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Knight of Gold Mortar Headd

Check out the Knight of Gold Mortar Headd kit from the Five Star Stories

Most of my kits have been Bandai Gunpla. I find the Volks kits to be somewhat more difficult to build. The pieces do not have as many pegs, so there is more chance for inaccurate gluing to happen. This requires a little bit of time spent holding the freshly-glued pieces together until the bonding sets. It's not a problem, but a strategy.

Another source of difficulty in relation to a Gundam kit is the directions. Although both are written in Japanese, the FSS kit directions are less accurate. I rarely get confused by the Gunpla diagrams, but these ones require some study and thought before making any moves. Again, not a major problem, more like an enjoyable challenge.

The plastic often has pit-like flaws that need filled with putty. The plastic is very easy to sand. The polycaps often require tailoring of the pegs and tubes to get them to fit. The instructions do indicate where this is needed.

The finished kit has some very nice detail. The balance is good. The polycaps are not as firm as an MG Gundam, but overall it holds a simple pose well. The design of the arms on this kit is not very conducive to posing, as the forearm armor plates collide with the shoulder armors. The arms cannot be straightened.

I painted it mainly with ModelMaster Acryl Gold, coated with Future mixed with Aztec Gold PearlEx. Sword blades are silver enamel from a spraycan.
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