I was able to find. They are supposed to be the mini-thrusters that Kshatriya has there, according to the anime. I don't have the money to buy real aftermarket parts, so these will have to do... for now.
You can see here two versions - one uses the beads, the other one just has... holes :P The latter seems true to what we see in anime, but I, of course, prefer the beads. BTW, anyone know how to remedy that, hmm, "rough" Mr. Base White surface - I want/need gloss finish, and I'm afraid this will hinder then final effect. (Wet) sanding did not help, as it removes the primer too :D And I used a very high grit (2000-2500) and low force, just to be sure.
What else happened...
Big thanks to Samuel from Samuel Decal for printing the Kshatriya 1/144 decals in black - I don't know what I'd have done without them. I'm sure this won't be my last purchase from him :D
And I've run out of things to talk about... Next time, maybe I'll have the funnels and/or emblems read to show off :]