Here's an old custom I made. Basically it's a color scheme repaint, with minor detail up using IC(integrated circuit) round socket pins.
Model kit used:
BANDAI 1/100 MG Zeta plus C1
acrylic matt black
acrylic matt white
acrylic matt gray white
acrylic clear blue
acrylic clear red
enamel chassis black
stock dry transfer decals
main camera, back camera, barrel mount on both sides of smart gun.
It was a good build. it had a lot of seamlines and parts were not well molded to compliment flat parts, especially the tail stabilizer, but that did not hinder the scheme in this custom.
I went for a reconnaissance type mobile suit because it had that feel as a mass produced variant. inspired by armored core and transformers, i went for a realistic look of scratches and chipping, similar to armored core units, while following a similar paint scheme as to an alternate colors version of thunder cracker from transformers G1. the blue flair on the tail is a personal touch applied as part of my custom signature.
the metal pins were an excellent add on. although exaggerated on the main thrusters, i think it gave it a more distinct look and feel as a futuristic approach.
the oil leaks were initially intended as a minor detail app. but i decided to go fully greasy as it gave it an over-used or over-exerted suit pushed to it's limits and was just recently recovered.
i avoided the topic of applying battle damage for i considered this as a mobile suit that sees 'less action' and is mainly concerned with going in and out of the red zone as fast as it could. thus giving it the overly scratched armor indicating fast travelling ang less fighting.
although the C1 outfit was equipped with a beam smart gun, it only acts as an insurance rather than an outright weapon of choice.
i recommend this kit to 'experienced' modelers. this is a transforming suit, very delicate and takes a lot of patience. i give it a 8/10 rating, considering it an early release. overall i am very satisfied. i'm even considering getting a 2nd C1 for my next custom. ;)
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