What's this thing?
It's actually the missile cartridge that slides into the bazooka. The first thing I did was glue it together and remove the seam lines, then follow that up with a coat of Mr. Surfacer.
I had pondered an idea way back when I was building one of my first Zaku IIs, but didn't want to mess up a Zaku so didn't follow through with it. This time I thought I would give it a go. If it turns out alright, I can incorporate it into my next Zaku, or maybe my sitting-here-since-last-year MG Zaku Cannon.
After the coat of Mr. Surfacer I sprayed some Mica Blue, then masked off the section that would stay, hopefully, Mica Blue. Then some Chrome Yellow, then some more masking, then some Semi Gloss Black.
Here is what it looks like when the layers of masking were removed this morning.
Look ma! No seam lines!
And now it is fully assembled (decaling to come)
(bad pic = bad presentation = my bad)
Thanks to the mother-in-law staying at my house for a week, I have become child-free for good chunks of time. I was able to do sections of decal work without a 2 and 1/2 year old girl jumping on me saying "Gundam! Watashi mo yaritai!"
I started with the pieces on the back of the leg. I needed to have them decaled and top-coated so I could piece them together with the leg frame before moving onto the next part of the leg frame construction.
And now my legs, or my Unicorn Gundam's legs I should say, look like this:
I was excited to get to this step because it meant I could see what my after market thrusters will look like.
And my positioning of the aftermarket thrusters seems to be perfect, as the armour closes up without a problem, unlike what I discovered with my backpack thrusters.
I was also able to sit down one evening while Maw-in-Law was bathing and putting my daughter to bed and finish the rifle. The Wave decals turned out pretty well and I resisted the urge to overdo it.
I will get around to removing the seam lines on the Bazooka shortly and one of these days build up the courage to break open the putty and mutilate, I mean modify, the feet. Still a good amount of decaling to do as well.