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Yamato VF-1A CF - weathered and stickered - WIP

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I'm finally getting back into weathering and stickering my Yamato VF-1 cannon fodders. I completed the VF-1J... 4 years ago, and I started on the 1A shortly after. Around 6 months later I had pretty much completed the 1st part of the weathering (darkening), and then... got lazy - probably due to some other distraction - maybe a video game or something. :p

Just did a little bit tonight, which was darkening the option part side covers and intake covers. The next part is dry brushing on some metallic weathering to the darker areas - feet, intake covers and gunpod.

Then stickers and a flat coat. I wonder how many months it will be until I find time to do that. Have to wait until the weather is warmer to even use my flat coat Mr Hobby spray. :unsure:

Well, enjoy the WIP photos.

The darkening is all done using Gundam Real Touch markers, and a cotton bud/q-tip

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these top 3 photos were taken in 2015-2016...

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Left side already weathering, and right side bare. Photos taken tonight.

The intake covers are really subtle so no point showing those. I think the effect doesn't show up on my phone camera and during the night with the room lights. It'll be much more pronounced once the dry brushing is done.

I had forgetten how therapeutic and relaxing this hobby is. 

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VF-1 Cannon Fodder and other anonymous valks (VE-1 etc) are my favorites.

Hope we eventually get some DX VF-1 CF. The Yamatos are great either way!

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Mind sharing some details on your technique?

 

Are gundam markers alcohol based?

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Very cool  Eggy, I've been looking around, but I can't seem to find a thread on how to clear coat a Yamato 1/48 or 1/60, can anybody point me in the right direction?  Rather how to decal or sticker and then clear coat.  Is total disassembly recommended?

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Wow, looks good....since all of my 1/48s are opened, stickered and played with, I guess I don't need to worry about collector value, maybe I should try to weather them and make them look a bit nicer.

 

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On 8/18/2019 at 8:04 AM, dur said:

Mind sharing some details on your technique?

 

Are gundam markers alcohol based?

Not too complicated.

Add the real touch marker to the lines liberally, then use a cotton bud to wipe it away so most of it is gone, but the panel line still has a decent amount of pigment left. If you make a mistake use the special cleaning pen.

It's much easier to practice on a canon fodder since they're brown so being too heavy doesn't make it look awful. I started on a brownie first and then tried it on my DX VF-19 Adv and Arcadia YF-19, which needed more care and less pigment so as to not over exaggerate the darkened parts.

After this one is done, I'll be trying on my DX VF-1J so that will require a very light addition of pigment since the body is light grey.

I'll try to record a video of my technique when I work on my DX next time.

The next part of this is the dry brushing, but plenty of youtube tutorials on that already.

22 hours ago, levzloi said:

Very cool  Eggy, I've been looking around, but I can't seem to find a thread on how to clear coat a Yamato 1/48 or 1/60, can anybody point me in the right direction?  Rather how to decal or sticker and then clear coat.  Is total disassembly recommended?

I use Mr Hobby spray. After weathering and dry brushing, I'll do a full gloss coat so the surface is smooth and add the stickers. Once stickers are all applied, I'll do the matte coat.

I didn't disassemble, but you'll need to transform into a mid form to make spraying all areas easy/accessible. Also remember to mask all clear/shiny/gloss surfaces before spraying any coats (canopy/wing lights etc).

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