I am new here and have been watching Steve's superb Grosser Hund diarama build. I recently built the same kit and thought I'd share my experience. I normally prefer to build automotive subjects so this was definately something different!
Hey Paul,welcome to the group,good bunch over here,
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Thank you Glenn, My lovely wife came home and spotted something that seems kind of obvious now. Computers are not my strong point but hopefully I will get my head around this one, and continue on with my build report from here!
Hi Paul - welcome to the site. It looks like you are at the stage I was about 6 weeks ago.
As kits go this one is really good. I am a SI-Fi nut but have never really gotten into the M.K story or fully undertand it. I would of perhaps not been a kit I would have purchased but Hasegawa have done an excellent job of it.
The engineering, design and production of the kit is right up there. Instructions are very detailed (even though there is a bit of direct translation here and there) but from a pictorial view they are great.
I would give the kit a 9 out of 10.
Pros - its 100% articulated which is really neat, any pose is possible
- no seam lines or flesh - nice clean well engineered parts
Cons - it's 100% articulated which is a bit or a problem when painting and tring to gt it to "STAY"
- decals a a bit too thick.
Keep up the great work - looking forward to seeing some more progress on this one!
Thanks Steve. I couldn't have put it better. It was a very good kit, as is all the Hase stuff these days. The moveable parts definately have their pros and cons. When it came to displaying though I was glad to be able to move it around to suit my base. I would have much prefered some nice Cartograf decals, but the kit ones ended up doing their job ok.
Already I can see that Mr Grosser is going to be wobbly on his feet, so I inserted these tubes in his feet for later..
After a lot of sanding, priming and getting the parts looking good I was about ready to try some pre shading. I'm a bit out of water with armour type stuff, so was trying things as I went.
I primed with semigloss black then sprayed with Tamiya XF60 Dark yellow, then masked and sprayed with Tamiya XF61 Dark green. I was trying to make a kind of organic looking camouflage. It's different than others I have seen but being Sci-fi I figure gives me some room to move. Still a ways to go...
Cleared with Johnsons/Future then decaled, cleared and matt coated. I have done some light shading from above and below but was waiting until everything was together before continuing. You can already see here the possibilities with all the moving parts!
At this stage he is getting near completion. It's amazing what is moveable. Every joint, armour over the joints, chest plate belly plates etc etc. It is really quite an impressive piece of engineering. Very hard to handle though! I have everyhting else prepped and ready to put on at this stage.
With the assembly done I tried some weathering. I reeeeally didn't know what I was doing, so I just had fun. I did lots of shading with the air brush and lots of experimenting with what ever I had at hand. It's a good release messing up a model!
I really needed a base. I found this piece of drift wood and rounded it off to suit the wood base I had.
Screwed and glued them together and air brushed a black stain I had mixed up at the hardware store. I didn't want a diarama as such, but was trying to kind of blend the base into the model.
Then I carved out some foot prints and made holes for the steel rods.
Added a couple of tiny pieces of greenery and mounted Mr. Grosser to his new home. This is a very good kit which I also found to be very enjoyable, and time consuming! Highly recommended if it is your thing, or like me, feel like something different.
Great, Fantastic. Excellent Job!. What a great idea for the base. I agree with your last comment that it is a time consuing kit - but it is out of the ordinary and after doing Modern Armour and a WW2 Battle Ship for most of last year it was a real neat diversion!
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