Next WIP post will probably show the filled in holes smoothed out and hopefully primed (as weather/time permits). The body is a little trickier with the custom mono-eye - I am not sure what the sequence of painting / assembly will look like yet.
After filling in the majority of the holes with putty, I put on a second layer, this time for sculpting. With my lack of skills and tools, the best I could do at the moment is general shapes. It looks okay, but I am definitely not satisfied with how it turned out. I need to at least smooth out all the dimples. One problem I ran into while filling these spaces, was an unexplainable collapse of the plastic walls on the other side. I did not take a picture of it, but on both arms that I puttied, the plastic became quite soft and began collapsing on itself. I remedied the problem by adding putty to the collapsing surface.
Though not fully satisfied with the result, I decided to prime what I had anyway. I would normally try to smooth out seam lines before priming, but the seams on the SD Messer are hidden quite well, especially for a 5-piece mobile suit. I decided it was not needed.
I think that's the extent of what I can accomplish before painting. Unfortunately I will have to put this project on hold for the winter. Hopefully more exciting things to fill the cold season with!