Finished Rick Dias!

I sometimes have the tendency to post stuff on Facebook and forget to upload the same content on my blog…breaking old habits methinks!

Here’s my completed Rick Dias project. It was my first attempt at Dry Transfer decals. I initially applied the decals using masking tape around the edges, but found it was too cumbersome and didn’t hold the decal as well as it should. I instead applied scotch tape over the decal and used a coin to scratch it onto the surface. It wasn’t perfect, but it worked out better in the end. Here’s the final results!


Before applying the decals.

The Process:


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The completed project

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For comparison purposes, the following images shows the model before and after applying the matte topcoat, decals, and subtle weathering effects using the Real Touch markers.

MS Comparison


There you have it! For my third project, the Rick Dias turned out great! There wasn’t so much hesitance in applying new techniques as my first model, the RX-78-2 Gundam or vast experimentation with painting as my second model, the  Zaku II (Char Variant). Applying a matte topcoat from a Japanese brand I’ve never heard of was a new thing for me, considering my process with more traditional models usually consist of a prime coat followed by enamel paints. But it certainly made a huge difference with minimum risk.

I haven’t decided whether or to apply topcoat before or after I do the panel lining/weathering/decals. In this model, I applied it before I did the detailing and had no issues. My Zaku II Char variant on the other hand…applying a topcoat afterwards made quite a mess.