Time to give the balls some thrust, and no innuendo intended. There are not many parts and all the details are moulded into the parts, so to stop them looking bland after the initial metallic smoke on the engine covers I added pale brass and copper highlights to some of the raised parts, and the top sections done with Gun metal from the Vallejo “Metal Color” range for a slightly darker look.
The engine verniers have been painted in stainless steel to give a bright colour, but not as shiny as they would be if done in chrome.
The next, and final inner frame section on the RB-79 Mobile pods is the hatch area and outer frames. The outer part of the hatch was painted with bloody red from the Vallejo “Game Air” range with a light grey panel lining in the four recesses. The red gives a contrast to the main UK Azure blue & IDF blue I’m going to use for the outer panels, and also makes it obvious to see for entering and exiting the craft. The inner parts of the hatch were done with AK’s steel. It was a simple task to put these parts together with the clear mounted between the inner & outer hatch parts.
The final frame sections that go around the sides of the RB-79’s were painted in bronze like the top sections to allow the lighter metallic inner parts show up.
well that’s the inner parts of the RB-79 Mobile Pod Balls finished. the two pictures below show all of four sides without any outer plating fitted. From here on in only one of the pods will fully covered, as the other one will be mounted as if being repaired. This is because at a much later date I have plans to put these in a MG diorama with some other Gundam suits.
The outer panels are mainly going to be painted in UK Azure blue, and just for a bit of colour change some panels will be in IDF blue. The lower cover, main engine cover, and top hatch cover were painted in the Azure blue. The small side and lower hatch panels were done in the IDF blue, with both having dark grey panel lining.
The bottom thruster parts were painted with steel with gold and pale brass highlights. The inner part of the engine verniers were airbrushed with a couple of light coats of weapons warhead blue.
Here is a picture showing the rear of the pods now the lower thruster engine and lower panels have been fitted.