Be careful with your mods

Still no decals (I am getting tired of this) so started working on the second Geara Doga now that I was done with the explosion. This green Geara Doga was to be situated in the far corner of the diorama but with the rearrangement of the Nu’s position I had to push the Geara Doga a bit farther to the corner. Further more I reevaluated the pose the model had, and changed it to a more dynamic one. Continue reading

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More explosions

The Geara Doga and Jagd Doga decals still haven’t come, I am starting to get worried. But in the mean time I started to work on the 2nd explosion of the diorama. This explosion is larger and more volatile than the first one so I wanted something brighter and more impressive. Studying odokevyo’s work I surmised that he was using something like paper mache. So the first thing I tried was to make tissue and paper mache balls using a balloon as a base. Once a day passed and they were dry I popped the balloon and started to cut up and thin out the walls of the tissue ball (the paper one was just too thick). Continue reading

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Still waiting

Well the thing that I was worried about happened, I managed to finish the Geara Doga before the decals came. Just like with the Jagd Doga I am at a standstill without the decals. It’s weird having two models completely airbrushed and on pegs yet not be able to finish them. I am hoping that the decals come early next week cause I am not going to start the second Geara Doga until these are finished. What I will do in the mean time is test some new theories on what odokevyo used for his explosions. Continue reading

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Explosion follow up

Painted the explosions with clear yellow, clear red, dark orange, dark brown, and black. Following the designs of odokevyo and various pictures of real life explosions I tried to shade them in an appropriate way. For the most part I am pretty happy with the look of the paint job. Unfortunately after seeing how it illuminates I am starting to doubt this being the method odokevyo actually uses. It lights up fairly fine but you can see the inner veins of the polyester which is very different from odokevyo’s explosions you can see here. Continue reading

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Last bit of uncertainty

This memorial weekend I basically stepped away from gunpla partly because I wanted a break and partly because I had to let some stuff dry and man they took a long time to dry.

For a long time I have wanted to do a battle diorama and when I got the chance to do one I wanted to add explosions to it. Explosions in gunpla dioramas are rare and combining explosions and LEDs are so rare I have only seen one modeler ever do it. Frankly the illuminated explosions of the Korean modeler (I think his name is odokevyo) I am referencing are so amazing that they are the reason why I decided I wanted to add LEDs to this diorama at all. From looking at explosion tutorials and from the pictures he has posted I came up with an idea on what materials to use and how to use them. Continue reading

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