With so many ongoing projects requiring either a prolonged assembly or a complicated airbrushing process, I decided start something 'simple and uncomplicated'. That brings us to a quick unboxing and pre-assembly review of the 1/24 scale Hasegawa Companion Girls Figure Collection No.5 aka the Booth Bunny Girls. In the grand scheme of things, I intend to use such female figurines in future vignettes involving similarly scaled car model kits like the Volkswagen Beetle.
|Hasegawa 1/24 scale Companion Girls Figure Collection No.5 plastic model kit|
|Side view of the box art showcasing completed figurines and the seal of Master Craftsman Takumi|
|Closeup view of how the figurines could look like after being assembled and painted|
'Simple and uncomplicated' means different things to different scale modelers and miniature painters. To me it means just two things. Firstly, the figurine/model kit is easy to assemble. And secondly, the painting process does not require pieces to be painted separately before being put back together. So in terms of these two conditions, I believe the Hasegawa plastic figurine kit fits the bill perfectly. While the actual painting process itself won't be easy, it's a figurine after all, it at least won't be complicated.
|Hasegawa Companion Girls Figure Collection No.5; first glance inside|
|Hasegawa's Companion Girls Figure instruction booklet comes with an English translation|
|In addition to assembly instructions, there is also a color guide for use with Mr.Hobby paints|
|All parts are found in a single model sprue|
|Water decals are provided for the figurine's eyes as well as markings for their clothing|
One key characteristic of this plastic model kit that attracted me to it was that it provides eye decals for the use on the painted figurines. At a stage in my 'hobby-career' where I might be getting 'too-old-for-this-shit', any help with a small figurine's eyes is always welcome. However, it'll be interesting to see if I'm able to handle and position the tiny eye decals without destroying them.
|Close up view of the facial features of Booth Bunny Girl No.1|
|Close up view of all the parts that make up Booth Bunny Girl No.1|
Meanwhile, the figurines parts look cleanly moulded with excellent details at this scale (see above and below).
They all come in only one model sprue and seem to have minimal mould
lines (if any) that needs removing. The parts themselves aren't numerous. Assembly looks to be fairly
straightforward, at least based on the instructions given in the
|Close up view of the facial features of Booth Bunny Girl No.2|
|Close up view of all the parts that make up Booth Bunny Girl No.2|
And with that, another figurine model kit joins the project pipeline. In truth though, I found it difficult to get motivated to do any sort of hobbying at all during this past two weeks. I suppose you could call it 'pandemic depression' as the COVID-19 situation get progressively worse in my country. Apart from having all the deadly variants penetrate the nation's borders, the vaccination process has been extremely slow. All frontliners have been vaccinated (rightly so) as well as politicians and special interest groups selected by said politicians. Sadly majority of ordinary folks have yet to even get an appointment for their jabs. It's getting harder to stay safe. Hopefully, that's not the case for you dear reader. May you and your loved ones be safe and well in these trying times. Au revoir.