Then I had to get cracking on my first ever hull paint job!! I cringe looking at my first attempt with that super think Tamiya tape. Ugh
Then masked that tape and sprayed down straight hull red
And you get this:
Look how thick and odd shaped that boot is. Ugh. I hated it as soon as I removed the tape.
Little mock up of what I had so far:
THEN, because I am an idiot, I tried to weather the ship without any protection whatsoever. The enamels made short work of this paintjob.
One quick rinse with windex later
So I approached it a different way. I got some Tamiya 2mm tape and painted the whole hull black. Then taped off the boot and painted the gray above it. Then I mixed some flat red with some hull red and repainted the lower hull.
Ahhh. Much better. Then I sprayed it with some Dullcote™ and did some weathering using some enamels and glued her together. When applying the second coat of Dullcote, she kind of tumbled off the tool I was using and landed on the ground. But she is tough and held together!
I tried my hand at some dry brushing on the little stands
here is some KGV Vs. The Ground battle damage
Here is my attempt at a wood deck
And lastly, I attempted some rigging with EZ-line. I will tell ya, the EZ-line made rigging this so easy!!
And that was my first kit. There is exactly 0 aftermarket for this thing so I didn't have many options. I couldn't even drill out the big guns due to they were molded in a rectangular fashion.
Be gentle guys, It was still a ton of fun!
Criticism is always appreciated