With all sections of the Real Grade RX 78 2 completed I turned my attention to the panel lining phase. If you haven’t seen the Real Grade up close you might not know the amount of panel lines this thing comes molded with. It’s amazing that Bandai could put this many lines of this size on this kit. But how to bring them out? I turned to the September issue of Dengeki Hobby magazine for the answer.
Dengeki Hobby advises to use a Gray Gundam Panel Line Marker to fill the lines liberally, then use a cotton swab to wipe most of it away leaving marker in only the recessed areas. I had previously used the Black panel line marker and found the black to be difficult to wipe away however the Gray marker wipes away easily.
I tested this method on the legs first as they had the biggest surface. Just color in the lines…
…then wiped it away.
It’s amazing how the details really come out with this method. There are lines I didn’t see before!
Here’s a good example. Here is the top of the arm with the marker generously applied.
With the excess wiped away you can see the tiny details Bandai gave this kit.
Here is what the back of the head looks like after only a few seconds of work.
After the panel-lining was finished I gave it a coat of Gloss in preparation for decals. I love decal work but the Real Grade seems like a daunting task. I can’t wait to get at it.