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MaakieMaakie5 år siden
Hello MFC~!

It's been a while since I showed a Garage Kit I made! This is mainly because I have been spending a lot of my time on my other big hobby: cosplaying. Now normally I can combine all my hobbies pretty well, but since my most recent cosplay project was way bigger than the costumes I normally do...yeah, my other hobbies were put on the backburner! >.< But now, I have a newly finished Garage kit I would like to share the result and progress with you guys!

I do have one warning before I begin, though! This Garage Kit was a pretty big challenge for me and the end result has a lot of mistakes. But mistakes are made so you can learn about it and I hope this blog post also helps people with likewise GK-problems!

The Garage Kit I made was Kirisame Marisa from Touhou Project ITEM #25814 The reason I chose for this Garage Kit, was because I wanted a kit that looked easy to paint, since it was almost a year since I painted my last one! Little did I know about the other problems she brought along with her... View spoilerHide spoilerYes, that's foreshadowing for what will happen to her later in this blog!

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As with all Garage Kits, it started with washing the parts!

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Then comes the undercoating~!

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And then I started with painting all of her white parts! With Garage Kits I always choose to start with the colors that take up most of the figure (which results a lot in first painting the clothing and skin color before painting any details). Painting white parts is (I think) pretty hard to do since you need to have a very good light and look very well to be sure you paint everything. (If something is annoying with painting Garage Kits, it's to find out during assembly that you forgot to paint some small spots!)

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Then comes all the black parts...(if sometimes paint looks shiny or rough in the pictures, it's because of wet paint!)

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Next up, skin color! Although her clothing covers a lot of her skin, even parts that are barely visible need to be painted! ;)

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Marisa's hair color was quite a challenge! Looking at her original art View spoilerHide spoilerhttp://en.touhouwiki.net/images/thumb/4/4a/Th12Marisa.png/200px-Th12Marisa.png it's very yellow, but most of Marisa's figures are painted in a more brown/blonde and sometimes even orange way. Looking at this Garage Kit and Marisa's simple colors, I thought it would be more interesting to give her more yellow-ish hair.

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Marisa's face has a very interesting sculpt. I really like her expression (her raising her eyebrow and a small smirk). I actually didn't even notice before I started on this Garage Kit that the expression on her face was like that! (Probably because her hair blocks most of the view on her eyebrows.)

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I can't forget Marisa's green ribbons of course! I couldn't find any reference to what color the ribbon on her underwear is...but since the other ribbons she wears are green, I expected her underwear to also have that color!

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And here is most of the lower body assembled! Making and putting this Garage Kit together went quite quickly because of the simple colors Marisa has (not much color mixing was involved). I actually liked the look Marisa has without the top of her apron, but of course she wouldn't look like Marisa without it... (Looking back at these pictures I also noticed I should have probably sanded her skirt more...)

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I thought for a while to maybe make the top of her apron cast-off, but this involved a lot of extra pinning and risk for the paint.

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Her hat consisted of multiple parts and put together, I think they looked quite good!

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In the meantime her body was also getting closer to completion by having more parts attached to it. Her facial expression didn't completely turn out the way I wanted, but I think it looked pretty good overall.

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And now for the horrible part of this blog to start...Marisa's broomstick! The broomstick existed of a resin outer end, a plastic rod for the stick and a resin part in the middle of the rod on which also Marisa's hand is attached. This meant that I had to cut the plastic rod in half and needed to connect it to the resin parts.

Cutting the rod in half, cutting small parts off and shaping it in a way that the plastic rod would stay inbetween the resin worked pretty wel...but here comes the problem. The end of the broomstick is pure resin which means it's very heavy. This means it's (almost) impossible for a thin plastic rod to hold the weight of this part.

After I found out this was very unsafe and had a high risk of parts snapping/falling off, I checked the instruction manual a lot and...no mistakes were made. The Garage Kit was really designed and supposed to be working this way!!! I asked around on multiple places with GK-builders, but I couldn't find anybody that owned the same GK to ask for their experiences. So I had to experiment myself...

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First idea: Bison All Purpose Glue. I used this type of glue a lot in the past and it sticks to any material, so I hoped it would also work here. I never tested it with a lot of weight involved...now I know it doesn't work.

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Second idea: Green stuff. This item is used a lot by people customizing Warhammer figures and is meant to attach to the plastic and/or resin the figure itself is made of. It sounded like a good plan to try with my Garage Kit... Green stuff needs a very long time to dry so in the meantime, I started on her base.

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As with most Garage kits, Marisa didn't come with a base. I really liked the base they showed in the original prototype PICTURE #132753 , so I wanted to try to at least get the symbols and the bit of magic feel it has on my own base! I started off with measuring and cutting up a piece of sturdy foam.

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I made a stencil for the magic-pattern on Marisa's base.

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I also made these small blocks, shaped for Marisa's shoes to rest on. The figure is standing in a tiptoe-position. I think she would be unstable if I pinned the tips of her shoes in the base, so that's why I made these extra blocks.

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I spraypainted the base parts all black. View spoilerHide spoilerWhile I forgot to put on gloves...
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...so I had black fingernails for about a week. :I


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After handpainting the base and I saw the result, I found out it had probably been a lot cleaner if I had spraypainted it...still, I was pretty happy with the result!

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Around the edges of the base I put a black ribbon. I sanded the edges very well, but adding a ribbon felt as a more delicate and fitting detail than having it matte black.

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In the time I was working on the base, the green stuff had dried, it felt quite sturdy and seemed to hold the resin pretty well. So I decided to paint the rest of the broomstick.

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I was experimenting a bit with multipe gradients of brown for the bottom of the broom. Shortly after this was finished, I attached Marisa's arm with the broom to the rest of her body...

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...and the broom fell off. Taking her whole uper body with her and seperating her head (I was shocked too much about this, so I forgot to take a picture of it). After my small frustration/rage that followed, I slowly started repairing parts of Marisa. This was quite a long process. There were multiple parts that broke into even more pieces and parts with paint chipped off which needed repainting.

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It took a long time, but eventually she turned out almost the same as before the accident happened. Only from really up close you can see breakages.

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So, with Marisa being complete again. It was time to look back at her broomstick.

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The third idea was to pin it. Now this sounds very logical and is easy to do with resin...but the other parts of the stick being a hollow plastic tube...this was hard! I ended up pinning both ends of the resin and then put superglue on the ends of both pins and quickly pressed the pins into the plastic tube, hoping that the glue would then dry while it was inside the hollow plastic. I had my fingers crossed for it to work...

The next day I looked at the broom stick...and it worked (sort of)! The stick was on it's place and it could hold all the weight of the bottom! From the front the broomstick looks very good, but from the sides and the back you can see a bend...because of the superglue drying so quickly it already dried a bit before it was in the perfect shape...but at this point I was already so happy after all the stuff that happened during the making of this Garage Kit that the broom was in one piece!

About the end result of this Garage Kit. I'm not sure how proud I am of it myself. I think the broomstick is a really really really big downside that still bothers me, since I think I could have fixed it a lot better than I ended up doing, but I stopped because it was so frustrating and I was afraid of damaging her further. But on the other hand, when displayed from the front, not much is to be seen of this mistake and I also think that from a distance you barely can see her damages (which she got when she fell apart). The following pictures are her final pictures, made at the point where I decided to stop working on her after the though project she ended up to be! So I guess you guys can judge for yourselves how you think it turned out! ;)

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I made the hat optional.

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From most angles the broomstick looks quite acceptable, but since I know the exact problem going on, it continues to stay a bothersome point to me...from a distance, there is luckily not much to see from the bending of the broomstick. Displayed together with all my other GK's, she looks quite good if I say so myself!

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And that concludes my View spoilerHide spoilerhorrorstory of the making of my Marisa Garage Kit!

Something nice to share for people interested in this kit: This Garage Kit unpainted pops up quite a lot on different second hand and auction sites for pretty cheap prices! So if you're up to the challenge of making the broomstick better than I did (:P), you can buy her for approximately 3-4K yen!

My next planned Garage Kit will be ITEM #12293 since I think he will be easier to make and I really want to make a Garage Kit next that relaxes me a bit and lets me enjoy the hobby instead of pure frustration. xD

Thanks for reading and if you're interested in my previous Garage Kits or would like to subscribe to my blog, take a look here: profile/Maakie/...

See you at my next article!
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Maakie5 år siden#2357846Thank you very much! :D I wish you good luck on repainting Chihaya and please show me the result if you end up doing it! :D

Thx! Sure, I will show you. I'm working on it, though.
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secretly-otaku5 år siden#2364316I remember you told me the frustration you went trough with that broom! Indeed, getting parts together was tricky. Still, I think you did a great job in building Marisa! Did you draw the eyes yourself? They look great, almost like decals!

Ah yes, I spoke to you about it when I was in the progress of making her! The frustration was real, haha!

And thank you very much! ^^ The eyes I handpainted and especially from up close like here lh5.googleuserc... you can see that. xD But I'm quite happy with how they turned out! ^^
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I remember you told me the frustration you went trough with that broom! Indeed, getting parts together was tricky. Still, I think you did a great job in building Marisa! Did you draw the eyes yourself? They look great, almost like decals!
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Ruttsu5 år siden#2359081OK, I'll be waiting for your reply.
which kit I'm working on now? (I know you're not asking me but I felt like answering) Well, I'm not sure if I can call it a kit, but I'm currently scratch-building one claymation style Ryougi Shiki like the one on my avatar.


Nice, good luck with the project! ^^
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Ruttsu as Ruttsu
Maakie5 år siden#2357703(...)
I did a quick read to your PM, thanks for the criticism! I don't have much time now, but I'll read it better and will reply properly to it later! I do can quickly say that I indeed not sanded enough, which I actually found out mainly through seeing pictures later...
(...) And which kit are you working on now? :)
OK, I'll be waiting for your reply.
which kit I'm working on now? (I know you're not asking me but I felt like answering) Well, I'm not sure if I can call it a kit, but I'm currently scratch-building one claymation style Ryougi Shiki like the one on my avatar.
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VioFitz5 år siden#2357835NICE!! Sounds very hell of a work though but, this motivated me because I'm planning to do a repaint on my defected figma Chihaya's body & wristbands to recolor the costumes.

Thank you very much! :D I wish you good luck on repainting Chihaya and please show me the result if you end up doing it! :D
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NICE!! Sounds very hell of a work though but, this motivated me because I'm planning to do a repaint on my defected figma Chihaya's body & wristbands to recolor the costumes.
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LordYoshi5 år siden#2357363Wow, this is neat. I think the result looks amazing. Nice job mate!

Thank you very much! ^^

Ruttsu5 år siden#2357414Nice to see a GK being built here, and she looks good on the shelf, but... read moreclosePM sent

I did a quick read to your PM, thanks for the criticism! I don't have much time now, but I'll read it better and will reply properly to it later! I do can quickly say that I indeed not sanded enough, which I actually found out mainly through seeing pictures later...

Muntoe5 år siden#2357557Despite the problems you had she came out lovely and I'm in love with that base! Great work, you made me want to get to work on the kit I have on my desk xD

Thank you for liking the base! :D It's not completely what I wanted it to be, but it's very sturdy! ^^ And which kit are you working on now? :)
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Muntoe Lover of cacti ♡꒰*・ω・
Despite the problems you had she came out lovely and I'm in love with that base! Great work, you made me want to get to work on the kit I have on my desk xD
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Ruttsu as Ruttsu
Nice to see a GK being built here, and she looks good on the shelf, but... read moreclosePM sent
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