This would be my first attempt with vinyl kits. And it had to be something from Star Wars. To be frank, I am never a fan of that franchise. Nevertheless, I took up the opportunity so that I could gain some valuable experience. Boy, I did not regret at all...
Produced by Kaiyodo, this R2-D2 is really vintage stuff. And at 1/6 scale, it would be comfortable for me to work on, not too daunting.
I was a bit surprised when I opened up the package. I was thinking of sprues and different coloured parts (Silly me). I had to trim off the excesses and then wash it with detergent solution to remove any chemicals that may cause problems during painting stage.
Please exercise caution when trimming vinyl as they are soft and your knife will cut through them like butter.
Some of the parts have air bubbles in them. I tried my best to fill them up with supr glue and putty.
The limbs are hollow so I have to insert brass rods in to strengthen them.
I drilled holes so t hat I can insert springs here later.
Snap fit. Noticed that main body deformed. I immersed it in hot water and press it back to shape.
I am using a Kotobukiya mechanical base as display.
As for painting, it's basically the same as doing gunpla. More masking is required and I had to hand paint some of the details.
Aurora sticker lenses were used and the clear part on Gundam Exia's chest was cannblised for the main "eye".
Oh well, I had fun building this and also learnt new things. Now back to Gunpla!!!