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UrbanSniper

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MG 1/100 GM Quel - "Blue Angel-esque"
« on: September 07, 2017, 03:15:54 AM »
Mission...complete.  Here we have the MG GM Quel, "Blue Angel-esque".

 
 
 
 
 
 

Complete Album can be found here: https://imgur.com/a/4ipyd


Now this build has been an experience; overall good, but with it's share of annoyances. The biggest learning experience with this kit was definitely the airbrushing; this is my first airbrushed kit, aside from the primer and top coat layers.  I can see why it's an art...so many screw ups, but so much learned!  And so much more yet to learn. The biggest issue, I think, is that the blue came out a bit too dark, so you can't really see all the details I had added, but that's just how things worked out.

It ain't perfect, but there's no way I could get it there with my current level of experience. Overall, though, I'm happy with what finally came out.  I didn't have a set idea in mind when I started the project, so the color scheme was more or less randomly decided after hearing mention of the US Navy's Blue Angels somewhere one evening, hence the name.

The rifle was meant to be the centerpiece for the build, but it came out rather underwhelming as far as it's colors compared to the MS itself. I like the design, I just couldn't come up with a proper idea for the paint job on it. I had originally intended on something closer to the Aliens Pulse Rifle, but decided that'd be better suited for another kit somewhere down the road. Instead, this is more a variable beam rifle, with the barrel extending for longer ranged shots, shortening for closer, rapid fire.

As to the kit itself, this was my second master grade (the first being the Zeta 2.0), so this one is really showing it's age.  It's barely more than a high grade, though with the coming of the IBO line, this thing felt really, really old, much more so than it should have, I think. Still, I enjoyed it for the most part. My least favorite things about it were the hands, and an annoying tendency for the whole backpack to fall off, or just the outer armor of the backpack to come loose, as it was more or less just sitting there without any real grab to it.

Had some doubts as to whether I was even going to finish this build, honestly.  I'd go a few weeks without doing much to it because I wasn't sure where I was going, then when it came down to the last month, I just kept having set backs: had to strip paint and redo several parts after early airbrushing attempts, had one of the ankle armors break before priming, had the head antenna break before the first top coating, had at least two or three really bad messes with the panel line wash that left some areas looking bad, dropped parts going missing in the carpet for half-hour or more at a time, and had one part vanish completely (the collar piece that fits inside the yellow collar part, though I think it looks better without it, personally), and thought I'd lost the gray 'jaw" part of the head this evening after I'd did the final clear coat, but luckily I had just left it attached to one of my painting clips. These last two weeks had me uttering some very delightful curses, to say the least, lol.

In conclusion, the top three takeaways from this project:
1 - Have a plan!  - I went in without a solid idea of what I was going to do, and I never could decide exactly what it was I was going for, so I spent a few weeks cutting pla-plate into itty-bitty strips and sticking them all over the place, only for the colors to wind up hidding most of the details. I had no idea what the paint scheme was going to be, I had no idea what I wanted the custom details to be like, and I even stuck some parts on there just because I had them sitting in my parts bin.  Probably hurt the build pretty bad, but in the end, it came out rather not bad overall.

2 - Practice, practice, practice!  - Especially in regards to the airbrush. I had picked up a couple rattle cans about halfway through the build because I had thought to just spray the kit with those instead of using the airbrush because I was rather intimidated by it, but in the end I went through with it. I was getting better towards the end, and I've got more kits waiting for paint that I'm going to be practicing on in the coming weeks. I had tried a few practice sessions with paper and scrap pieces, but when it came right down to it, I learn better by practicing the real thing, so that's what I did, for better or worse.

3 - Lighting is Key - Another thing I've learned, rather early, in my airbrushing experience is that proper lighting is key. My workspace is limited; I have to use my build area for my spray booth, so I can't keep the thing out all the time, and with the lights I have available, I just don't have proper lighting in the booth. The two lights I use while building and the overhead just don't light evenly, so I kept running into problems seeing the part lit well from all angles, so this led to colors not quite meshing up properly on parts that were meant to be together, and overall the dark blue color being a lot darker than I had wanted, mainly so that I could be sure that all parts wereproperly coated.  Definitely going to be modifying the spray booth in the near future.

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Re: MG 1/100 GM Quel - "Blue Angel-esque"
« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2017, 09:42:33 PM »
This sounds like most of my builds bouncing from one idea to the next and definitely loosing parts.

Your build looks great the rifle is fantastic and the colours are great but i probably would have gone with a flatt top coat.

Good luck mate.

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Re: MG 1/100 GM Quel - "Blue Angel-esque"
« Reply #2 on: September 08, 2017, 11:30:38 AM »
This sounds like most of my builds bouncing from one idea to the next and definitely loosing parts.

Your build looks great the rifle is fantastic and the colours are great but i probably would have gone with a flatt top coat.

Good luck mate.

Thank you! 

I'd debated the matte coat, but decided I wanted something a little different. That, and I didn't want to risk screwing up with a coating I hadn't tested at the last minute, lol.

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Re: MG 1/100 GM Quel - "Blue Angel-esque"
« Reply #3 on: September 10, 2017, 05:32:40 AM »
Great job,the pla plate gives it much needed details as for the colours I would've toned down the yellow a bit and flat coated it otherwise awesome job.

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Re: MG 1/100 GM Quel - "Blue Angel-esque"
« Reply #4 on: September 10, 2017, 06:35:05 AM »
Its SOOOO Shiny!!!! I feel your pain with all the hiccups and have made all those same mista...(Learning Experiences). lol. except for the airbrush, i still haven't taken that leap. i like the concept behind this kit and that rifle is B.A.!

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Re: MG 1/100 GM Quel - "Blue Angel-esque"
« Reply #5 on: September 10, 2017, 03:09:45 PM »
Great job,the pla plate gives it much needed details as for the colours I would've toned down the yellow a bit and flat coated it otherwise awesome job.

Thank you!  Really gave the Chopper a work out during this build, lol.

Its SOOOO Shiny!!!! I feel your pain with all the hiccups and have made all those same mista...(Learning Experiences). lol. except for the airbrush, i still haven't taken that leap. i like the concept behind this kit and that rifle is B.A.!

Thank you very much! 

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Re: MG 1/100 GM Quel - "Blue Angel-esque"
« Reply #6 on: September 19, 2017, 02:56:20 PM »
Firstly, I really admire your persistence - this is what makes (to me) a good modeller. Reading your entry notes too is a really good perspective, one in which I think we all experience the more we learn. Your entry, very clean, very glossy, very high contrast. As you mention, I think the blue has come out too dark, but I think it could have worked if the yellow where to be bought down a tone with a touch of red, leaning it more towards amber. The rifle is pretty sniper style, not sure if it fits with the concept of the kit but none the less looks pretty wicked. Enjoying the additional plating, adds a touch more ‘heavy’ to the kit. Perhaps a matt coat will help make the kit more consistent and less contrasted? Thank you for entering and well done :)