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Aura Battler Sirbine

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  • Member since
    May 2011
  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Monday, February 7, 2022 6:28 PM

I bought the original kit when new, so no Fleabay (Freebay) pricing!

My figure painting friend has painted metallics on figures before and achieved good gradation.  How, I do not know.

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  • Member since
    September 2010
Posted by potchip on Monday, February 7, 2022 5:45 PM

Might have fluctuated a bit but 4800 is really cheap, going by closed search on yahoo Japan auctions it's going between 15000 to 25000 yen.

https://auctions.yahoo.co.jp/closedsearch/closedsearch?auccat=&tab_ex=commerce&ei=utf-8&aq=-1&oq=&sc_i=&exflg=&p=%E3%82%B5%E3%83%BC%E3%83%90%E3%82%A4%E3%83%B3with%E3%82%B9%E3%83%9A%E3%82%B7%E3%83%A3%E3%83%AB%E3%83%99%E3%82%A4%E3%83%AB&x=38&y=23

The problem is the details are all 'metallic' which are somewhat difficult to paint with a brush for a smooth finish. Mostly because good metallic paints are not brush paintable...

 

  • Member since
    May 2011
  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Monday, February 7, 2022 3:43 PM

Armornut,

Heh-heh, no.  "Hairy stick" was cribbed from the guys over on Britmodeller!  Fude (foo-de) is Japanese for brush.  Big Smile

A friend of mine is very good at brush painting, so I'll be consulting with him for tips.

“Ya ya ya, unicorn papoi!”

  • Member since
    March 2007
  • From: Northeast WA State
Posted by armornut on Monday, February 7, 2022 1:30 PM

    Sorry Neal but I gotta ask....is " hairy stick" a direct translation from Japanese?? Just trying to have alittle fun my friend.Smile. Paint brushes are really becoming a lost art, in modeling anyway.

    Looking foreard to your magic on this figure good sir.

we're modelers it's what we do

  • Member since
    May 2011
  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Monday, February 7, 2022 12:23 PM

Actually, the JPN price for the original vinyl kit was about the same as the new plastic kit!  Indifferent  I also had the vinyl kit, but bought it in Japan, so I paid about 4,800 Yen.  I never built it, so I sold it to a friend.  I can imagine buying it in the USA or another country other than Japan would have doubled the price.

The filigree detail admittedly looks challenging, but I figure what better chance to hone the old "hairy stick" technique?

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    September 2010
Posted by potchip on Monday, February 7, 2022 4:00 AM

I have the vinyl kit this was based off on, and was one of those 'IT' kits back in the days for how ahead of the (vinyl) time it was. So also bought this for a fraction of the cost of the vinyl kit. The masking though...someone need to produce a masking set for this..

  • Member since
    May 2011
  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Wednesday, January 5, 2022 1:46 AM

My thoughts were to go for a muted organic palette with metallic filigree.

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  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, January 4, 2022 11:08 PM

That's cool! Like the organic Western knight type design. As much as I like the samurai look this is a nice change of pace. 

Are you going with something like Alclad chrome for the armour look?

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

  • Member since
    May 2011
  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Tuesday, January 4, 2022 12:12 PM

Perry,

The kit measures about 7 inches to the top of the crest.  In terms of head height, it is about the same as a 1/144 Gundam.

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  • Member since
    May 2011
  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Monday, January 3, 2022 8:36 PM

I hope Max Factory can do a plastic kit of the OVA version of the Zwarth, but Kotobukiya was the company that did the resin kit.  The TV versions of the aura battlers are kind of outdated in appearance.

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  • Member since
    October 2004
  • From: Orlando, Florida
Posted by ikar01 on Monday, January 3, 2022 8:19 PM

You should see the others in the series.  I have one or two in the garage.

  • Member since
    March 2007
  • From: Northeast WA State
Posted by armornut on Monday, January 3, 2022 1:46 PM

   That is so cool Neal, you Islanders always get the cool kits LOL. Figs are not my fortay however those who do them have my respect. Man that is neat. 1/72? About how tall?

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  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Aura Battler Sirbine
Posted by Real G on Monday, January 3, 2022 1:11 PM

I spent New Year's day woking on this.

It's the Sirbine, a revamp of the Dunbine, the main mech from the TV show of the same name.  The plastic kit was based on scans of Max Factory's 1/35 scale soft vinyl Sirbine, but reduced to about 50%, making this kit about 1/72.  Using the magic of computer aided design, Max Factory produced a beautiful and unusual injection molded kit for us to enjoy.

The kit is unusual in that Max Factory has eschewed the snap fit craze that has seized the anime hobby.  The kit is also fixed pose, very unusual in this day and age.  But I consider this a plus, as no detail is compromised.  After one afternoon of work, here is where it's at.

The big wing cover (aura converters), head, hands, and feet are still unglued to simplify painting.  The kit assembles brilliantly, with perfect fit.  Normally when an organic subject is kitted, the wiggly, curvy pieces have gaps.  But not this one, everything fits like a Swiss watch - props to Max Factory!

 

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