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Garage Kit Project - White Album - Morikawa Yuki - finished GKGarage Kit Project - White Album - Morikawa Yuki - finished GKTutorial

MaakieMaakieVor 2 Monaten
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Hello MFC! Today I will share my progress on creating the garage kit ITEM #92386 , which shows Morikawa Yuki ENTRY #3215 from White Album ENTRY #328 in a loli version made by circle Takkyuu Mokei ENTRY #7912 . This figure was a really old bootleg garage kit I still had stored, back from the time when I did not know the difference between real and recasts. I decided on painting this one as I had some new techniques I wanted to practice and no attachment to this specific kit. Let me start this blog with a 'warning' that a lot of things on this kit were very experimental and the outcome is...not that good, but with quite some lessons learned!

! As this is a kit of a character in lingerie, the whole blog is marked NSFW !

Preparation work

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This recast did not come with any kind of packaging and she's just sealed parts wrapped in bubble wrap.

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She came with a lot of tabs to be removed and needed quite some sanding too!

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Most of the details in the sculpt itself are cast pretty nicely. Also notice how small this figure is! Her whole face is about the size of my fingernail.

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The biggest fitting issues this kit had were at her upper body. I think the pieces got warped over time as there was no way that some parts were going to be able to fit even when applying force.

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The kit also came with a lot of tiny parts, most of these pieces are for her headphones.

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SO. TINY. If you ignore the smaller spirits I made that come with ITEM #26495 , this is probably the smallest kit I have made yet! Also the kit had so many tabs to remove, it felt like I removed at least 25% of the resin the whole kit was!

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Now it was time for a good wash before getting to the rest!

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Quite some parts needed some help to fit and I've grown quite a liking to the basic/original Tamiya for this.

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I needed quite some 'assistance' to keep the parts together, while I filled up the gaps with Tamiya. First I just add a very rough layer and later check if extra layers are needed and sand it down. These sentences and those pictures just look and sound very wrong...

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After drying was done, I had to do quite some work in the sanding department to make everything look a bit more decent again.

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I was very happy to see that adding the putty had worked in correcting the fit!

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Now these two parts were ready for their own cleaning and undercoating!

Sorting before painting

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A small time-skip later, I'm now sorting the parts on colors they will be painted in. At this moment I was still doubting if I should use the airbrush or not, after some mixed experiences with my previous kit (Lelouch BLOG #45773 ).

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The tiniest parts I decided I would still paint by hand and I sorted them in small bags that I labelled with the color they would be getting.

Hand painting

Considering this kit was so tiny, I eventually decided on hand painting everything and see if my improved paints and thinning skills could make this kit look (almost) as good as an airbrushed one. Furthermore, it was still very cold outside, and I didn't want a repeat of the cracked paints issue that happened with my Lelouch.

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As I was going for a very light skin tone, I wanted to be very careful and thin my paints well, but I overdid it a bit at first and had to clean up.

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I recently bought a nice brown color paint and I decided this for her hair, instead of the darker color the character originally has.

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Some more layers later and everything was coming along nicely~

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Unfortunately the painting on the skin was going a lot less smooth, but as this kit was for practice and I didn't want to strip it all again, I kept it like this. The main reason was issues with the undercoat (last time I am using Citadel brand!).

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Trying my best at shading techniques (multiple types of brown).

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Pretty pleased with how white the whites are looking!

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It feels so weird that this picture shows the almost full kit! I'm normally used to seeing a lot more and bigger pieces!

Next to the above pieces, there were a lot of tiny pieces in this kit, such as:

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Her bracelet.

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Straps of her babydoll.

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Band of her headphones.

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Here I was smoothing out some more base colors.

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And now for an exciting new technique I wanted to try: Using masking tape to make striped (shima) panties and kneesocks!

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While parts of the shima were drying, I experimented some more with shading after the success with my Lelouch BLOG #45773 . At this moment I also noticed that my clasps were way too strong and damaging parts of the paint. This really confirmed with me that I should pin every kit even if they are small and don't "need" it.

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Also shading in the creases of the arm (man, that undercoat is rough...).

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Cute 'blushes' on top of the arms. Something I want to use for the Moetan kits I will paint later!

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Some more toning on her nice stomach~

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The absolute zone needed some shading as well~

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The current state of the kit~

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Some cute blushes on her cheeks!

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More layers on the shima~

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I was ready to cry about the first version of the face, but hey, at least the shading on her chest looked nice!

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Cute pink border~

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Because I found the white babydoll a bit boring, I added some pinkish shading. Here it is still wet.

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And here it is dried/final result!

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Headphones~

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These tiny shoes were harder to paint than expected! I needed to do a lot more corrections after this first attempt.

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Multiple layers of paint later and after removing the masking tape I was quite pleased to see the stripes turned out pretty well! I did have to do some fixing with how thick the paint was looking on top of the base layer.

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After fixing a bit. Some more fixes are needed, but this is a way better result than I could have ever done by hand!

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Fixing up some line work and adding shading on the shoes.

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For some inexplicable reason I was struggling so much with the face... I have been cleaning up and fixing so much...

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At this point I said to myself 'Maakie, you're done, everything you do from now on will make it worse.', so that was it. I blame her tinyness for making worse eyes than I normally would...

Assembly and final fixes

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I started with the assembly of this figure and meanwhile also making some final paint fixes (like here improving the shoes).

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Fixing some of the damage to the paint on her head.

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The headphones of this figure are the perfect way to hide seamlines!

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The fit of her upper body to her lower body was a lot harder to accomplish than expected, leaving me with a bigger gap than I wished to see.

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Making some small changes to improve the fit of the upper body. This was a lot more work than it seems like...

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And she is finished! I'll be honest...I wasn't really that pleased with my result, but as some people that also make GK's might recognize: With some kits you just want to be done with it. I wasn't really motivated for stripping or repainting parts. I learned some lessons with masking and shading, and was done, finito, the end, haha! She's just going to be a butterface with extra scars.

First pictures

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Even though I like how some parts turned out, I can't help but feel so much is messy... I don't know if I can ever motivate myself to a second try on this one.

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Now you can see even better how tiny this kit is! Maybe it's not that bad when you compare it to the otherwise average size I work on.

Photoshoot

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And to finish it!

The things I have learned:
- Tried the tape-technique to make stripes and think it worked quite well for a first time!
- Lots of practice with shading on clothing and body
- Lots of practice with refitting parts that don't fit together correctly
- Smallest kit I ever worked on so far

Neutral:
- I worked on trying to improve my fitting, but the kit is still not perfect. I don't know if it is because of the kit 'warping back' or a mistake I made.

The things I should avoid:
- I should really pin all of my kits, to avoid damages by crocodile clips to my paint (mainly visible on upper body)
- Shading can also be overdone, don't do too much (mainly visible on lower body)
- I took my advice from my previous kit: "Don't be stuck on one spot for too long", a bit too literally...I should have fixed her eyes, oof! Just wanted to be done with it at one point.
- Using Citadel brand undercoat for kits. The can is now empty and from now on I'll only use brands more specifically meant for Garage Kits!

I'm actually feeling a bit embarrassed posting this kit, but I hope some tips here helped others as well and I can already promise you that my next kit Yumemi from Planetarian ITEM #59886 is looking a lot better!

If you want to see other recent kits I have made (and my road in progress), you can check out their blogs here:
- My 9th kit (2019): Code Geass - Hangyaku no Lelouch - Lelouch Lamperouge (Heavy Gauge): BLOG #45773
- My 8th kit (2019): Original Character - Prom - 1/7 (Ireba Dou): BLOG #43149
- My 7th kit (2018): Kamichu! - Hitotsubashi Yurie - 1/6 - Summer WF 2007 (Seikoro Caramel): BLOG #41010

And as promised, for every new blog I upload, I'll fix an old one. This time on request:
- Strike Witches 2 - Perrine H Clostermann - Nendoroid #579 review: BLOG #42788

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For those who read all this way, thank you! My next blog is going to be a loot blog again, hope to see you there!
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RikoeiVor 2 Monaten#79993549Yes that’s exactly it sorry I am terrible at explaining things haha

No problem, eventually we got there LOL. I actually had my doubts about making her face :) or :I , but as her cheeks indicate cuteness I went for :). Anyway, this figure needs a whole repaint some day. ^^''
Vor 2 Monaten
MaakieVor 2 Monaten#79942395Huhh, I still don't really see it LOL. But she has very round cheeks already in her sculpt. I guess you mean that instead of the " : ) " if I painted, a " : I " would have been better? :D
Yes that’s exactly it sorry I am terrible at explaining things haha
Vor 2 Monaten
RikoeiVor 2 Monaten#79836438Hmmm maybe it’s the cheeks but at the corners of the mouth and the teeth bend a bit and yes once you see it you can’t unsee it but maybe I am being too picky haha
And when I say bend it goes into a corner shape instead of a straight line like it should be sorry I am terrible at explaining things


Huhh, I still don't really see it LOL. But she has very round cheeks already in her sculpt. I guess you mean that instead of the " : ) " if I painted, a " : I " would have been better? :D
Vor 2 Monaten
MaakieVor 2 Monaten#79834775It's mainly a disappointment for me as I have gone from better quality to worse...also, don't feel bad, I started this blog off with a warning and I prepared myself for whatever comments would come in... :P
I really don't see the buck teeth part, though?? :') Do you mean around the red line for her mouth?? :') Is this something I can't unsee once I've seen it?!

Hmmm maybe it’s the cheeks but at the corners of the mouth and the teeth bend a bit and yes once you see it you can’t unsee it but maybe I am being too picky haha
And when I say bend it goes into a corner shape instead of a straight line like it should be sorry I am terrible at explaining things
Vor 2 Monaten
RikoeiVor 2 Monaten#79834763It’s actually done pretty good better then what I could do (painting by hand) even though I draw I am terrible at painting haha
HOWEVER my only critique would be she looks like she has buck teeth I don’t want to sound too mean but that’s me I am honest and I may sound mean but.....overall it’s really good nice job


It's mainly a disappointment for me as I have gone from better quality to worse...also, don't feel bad, I started this blog off with a warning and I prepared myself for whatever comments would come in... :P

I really don't see the buck teeth part, though?? :') Do you mean around the red line for her mouth?? :') Is this something I can't unsee once I've seen it?!
Vor 2 Monaten
It’s actually done pretty good better then what I could do (painting by hand) even though I draw I am terrible at painting haha
HOWEVER my only critique would be she looks like she has buck teeth I don’t want to sound too mean but that’s me I am honest and I may sound mean but.....overall it’s really good nice job
Vor 2 Monaten
galablueVor 2 Monaten#79795058I think she actually looks pretty good from a distance on your shelf, and parts of the figure look great to me (specifically the shading you did on her stomach). Great job, I know how disappointing it can be when something you work hard on doesn't turn out exactly how you want it to.

Yeah from a distance she is OK, especially because she is so much smaller than the rest. I have similar things with cosplay work sometimes as well, especially when I get stuck on fabric parts. At one point you just want to finish the project and don't want to stay stuck or keep on repairing/fixing/starting-from-scratch certain parts. When getting better at my skills in both those crafts hobbies, this starts to happen less.

leonasenshiVor 2 Monaten#79795281Mmhh you don't mention requesting any constructive criticism, if you'd like one, I can surely give you pointers on how to improve.

Oh, I'm always open for criticism, constructive ones preferred over trashing of course. :D One note here is that this kit was made over a year ago and I have made 4 way better looking ones inbetween, those will be covered later (currently backlogged with talking about this), that's why I was not specifically requesting any right now. But anyway, feel free to still drop it, because there could always be something in there I don't know now! :)
Vor 2 Monaten
Mmhh you don't mention requesting any constructive criticism, if you'd like one, I can surely give you pointers on how to improve.
Vor 2 Monaten
I think she actually looks pretty good from a distance on your shelf, and parts of the figure look great to me (specifically the shading you did on her stomach). Great job, I know how disappointing it can be when something you work hard on doesn't turn out exactly how you want it to.
Vor 2 Monaten
victorviperVor 2 Monaten#79794454It's always interesting to see these GK posts, with the level of effort needed to finish even a relatively simple figure.
I guess part of the reason I can't motivate myself to do GK's is there are so many supplies needed up front to even get started - some good snips, pins, clips, filler, paints of every color imaginable, airbrush, etc. etc. etc...


This one is way harder than it looks, I underestimated her myself as well...the tiny size! It does make her an interesting subject to remake one day, but on the other hand, motivation is low because of how hard it was! ^^''

Yeah it's one of the downsides, it's not like other crafts hobby's (such as cosplay) where you can over time get more and better tools...you really need to have a huge pack of materials ready to go when you want to get to painting your first kit. If it wasn't for my friend who paints Warhammer, who let me borrow about 75% of the needed materials for my first kit, I might never have gotten started. Over time I slowly bought more and more materials myself and eventually got to a point where almost everything I own is specifically to make GK's with (which is a huge quality boost compared to cheaper and more generic materials I worked with before). Can't really give much advice on this except for trying to see if you can borrow from craftsy friends or just...one day really get to it and invest yourself.
Vor 2 Monaten
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