In between working on some comissions, I decided to work on something for myself and it was between two kits. I decided to finish up Lucas fantastic 1/100 Garbaldy kit, which I had received earlier in the year. The build up was super easy, and everything went together beautifully. The casting on this kit was top-notch! Having built the Briegel last year, I knew I was in for some super detailed parts, and this one did not dissappoint. If I were to rate this kit overall it would be a 9.5/10. The only problem I ran into was the original shoulder piece came broken. Luca stepped up and had another one cast for me, and in my hands without question.
Once I finished up the pinning and general assembly (earlier in the year), I tucked everything neatly back in the box, and set it aside to finish up other projects and some commissions. I then got the urge to tackle painting this monster about a month or so ago, and started working out ideas for color schemes. In looking at all of my other builds, I came to realize I’ve never done anything red, and for that matter any shade of red. I also knew that I wanted mine to be about as opposite as Lucas as possible (I love the weathered, grimey, dirty look, but I’d never seen a Luca kit in a pristine new scheme). I decided that it would be super clean, and a fresh from the factory look.
The paints are a combination of Tamiya acrylics for the red/maroon, and dark greys. All of the metallics are Mr. Color Super Metallics. I used Super Iron, Super Fine Stainless, Super Gold, and Super Chrome on this build.
I replaced the cast eye on the kit, with an aluminum SP Eye from Mechaskunk and an orange lens. I also used various balls, and springs from Mechaskunk to add the hoses and details. Decals are a combination of leftovers from Samuel Decal, and waterslides from Kotobukiya.
I am planning on making a nice display base for this one, and have some ideas for things I am going to pick up on my trip to Japan. So check back in a few weeks and the base should hopefully be done.
So enjoy the photos! And thanks to Luca for creating yet another masterpiece for us to enjoy!