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  1. Thank you. The Yetis are great You were right and I coated all of them. I posted the how to in one of my earlier reply.
  2. Update on the first post: * Added VF0 Shin Kudo * Added YF19 No.4 * Added VF31A * Added Mospeada Here are some outtakes
  3. It’s an activity from school. People walk around the classroom and see each other’s works
  4. I think it looks pretty good from factory
  5. EastwindS2k

    Hi-Metal R

    The added decals look real good
  6. I lost my Valkyrie toys when I was little, some of these toys bring back good memories Thank you for sharing!
  7. Thanks for the warning! I think I'll switch to Mr. Hobby premium later
  8. Thanks I've used them all (except Gunze's latest premium acrylic). Personally, I didn't experience paint or decal damage from the Tamiya, they are quite stable. Tamiya (lacquer‐based) Pros: Easy to use, good flat Cons: toxic, cost Gunze Mr. Hobby (lacquer‐based) Pros: Strongest flat, cost‐volume effective Cons: Hard to use, toxic Gunze Mr. Hobby (acrylic‐based) Pro: Toxic free, easy to use Cons: Weaker flat when comparing to lacquer, cost Gunze Mr. Hobby Premium (acrylic‐based, I've not use this before but heard good things) Pro: Good flat effect, non‐toxic, easy to use Cons: Cost
  9. I'll keep it simple. Bewared that my method may not be the best. Also it's not a good idea to do this if you are planning to sell your Valks. These are what I used for panel lining and coating. Make sure you use them in a ventilated area and wear a mask! A general rule is to use grey on white surface, and black on others. I use both Tamiya and Gunze panel liner. Tamiya is fine but DO NOT use it for weathering wash. It will crack plastic and destroy polyethylene (ex. Gunpla joints). Use mineral spirits (or enamel thinners like Tamiya X20) to wipe off the excessive afterward. Gundam markers are very useful, especially on Arcadia products. Arcadia has shallow panel lines which make the liquid panel liners useless. After applying the Gundam marker: 1. Use eraser to erase the unwanted marker (magic!) 2. Use Mineral Spirits (or any enamel thinner) to soften the color and blend the edge 3. Use lacquer thinner and fine tip cotton swaps to clean up the details Occasionally, I'll scribe panel lines to better resemble the line arts. BMC 0.15mm and 0.3mm are what I use the most. Make sure you're using the scribing tapes. After all the hard work (use water slide decals if possible) it's time to coat. I use Tamiya flat (TS-80) on most models and I like it better than the Gunze's. Nonetheless Gunze has better gloss spray but I rarely use it. Use masking tape to cover places like canopy and sensors. Find spray paint instruction videos on Youtube. I'll only tell you some tips here: 1. Warm the spray can with warm water to increase its internal pressure 2. Wear a mask and spray in front of a ventilation booth. You're more likely to catch dust if spray outside, say, in the garage 3. Apply a thin layer of coat first. You may notice a bleeding effect if the first application is too thick (apparent on Arcadia products) 4. Be patient. You'll need to partially transform and loosen your Valkyrie to coat all the surfaces. It can be tedious and things tend to break at this point. Here is a before and after comparison. The details are accentuated and look less "plastic-ky". BTW stickers are acceptable if their boarders are trimmed, like the "02" here. That's it for now. Happy modeling and hope this helps!
  10. Thank you. I tried to match the original line art: http://www.macross2.net/m3/m3.html I think I'll eventually re-do the SV51's canopies because they are closer to orange than yellow.
  11. Thanks Yes, I used Tamiya TS80 Flat.
  12. To fellow Macross fans Thank you for viewing Under construction: SDF1 (Arcadia 1/3000) SF3A (Arcadia 1/60) Destroid Phalanx (Bandai 1/100) VF0S reactive armor (Arcadia 1/60) YF19 Prototype No.3 (Yamato 1/60) VF19S (Yamato 1/60) VF19P (Yamato 1/60) VF22S (Hasegawa 1/72) YF25 (Bandai DX) YF29 Roy Focker & SP (Baidai DX) VF171EX Alto (Bandai DX) VF31S & Armor (Bandai DX) VR041H Mospeada (Sentinel 1/12) + various aircrafts and Gunplas
  13. Actually upon closer looks (source: Anymoon.com), I'm convinced that is indeed a Yamato unit, not a Bandai.
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