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Hisone to Masotan Minimum Factory - Plamax - Model KitHisone to Masotan Minimum Factory - Plamax - Model KitTutorial

tomango21tomango21Hace 3 meses
Hello everyone! After lurking on this site for some time, I've decided to write my first MFC article documenting my process on assembling and painting ITEM #840284.
(Note, this will be a very image heavy article)

To provide some context, I had watched the anime Hisone to Masotan a while back. It has some questionable plot points, but the cute and unique designs of the characters really sold me. It also wasn't the most popular anime of the season, so I didn't have high hopes for much merch being released. But to my surprise a small model kit of both Hisone and Masotan ended up being released (which has the only Hisone figure that I am aware of), and I decided to preorder it.

I initially had some doubts about the kit. Although I had assembled some before, it was my first time actually painting a model kit. Thankfully the people at a local hobby shop were more than willing to help me out with my newbie questions ^^.



And so, onto the actual process!

I made sure to grab a variety of items to make sure that the whole shebackle would go smoothly.

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First off, after opening the package, I soaked all plastic parts in a warm soapy water. While not necessary, I was told it was beneficial since some model kits had mold-release agent that made paint and glue hard to stick onto the plastic.

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Second, I cut out all pieces with pliers and sanded off any extra hanging pieces.

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Then came painting:
There was a slight hiccup in this step because even though there was a guide that showed the steps to build the model, there was no actual color guide! I basically winged it and bought paints that I thought were closest to the model.

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I first painted the pieces before assembling the figure to make sure that no paint would bleed onto separate parts. The hardest part of the painting step was probably getting a nice gradient on the legs of the uniform and Masotan's wings. I ended up putting on too many layers of paint, which ended up obscuring some of the finer details on the uniform (e.g. the zipper area.) And as you can see, the initial paint layer had a very shiny gloss to it, which I wasn't too fond of. Thankfully, I was able to use some spray at the end of the process to get a matte finish on the uniform.

After painting came the assembly step of the figure, which was just applying glue and piecing each part together. This wasn't too hard to do given that there was a guide provided.


Finally, the finishing touches! I applied decals to both figures after dipping them in water and then a small amount of micro set on top to ensure that the decals would soften and stick onto the curved surfaces of the figures. After that came some more matte spray to give the figures a nice polished look.

(Click below to see the final product!)
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FINAL THOUGHTS:
Overall, I am very happy with how this mini project turned out! I think that I did very well for my first time painting a model kit, and this was valuable experience for if I ever want to get into garage kits. Although a bit tedious, it was a very simple task given the right tools and paints. One of the most surprising things during this process was the smell of the paints and paint thinner. It was so strong that I ended up wearing a mask the whole time to prevent myself from inhaling all those noxious fumes. Definitely would recommend painting in a well ventilated area, preferably with a small fan to make it bearable. Other than that, I thoroughly enjoyed the process and would do it again. Let me know what you guys think in the comments! :D
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Nice to see this! The Minimum Factory kits don't seem to get a lot of attention and it feels like there aren't a lot of photos of them completed, but they're neat kits.
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LittlePiscesHace 3 meses#79254933Before, I was thinking of buying her resin version (ITEM #818242) when I saw her for $20 on Suruga-ya. Guess I shouldn't have passed because I had no clue there's a kit of the dragon.
These kits turned out great for your first try! Just a question, what kind of paints did you use and would you recommend them?

Thanks! I am by no means an expert on model kit paints, but I used both Tamiya Color Acrylic Paint and Mr. Hobby “Mr. Color” Paint for this project. And from my experience they both worked great, but the Mr. Hobby paints had a much stronger smell. I would probably go with the Tamiya paints for future projects just because of that, but the overall quality of both paints was good.

MajesticOtakingHace 3 meses#79254325Oh my god thank you for posting this, as it made me realize I forgot to paint Masotan's tail lol
This look really great! I strongly prefer your painting to mine on this kit. I had issues with not thinning my paint enough, and I didn't even try to get any gradients. For your first time painting a kit, you did a fantastic job!

I’m glad I was able to help! And thank you so much (^∇^)
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Before, I was thinking of buying her resin version (ITEM #818242) when I saw her for $20 on Suruga-ya. Guess I shouldn't have passed because I had no clue there's a kit of the dragon.

These kits turned out great for your first try! Just a question, what kind of paints did you use and would you recommend them?
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MajesticOtaking Odayaka janai!
Oh my god thank you for posting this, as it made me realize I forgot to paint Masotan's tail lol

This look really great! I strongly prefer your painting to mine on this kit. I had issues with not thinning my paint enough, and I didn't even try to get any gradients. For your first time painting a kit, you did a fantastic job!
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galablueHace 3 meses#79253066Wow! Great job for a first time painting a model kit. I think she looks great, and you did a very nice job on the face.
Thank you very much! The figure didn't feel complete without a little blush lol ^^
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Wow! Great job for a first time painting a model kit. I think she looks great, and you did a very nice job on the face.
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