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G-taste - Shoko Okazato

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So, I'm away from home....again. Seems for most of this year and the last, I have spent more time away from home because of work than I have been at home. I went prepared this time. I've had this figure sitting in the stash for probably about 15 years or so, one of those dodgy Thai recast jobs.

 

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The usual fair, broken parts, poor fit and detail so on and so forth. The kit has a few irksome details; the nipples that look like the poor girl is freezing and about to take someone's eye out if they get to close, so they are going to go. Same deal with the chin, weirdly pointy, although after a google search, seems to be the style for this series. So that is going to get changed too. Not a huge fan of the hair style, going to PROBABLY change it. The straps for the heels are going to take more time to clean up and fix than to remove them, so I'm going to sand them flat and replace them with wire.

 

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Putty session and body mod. (sorry for the crappy photo, working late)

 

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Chin surgery:

 

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That's about it for now.

 

 

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The watch is this lump of off centred featureless resin, best description I can think of for it.

 

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As I don't have any of my punches with me, I used the end of my mechanical drafting pencil to trace a "roughly" 3.5mm circle onto some styrene scrap. Cut it out, filed and sanded to shape and have glued it in place, after sanding the kit part off.

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The U shape is to replace the moulded on band clasp made from a paper clip from some work documents I have.

 

Heel laces removed and puttied:

 

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As I was removing the laces, sections snapped off, taking pieces of the leg with it, hence to very rough putty job.

 

Belt buckle removed and replaced:

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I still need to do some work on the buckle, but it is done for the most part.

 

That's it for today.

 

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Some big improvements already, especially the chin!

 

Will

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On 3/23/2017 at 1:54 PM, Will Vale said:

Some big improvements already, especially the chin!

 

Will

Thanks Will, the worst is yet to come.....the hair.

 

All the laces have been removed. Holes drilled to take the replacements and a small aluminium loop (courtesy of a pie tin) at the back of the shoe put in so the laces can pass through.

 

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I spotted a little hobby shop not far from the office I am currently at, so I plan on stopping in and getting a spray primer to give the parts a coat to see how well they have or haven't cleaned up. The hair is next and in a nutshell, it is garbage. Front and rear sections don't fit together, or even line up for that matter. Couple of pieces are broken. The head doesn't fit into the back or front pieces properly. The plan: Chop and trim until the head fits, then rebuild as required. I am thinking of removing the long back and side pieces and sweeping them up to turn them into a pony tail. Just a thought at this stage.

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A test fit of the arms today has revealed a problem:

 

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The shoulder and arm on one side of the body is nearly 4mm wider than the other. I not sure exactly how I m going to remedy this. One idea is remove material from the arm and re-sculpt. Anyone have any ideas?

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The shoulders don't look too bad to me - most of the difference is in her top which is narrower on one side, the neck-to-outer-shoulder distance looks balanced. Maybe it's supposed to be a twisting or leaning pose, and the fabric's moved as a result? I'd be tempted to leave it as it is, or possibly fill in (her) right armpit slightly so the arm doesn't look too thin.

 

The loop for the laces is a lovely touch.

 

Will

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Heading home tonight for a few days before I fly back out. Taking the figure with me and will post some updates.

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This is where this kit is at:

 

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The base I picked up from the little hobby shop, about the only thing that I thought was worth. Was more for RC car buffs than anything else. OAH is 270mm. I'm going to clean the base kit hair up and see how that goes before I make a final decision about it. I've got a few days at home, so hopefully I can get this either finished or at the paint stage.

 

Will was right about the shoulders, I used some epoxy putty to balance them out and with the addition of the hair, they don't look so out of whack. The front hair section is going to give me the most grief, the casting is just terrible. But you get that.

 

That's it for now.

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Started puttying the hair, pinned and glued the broken section back in place:

 

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The plan is to use a heat gun to soften the resin and contour it to match the outline of the figure.

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Worked out well. Still a little bit more work to do on getting the hair to lay against the arm properly.

 

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Best laid plans of mice and men. Other than forming the hair to fit and puttying the remaining front sections, not much was achieved. But I can say it will not be getting painted until I get home again. I have however, taken an addition two figures with me:

 

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Not sure which one I will start after the hair for the current figure is finished.

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So.....the hair didn't survive:

 

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Re-sculpt time. Still trying to decide on the next figure. Suggestions anyone?

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The first attempt at sculpting the new hair sections using Tamiya Epoxy Putty was a total failure. So, I'm going to try something different:

 

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I've never used this stuff before, but from what I have read online, it handles much like automotive filler. I just hope it doesn't dissolve the plastic wrap and bond to the back hair section.

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That didn't go as well as I had hoped. The putty did in fact eat through the plastic wrap in some sections, and I'm not sure if the tube was old and getting close to its best before date, but the putty cured to a nice buttery consistency, however, as I cut, filed and sanded the hair to shape, the stuff just crumbled away. AND as I was "carefully" removing the front section of the hair after the putty had cured, a section of the rear hair piece snapped off, so I had to sort that out.

 

The next plan, is to buy another tube of the polyester putty, this time though, I'm going to glue the head and hair sections together then apply the putty. Shouldn't affect the ease of painting, but will allow me to do away with the plastic wrap. Which may or may not have caused the putty to crumble.

 

Away from home for about another two weeks, so I am also going to start work on the Akane figure. The surface of the Naru Narusegawa figure looks like the surface of the moon and is going to take several airbrushed coats of Mr. Surfacer 1000 before I even start work on it.

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