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1/144 Gerbera Tetra 0083 kit

Post by Kokopelli » Fri Apr 15, 2011 1:08 pm

Whew, this one was a trial to make. I first got the kit used off Ebay, but when it came in, I discovered it was missing the two rear fins. However, I don't know what it was about this suit, maybe it was the Ferrari red color, the unique curves, the huge boosters, or the massive gun, but I immediately wanted to build it (probably because I haven't built a Zeon suit in a while). So I ordered another kit, but it turned out to be a blessing, as I used the 2nd kit's thrusters to add some detail to the inside of the Gerbera's huge nozzles.

This is a straight build with a few modifications. I backed a few area that had gaping hollows, like the back of the calf, the boosters, and the big rear fin. I used the last of my Mecha Skunk metal beads putting some details in, replacing the cannons in the forearms, and giving the beam machine gun a metal tip. I also grabbed a bunch of leftover decals to trick it out GFF style.

I replaced the antenna on the booster with a brass wire and was going to do the same to the head antenna, but I thought the original looked fine. Finally, I found my Aurora stickers and added them to the monoeye, scope, and rear sensor.

All and all a very good kit for its time. Like the Alpha Azieru in the CCA line, this is a stand-out kit that produces very good results. I recommend picking it up.

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Re: 1/144 Gerbera Tetra 0083 kit

Post by Wedge14 » Mon Apr 18, 2011 11:48 pm

I like the gloss finish. You don't see a lot of gloss coats in gunpla. It really brings out the uniqueness of the GT. Gebera Tetra....Gran Turismo....G....T. It kinda is a lot like a high performance sports car. The gloss really works. Nice kit!
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Post by G-Slayer » Tue Apr 19, 2011 1:08 pm

I look at this again and again, and I can't get over how fantastic the paintjob is. How exactly did you pull it off?
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Re: 1/144 Gerbera Tetra 0083 kit

Post by Kokopelli » Wed Apr 20, 2011 2:46 pm

Its just Testor's dark red thinned and airbrushed on. I still use the cheap paint and have no real problems with it. There's several layers of Future on it, that might be the key.

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Post by prince_of_zeon » Wed Apr 27, 2011 11:12 pm

Awesome job man!

I'm still going to wait on that HGUC...it seems that Bandai's been on a bit of a 0083 kick recently, so it may come sooner than I think. But then again, perhaps not.

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Re: 1/144 Gerbera Tetra 0083 kit

Post by Gundamium Alloy » Sun May 29, 2011 5:20 pm

Kokopelli wrote:Its just Testor's dark red thinned and airbrushed on. I still use the cheap paint and have no real problems with it. There's several layers of Future on it, that might be the key.
The kit looks great. Nice work.

I'm new to painting Gundam models and have couple questions:
-I have a Iwata airbrush but have yet to use it. It is a dual action siphon feed. I see you use Testor's paint. Is that acryllic? I only like acryllics due to other paints that have harmful fumes. I would like to pick up some Testor's paint after seeing this finished kit. Where is a good place to purchase them?

-What is 'Future' that is used as a sealant and where can you purchase it?

Thanks again. Great build.

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Post by G-Slayer » Sun May 29, 2011 8:13 pm

I'm new to painting Gundam models and have couple questions:
-I have a Iwata airbrush but have yet to use it. It is a dual action siphon feed. I see you use Testor's paint. Is that acryllic? I only like acryllics due to other paints that have harmful fumes. I would like to pick up some Testor's paint after seeing this finished kit. Where is a good place to purchase them?
It seems that Testors has started churning out their own acryllic paints. You can get them on the Testors website for cheap. I'd like to try these out myself:

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Re: 1/144 Gerbera Tetra 0083 kit

Post by Kokopelli » Wed Jun 01, 2011 9:36 am

Gundamium Alloy wrote:
Kokopelli wrote:Its just Testor's dark red thinned and airbrushed on. I still use the cheap paint and have no real problems with it. There's several layers of Future on it, that might be the key.
The kit looks great. Nice work.

I'm new to painting Gundam models and have couple questions:
-I have a Iwata airbrush but have yet to use it. It is a dual action siphon feed. I see you use Testor's paint. Is that acryllic? I only like acryllics due to other paints that have harmful fumes. I would like to pick up some Testor's paint after seeing this finished kit. Where is a good place to purchase them?

-What is 'Future' that is used as a sealant and where can you purchase it?

Thanks again. Great build.
I use enamels because I like how they cure hard and glossy. I can always dullcoat them afterward. The fumes aren't bad since I work in a ventilated area and wear a respirator. You can get them at any model shop.

Future is a brand of Pledge floor polish. You can get it at any supermarket. You add it right to your airbrush without diluting and it works just fine.

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Re: 1/144 Gerbera Tetra 0083 kit

Post by Zanna » Thu Jun 02, 2011 3:47 pm

I've always read that use of enamels isn't recommended for plastic models because it weakens the plastic and could cause cracking - but then again I've never used it.

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Re: 1/144 Gerbera Tetra 0083 kit

Post by South Burning » Fri Jun 03, 2011 10:38 am

I used enamels for years before acrylics came out. I think you can do so much more with enamels. I have never experienced any weakening of the plastic. And not only do enamels come in a variety of finishes on their own, you can combine flats and glosses when you mix colors and come out with a (naturally) semi-gloss finish. Too, as was mentioned, you can clear coat your finished product as you wish. The edges of water-release decals vanish when applied to gloss enamel and then clear coated with flat.

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Post by prince_of_zeon » Sat Jun 04, 2011 11:28 pm

That candy red makes it look like it just rolled out of the dealership :)

But seriously, fantastic job man! I never get tired of seeing the Gerbera Tetra...especially if in the future we get a Master Grade (PLEASE BANDAI?)
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Re: 1/144 Gerbera Tetra 0083 kit

Post by Zanna » Wed Jun 15, 2011 12:06 pm

prince_of_zeon wrote:That candy red makes it look like it just rolled out of the dealership :)

But seriously, fantastic job man! I never get tired of seeing the Gerbera Tetra...especially if in the future we get a Master Grade (PLEASE BANDAI?)
Somehow I doubt that a Master Grade is going to happen - the Gerbera Tetra appeared for a grand total of like... 15 minutes before it got blown out of the sky in 0083. Bandai's also mentioned things like focusing more on RG and HG lines because of general economic difficulties and people not being able to afford as many MG-level kits. Honestly I'd be happy with a good HGUC version.

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