Masking Stands

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Usually when displaying my gunpla I opt for clear action bases and when they aren’t possible I use ones that are completely black, this time though the base I am using isn’t as simple as that.

One of the most distinctive aspects of the MG F91 is that it comes with its own base that is a condensed segment of the Mobile Armor Rafflesia from the end of the movie. Being that it’s so elaborate for a base and that it is of the final enemy of the F91 it’s really hard to not include even though it’s a bit of a pain to work on.

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The Rafflesia comes in basically one mold with some bits of it here and there separately. This leads to painting problems as color separation is almost non-existent. It’s just a matter of masking but having to deal with complicated concave shapes and round edges makes it far more difficult then you would expect. The real frustration comes from that it’s a stand and that investing that much effort into a base just doesn’t sit too well with me.

To get around all the curves and such I used a combination of blu tack and masking tape, but even then some hand painting touch ups afterwards was a must.

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I also started painting the model itself and decided to try something a little different with the pre shade, I did it in blues. For the Red a pre shade of azure blue and for the white a pre shade of a sky blue (azure and white). The blue was somewhat lost in the red but gave it a good shade none the less, but on the other hand the sky blue gave the white a very nice bluish glow.

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