After setting things up, I want to share a few things to note about this model. This might provide some insight for those who are waiting for their own Sinanju to arrive.
Looking at the runners, there are a lot of doubles; this is a very symmetrical mobile suit I figured. Very easy to sort and layout. No PC parts like the Unicorn. Springs for added coolness. Not so cool- the biggest sheet of decals and foil sticker I’ve ever seen. Why no clear stickers for the markings? They are easier to apply. The water transfer decals will be my backup in case the paint path gone astray.
Here’s one example of applying the foil stickers. Seeing how just the wrist has five different stickers is really obnoxious. You’re bound to get some bumps or gaps in between. The right photo shows where to put all the decals… the dry transfer decals where you have to position carefully then rub it in with no tolerance for screw ups @_@. Just look at some of them! They look almost impossible to apply!
Looks like painting the gold in is A LOT HARDER than it seemed originally. The raised details aren’t that much higher and the pieces are smaller than I’ve imagined. All the curves doesn’t really allow much guidance for masking and brush strokes. Damnit. After seeing this, I already feel like chickening out and just use the water decals but…
<– THIS is why I MUST paint. Thank you Bandai (and Katoki) for being considerate about molding thruster vents in their “proper” color… even if the other parts aren’t. The vents are supposed to match the gold accents but there are no foil stickers or decals to make these vents gold (understanably) BUT… this means if you use the gold foil or even the gold decals, then you would have this mix of yellow and gold on its body. IT LOOKS LIKE ASS. Why oh why not put in the effort to make seperate yellow parts for the trim pieces as well? Then we can just decide to do the whole thing in gold ourselves!
Paint and brush of choice.
So I’m currently working on the upper body and the construction is going smoothly. Very easy and effective engineering but we all know where the real difficulty lies in this kit…