Building the Ikaruga

Greetings Giantbomb!
I'm sure a few of you heard of the Ikaruga model kit that was released earlier this year. Since I consider it to be one of my absolute favourite games and spent plenty of time playing to earn that elusive 1CC, there was no way I could let this pass me by. Despite my lack of experience in building model kits, I finished building the kit up yesterday, so I thought I'd share some pictures.  The quality of some of the images may not be so great, but I hope you enjoy seeing them.

The Body:

This part was probably the most complex to build overall in terms of small pieces and awkward placement. 
There's nothing quite like being thrown into the deep end!
These were the easiest to apply.
 It's a start.


The Weapons:

Things were starting to look a bit easier, that is until I had to break out the paint and the waterslide decals.
Dot Eater?
Pew Pew Pew!




The Wings:

Something tells me that these will probably be terrible in an aerodynamic sense, but when they look like this, I don't think anyone would mind really.
I would also like to reiterate, I really dislike waterslide decals!
 I can fly!
 Seriously small parts.


The Final Product:

Putting the entire model together took a fair bit of patience and effort, but I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. It certainly looks like the Ikaruga ship at least and I  managed to not make any huge mistakes.
Alas, the Ikaruga departs.

I do have plenty more pictures which I'll attach in a gallery a little further down. It will have more images of the separate parts being put together, as well as more shots of the complete model. Thanks for reading and please feel free to comment on this awesome model and/or my terrible writing and formatting of this blog.