This is a garage kit for Saunders school school members from Girls und Panzer.
This kit was by Amie Grand. Now they’ve manufactured a lot of figures from Girls und Panzer. This is 1/16 scale which basically translates to trading figure size (10mm height).
If you want Kay from Sanders high school in 1/16 scale or similar, this is the only choice. As a bonus, you also get Naomi and Alisa. The original price for this kit is 4,000 yen but, due to rarity of this kit, I had to cough up 7,000 yen. There aren’t many of these kits left at least during my search for one. Amazon Japan had one left and Yahoo Japan had nothing.
This is a part of a long project I’ve been working on. Here is a photo of what I’ve assembled so far.
There are 6 tanks from Tamiya/Platz and figures present in the picture are from Medicom 1/16 scale figures and Yukari from Volks. All tanks seen in the photo were 1/35 scale model kits I put together and painted with an exception for BT-42 which is from Good smile company. I did repaint it a bit though.
Before doing anything, the first step is washing the pieces. The resin pieces have oil residue that will pretty much reject any paints, so it’s important that you wash the pieces in warm water with soap or something more powerful. You can tell it’s washed good enough by feeling the pieces.
Once that is done, it’s time to remove mold injection points. The consistency of the resin pieces are very much like frozen butter except it’s a bit harder, so don’t overdo it.
After that, I put pieces together to plan ahead. First of all, the kit seems to fit together good enough.
My plan was airbrush a piece by a piece but decided to glue arms to the body before doing that. To do so, I am using a set up like below.
Also allow me to show you paints I am going to be using.
Tamiya and Vallejo are my primary brands. Vallejo paints are easier for me to get a hold of and 60ml versions can be found nearby me. 10 ml Tamiya paint costs me 3.50CAD and 60ml Vallejo paint costs me 8.50CAD. So, obviously, I am going to favor Vallejo. Vallejo paints are either hit or miss though. Some paints peel off way too easily.
They also have more variety in color as well. One thing to note about Vallejo paints are it smells like vanilla. Both are water-based acrylic paints, so you can mix them.
I also have two skin color airbrush paints. One of it is in the photo now.
There are two things I regret after I did this. The first is that I should have covered the tiny hands somehow. My original plan was paint over it with a paint brush but that didn’t work. I need to airbrush the hands. It is going to be hard but not impossible for Kay and Alisa. But Naomi’s hands? Impossible at my skill level and too late as well. I should have done it before gluing Naomi's arms. Thankfully though, Kay is my primary target for Sherman tank. Alisa and Naomi are bonus characters. I will still come up with a way to do Naomi's hands later.
Another regret is that I should have also covered Kay's belly button but this is not a huge deal.
I have another garage kit coming for Pravda high school team and experience/know-how I learn from here will be useful for that kit.
Well, above is what I have managed. Kay is missing her eyebrows at the moment but it's mostly done.
I spent about 4 hours each day after work for about 3 days. For the amount of hours I invested in, the outcome is meh. I'd give myself a grade C for this whackjob. I made so many mistakes that I am surprised it all came out in one piece. Alisa seems to have come out better than the other two but it's still not good.
I think it's important to mention that some mistakes came from fatigue. I don't have shady hands normally but fatigue began to kick in around 10PM and my hands started to shake.
I did learn numerous know-hows and that Tamiya paints performed better than Vallejo. As mentioned earlier, I have another similar garage kit coming, so I will give another go but, to be honest, I don't think I will touch small garage kits. The tiny pieces were just nigh impossible to paint properly. Shading? Nope, near impossible. Having said that, I do think 1/8 scale kit would be much easier.
This experience also cleared my desire to acquire 1/35 scale Girls und Panzer figure kits from Platz. If I struggle with 1/16 kit, no way am I going to be able to handle 1/35 scale kit. Those 1/35 scale kits would be half size of a 1/16 figure. My word, no, no, I am not going to touch those.
My fingers & back ache and my eyes are sore, ouch.