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Ever thought about constructing a plastic model? Worried that you're not artistic or skilled enough?

Well, I'm in the same boat, and it didn't stop me. It won't win any awards, but my Godzilla model was damned fun, and I didn't lop off any fingertips. Learned a few things about dry-brushing and paint washes, which I've shared here.

What do you think? Is Godzinnia pretty?
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Gratulations to your model, you did a great job in painting Godzinnia. And if this was your first model - wow. You made a kick start here.
 
Thanks, +Stefan M. Moser!

I was pretty happy with the way it turned out. Working on a female Cthulhu now. We'll see how it goes.
 
This is a plastic kit, not a vinyl one? Turned out very nice. Should really finish all those resin kits I've once started building.
 
Thank you!

Yeah, it was a plastic Aurora kit, originally manufactured in the 1960s. I've only recently started working on resin kits -- got a Cthulhu model I'm working on. The assembly is a monster, no pun intended. Hairdryers, epoxy, all that jive. But loads of fun.

What kind of kits are you working on?
 
A cute girl looking cute in a swimsuit and Triela from Gunslinger Girls looking serious with her Winchester 1897 Trench Gun. I'm gonna have to start over the paint job with Triela though. Can't remember how i mixed her skin color.

I hope you remembered to wash your resin parts. They sometimes still have some anti-sticking stuff on them. Those spots will prove a nightmare to paint later on if you're unlucky.
 
I had this model as a kid. Did your Godzilla's spines glow in the dark, like mine did?
 
I built this model of Godzilla way back when I was a young  boy. To this day I still enjoy watching a old Godzilla movies from the sixties. Godzilla still Kicks Ass
 
I built this model of Godzilla way back when I was a young  boy. To this day I still enjoy watching a old Godzilla movies from the sixties. Godzilla still Kicks Ass
 
I built this model back when I was a kid, too.  Mine was dark green, however, and had glow-in-the-dark spines.  Coloring it was really not necessary, except for eyes and claws.  The cool think was to make the city look realistic, which I did.

There was also a Rodan model which I built.  Somewhere along the line, there was a "diorama" type monster model sold, too.  Each kit came with a flimsy cardboard "set" which you folded and glued, creating a corner.  The "set" depicted a city in flames.  Then you built the model monster -- I had the giant tarantula and giant preying mantis -- with small crushed cars, a collapsing building, etc.  Those required a lot more painting to make them look right.
 
I would like to build the scale model from the original movie Godzilla King of the Monsters starring Raymond Burr. The model of Godzilla in this kit has the original look of the giant dinosaur with the nose being more rounded. in nature to the more popular Godzilla kit that most of us grew up with portraying Godzilla with a more pointed nose feature. I think I seen it somewhere on ebay.
+Rafael Chandler 
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