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Plastic Scale Modelling |OT| Gunpla and Everything Else

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Eridani
Oct 25, 2017
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I decided to follow my gunpla build with something different for a change of pace. Most of the non-gunpla kits I've done so far were rather cheap and simple, so I've been wanting to do something a bit more complex for a while now. I stumbled across Takom's M3 Grant CDL and it seemed like a good choice since it was super recent (the kit was first released in 2017), had plenty of pieces and seemed to be fairly complex to put together (though still far from some other kits I saw). It took a while, but this is what I have so far:

The quality of this kit is definitely a huge step up from anything I've done before. My only other tank kit was from the 70s, and the difference between the two is huge. The detail is just really impressive with all the rivets, tiny parts and the included photo-etched metal parts. There's also neat little things like different parts having a different texture and tiny details like the serial numbers on the suspension:

I apologize for the dust, though I guess it does give a nice size reference for how small this is. Even the plastic itself feels really high-quality.

I'm looking forward to painting this up.
 
Oct 26, 2017
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I decided to follow my gunpla build with something different for a change of pace. Most of the non-gunpla kits I've done so far were rather cheap and simple, so I've been wanting to do something a bit more complex for a while now. I stumbled across Takom's M3 Grant CDL and it seemed like a good choice since it was super recent (the kit was first released in 2017), had plenty of pieces and seemed to be fairly complex to put together (though still far from some other kits I saw). It took a while, but this is what I have so far:

The quality of this kit is definitely a huge step up from anything I've done before. My only other tank kit was from the 70s, and the difference between the two is huge. The detail is just really impressive with all the rivets, tiny parts and the included photo-etched metal parts. There's also neat little things like different parts having a different texture and tiny details like the serial numbers on the suspension:

I apologize for the dust, though I guess it does give a nice size reference for how small this is. Even the plastic itself feels really high-quality.

I'm looking forward to painting this up.
This looks so much better than that old Tamiya tank I bought.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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Here’s a WIP shot of my Black Tri Stars Origin Zaku High Mobility Type that I snapped last week. Haven’t had as much time as I’d like to work on it with the semester coming to a close, but it’s shaping up nicely I think.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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Do you guys have any recommended kit to try painting? I was thinking of getting another HG RX-78-2, since it's among the cheapest and simplest.
Honestly, anything that you can get for cheap is a good bet to start painting with. I’d personally recommend something with a more mono-colored color scheme (A Zaku or a GM, for instance) because it’s a bit easier to start with less colors than more.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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Here’s a WIP shot of my Black Tri Stars Origin Zaku High Mobility Type that I snapped last week. Haven’t had as much time as I’d like to work on it with the semester coming to a close, but it’s shaping up nicely I think.
Having just about finished an out of box build on one of these this week, those colors look much better that what it's molded in.