The MkIII A8/R8 - a up-armored SAFS with additional armoring on chest , hatch , front lower leg & engine cover. Lovely design and definitely 'looks' much brave & tough with all the beefed up :P
This conversion build based on the vintage kit SAFS MKI which 1st released 1984 & re-released 1999 by Nitto . Almost 20yrs ago , and definitely will still looks good for another 20yrs, i believe ^^
References very much from the Ma.K fans built of Modelkasten resin conversion kit's photo sharing in the net.
the beefed up in quite straight forward , work with 1mm plaplate as the edge of add-on armor , accurately and also as thickness guide line for putty works later.
Framed areas filled with epoxy putty and the plaplate frame did serve the purpose , shape up quite easily ^^
Never mind the hex nut for now, just a references for overall view.
Just to share a quick way to scribe corner rounded shape panel line on curvy profile which cant be done with metal etch template or Dymo tape. With 0.3mm plaplate , cut out the shape designed and stick on firmly with tape and .. scribe.
Further detail works as usual , self made hex nuts, tiny kotobukiya parts , greenstuff around joint as rubber cover, larger spring pipe to replace the tiny original with metal rod support , SB the weapon and recast the right arm for the left.
Replacement of shoulder armor plate with the larger version from Superball extra parts.
The Pilot - kitbashing of head from Falke pilot , trunk of Nitto Figure set 1 and goggle from Nitto SAFS ^^
Having too much fun with hand painting and skip the photo shooting ;)
So , called it done with the suit .
Next will be the ground work , thanks for viewing :)