Hikaru… win! (Misaki and Hikaru)

This is the kit that made me realize how inferior recasts can be. Many years ago, I was excited to even find a kit at all from this series and hurriedly placed an order from one of the popular Hong Kong recast sites. I’m used to ugly seam lines, extra air bubbles and fit issues with recasts, but this one set the bar even lower with outright vandalism to the skirt piece from the original mould, foreign particles in the resin and completely deformed parts.  If I hadn’t known better I would have sworn it was a Thai recast. Big reason why I only buy originals now unless it’s for a modification project. Enough negativity, onto the pics!

I went with the anime color scheme and design for Misakichi, as I find the eyes in the Manga to be a little creepy (sorry, CLAMP.. I still love you guys). 

Mostly hand painted but the blue parts were airbrushed. Shading done with pastels and hand painted highlights. Gold trim and crowns are painted, not decals.
Base is finished with moss and model railroad field grasses.Hikaru’s lead wires were model car wire. The original Kotobukiya kit includes gold colored wire and resin tips.

 

Hope you enjoyed my little dog-eared girl! That’s our inside joke about her character design. Also, watch Angelic Layer. DO IT.

 

 

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