November 22, 2004: Since I'm still in the middle
of my PGM Sniper project; and awaiting for paint to cure and decals to
arrive, I started a new project over the weekend. I have never done a
Zaku I, so I figured it would be a nice quick little kit to complete while
I wait to complete the PGM project. The Zaku will be built pretty much
out of the box. There are a few areas where I have and will mod, but these
are very minor cosmetics. Below are the pictures from when I started a
couple of days ago; Friday evening, 11/12/2004.
The first picture is a test fit with the idea for the
final pose I will be placing this kit. Below you can sorta see that I
have a square sheet of plastic with a cross in the center marked off.
Taking a look at the fifth picture of this set, you can see why it was
taped off. This painted sheet of plastic will be placed on top of a stained
and finished wood stand. I really enjoy creating a base for my kits these
days as opposed to simply building and finishing the kit and having it
stand on a shelf. Granted the ability to repose and position the kit is
gone, but I've never been one to fiddle with the pose of a kit after I
have completed it.
The second through third pictures are just progress pictures
of the priming and painting progress. To this point, I have painted the
base coat for the armor, on top of this will be an intermediate layer
of white followed by a final layer of clear blue. I have yet to decide
on how weathered, or if I will weather this kit. I will be using the decals
that came with this kit. This will be a first in a long time that I have
built a kit to the color and decal designs of model straight out of the
box. Enjoy the pictures. And look for more to come.
Update: 11/24/2004 The previous days I finished the intermediate
color of white over the base navy blue. Then today, I was able to paint
the final clear blue. Future was applied. A wash for the panel lines,
followed by decals, and a final coat of future and flate base. The base
was put together as well as the kit (I'm inpatient). The following pictures
are the rest of the inprogress pictures.
The finished pictures are here.