Customs: Oregon Customs

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  1. Wraith Prime

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    One of the cool features of the old boards were community group forums. We used to use one of those to discuss custom TF's as well as Gunpla and other custom/art projects. We can use this thread for these discussions now.
     
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    I still have at least one major TF custom that I want to do, but I am trying to get my modeling/painting skills built up before I try to tackle that project.
    In order to do that, I've gotten myself back into Gunpla. I just got a light box for Christmas, so I think I will be going back to shoot/re-shoot my previous projects. I'll post the updated imgur galleries as that happens.
    For now, here is my current WIP, a Real Grade Gundam Astray Red Frame:
    WIP RG Red Frame Astray
    This is a 1/144 scale kit with a ton of tiny moving parts, and some incredible engineering/injection molding. I spent way too much time detailing parts that will just be covered up in armor, but it's been a lot of fun so far, and I'm nearing the home stretch.
     
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    Look forward to seeing the new pics!
     
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    I just updated that WIP gallery with a Proof-of-Concept pic at the bottom - BWAHAHAHAHAAA!
    WIP RG Red Frame Astray
    It is going to take me a while to figure out how to best go about it, but it looks VERY promising so far....
     
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    Update:
    Almost finished with the decals on the RG Astray, and even though they look OK, decals are just not my favorite thing in the world. I've had to trim a bunch of them to make them fit better, which I feel I shouldn't have to do. Surely the cuts could be a little more precise. Oh well, it's still been a mostly enjoyable process. The large amount of stickers seemed overwhelming at first, but it looks like some of them are extras in case you flub one up or want to add them elsewhere, and it doesn't feel like a ridiculous amount once you start actually applying them. I've been led to believe that a clear coat will help the sticker edges to stand out less, which would be my other major gripe.
    I had considered getting a set of waterslide decals for it, but then realized I didn't have the patience to wait for an order to arrive. I wanted to get work done while I had some days off, so I started with the included decals.
    I have one more arm to do and then the shoulders. After that, I kinda want to paint the correct white/red parts on the arms (the connector sockets) and the hands. I also have pretty much everything I need for the led, but haven't sat down to figure out how to hide/connect the wires yet.
     
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    Decals honestly are kinda rough to use. Heck some get stuck to your finger once, you try to reapply and then they don't stick like they are suppose to...
     
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    Most folks I see now never use their fingers, but the tip of their x-acto knife or a pair of tweezers to handle the stickers. That is what I did to mostly avoid that problem. It still happened with one sticker when I decided to re-position it after it was stuck. Not all the glue stayed even on the sticker so it ended up a little lumpy and not as stuck as I'd like, but lesson learned hahaha.
    The main problems I had were stickers overlapping: areas where the sticker was slightly bigger or the wrong shape to really fit where they indicated it should go. The arms have these triangular areas, but the stickers for them are rectangles. I trimmed them some to get them mostly there, then had to trim the rest once the thing was stuck so that the sticker didn't spill out of the recessed area it was supposed to be in. On the shoulders, a couple of the stickers went right over panel lines, so I had to place them, then carefully cut around the panel line and remove that strip of sticker. Lastly, and the worst of it, was the front shoulder armor stickers have these little foil bits (not really a fan of the foil bits on these...they just look out of place IMO) that look like they should line up with a recessed detail that I had already panel lined. I was used to this, as they did the same thing on some of the leg armor. On the shoulder armor, however, they did NOT line up, and they are clear stickers, so you'd see the panel-lined bit right next to the foil bit of the same shape. I ended up carefully putting the sticker back on the sheet, then doing my best to clean out that panel lining, then replace the sticker. When you get this kit (because you definitely should) remember to not fill those bits on the bottom front shoulder armor.
    /soapbox
    At any rate, the stickers on the suit are done. I have a couple more to place on the gun once I finish cleaning it up, but that's it. I really like the way it is turning out, and I will try to post some more pics soon.
     
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    Well, it seems like my luck with this first RG finally ran out...
    1. While applying the stickers to the gun, I must have ham-hands'd it because the barrel broke off. So far I have used a pin vise to drill a hole in each part that I will eventually use to fix it properly. For now though, he has a beam shotgun instead of a beam rifle...(I actually kinda like it)
    2. Apparently Gundam Paint Markers and RG frames (ABS Plastic?) in general do not mix. I had used a white Gundam Paint Marker to color all the finger armor on the ABS static hands, which seems OK so far. (though I've heard horror stories about those too) For the RG hands(the pose-able ones) I used a red Gundam Paint Marker to color the underside of the fingers. This got into the joints, and though the index fingers seemed to have survived the process, BOTH thumbs broke at the joint. I've glued them into a neutral pose, and should still be able to use them, but they've lost that articulation point.

    Updated with some newer photos (after stickers, but before breaking the hands...)
    WIP RG Red Frame Astray
     
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    What? Man that sounds like an adventure. Sorry to hear that. I like the sound of a beam shotgun though.
     

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