This is how it looks like fresh built.
As expected from a 1/144 scale, a lot of details are missing and requires some work.
By doing this model, I can say that I was able to practice some techniques that I learned online.
It required a lot of masking to be able to paint single-colored parts that required at least two colors, like the wings and feet.
After painting, I applied clear Tamiya acrylic spray to make sure the paint won't peel off.
Then after decal application, I used flat topcoat.
I also did some hand painting; the yellow cheeks for example. It was so small I was seeing stars after I was done with it.
I glued this black part which came with the parts from a display stand to serve as the support.
I was quite happy with the end result. I know there is still a lot of room for improvement. I saw other 1/144 entries in the contest with details more impressive than the ones seen on the 1/100 models. HGUC Ex-S is a nice kit, and it can turn out pretty well if you have the patience to add the details on such a small model. Handling it didn't scare me that much because it wasn't too big like the MG, nor too small. I will post more pics of this model after I get him back =)