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1/144 Scale HG grade MS-06J Zaku II
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Posted: Monday, May 28, 2018 - 12:07 PM UTC
Kind of got pulled back into the Gundam hobby after not building any for almost 10 years, think the last one I built was a Wings kit. Anyway I had this Zaku II from the 1997 8th MS team Gundam vs Zaku two pack laying around and wanted to work on it for three reasons.
1. its and older kit and thus simpler then the new kits
2. because it older its good practice for finishing and painting as if i mess up not going to feel to bad
3.I've always liked the mass produced suits better then the actual Gundam units.

Here's just a test fit of the major parts after sanding


I'm not an expert and i know that Zaku's are know for their large feet but these seem slightly oversized. For comparison here's a little Zaku statue i got from somewhere


lastly for now here is another test fit post clear priming I did today. The clear matt primer actually makes the kit look really nice without any paint
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Posted: Saturday, June 02, 2018 - 06:18 PM UTC
slightly subtle but repainted all the dark green areas with Vallejo field green, as well as painted the head tubes and cockpit in a dark grey.
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Posted: Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - 03:20 PM UTC
Got some more painting done, ended up going with Vallejo pastel green for my light green. At first i didn't really like it but once i put it next to the dark green it really grew on me

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Posted: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 03:44 PM UTC
base coat all finished now to clear coat and start the panel wash

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Posted: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - 12:31 AM UTC
Coming along quite nicely, I like the contrasting greens a lot.
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Posted: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - 07:22 PM UTC
Thanks David! the greens really have turned out well on this guy

Finished up the panel wash on the Zaku today, and I think its looking good

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Posted: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - 11:38 PM UTC
Looking good with the wash. What brand of paints are you using?
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Posted: Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 03:04 AM UTC
Here's what I've used so far
Vallejo Model Air Nato Black
Vallejo Model color Pastel Green
Vallejo Model Air Field Green
Craft smart Premium Satin Stormy Grey
Craft smart Premium Satin Rosemarie
Mig Ammo Blue Black panel wash
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Posted: Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 12:17 PM UTC
Will be calling this one finished, was toying around with the idea of using the stickers it came with but deiced against it. If i can get a hold of some water slides might come back and add some. But for now this Zaku IIJ is ready for action . . . or at least ready to get shot down by a Gundam.
As its and older kit the articulation kind of sucks so cant do many poses but I think it still looks good for a 20 year old kit and in the looks department still stand up to some of the kits that came after it.






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Posted: Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 01:33 PM UTC
Thanks for the paint lists.

Nice finish to it. BTW, 08th MS Team was my favorite series. I think there are still some pics of the 1/100 EZ8 in my gallery.
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Posted: Friday, June 22, 2018 - 11:02 AM UTC
Your welcome Dixon.
and Ya 08th MS team was great right up there with 0080 war in the pocket for me