Alright-get ready to create the baddest girl this side of Andromeda. First thing you need to do is unwrap all the parts and lay them out to make sure you have everything you need. There should be 11 white resin parts (shown at right), Non-resin parts include a halved clear-plastic sphere, a spiral metal antennae, a colored plastic bead, a tiny oval metal bead, and a sheet of decals.
Before grinding off the casting stubs, please make note: DO NOT CUT OFF THE TWO PEGS COMING OUT OF THE BOTTOM OF HER BOOTS. These are support pegs, crucial to the structural integrity of the piece.
Grind off any casting sprues. After the major cleanup is done, it's time to give the kit a good bath to get rid of any mold release-(mold release will keep any paint from sticking.) You can scrub down the kit with a solvent like lacquer thinner (best) or alcohol, and even warm (not hot) soapy dish detergent water. Dry thoroughly.
Now, you can do finish sanding on seams and any hole filling, with the hobby putty of your choice. If you can take short bursts of the fumes, we recommend auto body putty. It's cheap and dries fast.
Assembly and Puttying
We highly recommend "pinning" the legs. Let's start with the right leg. Clip the head off a 2-inch nail, or better yet, a screw. Drill a 1-inch deep receiving hole into the center of the leg flat. Slather glue on half the screw and twist it into the hole, leaving half sticking out. Wipe off excess and let glue set. Now drill a larger diameter hole into the torso part of the leg that can receive the 1-inch of the screw sticking out. It should be a very loose-fitting hole, so that you can wiggle the legs around to line them up perfectly. Test fit. When you are satisfied that it's a perfect match-up, slop putty into the big hole, spread glue on the leg flats and squish together tightly. Hold until set.
Now, place the foot peg into the proper hole in the base. As you attach the left leg in the same manner, make sure the left foot lines up with the base hole for it. Once completed, putty and sand seams really well.
You may also wish to pin the arms. Small finishing nails will be fine for this. Same procedure as the legs. It's obvious how the left arm fits, because of the hip indentation for her hand. For the right arm, stick the rifle in place to confirm that it will fit, as you glue up.
Once arms are firmly attached, you'll have a pretty clear idea
of the incredible body language on this gal. Putty the arm seams
and sand smooth. To check for imperfections, spray with a grey
(best color) SANDABLE lacquer-based primer. (Almost any auto spray-can
primer is lacquer-based-try K-Mart.) Sandablity is important though,
because primer is made to be a sort of filler. You spray it, you
sand it, spray, sand, etc., until every trace of a seam is gone.
Doubtless by now, you have mumbled a small curse word directed at that post coming out of the back of Venus's pretty head. Well, that post enabled you to get a near-perfect face, so... live with it.
Actually, it's a pretty simple matter to re-sculpt that bit of hair, only a minute or two with a Dremel tool. When you get her head looking good, DO NOT glue it to the neck. Set it aside, to paint separately.
Putty, sand and clean up the remaining resin parts and prime them. A light 320-grit sanding on the helmet-band, the oxygen tank, and the rifle will do wonders once the metallic paint is applied. The base?-just prime.
Painting the Body
Well, this may be the easiest large piece of resin you will ever paint. We recommend going to an auto supply store like NAPA, or anyplace that might stock automobile retouch paints in little spray cans. These are great paints in general. They are lacquer-based and give great, techy-looking, car-quality finishes without having to gloss coat. You spray on two medium coats and your done. Dries really hard in an hour.
We picked a dark GM gun-metal grey. The paint has teeny metallic flecks that makes her body look like some government-issue weapon. We let that lacquer dry for an hour and tape-masked all, leaving the two fins and the neck ring exposed. (Tip: lacquer paint disolves tape adhesive. So after masking, seal tape with a light covering spray of acrylic paint.) Let that dry and THEN spray the silver lacquer on the neck-ring and fins.
Just peel off your masking, do a little brush touch-up and
guess what? That's it-the body is done. Wow, was that easy, or
Helmet-band and O2 Tank
Paint gun silver. Let dry. Then detail both tank and gun. Get some enamel-based, black paint (like in Testors bottles) and brush a thinned coat all over. Immediately wipe off surface to re-expose silver, leaving black in the crevices.
Painting the Base
Painting the base is the exact opposite technique of painting the suit. Unlike her slick, techy-looking metallic suit, the ground she stands on should be as grimey as you can make it.
If you saw us painting our base, you'd have laughed out loud-a
blur of experimental color washes, drybrushing, raking airbrush
mists from the sides, wiping off paint for highlights, back and
forth with different colors-a real mess. But actually, you can't
go wrong. The more you play around, the better it looks. We stopped
when we found a nice Martian-red color that mimmicked some of
the tones in her face and hair.
Painting the Head
First of all, always paint flesh in daylight. Otherwise... bad surprise later. Skin We've found adding 2 or 3 drops of straight orange, maybe 8 drops of pink, and a drop of yellow or lime green to a half ounce of bottled caucasion flesh produces a fresh ingenue coloration. Eyes After doing all skin, we paint the eyes. Straight black on the lashes. White for the whites, blue-green irises (if you like), and black pupils. Then we darken the top third of the eye whites with warm light grey, as if her eyes are in shadow from her long lashes. Darken the iris tops too. The upper eyelids we leave alone. But above them, we put a fleshy brick-red in the crevice and gradate lighter to the eyebrows. Not too dark, leave some of the original flesh color directly under the eyebrows. We take a line of the brick flesh and swipe under her lower lashes too, for that smoky, bruised look. Mouth We think this sultry face screams for slick, wet, lipstick. We opted for brick red, like her hair. Go slightly darker on the upper lip. Lighter brick on the lower lip protrusions. Then a dark brown red line in the crevice where the lips meet. Little dark dots in the corners. Details With darker flesh, we dot the insides of her nostrils and the crevices in her ears. We brush on a light flesh line down the bridge of her nose and feather-blot with a cotton swab. Seal finished face with a nice wet coat of "Testors Dull Cote" and let dry for an hour or so. Hair We masked off the face and airbrushed her hair an orangey-brown. We paint-brushed a dark brown wash into the crevices. Then, drybrushed crowns of hair with lighter pinkish-orange. If hair looks too contrasty, soften by misting all over with original hair color. Strip off masking, brush touch-up the details and dull coat all. Gloss touches to the eyeballs and lips are a great nuance.
Attaching Helmet and Oxygen Tank
Helmet Pin and glue the head on. Then, throroughly clean and test-fit the helmet. Look down from above to make sure opening is centered on neck ring, and that helmet seam is perpendicular with head. Practice taking helmet halves off and on quickly. On the top surface of the neck ring, take a knife and scrape through paint to expose resin in 4 neat, evenly spaced patches. Now, you have to act quick and precisely. Put small dots of glue on these 4 patches (not too much, glue fogs plastic bubble!). Then put three tiny dots on helmet seam. In one careful move, bring the 2 halves together trapping the head, and then down to make contact with the neck-ring. Let set, DO NOT spray with ACCELERATOR! (it fogs too). Glue antennae with metal bead to helmet-band by drilling a small receiving hole. Then, with spare use of glue, attach helmet band (slide on from back side only). The little colored crystal glues on top. Tank Test fit and pencil a few witness marks. (Note: the hose flange should fit flush where it contacts clear plastic.) Scrape off paint on Venus's back indentation and corresponding patch on tank to get a strong resin-to-resin contact point. Glue tank only at this point. It is not necessary to glue flange to helmet. Ta-da!! You're finished!
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