SHOWCASE: RX-78-2 Gundam 1:48 Mega Scale
I's finally done. One of my most ambitious projects up to date, the RX-78-2 Gundam in 1:48 Scale. I don't know exactly how many hours went into this, but it probably took 50% longer than the Zaki because it had so many more colors. Also the Zaku has more curves on it's shape whereas the RX-78-2 has more geometric shapes which requires more masking.
I added decals since the last update. I really wanted the model to look like it was big even in pictures so I planned out the weathering the decals to give it that effect. For the decals, I ordered 1:48 scale decals from China (since the kit supplied me with maybe a dozen markings) and combined them with the ones supplied with the kit and various others from my collection. Most of the non-Gundam decals are from a 1:35 fighter jet. I used the tiny Warning and other markings which give the viewer the effect that they are looking at a larger machine.
These Mega Scale kits are huge and very cheap compared to Warhammer Titans of comparable size. Here they are with Megan W. and cosplayer Bianca Danielle (Her Twitter is here). Photo credit to Aleksa Diaz and I would like to thank my friend Michael Bolls for arranging the photo shoot. Bianca and Megan also shot with my Age of Sigmar models and I'll have those up as soon as the pictures are edited (and replace these with the edited versions too).
In total, I counted 185 separate decals. After the decals were done, I added a gloss coat and went to weathering. I used a Gloss Coat to protect the previous work and it also allowed me to quickly wipe away any mistakes with Airbrush Thinner (as opposed to paint quickly soaking into a Matte Coat).
The weathering as I mentioned earlier is supposed to give a sense of scale like the decals. I usually use blister foam for weathering, but I wanted larger, more random and rugged scratches so I used the green part of a kitchen sponge. The Greys, Blue, and Red were "chipped" to white while the White and Yellow were chipped with Brown. Technically the Yellow should also be White (as in the Yellow paint was applied after the White), but that doesn't show up so I went with Brown. The White was the same as the main color of the Armor (A.MiG Cold Grey). The Brown is A.MiG Chipping color although any dark brown could have worked.
Comparison of weathering vs. no weathering.
The weathering also serves to cover up the Chinese decals. The Chinese decals sometimes say stupid things or are just altogether gibberish or random letters. Mostly this doesn't matter, but on the larger areas like the footguard here, it's more noticeable. I think the correct decal is supposed to say Gunpla 30th (as in 30th Anniversary for Gunpla), but the Chinese decals say Gunpla 301h (wtf?). I just cover the offending parts with paint chips.
And all done with chipping and weathering. I didn't use all of the techniques in the A.MiG book because I really like the "clean" weathering style right now.
Weathering gives the modeler a chance to tell a story. Here the RX-78-2 looks like a combat veteran instead of a machine straight out of a factory. In real life, we would never see this amount of damage on vehicles since crews maintain their machines right after every deployment. In Sci-Fi however we can imagine long periods of warfare where crews do not have time to polish their mechs after every battle or are trapped behind enemy lines for long periods of time.
I didn't do it on this model, but you can go further and paint some pieces different colors or without weathering. This would show that a part has been damaged but since replaced. There are so many possibilities with modeling after the main colors are applied.
Pilot figures from Dust Studios.
Closeups of the skit. The tiny decals in the bottom corner say "NO LIFT."
The shield. I added a lot of decals so that as the viewer got closer, there would be more to see.
And of course this was painted with A.MiG (Ammo of Mig) paints. To be clear, they did not sponsor this post. I just really like their products (and bought everything myself from Last Calvary Hobbies).
Scale comparison with a 1:100 scale RX I painted to test out an airbrush. The painting and assembly on the smaller guy was all done in one evening so don't judge!
I ran out of room in my display case so I added the Beargguys to the bathroom display. I think they cute with the bamboo decor.
I have one more Gunpla project in mind before I "retire" from mecha for awhile. It's going to involve another Mega Scale model. After that my Kingdom Death: Monster game should be here to occupy my time.