First and foremost, a very big apology to everyone who has been reading due to the lack of updates for the past two months. The reason being I had a major public examination and the months leading up to it, I had kick it into final gear. Now that it’s over with, I can go back to Gunpla unlike the past two months where I never had the time to build any gunpla or even post news about certain Gunpla. My exams ended around two weeks ago, which gave me ample time to begin work on some kits. So, you can surely expect reviews to come flowing in rather smoothly from now with kits ranging everything from SDs, HGs, NGs and MGs.
All right, time to move on to the review. For his review, it’ll be Tyouhi (or Zhang Fei the Chinese name which I prefer) Gundam from the BB Senshi Sangokuden Series. First up, some kit info.
Kit Price: 500 Yen
Release Date: June 2007
Kit Availability: Rare / Uncommon
A rather old kit this one, the version which I’ll be reviewing is from the 5 Generals set which is essentially exactly identical to the version showed above. Since it’s launch in 2007, this kit has been released in many different versions already. Currently, there is the standard version (shown above), 5 Tiger Generals version (comes included with some clear gold armour parts), Oath under the Blossom Tree version(Clear Colour Version), Shin version (100 Yen more expensive with additional shoulder armour and new foil stickers) and the latest Shin Raiso version (whole new design).
Alright time to get kicking with the review,
Detail on the head from any angle isn’t compromised. But, the detail on the rear skirt is a little lacking somewhat. Though, it isn’t too bad because this kit doesn’t have a particularly big rear skirt.
All pictures above (and for past reviews) are taken using the camera from my Nokia N82
All picture hence forth below are taken using my Olympus EP-1
Heheh, new camera time.
As you can see, with the full battle armour on it is a stark contrast with the one without. Red predominantly takes up the whole kit so, it’s essential to get the red right for this kit if you are intending to paint it. For this one, the red is airbrushed on.
1. Use a big brush. Using a smaller brush will result in more strokes to cover the area making more brush strokes.
2. Make sure your silver paint is thinned down sufficiently as silver dries quickly and leaves very obvious brush strokes.
3. Use paint retarder in your silver mix to give time for the silver paint to level out before it dries out. Leveling thinner also can be used. *Retarder dries slower than leveling thinner so, it is up to preference*
4. Do many layers. There is no shortcut to good silver hand painting, many layers will give a very nice finish.
5. Sanding down the part beforehand. This helps the base coat to stick better. Alternatively, a primer coat also helps.
6 (optional). Fix your mistakes using a brush with thinner on it. This may take a few tries to get right but, it helps if you accidentally smudge or leave your fingerprint on the surface.
Some contemplation time before the conclusion,
So, how exactly is this kit?
To put it simply and in one sentence, Tyouhi Gundam is a kit with amazing value for money at only 500 Yen, good details and gimmicks suitable for beginners and experienced modelers alike for its simple approach to detailed painting for the beginners and a well thought up design.
Simply speaking, a good place to start to start and continue.