Wednesday, March 29, 2017

FSS GB: Wave 1/144 Engage SR3

This is a GB initiated in the early part of 2016, when a group of friends went to CKTan's model shop during a sale. Everybody was pretty hyped up and decided to have a Five Star Story group build in the end of year 2016.

My choice of kit is this kit by Wave; the 1/144 Engage SR3.

When the GB finally started, in December 2016, I was then in the midst of finishing the Vintage GB organized in HHQ (I couldnt make it on time though), and rushing for Singapore's HAG's Tetsujin Group Build. As a result, i just roughly dryfit the kit, without studying it much, before i went back to tetsujin's project.

It's definitely a painful lesson, for Wave's kits, despite this is consider on of their better FSS kits, the fitting and assemble mechanism is no where compared to Bandai's. The first problem I encountered during assembling the kit is i realized there r so much preparation work which i should have done n didnt do. Procedure n priority, which come first before another, are all screwed up, for i was simply following what the instruction manual which proof to be not exactly realistic in reality.

Second thing i would like to share is the main gimmick of this build; which apparently i failed to capture with my kindergarten photography level. I am doing a pearl that reflects blue on top of a blue/teal color. The main  problem i encounter is, while surfaces that has sufficient light to reflect, the blue  (from the pearl) is really magical, where parts that is not the highlight, the natural slight yellowish pearl, makes the color looks so dirty n muddy. I have yet to find a solution to it if i were to build something of similar color scheme.

I become worse, when all parts are joined together, which hightlighted surface is not the majority under normal light. It just looks muddy n dirty overall. If i were to put it in  a light box with various strong light source, i realize when too much of the blue reflection from pearl, our eyes tend to get numb n just find the blue aint as attractive as when we look at one single part. A little like mustard in food. A little bit will make our senses capture it, but too much, we just ignore it.

So in the end, i build a kit that is so loose in too many places (failed to join many parts together, just use blue tack or glue to barely make them stay in close proximity.; and looks dirty most of the time. Despite the dissatisfaction, i think i still have the urge to build another one, which i believe i could do better than this.

That's all for sharing. C & C welcome!

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Since i was struggling in taking photos, testing on various white balance, contrast, lighting n background, which most i consider failed. Here are some with black ground.

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