Since my HGUC Dendrobium review brought up many of my advanced techniques (if you can call them that), I'm going to go into detail on my workstation, tools and materials I use with almost every kit.
Here's everything that's required for me to complete any kit that comes my way. Well, most of the time, but I'll get into that in a bit. The top shelf (not seen) keeps my incomplete kit boxes on it. Since I didn't have any at the moment, it wasn't crucial to have in the picture.
As for my actual work space:
Here it is! Actually, it usually sits cornered with the shelf so my tools are to my side and the parts I'm working on are in front of me. I work on the ground instead of on a desk for a few reasons.
1: I'm much more comfortable.
2: When working on a Master Grade, for instance, a desktop's space can be quickly filled.
3: Should I drop a piece, it shouldn't have gone too far (Not always true).
4: I'm used to it. I suppose this one is just a reiteration of No. 1, but meh.
The absolute basics-of-the-basics.
-Side cutters (or "snips") to remove the parts from the runners
-Hobby knife to trim away the flash or scratch away excess paint
-Scissors for water decals or basic decal trimming
-Pliers to get some of my more stubborn paints open
-A stylus for rub-on decals
-Modeling files, used for flash clean-up, or go to town on the Dendrobium to smooth the assembly process.
Also, I have another small cutting board that came with an MG I had ordered some time ago. I use this when I need to remove flash from weird angled parts, so I'll set this on my knee so I can get in closer.
III: Clean-Up Items and Fixatives
-Rag for brush/paint clean up. (Washed regularly)
-Testors Model Cement for heavy part fixes.
-Tamiya Extra Thin Cement for if I just want to parts to never come apart again.
-Testors putty. Not used unless I'm customizing something.
-Decal set. Nuff said.
-Tips for the glue or putty.
-Those weird part separators that came with a hand full of my MG's some time ago.
Not all of these are used often. Mostly the rag and decal set. I don't recall ever needing the separators on anything. I did once to test it, and ended up damaging itself without realy separating anything.
IV: Clear Paints and Finishes
The basic assortment of Tamiya clear paints (The only Tamiyas I'll use from now on), a few Testors clear pinks, which mostly get mixed with white for beam sabers, and Testors Dullcote topcoat. I have yet to use the topcoat yet, but when I test it, I'll let you know the results.
Here's all of my paints. I won't take a separate photo just because these come and go all the time. They are all Testors brand acrylic paints. The silver, however, (The one with the price tag on the cap) is my sole enamel, as it gets a really good reflective finish and dries smoothly when brushed carefully.
My pallet is in dire need of replacement, but I can't seem to find this kind anymore...
VI: Brushes, Pens and Cleaners
These are the best brushes I've used thus far, as they don't reject any of the paints I use! I keep a large assortment, however you can probably tell which ones get used the most.
The tall Tamiya bottle is just water with a little soap. The other two are enamel thinners. I always buy thinners in pairs because SOMEHOW one always gets spilled! Hasn't happened in a while, however, since switching to acrylic paints.
These are my assortment of Gundam Markers. I honestly only use the gold as the rest tend to bleed too much. I have occasionally bled them and used a brush with their inks, but I keep them around as a just-in-case. The .005 micron pens are simply for line clean-up in black-filled spaces, like thruster nozzles or vents.
These probably rank as my most expensive "tools", but I'm very picky about color accuracy.
-Character Encyclopedia 2006 for pilot painting
-5 Gundam Mechanics books for quick, almost flash-card reference (Only goes up to V Gundam, though)
-MS Encyclopedia 2006 (Unbinded to scan the lineart section) for MS's not covered in the Mechanics books.
I'm in dire need to replace the Character and MS Encyclopedias since the 2009 edition came out.
If I'm working on a non-Gundam model, such as an Evangelion or Rockman kit, I have to rely on the internet and printer ink for their designs.
VIII: Finished storage
When I'm done with a kit, it goes on one of my shelves in a basic stance (whatever doesn't take up a lot of room). The rest of it goes as follows:
The boxes all get stored in my closet, with exception to my MG boxes. I had to break those down and place those into my Sazabi box hidden in the back.
A good lot of my HGUC and various series based kits' boxes line these shelves. The Dendrobium's box sits on the floor as it takes up too much space up top.
Some of my figures' boxes lie up here, as well ^^
The manuals sit near the reference guides. I need to get some magazine holders to better organize them, but this stack does for now.
Now, since most of my MG's boxes are broken down, I have to keep the extra parts somewhere, right?
Maybe this'll help...
All of my excess parts are put into small bags, labeled and placed into this container. Larger parts (Which are obvious as to what they go to) free-float, cushioned between the bags.
This also needs organization to accommodate my quickly-expanding collection of HG's. For now, those are also in labeled bags within one of Dendrobium's boxes.
So there's my process for modeling. Any questions? Advice (I'm always open)?
Let me know!