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GN-X "Jinx" Master Grade by Tekka-Croe GN-X "Jinx" Master Grade by Tekka-Croe
This is a beautiful Master Grade model, of my favorite mecha from Gundam 00. This is the first time I've done a complete dull cote for a Gundam kit, and I'd say it lends the model a very realistic appearance. I'm quite happy with how the metallic paint on the LongRifle capacitors ended up looking.

I ended up using very few of the decals included in the kit (especially not the dry-transfers), opting instead for my own custom-printed decals, as well as few decals from some old Zoids models. I'm very pleased by how my "Pink Flower" logo turned out.

From a mechanical standpoint, the engineering is brilliant. Like some of the new Master Grade kits (and a select few High Grade kits), some of its joints abandon traditional polycap joints in favor of ABS (like Lego!) joints. This allows for some very cool play features like opening legs for beam saber storage and a removable GN-Tau Reactor.
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KayKove Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2010  Student General Artist
Wow, gundam have gotten a lot sleeker since I was a fan of them. I would suggest a little bit of black/rusty wash and steel dry-brush for added realism, but you probably don't want to get your new 'bot all dirty. Also, lovin' the rose on the thigh. A little painful irony goes a long way ;-)
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Tekka-Croe Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2010  Student Digital Artist
I like my robots factory fresh ;)
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KayKove Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2010  Student General Artist
mmm... with that new-robot smell...
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Dtronaustin Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010  Professional General Artist
That came out fantastic! I don't know if the rose is apart of the kit as I'm not too familar with the new Gundam series yet, but it's a great touch.
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Count-Vilanova Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010  Student Digital Artist
I always loved the GN-X
I just bought that kit in anime boston too.

2 quick questions...
What happens to the dry transfers and what brand of spray-cans do you recommend?
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Tekka-Croe Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Dry transfers are just a hassle. They often don't entirely adhere, causing chipping and peeling.

I myself use either Testors dull cote or Model Master Lusterless cote (same thing, really). Make sure you buy two cans, though. It takes a lot of spraying to get a solid, even coat. I would recommend detailing and then spraying the parts while they're still connected to the sprues. It would also be good to keep a small bottle of brush-on dull cote to clean up any scuffs in the spray coat.

IMPORTANT: If you want to try the dry transfers, DO NOT use a dull cote. A dull cote will prevent the transfers from sticking.
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