Not quite got Starboost finished yet, but have started another Iron Man suit. Namely the MkXXI known as Midas.
This a bit different from the other kits in that all the parts are plated with bright gold, so very little painting will be needed.
Close up of some of the parts:
Plus the instructions:
There are some areas which need painting, some in red but looks like a wash or thin paint would be the way to go to keep the gold coming through.
They’ve designed it so that (on the whole) the sprue attaches on the back of the part so on the whole there isn’t a missing spot once cleaned up. Where there is a spot missing a part often goes over the top. There are a few spots missing though and these might show up a bit 9see bit further down this post).
So here is the top half of the body mainly assembled. A hole for the arc reactor opened up as well.
Not easy to photograph to be honest. Camera found it really hard to focus on it.
Unfortunately not all the parts are plated.
So the hands are a horrible orange. Matching the colour to really high gloss gold finish is not going to be that easy… Alcad would be one way but I can’t spray with an airbrush so going to have to look for a really high gloss gold spraycan.
And the eyes are lit up. After all the fussing with the Starboost I’ve got it sussed now fitting it. Needs sealing up a little bit underneath and I’ll finish the inside with silver tape as at the moment the light is quite golden, although that fits quite nicely with the overall model.
One major advantage of the plating is that it’s an excellent light block so cuts out a big step in the process.
In construction I have found that the lower arm is one piece and the sprue connection points will show. Might be some creative way to hide those missing spots of plating. Also found a part missing. It’s not a major issue as it is the connector which holds the left arm in place. It can be glued in directly but still it’s a bit of a pain. Will see about getting a replacement though.
An LED runs up the right arm into the hand to light that up. Pretty simple job. You can also see the delightful orange hands which blend beautifully with the plating. Having to hold the left arm in place here as this is what the missing connector would have done.
During a trip to B&Q I found a can of spray which looked like it might do the trick for the hands. Hopefully it sprays as shiny as the top of the can looks.