|Master Grade RX-78-2 Gundam Version 3.0 work-in-progress: Torso Outer Panels|
In addition to what came before, two new paint colors were used for this stage of painting. Both the Nazca NC-004 Million Blue and Side Red (a mix of white, grey and red) hues are meant to add color variety to the primary blues and reds respectively. While contrast is stark between the Gundam Blue and violet-like Million Blue, it is less so with the pinkish magenta-like Side Red and Gundam Red.
|As per the Gundam norm, all parts were painted separately before being assembled|
|Nazca Color NC-004 Million Blue is the paint proxy used for the violet outer panels|
|A lighter, more pinkish red hue forms an alternate outer panel color to the pure reds|
Assembly of the outer panels was pretty straightforward without any complications apart from the infuriating decal stickers which I will expound yet again, ad nauseam, later on in this post.
|Pieces of the painted outer panels prior to being attached to the inner frame|
|Sub-assemblies of the torso: (from top to bottom) the upper, mid- and lower sections|
|Torso outer panels with sticker decals, all fully attached to the inner frame|
Various angled views of the torso with its outer panels attached to the inner frame are shown below.
|Torso inner frame with outer panels attached; view from the bottom-up|
|Torso inner frame with outer panels attached; the top-down view|
|Back view of the torso showing the H-shaped connector which will attach to the backpack (ransel)|
|Side view (from right) of the torso; note parts of the inner frame showing through|
|Front view of torso; two connectors jutting out from the left and right will attach to the shoulder/arms later|
|Side view (from left) of the torso; note the panel lining on the grooves which add depth to the outer panels|
Next for the RX-78-2 Gundam is its Ransel or backpack. So stay tuned, and have a good one.